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Obituaries

OREST WILLIAM KOCUIBA

In loving memory of Orest William Kocuiba, 70, who passed away in his home on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Born in 1945 and raised in Fort Frances, Ont., Orest was a positive man and looked at all in a positive light.

He met and married Joanne Hogan and had two beautiful children, Karen and Rob.

Time passed and circumstances changed, and as a single dad, Orest met the love of his life, Vickie Barnard. They married on Aug. 19, 1989 and Orest began fathering two more children, Troy and Angela.

Orest loved spending time with his family.

GAIL ANN PELLAND

Gail Ann (Gushulak/Kittelson) Pelland passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016, with her family and friends by her side, at the Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, Mn.

Gail was born July 3, 1948 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Minnie and Elmer Kittelson. She grew up on McIntyre Hill as a child and some of her greatest memories were the McIntyre Hill Gang.

Gail met the love of her life, Wayne Pelland, in the summer of 1965 and they were married on July 16, 1966. They started a family, having two children, Troy and Tina.

MAE DIANN WIDGREN

With great sadness, the family of Mae Diann Widgren, 66, announces her sudden passing on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at her residence in Nestor Falls, Ont.

Diann was born July 26, 1949 to Bing and Naomi Bonham of Indianapolis, Ind.

Diann grew up in Indianapolis, where she attended elementary, high school, and university. Diann graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in accounting and worked at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis—School of Dentistry for a number of years as an accounts manager.

ED McTAVISH

It is with profound sadness that the family of Ed McTavish announces his passing on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ed was born Feb. 2, 1952 in Fort Frances to Jack and Leah McTavish, and lived the younger part of his life in Devlin, Ont.

He worked at various businesses in the area before he took a job at the local paper mill, where he worked as an oiler for more than 30 years until his retirement.

KATIE MAY (KATEY) JOURDAIN

It is with great sadness that the family of Katie Jourdain announces her passing on Friday, June 17, 2016, at the age of 25, at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born Nov. 24, 1990 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Curtis Jourdain and Geraldine Anderson.

She grew up in Couchiching First Nation with her father, Curtis, and brother, Joshua. She loved her community, attending and supporting every event, and recently had started to study and learn about her culture and embracing traditional ways.

RILLA DIANN KORPI

Rilla Diann Korpi, 71, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Rilla was born Jan. 24, 1945 to Frank and Millie (Jackson) Hoppe in International Falls. She married Einar W. Korpi on Nov. 23, 1963.

Rilla enjoyed playing canasta, softball, and bowling, as well as hunting, the ladies’ hunting shack weekend, and going to casinos.

She also loved following her grandchildren in anything they participated in.

ROBERT BEBAAMAJIWEB GEERKEN

Robert “Bobby” Geerken found his wings on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the age of 67.

Robert was born in New Orleans, La. and moved to Lac La Croix, Ont., where he lived with the love of his life for more than 20 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gertrude and Eugene Geerken; and his brother and best friend, William Geerken (Mary).

He is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of 20 years, Karen Ogimabineseek Ottertail Geerken.

FRED OTTERTAIL

It is with great sadness that the family of Frederick Ottertail Sr. announces his sudden passing on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

He was born March 18, 1965 in Fort Frances, Ont. to George and Clara Ottertail. He lived in Lac La Croix First Nation all his life.

Fred was a very kind, caring, respectful, accepting, and loving man. He enjoyed playing volleyball and floor hockey, and going fishing. An avid Habs’ fan, he also enjoyed drumming and singing.

MARY JANE ALLEN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mary Jane Allen announces her passing on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Mary Jane was born Nov. 2, 1961 in Portage LaPrairie, Man. to Agnes and Valentine Nepinak. She was raised in Pine Creek, Man. before the family moved to Winnipeg, Man.

In 1990, she came to Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation for a dance, met the love of her life, Harvey, and never left. They were married on Aug. 24, 1991.

ALLAN McKAY

Allan Murdock McKay has been reunited with his love, Barbara, as he peacefully left this world, at age 89, on Monday, June 6, 2016 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Allan was born March 22,1927 in Burriss, Ont. to Murdock and Elizabeth McKay.

He had been born into a large family as his father had seven children in his first marriage. Murdock remarried after his first wife died and had six more children, of which Allan was the third-born.

Although there were step-brothers and sisters, Allan loved every one of them equally.

ROBERT ANTHONY GEERKEN

Robert Anthony Geerken, 67, of Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont., passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A wake will be held Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2 p.m., with a traditional service on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Ottertail-Geerken home in Lac La Croix First Nation.

A complete obituary will follow.

MAREK WILLEMSEN

March 27th, 1992 - May 17th, 2016

He brightened up our lives with his magnetic smile, his undeniable charm and his larger than life personality.

