Whanganui Funeral Notices

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BRODIE, William Douglas (Doug)

Passing: 10th May 2022
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 19th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

Passed away peacefully at Jane Winstone Retirement Village on 10th May 2022.

Loved husband of Pat for 61 years.

Loved father and father-in-law of Jennifer and Barry, Stuart and Leslie, Brenda and Mike, and Greig and Juliet.

Much loved Grandad of 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

In accordance with Doug’s wishes a private service has been held.


BRYERS, Courtenay

Passing: 16th May 2022
Funeral: 19th May 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Published: 17th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

Passed peacefully, surrounded by his whanau on Monday 16th May 2022, on his 85th birthday.

Dearly loved and treasured Dad to Tamoe, Tania and Alan (Moth), and Perry and Ngawai.

Loved Poppa to all his mokos, great mokos, and great-great mokos.

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

E te taonga

Kia au, kia au,

Kia au tō moe

(To our beloved taonga,

Rest, rest, rest in peaceful sleep.)

The service for Courtenay will be held at the Quakers Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui on Thursday 19th May 2022 at 11.00am.


MEIHANA, Rehimana Harerangi (Harry Lang Mason)

Passing: 11th May 2022
Funeral: 15th May 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
Published: 13th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

31 March 1934 - 11 May 2022

It is with sadness we announce the passing of our Dad, Koko.

He passed peacefully in his sleep. Much loved husband of the late Hohipera Betty Rongonui.

Much loved and cherished Dad of the late Matiu and Louise, Mene and Kevin, Pirihita, Ray and Trina, Manny and Sue, Errol and Suzette, Andre and Soraya, Maynard and the late Saphire and Leanne, Natalie and Reo, Amanda-Jane, and Cornell and Bub. Much respected father-in-law of Murray, Peachy, and Cheryl.

Loved Koko, and Big Koko, to 36 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.

Forever in our hearts.

The funeral service will be held at Rātana Pā on Sunday 15th May 2022, at 12.00pm.

31 March 1934 - 11 May 2022.

Loved son of the late Rawinia Rātana, and Mitai Taiaroa. Loved brother of the late Mary Davis, Te Rauna Taiaroa, Tate Taiaroa, Bill Taiaroa, Waitangi Hihira, Koro Te Mangai Taiaroa, Taumaru Rātana, and Patsie Derston.

Whangai son of the late Matiu Rātana and Kahu Te Wano. Loved nephew of the late Iriaka Rātana.

Big brother of Haina Raumaewa, the late Mihi Rurawhe, Moana Williams, and Sonny Boy Rātana.

Much adored, cherished only son of Pirihita Matthews and Hawea Meihana. Much loved by all his cousins, and many nieces and nephews.


O'DEA, Isobel Ann (nee Black)

Passing: 30th April 2022
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 10th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

Peacefully on 30th April 2022, after a tough struggle, aged 82.

Loved wife of Brian for over 50 years.

Mother of Brent (USA) , and Scott (Brisbane), and Grandizz to Alexandra, Rian, and Rory (USA), and Kaiden (Australia).

In accordance with Isobel's wishes, a private farewell has been held.


RANGINUI, Julie Te Turi (nee Hurst)

Funeral: 11th May 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Published: 10th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

He aitua Ka taka ue'a, ka taka ue'a! Ka taka te Raukura a Te Kaahui Maunga I pupuru ai i ngaa raa ki muri Ka taka ue'a E te iwi e Puritia toou mana kia mau Kia ita, ita, ita ... Mau Tonu!

Wife of the late Sonny Houpapa and the late Te Ao Turoa Ranginui.

Dearly loved and cherished mum of Reu, Black, Moke, Doon, Fattyman, Larn, Pooch, Boomy, Porky, Dada, Baba, Gayle, Roy, Shane, Charlie, Roanne, Maringiora and the many others that were fortunate to be raised within her embrace, Kui and Kui Nan to her many moko and mokomoko.

