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Obituaries

MARY MITCHELL

It is with great sadness and sorrow that the family of Mary Mitchell (nee Polycki), 93, announces her passing on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, ON.

A grave side service will be held on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, ON.

A complete funeral announcement to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.

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

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Beatrice Medwechuk (nee Selman), 94, on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Rainy River, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.

Interment will take place in Blue Cemetery.

A complete obituary will follow.

Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com

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.

JOSEPHINE MacKENZIE

Josephine MacKenzie, 90, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Friends are invited to visit with her family on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

NICK ELUIK

Nick Eluik, 74, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont. with his family by his side.

Nick was born Jan. 10, 1941 in Stuartburn, Man. to Steve and Annie Eluik.

When he was very young, the family moved to Deerlock, Ont.

He started his career path as an automotive mechanic in Fort Frances, then became a heavy equipment mechanic in Aitkokan, Red Deer, Alberta, and Thunder Bay.

He ended his working days as an equipment co-ordinator for the Ministry of Transportation in Thunder Bay.

AVA LORRAINE HOWARD

The family sadly announces the passing of Ava Howard, 61, of Calgary, Alta., on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the South Wood Hospice in Calgary.

Ava was born Jan. 11, 1954 in Emo, Ont. to Fred and Iris (McDonald) Howard. She grew up near Barwick, Ont. along with her four siblings.

Ava worked for many years for Larry Eustace Law Office as a paralegal in Fort Frances, Ont. before relocating to Calgary in 1991. She continued to work as a paralegal for various law firms in Calgary.

MELVIN JAMES (“BEGAMAANAAKWAD”) MORRISSEAU

Melvin James “Begamaanaakwad” Morrisseau, 68, of Couchiching First Nation, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Begamaanaakwad was born Aug. 17, 1946 in Fort Frances, and had lived his entire life on Couchiching First Nation and in Fort Frances.

He had worked as a truck driver and guide.

He enjoyed playing pool and cribbage with his friends. He was especially fond of nicknaming his loved ones and singing to his daughters and grandchildren—even if they were not around.

EMILE DeGAGNE

Emile DeGagne passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

He was born June 4, 1937.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, with Fr. Vic DeGagne officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

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.