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Obituaries

CARMAN SANFORD NEILSON

Carman Neilson passed away Sunday, June 11, 2006, with his family at his side, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Carman will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife, Louise (“Lou”); sons, Eric (Monique), Shawn (Bea), Tim (Natalie), and David; daughters, Kristen and Dinah; grandchildren, Jaret, Adrienne, Quinn, Madeleine, Erin, Geoffrey, Ashley, and Karly; and great-granddaughter, Taylor.

JACK McCONNELL

The family of Jack Walter McConnell announces his passing on June 3, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre.

Jack was born Feb. 25, 1949 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Gordon and Violet (nee Brown) McConnell. He was united in marriage to Sandra (McCoy) on Feb. 8, 1969 and they were blessed with two sons, Jeremy and Jonathan.

Jack began working at a young age as a guide for fishermen in the Fort Frances area. He also worked hauling gravel and managed a hotel for many years.

ELLEN MAY STUTVOET

Ellen May Stutvoet passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 11, 2006 in the Continuing Care Unit at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She is survived by her husband, Henry, and lovingly remembered by her sister, Georgina Whitlaw and her husband, John, of Winnipeg, Man.; as well as several nieces and nephews in Nolalu, Sudbury, and Sarnia, Ont., Fort Gratiote, Mich., and New Castle, N.B.

MELBA MAUREEN TURNER

It is with great sadness that we announce that Melba Maureen Turner passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Jeannie, in Vernon, B.C. on May 11, 2006 at the age of 88.

Melba was born in Australia but moved to England at the age of 14. She met her husband George during the war and moved to Canada. They started their life in Fort Frances, Ont. in 1946, where they raised six children.

BEATRICE ELIZABETH CRAWFORD

Beatrice Elizabeth Crawford, 89, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., and formerly of the Golden Age Manor in Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully at her residence with her family at her side on Monday, May 15, 2006.

Beatrice was born Dec. 8, 1916 in Shenston Township, Ont. to the late Frederick and Katherine Kehl. Beatrice grew up and lived her early years on the family farm.

DARREL ARVID WHITEFIELD

It is great sorrow that the family of Darrel Whitefield announces his passing on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Darrel was born Feb. 19, 1950 in Fort Frances to Millie and Reginald Whitefield.

He joined the staff at the Fort Frances Times at age 16, working as a pressman. In 1975, he headed west, living in Medicine Hat, Calgary, and Winnipeg.

In 1978, he returned to Fort Frances, rejoining the staff at the Times, where he worked until his passing.

DONALD EARL MARTIN

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Mr. Donald Earl Martin, formerly of Nipigon, Ont. on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 with his family by his side in St. Joseph’s Care Group at the age of 72 years.

Don was born and raised in the Fort Frances, Ont. area. In his younger years, he worked in various bush camps and later found employment with Ontario Hydro for 39 years.

GEOFFREY WILLIAM McCLAIN

In loving memory of Geoffery William McClain, who passed away suddenly on Feb. 4, 2006.

Geoff was born April 24, 1964 in Red Lake, Ont. He lived in Madsen, Ont., with his parents, Bill and Edna, and sister, Nancy, until two years of age. The family then moved to Atikokan, Ont.

Geoff graduated from the Atikokan High School, going on to receive an honours degree in economics, with a minor in demographics, from the University of Manitoba.

VICTOR CECIL CROSS

Victor Cecil Cross, 83, of Emo Road, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Victor was born March 18, 1923 in Mulvihill, Man. to the late Herbert and Winifred (Izzard) Cross, the eldest of nine children. The family later moved to Rainy River District.

In 1942, Victor enlisted in the Canadian Forces in the 6th Field Artillery. He proudly served his country in northern Europe for three years.

ART MARTIN

Mr. Art Martin passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70 at his residence in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Tuesday, May 30, 2006.

He was born Oct. 7, 1935 in Burriss Township, west of Fort Frances, Ont. He lived and worked his entire life in various communities in Northwestern Ontario.

He was employed as a conservation officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources and retired in 1990 after 35 years of service. Art enjoyed selling real estate and finally retired again in 2000.

RENÉ PIERRE DeGAGNE

René Pierre DeGagne, 59, passed away in the early-morning hours of Monday, June 5, 2006 at the Medicine Hat Hospital in Medicine Hat, Alta.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Health Roman Catholic Church in Foremost, Alta.

A complete obituary will follow.

NORMAN EMIL BRUSVEN

Norman Emil Brusven, 88, of Barwick, Ont., passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born July 24, 1917 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late Norval and Alma Brusven. He grew up in Bergland, Ont., and spent his early years working as a guide and logger.

He then moved to Barwick, where he met Bonnie Galusha while working for her father. They later were united in marriage in Barwick on Aug. 2, 1940.

JAMES MAXWELL MacDONALD

It is with love and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of James Maxwell MacDonald on Sunday, May 21, 2006. Jim was 68 when his journey of life ended peacefully with his loving wife at his side at their home in Rainy River, Ont.

Jim was born July 19, 1937 in Worthington Township, Ont. to William (Bill) and Minnie MacDonald. He worked as an engineer with Canadian National Rail for 38 years, retiring in 1993.

He was member the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

James was united in marriage to Lorraine Cyr on July 9, 1988.

