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Obituaries

INGRID ARLENE STEVENSON

Ingrid Arlene Stevenson passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at home in Fort Frances, Ont. with family after a long and courageous battle against ovarian cancer.

Ingrid was born Feb. 15, 1952 in Kenora, Ont.

She was predeceased by her parents, Roald and Joan Stevenson.

She is survived by her beloved 12-year-old son, Braeden Barrett Stevenson; and her life partner, Peter Ferris.

She also is survived by her siblings, Sandra Joan Meads (Gordon), Lynn Krolyk, Robert Stevenson (Judi), and Barton Stevenson (Linda); and numerous nieces and nephews.

MABEL DELORES BRUYERE

Peacefully with her family at her side, Mabel Delores Bruyere passed away Thursday, April 13, 2006 in her home on Couchiching First Nation.

Mabel was born Sept. 23, 1941 in Fort Frances, Ont. and remained living on Couchiching First Nation for her entire life. Mabel was married to her one true love, Vernon Bruyere, in June, 1957.

Throughout the years, Mabel completed the Early Childhood Education and Homemaker program. She worked at the Rainy Lake Group Home as a cook and then went on to work as a homemaker until she became ill.

HARRY KILNER

Harry Kilner, 80, of Stratton, Ont., passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born March 8, 1926 in Thorburn, N.S. to the late Harry and Elizabeth Kilner.

Harry’s family moved to Cambridge, Ont. when Harry was very young. At the age of nine, his family moved to England, where Harry grew up and later worked in the mines.

Harry later moved to Toronto, Ont., where he worked for the Toronto Transit for 20 years. While in Toronto, Harry was involved with the Boy Scouts for many years.

ARTHUR LEONARD ‘BUD’ HEBERT

Arthur Leonard “Bud” Hebert passed away at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances, Ont. on Saturday, April 8, 2006. Bud was born in Fort Frances on Oct. 19, 1927 and resided here most of his life.

Bud is survived by his wife, Elaine. They were united in marriage on July 9, 1949.

During their early years of marriage, Bud worked at a few different occupations, including underground mining, taxi driving, highway work, bookkeeping, and proof-reading at the Fort Frances Times.

LORAINE SOMERVILLE

It is with great sadness the family of Loraine Somerville announces her passing on Saturday, April 8, 2006.

Born in Fort Frances, Ont. to Walter and Yvonne Green on May 19, 1932, Loraine spent her early childhood in Flanders, Ont. and spoke of it often.

As a young girl, she moved with her family to Fort Frances, Ont., where she spent the rest of her life.

DOROTHY JEAN (Fisher) BERGSTROM

It is with great sadness that the family of Dorothy Jean Bergstrom announces her passing at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances, Ont. on Thursday evening, April 6, 2006.

Dorothy was born Thursday, June 28, 1928 in Aylesworth, the third child and second daughter of Charles Milton Fisher and Mary Catherine (O’Neill) Fisher.

On Jan. 8, 1948, Dorothy was united in marriage to Hans Gasta Bergstrom, who predeceased her on Saturday, Jan. 25, 1975.

LYLE VERNON ARMSTRONG

On Friday, April 7, 2006, Lyle Vernon Armstrong went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ.

Lyle was born Nov. 8, 1948 in Fort Frances, Ont. to George and Kirsti Armstrong. As a young man he had many passions, from airplanes and horses to art and music, which continued throughout his life.

After diabetes took his pilot’s licence, he turned to other adventures, including James Bay Store and Steakhouse, U-pick strawberries, a home builder, property developer, and landlord.

HARRY A. RUSHTON

Harry A. Rushton, a World War Two naval veteran, passed away in his 87th year on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lillian Rushton (nee Gadd); dear father of Mary Lou Baggaley, Linda Gillespie, Robert Rushton (Roberta), Carol Ann Huggett, and the late James Rushton (Joan); and dear brother of Isabelle Neal (Russell) and Dorothy Saltmarsh (Len).

