Winchester Press – obit – Mabel Gladys WhittekerMabel Gladys Whitteker A lifetime residentof the area, Mabel Gladys Whitteker passed away at the DundasManor nursing home on Feb. 17, 2005. She was 90.
She was born at Archer on Jan. 7, 1915. She was the eldest oftwo children born to Ellison Dennison and Lillian Shaver. Hermother trained to be a nurse and her father farmed. Her youngerbrother Max died when he was only 22 years old.
Growing up, she attended the Archer school, Williamsburg PublicSchool, and Morrisburg Collegiate Institute. She then went toOttawa Normal School, the equivalent of teachers’ college, in1933-1934. After graduating from teachers college she accepteda teaching position at Secondary School #22, Froatburn. She beganteaching when she was 19 years old and retired some 46 years laterat the age of 65. During that time she taught each of her children,and at each of her schools she served as principal. She taughtGrades 1-8 with some 41 pupils at Secondary School #22, Froatburnbetween September 1934 and June 1938.
On July 16, 1938 she married Lloyd Eugene Whitteker at St. Peter’sLutheran Church in Ottawa, with Rev. W.H. Mundinger presiding.They went to live with his parents for a year where Lloyd helpedon the farm and drove Mabel to and from school.
Her second position was at Secondary School #14, Toyes Hill inMatilda Township where she taught Grades 1-8 from September 1938to June 1939. From there she went to teach at Secondary School#6, Osnabruck Centre were she taught Grades 1-8 from September1939 to June 1943. From September 1943 to June 1945 she taughtGrades 1 through 8 at Secondary School #12 in Wales. This schooleventually had to close when there were only six students left.From there she went to a two-room school: Secondary School #12,Williamsburg. She was there from 1945 to 1954. In September 1945,Lloyd began driving school children to Morrisburg High School.During that time, the family moved to Walter Whitteker’s farmwhich they rented and Lloyd farmed. In October of 1946, Mabeland Lloyd bought a farm from Willis and Vera Mcintosh and movedin on Oct. 31, 1946.
Mabel’s sixth school house was sold to their daughter Sylvia andher husband Ray which remains Sylvia’s home to this day.
The last 17 years of Mabel’s teaching career were spent as teacherand principal of Secondary School #11, Matilda Central PublicSchool, which became Dixon’s Corners Public School when the SD&Gschool board took over. She taught there from September 1953 untilher retirement in June of 1980 when she turned 65. Lloyd had passedaway in August of 1978.
One interesting fact is that whenever Mabel was having her familythere were no extended maternity leaves. When having her children,she would only take three or four days off school after childbirthbefore returning to teaching.
As the matriarch of a large family, Mabel was often called uponto help people write speeches for special occasions such as showers,wedding receptions and retirement parties. She was also knownfor helping her grandchildren work on school assignments; however,she would only help them if they put in an honest effort beforeasking for assistance.
After her retirement in 1980, she travelled to California, Kentucky,and Vancouver. She also worked as the bookkeeper for WhittekerBus Lines. She always enjoyed gardening and her flowers and sheliked to read, play cards, listen to country music, and visitfriends. She was active for many years as a member of St. Peter’sLutheran Church in Williamsburg, and she is fondly rememberedfor the study sessions she prepared for the Lutheran Church women’sgroup meetings.
In 1988 she suffered a stroke. She moved to the Hartford RetirementHome in March of 2001 where she enjoyed life, especially the groupsthat came in to sing hymns. She would invariably greet visitorswith her trademark smile. Due to declining health, she was admittedto Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Oct. 30, 2004, andthen Dundas Manor in November 2004.
She will be remembered as a loving and caring woman who neversaid a bad word about anybody. It was said that she never complained,never asked for anything and was always agreeable even when shewas in pain or was not feeling well. She was a very pleasant,remarkable person.
She is survived by her children Ron (Freda) of Griffith, SylviaBarkley of RR 3 Williamsburg, Dennis (Linda) of Graham Lake, MarilynMcInnis of Brockville, and Lyn of Cornwall. She will be fondlyremembered by 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Sheis also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Feb. 21. The funeral service was held at St. Peter’s lutheranChurch in Wiliamsburg on Feb. 22 with Rev. Jo Barkley-Probst officiating.Interment was at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.
Pallbearers were grandchildren Kevin Whitteker, Jeff Whitteker,Rodney Barkley, Eugene McInnis, Rob Whitteker and Angie Merkley.Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren Randy Whitteker, DerekWhitteker, Jamie Whitteker, Kim Hubbard, and Rick Barkley.
Donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind orSt. Peter’s Lutheran Church would be gratefully acknowledged bythe family.