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Obituaries

HELEN TOTH

Word has been received that Helen Toth, a former resident of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. on March 29, 1999.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bela, in July, 1994.

She was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1909. After the Second World War, the Toths lived in England for a number of years.

Helen emigrated to Canada in 1995 and joined her husband, who was town electrical engineer in Fort Frances during the 1950s and 1960s. Early in 1983, Bela and Helen moved to Winnipeg, where they resided since leaving Fort Frances.

ETHEL DORA PATERSON

Ethel Dora Paterson of Scarborough, Ont., formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital surrounded by family on Saturday, March 27, 1999.

She was born Jan. 17, 1913 to the late Arthur and Louise Message in Schreiber, Ont., where she received her early education. After completion of North Bay Normal School, Ethel taught elementary classes in the rural Fort Williams and South Gillies areas.

She also taught in Dinorwic, Ont. and at Robert Moore School in Fort Frances.

DORIS W. THAYER

Doris W. Thayer, 99, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, March 27, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Doris was born Feb. 24, 1900 in Coudersport, Penn. to the late Horace Vredenburg and Minnie Quimby. On Nov. 28, 1920, she was united in marriage to L. Walter Thayer.

LOUIS CELOS BOILEAU

Louis Celos Boileau, of 660 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, March 25, 1999 peacefully at home with family members by his side.

Louis, 78, was born in Fort Frances on Sept. 21, 1920 to Jean-Baptiste Boileau and Marie Louise Blais.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his first wife, Joan Marie Cousineau in 1963; second wife, Irene Ann Stelfox in 1965; and third wife, Katherine Marie Lagerstrom in 1994.

GERALD EDWIN RYAN

On Sunday, March 21, 1999, Gerald Ryan passed away peacefully at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. He was born March 25, 1930 in St. Vital, man.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Aileen; son, Warren; daughter, Linda; son-in-law, David (Turgeon); and grandchildren, Matheson, MacKenzie, and Lindsey Dale.

He also is survived by his sister, Audrey (Doug) Pattison of Aurora, Ont.; brothers, Stanley (Hazel) Ryan of Edmonton, Alta., Kenneth (Norma) Ryan of Toronto, Ont., and Lorne (Diane) Ryan of Hornepayne, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

WESLEY HARLAND

Wesley Harland passed away peacefully at home after 94 years of service and commitment to his family and friends.

Wesley had the good fortune of marrying Agnes Lee on July 25, 1934 in Hazelcliffe, Sask. Agnes and Wesley together raised five children. Wesley remains a mentor and friend to their 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Wesley and Agnes met at Wesley (United) College in Winnipeg, where he graduated into the ministry of the United Church of Canada. He served United Churches in Rivers, Briercrest, Foxwarren, Austin, Emo, Island Lake, and Keewatin.

WILLIAM ANDREW MCLACHLIN RUSSELL

Dr. William Andrew “Andy” McLachlin Russell, a family physician from 1947-1984, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at his home in Vineland with his family around him.

Dr. Russell was born in Sovereign, Sask. almost 82 years ago, where he attended public school and high school in Regina. His medical studies were at the University of Western Ontario in London.

He then served in the RCAF and, in 1947, moved to Smithville and then a year later to Beamsville.

BRIAN ROBERT JONES

Brian Jones, 27, of 132 Bayview Dr., Nicickousemenecaning First Nation, Ont., passed away at his residence Monday, March 22, 1999.

He was born Jan. 26, 1972 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Raymond Allan and Nancy Jones.

Brian lived most of his life in Nicickousemenecaning First Nation. He had worked for about three years as a counsellor at “The Training and Learning Centre,” and most recently had been attending Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

Brian loved and enjoyed various sports, including hockey, baseball, and volleyball, and as well loved hunting and fishing.

LOUISE MARY ANNE JIM

Louise Mary Anne Jim, 61, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away at her residence Wednesday, March 17, 1999. She was born April 23, 1937 at Seine River First Nation to the late Ben and Madeline Johnson.

Louise loved the outdoors, and enjoyed crocheting blankets. She always kept herself busy working as a caregiver and at the store. She was a strong-willed and independent woman who was always helping people ever since she was a little girl helping her parents.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

SAM BUCKSHOT

Sam Buckshot, 81, of Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nation, Ont., passed away Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Sam was born June 22, 1917 in Northwest Bay, Ont. and was raised in the Rainy River District. In the early 1950s, he moved to Red Lake, Ont. before returning to Manitou Rapids in the early 1980s.

He enjoyed logging, working in the bush, hunting, fishing, travelling, going to Pow-Wows, and listening to Pow-Wow music. Sam also enjoyed spending time with his dog, “Spooky.”

DOROTHY WILSON

Dorothy Clara Wilson, 85, of Golden Age Manor in Emo, Ont., passed away Sunday, March 14, 1999 at the Emo Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born July 23, 1913 in Emo to the late Charles and Renie Brigham.

Mrs. Wilson had lived all her life in Emo. She was a farmer’s wife who worked hard, a homemaker, a mother, and caregiver to many. She also had worked for a couple of years at the Red Deer Lodge.

ELSIE MAKARENKO

Elsie Makarenko (nee Dawkins), 84, passed away peacefully in the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Saturday, March 13, 1999 after a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 13, 1915 in Fort Frances, Ont., she lived here until 1987 when she moved to Atikokan.

Elsie was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Mary-Jane; husband, George; sisters, Margaret (Maggie) Parker and Florence (Toby) McLeod; and brother, George.

RICHARD J. WILLIAMS

Richard James Williams, 74, passed away Thursday, March 11, 1999 in Mesa, Az. He was born Nov. 4, 1925 in Hibbing, Mn. to George H. and Beatrice (Caddy) Williams.

