Remembering Our Nurses

Prior to the dissolution of the Alumnae Association in 2012 our newsletter acknowledged the deaths of our fellow graduates as we learned about them.  We will continue to remember our HSC graduates here.

We count on class representatives, family and friends to notify us by email at [email protected]. A picture or two and a personal story would be a wonderful addition.

Let’s remember the contributions of these fellow graduates, how they helped to shape HSC while they were there and how they carried their knowledge and skills forward into the rest of their lives.

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For the years 2017 –  2021 CLICK on each name for a link to the full obituary.
Prior to 2017 –  CLICK on the year to see other names and obituaries.
Deaths are listed by date within the year in descending order from December.

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2022 Wendy (Newman) McBride Cl’70

04-Apr-1949 – 23-Apr-2022 Peacefully at home with her cherished family close by on Saturday April 23 in her 73rd year. Builder and leader for over thirty years of S.E.N.E.C.A Seniors Day Program, her bright smile and positive attitude touched the… Read more2022 Wendy (Newman) McBride Cl’70

2022 Iris Yemchuk Cl’61

30-Jun-1940 – 27-Feb-2022 Iris Pauline Yemchuk June 30, 1940 – February 27, 2022 Iris was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan to loving parents Thomas Tony Yemchuk who passed away in 1961 and Julia Yemchuk Ochrimuk nee Baschuk who passed away in… Read more2022 Iris Yemchuk Cl’61

2022 Thelma Elizabeth (Raaflaub) Short Cl’52

2022 Thelma Elizabeth (Raaflaub) Short Cl’52

1 AUGUST, 1930 – 13 FEBRUARY, 2022 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Thelma Elizabeth Short (nee Raaflaub) in her 92nd year. Thelma peacefully entered her promised eternal life on Sunday February 13th, 2022, surrounded by her… Read more2022 Thelma Elizabeth (Raaflaub) Short Cl’52

2022 Anita Bertine Hofstatter Cl’57F

2022 Anita Bertine Hofstatter Cl’57F

AUGUST 15, 1934 – JANUARY 17, 2022 Anita Bertine Hofstatter, age 87, of North York, Ontario passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022. Anita was born August 15, 1934. Anita made numerous contributions to her city, including decades of volunteer work serving… Read more2022 Anita Bertine Hofstatter Cl’57F

2021 Shirley (Hallyburton) Steiner Cl’57

2021 Shirley (Hallyburton) Steiner Cl’57

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Shirley at the Trent Valley Lodge Nursing Home while surrounded by her family on Thursday, November 11th, 2021. Shirley of Trenton, at the age of 86. Predeceased by… Read more2021 Shirley (Hallyburton) Steiner Cl’57

2021 Marion Kathleen (Harvey) Chambers Cl’57F

It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Marion Kathleen Chambers, née Harvey (Kitchener, Ontario), announces her passing on November 10, 2021, at the age of 87. Marion passed away in Cambridge, Ontario and will be lovingly remembered… Read more2021 Marion Kathleen (Harvey) Chambers Cl’57F

2021 Lillian (Calberry) Chalmers Cl’48

2021 Lillian (Calberry) Chalmers Cl’48

APRIL 17, 1927 – NOVEMBER 1, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lillian Chalmers on November 1, 2022 at the age of 94. Lillian is predeceased by her husband Thomas Junior Chalmers in 1978, her parents… Read more2021 Lillian (Calberry) Chalmers Cl’48

2021 Patricia Mary (Yeates) Lytle Cl’65

2021 Patricia Mary (Yeates) Lytle Cl’65

Patricia Mary Lytle (nee Yeates) RN ret. – March 12, 1943 – October 24, 2021Passed away at KGH after a brief illness in her 78th year on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Predeceased by husband Peter (2020). Survived by sons Alan… Read more2021 Patricia Mary (Yeates) Lytle Cl’65

