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HAROLD HUBERT LUCAS

Harold Hubert Lucas, 78, of 425 Nelson St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at La Verendrye hospital on Monday at 3:50 a.m. with his two daughters, Janet and Joan, at his side.

Harold was born Dec. 25, 1919 in St. John’s, Nfld., the first of five children born to Ernest and Beatrice Lucas. Harold married the love of his life, Helen D. Rowe, on May 20, 1941. They lived throughout several of the states and retired in Nestor Falls, Ont., later moving to Fort Frances.

CARL WESLEY WILLIAM KOCUIBA

Carl Wesley William Kocuiba, 21, of 917 Victoria Ave. N., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away as a result of an accident on Monday, March 16, 1998 at Port Arthur General Hospital.

He was born May 1, 1976 in Fort France, and had lived all his life here.

Carl was proud to be working at Voyageur Panel with his team members, and was known as a hard worker with a big heart. He enjoyed outdoor sports, including hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and camping. He was fun-loving and liked to spend time with his friends.

MONA EVELYN TOMPKINS

Mona Evelyn Tompkins, 90, of Emo, Ont., passed away Saturday, March 14, 1998 at the Emo Hospital in Emo. She was born April 30, 1907 in Emo.

Mrs. Tompkins had lived in Emo all her life. She was a member of the Knox United Church in Emo, and was a member of the Rainbow Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and loved her flower garden.

Mona was united in marriage Dec. 30, 1925 to Russell, who predeceased her Oct. 6, 1965. She also was predeceased by her parents, William and Eleanor Draper; and grandson, Gary Tompkins in 1982.

HAZEL MARY ANDERSON

Hazel Mary Anderson, of Stratton, Ont., passed away Friday, March 13, 1998 in Emo Hospital. She was born in Stratton on Oct. 28, 1904, the daughter of Edward and Sarah Lockhart.

She was married to Roy Anderson on Dec. 19, 1922. Roy and Hazel were the first couple to be married in Stratton who were both born in Stratton.

WILLEM ROMYN

Willem “Bill” Romyn, 85, of Stratton, Ont., went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, March 12, 1998 at Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont.

Bill was born March 23, 1912 in Zwyndrecht, Netherlands. On Oct. 27, 1933, Bill was united in marriage to Christina DenBoer.

In 1950, he and Christina and their nine children moved to Canada and settled in Portage La Prairie, Man. In 1955, they moved to Stratton, where he farmed until he sold the farm in 1970 to his youngest son, Bill.

Roland Roy

Roland Roy, 79, of 1301 Emo Road, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, March 5, 1998 at his residence in Fort Frances.

Roland was born June 4, 1918 in Fort Frances, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed Roy of Virginia, Mn. he attended school at St. Mary’s and Fort Frances High School.

Roland was employed in the late 30s by Star Bakery, Shevlin Clarke (logging), and North Star Oil Agency in Fort Frances. He served in World War II with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the North Atlantic on anti-submarine and convoy work. He was discharged in 1945 as a flight lieutenant.

JOSEPH ELMER WILSON

Joseph Elmer Wilson, 83, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, March 2, 1998 at his residence.

Joe was born July 18, 1914 to the late William Wilson and Margaret Wilson (nee Watson). He was born and raised in the Fort Frances area.

On Nov. 28, 1934, Joe was united in marriage to Violet Ellen Peterson.

All his life he was a trapper, logger, and spent 36 years as a caretaker at Bonnieview Estates for J.A. Mathieu. In his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting, spending time at the cabin, fishing, and gardening.

JOSEPH ELMER WILSON

Joseph Elmer Wilson, 83, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, March 2, 1998 at his residence.

Joe was born July 18, 1914 to the late William Wilson and Margaret Wilson (nee Watson). Joe was born and raised in the Fort Frances area. On Nov. 28, 1934, Joe was united in marriage to Violet Ellen Peterson.

All his life he was a trapper, logger, and spent 36 years as a caretaker at Bonnieview Estates for J.A. Mathieu. In his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting, spending time at the cabin, fishing, and gardening.

RONALD DAVID JOURDAIN

Ronald David Jourdain, 53, long-time resident of Vancouver, B.C., passed away unexpectedly there Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998.

Ronald was born Dec. 26, 1944 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Lillian Jourdain of Couchiching First Nation, Ont. He was raised in Couchiching but later moved to Vancouver in his youth, where he worked as a logger until his passing.

Ronald was predeceased by his mother, Lillian; one uncle, Mathew Jourdain; one aunt, Irene Jourdain; his maternal grandparents; and John and Marie Jourdain, all of Couchiching.

LILY LOUISA TAYLOR

Lily Louisa Taylor, 96, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

She was born April 15, 1901 in Bristol, England to the late Alfred and Julia Denford.

Mrs. Taylor came to Canada in 1924 and later settled in Fort Frances in 1933, where she had lived since. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #80 for 45 years and was the Past Worthy Matron, and a member of the Redwing Rebekah Lodge #109 for 50 years and was the Past District Grand President.

MICHAL ‘MIKE’ KEPINSKI

Michal “Mike” Kepinski, 76, of 936 Portage Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

He was born April 27, 1921 in Zabin, Poland.

Mr. Kepinski came to Canada on Nov. 24, 1950 and later settled in Fort Frances. He had worked as a lumberjack in Atikokan, and also was employed at Boise Cascade pulp and paper mill for 20 years.

He enjoyed gardening, and was an avid outdoorsman.

