You are here

Obituaries

ROSALIE SYLVIA BATCHER

    Rosalie Sylvia Batcher, 78, of International Falls, Mn., passed away peacefully at home following her long and courageous battle with cancer with family at her side.    Sylvia was born Dec. 11, 1928 to Harold and Rosalie (O’Donnell) Armstrong in Fort Frances, Ont.

JOHN BOSMA

    On Sunday, July 8, 2007, our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went to be with the Lord.    John (Johannes) Bosma was born in Friesland, the Netherlands in 1908. He married Susan in 1932 in the Netherlands and in 1949 they immigrated to Canada with seven children to Longburn, Man.    Four more children were born to them, one of which died shortly after birth.    In 1957, they purchased a dairy farm in Stratton, Ont., where they farmed until John’s retirement.

JOHN PATRICK SNIDER

    Mr. John Patrick Snider, 69, a resident of Atikokan, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family.    Born Jan. 12, 1938 in Fort Frances, Ont., he was employed with Mando Camp 113 for many years and retired from the Ministry of Natural Resources in 1996.     Pat was a skilled carpenter and Jack-of-all-trades—there wasn’t anything that needed repair that he could not fix or had a part for.

ELSA WIERSEMA

    It is with great sadness that the family of Elsa Wiersema announces her unexpected passing on Thursday, July 5, 2007.    Elsa was born April 11, 1935 to Eldert and Johanna Romyn in Zwijndrecht, Holland. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1948, settled in Portage La Prairie, Man. and later, in 1952, moved to the Rainy River District.    Elsa worked in the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont. and married the love of her life, Louis, on Nov. 1 1954. They moved to Atikokan, Ont., starting a family, and later moved to Gameland, Ont.

HELEN IRIS WEKNER

 Helen I. Wekner passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.    She is survived by her husband, Alvin, of 55 years; son, Bradley and his wife, Joan; granddaughter, Stephanie; and sister-in-law, Norma Pattison and family.    Helen was predeceased by her grandson, Sean; and brother, Leslie Pattison.    As per Helen’s wishes, cremation has taken place.    Online condolences may be left at www.northridgefuneralhome.com

NANCY LEE HOWDEN

    It is with great sadness that the family of Nancy Lee Howden, 57, announces her passing on Monday, July 2, 2007 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont. after a brief illness.    Nancy was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Aug. 5, 1949 to Bill and Joan Cross. She married Robert Howden on Nov. 1, 1969.    Together they operated the Rijnol jewellery store in Fort Frances, and most recently the Canadian Trading Post on Sandpoint Lake.    It was at “the lake” that they found the most joy.

JEAN LAMBERT

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved mother, Jean Lambert, on Monday, July 2, 2007.    Jean was born with her twin, Jane, on May 5, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Emile and Mary Fournier.

KATHERINE ZUB

    Katherine Zub, 87, of 923 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Friday, June 29, 2007 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.    She was born Nov. 30, 1919 in Arbakka, Man. to the late Magdary and Mary Nastiuk.     Katherine’s family moved to Fort Frances when she was very young. She attended school and lived in Fort Frances all of her life.    On June 12, 1938, she was united in marriage to Alex Zub and together they raised their young family.

IVAN WILHELM OLSON

    Ivan Olson, 87, of Arbor Vitae, Ont., passed away Monday July 2, 2007 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.    Ivan was the last remaining child of Olaf and Christina Olson. He was born Aug. 26, 1919 in the same home he lived in all his life.

ALBERT ‘HAT’ GEORGE MORRISON

    Albert George Morrison, of International Falls, Mn., passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the age of 76.    He was born Aug. 8, 1930 in  Fort Frances, Ont. He grew up in Red Gut Bay, Ont. and attended boarding school at the Couchiching reserve. He then went to work for J.A. Mathieu’s sawmill at Couchiching and later became a commercial fisherman, guide, and logger.    Albert moved to Duluth, Mn. in 1964, where he worked as a truck driver.

ALLAN JAMES CANN

It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Cann announces his passing on Sunday June 24, 2007 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Allan was born Dec. 16, 1936 in Emo to Leslie and Myrtle Cann. He lived in the Emo area all of his life. He was united in marriage to Betty Holborn on Sept. 8, 1959.

As a young man, Allan joined the construction business, working as a truck driver from 1956-80. He worked as a logger from 1981-96 and then joined Fred Brown Equipment as a mechanic, retiring on Dec. 31, 2003.

JAMES DEAN (JIM) KENNEDY

With his family by his side, Jim Kennedy peacefully went home to be with the Lord at the age of 77 years on Wednesday, June 13, 2007.

Jim was born June 18, 1929 in Burriss Township to the late Ed and Bertha Kennedy.

For enjoyment, Jim spent summers camping with family and friends. He also loved to garden, fish, and go hunting.

Jim also looked forward to the Emo Fair as he had a love for horses and would enter his nephew’s team of horses. He was known as the senior driver and was proud of the trophies he won.

ADRIENNE BROWN

Adrienne Nicole Brown was born Oct. 5, 1982 in Fort Frances, Ont. in the Rainy River District, the eldest daughter of Howard and Audrey (nee Atatise) Brown.

Adrienne lived and attended school in Lac La Croix First Nation.

Adrienne is survived by her three precious children, Jordan Garcia, Tatum Sierra, and Kya Zoey, who she dedicated her life to.