JOHN COMEGAN

Nenaa ‘igoneb (Duck Clan)

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of our beloved John (Cash) Comegan, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at the age of 69 at Big Grassy First Nation.

He was predeceased by his parents, George Comegan and Annie Elliott; daughter, Mary Comegan; brother, Gordon Comegan; sister, Mary Daniels; and two siblings.

PEGGY McMILLAN

Peggy (Margaret Edith) McMillan, 56, of Habour Point Condominiums in Virgina Beach passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 in her home.

A native of Emo, Ont., she was predeceased by her father, Edwin McLean French.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Eric MacKenzie McMillan; son, Kent Gregory McMillan and granddaughter, Natalie Caitlin-Anne Cheslock, both of New Westminster, B.C.; daughter, Jodie Leigh McMillan of Atlanta, Ga., and her fiancé, Kenny Skaggs; and her mother, Colinette Edith French of Winnipeg, Man.

BARBARALLEN (BARB) GEORGINA JOHNSTON

The family of Barb Johnston (nee Dunahee) are saddened to announce her passing at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances, Ont. on Monday, April 3, 2006 after a brief illness.

Mom was born in Fort Frances on Oct. 6, 1939 and resided here for most of her life.

In July, 1958, she was united in marriage to J.T. (Terry) Johnston, who predeceased her on April 13, 1984.

FLORENCE ELIZABETH DRENNAN

It is with great sadness that the family of Florence Elizabeth Drennan, 91, announces that she passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2006.

This great woman was born April 25, 1914 in Cartwright, Man. to William and Martha Caul. As a young girl, Florence moved to Rainy River District with  her family, living first in Rainy River, Ont., then La Vallee, Ont., and on into Fort Frances, Ont.

Florence then met the love of her life, Joseph Drennan, whom she married on April 8, 1935 at Knox United Church in Fort Frances and together they raised two children.

MARGOT RUTH PAYNE

The death of Margot Ruth Payne of Hampton, N.B., wife of Gordon “Buzz” S. Payne, occurred March 23, 2006 at the Venice Regional Medical Centre in Florida.

She was born in Saint John, N.B., the daughter of Jenet (MacIlroy) Ottem of Fredericton and the late John Ottem.

Margot was a special education teacher residing in Bathurst, N.B., Port Alberni, B.C., and Fort Frances, Ont. before moving to Rothesay, N.B. in 1981 to continue in her teaching field.

Since 1995, she shared her time between Hampton and Warm Mineral Springs, Fla.

LLOYD ALFRED ROBERTSON

Lloyd Alfred Robertson, who was born March 26, 1938 in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away March 22, 2006 in Vancouver, B.C.

He is survived by his children, Kimberaly, Trisha, John, and Brian; numerous grandchildren; brother, Earl, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and sisters, Betty Gallow of Fort Frances, Ont. and Rose Kreger of Rainy River, Ont.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Avalon; and parents, Percy and Margaret Robertson.

FLORENCE DRENNAN

The family of Florence Drennan, 91, of Fort Frances, Ont., regrets to announce that she passed away Thursday, March 23, 2006.

Florence was born April 25, 1914 and lived a full and loving life.

A funeral for Florence will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

Visitation will be held in the sanctuary prior to the service from 1-2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Florence’s family encourages her many friends and loved ones to make a donation to the Knox United Church Lift Fund, which was one of her greatest passions.

HAZEL ALMA ANN ANDERSON

HAZEL ALMA ANN ANDERSON

Hazel Anderson (nee Benjamin), of 113-1301 Elizabeth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006.

Hazel was born in Rainy River, Ont., on Aug. 21, 1933. She was raised in North Branch, Ont. and married Leonard Anderson on Nov. 22, 1950. Hazel and Leonard raised their family of four in Atikokan, Ont. and moved back to the Fort Frances area in 1974.

Hazel worked as a tree-planter during the spring in the 1960s, and had fond memories of those days and the people she worked with.

CLIFFORD WILLIAM BENNELL

CLIFFORD WILLIAM BENNELL

Clifford William Bennell, who was born Dec. 16, 1926 in Kingsford, Ont., passed away Monday, March 20, 2006 in Prince George, B.C.

