Doreen Marie O'DONNELL

Female 1934 - 2010


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  • Name  Doreen Marie O'DONNELL  [1
    Born  09 May 1934  Purple Springs, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Female 
    Died  13 Mar 2010  Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  17 Mar 2010  Moutain View Cemetry, Lethbridge, AB Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I5868  Descendants of Tobias KELLY
    Last Modified  15 Aug 2017 

    Father  Peter J O'DONNELL,   b. 28 Jun 1882, Mara Twp. Ontario Co. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Nov 1958, Taber, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Martha Johanna HUDSON,   b. 04 Nov 1896, Springfield, Brown, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Mar 1978, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1912  Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID  F1971  Group Sheet

    Family  Frank Nicholas MERKL,   b. 07 Apr 1931, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Dec 1996, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Apr 1953  [3
    Children 
     1. Shelly Martha MERKL
     2. Dana Frank MERKL
     3. Bernard 'Bernie' MERKL
     4. Coreen Kay MERKL
    Family ID  F1974  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • MERKL, DOREEN MARY
      1934-2010
      MRS. DOREEN M. MERKL, beloved wife of the late Frank N. Merkl of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at St. Michael's Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the age of 75 years.
      Doreen was predeceased by her husband of forty -three years and is lovingly remembered by her children; Shelley Merkl (Gary) of Lethbridge, Dana (Martina) Merkl of Lethbridge, Bernie Merkl of Vancouver and Coreen (Bill) Warnock of Iron Springs, as well as grandchildren; Char-Lene (Michael) Dyck, Sean Merkl (Debbie), Jeremiah (Carolyn) Merkl, Christopher Merkl, Corey Merkl, Jim Warnock (Brandie), Taylor Merkl, Wade Warnock, Kendal Merkl (Andrew), Christy Warnock, Mackenzie Merkl (Bryan), Melissa Merkl, and Jordan Plettl as well as great-grandchildren Bailey, Carson and Brennan Dyck, Morgan Merkl, Austyn Wright and Devon Warnock.
      She was predeceased by her father, Peter, mother, Martha and brothers and sisters-in-law; Elmer, Fred (Thelma), Butch (Brida), Tom (Helen), Bernard and John O'Donnell. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Eva and Tillie O'Donnell.
      Doreen was born in Purple Springs, AB, on May 9, 1934. She was the only girl in a family of six older brothers so Doreen learned how to be strong at a young age. On April 18th, 1953 she married Frank Merkl who was serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed in Victoria, BC. It was here that all of her children were born except Dana who was born in Taber. On October 4, 1961, Frank was injured in a tragic diving accident that left him a quadriplegic at the age of thirty. Doreen spent many years of her life caring for Frank and supporting his crusade to help the disabled.
      Doreen also worked many years at Woolco Department Store. It was here that she met her very close friend, Barbara Hopkins. Doreen and Barb shared many great times travelling, playing bingo and attending hockey games. Doreen was an enthusiastic hockey fan whether for the Lethbridge Hurricanes or for her own grandchildren.
      All of those privileged to know Doreen will remember the hours of togetherness shared around her kitchen table. She created for each of us a sense of comfort, of belonging and of value. Her keen sense of humor and her ready advice, wanted or not, filled the kitchen with laughter, with life, and especially with love. She treasured her friends, her children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was so proud of them.
      Doreen will be greatly missed but we take comfort in knowing that she is reunited with Frank and her Irish eyes are always smiling down on all of us.
      A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. with Maureen Condon- Horon officiating.
      A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Raul Hernandez Celebrant.
      Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] obituary, Taber Times- Nov 4, 1958-- Peter O'Donnell.

    2. [S6] obituary, www.cornerstone funeral home-- Doreen Mary Merkl- March 2010.

    3. [S126] Rick Lauzron's Kelly Family register -Feb. 2009.


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