ANDREW ROY HOGAN

Andrew Roy Hogan, 81, of 607 Armit Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances.

Andy was born March 24, 1916 in International Falls, Mn. to William and Senja Hogan of Emo, Ont. His father was a pioneering entrepreneur who fell bankrupt in 1929. His mother was a young Finish immigrant who selflessly nurtured 12 children.

As a boy, he clerked at “Sullivan’s.” After graduating, Andy joined his brothers and worked in Fort William. He sent half of each paycheque home to help support the family.

EDWARD CHARLES CROSS

Edward (Ed) Cross passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998.

Ed was born on Nov. 15, 1925 at Woodlea, Man. to the late Herbert and Winnifred Cross.

He was raised in Barwick as a child, then lived in Devlin, Fort Frances, and Rainy River for most of his life as a farmer and a welder. He also lived in Yellow Grass, Sask. as a farmer and welder for a few years.

He worked for Busch’s Auto in Fort Frances as a welder for 20 years.

WILLEMINA CHRISTINA LEMAIRE

Willemina Christina LeMaire, 87, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

She was born April 14, 1910 in Batavia, Dutch East Indies to the late Frederick and Maria Brinkman.

LANA KAY STEVENS

Lana Kay Stevens passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998 in Kamloops, B.C. after a long struggle with cancer. She was born Feb. 14, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She leaves to cherish her memories her sons, Bill Lloyd, 14, and Curtiss, six; her special friend, Bruce Page, and his sons, Brandon and Byron of Kamloops, B.C.; her brother, Wendell (Jeanne) Stevens of Fort Frances; and sister, Loretta (Bob) LeBlanc of Stratton, Ont.; and nieces and nephews, Tracy, Josh and Kristina Stevens and Robin, Simone, and Selene LeBlanc.

VIRGINIA JULIE WILSON

Virginia Julie Wilson, a retired teacher from Bramalea Secondary School, passed away after a short illness on Friday, Feb. 13, 1998 at Queensway General Hospital in her 75th year.

She is the loving mother of John Beaton.

She was predeceased by her parents, Emma (nee Beaton) and Harold Wilson; and brother, Raymond Wilson.

Friends called at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke, Ont. from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Queensway Cathedral.

JEANNETTE DAVIDSON

Jeannette Beatrice Reid Davidson (Smith), 88, of Bear's Pass, Ont., passed away in Dryden, Ont. at the home of her daughter, Jean Ramsay, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998.

She was born at Smith's Fisheries, Bear's Pass, Ont., on Jan. 29, 1910 to the late Seth and Celena Smith. She lived at Bear's Pass all her life right up until this year when, because of poor health, she moved to Dryden.

CLARENCE ELTON SHOWALTER

Mr. Clarence Elton Showalter, formerly of Keewatin, Ont., passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998 at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Born at the Port Arthur General on March 23, 1922, he was raised and educated in Morson, Ont. He had lived in Emo, Ont. for 19 years before moving to Mando Camp #251, finally settling in Keewatin.

During World War II, Mr. Showalter had served his country overseas.

MICHAEL FRANCIS ENGLER

Mike passed away unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 2, 1998.

Born in Prelate, Sask. on Sept. 17, 1921, he was raised in the Port Reeve, Sask. area. After serving with the 8th Army during WWII, Mike moved to Fort Frances in 1946. He married Marvel Emma Amorde in 1949.

Mike was predeceased by his oldest son, “Scoop” (Mike Jr.) in January, 1985; his parents, Dakala and Michael; sisters, Teresa, Mary, Annie, and Margaret; brother, George, and in-laws, Clara and Emil Amorde.

RON BALKWILL

The family of Ron Balkwill are saddened by the passing of their father and grandfather on Feb. 1, 1998. Ron died peacefully at his home, as was his wish, surrounded by his family.

Dad was born in Essex County (just outside Windsor, Ont.) on May 19, 1927.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Edna; brothers, Gary and Patrick; parents, Kelly and Frances Balkwill of Windsor; and sister-in-law, Jean Adams of Sioux Lookout, Ont.

COLLEEN ELIZABETH ROONEY-DELZOTTO

Mrs. Colleen Elizabeth Rooney, 45, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, surrounded by family, friends, and staff, after a long struggle with breast cancer.

Her tenacious spirit was an inspiration to many people over the course of her illness. That same spirit was used in her life as a reporter, a teacher, and with the love of her life, Rebekah, her daughter.

Colleen left a large mark in many peoples’ lives and will be very sadly missed.

JOHN DELANEY WOOD

John Delaney Wood passed away suddenly Jan. 30, 1998.

“Dane” was born July 22, 1984 in Rainy River, Ont. to Colin and Sharilyn Wood, and lived in Rainy River until his passing.

Dane loved all sports, winter and summer. When he wasn't doing sports, he was hunting and fishing with his dad, and also liked to go on the trapline with dad.

JUDITH LYNN KIRTLAND

Judith Lynn Kirtland, of Leisure Hills Health Care Centre in Hibbing, Mn., and formerly of International Falls, Mn., passed away there Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998.

She was born Nov. 11, 1942 in International Falls, where she grew up. She graduated from Falls High School and Rainy River Community College.

She worked with Friends against Abuse, and lived at Woodland Apts. where she was active with the activities.

FRANCES JOHNSON

Frances Johnson, 62, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Frances was born March 7, 1935 in Seine River First Nation, where she was also raised and lived her entire life. Frances enjoyed the outdoors, going to pow-wows, and making blankets and quilts. Most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them, especially her grandchildren.