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Obituaries

JOSEPH ALEXANDER DORIE

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Joseph Dorie announces his passing, at the age of 84, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances Ont.

Eight months have passed since the passing of his beloved wife, Patsy Ann. Joe spent much of his time in remembrance and longing for their reunion.

Joe was born and raised in the Hotel Dorée in Stratton, Ont. on Aug. 31, 1933 to Joseph and Marcelline Dorée.

He met the love of his life, Patsy Ann Hamilton, and were married on Jan. 29, 1954. They made their home in Stratton and together raised their four children.

SHARON MYERS

Sharon Myers, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

RONALD FRANKLIN MAINVILLE

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Franklin Mainville, 74, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Ron was born on Sept. 8, 1943 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Dan and Madeline Mainville.

Ron was predeceased by his son, Bobby; granddaughter, Sara Joan; and his parent.

He also was predeceased by his sisters and brothers, Betty, Blanche, Elaine, Louis, and Roger.

Ron is survived by his son, Blake; daughters, Lana, Amanda, and Whitney; and daughter-in-law, Leeann.

FREDDIE JACK BECK

It is with great sadness that the family of Freddie Jack Beck announces his passing on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Freddie was born on Sept. 22, 1935 in Shell River, Man. to Joseph and Rose Beck.

He was united in marriage to Leda Andrusco on March 21, 1958.

He worked at the local paper mill most of his life as an accountant.

WILLIAM JAMES TORSETH JR.

William James Torseth Jr. passed away on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Silver Bay Veterans Home after a very long battle with FTL dementia.

William (Bill) was born on May 1, 1946 at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash. to William Sr. and Alyce Torseth.

After his father was discharged from the service, the family returned home to International Falls, Mn., where Bill attended public school and graduated in 1964 from Falls High School. He then attended Bemidji State for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1966.

JAMES 'JEFFERY' SCHEIBLER (a.k.a. PIRATE)

With broken hearts, we are sad to announce the untimely and unexpected passing of our beloved Jeff Scheibler (a.k.a. Pirate) on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the young age of 39.

Born on March 10, 1978 in Fort Frances, Ont., he grew up in Red Lake, Ont. before finally settling in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jeff was employed as a Lead Hand Paving Operator for Taranis Contracting Group Ltd. for the past eight years, where he was admired and very well-respected by all his peers.

BETTY McCLELLAND

Betty McClelland, 95, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

She was born on Aug. 16, 1922 in Hanna, Alta. to William and Ansena McClelland, the middle of three children.

The family moved to Rainy River, Ont. while Betty was still young. She lived there with her Mom until they both moved to Rainycrest.

She was one of the longest-living residents at Rainycrest, having moved there just after it opened. Having been there for more than 40 years, it truly was her home.

BEATRICE LINDA LYONS

Beatrice Linda (Peggy) Lyons, 73, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at her home in Fort Frances.

She was born on Jan. 11, 1944 in Fort Frances to John and Martha Lyons. She lived in Fort Frances most of her life.

She was a member of the C.W.L. and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, Bingo, crafting, going to the movies and out for dinner, and spending time with friends and family.

RONALD EDWARD KUHARSKI

In Loving Memory of

Ronald Edward Kuharski

October 26th, 1943- November 28th, 2017

He is survived by his children; Jean (Greg) Allan, Janice (Pete) Munro, Teresa (Dennis) Dykin, John Kuharski, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, his dear friend Pam Makarchuk, siblings; Marilyn Dowson, Carol Boivin, Lorraine Kuharski, Tom Kuharski, and Sandy Blanchard.

Cremation has taken place and a gathering in memory of Ron will take place Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 12 noon to 2 pm at 425 Nelson St Columbus Place , Common Room, Fort Frances, Ontario.

TOM BIG GEORGE (Peepaamonagod) (Atik Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Big George announces his passing on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tom was born on July 11, 1960 to Joe and Janet Big George.

In the 1990s, he worked as a community counsellor and as a native language teacher for Anishanabee Counselling Services. He enjoyed traditional activities like ricing, fishing, and pow-wows, and also enjoyed hockey, baseball, and music.

He adored his grandchildren and loved spending time with him.

WAYNE ANDREW JOHNSON

Wayne Andrew Johnson peacefully entered into final rest, with his beloved wife and son by his side, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Wayne was born on Dec. 18, 1942 in Kenora, Ont. to Rose Marie and Olaf Johnson of Sioux Narrows, Ont. Wayne was the fourth child of six born to Rose Marie and Olaf.

In Wayne's younger years, he lived and attended school in Sioux Narrows. From a young child and into adulthood, he worked on the family fishery at French Portage on Lake of the Woods.

GUENTHER RITTAU

It is with great sadness that the family of Guenther Leopold Rittau announces his passing on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances Ont.

Guenther was born on Aug. 29, 1932 to Cacelia and Ludwig Rittau in Stillersfeld, Germany. He was united in marriage to Johanna Emilie Rittau on June 5, 1955 and they were fortunate enough to have been together to share their love, life, and family for 54 years.

CAMPBELL HANDBERG

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Campbell Handberg on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 with family by his side.

All who loved him will profoundly miss him.

