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Obituaries

ROBERT (SONNY) MEDICINE JR.

Robert (Sonny) Medicine Jr., 39, of 1008 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005.

He was born Oct. 6, 1966 in Emo, Ont. to Robert and Eliza Medicine.

Sonny attended Donald Young School in Emo and later graduated from Falls High School in International Falls, Mn. He lived most of his life in the area, hanging out with his friends.

Since his graduation, he worked for various businesses in the area. Sonny also was very talented and a wonderful artist, and he also enjoyed music very much.

MARIA BERNDINA PRUYS

Maria Berndina Pruys (nee Alofs), 83, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born June 21, 1922 in Etten, Gelderland, Holland.

Maria was united in marriage to Fransciscus (Frans) Herman Pruys on Jan. 31, 1950. Two weeks after their marriage, they immigrated to Canada, where they took up residence in Roddick Township, Ont. for one year.

From there they moved to Devlin, Ont., where they raised eight children.

EILEEN ANNABEL MALCOLM

It’s with deep sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and friend, Eileen Annabel Malcolm.

She was predeceased by the love of her life, Francis Alexander Malcolm (2002).

Surviving are her son, David (Linda); daughters, Valier (Allan), Lee Anna (James), and Maxine (Bill); grandchildren, Greg, Deanna, Amanda, Sarah, David, Cory, Kyle, and Cynthia; and brother, Wilfred Hearn.

She will be remembered for the never-ending love and devotion to her family and friends.

SHERRYN LEE PEARSON

Sherryn Lee Pearson, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Wednesday Nov. 30, 2005 in Ear Falls, Ont.

She was born Feb. 2, 1949 in Fort Frances to Nels and Muriel Pearson. She lived in Fort Frances for most of her life, then spent the last several years in the Dryden area.

Sherryn was a giving and loving person who truly cherished children. The children that surrounded her over the years were her life and her joy. She also was an excellent cook and the family loved coming together for meals at her home.

ALAN NORMAN ANDERSON

Alan Anderson, 74, of Devlin, Ont., passed away suddenly on Monday, Dec. 5, 2005.

He was born April 21, 1933 at the Cuthbertson Nursing Home in Devlin to Axel and Ivah Anderson of Box Alder, Township of Devlin. Alan was educated in the area and lived in Box Alder all his life, except for a few years when he worked in Manitoba as a young man.

On Aug. 6, 1952, he was united in marriage with Inez Mose of Emo, Ont. At this time, he took over the home farm that had been homesteaded by his grandfather, George Strachan, in 1896.

JOHN ARTHUR (ART) ANDERSON

John Arthur (Art) Anderson, 83, of Bergland, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 11, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Feb. 9, 1922 in Bergland to the late John and Maria Anderson.

Art attended school in Bergland, then at the age of 15 started working with local commercial fishermen, first for Val Fadden and later for John Quick and Ernie Pentney.

On May 10, 1947, Art was united in marriage to Dorothy Johnson. They lived in Spohn Township for 14 years, where he owned and operated his own pulp truck.

MIKE HUBERT

It is with the deepest sadness we announce the passing of Mike Hubert at the age of 60 years, who passed away peacefully at his home in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005.

Loved father of Fawn and her husband, Jordie, and Mike Jr. and his wife, Tracy, all of Thunder Bay, and Grandpa to Jennifer, Jacqulyn, Brandon, Jazzulyn, and Bailey.

He also will be sadly missed by his sister, Delores Pollard, Holly Mandrek, Jean Hartnell, Pete Hubert, Bob Hubert of B.C., and oldest sister, Amy. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

JOHN ELROY DOUGLAS

John Elroy Douglas passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005.

He was born Jan. 22, 1925 in Emo, Ont. to William and Margaret Douglas. He attended public school in Emo and then worked on farms and different jobs until Nov. 11, 1942, when he was sworn into the Canadian Army.

While in the army, he served in England, North Africa and Italy. In Italy, he was wounded and hospitalized for several months. He then was sent back to Canada, where he was honourably discharged, returning to Emo.

There was only one town that he loved all his life and that town was Emo.

DAVID E. CARR

David Elwood Dow Carr, 75, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005 at the V.A. Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Mr. Carr was born Oct. 24, 1930 in Genoa, Va., and was a son of the late David Daniel and Bertha Phillips Carr.

He was a watch-maker, farmer, logger, and mechanic. Mr. Carr also was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the army from 1950-53.

Mr. Carr lived in Canada for 28 years from 1974-2002 with his family, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.

CAROL MARGARET DUNGEY

Carol Margaret Dungey was called to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, surrounded by her loving family, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Carol was born Sept. 4, 1941 in Emo, Ont. to Clifford and Beatrice Crawford.

On Oct. 15, 1959, Carol married the love of her life, Vernon Dungey. They moved to Ignace, Ont. and helped Dorothy and John Dungey run the White Rose gas station and restaurant.

In 1961, they began Vern’s Minnows and ran their successful business until 1995.

BRENDA KAY VAN GUSE

Brenda Kay Van Guse, 46, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005 at home, surrounded by family and friends, after a year-long battle with cancer.

She was born May 31, 1959, in Yakima, Wash.

Brenda spent her time as a professional volunteer working to help other people. From 1998-2004, she volunteered at the Falls Hunger Coalition. She also volunteered during tax season completing tax returns for seniors, as well as with “Circles of Support” helping families work their way out of poverty.

THELMA VICTORIA LAYCOX

On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, with her family at her side, Thelma Victoria Laycox went to be with Christ.

Thelma was born June 23, 1913 in St. Vincent Township, Ont. to Henry and Mary Adams. She was raised in Owen Sound, Ont. and graduated from teachers’ college in Stratford, Ont.

