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JACK DUCHARME

“Jack Ducharme from off the farm . . . E-I, E-I, OH!”

It is with great sadness that the family of (Marvin) Jack Ducharme announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Jack was born on Oct. 13, 1939 in Miscampbell, Ont. to Leo and Kip Ducharme. Growing up on the family farm, Jack learned many skills at an early age, including driving tractors, operating the farm machinery, and even raising cattle!

In between doing that, he attended the local country school, later attending high school in Fort Frances, Ont.

EARL JULIEN BUSCH

With profound sadness, the family and friends of Earl J. Busch announce his peaceful passing in the early-morning hours of Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 61.

Earl, the seventh child of Oliver and Rose Busch, was born on June 13, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont. He lived his whole life in Northwestern Ontario and he very happily retired back to Fort Frances in 2014 after living in Thunder Bay for 39 years.

MELVIN GENE FLETCHER

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Melvin Gene Fletcher, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Mel was born on June 20, 1934 in Woodyatt Township, Ont. to James and Florence Fletcher.

He was united in marriage to Hermina Tilley on Oct. 18, 1954.

Mel loved the outdoors and logging was his life right up to his retirement at the age of 75. He also loved fishing, woodworking, carving wooden toys and puzzles, gardening.

Most of all, his love for his wife, Hermina, was his life.

ISABELLE MARIE GAGNE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Isabelle Marie (Grouette) Gagne, 89, on Sunday, July 16, 2017, with her family by her side, at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Isabelle was born on June 24, 1928 to David and Vitaline Grouette of Sprague, Man.

She married her sweetheart, George Gagne, on Oct. 21, 1947 in Pinewood, Ont.

Before being married, Isabelle first worked at St. Boniface Hospital, then at the hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., and lastly at Black Bear Camp in Nestor Falls, Ont.

DR. RYAN DONALD BOLEN

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Ryan Donald Bolen, 39, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Ottawa, Ont.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Friday July 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Millennium Hall in Stratton, Ont., with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.

A complete obituary to follow.

CLIFFORD GAUDRY

Clifford Gaudry passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017.

He was born on March 7, 1945.

A committal service will be held in Cliff's memory on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River, Ont.

Reception to follow at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church.

VALERIE ANNE PIZEY

It is with great sadness that the family announces the unexpected passing of Valerie Anne Pizey (nee Stalvies), at the age of 79, on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Valerie was born on April 12, 1938 in Urmston, U.K.

After graduating from school in London, she married the love of her life, Anthony Pizey. Together they started a family and soon decided to emigrate to Canada to provide a better life for their children.

After 46 years together, Tony passed away on Nov. 1, 2005.

EARL BUSCH

Earl Bush, 61, of Halkirk Township, Ont., passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

ISABELLE MARIE GAGNE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Isabelle Marie Gagne, 89, of Rainy River, Ont., on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

A funeral mass was held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Rainy River.

Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.

A complete obituary will follow.

NORA KLYNE

Nora Klyne, 86, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born on Jan. 25, 1931 in Fort Frances to Lute and Margaret Calder.

She grew up on the north of arm of Rainy Lake and never really left there, spending as much time at the family island as possible.

NORA KLYNE

Nora Klyne, 86, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A celebration of Nora's life will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Sunset Country Métis Hall in Fort Frances, with Pastor Diane Clifford officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

DARLENE FRANCES DRAPER

A celebration of the life of Darlene Draper was held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Emo, Ont. after her passing on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre.

She was born on July 17, 1928 to William and Maude Cooke in Emo. The family moved to a farm east of Emo, where she spent her early years.

On June 20, 1951, Darlene married Sheldon Draper. They lived in Emo and Fort Frances, Ont.

GARY JOHN WALLEN

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Gary Wallen, 72, of Burnsville, Mn. on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Burditt (Clearwater) Lake, Ont.

Gary was born on May 17, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont. He was a graduate of International Falls High School and St. Cloud State University.

