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Obituaries

RANDY ALLAN GUSHULAK

Randy Allan Gushulak, of Spruce Grove, Alta., passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at the age of 61.

Randy will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of 38 years, Barbara, daughter, Penny (Chris), and grandchildren, Taylor, Ashlyn, Morgan, and Madison, all of Spruce Grove, Alta.; and his mother, Sophia Gushulak of Fort Frances, Ont.

BRIAN CHARLES RENAUD

It is with heavy hearts we announce that Brian Renaud passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Calgary, Alta. at the age of 64.

He was born July 19, 1951 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Brian was a blues music-loving harmonica player, who also liked to play (win) at Crib with his friends. He loved a good cold Guinness and was the type of man to drop everything to help you.

HEIDI ROSE GEORGE

It is with deep sadness that the family of Heidi Rose George, 31, announces her passing on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Heidi was born on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1984 in Fort Frances, Ont. and had lived most of her life in Rainy River District.

She had a real generous heart, and loved to make people smile and laugh. She also enjoyed telling stories.

Heidi will be sadly missed by her children, Trinidy, Thomas, Boston, Presley, and Chance, and her partner, Colin Ross; and parents, Colleen George (John Smith) and Stewart (Melanie) Allen.

VERNA JOHNSON-GAWRYLUK

It is with great sadness that the family of Verna Johnson-Gawryluk announces her passing on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Verna was born on Nov. 17, 1922 in Finland, Ont. to Victor and Hanna Blom. She grew up in Finland and educated at #13 School in Potts Township.

She met Taisto Johnson while working at a pulpwood camp near Thunder Bay, Ont. and they were married on June 20, 1945. Together they raised a family and built a home at Off Lake, Ont.

LOIS JEAN THOMPSON

March 3, 1926—February 6, 2016

Lois Jean Thompson, nee Webb, born to Lottie and James Neil Webb in Regina, Saskatchewan passed away quietly on February 6, 2016. She was an amazing person; surviving eclamptic seizures at birth, tuberculosis at 17, and retiring from the 12 hour work days at the family frozen food business, Ernest Thompson Dist. Ltd. when she was 86. Among her fi nal words were, “It’s not that I am going to die, it’s that I had the chance to live.”

JOYCE MAJOR

Joyce Major, 91, of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Joyce was born on Nov. 11, 1924 in Emo to the late Ben and Irene DeBungee. She had lived all of her life in Rainy River District.

She enjoyed playing cards, picking berries and rive, and in her younger days helping her husband, Joe, in the bush.

She also enjoyed listening to her family play music.

LYLE JAMES ELLIOTT

Lyle James Elliott, 81, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

He was born March 14, 1934 in Chapple, Ont. to Chesley and Dorothy Elliott. He was one of 12 children.

As a young man, Lyle discovered a love of cooking. He worked for various businesses in the district, including cooking on The Hallett for Mando.

EVA MORAN

With heavy hearts we announce that our “Nan”

Eva Mary Moran (nee Cunningham)

passed away on February 2, 2016 at the age of 94 at La Verendrye Hospital surrounded by friends and family.

FRED HOWARD IRVINE

With great sadness the family announces the passing of Fred Howard Irvine on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at the age of 86.

Fred was born on the farm in Mather Township on April 14, 1929. He lived on—and nurtured—that same piece of ground for his entire life until August, 2014, when his health had deteriorated to the point that staying no longer was an option.

After brief stops at the Golden Age Manor in Emo, Ont. and Rainycrest in Fort Frances, Ont., he took up his final residence in the long-term wing of the Emo Health Centre in December, 2014.

ELAINE MARY PECYNA

When remembering a loved one lost, it can be easy, if not natural, to think of ourselves first. Because once they are gone, we remember them for what they were to us–be it a mother, a daughter, a sister, or a friend.

Elaine Mary Pecyna (nee Badiuk) was all of these things—and much more. Having been a dental hygienist for 35 years, some will remember her as a professional or a colleague in the office. And yet others, they will think only of the bubbly young girl that was once a childhood friend and classmate in Ukrainian school.

SHIRLEY ANN SULLIVAN

Shirley Ann Sullivan (nee Hodge), of Hope, B.C., earned her wings on Jan. 14, 2016 in her 81st year.

With her trademark smile on her face, and her devoted children and granddaughter holding her hand, Shirley went to Heaven.

While we mourn her passing, we also will delight in many wonderful memories. Her amazing demeanour, infectious smile, and giggle will be forever in our thoughts and hearts.

DOROTHEA TOLEN

It is with great sadness that the family of Dorothea Tolen (nee Marquardt) announce her passing, quietly, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the age of 92 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Dec. 8, 1923 in Germany to Joseph and Ida Marquardt.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Victor Tolen on June 29, 2009 and is survived by her four children, Gary (Joy Anne), Sandy (Jim) Hogan, Brad (Doreen), and Cindy (Rick Westberg).

DOUGLAS WAYNE MITCHELL

Douglas Wayne Mitchell passed away, with his family at his side, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Douglas was born to George and Laura Mitchell on Dec. 17, 1940. He was the last baby to be born at the McKenzie Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Douglas was married to Darlene Parker on Nov. 9, 1959. They spent 56 years of marriage together and raised three children, Sheryl (Buddy) Hyatt of Kenora, Ont., and Brian (Mary) and Lori (Bob) Green.

