Mrs. Ellen Edythe (Bowra) Smitjes age 79 passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on December 2, 2013. Ellen was born in Goderich, the only child of the late Frederick and Alice Bowra. Predeceased by her husband Walter Smitjes September 27, 1996. Ellen and Walter owned and operated Smitjes Cycle Shop on Whyte Avenue for many years, and she was a member of St. Stephens Anglican Church. Ellen is survived by sistersin-law Ruby Robertson, Sebringville, who was at Ellen’s side when she passed away Beatrice Smitjes, Seaforth, Dorothy Rumble, Mitchell, Betty and husband Art Pearson , Seaforth; brothers-in-law Harold Smitjes Stratford, Benjamin Smitjes, Carlingford, Predeceased by sistersinlaw Grace Smitjes,Leda Smitjes along with brothers-in-law James Robertson, Lawrence Rumble, George Smitjes, Robert Jr. Smitjes. Friends and relatives may call at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street ., Stratford on Wednesday December 4, 2013 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday December 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment in Maitland Cemetery, Goderich. Rev John Spencer will officiate. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario through the funeral home (519) 271-7411.
Visitation: Wednesday December 4, 2013 from 7-9 p.m.

Funeral Service: Thursday December 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial Donations: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

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