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Obituaries

ANDREW JOHN 'JACK' DILLON

Jack Dillon, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Atikokan General Hospital surrounded by his immediate family.

Jack was born on October 26, 1930 in St. Boniface, Man. to Andrew and Helen Dillon. The family moved to Verona, Ont. in 1932 where they resided on a family homestead until 1941.

After finishing high school, he attended Teacher's College for one year before becoming an educator in Fort Frances in 1960. He taught at St. Mary's School and then moved to St. Michael's School. He retired as principal in 1988.

KAREN ANGUS (BUSCH)

It is with great sadness that the family of Karen Angus (nee Busch) announces her passing on May 2, 2019.

Karen was born on July 25, 1964 to Bev and Denis Busch. She was raised in the North End of Fort Frances and took over the Busch family home to make it her own when Bev and Denis moved to Nickel Lake.

After graduating from Fort Frances High School, Karen moved to London, Ont. to study Interior Design at Fanshaw College. Karen returned to Fort Frances a couple years later to work at the family business, Busch's Automotive Machine and Welding. 

ANNIE WEBB

Sadly the family of Annie Caroline Webb announces her passing on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances.

Annie was born on Nov. 14, 1931 to James and Madeline Webb on Rainy Lake. She was raised in Fort Frances and worked at La Verendrye Hospital from the age of 15 in the kitchen till her retirement in 1988 as a RNA.

She was a member of St. Mary's Church, the CWL and the Retired Nurses Group.

My mother was a kind, quiet, hardworking lady that never complained.

JACK DILLON

It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Dillon announces his passing on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Atikokan General Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Complete obituary will follow.

KATHY McDONALD (RALKO)

It is with heavy hearts the family of Kathy announces her peaceful passing, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora, Ont., after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kathy was born on June 6, 1952 in Fort Frances, Ont. to David and Katie Bliss.

Kathy was raised in Mine Centre, enjoying the great outdoors with her four brothers. Kathy attended public school in Mine Centre and completed her education attending Fort Frances High School.

FLORENCE THELMA OGDEN (LEE)

Surrounded by the love of her family, Florence Thelma Ogden (nee Lee) passed away on March 24, 2019. She is now peacefully in the arms of her son and husband. 

Flo was the youngest of 10 children born to Arthur and Mathilda Lee, on Dec. 1, 1941. She grew up on the family homestead at Bears Pass, Ont. She was no stranger to hard work and helped with the family fisheries and guiding business at a young age.

ENID BARBARA CORAN

It is with great sadness that the family of Enid Barbara Coran announces her passing on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Barb was born on Feb. 20, 1935 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Louis and Elsie Carpenter. She lived in Fort Frances all her life.

She worked as a nanny for George Armstrong for many years. She was an active and longtime member of St. John's Anglican Church.

She was married to Rudolf Coran on April 28, 1984 and settled into her role as wife and homemaker.

KAREN ANGUS

It is with great sadness that the family of Karen Angus announces her passing on May 2, 2019.

A casual come and go Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Busch's will be closed on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in honour of Karen.

A complete obituary will follow.

ANNIE WEBB

Annie Webb passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JANICE ELAINE PERREAULT (WALTON)

It is with great sadness that, with family by her side, we announce the passing of Janice Elaine Perreault of Couchiching First Nation on May 3, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer and complications due to COPD and pneumonia.

She was a tough, strong fighter, the glue to our family, the one we all went to when we needed answers. She was loved by all who knew her.

Janice was born on Oct. 20, 1951 to Stanley and Yvonne Walton in Fort Frances, Ont. She resided in the area where she met the love of her life, Merle Perreault.

BARBARA CORAN

Barbara Coran, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service.

A complete obituary will follow.

DANIEL THOMAS ONICHUK

With the heaviest of hearts, we announce the passing of Daniel Thomas Onichuk, age 59, of Fort Frances, Ont. He passed away peacefully at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, April 28, 2019 with family by his side.

Dan was born in Fort Frances on Nov. 26, 1959 to Thomas Tony and Ann Marie (Hnatiuk) Onichuk. He was raised alongside his three sisters, Toni, Jeanie and Sandy on North Minnie Avenue.

MERLE E. McFAYDEN

Merle E. McFayden passed away April 27, 2019 at the age of 107.

Merle was a former resident of Fort Frances for many years before moving to Abbotsford/Mission, B.C.

Merle was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd; daughter, Colleen; and daughter-in-law, Carolee.

She is survived by her son Garry (Juanita); granddaughter, Linda Tutin; grandson, Michael; and her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Private service will be held at a later date.

NICOLE ANNETTE RUPPENSTEIN (LaFRANCE-DITTARO)

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Nicole Annette Ruppenstein announces her passing on Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She was born on July 13, 1975 in Las Vegas, Nevada to Camille and Douglas LaFrance. She was raised in Fort Frances graduating from the Fort Frances High School before attending college to work with special needs children.

