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ANNABELLE HAWK

Annabelle Hawk, beloved wife of late Terry Godin, passed away peacefully at the age of 71, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Godin (Kristi Medicine); sisters, Annie Hawk and Lucy Copenace (late Henry Copenace); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annabelle was born on Jan. 1, 1946 in Rainy River First Nations.

A wake was held Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m.

KIM CLENDENNING

It is with great sadness that the family of Kimberly Lorraine Clendenning (Belluz) announces her unexpected passing on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Kim was born on April 9, 1973 in Thunder Bay, Ont., then moved to the family farm in La Vallee, Ont., where she spent the majority of her childhood. A true city girl from the country.

LAURENT (LARRY) SMITS

With deep sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Laurent (Larry) Smits, 87, on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Edmonton, Alta.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1930.

Larry was pre-deceased by his wife, Doris (Hansen); parents, Harry and Anna; brother, Harry; sister, Jeanne Belanger; brothers-in-law, Vic Belanger and Ike Balcewich; sister-in-law, Lorraine; and daughter-in-law, Shirley.

SHARON YURKIW

Sharon Alexandra Yurkiw passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont..

She was born on Aug. 1, 1950 in Rosevalley, Sask. to Pearl and Maurice Yurkiw.

Sharon was an avid reader, and loved crosswords and doing puzzles.

Sharon is survived by her brother, Brian (Linda) Yurkiw and their children, Jeff and Brad; and sister, Barbara (David) Moon and their son, Joshua.

She was predeceased by her father, Maurice, and mother, Pearl.

KIM CLENDENNING

It is with great sadness that the family of Kimberly Lorraine Clendenning (Belluz) announces her unexpected passing on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Kim was born on April 9, 1973 in Thunder Bay, Ont., then moved to the family farm in La Vallee, Ont., where she spent the majority of her childhood. A true city girl from the country.

INEZ JOY MILNE

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Joy Milne, 56, of Atikokan, Ont., with her family by her side, on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joy was born in Rainy River, Ont. on Feb. 20, 1961 to Harold and Inez (nee Mansfield) Milne. She was raised on the family farm, and had a great love for animals and a wonderful enthusiasm for life.

As a young lady, Joy moved to Atikokan, where she resided for more than 30 years. She accumulated many wonderful friends.

JESSICA MARGARET (JESSIE) FRIDAY Giiwaybiik gii-ishinikazoo gaye Ozhaawashkwaabinesiik Wazhushk gii-odoodemaan

It is with great sadness that the family of Jessica Margaret “Jessie” Friday announces her passing on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances. Ont.

Jessie was born at Namakan Lake, Ont. to John and Mary Swanson. She lived in Seine River First Nation, Ont. all her life, only moving to Rainycrest when her health would not allow her to stay home.

She was united in marriage to Boudreau Friday and together they raised 10 children. Jessie loved family and was very involved in their lives.

ANNABELLE HAWK

Annabelle Hawk, beloved wife of late Terry Godin, passed away peacefully at the age of 71, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at the La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Godin (Kristi Medicine); sisters, Annie Hawk and Lucy Copenace (late Henry Copenace); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annabelle was born on Jan. 1, 1946 in Rainy River First Nations, Ont.

A wake will be held Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m.

ALANE RAE COLLINS

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Alane Rae Collins (Sullivan), 61, of Fort Frances, Ont.

Alane passed away peacefully, with her family by her side and in hand, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward Alan Sullivan.

ERNEST 'ERNIE' ALOYSUS LING

It is with great sadness that the family of Ernest “Ernie” Ling, 82, of Fort Frances Ont., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ernie was born on June 21, 1935 in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.

A loyal and loving man, he married the love of his life, Nelda, having 5 children: Francis, Mark, Paul, Marcelain, and Russell.

GENE NORMAN BRUSVEN

Gene Norman Brusven passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 74, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gene was born on Oct. 2, 1942 to Norman and Bonnie Brusven (nee Galusha).

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lois Mary Brusven (nee Angus), on July 15, 1963.

Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time spent with friends.

RONALD GREGORY BOYKO

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Gregory Boyko of Bergland, Ont., formerly of Winnipeg, Man., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ron was born in Winnipeg on Aug. 6, 1948 to the late Bernice and Boris Boyko. He lived and attended school in the Elmwood area of the city.

Ron loved the game of lacrosse and that love for his favourite sport spanned his entire life. He played lacrosse all through his school years and well into his 30s, and had the distinction of playing his favourite sport in the first Canada Games.

MILAN JOSEPH 'JOE' KALISKA

Milan “Northern” Joe Kaliska passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Joe was born on Feb. 24, 1932 in Cresent Mine, Sask. At the age of two, his family moved to Arbor Vita, Ont., where they farmed.

