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Marek Willemsen

JOSEPH ‘MURRAY’ DONNELLY

Murray Donnelly, of 824 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Friday, March 25, 2005.

He was born Nov. 27, 1922 in Roleau, Sask. to the late Frank and Agnes Donnelly. At the age of two, the Donnelly family moved to Fort Frances.

In 1942, Murray joined the R.C.A.F. and during his overseas stint made 47 operational flights over Europe in close support of the advancing armies of the Allies.

KAREN PATRICIA HAY

The family and friends of Karen Patricia Hay are profoundly saddened to announce her sudden passing in the early morning of March 25, 2005.

She was predeceased by her father, Dr. A.W.S. Hay of Brandon, Man.

She leaves behind her mother and step-father, Millie and Dan McInnes of London; sister, Sylvia Wyse and brother-in-law, Alan Wyse, of St. George; sister, Cory McInnes-Clarke and brother-in-law, Will Clarke, of St. Catharines; and brothers, Bryan Hay of Fort Frances and Rob McInnes of Vaughan.

JOSEPH ‘MURRAY’ DONNELLY

Murray Donnelly, of 824 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Friday, March 25, 2005.

He was born Nov. 27, 1922 in Roleau, Sask. to the late Frank and Agnes Donnelly. At the age of two, the Donnelly family moved to Fort Frances.

In 1942, Murray joined the R.C.A.F. and during his overseas stint made 47 operational flights over Europe in close support of the advancing armies of the Allies.

LENARD KENNETH MARTIN

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Lenard Kenneth Martin on March 15, 2005 at his residence.

Lenard was born Nov. 17, 1960 in Fort Frances, Ont., where he lived all his life.

Lenard’s zest for life will always be remembered. His infectious smile and laughter, and sense of humour, filled everyone’s life he touched.

Lenard was always surrounded with friends, cars, and fishing rods. Lenard’s love for his family and friends was always shown through his acts of kindness.

WILLIAM KARL SLOWE

William Karl Slowe, 49, of Bears Pass, Ont., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at his home.

He will be greatly missed by his parents, Clifford and Virginia Slowe of Bears Pass; sister, Kathleen and husband, Peter Tyralla of Thunder Bay, Ont.; special niece, Amy Tyralla of Thunder Bay, Ont.; as well as numerous extended family and friends.

Cremation has taken place, and no service will be held at the family’s request.

DIONIA ‘DEE’ MOSBECK

Dionia “Dee” Mosbeck, 62, of River Road, Bow, N.H., passed away Saturday, March 12, 2005.

She was born in Fort Frances, Ont., the daughter of John and Mary (Holinaty) Gushulak.

She was the proprietor of Dee’s Cleaning Service. Dee was a member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary of Franklin, N.H. and the New Hampshire Veterans Association Ladies’ Auxiliary.

She was a member of the Bow Mills United Methodist Church in Bow, N.H.

JOHN JOSEPH NATAWANCE

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Joe Natawance, 68, of Stanjikoming First Nation, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2005 at La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joe was born Jan. 18, 1937 in Stanjikoming First Nation to George and Helen Natawance. He lived at Stanjikoming all of his life. He enjoyed spending the time outdoors hunting, fishing, trapping, guiding, and logging.

Joe loved his family deeply; he was very proud of his grandchildren and was very close to his mother and sisters. He had a good sense of humour.

LILLIAN ELIZABETH WOOD

Lillian Elizabeth Wood, 69, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away Monday, March 14, 2005 at the Rainy River Heath Centre in Rainy River.

Lillian was born Aug. 6, 1935 in Atwood Township, Ont. to the late Leslie Samuel Calder and Annie Byrnes, and had lived all her life in Rainy River District.

She began employment at Beaver Lumber, where she worked for 21 years. She then began working at the LCBO and Gillons’ Insurance, and later for Canada Post, where she retired as post master.

