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  • Neil Wilfred Cockwell

    age 87, of Listowel, formerly of Atwood, passed peacefully with family by his side Saturday March 18, 2023 at Listowel Memorial Hospital. For nearly 66 years was the beloved husband of Bernice (Bell). Dear father of Brian (Debra) Cockwell, Bruce (Janet) Cockwell, and Donna (Rob) Jeske. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Nigel (Jessica), Jillian (Aaron), Alyssa (Evan), Kirstie (Greg), Taylor (Jordan), Josh (Jenna) and his great granddaughters Harper and Landry. Fondly remembered by brother Murray, and in-laws Leon, Bette, and Shirley. Predeceased by his parents Wilfred & Olive Cockwell, and in-laws Nellie and Gordon Bell. Predeceased by siblings Ruth, Ross, Percy, Mac, and Vivian. Neil, born and raised in Donegal, began his career at the Bank of Nova Scotia. After he and Bernice married, he moved to Ideal Supply where he opened the Kincardine branch. Neil’s insurance career began in 1974 and led him to start Cockwell Insurance Brokers in Atwood, operating at the original location for 40 years. Neil, deeply committed to his community of Atwood, was a lifetime member of the Atwood Lions Club, original member of the Atwood Fire Department, served on the Donegal Cemetery Board, Chamber of Commerce, and Pine River Boat Club. Neil also operated as a full time spare at the Atwood Men’s Club always subbing in when necessary. Neil could be found tinkering in his shop, woodworking, repairing/restoring engines, or fishing, relaxing and socializing at his Lake Huron cottage. Neil’s greatest joy was his family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with assorted pets. A private family service will be held. A public celebration of life will take place on a future date. Memorial donations may be made to the Atwood Lions Club, the Listowel Memorial Hospital or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood.

  • Lorraine Dewar

    Passed away peacefully at Listowel General Hospital on Saturday March 18, 2023 at the age of 81. Beloved wife of the late Tom William Dewar. Loving mother of Deb Best, Paul (Jodie) Dewar, Greg (Cindy) Dewar. Cherished grandmother of Dennis (Mel) Dewar, Darryl (Lisa) Dewar, Candace Dewar (Jeramey Dinsmore), Chelsea (Steve) Scholl and great grandmother of Lily, Bryson, Emmett, Charlie and Hudson. Survived by her siblings Larry Pestell (Arlene Reihl), Robert Pestell, Faye Welsh (the late Paul Welsh and Ken Carlson), Mary Strachan, brother in law Andy Buchanan (Marion) and sister in law Pauline Pestell and Elaine Pestell. Predeceased by her parents Russ and Mary Pestell and her siblings Donna Nicholls, Jack (Lillian) Pestell, Joe Pestell, Rae Pestell, Delores Buchanan and brother in law Roger Strachan. She will be missed by her friend Clarence Johnston. Loraine enjoyed playing cards, the trailer at Family Paradise Campground and spending time with her family. At Lorraine request, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be taking place at a later date. The family ask in lieu of flowers, that donations may be made to the Listowel Hospital Foundation. Online condolences and donations may be left at Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood.

