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Investigation into four-vehicle collision continues

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Mary Faludi

Mary Faludi

SIMCOE - 

The tragic death this week of Mary Faludi is a bitter pill for friends and family alike.

Faludi, 84, was attempting to turn into the driveway of her home on Highway 24 in Round Plains when she was involved in a four-vehicle collision.

Faludi was thrown from her vehicle and died at the scene.

The crash occurred around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

It was the second time that afternoon that Norfolk OPP had to close this section of Highway 24. Earlier in the afternoon, lightning struck tinder-dry stubble in a field beside the crash scene, scorching eight acres before Norfolk firefighters brought it under control.

Faludi will be remembered as a leader in the local Catholic community.

Faludi was enthusiastic about music and helping others. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church in Waterford and served in a number of executive positions, including president. For many years she sang in and led the choir at St. Bernard’s.

“She’ll be missed by the whole community, not just within the church,” Fr. Lucio Couto said this week. “She was always ready to serve. She was a faith-filled woman.

“People have realized they have lost a very giving and important member of our community. They are in shock and lamenting her loss.”

Faludi was born Mary Gabriel Pieters. She grew up in Delhi. She was the wife of the late Frank Faludi (1992) and more recently the companion of Robert Simon Sr.

Faludi is survived by several children, grandchildren and many friends. Susan Decker of Delhi met Faludi when they were teenagers. They were good friends for 70 years. Faludi’s death has left a void that will be hard to fill.

“She was the best friend anyone could ever have,” Decker said Friday. “It was a real shock. We found out about half an hour after the accident. It was a real shock to all of us. She was so chatty, and she loved life.”

Tuesday’s crash occurred on Highway 24 between Windham Road 7 and Townsend Road 8. Norfolk OPP are still investigating and have not released the sequence of events that led to Faludi’s passing.

However it happened, neighbours suspect excessive speed was a factor. Sandy Montgomery lives on Highway 24 half a mile from the crash site. Faludi’s death has prompted Montgomery to reach out to the press and the police.

“It’s getting really bad here,” says Montgomery. “It’s getting to be a serious, serious problem. People drive through here like maniacs.

“It’s awful. You can’t even cross the road to get your mail. They drive through here like it is Highway 401. It’s not fair that we don’t feel safe to drive on this road.”

Norfolk OPP know of the speeding issues in this area. The local force includes Highway 24 between Simcoe and Brant County in its periodic traffic enforcement blitzes.

Fr. Couto will say a funeral mass for Faludi Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Church in Waterford. Burial will follow in the Delhi Cemetery.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com