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Obituaries

CAROLE GUINDON

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carole Guindon, daughter of Jacques and Rita Guindon of Opasatika, Ont., at the age of 65.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Fern Paquette; daughters, Josée Gendron (Dominique), Sara Virgo (Marc), and Sophie Champagne (Michel Carrière); and step-daughters, Crystal Ward (Ryan), Paul Linton (Kim), and Diane Paquette-Moss (Glen).

EVERETT FREEMAN

Everett Freeman, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

ERNEST KENNETH McLEOD

It is with great sadness that the family of Ernie McLeod announces his passing, with family by his side, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ernie was born on Feb. 1, 1927 in Chapple Township to Thomas and Polly McLeod.

The family moved to Blackhawk, Ont. when he was two. He was raised on the family farm, attending school there. He moved to Fort Frances at the age of 17.

RUDY WILLIAM ROULSTON

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rudy Roulston after a short battle with cancer on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Rudy leaves to mourn his daughters, Bonny and Elaine (Paul Kaiser); grandchildren, Bernice, William, Susan (Andrew Rae), Michael, and Melissa (Logan Galpin); and six great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by his brothers, Allan, Gary (Tamara), and Donny (Anna); and sisters, Irene (Harold Wilson), Doreen, and Gail.

MARGARET JEANETTE NELSON

Margaret Jeanette Nelson passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at Princess Court Long-Term Care in Dryden, Ont.

Margaret was born in Gravelbourg, Sask. on Feb. 10, 1918 to Frances and Elias McFee. As a young child, they moved to Miscampbell, Ont., where she grew up.

Mom lived her life by honesty, hard work, and simple pleasures. She never let a favour go unpaid.

After Mom and Dad were married, they moved to Burriss, Ont. and built their home on the farm. Farm life was toilsome but provided for the family.

MARY MARSH

The family of Mary Marsh, 91, would like to announce her passing peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 in Bemidji, Mn.

Mary was born on Feb. 12, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Nick and Polly Korman.

She attended school in Fort Frances until Grade 10 and then went to work at the Emperor Hotel in both the kitchen and as a waitress, at the Rainy Lake Hotel as a dishwasher, then became a side cook during the WWII, until 1945.

LeROY KENNETH MATHEWS

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of LeRoy Kenneth Mathews, 69, on Dec. 18, 2016 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

He left peacefully and quietly with loved ones by his side.

Dad graduated from Falls High School in 1965. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Dad was employed at a variety of places before he began work at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont. He worked there for many years before moving to Minneapolis, Mn. in 1989.

MARGARET GRACE RAHN

Margaret Grace Rahn (nee Canfield) passed away at home, with her family, on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in Nanaimo, B.C.

Margaret was born on Aug. 21, 1920 on the family farm north of Barwick, Ont. to pioneering homesteaders Jennie and Willard Canfield. She lived most of her 96 years on the same land where she was born, then moved to Fort Frances, Ont. and finally to Nanaimo to become a “BC Nut!”

Margaret was married to Jack Rahn on Oct. 1, 1941 in Truro, N.S., where he was stationed during WWII. They had two children, Lyndawn and Peggyann.

DOUGALD ROSS McLEAN

With great sadness, the family announces the peaceful passing of Ross McLean, 93, of Rainy River, Ont., and formerly of Spohn Twp (Harris Hill), Ont., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Ross was born on May 16, 1923 to Sarah (nee Campbell) and John Francis “Frank” McLean in Lambton County, Brigden, Ont., moving to Rainy River in 1924 and then to Harris Hill in 1926.

He grew up and lived all of his life in Harris Hill until moving into the long-term care home in Rainy River in January, 2016.

VERNON HORTON

It is with heaviest hearts and bruised spirits that our family announces the passing of Vernon Horton Sr., 61, of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Vernon was born on June 22, 1955 in Emo.

During his lifetime, Vernon worked in many different fields that varied until his last employment as a water treatment plant operator. He enjoyed watching hockey, spending time with his family and friends, and treasure hunting.

ELIZABETH (BESS) MARY McCARTHY

Peacefully, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016 at the age of 93, our dear mother, Bess McCarthy, left us to join our father, Mervyn, and sisters, Linda and Joan, in Heaven.

Mom was a kind and loving person. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. And could that smile light up a room!

We will miss her dearly.

Mom was born on May 8, 1923 in Hastings, Sussex, England to Herbert and Florence (Wheeler) Freeman; a sister to big brother, Ron.

EDWARD ALLAN TEEPLE

It is with great sadness that the family of Edward Allan Teeple announces his passing on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1934 in Devlin, Ont. to Florence Hastie (Kellar) and Clinton Teeple.

He married his first wife, Jean (Redford) Teeple in 1959. Together they had two children, Carol Teeple and Wayne Teeple.

DONALD JOHN SMITH

With his wife by his side, Donald John Smith, 69, passed away peacefully of cancer on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, Alta.

Don grew up in Burriss, Ont. before moving west, where he worked for the provincial government of British Columbia for 35 years. He was a Mineral Claims Inspector and had been promoted to Gold Commissioner.

