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Current Funerals

RATE, Colleen Carol - (Carpenter),

Friday, 30 March 2018
RATE, Colleen Carol - (Carpenter), On Good Friday morning peacefully at Wairarapa Hospital, Masterton, aged 72. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Bernie and the late Linda, Neil and the late Nancy, John (deceased) and Peewee.  A Loved Aunty, and great auntie of Connor and Jonnie. Loved companion of the late Bruce Hill. Loved friend of the Lintern family, Marie, Sue, Mike,and  Beth Hall. A Service to give thanks for Colleen’s life will be held at Masterton Baptist Church corner Renall and Chapel Streets Masterton  on Thursday 5th April at 2.00pm followed by private cremation. 

STRANG, Mark Vern (Shultz)

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Sadly passed away peacefully with family around him on the 7th March 2018. Dearly loved son of the late Vernon and Evelyn Strang. Dearly loved Dad of Jessica and Sam; and April. Husband of Allison. Loved son in law of Dot and Wayne and brother in law of Jason. Loved brother and brother in law of Lynn and Bruce, Lorraine and Kevin, Gary and Donna, Neil, Wendy and Jenny, Allen, Darren. Loved Uncle of all his nieces and nephews. “Will be sadly missed” All messages to the family may be posted to c/- PO Box 2055 Masterton 5810. Donations would be appreciated to the Cancer Society, PO Box 121 Masterton or left at the Chapel. 

A funeral service will be held at Rosewood 415 Queen St, Masterton on Saturday March 10th at 2.00pm followed by a private family cremation.

CHEETHAM, Heather Mary ( nee Drysdale)

Sunday, 4 March 2018

On 4th March 2018. Peacefully at her home in Mangamahoe, aged 76 years. Much loved wife of Denbigh Elmo (Elmo). Loved mother and mother in law of Selwyn and Jill, Judith and David Slone, Graeme and Leah. Loved Nana to Matthew, Jessica and Deanna; Nicholas, Benjamin and Abigail. 

Messages to the Cheetham family may be posted to c/- PO Box 2055 Masterton. 

A funeral service will be held at the Eketahuna Community Centre, Haswell St  Eketahuna on Friday  March 9th at 1.00pm followed by cremation.

MCPHERSON Bert David (Dave)

Sunday, 4 March 2018

In his 85th year. Died peacefully on Sunday 4 March 2018 in Masterton Hospital. Loving husband of the late Effie, father of Sandy and Grant and proud grandfather of Christina, Max, Charlie, Sam, Gus and Julia. In lieu of flowers donations to  Heart Foundation of NZ, PO Box 17160, Greenlane, Auckland 1546 would be appreciated.  A service for Dave will be held  at Rosewood, 415 Queen Street, Masterton, on  Saturday 17 March at 1.00pm followed by a private cremation. 


Thursday, 1 March 2018

On 1 March 2018 at home in Palmerston North.  Aged 68 years.  Dearly loved daughter of the late Eileen and Charlie.  Loved sister and sister-in-law of Philip & Cheryl and family.  A private service has been held in Masterton followed by a burial.

DAVIES Joan Phyllis

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

DAVIES Joan Phyllis

In her ninety first year.  Peacefully on Tuesday 27 February 2018 at Lansdowne Park, Masterton surrounded by her family.  Dearly loved wife of the late Erwin.  Special twin sister of Marguerite.  Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Jennifer and the Late Barry Pacey, Kevin and Lynn Davies.  Grandmother of five and great grandmother of six.  Special thanks to the caring staff of Kandahar Court and Lansdowne Park for their amazing care of Joan.  In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Wairarapa 59 Renall Street, Masterton would be appreciated or may be left at the service. A service to celebrate Joan’s wonderful life will be held at Rosewood 415 Queen Street, Masterton on Saturday 3 March at 2.00pm followed by private cremation.

FAULKNER David William Ashley (Ashley)

Sunday, 25 February 2018

RNZAF Flt Lt Pilot WW2 Reg No. 42387

On 25th February 2018 at Masterton Hospital in his 97th year. Beloved husband of Gwen (nee McPhail) for 73 years. Father and father-in-law of Pamela and Bruce McGregor (Masterton), Peter and Jane Faulkner (Nelson) and David and Kath Faulkner (Nelson). Grandfather to James Thurston, the late Duncan James McGregor, Viki and Leigh Kube, Sarah and Richard Kirton, Ben and Anna Faulkner, Kate and Mark Kerr, Audrey and Scott Mosely and Daniel Faulkner. Great Grandfather to Connor, Maggie and Molly, Sam and Annabelle, Lachlan and Harry, Alyssa and Gemma, Adam and Clara.


While Ashley spent his final years in Masterton his heart was always loyal to his birth province of Otago and cherished holiday town of Wanaka. He was always keenly interested in the activities of all his extended family and he was an amateur author and poet.

He was proud of his RNZAF service during WW2.

“So thus we fly by day and night.

Our work it never ends,

The empty sea, the cloudy sky, both to us are friends”


He was a great handyman and could make almost anything in his home workshop.


“Hone the tools that fit your palm

Get Clay or Wood or Sand

And find the thrill the craftsman knows

Of creating it by hand”

With thanks to the staff at Masterton Hospital for their care of Ashley in his final days and to the staff at Lansdowne Park for their care over the last 4 years.

At the family’s request a private funeral service has been held. 

No flowers please but donations to the Life Flight Trust, PO Box 14448, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241 would be appreciated.

Messages to 1B Jordan Terrace, Masterton.