Elsie Mary Usherwood, age 85 passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Goderich, Ontario, as a result of complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Elsie was born on March 30, 1937 in Stepney, England to Eliza Mary and Frank Sydney Hyland. She is predeceased by her brothers Malcolm and John Hyland and survived by sisters Anne Pamela Hyland Voegele and Kate Ellis. Predeceased 39 years by her first husband, Leslie Usherwood, Elsie remarried John Grellette in 1988 and just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on June 11, 2022. Loving mother of Victoria McDonald (Paul), Bradley Usherwood (Shelley) and Fiona O’Donnell (late husband Jimmy) and step-mother to Matthew and Luke Grellette. Adoring grandmother of Meghan and William McDonald, Sarah and Cameron Usherwood and Seamus and Aiden O’Donnell. Not only did she nurture an amazing family, Elsie and her late husband Les, owned and operated Typsettra, a highly successful and world recognized typsetting and design business. Elsie’s passion for the country and all it had to offer brought her to Brain Manor Farm in 1980 where the family would spend 30 years growing a very successful Equestrian Facility. In 2010, she and John moved to the cottage in Zurich Ontario, where she lived out the rest of her days in a place that was so special to her. Elsie lived life to the fullest and leaves a lasting legacy for many. She will be missed but never forgotten.
Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 49 Goshen Street North, ZURICH on Thursday, June 16 from 4 – 6 PM. Registration is required and appreciated. Please click “Register Now” below, to register. Elsie’s Funeral Mass will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 73334 Bluewater Highway, Zurich (St. Joseph) on Friday, June 17th at 11 AM. Registration is not required to the attend funeral mass. To honour the colourful life that Elsie led, colourful attire is recommended. Cremation to follow and a private family interment will take place at the St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, St. Joseph at a later date. CWL prayers will be said in the funeral home on Thursday afternoon at 3:45 PM.
For those unable to attend the Funeral Mass, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your home. Stream the live service or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh. (No login required)
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Blessing Community Store, Zurich, Ontario or South Huron Hospital Foundation.