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Obituaries

MELVIN SNOWBALL

It is with great sorrow that the family of Melvin Snowball announces his passing on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Melvin was born on June 23, 1964 in Atikokan, Ont. to George and Rose Snowball.

Melvin was a hard-working person who never hesitated to help out his family and neighbours. He loved to pick wild rice with his family and was a traditional dancer when he was young.

SUSAN CRYSTAL GAYLE STAFFORD

It is with great sadness that the family of Susan Crystal Gayle Stafford announces her passing on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at the Riverside Health Care centre surrounded by her family.

Susie was born on May 23, 1978 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. to Carolyn and Calvin Stafford and spent her childhood happily on the farm north of Stratton. Growing up, she enjoyed spending time with many relatives and friends, playing with all the animals, helping with chores, and especially taking the cattle to the fair every summer.

MARY LOUISE KEARNEY

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Louise Kearney announces her passing on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

A visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 from 10-11 a.m.

Funeral services will follow on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Rainy River, with Fr. Thomas Mullamangalam officiating.

A full obituary will follow.

WALTER LINKLATER

Walter Emery Linklater was born on July 24, 1939 at La Verendrye Hospital in Treaty #3 area, Fort Frances, Ont.

His early years were lived happily with his parents and grandparents on Waanawiikwedaang (Couchiching First Nation), where he spent his days roaming the land and assisting on the trapline.

Around the age of five, he was taken to Saint Marguerite Indian Residential School.

ALBERT GEORGE WHIDDON

After a courageous battle with cancer, Albert George Whiddon, 70, of Emo, Ont., passed away at his residence, with family by his side, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

Albert was born on May 27, 1948 to William and Lena Whiddon.

He was born in Emo but lived in Armstrong, Ont. until his family moved to Kenora, Ont.

Albert went to school in Kenora, where he participated in football and track-and-field, in which he loved the relay.

CARLA KELLY MOOSHKINE-GIIZIS, AABITA-GIIZIS Sturgeon Clan

Carla Virginia Rae Kelly was a wonderful young woman, daughter, mother, sister, and aunt who is loved, missed, and will be cherished forever.

Carla was born on Sept. 13, 1979 in Emo, Ont. to Ronalda Kelly and Bradley DeBungie.

Carla is survived by three daughters, Hannah Allan, Nevaeh Kelly, and Mikaela Kelly, who she took extreme pride in; mother, Ronalda Kelly; father, Bradley (Paula) DeBungie; brothers, Darwin Roote, Waylon DeBungie, Larry Duck Jr., Kyle DeBungie, and Juss Rajaniemi; and sisters, Charmaine Kelly and Sara Duck.

HELEN MUDGE HELLER

Helen Mudge Heller passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2018 at her home in San Francisco, Calif. following a prolonged battle with cancer.

For the past year, she lovingly was cared for by her sisters, Phyllis Callaghan and Virginia Munch, by her cousin, Marion Poutanen, and recently by her wonderful Hospice by the Bay team: they were untiring in their attention to her needs and frequent requests.

DELBERT WESLEY BARKER

Delbert Wesley Barker passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, with his family by his side, at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on June 30, 1932 in Box Alder, Ont. to Wesley and Erma (Hughes) Barker.

He attended school in Box Alder and then Fort Frances High School before finishing his education at the Sharon Bible School in North Battleford, Sask.

On Oct. 1, 1955, Delbert was united in marriage to Winona “Nonie” Lennox. They settled on the family farm to raise their three sons.

AURISE ESTHER GERHARD

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing Aurise Esther Gerhard, 89, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 with her family by her side in La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Aurise was born in Vassar, Man. to Paul and Cecile Carpenter on Nov. 14, 1928.

She went to school at Arbor Vitae, Ont. She married Thane Gerhard on Nov. 14, 1958.

She worked many tourist camps for a numerous amount of years prior to her marriage.

Aurise was a loving and caring wife, mother, aunt and friend to anyway who she crossed paths with.

JANICE MILLS

It is with a broken heart, Sam Duce announces the sudden passing of his beloved wife, Janice Mills, from a brief illness on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the young age of 68.

Janice retired four years ago from the Ministry of Heath. Sam and Janice retired together and purchased their dream home.

They enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, quadding in the back 40, cooking and baking, and were stock car fanatics.

Most important was spending time together with Sam.

Janice also loved all animals.

CHARLY TURCOTTE

Charly Turcotte passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 65 years of age with his wife and daughters by his side.

He was born in Beardmore, Ont. where he was raised with his nine brothers and three sisters.

He went to college in Thunder Bay where he met the love of his life, Lorraine, whose family became his own. They were married for 45 years this summer and are truly best friends and soul mates.

JOE JOHNSON

Please lift a glass to celebrate the life of Joseph Edward Arthur Johnson, age 62, who passed away at home on Friday, July 27, 2018 with family by his side.

Joe grew up with wonderful parents Edward and Mary Johnson, where friends and family were always welcomed around the table.

He was the youngest brother to Terry and Rick, born between his sisters, Mary, Kathy and Leeann.

