Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

Recent Obituaries:

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Brian Ritenburg
The family are saddened by Brian's passing. Born on October 16, 1951 he died October 6, 2018. We appreciate the support during this difficult time. A private service will take place.
D. Bruce McHugh
McHugh, D. Bruce Bruce passed unexpectedly at home on Saturday October 13th 2018 at the age of 85. Loving husband of Beatrice. Proud father of Audrey Roos and Wendy (Michael) Rutherford. Grandchildren Jonathan (Jessica) Summers, Daniel Rutherford, Jason Roos, David Rutherford and Jeffrey Roos have wonderful memories of their grandfather and will cherish them forever. Forever in the heart of great granddaughter Olivia Roos. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave. entrusted with arrangements. The family will be planning a service to celebrate Bruce's life in the near future and will announce it at that time. If you wish to donate in Bruce's memory, please consider the McMaster Children's Hospital or the Make a Wish Foundation.
Ruth Hoekstra
Ruth P. Hoekstra of St.Catharines/ Fort Erie, and Koonwarra Victoria, entered into rest early in the morning of October 11th. Irreplaceable and ever caring mom of Owen, Smum to Skylar and Rachel, and beloved wife of Mike. With Ruth's passing we have lost a very bright light in our lives. A graduate of Brock University, Ruth began her career at John Deere, before finding her way to teaching at the DSBN. Her love of adventure lead her to many places, collecting many memories along the way. Through painting she found a way to capture and express those memories with beauty and grace. The family would like to thank Dr.Scher and the kind staff at Douglas Memorial Hospital for Ruth's care. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Monday October 15th from 2-4 & 7-9 and from noon on Tuesday until the time of services in the chapel at 1 pm.
Shirley Hingston
Hingston: Shirley Ann (nee Little) Passed away at the West Lincoln Hospital on October 8th, 2018 at the age of 82. Loving wife of Philip. Cherished mother of Philip, Randy (Judy), David (Angel), the Late Timothy (Rose), and Matthew (Kate). She leaves her grandchildren Kyle, Neil (Courtney), Christopher, Kallie, Megan, Joe, Melissa, Rachael, Madeline, Donald, Annabelle and Charlotte with wonderful memories. Sadly missed by her brother Ivan (Nancy). Predeceased by her brother Alan. Private arrangements have been entrusted to Benner Funeral Services, Fort Erie.
Michael Giampaolo
GIAMPAOLO, Michael - passed away at Greater Niagara General Hospital, with his family by his side, on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the age of 59. Beloved father of Brayden (Tara), Alessa (Matt) and Daniel Giampaolo. Dear son of Lavinia and the late Antonio Giampaolo. Loving brother of Maria Giampaolo and Nina (Frank) Cricenti. Cherished Zio of Loren, Matthew, and Lukas. Michael will be lovingly remembered by his long-time partner Bonnie Wilkie, her children Amanda (Dan) and Jessica and grandchildren Olivia, Sophia and Alice. He will be fondly remembered by many aunts and uncles including Lina (late Celestino) Grieco, Jerry (Elvira) Giampaolo, Pat (Carmela) Giampaolo and the late Teresa (late Angelo) Bova, Francesco (Nella) Di Giorgio, Franca (Antonio) Morra and also loved by many cousins. Predeceased by his Zio Simone. Michael will be sadly missed by all his friends and players from the Greater Fort Erie Youth Soccer Club who were like a second family to him. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive their friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 310 Central Ave., Fort Erie on Thursday at 10 a.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Greater Fort Erie Youth Soccer Club.
Phyllis Hearn
Hearn, Phyllis Marion (Gigi) August 7th, 1928 - September 26th, 2018. It is with great sadness that at the tender age of 90 at Douglas Memorial Hospital we announce the passing of our extraordinarily beautiful and sweet mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Survived by her daughters Mary Jane and Meaghan, her granddaughter Meaghan Passero and her three precious loves, great granddaughters Delaney, Reaghan and Myley. Phyllis also leaves behind her sweet angels Patty, Nancy, Karen, Becky, Herbie, Tony, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mom's radiant smile and her sweet elegant way made her a second mom, grams, Gigi and very special friend to many. She is now reunited with her husband Vincent (1971), mother Leta Horton (1992), aunt Lida Embury (1983), long-time companion Howard Hurst (2004), cousins Robert Embury, Warren Embury, Helen Embury, Ruth and Walter Horner, and her beloved son Jeffery (2011). To all the lovely women from Care Partners Bonnie, Emily, Tammy, Danelly, nurses from Saint Elizabeth Alex, Pat, nurses and support staff from Douglas Memorial Hospital and the remarkable Dr. Kim Scher your kindness, compassion and that little extra TLC you all gave to mom made her smile and we will always be grateful. You are invited to join the family in a "Celebration of Life" that will be held on Saturday October 6th from 2 p.m. through 4 p.m., at Central Fire Hall. If so desired the family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Douglas Memorial Auxiliary. Benner Funeral Services have been entrusted with arrangements.
Robert Hanna
HANNA, Robert Wayne "Bob" - passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the age of 66. Beloved husband of Sandy Marley. Dear son of Bob and Dorothy Hanna. Loving father of Bobby (Marina) Hanna, Jennifer (Bob) Vorstenbosch and Matthew (Donna) Marley. Cherished grandfather of Robbie, Sakura, Raquel, Mia, Avaia, Jillian and Paityn. Dear brother of Mark (Anna) Hanna and Valerie Hanna. He will be lovingly remembered by his aunts, uncles and cousins. Bob was born in Halifax, NS and was known as a "Bluenoser". He spent most of his life in Fort Erie and was known as an entrepreneur owning several different businesses. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive their friends at the funeral home on Monday, October 1, 2018 after 12 noon where a service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Fort Erie SPCA.
Shirley Fretz
Shirley May Fretz passed away last night at 7:00 p.m. at the Niagara Falls hospital at the age of 81. She was admitted on Monday with complications as a result of her fight with Huntington's disease. (Huntington's disease (HD), also known as Huntington's chorea, is an inherited disorder that results in death of brain cells. The earliest symptoms are often subtle problems with mood or mental abilities. A general lack of coordination and an unsteady gait often follow.) Her request was DNR as she has a home waiting for her with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Today she is with Him. Shirley's wishes of cremation will be honoured and there will be no funeral. You are, however, invited to join the family in a "Celebration of Life" at the Sherkston United Brethren church, 895 Empire Rd, Sherkston, ON on Saturday, October 6, 2018 with visitation at 1:00 p.m. a Service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with a lunch afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to an upcoming missions trip. (Details to follow.) Her heart was for missions as she spent 19 years serving in Sierra Leone, West Africa as a missionary.