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Obituaries

JOHN KOLES

John Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 with his family by his side.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Alan Albao celebrant.

A complete obituary will follow.

WINNIE ROUSSEAU

Winnie Rousseau passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Winnie was born on Dec. 14, 1930 in Mulvihill, Man. She moved to the Rainy River District in the early 1940s.

She was united in marriage to Oliver (Bud) Rousseau on Nov. 3, 1948 and together they raised seven children.

She was an avid quilter, making more than 400 quilts.

FRANK KORB

Frank Korb, 80, of Northwood Lodge in Red Lake, Ont., and formerly of Stratton, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

WALTER O. MELYNCHUK

Walter O. Melynchuk, 80, of New Hope, Mn., passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary; and parents, Edith and Steven.

Walter is survived by his children, Joanna (Bill) Rooney, Sandy (Joe) Girod, and Susie Melynchuk (Dave Larson); grandchildren, Kendra, Trey, Ahna, Maria, Julia, Payton, and Henrik.

Also surviving are his brother, Gerald (Kathleen); sisters, Suzanne (Tim) Forsythe and Stephanie (Glenn) Theis; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

JOHN KOLES

John Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 with his family by his side.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Alan Albao celebrant.

A complete obituary will follow.

WINNIE ROUSSEAU

It is with great sadness that the family of Winnie Rousseau announces her passing on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Fr. Alan Albao officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

JEANNIE (TRIBE) MORPHET

Jeannie Morphet, 92, formerly of Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jeannie was born on Oct. 11, 1925 in Emo to the late William and Jeannie (née Morrison) Tribe.

She went into the army at the age of 18 and was stationed in Prince Rupert, B.C. She served three years in the service and has been a member of the Legion for more than 70 years.

When she was home on leave, she met Irwin Morphet. On June 27, 1947, Jeannie married her soulmate at her parents' home in Emo.

JOSEPH ALEXANDER DORIE

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Joseph Dorie announces his passing, at the age of 84, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances Ont.

Eight months have passed since the passing of his beloved wife, Patsy Ann. Joe spent much of his time in remembrance and longing for their reunion.

Joe was born and raised in the Hotel Dorée in Stratton, Ont. on Aug. 31, 1933 to Joseph and Marcelline Dorée.

He met the love of his life, Patsy Ann Hamilton, and were married on Jan. 29, 1954. They made their home in Stratton and together raised their four children.

SHARON JEAN MYERS

It is with profound sadness that the family of Sharon Jean Myers announces the unexpected passing of their dear beautiful wife, mother, sister, and friend on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

Following a short illness and surrounded by family, Sharon went to be with her Lord.

Born in Winnipeg, Man. on Sept. 9, 1946, her early life was spent in Sioux Lookout, Ont., where her family resided in her early years. She always was from Sioux Lookout for anyone who asked, but in reality she was a part of Fort Frances for most of her life.

ELAINE AGNES FRAZER

Elaine Agnes Frazer (nee Harland) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in Perth, Ont., at 80 years of age, after a decade with Alzheimer's.

Cherished wife of Doug Frazer (d. 1987); beloved mother of Bruce (d. 1966), Paul (Caroline), and Garth (Catherine); grandmother. of Ethan, Noah, Matthew, Naomi, and Eric; sister of Ian, Janet, Hartley, and Lorna; and sister-in-law to Lloyd and Yvonne.

Elaine also will be remembered by cousins, and many nieces and nephews, and by Jose and Lisette, whom Elaine welcomed into her family.

JEANNIE MORPHET

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Jeannie Morphet, 92, on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral arrangements are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

SHARON MYERS

Sharon Myers, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

RONALD FRANKLIN MAINVILLE

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Franklin Mainville, 74, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Ron was born on Sept. 8, 1943 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Dan and Madeline Mainville.

Ron was predeceased by his son, Bobby; granddaughter, Sara Joan; and his parent.

He also was predeceased by his sisters and brothers, Betty, Blanche, Elaine, Louis, and Roger.

Ron is survived by his son, Blake; daughters, Lana, Amanda, and Whitney; and daughter-in-law, Leeann.

FREDDIE JACK BECK

It is with great sadness that the family of Freddie Jack Beck announces his passing on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Freddie was born on Sept. 22, 1935 in Shell River, Man. to Joseph and Rose Beck.