After he retired in 2015, it was his love of golf that kept him busy.

LORETTA GLADYS McCORMACK

With deep sorrow, the family of Loretta Gladys McCormack announces her peaceful passing on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Loretta was born Nov. 17, 1943 in Fort Frances.

Her love of children and family was well-known to all who were touched by her. Her home always was open to not only family and friends, but also to her children’s friends (who she was known as “Mom”), her numerous foster children, and her daycare children (who many referred to her as “Grandma”).

MABEL ADELINE PLYMATE

The family of Mabel Adeline Plymate wishes to announce her peaceful passing at her home in Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont. on Dec. 29, 2016.

She was born Oct. 3, 1931 in Fort Frances, and attended Robert Moore and Fort Frances High School.

Mabel was predeceased by her parents, Frans and Britta Engstrom; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elly and Mike Zub, Margaret and Glenn Canfield, and Doris and Lawrence Calder; brother, Enar Engstrom; and son, Bradley Plymate.

SHERYL LYNNE DOUGLAS

After a long, hard-fought battle with cancer, Sheryl Lynne Douglas, 48, left us all, peacefully, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.

With family at her side, our daughter, sister, and wonderful mother went to be with the Lord.

Sheryl was the first of three children born to Malcolm and Ruby Douglas on Dec. 28, 1967 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances Ont.

Ruby Douglas, Sheryl’s amazing and loving mother, recently predeceased her (2014), along with her first husband, Steve Ladsten (1991).

JAMES HENRY ADAMS

James Henry Adams, 71, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

James was born Sept. 2, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont. He moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1954, where he attended elementary and high school. His career took him into mechanics for heavy equipment.

Jim was a good man in every way, with a great sense of humour. He loved his cabin at Rainy Lake, spending time with his family, travelling, and his greatest joy was his dog, “Dusty.”

PETER BALLAN SR.

It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Ballan Sr. announces his passing on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Pete was born on Nov. 5, 1925 in Fort Frances to George and Lena Ballan.

He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18, serving during WWII in the North Atlantic on convoy duty. After the war, he returned to Fort Frances working as a switchman at the Falls Railroad and later with MD&W.

DENISE ‘SUSY’ KAREN MARIE GOULIQUER

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear sister, Susy, 53, of Pinewood, Ont., on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Susy was born on Sept. 2, 1963 in Emo, Ont. to Antoine (Tony) and Rose Gouliquer. She was raised in Pinewood and attended Rainy River High School.

Anyone who knew Susy knows she most certainly was the #1 Habs fan and never missed a game that her “boys” played. She also loved watching curling and spending time with her great- and great-great nephews and nieces.

EDWARD SHEPANSKI

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Edward Shepanski announces his passing, with his children by his side, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ed was born on June 12, 1924 in Kitsman, Bukovina to Nicoli and Ann Shepanski. At the age of 12, he bravely took the long voyage to Canada on his own and met up with his father, settling in Winnipeg Man. and then later Fort Frances.

He began working as a barber in 1947 and his hairstyling tools were never far away.

WILLIAM STEVEN KEMPF

William Steven Kempf (“Willie”), beloved husband, father, and uncle, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with his wife, Bernice, and sons, John and Michael, at his side.

Willie was born to Martin (Sr.) and Agnes (Melich) Kempf on July 12, 1936 at the McKenzie Hospital in Fort Frances, and was a lifelong Fort Frances resident.

WALTER MARTIN

Walter Martin, of Stratton, Ont., passed away peacefully to his heavenly reward on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at the age of 83 years, nine months, and 17 days, after a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 28, 1933 in Elmira, Ont. to the late Edward and Nancy Martin.

He gave his heart to the Lord in his youth and was baptized into the Mennonite Church. In 1971, he was ordained deacon for the Pineview Mennonite Church in Barwick, Ont., where he served faithfully until the time of his death.

REGINALD ROBERT ROGERS

It is with great sadness that the family of Reg Rogers announces his passing on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at his home surrounded by family.

He leaves behind his wife, Carol Morrisseau; daughter, Michelle (Steve) and their children, Karmon, Kourtney, and Kane; stepdaughter, Darlene and her children, Jamie, Anthony, and Amber and great-grandchild, Payson; and stepson, Dale (Dawn) and their children, Martina, Malakai, Marcus, and Maverick.

DOUGLAS ROY McLEOD

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, Douglas Roy McLeod.

He was born on Oct. 1, 1926 and passed away on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

Dad had a very full life and if you were lucky enough to be his friend, you were lucky enough. Dad treasured all his friends over the years and always was there to lend a hand if needed.

Dad was very talented in his career; starting out at Camp Robinson on the Red Lake Road. During this time, he met Mom. They bult a life together and had a son, Jim, and a daughter, Heather.

OLIVER JOSEPH NAULT

Oliver Joseph Nault, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Oliver was born in Rainy River on May 18, 1949 to Ulysse and Lucienne Nault (nee Cayer). He was a lifelong resident of Rainy River.

Oliver began working for the CN Railroad in June of 1972, where he continued to work until his health made that no longer possible in 2002.