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Obituaries

GUS ‘MORK’ COPENACE JR.

Gus “Mork” Copenace Jr., 20, of Onigaming First Nation, Ont., passed away as a result of an accident Friday, May 28, 1999 at Sioux Narrows, Ont.

He was born Jan. 15, 1979 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gus was attending Onigaming High School and would have graduated from grade 12 this year. He also had worked as a firefighter. He enjoyed attending Pow-Wows and taking part in traditional ceremonies.

He was a quiet person, and he also enjoyed weightlifting.

Gus is survived by his parents, Pam and Gus Copenace Sr.; and his brother, Ricky Copenace.

KATHEREN MARIE MARKO

Katheren Marie Marko (nee Payne), of Winnipeg, Man., passed away May 24, 1999 at St. Boniface Hospital.

Katheren was born May 26, 1953, and attended public and high school in Fort Frances. In 1972, she married Rene Walter Marko, and eventually moved to Ottawa, Ont. Business eventually took Rene and Katheren to Toronto, Ont., then Langley, B.C.

Her final year was spent in Winnipeg, which meant she was close to home and family.

NICHOLAS ‘NICK’ DUSTAK

Nicholas “Nick” Dustak, 86, of 923 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, May 24, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital here.

He was born May 13, 1913 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late George and Lena Dustak.

In 1929 at the age of 16, Nick moved with his family to Fort Frances. He attended Teachers’ College in North Bay and taught school for six years. Subsequently, he went to work in the woods for Campbell and Holmes for three years, and also had worked on the Kenora Highway for a couple of years.

OLIVE OLGA ADVENT

Olive Olga Advent (nee Widgren) was born in the Township of Tovell, Ont. on March 7, 1911 to Tillie and Charlie Widgren. She attended school in Worthington & Tovell.

In her early years, she worked in the Bergland General Store. In December, 1929, she moved to Garson, Man. to meet her mom’s family and stayed for six years working at the Beausejour Hotel. Upon returning home, she worked again at Bergland and Rainy River.

OLIVE OLGA ADVENT

Olive Olga Advent (nee Widgren) was born in the Township of Tovell, Ont. on March 7, 1911 to Tillie and Charlie Widgren. She attended school in Worthington & Tovell.

In her early years, she worked in the Bergland General Store. In December, 1929, she moved to Garson, Man. to meet her mom’s family and stayed again at Bergland and Rainy River.

GEORGE KELLY

On Friday, June 18, 1999, our beloved brother, uncle, and great uncle, George Kelly, passed away due to cancer at Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora, Ont. with family members at his side.

He was born Dec. 4, 1940 in Kenora to the late Harry Kelly and Mary (Kokum) Kelly.

George had lived all his life at Onigaming, Ont., and had worked as a guide at various local camps. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he gained many friends through his kindness and friendly personality.

DOROTHY BONOT

Peacefully with her loving family by her side, Dorothy Bonot passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 1999 after a long battle with cancer.

Dorothy was born Aug. 15, 1928 to Axel and Laura (Ducharme) Anderson on her grandparents’ farm along Highway 621 in the Township of Pratt. She attended school at S.S.#1 Pratt and Rainy River High School.

Dorothy graduated as a Registered Practical Nurse from La Verendrye General Hospital School of Nursing, and later graduated as a Registered Radiological Technician from Confederation College.

DENNIS ELDON HAYES

Dennis Eldon Hayes, born Dec. 6, 1953 in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away of pneumonia May 17, 1999 at the age of 45.

He went to school in Miscampbell and Fort Frances before working in the bush for Ontario Hydro and Boise. He also worked construction, and belonged to International Labour Union of North America Local 605.

Dennis could fix almost anything, and spent a lot of time helping his many friends with projects, including cars, trucks, and other machinery. He also was a handiman at electrical, plumbing, and carpentry work.

MARY ANNE HELEN MEDICINE

Mary Anne Helen Medicine passed away May 16, 1999. She was born Feb. 7, 1957.

