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Obituaries

JOHN EDWARD HILL, P. Eng.

At home surrounded by family John Edward Hill passed away peacefully Oct. 30, 2019 after a very recent and aggressive cancer diagnosis.

He was the loved and loving husband of Donna (nee Wakeford); devoted father of Amanda (Peter) Pieda, Amy (John) Macaulay and Christina (James Lepp); cherished grandfather of Kayleigh, David and Stephanie Pieda; Jack, Owen and Nate Macaulay; and Victoria and Jonah Lepp.

DONNA (GOULIQUER) HANEY

With heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, mama, and sister, Donna Gail Haney, age 70, at La Verendrye Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 2 2019 with her loving family at her side..

Donna was born in Rainy River on Dec. 4, 1948, the fourth of 12 children to Art and Madeline Gouliquer of Atikokan, Ont.

Donna lived her life the way she wanted with love and compassion for the Salvation Army. Her dream happened the day she became a Soldier on April 22, 2018 and was called into glory. Her faith carried through each day.

JOEL RICHARD WALTON

Joel Richard Walton, 39, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joel was born on Oct. 13, 1980 in Fort Frances to Shelley Walton and Dwayne Morrison. He graduated high school in 2009.

A man who liked working with his hands, Joel was often working carpentry or construction.

MIREK CHOJKO-BOLEC

Mirek Chojko-Bolec passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, surrounded by the love of his family.

Mirek was born in London, England on March 18, 1951 and the family soon emigrated to Canada.

After initially settling in Chatham, Ont., the family established a homestead in Arbor Vitae, where Mirek grew up along with his siblings.

DORIS ANN 'DORIE' DENNIS

With family by her side Doris Ann “Dorie” Dennis passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

Dorie was born on Aug. 1, 1935 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Bo and Muriel Readman.

She was raised in Fort Frances before attending school in Thunder Bay to become a RNA.

She worked a short time, in Thunder Bay, before meeting Harold Dennis.

They were united in marriage on April 21, 1956 and together they started the Mine Centre Resort.

AMIL ALEXIUK Sr.

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Amil “Comozi” Alexiuk Sr. on Oct. 21, 2019, with his loving family by his side.

Amil was born in Saint Boniface, Man. on April 9, 1945 to Fred and Helen Alexiuk.

Amil's life revolved around his family. He was their “rock” and always had time to listen no matter how busy he was.

Amil was a very humble, hard-working man who put so much pride into everything he did.

He was a dedicated Toronto Maple Leafs fan who enjoyed spending time at his Chub Lake cabin and fishing with his family and friends.

TED JAMES ALLAN

It is with a heavy heart we say good bye to our father, husband, papa and friend who passed away peacefully at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba

He lived a long life of 84 years, many of which were a struggle after a stroke from diabetes in 1995. He was a fighter with unbelievable strength. 

He was the most gracious person who laughed out loud, cursed when needed, he listened intently and wasn't afraid to cry with you. 

He came into our lives a young man from a large family and adopted Sherri and Arlyce with an open heart.

EVELYN LOUISE FRARCK

Evelyn Louise Frarck passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with her husband by her side, in Mesa, Ariz.

Evelyn was born Jan. 26, 1937, in International Falls, Minn., to Blanche and Wesley Clark Manning.

She married Dennis Paul Frarck on Dec. 8, 1962, in International Falls.

Evelyn was an active part of the International Falls community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the area for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Wesley Manning; and her sister, Lala Hatch.

RUTH HALVERSON

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Ruth Lillian Halverson, 88, of Rainy River, Ont. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at the Rainy River Hospital.

Funeral arrangements pending.

A complete announcement to follow.

GORDIENA DRENNAN

Surrounded by family and friends, Gordiena “Gordie” Drennan passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home.

Gordiena Vesta Bell Hyatt was born June 11, 1932 in Devlin, Ont. to Gordon and Ella Hyatt.

Gordiena spent most of her life in the Rainy River district with the exception of her employment in Stratford, Ont. when she worked in the textile factory and when she attended Marvel Beauty School in Winnipeg, Man.

