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ANNA ERNESTINE HASBY

Anna Ernestine Hasby, 93, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Anna was born June 18, 1911 in Fort Frances and had lived here all her life. She had worked at the Fort Frances Curling Club for several years as a babysitter. She also had worked as a laundress at the Prince Albert and Rainy Lake hotels.

CATHERINE BAGACKI

Catherine Bagacki, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances.

She was born Feb. 17, 1916 to the late Nicholas and Tessie Michaluk in Winnipeg, Man. Her mother died at a young age and Catherine lived with several foster families in Manitoba and Saskatchewan prior to going to work for a family in Rocky Inlet, where she met her future husband, George.

Catherine and George were united in marriage in 1931.

BABY BRITTNEY GRACE ANDERSON

It is with great sorrow that we announce the birth and passing of our baby, Brittney Grace, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2004 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Baby ‘B’ of twins left us after one short hour. Although her time was short with us, she will be cherished and sadly missed forever.

THOMAS ELLWOOD ‘SKIP’ JACOBS

Thomas Ellwood “Skip” Jacobs Passed away at his home in Olympia, Wash. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2004 at the age of 74.

He was born Aug. 19, 1930 in Wildwood, N.J.

He is survived by his wife, LaDonna; daughters, Barbara Aalgaard (Michael) and Mary Beth Jones; son, Thomas Olson (Kimberly), and Jennifer Jacobs.

He was predeceased by his daughters, Debra Ann Baker and Pamela Sue Hilt; granddaughter; Kaysi Hilt; and step-daughter, Melinda Emery.

MURRAY GREG ERICSON

Murray Greg Ericson passed away suddenly on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004. He was born Feb. 5, 1958 and lived in Fort Frances, Ont. all of his life.

Murray will be sadly missed by his partner, Khrysti Bragg, and three children, Daniel Busch, Jordan Ericson Bragg, and Drayden Bragg. Murray also leaves behind countless friends who will always remember his cheerful laugh and impish grin.

His kind-hearted spirit is now free to soar above us.

RICHARD WALLACE RONMARK

In loving memory of Richard Wallace Ronmark, 51, of Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Richard was born July 18, 1953 in Winnipeg, Man., but he moved to Fort Frances as a young boy. Richard was united in marriage to Joan Gurniak on April 2, 1976.

Richard worked in the kraft mill in Fort Frances for 25 years, retiring after losing his leg. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed bowling and watching sports.

MURRAY GREG ERICSON

Murray Greg Ericson passed away suddenly on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004. He was born Feb. 5, 1958 and lived in Fort Frances, Ont. all of his life.

Murray will be sadly missed by his partner, Khrysti Bragg, and three children, Daniel Busch, Jordan Ericson Bragg, and Drayden Bragg. Murray also leaves behind countless friends who will always remember his cheerful laugh and impish grin.

His kind-hearted spirit is now free to soar above us.

MELISSA DAWN CLARK

It is with great sorrow that the family of Melissa Dawn Clark announce her sudden passing on Friday, Oct. 22, 2004 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances. Ont.

She was born Sept. 12, 1985 in Sudbury, Ont.

Melissa battled with diabetes most of her life, and her family is very grateful for all the help she received from the medical staff both in Thunder Bay and Fort Frances.

MARLENE REFF

The family of Marlene Reff, of Manitou Rapids, FN, is saddened by her passing on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Oct., 26, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Green-Larson Funeral Home in International Falls, Mn. Visitation will be at 9 a.m.

Marlene loved to go fishing with her husband, she took special joy in working with the elderly people, and her loved nightly Bingo.

Marlene was predeceased by her father, Arthur Hunter; and father-in-law, Bill Reff.

WILLIS A. TONINATO

Willis A. Toninato, 79, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 at the Falls Memorial Hospital in International Falls.

Born Sept. 5, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont., he grew up in Fort Frances and attended St. Mary’s School.

Willie served in the Canadian Navy during W.W. II and received an honourable discharge in 1946.

Willie played the positions of left-wing and centre on the Fort Frances Canadians hockey team during the late 1940s and early ’50s, which later went on to win the Allan Cup in 1952.

DOREEN LUCILLE WREGGITT

Doreen Wreggitt, 69, of Bear Pass, Ont., passed away suddenly Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born June 8, 1935 in Dryden, Ont. to the late Louis and Annie Nymark. In her younger years, Doreen lived in Thunder Bay, Ont., where in 1960 she met Ray. In 1970, she was united in marriage to him.

(GIZHIBAAGAABAWIK) IMELDA HORTON

Imelda Horton 77, of Rainy River First Nations, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont.

Imelda was born Jan. 2, 1927 in Naongashing on Lake of The Woods, Ont. She was orphaned at the age of four and had lived with her grandmother until her mid-teen years.

In the mid-1950s, she moved to Rainy River First Nations, where she had resided since.

She was united in marriage to James Horton in 1947. She enjoyed crafts, cooking, canning, picking wild rice and berries, and fishing. She was a dedicated mother who loved her family deeply.

HARVEY LORAIN STRACHAN

Harvey Strachan, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2004 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was born Oct. 24, 1918 to Charles and Nettie Strachan in Boxalder, Ont. He had lived in the Devlin, Ont. area most of his life until moving to Fort Frances in 1993.

On Sept. 2, 1939, he was united in marriage to Eileen Hyatt.