Mary Anne Medicine left behind ex-husband, Glen Medicine of Manitou Rapids Reserve, Ont. She had three children, Steve Wynne of Toronto, Ont., Darlene Sullivan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Alphonse Nolan of Manitou Rapids Reserve, Ont.

She also was a grandmother to three grandchildren, Robbie and Chance Wynne, and Carmella LaForte. She passed away before she had the opportunity to meet her youngest grandchild, Carmella LaForte, who is five months old.

KEN CORRIGAN

Mr. Ken Corrigan, 60, of Shebandowan, Ont., passed away peacefully in hospital Saturday, April 24, 1999 with his family at his side.

Born in Emo, Ont. on July 5, 1938, he later moved to Port Arthur, Ont. in 1957.

Ken was well-known and respected throughout Northwestern Ontario in the capacity of sales and sales manager in the heavy equipment industry, most recently at Wood-land Tractor.

JOHN (JACK) VICTOR MILLS

With his family and close friends by his side, John (Jack) Victor Mills, 80, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Tuesday, May 11, 1999.

Jack was born Nov. 10, 1918 at the end of World War I in Rush Lake, Sask. to the late Joseph and Helen Mills. He grew up on the prairies during the dust bowl of the Great Depression.

In his early teenage years, he worked on cattle ranches in Alberta, quickly discovering he had a special gift with horses and farming, and loved wide open spaces.

ANN HAWRYLAK

On Mother’s Day, May 9, 1999, God called Ann Hawrylak home to his garden. She was born Jan. 5, 1912 in Candiac, Sask. to the late Metro and Mary (Gilewicz) Sharber.

Ann completed her education in Saskatchewan, including Normal School to obtain her teaching certificate. She taught in rural and urban schools in Saskatchewan for 12 years from 1931 to 1943.

She had as many as 45 children in her one-room schools, in all grades from beginners to grade 10. Students in grade nine and 10 took correspondence courses, which she had to supervise and check, often on Saturdays.

EILEEN DOROTHY COPPEN

Eileen Dorothy Coppen, 76, of 202 Armit Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 at La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born March 2, 1922 in Reading Birkes, England to the late Harry and May Titcombe. She worked at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading during the Second World War.

On Oct. 10, 1946, she was united in marriage to Russell Leeson. She later joined him in Canada in July of 1947 but Russell predeceased her in Deer Lodge Hospital six months later.

KATHLEEN MARGARET (KAY) HOGAN

Kathleen Margaret Hogan, 78, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at her residence.

Kay was born Feb. 7, 1921 in Fort William, Ont. to the late Joseph and Agnes Shanahan. She was the youngest of four children. On Dec. 22, 1945, she married Andrew Roy (Andy) Hogan at Fort William, and they moved to Fort Frances.

KATHLEEN MARGARET (KAY) HOGAN

Kathleen Margaret (Kay) Hogan, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, May 4, 1999.

She is survived by her children, David, Jim, and Susan.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 7, 1999 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Fr. Ed Kosa, O.M.I. will officiate, with interment in Mountainview Cemetery in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Friends may visit Thursday, May 6, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home.

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

JOSEPH ‘JOEY’ RONALD GODBOUT

Joey Godbout, 46, of 415 Third St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly Monday, May 3, 1999 in Kenora, Ont.

Joey was born Dec. 29, 1952 in Fort Frances, Ont., where he also was raised. In his younger years, he worked in the bush logging and, in more recent years, was self-employed as a contractor doing carpentry and painting.

Joey also loved to work with young children, teaching them music and being an encourager to them. He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, the outdoors, and fishing.

RUTH EDITH GUNDERSON

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Ruth Gunderson on May 3, 1999 at Port Arthur General Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. She was born Dec. 20, 1925 in Emo, Ont.

