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WESLEY LLOYD (WES) JOHNSON

Wesley Lloyd (Wes) Johnson, 82, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006.

Wes was born Oct. 29, 1923 in Blue Township, Ont. to the late August and Lilah Johnson.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Canada and the United Kingdom. He had served from October, 1942 until his discharge in March, 1946 with the Winnipeg Rifles Division of the Royal Canadian Army.

He also was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

DAVID SPRUCE

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David Spruce, 50, of Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 at his home.

Dave was born Sept. 25, 1955 to James and Maggie Spruce, and he resided at the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation all his life.

Dave was a traditional man who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. He had picked many trades along his work path, but enjoyed being an electrician the most.

THOMAS CLIFFORD (TOM) HALLEY

Thomas Clifford (Tom) Halley, 53, of Devlin, Ont., passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2006.

Tom was born March 27, 1952 in Powell River, B.C. to the late John and Elaine Halley. He will be remembered as being very easygoing, lovable, and always having time to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbours.

Tom loved fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling. He will be sadly missed by all he know.

MARY VIOLET CAMPBELL

Mary Violet Campbell passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at the age of 79.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herb; son, Charlie; brothers, Chuck, Bob, and Bernie; one sister, Mae; and her parents, Peter and Ester Miller.

Mary is survived by her nieces, Cheryl Welberg Miller of Baudette, Mn. and Tammy Miller of Ocala, Fla.; and nephews, Bob Miller of International Falls, Mn. and Chuck Miller of Waldo, Fla.

She will be missed by all of us.

No formal funeral service will be held. Interment will take place at Waverley Memorial Gardens.

RUDOLPH B. CORAN

Rudolph B. Coran, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sisters, Antonia Edgett of Fort Frances, Ont. and Olympia Benassi of International Falls, Mn.; and brother, Raymond Coran of Fort Frances, Ont.

A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 from 7 until 8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Parish prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.

LYNNE JOHNSON

With sorrow, her family announces the death of Lynne Johnson, 65, who passed away suddenly at her home in Beaverlodge, Alta. on Dec. 19, 2005.

Lynne was born in Barwick, Ont., on Aug. 7, 1940 to Ben and Lila Hadley and attended Barwick Consolidated School.

In 1956, she married Richard Johnson and after living in Atikokan, Ont. for several years, they moved to British Columbia in the late ’70s and finally settled in Alberta after Dick’s retirement.

HAROLD L. KITTELSON

  Harold L. Kittelson, 71, of International Falls died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006 at the Falls Memorial Hospital in International Falls, MN.

  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in International Falls, with the Rev. Larry Connors officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. 

Interment will at the Forest Hill Cemetery in International Falls.

ROSEMARIE ‘OZWABENAZEEK’ COPENACE

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The family of Rosemarie Copenace announces her sudden passing at Brandon General Hospital on Dec. 31, 2005.

Rosemarie was born March 7, 1945 to Benjamin and Jean (Jane) Copenace in Rainy River, Ont. She was united in marriage to Robert Luke Archie on Dec. 12, 1959.

Rosemarie’s philosophy on life was built from the traditional values she learned from her parents and siblings. One of her greatest strengths was her ability to make others laugh alongside her.

HAROLD L. KITTELSON

Harold L. Kittelson, 71, of International Falls passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2006 at the Falls Memorial Hospital in International Falls, Mn.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in International Falls, with the Rev. Larry Connors officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Interment will at the Forest Hill Cemetery in International Falls.

The pallbearers will be Ben Wednchuck, Greg Ohdahl, Danny Wednchuck, Kim Hull, Darrin Kittelson, and Garret Kittelson.

SADIE KORMAN

Sadie Korman passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at the Bethesda Hospital Palliative Care Unit in Steinbach, Man. after a brief courageous fight against stomach cancer.

Born Stephania Sophie Ostrowski on Feb. 12, 1929 in the RM of Shell River, Man., Sadie was united in marriage to Peter Korman on Oct. 9, 1965.

Sadie is survived by her husband, Peter, of Steinbach, Man.; and son, Jerry, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

LYLE KELLAR

It is with great sadness that the family of Lyle Kellar announces his passing on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 with his family by his side.

Lyle was born Aug. 23, 1936 in Emo, Ont. to the late Neil and Stella Kellar.

As a young man, Lyle ventured to northern Labrador, where he worked and gained the experience and knowledge of craning, which later enabled him to acquire his hoisting licence.

During this time, he met and married Marlene Cunningham in 1956. Together they settled in Devlin, Ont.

GEORGINA (JEAN) VICTORIA CATES

With extreme sadness, the family must announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Jean Cates passed away at age 92 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jean was born in Ottawa, Ont. on Sept. 6, 1913. The second eldest of six children, she moved with her parents and siblings to Rainy River District at the age of 13.

The family settled in the Township of Kingsford. Jean received her education from a school in Ottawa and from Kingsford #2 School.