MARTHA ANITA (HARTLIN) ALLAN

Martha Anita (Hartlin) Allan passed away Sunday, March 20, 2005 at her residence.

She was born July 26, 1923 in La Vallee Township to the late Marcus and Amy Hartlin. Martha was raised in Dance Township (a survivor of the Dance fire).

Following her marriage to Ross Allan, they resided in Devlin, Ont. for 40 years, moving to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1989 until her death.

LENARD KENNETH MARTIN

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Lenard Kenneth Martin on March 15, 2005 at his residence.

Lenard was born Nov. 17, 1960 in Fort Frances, Ont., where he lived all his life.

Lenard’s zest for life will always be remembered. His infectious smile and laughter, and sense of humour, filled everyone’s life he touched.

Lenard was always surrounded with friends, cars, and fishing rods. Lenard’s love for his family and friends was always shown through his acts of kindness.

DIONIA ‘DEE’ MOSBECK

Dionia “Dee” Mosbeck, 62, of River Road, Bow, N.H., passed away Saturday, March 12, 2005.

She was born in Fort Frances, Ont., the daughter of John and Mary (Holinaty) Gushulak.

She was the proprietor of Dee’s Cleaning Service. Dee was a member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary of Franklin, N.H. and the New Hampshire Veterans Association Ladies’ Auxiliary.

She was a member of the Bow Mills United Methodist Church in Bow, N.H.

CORA JULIA SELMAN

Cora Julia Selman, 81, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Monday, March 14, 2005.

She was born July 10, 1923 in Piney, Man. to the late Edwin and Nettie Galusha. At an early age, she and her family moved to Barwick, Ont., where they lived for some years.

Cora later moved to Rainy River, Ont., where she met Delbert Selman. On April 9, 1943, they were united in marriage in Victoria, B.C. Following the war, the family moved to Fort Frances, where she has lived since.

DONALD KEITH VOGES

Donald Keith Voges, 66, of Winnemucca, Nev., passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev.

Keith was born April 12, 1938 in Fort Frances, Ont., Canada. He served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Forest Service, and BLM, and was a 40-year member of the Operating Engineers Local 3.

Keith’s passing will have many people in a somber mood this holiday as the holidays were Keith’s time to shine. We all took for granted that he would always be here. Keith loved the holidays—a time for family and friends.

AUGUSTINE ‘GUS’ DESROSIERES

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Augustine “Gus” Desrosieres, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, March 10, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was born April 7, 1921 in Fort Frances to the late Napoleon and Jane (McDonald) Desrosieres. He grew up in Fort Frances and Stanjikoming Bay.

He served with the Royal Canadian Engineers overseas during the Second World War from 1942 until 1946. Upon his return home after the war, he met and married Isabelle Morrisseau. They were together for 44 years until her death in 1991.

HAZEL EDITH BRUSVEN

Hazel Edith Brusven, 92, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, March 11, 2005 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances.

Hazel was born Sept. 22, 1912 in Stony Mountain, Man. The family moved to Creelman, Sask. when she was a child. She was raised in Saskatchewan and as a young woman worked for Tommy Douglas and the NDP at the Parliament Building as a stenographer.

When attending an army dance in Regina, she met George Brusven and after the war, on Aug. 12, 1946, they were united in marriage.

PAUL ANTHONY BARNARD

It is with great sorrow that the family of Paul Anthony Barnard announce his passing on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Paul was born April 14, 1975 in Fort Frances, Ont., where he lived until moving to British Columbia in 1991. He worked with his brother, Rennie, as a drywaller until returning to Fort Frances in 2001.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Paul also had great faith in God and enjoyed reading Scripture on a daily basis.

SAMUEL (SAM) CHARLES VISSER

With great sadness, the family of Sam Visser announce his passing on Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 after a very optimistic and courageous battle with cancer.

Sam was born Dec. 23, 1949 in Drachten, Friesland, The Netherlands. In 1957, the Visser family immigrated to Canada, settling in Rainy River District.

