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Toplis; Irene Christopher

Posted By Obits On March 20, 2012 @ 10:39 am In Obituaries | 69 Comments

Toplis;

TOPLIS – Irene Christopher,  92, of Milton, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Monday, March 19th, 2012.

           Born in Grand Prairie, AB, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Winnifred (Christopher) Freeman.

Irene graduated from Normal College in 1939 and taught school for over 40 years until her retirement in 1980. She was a life member of Milton Baptist Church and a founding member of the Queens Quilters. She was a member of the Gorham Chapter of the I.O.D.E. and past member of Arbutus Chapter # 30 Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her son John (Elsa) of Milton and grandchildren, Kevin and Joanne (Terry), as well as step-grandchildren Shawn (Heather) and Krista (David); step-great-granddaughter Gracie Baker and a nephew Murray Freeman of Blockhouse.

She was predeceased by her husband John, infant sister Ruth and her brother William.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 from 7 until 9 p.m. in Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral service will be Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Milton Baptist Church. Reverend Corey Pickens officiating. Reception to follow in the church vestry. Burial to be held at a later date, following cremation. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Milton Baptist Church Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com

 

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Condolence from Pam & Brian Foley on March 20th, 2012 12:37 pm

John
So sad to hear of your mom’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Condolence from Corina & Willis Huphman on March 20th, 2012 1:14 pm

Corina & Willis says:

So sorry to hear of your loss…Mrs. Toplis was a very sweet lady, and will be fondly remembered for her caring ways…I had her as a teacher in school and she was an AWESOME teacher…cherrish the memories!!!

Condolence from Sylvia Collins on March 20th, 2012 1:27 pm

We remember Irene with great fondness and know that after her long journey can now rest. John you have been a good son.
Sylvia

Condolence from Valerie & John Kempton on March 20th, 2012 1:48 pm

John and family,

Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Pam & Wayne Mansfield on March 20th, 2012 2:03 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss…Our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Condolence from Sharon & Philip Thorbourne on March 20th, 2012 2:23 pm

Sorry to here about your moter’s passing. Our prayers & thought are with you.
Sharon & Philip

Condolence from Dawn & Gary Roberton on March 20th, 2012 2:25 pm

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Lanny & Bea DeLong on March 20th, 2012 2:51 pm

n and Family,
Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She is now at peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Stewart & Rose Mooers on March 20th, 2012 3:08 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Your mom was a lovely lady and will be missed. God Bless!

Condolence from Erin Ingram on March 20th, 2012 3:10 pm

John and family

I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Barry & Connie Cole on March 20th, 2012 3:24 pm

We are sorry to hear of your mother passing.Our thoghts and prayers are with you at this sad time Keep your happy memories of your mother with you always.

Condolence from Ron & Barb Campbell on March 20th, 2012 3:38 pm

We are sorry to hear of your mother passing. Our condolences to the Toplis family.

Condolence from Walter/Sherri on March 20th, 2012 4:06 pm

John and Family:
We are sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.Our condolences to you all at this sad time.

Condolence from Michelle Winters on March 20th, 2012 5:00 pm

so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing I will be praying for you John

Condolence from Roger & Valerie Wilcox on March 20th, 2012 5:07 pm

We are thinking about you and your family during this difficult time of sorrow. We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Mark & Rose Wright on March 20th, 2012 5:55 pm

John, Elsa and family: We hope you can relax knowing that your mother is now at peace and resting in God’s arms…keep your good memories close to your heart…take care, and God Bless!

Condolence from Ron Zwicker , Noweta Nickerson, and Vincent Oickle on March 20th, 2012 6:20 pm

John and family…..sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of a very wonderful lady…..great memories of her presence growing up in Milton….you are all in our thoughts at this sad time…

Condolence from Carol and Fred Trainor on March 20th, 2012 8:09 pm

Johhnie and Elsa,
Carol and I are saddened by the passing of your mom. No matter how old we get, Buddy, I will always remember the times we spent at your house on Saturdays and your Mom;s french fries. (I remember breaking your arm in the sandbox, too, but you have hopefully forgiven me for that by now). Think of you often.
Freddie.

Condolence from Elise (Collings) Leung on March 20th, 2012 8:11 pm

My deepest condolences at your loss. I will remember Mrs Toplis for her kind and gracious manner and her warm smile. She was always so friendly and welcoming in her way and made me feel special whenever I was in her company. She holds a special place in my memories of Milton.

Condolence from Phyllis & Gerry Leaman on March 21st, 2012 1:36 am

We will remember her grace and kindness. She lived a full life and finally is at peace Still difficult for the family but she is now in a better place with no suffering Our thoughts are with you all.

