Donald Kuchma, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.
Don was born Aug. 13, 1923 in Stuartburn, Man. He moved to Fort Frances in 1956, where he had lived since. He had worked as a bartender for a few years and then began working for the C.N. until he retired in 1988.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, but most of all he took pride in his garden. He also enjoyed cooking and canning. He enjoyed spending his retirement with his family and friends.
Peacefully, at his residence on Thursday, June 5, 2008, Donald N. Roth of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away at the age of 74.
Donald was born Aug. 2, 1933 in Rainy River, Ont. to Norman and Germaine Roth. He resided in the Fort Frances area, working at the local paper mill until retirement.
Donald was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, wood carving, and being a gunsmith. He volunteered for the local NDP during elections, was a member of the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club, and active in the District Labor Council.
Donald was very proud of being a Stationary Engineer.
Unexpectedly on Monday June 2, 2008, at his residence in Black Hawk, Ont, Gary H. Teeple passed away at the age of 51.
Gary was born in Emo, Ont on November 21, 1956 to the late Ellard and Helen Teeple and was one of eight children raised on their dairy farm in Black Hawk. He attended Black Hawk School and Mather Potts
School, graduating from FFHS in 1974. Gary was united in marriage to Lisa Gasparini, Feb. 3, 1979 and together they purchased a farm in Black Hawk and with their son Jeff they established a successful Simmental herd.
Wayne passed away suddenly on Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 61.
While missing him greatly, his family is thankful for the countless good memories.
Besides his loving wife of 42 years, Joanne, Wayne is survived by his son, Kerry Halverson of The Pas, Man.; daughter, Jodie Madden, son-in-law, Jack, grandson, Trevor, and granddaughters, Doree and Hanna of The Pas, Man.; and son, Jim Halverson, daughter-in-law, Jackie, granddaughter, Emily, and grandson, Reece, of Winnipeg, Man.
JAMES HORATIO HOLMES
James Holmes, born Sept. 7, 1920 in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on May 23, 2008 at Burnaby General Hospital.
After being raised in Fort Frances and Rainy Lake area, he worked with his father, Perley Holmes, in his logging business. He also attended St. John’s University in Minnesota.
James then joined the Canadian military and served overseas during World War II.
After receiving his discharge in 1946, he travelled to British Columbia, where he met his wife, Angelina. They were married in 1954, settling in the Fraser Valley.
JOYCE RAE KURCEBA
A celebration to honour the life of Joyce Kurceba (nee McCreedy) will be held Monday, June 9, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 220 Helmsdale Ave.
Joyce passed away April 25, 2008 at the Riverview Health Centre after a lengthy illness at the age of 79.
Unfortunately, just shortly after Joyce’s passing, her daughter, Marilyn Ann Manuel, succumbed to cancer (May 23, 2008).
Monty Spoon, 73, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away Friday, May 30, 2008 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Monty was born Aug. 12, 1934 in the Atikokan, Ont. area. He lived in Seine River most of his life.
Having been born in the bush, he loved to be outdoors. As a young man, he worked as a logger and then moved on to hunting, fishing, and trapping, and was well-known for his long walks.
He also enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren, family, and many friends.
Betty Young, formerly of Lower Manitou Lake, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Port Hardy, B.C.
Betty was born to the late Thomas and Edith McCallum on Sept. 24, 1934 in Winnipeg, Man.
On April 24, 1967, she was united in marriage to her husband and companion in adventure, Andrew Clive Young (Andy), who survives her.
Betty loved her life on Lake Manitou, and together she and Andy built and operated the Manitou weather station, where they often resided year-round. She was known for her pioneer spirit and as a friend by all who frequented the lake.
Dorothy Adeline Haines, 82, of 1033 Lake Despair, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Thursday, May 29, 2008.
She was born June 30, 1925 in Trout Creek, Ont. to the late Peter and Hilda Albert. Dorothy moved to Rainy River District with her family when she was nine years old.
Before marriage, she worked as a telephone operator for a period of time.
Janet Mary Ellis, 46, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, ON on Wednesday, May 28, 2008.
She was born April 28, 1962 in Sudbury, ON to the late David Crook and the late Eleta Crook (nee Berrigan).
Janet had a rewarding career as an educational assistant for the Northwest Catholic District School Board. She greatly enjoyed working with her students, including special needs students, as well as her colleagues at several local schools.
Rick Copenace, 26, of Onigaming First Nation, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 in Kenora, Ont.
Rick was born April 12, 1982 in Fort Frances, Ont. He had worked in construction as a labourer and also as a cook’s assistant at the child care centre.
He enjoyed hockey, golfing, fishing, and was the pitcher for the Sabaskong Cubs fastball team.
He was devoted to his fiancé, Annie, he adored his children, and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Eliza J. Wilson, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the age of 65.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, James Wilson of Fort Frances, Ont.; her children, Albert (Lil) Presenger of Vonda, Sask., Debbie (Carl) Galusha of Emo, Ont., James (Cindy) French of Deroche, B.C., Barbie (Darien) Trimble of Emo, Ont., Wanda (Shawn) Pollard of Fort Frances, Ont., and Wade (Candice) Wilson of Nanaimo, B.C.
Bradley James Gustafson, 48, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, May 25, 2008 with his family at his side at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
Brad was born May 27, 1959 in Fort Frances, where he had lived all of his life. He had worked as a forklift operator in the finishing room at the local mill, where he had been employed for 30 years.
He was a sports fanatic and was very knowledgeable in all sports. He was an avid Philadelphia Flyers hockey fan and anyone who knew him could attest to this by all of his “Philly” memorabilia.
Peter Mudry passed away peacefully on Monday, May 12, 2008 in his 95th year at Strathmere Lodge in Strathroy, Ont.
Predeceased by his wife, Nellie, he will be missed by his family, son, Jim (Angie) Mudry; daughter, Judy (Rod) Willoughby; grandchildren, Lisa and Wendy Mudry, Dr. Rod (Cory) Willoughby, and MCpl. Colin (Joanne) Willoughby; and great-grandchildren, Connor, Matthew, Meghan, Charlotte, Mallory, and Eric.
It is with great sadness that the family announceS that their brother and unclE, Robert James Martin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at his home at Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora, Ont.
Robert was born Oct. 22, 1928 in Blue Township, Ont., where he was raised on the farm. In 1970, Robert moved Fort Frances, Ont., where he lived with his parents.
After his parents’ passing, Robert moved to Kenora under the care of Community Living, where he lived interdependently until he moved into Pinecrest Home of the Aged in November, 2003.