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LORNA MARY IRWIN

Lorna (Nan) Irwin, nee Lougheed, passed away in her home at the West Park Lodge in Red Deer, Alta. on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her son, Lee Irwin, and her daughter, Marilyn Vaughan. She is fondly loved and remembered by her son-in-law, Terry Vaughan (Marilyn); grandchildren, Krista Crump (Stuart), Ian Vaughan (Vanessa), and Todd Vaughan (Nancy); and great-grandchildren, Chloe Crump and Rya Andres.

LEO YERXA

Leo Yerxa passed away peacefully with his best friend and love, Maxine, by his side on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

He is survived by Max and her critters; children, Martin Yerxa (wife, Cathy, and son, Peter), Johanna Tekawisaritha Lazore, and Sean O'Neill; sister, Marilyn; brothers, William and Wayne; and granddaughter, Niiohontesha.

He also will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Frances, and father, Bert; brother, Bob; and sisters, Florence, Betty, Dorothy, and Joyce.

FRANCES ELIZABETH NELSON

It is with great sadness to announce that Frances Elizabeth Nelson, 86, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, with family by her side, at Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances, Ont.

Frances was the daughter of Agnes and Ed George. She was born on Dec. 23, 1930 and raised in Fort Frances.

She spent her younger years in Flanders, where her family loved hunting and trapping. Later, Fran went to work at various tourist camps as a cook.

During that time, she met her husband, Hank. Fran also was a cook at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

(ROB) JAMES FLEMING SINCLAIR

Sadly, in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with his family at his side, our dad, our love, passed away at his home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Rob was born on July 26, 1936 in Smiths Falls, Ont. to the late James and Margaret Sinclair. He attended public school in Smiths Falls and Lakeview Prep school in 1949-52. He then returned to Smiths Falls to complete Grade 12.

One of Rob's favourite childhood memories was travelling every summer by CPR train with his mother and father, who was the engineer, to Grand Manan, N.B.

ELIZABETH BETSE BLUEBIRD (Gaa'ge'ya' tee' bine'siik) (Moose Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth Bluebird announces her sudden passing on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Duluth, Mn.

Betty was born on Feb. 19, 1943 in Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont. to Gilbert and Ida Oshawee.

She liked to attend pow-wows and dance, and she also loved to travel. She worked as a cook for the friendship centre in Duluth, as well as a custodian at the police station.

Betty was a traditional lady who helped many people.

BEULAH OLSON

Beulah Olson passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1923 in her grandmother's home in Spooner, Mn. to Alfred and Emma Sandmoen of McInnes Creek, Ont., where she spent her childhood.

She was predeceased by her sister, Myrtle; and brothers, Milton, Leo, Miles, Clifford, Harold, Richard, and Earl.

She is survived by her sister, Sandra Ross (St. Catharines, Ont.), whose visit last week was so special.

EILEEN JOURDAIN

Eileen Jourdain, 64, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Nov. 9, 1953 in Fort Frances to the late Kathleen and Leonard Jourdain.

Eileen was raised in Couchiching First Nation with her family.

Eileen later graduated from Confederation College with an Early Childhood Education diploma. She loved working with children and worked at 4C's from 1994 until she retired in 2012.

ROBERT MARTIN 'MARTY' GADD

Robert Martin “Marty” Gadd passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the General Hospital in Lethbridge, Alta. after a courageous battle with health problems.

Marty was born on June 13, 1956, the only child of Clarice and Bob Gadd.

He was raised in Crozier, Ont., where he attended school, and then graduated from Fort Frances High School.

PETER WILLIAM SENYK

Peter William Senyk passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by those who loved him, on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Peter was born on June 11, 1954 to the late Erma and Anthony Senyk of Rainy River, Ont.

Peter moved to Atikokan, Ont. shortly after his birth and later on to Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lived at the Westmount Hogarth Centre for the Developmentally Challenged.

It was in 1993 where Peter found his forever home when he joined the Community Living family and moved into his apartment supported by Community Living in Fort Frances, Ont.

MARTY GADD

In honour of

Marty Gadd

who passed away on Friday September 8th, 2017 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

We write this with a heavy heart.

Marty fought a long and tough battle. May you rest in peace Pops.

You are my hero and you will be missed. We love you.

Marty has left the building...TCB.

At this time the family of Marty Gadd extend our grateful appreciation for the love and support you have shown us.

Your kind words and expressions of love are so appreciated.

Texts and messages are very welcome and preferred.

MARIANNE HENZE

Marianne Henze passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the age of 88.

She was born on April 24, 1929 in Huckeswagen, Germany to Elfriede and Hans Hofmann.

On Nov. 6, 1948, she married the love of her life, Erich Henze, and they emigrated to Thunder Bay, Ont in 1956. They moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1959 and lived there ever since.

Marianne had a variety of jobs over the years, ranging from Lee's Restaurant, Atikokan Theatre, Caland Ore, school bus driver, and the White Otter Inn.

