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REV. MICHAEL HENRY MITCHELL

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of the Rev. Michael Henry Mitchell on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Born in Halifax, N.S. on June 3, 1953, Michael was the son of the late John Alfred Mitchell and Ruth Josephine Mitchell.

Michael first served in the Roman Catholic Church with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and was ordained as a deacon in 1979 and as a priest in 1980. The early years of his ministry were spent in Ontario in the parishes of Hamilton and Fort Frances.

DANIEL JONES

Daniel Jones, of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A traditional wake will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation gymnasium.

A traditional funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at 10 a..m. at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation gymnasium.

A complete obituary will follow.

CLAY CHERNASKE

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Clay Chernaske on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Clay was an amazing husband, dad, brother, son, and son-in-law who was loved, is missed tremendously, and always will be remembered and cherished.

Clay was born on Oct. 14, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Philip Chernaske and Dini Radstake. He moved to B.C. with his parents in 1982, where he became an electrician.

He also was talented in many other areas, including stonework, tiling, and woodworking, among others.

LYNN KEHLER

Lynn Kehler passed away, surrounded by the love of family and friends, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Lynn was born in Indiana to Herman and Maureen Bryant on Nov. 14, 1934.

Her family lived between Indiana and Kentucky in her early years. Her teenage years were spent in California, where she became an avid equestrian and talented pianist.

JACK THOMSON

After a brief illness and with his family by his side, the family of Jack Edward Thomson announces his passing on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jack was born on March 21, 1964 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Elgin and Audrey Thomson.

Jack leaves behind his loving wife, Marla; son, Jason (Tara); grandchildren, Treydon, Ashtyn, Caleb, and Kira; sisters, Sheryl Laverdure (Fred) and Lana Thomson; sister-in-law, Bev Thomson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

JAMES (JIM) BROW

Jim Brow passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

EDWARD MORNEAU

Edward Morneau, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

LYNN KEHLER

Lynn Kehler passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A private graveside service will be held.

DEREK PETERSON (A-ga-ma-keeng makoonse)

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Derek Peterson, 44, of Rainy River First Nation, Ont., on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at his residence.

Derek was born on March 30, 1973 to Allen and Melvina (nee Blackburde) Peterson.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR and local stock car racing, working on stock cars, fishing, and spending time with his son, Jessie.

KARI LYNN BRIGHAM

Kari Lynn Brigham, 62, of Rainy River, Ont., peacefully passed away, with her family by her side, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Kari was born on Nov. 11, 1955 in Baudette, Mn. to Henry and Betty Lou Nordin.

She was united in marriage to Glen Brigham on Aug. 3, 1974 and together they raised their four children.

Kari was a friendly, jovial person and will be remembered for her many selfless gestures, her devotion for family, her community, and church, as well as her ever-lasting humour.

JOHN 'JANOS' KOLES

John “Janos” Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 with his family by his side.

John was born on April 13, 1927 in Napkor, Hungary and immigrated to Canada in 1957, settling in Fort Frances.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Vasadi on Aug. 10, 1972.

John worked as a logger here in Rainy River District until he retired in 1977.

HARVEY LARSON

Harvey Larson, 86, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

A service will be held Feb. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. (EST) at the Pioneer Centre in Atikokan, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

MYTRO 'SVET' WOWCHUK

It is with great sadness we mourn the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Mytro “Svet” Wowchuk, who passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd, 2018 at the age of 85.

He was born in Gardenton, Man. on March 30, 1932 to Andrew and Rose Wowchuk (nee Kawulia). The family moved to Fort Frances, Ont. when Svet was a young boy and he remained here throughout his life.

GLENDA JANET OSTER

Glenda Janet Oster was born in Kenora, Ont. on March 4, 1957, one of seven children born to John and Elaine Halley.

She received her education up to Grade 10 in Kenora, after which she worked in housekeeping for a fly-in camp.

After moving to Devlin, Ont. area, she married Murray Oster on Jan. 30, 1976.

JOAN KAY MURRAY

Joan Kay Murray, 79, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1938 in Littlefork, Mn. to Carl and Mildred Blom.

The Blom family grew up in Big Falls, Mn. until 1938, when it moved to Carp, then Baudette, Mn.

In 1956, Joan was united in marriage to Theodore “Pat” Murray at First Lutheran Church in Baudette and they had three daughters together during their 25-year union.

FRANK KORB

Frank Korb, 80, of the Northwood Lodge in Red Lake Ont., and formerly of Stratton, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Frank was born in Morley Township, Ont. on July 11, 1937 to Anthony and Theresa Korb.

Frank began working in the bush at a young age with his father and older brother in addition to farming. As years went on, he would work at numerous jobs, including Tolen's, while farming and logging with his brother, Rueben.

He also worked for a time out west but always preferred to stay close to home.

JOHN KOLES

John Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 with his family by his side.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Alan Albao celebrant.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOHN KOLES

John Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 with his family by his side.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Alan Albao celebrant.

A complete obituary will follow.

WALTER O. MELYNCHUK

Walter O. Melynchuk, 80, of New Hope, Mn., passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary; and parents, Edith and Steven.

Walter is survived by his children, Joanna (Bill) Rooney, Sandy (Joe) Girod, and Susie Melynchuk (Dave Larson); grandchildren, Kendra, Trey, Ahna, Maria, Julia, Payton, and Henrik.

Also surviving are his brother, Gerald (Kathleen); sisters, Suzanne (Tim) Forsythe and Stephanie (Glenn) Theis; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

FRANK KORB

Frank Korb, 80, of Northwood Lodge in Red Lake, Ont., and formerly of Stratton, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

WINNIE ROUSSEAU

Winnie Rousseau passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Winnie was born on Dec. 14, 1930 in Mulvihill, Man. She moved to the Rainy River District in the early 1940s.

She was united in marriage to Oliver (Bud) Rousseau on Nov. 3, 1948 and together they raised seven children.

She was an avid quilter, making more than 400 quilts.

WINNIE ROUSSEAU

It is with great sadness that the family of Winnie Rousseau announces her passing on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Fr. Alan Albao officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.