Whanganui Funeral Notices

Listed in order of publication date

PONGA, Alvin Ricky

Passing: 6th August 2020
Funeral: 10th August 2020
Published: 7th August 2020

Passed suddenly in Whanganui on Thursday, 6th August 2020.

Much loved son of Piki Ponga-Waretini and George Waretini, and Temoana Ponga. A much loved husband, father, Koro, brother, uncle, and a friend to many.

A service for Alvin will be held at Te Ao Hou Marae, Somme Parade, Whanganui on Monday, the 10th of August 2020 at 11.00am.

Cleveland Funeral Home



Passing: 3rd August 2020
Funeral: 7th August 2020
Published: 5th August 2020

Passed away peacefully at New Vista Rest Home on 3rd August 2020.

Darling husband of Marg. loved Dad to Kim and Des, and Leith and Debs. Special Grandad of Ryan and Loren, Brylee; Nicholas, William, and Matthew. Great Grandad of Carter.

Loved brother of the late Phyllis, the late Trevor, Dulcie, and Maureen.

Much loved Uncle to all his nieces and nephews.

Will be missed by Rocky, and Minka. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Whanganui would be appreciated and may be placed in the Chapel Atrium or sent C/- PO Box 7102 Wanganui.

A service to celebrate Keith’s life will be held in the Cleveland Chapel, 179 Ingestre Street, Wanganui on Friday 7th August 2020, at 11am.

Cleveland Funeral Home


RUSH, Donna Sue

Passing: 30th July 2020
Funeral: Memorial Svce - 9th August
Published: 4th August 2020

Mrs. Donna Sue Rush, 70, a resident of Auburndale Florida and former resident of Whanganui, New Zealand passed away Thursday 30th July 2020 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center Florida after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. Rush was born September 1, 1949 in Winter Park, Florida to Johnnie A.L. and Minnie F. (Donaldson) Wallace. Donna moved to New Zealand, in 1992 with her future husband, they married and lived in New Zealand until 2014 when Donna moved back to Florida for medical treatment. She was of the Baptist faith, enjoyed staying in touch with Facebook friends, loved to garden and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents. Donna is survived by her devoted husband of 28 years – Bernie Rush formally of Whanganui, 3 sons – Jon Kent and his wife Lisa of Bradenton, FL., Chris Kent of Auburndale, FL. and Patrick Kent and his partner D’Angelo Franco of Lakeland, FL.; stepson – Patrick Rush of London, England; 2 stepdaughters – Shannon Rush of New Zealand and Bernadette Rush of Australia; 2 sisters – Pam Taylor and her husband Jack of Bartow, FL. and Deborah Harris and her husband – David of Englewood, FL.; niece – Brandi Thompson and her husband Dwayne of North Carolina and 8 grandchildren.

A memorial service to be held at 2:00 pm Eastern standard time Friday, 7th August at Kersey Funeral Home, 108 Lake Stella Drive, Auburndale, FL. 33823. (863) 967-1167

The Memorial service can be viewed live in New Zealand from 5.30am Saturday 9th August on the Kersey Funeral Home Web Site “www.kerseyfuneralhome.com” and clicking on the Donna Rush link.

Cleveland Funeral Home


WILLIAMS, Trevor Llewellyn (Dood)

Passing: 17th July 2020
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 3rd August 2020

Reg. No: 816692, 27th Battalion, J-Force

On 17th July 2020, at home with family, in his 93rd year.

Dearly loved husband of the late Dorothy.
Loved father & father in law of Lynn & John Secord (Palmerston North), Paul & Vicky Williams (Waihi), and John Hina (Boy-Boy) (Wellington).

Loved Poppa Dood, of his grand, great, and, great-great grandchildren.
A life well lived, and Dood always had more than one good yarn to share.

Special thanks to the medical staff at Whanganui Hospital, and Hospice.

