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HARVEY JOSEPH ARTHUR PARENT

Harvey Joseph Arthur Parent, 65, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away at his residence on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Harvey was born on Saturday, Nov. 19, 1949 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was well-established in the painting and decorating business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and he loved his cats.

Left to cherish his memory is his son, Justin McGinnis, of Rainy River First Nations, and his two grandchildren, Brandon and Rowdy McGinnis.

DENNIS BOUCHARD

Dennis Bouchard, 69, of Mine Centre, ON passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held.

A complete obituary will follow.

MAE JOSEPHINE (KADY) BERGLUND

Mae Josephine (Kady) Berglund of Kenora passed away at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on Aug. 26, 2015 with her son, Ernie, daughter-in-law, Jeannine, and granddaughter at her side.

She was born in Fort Frances on Aug. 12, 1924 and was raised there.

She came to Kenora with her son, Ernie Godin, in 1961, where she met and married Arnie Berglund.

Kady was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandma and great-grandma.

She loved visiting with her son and his family all over Ontario. She was especially grateful when her son moved back to the farm.

GORDON LOUIS EDGETT

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother-in-law and uncle, Colonel Gordon L. Edgett (Ret.) of Tucson, Arizona. He died suddenly on Aug. 22, 2015.

Gordon was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1920. His parents were Austin and Jennie (Cunningham) Edgett.

He was raised mainly in Fort Frances, Ont., attended Fort Frances High School, Yale University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude (with great distinction) from the University of Arizona. Gordon also received two honour societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa.

HENRY ARNOLD NISKALA

Henry Arnold Niskala, a life-long resident of Emo, ON, and recently, Rainycrest Long Term Care of Fort Frances, ON, passed away peacefully on Aug. 28, 2015.

Henry was born on the farm on Feb. 10, 1928 to John and Anna Niskala. After the passing of his father, Henry, at the age of 18 took on a major role operating the farm with the help of his mother. They milked cows and sold cream to the local creamery in La Vallee.

BERNHARDT (BEN) BLATTNER

It is with great sadness that the family of Bernhardt (Ben) Blattner announces his passing on Aug. 25, 2015 at the Golden Prairie Nursing Home, Indian Head, SK at the age of 78 years.

Ben is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Ron (Shannon, Laura), Lavern (Leona, Derek, Chelsey), and Darren (April, Jonathon, James); daughter, Jacqlyn (Robin, Jessica, Justin); sister, Betty-Ann (Kelly Sprague) Goulet; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

MARY MITCHELL

With great sadness and sorrow the family of Mary Mitchell announce her passing on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 at Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances, Ontario.

Mary (Baba) passed away peacefully with her beloved family by her side.

Family was always most important to Mary. Spending time with them and cooking for them gave her greatest joy.

You could always count on Baba to have a supply of perogies and cabbage rolls on hand.

Mary loved animals and enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels.

Mary was born June 8, 1922 to Mike and Poly (Paraska) Polycki.

EMILE ULYSSES DeGAGNE

With much love and sadness, on the early afternoon of Aug. 1, 2015, Emile’s family said farewell to him as he passed on to the next journey of his life.

He will be lovingly missed by his wife, Bernice; son, Rick and family of Mathieu (Tryna), Brock, Danielle, and Jose-Anne; son, Pierre and daughters, Samantha and Miranda; son, Tony (Betty) and family of Benjamin and Gabrielle; daughter, Angie and family of Robyn (Mike) and Jason (Charity and their daughter, Gweneth Marie); and son, Adrien (Patricia) and sons, Beau (Terri), Colton, and Dustin.

BEATRICE MEDWECHUK

Beatrice Medwechuk (nee Selman) passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 at Rainy River Long Term Care Facility.

Beatrice was born in Gameland on April 14, 1921. She was raised and lived in Gameland with her parents and siblings until she met and married Nick Medwechuk on March 1, 1940.

They raised their family and she remained living there until she moved to Rainy River six years ago, with the last two at the long-term care facility.

JOHN DUCHNICKI

Don’t cry for me, I’ve lived a good life, is what I told my daughter Josie as we waited for the ambulance on Aug. 11.

For the next two weeks, I was in the capable and caring hands of the staff of La Verendrye Hospital until I passed away in my sleep on Aug. 25.

I was born in 1915 in Fort Frances on the day Mrs. Zamalinski’s cow calved, or so I was told by my parents Sophie and Michael. I was baptized on Dec. 28, 1915 at St. Mary’s Church. I told my son, Tom, I’m already one hundred—you do the math.

MARGARET ANNE HALL

It is with great sorrow that the family of Margaret Anne (“Annie”) Hall announces she passed peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Annie was born Dec. 4, 1921 in Kennedy, Sask. to John and Margaret Eldridge.

Annie moved to Scotland with her mother, Margaret, and brothers at the age of 13.

In 1949, she made the move to Fort Frances, Ont., where she raised her four children.

During World War II, Annie served as a gunner on the east coast of England’s Artillery Division.

JOSEPHINE MacKENZIE

Josephine Margaret MacKenzie (nee Sutherland) passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont..

She born Sept. 23, 1924 in N. Oxford Township, Banner, Ont. to George and E. Ruth (Facey) Sutherland.

