Jean Waechter

Jean Eloise Waechter (Hetherington)

June 1st, 1935 - April 9th, 2020
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Passed away on Thursday, April 9th, 2020, at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, with loving family by her side, Jean Eloise (Hetherington) Waechter, a former resident of Ball Street, Tillsonburg, in her 85th year. Born in Glen Meyer, Ontario, daughter of the late Gordon Hetherington and the late Gladys (Axford) Hetherington. Jean was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to her family, which she treasured very much. She will be fondly remembered for her incredible cooking and baking abilities, as well as her love for dancing. Jean is reunited in Heaven with her beloved husband and best friend of 60 wonderful years Jerome “Jerry” John Waechter (July 13, 2015). Loving mother and mother-in-law of Deborah Jean (Michael) Stark, of London; Cheryl Anne (Ted) Burton, of Tillsonburg; and Michael (Alison) Waechter, of Simcoe. Proud and loving grandmother of Devon and Jillian Stark. Loved sister of Jay Hetherington (Mary), of Tillsonburg and survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Predeceased by a brother Lee Hetherington (Donna), a twin-sister June (Jim Lowe) and a sister Verna (Don Graydon). Jean was dedicated to her community, working seasonally in tobacco, then later in the office at the Met Store, Tillsonburg. Jerry and Jean were especially dedicated to supporting our local Royal Canadian Legion Br. #153 as part-time stewards and bartenders for twenty-seven years. She also worked in the office at British Leaf Tobacco, Tillsonburg for several years. Jean was a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Catholic Women’s League for several years.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a private family viewing and visitation has taken place in the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES – BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg. A Private Family Graveside Service by Rev. Father John Pirt, of St. Mary’s Church followed in the Waechter family plot of the Tillsonburg Cemetery.

On Jean’s tribute page (at, relatives and friends are invited to share their favourite photos, memories, express condolences, send flowers or make memorial donation in honour of Jean to the “Kidney Foundation of Canada” or to the “Canadian Diabetes Association” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes (519-842-4238), which has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements. Funeral Mass will be held at a later date with details to be announced in the future.

“The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Cedarview Retirement Home, Woodstock, Harvest Crossing Retirement Community, Tillsonburg, Terrace Lodge, Aylmer and the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, for their remarkable kindness and attentive care of mom.”
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  • Interment

    Monday, April 13th, 2020 |
    Monday, April 13th, 2020
    Tillsonburg Cemetery
    191-193 Simcoe Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario
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    Private Family Graveside Service by Rev. Fr. John Pirt of St. Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg
Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.


  • Catholic Women's League
  • Royal Canadian Legion


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Ann Ellenberger

Posted at 01:33pm
Dear Debbie, Cheryl, Mike and families: We were saddened to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Our deepest condolences.
Sincerely, Ann & Walt Ellenberger

Mike Gouin

Posted at 11:10am
So very sorry to hear of Jean's passing. We are sending our condolences to Jean.'s family. Jean was a wonderful woman and very funny.Jean(Sam) worked for me at the Metropolitan Store .She was a wonderful woman..Well loved by everyone. She will be sadly missed..R.I.P. Jean(Sam).

Mike and Deb Gouin.

herve claudette rancourt

Posted at 09:26pm
Our Deepest Sympathy to The Family. Herve Claudette Rancourt

rob persia

Posted at 07:19pm
Mike and family .
I am sorry for your loss. I remember your mom and dad from the legion back in good days.

Darlene Papaioannou

Posted at 06:21pm
My sincere sympathy to all the family. I have had many fond memories with Jean over the years. Darlene Papaioannou

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