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Obituaries

EILEEN SULLIVAN

Eileen Sullivan, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

MARY JOHNSON

On Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 7 p.m., our mom and gramma, Mary Johnson, passed away.

We are sad that she is gone but happy that she is now free of pain and reunited with her wonderful husband-our dad, and grampa, Eddy. She passed quickly and peacefully, just after smiling brightly at two of her children who were at her side.

RUDOLPH QUINN WHITECROW (Zhooniyaagaaboo) (Namaa Clan)

Rudy Whitecrow, 45, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away surrounded by family on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Rudy was born on Dec. 8, 1972 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Andrew Morrison Jr. and Cecilia Whitecrow.

After their passing in 1974, he was raised by his aunt, Doris Willie.

He worked for various companies doing highway construction, welding, roofing, and carpentry. He enjoyed fishing and attending pow-wows.

KATHERINE (YORK) BURNS

Now I have been layed under the ground,

But this is not where I'm to be found,

For when I died I was set free.

Because Jesus, My Lord God and Saviour,

Suffered and died for me.

Katherine (York) Burns passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

She was born on March 16, 1953.

Katherine was predeceased by her father, Jim York.

She is mourned by her loving, supportive family: her mother, Velaire York; brothers, Peter and Linda, Bill and Rose, and Robert and Corinne; and sister, Julie and Ron Halverson.

MARIA (MARY) LINDHOLM

With family by her side, Mary Lindholm (nee Sloboda) passed away peacefully, at the age of 97, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was gracious, kind, and loving, and will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

Mary was born on June 26, 1920 in Fort Frances to Wasyl (Bill) and Anna Sloboda. She was the second-eldest of five children.

DENNIS HYATT

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Dennis Hyatt, 78, on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

GEORGE WILLIAM BARRETT

It is with great sadness that the family of George William Barrett announces his passing on Wednesday Feb. 7, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

George was born on April 5, 1936 in Fort Frances to Frederick and Isabelle Barrett.

He lived in the Rainy River District all his life, working in the bush with various businesses across the district. He enjoyed fishing, trapping minnows, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He also always was up for a good argument.

HARVEY EDMUND LARSON

Harvey Larson passed away suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at home in Atikokan, Ont.

He was predeceased by wife, Senja (Nurmi) Larson in 2014; parents, Walter and Elfva Larson; and grandson, Ian Larson.

Family members left to mourn are his sons, Maurits Larson (Kathy) and Randy Larson (Teresa); daughter, Karen Loewen (Charles); four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Melvin Larson (Dora); sister, Marianne Sundin (Lawrie); sister-in-law, Laila Lee; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

WILLIAM 'BILL' LONEY

William “Bill” Loney, 77, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., and formerly of Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Funeral arrangements are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

GEORGE WILLIAM BARRETT

It is with great sadness that the family of George William Barrett announces his passing on Wednesday, Feb.7, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROSE CHABOT

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Rose Chabot, 73, of Emo, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the Emo Health Centre.

Rose was born in Fort Frances, Ont.

Rose was united in marriage to Sydney Darrah and together they raised their family on a farm north of Devlin, Ont. Rose enjoyed the farm life, along with gardening, fishing, and her many crafts.

In addition to working on the farm, Rose began working in the kitchen at Rainycrest and continued working there for many years.

LESLIE ALBERT CAIN

With broken hearts, the family of Les Cain announce his passing on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

Les fought a brave battle with lung cancer.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 58 years, Lorraine; three daughters, Pamela (John), Valerie (Ruth), and Janet (Dan Sharun); and seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Jacob Hawley, Sarah and Cameron Ratchford, and Amos, Grace, and Jayne Sharun.

Cremation has taken place.

As per Les' wishes, there will be no service.

RUBY GALLAGHER

Ruby Gallagher passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont after struggling for many years with Alzheimer's.

She was born in Emo, Ont. on May 4, 1926 to Annie VanDrunen. Her father, Anton, had passed before her birth.

Ruby's older brother, Hank, was the man of the house while she was growing up. They lived through very lean times; she learned the value of hard work and wasting very little—virtues that came to shape the woman she was throughout her whole life.

GORDON M. ('CHIPS') CALDER

Sen. Gord “Chips” Calder, 84 years young, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 with his family by his side.

Born in 1933, Gord was a passionate man who enjoyed life to the fullest, especially when it came to hockey, family, and learning more of his Métis heritage—not necessarily in that order!

Gord was also one of the founders of the Sunset Country Métis, which started in Fort Frances back in 1994. He also was very active in darts and, of course, horseshoes! He always was trying to get everyone involved in a quick game of horseshoes!

VIVIAN NEILSON

With loved ones at her side, Vivian Ione Neilson passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.; united at last with those she missed so deeply.

Vivian was born on April 4, 1928 on the northeast corner of Sifton Township, at the homestead of her parents, Leroy and Amanda Berg.

She grew up helping on the farm, hunting for food and cooking it for the hired help—honing skills that would carry her through her working life.

MARIA (MARY) LINDHOLM

Mary Lindholm, 97, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

VIVIAN NEILSON

Vivian Neilson passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

GORDON CALDER

Gordon Calder, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

HAROLD 'BO' ARMSTRONG

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harold “Bo” Armstrong on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at his home in Elora, Ont.

Beloved husband and best friend for more than 61 years to Marlene Kathryn Armstrong (nee Chase); father to son, Hal Armstrong and partner, Renee, grandsons, Ciaran and Aidan Armstrong and their mother, Carmel, all of Fergus, Ont.; and father to daughter, Kathryn Kaszas and husband, Steve, and grandson, Stephen, and his wife, Samantha, and favourite granddaughter, Hallie, all of Toronto, Ont.

HARVEY CHARLES JOSEPH VIEN

It is with great sadness that the family of Harvey Charles Joseph Vien announces his passing on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Harvey was born on May 17, 1946 to Joseph and Emelia Vien in Fort Frances.

Harvey lived here most of his life, working in the bush as a young man before joining the local papermill. He worked for Abitibi for 30 years before retiring as Lead Operator.

HARVEY VIEN

Harvey Vien, 71, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 in Fort Frances.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service.

A complete obituary will follow.

RUBY GALLAGHER

Ruby Gallagher passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROSIE SPENCER Ahqwakonayahsheek

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Rosie Spencer, 73, of Atikokan, Ont. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

Rosie was born on Aug. 20, 1944 to the late Jack and Rose Spencer.

Rosie as predeceased by her parents, Jack and Rose Spencer; siblings, Hilda Yerxa, Robert Spener, and Margaret Spencer; daughter, Cynthia Spoon; son, Greg Spoon; and granddaughter, Danielle Spoon.

JESSIE ENGE

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Jessie Enge (nee Hickerson) at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a few months shy of her 90th birthday.

She was born on April 30, 1928 in Fort Frances, Ont. to William and Helen Hickerson.

Jessie began teaching in Dewart Township in 1948 at the age of 20 upon receiving her credentials from the teachers' college in Nipissing. She retired in 1995 after 46 years dedicated to her profession, having served the last 38 years in Atikokan, mostly at Hemlock Avenue School.