Udell-Foster, Jeannette Aulda

April 3, 1937 – April 6, 2022
A bright spark left our world when Jeannette Udell – Foster died on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at the Meaford Hospital. She was surrounded by family who loved her and cards marking her 85th birthday.

Life of the party, gregarious, astute business woman, terrific sister, aunt, friend – all describe her.  Most of all she was just plain fun to be around, lighting up a room with her smile and her ready laugh. Jeannette made everyone feel special – young and old alike.  She lived a full life, accomplished much and made life-long friends everywhere she lived.

She will be terribly missed by sister Audrey Watson (Dave Vaughn) and brother Ellwood Falls (late Gwen), predeceased by sister Mylrea Gilchrist (late Hugh). She will be remembered as the best aunt ever to nieces Sharon Falls (late Bing Mark), Rhonda Bott (Dale), Jeannette Platt (Tom), Susan Macdonald (Colin), Nancy Hall (Brian) and nephew Grant Gilchrist (Neisha) plus many great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by nephew and niece Robert and Leslie Watson.

Remembered fondly by the Foster family: Terry, Wayne and Larry (Brenda) Foster, Sharon Dinsmore (Colin) and was a loving step-grandma to their children. Among her many friends who will miss her, Karol, Ina, Wendy, Joan and Shirley will be remembered for helping her so much in recent months.

Jeannette was predeceased by two husbands, Jack Udell and Jim Foster.  She was married to Jack for almost 40 years and had a life with Jim for 15 years.

Born in Rocklyn, Jeannette was the beloved youngest daughter of Stewart and Aulda (nee Kenny) Falls. As the much younger sister, she might have been indulged but was often in trouble for pranks at home and at school. Outgoing and social from a young age, people were always drawn to her.

Music was in her soul.  Her mother taught piano but didn’t have time to teach Jeannette – that didn’t matter. She was a natural talent.  Gatherings of family and friends at the Falls farm always ended up around the piano as Jeannette played and sang the old standards into the night.  Didn’t know all the words?   No problem – just sing the ones you know again!  Family folklore has Jeannette singing and playing the ukulele for 24 hours straight at a marina on the US side of Lake Ontario, where she and Jack would cruise on weekends. Her fingers were bleeding and her voice cracking but she was having fun with her friends, blowing off steam after a busy week.

Her early life with Jack was exciting and her energy seemed boundless.  Jeannette never cared much about the size of her house or most material things but she and Jack always had all the fun toys – a cottage, sporty cars, fast boats, snow mobiles when they first were available.

She played hard but worked harder.  She was a skilled hairdresser – but the core of her being and her success – was as a people person.  She went the extra mile for her staff and customers, so many of whom became fast friends. She owned highly successful hairdressing businesses in Oakville and Meaford and, in between, built a very busy marina operation on Go Home Lake with Jack.  All meant very long hours, particularly the marina.

They were burnt out after seven years at the marina so decided to semi-retire and make a home in Meaford.  They built a house, planted a few apple trees and Jeannette worked for other hairdressers.  The first house on the sideroad was purpose-built for parties – and there were many, often with a local band supplying the music. Jeannette and Jack hosted celebrations of milestone anniversaries and New Years Eve, a wedding and even a pig roast when a friend won dinner in a fundraiser. No one can forget a party on ‘Lonesome Sideroad’.

But before long, their ‘retirement’ became dull and Fort McMurray beckoned.  Jeannette loved the wild west atmosphere and excitement of the frontier town in the early days of tar sands development.

After a few years, family and friends drew them back to Meaford where she eventually bought the Golden Comb. Pretty soon it seemed everyone in town was coming through those doors – even some men when she added a special chair.  Former employees praised her as a great and generous boss who made work a pleasure. Jeannette’s shop was a place where people came to have their hair done but kept coming back for the fun… and maybe a little gossip.

She also made time for the community – appearing in numerous plays at the Rocklyn Hall or playing the kazoo in the Scarecrow parade.

Jeannette started to laugh again once she started to see Jim. They had been friends for years and got together after they both lost their spouses.   For 15 years, their life was filled with dancing through the night at local halls, curling in spiels all over Ontario, playing cards for hours, visits with family and friends and taking long driving trips (who drives to Alaska!).  Jeannette opened her life and her heart to Jim’s family and they returned the affection.

She lived large and loved well, bringing fun and joy to so many, particularly her family.  She never wanted to slow down even when health issues meant she should. She could be frustratingly stubborn about that.  She left an indelible mark on everyone who knew her. She will be missed and remembered as larger than life by so many.

The family thanks the staff, nurses and doctors who cared for her and made her last days comfortable at the Meaford Hospital.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Jeannette’s Life will be held at the Meaford Hall on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 2 until 4 p.m.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation, Diabetes Canada or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca.

