Listowel Banner March 11, 2015 Obituaries
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Listowel Banner March 11, 2015 Obituaries

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Doug Ray

Douglas William “Doug” Ray passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Listowel Memorial Hospital at the age of 65 years. Doug resided in Atwood and was formerly of Glen Allan.

Dear father of Chad and Amy of Latchford, Douglas Jr. “D.J.” and Christa, Cody and Brandy and Bailey, all of London. Also lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Caleb, Hudson, Lily, Jailenna, Liam, Mason, Braiden and Ally.

Beloved son of Virginia “Jean” Ray of Milverton and the late John Ray (1982). Brother of Gloria Orr of Puslinch, Gary and Elaine of Kenilworth, Terry of Guelph, and Darlene and Charlie Koebel of Crosshill. Doug is remembered by his many nieces and nephews and their families.

Doug touched the lives of many and will be missed by all.

The family received their relatives and friends at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Friday, March 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. Spring interment in St. Joseph’s R.C. Cemetery, Macton.

In Doug’s memory, donations to the Grand River Hospital Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Mary Wilson

Mrs. Mary Anne (Bandurka) Wilson of Listowel passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the age of 86.

Wife of the late George Wilson. Mother of Debbie and Brad Matheson of Molesworth, and John and Nonnie Wilson of Listowel. Grandmother of Lindsey and Chris White, Luc Matheson, and Whitney Wilson, all of Listowel, and Wade Wilson of Alberta. Great-grandmother of McKenna White.

Loved and remembered also by her sister-in-law Pat Bandurka of Mississauga, and by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her brothers Mike and Ron Bandurka, and by her nephew Ryan Bandurka.

Mary was born in New Toronto and met her husband George at the local ball diamond. She followed him as his career at Campbell Soup took them to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and then back to Ontario to Listowel. She was the eldest of three and took responsibility for her younger brothers early on when her mother – also Mary – went to work to support the family. She started school without knowing a word of English, but soon became fluent and remained proud of her Ukrainian heritage.

Mary was a supportive daughter, sister, wife and mother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and especially her beloved McKenna. She retired from the Canada Manpower/ Employment Canada Agency with over 35 years, first as receptionist and then office administrator.

She was actively involved in the community and was a member of the Listowel Hospital Auxiliary (Cradle Club) for over 30 years, where she donated of her time knitting baby sweaters and slippers as well as hosting several work parties. She also worked hard as a ‘Rotary Ann’ along side George while he was a Rotarian. Mary also was a member of several bowling leagues in Toronto, Portage la Prairie and Molesworth.

Her favourite place on Earth was her cottage on Canal Lake. Countless summers were spent by the lake where she enjoyed boating, swimming and relaxing. She hosted many friends and relatives over the years and as the children grew, their friends were also welcomed.

Mary loved a good party and enjoyed many with her peers as well as with the friends of her children and grandchildren.

Please join us for her final party on Sunday, March 15 at the Listowel Legion (565 Elizabeth St. E., Listowel) from 1-4 p.m., with words of remembrance at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations to Listowel Memorial Hospital or the Listowel Legion would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

Online condolences at

Ruby Weber

Ruby Aileen Weber, May 15, 1923 – March 8, 2015, peacefully went to be with her Lord, at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Listowel at the age of 91.

Ruby Weber (nee Metzger) was the beloved wife of the late Vernon Weber (1998). Dear mother of Barbara (the late Lyle) Martin of Ethel, David (Wendy) of Milverton, Glen (Bonnie) of Elmira, John (Ellen) of Drayton, Richard of Listowel, and Mary Lou (Russ) Loan of Waterloo. Also lovingly remembered by her six grandchildren, Grant (Pamela) Martin, Wanda (Jeremy) Heibein, Sherri (Eric) Lemke, Justin (Juanita) Weber, Lori (Chris) Schumacher, and Angela (Jerry) Koop, and by her 12 great-grandchildren.

Sister-in-law of Gordon Weber and Alice Weber. Also sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews and their families.

