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Obituaries

GORDIENA DRENNAN

Surrounded by family and friends, Gordiena “Gordie” Drennan passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home.

Gordiena Vesta Bell Hyatt was born June 11, 1932 in Devlin, Ont. to Gordon and Ella Hyatt.

Gordiena spent most of her life in the Rainy River district with the exception of her employment in Stratford, Ont. when she worked in the textile factory and when she attended Marvel Beauty School in Winnipeg, Man.

JO-ANNE HILL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandma, Jo-Anne Hill, age 68, at St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, with her loving family by her side.

Jo-Anne was born in Rainy River, Ont. on April 18, 1951, youngest daughter to Frank and Anne Tesarsky.

Her family relocated to Fort Frances when she was a senior in high school. It was there that she met the love of her life, Lester Hill. Following along her big sister's steps, Jo-Anne attended the LaVendrye Nursing Program where she received her RNA. '

RICHARD 'RICKY' THOMPSON

It is with profound sadness that the family of Richard “Ricky” Thompson announce his sudden passing on Oct. 21, 2019 at the age of 47.

Rick was born on Sept. 25, 1972 in Emo, Ont. to Doreen and Vernon Thompson. He lived his whole life in Emo.

Rick lived with a degenerative bone condition which prevented him from having long-term employment.

He tried hard not to let his condition stop him from helping out where needed and he was frequently found lending a hand to dad in his shop, as well as doing odd jobs for many other people in the community.

JOSEPH ASHBY PARKER

On Monday, October 14, 2019, Joseph Ashby Parker, age 51, passed away suddenly due to cardiac arrest while outdoors near his home north of Stratton, Ontario.

Joe was born December 4, 1967 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to the late Colonel Loren H. Reynolds of Clarenceville, Québec and Penelope (Parker) Reynolds of San Diego, California. Due to his father’s military career, Joe lived in a variety of places and moved frequently throughout his upbringing.

JOHN BODNARCHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of John Harold Bodnarchuk announces his sudden passing on Oct. 18, 2019 in Winnipeg, Man.

He was born on May 18, 1953 in Fort Frances, Ont. to John and Jessie Bodnarchuk.

In the summer of 1971, John met the love of his life, Cheryl. They were married in 1973 and were happily together for 46 years.

JOHN BODNARCHUK

John Bodnarchuk, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 in Winnipeg, Man.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

PHILLIP MITCHELL

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Phil “Flipper” Mitchell on Oct. 8, 2019.

Born on May 6, 1948 in Emo, Ont. to Adam and Ruth Mitchell, Phil has worked and lived most of his life in Emo.

Although he had many different jobs throughout his career his most favorite was being a grader operator for M.L Judson Trucking LTD.

Many a bush road was taken care of by Phil the best way he could. He sure didn't like it when he had to let someone else do it! And heaven forbid should someone have to drive his grader besides him!

JOHN (EDWIN) SLETMOEN

The family of John “Edwin” Sletmoen is saddened to announce his peaceful passing on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, with Sybil, his wife of 67 years, by his side.

Edwin was born on May 19, 1930 in Rainy River, Ont. to Ole and Margaret (Johnson) Sletmoen, the eldest of three sons.

He spent his childhood on the family farm at McInnis Creek.

As a teenager, he went to work with his uncle, Egil, learning the carpenter's trade, which became his life's work.

JO-ANNE HILL (TESARSKY)

It is with great sadness that the family of Jo-Anne Hill (nee Tesarsky) announce her passing on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A celebration of life of will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

BERTRAM LAWRENCE SMEETH

It is with great sadness that the family of Bertram Lawrence Smeeth announces his passing on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Bert was diagnosed with multiple myeloma eight years ago, and through treatment and determination, we were blessed with a few more good years with him.

Bert was born on May 4, 1926 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Jesse and Maude Smeeth (Carnduff).

He attended Robert Moore School and Fort Frances High School. When Bert was 18 years old he enlisted in the army and took his basic training in Winnipeg, Man.

BERTRAM LAWRENCE SMEETH

It is with great sadness that the family of Bertram Lawrence Smeeth announces his passing on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances with Peggy Mason officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

HARRY PRINCE WINDEGO Ogiimabitung Makwa Clan

It is with great sorrow that the family of Harry Prince Windego announces his sudden passing on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Harry was born on Nov. 4, 1947 in Naicatchewenin First Nation to Alfred Prince and Mae Councillor.

He lived in Naicatchewenin most of his life before moving to Mitaanjiigaming First Nation.

As a young man he loved being surrounded by nature; working in the great outdoors filled his heart with peace.

