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Obituaries

JAMES STEELE ‘JIM’ MUNRO

James Steele “Jim” Munro, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Dance Township, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

He was born Sept. 6, 1915 in Dance Township to the late John Munro and Jean Steele.

Jim had lived most of his life in Rainy River District and had farmed in the area. He also had worked for George and Vernon Armstrong, as well as for many years with the Dept. of Highways, from which he retired at age 64.

BRUCE F. WARNER

Bruce F. Warner passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 1999 at the Minnesota Masonic Care Center.

He was born Jan. 13, 1905 in Rainy River, Ont. but later resided in Fort Frances, Ont. until 1950, then transferred to Minneapolis, Mn.

Bruce was a longtime member of Lake Harriet Lodge, Zuhrah Shrine, and was an active member at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth (Carlson) Warner in October, 1971.

BEATRICE AGNES KENNY

Beatrice Agnes Kenny, nee Yerxa, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 with her family at her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre in Brandon, Man.

Beatrice was born and raised in Fort Frances, Ont. Since the passing of her husband, Richard, she has been devoted to sharing her time between Fort Frances and Brandon.

Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was a gift they will always treasure and cherish.

SR. MARIE HENRIETTE

Soeur Marie Henriette RNDM, nee Marie Laetitia Eleonore Chartier, of St. Michael’s Academy, passed away Feb. 13, 1999 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Man.

The Sisters of St. Michael’s, some of her family members, and Fr. Barry Schoonbaert were with her as she made the final step in her earthly journey.

Sister Laetitia was born Nov. 14, 1905 in St. Lazare, Man. to Lionel Chartier and Corinne Lemoine. She received her elementary education in St. Lazare and on Aug. 17, 1924, she entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Our Lady of Missions in St. Eustache, Man.

MARY FRANCES COUNCILLOR

Mary Frances Councillor, 57, of Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont., passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born July 1, 1941 in Seine River, Ont. to the late Earl and Elizabeth Chiefson.

Mary had lived at Northwest Bay for 34 years. She was employed with the Solvent Abuse Camp in Kenora, and had worked at several tourists camps in the area.

She also was a homemaker and caregiver for the elders at Northwest Bay First Nation.

EDITH OLIVE BYE

Edith Olive Bye, 92, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999.

She was born Feb. 17, 1906 in Badger, Mn. to the late Thomas and Lillian Brannan.

In 1908 at the age of two, Edith moved with her family to North Branch, Ont. On Oct. 21, 1935, she was united in marriage to Leif Bye.

Following her husband’s death on Jan. 5, 1973, Edith moved to Emo, Ont., where she lived until moving to Rainycrest in Fort Frances in July, 1992.

FLORENCE (PEGGY) MCFEE

Florence (Peggy) McFee, 88, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999.

She was born Florence Isabella Lewis on July 5, 1910 in Hayfield, Man.

During the early 1930s, Florence moved to Fort Frances. On June 8, 1935, she was united in marriage to Ralph Francis McFee, who predeceased her June 10, 1979.

ALVIN ‘BASIL’ HAYES

Alvin “Basil” Hayes passed away Feb. 5, 1999 in Hope, B.C. He was born in Burriss, Ont.

He worked at Camp Robinson, Ont. and Thompson, Man. as an operator of heavy machinery. In 1964, he moved to British Columbia, where he worked as a faller at North Bend.

He had a logging truck and hauled for the Catermole Timber Co. He also had a mushroom farm at Chilliwack, B.C.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen; his parents, Wm. and Frances Hayes; and three brothers, Harmon, Arther, and Edwin.

HENRI PIERRE LEMAIRE

Henri Pierre LeMaire, 89, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.

He was born Nov. 13, 1909 in Indonesia.

Henri had worked as a boiler engineer in the building industry. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Indonesia and Burma.

Henri was united in marriage Dec. 3, 1937 to the former Willemina Brinkman, who predeceased him Feb. 16, 1998.

CAROLINE MCPHERSON

Caroline McPherson (nee Bzdok), 71, of R.R. #1, Sleeman, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.

She was born Jan. 6, 1928 in Little Falls, Mn.

Caroline moved to Fort Frances and then to the Rainy River area in 1990. She had worked as a dietitian at the Falls Nursing Home in International Falls, Mn. for a number of years.

Caroline was united in marriage to Arnold McPherson, who predeceased her March 5, 1994. She also was predeceased by an infant son and infant daughter.

IRENE PRZYBYLSKI

Irene Przybylski, 79, of Toronto, Ont., formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away there Monday, Jan. 25, 1999.

She was born July 18, 1919 in Wilno, Poland.

Irene was in nurses’ training during World War II when she was taken prisoner by the German army. While a prisoner of war, she escaped and ended up in Italy, where she worked as a nursing sister, and met Walter in the hospital.

SUSAN LORRAINE SMITH

Susan Lorraine Smith, 43, of 577 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Susan was born in Owen Sound, Ont., where she was raised. In 1979, she met Bill Adams and together they settled in Calgary, Alta. until 1996, when they moved to Fort Frances.

Lyla M. Golding

Lyla M. Golding, 64, passed away peacefully at McKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Friday, Jan. 22, 1999 surrounded by her family.

Lyla was born Aug. 11, 1934 in Dance Township (Rainy River District).

She worked as an RNA and was a member of the first graduating class of La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances. Her main interests were her family and grandchildren.

Lyla was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Christina Steele; and brothers Don, Gary, and Bob Steele.