Clifford is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughters, Bonnie Lynn (Randy) Block, and Tammie (Cody) Thibault and children, Dylan, Rebecca, Cody, Melissa, Tyrell and Fletcher; sons, Danny (Sue) and children, Brendan and Brett, Rick (Debra) and children, Kyle and Tanis, Keith (Dawna) and children, Randi and Kasey, and Ted (Janice) and children, Jenna and Brody.

TRAVIS SNIDER

Travis Snider passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 5, 2006 doing what he loved to do. He will be dearly missed as a loving, dedicated, devoted, and understanding husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

He was born July 15, 1970.

Travis is survived by his wife of 13 years, Julie; two children, Jennifer and Ryan; parents, Ralph and Judy; brothers, Tim, and Terry (Charlene) with his daughter, Charmaine; sister, Sheri and her children, Conner and Sara; grandma, Pearl Daw Stevens; and numerous family members.

IOLA PEARL SEED

Iola Pearl Seed, 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2006 at Calgary’s Rockyview Hospital after a short illness.

A retired schoolteacher who began in the one-room schoolhouse days, she was a good person whose life was centered around family.

She was born in 1921 in Emo Township, Ont. In August, 1947, she was united in marriage to Gerald Seed of Black Hawk, Ont. Over the years, they resided in Fredericton, Kenora, Dryden, and Thunder Bay, and raised their family of David, Leslie Anne, and Paul.

LUCILE A. McCOY

Lucile McCoy, beloved wife of the late Tom McCoy, passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Friday, March 10, 2006 at the age of 89 years.

Lucile was born in Osage, Sask. to Ray and Grace Thompson. She married Tom on Sept. 8, 1937 and raised their family in Fort Frances.

Lucile is survived by her family, Arline Braden of Brownsville, Tex. and Ed (Peggy) of Calgary, Alta.; as well as five grandchildren, Casey Myers, Laurie Miller, Tom Myers, Sean McCoy, and Kyle McCoy; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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AGNES BENEDIX (HANDORGAN)

MOOZ DODEM (MOOSE CLAN)

It is with great sadness that the family of Agnes Benedix (Handorgan) announces her sudden passing on Tuesday, March 7, 2006.

Agnes was born Feb. 2, 1946 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late William and Clara Handorgan. She spent the early years of her life out at their traditional community at Naongashiing (Sandpoint) on Lake of the Woods.

She attended school in Kenora, Ont. from the age of five until 18.

JAMES WILLIAM MICHAEL (BILL) ADAIR

Bill passed away Sunday, March 5, 2006. He had been born March 30, 1929 in Hopkinsville, Ky. to Frances and J.W. Adair.

He lived his younger life in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he met his wife, Faith, during a hurricane in 1949.

Bill was working as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, on leave from the U.S. Army, where he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in Fort Sam Houston, while Faith was working to save some equipment from her place of work when he rescued her from a collapsing building.

They dated and married on April 9, 1950.

NORMAN ANDERSON

Norman Alfried Anderson passed away peacefully, after a well-fought extended illness, on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 79.

Missing Norm is his loving wife of 56 years, Grace; sons, Laurie and wife, Paula, of Grande Prairie, Alta., and Greg and wife, Debbie, of Prince George, B.C.; grandchildren, Aidan, Gina, Kimberly, and Rhys; and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alfried and Ruby Anderson and granddaughter, Caihla.

ALICE JOHNSON

Alice Johnson, 89, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Alice was born June 2, 1916 at Seine River First Nation and had lived most of her life there. During her earlier years, she enjoyed going to Pow-Wows, doing beadwork, and gardening. She also cut pulpwood in the district.

She was very close to her grandchildren and loved spending time with her family.

ROBERT MAURICE CARD

Robert Maurice Card, 63, of 1301 Elizabeth St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A graveside service will be held Friday, March 10, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, with Pastor Tony Geense officiating.