Listowel Banner obituaries Feb. 18, 2015
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Listowel Banner obituaries Feb. 18, 2015

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Margaret Cleland

Mrs. Margaret Grace (Jefferson) Cleland of Listowel passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at the age of 82.

Wife of the late Bruce Cleland. Mother of Robert Cleland of Mildmay, and Pauline and Richard Boertien of Listowel. Grandmother of Natasha and Brett Davidson, Deirdre Boertien, and Emma Boertien, and great-grandmother of Jocelyn and Leighton Davidson.

Sister and sister-in-law of Mary and Bill Chessell, John Jefferson, Ruth Laing, Olive Riehl, Ina and Bill Laidlaw, Barb Jefferson, Bill and Charlotte Cleland, and Richard McNamara.

Predeceased by her parents John and Nettie Jefferson, parents-in-law George and Lillian Cleland, siblings Laura and Charles LaForge, Norman Jefferson, Eva and Gordon Laing, Don Riehl, Bob Laing, Norma Jefferson, Marian McNamara, Hugh and Betty Cleland, and Elinor and Ken Waller.

Margaret grew up on a family farm in Fullarton Twp. After attending Mitchell High, she worked in London until marrying Bruce Cleland in 1962. Following Bruce’s death in 1968, Margaret and her mother-in-law Lillian Cleland moved into Listowel with Bob and Pauline.

Margaret was well known as the guidance office secretary at LDSS. She was always busy, being involved in the Women’s Institute, Rebekkah Lodge, WMS, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, the gift shop at the hospital and at the fair.  She loved travelling, going on bus trips and attending the annual fall resort retreat of her “young people’s” group from her young adult days. She was an avid card player and loved to do puzzles.

Family was very important. Margaret was happiest when with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

She was always positive and leaves a message for remembering her -- nothing on earth can make life more worthwhile than the sunshine and warmth of a beautiful smile.

Visitation was held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Monday, Feb. 16 from 1-4 p.m. The funeral service was held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Don McCallum officiating. Spring interment is in Elma Centre Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Cradle Club at Listowel Memorial Hospital, or Knox Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

John MacDonald

John Hay MacDonald of Listowel passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Born June 1, 1931, he was 83.

Beloved husband of Colleen (Forrest) for 60 years. Much loved father of Tim and Alexandra of Stratford, Joan and Paul Waechter of Shelburne, and John and Norma MacDonald of Listowel. Wonderful Papa to Johnathon MacDonald of Collingwood and Gregory MacDonald of Toronto.

John was born in Listowel to Archie and Helen (Hay) in 1931. He spent his childhood in Toronto and Port Elgin, returning to Listowel with his mother when he was 13, following his father’s death. He married Colleen in 1954, and worked as a territory manager for the Champion Spark Plug Company.

John and Colleen returned to Listowel in 1958, where John joined his father-in-law, Earl H Forrest, in Ideal Supply. He purchased the company in 1968. Under his ownership and leadership, the company grew to become one of the largest distributors of electrical supplies and auto parts in the country. He was very proud that the company continues to be a family owned business under the combined leadership of Tim, John and Joan.

John was a proud Canadian and believed acting locally to build strong communities went a long way to building a stronger nation. To that end, he served as the president of his local Kinsmen Club, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.

He was recognized as Listowel’s Citizen of the Year in 1994, the Automotive Industry Association’s “Distinguished Service Award” winner in 1995, and the Electro-Federation Canada’s “Industry Recognition Award” winner in 2005.

John loved his family, his business and his community and devoted his life to the healthy success of all three.

Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Trinity United Church, Listowel on Friday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Dwarika officiating. The celebration of John’s life will continue at the Listowel Golf Club immediately following the funeral service. Spring interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

Memorial donations to the John and Colleen MacDonald Family Fund (cheques made payable to S.P.C.F. - Stratford Perth Community Foundation) may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

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Deanie Scherpenzeel

Mrs. Diewertje “Deanie” (Geertsema) Scherpenzeel of Fordwich passed away peacefully at her home, in the loving arms of family, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at the age of 85.

Beloved wife of the late John Scherpenzeel. Mother of Gerda and Geno Meyer of Fordwich, Bart and Tammy Scherpenzeel of Howick Township, and Jan and Sharon Scherpenzeel of Pine Falls, Manitoba.

Grandmother of Kevin and Angela Meyer, Angela and Nathan Elford, Cheryl and Simon Thorpe, Eric Scherpenzeel, Krista Scherpenzeel and her friend Daryl Larson, and David Scherpenzeel. Great-grandmother of Cole, Kayla, Sierra, Addison, Zoey and Oliver.

Sister of Ebel and Betsy Geertsema of Mallorytown, Bill and Mary Geertsema of Brampton, and Trudy and Gerrit Borg of Listowel, and sister-in-law of Effie Geertsema of Lefory, Sjabbe Dryfhout of New market, and Jantz Scherpenzeel of Holland.

Predeceased by her brother Jim Geertsema and her sister Ann Dryfhout.

