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ROBERT JAMES (MIKE) PEARSON

In Loving Memory

May 29, 1935 - July 13, 2016

Out of respect for our father’s wishes, there will be no public service or traditional obituary.

A private family dinner has been held in his honour. Special thanks to all of dad’s family and friends for your love and support.

DELORES ELIZABETH JORDAN

Delores Elizabeth Jordan, 69, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She leaves behind her sons, Travis and his children, Jared, Trinity, and Skyler, Eric, and Julius (April) and their son, Jake, and their father, George; brothers, Clarence (Audrey) LeForte, Brian (Lynn) LeForte, Dennis LeForte, and Ron (Gail) LeForte; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

JOHN GEORGE KING

Tragically, the family of John King, 38, of Lake of the Wood Township, Ont., announces his sudden passing on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Rainy River, Ont.

Funeral arrangements pending and a complete obituary will follow.

ROBERT GORDON (BOB) COTTAM

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Robert Gordon (Bob) Cottam, 93, of Emo, Ont., on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo.

Bob was born March 20, 1923 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late Harvey and Elsie Cottam.

On Oct. 11, 1943, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Eve, and the couple spent the next 50-plus years working side by side running Red Deer Lodge and raising their family in Nestor Falls, Ont.

Bob served his country during WWII and was one of the last remaining vets from WWII in the area.

LINDA PATRICIA ARMSTRONG

After attending hundreds of meetings in her lifetime, Linda Armstrong has gone to the biggest meeting of them all. Linda has gone to meet with the Lord.

Linda Patricia Armstrong (nee Govier), 69, of Sleeman Ont., passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Linda was born April 9, 1947 in Clinton, Ont. to the late William and Margaret Govier, and grew up on a family farm near Staffa, Ont. before moving to Rainy River District at the age of 14.

LINDA CAROL GOULIQUER

It is with great sadness that the family of Linda Gouliquer (nee Bragg), 66, of Ignace, Ont. and formerly of Finland, Ont., announces her passing on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Dryden Regional Hospital in Dryden, Ont.

Linda was born Oct. 7, 1949 in Emo, Ont. to Carl and Alverna Bragg.

She was united in marriage to Ernest Orval Gouliquer on Aug. 10, 1968.

Linda worked at different jobs, including waitressing, cooking for the MNR fire camps and the Great Lake Paper Camps, and as a teacher in Ignace, and also was an ambulance attendant.

ARCHIE DEWEES McCLENDON

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Archie Dewees McClendon, 100, on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Archie was born Feb. 2, 1916 in Central Butte, Sask. to Thomas and Alice McClendon.

On Oct. 12, 1938, he was united in marriage to Effie Armstrong and they recently celebrated 77 years of marriage.

Archie served overseas in the Forestry Corps. in Word War II and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He also valued his membership in the Manitou Lodge #631.

IRENE ELAINE HUGHES

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Irene Hughes, 74, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Irene was born Feb 11, 1942 in Fort Frances to John and Elizabeth Johnson.

She worked for many years in Nestor Falls, Ont. at the Arrowhead Camp and Helliar’s Resort. After relocating from Finland, Ont. to Emo, Ont., she worked as a home-care provider with the Red Cross and cared deeply for her clients.

YVES ODILAS JOSEPH DE GAGNÉ

With deep sorrow, the family of Yves De Gagné announces his passing peacefully into eternal life on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Oct. 17, 1944 in Fort Frances.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Kathleen (née Cross), on March 20, 1971 at St. Mary Parish in Fort Frances.

His first job was working for the Co-Op picking up cream from across the district. He enjoyed this job as he was able to interact with all the local farmers.

PHYLLIS LILLIAN OGIER

After a courageous battle with cancer, Phyllis passed away peacefully, at La Verendrye General Hospital on July 1, 2016.

Phyllis was born March 10, 1947 to Nicholas and Lillian Ogier.

Phyllis was raised and lived in Rainy River District. Phyllis attended school in Rainy River and LaVallee. She also lived in Alberta for a period of time.

LUCILLE ELAINE MORRISON “Gahwaanakamagook” (Wauzhushk Dootem)

With very heavy hearts, we are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved sister, Lucille Elaine Morrison, on July 2, 2016.

Lucille will be welcomed by her mother, Helen; her father, Bill; and niece, Danielle.

Lucille is survived by her sons, Dustin and Levan; her grandchildren, Dreyden and Jordyn; brothers, Kelvin (Barb), Ernie (Diane), Richard (Andrea), Dennis (Vicky), Larry (Amanda), Dwayne (Olivia), and Ken; and sisters, Marilyn (Carlos), Darlene, and Jennifer (Avelino).

MARVEL ENGLER (AMORDE)

Sadly we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Marvel Emma Engler.

Mom passed away peacefully in the early morning of Feb. 20, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A lifelong resident of Fort Frances, Mom was predeceased by her husband, Mike, and son, Scooper (Mike Jr.).

