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BEATRICE EVELYN HEMMENS

Beatrice Hemmens, 94, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.

She was born Jan. 22, 1905 in La Vallee, Ont. to the late George and Florabelle McTavish.

Beatrice was raised and attended school in the La Vallee Township area. During World War II, she joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served her country as a nurse overseas in England. During the services, she returned to Canada and worked in the Veterans Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. until her discharge.

VIVIAN DOROTHY MacDONALD

Vivian MacDonald, 87, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Monday, Oct., 25, 1999.

She was born Aug. 4, 1912 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late James and Mary Tyne.

Vivian moved to Fort Frances during her youth. In September of 1936, she was united to Bill MacDonald in Fort Frances. Vivian was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and a charter member of the C.W.L. in Fort Frances.

For enjoyment, she loved to read and sew.

MARGARET OTTILIA RUDOLPH

Margaret Rudolph, 83, of 1301 Elizabeth Manor, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away quietly at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.

She was born Nov. 20, 1915 in Los Angeles, Cal. to the late William and Elmira Rudolph, who predeceased her in 1964 and 1973.

She also was predeceased by brother, Arthur Wm. Rudolph; sister-in-law, Marie Rudolph; nephew, David Rudolph; and her brother-in-law, Carl Blasky.

MARY CLARA OLSON

In loving memory of Mary Clara Olson, 85, of Emo, Ont., who passed away suddenly at her home Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Sigurd; her daughter, Margaret Ann; her parents, Annie and William McQuaker; two sisters, Hazel and Jean; and her brother, Norman.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Mary Alice Drennan, and June Winik and husband, Jack, all of Emo, Ont.; and son-in-law, John Johnson of Nestor Falls, Ont.

HERMANO MACHADO ‘HERMAN’ RODRIGUES

It is with great sadness that the Rodrigues family announces the passing of Herman Machado “Herman” Rodrigues. Our beloved father passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Rainy River, Ont.

Father James Panikulam will officiate, with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River, Ont.

JOHN KAMERMAN

John Kamerman, 64, of Emo, Ont., passed away, with his family and friends at his side, at Port Arthur General Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Friday, Oct. 16, 1999 after a brief illness.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Ann.

John is survived by his loving wife, Gertie; daughter, Barbara Kyro (Paul); son, Bram (Norma-Jean); son, Arnold (Yvonne); daughters, Annette Gerrits (Albert), Caroline Hiemstra (Andrew), and Reta Dykstra (Ed); 11 grandchildren; his mother, Hendrika; brothers, Wim, Bram, and Harry; and sister, Rita.

NICK PIHULAK

Nickoli “Nick” Pihulak, 82, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999.

He was born Oct. 3, 1917 in Gonor, Man. to the late George and Mary Pihulak.

Mr. Pihulak moved to Fort Frances in 1938 and has lived here since. He had worked on construction with Paul Lawrence and later was employed as a stationary engineer at the O&M paper mill, which later became Boise Cascade. He retired after 44 years of service with the company.

ELLEN WROLSTAD

In loving memory of Ellen Wrolstad, 77, of 435 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away peacefully at La Verendrye General Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999.

RUTH MARION TURGEON

After a short illness, Ruth Marion Turgeon, 71, went to be with the angels on Oct. 9, 1999.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Deb Turgeon, Ron (Lynn) Turgeon, and Kathy (Denis) English; grandchildren, Jason, Darren, Steven, Shaun, Amber, and Cody; and her great-granddaughter, Jayden.

Ruth also is survived by her mother, Helen Parker; brother, Bob (Shirley) Olson; and brother-in-law, Lyle Turgeon.

A memorial service was held at the Chapel of First Memorial in Calgary, Alta. on Oct. 13, 1999.

DENNIS JAMES ENGSTROM

Dennis James Engstrom passed away suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 while on vacation in Vancouver, B.C.

Dennis was born Nov. 16, 1968 in North Vancouver, B.C. In the past several years, he had made his home in Fort Frances, Ont. and Regina, Sask.

He is survived by his parents, Dianna Engstrom (Kropelin) of Fort Frances, and James Engstrom of North Vancouver, B.C.; and brother, Doug (Barb) of North Vancouver, B.C.

Many aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Dennis’ favourite companion Buddy, his dog, also will miss him.

DENNIS JAMES ENGSTROM

Dennis James Engstrom passed away suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 while on vacation in Vancouver, B.C.

Dennis was born Nov. 16, 1968 in North Vancouver, B.C. In the past several years, he had made his home in Fort Frances, Ont. and Regina, Sask.

He is survived by his parents, Dianna Engstrom (Kropelin) of Fort Frances, and James Engstrom of North Vancouver, B.C.; and brother, Doug (Barb) of North Vancouver, B.C.

Many aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Dennis’ favourite companion Buddy, his dog, also will miss him.

TERRY WILLIAM O’LEARY

Terry William O’Leary, 59, of Calgary, Alta., passed away at home on Monday, Oct. 4, 1999. He was born Feb. 17, 1940 in Fort Frances, Ont.

After moving from Fort Frances to Atikokan, Ont., Terry worked at both ore mines in Atikokan for several years. He also worked in Calgary for a number of years until his illness stopped him from working.

Terry enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the outdoors with his family and friends.

In September, 1994, he was united in marriage to Marie O’Leary of Calgary.

He was predeceased by his parents, Neil and Mable O’Leary.

DOUGLAS FRANK ‘DOUG’ LaBELLE

Douglas Frank “Doug” LaBelle, 70, of Lash Township, Ont., passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Jan. 2, 1929 in Emo, Ont. to the late Frank and Hazel LaBelle.