Visitation will be held at Immanuel United Reformed Church, Listowel on Monday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Spring interment in Fordwich Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Immanuel United Reformed Church, Listowel would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

Online condolences may be left at

Stewart Gilkinson

Stewart GilkinsonStewart Gilkinson of Listowel passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at the age of 81. Stewart was a member of the Britton Loyal Orange Lodge No. 677.

Beloved husband of the late Beatrice Gilkinson, who predeceased him on Sept. 24, 2014. Loving father of Allen Gilkinson, and Margaret and Dave Quinlan. Special grandpa of Erin and Jason Cressman and daughter Kelsey; Lacey Ruppel and friend Chad; Jenna Ruppel and Jamie Scott; Mike and Rebekah Quinlan and children Esther Grace, Caden and Asher; Robyn and Chris Raben and children Tyler, Wyatt and Briar; David Quinlan Jr.; and Danielle Quinlan.

Brother of Doug and Joanne, Bob and Sandra, Larry and Helena, John, Eleanor Gilkinson, Wayne and Sharon, Norma and George Bradley, Dorothy Reddon, Beth Stone, Phyllis and Ron McCluskie, Anne Ouelette, and Marion Anderson. Fondly remembered by Joe Ruppel, Don McNalley, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Mary (Hume) Gilkinson, his son Steven and brothers-in-law Glen Reddon and Jim Stone.

A memorial service to celebrate Stewart’s life will be held at The Salvation Army, Listowel on Friday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Spring interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Salvation Army or the Loyal Orange Lodge appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to the Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382).

Bill Vine

Elmer Thomas “Bill” Vine, formerly of Listowel, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 with family by his side at Grey Bruce Hospice Owen Sound. He was 96.

He was born Sept. 9, 1918 in Elma Township, son of the late Elva and Annie (Clyde) Vine.

Bill, along with his father Elva and brother Gordon were prominent purebred Holstein dairy farmers in the Listowel area. Vinedale Farms won the Master Breeder Award in 1954 and many accolades at local and major shows in Canada and the U.S. The Vinedale name is referenced several times in Edward Morwick’s books, The Chosen Breed Vol. l and ll, reflecting the stories and history of Holstein cattle in Canada.

Bill was an avid hockey enthusiast and played forward with the Trowbridge Trojans for many years. The Trojans won the WOAA Intermediate Championship in 1954.

He and his family moved to Listowel after selling the farm in 1976. To keep active, Bill became a security guard for 13 years, first at the Campbell Soup Company and then Spinrite Yarns. He enjoyed the routine and social aspect of the job.

In retirement Bill dabbled in wood-working and made many beautiful purple martin bird houses. He spent hours honing his pool playing skills and loved to challenge visitors to a friendly game.

Bill always maintained his sense of humour, no matter the situation. He appreciated his friends and neighbours, and everything they did for him and Alice. He was a member and supporter of the United Church for 58 years.

Bill is survived by his wife Alice Selena (Annett) Vine of 58 years, son Paul Merritt Vine (Helen King) of Owen Sound, daughter Kathryn Annett Vine-Smith (Derrick Smith) of Guelph, several nieces and a nephew.

He was predeceased by son Richard John in infancy, and brothers Jack and Gordon, and sister Velma Sleightholm.

Visitation will be at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 12 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Rev. George Russell will officiate. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery.

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Bea Ott

Mrs. Beatrice Irene (Matthews) Ott, formerly of Listowel, passed away at Caressant Care, Harriston on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the age of 95.

Beloved wife of the late Alvin Ott. Dear mother of Joyce and Leonard Schmidt of Carthage, and Susan Rabideau of Kitchener. Grandmother of Jeff and Bonnie Schmidt of St. Jacobs, Brenda and Dave Askett of Carthage, Diane Schalk of Listowel, Ryan and Michelle Rabideau of Kitchener, and Sesha Rabideau and Seb Gagnon of Ottawa.  Also sadly missed by her twelve great-grandchildren, and her sister Phyllis Ott.

Predeceased by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Edgar Ott, Clarence and Beatrice Mehring, and George and Marion Schneider.

Bea was born in Wallace Township in 1919 to Isaac and Viola (Horn) Matthews. In 1940, she married Alvin, and together they farmed in Wallace Township until 1967. After moving to Listowel, Bea worked at Bea Smith’s Sewing Centre for many years. In addition to the large garden that she always had at the farm, Bea enjoyed sewing and quilting, and continued to do alterations until she moved into Hamilton Place.

Alvin and Bea loved to dance, and had many wonderful times with friends at biweekly dances at the Palmerston Legion and many other venues. When there wasn’t a dance to be found, there was always a game of Lost Heir to be played. Alvin and Bea enjoyed their trailer in Wasaga Beach, mostly because of the great friends they had there. She and Alvin were members at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where Bea belonged to the E.L.W.

Bea was a loving and available babysitter, and made a quilt for each new baby in the family. On quiet days, she faithfully watched Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Lawrence Welk. Bea leaves behind countless happy memories for her family and friends.

Visitation was held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 2-4 p.m. The funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Listowel on Monday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. with visitation for one hour prior. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

Memorial donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

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