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Obituaries

ARMES ALFRED ‘ART’ ELLMAN

Armes Alfred “Art” Ellman passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at the age of 88 after a brief illness.

Armes was born Oct. 4, 1916 in Winnipeg, Man. He moved to Devlin, Ont. at a young age and lived with Rhoda and William Tenner.

He served in WW II from 1939 until 1945. Upon returning home, he met and married Betty Galbraith.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Ellman; children, Sharon Roulston (George), Albert Ellman (Laura), Trenia Ellman (Guy), Jean Gerstner (Mike), and Jason Ellman; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

MARJORIE COSSITT

After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Marjorie Cossitt of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away peacefully Thursday, May 19, 2005 at the age of 76.

She will be lovingly remembered by husband, Orval, with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage; son, Jerry, and wife, Barbara of Alberta; daughter, Sharon and husband, Paul Radigan, of Saskatchewan; grandsons, Chris and Myron Cossitt; granddaughter, Jennelle Radigan; and brother, Edward Nikkel and wife, Lois, of Manitoba.

DOUGLAS EMERSON SHUTE

Doug Shute, born July 2, 1938, passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2005.

Doug was born in La Vallee, Ont. to Mary (Kosonic) and Clifford Shute, and then raised in Rainy River, Ont. until moving to Fort Frances, Ont. with his mother and step-father, Bill Tremblay, in 1954.

Doug had a particular fondness for Rainy River and spoke of it often.

W.A. (Bill) LOWES

Mr. W.A. (Bill) Lowes, 80, passed away peacefully in the hospital with family at his side on Wednesday, May 18, 2005.

Bill was born in Dauphin, Man. on April 18, 1925. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served overseas in World War II.

He later was employed by the Canadian National Railroad for 36 years. After he retired, he worked part-time for the Fort Frances Jail for five years.

Bill enjoyed travelling after he retired. His most treasured times were spent at the cabin and in his boat at Morson on Lake of the Woods.

DOUGLAS GILLON

Suddenly on May 4, 2005 Douglas Gillon, passed away at the age of 85. Doug is survived by his loving children, John Gillon, Donald Gillon (Lucie), Robert Gillon (Lise), Sheila Marr (Robert); his sister Christine Smythe of Wichita, Kansas; his grandchildren, Rachael Gillon, Bruce Gillon, Joyce Gillon, Marc Gillon, Matthew Marr and Jeffrey Marr. Doug will also be sadly missed by his six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Doug was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Joyce in 1986, his brother James Gillon in 2001.

JACK KOTT

Word has been received of the sudden passing of Jack Kott, 81, of Dawson Creek, B.C., on Monday, May 16, 2005.

Jack had worked at Canada Post in Fort Frances, Ont. for 35 years. Upon retirement in 1983, he and his wife, Bertha, moved to Dawson Creek to be close to their daughter, Gayle Oddy, and family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 1 p.m. at Raynars’ Funeral Home in Dawson Creek.

MARGARUIT (MARY) HUBERT

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Margaruit (Mary) Hubert, 76, of Fort Frances, Ont., announce her passing on Sunday, May 15, 2005 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Mary was born Aug. 11, 1928 in Crilly, Ont.

She was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Ellen Milmore; brother, Denis Milmore; first husband, Charles Walsh; second husband, James Hubert; and daughter, Denise Milmore.

VIOLA KATHLEEN DITTARO

Viola Kathleen Dittaro, 84, of Fort Frances, Ontario passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances with her family at her side.

Viola was born on September 21, 1920 in Port Arthur, Ontario. At a very young age she moved to Fort Frances where she had lived since. She had worked in the cafeteria at the high school for a number of years. She enjoyed knitting and reading but most of all she loved spending most of her time with her family. She was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

ALLAN GALBRAITH

It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Galbraith, age 74, of Devlin, announce his passing on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

RONALD MCGINNIS

Ronald McGinnis (Pikoojigwiiwizens) of Manitou Rapids, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital at the age of 65. He was born in Manitou Rapids on March 27, 1941.

Ronald was a very loving and loyal family man. He was a husband, father and grandfather who generously devoted his life and time to his wife Annie and his children.

MARY ANDRUSCO

With great sadness we announce that Mary Andrusco passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2005 with her daughters Leda and Julie by her side at Rainycrest Home for the Aged.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband Walter; children Leda Beck (Freddie), Billy Andrusco, and Julie Andrusco; five grandchildren, Mary Ann, Joanna, Sarah, Jennifer and Billy Joe; and one great grandchild Olivia; sister Jennie (Stan) Sockolotuk; sisters-in-law Stella Andrusco, Mary (Nick) Andrusco, Elva Ossachuk; brother-in-law, Nick Wihnan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

GORDON CLELLAND WATSON

With sadness, the family of Gordon Clelland Watson announce his passing on April 20, 2005 at the age of 93 in Yuma, Ariz.

He was born Sept. 5, 1911 to the late George and Clara Bell Watson (nee Lennix) of La Vallee, Ont.

Surviving are his son, Ray, and family of Crozier, Ont.

Cremation has taken place in Yuma, and a family burial will take place in La Vallee at a later date.

MARGARET HATFIELD

In loving memory of Margaret Hatfield, who passed away suddenly at the Dryden Regional Hospital on Monday, April 25, 2005.

