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Obituaries

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.

ROBERT LESLIE PETTIT

Robert Leslie “Bob” Pettit, 61, of 1220 Strachan Place, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

He was born Feb. 9, 1937 in Fort William, Ont. to the late William and Rita Pettit. Mr. Pettit lived in Thunder Bay until 1981, when he moved to Alberta, returning to Ontario in 1995.

He had worked as a hoisting engineer with various outfits for 40 years, having travelled all over Canada for his work. He recently had been employed by Doug Kitowski Trucking as a truck driver.

ROSS MCDONALD

Ross McDonald, 52, of King Street, Emo, Ont., passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998 in Emo.

Ross was born Jan. 12, 1946 in Emo to Willard and Ruby McDonald. He lived all of his life in Emo, and on May 11, 1968, was united in marriage to the former Marilynn Jack.

Ross worked at Tompkins Hardware in Emo for 26 years from 1967 until 1993. He loved sports, including hockey, curling, baseball, and pool. Ross also loved spending time with his family at their cabin on Clearwater Lake.

He was predeceased by his father, Willard McDonald; and mother-in-law, Jean Jack.

HERBERT HORATIO (HERB) SUMMERS

Herbert Horatio (Herb) Summers passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, B.C. after a courageous battle with cancer.

Herb was born March 9, 1917 in Riverhurst, Sask.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 54 years; two sons, Gary Summers and Mark Summers of North Vancouver, B.C.; two daughters, Gail (Walter) Palubski of Prince George, B.C., and Beverley (Bruce) Turner of Courtenay, B.C.; grandchildren, Allison, Leah, Erin, Stephen, and Darcy; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers and sister.

WILLIAM RUSSELL BENNETT

William Russell Bennett passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998 in his 78th year.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth; loving father of Frederick and his wife, Betty, William and his wife, Pamela, and Cathy Mazurkiewicz and her husband, Eugene; and grandfather of Amy, David, Jennifer, Holly, Frances, Alexander, and Michael.

He is also survived by two sisters, Beatrice and Joan.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Reginald and Joseph.

ANDREW CARPENTER

Andrew Carpenter, 66, of Arbor Vitae, Ont., passed away at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998.

Andrew was born May 6, 1932 in Vassar, Man. to the late Paul and Cecile Carpenter. As a young boy, he attended Sutherland School in Arbor Vitae, and at the age of 12, he moved with his family to Pinewood, Ont. to farm.

During his youth, he worked in the area with his brother and dad logging with teams of horses.

CLARENCE LORNE CAUL

Clarence Lorne Caul, 86, of 43 Queen Street, Emo, Ont. passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. He was born March 28, 1912 in Cartwright, Man. to the late Rufus and Gertrude Caul.

Clarence moved to the Rainy River District at a young age. He had farmed in the Blackhawk and Devlin area and had worked on the construction of the Kenora highway. He also worked for C.D. Strachan until his retirement in 1976 and he loved horses. He was a devoted husband and father, and loved and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

HERMAN WILLIAM GREEN

Herman William Green passed away suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998 at 38 years of age.

He was predeceased by his parents, Annie Woodhouse and Charles Green; sisters Rhea Green and Pearl Green, and brother Johnny Green.

MARY ANN JULIA ‘MARIE’ GREEN

Mary Ann Julia Green, 99, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away with family by her side, Friday, July 31, 1998 at her residence.

Mary Ann Julia Green (nee Perlette) was born April 22, 1899 in Pipestone, Man. to the late Otto and Margretha Perlette. She moved from Virden, Man. to Fort Frances, Ont., in 1920. Mary was united in marriage to William “Harold” Sanderson Green of Box Alder, Ont. on May 4, 1921. Together they settled in Box Alder, living on the farm until 1942 when they moved to Fort Frances.

HAROLD ALEXANDER BARRON

Harold Barron, 87, of Barwick, Ont., passed away Saturday, July 25, 1998 at the Portage District General Hospital in Portage LaPrairie, Man.

Harold was born June 3, 1911 in St. Catharines, Ont. to the late Alex and Gertrude Barron. Raised in Macon, Sask., he was united in marriage to the late Marjorie Barron (nee Webb) on June 3, 1936.

SOPHIE ONICHUK

Sophie Onichuk, 94, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, July 20, 1998 at her residence.

Sophie was born Oct. 30, 1903 in Pleasant Home, Man. to the late Ivan and Anna Mudry. She was raised in Pleasant Home until her teen years, when she moved to Winnipeg, Man.

In 1924, Sophie moved to Fort Frances and in March, 1924, she was united in marriage to Harry Gregory Onichuk.

ADA (REESOR) NIGHSWANDER

Ada (Reesor) Nighswander of Barwick, Ont. passed away peacefully at home to her heavenly reward July 19, 1998 at the age of 89. She was born Dec. 23, 1908 in Pickering Township, Ont. to Henry and Sarah (Burkholder) Reesor.

At age 17, she was born again into the family of God, and joined the Mennonite Church. On March 12, 1935, she was united in marriage to Fred L. Nighswander and they enjoyed more than 63 years together.

Roy (Cap) Edward Summers

Roy Summers, 82, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, a longtime resident of 524 Third St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, July 19, 1998 at La Verendrye Hospital (Continuing Care Unit) in Fort Frances.

Roy was born Sept. 20, 1915 in Winnipeg, Man. Following his father’s passing in 1918, Roy moved with his mother to Emo, Ont. in 1919, where he was raised.

HAZEL JUANITA WOOD

Hazel Juanita Wood, 86, of 713 Webster Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, July 14, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Hazel was born July 23, 1911 in San Diego, Cal. to the late Robert and Edith Dimit. As an infant, she moved with her family to Togo, Sask. until 1913, when she moved with family to various locations in the mid-western United States. In 1928, she moved with her family by covered wagon to Sleeman, Ont.

Betty Irene (Cockburn) Neilson

Betty Irene (Cockburn) Neilson, who was born in Emo, Ont. on May 26, 1922, passed away July 10, 1998 at age 76 after a short illness with cancer.

In 1942, at the age of 19, showing her sense of adventure and love of travel, Betty left her home town of Fort Frances, Ont. to join the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s Division). Posted to Newfoundland, she made many lifelong friends.

After the war, she attended Queen’s University, studying Honours English.

LARRY K. NORDEEN

Larry K. Nordeen, 59, of Duluth, Mn., passed away unexpectedly Friday July 10, 1998 while at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

He was born in Two Harbors, Mn., and raised in the West Duluth and Hermantown areas. He graduated from Hermantown High School in 1956.

Larry also lived in Fort Frances, Ont. for several years before returning to Duluth. He was a self-employed carpenter both in Ontario and Duluth.

Larry enjoyed the outdoors, and was an avid curler.

Larry was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Myrtle Nordeen.

DOROTHY BELLE WILLIAMSON

Dorothy Belle Williamson, 88, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, July 10, 1998 at her residence.

Dorothy was born Oct. 9, 1909 in Dubuque, Iowa to the late George and Mary Jewett. As a young child, she moved with her family to North Branch, Ont. in 1911.