2021 Susan Elizabeth (Purdy) Dew Cl‘60F

2021 Susan Elizabeth (Purdy) Dew Cl‘60F

SUSAN ELIZABETH DEW (née Purdy), R.N. September 30, 1939 – September 30, 2021 I left this planet for uncharted territory today, with the hope of finding peace, to be pain-free without pills, and be able to breathe unattached to tubes,… Read more2021 Susan Elizabeth (Purdy) Dew Cl‘60F

2021 Maria Rospond Stein Cl‘59S

2021 Maria Rospond Stein Cl‘59S

STEIN, MARIA ROSPOND Peacefully at Michael Garron Hospital on September 25, 2021 in her 97th year, after a remarkable life: the “Iron Lady”, born to Rospond and Szponder, near Krakow, Poland, child prodigy, gifts of voice and intellect, robbed of… Read more2021 Maria Rospond Stein Cl‘59S

2021 Lorraine Jean (Uffelman) Brown Cl’50F

2021 Lorraine Jean (Uffelman) Brown Cl’50F

LORRAINE JEAN BROWN (née Uffelman) May 6, 1928 – September 9, 2021 Lorraine passed peacefully on September 9th at Credit Valley Hospital with family at her side. Predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years, Stuart, daughter Nancy, parents William… Read more2021 Lorraine Jean (Uffelman) Brown Cl’50F

2021 Jean Gay (Glassco) Evans Cl’52

2021 Jean Gay (Glassco) Evans Cl’52

JEAN GAY EVANS Died peacefully at home on June 15, 2021. Born March 18, 1930, in Quebec City, the daughter of Willa Florence Blanche Price and John Grant Glassco. She was predeceased by her sister June Moore, and brothers Dick… Read more2021 Jean Gay (Glassco) Evans Cl’52

2021 Diana Graeme (Nan)(Farncomb) Whyte Cl’52

DIANA GRAEME WHYTE (Nan) (nee Farncomb) February 13, 1929 – March 7, 2021 Peacefully at home at The Claremont, in Toronto, surrounded by love. Beloved wife to the late M. Peter Whyte, and much loved mother of Peter (Donna Lingeman)… Read more2021 Diana Graeme (Nan)(Farncomb) Whyte Cl’52

2021 Lois Ellen (Greenwood) Davis Cl’53

2021 Lois Ellen (Greenwood) Davis Cl’53

Lois Ellen Davis, of Schomberg, Ontario, passed away peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre on January 27, 2021 in her 90th year. Lois was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Mary (Shaw) Greenwood and her husband Richard Wendell Davis. She… Read more2021 Lois Ellen (Greenwood) Davis Cl’53

2020 Joan Morgan Farrow Cl’57

2020 Joan Morgan Farrow Cl’57

Joan died on December 24, 2020. “Her light has illuminated darkened paths, her gaze has lifted broken spirits and already her life has changed the course of many.” Born in Montreal, Joan took her nursing training at Toronto Sick Kids… Read more2020 Joan Morgan Farrow Cl’57

2020 Joy Oliver (Gilley) Cl’51

2020 Joy Oliver (Gilley) Cl’51

Joy Oliver, a graduate from the Cl’51, died on December 20, 2020. Peter Oliver, Joy’s son, wrote to the Alumnae recently and asked us to share the following….. Joy was a member of the HSC School of Nursing ’51 graduating… Read more2020 Joy Oliver (Gilley) Cl’51

2020 Dora (Lucas) Basmajian Cl’45F

2020 Dora (Lucas) Basmajian Cl’45F

DORA (LUCAS) BASMAJIAN March 21, 1923 – December 19, 2020 At ninety-seven years of age, Dora Basmajian still read voraciously, baked nonstop for friends and family, attended exercise classes, and relished get-togethers with her children Haig (Lynn), Nancy (Mark Phillips),… Read more2020 Dora (Lucas) Basmajian Cl’45F

