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ALICE HURLEY

Alice Hurley passed away peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, Ont. on Friday, June 3, 2005 in her 90th year. She was born Aug. 29, 1915 in Miscampbell, Ont.

Alice Helena Hurley (nee Gadd) was the beloved wife of the late Dennis J. Hurley; and loving mother of Michael Hurley and his wife, Denna, Maureen and her husband, William Elliott, Susan and her husband, Peter Seibert, and Libby and her husband, Dr. Craig Campbell.

She also was the loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

DON KERR

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Don Clarke Kerr on June 12, 2005 at the age of 81.

He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 57 years, Gladys; children, Leslie, Susan, and David; grandchildren, Justin and Ryan; daughter-in-law, Christine; and special friend, Nora.

Don also is survived by his two sisters, Lois Milette and Olive Erickson; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.

JEANNE ELIZABETH BAYE

Jeanne Elizabeth Baye (“Grammie”), nee Lefebvre, past president and member of the Catholic Women’s League for more than 40 years, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 in her 91st year.

GORDON ARTHUR SIGURDSON

Gordon Arthur Sigurdson, 80, of 611 Nelson St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, June 10, 2005 at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Marietta Marshall officiating.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Colour Party will provide its tribute during the service.

Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.

SERENA NORMA ANDY

With deep sadness, the family of Serena Andy, born Dec. 11, 1975, announces her passing into the spirit world on June 7, 2005 at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

Serena will be forever remembered and missed by her children, Mikey, Annabelle, Rolanda, and Victoria of Big Grassy First Nation; her father, Norman Andy of Big Grassy; her sister, Tammy Morrison of Nestor Falls, Ont.; maternal grandmother, Alice Hoard (Danny) of Atikokan, Ont.

JOHN PETE KELLY

We sadly announce the passing of John Pete Kelly (B.A., B.Ed, M.Ed) on June 6, 2005.

John (Shiniidiyo) was born Jan. 10, 1939 to Alice Big George and Norman Kelly, and was lovingly known to them as “Pagoneanakwat Saagatebines.”

John was a member of the Ojibways of Onegaming First Nation and a member of the Lynx clan.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Rhonda, Brent, Byron, Micheal, and Dawn Kelly, Kristy Assin; and grandchildren, Stephan Bear, Vanessa Morrisseau, Matthew Kelly, Tori Kelly, Micheal Batur, and Leah Batur.

LEWIS WESLEY ‘WES’ WILLIAMS

Lewis Wesley “Wes” Williams, 82, of Emo, Ont., passed away Thursday, June 2, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Wes was born Dec. 28, 1922 in Cumberland, Wis. to the late Ralph and Grace Williams. He moved to Canada in 1929 and attended elementary school in Patullo Township.

He moved to Emo in 1954 and had lived there since.

Wes worked most of his life as a logger, starting at age 13. He had little formal education, but was always interested in learning new things. He spent several years involved in prospecting and diamond drilling.

JOHN (JIM) EDWARD JAMES

John (Jim) Edward James, 82, of Emo, Ont., passed away Thursday, June 2, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jim was born Aug. 26, 1922 in Broad Valley, Man. to the late Edward and Nellie James. Jim was raised and attended school in Lac Du Bonnet, Man.

During WW II, he joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers and served overseas in Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, Jim became a prisoner of war for three years and eight months of the time he served there.

Upon his discharge from the services, Jim returned to Winnipeg.

WILLIAM MURRAY ST. JOHN

WILLIAM MURRAY ST. JOHN

William Murray St. John, proprietor of Woodroffe TV Ltd. for 48 years, passed away peacefully at the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital in Ottawa, Ont. at the age of 81.

He leaves his wife, Elizabeth (nee Priest); son, William (Will) and wife, Pierrette; and brother, Eugene of El Monte, Calif. He also will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He will be sadly missed.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Karen (1989).

CONRAD JOSEPH MORRISEAU

Conrad Joseph Morriseau, 71, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Sunday, May 29, 2005 at the Falls Memorial Hospital in International Falls following his courageous battle with prostate cancer.

Conrad was born April 11, 1934 at Couchiching First Nation, Ont. to William and Roseanna Morriseau. He was united in marriage to Judy Anderson on Sept. 22, 1990.

CONNIE BLISS

The family of Connie Bliss, 86, of Mine Centre, Ont., wish to announce her passing on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Connie was born Nov. 8, 1918 in Fort Frances. She was united in marriage to Joe Bliss on Sept. 17, 1946 and in 1947 they settled in Mine Centre.

In 1955, they took over the family business operating the local store on the highway and Bliss’ Cabins.

BETTY LAURA DeBUNGIE

Betty DeBungie, lovingly known as Laura DeBungie, of 122 South Cumberland, Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully on May 25, 2005 with family by her side at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

She was born July 29, 1938 in Littlefork, Mn. to Annie and William McGinnis. Betty spent her early years in Emo, Ont., where she met her husband, Jack, and together they raised eight children.

In 1975, she relocated to Thunder Bay and continued to care for children by working as a crossing guard and acting as a foster parent for several years.

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.