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GERTRUDE "GERTIE" MARY WOOD

Gertie Wood, 72, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born May 14, 1925 in Emo, Ont. to the late Milton and Mary Fischer. Gertie was united in marriage to Roy Wood on April 12, 1944.

GERTRUDE TIBOLD

It is with deep sorrow that our family announces the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Gertrude Tibold, on Nov. 5, 1997 after 88 active years.

JOHN T. (JACK) EGAN

On Oct. 28, 1997, John T. (Jack) Egan passed away at Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 77 years.

He was the second-oldest in the family of Patrick Philbert Egan and Gertrude Rose Egan (nee Harrigan), and was born at Mazenod, Sask. on Nov. 17, 1919 “out on the bald-headed prairie,” to quote his father.

IRENE AMELIA VILLENEUVE

Irene Villeneuve, 75, of 632 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Tuesday, October 28, 1997.

She was born April 1, 1922 in Bergland, Ont. to the late Norval and Alma Brusven. On Feb. 21, 1942 in Kenora, Ont., Irene was united in marriage to Leo Villeneuve.

From 1952 until 1953, she owned and operated the “Coffee Cup” Cafe in Fort Frances. Irene also worked for many years as a cook at several tourist camps throughout Rainy River District.

IRENE VIOLA ‘MOLLY’ MARTIN

Irene “Molly” Martin, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 1997 at the C.C.U. in La Verendrye General Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont.

Molly was born June 6, 1912 in Fort Frances to the late Norman and Elizabeth (Linklater) Allan. She was raised and lived in Fort Frances all her life.

Molly was united in marriage to Reg Martin on Jan. 10, 1933 and together they raised their three sons in Fort Frances. She was an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church for many years, as well as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 ladies’ auxiliary.

ELIZA GASPARINI

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Eliza Gasparini (Del Rizzo) at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997 at the age of 91 years.

Eliza was born Jan. 21, 1906 in Chions, Italy to the late Domenico and Antonia Del Rizzo. She emigrated to Canada in 1927 and married Vincent Lino Gasparini on Oct. 30, 1929.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Lino, in 1969; her daughter, Marina Howard, in 1976; her sister, Maria Coran, in 1975; and by her nephew, Dove Coran, in 1994.

LENA CONWAY

Lena Conway passed away at her home in Victoria, B.C. on Oct. 18, 1997. She was born June 12, 1928 in Chatham, Ont.

She resided in Devlin, Ont. from 1970 through 1989, and then Foymount, Ont. until 1995, when she moved to Victoria to reside with her son, Russell.

ALICE MAUDE CLARKE

Alice Maude Clarke, 91, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997.

She was born Sept. 16, 1906 in Wensley, Ont. to the late Frederick and Mary Wensley. In her earlier years, Alice taught elementary school throughout the Rainy River District.

On Nov. 10, 1934, she was united in marriage to Andrew Clarke. Following their marriage, together they were in partnership with David and Emily Crombie and operated Clarke and Crombie Tourist Camp in Nestor Falls, Ont. for many years.

ETHEL BERNICE QUINN-CSIK

Ethel Bernice Quinn-Csik, 96, of 554 Riverview Dr., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Monday, Oct. 13, 1997.

She was born Aug. 20, 1901 in Wilmur, Ont. to the late William Walter and Minnie Freeman.

Bernice taught school in southern Ontario before her marriage to Edward Quinn. In 1937, they moved to the Rainy River District. Following the death of her husband in 1953, she moved from the family farm north of Emo to Fort Frances, allowing her to pursue a life-long passion for music.

JOHN BARTON (JACK) SPEAKMAN

John Barton (Jack) Speakman passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997.

He leaves his devoted wife, Gale; daughter, Carolyn Granewall; son-in-law, Nels Granewall; closest relatives, Tippi and Gerry Angell, and Sharen and Frank Butcher; Fairhurst cousins; and a host of friends of all ages.

All mourn the loss of his vivid and lively presence.

PHILIP GEORGE 'FLIP' PENNEY

Philip George (Flip) Penney, 65, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 1997 at his residence on Pender Island, B.C.

He was born to Marguerite and the late George Penney in Stratton, Ont. on Aug. 2, 1932. He spent most of his life there, and was an ardent curler, having curled in many bonspiels with the Clarence Shrumm rink.

He worked for a number of years in the building trade with John Smits and in Atikokan at the mine. He moved to Edmonton in 1976, continuing in the building trade. After retiring, he worked for Tri-Line, where he met his wife to be.

JAMES JOSEPH DESCHAMPS

James (Jimmy) Deschamps, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 3, 1997 at the hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

Jimmy was born April 30, 1922 in Penetang, Ont. He served with the army during World War Two.

He married Norma Bujold in 1948, and they made their home in the area until moving to B.C. in 1983.

Jimmy worked at Mel Newman’s during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then worked for Canada Post, and was a mail carrier until his retirement.

JAMES JOSEPH DESCHAMPS

James (Jimmy) Deschamps, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 3, 1997 at the hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

Jimmy was born April 30, 1922 in Penetang, Ont. He served with the army during World War Two.

