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Obituaries

JOSEPH P. WINIK

Joseph Peter Winik, 86, of 652 Third St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998 at La Verendrye Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born April 25, 1911 in Montreal, Que. He lived his youth in Manitoba, and worked for a short time in the Rainy River District on the Kenora highway and logging camps before beginning a mining career that would last for almost 45 years.

He worked on the tunnelling of the Toronto subway, as well as numerous mines in Northern Ontario, northern Quebec, and Northwestern Ontario.

LORRAINE LOWE

Lorraine Lowe went to be with the Lord after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband, John; and her daughters, Lynda and husband, Merv Ahrens, and Heather Cross. Lorraine also had four greatly-loved grandsons, Scott and Sean Ahrens, and Matthew and Ethan Cross.

Lorraine also is survived by her mother, Hazel Clink; her brothers, Dave (Pat), Bill (Emily), and Don Clink; and by one sister, Joyce (Norman) Barron. Lorraine also leaves her aunts, Verna Clink and Mary Crowe; and uncle, Ben Hadley.

JAMES IAN FRASER

James Ian Fraser passed away peacefully at Regina General Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998 at the age of 69.

Born in Forest, Man., he was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Innes; sister, Kathleen Smitsnik; and brother, Frank.

ELWOOD CORNETT SHANNON

Elwood C. Shannon, 85, of 1339 Idylwild Dr., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Elwood was born in Regina, Sask. on April 14, 1912 to the late Cornett and Margaret Shannon. At a young age, he moved with his family to the Rainy River District.

On Oct. 9, 1935, Elwood was united in marriage to Ruby Irvine and, in 1952, they settled in Fort Frances.

RALPH WILSON

Ralph Wilson, 91, of Emo, Ont., passed away at his residence Monday, Jan. 12, 1998.

He was born Feb. 8, 1906 in Carpenter Township, Ont. to the late Bill and Lou Wilson. On Dec. 29, 1926, he was united in marriage to the former Hilda Hodge.

Ralph farmed with his father until 1942, and then moved to Dobie Township, where he had farmed since. Ralph loved the outdoors and horses, and during the winter months spent his time logging.

SIANI GOSSELIN

Siani Gosselin, 90, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 1998 at the Falls Good Samaritan Center.

He was born May 22, 1907 in LaBroquerie, Man. to the late Joseph and Albina (Genereux) Gosselin. He came to International Falls from Fort Frances in 1951, where he worked in the grinding room and the wet end of the insulite department of Boise Cascade until his retirement in 1972.

He married the former Valentine Vien on May 31, 1934 in Manitoba.

JOHN EDWARD BROWN

John Brown, 81, of Pinewood, Ont., passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998 at Rainy River Hospital in Rainy River, Ont.

John was born Aug. 4, 1916 in Rapid City, Man. to the late John and Emily Brown. As an infant, John moved with his family to Stratton, Ont. and at the age of seven, he returned to Rapid City to live with his aunt and uncle so he could attend school. He returned to the Stratton area and completed his schooling at Patullo.

ALICE MARY ANN FRENETTE

Alice Frenette, 83, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998.

She was born Jan. 19, 1914 in Fort Frances to the late Solomon and Elizabeth Frenette. In her early years, Alice served with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in Holland.

Following her discharge from the services, Alice moved to Toronto, where she was employed for many years as head cashier for McClaren’s Advertising. In January, 1992, she moved to Fort Frances, where she resided at 523 Front St. for two years.

MILFORD ‘MITT’ HENRY BRIGHAM

Milford Brigham, 79, of Barwick, Ont., passed away with family by his side on Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998 at the Emo hospital in Emo, Ont.

Milford was born Sept. 9, 1918 in Chapple Township, Ont., where he was raised. In 1942, he joined the armed forces and served with the Canadian Forestry Corps., serving overseas for five years in England, Scotland, France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany.

It was while serving in Belgium that Milford met and fell in love with Marie Louise Magonette, and on April 17, 1946 they were united in marriage.

MARJORY MARY GAGNE

Mrs. Marjory Mary Gagne (nee Gibson), 69, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998 in McKellar Hospital (Thunder Bay, Ont.) after a lengthy battle with diabetes, kidney and heart disease.

She was the beloved wife of Albert (Bert) Gagne.

Marge was born April 18, 1928 to George and Victoria Gibson in Timmins, Ont. She received her education there, and became a hairdresser. She worked in Timmins for many years.

ANNIE McGINNIS

Annie McGinnis, 80, of Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nation, Ont., who resided at Stanjikoming First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Nov. 20, 1917 in Onegaming First Nation, Ont. to the late John and Ponshawace Shebagegit. In 1948, she was united in marriage to William McGinnis, however, they shared their life together prior to their marriage.

LOREEN ELLEN ERWIN

Loreen Erwin, 75, of Fort Frances, Ont. (formerly of 1607 Colonization Rd. W.), passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital, C.C.U., in Fort Frances.

Loreen was born Dec. 3, 1922 in Melaval, Sask. to the late David and Roseann Cogger. In 1930, Loreen moved with her family to Dance Township. Loreen and her family were one of the few who survived the Dance fire of 1939.

