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FERNANDE (FERN) MARIE LAROCQUE

The family sadly announces the passing of Fernande (Fern) Marie Larocque, of Rainy River, Ont., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Fern was born May 5, 1927 to Ernest and Jeanne Larocque in Pinewood, Ont.

At a young age, she chose to join the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Hyacinthe, Que. She left the order after 16 years and began her nursing career in 1967, retiring from La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. in 1985.

REIJO MANSUR TYRVAINEN

It is with profound sadness that the family of Reijo Mansur Tyrvainen announces his unexpected passing on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 in Toronto, Ont.

Reijo was born Aug. 10, 1980 in Fort Frances, Ont., the eldest son of Reijo and Jane Tyrvainen.

Reijo’s early years were spent in the communities of Finland and Clearwater Lake, surrounded by friends and family, where lasting friendships were made. At the time of his passing, his residence was London, Ont.

ELEANOR MAE JOURDAIN

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Eleanor Mae Jourdain, 40, of Couchiching First Nation, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

Eleanor was born April 8, 1976 to Elroy Jourdain and Theresa Jourdain (nee Kabestra) in Fort Frances, Ont.

Eleanor was known for her infectious and boisterous laugh and her care-free spirit. She made many different friends wherever she went. If you were trying to be in a bad mood, Eleanor inevitably could make you smile.

DYAN ANNETTE VIZENOR

It is with great sadness that the family of Dyan Annette Vizenor (nee Dohmen) announces her passing on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

Dyan was born July 2, 1976 in Minneapolis, Mn.

She lived and worked throughout Minnesota as a retail manager for Dollar General. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends on both sides of the border.

Dyan leaves behind her four children, Dennis (Tess), Drake, Derrick, and Damaris Egan, all of Albertville, Mn.

ELENA (HELEN) GERULA

Elena (Helen) Gerula, 89, of Stratton, Ont., passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Elena was born Nov. 4, 1927 on the family farm in Franklin R.M., near Tolstoi, Man., to Maxym and Annie Danyleyko. At the age of 13, she left the farm and went to work in Winnipeg, Man. as a nanny until 1947.

On July 11, 1947, she was united in marriage to William (Bill) Gerula and together they settled in Dearlock, Ont. in 1947.

KENNETH JOHN McTAVISH

Ken McTavish, 85, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

MARLENE DESCHAMPS

Marlene Deschamps, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 with her family by her side.

Marlene was predeceased by parents, Anne and Phil Deschamps; granddaughter, Nicole Veillieux; foster sister, Celeste Beck; grandparents on both the Deschamps and Schuchard sides of the family; aunts and uncles on both sides of the family; cousins; and some very dear friends.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Sarah and Kenny); son, John (Susie Veilllieux); and son, Ron, and wife, Barb (Ashley, Cody, Brandi, Brittany, Joshua, and Mitchell).

MARLENE DESCHAMPS

Marlene Deschamps, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 with her family by her side.

Marlene was predeceased by parents, Anne and Phil Deschamps; granddaughter, Nicole Veillieux; foster sister, Celeste Beck; grandparents on both the Deschamps and Schuchard sides of the family; aunts and uncles on both sides of the family; cousins; and some very dear friends.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Sarah and Kenny); son, John (Susie Veilllieux); and son, Ron, and wife, Barb (Ashley, Cody, Brandi, Brittany, Joshua, and Mitchell).

LAWRENCE ALLAN

Lawrence Rufus Allan passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Sept. 11, 1933 to Rufus Andrew and Josephine Isabelle (MacLeod) Allan in Fort Frances and was raised at Rocky Inlet, where he attended school in a rail car.

He was united in marriage to Loretta Lockman on Jan. 27, 1955.

Lawrence was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers and sisters, Ray, Frances, George, Alden, Kady, and Lew.

WALTER BAIN LAING

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Walter Bain Laing on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; sons, Darryl and Grahame, daughter, Kerrilynn (Fraser Hamilton), and their mother, Elisabeth Laing; and stepchildren, Michael Salchert (Tammy) and Susan Badiuk (Pete).

OREST MICHAEL GUSHULAK

It is with great sadness that the family of Orest Gushulak announces his passing on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont. after a long battle with cancer.

Orest was born Dec. 7, 1946 in Vita, Man. to Michael and Alicey Gushulak.

The family moved to Fort Frances, Ont. when Orest was a small boy. He graduated from school and started his banking career, and later attended Ryerson studying business and banking.

JUDITH ANNE KLUG

Judith Anne Klug (nee Loney) passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at the age of 73 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Judy will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 51 years, Fred Klug, and by their children, Elizabeth (Herb) Adam of Winnipeg, Man. and James (Carmela) Klug of Emo, Ont.

Judy’s loving heart will continue to bless her four deeply-cherished grandchildren, Timothy and Daniel Adam of Winnipeg, Man. and Katrina and Fletcher Klug of Emo, Ont.

FERN LAROCQUE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Fern Larocque, 89, of Rainy River, Ont., and formerly of Pinewood, Ont., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood.

Prayers will be held at the church on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at 7 p.m.

A complete obituary will follow.

