Listowel Obituaries - June 20, 2012
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Listowel Obituaries - June 20, 2012

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Alfred O’Krafka

Alfred Ernest O’Krafka passed away peacefully at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness, on Monday, June 11, 2012 at the age of 91.

Alfred was born at his Granny Shepherd’s home in Hespeler on June 6, 1921. He was raised on the family farm on Maple Grove Road and attended Maple Grove Public School. He was a veteran of the First World War, attaining the rank of Flying Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Following the war, he attended Lowell Textile Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts and graduated with a bachelor of science in textile engineering. Upon return to Canada, he was employed by Dominion Woolens in Hespeler, Templon in Drummondville, Quebec and then by Spinrite Yarns & Dyers in Listowel. He enjoyed 24 years of retirement in his garden, doing what he loved to do best – puttering.

He was the loving husband and best friend of Grace (Lambke) O'Krafka, his wife of nearly 54 years. Dear father of Heather (Paul) de Man, Heidi (Robert) Presley, Harold O'Krafka and daughter-in-law Carolyn. Much loved grandpa of Brigitte and Margot de Man, Rebecca Presley, and Jake and Meg O'Krafka.

Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Louise Okrafka, Marie Lambke, Dorothy Priebe and Mary Schwartzentruber; by brothers-in-law Herman Neff, Howard Lambke, Clifford Lambke and Harold Lambke; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Otto and Lillian (Shepherd) O'Krafka, his parents-in-law Norman and Elsie (Rieck) Lambke, his son David Alfred O'Krafka in infancy, his granddaughter Pauline Agaath de Man in infancy, his sister Isobel Neff, and his brother Lennard O'Krafka. He was also predeceased by sisters-in-law Gladys Caron, Gladys Lambke, Anne Lambke, Jean Lambke, Doris Lambke, Irene Wilson, and Ruth Campbell and by brothers-in-law Daniel Priebe, Walter Lambke, Harold Wilson, Reginald Campbell, Paul Schwartzentruber and Jack Lambke.

His family would like to thank the staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital for the kind and loving care they provided to Alfred.

Alfred’s family welcomed family and friends at the Lounsbury Funeral Home, Cambridge on Friday, June 15 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was held at Wanner Mennonite Church, Cambridge on Saturday, June 16 at 3 p.m. Interment followed at Wanner Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario).

Condolences/donations/directions at or call 519-658-9366.

 Frank McKenzie

Mr. Frank Wellington McKenzie of Listowel passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the age of 97.

Husband of Hazel (Ward) McKenzie. Father of Wayne and Ruth Ward of St. Thomas, Cameron and Sharon McKenzie of Cardiff, Jim and Carol McKenzie of Mitchell, and Allan and Ann McKenzie of Monkton. Remembered by his daughter-in-law Jane McKenzie of Mitchell, and by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by his son Ian McKenzie, granddaughter Deserie, and by one brother and two sisters.

Visitation was held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Friday, June 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a Legion Memorial Service at 4 p.m.  The funeral service was held at Calvary United Church, Listowel, on Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m.

Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Calvary United Church would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

Gerrit Stege

Gerrit Stege, of RR 1 Palmerston, went to be with his Lord and Saviour, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the age of 90.

Beloved husband of Hendrika (Berends) Stege. Father of Everett and Peggy Stege of RR 1 Palmerston, Wilma Kuntz of Hanover, and Irene and Rob Hilkes of Ottawa. Grandfather of Chris Stege and his fiancée Melissa Struyk, Jennifer and Tim Martin, Tracey and Jordan Constable, Shane and Amanda Stege, Suzanna and Brendan Kennedy, Sarah Kuntz and her fiancé Colin Bullock, Geordan and Danika Kuntz, Maria Kuntz, Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, Seth Hilkes, and Gabriella Hilkes.

Great-grandfather of Haile Martin, Luke Stege and Leah Constable.

Brother of Willem and Bertus Stege of the Netherlands.

Predeceased by his parents Evert and Gerritjen (Kelholt) Stege, and by four brothers and six sisters.

Gerrit and Hendrika married in the Netherlands on Jan. 4, 1952 and then immigrated to Canada on Feb. 14, 1952. His passion was farming, and he was active in his church, serving as elder for many years.

Funeral services will be held at Drayton Reformed Church on Friday, June 15 at 1 p.m., with reception following in the church hall.

Interment in Bethesda Cemetery, Maryborough Township.

The Stege family is grateful for the compassionate care and guidance of their CCAC team.

Online condolences at

Gordon Coulter

Gordon John Samuel Coulter passed away peacefully at the Fordwich Village Nursing Home on Friday, June 15, 2012. Born in Maryborough Township on Jan. 28, 1916, Gordon was 96.

Gordon will be sadly missed by his children Gladys Brenner of Kitchener, Frances Templeman of Gorrie, and Kenneth Coulter of Kitchener. Dear brother of Clifton and Sharon Coulter of Gorrie and Harold Coulter of Listowel.

Also loved by his grandchildren Elizabeth and Steve Hartung, Barbara and Don Gibson, Anna Brenner and Gordon Brenner; his great-grandchildren Ryan and Jaron Ireland, Lee, Katie, Tracy and Lisa Gibson, and Melissa and Sarah Matte; and his great-great-grandchildren Carter Gibson and Hudson Ireland and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his wives Mabel (Mannell), Avylin (Cronk) and Leona (Lyons); his sons-in-law Tony Brenner and Thomas Templeman; his grandchildren Sandra Ireland and Kenny Coulter; and sisters Gladys Coulter and Irene Omand.

Friends were received by the family two hours prior to the complete funeral service being conducted on Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at the Gorrie Visitation Centre of the Schimanski Family Funeral Home, with Rev. Jeff Hawkins officiating.

Burial in Hollen Cemetery, Maryborough Township.

Pallbearers were Ryan Ireland, Steve Hartung, Lee Gibson, Gordon Brenner, Don Gibson and Lisa Gibson.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Residents' Council of the Fordwich Village Nursing Home or the Alzheimer Society.

Online condolences may be left at

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