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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, 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, 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, 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, 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 (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, 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 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, 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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, 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, 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.


Helen Hickerson, 93, of 1032 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at Rainycrest Home for the Aged on Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998.

Helen was born Aug. 5, 1904 in Morley Township, Ont. to the late Horace and Mercy Theker. She was raised in the Rainy River District and graduated from Fort Frances High School. Following graduation, Helen taught school for two years in Roddick and Farrington, Ont.


Mary ‘Sis’ Lundon, of 532 Front St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at La Verendrye General Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998 at the age of 65.

She was born Mary Leone Hird on June 4, 1932 in Powell River, B.C.

Sis enjoyed her life to the fullest. With all her heart, she devoted much of her time to the Salvation Army. Her greatest pride was her involvement with the local T.O.P.S. Club, where she will be sadly missed. She also will be missed by her friends and staff at Front Street Manor, who helped her through the last years of her life.


Earl Hatch, of New Westminster, B.C., passed away there Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998.

He was born March 28, 1917 in Tenstrike, Mn. to the late David and Bessie Hatch. At a young age, Earl moved with his family to Ontario, where he later farmed, and for a time worked on the Kenora Highway.

During World War II, Earl served in the Canadian Army with the Fifth Canadian Armoured Corps as a tank driver in England, France, Holland, and Germany from 1940 until his discharge in 1945.


Mrs. Alice E. Maxey, 81, of Chatham, Ont., passed away peacefully at Riverside Health Care Facilities on Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998 following a lengthy illness.

Her husband, Frank, predeceased her Dec. 8, 1994.

She is survived by her son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Diane, of Fort Frances; sister, Maude Trudgen of Morpheth; and numerous relatives in the Chatham area and in England.

Cremation took place in Thunder Bay, Ont., with the graveside committal service to be held at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham at a later date.


Peacefully, after brief illness, it is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Lillian Van Steenkiste, 72, on Jan. 16, 1998 at St. Boniface Hospital.

Lillian is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Arthur; children, Lewis (Elda), April (Larry), Susan (Raz), and Bryan (Lori); grandchildren, Kristal (Mike, Josiah), Shawn (Craig), Tara (Dave), Neil, Jeff, Cory (Pauline, Taylor, Casey), Kyle (Jennifer); brother Clifford (Joy); sisters, Doris and Della; sisters-in-law, Georgina and Yvonne; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Angus L. McFayden, 87, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Angus was born Sept. 4, 1910 in La Vallee, Ont., where he was also raised. Angus was united in marriage in 1939 to Ruby Murchison and settled in La Vallee, Ont. for several years before moving to Rainy River, Ont.

Angus drove the cream truck for many years, as well as being the buttermaker for both the Fort Frances Creamery and the Rainy River Creamery.


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.