Whanganui Funeral Notices

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ATKINSON: Jeanette Dale (Jenny) nee Ansley

Passing: 27th May 2022
Funeral: 7th June 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Published: 31st May 2022

Dempsey & Forrest

On 27th May 2022, peacefully at home, aged 75 years.

Much loved mother and mother in law of Raelene and Mike, Leon and Rone.

Cherished Nana Jenny of Jesse, and Great Nana Jenny of Rhyan and MacKenzie.

Loved daughter of the late Wilfred (Doughy) Ansley and the late Molly Ansley.

A loved sister, sister in law and aunt.

Best friend of Dion and Anne Ngatai, and Juleen Warrahi.

Friends are invited to attend a service to celebrate Jenny’s life in the Forrest Lawn Chapel, 208 Guyton Street, Whanganui on Tuesday 7th June 2022 at 11.00am, to be followed by interment at the Aramoho Lawn Cemetery.

Jenny’s service can be viewed on-line at www.dempseyandforrest.co.nz watch a funeral online

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SMITH: Heather Margaret

Passing: 23rd May 2022
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 28th May 2022

Dempsey & Forrest

On 23rd May 2022, peacefully at Whanganui Hospital, aged 74 years.

Dearly loved Wife of Joe for 54 years.

Much loved Mum of Jodi and Geoff, Damon and Dorie.

Loved Nanny of Caitlin, Cassie, Joe, and Trevor.

In accordance with Heather’s wishes a private Family Farewell has been held.

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NEILSON, Errol Peter

Passing: 23rd May 2022
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 28th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

On 23rd May 2022, peacefully at Wanganui, aged 91.

Dearly loved husband of Bessie Christina (Chris) and the late Natalie Florence.

Loved father and father in-law of Mark & Anne, Tony & Jenny, Grant & Julie, Greig & Lori, and very much loved by his 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Respected friend of the Robertson and McCormick families.

Chris and the family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Kowhainui Rest home for the kindness and care Errol received while in their care.

A private service was held on 27th May 2022 at Errol’s request.

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HAMAHONA, Lawrence Wayne; Charlie Rourangi, ‘Smila, Wombles’

Passing: 26th May 2022
Funeral: 30th May 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Published: 27th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

Passed away on the 26th May 2022, aged 68 years.

Proud and loved Dad of Charlie and Cheval, and supported always by Sylvia.

Much loved by all his whanau, extended whanau and friends.

Lawrence is laying at the Ratana Marae.

His funeral service will be held at the Marae on Monday 30th May 2022, at 11.00am, followed by interment at the Ngā Puke Turua Urupa, Ratana Cemetery.

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DAY: Margaret Helen

Passing: 25th May 2022
Funeral: 28th May 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Published: 26th May 2022

Dempsey & Forrest

4.10.1938 – 25.5.2022

On Wednesday 25th May 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by her Family.

Loved Wife of the late Roger and adored Mother of Andrew (dec), Helen and Murray, Trish and Mark, Cathrine, Nicola (dec), Mark and Erina, Natalie and Dave (dec).

Cherished Grandma of Andrew and Nicola, Travis and Alicia, Rory, Taiana, Emma and Jack, and Great Grandma to Beau. Grandma to her fur babies Eamon, Francie and EV.

Loved Daughter of Matthew and Margaret Deazley, and Sister to Phil and John, and the late Patricia, Barbara and Paul.

Loved Aunty Margaret to all her Nieces and Nephews.

The Family would like to acknowledge the love and support of all her wonderful dear friends over the years.

Thank you for the support of Hospice Whanganui Nurses, District Nurses Julie and Amanda, GP Dr Hazelhurst and the Parish of Holy Family.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Whanganui would be much appreciated and can be posted to PO Box 4284, Whanganui.

Funeral Mass for Margaret will be celebrated at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Tawhero Street, Whanganui on Saturday 28th May 2022 at 11.00am, to be followed by interment at the Aramoho Lawn Cemetery.

The Family extend an invitation to join them for Rosary for Margaret in the Church on Friday evening at 5.30pm.

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McBRIDE: Deirdre Anne-Marie

Passing: 26th May 2022
Funeral: 30th May 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Published: 26th May 2022

Dempsey & Forrest

On 26th May 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family, after a short fight with cancer.