Details

Celebration of Jeannette’s Life will be held at the Meaford Hall on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 2 until 4 p.m.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation, Diabetes Canada or a charity of your choice
Make a donation in memory of Jeannette Aulda Udell-Foster


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Bud and Fran
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    What a lovely tribute to a great lady. I will always remember her smile and infectious laugh. You were a great freind to so many and will be missed RIP with Jack and Jim. We know you will be singing and laughing in Heaven.

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  2. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Our condolences to the falls family and the Udell family an the foster family.i had a lot of fun with her.she would always have something to say when you talked to her.she was a great women.RIP FLY WITH THE ANGELS.they wont be able to keep up to you. you can dance to Ted ormsby an the toe tappers again!

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  3. Marion Sinclair
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    So so sorry to hear that Jeannette has passed away. My deepest sympathy to the family. Memories and good times with Jeannette.

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  4. Verna & Rick Hindle
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Dear family and friends of Jeanette. What an amazing lady Jeanette was as she has been so lovingly acknowledge in this obituary and from those who have posted online. Jeanette loved everyone, at least she certainly appeared to and would make conversation as though you had been her best friend forever. Most of us could only aspire to be the woman she was as she left cherished memories with all she came in contact with throughout her life. From what I know of Jeanette, she had a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends. God Bless.

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  5. Joan Martin
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    What a beautiful tribute to Jeannette. We had our happy hour get togethers and Jeannette love to regale us with her life stories. Truly a life well lived. To her large family and extended family our deepest condolences. We will miss her. Joan and Shirley.

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  6. Louise Cross
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    My deepest sympathy to Audrey and Dave and all the family and friends.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    Sincerely.
    Louise Cross

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  7. Terry & Diane Haines
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Those sparkling eyes will be missed. Our condolences to the Falls, Foster and Udell families. RIP Jeannette.
    Terry & Diane Haines

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  8. Audrey Lamrock
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    What a loss you will be to elwood and audrey
    Only met you once but sure left a wonderful impression

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  9. Linda and Paul Venning
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    To Elwood and Audrey and families our deepest condolences,she was the life of a party ,get together will be missed

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  10. Brian Potts and Louise Stewart Potts
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Our deepest sympathy to family and friends. She was a wonderful person.

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  11. Janis Douglas
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    What a loving and fitting tribute to Jeannette. My mom Betty ( her cousin) and my dad loved her dearly and spent lots of great times together. I feel fortunate to experience times and cherished memories with Jeremy playing with snowball and catching frogs in Jack and Jeannette’s pond and being the beneficiary of her generosity of cutting Kimberly’s hair at my parents home. Jeannette was a vivacious lady with such an enjoyment for life. She will be so missed by all those whose lives she touched.
    Janis Douglas

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  12. Lois Sewell
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    My sincere sympathy to the Falls family. Jeanette was a wonderful hostess and Murray and I spent many happy hours around the piano with Ellwood and Gwen at the farm. Lots of happy memories.

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  13. Laurie Adams
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Jeanette’s passing, such a lovely tribute.
    Rest In Peace

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  14. Sandra Monahan (Dales)
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Truly a wonderful tribute to an amazing lady. I was so fortunate to have worked my first hairdressing job in Oakville. Found out we were cousins and I felt so privileged to work with her. Many a weekends the 3 of us, Jack, Jeanette and I would head to their cottage on Go Home Lake and later the marina they purchased. So many happy memories. Often I would spend Saturday nights at Elwood and Gwen’s farm where music was often the center of attraction with Jeanette and her three beautiful nieces all playing different instruments. Jeanette your smile and love for people will be missed but the heavens have gained a fantastic angel. Keep smiling, playing the instruments and singing. RIP you are one of a kind.

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  15. Kathy Sled
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    I am very sorry for your loss of Jeannette. She was always a blast in the salon and great to talk with on the street. Her time spent up on Rocklyn’s stage was fun and usually funny, too. Rest in peace, Jeannette.

    Sincerely,
    Kathy Sled

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  16. Bev and Gail Murray
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    what a great tribute to a wonderful lady We have so many fun memories of her and I am sure you will live with a lot.Our sincere sympathy goes out to your entire family at this time

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  17. SHARON GRAY
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    What a great tribute that says it all! Sincere condolences to the Falls, Udell and Foster families. I met Jeannette when she and Jim Foster were together and had the pleasure of discovering what a wonderful, considerate and fun loving woman she was. Cherish the memories of which I know there must be many.

