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OLGA SHAW

Olga (Baba) Shaw, 67, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 2, 1998.

Born Olga Tkachuk on Aug. 12, 1931 in Gardenton, Man., she shared her laughter and her life for many years in Fort Frances, Ont. before moving to Thunder Bay, where she continued to be such a symbol of strength and determination for all of us.

Olga was our spirit guide. She knew life, she experienced life, she shared in our lives. She was our spirit guide daily and for our futures through her card reading.

MOSES TOM

Moses Tom, 68, of Big Grassy First Nation, Ont., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998 at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont. He was born Feb. 11, 1930 in Big Grassy First Nation.

Moses lived all of his life in Big Grassy. During his youth, he was one of the most prominently known guides by the many local tourist camps. For enjoyment, he loved playing hockey, taking part in traditional dances, and playing the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and trumpet.

On Feb. 3, 1963, Moses was united in marriage to the former Bessie Big George.

GLORIA OLIVE GUSTAFSON LONEY

Gloria Olive Gustafson Loney, beloved wife and best friend of Mr. Larry Loney of Medicine Hat, Alta., passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998 at the age of 59.

Gloria also leaves to cherish her memory her children, David of Sherwood Park, and Lisa of Edmonton; her brothers, Rudy (Joan), Raymond (Jackie), and Jim (Barbara); her sisters, Audrey (Clarence) Lefort, and Janice (Robert) Munn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Folke and Laura Gustafson.

ELIZABETH BOUCHER

Elizabeth Boucher, 54, of Sabaskong First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998 at McKellar General Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born Dec. 13, 1943 at Sabaskong First Nation to the late John and Annie Shebagegit. On Aug. 1, 1976, Elizabeth was united in marriage to William Boucher.

She always enjoyed being with her family.

She was predeceased by one son, Neil Shebagegit, on Dec. 21, 1990.

EUNICE STRUVE

Eunice Struve, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 1998 in Burlington, Ont. She was born Aug. 19, 1933 in Canora, Sask.

Eunice was united in marriage to Leonard in 1954, who predeceased her in 1985. She also was predeceased by her father, Steve, and her brother, Norman.

MARIE EMILIA DeGAGNÉ

Marie Emilia DeGagné, 84, of 425 Nelson St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998 at the Nipawin Union Hospital in Nipawin, Sask.

Emilia was born Jan. 17, 1914 in Richer, Man. to the late Peter and Harriet Lecerc. She was united in marriage to Ulysses in 1934, and they farmed together in Devlin from 1938 to 1970.

Emilia was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic Women’s League. She also was a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association and she had a love for knitting and playing cards.

MARIE EMILIA DEGAGNE

Marie Emilia DeGagne, 84, of 425 Nelson St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998 at the Nipawin Union Hospital in Nipawin, Sask.

Emilia was born Jan. 18, 1914 in Richer, Man. to the late Peter and Harriet Leclerc. She was united in marriage to Ulysses in 1934, and they farmed together in Devlin from 1938 until 1970.

SARA MELIN

Sara “Pat” Melin, 87, of Bemidji, Mn., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998 at North Country Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 18, 1911 in Hacket, Mn. to John and Mary (McInnis) Drennan of Rainy River, Ont.

She grew up and attended school at McInnis Creek. She went to Bemidji in 1935 and later married Lars “Gust” Melin on May 7, 1938 in Bena, Mn.

She lived in the Bemidji area since, with the exception of two-and-a-half years she and Gust spent at Everett, Wash. during World War II.

Pat was the last of a family of 11 children (five sisters and five brothers).

IRENE ELIZABETH BARANOWSKI

Irene Baranowski, 52, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 1998 in Kenora, Ont.

Irene was born in Emo, Ont. on March 26, 1946 to the late Michael and Pauline Baranowski. She was raised in Emo, and graduated from Lakehead University’s nursing program.

Irene lived and worked in Fort Frances until 1989, when she moved to British Columbia, and then returned to Fort Frances in 1993.

Irene enjoyed travelling, poetry, and was an avid hockey fan. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, and always had a special love for her family.

REGINALD ALLEN FAST

This is about Reg. Above all, Reg’s trust was in God, his family came first, his career was aviation, his hobby was flying, and his passion was life.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, surrounded by much love, Reg passed away at home with his wife and closest friend, Grace (Hoff), and their three children, Charis, Andrew, and Tasha, close by his side.

THERESA (TERRI) SOPHIA PATTERSON

Theresa (Terri) Patterson, 48, of Oshawa, Ont., passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998 at Oshawa General Hospital. She was born Nov. 18, 1949 in Sturgeon Falls, Ont. to the late Ralph Laurence and surviving Emma Laurence.

Terri worked and lived in Fort Frances between 1986 and 1996, when she moved to Oshawa for health reasons.

Terri enjoyed travelling, shopping, and was a devoted Bingo player. She always enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, and always had a special love for her family.

She also was predeceased by her granddaughter, Katherina Helps.

MABEL AMANDA HELE

Mabel Amanda Hele, 83, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998.

Mabel was born April 1, 1915 to the late Carl and Ida Bebee. She lived most of her life in the North Branch area.