TOM ‘TUCK’ YUILL

On Dec. 26, 2005, Tom (“Tuck”) Yuill passed away peacefully at hospital in Kamloops, B.C. at the age of 81.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; two daughters, Ria (Gene) McPherson of Fort Frances, Ont. and Cheryl (Byrne) Montgomery of Kamloops, B.C..; one son, Michael (Cindy) Yuill of Fort Frances, Ont.; seven grandchildren, Melissa McPherson, Malanie McPherson, Lawrence McPherson, Chad Bruyere, Tani Bruyere, Randi Yuill, and Kelli Yuill; and three great-grandchildren, Tanner Bruyere, Shae Bruyere, and Taylor Skead-McPherson.

SAMUEL ‘GEORGE’ FREDERIC HAMPTON

George Hampton passed away suddenly on Monday, Jan. 2, 2006 at his home in Crozier, Ont.

He was born April 17, 1928 in Indian Head, Sask. George came to Rainy River, Ont. in 1938 with his parents and siblings by railcar, and a year later the family made their way to Crozier.

His parents built and operated Hampton’s store at the corner of Highway 611 North and Highway 11/71 in Crozier, and George married the girl next door, Elsie Christina Gustafson, in 1949.

Together, they purchased a small house 1.5 miles north on Highway 611, which became the family home.

HARRY MILLER GREEN

Harry Miller Green, 58, of 517 Second St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Harry was born July 8, 1947 in New Glasgow, N.S. to the late Harry and Evelyn Green.

After receiving his education, he moved to New Brunswick, where he was general foreman at the Pointe LePreau nuclear plant. The family then moved to Hamilton, Ont. and later to Fort Frances, where he worked as a pipefitter for Abitibi-Consolidated.

LOUIS DAVID FARAGO

It is with deep sadness that the family of Louis David Farago announces his passing, which occurred Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 in Wawa, Ont.

Lou was born during the winter of 1915 in a farmhouse built from the prairie sod near Plunkett, Sask. As a boy, Lou, a devoted student, rode bareback on his horse over the prairies in order to get to the one-room schoolhouse where he was prepared for his future education, which took place in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan.

WILLIAM ROLAND CRAWFORD

It is with great sadness that the family of Roly Crawford, 78, announces his passing on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Roly was born July 9, 1927 in Purdysburn, Northern Ireland to David and Elizabeth Crawford. He came to Canada in 1948 and settled in Toronto, Ont. working as a bricklayer.

During this time, he met Elizabeth (Betty) Gillanders and they we married in 1952.

MERVIN HOMENIUK

It is with great sorrow that the family of Mervin Homeniuk announces his unexpected passing on Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 at home.

Mervin was born Dec. 19, 1939 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Nick and Anne Homeniuk. He lived here all of his life. He worked with the local paper mill for 37 years, retiring from the Wood Room.

Mervin enjoyed being outdoors, going hunting, fishing, and tending to his garden.

CATHERINE ELIZABETH CAIN

Catherine Elizabeth Cain passed away tragically in her home on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 at the age of 55.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her mother, Mary; her brother, Peter (Vicky), and her nephews, Matthew and Travis; her son, Kyle (Shannon) and her grandchildren, Avery, Tiernan, and Rhianna; her son, Kurt (Jodi); and granddaughter, Taslynn.

Cathy is now reunited with her father, Francis; as well as friends and loved ones passed on before.

WILLIAM CHOWAN

William Chowan, 92, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children.

He was born Feb. 12, 1913 in Willowbrook, Sask.

On May 1, 1934, William was united in marriage to Blanche Coran. He retired in 1978 from Boise Cascade after 49 years of service as a mechanic.

He loved fishing, hunting, travelling, dancing, spending time with his wife and family, and, in later years, he enjoyed outings to the grocery store with his daughter.

VERNON J. JONES

Vernon J. Jones, of International Falls, Mn, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 in Scottsdale, Az.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Teresa Jones; brothers, Joe and Terry Jones; and sister, Pat Corrin.

Vernon is survived by his sister, Kathleen Fogarty, and brother, Bernard (Edith) Jones. He also is survived by dear personal friend, Elaine Jones, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

WILLIAM ROBERT (BILL) McCREADY

William Robert (Bill) McCready, 85, of Golden Age Manor, Emo, Ont., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services to celebrate Bill’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Emo, with Pastor Tony Geense officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 from 1 p.m. until service time.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 Colour Party will offer a tribute during the service.

VIOLET AMELIA MORRISON

Violet Morrison, 93, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born June 29, 1912 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to Joseph and Emily Johnson. She was raised in Pinewood, Ont.

After marring Benjamin Morrison in 1934, they moved to Thunder Bay. His work then took the family to Sioux Lookout, Ont. and Winnipeg, Man. before settling in Fort Frances in 1948.

GREG W. BUNNELL

Greg W. Bunnell passed away Dec. 4, 2005 at his home in Minneapolis, Mn. after a lengthy illness.

He was born June 1, 1928.

At his request, cremation has taken place and no funeral will be held.

AUGUST FRIEDRICK (FRED) BURCK

August Friedrich (Fred) Burck, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., finally lost his five-year fight for life against cancer, pulmonary disease, and heart disease on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ont. in his 85th year.

He was the beloved husband of Hulda Schritt and dear father of Ursula (Ian) Downer; loving Opa of Kim (Regis) Lemke and Amber Downer; as well as cherished Grand Opa of Jacob and Brandon Lemke.

He was predeceased by his mother, Maria Benedum, and father, Friedrich Burck of Germany.