  • Adeline Erb

    Formerly of Millbank, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her residence in Nithview Home, New Hamburg on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at the age of 95. She was born on November 30, 1927, the daughter of John and Emma (Roes) Ropp. Adeline was a member of Maple View Mennonite Church and found great meaning in her faith. A homemaker all of her life, Adeline was an avid reader and quilter until her eyesight prevented her from continuing these activities, and had volunteered at the Milverton Thrift Store prior to moving to Nithview. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, playing table games (where she was known to try to cheat!), and ice skating. She will be remembered for her loving care of her family, a freezer supplied with home baked goods, the best stuffing, playing ball in the front yard, and her infectious smile and laughter. Beloved wife of the late Elmer Erb (2019) to whom she was married for 64 years. Loving mother of Bruce (Sherry), Ross (Cathy), Brian (Lori) and Janet (John Ferguson). Special grandmother of Madison, Sierra, Peyton, Brendan (Blake), Aaron, Talia (Alex), Cameron (Dianna), and Kyle. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Kennell and fondly remembered by the extended Ropp and Erb families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Emmanuel, Elmer, and Daniel Ropp, sisters Esther Gerber and Clara Roth, sisters-in-law Mary (Gerber), Annie (Brenneman), and Edna (Wagler), and brothers-in-law Joseph Gerber and Milton Roth. Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at Maple View Mennonite Church, 5074 Deborah Glaister Line, Wellesley on March 17, 2023 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:30-8:30 pm. The funeral service to celebrate Adeline’s life will be held at Maple View Mennonite Church on March 18, 2023 at 11:00 am with the ministry of Maple View Mennonite Church officiating. The service will be livestreamed with a link posted on the Brenneman Funeral Home website. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Maple View Mennonite Church, Canadian Diabetes Association, or Alzheimers Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family. A special thank you to Nithview Home staff for the wonderful care given to Adeline. Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) Join us for Adeline Funeral. Click the link below

  • Martin, Bart S.

    Died suddenly due to an accident on the farm on February 8, 2023 at the age of 20. Beloved son of Melvin W. and Naomi Martin of RR1 Atwood. Brother of Violet at home, Ben and Roselyn of RR4 Listowel, Louise, Norman, Vera, Irene, Julia all at home and one nephew Michael. Paternal grandparents Henry and Mary Martin of RR2 Elmira. Maternal grandparents Abner and Irene Steckle of RR1 St Clements. Predeceased by his aunt MaryAnn Martin and cousin Wayne Martin. Also remember by numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Funeral visitation will be held at the Martin home 5202 Line 78 RR1 Atwood on, Saturday February 11, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 11 AM, continuing in the afternoon, 1 PM – 4 PM and Sunday February 12, 2023 from 2 PM – 5 PM. Funeral Service will also be held at the family home on Monday February 13, 2023 at 9 AM. Burial and further services will follow at Elmadale meeting house. Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home Atwood.

  • Steve Edgar

    July 28, 1960 - January 28, 2023 Passed away suddenly at his home in London on Saturday January 28, 2023, at the age of 62. Beloved son of Anne (the late Lawrence) Edgar. Loving partner of Sally Patague. Cherished brother of Dan (Madelon) Edgar, Dave (Suzanne) Edgar, Rob (Jennifer) Edgar and Colleen (Darren) Bishop. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later date. Online condolences maybe left at Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home Atwood.

  • Jacob Bartsch

    February 19, 1952 to January 22, 2023 Passed away peacefully at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton on January 22, 2023 at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 3 days. Husband of Katharina Bartsch (nee Heide). Father of John Bartsch, Anna (Dave) Harms, Klass Bartsch, Tina (Bill) Unger, Margaret (Jake) Thiessen, Jake Bartsch, Lena (Glen) Ford, Lisa (George) Boese, Pete Bartsch and Willy Bartsch (Jess). Cherished brother of Henry Bartsch, Anna Bartsch and the late John Bartsch, Helen Wall, Elizabeth Penner, Wilhelm Bartsch and Peter Bartsch. Predeceased by his parents John and Anna Bartsch. He will be missed by his 25 grandchildren and their spouses, 6 great grandchildren, many nieces, and nephews. Visitation will take place at Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John St Atwood on January 25, 2023 from 2-4 PM & 6-8 PM. Funeral service will be held on January 26, 2023 at 1 PM at Poole Mennonite Church. Interment at Poole Mennonite to follow. Pastor Padro to officiate

