Listowel Obituaries - January 23, 2013
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Listowel Obituaries - January 23, 2013

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Wayne Marsh

Wayne Marsh passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Listowel, on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the age of 48.

Father of Jordan and Zach. Son of John Marsh and Marie Marsh, and brother of Greg Marsh, Daryl and Connie Marsh, and Jeff Marsh, all of Listowel.

He will be remembered by his aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel on Friday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

Memorial donations to the Epilepsy Foundation would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

Merle Larson

Merle Harvey Larson of Listowel passed away peacefully at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 on his 80th birthday.

Predeceased by his parents, a brother, and his son Milo.

He will be sadly missed by his children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Survived by his brothers Gilbert, and Gary and Isabel Dietrich; his sisters Gwen Fischer and Muriel Frankie; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Remembered by Isobel Larson.

Merle had retired from Hogg Fuel & Supply Redi-mix of Kitchener in 1995.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held for family and friends on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m. at the Listowel Legion.

As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be made through Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

Online condolences at

Josie Szpara

Mrs. Helen Josephine (Stanga) Szpara passed away, with her family by her side, after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis, at Royal Terrace, Palmerston on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at the age of 78.

Beloved wife of the late Ted Szpara. Loving mother of Mary Ann and Bill Slowka of Acton, Sue Szpara of Listowel, and Mark and Kathy Szpara of Kitchener. Grandmother of Alena, Steven and Greg Slowka, and Ted, Julie and John Szpara.

Remembered by her sister-in-law Joyce Stanga of Orillia, brother-in-law Mitch (Yvonne) Szpara of Timmins, and by her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Stephen and Mary (Skolna) Stanga, her sister Ann Stavina and her husband John, her brother John, and infant sister Mary.

Josie was a long-time elementary school teacher. She was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Listowel where she was a member of the CWL for 54 years.

Visitation was held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 2-4 and 6:30-8:30 p.m., with parish prayers at 1:30 p.m. and a CWL service at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Listowel, on Friday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

Memorial donations to St. Joseph's Church Building Fund, or the MS Society would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

Harvey Maurer

Harvey Maurer died peacefully at home in The Village, Listowel on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 with Irene, his wife of 25 years, at his side. He was in his 80th year. Harv was diagnosed five weeks ago with incurable bone cancer.

Harv is survived by his wife Irene (Houston-Bailey); his children Connie Montgomery (Gary), Nancy Witteveen (Mark), Gayle Tucker (Cecil), Kevin (Sandra) and Tammy Aiken; his stepchildren Paula Berlett (Dennis), Peter Bailey (Maria) and Jacquie Bailey-Cregan (Steve). Also survived by 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Harvey was predeceased by his daughter Debbie in 2009, brother Roy Maurer, brothers-in-law Wayne Houston and Bud McKee. He is also remembered by Lorna Diamond, the mother of his children; brother-in-law of Margaret McKee and Beatrice Houston.

At Harv’s request, a private family service will be held. There will be a celebration of life at Listowel First Baptist Church on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m.

Donations to Listowel First Baptist Church or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Ken Thompson, Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston (519-343-3800).

Ella Stone

Ella Stone of Listowel, and formerly of Brussels, passed away at her residence on Saturday, January 19, 2013, age 84.

Mother of Sharron and Donna Stone and her husband Murray Maw. Mother-in-law of Jenny Stone. Also survived by six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by her son Richard Stone, granddaughter Sharlene Stone and great-granddaughter Danielle Haskins.

A celebration of Ella's life was held at 430 Queen Street, Palmerston, on Monday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be placed through McBurney Funeral Home Ltd.(519-357-1170).

Online condolences at

Bill Lucas

William (Bill) Lucas passed away tragically, as the result of a car accident, at Victoria Hospital, London on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at the age of 84.

Bill resided in Atwood and was a member of Atwood United Church. He farmed his whole life and enjoyed hunting and bowling. Bill was well known for his lengthy and interesting stories.

Beloved husband of the late Erna (Schalk) Lucas, who predeceased him in 2001. Loving father of Jim and Bernice Lucas of RR 2 Atwood. Special grandpa of Laura, Jason and Maria Lucas.

Brother of Annie Briscoe of California and brother-in-law of Cor Schalk of Milverton, Willa Ament of Listowel, Gerard and Edith Schalk of Listowel. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Lorne and Muriel (Ducklow) Lucas, his sister Catherine and her husband Roy Moore, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Hank and Janet Schalk, Joyce Schalk and Gordon Ament.

Bill’s family invites relatives and friends to share their memories on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382) where the funeral service to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Michelle Owens officiating. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Atwood United Church appreciated by the family.

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