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HENRIETTE (HENRI) JOCELYN VERHOEF

Henriette (Henri) Jocelyn Verhoef passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at the age of 51, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, with Pastor Ralph Fluit officiating.

Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m.

A complete obituary will follow.

DARREN LEE OTTERTAIL (Ogiimaa-Waaiitung) (Waasii)

It is with great sorrow that the family of Darren Ottertail announces his sudden passing on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 in Kenora, Ont.

Darren was born on Dec. 22, 1970 in Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont. to Ralph Sr. and Joan Ottertail. He was raised in Lac La Croix First Nation, graduating from high school there.

Darren loved art and was an incredible artist. He also took a course to learn to hunt and guide; he was very proud that on his first trip, they caught a large moose.

Darren always was willing to lend a hand, especially to his parents.

LYDIA ESTHER WILSON

Lydia Esther Wilson was born on March 30, 1936 in Carpenter Township, at her grandfather's house, in the same room her father was born in, and was delivered by her grandmother.

Lydia passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after suffering a stroke a few weeks ago.

Lydia was raised on the farm in Dobie Township and went to the one-room school there, finishing her education at Barwick Consolidated.

SARAH VICTORIA "VICKY" ANDERSON (FULTS)

With great sorrow, the family of Sarah Victoria “Vicky” Anderson (Fults) announces her passing, at the age of 75, on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, On.

Vicky was born on March 11, 1942 to Bert and Mabel Fults (Moore) of Miscampbell where she attended school and spent most of her childhood with her siblings on the family farm.

She was the youngest daughter and older sister of one brother of 12 siblings in total.

KIM CLENDENNING

It is with great sadness that the family of Kimberly Lorraine Clendenning (Belluz) announces her unexpected passing on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Kim was born on April 9, 1973 in Thunder Bay, Ont., then moved to the family farm in La Vallee, Ont., where she spent the majority of her childhood. A true city girl from the country.

ANNABELLE HAWK

Annabelle Hawk, beloved wife of late Terry Godin, passed away peacefully at the age of 71, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Godin (Kristi Medicine); sisters, Annie Hawk and Lucy Copenace (late Henry Copenace); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annabelle was born on Jan. 1, 1946 in Rainy River First Nations.

A wake was held Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m.

ROLAND VERNON HILL

Roland Vernon Hill was born on April 28, 1929 in the village of Loose, Kent County, England.

He came to Canada in September, 1966 with his wife, Julia, three daughters, Rebecca, Rachel, and Ruth, and their dog, McGregor.

Roland and his family moved to Northeastern Ontario in 1967, then moved to Moose Crossing Farm in 1969. Thus began a career that lasted a span of 30 years, as a bait and tackle shop owner, hunting and fishing guide, fur trapper, prospector, farmer, vegetable grower (especially his potatoes and turnips), and, for a short spell, a school bus driver.

JESSICA MARGARET (JESSIE) FRIDAY (Giiwaybiik gii-ishinikazoo gaye) (Ozhaawashkwaabinesiik) (Wazhushk gii-odoodemaan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Jessica Margaret “Jessie” Friday announces her passing on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances. Ont.

Jessie was born at Namakan Lake, Ont. to John and Mary Swanson. She lived in Seine River First Nation, Ont. all her life, only moving to Rainycrest when her health would not allow her to stay home.

She was united in marriage to Boudreau Friday and together they raised 10 children. Jessie loved family and was very involved in their lives.

ED DUTKA

Ed Dutka, 83, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at noon at the Riverview Cemetery in Atikokan.

INEZ JOY MILNE

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Joy Milne, 56, of Atikokan, Ont., with her family by her side, on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joy was born in Rainy River, Ont. on Feb. 20, 1961 to Harold and Inez (nee Mansfield) Milne. She was raised on the family farm, and had a great love for animals and a wonderful enthusiasm for life.

As a young lady, Joy moved to Atikokan, where she resided for more than 30 years. She accumulated many wonderful friends.

KIM CLENDENNING

It is with great sadness that the family of Kimberly Lorraine Clendenning (Belluz) announces her unexpected passing on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Kim was born on April 9, 1973 in Thunder Bay, Ont., then moved to the family farm in La Vallee, Ont., where she spent the majority of her childhood. A true city girl from the country.

SHARON YURKIW

Sharon Alexandra Yurkiw passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont..

She was born on Aug. 1, 1950 in Rosevalley, Sask. to Pearl and Maurice Yurkiw.

Sharon was an avid reader, and loved crosswords and doing puzzles.

Sharon is survived by her brother, Brian (Linda) Yurkiw and their children, Jeff and Brad; and sister, Barbara (David) Moon and their son, Joshua.

She was predeceased by her father, Maurice, and mother, Pearl.

