Obituary of Dale Ann Heseltine
It is with great sadness that we announce that this world has lost a truly remarkable, strong-willed and wondrous soul. Dale Ann Heseltine (née McPhie) passed away following a long battle with an illness at her home in London, Ontario, on August 15, 2022 (at the young age of 76).
Dale is survived by her son, Jason (wife Briana) Reinert of California, daughters Crystal Reinert of London, and Susan Kulas of Ottawa, her grandchildren, Arwyn, Everly, Ryleigh, Finnley, Tristen, Parker, Monika and Kyle, her sister Pam (husband Ed) Oelke, London, her brother Ernie (wife Brenda) of Guelph, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Dale was preceded by her daughter Lorna, husbands Doug Liot, Edmund Reinert and Michael Heseltine, her parents Bernard and Mary Ann McPhie, her brother Randolph McPhie and her sisters Deborah Stanovie and Robin Contant.
First born to her large family, Dale headed off into the world for exploration and adventure early in life. Her marriage to Doug granted her a deeper appreciation for travel, culture and dining with royalty. After her husband’s sudden passing she settled into life back in the Bonnechere Valley and began her own family after marrying Edmund. Together, and with their children, they built a life full of travel, camping, friendships, community, volunteering and love. Dale’s many years of crafting lead her to be an accomplished seamstress, artist and card maker. Friends and family would look forward every year to receiving her beautiful art pieces as holiday cards and presents.
Loving her friends very much, and never being happy to sit in one place for too long, she would spend her winters in Florida with friends partying and showing her true spirit as the life of the party.
A friend to many throughout the Valley, her presence will be felt and missed. She adored the relationships she built from her work days, and the Red Hatters club and spoke of them often. She was also a founding member of the Sisterhood of Crooked Lake, and looked forward to their annual celebration of communal reflection and serenity.
Dale truly was a great mother, loving sister and amazing friend. Her generous personality and decisive wittiness was a constant reminder of how outstanding she was. Her storytelling was phenomenal, and having lived a full life, she was constantly ready to relate a past adventure, romance or tragedy on par with Shakespeare, Homer and Diana Gabaldon.
Dale will be missed by so many, and leaves us with countless memories for us to recollect with each other.
Dale was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, London, Ont.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date (Spring 2023) following her interment in Eganville, Ontario. Please join Dale’s Celebration of Life Email List to stay informed here: www.jasonreinert.com/dale
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