REV. EARL DAVID HOLST SWANSON

Rev. Earl Swanson, 83, of 1027 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Earl was born Sept. 9, 1914 in the Township of Wood River, Wis. to the late Albert and Esther Swanson. He was raised on the family farm in Alfa Township, Wis. and worked the family farm with his father. Earl later entered junior college not having graduated from high school and, following his graduation, entered Northpark Seminary in Chicago, Ill.

Marcel Gustaaf Fauconnier

Marcel Gustaaf Fauconnier passed away peacefully at McKellar Hospital, with his family at his side, on Dec. 30, 1997. Marcel was born in Parike, Belgium on May 3, 1914.

He is survived by his children, Tony and wife, Rita, Betty and husband, Bob Loveday, and William and wife, Wyoma; five grandchildren, Christel (Brad), Theresa (Rob), Chantal (David), Dana, and Tara (Wayne); five great-grandchildren; as well as relatives in Saskatchewan and Belgium.

He was predeceased by his wife, Germaine, on Nov. 20, 1988.

GILBERT ‘GIB’ EMIL GUSTAFSON

Gilbert Gustafson, 75, of Stratton, Ont., passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 1997 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

Gib was born Nov. 29, 1922 in Tait Township, Ont., where he was raised. On June 8, 1944, Gib was united in marriage to Lenora Kavanagh.

He joined the Canadian Army in 1943 and served overseas from 1945-1946 in Belgium, Holland, and Germany. Upon returning to Canada, Gib and Lenora settled in Dilke Township on the family farm and raised their family. Gib worked with the C.N.R. as a conductor, and as a farmer and carpenter.

WINNIE CAMERON

Winnie Cameron, 74, of 928 Victoria Ave. N., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

She was born Nov. 20, 1923 in Canning Town, England to the late James and Beatrice Lowe. In 1945, Winnie came to Canada as a war bride and settled in Sioux Lookout, Ont. That same year, Winnie was united in marriage to William “Mick” Cameron.

STELLA ALMIRA DICK

Stella Almira Dick, 85, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997.

She was born Nov. 19, 1912 in Devlin, Ont. to the late George and Mary Farmer. Stella later moved to Fort Frances, and on Sept. 5, 1936 was united in marriage to Henry Dick.

Stella was a very active member of the Redwing Rebekah Lodge #109. She also was active with the C.P & T. (Humanitarian Services), the Knox United Church, and United Church Women.

CLARENCE CHARLES BRENNAN

Clarence Charles ‘Clare’ Brennan, 85, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23 1997 at Golden Links Lodge, Winnipeg, Man., after a lengthy illness.

He was predeceased by his wife, Avonia (Speed).

He is survived by his daughter, Carolynne. Also surviving are his sister, Helen Kirkpatrick of Edmonton; brother, Bert (Marg) of Kenora and Pt. Charlotte, Fl.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Cliff (Ardella); and his sister, Frances (Bill) Tokar.

STEWART VINCENT ROBERTS

Stewart Roberts, 87, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997.

Stewart was born in Treherne, Man. on Sept. 12, 1910. At the age of three, he moved with his family to the Rainy River District. He served in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces with the military police from 1942-1946 on the east coast with the Proval Corps.

On March 31, 1943 Stewart was united in marriage to Valida Provencher.

ANN DOLK

Ann Dolk, 66, of 1143 Portage Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997.

She was born Feb. 18, 1931 in Fort Frances, and had lived in Fort Frances most of her life. On Nov. 9, 1946, she was united in marriage to Walter Dolk.

In her early years, she was active in her church as a member of the Ladies’ Aide. She enjoyed cooking and baking, particularly fancy cakes for family and friends. Fishing was an avid pastime for her at one time. She also was a very capable knitter, knitting several heavy sweaters.

MARTIN NOVAK

Martin Novak, 95, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Monday, Dec. 15, 1997.

He was born Nov. 9, 1902 in Czechoslovakia to the late Adam and Mary Novak. Martin later moved to Canada, and worked as a labourer until 1959.

He is survived by good friends, John and Florence Chornabay of Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, 1997 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Father Brian Primeau O.M.I. will officiate, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances.

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ SAMUEL DUNSMORE

William “Bill” Samuel Dunsmore, 79, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 at his residence.

Bill was born July 23 1918 in Sifton Township, Ont. and lived there until he moved to Fort Frances in 1968. He worked briefly at Silver & Kercher before working at Hammond Landscaping Ltd., where he worked for more than 25 years until his retirement.

TALBOT PIERRE JOHNSON

Talbot Pierre Johnson, 30, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Talbot was born July 3, 1967 in Fort Frances. He lived all his life in the area, and had worked as a carpenter, seasonal firefighter, and was a dedicated trapper. His hobbies were snowmobiling, badminton, horseshoe pitching, fishing, and camping.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

KATIE MARGARET CAMPBELL

Katie Margaret Campbell, of Metcalfe, Ont., passed away Nov. 4, 1997 in her 88th year.

She was a former elementary school teacher in the Rainy River District.

Katie was predeceased by her husband, Rolla; a daughter, Irene Corkill; and four brothers.

Survivors include three sons and a daughter; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers; and two sisters.

Interment took place at the Spring Hill Cemetery on Nov. 8, 1997.

JEAN LEE ROSS

Jean Lee Ross (nee Cameron) passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 29 1997 after a lengthy illness.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred.

She is survived by two sons, Gary and Wayne; five grandchildren; three brothers, Arden, Jack, and Terry; and two sisters, Betty and Connie.