She worked within the schools in Fort Frances and surrounding areas for several years, her students adored her and she cared for them deeply.

LORNA JEAN BRUCHKOWSKI (July 21, 1945-April 23, 2019)

Lorna Jean Bruchkowski will be lovingly remembered by her children, Jennifer (Darrly) Bowman, and Allan (Vivian) Bruchkowski; grandchildren, Steven, Lindsey, Cody, and Shayne; loving partner, Jerry McLaughlin; siblings, Ian Harland, Janet (Dave) Loney, and Hartley (Grace) Harland; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family.

A celebration of her life took place on Tuesday, April 30 at 1 p.m. in the First United Church, 23 Van Horne Ave., Dryden, Ont. with Alice Bloomfield officiating.

A private family interment will take place in the Emo Cemetery at a later date.

BOHDAN 'BUD' DANYLCHUK, BSc, DDS

After a life well lived, on April 25, 2019, Bohdan “Bud” Danylchuk passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Bud is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Flora; his children, BJ, Kim (Micheline), Andrew (Dawn Marie), Brent (Melissa), and Joy; his grandchildren, Mark, Lisa, Steven, Kassandra, Emily, Regan, Wendy, Piper, Ryan and Erika; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He is predeceased by his parents, William and Sophia (Moroziuk); and siblings, Al (Paula), Bessie (Walter) Bilych, Mickie (John) Popowich, Ollie (Bill) Beyak, and Mary (Theo) Eliuk.

BOHDAN 'BUD' DANYLCHUK, BSc, DDS

After a life well lived, on April 25, 2019, Bohdan “Bud” Danylchuk passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Bud is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Flora; his children, BJ, Kim (Micheline), Andrew (Dawn Marie), Brent (Melissa), and Joy; his grandchildren, Mark, Lisa, Steven, Kassandra, Emily, Regan, Wendy, Piper, Ryan and Erika; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He is predeceased by his parents, William and Sophia (Moroziuk); and siblings, Al (Paula), Bessie (Walter) Bilych, Mickie (John) Popowich, Ollie (Bill) Beyak, and Mary (Theo) Eliuk.

SUSAN DON TILLEY

It is with great sorrow that the family of Susan Don Tilley announces her passing on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Susie was born on December 18, 1979 to Randy and Joyce House and grew up in Fort Frances.

She became a mother at a young age and made her children her life. Everything she did was for them, whether it was picking up small treats or taking them to the country for family camping trips and swimming adventures.

WASYL (WILLIAM) SLOBOZIAN

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Wasyl (William) Slobozian on April 18, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances.

Wasyl was born in March 7, 1929 to Nick and Mary Slobozian in the RM of Boulton, Man.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. May he “Rest in Peace.”

If desired, donations in Wasyl's (William's) memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.

A private family ceremony will take place at a later date in Alberta.

SAMUEL HARCUS

Samuel Harcus, 97, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Sam was born on April 30, 1921 in Drumlithie, Scotland to Samuel and Johan Harcus. The family moved to Canada in 1926.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving overseas with the Canadian Air Force. He was united in marriage to Josephine Goodman on Nov. 16, 1946.

He worked as an electrical engineer before becoming the manager of the Public Utilities Commission in Fort Frances. Sam retired in 1986.

JANICE BALL (1959-2019)

Janice Ball, mother of Kevin Bobczynski, passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

She will be dearly missed by son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; her sisters, Linda Bisson (Robert) and Donna Rawluk (Cal); and her brother Richard (Nancy).

She was affectionately known as Granny Jannie to her loving grandchildren, Layla, Rae and Hudson.

Jannie is also remembered by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends.

CHRISTOPHER ADRIAN BRUYERE

With heavy hearts, the family of Christopher Adrian Bruyere announce his passing on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the age of 56.

Shirley and Wallace (Swede) Bruyere welcomed their second youngest child, Chris, into the world on Dec. 11, 1962 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He grew up in the Bruyere family household on Rainy Lake Boulevard in Couchiching First Nation. As a child, Chris was often chumming around with his cousins and many other kids in the neighbourhood.

RAY MacDONALD GATES

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019 we lost a good friend and a wonderful family member.

Ray MacDonald Gates was born June 29, 1939 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Kenneth and Roberta Gates along with two brothers, Alton and Larry. Later, Ray moved to eastern Ontario but was always very proud of his east coast heritage. He managed to get back twice to visit his mother before she passed away in 2018.

MICHAEL STRAIN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Michael Strain announces his sudden passing on Friday, April 12, 2019, in his favourite place.

Michael was born July 7, 1962 to Deidre and Gordon “Bud” Strain. He grew up in the North End, a spot that was near and dear to his heart, and continued to live there all of his life.

Growing up he enjoyed playing hockey, dirt biking, and causing trouble with the “North End Boys.” 'Cools cabin was one of his favourite places to be.