VIOLET ISABELL ROSS

Vi Ross, 95, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2006 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born March 3, 1911 in Farrington, Ont. to Edward and Nancy Calder. The family moved to Fort Frances and later she was united in marriage to Archie Ross.

Vi worked many years as a waitress at the Rainy Lake Hotel and was a member of the Royal Purple.

She enjoyed many things in her life, especially spending time with family and friends. She was always positive and exhibited her culinary skills to the fullest.

JACK (ROBERT JOHN) MILLER

Jack (Robert John) Miller, 59, of Crystal Lake, Ont. passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 21, 2006 in Red Lake, Ont.

Jack was born June 6, 1946 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Holmes and Edna Miller. He grew up in La Vallee, Ont., where he worked at the Miller Store. He later moved to the Atikokan, Ont. area in 1966, where he worked for the Caland Ore Mine. He also had worked in the bush doing several different jobs.

For the last seven years, he’s worked for Dynatec in Balmertown, Ont. as an electrician at the Gold Corp Mine.

RAYMOND LYALL LAW

Raymond Lyall Law, 90, of Carrie Street in Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away in April, 2006.

On April 24, 2006, a memorial service was held at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, Ont., with Rev. Hugh Robert MacDonald officiating.

Ray was born in Fort Frances, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Law.

He leaves to mourn his wife, the former Irene Wrightsell; a brother, Don (Norma) of White Rock, B.C.; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

DOROTHY MAY REDFORD

Dorothy May Redford, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances.

She was born Dec. 1, 1917 in Burriss, Ont. to Robert and Thurza Greenner. She was raised in the Burriss area, and sang in the local church and taught Sunday School as a young woman.

On Nov. 9, 1938, she was united in marriage to John Wesley Redford of Emo. Dorothy spent many happy years raising their four daughters and two sons on the farm and in Fort Frances.

DOROTHY MAY REDFORD

Dorothy Redford, 89, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances.

A visitation will be held Friday, May 26, 2006 from 7-8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Rev. Marietta Marshall will officiate, with interment in the Emo Cemetary in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JAMES ERNEST (BERT) O’DONNELL

James Ernest (Bert) O’Donnell was born in Fort Frances, Ont., on Sept. 23, 1923 and unexpectedly passed away on Friday, May 19, 2006.

He was the youngest son of the late Dr. J.E. and Maude O’Donnell.

Bert was predeceased by his brother, Rev. Hugh O’Donnell, S.J.; sisters, Joan McLennan and Rita O’Donnell; nephew, Tony McLennan; and brother-in-law, Judge A.D. McLennan.

He is survived by his nephew, Ian McLennan; niece, Saylor McLennan; cousins, Dick and Lenore O’Donnell of Thunder Bay, Ont., Jake O’Donnell of Winnipeg, Man., and Molly McLennan of Winnipeg, Man.

WILLIAM (BUSTER) ARCHIBALD BROWN Jr.

William (Buster) Archibald Brown Jr., 86, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Stratton Ont., passed away peacefully with his family at his side at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Tuesday, May 9, 2006.

William was born May 14, 1919 in Morley Township (Stratton) to the late William Archibald and Grace Eva (Ethel) Brown. During World War II, he served in the Canadian Army for four years in Canada until his discharge.

DARREL ARVID WHITEFIELD

It is great sorrow that the family of Darrel Whitefield announces his passing on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Darrel was born Feb. 19, 1950 in Fort Frances to Millie and Reginald Whitefield.

He joined the staff at the Fort Frances Times at age 16, working as a pressman. In 1975, he headed west, living in Medicine Hat, Calgary, and Winnipeg.

In 1978, he returned to Fort Frances, rejoining the staff at the Times, where he worked until his passing.

ELLEN MAY STUTVOET

Ellen May Stutvoet passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 11, 2006 in the Continuing Care Unit at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She is survived by her husband, Henry, and lovingly remembered by her sister, Georgina Whitlaw and her husband, John, of Winnipeg, Man.; as well as several nieces and nephews in Nolalu, Sudbury, and Sarnia, Ont., Fort Gratiote, Mich., and New Castle, N.B.

MELBA MAUREEN TURNER

It is with great sadness that we announce that Melba Maureen Turner passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Jeannie, in Vernon, B.C. on May 11, 2006 at the age of 88.

Melba was born in Australia but moved to England at the age of 14. She met her husband George during the war and moved to Canada. They started their life in Fort Frances, Ont. in 1946, where they raised six children.

BEATRICE ELIZABETH CRAWFORD

Beatrice Elizabeth Crawford, 89, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., and formerly of the Golden Age Manor in Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully at her residence with her family at her side on Monday, May 15, 2006.

Beatrice was born Dec. 8, 1916 in Shenston Township, Ont. to the late Frederick and Katherine Kehl. Beatrice grew up and lived her early years on the family farm.

DARREL ARVID WHITEFIELD

It is great sorrow that the family of Darrel Whitefield announces his passing on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Darrel was born Feb. 19, 1950 in Fort Frances to Millie and Reginald Whitefield.

He joined the staff at the Fort Frances Times at age 16, working as a pressman. In 1975, he headed west, living in Medicine Hat, Calgary, and Winnipeg.

In 1978, he returned to Fort Frances, rejoining the staff at the Times, where he worked until his passing.