Lenore Angela (Straus) Purkhart

Died: Thu., Apr. 12, 2018


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 18, 2018
Location: Hillside Funeral Services Ltd.

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Thu., Apr. 19, 2018
Location: Holy Name of Jesus Church

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Purkhart, Lenore Angela (nee Straus) – it is with great sorrow that we announce Lenore’s passing, following a brief illness, in her 90th year. Born February 4, 1929 in Alsace, Ontario, Lenore passed away peacefully at the North Bay Regional Health Centre, on April 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Lenore is survived by her beloved husband Fred Purkhart. They would have celebrated 63 years of marriage on April 16th. Lenore is survived by her loving and devoted children: Netta Lamothe (Phil), Dee Dee Woodruff (Bill), David Purkhart, Christine MacDonell (Christopher), Paula Bertrand (Ron), Jan Purkhart, and Jeff Purkhart (Allison), and her sisters-in-law Gabrielle Straus and Irene Purkhart.

Lenore was predeceased by her cherished daughter Mary Whitwell (Ken), her parents Antonette Kahnert and Adam Straus, brothers Carl Merger and Olaf Straus and sisters Marie Lethbridge, Edna Hurrell, Dolores Hamilton and Rita Stillar. Lenore will be sadly missed by her 14 grandchildren: Sean, Tania, Erin, Amy, Ashleigh, Nicholas, Darren, Kyle, Daniel, Ryan, Travis, Nathan, Bradley, and Michael. Lenore will be fondly remembered by her 15 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and friends.

After 25 years of dedicated service, Lenore retired from Bell Canada and turned to more leisurely pursuits. She was president of Bell Pioneers for one term. She enjoyed golfing, playing darts, and playing cards, especially “500.” Lenore was an accomplished artist, and her paintings, predominantly of the natural world, abound in her children’s homes. She was a talented seamstress and was renowned for her pastry. She loved gardening and took great joy in attracting and observing her precious hummingbirds, which she lovingly called “hummers.” Her foremost joy, however, came from spending time with her sizeable and loving family.

A visitation will be held at HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES, 362 Airport Rd, on Wednesday April 18th from 7 until 9 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church on Thursday April 19th at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society (Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay & Districts) in Lenore’s memory, will be gratefully acknowledged by her family. 

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Liz Steele (Beth Hamilton)
   Posted Sun April 15, 2018
My condolence to you Uncle Fred and all the family. I have fond memories of my Aunt Lenore. I remember her as a kind and caring person. Take care. You are in my thoughts.

Your niece and cousin

Beth Hamilton

June campbell
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
Dear Purkhart Familes
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your mother.
Both she & her husband, Fred were neighbours' of mine for several years at
Premier Village. We enjoyed each other's company & I (all residents) have missed them.
Lenore was a lovely, talented lady with many different interests & will
be missed.
June & Maggie

Monica Hess (Stillar)
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
To Uncle Fred and all my cousins, my deepest sympathy.

Auntie Nor will be missed. Of all the aunts I knew her best growing up, starting when she lived next door at gramma’s, met your dad, got married, (with me as flower girl), started to have her children, and then had me baby sit.

Auntie Nor also got Marie and I our first real jobs at Bell. I was always impressed that she worked outside the home and raised a big family at the same time - a bit unusual in that era.

I know you will all support and comfort each other through another loss. Give Uncle Fred a big hug from me.

Marlene and Norm Moore
   Posted Wed April 18, 2018
To our good friends Netta and Phil Lamothe and all the extended Purkhart Family. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Lenore. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Marlene and Norm Moore.

Denise(Hurrell), Ed Konkal and family
   Posted Wed April 18, 2018
Dear Uncle Fred and Purkhart cousins,
Our empathy, condolences, love and prayers are with all of you. Aunt Lenore was a wonderful woman and always most kind to me. I know that she was loved dearly by mother and indeed all her siblings. May you take comfort in knowing your mother/grandmother is now reunited with her family in heaven.
Love Denise and family xoxox

Michael Hamilton
   Posted Wed April 18, 2018
Uncle Fred and family I'm sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of all the times I would bring my mother to visit her little sister. When I saw my mom and Lenore together it was like watching two little school girls so happy to be spending special time with each other both smiling, laughing and lost in each other unaware of anything else going on in the world at that moment. That was very special for my mom. Where ever we go when our time comes I hope they have glow in the dark golf because Aunt Lenore owes me a rematch.
Lots of love,
Mike and Darlene Hamilton

Emily Stillar
   Posted Thu April 19, 2018
Netta, Dee Dee and all my cousins and dear Uncle Fred,

I have been thinking about you and Auntie Nor all week but I can't come up because I am writing exams for all things...Gerontology.

We can be so proud of our moms for being as sharp as they were right until the end. We learn so much about dignity in our courses and they come to mind...always.

Aunty Nor was a great example of a career woman and mom. She relished the role of grandmother and great-grandmother. I know she will be sorely missed.

Love Emily

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