Ethan Joseph Matthew Mergl
2001 - 2021
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It is with broken hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved Ethan in Ottawa on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the tender age of 20. Ethan was born on March 26, 2001 in Welland Ontario. In his short life, Ethan was well-known for his big contagious smile and his heart of gold. He made friends with people of all ages. Ethan's good attitude and likable personality both made people laugh and always feel comfortable. Ethan was such a fun loving and easy-going person. Ethan was a natural athlete who could play any sport he put his hands into. He was a competitor and a very hard worker. He had a passion to win and could not accept defeat, which made him the athlete every coach admired. Whether on the ice rink with his Pelham Panther buddies, volleyball court with his Crossley OFSAA team or just hanging out with friends, he always cared for everyone's needs. Ethan made everyone happy. He was a light in everyone's lives. We have all been blessed to have known him. Ethan is survived by his parents, Brent and Maryann. Forever loved and missed by his older brother Jacob and younger sister Jenna. As a son, he was a boy who became a young man to be extremely proud of. He was always there to help out and to state his caring views on things. As a brother, he loved his siblings with all his heart. Treasured grandson of Joe and Sylvia Mergl and John and Betty Brenders. Ethan also leaves behind his Uncle and Aunts: Jamie VanAlstine and Sheryl (Mergl), Tom Janzen and Carolyn (Mergl), Darlene Mergl-Moore and Ron and June (Chandler) Mergl, Tony and Kay Brenders and Peter and Susan Brenders. And his cousins: Andrew and (Sharon), Justin and Joseph Mergl, Lee, Cameron, Austin and Elise Janzen, Connor and Braidon Moore. Katherine, Jonathan, Mariah and Tessa Brenders. Genuinely loved by his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Shpurko and her parents Myron and Barb. The family will receive visitors at New Hope Church in St. Catharines, 2360 First Street Louth on Sunday, April 11th from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral ceremony will be held at the church on Monday, April 12th at 11:00 a.m. by invite only. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, those wishing to attend the visitation must do so by registering at https://rsvp.church/r/N8iXzwg4 All guests are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. The funeral service can be watched via live stream by going to the Pelham Funeral Home's Facebook page. Ethan will be laid to rest at the North Pelham Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the Canadian Concussion Centre at UHN Foundation by visiting www.uhnfoundation.ca/tribute or calling 416-603-5300, or to the Pathstone Foundation. Online condolences can be shared at pelhamfuneralhome.ca


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Published in St. Catharines Standard on Apr. 8, 2021.
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New Hope Church in St. Catharines
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64 entries
April 12, 2021
Maryann, Brent, Jacob and Jenna.
We are so deeply sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jill, shawn, Paige and Logan Bukovac
Jill Bukovac
April 12, 2021
Dear Brent, MaryAnn and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thinking of you in your time of grieve!
Deepest condolences,

Norbert, Tracey, Owen, Oliver and Sophia
Kuebeck
Norbert Kuebeck
Coworker
April 11, 2021
Maryann, Brent, Jacob and Jenna:
May the thoughts, prayers, and love from everyone help you get though this difficult time. Our sincere condolences.
The DiPaola Family
Friend
April 11, 2021
Brent,
We are so very sorry for your loss. There are simply no words to express how very sad we are for you and your family. With love, Shannon Nicholls

