Note: After an illness of more than a year, borne with true Christian forbearance and patience and after receiving the consolation of the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church, there passed away recently at Ceylon, Sask., a long time and respected resident, Mrs. Bertha Heaney, sister of Mrs. Ellen McNeill, Arthur Tp. Born in Mount Forest on December 11, 1874, the deceased was married to John Heaney, going to live at Sault Ste. Marie where her five children were born. Her husband died in 1911, and that year she went to Hardy, Sask., then to Ceylon, Sask., the next year so as to be close to a school. The esteem in which she and her family are held in Ceylon today is a tribute to her devotion and self-sacrifice. For the next thirty-four years Mrs. Heaney played an active part in the Ceylon community. By her kindness, charity, and patience she earned an enviable place in the hearts of all who came in contact with her. She is survived by two sons, Ambrose of Ceylon and John of Regina, and Kathleen (Mrs. T. Curran), of Ceylon; also three brothers, Oliver, Bernard, and Charles O�Hara; four sisters, Mrs. Wm. Reidy, Regina; Mrs. Ellen McNeill, Mount Forest; Mrs. Julia O�Donnell, Chicago, and Mrs. Theresa Carraher, Stratford; also four grandchildren. The funeral was held in St. Joseph�s Church, Ceylon, when solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. R.J. McKenna. Her only grandson, Gerard Heaney, acted as acolyte. The pall bearers were Messrs. P Reidy, E. Reidy, Martin Shannon, Robert Kines, Harry O�Connell, [and] John Downey. [From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson URL = cybrary.uwinnipeg.ca/people/Dobson/genealogy/ff/Heaney.cfm This page originally appeared 10 May 2002, Last revised 6 July 2007]
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