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Obituaries

MAIZIE RUSSELL (nee WASYKOWSKI)

With sadness, we announce the passing of Maizie Russell (nee Wasykowski), who passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on the morning of Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 89.

She was predeceased by her parents, John and Nettie Wasykowski; two brothers, John and Bill; and sister, Jean.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Cyril; sister, Nettie Ann (Dennis); children, Barbara (Robert) and Douglas (Wendi); and nine grandchildren, Christina, Benn, Monica, Luke, Jon, Melissa, Kalli, Carter, and Justine.

HARRY MAXTON

The family sadly announces the death of Harry Gavin Maxton, 67, in Windsor, Ont. after a battle with heart disease, cancer, and a stroke.

Surviving are his wife, Marlene; sons, Mike, Gavin, and Jon; grandchildren, Evan, Cassidy, Levi, Zane, Javyn, Makenna, and Owen; and great-grandson, Grayson.

He also is survived by his siblings, Pat, Bob, Andy, Sharon, and Mary; as well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall on 1034 Oliver Rd., with Shawn Main officiating.

MAVIS MAUREEN HELSETH

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Mavis Maureen Helseth (Elliott), our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend, on Sunday, July 30, 2017, with family by her side, at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Mavis was a remarkable woman, and her story began on April 10, 1928 at the Bungalow on Wood Lane in Gotham, England.

KENNETH HOWARD MOORE

Kenneth Howard Moore passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Winnipeg, Man.

He is survived by Violet (Petriuk), his beloved wife of 64 years; two daughters, Kathleen (Ray) and Susan; as well as granddaughters, Lindsay, Nichole, and Claire.

He also is survived by his sister, Linda (Bob); and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Beulah; brothers, Lorne and Jack; and nephew, Michael.

Ken was born on May 1, 1932 in Deloraine, Man.

JOHN van den BRAND

Our sadness is mixed with the joy of a wonderful, sometimes hard but always very rich life well-lived.

Our dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, John van den Brand, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Dad was born on Aug. 3, 1927 in the Netherlands. On May 20, 1952, he married our Mom, Josephine, and together they decided to move to Canada in 1954 to make a better life for their children.

GWEN ANDERS

It is with much sadness that our family announces the sudden passing of Gwen Anders (nee Carlson) on Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Nanaimo, B.C.

Gwen was predeceased by her husband, Ben, in 2004.

She is survived by her children, Susan (Wayne), Ben (Lorene), and Paul (Jill); seven grandchildren, Shaun, Ben (Noriko), Jason, Yarrow (Matthew), Lindsay (Robbie), Rowan, and Robin; and four great-grandchildren, Niko, Lucas, Connor, and Isla.

DARREN THOMAS CONNON

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Darren Thomas Connon at the age of 57.

Darren was born on April 15, 1960 in Winnipeg, Man. to Pearline Mae Connon and Thomas Alexander Connon, who predeceased him.

Darren is survived by his sisters, Val Marie Connon, Debbie Connon-Cawston (Rod), and Terri Lalond (Kevin); special nephew, Shawn Connon (Juanita), lovingly referred to as “Mac”; and nieces and nephews, A.J. Wilson (Jordan), Jaimie Lalond (Teia), Ryan Lalond, and Brandon Lalond, all of Kelowna, B.C.

PAUL ELMER JOHNSON

Paul Elmer Johnson, resident of Manitoulin Centennial Manor in Little Current, Ont., passed peacefully early on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the age of 94.

Beloved husband of Pauline (pre-deceased in 2007), proud and loving father of Howard Johnson (Kirsten), Judy Martin (Ned) and Nancy Paul (Steve), and kind and generous grandfather of Oona (Matthew French), Jay (Erika), Grace and April Martin, and Sarah and Paul Johnson (mother, Cathy).

He also was an amazed and devoted great-grandfather of Everett and Jack French, and Aili and Maia Martin.

JACK DUCHARME

“Jack Ducharme from off the farm . . . E-I, E-I, OH!”

It is with great sadness that the family of (Marvin) Jack Ducharme announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Jack was born on Oct. 13, 1939 in Miscampbell, Ont. to Leo and Kip Ducharme. Growing up on the family farm, Jack learned many skills at an early age, including driving tractors, operating the farm machinery, and even raising cattle!

In between doing that, he attended the local country school, later attending high school in Fort Frances, Ont.

DEBRA LYNN GRENNIER

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Debra Lynne Grennier, 57, after a brief battle with cancer, on Friday, July 21, 2017 in Princeton, B.C.

Deb was born on Oct. 16, 1959 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Edward (Ted) and Darleen Grennier.

She was raised in Emo, Ont. and after graduating high school, she attended Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ont. and later the University of Guelph, where she obtained her degree in Applied Human Nutrition.

EARL JULIEN BUSCH

With profound sadness, the family and friends of Earl J. Busch announce his peaceful passing in the early-morning hours of Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 61.

Earl, the seventh child of Oliver and Rose Busch, was born on June 13, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont. He lived his whole life in Northwestern Ontario and he very happily retired back to Fort Frances in 2014 after living in Thunder Bay for 39 years.

