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LILLIAN PIHULAK

Lillian Pihulak, a.k.a. “the Walleye Queen,” passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at her Rainycrest home in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 91.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nick, of 54 years; parents, Maria and Angelo DePiero; son, Michael; grandsons, Matthew Sovereign and Brad Pihulak; brothers, Gelindo and Bronc (Aune) DePiero; sisters, Norma (Tom) Grinsell and Louise (Dave) Chambers; her in-laws; and many special friends.

BARRY JAMES STEELE

It is with great sadness that the family of Barry James Steele announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Atikokan, Ont.

Barry was born on Aug. 14, 1960 in Atikokan to Norman and Helen Steele. He grew up in Atikokan, enjoying all that Northwestern Ontario had to offer.

He worked for the Canadian National Rail as a track hand until he developed rheumatoid arthritis.

He loved to be outdoors, fishing, hunting, spending time at the cabin, and volunteering at the fishery hatchery. He was generous to a fault, always willing to lend a hand to family and friends.

David William Heskins

age 61, passed away at La Verendrye Hospital

on Thursday, September 27, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

David was predeceased by this parents JoAnne and Alan Heskins and brother Doug.

David is survived by his Aunt and Uncle, Janice and Larry Cousineau, cousins Krista McCaig (Mark), Derek Ballard (Heather) and Michael Heskins (Sherry).

David loved the outdoors and had a passion for fishing and hunting.

Thank you to his friends Terry, Len, Danny, Steve, James, Andy and Craig for their friendship and support over the years.

LEONARD HAVER

It is with great sadness the family of Leonard Haver announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

Peacefully, with his nieces by his side, Len has gone on to embrace a home free of pain and to join his loved ones.

Leonard was born on December 30, 1928 in Winnipeg, Man. to the late Fred and Mary Haver. Along with his parents and siblings, he lived in Ericksdale and Mulvehill, Man. during his younger years and then in 1947, the family moved to farm in Crozier, Ont.

RAYMOND ALAN GUSHULAK

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Raymond Gushulak announces his peaceful passing, with his family at his side, on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

He fought a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Ray was born on Oct. 26, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Jack and Katherine Gushulak. The family later moved to Sapawe, Ont., where many fond memories will always be remembered.

At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Atikokan, where they built a new home on Wright Street and Atikokan remained his home.

FRANCESCA MARINARO

It is with great sadness that the family of Francesca Marinaro announces her passing, with family by her side, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

Francesca was born on Sept. 25, 1931 in Grimaldi, Italy to Pasquale and Teresa Abate.

She grew up in Italy; she then travelled from Naples, Italy to Canada on the ship, Olympica, landing in Halifax on April 27, 1956. From there, she travelled by train to Thunder Bay, Ont., where her brother, Joe, picked her up.

RICHARD WHALEN

We celebrate the love of Richard Whalen. He was a brother, an uncle, a husband, and a good friend to many.

He was united in marriage to June, making lasting memories with family and friends.

He was born on June 10, 1948 and passed away on May 24, 2018.

Richard is survived by his sisters, Carol, Kathy, and Connie; brothers, David and Bruce; stepdaughter, Carrie Lynn Kellar; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.

Interment will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the J.A. Mathieu Columbarium with his love, June.

CALVIN DURBIN

It is with great sadness that the family of Calvin Ross Durbin announce his passing.

Surrounded with family by his side, Cal passed unexpectedly and peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 58.

Born in Fort Frances to Waldo and Loretta on Feb. 3, 1960, Cal was one of eight children.

Cal leaves behind his love and partner of nine years, Vicky Perrault, also of Fort Frances, Ont.

HELEN JULIETTE BLATTNER

It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Juliette Blattner (nee Mouly) announces her passing on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 80.

Helen is survived by her children, Ronald (Shannon and Laura), Lavern (Leona, Derek, and Chelsey), Darren (April, Jonathon, and James), and Jacqlyn (Robin, Jessica, and Justin); siblings, Lucille, John (Irene), Alice, Wilfred (Patricia), Yvette (Doug), Raymond (Rita); brother-in-law, Joe Erza; as well as sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

LEONARD HAVER

It is with great sadness the family of Leonard Haver announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

To share memories, a visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 from 11-11:30 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont., followed by a come-and-go tea there until 1 p.m. for family and friends.

A private family internment will take place.

A complete obituary will follow.

CALVIN DURBIN

It is with great sadness that the family of Calvin Ross Durbin announce his passing.

Surrounded with family by his side, Cal passed unexpectedly and peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 58.

Born in Fort Frances to Waldo and Loretta on Feb. 3, 1960, Cal was one of eight children.

Cal leaves behind his love and partner of nine years, Vicky Perrault, also of Fort Frances, Ont.

RAYMOND ALAN GUSHULAK

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Raymond Gushulak announces his peaceful passing, with his family at his side, on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

He fought a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Ray was born on Oct. 26, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Jack and Katherine Gushulak. The family later moved to Sapawe, Ont., where many fond memories will always be remembered.