Condolence from Barb and Brian Fralic on March 21st, 2012 1:50 am

John and Elsa, our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Barb and Brian

Condolence from Susan MacLeod on March 21st, 2012 2:13 am

John, Elsa and family, I am sorry you have lost your Mom. I had the pleasure of a brief conversation with her at McDonald’s a while ago. She was a lovely lady and a remarkable teacher. Susan MacLeod

Condolence from Don Inness on March 21st, 2012 3:02 am

My deepest sympathies at the loss of your mother John
Donnie

Condolence from Peggy & Francis Payzant on March 21st, 2012 4:12 am

Dear John & Elsa,

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s Passing. Alway’s remember the Happy Times you all had together. Our thought’s and Prayer’s are with you all at this most difficult time.
Sincerely,
Peggy & Francis.

Condolence from Norman Rafuse on March 21st, 2012 4:34 am

John and family, sorry for your loss of your mother, I will always remember her as a sweet, dear lady. My prayers are with you. Norman

Condolence from Marina Jesso on March 21st, 2012 5:01 am

John and Family, So very sorry to hear that your mother has passed.She was a very nice lady. My prayers are with you.

Condolence from Judi & Ken on March 21st, 2012 6:28 am

John, Elsa & family:

Our sincere sympathy to you on the loss of a lovely lady.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judi & Ken

Condolence from Ted and Sherri Roy on March 21st, 2012 6:47 am

So sorry to hear of your Mom`s passing. I [Sherri] had her in school and she truly was one of my favorite teachers. A lovely woman.
Take care, Sherri and Ted

Condolence from Katherine Archibald on March 21st, 2012 6:48 am

John and family .So sorry to her of your mom;s passing .She was one classy lady .

Condolence from Cookie Trainor on March 21st, 2012 7:13 am

John, Elsa and family
So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was my favourite teacher in Junior High and I especially enjoyed the choral group that she directed. She was also a very dedicated IODE member and she worked very hard for the Chapter. My thoughts are with at this time.,
Cookie

Condolence from Wayne & Wendy Orme on March 21st, 2012 7:21 am

Dear John and Family

Sorry tro here of your mom’s passing. Had her as a grade 5 teacher and never forgot her.

Condolence from joanie and peter davies on March 21st, 2012 7:49 am

Our condolences to you and your family, God bless!

Condolence from Craig Condon on March 21st, 2012 8:19 am

Dear John and family,

My mother and I were very saddened to hear of Irene’s passing. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. We hope that you can take some comfort in the knowledge that she is at rest in God’s arms. OUr thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad, difficuolt time.

Condolence from Donna Denison on March 21st, 2012 11:03 am

John, sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.

Condolence from Jean Smith on March 21st, 2012 11:52 am

John- sorry to hear of your Mom – my dear cousin Irene- passing- my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Condolence from Peggy & John Whynot on March 21st, 2012 2:16 pm

Dear John, Elsa & Family:

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a sweet lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad & difficult time.

Condolence from Ralph & Shirley Morton on March 21st, 2012 2:23 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Toplis. She was a lovely Lady and a great teacher. She had to leave many great memories. Cheerish them dearly.

Condolence from Bill & Wendy Stewart on March 21st, 2012 3:48 pm

John,

We were sorry to read in the paper today of your mom’s passing. No doubt a good life well lived. Imagine all the lives she would have touched over the years! Our thoughts are with you and Elsa.

Condolence from Irving and Jeanette Whynot on March 21st, 2012 5:45 pm

So sorry for your loss John. Irving and Jeanette Whynot

Condolence from Corrie & John Locke on March 21st, 2012 7:05 pm

Dear John and Elsa and family,
So sorry about your mother’s passing. No matter what age, it’s hard to lose them. We are thinking about you at this sad time. Cherish your good memories of her.
Love, Corrie & John

Condolence from Ed and Ann Olscamp on March 21st, 2012 7:27 pm

John, Elsa and Family,

We just heard of your Mom’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Selma Hebb on March 21st, 2012 8:46 pm

So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you. Take comfort in knowing that your mother is now in a beautiful place.

Condolence from Sherman and Eleanor Roberts on March 22nd, 2012 4:56 am

Dear John and Elsa:
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She taught me in grade 5 and was an excellent teacher as well as listener. I still remember her well. Please let us offer our sincere condolences and take this time to remember her and who she was.
Sincerely,
Eleanor and Sherman

Condolence from Anne and Darrell Conrad on March 22nd, 2012 5:42 am

John, Elsa and families –

Our thoughts are with you at this time. Take comfort knowing that Mrs. Toplis lived a wonderful life and is now at peace.

Condolence from Anne and Darrell Conrad on March 22nd, 2012 5:42 am

John, Elsa and families –

Our thoughts are with you at this time. Take comfort knowing that Mrs. Toplis lived a wonderful life and is now at peace.

Condolence from Milton Community Association on March 22nd, 2012 5:45 am

John, Elsa and Families

We send our sincerest sympathies to you all. The community has lost a wonderful lady!!!

Condolence from Fred & Dot Lohnes on March 22nd, 2012 9:27 am

Our condolences to you and your family (Take Care)

Condolence from Darlene & Wayne Trimm on March 22nd, 2012 12:03 pm

John and family, Sorry to hear of your moms’ passing. I know you have alot of great memories to help you through this tough time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Peggy Kelley on March 22nd, 2012 2:14 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.