MELVIN GENE FLETCHER

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Melvin Gene Fletcher, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Mel was born on June 20, 1934 in Woodyatt Township, Ont. to James and Florence Fletcher.

He was united in marriage to Hermina Tilley on Oct. 18, 1954.

Mel loved the outdoors and logging was his life right up to his retirement at the age of 75. He also loved fishing, woodworking, carving wooden toys and puzzles, gardening.

Most of all, his love for his wife, Hermina, was his life.

ISABELLE MARIE GAGNE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Isabelle Marie (Grouette) Gagne, 89, on Sunday, July 16, 2017, with her family by her side, at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Isabelle was born on June 24, 1928 to David and Vitaline Grouette of Sprague, Man.

She married her sweetheart, George Gagne, on Oct. 21, 1947 in Pinewood, Ont.

Before being married, Isabelle first worked at St. Boniface Hospital, then at the hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., and lastly at Black Bear Camp in Nestor Falls, Ont.

DR. RYAN DONALD BOLEN

It is with profound sadness that the family of Ryan Bolen announces his passing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Bruyere Continuing Care Hospital (Palliative Care Unit) in Ottawa, Ont. after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Ryan was one of four children born to Donald and Cynthia Bolen. He was born on March 23, 1978 in Emo, Ont.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Donald and Cynthia Bolen; and sisters, Heidi (Ken) Kreger, Kimberly (Kelly) Olson, and Lisa (Matthew) Wutzke. He was a proud uncle to Benjamin, Lucas, Cole, Alexzander, Blake, Tucker, and Kaleah.

CLIFFORD GAUDRY

The family of Cliff Gaudry is sad to announce that on Saturday, June 10, 2017, after a lengthy battle with cancer, he was set free of his pain and will be laid to rest in Rainy River, Ont.

Left behind is his wife, Sharon Joseph; son, Sean (Jen) Owen and children, Nolan and Olivia; son, Jay and his daughter, Mia; and his mother, Millie.

He also is survived by his sisters, Sharron Kropp and Diane Greene (Terry); stepdaughter, Shauna; and step-grandchildren, Jeremy and Avery.

He was predeceased by his father, W.G. (Bill) Gaudry and brother-in-law, Royden Kropp.

VALERIE ANNE PIZEY

It is with great sadness that the family announces the unexpected passing of Valerie Anne Pizey (nee Stalvies), at the age of 79, on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Valerie was born on April 12, 1938 in Urmston, U.K.

After graduating from school in London, she married the love of her life, Anthony Pizey. Together they started a family and soon decided to emigrate to Canada to provide a better life for their children.

After 46 years together, Tony passed away on Nov. 1, 2005.

EARL BUSCH

Earl Bush, 61, of Halkirk Township, Ont., passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

ISABELLE MARIE GAGNE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Isabelle Marie Gagne, 89, of Rainy River, Ont., on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

A funeral mass was held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Rainy River.

Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.

A complete obituary will follow.

NORA KLYNE

Nora Klyne, 86, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born on Jan. 25, 1931 in Fort Frances to Lute and Margaret Calder.

She grew up on the north of arm of Rainy Lake and never really left there, spending as much time at the family island as possible.

NORA KLYNE

Nora Klyne, 86, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A celebration of Nora's life will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Sunset Country Métis Hall in Fort Frances, with Pastor Diane Clifford officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

DARLENE FRANCES DRAPER

A celebration of the life of Darlene Draper was held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Emo, Ont. after her passing on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre.

She was born on July 17, 1928 to William and Maude Cooke in Emo. The family moved to a farm east of Emo, where she spent her early years.

On June 20, 1951, Darlene married Sheldon Draper. They lived in Emo and Fort Frances, Ont.

GARY JOHN WALLEN

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Gary Wallen, 72, of Burnsville, Mn. on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Burditt (Clearwater) Lake, Ont.

Gary was born on May 17, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont. He was a graduate of International Falls High School and St. Cloud State University.

Gary was a Vietnam Air Force veteran. During his career, he provided technical support for local Process Control divisions of Emerson, Fisher-Rosemount, and Hinz.

SHEILA ANN KIRKRUDE (Miskwaanakwad Binesii-Ikwe)

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Sheila Ann Kirkrude, 49, of Rainy River First Nations on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Sheila was born on Dec. 11, 1967 in Rainy River, Ont. to Alvin Copenace and Florence Gibbins.

She spent her early work life as a Junior Forest Ranger and enjoyed many years working at various resorts on Lake of the Woods. She loved to cook, bead regalia, participate in pow-wows and jingle dress dancing.

VIOLA ELLEN ATAMANIUK

With her son by her side, Vi Atamaniuk passed away peacefully on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora, Ont. at the age of 85.

She is survived by her son, Kevin (Laura) Atamaniuk and granddaughters, Casey and Neely; sister, Margaret Kreger; niece, Audrey Anderson; and nephew, Ken Kreger.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bill Atamaniuk; and parents, Axel and Janet Mattson.