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EDWARD OMER ST. PIERRE

Edward Omer St. Pierre, 76, of Emo, Ont., formerly of Wyoming, Ont., passed away on July 24, 2019 at 12:30 a.m. at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was the son of the late Edward Issac and Lauda Rose St. Pierre; father to late son, Marc; father to Nicole (Hamish) Smith; and Pepe to Blake and Matt.

Omer leaves behind his siblings, Alma (Stan) Chalupka, Frank (Janet), Maurice (Jean), Mary Lou (Warren) Milliken, Margaret (Casey) Hendrikx, and Chuck (Emily); and his many nieces and nephews.

JON BERGLUND (1934-2019)

Dear friends, Jon had a way of talking about things, and an attitude towards life, that is difficult to convey.

We believe he would approve of the following “farewell note,” which we have paraphrased from many conversations and fun times over the years. This is who he was.

We hope you enjoy and agree.

Jon requested no service, but we intend to hold an informal gathering to celebrate Jon's life at some point in the future, and we'll spread the word when that time comes.

Love, Millie, Michael, Linda and family.

LEON GREGORY SWIRE

It is with profound sadness the family of Leon Gregory Swire announce his sudden passing on July 26, 2019—just 17 days after the passing of his love of 30 years, Olga Dawkins.

Leon was born April 18, 1948 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Leon grew up on a farm north of Emo. Following high school his first job was on the CN Railroad in Northern Manitoba.

He worked for a short time in the Griffith Mine in Ear Falls, Ont. During those years he started his own family of three boys.

JUNE RUTH HAMALAINEN

It is with great sadness that the family of June Ruth Hamalainen (nee Vollans, nee Mack) announce her sudden passing at 78 years, on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

June was born on June 17, 1941 in Port Arthur, Ont., first child of Lillian and Ronald Vollans.

She spent her first 11 years growing up in Port Arthur, then in 1953 the family moved to Atikokan, Ont.

The next few years had her attending the local schools and eventually helping her parents at Ron's Service.

TERRY 'ZEE' ADAMS Minodaagozii'inninii

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Minodaagozii'inninii, Terry “Zee” Adams, Pizhew dodem, on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Thunder Bay, Ont. Terry was born on June 10, 1975 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Terry is survived by his son, Christopher Gallow; his mother, Debbie Adams; his grandmother, Josephine Bruyere; his brothers, Ryan Adams (Tricia), Dwayne Steiner (Jody), and Jeff Kelly-Sky; his father, Rick Adams; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

ELEONOR MARY TUREWICH

Eleonor Mary Turewich passed away peacefully at her home, Rainycrest Long-Term Care, on July 21, 2019.

Eleonor was born on April 22, 1939 to the late Anthony and Christina Magnan. She grew up in the east end of Fort Frances and received her elementary education at St. Mary's School.

From the time she was a child, Eleonor knew she wanted to be a nurse. That goal was fulfilled after she completed the RPN (formerly RNA) course and began her nursing career at La Verendrye Hospital.

ROY B. YOUNG

It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Roy B. Young on July 12, 2019, at Rainycrest in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born July 3,1931, in Twillingate, Nfld.

Roy grew up in the town of Twillingate. After high school he spent one year teaching school but decided that was not to be his vocation.

He found employment with an American Army Base in Stephenville, Nfld., until September 1955, when he travelled to Waterloo, Ont.to attend Lutheran College.

EDWARD FREDERICK HAGLUND

Edward Frederick Haglund drew his last breath in the calm after a tremendous thunderstorm on the morning of Tuesday, July 9, 2019. He was surrounded by love.

Eddie would want you to know that he was blessed beyond measure in this life and wanted for nothing beyond more time with his beloved wife, Rosemary, daughter, Ashlyn, son, Stephen, their respective partners, Darrell and Jacquelyn, and his precious grandson, Carter, born to Stephen and Jackie in 2017.

Dad was born in Glasgow, Scotland on Dec. 5, 1943, and immigrated to Canada with his mother in 1946.

TRACEY LYNNE DUCHARME

You can shed a tear because she's gone

Or you can smile because she has lived!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Tracey Lynne Ducharme, on Monday, July 15, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tracey was born on Jan. 30, 1967 in Ottawa, Ont. She was adopted by Laurel and Clarence Ducharme in March 1968, and moved to the Rainy River District shortly after.

Tracey married Duane Kowbluk in 1985 and they had three children, Emily, Brittany and Billy.

ERICA LINDY MORRISSEAU

It is with great sadness that the family of Erica Lindy Morrisseau announces her passing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Toronto, Ont.

Erica was born on Aug. 30, 1979 in Fort Frances to Melvin and Irene Morrisseau. She was the baby of the Morrisseau family and they all had a special place in their heart for her.

Erica was a free spirit who could not be contained but she always remained close with her children and nieces and nephews.

She would often reach out and share experiences, knowledge and advice, helping them and supporting them on their journeys.

BRENDA LOUISE PARSONS

Brenda Louise Parsons, born March 28, 1944 to Charles and Agnes Hill, died July 3, 2019 (aged 75 years) in Vancouver, B.C.

