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Obituaries

MARY WEPRUK

Mary Wepruk, 83, of Dainard Pavilion Rest Home in Surrey, B.C., passed away Friday, June 12, 1998. Mary was born Aug. 2, 1914 in Sundown, Man. to the late Fred and Oksana Werenko.

Mary grew up in Sundown and, in 1931, was united in marriage to Nick Wepruk. They had three sons, Metro, Robert, and Andrew. The family moved to Deerlock, Ont. and then to Fort Frances.

She was a member of the St. Anna’s Club in Fort Frances, and also was past president. She enjoyed square dancing, curling, quilting, travelling, and entertaining friends and relatives.

ALLAN BARCLAY BRUCE

Allan Bruce, 74, of 1520 10th Ave. W., International Falls, Mn., passed away Monday, June 10, 1998 at the Falls Memorial Hospital in International Falls.

He was born Nov. 19, 1923 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Alexander “Alex” and Mary Bruce.

Allan served in the Canadian Army, stationed at the Three Rivers, Que. Regiment. He was a front-line soldier and gunner with the heavy tank corps. in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, and North Africa, and was wounded in action.

CLELAND ‘CLEE’ LUNDY

Mr. Cleland “Clee” Lundy, 62, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 7, 1998 in hospital.

Clee was born July 31, 1935 in Emo, Ont. to Forrest and Edna Lundy. He worked in the logging industry his entire life, as an independent logger and as a supervisor with Woodlands Domitar and Multiply Plywood in Nipigon.

He was a past director of the Northwestern Ontario Truckers and Loggers Association, where he led a successful campaign against a government bill to amend the Trees Act across Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario.

RITA I. NAGURSKI

Rita I. Nagurski passed away June 7, 1998. She was born Jan. 1, 1919 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was predeceased by husband, Marion; her parents, Fletcher and Alnora Huffman; sister, Phyllis Rose; and brother, Arthur Huffman.

ISABEL HARRIET HARASYMYK

Isabel Harriet Harasymyk, 79, of Barwick, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 7, 1998 in Barwick.

Isabel was born May 6, 1919 in Emo, Ont. to the late William and Cora Wilson. She was raised in Barwick, and on Nov. 2, 1938 was united in marriage to Bill Harasymyk.

Together, Isabel and Bill raised their family in Barwick, where Isabel worked at the R.A. Gill Store for several years. She also worked as an operator for Bell Telephone and for Chapple Township.

GLADYS DOROTHY JONASSEN

Gladys Dorothy Jonassen, 75, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away Wednesday, June 3, 1998 after a courageous battle with cancer at Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances.

She was born Jan. 24, 1923 in Rainy River to Phillip and Mella Roblin.

“Rose” Coward

Rose Coward, 74, of 851 Colonization Rd. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, May 30, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born March 5, 1924 in Stuartburn, Man. to the late John and Rose Makarenko. Rose moved as a child with her family to Fort Frances in 1926, and worked as a clerk at Lerman’s Clothing Store for many years.

In 1955, she was united in marriage to John Coward.

Rose really enjoyed going to their cottage on Hook Island, and spending time with her family and friends.

MERVYN ARTHUR LLOYD GREEN

Mervyn Arthur Lloyd Green, 62, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 26, 1998. He was born in Devlin, Ont. on Feb. 29, 1936, the eldest son of Lloyd and Thelma Green.

Mervyn worked for J.A. Mathieu at Sapawe, Canadian Charleston Ltd., Domtar, MacLeod Cockshutt Gold Mine, the Department of Highways, and Eric Rasinaho Contracting Ltd.

He moved to Atikokan in 1961, where he met and married Verlie Henderson in 1963. They had three children.

EDWARD HOLBORN

Edward Holborn, 86, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Tuesday, May 26, 1998.

He was born Feb. 29, 1912 in Souris, Man. to the late William and Mildred Holborn. Edward moved to the Rainy River District in 1941, and on July 12 of the same year, he was united in marriage to the former Annie Falloon.

Edward worked for the Department of Highways for 22-and-a-half years, until his retirement in 1968. In 1973, he and his wife, Annie, moved to Fort Frances, where they have lived since.

Cicely Margaret Cole

Cicely Cole, 86, of Cranbrook, B.C., passed away Sunday, May 24, 1998 at Steepleview Extended Care in Cranbrook.

Cicely was born Dec. 4, 1911 in Manchester, England to the late Charles and Cicely McWatt. In 1922, she moved with her family to Canada and settled in Fort Frances, Ont.

On Nov. 27, 1934, Cicely was united in marriage to G. Charles Cole and together they lived in Fort Frances. In 1995, she moved to Cranbrook until her passing.

Cicely enjoyed her home, being a homemaker, and taking care of her family, who were always first and foremost in her life.

BASIL ALBERT EIDE

Basil Albert Eide, 66, of 1057 River Rd. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man. on Sunday, May 24, 1998.

He was born April 20, 1932 in Midale, Sask. to the late Albert and Margit Eide.

Mr. Eide was a long-time resident of Fort Frances, having lived here since 1943. He was employed with Ontario Hydro Forestry from 1952 to 1989, when he retired.

NAPOLEON (MEILLEUR) MAYER

Napoleon (Meilleur) Mayer, 95, passed away peacefully April 24, 1998 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

He was born in St. Alair, Mn. in 1902. As a boy, he moved with his family to Fisher Branch, Man., where they homesteaded.

In 1926, he married Sara Gosselin and they had nine children.