Mabel was united in marriage to “Bill” Hele on Nov. 11, 1938 and settled in North Branch, where together they farmed and raised their family until 1972 when they moved to Barwick.

LILLIAN JERINA O’NEIL

In loving memory of Lillian Jerina O’Neil (nee Burton), 69, who passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, 1998 at La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was the beloved mother of Linda O’Neil of Sudbury, and Susan Korosec (Leo) of Fort Frances; and loving grandmother of Steven, Stacey (Christopher), Allison (Darren), and Tamara; and great-grandchild, A.J.

HAZEL BOOTH

Hazel Booth, 81, of Emo, Ont., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998 at the Emo Hospital in Emo. She was born March 9, 1917 in Emo to the late William and Ethel Redford.

Mrs. Booth had lived all her life in the Emo area, and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Emo. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, and cooking. She also attended cooking and sewing classes, and through one of her classes she won a trip to the Royal Winter Fair.

She also was a member of the Lash Institute for 50 years.

SIPKA ‘SAM’ HELDER

Sipka “Sam” Helder, 67, of Bergland, Ont., passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 1998 at Rainy River Hospital in Rainy River, Ont.

He was born Sept. 29, 1930 in McCrosson Township, Ont. to the late Sjoerd and Sytske Helder. Raised in Rainy River District, he began working in construction and building homes, which he did most of his life.

Sam also lived three years in Buffalo prior to his marriage to Margareth Osinga on May 3, 1958. Together they settled in Minneapolis, Mn. for four years before moving to Waterloo, Ont. in 1963.

EVYLEN OLIVE HAVELIN

Evylen Havelin, 76, of 1129 Second St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born Nov. 27, 1921 in Port Arthur, Ont. to the late Henry and Grace Corbett.

On June 22, 1943, Evylen was united in marriage to Moses “Bill” Havelin in Pembroke, Ont. Following their marriage, Evylen moved to Cultus Lake, B.C. for a short time, and then returned to Port Arthur to live with her parents until Bill returned from serving overseas.

ALAN J. (CORK) BRADY

Alan John (Cork) Brady, 64, of Devlin, Ont., passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man. following a short battle with cancer.

He was born in Sault St. Marie, Ont. on Oct. 26, 1934.

Cork started work for Bell Canada in 1956 and worked in various locations in Northwestern Ontario. He transferred to Fort Frances in 1981, and worked here as a plant manager until his retirement in 1989.

REUBEN OLIVER FREDERICK ARASON

Reuben Oliver Frederick Arason, 70, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998 at the Hospice Wing at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. due to complications associated with a stroke.

He was born May 6, 1928 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Sig and Alvena (Haak) Arason.

He grew up in Fort Frances but moved to International Falls in 1959, where he had lived since. He served in the Canadian Navy, and worked for the Canadian National Railroad.

He also was part-owner of Arason Auto Body shop for 28 years.

JEAN ‘JOHN’ MAURICE MARIE GAVEL SR.

John Gavel, 71, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 1998 at his residence.

John was born Dec. 6, 1926 in Gent, Belgium to the late Leon and Anna Gavel. As a young boy, John spent many summers on farms where he developed a profound liking for this particular way of life.

After completion of his Humanoria, he obtained his diploma at Agricultural College, after which he completed his compulsory military service.

DANIEL STEINER

Daniel James Steiner was born Aug. 7, 1977 near Barwick, Ont. At the age of 15, he experienced the second birth, giving his heart to the Lord.

He was baptized at the age of 16 and became a member of the Woodside Mennonite Church at Sleeman, Ont. It was a joy to see his dedication to the Lord and spiritual growth.

Daniel carried a real burden for those who did not know the Lord, especially young people.

JOHN E. VOLD

John E. Vold, of 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998 at the age of 80.

He was born in Fort Frances on July 19, 1918 to the late Melinda and Ole Vold. He grew up and went to school in the area until he joined the army.

FREDRICK ‘STAN’ STANLEY STOBART

Fredrick “Stan” Stanley Stobart, 85, of 706 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Sunday morning, Aug. 23, 1998.

Stan was born Sept. 15, 1912 in England but immigrated to Canada at the age of 15, working in farming at Tisdale, Sask. In 1938, he came to Rainy River District, employed in farming and bush work at North Branch, Emo, and Fort Frances.

In 1942, Stan enlisted with RCASC in Winnipeg, serving in Europe during World War II. He was discharged from the army in Winnipeg on March 19, 1946.

MARY BROWMAN-SANDUL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Browman-Sandul on Friday, Aug. 21, 1998 in Crescent City, Cal. with her son at her side.

Mary was born April 3, 1919 and grew up in Ray, Mn. She later moved to International Falls, Mn. and then to Crescent City. She spent the last 15 years in Fort Frances, Ont., spending her winters in Crescent City.

MARY BROWMAN-SANDUL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Browman-Sandul on Friday, Aug. 21, 1998 in Crescent City, Cal. with her son at her side.

Mary was born April 3, 1919 and grew up in Ray, Mn. She later moved to International Falls, Mn. and then to Crescent City. She spent the last 15 years in Fort Frances, Ont., spending her winters in Crescent City.