MARION HUMPHREY

It is with great sadness that the family of Marion Humphrey announces her passing on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Marion was born on Sept. 6, 1932 in Devlin, Ont. to Murdoch and Libby McKay.

She was united in marriage on Oct. 12, 1957 to Melvin Humphrey and they moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1959. From there, they moved to Saskatchewan in 1962, returning to Fort Frances in 1967 and staying here to raise their family.

JOHANNES (JOHN) SCHEIBLER

It is with sadness that the Scheibler family announces the passing of the family's patriarch, Johannes Scheibler, 85, formerly of Stratton, Ont.

He passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont., with his wife and family singing, praying, and sharing memories around his bedside.

Johannes was born on Sept. 18, 1931 in Zittau, Germany to Oswald and Margarete Scheibler; he was one of seven children.

As a young boy, he enjoyed being outdoors, playing his instrument in church, and he loved to read and learn.

BEULAH OLSON

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Beulah Olson, 93, of Rainy River, Ont., on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

GLEN DOUGLAS STEWART

It is with profound sadness that Glen's family announce his unexpected passing on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2017.

Glen was born in Rivers, Man. He was a tender and gentle man, who will be missed by his wife, Carla; son, James (Amanda); grandchildren, Kieran, Liam, Ella, and Andrew (and their mother, Ruth); his mother, Valerie; sister, Lys (Dennis) Clifford; and his brother, Tim (Bernie).

Nieces, nephews, and their families, as well as distant relatives and close friends, also survive.

Glen was predeceased by his father, James Stanley (Stan); as well as his grandparents.

GORDON ASH

It is with great sadness that the family of Gordon Ash announces his passing, with his loved ones at his side, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gordon was born on June 3, 1959 in Fort Frances to Patricia and Morris Ash. He attended Fort Frances High School and worked at the Fort Frances mill during the summer months.

CHARLES 'SJOUKE' BYMA

Charlie Byma, 95, went to be with his Lord and Saviour, with his family by his side, early Monday morning, on Aug. 28, 2017, at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Charlie was born on Feb. 8, 1922 in The Netherlands to Siebe & Berber Byma.

He was united in marriage to Rita “Renska” Roersma on June 18, 1947. They immigrated to Canada along with their daughter, Ann, in 1948, settling in Manitoba. They moved to Rainy River District in 1952, purchasing a farm on Ducharme Road in Crozier, where they remained until retirement.

WILLIAM MICHAEL KORCHAK

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of William “Bill” Korchak, of Pinewood, Ont., on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born on June 9, 1935 in Vita, Man. to Metro and Mary Korchak.

As a young man, Bill helped his parents run a large turkey farm and operated a small business with his brother, Boris, in Vita. He also was employed at Chrysler Corp. in Detroit, Mich.

He met the love of his life, Rachel Arpin, at his brother's wedding. On Jan. 10, 1970, Bill and Rachel were married in Pinewood.

MARY HELEN MARMUS

Mary Helen Marmus (nee Olinyk), 100, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away peacefully at hospital, with her family at her side, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

A funeral mass was held on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Rainy River, with Fr. Alan Albao officiating.

Burial took place in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.

Mary was born on Sept. 18, 1916 at Rainy River to John and Effie Olinyk. She had one sister, Blanche (Bernier), and five brothers, Charles O'Laney, Adam Olinyk, Stanley O'Laney, Clarence Olinyk, and Michael Olinyk.

GLEN DOUGLAS STEWART

Glen Stewart, 65, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1952 in Thunder Bay, Ont. and worked as a corrections guard in Fort Frances for many years before retiring.

He will be loving remembered by his wife, Carla, their families, and friends.

Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

RAYMOND VEILLIEUX

Sadly, Raymond Veillieux, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ray was born on Nov. 7, 1933 in Fort France to Edmond and Florence Veillieux.

Ray worked for Rainycrest in long-term care, the Fort Frances Parks Board, and several local tourist camps as a guide and carpenter before retiring.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He was known to volunteer much of his time to help the elderly and persons with disabilities.

JOHN PATRICK CLEMENS

John Patrick Clemens, 59, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 of heart failure after a short stay at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Mn.

John was born on June 22, 1958 in St. Cloud, Mn. to Virginia Rose (Weitzel) and William E. Clemens.

John grew up in St. Cloud, attending Lincoln Elementary, St. Cloud Tech High School, and St. Cloud State University.

AMANDA BOON

Amanda Shirley Boon, 24, passed away in Toronto, Ont. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

She was born on June 2, 1993 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Amanda lived in Stratton, Ont. and later moved to Thunder Bay, Ont., where she completed high school.

She always was very social and creative, and loved both music and the arts, with a passion for fashion design. She later graduated from George Brown College in Toronto with a diploma in Fashion Merchandising.

She currently was employed at a fashion boutique in Toronto, where she lived for the past four years.

MARY MARMUS

Mary Marmus, 100, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Rainy River.

Parish prayers will be offered at the church prior to the mass at 10:30 a.m.

A complete obituary will follow.