Condolence from Danny &Bernadette Manthorne on March 22nd, 2012 2:15 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Condolence from ron laing on March 22nd, 2012 4:21 pm

Soeey to hear the passing of your MOM/ she was my teacher and i would see her every time i come home

Condolence from mike turner on March 22nd, 2012 7:48 pm

92 years , she was a great lady John

Condolence from merna Rideout Olsson on March 22nd, 2012 8:55 pm

Dear John and family. Very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a great lady and school teacher. I know it’s hard, but she is at rest now and you will see her again someday up in Heaven.

Condolence from Gary and Donna Jollimore on March 22nd, 2012 9:57 pm

Sincere condolences in the passing of your Mom. Keep your memories close during this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Gary abd Donna Jollimore on March 22nd, 2012 10:02 pm

Sincere condolences in the passing of your Mom. Keep your memories close to help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts. take care.

Condolence from Deborah DeChamp on March 22nd, 2012 10:22 pm

My condolences to Mrs. Toplis’s family. I had her as a school teacher and remember her as a very very nice lady. She is now with the Angels in heaven.

Condolence from Allan & Beth LaRocque on March 23rd, 2012 5:16 am

John and family. Sorry to hear of your mothers passing. We are happy that you got to spend her 92th birthday with her. I am sure she knew you were all there. Take care and God bless.

Condolence from Frank and Jane Croft on March 23rd, 2012 8:01 am

Our Deepest Sympathy to you John and your family for the loss of your Loved one

Condolence from Bonnie Muise on March 23rd, 2012 1:26 pm

Dear John & Elsa,

I feel so sad that the old neighbourhood is missing one of the final members! She was a true lady and I always felt like I was more special for having known and lived near a teacher. I will always remember the last time we spoke and she got to meet my grandson. It just seemed natural for her to meet the next generation. I hope you both will have wonderful memories of her! Take care of yourselves, I am praying for her as she crosses over!
Bonnie Muise

Condolence from Marion & Ron Haslam on March 23rd, 2012 3:26 pm

To John and family,
Our thoughts are with you, at this sad time.
All your family in England send their condolences.
We remember Irene with love and admiration, she was a lovely, lovely person, and you have been a good son John.

Condolence from Vicki Roach on March 23rd, 2012 6:30 pm

So sorry for your loss. May your many good memories comfort you at this sad time.

Condolence from Lorraine and Robert Quinn on March 23rd, 2012 11:33 pm

I first knew Irene when she was my teacher in Liverpool, and later when I, also, became a teacher and a school administrator, I had many occasions to work with her. She was a fantastic influence on many generations of children and her fellow teachers. This will be her enduring legacy. Lorraine and I wish to express our sincere condolences to Irene’s family.

Condolence from Vernon & Joyce Hawkes on March 24th, 2012 6:56 am

John, Elsa and family.
So sorry to learn of the loss of your mom.
We loved having her at Queens Quilters.
A great lady.
Thinking of you

Condolence from Peggy (Wigglesworth) Anderson on March 24th, 2012 8:05 am

My condonences to all the family. Ms. Toplis was my 7th grade home teacher at Liverpool Junior High and I never forgot her. Blessing to all of you. Peggy Anderson

Condolence from Stephen and Zona Hatt on March 24th, 2012 5:10 pm

Dear John, Elsa and Family

Your Mom was such a sweet lady. Whenever she would go by our home she always said it was so great to see cloths hanging on the line. She always said she enjoyed”the children” she taught. Your Mom was Blessed with a loving family and a profession she loved. Fond memories never leave one’s heart. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

God Bless
Zona and Stephen

Condolence from Wayne & Jackie Oickle on March 25th, 2012 5:51 am

Wayneand I were so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was my grade 5 teacher, she was my favourite teacher. She was a lovely lady who will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Wayne and Jackie Oickle

Condolence from Donald and Diane White on March 26th, 2012 5:30 am

So very sorry John to hear of your mothers passing, she was always a very nice lady to me growing up in the neighbourhood and later in life when we did work for her, I really enjoyed talking with her, she had time for us all in this busy life. God Bless her.

Condolence from Annette Burke on April 20th, 2012 2:08 pm

Mrs. Toplis was my Sixth Grade teacher. She was a wonderful teacher and instilled in me a love for learning. I remember the books that she read to us and the lessons that she taught. Truly a wonderful lady and educator.

I am sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Larry and Lynn (Kempton) Lowe on May 5th, 2012 12:29 pm

Dear John and Elsa (and family)
Sometimes we get so caught up with our own problems that we don’t take the time to reach out to others in their time of need. Please forgive me for that.
Your Mother always showed an interest in others, and her kindness was always accompanied by an encouraging word. Even with our age difference, I always felt that she was a friend. Maybe it had something to do with her “motherly ways” after I lost my own Mother at age 14.
My love and prayers are with you all.
… Lynn

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