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Obituaries

ETHEL BERNICE QUINN-CSIK

Ethel Bernice Quinn-Csik, 96, of 554 Riverview Dr., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Monday, Oct. 13, 1997.

She was born Aug. 20, 1901 in Wilmur, Ont. to the late William Walter and Minnie Freeman.

Bernice taught school in southern Ontario before her marriage to Edward Quinn. In 1937, they moved to the Rainy River District. Following the death of her husband in 1953, she moved from the family farm north of Emo to Fort Frances, allowing her to pursue a life-long passion for music.

JOHN BARTON (JACK) SPEAKMAN

John Barton (Jack) Speakman passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997.

He leaves his devoted wife, Gale; daughter, Carolyn Granewall; son-in-law, Nels Granewall; closest relatives, Tippi and Gerry Angell, and Sharen and Frank Butcher; Fairhurst cousins; and a host of friends of all ages.

All mourn the loss of his vivid and lively presence.

PHILIP GEORGE 'FLIP' PENNEY

Philip George (Flip) Penney, 65, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 1997 at his residence on Pender Island, B.C.

He was born to Marguerite and the late George Penney in Stratton, Ont. on Aug. 2, 1932. He spent most of his life there, and was an ardent curler, having curled in many bonspiels with the Clarence Shrumm rink.

He worked for a number of years in the building trade with John Smits and in Atikokan at the mine. He moved to Edmonton in 1976, continuing in the building trade. After retiring, he worked for Tri-Line, where he met his wife to be.

JAMES JOSEPH DESCHAMPS

James (Jimmy) Deschamps, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 3, 1997 at the hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

Jimmy was born April 30, 1922 in Penetang, Ont. He served with the army during World War Two.

He married Norma Bujold in 1948, and they made their home in the area until moving to B.C. in 1983.

Jimmy worked at Mel Newman’s during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then worked for Canada Post, and was a mail carrier until his retirement.

JAMES JOSEPH DESCHAMPS

James (Jimmy) Deschamps, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 3, 1997 at the hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

Jimmy was born April 30, 1922 in Penetang, Ont. He served with the army during World War Two.

He married Norma Bujold in 1948, and they made their home in the area until moving to B.C. in 1983.

Jimmy worked at Mel Newman’s during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then worked for Canada Post, and was a mail carrier until his retirement.

GARY JAMES GRAHAM

Gary James Graham, 50, of 124 Fifth St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997.

He was born Sept. 24, 1947 in Port Arthur, Ont. to Percy and Doris Graham. Gary received his education and grew up in Thunder Bay, and later worked for several years at the Provincial Mill and Palm Dairies. On Aug. 8, 1970, he was united in marriage to Diane Olinyk, and in 1972 moved to Rainy River, Ont.

GORDON EDGAR BURNELL

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Edgar Burnell on Monday, Sept. 29, 1997 at the age of 57.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Simone, of 31 years; his daughter, Robyn and husband, Marc Bourrier; his daughter, Evelyne and husband, Matt Parsons, and his two sons, Oscar and Donald; and his four-year-old grandson, Nicolas, who he adored and took great pleasure in spoiling.

Gordon was looking forward to the birth of Evelyne and Matt’s first-born, which is due in early December.

LOIS CAIN (OGDEN)

With great sadness, the family of Lois Cain announces her passing away on Sept. 26, 1997 in hospital with family at her side.

Lois was born June 19, 1937 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She married Dennis Cain in 1956, lived in various mining communities, and raised five children. She moved with family to Ireland in 1967, returning to Canada in 1973 and has resided in Thunder Bay since 1974.

BETTY BERGER LESSARD

Funeral services for Betty Berger Lessard, 82, of Namakan Lake, were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997 at the Crane Lake Chapel. Rev. Craig Haberman officiated.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral, with interment in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck, Mn. Arrangements were made by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook, Mn.

Betty passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

PRISCELLA MARGARETTE HOWELLS

Priscella Margarette Howells (Perreault), born May 12, 1940, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 1997.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Leonard; and children, Karl (Marie), Leonard Jr. (Rochelle), Donald (Rhonda), Cary (Billie), Leslie (Jana), Wendy Petsnick (Tony), Lynn Geurts (Ken), Susan Chenier (Scott), Lennette Howells (Joe), and Patti DeGagne (Mark).

LUCY MARVELL PELTONEN

Lucy Marvell Peltonen (nee Hyatt), 65, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997 at her home in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

She was born May 19, 1932 in Emo, Ont. to the late John and Jessie Hyatt and grew up south of Devlin. Music was her passion, a love that lasted her whole life.

Lucy met and married Ed Peltonen on Nov. 28, 1953, and they raised their family in Crozier.

LEON HEYENS

I have fought the good fight.

I have finished the race, I have

kept the faith.

11 Timothy 4:7

Leon Honore Heyens, 73, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Friday, Sept. 12, 1997. He was born April 14, 1924 in Zeeland, Netherlands to the late Gysbertus and Pauline Heyens.

Mr. Heyens moved to Winnipeg, Man. in 1949 and lived there for two years when he moved to Blackhawk, Ont. He later moved to Stratton, Ont. in 1965 and lived there until 1988, when he moved to Fort Frances.

RONALD MANSFIELD HYATT

Ronald Mansfield “Ron” Hyatt, 72, of R.R. #2, Devlin, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997 at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1925 in the Municipality of La Vallee, Ont. to the late James and Bertha Hyatt.