Full details below:
Sunday 8th May 1pm - Arrive at Te Ao Hou marae, Aramoho, Whanganui, where she will lay for one night. Monday 9th May 9am - Depart Te Ao Hou marae for Matahiwi 10.30am - Arrive at Matahiwi marae where she will lay for one hour before travelling to her final destination in Taumarunui. 3pm - Arrive at Ngaauwaiwaha Marae, Taumarunui Street, Taumarunui where she will lay until her Raa nehu

Wednesday 11th May Raa Nehu 11am service, Ngaapuwaiwaha Marae Hakari to follow.

I rere kau mai te Awa nui mai Te Kaahui Maunga ki Tangaroa 'KO AU TE AWA, KO TE AWA KO AU'


HICKEY, Callum John

Passing: 6th May 2022
Funeral: 14th May 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Published: 10th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

20-09-1980 - 06-05-2022

As the result of a tragic accident.

Dearly loved husband of Martina.

Adored father of Taine, Emersyn, and James.
Beloved son of John and Bev.
Respected brother and best friend of Sarah and Jared.
Loved son in law of Debbie and the late Michael Baugen.
Respected brother-in-law of Karis and Nicholas.
Special Uncle of Jayke, and Hunter.
Dearly loved nephew and cousin of the Hickey and Nixon families.

Callum’s funeral service will be held in the Waverley Community Centre, Dallison Park, Chester Street, Waverley, on Saturday 14th May 2022 at 1:30pm.


HIRD, Sarah Jane

Passing: 7th May 2022
Funeral: 18th May 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Published: 10th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

Tragically in Wellington on Saturday 7th May 2022, in her 53rd year.

Much loved wife of Grant, loved mother of Rose, Jeannie, and William.

Loved daughter of Judith and (the late) John Stratton, sister of Richard and Frances, and aunty to Sabine, and Quinn.

Much loved sister in law of Carolyn and Ron Goudswaard, (the late) Susan and Mike Steer, Patricia Hird and (the late) David Stapleton , Jenny and Antonie Eggink and many nephews.

A service to celebrate Sarah's life will be held in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Whanganui on Wednesday 18th May 2022 at 2.00pm, followed by private cremation.

Sarah’s service will be live-streamed at www.clevelandfunerals.co.nz



Funeral: 10th May 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Watch Online: Click here
Published: 6th May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home


Father of Ben, Jack, Finn, and Tallulah.

Brother of Jeff, Graham, Susan, Leigh, and Craig.

Loveable rogue, unstoppable force of nature and creation. Heritage champion. Potter.

Join us for a celebration of Ross’s life in the Gonville Town Hall, 39 Tawa Street, Gonville, Whanganui

on Tuesday 10th May at 1.30pm.

Ross’s service will be live-streamed at www.clevelandfunerals.co.nz

Visitors welcome to 71 Bedford Ave between 12.00pm - 5.00pm Saturday - Monday.


REYNOLDS, Larry James

Passing: 28th April 2022
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 2nd May 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

On Thursday 28th April 2022, aged 85 years.

Loved son of the late Jack and Mavis, father of Roanne, and Julienne, and grandfather.

Brother of Dennis, Diane, Maureen and, Bill, uncle and friend.

A private cremation has been held.


ROWLAND, Dianne Jill, (nee Greathead)

Passing: 21st April 2022
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 30th April 2022

Cleveland Funeral Home

Passed away in her sleep on 21st April 2022, in hospital after a short illness, aged 74.

Beloved and cherished wife of Alan for 49 years.

Loving mother of Helen and Grant.

Mother-in-law of Peter Rhoades, and Janet Rowland. Nanna to Daniel, Abigail, Lucas, Bailey, and Jemma. Sister-in-law to Linda and the late Garry Manning, Brenda and Brian Bills, and the late Colleen. Sister of Murray Greathead. Daughter-in-law of the late Albert and Nora Rowland. Only daughter of the late Owen and Rita Greathead. Aunty to many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Dianne’s wishes a private family service has taken place.