Below you will see all the services we are currently looking after as well as have looked after in the past four weeks.  For older services, please use the search box above.

Audrey Jean Bridgeman

Passed away on 29 Mar 2020

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BRIDGEMAN Audrey Jean:

Peacefully at Maryann Rest Home on Sunday 29 March 2020, aged 90.  Dearly loved wife of the late Len.  Much loved Mum and mother-in-law of Kathleen Hickford (Okato), Shirley and the late Eric Hayman (Inglewood), Rodney (Turangi), Nancey and Norm Corrigan (Tasmania), Kevin and Kathy (Tauranga), Michael and Donna (Stratford), and Trevor and Jenny (Stratford).  Dearly loved Grandma to her 24 grandchildren and many great and great-great grandchildren.

Messages to the Bridgeman family may be left on Audrey’s tribute page at

Audrey will be laid to rest with Len at Waitara Cemetery and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  RIP.

Marie Helen Kowalewski

Service was held on
30 Mar 2020 at 11:00 AM.

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KOWALEWSKI , Marie Helen (nee Thacker)
Passed away peacefully at Jean Sandel Retirement Village Rest Home on Thursday 26 March 2020 aged 80 years.
Dearly loved wife of the late Terry. Loved mother of Susan & Robert Oliver (New Plymouth), Terry & Sheryle (Midhirst), Joanne & Wayne Hagley (Stratford) & Peter & Ana (Perth). Loved nana of her nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Messages to Marie’s family may be left on her tribute page at .
Special thanks to the staff of Jean Sandel Rest Home (hospital wing) for their kindness and care over the past 3 years.
According to mum’s wishes she has been laid to rest at Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford.


Dianne Katherine Brown

Passed away on 26 Mar 2020

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BROWN Dianne Katherine:

Peacefully at home with her family on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Dearly loved wife and best friend of Charlie for 39 years.

Adored Mum of Christopher and Thelma, Connagh, and Thomas.

Loved Nana of Kianna, and Alisa.

Messages to Dianne’s family may be left on her tribute page at  Special thanks to the exceptional people involved in Dianne’s care over the past two years.

In accordance with current circumstances a private cremation has been held.  Dianne’s family will make the most of their time in isolation to plan the best celebration possible when all those who love her can be together.

Mary Beeby

Service was held on
27 Mar 2020 at 03:00 PM.

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Sonny Patrick (Pat) Taipari

Passed away on 25 Mar 2020

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Audrey Patricia Blackhall

Service was held on
24 Mar 2020 at 11:00 AM.

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Eric George Henry Bird

Service was held on
21 Mar 2020 at 10:30 AM.

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BIRD, Eric George Henry:

Peacefully at Taranaki Base Hospital on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 aged 86. Cherished husband of the late Alison for 51 years. Much loved dad and father-in-law of Michelle & Steve, Phillip & Robyn, Nigel & Shirley, and Cherie & Jason. Treasured grandad of Jessie and Luke; Emma, Joshua, James, the late Jacob and Logan; Marcus, Ross and Yasmine; Michaela and Jack. Loved special brother of Joan and Hazel and brother-in-law Peter. Loved dearly by all his nieces and nephews.

Messages to the Bird family may be left on Eric’s tribute page at

To observe the Ministry of Health’s directive stating indoor gatherings of no more than 100 people, Eric’s life will be celebrated with invited family and friends at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 10:30am, followed by a private cremation. For the wider community the service will be available to view live on Eric’s tribute page at .

Lynette Ann Osbaldiston

Service was held on
12 Mar 2020 at 10:00 AM.

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OSBALDISTON, Lynette Ann (nee Clark): 
Lynnie, our very special lady passed away surrounded by her loving family, 8 March 2020 aged 72. Loved soul mate of Noel for 52 years. Adored Mum of Shiree, and the late Craig. Mother-in-law of Wayne. Cherished Nana of Tanika, and Kayla. 

Donations to Hospice Taranaki would be appreciated and may be left at the service.

Messages to the Osbaldiston family may be left on Lynnie’s tribute page at 

A funeral service for Lynnie will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Thursday 12 March at 10am, followed by a private cremation.

A celebration of life will be held at the Lighthouse Function Centre, 32 Mount Wesley Coast Road, Dargaville on Friday 20 March 2020 at 1pm. 

We held your hand for a while, but we will hold your heart forever.