Brenda attended Fort Frances High School. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba after obtaining her qualifications for teaching. She went to France and worked as an au pair before travelling and then teaching elementary school in Scarborough, Ont.

Brenda married Jonathan Parsons in August 1969. This year was their 50th wedding anniversary.

BRIAN REID

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Reid on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Born and raised in Emo, Ont., Brian was a fixture in the Emo Community for many years as co-owner of Fairway Store and then as a butcher at Cloverleaf.

You could always find Brian behind the meat counter, greeting you with a smile, friendly conversation, great stories and he was never afraid to give you his opinion.

Brian was a proud member of the Emo community, which he showed during his time as reeve from 1994-2000.

OLGA DAWKINS (BODNAR)

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Olga Dawkins (nee Bodnar) on July 9, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, with loving family by her side.

Born to Joseph and Dominia Bodnar in Springfield, Man., she was the fifth oldest of 11 children.

At the age of 11, her family moved to Alberton, Ont., where she grew up helping on the family farm.

Olga graduated from the La Verendrye Hospital School of Nursing in 1962 with her RNA diploma and worked for many years in both La Verendrye and Emo Hospitals.

TERRY KITZUL

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Terry Allen Kitzul on May 24, 2019.

Terry was born in Fort Frances on February 22, 1958.

He graduated from Fort Frances High School in June 1977 and then went to Queen’s University for a degree in Electrical Engineering.

After graduating with a BSc (Hon) in 1981 he lived and worked in Ottawa. In 1989 he returned to Kingston for the MBA program at Queen’s University which he completed in 1991. Then he worked and lived in Toronto but later moved to Waterloo.

EDWARD HAGLUND

Edward Haglund passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

DONNA MARY SHEPPARD

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Donna Mary Sheppard (nee Haglin) announces her passing on July 7, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. at the Emo Hospital.

She was born on July 15, 1948 in Emo to Birdena and Elmer Haglin. She was the eldest of eight children.

Donna worked as a waitress and bartender at various restaurants and camps in the area. Donna and Dusty met while she was bartending at Larsson's Camp in Nestor Falls.

Donna and Dusty were united in marriage on Dec. 12, 1970 and were married for 48 blissful years. Together they had two children, Jeannie and Mike.

BRIAN REID

It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Brian Reid, 63, of Fort Frances, Ont. on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Arrangements pending and complete announcement to follow.

ELIZABETH ANN HARRIET 'BETTY' BROWN

On Saturday, July 6, 2019 Elizabeth Ann Harriet “Betty” Brown passed away at her home suddenly and peacefully with her husband by her side.

Betty was born on July 24, 1936 in Sleeman, Ontario to the late Arthur and Elizabeth Armstrong.

She was united in marriage to the love her life Arnold Brown, on June 19, 1959 whom she celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with this year. After their marriage Arnold and Betty lived in Warroad, MN before settling in Emo for a short time, they left Emo, settling into their life long home in Fort Frances.

CARL HARVEY COOPER

Harvey passed away on the morning of July 1, 2019 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC.

Harvey's greatest love was his family, he is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie; son, William; daughter-in-law, Trisha; grandchildren Jason, Gabriella and Sarah; along with his puppy, Maggie.

Harvey was also blessed with many nieces and nephews.

He was born Jan. 22, 1946 in Fort Frances, Ont. and had many fond memories of growing up there.

JOHN THOMAS RAFFERTY

If you're reading this, John Rafferty is as dead as a doornail. Cancer didn't get him, it died with him.

John had big plans to write his own obituary, but never got past those first two lines. He was too busy spending his days with his beloved partner Pam, catching up on Y&R and Game of Thrones, tending to his plants, and keeping up with politics and the Jays.

He spoke of the Big Lebowski and Clint Eastwood characters as inspiration for a life well-lived. He planned to curate an instructional guide of quotes and tenets, but ultimately decided on one: “just relax.”

BRIAN ALEXANDER GIBSON

Brian Alexander Gibson passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 20178 at the Woodstock Hospital in his 75th year.

Brian was born on Feb. 9, 1944 n Winnipeg, Man. to Bill and Reta (Westover) Gibson.

Brian worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Red Lake, Ont., Winnipeg, and ended his career in Toronto, Ont.

Brian retired to Woodstock, Ont. to be closer to his sister, Heather Lewis, and her family.

He enjoyed being a Moose Lodge member, shooting pool, doing woodworking with his brother-in-law, Jim, and photography.

BONNIE MAY WATSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Bonnie May Watson, announces her passing on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital with family by her side. Bonnie had a long battle with many health issues and fought through them with mighty courage and a forever optimistic attitude until her last day at the age of 89.

LILLIAN JANE SAURER

It is with great sadness that the family of Lillian Jane Saurer announces her passing on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

Lillian was born on June 8, 1930 in Fairington, Ont. Her family followed the railroad, living in various communities in the Rainy River District.

It was during their time in Stratton that she met John Saurer. They were married on Jan. 12, 1951 and she settled into the role of wife and then mother.

They were stationed at the Rockcliffe for several years before returning to Stratton to help on the family farm.