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HEINO EDWIN AUGUST (ED) KIVIMAKI

Heino Edwin August (Ed) Kivimaki passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

He was born April 21, 1939 in Fort Frances, Ont. to August (Gus) and Helvi Kivimaki.

Ed is survived by his partner, Vivian Callaghan; son, Kelvin (Kim) of North Bay, Ont. and their sons, Kyle (Melissa) and Travis (Emily); and daughter, Janice (Henry) of Porters Lake N.S.

He also is survived by his brother, Larry (JoAnne); and nieces and nephews, Chris Kivimaki, Jennifer Kivimaki-Fournier, Lori Aasen, Brenda Herzig, and David Hay and their families.

BILL FOSTEY

Bill Fostey, 86, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

MAE TRISKLE

Mae Triskle passed away peacefully at ARCH Hospice on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 in her 93rd year.

She was born Sept. 14, 1924 in Pinewood, Ont. to Samuel and Regina Boucher.

On May 28, 1946, she was united in marriage to Edward Trisckle. They resided in Sleeman, Ont., then relocated several times for Edward’s employment: to Witch Bay Road in 1954, to Camp Robinson in 1956, and then to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1972.

A couple of years after the death of her husband, Mae moved to Sarnia to be with her sister and then to Sault Ste. Marie in 2005.

WALTER HENRY CUNNINGHAM

Walter Henry Cunningham, 78, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Walter was born in Clinton, Ont. on Dec. 18, 1937 to Guy and Margaret Cunningham. He was raised on the family farm in Hullett Township, Ont.

Walter was married on Sept. 3, 1960 to Donna Walden at Westfield, Ont. He served for a time as a police officer in London, Ont. before purchasing a farm back in Hullett Township.

Walter and Donna farmed together and raised their family until Donna passed away in 1973.

BLAIR ‘NOO WAA SIN’ JACK

It is with great sadness that the family of Blair “Noo Waa Sin” Jack, Pizhew Clan, announces his passing on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at his home at Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation.

Blair left a legacy and a teaching that we should never give up on life; that we should always fight to live.

He had been ill since he was five years old with kidney disease and doctors predicted he only would live until he was 12. He proved them wrong and in his lifetime he had medically flat-lined at least 25 times.

DORIS ANDERSON

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Doris Anderson, with her family at her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at her home in Hillsdale Estates Long-Term Care Facility in Oshawa, Ont.

Doris, along with her twin brother, Donald, was born June 30, 1931 in Barwick, Ont. to the late Herbert and Winnifred Cross.

As a member of a large family, and being the eldest daughter, Doris learned early to be a caring nurturer to her siblings, and was taught many home-making skills she would use throughout her life.

THOMAS JAMES CHAPAIS (“Animiki Ogichidaa Kinew”) (Bear Clan)

After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that the family of Thomas James Chapais, 12, announces his passing.

With his family by his side, Thomas passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Thomas was born Jan. 11, 2004 to Joanna Singleton and Francis Chapais.

Thomas was raised in Long Lake #58 First Nation for the first 10 years of his life, where he attended Migizi Elementary School. This is where he was moulded into the sweet, caring young boy we knew to love.

ALBERT ‘CAPONE’ MORRISON JR. (Animkii Bines) (Nama Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Albert Morrison Jr. announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born July 11, 1975 in Fort Frances to Albert and June Morrison. He lived in Lac La Croix First Nation most of his life before moving to Fort Frances in 2011.

Albert worked as a carpenter and enjoyed spending time fishing. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

MARIE SNIDER

Marie Snider, 89, passed away at home in North Newton, Kan. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.

A writer throughout her life, Marie inspired and empowered thousands of readers with her syndicated column, “This Side of 60,” for the past 26 years.

She was born to Nicholas and Dorothy (Moser) Gingerich on Aug. 9, 1927, in New Bremen, N.Y. Brother, Jim, was born five years later.

At the age of four, Marie entered first grade in a one-room schoolhouse next door to the family farm on Route 12 in Lewis County.

PRISCILLA KAY BALLARD (FEDORAK)

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Priscilla Kay Ballard (Fedorak), with her children and sister by her side, on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She born Aug. 4, 1967 to Zorro and Carolyn Fedorak.

She lived in Fort Frances, Ont. most her life, where most of her friends knew her as a hard-working waitress and loving mother.

She had a passion for music in her life and always had a good tune blaring, especially when she was getting ready to go out on the town.

DYMPNA TERESA KOZACHENKO

It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Dympna Teresa Kozachenko, late of Edmonton, Alta. and formerly of Atikokan, Ont., announces her passing after a brief illness on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at the age of 91.

She was born Sept. 2, 1924.

ANITA PALMIRA LOVISA McINTOSH

Anita Palmira Lovisa McIntosh, 83, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society-International Falls surrounded by family.

Anita was born Aug. 29, 1933 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Giovanni and Melanie Lovisa.

Anita married Warren McIntosh on Nov. 8, 1952 in Fort Frances. They moved to International Falls in 1957, then lived in Thief River, Mn., New Ulm, Mn., and back to International Falls in 1963.

FLOYD THOMAS BRASKI

Floyd Thomas Braski, 85, of Balkan Township, Mn., passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at the Virginia Hospital in Virginia, Mn.

He was born Oct. 4, 1930 in Conneaut, Ohio, the son of Richard and Bertha (Haveri) Braski.

Floyd was a lifelong sportsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as spending time outdoors and at his cabin that he built near Nestor Falls, Ont. on Crow (Kakagi) Lake.