Predeceased by her parents Wesley and Elvina (Sittler) Metzger, stepmother Grace (Shantz) Metzger, daughter-in-law Cathy Weber, great-grandson Ross Martin, sister-in-law Audrey Weber, and brothers-in-law Homer (Sylvia) Schwindt and Ralph Weber.

The family received their relatives and friends at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Tuesday, March 10 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Family interment will take place in Glen Allan Cemetery prior to the memorial service on Wednesday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Listowel Mennonite Church, 465 Maitland Ave. S., Listowel.

In Ruby’s memory, donations to MCC would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Etta Sharpe

It is with our deepest sadness we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandma and great-grandma. Etta Ileen (Huston, Doig) Sharpe passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her daughter Gayle Helmka of Listowel, son Jeff Sharpe of Chatham, grandsons Jim and Bill Helmka, granddaughters Michelle MacDonald and Valerie Petrie, eight great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as special friends and co-workers, Shirley, Debbie, Aasa and Betty Lou.

Predeceased by her husband Mel Sharpe (January 2014), her parents James and Etta Huston, sisters Blanche Pestell and Della Schiestel, brothers Ross, Bert and Dick Huston, who are waiting for her in heaven.

We all loved her and will miss her.

At Mom’s request, there will be no service and cremation has taken place.

At his residence, on Sunday, March 8, 2015, Mr. John Louis “Jack” Wright of RR 3 Listowel, formerly of Howick Township, age 74 years.

Beloved husband of Shirley (Merkley) Wright. Cherished father of Valerie and Bill Bushell of RR 1 Listowel, Lea Anne and David Voisin of RR 1 Formosa and Nancy and Jeff Ludington of RR 4 Brussels. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren Adam Bushell (Jess), Allie and Matt Gabel, Tyson, Kelsey Voisin (Scott) and Jackie Ludington, and great-granddaughter Billie Gabel.

Also survived by his mother-in-law Marjorie Harkness of Wingham. Brother of Graham and Janice Wright of RR 1 Cifford, Winona Thompson of RR 5 Wingham, Sandra and Greg Buchanan of Wingham, June and John Paynter of Kitchener, Jannette McClean and Wayne Douglas of Wingham and Rod and Susan Wright of RR 1 Clifford. Brother-in-law of Jennice Davidson of Wingham.

Predeceased by his parents Gordon and Laurine (Dahms) Wright and by his father-in-law George Merkley.

A private funeral service was held at McBurney Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday. Reverend Jeff Hawkins officiated. Interment in McIntosh Cemetery, Carrick Township.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Online condolences at

Kay Hinz

Kay Hinz, 97, of Mitchell passed away peacefully at the Ritz Lutheran Villa on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Beloved wife of the late Ken Thornton (1942) and Alvin Hinz (2007). Dear mother of Wayne Thornton (Joanne), Gordon Hinz (Brenda) and Michael Glen Hinz (Bonnie). Loving grandmother of John Hinz, Virginia Sinclair (Sean), Brenda Steele (Bob), Ken Thornton (Rose) and John Marshall. Cherished great-grandmother of Angel, Jacob, Cody, Scott, Holly, Heather, Cassie and Bobby; and great-great-grandaughters Myla and Alanna.

Dear sister-in-law of Edith Pushelberg and Ivan Hinz (Joyce). Also surviving are her nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Frank and Catherine Kenny, daughter-in-law Shirley Thornton (1995), granddaughter Connie Marshall (2013), great-granddaughter Rebecca Steele (1987), brothers Jack (Lillian) (Alice), Joe (Lucy) and Peter, sisters Mary Maloney (Charlie Kistner), (Wilfred Maloney) and Helen Byers (Ed).

Friends were received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, Mitchell on Monday, March 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Mitchell on Tuesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Clare Coleman – celebrant. A reception followed at the Lockhart Reception Centre. Parish prayers were offered at the funeral home on Monday at 7:45 p.m.  Spring interment in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Mitchell.

Memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul Church, Ritz Lutheran Villa or the VON would be appreciated.

Online condolences at

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