She was predeceased by her son, Edward Roald Gunderson on March 2, 1997; father, Steven J. Redford on Dec. 26, 1980; mother, Edith Redford on May 14, 1985; and brother, Steven R. Redford on Nov. 11, 1986.

RITA MURIEL ROBINSON

Muriel Robinson, 87, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, May 2, 1999 at her residence.

Muriel was born April 22, 1912 in Davidson, Sask. to the late Jim and Mabel Robinson. As a child, she moved with her family to Rainy River District.

She enjoyed playing games, helping out around the house, and spending time visiting with family. Muriel especially enjoyed, in later years, having her nieces and nephews come and visit her in Rainycrest.

She was predeceased by her sister, Marjorie Lundstrom; and her niece, Bonnie Brandrick.

HOWARD WILLIE

Howard Willie, 59, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away Saturday, May 1, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born April 8, 1949 in Mine Centre, Ont. to the late Ackley and Mary Willie.

Howard had lived all his life in Rainy River District and had worked as a pulpcutter. He also worked at commercial fishing and trapping. He loved hunting and fishing, and enjoyed reading and sketching pictures.

AL JOYNES

Al Joynes, 76, of Oliver, B.C., passed away Sunday, April 25, 1999 at McKinney Place Extended Care Unit in Oliver. He was born Sept. 9, 1922 in Northampton, England.

Mr. Joynes will be lovingly remembered by his family, including Chris, his devoted wife of 55 years; his children, Donna (John) Kelso, Diane (Darcy) Oliver, and Jim (Lynn) Joynes; five grandchildren, Kristy, Kim, Pam, Debbie, and Chanda; and two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Chelsi.

RUSSELL WILLIAM (RUSS) LEWIS

Russell (Russ) Lewis, 77, of Burriss Township, Ont., passed away Wednesday, April 28, 1999 at his residence. He was born May 14, 1921 in Mossley, Ont. to the late Edwin and Charlotte Lewis.

Russ farmed in Mossley for many years. He was a member of the Crampton United Church, and past member of the Oddfellows Lodge in Crampton, Ont.

On April 17, 1942, he was united in marriage to the former Doris Patience, who predeceased him in 1992. In 1996, Russ moved to Burriss to live with his daughter, Barbara.

For enjoyment, Russ liked to watch ballgames and go fishing.

GILBERT SAMUEL KOSKI

Sam Koski, 76, of Crozier, Ont., passed away Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at McKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Sam was born June 17, 1922 to Sam Sr. and Jenny in Fort Frances, Ont. He later moved to Crozier. After graduating high school, he served in the army for five years with the “Little Black Devil Regiment” of the Winnipeg Rifles.

He was discharged in 1946.

On Dec. 9, 1943, he was united in marriage to Iva Mae Kennedy of International Falls, Mn. Together they lived a happy life and raised three children.

CORINNE CECILIA CROSS

Corinne Cross, 71, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, formerly of 375 Daniel Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Corinne was born April 23, 1928 in Fort Frances, where she also was raised. On Feb. 18, 1950, she was united in marriage to Milton Arthur Cross.

She was a member of the Knox United Church of Fort Frances and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary.

MARION ELIZABETH (GOODE) HODGINS

Marion Elizabeth (Goode) Hodgins passed away Saturday, April 24, 1999 at West End Villa in Ottawa, Ont.

She was the daughter of the late Allan and Jean Goode (Forester); wife of the late F.W. (Bill) Hodgins; mother of Maureen (John Allistone); and Nan of Brendan and Devon.

Born in Port Perry, Ont. in 1910, she graduated from high school with a scholarship at 16. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Pedagogy degrees from the University of Toronto, then taught English and Business Skills for 35 years in Midland, Hamilton, Fort Frances, and Thunder Bay.

ALICE L. CAMERON

Alice E. Cameron (nee Lawson) passed away in Barrie, Ont. on April 16, 1999.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh C. (Bert).

She is survived by her son, Hugh and his wife, Christine; daughter, Patricia and her husband, Aldino Delsole; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.