MARGARET ANDRES

Margaret Andres, 76, of 339 Third St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Margaret was born June 7, 1922 in Theodore, Sask. In 1923, she moved with her family to Fort Frances.

Margaret worked as a local telephone operator with the Town of Fort Frances, then with Bell telephone until the 1950s. She then was employed with the Red Cross as a home care supervisor from the 1970s until her retirement in 1988.

CHARLENE MARGARET WINDEGO

Charlene Windego, 30, of 417 East Francis St., Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999 at Port Arthur General Hospital in Thunder Bay.

Charlene was born Nov. 28, 1968 in Emo, Ont. She was raised in Thunder Bay, Ont., and united in marriage to Bradley Windego on April 29, 1994.

Charlene was attending Lakehead University, studying to be a social worker. She enjoyed reading, working with young people, dancing, playing Bingo, and her cat.

EMIL A. MORRISSEAU

Emil A. Morrisseau, 72, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont. to the late Alfred and Margaret Morrisseau. Emil had lived most of his life in Couchiching, and on June 12, 1952 was united in marriage to the former Melvina Bruyere.

Emil had worked for the J.A. Mathieu Sawmill, Sapawe Sawmill, George Armstrong Lumber, Faragher Lumber, and as a maintenance man for Couchiching First Nation.

ALBERT BEDARD SR.

Albert Severe Bedard, 67, of 100 Sixth St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man.

Albert was born March 7, 1931 in Fort Frances to Ferdinand and Rose Bedard.

Albert had lived all his life in Fort Frances. He began employment with Boise Cascade in 1951 until his retirement in 1989, with more than 37 years of service.

Albert was predeceased by his parents, Ferdinand and Rose; one brother, Herman; sisters, Melina, Blanche, Cecile, and Lorraine; one son, Ronald; and granddaughter, Stefani.

Alma Clare Maguire (Booth)

Clare Maguire, born April 18, 1946, passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Ont. on Monday, Jan. 18, 1999 with her family by her side.

Born in Fort Frances, Ont., she grew up in the family home in Burriss.

Clare moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. in 1967 and was married on Aug. 16, 1969. She worked at various beauty salons in Thunder Bay, and had been employed at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital since 1986.

JOSEPH ERNEST OVIDE LAROCQUE

Ovide Larocque, 58, of 818 Wright Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ovide was born May 31, 1940 in Pinewood, Ont. to the late “Tony” and “Sis” Larocque. He was raised in Pinewood until he moved with his family around 1950 to Snake Falls, Ont.

In 1956, they moved to Fort Frances, and on March 13, 1965, Ovide was united in marriage to Sharon Booth.

WILLIAM ALLAN ‘MICK’ CAMERON

William “Mick” Cameron, 81, of North Bay, Ont. and formerly of 928 Victoria Ave. N., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999 in North Bay.

He was born Dec. 6, 1917 in Fort Frances to the late William and Alice Cameron, and had lived most of his life here.

Mick had served as a sergeant with R.C.A.F. during World War II. Following his discharge from the services, he returned to Fort Frances and on July 28, 1945 was united in marriage to the former Minnie “Winnie” Lowe.

REV. CANON WILLIAM JOHN CLINTON AYERS

With great sorrow we announce the peaceful passing away of Rev. “Jack” Ayers, beloved husband of Evelyn, at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, Man. on Jan. 7, 1999.

Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Frances-Ann; his father, William; his mother, Ann; his brother, Wilbur (”Jiggs”); and his brother-in-law, Tom.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Clinton and David; daughter, Susan; several grandchildren; as well as sisters, Margaret Kenny of Fort Frances, Ont. and Anita Brown of Dryden, Ont.; and brother, Howard of British Columbia.

PERCY ROBERT BROWN

Percy Robert Brown, 95, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Percy was born March 24, 1903 in Bulwell, England to the late William and Alice Brown. In 1917, he came to Canada as a “Home Boy” brought here by Oliver Hinds. He began working at age 14 at Dakeyne Farm in Falmouth, N.S.

EMIL NURMI

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Emil Nurmi, 59, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.

Born and raised on a farm near Emo, Ont., Emil was a lifetime resident of Northwestern Ontario. He was employed by a variety of companies during his life, where he used his considerable skill as a heavy equipment mechanic.

He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union and retired in 1994.

Emil is survived by his loving wife, Beverley; daughter, Lisa and husband, Jim Jack, and daughter, Marie and husband, David Fontaine, and grandson, Carter Fontaine.

MARYANN GOULIQUER

Maryann Gouliquer (nee Pollard), “Granny Fox,” 95, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999 at the Atikokan General Hospital E.C.W.

She was born July 14, 1903 in Leroy, N.D. to the late Thomas and Mary Jane Pollard. Maryann had lived most of her life in Pinewood, Ont. but spent the last 10 years residing in Atikokan with her daughter, Stella Huntley.

She was a dedicated member of the Liberal party and loved a good debate. She also had served as the secretary of the school board for Nelles #1 and #2 Schools.

AGNES SPEAKER

Agnes Speaker, 92, of Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nation, Ont., passed away suddenly at her residence Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999.

She was born Feb. 16, 1906 in Little Fork, Ont. to the late Tom and Margaret Burns. Agnes lived in Manitou Rapids all of her life, and she taught her family her traditional way of life and values. She loved her family, relatives, and friends.

She was predeceased by the father of her children, John Speaker, on March 20, 1994; three sons; and by one brother, Harry Burns.