Listowel Banner Obituaries January 22, 2014
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Listowel Banner Obituaries January 22, 2014

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Hazel West

On the morning of Jan. 5, 2014, Hazel Edith West (nee Clarke) peacefully passed away after a week in Oshawa General Hospital.

Born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England on July 31, 1926, she was sister to the late Edwin Clarke, and wife of the late Alan West originally from London, England (married in November 26, 1949).

Hazel and Alan immigrated to Canada in 1957. They lived most of their Canadian life in Gowanstown and retired to Bowmanville.

Hazel is survived by daughter Pam Ellenberger and grandsons Nicholas and Benjamin of Edmonton, Alberta and son Jeremy West, his partner Elizabeth Johns and children Bethan and Robert of Pickering.

A memorial service was held at Peace Lutheran Church, Pickering on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hazel’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the McEachnie Funeral Home (905-428-8488).

Thelma Ward

In loving memory of Thelma Meryl Ward, January 13, 1920-January 10, 2014, who died peacefully at Manitoulin Centennial Manor on Friday at the age of 93.

Thelma was known for her love of music and laughter.

Survived by her beloved husband of 74 years, Nelson Ward. Proud mother of Patricia Mack and Edwin (Marilyn) Ward. Devoted grandmother of Randy (Cathy) Mack, Julie Ward (deceased), Jennifer (Victor) Romard, Christel (Jesse) Mack/Boudreau and David (Jaclyn) Ward, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Dear sister of Dulcie (Charles) Fotheringham, Joyce (William) Wall, Phyllis (first husband Walter Hohner, second husband Arthur Whitelaw), June (Elgin) Rea; all predeceased. Remembered by sister-in-law Florence Ward. Loved aunt of many.

Visitation was on Monday, Jan. 13 from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m., all at Island Funeral Home. Burial in the spring in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

Donations to Centennial Manor Aux or Little Current United Church. Share your thoughts and memories at


Bernard Dietrich

Bernard Dietrich of Elmira passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener, age 82 years.

Predeceased by his wife Mary (Eckert) (Feb. 17, 2003). Loving father of Judy Charles of Listowel (Frank McKitterick of Waterloo) and Dale Dietrich of Chatham. Lovingly remembered by his granddaughters Rebecca, Michelle and Dana Charles.

Dear brother of Howard Dietrich, Doris (Carl) Meyer and Betty Bast. Brother-in-law of Jean (Jack) McColough, Eileen Dietrich, Bob (Millie) Eckert, Ed (Merita) Eckert, Jim (Donna) Eckert, Carol (Stan) Harris and Johnny (Alma) Dietrich. Survived by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Frederick and Suzanne Dietrich; his siblings Elmer, Edwin, Harold, Oscar, Mildred and Richard; and his sisters-in-law Gladys, Ruth, Margaret and Cecile Dietrich.

Bernard was a successful farmer and loved to socialize. Bernard and Mary did lots of travelling, played swing bowling and bingo, were on the Palliative Care Team of Brunner Nursing Home, and were long-time members of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Hesson.

The family received relatives and friends on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira. Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church, Elmira on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Cardiac Care or St. Teresa’s Church.

Gladys Pelton

Gladys Hildred Pelton, February 19, 1909 - November 15, 2013, was a longtime resident of Listowel, where she and her husband Cecil made their home for over 40 years. In later years, they moved to Sudbury to be closer to family, and Gladys spent her last 11 months at the Avalon Retirement Centre in Orangeville.

After retiring from the theatre business in 1970, summers were spent with family and friends at their well-loved cottage in Muskoka, while winters were enjoyed primarily in travel.

Her lifetime partner Cecil, with whom she shared family and business life, predeceased her by 14 years.

Family was the central focus in her and Cecil’s lives.

They have three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom miss her dearly.

She was strong and loving, and she never waivered.

She cherished the presence of others.

All who knew her miss her.

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