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Obituaries

RUBY ELLEN KULCHESKI

Ruby Ellen Kulcheski, 73, of 1133 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ruby was born March 1, 1925 in Fort Frances, where she also was raised. During W.W.II, she worked in a munitions plant in Nobel, Ont.

MAMIE MERLE CAIN

Mamie Merle Cain of Atikokan, Ont. passed away at the Atikokan General Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998 at the age of 97.

Mamie was born in Indiana on March 30, 1901 to the late Ira and Mary Dobbs. Her family moved to Burriss, Ont. in 1902 and then to a homestead in Indus, Mn. where, in 1904, her mother died when Mamie was three years old.

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ CHARLES WILLIAMS

William “Bill” Charles Williams, 76, of 229 Fourth St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital. He was born Jan. 31, 1922 in Westbury upon Severn in England to the late Harry and Daisy Williams.

Bill was a veteran of World War II, having served overseas with the R.A.F. in North Africa. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 in Fort Frances. He also was past president of Br. 29, past deputy and district commander, and past zone commander.

RENEE GARTSHORE

Renee Gartshore, 76, of 420 Keating Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Sunday, Oct. 4, 1998.

She was born Sept. 19, 1922 in Wantage, Berkshire, England to the late Percy and Florence Evans. Renee moved to Canada in 1925 and received her education in Fort Frances. She became an elementary school teacher after attending North Bay Normal School, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

MADELINE HOLT

Madeline Holt, 76, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osbourne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998,

She was born June 27, 1922 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to the late William and Lucy Vale.

In her earlier years, Madeline had served with the Royal Canadian Navy in Canada. In 1950, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Holt. Madeline had lived many years in Fort Frances, and prior to her retirement had worked for the Town of Fort Frances.

MYRTLE IVY MILLER

Myrtle Ivy Miller, 78, of Flinders Place, Fort Frances, Ont., went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998 at McKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Myrtle was born May 5, 1920 in International Falls, Mn. to the late John and Jennie Patterson. Later that year, Myrtle moved with her family to the Burriss area, where she was raised.

GEORGINA DANIELS

Georgina Daniels, 72, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away suddenly Oct. 3, 1998. She was born to Don and Ruth MacDonald in Aylsworth, Ont. on June 3, 1926.

She attended Fort Frances High School, and worked as a secretary in Fort Frances at CFOB and at KSTP TV in Minneapolis, Mn., and had been retired for several years.

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.