Harvey was a carpenter, farmer, and an avid gardener who took great pride in his abilities. As a youth, he played baseball and then coached others, including his children.

ERNEST FREDERICK BUCHAN

Ernest Frederick Buchan, 69, of 35 Hutchinson Court, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, passed away suddenly in Quebec on Oct. 13, 2004.

Born Aug. 3, 1935 in Kapuskasing, Ont., Ernie was brought up in Guelph, Ont. He worked briefly for Leyland Electric before going to Hamilton Teachers’ College. He taught in one-room country schools at Puslinch No. 9 and Eramosa No. 6 while training.

Elizabeth (Betty) Kolynchuk

It is with our greatest sorrow that we let mom go to rest on Friday, October 8, 2004.

Born March 12, 1941, she was a dedicated wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt and best

friend. To us all she showed great courage and sublime spirit through her life

and in her journey to death after a courageous battle with cancer.

In her early years mom dedicated her time to being a wife and mother. Mom

participated and supported us through school, Brownies, Girl Guides, gymnastics,

EDNA OLIVE SWENSON

Edna Olive Swenson, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004 at her home. Edna left this earth as she lived on it, surrounded by loved ones.

Edna will be remembered for her kindness, gentleness, and good-hearted spirit. She was a loving grandmother and found great joy in time spent with her grandchildren and later great-grandchildren. “Grams” will forever hold a place in their hearts.

Sunday drives with her special friends, Lil Flovick and Ann Longtine, also were always enjoyed by Edna.

GEORGE OLIVER MORTON STURDY

George Oliver Morton Sturdy, 85, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Fr. Wayne McIntosh will officiate, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.

Friends may visit prior to the funeral service on Thursday at Green Funeral Home.

In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

FRANK WILLIAM BOYDA

Frank William Boyda, 70, of 188 Pine Cres., Atikokan, Ont., passed away suddenly Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004 at Cole Lake, Ont.

Frank was born Dec. 14, 1933 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late William and Elizabeth Boyda.

Frank began working at a young age for the Canadian National Railways. He later worked at Caland Ore Mines for three years and Great Lakes Forest Products from 1974-1980. From 1980 to the present, he worked at Boyda Logging with his son, Glenn.

ROBERT JOSEPH VERAN

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the all-too-soon passing of a truly wonderful man, Robert Joseph Veran ‘RV,’ of Atikokan, Ont., who passed away with his loving family at his side after a courageous five-month battle against cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004.

Born in Atikokan on Nov. 26, 1961, the eldest of three sons to Marie (Calder) and Alfred Veran Jr., Rob spent his whole life in this area and enjoyed close-knit relationships with all his family.

BERNICE EVELYN PLASKY

Bernice Evelyn Plasky, 86, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 at her residence.

Bernice was born Oct. 10, 1917 to Sigfried and Agnes Haglund in Verndale, Mn. She was united in marriage with Charles Plasky on June 12, 1937 and together they settled in International Falls, Mn., making the move to Fort Frances several years later.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances. She was a loving and caring woman who enjoyed looking after her family.

DENISE LOUISE GILL

Denise Louise Gill (Williamson), 32, of Kenora, Ont., formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 at Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora.

Denise was born July 4, 1972 in Fort Frances. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Bernard James Hutchins in 1982; and her uncle, James Alcide (Jim) Hutchins in 1991.

She will be lovingly missed by her daughter, Autumn; husband, Murray and parents, Roy and Judy Williamson; and grandparents, Madeline and Ken Martin.

SIMONE LUCILLE CARON

Simone Caron, 71, of 1606 Colonization Rd. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Monday, Sept. 27 in Fort Frances.

Simone was born in Ansonville, Ont. on Oct. 1, 1932, the fourth of 12 children, to Leon and Angelina Pepin.

She lived in Ansonville until the age of 36, at which time she married Marcel Caron and moved to Kapuskasing, Ont., and from there to Fort Frances in 1970. It was there they built their dream home and started a family.

EINAR NORDING

Einar Nording, 92, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, passed away Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at La Verendrye Hospital here.

He was born Nov. 2, 1911 in Gemenoker, VasterBotten, Sweden to Frederick and Sofia Nording. He came to Canada as a young man, joining his brother in Saskatchewan and then travelling across the country.

He was united in marriage to Cecile Vivian Alexandria Lauzon on June 1, 1940 in Red Lake, Ont., and together they went in to the restaurant business in Ear Falls for 20 years until 1974, when they retired.

JOHN KOWALCHUCK

John Kowalchuk, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, 2004 at La Verendrye Hospital here.

He ws born April 18, 1924 to Katherine and Pete Kowalchuk in Fort Frances. He was united in marriage to his loving wife, June Zawchenuk, on May 26, 1950. They were married for 54 years.

John joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and had served in Canada. He also worked with Boise Cascade Canada for more than 43 years, retiring as a mechanical supervisor on Dec. 31, 1985.

LYNN WILLIAM MCCREADY

It is with great sadness that the family of Lynn McCready announces his sudden passing at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont. on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004.

Lynn was born April 1, 1956 in Emo to Bill and Doris McCready. He grew up in the Lash and Nestor Falls area.

As a young man, he joined his friends at the Sybil-Russell Hall and had resided there until 1996, when he moved in with his sister, Shirley, and brother-in-law, Larry, and their family.