She moved to Rainy River District in 1950 and she taught school for more than 30 years in Dance, Madsen, and Blue Township. She loved teaching and spending time with children.

JEAN G. LaVALLEE

Jean LaVallee, 79, of 129 Fourth St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

Jean was born Jan. 10, 1926 in Chenville, Que. to the late Neonie and Sydney LaVallee.

In 1953, he was united in marriage to the late Raymonde LaVallee.

For enjoyment, he loved sports, gardening, and watching over his family.

ANNE BARR

Anne Barr, 82, of Alberton Township, Ont., passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Anne was born Jan. 28, 1923 in Winnipeg, Man. to Molly and Nick Zdan. She was raised in Carrick, Man. and moved to Fort Frances following her marriage to Wilson Barr on April 20, 1944. Together, they farmed in Crozier for many years.

She enjoyed being outdoors, working in the garden, or tending to the animals. She also enjoyed crocheting.

CARL DOMINIC BRAGG

Carl Dominic Bragg, 83, of Finland, Ont., passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005.

He was born May 14, 1922 in Killiker, Mn. to the late Milton and Anna Bragg. Carl moved to Canada in 1923 and settled in Finland. He was educated and had lived all of his life in Finland.

In his earlier years, Carl worked for his father at Bragg’s Sawmill. He later enlisted with the Canadian Army and served overseas in the North Pacific, including Japan and the Aleutian Islands.

GEORGE KAPLAR

George Kaplar, of 422 Front St., Emo, Ont., passed away at the Emo Health Centre on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005 at the age of 72.

George was a retired locomotive engineer from the CNR. He hired out on the railroad in 1952 and worked for a brief period in Rainy River, Ont., then was laid off and headed out west.

He took up residence in Biggar, Sask., where he worked and raised his family until 1969, when he returned to Rainy River to work. He moved his family to Emo in 1970.

George retired in 1989.

BERTHA ANNA KOTT

Bertha Anna Kott, wife of Jack Kott, who predeceased her in May, 2005, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 in Pouce Coupe, B.C. at 80 years of age.

She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Oddy and son-in-law, Ted Oddy, of Dawson Creek, B.C.; grandson, Edward (Tammy); granddaughters, Shauna (Jason), Tammy (Wes), and Alanna (Phil); and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 14, 2005 at Reyhars Funeral Home in Dawson Creek.

BRIAN ‘MIKE’ GREIG

Brian “Mike” Greig, 72, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005 at home in Gibsons, B.C. after a courageous struggle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie; sons, Michael, John, and James; daughter, Lynne; grandsons, Dorian and Cameron; brothers, Sheridan (Pat) and Larry (Joan); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005.

MARGUERITE MARY LANGSTAFF

Marguerite Mary Langstaff, 90, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2005 peacefully at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances.

Marguerite was born March 27, 1915 in Canyon, District of Kenora, Ont., to the late Albert and Florence Lavigne. She was a long-time resident of Fort Frances, having lived here since 1925.

She had attended school on Sioux Lookout, Ont.

Marguerite enjoyed many home activities, like crocheting, sewing, knitting, and gardening. Always, though, her family came first and she would make wonderful meals for us.

PRESTON PERRAULT

It is with great sadness that the family of Preston Perrault mourns his sudden passing on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005 in Winnipeg, Man.

Preston was born Jan. 20, 1975 in Fort Frances, Ont. and was raised in Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Red Gut Bay) First Nation and later in Fort Frances. He graduated from Fort Frances High School in 1994.

Preston loved coming home to Fort Frances to hunt and fish with his Dad and brothers on Rainy Lake.

ANTHONY (TONY) PIZEY

  The family of Anthony (Tony) Pizey announces his passing at the St. Boniface palliative care unit on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Tony was born in Kingston–upon-Thames, England, the oldest son of William and Jean Pizey, on Dec. 13, 1937. After graduation from school, Tony worked for the post office in England before joining the Royal Engineers and serving in Egypt and England.

OWEN LINDSAY

Owen Fenwick Lindsay, born June 30, 1917 in Tugaski, Sask., passed away in Atikokan Hospital in Atikokan, Ont. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005.

He was raised on a farm by hard-working parents during many years of drought, hailstorms, sandstorms, and insect infestations. Observing and experiencing the hardships of those early years began the formation of his belief in social justice and a caring society for all.

As a young adult, Owen worked at a variety of jobs, farming, truck driving, mining in the Yukon, and building planes in Fort Erie.

JUSTINA DERKSEN

It is with the utmost sadness that the family announces Justina’s passing on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005.

Jessie was born at home in Neuanlauge, Sask. on Oct. 10, 1930.

She married William Derksen on July 12, 1953. They moved to Emo, Ont. in 1963 and spent many happy years together, raising a family of four children.

She loved her family and was happiest with them by her side. Family gatherings were most important to her. She also loved to garden, play games, and visit with friends and relatives.

KAY (KATHERINE JOAN) WILSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Kay (Katherine Joan) Wilson announces her sudden passing on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005 at the Riverside health care facility in Fort Frances, Ont.

Kay was born Sept. 28, 1938 in Emo, Ont., where she was a life-long resident. She started bookkeeping for Martin’s Transfer right out of high school, then on to Norlund Oil, where she worked for many years until her retirement.

ELISABETH (LISBETH) HASLUND RUDE

Elisabeth (Lisbeth) Haslund Rude, 75, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A celebration of Elisabeth’s life will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances.

Pastor Brian Keffer will officiate, followed by interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.

No formal visitation is planned, but friends are welcome to visit with the family at their home in Fort Frances at any time.

A complete obituary will follow.