DARLENE MARGARET HAMILTON

Darlene Margaret Hamilton (nee Maggotte), 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Woodyatt, Ont. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

She was born Jan. 12, 1945 in Savant Lake Ont. to the late Jessie and Gordon Maggotte.

She was united in marriage to David Hamilton in 1962, and they started a family soon after in Savant Lake with the first of their two children. In 1965, they moved to the family farm in Woodyatt, where Darlene and David brought six more wonderful children into this large family.

ELSIE TAYLOR

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie Yvonne (Tucker) Taylor at the age of 90.

Elsie passed away peacefully at her home in Rainycrest in Fort Frances, Ont. surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Elsie was born to George and Jane Tucker on Feb. 9, 1926.  

She married the love of her life, Albert Taylor, in 1947. After their marriage, they lived in the area of Finland, Ont. and later in Fort Frances. They had four daughters, Elaine (Jim) Madden, Brenda Taylor, Debbie (Randy) Kirk, and Susan (James) Boileau.

ORMOND ‘COOP’ COOPER

Ormond “Coop” Cooper, 93, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at the Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls.

He was born to Muriel (McVey) and Oliver Perry Cooper on April 20, 1923 in Sterling, Ind., grew up in Noblesville, Ind., and graduated from Noblesville High School in 1941.

He entered the U.S. Army in January, 1943 and served until October, 1945.

ERWIN KARL LEHMANN

Erwin Karl Lehmann, born in Radelfingen Switzerland on Dec. 24, 1915, passed away peacefully in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

Having lived a fuller life than most can ever imagine, he is survived by his beloved wife, Rachel, seven daughters, five sons, 25 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by a brother and many other relatives in his homeland of Switzerland.

Erwin was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, and son, Gerhard.

SANDRA JILL BYRNES

Sandra Jill Byrnes (nee Blom) passed awat peacefully at home, at the age of 81, on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.

Sandra was predeceased by her loving husband, Michael; her parents, Carl and Mildred Blom (nee Ekeberg); brother, Al; sister, Gail Mayerchak; and sister-in-law, Patsy Venables.

To these people and others, Sandra always gave her unconditional support and love.

BRADLEY WILLIAM EARL CROSS

In the early hours of Nov. 13, 2016, a bright light went out when Bradley William Earl Cross succumbed to a long and tiring battle with cerebral amyloid angiopathy.

Born on Nov. 9, 1950, anybody who knew Brad knew that backing down from a challenge truly was not in his nature, and never did he back down or feel sorry for himself when presented with this debilitating threat.

GEORGE ELMER ANDERSON

In memory of the best man we have ever known, George Elmer Anderson, who passed away on Oct. 25, 2016.

His journey began in Fort Frances (Ont.) on July 17, 1943 and led to studies at the U of T and BYU, LDS mission service in Belgium, and wanderlust travels abroad.

He found treasure in Peru–Rochi, the love of his life—and was blessed with a marriage of 47 years, four children, Nancy Sumac (Perfecto), Trevor, John Inca (Emily), and David (Cori), and 11 grandkids.

He also is survived by his brothers, Ross (Ann-Jane) and Boyd, and their families.

CLAYTON HUGH DENNIS DESROSIERES

Clayton Hugh Desrosieres, 57, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with his loved ones by his side, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center shortly after his diagnosis of terminal cancer.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Couchiching First Nation, with Fr. Alan Albao officiating.

A luncheon followed the service at the church.

Clayton was born on July 8, 1959 in Fort Frances to Augustine Desrosieres and Isabelle Desrosieres (nee Morrisseau).

HARRY GERULA

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Harry Gerula, 77, of Pinewood, Ont., on Saturday Nov. 5, 2016 at his home after a long, hard, and courageous battle with cancer.

Harry was born Nov. 17, 1938 in the Municipality of Stuartburn, Man. to John and Eva Gerula.

Harry could keep busy at all times as a carpenter, and he had an awesome talent of being able to look at a drawing and to see exactly what had to be done to make it look exactly like the picture and, therefore, always was in demand.

IRIS HYATT

Iris Ferne Hyatt passed away at home, with family by her side, on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.

She was born Oct. 22, 1917 in International Falls, Mn. to John and Jean (Jenny) Patterson. She moved to Canada at an early age and was raised on the farm in Burriss, Ont., where she attended and completed grade school.

Ferne met her husband, Angus, in 1941 and they were united in marriage on April 25, 1942 in Winnipeg, Man.

BETTE (ELIZABETH) MARTINSON

Bette (Elizabeth) Martinson passed away peacefully, at the age of 95, on Monday, Oct. 31 in Winnipeg, Man.

Bette was born on May 5, 1921 in Raymore, Sask. to Philip and Katie Armbruster.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 39 years, Robert Martinson (1985); infant son, Marvin; brother, Frank; and sisters, Roxy, Annie, and Mary.

CLAUDE DeBENEDET

Claude DeBenedet, 95, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances with his children by his side.

Claude was born on April 4, 1921 in Fort Frances to the late Angelo and Enrica DeBenedet. He attended school and lived most of his life in Fort Frances.

He served his country during World War II, both in Canada and overseas, for more than five years. It was when he was returning home to Fort Frances, by train, that he met the love of his life, Helen Homenuik.