2020 Nancy Jane Shaw Cl’48

2020 Nancy Jane Shaw Cl’48

NANCY JANE SHAW, R.N.December 21, 1926 – December 30, 2020 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Nancy Jane Shaw on December 30, 2020, having recently celebrated her 94th birthday. Nancy was a graduate of the Hospital… Read more2020 Nancy Jane Shaw Cl’48

2020 Marion Elva Monkman Cl’55

2020 Marion Elva Monkman Cl’55

16 JULY 1934 – 22 NOVEMBER 2020 Marion Monkman, beloved, only child of Archie Monkman and Elva Hulme, passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket on November 22, 2020 after a valiant struggle with Covid-19. Marian was a proud graduate… Read more2020 Marion Elva Monkman Cl’55

2020 Isobel McKinnon (nee Cation) Cl’37

2020 Isobel McKinnon (nee Cation) Cl’37

Barbara (McKinnon) Corneil, HSC Class of 1966, writes that her mother, Isobel (Cation) McKinnon of the Class of 1937 died on Nov 16, 2020 in her 106th year.  Isobel was a very proud SickKids nurse and at the time of… Read more2020 Isobel McKinnon (nee Cation) Cl’37

2020 Shelagh Dawn (Adams) Grant Cl’60F

2020 Shelagh Dawn (Adams) Grant Cl’60F

“Shelagh Dawn Grant, R.N., M.A. (History) D.Litt., F.R.C.G.S. Shelagh Dawn Grant passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2020 in her 83rd year…” Please copy link for full obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/peterborough-on/shelagh-grant-9258816

2020 Mary Karen Brown (Wilson) Cl’68

It is with sadness that we learned that Karen passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Peterborough Regional Hospital in her 72nd year. Much loved and cherished wife of nearly 50 years to Richard, devoted mother “Mutti” of… Read more2020 Mary Karen Brown (Wilson) Cl’68

2020 Irma Aliise (Penson) Fischl Cl’58

“Passed away peacefully in her sleep at Perth District Hospital on Friday May 22, 2020. Irma Fischl (nee Penson) born August 10th, 1936. Predeceased by her beloved husband Alfred Fischl just 6 weeks earlier, Irma has gone to be with… Read more2020 Irma Aliise (Penson) Fischl Cl’58

2020 Anne (Sutherland) Powell Cl’60F 

2020 Anne (Sutherland) Powell Cl’60F 

With sad hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Anne Powell of Leaskdale on March 28, 2020 at the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. Anne will be remembered for her twinkling sense of humour and hearty laugh, her desire to help others… Read more2020 Anne (Sutherland) Powell Cl’60F 

2020 Irma Seelen Cl’73

2020 Irma Seelen Cl’73

Irma died on March 11, 2020. Her love of adventure and travel started when she immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1954 at the age of two, settling in Ontario. She continued to pursue an adventurous life by becoming… Read more2020 Irma Seelen Cl’73

2020 Jacqueline (Leslie) Beaubier Cl’51

2020 Jacqueline (Leslie) Beaubier Cl’51

“Jackie died January 7, 2020 in her sleep exactly where she wanted to be, in her treasured family home in West Vancouver, BC. Born August 21, 1929 to Andrew and Norma (Kemp) Leslie, Jackie’s father was Saskatoon City Commissioner and… Read more2020 Jacqueline (Leslie) Beaubier Cl’51

2019 Heather Diduch Cl’60

Heather Kathleen Diduch (nee Nixon) passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home August 24, 2019 at the age of 80 years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her brother Bob and… Read more2019 Heather Diduch Cl’60

2019 Boni (McDowell) Townsend Cl’62

A memorial website was set up by Boni’s family after her death on June 12, 2019. Stories and memories were requested and fellow classmate, Pat Coulman responded as follows: “Sadly, the local nursing classmates of your mom from the Sick… Read more2019 Boni (McDowell) Townsend Cl’62

2019 Barbara (Rowsby) Oltsher Cl’52

We received notification of Barbara’s death on May 24, 2019. Unfortunately we have no further details.

