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MELVIN SAMUEL SINCLAIR

Melvin Sinclair, 74, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, April 16, 1999 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on July 24, 1924 in Rainy River, Ont., to the late William and Lottie Sinclair.

Melvin moved to Fort Frances during the late 1950’s. He had worked as a commercial fisherman for Gib Tucker for many years, and had also worked in the bush.

He was predeceased by six brothers; John, Tom, Bob, Gordon, Norman, and George; and by three sisters; Violet, Katie, and Myrtle.

MABEL EVA DAVIS-DICK

Mabel Dick, 95, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., went home to be with her Lord, with her daughter by her side, on Sunday, April 11, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Mabel was born Oct. 6, 1903 in Handswoorth, England to the late John and Amy Watkins. In 1905, she moved with her family to Canada and settled in Swan River, Man.

On Jan. 1, 1928, Mabel was united in marriage in Swan River to Andrew Davis and later that year they moved to Fort Frances.

ALYSE ELLEN DUNCAN

Alyse Duncan, 78, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, and formerly of 851 Colonization Rd. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, April 12, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born Jan. 7, 1921 in Shaunavon, Sask. to the late Charles and Kate McGillvray. In 1946, Alyse moved to Rainy River District and settled in Fort Frances.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Standford Minall in 1962. On Jan. 25, 1969, Alyse was united in marriage to Frederick (Fred) Duncan.

GEORGE WILLIAM JORDAN

George William Jordan, 86, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, April 11, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

George was born Feb. 18, 1913 in Fort Frances to the late Paul and Mary Jourdain. He attended residential school in Fort Frances, and began working in a local sawmill as well as guiding for local tourist camps.

Following a serious accident, he moved to Alberta and later to British Columbia. While out west, he worked as a truck driver and other various jobs. He returned to Fort Frances in 1982.

WILHELM ‘WILLIE’ GRONVOLD

Wilhelm “Willie” Gronvold, 92, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, April 10, 1999 at his residence.

Willie was born Feb. 6, 1907 in Norway but moved to Canada in 1926 and settled in Rainy River District. He was self-employed and worked in the bush logging, as well as a dynamic man in some of the local mines.

In 1929, he moved to Arbor Vitae, Ont. and later to Emo, Ont. before moving to Fort Frances.

EDEN (RED) BELLUZ

Red Belluz, 70, of 707 Nelson St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, April 8, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was born Oct. 10, 1928 in Fort Frances to the late Arturo and Salute Belluz. Red had lived all of his life in Fort Frances, and on Oct. 10, 1951 was united in marriage to the former Melba Graydon.

Red had worked as an auto mechanic at Mel Newman’s and Voyageur Ford until his retirement four years ago following 55 years of work.

HELEN HALLICK

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Helen Hallick, on April 5, 1999 at Riverside Health Care Facilities.

She will always be lovingly remembered by daughters, Millie and husband, Don Witherspoon, and Gladys Robinson; sons, Ken Hallick and wife, Linda, and Howard Hallick; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She also leaves to mourn her sisters, Pat Becker and Lizzie Larabie.

GEORGE CRAWLEY

George Crawley, 80, of 312 Minnie Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, April 3, 1999 at his residence.

George was born Jan. 22, 1919 in Fort Frances to the late George and Catherine Crawley. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1939 with the Forestry Corp., and served overseas during World War II in continental Europe until 1945.

In 1945, George returned to Ontario and settled in Thunder Bay, where he worked at various jobs until 1950, when he began work with Abitibi Pulp & Paper (Woodlands Division) as a production foreman.

GEORGE CRAWLEY

George Crawley, 80, of 312 Minnie Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, April 3, 1999 at his residence.

George was born Jan. 22, 1919 in Fort Frances to the late George and Catherine Crawley. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1939 with the Forestry Corp., and served overseas during World War II in continental Europe until 1945.

In 1945, George returned to Ontario and settled in Thunder Bay, where he worked at various jobs until 1950, when he began work with Abitibi Pulp & Paper (Woodlands Division) as a production foreman.

JUANITA FRENETTE

Juanita Frenette, 72, of Mesa, Az., passed away April 2, 1999 in Mesa.

Born in International Falls, Mn., Juanita is survived by daughters, Sharon DeWitt and Liela Maielua; son, Dan Vellieux; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Also surviving are two brothers, Loren Reyes and Mark Heath.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Frenette; and son, Michael Vellieux.

A memorial service was held Thursday, April 8, 1999 at 7 p.m. at the Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. Macdonald St., Mesa, Az.

Allan James Edgar Wolframe

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

Allan James Edgar Wolframe will always be lovingly remembered by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Dwayne (Cherry) and Darcy (Colleen); daughter, Gaylene (Bob); grandson, Michael; and granddaughters, Sharon and Kataryna.

He also leaves to mourn his brother, Ralph.

Allan was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Stella Wolframe; and brother, Roy.

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.