He loved spending time with his family, and also belonged to the American Legion and the Chisholm Senior Citizens.

DAVID EDWARD ARMIT

David Edward Armit, 87, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at his son’s home in Rush City, Mn.

He was born Nov. 8, 1929 to Alex and Leona Armit and grew up in Fort Frances, Ont.

David loved music and played the drums in many different bands.

He also worked as an electrician in the mill in International Falls, Mn.

David met and married Blanche Gosselin. They lived in Fort Frances for many years, then they moved to Minneapolis, Mn. and started an electrical business.

LEONARD EARL SHINE

It is with great sadness that the family of Leonard Shine announces his passing on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Leonard was born July 2, 1936 in Devlin, Ont. to Alvin and Mary Shine. He grew up in Devlin and lived in the area most of his life.

He was united in marriage to Marilyn Cooper on Oct. 17, 1959 and although they had separated, they still were close and spoke every day.

WANDA MAE WOODGATE

With great sadness, the family of Wanda Mae Woodgate, 52, of Devlin, Ont., announces her passing on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at her home with her family by her side.

Wanda was born on July 28, 1964 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Albert and Mae Truelove.

She was united in marriage to Bruce Woodgate on Aug. 2, 1980.

Wanda loved to get out fishing with her best friend and husband, Bruce, and fished only with him. She also enjoyed being outside in her flower beds and working in the gardens.

ANITA (LOVISA) McINTOSH

Anita (Lovisa) McIntosh passed away, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in International Falls, Mn. at the age of 83.

A Mass of Resurrection will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in International Falls.

Visitation will be held one hour prior, with Rosary beginning at 1 p.m.

The family invites everyone to an afternoon tea at the Aquinas Hall following the service.

Per Anita’s request, please wear blue.

A complete obituary will follow.

DANIEL KEITH LaROCQUE (‘BOONE’)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Daniel LaRocque on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man. with his family by his side.

Dan was born June 23, 1947 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Lawrence and Vera LaRocque.

Dan began his schooling with his mother as his teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Flanders before moving to Fort Frances for the rest of his education. He later studied Electrical Technology in college in Sault Saint Marie.

BRIAN BEACHAM

With heavy hearts, our family wishes to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, papa, brother, and uncle.

With his family by his side, Brian passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

He leaves his wife, Margaret; son, Bruce (Michelle); daughters, Jackie (Rene) and Kathie; grandchildren, Matthew (Melissa), Meagan, Bradley, Tyler, Ashley, Riley, Robbie, Julie, Brendan, Jonathan, and Kaylie; and great-grandchildren, Brian and Keira.

MARION LAURA BAZYLEWSKI

With great sorrow, the family announces the sudden passing of Marion Laura Bazylewski, 69, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Marion was born Oct. 5, 1946 in Stonewall, Man. to Harry and Inga Bazylewski.

She is survived by her mother, Inga; siblings, Fred Bazylewski (Charlene), Walter Bazylewski, Joyce Hall (Alan), Doug Bazylewski (Kelly), Debbie Bazylewski, and Donna Patenaude; brother-in-law, Keith Munro; sister-in-law, Margaret Bazylewski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

FLORENCE LYONS

Mrs. Florence Lyons (Bartush), 77, a long-time resident of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hospice Unit, on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 with her family by her side.

Flo was born in 1938 in Fort Frances, Ont., the youngest of Max and Leonilla Bartush’s 10 children.

It was there she met and married the love of her life, Timothy Lyons. They later moved to Fort William, Ont., where they raised their daughters, Cathie and Corrie.

EDITH MAE NEWMAN

Edith Mae Newman (nee Scott) passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at the grand age of 101.

She was born on May 31, 1915 in Toronto, Ont. to the late Walter and Mae Scott.

She grew up in the Beaches area, on Greenwood Avenue across from the Greenwood Brickyard. She attended Duke of Connaught Elementary School and Riverdale High School.

After graduating from high school, she worked as an office clerk for Eaton’s in the flagship store on Yonge Street in Toronto.

SHIRLEY GEIL

Shirley Geil, 90, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

She was born in Fort Frances, Ont. in 1925, a daughter of Howard and Mabel Wees.

She grew up in Fort Frances, spending her summers at the family cabin on Rainy Lake, fishing and swimming, and her winters playing hockey and ice skating.

Shirley married Earl M. Geil in 1944 and moved to the United States, living in California since 1959.

She was hard-working, loving, and devoted to her family. Friends and family always were welcome in her home and at her dinner table.  

ALBERT HOGUE

Albert Hogue, 103, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at his home at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Albert was born on June 30, 1913 in Bluff Creek, Man.

He left the family farm in Silver Ridge, Man. to work in Ontario, where he met and married Aline St. Onge in Sault Ste. Marie. They then moved to Caramat, Ont., where Albert was employed as a mechanic in the woodlands department of the Marathon Pulp Mill for many years.

After retiring in 1974, they relocated to Thunder Bay, Ont.

EILA ELLEN MARTIN

Eila Ellen Martin (nee Sammalisto) passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 at the Riverside health care facility in Emo, Ont.

Eila was born in Tarmola, Ont., near Thunder Bay, on May 4, 1924. There she attended the SS #3 Gorham School.

In later years, her family moved to Intola, a Finnish community on Dawson Road.

In 1952, she married John Martin and they raised their family on their Townline Road home. When her parents died, Eila and her family moved back to Dawson Road in Intola.