Gary was a Vietnam Air Force veteran. During his career, he provided technical support for local Process Control divisions of Emerson, Fisher-Rosemount, and Hinz.

SHEILA ANN KIRKRUDE (Miskwaanakwad Binesii-Ikwe)

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Sheila Ann Kirkrude, 49, of Rainy River First Nations on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Sheila was born on Dec. 11, 1967 in Rainy River, Ont. to Alvin Copenace and Florence Gibbins.

She spent her early work life as a Junior Forest Ranger and enjoyed many years working at various resorts on Lake of the Woods. She loved to cook, bead regalia, participate in pow-wows and jingle dress dancing.

VIOLA ELLEN ATAMANIUK

With her son by her side, Vi Atamaniuk passed away peacefully on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora, Ont. at the age of 85.

She is survived by her son, Kevin (Laura) Atamaniuk and granddaughters, Casey and Neely; sister, Margaret Kreger; niece, Audrey Anderson; and nephew, Ken Kreger.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bill Atamaniuk; and parents, Axel and Janet Mattson.

GEAN ELIZABETH EWALD

A time of fellowship for family and friends will be held in memory of Gean Elizabeth Ewald on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rainy River, Ont.

Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainy River Hospital Auxiliary or the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

DARLENE FRANCES DRAPER

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Darlene Frances Draper, 88, on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Emo, with visitation one hour prior to service.

A complete obituary will follow.

DAVID CARL HALVORSEN

We celebrate the life of David Carl Halvorsen, who was born on May 6, 1939 and passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a godfather, a cousin, an uncle, and a friend.

He was united in marriage to Janet, the love of his life, in 1963 and enjoyed 53 years making lasting memories with their two daughters, Meredith and Angela.

Dave was kind, caring, and friendly and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. This handsome man also loved like no other; his heart was big and he had room for everyone in it.

DANIEL PETER FURYK

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Dan Furyk, 78, of Rainy River, Ont., on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Dan was born on July 25, 1938 in Chapleau, Ont. to William and Marie (Tiboni) Furyk.

He moved the Coldwell, Ont. and was raised by his grandparents, Maria and Pietro Tiboni.

At the age of 15, he joined the Trans-Canada Highway 17 construction project. Then at the age of 20, he moved to Leamington, Ont. and worked for the Ford Motor Company.

ANDREA LYN SILANDER (nee Booth)

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Andrea Silander, 49, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Andrea was born in Fort Frances on Dec. 19, 1967 to Jack and Carol Booth.

She loved to read Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts novels, and enjoyed watching “All My Children," "Young and the Restless," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," and "Chicago PD.”

DORIS MARGARET MARIE RAUN

Doris Margaret Marie Raun, 94, of Cloquet, Mn., passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet.

She was born on April 15, 1923 in La Vallee, Ont., the daughter of Harold and Marie Green.

Doris married Maynard Raun on Sept. 18, 1946 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Doris worked in a bomb shell filling plant in Quebec during World War II, had various jobs in retail, and then was the owner/operator of D's Fabric Care in Cloquet for 25 years, retiring in 1992.

RICHARD JACK GEARY

It is with sadness that we, Jack's family, announce his passing on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora, Ont.

Born in Emo, Ont. to Tom and Susan Geary, Jack was the eldest of 10 children.

Returning to Fort Frances, Ont. after overseas service in World War II, he worked for Robertson Trucking. It was in Fort Frances that he met and later married Hilda Sharpley in August of 1950.

JOANNE KIVIMAKI

JoAnne Ellen Kivimaki passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Monday, June 19, 2017.

She was born on Oct. 14, 1953 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Eviend and Connie Haugo. She received her education in Fort Frances.

She and Larry met in July, 1969 and were united in marriage on July 21, 1973, travelling the road of life for 48 years—44 of those years as a wife and mother.

She trained as a registered nursing assistant with her best friend, Mary, and worked at LaVerendrye Hospital in Fort Frances for several years until the birth of her son, Christopher.