The sparkle in his eyes and his mischievous grin kept everyone on their toes.

AURISE GERHARD

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing Aurise Esther Gerhard, 89, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 with her family by her side in La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 with George Chojko-Bolec officiating at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, followed by a luncheon at the Emo Legion.

JOSEPH EDWARD ARTHUR JOHNSON

Please lift a glass to celebrate the life of Joseph Edward Arthur Johnson, age 62, who passed away at home on Friday, July 27, 2018 with family by his side.

Joe grew up with wonderful parents Edward and Mary Johnson, where friends and family were always welcomed around the table.

He was the youngest brother to Terry and Rick, born between his sisters, Mary, Kathy and Leeann. The sparkle in his eyes and his mischievous grin kept everyone on their toes.

ROLAND (ROLLY) DUBOIS

Roland (Rolly) Dubois, of Fort Frances, Ont., peacefully passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 with loved ones by his side.

He was born in Winnipeg, Man. on Sept. 21, 1949 and was the oldest son of 11 children born to Andre and Noella Dubois of St. Malo, Man.

He married the love of his life, Heather (Burling), on Dec. 5, 1970.

He worked as a cement truck driver at Lafarge Concrete Co. in Winnipeg for 25 years. He enjoyed his co-workers and showed it by ribbing, teasing, and getting under their skin.

OLIVE HACHE

Olive Hache passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018, with family by her side, after a brief but strong battle with cancer.

Olive was born on July 7, 1927 in Espanola, Ont. She grew up in Fort Frances, Ont., where in the spring of 1951 met the love of her life, George Hache.

They married on Sept. 20, 1951 and moved to Atikokan, Ont. to live and raise their family.

EARL VERNON McKENZIE

It is with extreme sadness that the family of Earl Vernon McKenzie announces his peaceful passing on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Earl chose to end his years of dealing with dialysis for renal failure and cancer treatments for multiple myeloma in order to experience a peaceful end of life's journey while being a patient in the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C. and being surrounded by his loving family.

Earl was born on March 2, 1946 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Vern and Edna (Cooper) McKenzie. He married his high school sweetheart, Ellen Collum, on Sept. 20, 1963.

TERRY (TERRENCE) OSTER

It's with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our father, Terry (Terrence) Oster, on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Terry was born on June 21, 1940 to George and Evelyn Oster in Fort Frances, Ont. In 1970, he married Marion McDougall in Fort Frances and raised three children, Teresa, Tim, and Ted.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Teresa Oster; sons, Tim Oster and Terrence (Ted) Oster; and grandchildren, Dakota Humphries Oster and Jazmine Sinclair.

JOHN ARTHUR ANDERSON

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of John Anderson, 63, of Bergland, Ont., on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

A service of celebration and remembrance for John will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Bergland Hall.

A complete obituary will follow.

WILLIAM MAURICE NEILSON

In tranquility, and with loved ones at his side, Moie Neilson slipped away on the morning of July 14, 2018 at Rainycrest, where he had resided for the past several months.

He was born in Sifton Township on Dec. 4, 1919.

Moie was the eldest of eight children born on the homestead of Maurice and Stella (Bowman) Neilson.

As soon as he was able to drive, trucking became a part of his life and his major source of income.

ANN 'SHIRLEY' BERG

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Ann “Shirley” Berg (nee Doudiet), 72, formerly of Stratton, Ont. on July 14, 2018 at the Emo Hospital with family by her side.

Shirley was born on June 2, 1946 in Dryden, Ont. to parents Harold and Ellen Doudiet. She was united in marriage to Dale Leroy Berg on Oct. 11, 1963. Together they raised their family on the farm in Dewart Township.

EDNA INDIAN Wabeskibeenesic

With great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Edna Indian, 65, of Winnipeg, Man. on July 13, 2018 at the Victoria Hospital, Winnipeg, Man.

Edna enjoyed shopping, making blankets, playing bingo, baking and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Edna will be lovingly remembered by her children, Tom Cheena, Joanne Gibbins, April Gibbins (Mike) and Kay Fluery (Jay); her grandchildren, Donovan, Hayley, Monique, Mikey, Jayden, Jacey, Jason, Jamen, Jarrell, and Kaylynn; and great granddaughter, China.

ROSA HANSON

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother, Rosa Alice Hanson (nee Kaus), at the age of 87, on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Rosa was born in Blue Township on January 27, 1931 to Erich and Lena Kaus. She was one of four children, along with brothers, Ewald and Donald, and sister, Ruth.

Rose attended a one room school in Blue Township and at age 16 she moved into the town of Rainy River and worked at various jobs such as Ozzie's Café and the Rainy River Hotel.

JOHN PAUL ADAIR

It is with deep sadness and loss, the family of John Paul Michael Adair announces his sudden passing on July 3, 2018 in Edmonton, Alta.

John was born Oct. 8, 1962 in Toronto, Ont. He was adopted by the Adair family as a small child, where he became the youngest of eight children. Later in his adulthood, he connected with his birth family and got to know another two siblings.