ILONA GUSHULAK

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ilona Gushulak (nee Huhta), 74, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 after struggling bravely at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., with her beloved husband and soulmate, Lawrence, at her side.

Ilona was born March 14, 1941 in Wawa, Ont. to Alfred and Helvi Huhta.

The family later relocated to Atikokan, Ont., where Ilona met Lawrence Gushulak. They were happily married on July 16, 1960 at St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Fort Frances and together raised their three daughters, Lisa, Cheryl, and Heather.

DOUGLAS ARTHUR (‘DOUG’) WILSON

With family by his side, Douglas Arthur (“Doug”) Wilson passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

He was born in Fort Frances, Ont. to Joe and Dorothy Wilson on Jan. 8, 1942.

Doug lived his entire life in Fort Frances and was a career mill worker. He was the friendly face that greeted when you paid your toll crossing the bridge, and then moved to Supervisor at the MD&W railroad.

Doug enjoyed many years curling, golfing, fishing, and hunting. His favourite summer trip was going to Sowden fishing with his buddies.

BEVERLEY FRACZKIEWICZ

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Beverly Fraczkiewicz (nee Piotrowski) announces her passing, with family by her side, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Beverley was born June 14, 1939 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Jan and Julia (Wanda) Piotrowski.

Beverley was predeceased by her parents, Jan and Julia (Wanda) Piotrowski; brothers, Joe and Tom Piotrowski; sister, Mary Piotrowski; father-in-law, Wojciech Fraczkiewicz; and grandson, William Guertin.

FAY ANN KENNEDY

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Fay Ann Kennedy at the age of 72.

She was born Aug. 5, 1943 in Emo, Ont. to Edwin and Elda Kennedy.

Fay met and spent more than 40 years with her life partner, John Hazel Sr., and became a stepmother to Jackie Spuzak, Toni Newcomb, Leslie Baird, and John Hazel Jr.

Fay was predeceased by her parents, Edwin and Elda Kennedy; brother, Robert John Kennedy; sister, Helen Geary; and brother-in-law, Hugh Geary.

EDWIN TAYLOR

The family sadly announces the passing of Edwin Frank Taylor, with family by his side, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at the age of 89.

Ed was born Nov. 29, 1926 to Frank and Lillian Taylor.

He married Viola Peterson on Oct. 10, 1948 and together they raised their family of three children in Fort Frances, Ont.

Viola passed away in 1996. In 1998, Ed married Carolyn Odahl (Kittleson).

ALAN WEBB

Alan Neal Webb, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Alan was born on Feb. 7, 1928 in Creelman, Sask. to James and Lottie Webb. When he was five, Lottie moved the children to Fort Frances to join James, who had come to this area looking for work.

As a young man, he started a restaurant, Al’s Lunch, before working for Cummer & Lindiquist. His father became the manager and the family purchased the business in 1950.

TERRY ROBERT ADAMS

Terry Robert Adams joined his family who went before him on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

He was a very private man. Those who knew Terry enjoyed his sense of humour and all his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren were shown his love through his teasing.

He instilled his love of the outdoors in his sons and these children by sharing many outdoor experiences with them.

Waiting to join him is his wife, Jan; sons, Richie (Jolene) and Rob (Venus); grandchildren, Bobby, Izabella, Cadance, and Mellodey; and his chosen granddaughters, Taylor and Chantelle.

WILLIAM (BILL) BADIUK

William ( Bill ) Badiuk

With his family by his side, Bill Badiuk passed away on his 80th birthday, Friday, January 22, 2016.

He was born in Fort Frances to John and Mary Badiuk.

Bill married Royline (Albert) on October 10, 1959 and they spent 56 years enjoying life together.

Bill and partner Ed Rinas started Northland Construction in 1959. His green Dodge trucks were associated with many construction projects in the Fort Frances area. Sub-contractors appreciated his ability as a general contractor to run an organized job site that met customer’s expectations.

TERRY ADAMS

Terry Adams, 67, of Couchiching First Nation, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

EDITH LILLIAN RICHERT

The family of Edith Lillian Richert (nee Wood) sadly announces her passing on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at the age of 87.

Edith was born on Feb. 1, 1928 to Nathan and Amy Wood.

She married Henry Richert on April 11, 1947 and together they raised their family of five children in Fort Frances, Ont.

Edith enjoyed the outdoors in her earlier years, and she and Henry spent much of their time gardening, fishing, camping, and spending endless hours in their gazebo.

Edith enjoyed the company of family and friends. She had a quick sense of humour until the very end.

FLORENCE LOUISE HILL (CALDER)

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Florence Louise Hill announces her passing, with family by her side, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Florence was born April 14, 1926 in Fort Frances to George Valentine and Isabel Jane Calder.

She was married to Fredrick Hill on May 29, 1946.

Florence was very active in the community, volunteering her time for many organizations. She was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, life member of the Rainycrest Auxiliary, and a very active member at St. John’s Anglican Church.

FLORENCE LOUISE HILL

Florence Hill, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.