Mr. Mergl,
I am so sorry and I don't have the words to express my sadness for you and your family. You were always an amazing mentor to me and I hold great respect for you, my sincere condolences. Jack Harley.
Shannon Nicholls/Jack Harley
Friend
April 11, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about your loss Brent .Maryann and family I have no words to express my feelings thinking of you all
Bruce Kydd
Friend
April 11, 2021
Dear Maryann, Brent, & family,
I was deeply saddened to hear about Ethan. Please accept my heartfelt
sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. My thoughts and
prayers are with you.
Irma Gouthro
April 11, 2021
Maryann, Brent, & family,
I was deeply saddened to hear about Ethan. Please accept my heartfelt
sympathy to you and your family at this very difficult time. My thoughts
and prayers are with you!
Irma Gouthro
April 11, 2021
Maryann, Brent, Jacob and Jenna
We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Ethan. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Rob, Jodi, Rachel, Molly and Regan
The Hildebrandt Family
Friend
April 11, 2021
My heart breaks for all of you. No words can even describe the pain of Ethan’s death. Hold dear to all the precious memories.
Sincerely, Wendy Kremer
Wendy Kremer
Friend
April 11, 2021
Our hearts are breaking for you and your entire family. Sending you love and strength to support you all during the difficult time. Remember all the wonderful times.
Shelley, Jaime, Cole and Trent Traver
Shelley Traver
Friend
April 10, 2021
Maryann, Brent and family,
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of your young son Ethan. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences.
Part of your Grimsby pickleball connection
John and Christine Murphy
April 10, 2021
Mergl family-All of our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you much love and support with our deepest condolences. Sincerely, George, Sheryl, Ryan, Lauryn and Andy Bench
George and Sheryl Bench
Friend
April 10, 2021
Sending our sincere condolences to you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marc, Stephanie, Rebecca and Jenna Robert
April 10, 2021
We were so very sorry to hear about Ethan. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. with much love,
John, Krista, Nick, Elliott and Isabel Song
April 10, 2021
Jacob, Jenna, Maryann, and Brent. We are so saddened to hear of the tragic death of your dear Ethan. May you find ways to move forward one step at a time through the loss of your dearly loved son and brother.
Fran and John Boot. Friends of Ron and June.
April 9, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Ethan’s passing, sending my deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. My family and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Hailey Bronn
Friend
April 9, 2021
Sending our deepest condolences to all of you. May you hold all your treasured family times with Ethan close to your heart. Thinking of you. Pam, Scott, Abigail and Alison O’Connor
O’Connor family
Friend
April 9, 2021
Brent and family
My heart breaks for you. I pray that you will be comforted by all of the great memories you have of Ethan. Please accept my condolence.
Debra Riegle
Coworker
April 9, 2021
Brent, Maryann and the rest of the Mergl family, I am saddened to read of Ethan's passing. My prayers are with you all during this most heartbreaking time.
Dorrie Jones
Dorrie Jones
Acquaintance
April 9, 2021
Extending our deepest and heartfelt condolences to your family. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all for strength during this very difficult time of loss.
Dan, Maggie, Julia & Sofia Labricciosa
April 8, 2021
Brent, Maryann and family. We are so sorry to hear about Ethan's passing. We all have such special memories of him and his incredible smile. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathies.
Rick, Alisa, Brenden, Tyler and Chloe D'Angelo
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Post Family
April 8, 2021
Sending our deepest condolences to you all. We are so sorry for your loss.
Scott & Avia Whitehorne
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
There are no words to ease your unexplainable pain! May there be some comfort in the outpouring of support and the memories that you hold dear! Love can never be erased.
Pauline, Dana, Nigel and Ben Wynia
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
Please know you are in our thoughts at this very difficult time
Sherri , Rod , Tyler and Sam Leclair
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
Brent and Maryann,
My heart is breaking for you and your family. You are in my thoughts.
Debbie Lapierre
Debbie Lapierre
Friend
April 8, 2021
Brent, Maryann and family,
We are so truly sorry to hear of the loss of Ethan. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Bonnie & Mark Hachey/Meghan & Dylan Biggar
April 8, 2021
We were so sorry to hear about Ethan. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Waldt Family
April 8, 2021
Sending much love, and our deepest condolences, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Nuccitelli Family
April 8, 2021
Maryann and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave, Lori, Alex, and Samantha Barnes
Friend
April 8, 2021
We are so terribly saddened to hear of Ethan's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in family and friends during this extremely difficult time.
Our sincere condolences,
John, Leah, Ethan, William, Andrew & Daniel Guitard
April 8, 2021
Ethan was such an amazing and genuine person. It truly was a pleasure knowing him and having him contribute to my high school memories. My heart is with his family during this time.
Caeli Paris
April 8, 2021
Our sincere condolences you all on the loss of your beloved son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you cherish the special memories and know that Ethan will forever be in your hearts and watching over you.

