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DENNIS JAMES ENGSTROM

Dennis James Engstrom passed away suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 while on vacation in Vancouver, B.C.

Dennis was born Nov. 16, 1968 in North Vancouver, B.C. In the past several years, he had made his home in Fort Frances, Ont. and Regina, Sask.

He is survived by his parents, Dianna Engstrom (Kropelin) of Fort Frances, and James Engstrom of North Vancouver, B.C.; and brother, Doug (Barb) of North Vancouver, B.C.

Many aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Dennis’ favourite companion Buddy, his dog, also will miss him.

DENNIS JAMES ENGSTROM

Dennis James Engstrom passed away suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 while on vacation in Vancouver, B.C.

Dennis was born Nov. 16, 1968 in North Vancouver, B.C. In the past several years, he had made his home in Fort Frances, Ont. and Regina, Sask.

He is survived by his parents, Dianna Engstrom (Kropelin) of Fort Frances, and James Engstrom of North Vancouver, B.C.; and brother, Doug (Barb) of North Vancouver, B.C.

Many aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Dennis’ favourite companion Buddy, his dog, also will miss him.

TERRY WILLIAM O’LEARY

Terry William O’Leary, 59, of Calgary, Alta., passed away at home on Monday, Oct. 4, 1999. He was born Feb. 17, 1940 in Fort Frances, Ont.

After moving from Fort Frances to Atikokan, Ont., Terry worked at both ore mines in Atikokan for several years. He also worked in Calgary for a number of years until his illness stopped him from working.

Terry enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the outdoors with his family and friends.

In September, 1994, he was united in marriage to Marie O’Leary of Calgary.

He was predeceased by his parents, Neil and Mable O’Leary.

DOUGLAS FRANK ‘DOUG’ LaBELLE

Douglas Frank “Doug” LaBelle, 70, of Lash Township, Ont., passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Jan. 2, 1929 in Emo, Ont. to the late Frank and Hazel LaBelle.

Mr. LaBelle had lived all of his life in Rainy River District. He had worked in the bush from the age of 16, and was a skilled bushman who made an art of his work.

He also enjoyed gardening but most of all his family, especially his grandchildren, who were most important to him.

DONALD PATRICK McGEE

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

Don Patrick McGee passed away peacefully on the morning of Sept. 22, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with family at his side.

Don was born May 1, 1925 and grew up in Pinewood, Ont., where he worked for CN, helped on his family farm, and met the love of his life, Eileen McGee.

Don enlisted in the army in 1943 and served his country in World War II.

DORIS JEWETT

Doris Jewett, 74, of 725 Morrison Cres., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital. She was born April 7, 1925 in North Branch, Ont. to the late Adam and Hannah Elliott.

Mrs. Jewett had lived all her life in Rainy River District. She was an avid birdwatcher and nature lover, and was a member of Knox United Church.

Spending time with her family and friends was enjoyable to her but being a “Grandma” was most important.

ARTHUR FISCHER

In loving memory of Arthur Fischer, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Else; children, Hannelore and husband, Ulke Helder, of Bergland, Ont., Ralf and wife, Odette, of Winnipeg, Man., Monika and husband, Geoff Armitstead, of Medicine Hat, Alta., and Karl-Heins and wife, Gay-Dawn, of British Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He also leaves behind one brother, Otto and wife, Anne, of Germany; and sisters, Hertha Fischer and Hanna Fischer, both of Germany.

BERNHARD (BEN) W. KRAHN

Bernhard (Ben) W. Krahn was born April 21, 1957 at Dryden, Ont.

At the age of 15, Ben was baptized upon the confession of his faith and became a member of the Pineview Mennonite Church at Barwick, Ont.

On May 4, 1978, he was joined in marriage to Jane Martin. The Lord allowed them 21 years together. Their union was blessed with three sons and eight daughters.

MYRTLE PETERSON

Myrtle Peterson, 83, of 102 First St., Rainy River, Ont., passed away at the Rainy River Hospital in Rainy River on Friday, Sept. 24, 1999.

She was born Dec. 2, 1915 in Blue Township, Ont. to the late Henry and Lillian Hodges. On Sept. 24, 1933, Myrtle was united in marriage to Gudolf Peterson.

FLOTILLA ‘FLO’ ERMA PATTERSON

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Flotilla “Flo” Erma Patterson on Friday, Sept. 24, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Flo was predeceased by her husband, Alexander; and brothers, Roy (Edna), Don (Grace), Milt (Ida), and Harold Westover.

She will be deeply missed by daughter, Margaret and Craig Ptashnik of Winnipeg, Man.; grandchildren, Patrick (Kimberley) Ptashnik of Kamloops, B.C., and Tracy Ptashnik of Winnipeg, Man.; and one great-granddaughter, Alexandria Esau of Winnipeg, Man.

Elsie Doris MacMillan

Elsie Doris MacMillan of Rainycrest, Fort Frances, passed away at her residence on Monday, Sept. 20, 1999. She was born May 23, 1910 in Kingsford, Ontario to Arthur and Emily Shipton. On Aug. 2, 1931, Elsie was united in marriage to Gordon MacMillan, who predeceased her on Feb. 3, 1977.

LEO FEDORCHUK

Leo Fedorchuk, 78, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999.

He was born July 18, 1921 in Arbakka, Man. to the late Paul and Daria Fedorchuk. During World War II, Leo served with the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic.

Following his discharge from the services, he returned to Fort Frances, where he worked as an electrical contractor, and owned and operated Veteran Electric for the past 45 years.

Kenneth Paul “Ken” Sandmoen

In loving memory of Kenneth Paul “Ken” Sandmoen, aged 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away suddenly on Monday, Sept. 20, 1999 at LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances., Ont.

