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ANNABELLE HAWK

Annabelle Hawk, beloved wife of late Terry Godin, passed away peacefully at the age of 71, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at the La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Godin (Kristi Medicine); sisters, Annie Hawk and Lucy Copenace (late Henry Copenace); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annabelle was born on Jan. 1, 1946 in Rainy River First Nations, Ont.

A wake will be held Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m.

ELISABETH ZIMMERMAN

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elisabeth (Betty) Zimmerman of Emo, Ont., beloved wife of Michael Zimmerman, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Elisabeth was born on Dec. 14, 1929 in Diestedde, Germany.

As a child and young teenager, she was called upon to do much of the farm work, like milking cows, plowing with horses, and carrying 50-pound bags of potatoes. Following the war, she spent two winters at a school of Agriculture and Homemaking.

MILAN JOSEPH 'JOE' KALISKA

Milan “Northern” Joe Kaliska passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Joe was born on Feb. 24, 1932 in Cresent Mine, Sask. At the age of two, his family moved to Arbor Vita, Ont., where they farmed.

Joe had a long and varied career, starting at age 16 picking tobacco at Tilsonburg and Delhi in southern Ontario. He also worked making furniture in Kitchener.

He worked at the paper mill in Red Rock, then later sailed on the Great Lakes as a cook.

RONALD GREGORY BOYKO

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Gregory Boyko of Bergland, Ont., formerly of Winnipeg, Man., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ron was born in Winnipeg on Aug. 6, 1948 to the late Bernice and Boris Boyko. He lived and attended school in the Elmwood area of the city.

Ron loved the game of lacrosse and that love for his favourite sport spanned his entire life. He played lacrosse all through his school years and well into his 30s, and had the distinction of playing his favourite sport in the first Canada Games.

GENE NORMAN BRUSVEN

Gene Norman Brusven passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 74, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gene was born on Oct. 2, 1942 to Norman and Bonnie Brusven (nee Galusha).

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lois Mary Brusven (nee Angus), on July 15, 1963.

Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time spent with friends.

ERNEST 'ERNIE' ALOYSUS LING

It is with great sadness that the family of Ernest “Ernie” Ling, 82, of Fort Frances Ont., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ernie was born on June 21, 1935 in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.

A loyal and loving man, he married the love of his life, Nelda, having 5 children: Francis, Mark, Paul, Marcelain, and Russell.

ALANE RAE COLLINS

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Alane Rae Collins (Sullivan), 61, of Fort Frances, Ont.

Alane passed away peacefully, with her family by her side and in hand, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward Alan Sullivan.

DOROTHY TKACHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of Dorothy Tkachuk announces her sudden passing on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1930 in Barwick, Ont.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Mike Gurniak and together they settled down to raise their nine children. After his passing, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Tkachuk.

PETER WILLIAM SENYK

Peter William Senyk passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by those who loved him, on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Peter was born on June 11, 1954 to the late Erma and Anthony Senyk of Rainy River, Ont.

Peter moved to Atikokan, Ont. shortly after his birth and later on to Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lived at the Westmount Hogarth Centre for the Developmentally Challenged.

It was in 1993 where Peter found his forever home when he joined the Community Living family and moved into his apartment supported by Community Living in Fort Frances, Ont.

MARIANNE HENZE

Marianne Henze passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the age of 88.

She was born on April 24, 1929 in Huckeswagen, Germany to Elfriede and Hans Hofmann.

On Nov. 6, 1948, she married the love of her life, Erich Henze, and they emigrated to Thunder Bay, Ont in 1956. They moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1959 and lived there ever since.

Marianne had a variety of jobs over the years, ranging from Lee's Restaurant, Atikokan Theatre, Caland Ore, school bus driver, and the White Otter Inn.

LORNA MARY IRWIN

Lorna (Nan) Irwin, nee Lougheed, passed away in her home at the West Park Lodge in Red Deer, Alta. on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her son, Lee Irwin, and her daughter, Marilyn Vaughan. She is fondly loved and remembered by her son-in-law, Terry Vaughan (Marilyn); grandchildren, Krista Crump (Stuart), Ian Vaughan (Vanessa), and Todd Vaughan (Nancy); and great-grandchildren, Chloe Crump and Rya Andres.

LEO YERXA

Leo Yerxa passed away peacefully with his best friend and love, Maxine, by his side on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

He is survived by Max and her critters; children, Martin Yerxa (wife, Cathy, and son, Peter), Johanna Tekawisaritha Lazore, and Sean O'Neill; sister, Marilyn; brothers, William and Wayne; and granddaughter, Niiohontesha.

He also will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Frances, and father, Bert; brother, Bob; and sisters, Florence, Betty, Dorothy, and Joyce.