At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Atikokan, where they built a new home on Wright Street and Atikokan remained his home.

HILLARY JOHNSON

It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of Hillary Johnson, 32, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She raised two beautiful children, her son, Kasey Singleton, and daughter, Halle Johnson.

Hillary loved spending her time with her children whom she cherished so much. She also loved doing beadwork, cooking, going to pow-wows, and listening to music.

HELENE MARIA TOMPKINS

Sadly, with her family by her side, Helene Tompkins (nee Schock), 87, of Emo, Ont., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at the Emo Health Centre.

Helene was born on Sept. 2, 1931 in Blue Township, Ont. to John and Mary Schock.

She was united in marriage to Edward Tompkins on Nov 18, 1950. She operated the Solo Store in Emo from 1964-1988.

She was a valued member of Knox United Church in Emo, volunteering often for social events. Helene also was active in the community and promoted recycling where she could to keep the town of Emo clean.

RAYMOND GUSHULAK

Raymond Gushulak, 72, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, with family by his side, at the Atikokan General Hospital.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Riverview United Church in Atikokan.

A complete obituary will follow.

EVA JENNY (BENNELL) McCLAIN

Eva Jenny (Bennell) McClain passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at the age of 93 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Eva was born on Oct. 27, 1924 in the Township of Kingsford, Ont., where she grew up as a little girl playing with her four sisters and two brothers.

She married Gordon McClain in 1942 in Emo, Ont. They resided in Blackhawk, Ont., where they raised their three children.

Eva was a farmer-logger wife and loved to knit, crochet, and sew. She also loved to make homemade bread.

ULKE HELDER

With his family by his side, Ulke Helder, 86, of Dawson Township, Ont., and formerly Bergland, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Ulke was born in Bergland on May 12, 1932 to Jon and Sieske Helder.

He owned and operated his farm in Bergland for 41 years. He also was employed with the OPP for four years and operated his own gravel truck.

Ulke will be lovingly remembered for his fondness for draft horses.

NICHOLAS STEPHEN MUTZ

It is with great sadness that the family of Nicholas Stephen Mutz announces his peaceful passing on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at the age of 94.

Nick was born on April 19, 1924 in Rakow, Poland to Stephen and Paraska Mutz. In 1934, at the age of nine, he came to Canada with his mother and sister, Mary, to join his father.

He attended Robert Moore School and Fort Frances High School, graduating in 1940. During the summers, he worked for Shevlin Clark and Herrem Woodworkers.

MAXINE JOYCE PLUMRIDGE

On her own terms and with her family by her side, Maxine Joyce Plumridge passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept 13, 2018.

Mom was born on June 5, 1933 to Harold and Marie Green, the middle of three girls. The first nine years of her life were spent on the family farm, south of La Vallee, before moving to Fort Frances, Ont. Most people just pack their possessions when they move but in this case, the Green family moved the entire house, where it was placed on a new basement.

HOLLY-ANN OLSON (HOLLY SKINS)

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Holly-Ann Olson announces her passing, with family by her side, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born on March 16, 1988 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Douglas and Geraldine Olson. She lived in Fort Frances all her life.

She loved to listen to music, loom knitting, and going for walks along the waterfront. She also loved to spend time with her family and friends, playing board games and Bingo, and especially enjoyed her time with her nieces and nephews.

NICHOLAS STEPHEN MUTZ

It is with great sadness that the family of Nicholas Stephen Mutz announces his peaceful passing on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 94.

A visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

Maxine Joyce Plumridge

On her own terms and with her family by her side, Maxine Joyce Plumridge passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept 13, 2018.

Mom was born on June 5, 1933 to Harold and Marie Green, the middle of three girls. The first nine years of her life were spent on the family farm, south of La Vallee, before moving to Fort Frances, Ont. Most people just pack their possessions when they move but in this case, the Green family moved the entire house, where it was placed on a new basement.

DANIELLE MARIE FAYE BIG GEORGE Zaagaategabowik

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Danielle Big George, 23, of Naongashiing First Nation (Big Island), Morson, Ont., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at her residence.

Danielle was born on Jan. 30, 1995 to Mary Big George and Daniel Bluebird.

Danielle embraced the culture and language. She loved her two children, Nakitah and Nokoa, with all of her heart. She was a kind and compassionate person who thought of others. She loved her family and friends.

Danielle was loved by many and will be missed by many.

DOREEN MOUNK

Doreen Mounk (nee Killins), devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend to so many, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer.

She left this world surrounded by loved ones.

Doreen was born to Gladys and Ard (Archie) Killins on Aug. 31, 1926 in Fort William, Ont. It is here that she met her husband, Maurice Mounk, whom she married on Sept. 13, 1945.

Together they raised their four children, Dale, Glen, Luanne, and Dennis, in Fort William and Port Arthur and then relocated to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1975.