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(July 21, 1939, Wheatley - December 1, 2021, Toronto)




Ruth Anne Palmer Obituary

 Here is Ruth Anne Palmerís obituary. Please accept Echovitaís sincere condolences.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ruth Anne Palmer of Toronto, Ontario, born in Wheatley, Ontario, who passed away on December 1, 2021, at the age of 82, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Henry Kornelsen and Mary Kornelsen; and her siblings, Marlene Dumouchelle (Ron), John (Sherry) and Herb Kornelsen (Clara).

She is survived by : her sister Margreta Gronski (Stan); and her nieces and nephews, Deanne, John, David, Wasif, Wayne, Wendy, Doug, Trish, Andrea, Sam, Drew and Deanna.

Due to covid there will not be a reception.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada ( or Chester Village Retirement Home ( by visiting the tab above.



JULY 21, 1939- December 1, 2021

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Eulogy Read At The Funeral By Margreta (Kornelsen) Gronski

Ruth was born in Wheatley Ontario to Henry and Mary Kornelsen. There were 5 of us Ė Herb, Marlene, Ruth, John and me. Our family belonged to the Leamington United Mennonite Church. Ruth, Marlene and Herb had a large group of church friends they socialized with. There would be card parties on Sunday afternoons when the parents went away. Because I was younger, I always had to go with my parents unless I had another outing planned. I remember when we came home sitting alongside the card players learning about the game of euchre or hearts and wishing I could play.

Ruth started her working career in Wheatley Ontario as a Bell telephone operator. If I brought her lunch or dinner she would let me do the plugs connecting the calls. When she was at home in those days her nose was always in a book or a movie magazine. The movie magazines were under the mattress, they were not allowed.

After graduating from London Teacherís College she taught in a rural schoolhouse in Mersea Township. One of her duties was to keep the pot bellied stove burning. She decided this career was not for her and took a job with North American Life in Toronto becoming a group pension supervisor.

This was when she learned to play bridge and when sheíd come home for the weekend she taught me how to play. We would play 2 handed bridge I donít remember how it went but we did it. She would play in ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) tournaments at the Royal York Hotel and had even acquired some master points. Then she met and married Dennis and although they didnít have children of their own, they always had time for their nieces and nephews. I know that my son Chris had a special bond with his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Dennis.

Sadly Ruth faced some struggles in her life including the loss of her job at North American Life and the end of her marriage.

Ruth persevered and graduated from the Honeywell Institute and took a job as a computer programmer with CIBC. Over the years her struggles continued, but through it all I stood by Ruth and helped her the best I could Ruth was my sister and I loved her, those were painful times for all of us.

At Chester Village Ruth played a lot of solitaire, literally wore the spots off the cards Ö Stan saw the deck. With her brain injury she was unable to do crosswords anymore and changed to Fillin puzzles. The staff there would see her sitting in the smoking area having a cigarette and doing the puzzles. Dave and Wasif helped to get the large order of Fillins across the border. Her other passion was watching Turner Classic Movies maybe it reminded her of those movie magazines so long ago.

A couple of winters ago Ruth said I canít go outside to smoke itís too cold. Iím going to quit. And quit she did. A couple of years ago she also quit drinking. Iím proud of her for doing that.

This spring the staff told me that dementia was taking over. I tried to visit more and in the last month brought her a new deck of cards and watched her play a game of solitaire. She very carefully counted out the 7 rows and did it all right. I had to convince her to cheat once and move a jack where the king should have gone but she won the game. She told me she never cheated!

Who knows what happened a week before she died but she went downhill very quickly. Either a stroke or maybe bleeding from the old brain injury. She always had a smile for me when I visited and the staff when they came in her room. She was happy there and well taken care of. Weíll all miss her.`

I love you Ruth.

SOURCE: Margreta (Kornelsen) Gronski