Ron lived his entire life in the Devlin area, working in the Fort Frances paper mill for 37 years. He also had farmed in the district for a number of years.

SOPHIE ANNETTE NOGA

Sophie Annette Noga, 85, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997.

She was born Sept. 3, 1912 in Poland to the late Harry and Anastasia Kaproska. Sophie came to Canada in 1928 and settled in Manitoba. On Jan. 30, 1930, she was united in marriage to Jacob Noga.

During the 1950s, she moved to Atikokan, Ont., where they resided until moving to Dryden in 1985. In 1993, Sophie moved to Fort Frances, where she has resided since.

EILEEN FAY NEAL

Eileen Fay Neal, nee Lamont, passed away suddenly Sept. 7, 1997 in Nanaimo, B.C.

Eileen is survived by her daughters, Susan and Nancy; son-in-law, Howard; grandsons, Travis, Tyler, and Daniel; sister, Jessie; brothers, Ken and Robert; mother-in-law, Alice; sister-in-law, Dorothy; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ernest, on Dec. 11, 1994.

Eileen was born March 30, 1928 in Owen Sound, Ont. and lived in Fort Frances, Ont. until 1975, when she and Ernie moved to Vancouver, B.C. They retired to Qualicum Beach in 1988.

ELSIE NELLIE COTTAM

Elsie Cottam, 99, of Nestor Falls, Ont. and Victoria, B.C., passed away peacefully at Sandringham Nursing Home Hospital in Victoria, B.C. on Monday, Sept. 1, 1997.

She was born Jan. 7, 1898 in Bristol, England and came to Canada as a young girl. She resided in Rainy River, Ont., where she met her husband, Harvey Cottam. They were united in marriage in August, 1916 and settled on a farm north of Rainy River.

WALTER PRYMAK SR.

Walter Prymak Sr., 65, of 1127 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away unexpectedly at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997 with his wife and two children at his side.

He was born Jan. 16, 1932 in Fort Frances to the late John and Eva Prymak.

ELIZABETH BEATRICE ARMSTRONG

Elizabeth Armstrong, 84, of 610 First St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born Dec. 10, 1912 in Sleeman, Ont. to the late Joseph and Anna Triskle. Elizabeth was raised in Sleeman and on March 17, 1934, was united in marriage to Victor Armstrong.

Elizabeth and Victor lived in Sleeman until 1962, when they moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. until January, 1979, moving back to Rainy River District and settling in Fort Frances.

PAUL DEGELMAN

Paul Degelman, 71, of 818 Second St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997.

He was born Oct. 24, 1925 in Fort Frances to the late Frank and Annie Degelman. In 1943, Paul enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces, and served with the army in Canada until his discharge in 1945. Following his discharge, he returned to Fort Frances, where on Sept. 11, 1948 he was united in marriage to the former Arvilla Schickling.

WALTER MICHAEL MCFAYDEN

Michael McFayden, 26, of Nestor Falls, Ont., passed away accidentally on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1997 at Katamiagamak Lake, Nestor Falls, Ont.

Michael was born Sept. 8, 1970 in Fort Frances, Ont. He graduated from Fort Frances High School and then went on to Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ont., where he graduated from the Aviation & Flight Management course on the Dean’s list.

In April, 1992, Michael was employed as a local guide. He worked in logging and the past five years as a commercial pilot for Nestor Falls Fly-in Outpost.

BERTHA MARGARET HYATT

Bertha Margaret Hyatt, 97, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1997.

She was born April 23, 1900 to the late Francis and Sara Jane Leeson.

Bertha was born and raised in Rainy River District, and took an active part in the Pentecostal Church for many years. She enjoyed her flower gardens, and also her crocheting and knitting.

JAMES QUENTON FALCONER

In loving memory of James Quenton Falconer, who passed away Aug. 17, 1997 at Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora, Ont.

James is survived by his loving wife, Edna (nee Parks); his sons, Jim (Barbara) of Edmonton, Alta., and Paul (and friend, Donna) of Red Deer, Alta.; daughter, Janette Stenhouse (Joe) of Red Deer, Alta.; and grandchildren, Ashleigh, David, Christopher, Michelle, and Christine.

MARGARET ROBERTSON

Margaret Robertson, 81, of 901 Shevlin Ave. Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 1997 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Margaret was born March 9, 1916 in Fort Frances to the late Wellington and Edith bishop. In January, 1938, she was united in marriage to Percy Robertson. Her main interests were crafts and her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Percy, in 1963.

DOROTHY KATHLEEN BENINGER

Dorothy Kathleen Beninger, 84, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997. She was born Sept. 12, 1912 in Emo, Ont. to the late Walter and Edith Radbourne.

Mrs. Beninger lived most of her life in Emo. She was a school teacher for 35 years, and taught in Emo, Fort Frances, Nestor Falls, Finland, Black Hawk, Morson, and Arbor Vita. She was a member of the Fort Frances-Rainy River Women Teachers’ Association.

TRACY THOMAS JOSEPH SPENCER

Tracy Thomas Joseph Spencer, 53, of 477 Hill Rd., R.R. #1, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

He was born June 17, 1944 on Calumet Island, Que. to George and Kathleen Spencer.

Tracy enjoyed fishing and hunting, and having coffee with his friends, and was always helping others. He also loved his rock work and his flowers. He was a very gifted and loving person. His biggest thing in life, however, was his family and friends.