Joe had a long and varied career, starting at age 16 picking tobacco at Tilsonburg and Delhi in southern Ontario. He also worked making furniture in Kitchener.

He worked at the paper mill in Red Rock, then later sailed on the Great Lakes as a cook.

ELISABETH ZIMMERMAN

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elisabeth (Betty) Zimmerman of Emo, Ont., beloved wife of Michael Zimmerman, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Elisabeth was born on Dec. 14, 1929 in Diestedde, Germany.

As a child and young teenager, she was called upon to do much of the farm work, like milking cows, plowing with horses, and carrying 50-pound bags of potatoes. Following the war, she spent two winters at a school of Agriculture and Homemaking.

DOROTHY TKACHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of Dorothy Tkachuk announces her sudden passing on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1930 in Barwick, Ont.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Mike Gurniak and together they settled down to raise their nine children. After his passing, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Tkachuk.

PETER WILLIAM SENYK

Peter William Senyk passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by those who loved him, on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Peter was born on June 11, 1954 to the late Erma and Anthony Senyk of Rainy River, Ont.

Peter moved to Atikokan, Ont. shortly after his birth and later on to Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lived at the Westmount Hogarth Centre for the Developmentally Challenged.

It was in 1993 where Peter found his forever home when he joined the Community Living family and moved into his apartment supported by Community Living in Fort Frances, Ont.

PETER WILLIAM SENYK

Peter William Senyk passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by those who loved him, on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Peter was born on June 11, 1954 to the late Erma and Anthony Senyk of Rainy River, Ont.

Peter moved to Atikokan, Ont. shortly after his birth and later on to Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lived at the Westmount Hogarth Centre for the Developmentally Challenged.

It was in 1993 where Peter found his forever home when he joined the Community Living family and moved into his apartment supported by Community Living in Fort Frances, Ont.

ROBERT MARTIN 'MARTY' GADD

Robert Martin “Marty” Gadd passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the General Hospital in Lethbridge, Alta. after a courageous battle with health problems.

Marty was born on June 13, 1956, the only child of Clarice and Bob Gadd.

He was raised in Crozier, Ont., where he attended school, and then graduated from Fort Frances High School.

EILEEN JOURDAIN

Eileen Jourdain, 64, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Nov. 9, 1953 in Fort Frances to the late Kathleen and Leonard Jourdain.

Eileen was raised in Couchiching First Nation with her family.

Eileen later graduated from Confederation College with an Early Childhood Education diploma. She loved working with children and worked at 4C's from 1994 until she retired in 2012.

BEULAH OLSON

Beulah Olson passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1923 in her grandmother's home in Spooner, Mn. to Alfred and Emma Sandmoen of McInnes Creek, Ont., where she spent her childhood.

She was predeceased by her sister, Myrtle; and brothers, Milton, Leo, Miles, Clifford, Harold, Richard, and Earl.

She is survived by her sister, Sandra Ross (St. Catharines, Ont.), whose visit last week was so special.

ELIZABETH BETSE BLUEBIRD (Gaa'ge'ya' tee' bine'siik) (Moose Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth Bluebird announces her sudden passing on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Duluth, Mn.

Betty was born on Feb. 19, 1943 in Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont. to Gilbert and Ida Oshawee.

She liked to attend pow-wows and dance, and she also loved to travel. She worked as a cook for the friendship centre in Duluth, as well as a custodian at the police station.

Betty was a traditional lady who helped many people.

(ROB) JAMES FLEMING SINCLAIR

Sadly, in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with his family at his side, our dad, our love, passed away at his home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Rob was born on July 26, 1936 in Smiths Falls, Ont. to the late James and Margaret Sinclair. He attended public school in Smiths Falls and Lakeview Prep school in 1949-52. He then returned to Smiths Falls to complete Grade 12.

One of Rob's favourite childhood memories was travelling every summer by CPR train with his mother and father, who was the engineer, to Grand Manan, N.B.

FRANCES ELIZABETH NELSON

It is with great sadness to announce that Frances Elizabeth Nelson, 86, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, with family by her side, at Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances, Ont.

Frances was the daughter of Agnes and Ed George. She was born on Dec. 23, 1930 and raised in Fort Frances.

She spent her younger years in Flanders, where her family loved hunting and trapping. Later, Fran went to work at various tourist camps as a cook.

During that time, she met her husband, Hank. Fran also was a cook at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

LEO YERXA

Leo Yerxa passed away peacefully with his best friend and love, Maxine, by his side on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

He is survived by Max and her critters; children, Martin Yerxa (wife, Cathy, and son, Peter), Johanna Tekawisaritha Lazore, and Sean O'Neill; sister, Marilyn; brothers, William and Wayne; and granddaughter, Niiohontesha.

He also will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Frances, and father, Bert; brother, Bob; and sisters, Florence, Betty, Dorothy, and Joyce.