Ken is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Beverly Sandmoen of Fort Frances, Ont., his special granddaughter, Melissa Ogden, of London, Ont.; brothers Stanley and wife Bev Sandmoen of Dryden, Ont., and Walter Sandmoen of Rainy River, Ont.; sisters Gladys Fraser of Ashcroft, B.C., and Clara and Joseph Marr of Victoria, B.C., and by numerous nieces and nephews.

DOROTHY MAY KELLS

Dorothy May Kells, nee Easton, of Escott, Ont., passed away at Brockville General Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999. She was born in Rainy River District on May 23, 1911 and married to the late Harry Lee Kells.

Dorothy was the loving mother of Patricia Schaper of Houston, Texas, and Barbara and Murray Allin of Escott, Ont.; and grandmother of Chloe.

She is survived by her sister, Jessie Miller of Fort Frances, Ont.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

Wilena Frederica Runkowski (Nee Clark)

In loving memory of Wilena Frederica Runkowski, aged 88, of 550 Osborne Street, Fort Frances, who passed away peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999.

Wilena is survived by her nephews Ralph Eggen of Crown Point, Indiana and Bogdan Fraczkiewicz of Fort Frances and their families.

Wilena was predeceased by her husband Ted Runkowski on July 23, 1999, brother Bert Clark, sisters Marjorie Eggen, Lillian Strange, and Alma Maxwell.

Angeline Medicine

In loving memory of Angeline Medicine, age 44, of Manitou Rapids First Nation, who passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999 at International Falls, Min.

Angeline is survived by her husband Wayne Morrisseau, children Curtis, Jon, and Kristie all of Rainy River First Nation (Manitour Rapids). She will be greatly missed by her sisters Berla Horton of Manitou Rapids First Nation, and Liza White of Whitefish Bay; brothers Eddie Medicine, Joe Medicine both of Rainy River First Nation and Alec Medicine of Whitefish Bay and numerous nieces and nephews.

DMYTRO (DAN) SOKIL

Dmytro (Dan) Sokil passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 13, 1999 at Kensington Village in London, Ont. in his 90th year.

He was the beloved husband of the late Micheline (Lena) Sokil (1990); dearly loved father of Louise Coppen and husband, Bill, of Red Lake, Ont., Beth Drechsler of Coburg, Ont., and Julie Patten and husband, Nic, of London, Ont.; and dear grandfather to Karl Coppen of Vancouver, B.C., Lance Drechsler of Ottawa, Ont., Scott Coppen of Boston, Mass., and Joel Drechsler of Toronto, Ont.

RUSSELL ASH

Russell Ash, 85, passed away peacefully in his home in Kelowna, B.C. on Sept. 7, 1999.

Russell was a longtime resident of Fort Frances, Ont., where he attended grade school and high school. He played hockey and baseball at a younger age, and was an avid sports fan.

During the Second World War, he was in the R.C.E.M.E. and spent time oversees. He returned to raise his family in Fort Frances.

He retired at age 65 from Boise Cascade, where he had worked for more than 45 years.

BERNADETTE DAUPHINAIS

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Bernadette Dauphinais (nee Armstrong) at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. on Sept. 7, 1999.

Bernadette was born June 23, 1911 and raised mostly in the Stratton area of Ontario. Most recently, she was a resident of the Villa Nova Seniors residence in Winnipeg, Man.

Bernie was predeceased by her husband, Bill Dauphinais in 1972.

LILLIAN SARAH BECKER

Lillian Sarah Becker, 96, passed away peacefully in the CCU at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Monday, Sept. 6, 1999.

Lillian was born July 26, 1903 in South Shields, England to the late William and Sarah Carter. On Dec. 10, 1925, she was united in marriage to Hosea (Harry) Dorwin Becker.

She was predeceased by her husband on Feb. 28, 1965; one sister, Lydia Cook Terry; brother, William Carter; and nephew, Lanny Flinders.

NICHOLAS LEEK

Nicholas Leek, 77, of Crozier, Ont., passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999. He was born Dec. 10, 1921 in Holland to the late Pieter and Katharina (Kramer) Leek.

On Feb. 10, 1954, he was united in marriage to Katherina (Groot) and together, two weeks later, they emigrated to Canada. They spent two years in Manitoba and then moved to Barwick, Ont. in 1956. Nicholas worked on his farm in Barwick for almost 40 years, moving to Crozier in 1995.

He was a member of the St. Patrick’s parish council and an avid reader.

HILDA MAIN

Hilda Main, of 960 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., surrounded by her family and close friends, passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 10, 1918 to the late John and Anna Clark in Haille Cumberland, England, Hilda was raised and educated there. During WWII, she worked on transport as a warden and at the Salvation Army assisting military personnel.

THOMAS JOHN PATRICK (TOM) LOGAN

Tom Logan, 82, of Devlin, Ont., passed away Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. He was born Oct. 14, 1916 in Lorlie, Sask. to the late John and Amy Logan.

Tom grew up on the prairies of Saskatchewan, working on farms, tending horses, and doing fieldwork when he met his sweetheart, Helen, who was working at the Abernethy Hospital.

They married Aug. 10, 1940, and that same year, Tom enlisted in the air force and served overseas from 1943-46 in England, France, and Belgium.

JOHN ELLARD IRVIN TEEPLE

Ellard Teeple, 77, of Blackhawk, Ont., passed away Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999 at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont. He was born Nov. 25, 1921 in Gratton Township, Ont. to the late Irvin and Beatrice Teeple.

Ellard moved to the Rainy River District with his family in 1931. As a young teen, he worked for various farmers in the Emo and Barwick area for a few years.

On April 28, 1943, he was united in marriage to the former Helen McMillan.