RODNEY HENRY LANGE

It is with great sadness that the family of Rodney Henry Lange announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Rod was born on Jan. 28, 1959 in Emo, Ont. to Henry and Mary Lange. He lived in Stratton most of his life. He worked as a mechanic and was well respected with in his trade. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was meticulous in everything he did.

CHARLES GATE

Charles Edward Gate passed away on Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, at the Rainy River Health Centre surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born May 17, 1932 in Bergland, Ont. The eldest of 12 siblings, Chuck learned to work hard and take responsibility at a young age.

He began working away from home at age 14, helping his Grandfather and Grandmother Broman at Miles Bay Camp.

At age 16, his father, Cecil Gate, took him to get a guide license and he began guiding out of Clark and Crombies Resort.

HARRIS WILSON

With heavy hearts, the family of Harris Wilson announce his passing at La Verendrye General Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.

Harris was born on Oct. 28, 1939 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was blessed to be the chosen son of the late Ewart and Hazel Wilson.

Harris met his love and best friend, Marlene (nee Mills) in 1964 and united in marriage on Sept. 4, 1965, just celebrating 54 years of marriage.

Harris was proud to serve 26 years in the Town of Fort Frances with the Fort Frances Police Force, retiring in 1995 as acting chief of police.

GRANVILLE (DYS) DYSON May 9, 1938-Oct. 6, 2019

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and brother-in law. Granville (Dys) Dyson, aged 81 years, on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital Fort Frances, Ont.

Dys was predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Clara; siblings, Annie (Wilf), Betty, Clara (Doug), Doris (Alf), Evelyn (Jack), Fred and Pete.

He also was predeceased by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Reg and Helen; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lynne and Wayne; and daughter-in-law, Barb Brown.

ELSIE EWALD

It is with deep sadness that Bob Ewald and family announce the peaceful passing of their beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Oct. 3, 2019.

Elsie was born Nov. 16, 1933 in Spohn, Ont. The majority of her life she lived in Rainy River and was proud of our small town.

Elsie's family was of the utmost importance to her. She drove many miles from coast to coast, to ensure both the family connections remained strong, for both the Kregers and the Ewalds.

She was always ready to organize, host and attend family reunions.

RODNEY HENRY LANGE

It is with great sadness that the family of Rodney Henry Lange announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A celebration of life for Rod will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

RODNEY LANGE

Rodney Lange, 60, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.

Funeral services are pending.

A complete obituary will follow.

JEAN EVLYN LEGARIE

It is with great sadness that the family of Jean Legarie announces her passing on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

Jean was born on Sept. 1, 1928 on the family farm in Pattulo Township to Jay and Florence Schram.

She was united in marriage to Roy Legarie on June 2, 1950. She worked for five years in the telephone office before moving to La Verendrye Hospital, where she worked for over 20 years.

After she retired, she enjoyed to travel and bowl. She was also an active volunteer at Rainycrest for 26 years.

CHARLES GATE

Charles Edward Gate passed away on Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, at the Rainy River Health Centre surrounded by his family. 

Chuck was born May 17, 1932 in Bergland, Ont. The eldest of 12 siblings, Chuck learned to work hard and take responsibility at a young age. 

He began working away from home at age 14, helping his Grandfather and Grandmother Broman at Miles Bay Camp.

At age 16, his father, Cecil Gate, took him to get a guide license and he began guiding out of Clark and Crombies Resort.  

LOUIS GEORGE (SMOKEY) BRUYERE

Monday morning, Sept. 23, 2019, dawned bright and crisp and clear. A wonderful Autumn day awash with the Creator's colorful fall palette. A perfect day and time to start an important Spirit Journey, and so Louis George (Smokey) Bruyere, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and friend set out on the path that he alone must travel.

From an early age, his honest and steadfast work ethic became engrained by following the examples set by his parents, Lillian (Lums) and Theodore (Biddy), and grandparents, George and Mable Calder, and Minnie and Louis Bruyere.

HARRY PRUYS

Henricus (Harry) Albertus Antonius Pruys passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at the age of 94.

Harry was born Feb. 18, 1925 in Etten, Netherlands. He attended school strictly for boys until completion of grade eight. He then worked on the family farm to help support the family due to economic conditions.

After WWII, in 1947, Harry was drafted into the Dutch Army and went to Indonesia for just over two years to serve as a mechanic.

JOHN KIESEL

On Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., John Kiesel, 88, passed away suddenly.

John was born May 10, 1931 in Grigaschiscuken, Lithuania to the late Gustof and Anna Kiesel.

John grew up during the war, moved to Germany where he resided in Eckernforde until he immigrated to Canada in 1953.

Several years later, he moved to Delhi, Ont. where he met and married Doreen Stevens. Together they had a daughter, Sherri. Later they relocated to the Rainy River District where he resided until his passing.