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Death Notices, 11th January 2024

BLOOR (Maire Therese). Formerly of Gillow Heath, Biddulph. Died peacefully in her sleep on 24th December 2023, aged 85. Maire was the dearly loved wife of deceased husband Graham and a much-loved mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister and aunt. She will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. The funeral service is to take place at English Martyrs’ Church on Tuesday, 23rd January at 11am, followed by burial at Biddulph Town Burial Ground. Flowers for the immediate family only with voluntary contributions to Macari Centre charity for the homeless, should you wish to donate. No dress code required. All enquiries to John Garside and Son, 2, Cross Street, Biddulph, 01782 513210.

BUDENBERG. Geoffrey Frank, of Lower Withington, died 20th December 2023 in his sleep at Macclesfield District General Hospital, aged 91. Much loved husband of 65 years of Claire, father of Mark and Caroline (Cally), grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed. Cremation Wednesday, 17th January at noon at The Birches Crematorium, Lach Dennis, CW9 7SU. Service of thanksgiving at Lower Withington Methodist Chapel, Salters Lane, SK11 9EA, on Tuesday, 30th January at 2.30pm. No flowers, but donations to Songbird Survival or Cathedral Music Trust. Further enquiries to Albert R Slack Funeral Directors, 01625 525063.

DALE (Eileen Mary). Passed away on 28th December 2023. Eileen, aged 90, of Kermincham. Beloved wife of the late Ken, much loved mum to Sue, treasured nana of Joe and Marie, and great-nana. Funeral service to be held at Lower Withington Methodist Church on Friday, 19th January at noon. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to Cancer Research UK. All enquiries to Williams and Lowe Funeral Directors, Field House, 40, Congleton Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HJ, 01270 750852.

EDWARDS (Eric). Peacefully on Saturday, 30th December 2023 while in the care of nursing staff at RSUH. Eric, aged 83, of Biddulph, formerly of Cannock Chase. The devoted and beloved husband of Alma, treasured dad of Janet, Susan and Andrea, a dearest father-in-law to Kevin, Allan and Ed, cherished little granddad of Daniel, Katy, Steven, Leanne, Andrea, Rio and Remi, a much-loved little great-granddad, uncle and a good friend and neighbour to many. Eric will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all his family and friends. The funeral service will take place at Biddulph Methodist Church on Thursday, 25th January at 10.30am prior to a private committal service. Will relatives please accept this, the only intimation, and would friends wishing to attend kindly meet for the service. No floral tributes by request; donations preferred and gratefully received to University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM) ward 127 c/o the funeral director. Funeral arrangements entrusted to: Vanessa Dolman, Dolven Funeral Services, Independent Family Funeral Directors, 31-33, Congleton Road, Biddulph, SOT, ST8 6DY, 01782 379191.

GALLIMORE (Graham Frank). Passed away on 7th December 2023 in the care of Clayton Manor Nursing Home, aged 83. He was the much loved husband of Jean, adored father of Julie and Lynn, dear father-in-law of John and Neil, proud and loving granddad to Lucy, Mia and Joe, also great-granddad to Florence. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A service of thanksgiving will be held on Monday, 22nd January at Trinity Methodist Church, Congleton, at 11am. Would friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the church. No flowers by request but donations to Raynauds and Scleroderma Research would be greatly received in memory of Graham.

GOLDSTRAW. In loving memory of Alan Edward Goldstraw. Very dear brother of the late Charlie, Winnie, Eva, Elsie, Minnie and Gordon. At rest on 23rd December 2023, aged 91. Service and cremation at Carmountside Crematorium on Thursday, 18th January at 10.30am. Family flowers only, donations kindly appreciated for Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Funeral entrusted to the care of J Garside Funeral Directors, Biddulph, 01782 513210, where all enquiries may be directed.

GRIFFITHS (John Samuel “Sam”). Peacefully while sleeping at home on Friday, 29th December 2023. Sam, aged 90, of Biddulph Moor. The beloved and devoted husband of 60 years to the late Jean, treasured dad of Paul and Joy, a loving father-in-law to David and a dearest friend and neighbour to many. Sam will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving family and friends. “Saved by grace, through faith”. The funeral service will take place at New Road Methodist Church, Biddulph Moor on Monday, 22nd January at 11am prior to a committal service at Bradwell Crematorium. Will family and friends please accept this, the only intimation and kindly meet for the service. Family flowers only please; donations, if desired, to New Road Methodist Church and/or British Heart Foundation c/o the funeral director. Mourning attire is not essential, please dress as you are comfortable to celebrate Sam’s life. Funeral arrangements entrusted to: Vanessa Dolman, Dolven Funeral Services, Independent Family Funeral Directors, 31-33, Congleton Road, Biddulph, SOT, ST8 6DY, 01782 379191.

