Listowel obituaries - October 3
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Listowel obituaries - October 3

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Len Dodkin

Mr. Leonard Reginald Dodkin of Listowel passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at Parkwood Veterans Hospital, London, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at the age of 85.

Beloved husband of Rita (Hartney) Dodkin of Listowel. Loving father of seven children, Gary and Connie Dodkin of Listowel, Brenda and David McMillan of Oshawa, Ted and Susan Dodkin of Kincardine, Tom and Donna Dodkin of Moosejaw, Sask., Joanne and Bob Boyne of Listowel, Rita and Rick Johnson of New Liskeard, and Robert and Karen Dodkin of Baden. Grandfather of 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by his parents John and Alice (Brown) Dodkin, his brother Robert Dodkin, and his sister Alice Murray.

Len was born on Feb. 19, 1927 in Goderich, and grew up in the village of Saltford, Ontario.  He and Rita were married in 1947, and celebrated 65 years on Sept. 20, 2012. Len joined the army in 1944 and served with the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers (RCEME). After the war, Len joined the Campbell Soup Company in Listowel as an engineer. He retired in 1990 to his hometown, the village of Saltford.

Len was a devout member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Listowel and later, St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Goderich. While in Listowel, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8168 and in Goderich, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5420, both 3rd and 4th degree. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259, Listowel, volunteered with Maitland Trail, Goderich, and was an avid reader, especially books of historical nature.

Len enjoyed many outdoors activities such as canoeing, fishing and hiking. He was a wonderful and dedicated father who enjoyed spending time with his family, doing things such as the annual excursion to Algonquin Park with his four sons.

Friends called at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, on Sunday, Sept. 30 for visitation from 1-4 p.m. Prayers and Rosary were recited at 12:30 p.m., and a Legion memorial service was held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Listowel, on Monday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m., with visitation for one hour prior. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

Memorial donations to Parkwood Hospital, London or St. Joseph’s Church Building Fund would be appreciated.

The family wishes to thank the loving caregivers on 5B South Veteran’s Care, Parkwood Hospital, London.

Online condolences at

Gabe Demaiter

Gabriel “Gabe” Demaiter of Bothwell passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at the London Health Sciences Centre on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at the age of 69. Born in Bothwell, son of the late Valer and Idalie (Breyne) Demaiter.

Beloved husband of Odette (Piens) Demaiter. Loving father of Christine Tegenbosch (Chris) of Atwood and Charlene Demaiter-Martin (Charlie) of Highgate. Loving grandpa of Jessica, Gabrielle, and Kevin.

Dear brother of Mike and Ruth Demaiter of Bothwell, Will and Shirley Demaiter of Bothwell, and Gerard and Sandy Demaiter of Thamesville.

At Gabe’s request, a private family visitation and private funeral mass were held. Interment in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Bothwell.

If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences and donations may be left at Arrangements entrusted to the Badder & Robinson Funeral Homes, Bothwell.

Lillian “Grace” Yungblut

Lillian “Grace” Yungblut, (nee Bradford) of RR 1 Gowanstown passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Harriston on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the age of 88.

Beloved wife of the late Gordon Yungblut (2009) for 61 years. Loving mother of Elizabeth and her husband Paul Bayer of Arthur City, Texas, Barbara and her husband Robert Burrows of Palmerston, Robert Yungblut and his wife Susan of RR 1 Gowanstown, David Yungblut of RR 1 Gowanstown and the late Marlene White (2000). Mother-in-law of Robert White of Harriston.

Dear grandmother and great-grandmother of Jon and Molly Bayer, Ava and Amory of Fort Worth, Texas; Mary Lou and Joel Wofford , Paul and Sophie of Paris, Texas; Teresa and Richard Lankford, Alysha and Layne of Wynne, Arkansas; Tina and T.J. Saari of Harker Heights, Texas; Jason Burrows and Tanya Fish, Felicity and Zachary of Hanover; Justus Burrows and Jenn Lang of Langford, B.C.; Xayne, Joel and Veronica Burrows, Cherish Lynn, Blake, Ashlen and Tiffany of Palmerston; Lucas Burrows of Palmerston; Carey and Charlene Yungblut and Kaelyn of Woodstock; Troy Yungblut of South Korea; Jody Yungblut of RR 1 Gowanstown and Matthew Hutchison; Katelyn White and Dylan White, both of Harriston.

Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Predeceased by her parents Lyle and Ila (Medd) Bradford and her brother Frank Bradford.

The family received friends at the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston on Monday, Oct. 1. Rev. Ralph Dwarika conducted the funeral service in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wallace Township, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. followed by interment in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Wellington would be appreciated by the family.

