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It is with great sadness that the family of Nellie Jerry announces her passing on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.

Friends may visit a half-hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be offered at


It is great sadness that the family of Susan Joan Marr announces her passing on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Susan was born on June 4, 1954 in Fort Frances to the late Jack and Muriel Marr. She grew up in Fort Frances before adventuring into the United States for work.

She returned to Fort Frances when her health became a challenge to be closer to her family.


Ron Orton, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 at the Rainy River Health Centre at the age of 89.

He was born on April 20, 1929 in Birmingham, England.

After the end of WWII, Ron enlisted with the R.A.F. and was posted to Germany, where he was proud to have been involved in the Berlin Airlift.

Ron and his wife, Lynne, emigrated to Canada in the 1950s, settling in Hamilton, Ont., where he was employed for many years at the Stelco steel mill. It was here that Ron became a ardent life-long supporter of the Hamilton Tiger Cats.


It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of John Harold Bagacki on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

Although John had been struggling with cancer, he passed peacefully following a stroke.

John was predeceased by his parents, George and Catherine; sister, Lillian Boyce; and brother-in-law, Bill Moen.


It is with great sadness that the family of Jean-Paul Forget, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces his passing on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Paul is survived by his wife, Anne Forget; and children, Joelle Forget (spouse, John), Rozanne Flatt (partner, Mike), and Glenn Flatt (spouse, Michelle).

He also is survived by his sisters, Susan Evans (spouse, Cheryl), Angelle Forget-Bowlden (spouse, Colin predeceased), Jeanne Forget, and Giselle Forget; mother, Yolande Hosak; and grandchildren, Jami, Blake, and Tyler Kilty.


With family by her side, we sadly announce that Coreen Renee O'Connor (nee Szlauko) passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Coreen was born on Jan. 10, 1967 in Baudette, Mn. and raised in Rainy River, Ont. At a very young age, Coreen was given the nickname Nee-nee (or Neen), which is how she will be remembered by most.


With family by his side, David Campbell Hughes, a true gentleman, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Dave was born on Sept. 17, 1929 in Barwick, Ont. to Dave and Annie Hughes. He attended Shenston #5 Elementary Public School in Chapple and later graduated from Fort Frances High School (1948) after his family moved to Fort Frances.


Norman “Pops” Luchka passed away peacefully, in his 93rd year, on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.

He is survived by his son, Raymond; grandchildren, Dustin and Allison; great-granddaughters, Ella and Paisley; sister, Anna; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Therese (nee La Flamme); sisters, Dora and Antonia; and brothers, John, Walter, and Paul.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas, Ont.


Thomas Miller passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

Born in Devlin, Ont on Oct. 14, 1936, Tom lived out his childhood and early years in Fort Frances and Crozier, Ont. He enjoyed playing hockey and stock car racing.

In his early 20s, Tom married Orla Gustafson and they had a family of four children, Tammy, John, Judy, and Donovan.


The family of Milton Patrick “Paddy” Roach sadly announces his passing on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Dad was born and raised in Garden River First Nation, Ont. and at the early age of 14, he left home and went on to begin a life-long career in logging: cutting trees with two-man saws, using horse teams for skidding, and working on the river drives during spring break-up.


It is was profound sadness, grief, and utter shock that we, the Marvin Bruyere family of the Couchiching First Nation, Bear Clan, regrettably and painfully announce the passing into the spirit world of our brother, uncle, “cuz,” nephew, and friend, Colin Ross Bruyere.

“Cokes or Co,” as he was affectionately known, passed to the ancestors around 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 watching NASCAR at home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his devoted wife nearby. He was 49 years old.


John Clark Gambill (Power) passed away, at the age of 75, on Sept. 26, 2018 at 100 Mile House Hospital in B.C. with his dear friend, Doug Allan, at his side.

Although he had end stage cancer, he made his courageous journey back to B.C. to see his family and loved ones.

He was born on March 17, 1943.

John was predeceased by his wife, Judith (nee Schmahl).

He is survived by his three children, David (wife, Carrie) and their children, Seamus, Keller, and Molly; daughter Gina; and son, Jeremiah (fiancée, Jevin) and Jeremiah's son, Harrison.

RAVEN ORIN WILSON (formerly Alyce Wilson Busch)

It is with profound sadness that family and friends announce the passing of renowned Canadian visual artist Raven Orin Wilson on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at 5:35 p.m. (PDT) in Vancouver, B.C.