At Dood’s request, a private family gathering has been held. Messages to: the Williams Family c/-

Cleveland Funeral Home P O Box 7102, Wanganui

Cleveland Funeral Home


POLLOCK, Babs (Georgena Jane), (nee Tulloch)

Passing: 21st July 2020
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 2nd August 2020

Peacefully in St Johns Health Care on Tuesday, 21st July 2020, aged 89 years.

Beloved wife and soul mate of Ron. Very much loved Mum of Alex and Liz, and Keith and Daryl. Much loved Nana of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At Babs’ request a family farewell has been held.

Cleveland Funeral Home


ROBB, Ruth Mary, (nee Bloor)

Passing: 28th July 2020
Funeral: 8th August 2020
Published: 31st July 2020

Passed peacefully in Whanganui on Tuesday, 28th July 2020, aged 78 years.

Loved wife of the late Bruce Robb. Much loved mother and mother in law of Dougal and Sandee. Loving Nana and Step Nana of Matt, Dylan and Jorjah, Cory and Nicole, and Kayce. Loved Great Nana and step Great Nana of Owen, Madisyn, Reneti, and Mckenna. A loved Mum to her “hairy baby” Sam.

A service to celebrate Ruth’s life will be held in the Cleveland Chapel, 179 Ingestre Street Whanganui, on Saturday 8th August 2020, at 1.00pm.

Cleveland Funeral Home



Passing: 28th July 2020
Funeral: 1st August 2020
Published: 29th July 2020

In Wanganui on 28th July 2020, and 83 years.

Very dearly loved husband for 59 years of Judith (the boss!)

Hunting and fishing mate of Glen, Craig and the late Bryce. Grandad of Louis, and Jourdan, friend of Diane, and Gaye.

“Greatly missed by us all”

Friends are invited to attend a service for Ted in the Cleveland Chapel, 179 Ingestre Street, Wanganui on Saturday 1st August 2020, at 10:30am.

Cleveland Funeral Home


JONES, William George, (Bill)

Passing: 22nd July 2020
Funeral: Private Service Held
Published: 27th July 2020

Passed over on 22 July 2020.

Best friend and darling husband of Christine Eireen Jones. Much loved Dad and father in law of Leanne and Nick, Vincent, and Lance and Robyn. Much cherished Poppa of Sonia, Lauren, Cameron, Daniel, Courteney, and Bradly, and loved Great Poppa to Harper, and Heidi. Beloved brother of Shirley and Glen.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Royal New Zealand Foundation For The Blind would be appreciated and may be sent C/- Cleveland Funeral Home, PO Box 7102, Wanganui.

In accordance with Bill’s wishes a private service has been held.

Cleveland Funeral Home


ALLEN, Gaye Patricia

Passing: 24th July 2020
Funeral: 28th July 2020
Published: 26th July 2020

Passed away peacefully in Whanganui Hospital on Friday 24th July 2020, aged 67 years.

Dearly loved daughter of the late Ali and Pat. Loved Sister of Ali and (the late) Esdale, David and Jenny, Robert and Sheena, and Grant and Kim.

Special thanks to Gaye’s carers at IHC/Idea Services, Nikau Street, and the staff at Whanganui Hospital CCU.

A service to celebrate Gaye's life will be held in the Cleveland Chapel, 179 Ingestre Street, Wanganui, on Tuesday, 28th of July 2020 at 3:30pm.

Cleveland Funeral Home


FRANCIS, Nancy Margaret (nee White)

Passing: 27th March 2020
Funeral: Memorial Svce - 25th July
Published: 21st July 2020

Peacefully in Wanganui on 27th March 2020. Aged 107 years.

Much loved wife of the late Owen. Dearly loved mother and mother in law of Carole and the late Alan Gibbard, Brian and Judith, Ross and Lois. A loved Nana of her nine Grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. A good friend of so many.

A memorial service to celebrate of Nancy’s life and lay her ashes to rest will be held in the Cleveland Chapel 179 Ingestre Street Wanganui on Saturday 25th July 2020, at 1:30pm.

Cleveland Funeral Home