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Obituaries

JOHN GERLEY

It is with great sadness that the family of John Gerley announces his passing on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont. with Father Alan Albao officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

SYLVIA FLORENCE McLELLAN

The family of Sylvia McLellan would like to announce her passing on Friday, March 22, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Sylvia was born on May 21, 1933 in Winnipeg, Man. to Antoine and Sis LaRoque. As a young woman, she worked for the Red Indian Lodge in Sioux Narrows, Ont.

She was married to Ormal McLellan and they settled in Ear Falls, Ont. to raise their two boys. After Ormal's passing, she moved to Fort Frances, working at Gramma's Pizza and The Pizza Connection.

SHARON LEA JOLICOEUR

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Sharon Lea Jolicoeur, 78, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Sharon was born on May 30, 1940 in Fort Frances to Agnes (nee Kerr) and Harvey Strain. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Jolicoeur, and together they raised their seven children.

TANYA DENISE ANDY ('Waa-Saa-Gii-Zha-Gok')

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Tanya Denise Andy, 37, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A traditional wake will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4 p.m. at the Big Grassy First Nation Community Hall, followed by a traditional service on Thursday March 28, 2019 at 10 a.m.

A complete obituary will follow.

STANLEY ROSS PERRY

It is with great sadness that the family of Ross Perry announces his passing on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ross was born on Jan. 1, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Stan and Mae Perry. He grew up in Fort Frances and made this community his home. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, and he loved to play and watch hockey.

MARGARETHA (MARGARET) HEYENS

It is with profound sadness that the Heyens family announces the loss of our matriarch, Margaretha (Margaret) Heyens, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances with her devoted and loving family by her side.

Mom was born on May 20, 1925 in Hengstdijk, Holland.

Mom and Dad were married on April 19, 1949 and immigrated immediately to Canada. They came with next-to-nothing to a strange country and Mom taught herself English by reading newspapers, always a baby on her hip and one on the way.

LOTTIE MARIA WHITEFIELD

The family of Lottie Whitefield are saddened to announce her passing on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Lottie was born on Dec. 3, 1923 in Bergland, Ont., the youngest child of Alfred and Kristina Peterson-Edberg. Lottie was born at the family homestead in their little cabin that they lived in while re-locating their house from about three miles back on the property to a location closer to where the road would be. A midwife came to help with the birth while her brothers waited in the barn.

JOE PALDIO

It is with great sadness that the family of Joe Paldio announces his peaceful passing on Monday, March 25, 2019.

A complete obituary will follow.

LOTTIE WHITEFIELD

Lottie Whitefield, 95, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

SANDRA NAULT

Sandra Faye Weston Nault, 65, passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at her home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born to Hildor and Mae Estella Weston in Baudette, Mn. on May 17, 1953 and grew up in South International Falls by the Holler School.

While attending Falls Senior High School, Sandra participated in the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) playing softball and volleyball. She proudly passed on her love of these sports to her daughter, Ashley.

Sandra graduated from Falls High School with the Class of 1971.

WILLIAM JAMES ('BUD') MOORE

Bud Moore, loving husband of Joyce for 58 years, as well as father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the age of 81 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ont. after a sudden and unexpected illness.

Bud was born to John Mortimer (Jip) and Olive Jane (Wilson) Moore on Dec. 18, 1937 in Sudbury, Ont., spending much of his childhood in his much-beloved Barwick, Ont.

He was married to Joyce Bonus on Aug.13, 1960.

Bud was father to John and Shelley; proud grandpa to Joseph (son of Andre and Shelley); and step-grandpa Wow to Katelynn.

BETTY MAE SIEGEL

Betty Mae Siegel, 80, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the South Health Campus Hospital in Calgary, Alta.

Interment will take place in Emo, Ont. at a later date.

Betty was born on April 21, 1938 in Emo to Oswald and Mabel Cameron.

Betty was married to Werner Siegel on March 1, 1968; they were married 51years.

ARVILLA 'BILLIE' DEGELMAN (SCHICKLING)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and sister, Arvilla (“Billie”) Virginia Degelman, age 90, on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Victoria, B.C. with her daughters at her side.