She was born Alice Bernice Amelia Wilson to Hiram and Mabel Wilson in Fleming Township, Ont. on March 22, 1931. The daughter of a logger and trapper, Raven grew up living amongst the remote forests of Northwestern Ontario.


With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Jean Paul Forget, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 from 1-3 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.


The family of Greg Herrmann are extremely saddened to announce his sudden passing on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with family by his side.

Gregory Ray “Bro” Herrmann was born in Fort Frances on Jan. 18, 1959 to Ray and Betty Herman. He was raised on the family farm in Aylsworth Township, south of Emo, Ont., and attended public school at Donald Young and graduated from Fort Frances High School.

He married the love of his life, Mary Gagne, on June 25, 1994.


It is with great sadness that the family of Barry James Steele announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Atikokan, Ont.

Barry was born on Aug. 14, 1960 in Atikokan to Norman and Helen Steele. He grew up in Atikokan, enjoying all that Northwestern Ontario had to offer.

He worked for the Canadian National Rail as a track hand until he developed rheumatoid arthritis.

He loved to be outdoors, fishing, hunting, spending time at the cabin, and volunteering at the fishery hatchery. He was generous to a fault, always willing to lend a hand to family and friends.


Lillian Pihulak, a.k.a. “the Walleye Queen,” passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at her Rainycrest home in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 91.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nick, of 54 years; parents, Maria and Angelo DePiero; son, Michael; grandsons, Matthew Sovereign and Brad Pihulak; brothers, Gelindo and Bronc (Aune) DePiero; sisters, Norma (Tom) Grinsell and Louise (Dave) Chambers; her in-laws; and many special friends.


Glynne Edward Martin passed away peacefully, at the age of 73, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont.

Glynne was born on May 4, 1945 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England to John and Joan Martin (née McTurk). Together as a family, they moved back to Emo, Ont. in 1946, where he was raised.

Glynne was a very passionate person. He started his career working alongside his dad and uncles in the construction business in Emo. Glynne valued strong work ethic and he took great pride in his accomplishments.


With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Sydney Darrah, 77, of La Vallee Township, Ont. at his residence on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.

As per Sydney's wishes, a private family service and interment will take place at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

David William Heskins

age 61, passed away at La Verendrye Hospital

on Thursday, September 27, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

David was predeceased by this parents JoAnne and Alan Heskins and brother Doug.

David is survived by his Aunt and Uncle, Janice and Larry Cousineau, cousins Krista McCaig (Mark), Derek Ballard (Heather) and Michael Heskins (Sherry).

David loved the outdoors and had a passion for fishing and hunting.

Thank you to his friends Terry, Len, Danny, Steve, James, Andy and Craig for their friendship and support over the years.


It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Juliette Blattner (nee Mouly) announces her passing on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 80.

Helen is survived by her children, Ronald (Shannon and Laura), Lavern (Leona, Derek, and Chelsey), Darren (April, Jonathon, and James), and Jacqlyn (Robin, Jessica, and Justin); siblings, Lucille, John (Irene), Alice, Wilfred (Patricia), Yvette (Doug), Raymond (Rita); brother-in-law, Joe Erza; as well as sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.


It is with great sadness that the family of Calvin Ross Durbin announce his passing.

Surrounded with family by his side, Cal passed unexpectedly and peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 58.

Born in Fort Frances to Waldo and Loretta on Feb. 3, 1960, Cal was one of eight children.

Cal leaves behind his love and partner of nine years, Vicky Perrault, also of Fort Frances, Ont.


We celebrate the love of Richard Whalen. He was a brother, an uncle, a husband, and a good friend to many.

He was united in marriage to June, making lasting memories with family and friends.

He was born on June 10, 1948 and passed away on May 24, 2018.

Richard is survived by his sisters, Carol, Kathy, and Connie; brothers, David and Bruce; stepdaughter, Carrie Lynn Kellar; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.

Interment will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the J.A. Mathieu Columbarium with his love, June.


It is with great sadness that the family of Francesca Marinaro announces her passing, with family by her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

Francesca was born on Sept. 25, 1931 in Grimaldi, Italy to Pasquale and Teresa Abate.

She grew up in Italy; she then travelled from Naples, Italy to Canada on the ship, Olympica, landing in Halifax on April 27, 1956. From there, she travelled by train to Thunder Bay, Ont., where her brother, Joe, picked her up.