He was a legend to his friends and an amazing loving young man to his family.

We love you Marek.

You will forever be the sunshine in our hearts.

A celebration of Marek’s life will be held at The Fort Frances Curling Club on Thursday May 26th from 3 to 5 pm.

In memoriam donations can be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest.

FRED OTTERTAIL

It is with great sadness that the family of Frederick Ottertail Sr. announces his sudden passing on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A traditional wake will be held Monday, June 6, 2016 at the home of Leonard Ottertail in Lac La Croic First Nation.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the home of Leonard Ottertail in Lac La Croix First Nation.

A complete obituary will follow.

WILLIAM (BILL) DALE EWALD

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Bill Ewald, 85, of Rainy River, Ont., on Saturday May 28, 2016 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

A time of fellowship will be held Friday, June 3, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rainy River.

A complete obituary will follow.

MAMIE PERMELIA OGDEN

Mamie Permelia Ogden passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, at the age of 78, on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mamie was born March 20, 1938 to Wesley and Ida Ogden.

She was a sister to David Ogden of Atikokan, Ont., Lawrence Ogden of Burlington, Ont., and Cecil Ogden (Thelma) of Emo, Ont.; and sister-in-law to Pat Ogden and Ted Corrigan.

She also will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends and neighbours.

JODI-LYNN BARTCZAK

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Jodi-Lynn Bartczak, 57, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Jodi-Lynn was born March 17, 1959 in Fort Frances, where she attended public school and high school.

At the age of 18, she moved to Thunder Bay, Ont., where she had lived until returning to Fort Frances in 2014 to be with her family.

Left to cherish her memory is her mother, Sylvia McKelvie; sisters, Kim (Dave) Renaud, Janace McKelvie, and Adrian McKelvie; and brother, Jason McKelvie.

DAVID ERNEST WILLIAM BARRAS

David Ernest William Barras passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 in Laval, Que.

He was born May 12, 1966 in Fort Frances, Ont.

After helping his sister on R.R.#1 (Fort Frances), David worked for Canada Post in Fort Frances, Thompson, Man., Calgary, Alta., and finally Montreal, Que.

WILLIAM (BILL) HADLEY CLINK

William (Bill) Hadley Clink passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emily (Walton), and their five children, Lorie (John) Grandmont of London, Ont., Tanis (Lyndon) Lauzon of Thunder Bay, Ont., Cathy (Howard) Robertson of London, Ont., Gordon (Kim) of Fort Frances, Ont., and Rachel (Ben) Hebert of Fort Frances, Ont.; as well as 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

RALPH RHULE

Our beautiful father passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Dad was born Oct. 6, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He enlisted with the United States Air Force at a young age and was a Korean War veteran.

Dad was stationed in Fairford, England, where he met the girl of his dreams, Marjory, and they married in 1953 in Cheltenham, England.

TERRANCE ‘TERRY’ ROY WOOD

With his family by his side, Terry Wood, 63, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Terry was born April 13, 1953 to the late Roy Albert Wood and Gertrude Mary (Fisher).

Terry started his life with Mary Adele (Murray) on Sept. 28, 1991. Together they raised and adored four children, Jonathan Edward (Ashley), Keira Rayne Starr, Joshua Aaron, and James Mark (Trisha), and grandchild, Arianna.

PHILIP POCHAILO

Philip Pochailo passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by family in Ottawa, Ont., at the age of 95.

He lived with integrity and purpose through to the end.

Born in Rainy River, Ont., Philip was a veteran of Bomber Command, a senior civil servant, a traveller, a gardener, a memoirist, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a friend.

Above all, he will be remembered for his singular ability to radiate so much kindness into the lives of so many.

DIANE SCHINDEL

We celebrate the life of Diane Schindel (Mitchell). who passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, listening to her favourite Hawaiian music with her family and friends by her side.

Diane was born June 20, 1945 to George and Laura Mitchell, the third of four children. She spent her entire life in Fort Frances, Ont., where she raised her family.

She was married to her love, Ron Schindel, in Maui, Hawaii, where they both loved to go for their winter vacations over the last 30 years.

RAMSEY JOHN WHITEFISH (a.k.a. Ramzes, Blackstone, Ramstein)

It is with great sadness that the family of Ramsey John Whitefish announces his sudden passing on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Toronto, Ont.

He was born March 20, 1974 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Clifford and Queen Whitefish. He was raised in Lac La Croix First Nation.

He left at the age of 18 and moved to Toronto. He was a gifted poet, a song writer, and performer, and wanted to be an actor.

He returned to Lac La Croix First Nation every few years to visit his family and friends.