Leyta LaMere

Leyta LaMere

Wednesday, May 10th, 1922 Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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Obituary for Leyta Martha LaMere (Cross)

Leyta Martha LaMere (Cross) passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 26, 2020 (her beloved husband’s birthday) just 2 weeks away from her 98th birthday. Leyta was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2002 and their son Gary in 1967, her brothers Paul and Donald and her sister Doris. Leyta is survived by her children Bill (Liz), Joanne (Curtis), Denise (Norm) and Jim (Maggie); grandchildren Devin (Courtney) Ally (Eric) and Noelle (Dave), Jonathan (Marlena), Kelly (Matt), Jacy (Josh), Lee (John), Bryan (Lindsay), Heather (Mark), Candice, Michael and Katerina (Tyler) and 18 great-grandchildren and one rainbow great-grandchild. Leyta is also survived by her brother Ivan Cross; her sisters Betty Paul (Bob) and Joan Toupin, along with many nieces and nephews.
Our mother was the strength of our family.
Mom was born in Athens Ontario and married our father in 1943, residing in Ogdensburg, New York.
Our family, over the following years, lived in Ogdensburg, Hackensack, New Jersey, El Paso, Texas, Ridgefield, Connecticut and Manchester, Connecticut. Then on to Canada in 1960 residing in Ottawa, after three moves in Ottawa we moved to Sudbury and then back to Ottawa. Finally, in 1971 moved to Toronto where Mom and Dad lived until their retirement in 1989 when they moved to Orangeville. Throughout these fourteen moves our mother was the strength that kept us together.
To the many friends in Orangeville and Branch 233 of the Royal Canadian Legion, we thank you for the love and friendship that you showed our parents. The Legion was a second home to Mom and Dad for many years and the friends made there became family. The Legion and your great city meant so much to Mom and Dad and to us.
Thank you to Montgomery Chartwell Retirement Home where Mom has resided for the last five years. A very special thanks to everyone who helped during Mom’s illness, Dr. Karen Sandhu, Katherine Contois RN with St. Elizabeth, Anne Foisy with Central West LIHN, Amanda with Comfort Keepers, Vanessa OT and Lana Hickey and the entire Wellness Team at Chartwell. Their loving and compassionate care provided comfort and support to Mom and our family.
A Funeral Service will take place at later date.
A tree will be planted in memory of Leyta in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Private Visitation
  • Service

    Monday, April 27th, 2020 |
    21 First St
    Monday, April 27th, 2020
  • Interment

    Forest Lawn Cemetery
    14 Cemetery Rd
    Mono, ON
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Laura Gilroy

So sorry to hear of Leyta's passing. She was a lovely lady and also our neighbour before she moved to the Montgomery. My mother enjoyed her as a neighbour since she moved in next door in 2000. I actually used to see her at our TOPS meeting and we would joke that we had to drive 10 minutes to meet up with our next door neighbour! I will remember her as very kind and with a wonderful sense of humour. Sincere condolences, Laura Gilroy and Betty Howard.
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Your mother was such a caring , kind , warm and welcoming woman.
She lived a long wonderful life and was loved by all. She made the world a better place by her presence and her love and kindness. Her spirit will live on in her children , grandchildren and great

grandchildren. I will always remember her.
Trisha & Ed Allen
Comment | Posted at 11:24am via Condolence

Peter Rickards

Dear Joanne and Curtis. May you be comforted by the knowledge of the welcoming embrace of Jesus. Deacon Peter and Diana Rickards.
Comment | Posted at 05:16pm via Condolence

Graziella Liut

Dear Joanne and family please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved mother. May our heavenly Father welcome her with open arms to her eternal home.We are deeply sorry for your loss.Love,
Grace Liut and Family.
Comment | Posted at 01:56pm via Condolence

Teddene Long

Bob and I want to convey condolences. She must have been a wonderful lady. With respect, Bob and Teddene.
Comment | Posted at 08:31am via Condolence

William lamere

Thank you so much
Posted at 01:52pm

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