Gladys Fern (Stitt) Horbul


Horbul, Gladys Fern (Stitt) April 29 1925-May16 2020


The family announces with great sorrow her passing at the Timmins and District Hospital on May 16, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Tony Horbul who predeceased her in December 2014.  Loving mother of Judith Lilge, Jim Horbul (BettyAnn), Debbie Pirie(George), and Karen Cramer(Mark).  Cherished Grandmother (Nanny) of Christopher Lilge(Eva), Shaelah Pirie(Lance), Stewart Pirie(Alicia), Shane Horbul(Kara), James Horbul(Keshia), Brittany Cramer and Alexandra Cramer. Great Grandmother to Anthony, Natalie, Ella, Hayden, Alivia, Layla, Easton, Charlie, and Aria.

Fern was predeceased by her siblings Maybel Stuart (Ross), Gloria Stitt, and Carlotta Kane(John) and best friend Ethel Lang (Ivan).  She is survived by her sister Mildred McCarther (Bill) her brother Gerald Stitt(Connie) numerous nieces and nephews and dear friend Diane Lachance.

Fern was born in Windsor Ontario and moved to Schumacher as a young child when her father James Stitt found employment at the Hollinger Mine.   She enlisted with the Air Force in the Second World War.  An active and very proud member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 287 in South Porcupine, Fern forged a lifetime of friendships and served on many executives within the Auxiliary.  Remembrance Day was a tremendously important day for her.

Noted for her keen mind and wonderful sense of humor the Horbul residence on Front Street in South Porcupine was the scene of many memorable gatherings of friends and family.  Fern devoted her life to her family and home, hosting luncheons and dinners well into her nineties.  Loved by many she will be sadly missed.  Fern was a devoted member of the United Church and will be remembered fondly by the congregation especially Pat Stanlake, Arlene Caswell, and Glenn and Vicky Hart.

Thank you to the team of Doctors and nurses at the Timmins and District Hospital, Dr. Husen and the East End Medical Clinic, CCAC workers, and also Jenica and Amanda who provided in-home care.

The family sends special regards to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their support which enabled Mom to remain in her own home.

Donations to the Timmins and District Hospital would be greatly acknowledged.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stinson Funeral Home, 100 Bruce Avenue, South Porcupine. 

A celebration of Fern’s life will take place at a later date.

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