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Obituaries

ED KLINER

Adolph (Ed) Kliner of Kelowna, born on Dec. 13, 1927 near Fort Frances, Ont., went to be with his Lord on Feb. 2, 2020.

LAURA PEARL (GAWLEY) SODERBERG

Laura passed away peacefully on Feb. 16, 2020 with her family by her side at her home at Rainycrest.

She was born on June 9 1922, in Kenville, Manitoba, the youngest of six children born to Annie May (Woolford) and James Best Gawley. As a child she moved with her family to Fort Frances, then to Roddick and finally to Devlin where she grew up. As a young girl she played baseball on a girls team in Devlin, developing a love for the game, especially the Blue Jays, that lasted throughout her life.

DAVID WILFRED CRAVEN

David Wilfred Craven took his Saviour's hand and walked into his eternal home on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 11:30 in the morning.

David was born March 3, 1935 to Thomas and Mabel Craven of North Branch, Ont., the fourth child in a family of eight. Davie spent his childhood in the home of his loving foster family, the Jerry's, who he maintained special relationships with for his entire life. He also remained close with father Thomas, sisters Irene and Marlene, and brother Roy. On July 12, 1969 he married the love of his life, Melba Turney of Thunder Bay, Ont.

ROBERT (BOB) JAMES BROWN

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a very big hearted man, Robert James Brown (Bob) Feb. 12, 2020. He peacefully passed into the arms of his family at the age of 85.

Bob was born to John and Emma Brown of Stratton Ontario on Oct. 4, 1934. He led a life of working hard and supporting his family with all the care he could muster. He was a man of few words, yet had many stories to share.

JOHANNA (ANNIE) ANSELMIA PRUYS

Johanna (Annie) Anselmia Pruys was born April 20, 1928 in Ulft, Holland to Elizabeth and William Nyland.

She passed peacefully on Feb. 16, 2020.

She was united in marriage to John Pruys in 1957. They spent their lives on the “farm” in Devlin. They had four sons; Leo (Kathy), Frank, Andrew (Tina) and Mark (Cher). She had five granddaughters; Lisa (Neil), Dawn, Alyssa, Sarah and Carly. She also had three great grandsons; Nelson, Emmett and Ethan.

DICK LYONS

Dick Lyons passed away peacefully at Rainycrest on Feb. 8, 2020 at the age of 85. Dick was born to the late Rose and Tim Lyons at the Border Mill on Rainy Lake, the middle child of seven. His siblings (Bill, Marie, Shirley, Tim, Wayne, and Carole), nieces, nephews, and their children were so very important to him and were a big part of his life. His stories of childhood antics with his brothers and sisters are legendary! Their spouses were dear friends to him and together they shared many adventures on Rainy Lake and beyond.

CORNELIA MARIA McLEOD

Cornelia Maria McLeod (nee Vos) peacefully passed away on Feb. 7, 2020 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with her family by her side.

Corry was born on July 26, 1931 to parents Gerrit and Metta Vos in Rijnsburg, South Holland (Netherlands), the oldest of eight children. Corry loved her life in the old country; she was close with her grandparents and cousins and often spoke of the beautiful tulip fields, trips to the sea, and the abundance of her favourite food (fish). Her family immigrated to Canada in 1950 in order to start a new life in the aftermath of WWII.

CAROLYN ANNE LINDA ARMSTRONG

It is with great sadness that the family of Carolyn Anne Linda Armstrong announces her passing on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

She was born on June 4, 1946 in Kirkland Lake, Ont. to Simon Joseph and Violet Meany. She was raised in Kirkland Lake and as a young woman moved to Atikokan for a short time. She finally settled in Sioux Narrows, marrying Jack Armstrong. Together they ran a Cookie's Supper Club and Cabins. They retired in 2010 when Jack became sick, moving to Fort Frances to be closer to family.

NORMA DOREEN PATTISON

Norma, in her 92nd year, passed away peacefully at Fairmount Home, Kingston, Ontario. She was born in Sinclair, Manitoba to Hiram and Mabel Wilson and the family moved to the Rainy River District in Ontario when she was a small child. She spent her formative years on the family homestead in Fleming Township north of Emo. Norma was united in marriage with Arthur Pattison in 1955 and they lived and raised their family in Fort Frances. Norma moved to Kingston in 2016 to be close to family after Art's passing.

DAVID STANLEY MARSH JR.

It is with broken hearts, that the family of David Stanley Marsh Jr. announce his unexpected passing on Feb. 1, 2020, in his fifty-fourth year.

David was born in Fort Frances, on March 24, 1966. He was the only son of David S. Marsh Sr. and Winona Marsh (Carlson). He spent most of his life in Fort Frances.

