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Obituaries

Marek Willemsen

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ CLINK

Sadly, the family announces the passing of William “Bill” Clink, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Barwick Ont., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Barwick Community Hall.

A complete obituary will follow.

RALPH RHULE

It is with deep sadness that the family of Ralph Rhule, 84, announces his passing on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

TERRANCE ‘TERRY’ ROY WOOD

With his family by his side, Terry Wood, 63, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Terry was born April 13, 1953 to the late Roy Albert Wood and Gertrude Mary (Fisher).

Terry started his life with Mary Adele (Murray) on Sept. 28, 1991. Together they raised and adored four children, Jonathan Edward (Ashley), Keira Rayne Starr, Joshua Aaron, and James Mark (Trisha), and grandchild, Arianna.

PHILIP POCHAILO

Philip Pochailo passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by family in Ottawa, Ont., at the age of 95.

He lived with integrity and purpose through to the end.

Born in Rainy River, Ont., Philip was a veteran of Bomber Command, a senior civil servant, a traveller, a gardener, a memoirist, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a friend.

Above all, he will be remembered for his singular ability to radiate so much kindness into the lives of so many.

DIANE SCHINDEL

We celebrate the life of Diane Schindel (Mitchell). who passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, listening to her favourite Hawaiian music with her family and friends by her side.

Diane was born June 20, 1945 to George and Laura Mitchell, the third of four children. She spent her entire life in Fort Frances, Ont., where she raised her family.

She was married to her love, Ron Schindel, in Maui, Hawaii, where they both loved to go for their winter vacations over the last 30 years.

RAMSEY JOHN WHITEFISH (a.k.a. Ramzes, Blackstone, Ramstein)

It is with great sadness that the family of Ramsey John Whitefish announces his sudden passing on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Toronto, Ont.

He was born March 20, 1974 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Clifford and Queen Whitefish. He was raised in Lac La Croix First Nation.

He left at the age of 18 and moved to Toronto. He was a gifted poet, a song writer, and performer, and wanted to be an actor.

He returned to Lac La Croix First Nation every few years to visit his family and friends.

MERVYN JAMES STEELE

Mervyn James Steele, of Osoyoos, B.C., passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 68.

Merv never wore a watch and seldom used a phone, but he always knew what time it was and it was time to go.

The work is done and challenges complete. Now it’s time for a new paradise and much-welcomed sleep.

The stars are not wanted now, put out every one, pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; Merv would have done it if he could.

DOLORES (DODE) MEYERS

It is with great sadness that the family of Dolores (Dode) Meyers announces her passing on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Dode was born March 13, 1930 in Bergland, Ont. to Henry and Nora Nordin. She lived and attended elementary school there.

When it was time to attend high school, she lived with the Vic Croxford family as there were no school buses. Dode helped take care of the young children in the Croxford family.

MORRIS KRAWCHUK

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Morris Krawchuk, 97, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Morris was born Dec. 10, 1918 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late Mike and Mary Krowczuk.

He had lived in the district all his life and had worked at the local paper mill for more than 30 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Royal Canadian Artillery.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandkids.

ROBERT EDWARD DeGAGNÉ

With great sadness, the family of Robert “Rob” Edward DeGagné, 55, announces his sudden passing on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Rob was born March 18, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Orielle and Pearl (nee Plourde) DeGagné.

Following high school, Rob worked at Bearing Supply in Fort Frances and Winnipeg, Man. He then moved to Atikokan, Ont. to work at Northern Do-It Centre and the Sapawe sawmill before returning to Fort Frances to work at West End Motors.

Rob had a special place in his heart for their granddaughter, Hazel Rose, and loved her weekly visits.

DIANE SCHINDEL

Diane Schindel passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A celebration of Diane’s life will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. at Diane and Ron’s home at Reef Point.

A complete obituary will follow.

