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Obituaries

STELLA KEAST

(Way-u-Beek-Moose Dodamin)

It is with sadness that the family of Stella Keast (nee Nash), 62, announces her passing on Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

Stella was a member of Northwest Angle 37 First Nation and lived in Fort Frances, Ont.

GORDON MARKHAM MEYERS

Gordon Markam Meyers, loving father of Grant (Lucinda) and Kim (Geoff), passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Gordon was born May 17, 1933 in Iroquois Falls, Ont. to Markam and Stella Meyers (nee Owen).

Gordon’s passion in life was his grandchildren, Taylor and Devin Meyers and Katie, Spencer, and Danielle Pearce. Besides his children and grandchildren, Gordon also is survived by one sister, Bernice Campbell of Emo, Ont.

HAZEL ALMA ANN ANDERSON

Hazel Anderson (nee Benjamin), of 113-1301 Elizabeth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006.

Hazel was born in Rainy River, Ont., on Aug. 21, 1933. She was raised in North Branch, Ont. and married Leonard Anderson on Nov. 22, 1950. Hazel and Leonard raised their family of four in Atikokan, Ont. and moved back to the Fort Frances area in 1974.

Hazel worked as a tree-planter during the spring in the 1960s, and had fond memories of those days and the people she worked with.

BERNARD JOSEPH DESCHAMPS

Bernard Joseph Deschamps, 85, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at his residence.

Bernard was born June 3, 1920 in Penetanguishene, Ont. to the late James and Rosanna Deschamps. During the Second World War, Bernard served overseas and was injured.

Upon his discharge from the services, Bernard returned to Fort Frances, where he had lived since.

On June 3, 1946, he was united in marriage to the former Mary Ducatt.

ROBERT OTTERTAIL

It is with great sorrow that the family of Robert Ottertail announces his passing on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006 at his home.

Robert was born July 8, 1963 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Robert and Annie Ottertail. He was one of 12 children. The family lived in Lac La Croix First Nation before Robert moved to Rainy River, Ont. in 1993.

He was united in marriage to Sandra Armstrong on May 7, 1994.

While living in Lac La Croix, Robert worked as a guide for Campbell’s Cabins. He loved being outdoors, as well as fishing, hunting, and experiencing the wilderness.

WILLIAM (BILL) ALBERT MILLER

William (Bill) Albert Miller, 88, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of La Vallee, Ont., passed away at his residence on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Friends may visit Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. until service time at Green Funeral Home.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Salvation Army Food Bank, 316 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2C2.

A complete obituary to follow.

HAROLD THOMAS DENNIS

Harold Thomas Dennis, 79, of Mine Centre, Ont., passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Sept. 1, 1926 in Kenville, Man. to the late Thomas and Jennie Dennis.

In his earlier years, Harold worked for the Department of Highways in Manitoba, and then for the C.N.R. in both Manitoba and later in Northwestern Ontario.

During the time the highway was being completed between Fort Frances and Atikokan in 1964, Harold built, owned, and operated the Mine Centre Resort in Mine Centre until his retirement in 1992.

ADOLPHUS (AL) OTTO LAROCQUE

Adolphus (Al) Otto Larocque, born July 24, 1921 in Chapple, Ont., passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo General Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

He rode the rails during the Depression, found work in a sawmill in Ontario at the beginning of the Second World War, and volunteered for the Canadian Army (active force) when he enlisted on Feb. 15, 1941.

EMMETT FINDLAY WARREN

Emmett Findlay (“Fin”) Warren passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006.

He was born Dec. 8, 1931 in Fort Frances, Ont. and moved to Atikokan in January, 1951 to work at the Steep Rock and Caland mines for 27 years.

Fin became involved with the Atikokan Fire Department in 1952, and was fire chief for 15 years.

Fin served on the St. Patrick’s Parish Council, Atikokan Roman Catholic Separate School Board, and the senior housing board, and also was a member of the Atikokan Legion.

BEN BROWN SR.

(Wasse-Giizhig)

It is with great sorrow that the family of Ben Brown Sr. announces his passing on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at his home in Rainy River First Nations.

Ben was born Feb. 28, 1918 in Manitou Rapids First Nation and had lived there all of his life. He met his wife, Elizabeth Windigo, at the age of 18 and they have spent almost 70 years together.

In the past, Ben served as a court worker. He also was a former chief of Rainy River First Nations.

HAROLD THOMAS DENNIS

Harold Thomas Dennis, 79, of Mine Centre, Ont., passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pastor Diane Clifford officiating.

A luncheon will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances.

MARY MARGARET WALDBILLING ROCHE STUART

Mary Stuart, 89, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 at the Golden Crest Care Center in Hibbing, Mn.

Mary was born on July 21, 1916 at Algona in Plum Creek Township, Iowa. She lived in Garry, Mn. and Wauban, Mn. before settling in International Falls.

She was united in marriage to John J. Roche on Aug. 31, 1940 at St. Thomas Catholic Church. She then married Charlie Stuart in 1972 at the St. Thomas Rectory.

PHYLLIS DESAUTELS (nee Thompson)

Peacefully, with her family at her side, it is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of my wife, our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Phyllis (Nana), on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006.

Phyllis was predeceased by her son, Johnny; parents, Frederick and Caroline; sisters, Fern, Amber, Arvella, and Yvonne; and brother, Birkett.