God Bless,
Sincere condolences,
Gino, Diane, Michael and Nicholas Villella
Diane Villella
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
Deepest condolences to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Gina Lees
Classmate
April 8, 2021
Brent and Maryann and family,

Thinking of you all. We know how much Ethan will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kate Mullane
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
My condolences to the entire Mergl family. So sorry for your loss.
Jason Duthie
April 8, 2021
My son just posted this and I wanted to send my sincerest condolences to Brent and his family

John Kuchemann
April 8, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mergl family during these difficult times❤
Fallon Lodde
Classmate
April 8, 2021
Mergl family,

My heart breaks for you, so sorry to hear about your loss. Extending my deepest sympathies and condolences to you all during this difficult time.
Mackenzie Wayland
Student
April 8, 2021
My thoughts go out to you all during this heartbreaking time. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Clare Benson
April 8, 2021
Oh Brent! My heart is breaking for you. I know this is such an unbearable loss, and send you and MaryAnn as much comfort as words can possibly convey. Much love to you, Jacob and Jenna. I remember when you called him “E” in one of our conversations, and I thought it was so endearing. Take care of yourself and hold him close in memories.
Helga Campbell
April 8, 2021
Mergl Family,
My deepest, sincerest condolences. My family and I are keeping you all in our thoughts.
Sarah Puckett
Classmate
April 8, 2021
Such an unimaginable loss. Sending our deepest condolences and keeping you all in our hearts.
Meredith Fuller
Friend
April 8, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all the family.
June Haist
April 8, 2021
Mr Mergl and Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Thinking about you and the family in this difficult time.
Braedon Vanecko
April 8, 2021
Are Deepest sympathies to your family. Will be praying for you all.
Montgomery Family
Friend
April 8, 2021
Brent, Maryann, Jacob and Jenna,
There are no words at this time that can ease the pain that you all must be feeling at this time. Condolences to you all and know that Ethan will forever be with you in your heart. Remember the great times you all shared. Sending you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.
Annie Mercier-Beaudoin
Coworker
April 8, 2021
Thinking of you all ❤ So sorry for your loss of Ethan.
Saraya Goss
April 8, 2021
So heartbroken to hear of Ethan's passing. Our family sends our love and compassion to you all.
Sue and Craig Bernard
Friend
April 8, 2021
So heartbroken to hear of Ethan's passing. I had the honor to work with him in the Bakery at Sobeys, he was a wonderful employee and so well liked by everyone. Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers for you all.
Lindsey Bridgeman
Coworker
April 7, 2021
We are so sorry for the loss of Ethan. Our Prayers are with you all.
Michelle Maecker
April 7, 2021
Thinking of all of you♥ So sorry for your loss.
Abigail O’Connor
April 7, 2021
Our deepest sympathies - it feels like it was just yesterday when we were all still young kids, having the time of our lives at Wendy’s house. I can recall the dynamic duo Kaitlyn and Ethan used to be together and the number of times I would hear her say “Effan” in a day because she couldn’t pronounce his name properly. He had such a contagious laugh and smile

With lots of love, the DeRuiter’s
Raeanne DeRuiter
Friend
April 7, 2021
Ethan’s smile and laugh were always a welcomed addition to our home through his friendships with Taryn and DJ. Lots of memories of things like chaperoning his first concert ever or even just making him up a bed on DJ floor when taryn was ready to sleep. He was such a caring friend and our family will truly miss him. Deepest condolences for his family at this very difficult time. Xo
Kristine Halsted
Friend
April 7, 2021
Brent , Maryann, your family, I’m so so sorry for your loss.
Sandy Fedorchuk
Friend
April 7, 2021
Our prayers are with everyone during these incredibly difficult times.
Linda Sloat
Friend
April 7, 2021
My sincere condolences and prayers for all your broken hearts.
Linda Janzen
April 7, 2021
My deepest sympathies ...
Tom Bishop
April 7, 2021
We are just torn to hear of Ethan's passing. It seems like yesterday we were watching him play soccer and hockey with his Pelham buddies. We loved his easy warm personality and smile. God bless you Ethan.
Kim, Jim, Devon and Abby Thibodeau
Friend
April 7, 2021
Praying for the whole family. So very sorry for your loss.
The Pasma 6
Erin Pasma
Friend
April 7, 2021
You are all in our thoughts and prayers
Allan Crosbie
April 7, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful young man.
With deepest sympathy for your family,
Scott and Nancy Schappert
Friends of Ron and June
Nancy Schappert
Acquaintance
April 7, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. Heartfelt prayers and condolences to your whole family. Susanne
Susanne Anderson
Acquaintance
April 7, 2021
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts, prayers and strength to your family.
Vicky Scholz
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