LAURENT (LARRY) SMITS

With deep sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Laurent (Larry) Smits, 87, on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Edmonton, Alta.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1930.

Larry was pre-deceased by his wife, Doris (Hansen); parents, Harry and Anna; brother, Harry; sister, Jeanne Belanger; brothers-in-law, Vic Belanger and Ike Balcewich; sister-in-law, Lorraine; and daughter-in-law, Shirley.

JESSICA MARGARET (JESSIE) FRIDAY Giiwaybiik gii-ishinikazoo gaye Ozhaawashkwaabinesiik Wazhushk gii-odoodemaan

It is with great sadness that the family of Jessica Margaret “Jessie” Friday announces her passing on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances. Ont.

Jessie was born at Namakan Lake, Ont. to John and Mary Swanson. She lived in Seine River First Nation, Ont. all her life, only moving to Rainycrest when her health would not allow her to stay home.

She was united in marriage to Boudreau Friday and together they raised 10 children. Jessie loved family and was very involved in their lives.

ANNABELLE HAWK

Annabelle Hawk, beloved wife of late Terry Godin, passed away peacefully at the age of 71, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at the La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Godin (Kristi Medicine); sisters, Annie Hawk and Lucy Copenace (late Henry Copenace); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annabelle was born on Jan. 1, 1946 in Rainy River First Nations, Ont.

A wake will be held Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m.

ELISABETH ZIMMERMAN

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elisabeth (Betty) Zimmerman of Emo, Ont., beloved wife of Michael Zimmerman, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Elisabeth was born on Dec. 14, 1929 in Diestedde, Germany.

As a child and young teenager, she was called upon to do much of the farm work, like milking cows, plowing with horses, and carrying 50-pound bags of potatoes. Following the war, she spent two winters at a school of Agriculture and Homemaking.

MILAN JOSEPH 'JOE' KALISKA

Milan “Northern” Joe Kaliska passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Joe was born on Feb. 24, 1932 in Cresent Mine, Sask. At the age of two, his family moved to Arbor Vita, Ont., where they farmed.

Joe had a long and varied career, starting at age 16 picking tobacco at Tilsonburg and Delhi in southern Ontario. He also worked making furniture in Kitchener.

He worked at the paper mill in Red Rock, then later sailed on the Great Lakes as a cook.

RONALD GREGORY BOYKO

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Gregory Boyko of Bergland, Ont., formerly of Winnipeg, Man., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ron was born in Winnipeg on Aug. 6, 1948 to the late Bernice and Boris Boyko. He lived and attended school in the Elmwood area of the city.

Ron loved the game of lacrosse and that love for his favourite sport spanned his entire life. He played lacrosse all through his school years and well into his 30s, and had the distinction of playing his favourite sport in the first Canada Games.

GENE NORMAN BRUSVEN

Gene Norman Brusven passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 74, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gene was born on Oct. 2, 1942 to Norman and Bonnie Brusven (nee Galusha).

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lois Mary Brusven (nee Angus), on July 15, 1963.

Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time spent with friends.

ERNEST 'ERNIE' ALOYSUS LING

It is with great sadness that the family of Ernest “Ernie” Ling, 82, of Fort Frances Ont., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ernie was born on June 21, 1935 in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.

A loyal and loving man, he married the love of his life, Nelda, having 5 children: Francis, Mark, Paul, Marcelain, and Russell.

ALANE RAE COLLINS

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Alane Rae Collins (Sullivan), 61, of Fort Frances, Ont.

Alane passed away peacefully, with her family by her side and in hand, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward Alan Sullivan.

DOROTHY TKACHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of Dorothy Tkachuk announces her sudden passing on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1930 in Barwick, Ont.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Mike Gurniak and together they settled down to raise their nine children. After his passing, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Tkachuk.

PETER WILLIAM SENYK

Peter William Senyk passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by those who loved him, on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Peter was born on June 11, 1954 to the late Erma and Anthony Senyk of Rainy River, Ont.

Peter moved to Atikokan, Ont. shortly after his birth and later on to Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lived at the Westmount Hogarth Centre for the Developmentally Challenged.

It was in 1993 where Peter found his forever home when he joined the Community Living family and moved into his apartment supported by Community Living in Fort Frances, Ont.

MARIANNE HENZE

Marianne Henze passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the age of 88.

She was born on April 24, 1929 in Huckeswagen, Germany to Elfriede and Hans Hofmann.

On Nov. 6, 1948, she married the love of her life, Erich Henze, and they emigrated to Thunder Bay, Ont in 1956. They moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1959 and lived there ever since.

Marianne had a variety of jobs over the years, ranging from Lee's Restaurant, Atikokan Theatre, Caland Ore, school bus driver, and the White Otter Inn.