KARL JOHN KRUGER

It is with profound sadness that the family of Karl John Kruger announce his passing at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He passed peacefully, with his brother Garrett by his side. He had a lengthy battle with ALS.

Karl was born on May 19, 1955 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Karl and Margaret Kruger, who predeceased him.

Upon graduation of high school, he attended school in Thunder Bay, and became a welder.

Karl worked construction throughout Northwestern Ontario, and was a proud member of UA Local 628.

SIGRID ALICE MOSLEY

Sigrid peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at LaVerendrye (Riverside) Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont., at the age of 88 years.

Born to Norwegian immigrants, Ole and Guro (Uttigar) Mosley, Sig lived her entire life in the original family home which was purchased in 1920 in Fort Frances. She graduated from Fort Frances High School and over the years, she was employed with Wells Hardware, the Health Unit and retired from the Town of Fort Frances in 1993 as payroll clerk.

DAVID MARSH

David Marsh passed away on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at noon. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

GENEVIEVE McGINNIS Zaagimaakwe (Head Water Spirit Lady) Zhiishiib Ododeman

With intense sorrow we announce the passing of Genevieve, (Genny) our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend on Jan. 30, 2020.

Genny grew up at Long Sault as a child then moved to Manitou Rapids where she met and married Harold (Hank) McGinnis. They spent 49 years together and welcomed 6 children.

ELSIE CATHERINE DUPUIS

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Elsie Catherine Dupuis, our loving and devoted Mother and Grandmother, on Jan. 22, 2020 at LaVerendrye General Hospital, with her family by her side.

Mom was born in Fort William, Ont. on Jan. 20, 1931 and was the chosen daughter of her parents, Edwin and Catherine Cuthbertson.

Growing up on the Cuthbertson farm in Devlin, before moving to Fort Frances at a young age, Mom was a country girl at heart and often spoke of her family and her time on the farm.

SIGRID MOSLEY

Sigrid Mosley, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOSEPHINE BRUYERE

It is with deep sorrow, the family of Josephine Bruyere announces that our Heavenly Father, called our Mother home to his Eternal Kingdom.

She passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at the age of 92 with her family at her side.

Josephine was born on Dec. 31, 1927 in Fort Frances, ON to Sam and Maggie Jourdain. She lived in Couchiching First Nation all her life until her failing health forced her to move to Rainycrest in 2019. She loved the community and enjoyed returning home frequently with her children.

ROBERT (BOB) DAVID NASTOR

The family of Robert Nastor is saddened to announce his sudden passing on Jan. 22, 2020 at the age of 73.

Robert was born on March 21, 1946 in Kamsack, SK to John and Pearl Nastor.

With his family he moved to Fort Frances when he was a young boy. Robert, Louise and their family moved to Thunder Bay in 1974.

Robert worked in construction all of his life. He loved his years out on his houseboat at Northern Lights Resort where he made good friends and always tried to catch “the big one.”

ELSIE CATHERINE DUPUIS

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Elsie Catherine Dupuis, our loving and devoted Mother and Grandmother, on Jan. 22, 2020 at LaVerendrye General Hospital, with her family by her side.

Mom was born in Fort William, Ont. on Jan. 20, 1931 and was the chosen daughter of her parents, Edwin and Catherine Cuthbertson.

Growing up on the Cuthbertson farm in Devlin, before moving to Fort Frances at a young age, Mom was a country girl at heart and often spoke of her family and her time on the farm.

ESTHER HALVERSON

It is with profound sadness the family announces the passing of Esther Halverson on Jan. 11, 2020 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre.

She was predeceased by her husband, Selmer; mother, Violet Gustafson; and daughter Carolyn. She is survived by daughters June, Alvina, Phyllis; son Ben; numerous grand children and great grandchildren.

Mom was born Oct. 8,1932 in Edmonton, AB. She grew up in Bergland, ON with many cousins and created many cherished memories that she often spoke of.

SANDRA LEE McCONNELL

The family of Sandra Lee McConnell announces her passing on Jan. 19, 2020 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre.

Sandra was born on Nov. 22, 1951 to Joe and Jesse McCoy, in Fort Frances, Ont..

She married Jack McConnell on Feb. 8, 1969. In August 1978, the two along with their sons Jonathan and Jeremy moved to Churchbridge, Sask. Soon after that she began working as a Home Care aid, where she helped numerous people in and around the community.

MELVIN JACK LINDSELL

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Melvin Jack Lindsell of Fort Frances on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

Mel was born in Fort Frances on Nov. 2, 1927. He met the love of his life Thelma Alberta Cain, and they were married on Sept. 26, 1951

Mel spent his career at the Fort Frances Paper Mill. His pasttime was spent hunting, fishing, travelling, puttering in his garage and spending time sitting on his swing at the trailer.