DANIEL VERNON HOARD

“Remember me when the candle lights are gleaming. Remember me at the close of a long, long day.”

Daniel Vernon Hoard, 73, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 at Atikokan General Hospital with his family by his side.

Daniel was born April 13, 1932 to Nelson and Alice Hoard in Fort Frances, Ont.

Dan worked in various jobs between Ontario and British Columbia before meeting his wife, Alice Hoard (nee Kelly), and moving to Atikokan to work at Steep Rock Mine in 1964.

JOHANNA HENDRIKA (ANN) VELDHUISEN

Johanna Hendrika (Ann) Veldhuisen (nee Kaemingh), of Emo, Ont., passed on to glory on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006. She was born in Barchem, the Netherlands, on Jan. 16, 1932.

Ann immigrated to Canada in 1947 with her family. Shortly after coming to Canada, Ann met the love of her life, Nick Veldhuisen. They married and enjoyed 52 years of marriage.

Mom reached out to many, tirelessly serving her family and community throughout the years. She was Mom not only to her 15 children and their spouses, but informally to so many others.

MARG WILSON

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Marg Wilson, after a long but always strong and courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006.

Marg was strong and positive until the very end and gave strength to every one close to her, and always was worried about how we (her friends and family) were doing.

She always will be remembered by those who knew her for her positive attitude during her illness. Marg was a fighter.

JOHANNA HENDRIKA (ANN) VELDHUISEN

Johanna Hendrika (Ann) Veldhuisen (nee Kaemingh), of Emo, Ont., passed on to glory on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006. She was born in Barchem, the Netherlands, on Jan. 16, 1932.

Ann immigrated to Canada in 1947 with her family. Shortly after coming to Canada, Ann met the love of her life, Nick Veldhuisen. They married and enjoyed 52 years of marriage.

Mom reached out to many, tirelessly serving her family and community throughout the years. She was Mom not only to her 15 children and their spouses, but informally to so many others.

MARG WILSON

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Marg Wilson, after a long but always strong and courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006.

Marg was strong and positive until the very end and gave strength to every one close to her, and always was worried about how we (her friends and family) were doing.

She always will be remembered by those who knew her for her positive attitude during her illness. Marg was a fighter.

MABEL LOUISE GILLIES

Mabel Louise Gillies, 97, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at the Riverside Health Care Centre in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born in Pincher Creek, Alta. on Sept. 27, 1908 to Archibald and Louise Borrett.

Mabel is survived by her children, Kent (Leah) Gillies and Neil (Linda) Gillies; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ross; siblings, Winnie (Tom) MacKay, Alex (Jessie) Borrett and Fred (Leila) Borrett; and grandson, Michael Gillies.

FRANCES (FRAN) ALAYNE O’CONNELL

Fran completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 64.

She was born and raised in Sioux Lookout, Ont. to Frank and Lena Mehaffey, who settled there from the Maritimes. She visited the East Coast several times, and always had a love of dulse and seafood.

MARION AUDREY LARSON

It is with heavy hearts and deepest sorrows we announce the passing of our mother.

Marion Audrey Larson, 73, of Emo, Ont., passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo.

She was born on May 29, 1932 in Winnipeg, Man. to the late Romeo and Audrey McDougall.

On May 23, 1953, Marion was united in marriage to the late John Larson. Marion and John started their lives together in Mulvihill, Man., where they began farming.

Marion stayed at home for many years with her boys.

HELENE REKRUT

After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Helene Rekrut passed away at the Fort Saskatchewan Health Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006.

She was born Nov. 16, 1932 in Sundown, Man. to the late Steve and Annie Eluik.

Mourning her loss are her children, Sharon (Bill) Parsons, William (Lois) Rekrut, and Patricia (Mel) Rekrut; as well as two grandsons, Jacob Rekrut and Nikola Rekrut.

OLIVE (KERR) CHEZICK ERICKSON

Olive, also known to her family and her many friends as “Skip,” passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 at the age of 87 at the Falls Good Samaritan Center in International Falls, Mn. after a lengthy illness.

She was born June 30, 1918 to Charles and Violet Kerr in Fort Frances, Ont.

In 1937, Olive met and married Lloyd Chezick of International Falls, who nicknamed her “Skip.” They had six children: Lloyd Jr., Wayne, Lois, Larry, Judy, and Joanne. They lived and raised their family in their home at 916 10th St.

ALLAN DARREN (AL) BURNHAM

Allan Darren (Al) Burnham, 35, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away suddenly at his residence on Friday, Jan. 20, 2006.

Allan was born Oct. 6, 1970 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Elroy and Marlene Jourdain. At an early age, he was adopted by William and Barbara Burnham and moved to Ohsweken First Nation, Ont., where he spent his early years.

He later moved to Seine River First Nation to be with his brothers and sisters.

MARJORIE (MADGE) HAMMOND

Marjorie (Madge) Hammond, 93, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence on Monday, Jan. 23, 2006.

Madge was born Oct. 26, 1912 in Fort Frances to the late William and Eva Jane Readman. On Aug. 1, 1936, Madge was united in marriage to James (Jim) Hammond. They lived in Fort Frances for 44 years before moving to Rainy River, Ont.