KATHLEEN JOANNE ROACH

Kathleen Joanne Roach, 68, of 1131 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at home in the early-morning hours of Saturday, June 16, 2007.

Kathleen was born June 25, 1938 to Emeric (Pete) and Marie Klyne. She was born and raised in Fort Frances, where she lived her entire lifetime.

It is with much love that we, her family, advise that she lived life to the fullest and was loved by so many. At the age of 17, she married the love her life, William (Chuck) Roach.

MARIANNE DELPHINE GAGNÉ

Peacefully, with family at her side, Marianne Delphine Gagné ended her life’s journey on Saturday evening, June 23, 2007 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Born in Fort Frances on July 5, 1913, Marianne lived her entire life here. She attended St. Mary’s School and Fort Frances High School.

She also was a lifelong dedicated parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish in Fort Frances, and a charter member of the local Catholic Women’s League.

JOHN BLAIR (JACK) EASTON

Jack Easton, 67, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Thursday, June 21, 2007 with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

John Blair (Jack) Easton was born in Fort Frances on Oct. 13, 1939 to Stewart and Ila Easton. He was united in marriage to Alfreda Woods on Aug. 14, 1965.

In his youth, Jack worked in the mining and forest industry. Later on, he worked as a bartender and bar manager, and then as a labourer in the construction industry for many years.

NORMA KATHERINE TROTT

Norma K. Trott of International Falls, Minnesota died Tuesday morning, June 19, 2007 at the Falls Good Samaritan Center. Norma was 86 years of age.

Norma was born on June 7, 1921 in International Falls, Minnesota. She and Ross moved to Hammond, Indiana in 1971.

In 1982 they moved back to the Falls where she stayed for the remainder of her life.

Formerly Norma K. Monrean, she was united in marriage to Ross Trott on August 10th, 1941.

WILLIAM D. WEDNCHUK

William “Bill” Wednchuk, 72 of International Falls, died Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at his home, surrounded by his family. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at Evangelical Covenant Church, International Falls, with Pastor Dave Smith officiating. 

Bill was born December 30, 1934 in Fort Frances, Ont., the son of Daniel and Mary Wednchuk.

He worked many jobs over the years including logging, mining, fishing and hunting guide and cook, Mando Paper Mill, construction, and retiring from the Roofers Union in 2000.

MARVIN JAMES CHERNASKI

It is with great sorrow that the family of Marvin James Chernaski announces his sudden passing on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at Falls Memorial Hospital in Int’l. Falls, MN.

Marvin was born Feb. 5, 1943 in Fort Frances, Ont., to John and Mary (Havluck) Chernaski, who preceded him in 1956.

In 1964 Marvin moved to Int’l. Falls. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces and the United States Army and was Honourably Discharged from both.

NORMA K. TROTT

Norma K. Trott of International Falls, MN passed away Tuesday morning, June 19, 2007 at the Falls Good Samaritan Centre in International Falls, MN.

Norma was 86 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 22, 2007 at the Evangelical Covenant Church at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service.

Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, International Falls, MN.

Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com and arrangements are with the Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc. of International Falls, MN.

THOMAS WILLIAM WILKINSON

The Rev. Thomas Wilkinson, born March 23, 1919 in Medicine Hat, Alta., passed into the presence of the Lord on May 28, 2007 in the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, B.C.

Mr. Wilkinson ministered as a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church for 40 years. He faithfully served in the following parishes: Erickson, B.C. (1944-49); Alpine-Benito, Man. (1949-54); Camrose, Alta. (1954-59); Prince Albert, Sask. (1959-61); Fort Frances, Ont. (1961-74); Big Falls, Mn. (1966-74 on circuit), and Nelson, B.C. (1974-84).

ALEX MARKOWSKI

  Alex Markowski, age 77, of 806 Fourth St. E., Fort Frances, Ontario passed away quietly, with his son and daughter-in-law by his side, on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Alex was born on August 1, 1929 in Fort Frances, Ontario to the late Nick and Annie Markowski.

PATRICK THOMAS OLTSHER

Pat Oltsher passed away Sunday, June 10, 2007 at the age of 52 at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Ont.

Pat was born Sept. 8, 1954 in Fort Frances, Ont., and was predeceased by his parents, Paul (1969) and Kathleen (Kay) (1993) Oltsher.

He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings, Paul (Dorothy) of Saskatoon, Sask., Jim (Lynne) of Dryden, Ont., Julia and partner, Jim McKiernan, of Stoney Creek, Ont., and George (Heather) of Barwick, Ont.

He also will be missed by many nieces and nephews.

KENDALL NAUCLER

On May 30, 2007, word was received that Kendall Naucler, formerly of the Rainy River, Ont., area, had passed away after battling cancer for a number of years.

He and his wife, Lorraine, of nearly 60 years, have lived on Vancouver Island since 1963.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine (Littlefield); son, Marty; son-in-law, Chris Barratt and two granddaughters; one sister; and one brother.

He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Leanne; and three siblings.

A memorial was held in Parksville, B.C. on June 9, 2007.

EUNICE IRENE RUSNAK

Eunice Irene Rusnak (nee Van Tassel), born Feb. 15, 1933 in Worthington Township, Ont., passed away at the age of 74 on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Eunice fought a courageous battle with advanced auto-immune liver disease. She enjoyed her last months in the company of good friends and neighbours, under the watchful care of the staff at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Eunice was predeceased by her husband, George (1990); sisters, Margaret Scott and Edna Robar; mother, Violet Cliver; and father, David Van Tassel.