TERRANCE ‘TERRY’ ROY WOOD

With his family by his side, Terry Wood, 63, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A time of fellowship will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

ELIZABETH JANE MARR

Elizabeth Jane (“Beth”) Marr, nee Maher, slipped away from our world to another on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Beth is lovingly remembered by her soulmate of 73 years, Bill; daughter, Linda-Beth, and son-in-law, Blair; her pride and joy, grandchildren, Lisa-Beth and David; and her very special love; great-granddaughter, Emily.

Also surviving are her brother, Jim (Ella-Mae); sisters, Ilene and Helen; sister-in-law, Barbara; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and daughter, Noreen (Greg).

MARCELLA (MARCI) LEE ANNE JOURDAIN (Wabanooaataabik)

Marci Jourdain passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 15, 2016 in the Township of Chapple, Ont.

She was born March 11, 1991 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to Sharon Lee Ann Jourdain. She was taken in by Dennis and Charla Morrisseau, and was raised in Couchiching First Nation, Ont.

Marci loved her family and friends deeply. She was fearless and well-loved.

STEPHEN LAWRES

It is with great sadness that the family of Stephen James Lawres announce his passing on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in this 91st year.

He was born Nov. 29, 1924 to the late Joseph and Tena Lawres, and resided in Fort Frances, Ont. ever since.

Once returning from the Navy, he worked for the Ontario-Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company until his retirement.

Stephen was united in marriage to Eileen Karpinen on Aug. 25, 1956.

WILLIAM (BILL) LANCE VanDRUNEN

It is with deep grief that the family of William (Bill) Lance VanDrunen announces his unexpected passing, at age 45, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Mine Centre, Ont.

He was born March 7, 1971 in Emo, Ont.

Bill is survived by his son, Maxwell VanDrunen of Fort Frances, Ont., and his mother, Teresa Bolen, also of Fort Frances, Ont.; and a loving partner, Pam Bliss and her daughter, Sarah, of Mine Centre, Ont. and her son, Billy, of Fort Frances, Ont.

DONNA LEA HAGARTY

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Donna Hagarty, 59, of Rainy River, Ont., on Friday, May 6, 2016 at her residence.

Donna was born May 8, 1956 in Port Arthur, Ont. to Michael and Diane (nee Bay) Paziuk.

She was united in marriage to Rick Hagarty on July 19, 1974.

Donna worked as a RPN at the Rainy River Health Centre and retired in 2012.

In her retirement, she enjoyed quilting on her treadle sewing machines, and became a collector and restorer of sewing machines (some might call it hoarding).

BRUCE HYATT

The family of Bruce Hyatt are saddened to announce his peaceful passing on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Pinecrest Home, with family at his side.

He joins his parents, Jessie and John; six sisters, Irene Dorosh, Pheme Larsen, Edith Jeffrey, Georgina Halverson, Nellie Primrose, and Lucy Peltonen; and three brothers, Bob, Wilbur and Garnet.

Bruce is survived by his sister, Madeline (Maddy) Gilbertson; special niece, Roberta Brannan; two grandchildren, Amanda and Megan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

JERRY (BLACKIE) MARTIN

It is with great sadness that the family of Jerry (“Blackie”) Martin announces his passing on Monday, May 9, 2016 with his soulmate, Diane, and family by his side.

Jerry was born Reginald Gerald on Oct. 17, 1935 to Reginald and Irene (Molly) Martin in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jerry’s older brother, Bobby, was born as a “blue baby” and as a result, Jerry was his legs and carried him to school and everywhere he wanted to go. He was a true loving, caring, and compassionate man while being strong and tough on the outside.

EMILY SMITH

With great sadness, the family of Emily Smith, 73, of Devlin, Ont., announces her passing on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after a courageous battle with cancer.

Emily was born Aug. 31, 1942 in Emo, Ont. to Jack and Lilly Boldero. She grew up on the family farm in Pattullo.

She was united in marriage to Dean Smith on Aug. 25, 1973.

Emily was a kind, talented lady with a great zest for life. Words cannot describe the love and care she showed to her family and friends.