2019 Joanne (Kennedy) Brodie Cl’69

2019 Joanne (Kennedy) Brodie Cl’69

“Died peacefully at The Carpenter Hospice on May 16, 2019, two days before her birthday. Joanne was born May 18, 1946 in Toronto. She trained as a nurse at Sick Kids Hospital and worked with her husband Dennis at their… Read more2019 Joanne (Kennedy) Brodie Cl’69

2017 Carol Ann (Fearncombe) Benn Cl’57

2017 Carol Ann (Fearncombe) Benn Cl’57

“Peacefully, with family by her side, Carol passed at Joseph Brant Hospital on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the age of 81. Predeceased by her loving husband Allan (2015). Beloved mother to Denise (Les) Rewegan, and Michelle Benn (John Burns)…. Read more2017 Carol Ann (Fearncombe) Benn Cl’57

2017 Madeleine Helen (Murray) Armstrong Cl’44F

“Died peacefully on February 25, 2017 at the age of 95. Madeleine was predeceased by her beloved husband George Christopher “Chris” of 63 years. Loving mother of Rosemary (Hal), Christina (Phil) and Janet (Ross – deceased). … Born in Toronto… Read more2017 Madeleine Helen (Murray) Armstrong Cl’44F

2017 Margaret Jane (Warren) Banfield Cl’46S

“We are sad to announce the passing of our mother Margaret Jane Banfield at home peacefully on Monday, February 20th, 2017 with family by her side. Margaret was born in Toronto on December 7th, 1923 (the youngest of 4 children)… Read more2017 Margaret Jane (Warren) Banfield Cl’46S

2017

We were made aware of the deaths of these three HSC graduates in 2017. Unfortunately we have no further information at this time. Janet (Colley) Tomes Cl’48F died in April 2017 Lynne Beckett Cl’62 died in September 2017 Janet (Taylor)… Read more2017

2016 Three HSC grads…

2016 Three HSC grads…

Linda Mary Ann (Galange) Paustai, Cl’73 “Passed away after a brief illness at the Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday January 24, 2016 at the age of 63 years. Beloved wife of Les for 42 years. Loving mother of Michael (Angie),… Read more2016 Three HSC grads…

2015 – Seven HSC grads…

2015 – Seven HSC grads…

Jacqueline (Scott) St. Gelais Cl’60 “As a result of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Jacqueline passed away on November 21, 2015. Beloved wife for 51 years of Jacques. Loving mother of Paul and late Julie. Grandmother of Alec and Francis. She… Read more2015 – Seven HSC grads…

2014 Three HSC grads…

2014 Three HSC grads…

Ella (Barkwell) Hall Cl’45F Passed away peacefully in her 92nd year in Montreal on Monday, November 10, 2014. Predeceased by her beloved husband Rea Hall, her brothers and sisters Pauline, Antoinette, Lesley and Kirbel, and survived by her beloved sister… Read more2014 Three HSC grads…

2013 Six HSC grads…

2013 Six HSC grads…

Joyce Anne (Beals) Sutherland, Cl’56F Passed peacefully Saturday, November 9, 2013 of heart failure after a brief stay at Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. Beloved wife of Donald Scott Sutherland (residing at Lakeview Manor, Beaverton). Survived by her son Stephen Sutherland and… Read more2013 Six HSC grads…

2012 Six HSC grads…

2012 Six HSC grads…

Margaret (Nesbitt) Pozner, Cl’45F Margaret died on December 29, 2012.  She was the beloved wife of the late Albert and loving mother of Brian (Kendra) and Susan. Grandmother of Jesse and Daniel. She is survived by her sister Mary Ball… Read more2012 Six HSC grads…

2010 – 2011

Prior to the devolution of the HSC Nursing Alumnae Association in the Fall of 2011 and the beginning of our website, the deaths of HSC graduates were published in the Alumnae News. Here are the last newsletters from the Spring… Read more2010 – 2011