She was the wife of Allan John MacKenzie; and mother of Allan John MacKenzie (Judy Bonter) of Thunder Bay, Ont., Jane MacKenzie of Thunder Bay, Ont., Blair MacKenzie (deceased), and Nancy Parkin (Terry) of Thunder Bay, Ont.

SYBIL ALEDA (SMILEY) JOHNSON

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sybil Johnson at the age of 98.

Sybil Smiley was born Feb. 21, 1917 and grew up in La Vallee, Ont. She trained as a nurse in Winnipeg, Man.

Her sense of adventure and her independent spirit led her to a variety of jobs. She worked as a nurse in northern Manitoba, as a pediatric nurse and as a nurse on the heart transplant team in Vancouver, as well as a nurse in the Red Cross outposts in northern British Columbia.

COLLEEN MacEACHERN

Colleen MacEachern passed away peacefully on Friday Aug. 7, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

Colleen was born March 28, 1942 in Fort William, Ont. and lived in Emo, Ont. until she was 12. Her family eventually moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where she later attended Fort Frances High School.

In 1961, shortly after graduating, she moved to San Francisco, Calif., where she first worked as a ward clerk at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. It was a job she always was very proud of.

WOLFGANG ALBERT RECHLIN

With great sadness, the family of Wolf Rechlin, 80, of Atikokan, Ont., announces his passing, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Friday, July, 31, 2015 at the Atikokan General Hospital.

A celebration of Wolf’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Riverview United Church in Atikokan.

Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com

MAC O’NEILL-FISCHER

A graveside service for Mac O’Neill-Fischer will be held Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Emo Cemetery in Emo, Ont.

This will be followed by a reception for family and friends at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo.

Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com

MARGARET JEAN WESTOVER

Margaret Jean Westover, formerly of Sioux Narrows, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

She was born July 27, 1927 to Roy and Edna (nee Meyers) Westover in Barwick, Ont.

One of 10 children, Margaret grew up on a farm where she learned to love animals but not farming. Instead, she chose to become a beautician and worked in Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, and Sioux Narrows.

SYBIL ALEDA MERLE JOHNSON

Sybil Aleda Merle Johnson, 98, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral arrangements are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

PATSY ANN OLSON

After a courageous battle with cancer, Patsy Ann Olson passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.

Patsy was born Dec. 21, 1956 to Nicholas and Lillian Ogier.

She was united in marriage to her best friend and love of her life, Douglas Olson, on Sept. 27, 2003.

Patsy worked for many years cleaning homes, as a housekeeper at La Place Rendez-Vous, and at her position at Rainycrest.

Patsy will be remembered by her kind soul and loving disposition. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

KATHRYN GREEN

Kathryn Green passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the age of 82.

Kathryn was born on November 16, 1932 in Dauphin, Man. to Alex and Elizabeth Oliphant.

Kathryn lived in Dauphin until 1950. She then moved to Winnipeg attended U of M and received a degree in home economics. She enjoyed playing on the university basketball team.

Kathryn met the love of her life Van Green on a blind date and they married in 1954 and made their home in Fort Frances.

COLLEEN MacEACHERN

Colleen MacEachern passed away peacefully on Aug. 7 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Colleen was born on March 28, 1942 in Fort William, ON, and lived in Emo, ON until she was 12. Her family eventually moved to Fort Frances, ON, where she later attended Fort Frances High School.

In 1961, shortly after graduating, she moved to San Francisco, CA. She first worked there as a ward clerk at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. It was a job she was always very proud of.

MARVIN (MELVIN) MAINVILLE

The family of Marvin (Melvin) Mainville sadly announces his death from natural causes on July 11, 2015 in Regina, SK.

He was born on Sept. 17, 1942 in Fort Frances. He was raised by his grandparents Joseph and Josephine Mainville on Couchiching First Nation.

He spent many years working as a long haul trucker and had many stories to tell about his travels. He was always up for a good game of cribbage and he was a hard one to beat.

He spent the last years of his life in Regina, but kept in contact with family through letters and phone calls.

NEAL STEWART

It is with great sadness and sorrow that the Stewart family announces the passing of Neal Lars Stewart, of Mine Centre, Ont., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont. at the age of 44 due to complications of cancer.

Neal passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

Neal was born Nov. 19, 1970 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Nels and Donna Stewart.

BEVERLEY ELLEN STORKSON (LARSON)

It is with heaviness in their hearts that the family of Beverley Ellen Storkson announces her passing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

After a courageous three-year fight with cancer, Bev passed peacefully with her sons, her sisters, and her loved ones by her side.

Bev was born Oct. 4, 1954 in Rainy River, Ont. to Ralph and Alice (nee Halverson) Larson.

MARLENE MARGARET GAGNE

Marlene Margaret Gagne (nee McMillan), 66, of Atikokan Ont., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 with her family by her side.

Marlene was born Nov. 26 1948 in Emo, Ont.

A long-time resident of Atikokan, she was united in marriage to Daniel Gagne on Sept. 30, 1967. They raised three beautiful children, Debra (Greg) Alexander, Nicole Gagne (Larry Brant), and Daniel (Jen) Gagne.