In Memory of Agatha Tawaststjerna

It is with sadness that we share the news of Agatha Tawaststjerna’s peaceful passing on December 15th, 2023 in Collingwood, Ontario. Agatha was born on April 5, 1929, in Toronto, Ontario. She was the daughter of Thomas D’Arcy and Lillian Leonard. Agatha was predeceased by Jack, Anne, Kathleen, Stephanie, and Conrad. She was the mother of Leonard (Heather), Gregory (Kathy), Sonja (Daryl), Gander (JoJo), Anna, David (Sarah), Granny to Andrew, Kevin (Charlotte), D’Arcy, Chloe, John, Olivia (predeceased), Samantha, Eve, George (Madeleine), Sean, Griffin, Thomas, Katie, and Great Granny to Sloane. Her memory will forever live on in the hearts of those she touched.

Mass took place late December in Collingwood. Donations can be made to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital

In Memory of Connie Allan

Helen Constance Allan (Connie Allan) 

February 12, 1922 – January 9, 2023

Connie passed away early in the morning on January 9, 2023 at the North York General Hospital at the age of 100, after suffering a stroke.

She will be dearly missed by her loving daughter, Barbara and by her beloved grandson, Cooper.  Connie (nee McKelvie) is predeceased by her husband Gordon, her mother, (Minnie), father (Frank) and dear brothers Clark (Betty), Frank and Bill (Faye).

Connie was kind and thoughtful, always leaving the fruits of her gardening endeavours on the doorsteps of friends.  She loved spending time with family.  She was always up for fun or a new adventure.  She and Gord had many wonderful memories of the people they met and the experiences they had while living in Newfoundland, Honduras, Toronto and Sturgeon Point.  She loved to travel. England, Iceland, Turkey and Egypt were some of her favourite trips.

Connie went to McMaster University for her teaching degree and taught home economics and “English as a Second Language” in schools across Ontario.  She loved to read and maintained a keen interest in nutrition and health throughout her life.  An excellent swimmer, in her twenties, Connie joined an ornamental swimming group in Peterborough that toured throughout Canada.  Connie had a life-long love of the outdoors and enjoyed gardening, walking, swimming, golfing and skiing.

In recent years she lived in a retirement home in Toronto where she was affectionately known as “Sparkles” and loved to walk each day, sing songs, (You Are my Sunshine) and join in exercise programs.  She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, if desired a memorial donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the CNIB would be appreciated by the family.

Please join the celebration of life, honouring Connie, on Sunday, February, 26th at 2pm in person at the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 89 Colborne St, Fenelon Falls or remotely via Zoom.

Zoom link: 

Meeting ID:  874 8049 1411

Passcode:  246967


Myrtle “Suzi” passed away peacefully on Friday, September 16th, 2022 at Bradford Valley Care, after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s. Myrtle is survived by her husband Dr. Erik Langenholt, her three sons; D’arcy (Tess), Daryl (Sonja), and Derek (Heather), and her brothers Tom (Betty), and Robert. Predeceased by her parents Lorne and Hazel Duff, her brother Ross (Alma), and her sisters Helen (Chuck Randall), and Ruth (Lloyd Short). She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren; Tyler, Brent, Renee, and Kyle, her great grandchildren; Dexter, Tanner, and Brooklyn, and her many nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was born and raised on the family farm near Port Perry where she had a joyful and active start to life with her three brothers and two sisters. In her late teens Myrtle moved to Toronto, where she attended Business College, and started a career in Advertising. About the same time, she met her first husband Donald Banks, and together they raised their three boys. After starting out in Oakville, where all three boys were born, they soon, moved to Don Mills where she lived the remaining majority of her life. Myrtle put her business career on hold for several years while she raised their three boys. Once the boys were off and running, she went back to work at a second career in real estate sales, which she did successfully for more than 20 years, until she retired in her early 60s. Mom and Erik were married in 1993. This would continue to be an active time of her life. Well into their 80’s, they both enjoyed a good part of their time travelling the world together, and the rest of the year was spent skiing, golfing or simply enjoying life at either Erik’s cottage on Georgian Bay, or Myrtle’s cottage at her beloved Sturgeon Point. She and Erik both enjoyed spending lots of time with family and grandchildren from both families. Myrtle was a woman of strong faith and was involved in bible study and the Church community throughout her life.

In Memory of Jennifer Ritchie (Barrett)

1950 – 2022

SPA is sad to announce the passing of Jennifer Ritchie.

We send our heartfelt condolences to Michael, Kellen, Taylor & Dom and their children.

Her obituary from the Globe and Mail is below.

Jennifer Ritchie, our lovely lady, wife, mother, and grandmother died suddenly but peacefully at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the age of 72. Michael Barrett (husband), Taylor Michaud (daughter) and Dominique Michaud (son-in-law), were by her side when she passed. She adored and will be missed by her son, Kellen Barrett and her grandchildren, Louie and Frances Michaud. Jennifer was the life of every party and loved to dance and be merry. Her exuberance was infections to all who knew her. She loved her summers at Sturgeon Point, golfing, being on the water and spending time with her many friends. Otherwise, you could find her on the tennis courts at the Badminton and Racquet Club where she was equally loved. From a young age, she’s loved to travel, absorbing various cultures and history like a student. Since retiring, she was able to travel extensively with Michael and friends, living life to the fullest. Her sudden passing is heart breaking but our joyous memories will see us all through. In lieu of gifts, please feel free to donate to a charity close her Jennifer’s heart; March of Dimes Canada which empowers people with disabilities.