He was united in marriage to Leda Andrusco on March 21, 1958.

He worked at the local paper mill most of his life as an accountant.

BEATRICE LINDA LYONS

Beatrice Linda (Peggy) Lyons, 73, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at her home in Fort Frances.

She was born on Jan. 11, 1944 in Fort Frances to John and Martha Lyons. She lived in Fort Frances most of her life.

She was a member of the C.W.L. and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, Bingo, crafting, going to the movies and out for dinner, and spending time with friends and family.

BETTY McCLELLAND

Betty McClelland, 95, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

She was born on Aug. 16, 1922 in Hanna, Alta. to William and Ansena McClelland, the middle of three children.

The family moved to Rainy River, Ont. while Betty was still young. She lived there with her Mom until they both moved to Rainycrest.

She was one of the longest-living residents at Rainycrest, having moved there just after it opened. Having been there for more than 40 years, it truly was her home.

JAMES 'JEFFERY' SCHEIBLER (a.k.a. PIRATE)

With broken hearts, we are sad to announce the untimely and unexpected passing of our beloved Jeff Scheibler (a.k.a. Pirate) on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the young age of 39.

Born on March 10, 1978 in Fort Frances, Ont., he grew up in Red Lake, Ont. before finally settling in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jeff was employed as a Lead Hand Paving Operator for Taranis Contracting Group Ltd. for the past eight years, where he was admired and very well-respected by all his peers.

WILLIAM JAMES TORSETH JR.

William James Torseth Jr. passed away on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Silver Bay Veterans Home after a very long battle with FTL dementia.

William (Bill) was born on May 1, 1946 at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash. to William Sr. and Alyce Torseth.

After his father was discharged from the service, the family returned home to International Falls, Mn., where Bill attended public school and graduated in 1964 from Falls High School. He then attended Bemidji State for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1966.

RONALD EDWARD KUHARSKI

In Loving Memory of

Ronald Edward Kuharski

October 26th, 1943- November 28th, 2017

He is survived by his children; Jean (Greg) Allan, Janice (Pete) Munro, Teresa (Dennis) Dykin, John Kuharski, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, his dear friend Pam Makarchuk, siblings; Marilyn Dowson, Carol Boivin, Lorraine Kuharski, Tom Kuharski, and Sandy Blanchard.

Cremation has taken place and a gathering in memory of Ron will take place Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 12 noon to 2 pm at 425 Nelson St Columbus Place , Common Room, Fort Frances, Ontario.

TOM BIG GEORGE (Peepaamonagod) (Atik Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Big George announces his passing on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tom was born on July 11, 1960 to Joe and Janet Big George.

In the 1990s, he worked as a community counsellor and as a native language teacher for Anishanabee Counselling Services. He enjoyed traditional activities like ricing, fishing, and pow-wows, and also enjoyed hockey, baseball, and music.

He adored his grandchildren and loved spending time with him.

CAMPBELL HANDBERG

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Campbell Handberg on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 with family by his side.

All who loved him will profoundly miss him.

He leaves to mourn his loss his daughters, Kennedi and Katie; parents, Jay and Cheryl; brother, Curtis (Erika, Olivia and Robert); and his precious “two-footer” grandchildren, Waylon and Blake. No one was ever more proud to be called Grandpa.

GUENTHER RITTAU

It is with great sadness that the family of Guenther Leopold Rittau announces his passing on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances Ont.

Guenther was born on Aug. 29, 1932 to Cacelia and Ludwig Rittau in Stillersfeld, Germany. He was united in marriage to Johanna Emilie Rittau on June 5, 1955 and they were fortunate enough to have been together to share their love, life, and family for 54 years.

WAYNE ANDREW JOHNSON

Wayne Andrew Johnson peacefully entered into final rest, with his beloved wife and son by his side, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Wayne was born on Dec. 18, 1942 in Kenora, Ont. to Rose Marie and Olaf Johnson of Sioux Narrows, Ont. Wayne was the fourth child of six born to Rose Marie and Olaf.

In Wayne's younger years, he lived and attended school in Sioux Narrows. From a young child and into adulthood, he worked on the family fishery at French Portage on Lake of the Woods.