Margaret will be sadly missed by her loving children, Wendy Lavers (Dale), Louise Hatfield-Rousseau (Rick Fostey), Carol Vlassoff (Robert), Nancy Gour (Darcy Ollis), and Norm Hatfield.

HELEN BADIUK

It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Badiuk announces her passing at LaVerendrye General Hospital on Monday May 2, 2005 at the age of 85.

Helen was born on February 6, 1920 to Theodore and Mary Sedor in Sundown, Manitoba. She was raised there on the family farm.

On October 5, 1939 she was united in marriage to Michael Badiuk. Together they moved to the family farm in 1949.

Helen was kept very busy with the farm life and enjoyed the fruits of its labour. She was also a member of the Burriss Ladies Aid.

GEORGE GUSHULAK

Our family thanks God for the blessing of a kind and gentle man whom we have loved so dearly and will miss so sadly.

After struggling bravely in the hospital for nearly four months, our dear Dad’s suffering came to an end on the morning of Thursday, April 28, 2005. He fought so hard to return home to sit under the old apple tree with Mom, but his body grew tired and it was not to be.

BENNIE IRVINE (B.I.) DICK

Bennie Irvine (B.I.) Dick, 80, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at his home.

Irvine was born in Fort Frances on Sept. 22, 1924. He has lived his whole life in Fort Frances and up the lake.

Irvine started working for the O&M paper mill in his teens. He later enlisted with the RCNVR and served during the “Biggie” (World War II). After the war, Irvine returned to Fort Frances and resumed work as a millwright.

On Dec. 23, 1945, Irvine was baptized into the faith. He remained a member of St. Mary’s Parish for the rest of his life.

RITA KIELCZEWSKI

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Rita Kielczewski, who passed away at her residence at 1108 Third St. E., Fort Frances, Ont. on April 26, 2005.

Rita was born May 19, 1935 in Fort Frances to the late Fred and Agnes Crowe.

On April 7, 1953, she married Allan Kielczewski. They first made their home at Rat River, Rainy Lake, where they were commercial fishing together.

Al W. Halvorsen

Al W. Halvorsen, 88, of R.R. # 2, Emo, Ont., passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Dec. 4, 1916 in Blackhawk, Ont. to the late Halvor and Anna Halvorsen. Al was a devoted husband of 59 years to Katherine, whom he married on Sept. 5, 1940.

He had lived all of his life in Rainy River District.

Al had worked mostly at farming and bushwork, but also was employed by various construction jobs. He also worked on the line crew for Ontario Hydro and was very handy at carpentry work.

Leo Joseph Langlais

In loving memory of Leo Joseph Langlais, who passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 13, 2005 at the age of 77.

Leo was born on July 9, 1927 in La Broquerie, Man. He married Orise Langlais on April 19, 1949.

Claude Vincent

Claude Vincent Flanagan passed away at his residence, Central Park Lodge in Brandon, Man., on Thursday, April 21, 2005.

Claude was born May 12, 1911 in Fort Frances, Ont., where he grew up and received his education at the local elementary and high schools.

He worked at several jobs in Fort Frances until he accepted a position at the local paper mill in 1935, where he continued to work until retirement in 1975.

Claude was predeceased by his first wife, the former Pearl Papinan, in 1983 after 46 years of marriage.

Roy Sterling

Roy Sterling Burrell, 86, of 719 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, April 21, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was born April 6, 1919 in Boseman, Man. to the late Harry and Amy Burrell. Roy moved to the J.A. Mathieu mill site with his family until he started elementary school in Fort Frances. He later graduated from Fort Frances High School with Honours.

In his younger years, Roy was very active in hockey, fishing, and hunting. On June 16, 1945, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Campbell.

Mary Patrick

Mary Patrick, 95, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence on Wednesday, April 20, 2005.

She was born Oct. 18, 1909 in Winnipeg, Man. to the late John and Olianna (Stolarchuk) Marchuk. In 1935, Mary was united in marriage to John Patrick.

Prior to moving to Fort Frances in 1948, Mary lived in Flanders, Ont. While there, she operated the prisoner of war camp. After moving to Fort Frances, Mary and her husband owned and operated Patrick’s Grocery Store until 1968.

Jessie Della May Baker

Jessie Della May Baker, 87, of Emo, Ont., passed away Thursday, April 14, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Della was born June 9, 1917 in Emo to the late Duncan and Elizabeth Reid. She had lived all her life in Emo, and had worked as a clerk at Meyer’s Clothing in Emo for a number of years.

In her younger years, she had worked as a housekeeper in Emo.

She was united in marriage on Jan. 26, 1940 to Leo Richard Baker, who predeceased her on June 22, 1970.

RICK SELIN

RICK SELIN

Early Tuesday morning, April 19, 2005, Rick Selin, passed away peacefully at his home in Fort Frances with his family by his side. Rick courageously fought cancer, keeping his sense of humour and spirit until the end.

Rick was born in Atikokan, Ontario February 7, 1956 to June and Elmer Selin. Rick is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Barrie Selin.

Rick married Sandra LaRoche in 1977. They settled in Fort Frances and had two children, Barrie and Carrie who were raised here as well.

Henry Ossachuk

It is with great sadness that the family of Henry Ossachuk announces his passing on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Henry was born Aug. 3, 1927 in Fort Frances to Joseph and Anne Ossachuk. He had resided here, in the family home, all of his life.