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Obituaries

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.

RALPH RICHARDSON

Ralph Richardson, 87, of R.R. #2, Devlin, Ont., passed away Sunday, April 26, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. He was born Aug. 19, 1910 in Sunnyside, County of Durham, England to the late John and Isabel Richardson.

Mr. Richardson came to Canada in May, 1927 and settled in the Devlin area, where he had lived since. He had worked as a lead charge hand at Victoria Plywood, where he was employed for 20 years, retiring in 1975.

He also served for five years with the Naval Reserve Engineering Branch in the Royal Canadian Navy.

SOPHIE KUTZAK

Sophie Kutzak, 93, of Burlington, Ont. passed away peacefully at the McCall Continuing Care Centre in Mississauga, Ont. on Thursday, April 23, 1998. She was born in Gardenton, Man. in 1904, and was the wife of the late John Kutzak.

She moved to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1936, and had several businesses here, including the pool room and Kutzak Grocery Store. Our greatest memory was of our parents working so hard building the Rainbow Motel.

She also was a member of St. George’s Orthodox Church and the Lesia Ukrainian Branch here.

ANNIE O’CONNELL

Annie O’Connell of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at her residence Thursday, April 23, 1998.

Annie recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

She was born March 30, 1908 in Big Fork, Ont. to the late Patrick and Mary O’Connell.

Annie attended school in Big Fork. In her earlier years, she was a volunteer Girl Guide leader. She also worked in housekeeping for the priests in Atikokan, Ont., and later as waitress at the New Lunch Cafe in Fort Frances until her retirement in 1973.

JOHN CORNELIUS SEVENHOUSE

John Sevenhouse, 99, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at his residence.

John was born July 4, 1898 in Phoenix, Ill. to the late Henry and Annie Sevenhouse. He moved to Burriss, Ont. in 1931, where he met Ruth Wilson and, on April 29, 1931, they were united in marriage. In 1937, they moved to Fort Frances, where John was employed at the local paper mill for 29 years before his retirement in 1966.

MORRIS DEMETRO DERHAK

Morris Demetro Derhak passed away at Oshawa General Hospital on Monday, April 20, 1998 in his 70th year.

He was the beloved husband of Eveline Deagne; loved father of Katherine Derhak of Oshawa, William Derhak of Courtice, and Allen Derhak of Waterloo; and dear brother of Rudy Derhak of Thunder Bay.

He also is lovingly remembered by six grandchildren, Jason Derhak, Amanda, Melanie and Kaily Derhak, and Scott and Byrne Grant; and two great-grandchildren, Clayton and Tyler Shmyr.

He was predeceased by one sister, Eleanor Engelking.

ROBERT ‘BOB’ EUGENE SIMMIK

Mr. Robert “Bob” Eugene Simmik, 61, went into the arms of Jesus on April 19, 1998 after a lengthy illness.

Born in Fort Frances, Ont., he went to Thunder Bay, Ont. at the age of 17 to finish his schooling at Fort William Vocational School. It was there that he met his high school sweetheart, Carol, whom he married in 1959.

Bob pursued a career with Ontario Hydro in 1957 and spent the next 35 years working in the Northwestern Ontario region as a power maintenance electrician, customer service representative, and safety specialist.

JERGEN ASLAK MOSLEY

Jergen Aslak Mosley, 80, of 134 Pine Cres., Atikokan, Ont., passed away Sunday, April 19, 1998 at the Atikokan General Hospital.

He was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on April 26, 1918, the eldest son of Ole and Guro Mosley. On Nov. 14, 1939, he married Phoebe Armstrong.

He served in the armed forces with the South Saskatchewan regiment in England, France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany from 1942-1946.

He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Gudrun (Nelson) Green; and infant son, Peter Armstrong Mosley, in 1962.

Donald Oliver Cross

Donald Oliver Cross, 66, passed away suddenly Saturday, April 18, 1998 in Atikokan, Ont. He was born to Winnifred and Herb Cross on June 30, 1931 in the Barwick Hotel.

Don lived most of his life in the Atikokan area, where he was employed as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was best known for his road building and logging industry work in the Flanders and Atikokan area.

He also was known to enjoy the odd bottle of beer with his friends.

HENRY ‘HANK’ ROUSSEAU

It is with regret and love that we announce the passing of Henry (Hank) Rousseau, 74, on Monday, April 13, 1998 at his residence in Disrali, P.Q.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Jeannine (Le Houx); and their three children, Carl (Héléne Desrouchers) of Blainville, Lyn (Louise Litourneau) of Disrali, and Caroline Rousseau of Montreal; four grandchildren; and his brothers and sisters, Alice (Orville Oyloe) of Hibbing, Mn., Eva (Gordon Abbott) of Fort Frances, and Emile (Joyce Perry) and Arthur (Vera Beyak) of Thunder Bay, Ont.

CAROL (GODIN) BECK

Carol (Godin) Beck of Denver, Col. passed away suddenly on Monday, April 13, 1998. She was born in 1943.

Carol is predeceased by her parents, Margaret and George Godin.

She is survived by her husband, Dale, and their two children, Anne (Keith) Burback and their children, Holly and Westin, and Matthew, all of Denver. Also surviving are several step-children.

FREDERICK GEORGE WILLIAMS

Frederick George “Fred” Williams, 80, of 551 Riverview Dr., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, April 13, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1917 in Liverpool, England to the late James and Margaret Williams.

Mr. Williams immigrated to Canada at the age of five with his parents and settled at Rocky Inlet. He later moved to Fort Frances, where he lived until now.

MARJORIE CHRISTINA MARTIN

Marjorie Christina Martin, 85, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Sunday, April 12, 1998. She was born July 19, 1912 in Devlin, Ont. to the late John and Olive Matheson.

Mrs. Martin had lived in the Rainy River District all her life, mostly in Emo, Ont. for 58 years. She was a member of Knox United Church and the U.C.W. in Emo, a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Emo, and the Emo Curling Club. She enjoyed reading and playing cards.

MARY MARIE ARCH

Mary Marie Arch, 93, of Nestor Falls, Ont., formally of International Falls, Mn., passed away Saturday, April 11, 1998 in Newmarket, Ont. after a brief illness.

Mary was born Sept. 5, 1904 in Minneapolis, Mn. She moved to the International Falls area in the late 1920s.

Born Mary Marie Brollard, she married William B. Arch and raised a family of three boys and three girls. They owned and operated a dry cleaning business (the International Dress Club) in the 1930s.

GLADYS JEAN SMITH

Gladys Smith, 47, of Devlin, Ont., will be resting in peace in heaven as she passed away peacefully Thursday, April 9, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gladys was born April 9, 1951 in Fort Frances, where she was raised. In 1968, she met her husband, Philip Fraser, and together they settled in Devlin.

Gladys was a loving homemaker who enjoyed cooking, gardening, and fishing. She was a special aunt to all of her nieces and nephews.

Gladys struggled a hard, courageous battle with cancer for a long time.