Mr. LaBelle had lived all of his life in Rainy River District. He had worked in the bush from the age of 16, and was a skilled bushman who made an art of his work.

He also enjoyed gardening but most of all his family, especially his grandchildren, who were most important to him.

DONALD PATRICK McGEE

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

Don Patrick McGee passed away peacefully on the morning of Sept. 22, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with family at his side.

Don was born May 1, 1925 and grew up in Pinewood, Ont., where he worked for CN, helped on his family farm, and met the love of his life, Eileen McGee.

Don enlisted in the army in 1943 and served his country in World War II.

DORIS JEWETT

Doris Jewett, 74, of 725 Morrison Cres., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital. She was born April 7, 1925 in North Branch, Ont. to the late Adam and Hannah Elliott.

Mrs. Jewett had lived all her life in Rainy River District. She was an avid birdwatcher and nature lover, and was a member of Knox United Church.

Spending time with her family and friends was enjoyable to her but being a “Grandma” was most important.

ARTHUR FISCHER

In loving memory of Arthur Fischer, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Else; children, Hannelore and husband, Ulke Helder, of Bergland, Ont., Ralf and wife, Odette, of Winnipeg, Man., Monika and husband, Geoff Armitstead, of Medicine Hat, Alta., and Karl-Heins and wife, Gay-Dawn, of British Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He also leaves behind one brother, Otto and wife, Anne, of Germany; and sisters, Hertha Fischer and Hanna Fischer, both of Germany.

BERNHARD (BEN) W. KRAHN

Bernhard (Ben) W. Krahn was born April 21, 1957 at Dryden, Ont.

At the age of 15, Ben was baptized upon the confession of his faith and became a member of the Pineview Mennonite Church at Barwick, Ont.

On May 4, 1978, he was joined in marriage to Jane Martin. The Lord allowed them 21 years together. Their union was blessed with three sons and eight daughters.

MYRTLE PETERSON

Myrtle Peterson, 83, of 102 First St., Rainy River, Ont., passed away at the Rainy River Hospital in Rainy River on Friday, Sept. 24, 1999.

She was born Dec. 2, 1915 in Blue Township, Ont. to the late Henry and Lillian Hodges. On Sept. 24, 1933, Myrtle was united in marriage to Gudolf Peterson.

FLOTILLA ‘FLO’ ERMA PATTERSON

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Flotilla “Flo” Erma Patterson on Friday, Sept. 24, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Flo was predeceased by her husband, Alexander; and brothers, Roy (Edna), Don (Grace), Milt (Ida), and Harold Westover.

She will be deeply missed by daughter, Margaret and Craig Ptashnik of Winnipeg, Man.; grandchildren, Patrick (Kimberley) Ptashnik of Kamloops, B.C., and Tracy Ptashnik of Winnipeg, Man.; and one great-granddaughter, Alexandria Esau of Winnipeg, Man.

Elsie Doris MacMillan

Elsie Doris MacMillan of Rainycrest, Fort Frances, passed away at her residence on Monday, Sept. 20, 1999. She was born May 23, 1910 in Kingsford, Ontario to Arthur and Emily Shipton. On Aug. 2, 1931, Elsie was united in marriage to Gordon MacMillan, who predeceased her on Feb. 3, 1977.

LEO FEDORCHUK

Leo Fedorchuk, 78, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999.

He was born July 18, 1921 in Arbakka, Man. to the late Paul and Daria Fedorchuk. During World War II, Leo served with the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic.

Following his discharge from the services, he returned to Fort Frances, where he worked as an electrical contractor, and owned and operated Veteran Electric for the past 45 years.

Kenneth Paul “Ken” Sandmoen

In loving memory of Kenneth Paul “Ken” Sandmoen, aged 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., who passed away suddenly on Monday, Sept. 20, 1999 at LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances., Ont.

Ken is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Beverly Sandmoen of Fort Frances, Ont., his special granddaughter, Melissa Ogden, of London, Ont.; brothers Stanley and wife Bev Sandmoen of Dryden, Ont., and Walter Sandmoen of Rainy River, Ont.; sisters Gladys Fraser of Ashcroft, B.C., and Clara and Joseph Marr of Victoria, B.C., and by numerous nieces and nephews.

DOROTHY MAY KELLS

Dorothy May Kells, nee Easton, of Escott, Ont., passed away at Brockville General Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999. She was born in Rainy River District on May 23, 1911 and married to the late Harry Lee Kells.

Dorothy was the loving mother of Patricia Schaper of Houston, Texas, and Barbara and Murray Allin of Escott, Ont.; and grandmother of Chloe.

She is survived by her sister, Jessie Miller of Fort Frances, Ont.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

Wilena Frederica Runkowski (Nee Clark)

In loving memory of Wilena Frederica Runkowski, aged 88, of 550 Osborne Street, Fort Frances, who passed away peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999.

Wilena is survived by her nephews Ralph Eggen of Crown Point, Indiana and Bogdan Fraczkiewicz of Fort Frances and their families.

Wilena was predeceased by her husband Ted Runkowski on July 23, 1999, brother Bert Clark, sisters Marjorie Eggen, Lillian Strange, and Alma Maxwell.

Angeline Medicine

In loving memory of Angeline Medicine, age 44, of Manitou Rapids First Nation, who passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999 at International Falls, Min.

Angeline is survived by her husband Wayne Morrisseau, children Curtis, Jon, and Kristie all of Rainy River First Nation (Manitour Rapids). She will be greatly missed by her sisters Berla Horton of Manitou Rapids First Nation, and Liza White of Whitefish Bay; brothers Eddie Medicine, Joe Medicine both of Rainy River First Nation and Alec Medicine of Whitefish Bay and numerous nieces and nephews.