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NORMAN WESLEY KABATAY

In loving memory of Norman Wesley Kabatay, 28, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., who passed away at his residence Monday, March 20, 2000.

Norman was born Oct. 3, 1971 in Fort Frances, Ont. He lived in Seine River for most of his life but enjoyed travelling. He liked to play baseball and hockey, and other sports. He also enjoyed hunting, firefighting, trapping, and fishing.

Norman enjoyed music, especially country music, and spending time with his friends. He also was a volunteer firefighter for Seine River First Nations.

BLANCHE RITA EDGAR

Mrs. Blanche Rita Edgar, 67, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2000 in Port Alberni, B.C. She was born May 26, 1932 in Crozier, Ont.

She was predeceased by her second husband, Dave Edgar; children, Ivy, Johnny, Fern, and Gail; parents, Albert and Aurore Chabot; and siblings, Teresa, Fernand, and Art.

TERESA NORLUND

Mary Teresa Norlund, 81, of Emo, Ont., passed away Friday, March 17, 2000 at the Emo Hospital in Emo. She was born Sept. 30, 1918 in Stratton, Ont. to the late Patrick and Loretta Armstrong.

Teresa enjoyed playing for dances with the Armstrong Orchestra. It was at one of these dances that she met Elmer Norlund. Teresa and Elmer were married June 20, 1940 and made their home in Emo.

GLADYS EVELYN STEELE

Gladys Steele, 79, of 1010 Fifth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Monday, March 13, 2000.

She was born Feb. 18, 1921 in Fort Frances to the late Frederick and Nora Alton.

Gladys lived most of her life in Fort Frances. As a Registered Nurse, she had worked in Winnipeg, Man. and La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

On Sept. 2, 1944, she was united in marriage to Glen Steele. In 1970, they moved to International Falls, Mn., where they resided until returning to Fort Frances in 1979.

JONATHAN KENNETH CLEAVELEY

Jonathan Kenneth Cleaveley, 67, passed away peacefully with his wife and family at his side in the Atikokan General Hospital on Saturday, March 11, 2000 after a brief bout with cancer.

He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by Gloria, his wife and companion for 45 years; daughter, Laurel and husband, Ed Halvorsen, of Fort Frances, Ont.; son, David and his wife, Rita, of Dryden, Ont.; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Andrew Cleaveley.

GORDON GALBRAITH

On Tuesday, March 7, 2000, Gordon Galbraith, of R.R.#2, Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Emo Hospital.

Gordon was born to Richard and Jeanette Galbraith on June 28, 1929 in Fort Frances, Ont. He attended school in LaVallee, Ont., and spent all his life in Rainy River District. He had worked for the C.N.R. as a section man until his retirement in 1990 with more than 35 years of service.

On May 12, 1978, he married Ingrid Ellmen and they made their home near Finland, Ont., on Highway 71.

KENNETH CARL BEBEE

Kenneth Carl Bebee passed away peacefully March 4, 2000 at the Extended Care Wing of the Atikokan General Hospital, where he had been a resident for the past six years.

He was born Dec. 25, 1916 in Linton, N.D. He moved to Canada with his family when he was three years old and settled in Dewart Township.

In 1938, he was united in marriage to Mary Boychuk and moved to a farm at North Branch, where he also operated a logging business. In 1953, he moved his young family to Atikokan and began working at Steep Rock Iron Mines.

MERVIN ANDREW HAYES

Mervin Hayes, 62 years, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away peacefully Friday, March 3, 2000 at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital (Port Arthur) after a brief battle with cancer.

Mervin was born Sept. 20, 1937 in Miscampbell, Ont. He will be remembered as a jack-of-all-trades—a putterer, who, with torch or carpenter’s tools, could build, repair, and do ’most anything.

He had a great love for the outdoors, where he spent a many a day fishing, hunting, trapping, and just enjoying the beauty of God's creation.

GEORGE ALBERT KEHL

Albert Kehl, 89, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Friday, March 3, 2000.

He was born March 10, 1910 in Chapple Municipality, Shenston Township, Ont. to the late Frederick and Katherine Kehl.

During WWII, Albert served overseas with the Royal Canadian Army. Following his discharge from the services, he returned home, where he worked in logging camps during the winters and the sawmill during the summer.

He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 in Emo. For enjoyment, Albert loved gardening.

GLADYS ‘TUCKY’ POLENSKE

In loving memory of Gladys “Tucky” Elizabeth (Gorham) Polenske, who passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at her home.

Gladys was born at home in Rainy River, Ont. on Sept. 24, 1924 to Ruth and Ambrose Gorham and big sister, Charlotte.

As a child and young adult, she loved the outdoors. She was an avid canoeist, hunter, angler, and trapper, trapping the skins for her own fur coat at age 17.

FRANS LUDVIG HAHR

Frans Ludvig Hahr entered into eternal rest in his 95th year at the Sundre Hospital in Sundre, Alta. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2000.

Frans is survived by his wife, Olga Maria (Persson); son, Alf and wife, Irene, of Sundre, Alta.; daughter, Ann Moore and husband, Bill, of Lynden, Ont.; grandchildren, Anne Marie, Dawn, Dennis, Kim, Kelly, Thesa, Ron, and Dan; great-grandchildren, Jenny, Andrea, Tara-Lynn, Kelsie, Angie, Jessie, Bobby, and Cheryl; and three great-great-grandchildren.

WILLIAM DRUZYK SR.

On Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, William Druzyk Sr., 92, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence.

Bill was born to John and Rose Druzyk on Dec. 19, 1907 in Vita, Man. He moved to Fort Frances, Ont., in 1927 and began work as a sawyer for Mando paper company.

