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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
July 2017


CRANE, Susanna (Lefrense)
The Cape Breton Post, August 3, 2017
Passed on: July 31st, 2017

We, the family of Susanna Crane nee LeFrense, regret to announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and sister on Monday, July 31, 2017. Born in Isle Aux Morts, NFLD, she was the eldest daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Lillington) LeFrense. She was an active member of St. Albans Church. Mom was best known for her fabulous meals and baking goods, especially her chocolate chip cookies which she shared with everyone around her. She also enjoyed senior socials and playing shuffleboard with her many friends. Mom would sit in her rocking chair and knit for hours making sweater sets for all the new born babies or dishcloths for anyone who wanted them.

Sue is survived by her children, Sue (Donald) MacPhee, Ruth MacNeil, Debbie Crane and Blair (Lori Butts) Crane, and special daughter, Darlene (Kerry) MacDonald; grandchildren, Shane, Darren, Shawna, Dean, Melissa, Justin, Emily and Declan; special granddaughter, Baby Blair; great grandchildren, Cody, Spencer, Emma, Rowan, Rylan, Raylynn, and special great grandchildren, Devyn and Nevaeh. She is also survived by sisters, Una (Tom) Seymour, Doris Hayman-Dennis, Betty (Charlie) Benoit, Mary-Ann (Frank) Durnford; brothers, John (late Edna) LeFrense, Randolph (Starla) LeFrense and Abbott (Ann) LeFrense, and sister-in-law, Dulcie Best. She was predeceased by her husband, George; son, David; sister, Barbara Crane, and brothers, Clayton LeFrense and Hector Best.

Visitation will take place Thursday 7-9 p.m., and Friday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday 11 a.m. at St. Albans Church with Rev. Reg MacDonald officiating. Internment at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations can be made to St. Albans Church. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at or e-mail

The Cape Breton Post, July 17, 2017
Born in Rose Blanche, Newfoundland and Labrador on June 12th, 1928
Passed in North Sydney, Nova Scotia on July 15th, 2017
It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Hazel Valencha Johnston, age 89, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Rose Blanche, Newfoundland on June 12, 1928, Hazel was the daughter of the late Aaron and Elizabeth (Best) Shepherd. Hazel worked for many years in retail, first at Ingraham's United and then later at Zellers, North Sydney until she retired. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in North Sydney and volunteered at the Northside Community Guest Home.

She is survived by her two daughters, Pauline (Conrad) Larade, Sydney and Betty (Jack) Van Roestel, Woodsville, NS, and one son, Ernie (Jeannie) Johnston, Lower Canard, NS; her seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Charlie Shepherd and sister, Harriet Scott, both of North Sydney, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred Johnston, and her sisters, Ellen, Winnie and Marion. The family would like to thank special neighbors Keith and Sibbie Moores, and Steve Clarke for always watching out for Hazel, to Dr. Peter Poulos for the many years of caring for our mother, to the nursing staff of 4East and 2West at Northside General Hospital and to all of Mom's friends who transported her and played cards with her the last number of years.

Visitation for Hazel will be held 1-2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church with Rev. Julio Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Family flowers only requested. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

SNOOK, Viola Eliza
The Cape Breton Post, July 26, 2017
Born September 14th, 1931

It is with the deepest of sadness and unbearable sorrow that we the children of Viola Eliza Snook, 85, announce her sudden passing, July 24, 2017, at the CB Regional Hospital, surrounded by her children.
Our Mom was born on September 14, 1931 in a small town in Newfoundland called Jersey Harbour. Mom worked hard all her life for her husband and eight children. When her children were young she worked for individual families as a house keeper but when her youngest child was old enough, she went to work as a personal care worker, until her hearing loss caused her to give up her dream job. Mom always wanted to be a nurse, but as Newfoundland was not yet a part of Canada, being the eldest, she was forced to quit school in grade 7 to help her immediate family of 12 brothers and sisters. Mom met and married Dad (Stephen) in Newfoundland but when Dad had to fish off Glace Bay, she decided to move herself to Glace Bay, to be with him and to start her family.

Mom truly loved her Bible and its author Jehovah God, and we are sure of her safe keeping in his hands. One of her favourite scriptures was Isaiah 25: 8 "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces" and John 5: 28,29, in part it talks about the resurrection hope. She kept these scriptural hopes close to her heart and many more like it and tried to instill these principals in her children.

Mom was the daughter of the late Frank and Lillian Stoodley. Mom is survived by her sons, Jim (Beverley) and Sheldon (Helen MacDonald); daughters, Dorothy Doucette, Brenda (Mark Appleton), Cheryl, Rhonda MacMullin (Steve). Mom is also survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Rose (Jack deceased) Sydney, Alice Gillis, Glace Bay, Mabel Hill (Ed), Maxine Courty (Rome), Linda Bogers (Pierre deceased) and Marge (Joe), she thought of Marge as a daughter more than a sister, all in Ontario; brothers, Eric and Albert (Yvonne, whom she loved like a sister), Glace Bay, Jim (Doreen), Marion Bridge, Winston (Raylene), Newfoundland, Gordon, Seaview Manor, Glace Bay, and sister-in-law, Susie Devoe, Sydney. Mom was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who will miss her dearly.

Mom had a wonderful extended family in Newfoundland the Lilly family that we would like to acknowledge. Mom dearly loved her dog Precious, who would let her know someone was at "the door".

Besides her parents she is predeceased by her husband, Stephen Eric; sons, Stevie and Kevin; son-in-law, George, and brother, John; mother and father-in-law, Morgan and Julia Snook; brothers-in-law, Jack Rose, Henry and Tom Snook; Pierre Bogers, John Devoe; sisters-in-laws, Mary and Is abel Snook.

There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 where family will visit with family and friends from 1 p.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m., her brother, Albert officiating, in Patten Funeral Home and Chapel 71 Union St., Glace Bay.

The family would like to acknowledge Jack Campbell and Melissa Daley for their love, care and concern throughout the years. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the SPCA, or a charity of ones choice.



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