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  18. Jennifer & Bill Pearson
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Jeannette was truly a beautiful soul. We have great memories of fun at the curling rink….lots of laughter and wonderful chats! She was always genuinely interested in what we were up to!
    There will be many memories that family and friends will cherish…a sweet person is watching over the special people in her life now.
    Our thoughts to all of you at this tough time.
    Jennifer and Bill Pearson

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  19. Lois Saltinoski
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    so sorry to hear of your loss She was a great lady and will be missed by all. My deepest sympathy to all the family as her memories will always be remembered

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  20. SallyAnn Longfellow
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Such sad news. Jeanette had a special place in my heart. I used to tell her that when I grew up I wanted to be like her. She faced the challenges of life and she shared her joy. She will be remembered with many great stories. I am sure she is dancing with the angels. SallyAnn

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  21. Vicki & Norm
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Oh Sharon we are so sorry for your loss and our loss. You said it most eloquently and every word so true. We would be lucky to leave such a mark on the world. She was a lovely fun person and we have been so grateful to have shared in many of those fun times with her

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  22. Brent and Judy Falls
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    RIP Jeannette. Just knowing her makes a person feel blessed.

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  23. Wendy& Willy
    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Sincere condolences Audrey Elwood ,and familyswhat a beautiful tribute to Jeanette, some people pass through your live and make a lasting impression Jeanette was one of these special people rest in peace. Will cherish the memories order.

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  24. Marlene P.
    Sunday, April 10, 2022

    What a loving tribute to a wonderful lady whom will be greatly missed.
    RIP.

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  25. Shirley Cook
    Sunday, April 10, 2022

    My sincere condolences to the Falls and Foster families .Jeanette certainly was one of a kind .Always time to chat, have a laugh and a hug .Cherish the memories .
    Shirley Cook

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  26. Wes and Fionnuala Sparling
    Sunday, April 10, 2022

    Our most sincere condolences to Audrey and Elwood and families at this time of Jeanette’s passing.
    We enjoyed many fun curling games with Jeannette and Jack at the Rocklyn arena. Jeannette was a
    friend to everyone and she will be missed by all but never forgotten!

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  27. Betty Hall
    Sunday, April 10, 2022

    Condolences to the family for the loss of a dear soul. I met Jeannette at our workout at Curves. There were many good laughs had by us all when she, (sister- in – law) Betty & (sister) Audrey were there. We would then meet at McGinty’s’ for another hour & discuss issues over coffee. She was a beautiful lady that always had a kind word for everyone. I am so happy that I had her in my life, even if it was for a short time. Audrey I am so sorry for your loss, I know you two were close, bless you!!

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  28. Burton and Marjorie Talbot
    Sunday, April 10, 2022

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Jeannette’s passing. So many wonderful memories and good times over the years. She was an amazing person and will be dearly missed. Sending our deepest sympathy to Audrey, Elwood and the Foster family at this most difficult time.

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  29. Coreen Clarke
    Monday, April 11, 2022

    Our sincere sympathy to Jeannette’s family. She was a special friend to both Jim and I but especially to Jim. She was his protector at the Rocklyn school house when he was little and a life long friend over the years. Very fond memories of our times together. Jim and Coreen

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  30. Kathy lemon
    Monday, April 11, 2022

    My condolences to the entire family and extended friends and families. Jeannette always had a smile and a laugh that would make anyones day joyous. She was kind to everyone she met. Jeannette may you Rest In Peace and enjoy your new days with your loved ones. Sincerely, Kathy

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  31. Vanessa Fitz-James Knight
    Monday, April 11, 2022

    Sincere condolences Audrey, Elwood and to all of Jeannette’s family and loved ones. This was such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman with such a big heart. Every time I spoke to Jeannette she made me smile and laugh and her smile was so infectious. I will miss her. She sure was one of a kind.

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  32. Linda Teed
    Monday, April 11, 2022

    What a lovely tribute to such a lovely lady. Always a smile and a conversation. She will live on as I can still see her laughing at the hairdressing shop.
    Love to her family and all who knew her.

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  33. Donna L. Brown
    Monday, April 11, 2022

    Sincere condolences to Falls & Foster families. All above tributes are so true to Jeannette. Orville & I loved watching grandchildren playing hockey with Jeannette cheering them on. She was dedicated.
    Donna Brown

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  34. Lila & Mike McVittie!
    Saturday, April 16, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to Elwood & Audrey & families! So sorry about your loss! She’d been my friend since high school, : we visited her about a week before she entered the hospital, & at that time she instructed me to call Jean Ann Skippen & my sister Lorraine to go out for our Birthday Celebration! I know she was loved by so many! We will miss her great humour, & smiling face! RIP Jeannette!

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  35. Brenda Tullio & Vanessa Fitz-James
    Monday, April 18, 2022

    What a beautiful tribute to Jeannette. She never failed to make us smile; we’ll sure miss her laugh and those twinkling eyes. For her closest people, we hope that the love of friends and family and the wonderful memories shared will bring each of you comfort during this time of grief.

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  36. Colleen Mills
    Saturday, April 23, 2022

    Such a special lady. She will be missed.

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