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Yvonne Marie (n. Vanraes) Collez

COLLEZ, Yvonne Marie (n. Vanraes) - December 6, 1920 - March 9, 2019 Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Bluewater Health - Palliative Care, Yvonne Marie (Vanraes) Collez passed away in her 99th year. She is survived by her daughter Noella (Gord) Gark, her son Jim (Marg) Collez, her grandchildren Gord (Dawn) Gark, Jennifer Gaudet, Joel (Catrena) Collez and by her great-grandchildren William Gark, Rebecca Gark (Chris Houle), Bobby Gark, Jack, Sam and Tillie Gaudet, and Wyatt and Waylon Collez. She was predeceased by her husband Marcel (2002), her parents, her two brothers, her four sisters and all of Marcel’s family of four brothers and four sisters. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews in Ontario, Belgium and France. Marcel and Yvonne came to Canada from Belgium in 1947. They settled south of Grand Bend in the Klondyke Gardens and for many years delivered vegetables to all the stores, restaurants and hotels in Grand Bend. Yvonne also worked at the IGA Store in Grand Bend for many years. They retired in Sarnia and were active members of the Canadian Belgian Dutch club. Yvonne was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and then Sacred Heart Parish. For the last 6.5 years Yvonne was a resident at Fairwinds Lodge where she made many friends. The family wishes to thank the staff at Fairwinds, the Emergency Department and the Palliative Medicine Ward for their care. We are grateful to the PSW workers – the Bayshore Angels and to Dr. Greensmith and his staff for their dedication to Yvonne. A special thanks to Ashley, Tammy and the Card Ladies. A funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. If you so desire, donations may be made to the War Amps of Canada or St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca13329968
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sorry for your loss
Posted by Randy Laforest (Friend) On Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Dear Jim and Marg, Judy and I are so sad for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Wendy (Russell) Johnson (high school aquaintance) On Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Noella, I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You must have been one of very few of our FDHS friends whose mother lived so long! I love the picture of her. She looks delightful. My sympathy to you and your family.

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