Dearly loved wife of Graeme.

Much loved mother and mother in law of Ciara and Dave, and Sean and Mel.

A loved Deirdre of Sean and Chae, Niamh, Cian; Tyler, and Levi.

Loved daughter of Peggy and the late Johnny Boyle and a loved sister, sister in law and aunt.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Deirdre in St Marys Catholic Church, Guyton Street, Wanganui on Monday 30th May 2022 at 1.00pm, to be followed by interment in the Aramoho Lawn Cemetery.

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BROWNE: Hanz William Michael

Passing: 22nd May 2022
Funeral: 26th May 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
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Published: 24th May 2022

Dempsey & Forrest

2-10-1964 – 22-05-2022

Finally gone to join his parents & siblings in the clouds.

Son of Hanz & Lil (nee Brooks) Browne

Brother to Julz, Darryn & Delwynne (deceased) Browne & Lorretta & Jason McCarthy

Father of Darius, Karaihi & William (deceased), Hanz Jnr, Sativa & Haven Storme.

A loving cheeky Uncle to all his nieces & nephews.

A cousin to all of his whanau & a friend to many.

A friend, a foe, he was what he was and that's how we loved him! With a smile that could light up the room.

Friends are invited to attend a Service to celebrate Hanz’s life in the Forrest Lawn Chapel, 208 Guyton Street, Whanganui on Thursday 26th May 2022 at 10.00am, to be followed by a private cremation.

Hanz’s Service can be viewed online at www.dempseyandforrest.co.nz ‘Watch a Funeral Online’ Link.

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TAHAU: Kathy

Passing: 23rd May 2022
Funeral: 27th May 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Published: 24th May 2022

Dempsey & Forrest

17/01/1929 – 23/05/2022

Wife of the late Te Koata Tahau.

Mother to Roger and Barbara.

Whangai mama to Jeremiah Mateparae, Alan Lowe (kua mate ia) and Margaret Rynicker.

Grandmother to Kathleen, Diana, Cheryl, Vanessa and Charmaine.

The queen to all her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Our Nan will be resting at 20 Tregenna Street, Whanganui, where whakamoemiti will be held at 6:00pm every night until her Tangi in the Forrest Lawn Chapel, 208 Guyton Street ,Whanganui on Friday 27th May 2022 at 10:30am.

Our Nan wanted her friends to have light refreshments in the Forrest Lounge straight after her Service.

We will leave Dempsey and Forrest at 12:30pm to take our Nan to her second home - Ratana Temepara.

At 1:00pm a short Service will be held outside the Temple Gates before taking her to our Koro at the Ratana Urupa and her final resting place.

Our nan slipped away quietly during Whakapikiora in her bed at home surrounded by much aroha.

Nan you were a strong believer in your faith till the bitter end.

We will honour your wishes and miss you forever our queen and matriarch.

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TE TANA, Winston Pou (Posie)

Passing: 20th May 2022
Funeral: 25th May 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
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Published: 22nd May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

Passed peacefully on 20th May 2022 surrounded by his whanau, just short of his 80th birthday.

Loved dad of Kiri, Michael, Nick, Peter and Penny, husband of Kaye.

A much loved koro, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30pm on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at Cleveland Funeral Home, 179 Ingestre Street, Whanganui.

The service will also be live-streamed at www.clevelandfunerals.co.nz

This will be followed by a private family burial at Namakura, Kaiwhaiki Pa.

To the staff of Summerset Care Centre, you did an amazing job of looking after our Dad. Thank you.

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CARROLL: Thomas Joseph (TOM)

Passing: 16th May 2022
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 20th May 2022

Dempsey & Forrest

Tom passed away peacefully at home on 16th May 2022, at the age of 90 years.

Much loved partner of the late Lucy Baxter.

Loved stepdad of Nannette, Jimmy and Aileen, David (deceased) and Lorraine, Carol, Terry, Tony (deceased), and John.

Loved son of the late Gladys and Joseph Carroll.

In accordance with Tom’s wishes a private funeral has been held.


CARROLL: Tom 7.7.1931 - 16.5.2022

Much loved son of the late Gladys and Joseph Carroll. Loved brother of Peggy, June, Kevin and Nancy (All deceased).

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