Throughout his life, Nap did many different types of work. He was a logger, railroad man, worked for Shevlin Clark, and ran a saw filing business in Fort Frances for many years.

RAYMOND K. ANDERSON

Raymond Anderson passed away Thursday, May 21, 1998 at the age of 76.

He is survived by his loving wife, Noella; daughters, Lucy (Hilding) Nelson of Edmonton, Peggy (Allan) Danes of Prince George, and Kathy (Russ) Shield of Prince George; sons, Raymond (Linda) Anderson of Prince George, and Reginald (Jane) Anderson of Prince George; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven brothers; and five sisters.

He was predeceased by brothers, Victor, Leonard, Lloyd, and Harold Anderson.

DAVID EDGAR BOLEN

David Bolen, 81, of 45 Roy St., Emo, Ont., passed away with family by his side on Thursday, May 21, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

David was born April 24, 1917 in Chapple Township to the late William and Margaret Bolen. He was raised there on the family farm, which he took over from his father.

On Dec. 24, 1943, David was united in marriage to Marjorie Fadden, and together they farmed and raised their children on the family farm. David also worked for many years in the local logging industry.

JAMES HORTON

James Horton, 72, of Mantiou Rapids First Nation, Ont., passed away Thursday, May 21, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Sept. 6, 1925 in Manitou Rapids First Nation to the late Jim and Mary Horton.

James was raised in Manitou, and on May 1, 1943, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces, where he served overseas in Britain, the central Mediterranean area, and in northwest Europe. He was decorated with several medals.

GEORGE W.J. EMES

Peacefully at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Tuesday, May 19, 1998, George William John Emes, 87, passed to his eternal rest after a lengthy illness.

George was born January 16, 1911 in Middlechurch, Man., then moved with his family at the age of six to Sprague, Man. He joined the Canadian National Railway at the age of 15, working through the ranks and retiring as Roadmaster in Thunder Bay in December, 1971.

George was a proud life member of Granite Lodge No. 446, and a faithful member of Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

JAMES LLOYD BRUYERE

James Lloyd Bruyere, 34, of 29 Sandrigham Court, Brampton, Ont., passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer on May 17, 1998 at Peel Memorial Hospital in Brampton.

James was born Sept. 14, 1963 in Fort Frances, Ont., where he attended St. Francis and St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Separate Schools. After graduation from Fort Frances High School in 1981, he attended Confederation College in Thunder Bay in the Aviation Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program.

MARY ANS

Mary (Farlinger) Ans is free from the grip of Alzheimer’s disease. She passed away peacefully in her 80th year at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances Ont. on Wednesday, May 13, 1998.

Mary was the loving wife and best friend of Jim, who passed away Oct. 17, 1967.

FLORENCE THERESA SCHRAM

Florence Schram, 89, longtime resident of Stratton, Ont., passed away Friday, May 8, 1998 with family by her side at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont.

Florence was born Oct. 15, 1908 in Stratton to the late Charles and Mary Ann Jolicouer. She was raised in Stratton and on Oct. 26, 1926, she was united in marriage to Peter Jay Schram. Together, Florence and Peter farmed in Stratton and raised their family.

LENA KRAWCHUK

Lena Krawchuk, 72, of 839 Armit Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, May 3, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Lena was born Dec. 29, 1925 in Fort Frances to the late John and Veronica Fichuk. On May 4, 1947, she was united in marriage to Morris Krawchuk and together they raised their family in Fort Frances.

Lena worked for several years at Wilkins China Shop and Garton’s Jewellers. She was a member of the St. Anna’s Women’s Group and was an avid Bingo player.

William James “Bill” Freeston

William James “Bill” Freeston, 80, of Golden Age Manor, Emo, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Sunday, May 3, 1998.

He was born Feb. 5, 1918 in Saltcoats, Sask. to the late Louis and Kathleen Freeston.

Bill grew up in Neilburg, Sask. and later moved to West Vancouver, B.C., where he was employed by the Municipality of West Vancouver until his retirement. In 1990, he moved to Emo, and in his later years had resided at Golden Age Manor.

LYDIA COOK TERRY

Lydia Cook Terry, 93, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Saturday, May 2, 1998.

Lydia was born March 21, 1905 in Angus, Ont. to the late William and Sarah Carter.

ANTONY JOSEPH JACULAK

Mr. Antony Joseph Jaculak, 45, a resident of West Donald St., Thunder Bay Ont., passed away at McKellar General Hospital there Friday, May 1, 1998.

He was born April 23, 1953 in Rainy River, Ont., the youngest child of Fred and Antonina Jaculak.

HENRY “HANK” VAN DRUNEN

Henry “Hank” Van Drunen, 78, of Devlin, Ont., passed away Friday, May 1, 1998 at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont. He was born Jan. 20, 1920 in Cook County, Ill. to the late Anton and Anne Van Drunen.

In 1924, he moved with his family to Emo. During World War II, Hank served overseas with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders from October, 1941 until his discharge in October, 1 942. During his service, he lost his leg in August, 1942 at the battle of Dieppe in France.

EDWARD ARTHUR “EDDIE” SMITH

Edward Arthur “Eddie” Smith, 60, of Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont., passed away at his residence Thursday, April 30, 1998. He was born May 17, 1937 in Northwest Bay First Nation to the late Margaret and John Smith.

Eddie was raised at Northwest Bay, and worked as a logger in the area for many years. On June 21, 1965, he was united in marriage to Mabel Sears. Following his marriage, he continued logging and working as a firefighter. He also worked as a senior citizens’ aide at Northwest Bay, and was actively involved with many traditional ceremonies.