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The Compass Obituaries
June 2011

The Compass is a community newspaper
for the Conception Bay North/Trinity Bay areas.
It is published weekly on Tuesday.



BATTEN, Elsa Rose [nee Keefe]
February 1929 - June 2011
Elsa died June 28, 2011 in the company of her family at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. She is survived by Roy, her husband of 59 years, sons Garrett [Lenea], Darrell [Patricia], and Kevin [Elaine]; six grandchildren: Elizabeth, Margaret, David, Evan, Jason and Aidan; three great-grandchildren: Sara, Evelyn and Arthur; one sister Jeanette Keefe, of Toronto, and a large extended family. Elsa was predeceased by her parents A.A. [Gus] Keefe and Ethel Keefe of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, six sisters; Ada, Gwendolyn, Mary, Irene, Marina, Edythe; and three brothers: Raymon, Irving, Calvin. Elsa was a graduate of the St. John's General Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. Her career in nursing spanned 35 years retiring as an Asst. Administrator of the Misericordia Hospital in 1985. At Elsa's request there will be no formal memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cross Cancer Institute, or a charity of your choice.

KING, MARIA (WHALEN) - Maria ( Whalen) King, age 92 of Everett, MA U.S.A. retired nurse's aide, having worked at the Whidden Memorial Hospital for 35 years, passed away on Thursday June 9th after a brief illness. She was 92 years old. Wife of the late Clifford "Cliff " King. Beloved mother of Carl King and Iris Ulm, both of Everett. Formerly from Bauline and Broad Cove, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, she is the daughter of the late William J. and Florence (Butt) Whalen. Dear sister of Louisa Delaney of Newfoundland and the late Herbert Whalen, Ormond Whalen, Myrtle Fraser, Madeline Bulger and Bernadette Whalen. Aunt of Florence Fraser of Everett. Also lovingly survived by three grandchildren, Wayne Ulm of ME, Dawn Ulm of VA, Deborah Doria of PA, three great-grandchildren, Briana Ulm of Everett, Adrian Ulm of VA, Chris Kirmes of Everett, two step greatgrandchildren, Anthony and Nichols Doria of PA and many nieces and nephews in Newfoundland. Maria attended schools in Newfoundland before coming to the United States in 1956. She settled in Everett 52 years ago, where she raised her family. Maria enjoyed going home to Newfoundland every summer since 1962. She was an active member of the Sea Breeze Senior Club in Newfoundland during her summers there. Maria has been coming home to Newfoundland every summer since 1962 and made her last trip in September 2010. Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the William R. Carafa & Son Funeral Home in Chelsea, MA. Interment will be at a later date in the United Church Cemetery at Broad Cove, Newfoundland. For those who wish, donations in Maria's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.

PELLEY, Edward B. - Passed peacefully away at the Harbour Lodge Nursing Home, Carbonear on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Edward B. Pelley of Carbonear, age 84 years. Predeceased by: wife: Dora; sisters: Sophie and Rose; brothers: Arthur, William, Silas, Malcolm and Frank. Left to mourn, three daughters: Joan (Gus) Dillon, Witless Bay, Doreen (Douglas) Bishop, Upper Island Cove and Sandra (Brian) Morgan, CBS; four sons: Russell (Sylvia), Mount Pearl, Clarence (Marie), Yellowknife, Stanley (Elsie), Carbonear and Randy ( Wanda), Kitchener, ON; sixteen grandchildren: Mary, Mark, Kelly, Brian, Bradley, Brent, Simone, Siobhan, Andrew, Kena, Loretta, Sheena, Jonathan, Amy, Pamela and Phillip; twelve great-grandchildren: Amanda, Faith, Jenny, Daniel, Isaac, Noah, Keegan, Leah, Hailey, Reid, Owen and Ryan; three sisters: Florence Butt, Kitchener, ON, Annie (Clifford) Garland and Jean Clarke, both of Carbonear; also a large number of other relatives and friends. A private family visitation and private funeral service was held from Noel's Memorial Chapel, Carbonear. Interment took place in the Gospel Hall Cemetery, Carbonear. As expression of sympathy, donations in his memory may be made to the TCP Health Foundation. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Noel's Funeral Homes, Carbonear. Please visit to sign the memorial guest book.

