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The family of Mike Bodnar announces his sudden passing on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with family by his side.

Mike was born on July 15, 1933 in Pineridge, Man. to the late Joseph and Dora Bodnar. Mike lived there until moving to Crozier, Ont. in 1952, where he took on working for Wellington Smith & Co., hauling coal, North American Lumber, and for Stan Dolyny Ltd.

In 1957, he then went to work for O&M Pulp and Paper Co. working in the bush and in 1962, he transferred into the paper mill, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.

Mike married Lillian DeGagne on Nov. 24, 1962 and raised their family in Fort Frances. Mike loved fishing, hunting, travelling, and spending time with his grandkids.

He was predeceased by his parents and in-laws; brothers, Paul and John; granddaughter, Billy Jean; great-granddaughter, Addilyn Jean; and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lillian; sons, Joe (Kathy) and Glenn (Jenn); daughter, Anita (friend, Gary); grandchildren, Alyssa (Matt), Joe (Mandy), Cody (Kassidy), and Ryan (Cassidy); and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jillian.

He also is survived by his brothers, William (Dorren), Edward, Miron, and Norman; sisters, Annie Cain (Raymond), Olga Dawkins (Leon), Evelyn (Frank) Meyers, and Eleanor (Steve) Johanson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Mike will be missed greatly by all.

A celebration of his life was held Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 209 Victoria Ave., in Fort Frances.

Visitation was be held at 10 a.m., prior to the service.

The pallbearers were Alyssa Vanderaa, Mark LaFleur, Joseph Bodnar, Cody Bodnar, Ryan Bodnar, and Chris Bodnar.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the The International Vasa Previa Foundation c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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