She is survived by her daughters, Toni and Teresa; daughter-in-law, Mary (Mike Jr.); sons, Lynn (Hilda), Bill (Trudy), Emil (Margot), Peter, and Doug (Tanya).

She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

MIKE SHUTE

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Michael Dale Shute a.k.a. Shutey, on July 3, 2016 in Fort Frances, ON at the age of 61. 

HILDA YERXA (Mezhinaawoka migook) Caribou Clan

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Hilda Yerxa on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Hilda was born on Oct. 11, 1939 on Rainy Lake to Jack and Rose Spencer. She was raised in Seine River First Nation, moving to Couchiching First Nation following her marriage to Robert Yerxa Sr. in 1958. Together they raised their family of nine children.

She worked for various businesses as well, including time as a seamstress at Fleeceland. Hilda loved to sew. She was continually making regalia for her grandchildren and family.

CAROL ANN LANGFORD

Carol Ann Langford, 75, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Carol was born Dec. 22, 1940 in Fort Frances to Reg and Ann Langford. She lived in Fort Frances all of her life.

She worked for Stedmans and Mel Newman as a young woman, then joined the local paper mill, where she worked as a custodian until her retirement.

Carol led a quiet life; she loved movies and was an avid reader.

She often spoke of spending time at Kettle Falls with her grandparents growing up. She loved her time there.

MICHAEL (MIKE) GEORGE McPHERSON

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Michael George McPherson, 59, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his residence.

Mike was born July 22, 1956 in Fort Frances to the late Arnold and Pat McPherson.

He worked as a contractor for many years, starting his career in Edmonton, Alta. He moved back to Fort Frances later and continued his career here.

OREST WILLIAM KOCUIBA

In loving memory of Orest William Kocuiba, 70, who passed away in his home on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Born in 1945 and raised in Fort Frances, Ont., Orest was a positive man and looked at all in a positive light.

He met and married Joanne Hogan and had two beautiful children, Karen and Rob.

Time passed and circumstances changed, and as a single dad, Orest met the love of his life, Vickie Barnard. They married on Aug. 19, 1989 and Orest began fathering two more children, Troy and Angela.

Orest loved spending time with his family.

GAIL ANN PELLAND

Gail Ann (Gushulak/Kittelson) Pelland passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016, with her family and friends by her side, at the Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, Mn.

Gail was born July 3, 1948 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Minnie and Elmer Kittelson. She grew up on McIntyre Hill as a child and some of her greatest memories were the McIntyre Hill Gang.

Gail met the love of her life, Wayne Pelland, in the summer of 1965 and they were married on July 16, 1966. They started a family, having two children, Troy and Tina.

MAE DIANN WIDGREN

With great sadness, the family of Mae Diann Widgren, 66, announces her sudden passing on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at her residence in Nestor Falls, Ont.

Diann was born July 26, 1949 to Bing and Naomi Bonham of Indianapolis, Ind.

Diann grew up in Indianapolis, where she attended elementary, high school, and university. Diann graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in accounting and worked at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis—School of Dentistry for a number of years as an accounts manager.

ED McTAVISH

It is with profound sadness that the family of Ed McTavish announces his passing on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ed was born Feb. 2, 1952 in Fort Frances to Jack and Leah McTavish, and lived the younger part of his life in Devlin, Ont.

He worked at various businesses in the area before he took a job at the local paper mill, where he worked as an oiler for more than 30 years until his retirement.

KATIE MAY (KATEY) JOURDAIN

It is with great sadness that the family of Katie Jourdain announces her passing on Friday, June 17, 2016, at the age of 25, at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born Nov. 24, 1990 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Curtis Jourdain and Geraldine Anderson.

She grew up in Couchiching First Nation with her father, Curtis, and brother, Joshua. She loved her community, attending and supporting every event, and recently had started to study and learn about her culture and embracing traditional ways.

RILLA DIANN KORPI

Rilla Diann Korpi, 71, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Rilla was born Jan. 24, 1945 to Frank and Millie (Jackson) Hoppe in International Falls. She married Einar W. Korpi on Nov. 23, 1963.

Rilla enjoyed playing canasta, softball, and bowling, as well as hunting, the ladies’ hunting shack weekend, and going to casinos.

She also loved following her grandchildren in anything they participated in.

ROBERT BEBAAMAJIWEB GEERKEN

Robert “Bobby” Geerken found his wings on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the age of 67.

Robert was born in New Orleans, La. and moved to Lac La Croix, Ont., where he lived with the love of his life for more than 20 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gertrude and Eugene Geerken; and his brother and best friend, William Geerken (Mary).

He is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of 20 years, Karen Ogimabineseek Ottertail Geerken.

FRED OTTERTAIL

It is with great sadness that the family of Frederick Ottertail Sr. announces his sudden passing on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

He was born March 18, 1965 in Fort Frances, Ont. to George and Clara Ottertail. He lived in Lac La Croix First Nation all his life.

Fred was a very kind, caring, respectful, accepting, and loving man. He enjoyed playing volleyball and floor hockey, and going fishing. An avid Habs’ fan, he also enjoyed drumming and singing.