FRANCES ELIZABETH NELSON

It is with great sadness to announce that Frances Elizabeth Nelson, 86, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, with family by her side, at Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances, Ont.

Frances was the daughter of Agnes and Ed George. She was born on Dec. 23, 1930 and raised in Fort Frances.

She spent her younger years in Flanders, where her family loved hunting and trapping. Later, Fran went to work at various tourist camps as a cook.

During that time, she met her husband, Hank. Fran also was a cook at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

(ROB) JAMES FLEMING SINCLAIR

Sadly, in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with his family at his side, our dad, our love, passed away at his home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Rob was born on July 26, 1936 in Smiths Falls, Ont. to the late James and Margaret Sinclair. He attended public school in Smiths Falls and Lakeview Prep school in 1949-52. He then returned to Smiths Falls to complete Grade 12.

One of Rob's favourite childhood memories was travelling every summer by CPR train with his mother and father, who was the engineer, to Grand Manan, N.B.

ELIZABETH BETSE BLUEBIRD (Gaa'ge'ya' tee' bine'siik) (Moose Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth Bluebird announces her sudden passing on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Duluth, Mn.

Betty was born on Feb. 19, 1943 in Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont. to Gilbert and Ida Oshawee.

She liked to attend pow-wows and dance, and she also loved to travel. She worked as a cook for the friendship centre in Duluth, as well as a custodian at the police station.

Betty was a traditional lady who helped many people.

BEULAH OLSON

Beulah Olson passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1923 in her grandmother's home in Spooner, Mn. to Alfred and Emma Sandmoen of McInnes Creek, Ont., where she spent her childhood.

She was predeceased by her sister, Myrtle; and brothers, Milton, Leo, Miles, Clifford, Harold, Richard, and Earl.

She is survived by her sister, Sandra Ross (St. Catharines, Ont.), whose visit last week was so special.

EILEEN JOURDAIN

Eileen Jourdain, 64, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Nov. 9, 1953 in Fort Frances to the late Kathleen and Leonard Jourdain.

Eileen was raised in Couchiching First Nation with her family.

Eileen later graduated from Confederation College with an Early Childhood Education diploma. She loved working with children and worked at 4C's from 1994 until she retired in 2012.

ROBERT MARTIN 'MARTY' GADD

Robert Martin “Marty” Gadd passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the General Hospital in Lethbridge, Alta. after a courageous battle with health problems.

Marty was born on June 13, 1956, the only child of Clarice and Bob Gadd.

He was raised in Crozier, Ont., where he attended school, and then graduated from Fort Frances High School.

PETER WILLIAM SENYK

Peter William Senyk passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by those who loved him, on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Peter was born on June 11, 1954 to the late Erma and Anthony Senyk of Rainy River, Ont.

Peter moved to Atikokan, Ont. shortly after his birth and later on to Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lived at the Westmount Hogarth Centre for the Developmentally Challenged.

It was in 1993 where Peter found his forever home when he joined the Community Living family and moved into his apartment supported by Community Living in Fort Frances, Ont.

MARTY GADD

In honour of

Marty Gadd

who passed away on Friday September 8th, 2017 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

We write this with a heavy heart.

Marty fought a long and tough battle. May you rest in peace Pops.

You are my hero and you will be missed. We love you.

Marty has left the building...TCB.

At this time the family of Marty Gadd extend our grateful appreciation for the love and support you have shown us.

Your kind words and expressions of love are so appreciated.

Texts and messages are very welcome and preferred.

MARIANNE HENZE

Marianne Henze passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the age of 88.

She was born on April 24, 1929 in Huckeswagen, Germany to Elfriede and Hans Hofmann.

On Nov. 6, 1948, she married the love of her life, Erich Henze, and they emigrated to Thunder Bay, Ont in 1956. They moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1959 and lived there ever since.

Marianne had a variety of jobs over the years, ranging from Lee's Restaurant, Atikokan Theatre, Caland Ore, school bus driver, and the White Otter Inn.

MARION HUMPHREY

It is with great sadness that the family of Marion Humphrey announces her passing on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Marion was born on Sept. 6, 1932 in Devlin, Ont. to Murdoch and Libby McKay.

She was united in marriage on Oct. 12, 1957 to Melvin Humphrey and they moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1959. From there, they moved to Saskatchewan in 1962, returning to Fort Frances in 1967 and staying here to raise their family.

JOHANNES (JOHN) SCHEIBLER

It is with sadness that the Scheibler family announces the passing of the family's patriarch, Johannes Scheibler, 85, formerly of Stratton, Ont.

He passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont., with his wife and family singing, praying, and sharing memories around his bedside.

Johannes was born on Sept. 18, 1931 in Zittau, Germany to Oswald and Margarete Scheibler; he was one of seven children.

As a young boy, he enjoyed being outdoors, playing his instrument in church, and he loved to read and learn.