  • Ronald Douglas Hamilton

    February 20, 1945 to January 9, 2023 Passed away suddenly at Victoria Hospital in London on January 9, 2023 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Velma Hamilton (nee Crowe) for the last 57 years. Loving father of Cindy Hamilton of Listowel, Kent (Julie) Hamilton of Atwood and Kelly (Greg) Davidson of Monkton. Cherished grandfather of Bryce Hamilton (Mackenzie Smith), Laci Hamilton, Cody Davidson (Amanda Diehl), Jadyn Davidson and Harley Davidson. Proud great grandfather to Jackson Davidson. Survived by his brother Bruce (Anna), Sister in law Myke Hamilton, Wanda Bridge, Anne (Darrell) Abbot and Frances (David) Long. Predeceased by his twin brother Donald Hamilton, brother in law Roy Bridge, Lloyd and Donna Turney and Allan and Karen Crowe. Ron would be often seen sitting at Ralph’s enjoying a coffee and driving through Atwood. Memorial service will be held at Atwood Presbyterian Church on Thursday January 12, 2023 at 11 AM. Everyone attending is encouraged to wear casual dress. Interment at Elma Centre Cemetery to follow. Donations may be made to the Atwood Presbyterian Church, Listowel Memorial Hospital and Community Living North Perth. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements entrusted to the Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood.

  • Andrea Groenveld

    December 17, 1962 to December 15, 2022 Andrea Groenveld of Milverton, passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on December 15, 2022 at the age of 59. Loving mother of Janeen (Brady) Nickel and Katie-Ann (Darren) Erb. Beloved grandmother to Dane Nickel, Emily Nickle, Logan Nickel, Colton Erb and Madelyn Erb. Cherished sister of Lyle (Audrey) Bridge, Lynn (Don) Armstrong, Steve Bridge (Vicky), Krista Bridge Marston and the late Susan Bridge. Predeceased by her parents Allan Bridge and Ruth McArthur, sister-in -law Cathy Bridge and brother-in-law Marvin Fulmek. Special stepdaughter of William Wilson. She will be greatly missed by Sherry & Gerry Ouellette and family, dear friends Jimmy and Monty Felix, many nieces, nephews, and step siblings. At Andrea’s request, cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society and the Stratford Perth Humane Society. Online condolences maybe left at Arrangements have been trusted to the Brenneman Funeral Home.

  • Joan Smith

    February 19, 1940 to December 13, 2022 Passed away suddenly but peacefully at her home on December 13, 2022 at the age of 82. Beloved wife of the late Harold Smith (2018) whom she married June 4, 1960. Loving mother of Brad (Mary) Smith of Goderich, Scott (Paula) Smith of Atwood and Bonnie (Rob) McLaren of Tavistock. Cherished grandmother of Curtis (Alysia), Jillian (Cody), Jennifer (Bryan), Carolyn (Winston), Katelyn (Nic) Greg (Erin), Corie, Jordan and great-grandma of Lucas, Miya, Zachary, Dominic, Grace, Lilly, Nolan, Ellie, Malcolm and Lennon. Predeceased by her parents Allen and Elizabeth Monteith. Joan was a member of Calvary United Church in Listowel. Music was a passion for Joan and she sang in the gospel quartet as well as other church choirs. She was a committed 4-H club leader, member of the Stratford and Listowel Junior Farmers as well as a lifelong member of the UCW. Joan was also known for her service as a Red Cross Homemaker. Friends and family will be received on Monday December 19, 2022 at Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John St Atwood from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday December 20 th at Calvary United Church, Listowel at 11 AM. Interment will follow at Elma Centre Cemetery. At the request of the family, all visitors to the visitation and service would appreciate it if masks would be worn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Children’s Wish Foundation, Stratford Perth Hospice Foundation, Operation Smile and Calvary United Church, Listowel. Online condolences may be left at Click the link below to watch Joan's funeral live stream Tuesday December 20, 2022