He leaves to mourn his loss his daughters, Kennedi and Katie; parents, Jay and Cheryl; brother, Curtis (Erika, Olivia and Robert); and his precious “two-footer” grandchildren, Waylon and Blake. No one was ever more proud to be called Grandpa.

ANGELA SMITH

It is with unbearable sadness that I announce the passing of my beautiful wife, Angela.

Angela was our everything and her passing leaves her family with an emptiness that is indescribable.

Angela's passion was her sons, Bryce and Jared, family, friends, employees, and customers.

Angela was in business with her husband, Rick, and they are owners of the Canadian Tire in Kingston. Angela made friends easy, and her caring and remarkable attitude resonated in success whenever and wherever her family's journey took them.

PETER TIBONI

It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, grampa, brother, uncle, and cousin, Peter Tiboni, on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Peter was born on July 30, 1948 in Marathon, Ont.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and life in the country.

In his younger years, he was a very avid hockey player and fan. The Montreal Canadiens were the best team ever.

He was a hard-working man and his family was number-one in his books.

OSWALD TRAPNESS

Oswald Peder Trapness passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the age of 85, at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

He was born on June 4, 1932 in Tuberose, Sask. to Nils and Anna Trapness.

He attended Russelton School, which was a short distance from home.

“Oz,” as he was known to everyone, loved the farm, as there were cows, a few sheep, horses, turkeys, and chickens—everything to keep a young boy occupied.

MARIA NOVOVESKY

Maria Teresa Michela Novovesky (nee Malczyk) passed away peacefully, at the age of 82, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Maria was born on Feb. 23, 1935 to Karol and Teodora Malczyk in Warsaw, Poland.

Maria married Dr. Andrej Novovesky in 1958 and together they immigrated to Canada in 1968 to operate the dental clinic in Rainy River for many years until Andrew's retirement in 1987.

Maria was a valued member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Rainy River.

MARVIN OWEN ('BUD') EDWARDS

Marvin Owen (“Bud”) Edwards passed peacefully from his failing body into the waiting arms of his Saviour on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Bud was born on Dec. 2, 1943 in Winnipeg, Man. to Ted and Margaret Edwards and raised in Thunder Bay, Ont., meeting his wife, Fay (Rowley), at Lakehead University.

They were married on Dec. 28, 1966.

CHARLES 'CHARLIE' TARRANT

With much love and warm thoughts, the family of Charles “Charlie” Tarrant would like to share with all those that he knew of his peaceful passing on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at his residence in Fort Frances, Ont.

He lived a very long and colourful life, always on his own terms, reaching the grand old age of 86 years.

Charlie was born on May 2, 1931 in Winnipeg Man. to Stanley and Dorothy Tarrant, and was raised in Gunton, Man. along with several siblings.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Eleanor Main on July 17, 1954 and had two daughters, Debbie and Kim.

CAROLINE EVELYN BOURRE

Evelyn Bourre, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre with her family by her side.

Evelyn was born in Birch River, Man., where she grew up.

She met Chipper and they got married on Dec. 21, 1956. They settled in Rainy River and raised their family.

Evelyn had several interests. She enjoyed sewing, blueberry picking, baking for the family, and spontaneous road trips with Chipper, such as going as far as Dryden and Thunder Bay to have coffee with a friend.

MILDRED (MILLIE) ('DUCKY') LOCKMAN

Mildred (Millie)(“Ducky”) Lockman, nee Bruyere, a resident of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and loved ones, at the age of 87.

Millie was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Marianne (nee Cochrane) Bruyere; two sisters; four brothers; her husband, Norman Lockman Sr.; daughter, Tracy Trudel; and grandsons, Charlie Lockman and David Mainville.

NANCY LOUISE MARTIN

On Nov. 18, 2017, Nancy Louise (Steiner) Martin went Home to be with her Saviour at the age of 58 years and 26 days.

She was born on Oct. 23, 1959 in Orville, Ohio to Carl and Dorothy (Eberly) Steiner.

In May, 1963, she moved with her parents and seven brothers to Barwick, Ont.

At age 11, she gave her heart to the Lord, and with a tender conscience she sought to please Him. At council service, one week before her death, her expression was one of adoration for her Saviour.

DANIEL WALTER BARANOWSKI

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel Walter Baranowsi on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 after a very short battle with cancer.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1943 in Emo, Ont., where he was raised.

Dan served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1961-64. In 1965, he moved to Atikokan, Ont., where he met his wife, Iris Olchowecki.

In 1981, the family moved to Logan Lake, B.C., where he was employed by Highland Valley Copper until his retirement.

CAROL DUNNE (MAKARENKO)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carol Dunne (Makarenko), at the age of 66, on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Carol was born on June 30, 1951 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. to pursue her nursing degree in 1969 and graduated in 1972 as a registered nurse. Carol shared her knowledge and expertise for 44 years, specializing in NICU.

DANIEL WALTER BARANOWSKI

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel Walter Baranowsi on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 after a very short battle with cancer.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1943 in Emo, Ont., where he was raised.

Dan served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1961-64. In 1965, he moved to Atikokan, Ont., where he met his wife, Iris Olchowecki.

In 1981, the family moved to Logan Lake, B.C., where he was employed by Highland Valley Copper until his retirement.