Arvilla was born in Popple, Mn. on May 2, 1928 and grew up in International Falls, Mn.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; parents, Esther (Grier) and Harry Schickling; sister, Ione Boomgaarden; niece, Joanne Boomgaarden; niece, Debbie Anderson; and half-brother, Oliver Hallin.

WILLIAM HENRY ('WILLIE') ALMERS

It is with great sadness that the family of Willie Almers announces his passing, at the age of 97, on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Willie was born on Jan. 5, 1922 in Morson, Ont. to the late John and Nora Almers.

At the age of 13, he started running boats and doing some guiding. At the age of 18, he left the lake and enrolled into the Canadian Army. He served overseas, spending time in Germany and Normandy as a field medic.

DOUGLAS MURRAY WITHERSPOON

It is with great sadness the family of Doug Witherspoon announces his passing at his residence on Thursday, March 14, 2019 with his children at his side at the age of 66.

Doug was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on April 9, 1952 to William (Bill) and Bernice Witherspoon. He was the youngest of four children and lived all of his life in the Devlin, Ont. area.

Doug married Laurie Carlson (Lindberg) on July 22, 1972 and together they raised three children, Cheri, Kristi, and William (Billy) in Devlin.

MARY EMILIA JOURDAIN

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Emilia Jourdain announces her passing, surrounded by family, on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Dec. 4, 1942 to Roderick and Lucy Cyr in Naicatchewenin First Nation. She was raised in her home community surrounded by family and friends, working at local tourist camps as a young woman.

She was united in marriage to Ray Jourdain on Nov. 1, 1964 and together they settled in Couchiching First Nation to start their family.

TERRIL PENTNEY (ROY)

With great sadness, the family of Terril Pentney (Roy) announces that she passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 while living in Mexico.

Terril was a talented artist, beautiful spirit, and a gentle soul. A friend to anyone she met, she was a gypsy at heart with an endless love of anything artistic.

She always said her artwork was a way that she hopefully would be remembered by, long after she was gone.

Terril was cremated and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean in Mexico per her wishes.

DELORES ANTOINETTE POLLARD

It is with great sorrow that the family of Delores Antoinette Pollard announces her passing on Monday, March 11, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on April 3, 1938 in Fort Frances to John and Nettie Hubert.

She was raised in Fort Frances, attending school here. She moved to Sioux Lookout, Ont. as a young woman, starting her family there. She later moved back to Fort Frances with her children.

THOMAS VICTOR MARR

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Thomas Victor Marr announces his passing on Monday, March 4, 2019 with his family by his side and his soulmate shining from up above.

Tom was born on Feb. 10, 1953.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lorna, on Jan. 11, 2015 and his parents, Dorothy (Dot) Marr and Hedley Marr.

He is survived by his sister, Ellen Wilson (Dan); nieces and nephews; son, Brad Marr (Vanny); and grandchildren, Sophia, Aiden, Mariah, and Ashyln.

BETTY SIEGEL

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Betty Siegel (nee Cameron), 80, of Thunder Bay, Ont., on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the South Calgary Health Centre.

A complete obituary will follow.

DELORES POLLARD

Delores Pollard, 80, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

WILLIAM BODNAR

It is with great sadness we wish to announce the sudden passing of our dad, grandfather and great-grandfather, William Bodnar.

Bill was born on Dec. 21, 1935 in Springfield, Man. to Joseph and Domina Bodnar. At age 17, his family relocated to Alberton Township, where they had a coal hauling company. He was the third oldest of 11 children.

He began his working career as a milkman, then doing maintenance at the hospital, but spent most of his working life doing grounds keeping and maintenance at the mill until retiring in 1994.

JOHN ALBERT LAURENCE ('LARRY') BUDREAU

John Albert Laurence Budreau, “Larry” for short, was born in Rainy River, Ont. on Oct. 11, 1944. He was the fourth child born to Leland and Mary Budreau.

He spent his early years growing up on the Beckman Fur Farm, now known as Oak Grove Camp. His early schooling was at Atwood #1 in rural Atwood Township.

When he started school in Rainy River, he bicycled to the Swanson home to catch the school bus. In winter, his faithful dog, “Tippy,” pulled him on the sleigh and then remained with Gus and Helen while Larry, Ron, and Darrel went to school.