Stella Loncke

Stella Helena Loncke (Petillion)

January 19th, 1930 - December 5th, 2019
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Passed away, peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, on December 5th, 2019, Stella Helena (Petillion) Loncke, in her 90th year. Born in Manitoba, daughter of the late Jules Petillion and the late Irma (Claerebout) Petillion.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Albert J. Loncke. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Jane Marie Loncke (Ivan Spasic). Cherished “Grandmo” of Alexa Helena. Survived by her dear twin sister Irene Spohn (predeceased by her brother-in-law Joseph and nephew Wayne). Fondly remembered as “Tante Stella” by her many nieces and nephews and will be missed by her many cousins and friends across Canada and in Belgium.

Stella and Albert were proud tobacco farmers for many years at South Middleton, and together planned and enjoyed family gatherings, dancing, and the summertime farm visits with their nieces and nephews. Always a supporter and companion of her daughter Jane, “Mom” accompanied the local basketball team to games near and far, hosted many special occasion events, travelled across Canada, USA and Europe, and was extremely proud of her daughter’s career, awards and accomplishments. Stella enjoyed many activities throughout her life including doing needlework, crocheting, playing cards and bingo, maintaining her “immaculate” properties, cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and of course staying connected with family and to the weather, world events and the music of André Rieu via her iPad. Her granddaughter Alexa Helena was the “light and love of her life” and the times they spent together in Tillsonburg have provided Alexa with special memories of her “Grandmo” for a lifetime. Stella was active in her church and community. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and a Life Member of, and volunteer with the CWL for over sixty years. Stella co-led the Jolly Makers for a number of years and also was an Outreach Ministry Team Member.

The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to all those relatives, friends and neighbours who have been supportive to Stella throughout her life, and to her and her family during this challenging time. The family appreciates the compassionate care and caring that they received at London Health Sciences, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (Integrated Stroke Unit) and the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. A special thanks to Drs. Abdulla and Caperchione, and the Pastoral Team of St. Mary’s Parish.

Friends, neighbours and relatives are invited to attend a public visitation on Sunday, December 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES – BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg (519) 842-4238. CWL Rosary Service will be held on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 9th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Tillsonburg by Rev. Fr. John Pirt. Interment follows in the Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery, Langton. Memorial donations in Stella’s memory can be made to “St. Mary’s Church Building Fund” or to “Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

*To make a memorial donation to St. Mary's R.C. Church in memory of Stella, please copy and paste the following link into your browser: DOL-STMARYTILS.PLLENTY.COM

*please also notify the funeral home of this donation so that we are able to notify Stella's family. Thank you.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    262 Broadway Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 3R7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Rosary Service

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 4:00pm
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    262 Broadway Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 3R7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, December 9th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg, Ontario
    51 Venison Street West
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 1V1
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Fr. John Pirt
  • Interment

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Monday, December 9th, 2019 12:30pm
    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery
    24 Albert Street
    Langton, Ontario N0E 1G0
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    Interment will be held on Monday at 12:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart R.C Cemetery, Langton (estimated).
  • Reception

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 |
    Monday, December 9th, 2019
    St. Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg, Ontario
    51 Venison Street West
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 1V1
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Dianne and Joe Van Wijk

Posted at 05:52pm
Jane, Ivan and Alexa, please accept our sincere condolences on the recent passing of your Mom, Stella. I don't believe we ever had the pleasure of meeting Stella in person, but certainly recall your having spoken lovingly of her and picture vividly the beautiful, white bed cover Stella crocheted for my mother, Mary (Lierman). It was such a stunning contrast against Mom's royal blue, satin spread. We also recall Alexa saying how much she loved her summertime stays with Stella in the country. Joe and I wholly appreciate that you drew comfort in having the opportunity to be at your Mom's side in her final days. Love, Dianne and Joe Van Wijk.

Janet Demarest

Posted at 05:13pm
Our deepest sympathy to all of Aunt Stella's family, especially Jane, Ivan and Alexa. Your mom will be greatly missed but will always be remembered through the wonderful memories you have. Wishing you peace and sending love at this difficult time and in the days ahead.
Love from Roger and Janet Demarest and family

Gustav Azari

Posted at 11:08am
With heartfelt condolences,
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Gerry & Cathy Greenfield

Posted at 01:03pm
To Jane & family,
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have fond memories of your Mom during our years in high school. She was a kind soul and just a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Gerry & Cathy (Majorcsak) Greenfield

Jennie Purser

Posted at 09:53am
Stella was the most incredible neighbour. Through the years she delighted in watching our children grow up, sending gifts and well wishes. I appreciated our many chats about the good and challenging times . I truly loved Stella. She was a wonderful lady. I will really miss her. Hugs to all who's lives she touched.
Jennie Purser

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