POTTLE, ELIZABETH M. "MOLLIE" - Passed peacefully away at the Interfaith Citizen's Home, Carbonear on Thursday, June 9, 2011, Elizabeth M. "Mollie" Pottle of Job's Cove, age 96 years. Predeceased by husband Absalom, daughter Shirley Tucker, son Gordon, son-in-law Lloyd Tucker, sisters and brothers. Left to mourn, three grandchildren, Gary Pottle (Stephanie), Alberta, Denise (Eddy) Oliver, Ontario and Darlene (Douglas) Hopkins, Burnt Point, five great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law; Blanche Pottle, Job's Cove and Annie Lewis, Charwood Manor, Carbonear. Also a large number of other relatives and friends. Rested at Noel's Funeral Home, Main Highway, Western Bay. Rev. John Davis conducted the funeral service on Sunday, June 12 from Memorial United Church, Burnt Point. Interment took place in Faith United Cemetery, Job's Cove. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Noel's Funeral Home, Western Bay. Please visit to sign the memorial guest book.

ROWE, ELLA GLADYS (nee DAVIS)- It is with deep sadness and love, we announce that Ella Gladys Rowe (nee Davis) passed peacefully away at the Glenbrook Lodge on Torbay Road in St. John's with family by her side on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the age of 86. Predeceased by her husband Frederick E. Rowe (1989), sister Minnie Morris and three brothers Clifford, Melvin, and Hubert Davis. Left to mourn are her daughters Marilyn Mayo (Ted), Gander, Beverley Furlong (Gerald), Torbay, Debbie Sparkes (Roy), Bay Roberts and one son Elliot Rowe (Josephine), Labrador City; nine grandchildren Cheryl, Craig, Deanne, Shawn, Justin, Courtney, Stefan, Brittany and Adam; nine great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Mae Davis, Francis Taylor and Marge Barnes and many other relatives and friends. Rested at Carnell's Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Friday, June 17, 2011. Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from the Carnell Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at the Pentecostal Cemetery, Carbonear. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society. To send a message of condolence or to sign the memorial guestbook, please visit

TRAVERSE, Kenneth L., 79, of Chesapeake City, MD - passed away Friday evening, June 10, 2011 surrounded by his living family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Newfoundland, Canada to Leamon and Clara Traverse. In 1965, he relocated his family to the United States where he worked as a telecommunications manager for Western Union International. He retired from Western Union, now MCI, in 1981 but continued to work for another 19 years. Retiring in 2000 from TRT, he was finally able to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes - golf. Kenneth enjoyed watching sports of all types, particularly hockey, golf and baseball. He knew every player and could recall specific details of every play dating back to his childhood. He had an expansive memory and loved to read, do crossword puzzles and enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, he will be deeply missed by his wife of 56 years, Eulah Traverse; children, Debi Traverse of Chesapeake City, MD, Suzanne Reno of Milford, NJ, Timothy Traverse of Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Heather Patricco and her husband, Kenneth, of Middletown, DE; grandchildren, Jessica Walsh, Megan and Abbie Reno, and Emma, Daniel and Shelby Patricco, as well a three brothers, one sister and a host of other friends and family. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 15, at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC. Interment will be private. His family suggests memorial contributions be made to Gros Morne National Park, P. O. Box 130, Rocky Harbor, NL A0K 4N0.

WILLIAMS, FLORA (SMITH) - passed peacefully away at the Harbour Lodge Nursing Home on Sunday, June 19, 2011, Mrs. Flora Williams of Bishop's Cove, age 96 years. Predeceased by husband John, son Israel and grandson David, sisters; Mabel Sheppard, Edith Sheppard and Myrtle Tucker, brothers; Lewis Smith and Israel Smith. Leaving to mourn, sons Leander (Daphne) Upper Island Cove, John (Flora) Mount Pearl, Wallace (Dorothy) Bishops Cove, Daughters Winnifred King (Ned) Carbonear, Drucella Greeley (Harvey) Upper Island Cove, Pearl Farrell (Leonard) Harbour Grace, Cavell Smith (Max-deceased) Scarborough, ON, Joan Parsons (Newman) Coley's Point, Donna Howell (Harold) Paradise: 21 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren as well as a large circle of relatives and friends. Rested at Young's Funeral Home, Spaniard's Bay. Funeral took place on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 2 p.m at St.John the Evangelist Church Bishop's Cove. Interment at St. John's Anglican Cemetery, Bishops' Cove. Donations in her memory may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, Bishop's Cove.



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