An active member of the Emo community, Sam was involved with the Emo Chamber of Commerce and the Emo Walleye Tournament. As a business partner, he co-owned and operated Morphet’s Welding and Visser Auto along with his brother, Richard.

KEITH W. GATE

It is with great sadness that the family of Keith Wayne Gate, 55, announces his sudden passing on Feb. 28, 2005.

Keith was the son of Cecil and Mabel Gate. He was raised in Bergland, Ont., and attended Bergland elementary school and Rainy River High School.

His first job was at the Woodland Freezer in Nestor Falls. He later was employed at Canada Safeway in Fort Frances as meat manager for more than 30 years, and for the last two years at Nestor Falls Fly-in Outposts.

WILLIAM NEURINSKI SR.

William (Bill) Neurinski Sr. passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Friday, March 4, 2005 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne Street, Fort Frances, Ont.

Bill was born Jan. 18, 1922 in Fort Frances. He attended Robert Moore elementary school and Fort Frances High School.

On June 21, 1947, Bill was united in marriage to the former Helen Paripa.

KATHERINE (KATIE) CORDA

Katherine (Katie) Corda, nee Kazina, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 at her home for the past two-and-a-half years, the Charleswood Convalescent Home, at the age of 89 years.

She was widowed after 65 years of marriage to husband, Joseph, in 1999.

She was born in Tyndall, Man. on Jan. 26, 1916. Throughout her life, she was many things, including homemaker, farmer, store clerk, and real estate secretary for her husband.

She loved to garden and fish, and both she and Joe received Master Angler awards.

MARIE ‘OLGA’ KOSONIC

Marie “Olga” Kosonic, 83, of Warroad, Mn., passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2005 at her home.

Olga was born Dec. 18, 1921 to Michael and Marie Ksionzek in Sioux Lookout, Ont. She was united in marriage to Mike Kosonic on June 8, 1940 at La Vallee, Ont.

Olga, Mike, and family moved to Warroad in October, 1956 when Mike’s employer, the Canadian National Railway, transferred him. Upon arriving there, Olga was employed at the Warroad hospital for one year, then spent 14 years working for various doctors at the Warroad clinic.

PETER TAGE THORSON

Eric Peter Tage Thorson, 90, passed away early Tuesday morning, Feb. 22, 2005 at Atikokan General Hospital Extended Care.

He was born Dec. 3, 1914 in Jamptland, Sweden and immigrated to Canada in 1925. His family homesteaded at South Junction, Man. for eight years before moving to Fort Frances, Ont.

Eric worked in the forest and mining industry in Northwestern Ontario, with a three-year stint in the RCAF as an airframe mechanic from 1942-45. He was employed in various supervisory roles with J. A. Mathieu Ltd., Steep Rock Iron Mines, Jim Mathieu Lumber Ltd., and Domtar.

MICHAEL CRESSEY

With great sadness, the family of Michael Cressey announces his sudden death on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005. Michael was coming home to be with his family for a few days before returning to work.

IVALINE JOURDAIN

Ivaline Jourdain, 78, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Couchiching First Nation, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ivaline was born Aug. 22, 1926 in St. Peters, Man. to the late Alfred and Rodeanne. She enjoyed playing Bingo, going to the casino, and cooking, and loved taking walks. She enjoyed sewing, and had made blankets and curtains for all of her family. She also loved music, especially the fiddle.

Above all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

FRASER SMITH

Fraser Smith, formerly of Burriss and Atikokan, Ont., passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 in Parksville, B.C. after a lengthy illness.

He passed away peacefully at home with his wife, Beryl, and daughter, Theresa, with him.

He was predeceased by his parents; five siblings, Katherine, Gladys, Donald, Murdoch, and Adam; and his beloved son, Michael.

He is now at rest after 84 years of a busy, happy life.