Murray Smith

K. Murray Smith of Listowel passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the age of 47.

Dearly loved son of Norma Smith of Listowel, and the late Albert Smith.  Murray will be remembered by his children in whom he took great pride and loved dearly, Sarah Smith and her friend Paul, and Colton Smith; and by their mother Diana Lebbink.

Beloved brother of Karen and Brian Allen of Listowel, and Denise and Brian Boertien of Palmerston. Uncle of Ryan Allen, Alysia Allen, Therese Reynolds, Justin Boertien and Jared Boertien, and great-uncle of Jaydon and Jaxon Reynolds.

Murray will be remembered by his aunts, uncles and cousins, and will be missed by the many friends that he made throughout his life.

Friends and family were invited to share their memories at Listowel Mennonite Church on Tuesday, Oct. 2 for visitation from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Norm Dyck officiated. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel, at a later date.

Memorial donations to Listowel Mennonite Church or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel (519-291-4840).

Online condolences may be left at

Dorothy Robinson

Dorothy Katherine Robinson, nee McLaughlin, of London passed away peacefully, with her loving son by her side, at University Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the age of 88.

Beloved wife for 67 years of James (Jim) Robinson. Loving mother of Jamie and his wife Judy Robinson of London. Also lovingly remembered by the apple of her eye, grandson Scott. Dear sister of Donald McLaughlin and best friend Alva Michael.

The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London, with visitation preceding from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Private interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Leukemia Society would be gratefully acknowledged.

Isabel Burke

Isabel Janette Burke (née Hutchison) passed away peacefully at McGarrell Place, London, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at the age of 88.

Beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Burke (Sept. 12, 2012). Dear mother of Pat Burke (Jack McMurray) of Burlington and Murray (Sharon) Burke of Oakville. Predeceased by her daughter Carol and her son Don Burke.

Also loved by her grandchildren Lauren, Kevin and Leah.

The funeral service will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. with visitation for one hour prior. Interment at Gorrie Memorial Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

Betty Allcock

Betty Isabella Allcock (nee Wilson) passed away peacefully in her home, with family by her side, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at the age of 80.

Beloved wife of the late Bill Allcock (50 years) (2006). Loving mother of Dave (Joanne) of Forest, Cameron (Angie), Robert (Sue) and Laurie Piper, all of Woodstock. Cherished grandmother of Jasmine, Ashley and Abby of Woodstock, and Mike of Kitchener.

Loved aunt of Bev (Reese) Rocky of Nova Scotia, Barb (Ken) Cassells of Woodstock, Dale Wilson, Don (Kelly) Wilson all of the U.S. and Doug Wilson of Cambridge. Dear sister-in-law of Noreen Wilson of Woodstock, Gertie Wilson and Tom Reed of Cambridge.

Predeceased by her son Bruce, brothers Cliff, Neil and Ross Wilson, and son-in-law Fred Piper.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brock & Visser Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004, where the memorial service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

If desired, contributions to VON-Sakura House or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated. Online condolences at

Joe Sleightholm

James “Joe” Allison Sleightholm of Listowel passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at the age of 93.

Beloved husband of the late Velma (Vine) Sleightholm. Father of Ruth Anne and Gary Godden of Trowbridge, Clyde and Marlene Sleightholm of RR 2 Listowel, Mary Lynn and Keith Underhill of Staffordville, and Gayle and Jason Ritter of Listowel.

Grandfather of Noel Godden and his fianceé Julie Clarke of Listowel, Sean Godden of Guelph, Tanya and Joe Duncan of Listowel, Andrew and Mallory Sleightholm of Listowel, Tracy Gedcke and John Holloway of Listowel, Morgan Underhill and Ally Underhill, both of Staffordville, and Ashley Ritter of Listowel. Great-grandfather of Tyler, Zach, Jacob, Trey and Brianne.

Brother-in-law of Elmer and Alice Vine of Listowel.

Dad was a decorated veteran of the Second World War and upon his return from the war, he married the love of his life, our mom, Velma Viola Vine, on Oct. 27, 1945. They resided on a small farm on the 2nd of Elma Township (Trowbridge) since 1954.

He spent the majority of his career with Campbell Soup in Listowel, but his love of the family Shetland ponies was where his pride was greatest. Dad showed for many years all over Southwestern Ontario where he was well known for the many trophies, awards and prizes, which included shows at the Royal Winter Fair and the CNE. Although he loved to show the ponies, his priority was always his family.

Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m., with a Legion memorial service at 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be left at

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