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Obituaries

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.

HELEN ELIZA HICKERSON

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

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 KENNETH HATCH

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.

ALICE E. MAXEY

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.

LILLIAN EVA VAN STEENKISTE

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 LOUGHIE MCFAYDEN

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 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.