In June, 1929, he married Mary Moroz. They made their home and raised their family in Fort Frances, where they had lived all their lives.

LOTTIE ALVINA LaROCQUE

Lottie Alvina Larocque, 102, passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2000 at Dufferin Place, Nanaimo, B.C.

She was born Sept. 26, 1897 in Langford, Liberty Township, South Dakota to Otto and Baro Ottoson. The family moved to Minnesota in 1904, then Canada in 1905, settling in the Blackhawk, Ont. area.

In 1920, she married Joseph Adolphus Larocque, a veteran of WW I, and they lived in the area until 1944, when they moved to Vancouver, B.C.

JAMES E. (JIM) McLAY

James E. (Jim) McLay of Victoria, B.C. passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2000.

Born Aug. 19, 1930 in Devlin, Ont., Jim served in the navy for several years.

He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his six children, Lynn, Donna, Karen, Jimmy, Bobby, and Ian; brother, Alan; and sisters, Norma (Don) Law and Helen Krag.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 1, 2000 in Victoria, B.C.

STEVE FADYK

Steve Fadyk, 72, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 at Valley Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., where he was a winter visitor.

He was born Jan. 13, 1928 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Mary and Harry Fadyk, where he grew up. He later moved to International Falls, where he had resided since.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines during World War II. He was discharged Dec. 18, 1946 and returned to Fort Frances. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.

He was employed by Mando Paper Co. in 1950, and retired from Boise Cascade in 1990.

Elizabeth Beadle

Elizabeth Beadle, 90, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 25, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Devlin Hall in Devlin, Ont. Mr. Bruce Waddell will officiate, with interment in Devlin Cemetery in Devlin.

Friends may visit Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000 from 7 until 9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home.

In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

IDA MAE BOLESTRIDGE

The family and friends of Ida Mae (Mame Gill) Bolestridge, who passed away Feb. 18, 2000, will hold a graveside memorial and interment service at Fort Frances Cemetery on Tuesday, May 9, 2000 at 3:30 p.m., with Rev. Terry McNear officiating.

“She walked in beauty, like the night of cloudless climbs and starry skies and all that is best of dark and bright meets in her aspect and in her eyes. But tell of the days in goodness spent now lives in a mind of peace with all below a heart whose love is innocent.”

Ida Mae (Mame) Bolestridge

In loving memory of Ida Mae (Mame) Bolestridge, 90, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 18, 2000 at her residence.

Ida was predeceased by her first husband, Fred Gill; second husband, Walter Bolestridge; parents, Rose and Robert McGauley; brothers, Robert McGauley and Ralph McGauley; and sisters, Helen MacGregor, Lucille Ericson, and Iris Halvorsen.

Elvera Roulston

Mrs. Elvera Roulston, 70, a resident of 275 Madeline St., passed away peacefully in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital (General) on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 following a brief illness.

Elvera was born in Fort Frances, Ont. She resided there until her retirement from nursing in 1986, then moved with her husband to Thunder Bay, where she was employed with Comcare until 1989.

She enjoyed gardening, camping, needlework, and especially her home and family.

Blanche Ogden

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., Blanche Ogden passed away peacefully. Blanche was born April 2, 1919 to Tom and Esther Bowman.

She was predeceased by her husband, Allan; her parents; brothers, Robert and Wesley; and sister, Beatrice.

Left to cherish Blanche’s memory are her son, Terry and wife, Barb; grandchildren, Alison and Jeffrey; sister, Leona Gosselin; and several nieces and nephews.

WILLI AUGUST GEISSLER

Willi August Geissler, 70, of RR#1, Stratton, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1929 in Wanna, Germany to the late August and Justina Geissler.

Mr. Geissler came to Canada in 1957. He lived in various communities throughout Ontario before moving in May, 1972 to Stratton, where he had lived since.

He had worked as a stationery engineer near Red Lake, Ont., and also had worked as an electrician and carpenter in Stratton.

ALBERT JOHN BERNARDI

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our loved one, Albert John Bernardi, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000 at the age of 69 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Albert was born July 26, 1930 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to the late Albino and Adele Bernardi but moved to Fort Frances at the age of six, where he received his schooling.

He was united in marriage to Rose Turewich on July 22, 1953.

HELEN EMILY McGOWAN

Helen Emily McGowan, 69, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away suddenly in Fort Frances, Ont. on Feb. 3, 2000.

She was born Sept. 15, 1930 in Fort Frances to the late William and Daisy Jackway.

Helen is survived by her husband, Mervin; and four sons, Charles of Calgary, Alta., David and wife, Beverely, of Edmonton, Alta., Bill and wife, Tracy, of Kelowna, B.C., and Harvey of Atikokan, Ont.

LEONA EMMA VALLIANT

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our loved one, Leona Emma Valliant, on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000 at the age of 84 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born June 14, 1915 in Crozier, Ont. to the late Joe and Louise Zigo, and received her schooling in Fort Frances.

Leona was united in marriage March 2, 1934 to Hugh Valliant, who predeceased her May 15, 1970.

FRANK R. WILLIAMS

Frank R. Williams entered into rest at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ont. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000.

He was the beloved husband of Donna Williams; loving father of Mike and wife, Alison, of Calgary, Alta., and Patti and husband, Bruce Atkinson, of Grimsby, Ont.; and loved grandfather of Jaime, Jeffrey, Alex and Daniel Williams, and Drew and Ben Atkinson.

Frank also is survived by his sisters, Dorothy (the late Jim) Mitchell, Marion (Bill) Gow, and Shirley (Walter) Avis.