  • Eldeen Elaine Ward

    November 18, 1933 to December 7, 2022 Beloved wife of the late Harvey Ward (2016). Loving mother of Doug (Elaine) Ward, The Late Valerie (2005), Daryle (Kim) Ward, Lyle Ward (the late Heidi Ramminger). Special grandma of Cory (Sherry Lynn), Tara (Gary), Angela, Jennifer, Tim (Rosanna), Jeremy (Melinda), Kristina (Ben), Micheal (Angie), Derek (Andrea), April (Derek), Devon (Sarah), late Craig Ward, the late Jason and Marty Davidson, 35 great-grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren She will be missed by her son in law Rick (Diann) Davidson. Remembered by her siblings Shirley Wagler, Marg Searth, George (Sandi), Mary VanStaveren, Elwood (Olive), Harold (June), Barb Knapp (James), Edna (Don) White, Sharon (Keith) Otterbein, Donna (Steve) Oliver, sisters-in-law Joyce Raycraft, Debbie Raycraft, Terry Ward and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her siblings Bob Raycraft, Jack Raycraft, Ruth Ward and Eldon Raycraft and Sheldon Raycraft. Sister in law of the late Sally Scott, Marie Doris , Ollie Ward, Ruth Ward, Jim Ward, Frank Ward, Victor, Clayton and Jack. She will always have a soft spot for her furry friend Archie. Eldeen was an active member in the Presbyterian Church as WMS member, choir member and also the treasurer. Friends and family will be received at Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John St, Atwood, Ontario from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Monday December 12, 2022. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday December 13, 2022 at 11 am at Elma Memorial Community Centre. Memorial donations may be made to the Atwood Presbyterian Church, Stratford General Hospital, or charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be left at

  • James Albert Hutton

    August 16, 1937 to October 3, 2022 Dad. Grandfather. Son. Brother. Uncle. Friend. Businessman. But most importantly, husband. After 85 years, James “Albert” Hutton left his earthly home on October 3, 2022. Despite our deep sadness, all who loved him take comfort in the fact that he was reunited with Mona, the love of his life and best friend, just days before their 60th wedding anniversary. Albert had two passions in life – his family and his work -- in that order. His daughter Deb and her husband Tim Hudak and their daughters Miller and Maitland, his son James and his children Andrew, Zachary (Maddie), Ben and Meredith, along with their mother Sharon, will miss his subtle wit and engaging smile. The pure joy in his eyes whenever his grandchildren were around said everything there was to say about his love for them. He was blessed to have a close relationship with his six siblings and their families, and he cherished the special relationship he had with Don and Nancy Hutton. Despite starting out with limited money and education, Albert built J.A. Hutton Fuels into a thriving business. His success came from a quiet determination, stubbornness, and incredible work ethic. He then turned his hobby of home building into a second successful business venture. He was deeply proud of every home and apartment building he built and loved to tell stories about the challenges of development. They regularly included a rant about government regulation and red tape! Despite the many hours he worked, he always had time to support his community through his church, his volunteer activities with Mona and his love of politics. A celebration of Albert’s life will be held on Monday October 10 at 2:30 at Knox Presbyterian church in Listowel. Visitation will occur from 1 to 2pm that afternoon. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation & Sleeping Children Around the World. Online condolences may be left at To view the funeral service, please click on the link below:

  • Bill Hamilton

    August 13, 1965 to September 15, 2022 Passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family on Thursday September 15, 2022 at the age of 57 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband and best friend of 33 years to Charlene Hamilton (Golightly). Proud dad of Jesse Hamilton (Paula). Bill fought hard and was honoured to meet his newborn grandson Rhett William. Also special step-grandpa to Keeton and Ryland. Survived by his father Al (Grace) Hamilton. Predeceased by his mother Luella Hamilton (nee Potts). Favorite son-in-law of Bonnie (the late Wayne) Golightly. Cherished brother of Brad (Brigette) Hamilton, Patty (Craig) Zurbrigg, his brother-in-laws Cy Golightly (Cheryl) and Dennis (Kathy) Golightly. He will be missed by many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, special pals and many, many friends. Bill was a proud owner of Hanna & Hamilton Construction Co, a locally owned family business since 1956. When Bill wasn’t in the office bidding a job, or out operating heavy equipment his favorite things in life included riding his Harley, snowmobiling, tinkering in his shed, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family. Bill’s wishes were to have a celebration of life. The celebration will take place on October 15, 2022, at the Elma Memorial Community Centre in Atwood from 1-4 PM with words of remembrance and a toast to Bill at 2:30 PM. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home. Donations may be directed to Listowel Memorial Hospital. Online condolences may be left at

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