GRIFFITHS. Peacefully on 28th December 2023 at East Cheshire Hospice. Catherine “Kate” Anne, aged 80, of Congleton. The dearly loved and devoted wife of Fred. Loving mum of Michael and Angela, dear mother-in-law of Su and Allan, cherished and treasured nanna of Richard, Harry and Ellie and a dear sister to Brenda and the late Richard. Cortege is to leave her home on Monday, 15th January at 1.05pm for service and interment at St Mary’s Church, Astbury at 1.30pm. Will relatives please accept this, the only intimation and would friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the church. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to East Cheshire Hospice. All enquiries and donations to Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton, CW12 1JR, 01260 277622. afinneron.co.uk.

JERVIS (Mary, nee Jeffries). Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Josephine, of Knypersley, who died peacefully on 22nd December 2023 while in the loving care of her family at RSUH, aged 67. Dearly beloved wife to Roy. A dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend who will be truly missed and was fortified with the rites of the Holy Catholic Church RIP on whose sweet soul Jesus have mercy. Reception into English Martyrs’ RC Church, Biddulph on Monday, 15th January at 4pm. Requiem mass on Tuesday, 16th January at 1.15pm, followed by cremation at Carmountside Crematorium. Would all relatives and friends please meet at the church. No flowers by request, donations preferred to English Martyrs’ RC Church, Biddulph. Enquiries and donations: C McGough and Sons, 79, Roundwell Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5AW, 01782 834300.

LEECH (Gerald). Passed away peacefully on 4th January 2024. Gerald, aged 89, of Haslington. Beloved husband of Pat, much loved father to Stephen, Jonathan and Helen, loving granddad and great-granddad. Funeral service to be held at St Mary’s Church, Sandbach on Thursday, 18th January at 11am, followed by a private family interment. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to St Mary’s Church, Sandbach, St Matthew’s Church, Haslington or The Christie. All enquiries to Williams and Lowe Funeral Directors, Field House, 40, Congleton Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HJ, 01270 750852.

NICKLIN. Peacefully on 2nd January 2023 at home. Norman, aged 87, of Congleton. The dearly loved and devoted husband of Iris. Loving dad of Karen and the late Nigel and a dear father-in-law of Derek. Cortege is to leave his home on Tuesday, 23rd January at 10.45am for service at St Peter’s Church, Congleton at 11am, prior to interment at Congleton Town Cemetery. Will relatives please accept this, the only intimation and would friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the church. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to East Cheshire Hospice. All enquiries and donations to Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton, CW12 1JR, 01260 277622. afinneron.co.uk.

WOOLLEY (Margaret, nee Heath). At rest on Boxing Day 2023 at her son’s residence in Rushton Spencer. Margaret, aged 93. The beloved wife of the late John Edward Woolley, treasured and loved mum of Elizabeth and John, dearest mum-in-law of Nigel, cherished grandma of Richard, James, Andrew and Thomas, great-grandma of Blake, Alexandra, George and Jasper and a dear sister, sister-in-law and aunt. Funeral service on Friday, 2nd February at St Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph at 12.30pm followed by interment at Rushton Churchyard. Will friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the church. Family flowers only, please; donations, if desired, to St Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph, St Lawrence’s Church, Rushton or Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Blurton. Enquiries to S Sigley and Sons Funeral Directors, Leek, 01538 382048.

YATES. Peacefully on 31st December 2023 at Macclesfield District General Hospital. Joan, aged 96, of Congleton. The dearly loved and devoted wife of the late William “Ken” Yates. Loving mum of Eileen, dear mother-in-law of John, cherished grandmother of Lee and Dawn and their spouses Joanna and Philip, treasured great-grandmother of Aaron and Dylan and a dear sister of Carol. Cortege is to leave her daughter’s home on Friday, 19th January at 2.45pm for service and cremation at Macclesfield Crematorium at 3.30pm. Will relatives please accept this, the only intimation and would friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the crematorium. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to East Cheshire Hospice. All enquiries and donations to Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton, CW12 1JR, 01260 277622. afinneron.co.uk.

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