In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served two years stationed in the Pacific. Upon his return, he graduated from Dunwoody Technical Institute of Minneapolis, Mn. specializing as an automotive technician.

MARY MARGARET BALDWIN

Mary Margaret Baldwin (nee Ryan), 89, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, March 11, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital. She was born Aug. 31, 1909 in Sleeman, Ont. to the late Edward and Elizabeth Ryan.

Mary had spent most of her life living in Fort Frances.

Mary was united in marriage to Gordon Baldwin on May 26, 1936. Following their marriage, they moved to Texas. It was too darn hot there so they moved to Chicago. She worked for several years for Marshall Fields in Chicago and then returned to Fort Frances.

KELLY MICHAEL McCRACKEN

With broken hearts, the family announces the tragic death of our dearly loved Kelly Michael McCracken.

He was the beloved husband of Melissa (Hoard) McCracken. Kelly also was dearly loved by his father, Bill; mother, Rose Marie; and his sister, Christy.

Kelly was born Dec. 28, 1971. He attended Port Arthur Collegiate Institute in Thunder Bay, Ont. and studied Travel and Tourism at Confederation College. He spent many years at Inter-City Ford but recently had joined his father in the family business at Thunder Bay Travel.

DEAN NORMAN STRACHAN

Dean Norman Strachan, 78, of Abbottsford, B.C., formerly of Devlin, Ont., passed away Wednesday, March 10, 1999 in hospital in Abbottsford.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Mary; son, Bill and wife, Carol; daughter, Connie Niblock; grandchildren, Angela Bright and Brent Strachan, all of B.C.; sister, Merle Ogden; and brother, Harvey Strachan of Fort Frances, Ont.

Cremation has taken place.

GWEN BELL

Gwen Bell, 87, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital on Tuesday, March 9, 1999.

She was born Gwen Langstaff on Sept. 20, 1911 at Emo, Ont.

She is survived by a daughter, Judy and husband, Bob Burgstahler, of London, Ont.; daughter-in-law, Muriel Bell; grandson, Robert and wife, Wendy; and granddaughters, Debbie and husband, Neil Thorpe, Linda and husband, Al Kaczorek, Penny and husband, John Pierce, and Pat and husband, Kim Roy, all of Fort Frances.

GAVIN THOMAS PAUL BRUYERE

Sadly and unexpectedly on March 7, 1999, we saw the passing of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, Gavin Thomas Paul Bruyere.

Gavin was born in Kenora, Ont. on Jan. 21, 1981. He resided in Fort Frances, Ont. since he was a toddling three-year-old and moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. with his family when he was 14.

While residing in Fort Frances, Gavin attended Huffman and Robert Moore Schools and went on to attend Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay.

CLINT STRANDHAGEN

There is no greater love than a love for your child.

It is with great sadness that the family has received word of the passing of Clint Strandhagen, 17, of Boca Raton, Fl. He fought a great fight for life and is now passed on to be with our Lord.

Clint was born April 24, 1981 and passed away March 5, 1999. Funeral services were held in Florida on Tuesday, March 9, 1999.

He is survived by his parents, Angela and Bruce Strandhagen; brother, Chuck; and sister, Tessa of Florida.

ROBERT WILLARD ARNOLD GILL

Robert Willard Arnold Gill, our beloved, went to be with God on Feb. 28, 1999. He was 28 years old.

It is with great sadness that the family must announce Robert’s passing away. He goes to be with his grandfather, Robert Arnold Gill; and leaves behind to mourn his loving wife, Debra and daughter, Sarah; mother, Kathleen Gill; father, Bob (Lily) Gill; brother, Keith (Colleen); grandparents, Willard and Genevieve Anderson, and Shirley Gill; and many other relatives and friends.

VALIDA MARGUERITE ROBERTS

Valida Roberts, 88, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999.

Valida was born Jan. 8, 1911 in Masseau, Que. and was raised in Rainy River District. She worked as a Registered Nurse and on March 31, 1943, Valida was united in marriage to Stewart Roberts. Together they lived in Rainy River District until 1990, when Valida moved into Rainycrest Home for the Aged, where she lived until her passing.

Valida enjoyed travelling with her husband, Stewart, and attending local music and theatre events.

DANIEL RALPH WHETSTONE

In his 86th year, Ralph passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998 in Hawkesbury, Ont.

He was the beloved husband of Julia (Jardine) of Napanee and formerly Hamilton; dearly loved father of Michael (Louise) Whetstone of Hawkesbury and Louise (James) Stokes of Hamilton; grandfather of Michele and David Whetstone; and brother of the late Thora Dickie Ashworth of Hamilton.

Ralph was a former Navy bandmaster, music teacher, and Mason. He taught music almost until his death.

HARRY NEILSON COOPER

Harry Cooper, 82, of 631 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was born Jan. 17, 1917 in McCreary, Man. to the late “Nels” and “Maggie” Cooper. Harry lived briefly in Manitoba before moving with his family to the Emo district. On Feb. 5, 1940 in International Falls, Mn., Harry was united in marriage to the former Muriel Ogden.

CHANTEYA CHERYL JONES

Chanteya Cheryl Jones, infant daughter of Michael Jones and Candace Perrault, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Ont.

She was born July 10, 1997 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Chanteya was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Margaret Perrault; paternal great-grandfather, John Jones Sr.; paternal aunt, Shirlee Jones; paternal uncle, Joe Potson; maternal cousin, Payton Perrault; and paternal cousin, Cheyenne Jones.

HELEN HOGAN

Helen (Chowhan) Hogan, 81, of Surrey, B.C., formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Leo (Eddy) Hogan in November, 1983.