He married Norma Bujold in 1948, and they made their home in the area until moving to B.C. in 1983.

Jimmy worked at Mel Newman’s during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then worked for Canada Post, and was a mail carrier until his retirement.

GARY JAMES GRAHAM

Gary James Graham, 50, of 124 Fifth St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997.

He was born Sept. 24, 1947 in Port Arthur, Ont. to Percy and Doris Graham. Gary received his education and grew up in Thunder Bay, and later worked for several years at the Provincial Mill and Palm Dairies. On Aug. 8, 1970, he was united in marriage to Diane Olinyk, and in 1972 moved to Rainy River, Ont.

GORDON EDGAR BURNELL

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Edgar Burnell on Monday, Sept. 29, 1997 at the age of 57.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Simone, of 31 years; his daughter, Robyn and husband, Marc Bourrier; his daughter, Evelyne and husband, Matt Parsons, and his two sons, Oscar and Donald; and his four-year-old grandson, Nicolas, who he adored and took great pleasure in spoiling.

Gordon was looking forward to the birth of Evelyne and Matt’s first-born, which is due in early December.

LOIS CAIN (OGDEN)

With great sadness, the family of Lois Cain announces her passing away on Sept. 26, 1997 in hospital with family at her side.

Lois was born June 19, 1937 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She married Dennis Cain in 1956, lived in various mining communities, and raised five children. She moved with family to Ireland in 1967, returning to Canada in 1973 and has resided in Thunder Bay since 1974.

BETTY BERGER LESSARD

Funeral services for Betty Berger Lessard, 82, of Namakan Lake, were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997 at the Crane Lake Chapel. Rev. Craig Haberman officiated.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral, with interment in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck, Mn. Arrangements were made by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook, Mn.

Betty passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

PRISCELLA MARGARETTE HOWELLS

Priscella Margarette Howells (Perreault), born May 12, 1940, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 1997.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Leonard; and children, Karl (Marie), Leonard Jr. (Rochelle), Donald (Rhonda), Cary (Billie), Leslie (Jana), Wendy Petsnick (Tony), Lynn Geurts (Ken), Susan Chenier (Scott), Lennette Howells (Joe), and Patti DeGagne (Mark).

LUCY MARVELL PELTONEN

Lucy Marvell Peltonen (nee Hyatt), 65, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997 at her home in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

She was born May 19, 1932 in Emo, Ont. to the late John and Jessie Hyatt and grew up south of Devlin. Music was her passion, a love that lasted her whole life.

Lucy met and married Ed Peltonen on Nov. 28, 1953, and they raised their family in Crozier.

LEON HEYENS

I have fought the good fight.

I have finished the race, I have

kept the faith.

11 Timothy 4:7

Leon Honore Heyens, 73, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Friday, Sept. 12, 1997. He was born April 14, 1924 in Zeeland, Netherlands to the late Gysbertus and Pauline Heyens.

Mr. Heyens moved to Winnipeg, Man. in 1949 and lived there for two years when he moved to Blackhawk, Ont. He later moved to Stratton, Ont. in 1965 and lived there until 1988, when he moved to Fort Frances.

RONALD MANSFIELD HYATT

Ronald Mansfield “Ron” Hyatt, 72, of R.R. #2, Devlin, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997 at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1925 in the Municipality of La Vallee, Ont. to the late James and Bertha Hyatt.

Ron lived his entire life in the Devlin area, working in the Fort Frances paper mill for 37 years. He also had farmed in the district for a number of years.

SOPHIE ANNETTE NOGA

Sophie Annette Noga, 85, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997.

She was born Sept. 3, 1912 in Poland to the late Harry and Anastasia Kaproska. Sophie came to Canada in 1928 and settled in Manitoba. On Jan. 30, 1930, she was united in marriage to Jacob Noga.

During the 1950s, she moved to Atikokan, Ont., where they resided until moving to Dryden in 1985. In 1993, Sophie moved to Fort Frances, where she has resided since.

EILEEN FAY NEAL

Eileen Fay Neal, nee Lamont, passed away suddenly Sept. 7, 1997 in Nanaimo, B.C.

Eileen is survived by her daughters, Susan and Nancy; son-in-law, Howard; grandsons, Travis, Tyler, and Daniel; sister, Jessie; brothers, Ken and Robert; mother-in-law, Alice; sister-in-law, Dorothy; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ernest, on Dec. 11, 1994.

Eileen was born March 30, 1928 in Owen Sound, Ont. and lived in Fort Frances, Ont. until 1975, when she and Ernie moved to Vancouver, B.C. They retired to Qualicum Beach in 1988.

ELSIE NELLIE COTTAM

Elsie Cottam, 99, of Nestor Falls, Ont. and Victoria, B.C., passed away peacefully at Sandringham Nursing Home Hospital in Victoria, B.C. on Monday, Sept. 1, 1997.

She was born Jan. 7, 1898 in Bristol, England and came to Canada as a young girl. She resided in Rainy River, Ont., where she met her husband, Harvey Cottam. They were united in marriage in August, 1916 and settled on a farm north of Rainy River.