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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


It is with sadness that the family of Armando Azevedo announces his passing, at age 65, on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Armando was born in Calheitas, Azores on June 22, 1953 to Jose Augusto Oliveira Azevedo and Rosalia Brasil Oliveira.

On Nov 20, 1976, he was united in marriage to his love, Maria Ferreira, and then moved to Canada.


Gloria Sawka was a long-time resident of Fort Frances, Ont. In 2012, she moved to Grande Prairie, Alta., where she passed away at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

For most of her life, she was a stay-at-home mom, dedicating her life to her family. She always was involved with her children and grandchildren's school activities, volunteering doing the lunch program at St. Francis School. She also volunteered for many years with Girl Guides of Canada.

She was an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, and a friend to all who knew her.


Michel Quirielle was born on Sept. 25, 1959 in Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lived and worked his whole life until his sudden passing.

He is survived by his son, and only child, Timothy Curtis Copenace (Alison Kelly) of Ojibways of Onigaming, Ont.

There are too many family and friends to mention. He was loved by many and will be deeply and greatly missed, and will be remembered for his big heart and kindness, as well as his great sense of humour.


It is with heartfelt sorrow we announce the passing of our father, best friend, and mentor, Alex Gawryluk, on Friday, July 6, 2018.

Dad started his journey from this Earth while in hospital with his daughter, Marcella, son-in-law, Brian, daughter, Diane, and son, Bryan, by his side.

Dad said the girls where his angels—ever vigilant at his side for the seven weeks while in hospital. Cousins Marty and Bryce always were present until the end.

Dad went peacefully . . . knowing he was loved.


It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Armando Azevedo, 65, of Fort Frances Ont., on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.


It is with great sadness that the family of Sandra Louise Neilson announces her passing on June 27, 2018 at the Riverside Health Care Facility in Fort Frances, Ont., due to cervical cancer, at the young age of 63.

Ebony Stilborn was at her side when she peacefully passed.

Born Janice Ruth on Jan. 15, 1955 in Fort Frances, Sandy was adopted to Moie and Marjorie Neilson at five months old. She and brother, Kurt Neilson, grew up on the farm north of Stratton.


The family of Sylvia Myrtle McKelvie sadly announces her passing, at the age of 87, on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She leaves behind her son, Jason; daughter, Adrian and her children, Joshua and Jade (Curtis), and grandchildren, Noah, Ethan, and Jaylyn; daughter, Janace; daughter, Kim (Dave) and her children, Aaron (Sarah) and Justin, and grandchildren, Farren, Jacob, Aaron, and Suzannah; grandson, Jeromy Wensley; brother, Howie (Arlene) Duponte; and numerous nieces and nephews as well as a large family in Ozland, Norway.


Wesley George Miller, 62, of Thunder Bay, Ont. and formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at home, with his family by his side, on Monday, June 25, 2018 after a short battle with cancer.

A private interment will take place in Fort Frances.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Wes' family requests that in memoriam donations be made to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation—Northern Cancer Fund.

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It is with great sadness that the family of Marsha Elaine Walker (nee Hyatt) announces her far-too-early passing at age 66 after a short battle with cancer.

Marsha was born on Jan. 9, 1952 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Marshall and Mona Hyatt.

She inherited a great capacity for caring and kindness from her parents, and from her mother, a love of beautiful flowers and plants, which both women took great pride in caring for. Marsha also was a lover of books and enjoyed a wide variety of crafts, including quilting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting.


It is with great sadness that the family of Evelyn Cottam (nee Goodie) announces her passing peacefully in her sleep on Friday, June 2, 2018 at Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora, Ont.

Mom was born in Kenora on Sept. 28, 1926 to Louis and Margaret Goodie.

Evelyn started working in Nestor Falls, Ont., where she met the love of her life, Lawrence Cottam. They were married on April 20, 1949 and spent their life together there until moving to Kenora in 1996.


She began her journey to the spirit world on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont. Samantha will join her family who have travelled on before her.

Samantha was born on Nov. 3, 1983 in Winnipeg, Man.

She is survived by her mother, Charlene Joanna Calder (nee Tom) of Winnipeg, Man.; father, Terry Atikinson of Roseau River, Man.; special Daddio, Carlton Howard of Montreal, Que.; and her children, Bryce Kabatay and Aara Kabatay (and their father, Ricky Kabatay) and Raiina Calder-Levasseur (and her father, Clinton Levasseur).


Sadly, the family announces the passing of Blanche Olga Bernier (nee Olinyk), 98, of Rainy River, Ont., on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at our Lady of Good Counsel in Rainy River, with Fr. Thomas officiating.

Parish prayers will be offered one hour prior to mass.

Interment to follow immediately at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.


It is with deepest sympathy that the family announces the passing of Joyce Smith (nee Wolden), at the age of 92, on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Roseview Manor in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Joyce was born on May 6, 1926 in Fort Frances, Ont. and excelled at school, attending college at a young age.

She was devoted to her large extended family of aunts and cousins, always willing to help out. Her kindness was evident throughout her life.