JO-ANNE HILL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandma, Jo-Anne Hill, age 68, at St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, with her loving family by her side.

Jo-Anne was born in Rainy River, Ont. on April 18, 1951, youngest daughter to Frank and Anne Tesarsky.

Her family relocated to Fort Frances when she was a senior in high school. It was there that she met the love of her life, Lester Hill. Following along her big sister's steps, Jo-Anne attended the LaVendrye Nursing Program where she received her RNA. '

RICHARD 'RICKY' THOMPSON

It is with profound sadness that the family of Richard “Ricky” Thompson announce his sudden passing on Oct. 21, 2019 at the age of 47.

Rick was born on Sept. 25, 1972 in Emo, Ont. to Doreen and Vernon Thompson. He lived his whole life in Emo.

Rick lived with a degenerative bone condition which prevented him from having long-term employment.

He tried hard not to let his condition stop him from helping out where needed and he was frequently found lending a hand to dad in his shop, as well as doing odd jobs for many other people in the community.

JOSEPH ASHBY PARKER

On Monday, October 14, 2019, Joseph Ashby Parker, age 51, passed away suddenly due to cardiac arrest while outdoors near his home north of Stratton, Ontario.

Joe was born December 4, 1967 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to the late Colonel Loren H. Reynolds of Clarenceville, Québec and Penelope (Parker) Reynolds of San Diego, California. Due to his father’s military career, Joe lived in a variety of places and moved frequently throughout his upbringing.

JOHN BODNARCHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of John Harold Bodnarchuk announces his sudden passing on Oct. 18, 2019 in Winnipeg, Man.

He was born on May 18, 1953 in Fort Frances, Ont. to John and Jessie Bodnarchuk.

In the summer of 1971, John met the love of his life, Cheryl. They were married in 1973 and were happily together for 46 years.

JOHN BODNARCHUK

John Bodnarchuk, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 in Winnipeg, Man.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

PHILLIP MITCHELL

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Phil “Flipper” Mitchell on Oct. 8, 2019.

Born on May 6, 1948 in Emo, Ont. to Adam and Ruth Mitchell, Phil has worked and lived most of his life in Emo.

Although he had many different jobs throughout his career his most favorite was being a grader operator for M.L Judson Trucking LTD.

Many a bush road was taken care of by Phil the best way he could. He sure didn't like it when he had to let someone else do it! And heaven forbid should someone have to drive his grader besides him!

JOHN (EDWIN) SLETMOEN

The family of John “Edwin” Sletmoen is saddened to announce his peaceful passing on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, with Sybil, his wife of 67 years, by his side.

Edwin was born on May 19, 1930 in Rainy River, Ont. to Ole and Margaret (Johnson) Sletmoen, the eldest of three sons.

He spent his childhood on the family farm at McInnis Creek.

As a teenager, he went to work with his uncle, Egil, learning the carpenter's trade, which became his life's work.

JO-ANNE HILL (TESARSKY)

It is with great sadness that the family of Jo-Anne Hill (nee Tesarsky) announce her passing on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A celebration of life of will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

BERTRAM LAWRENCE SMEETH

It is with great sadness that the family of Bertram Lawrence Smeeth announces his passing on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Bert was diagnosed with multiple myeloma eight years ago, and through treatment and determination, we were blessed with a few more good years with him.

Bert was born on May 4, 1926 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Jesse and Maude Smeeth (Carnduff).

He attended Robert Moore School and Fort Frances High School. When Bert was 18 years old he enlisted in the army and took his basic training in Winnipeg, Man.

BERTRAM LAWRENCE SMEETH

It is with great sadness that the family of Bertram Lawrence Smeeth announces his passing on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances with Peggy Mason officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

HARRY PRINCE WINDEGO Ogiimabitung Makwa Clan

It is with great sorrow that the family of Harry Prince Windego announces his sudden passing on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Harry was born on Nov. 4, 1947 in Naicatchewenin First Nation to Alfred Prince and Mae Councillor.

He lived in Naicatchewenin most of his life before moving to Mitaanjiigaming First Nation.

As a young man he loved being surrounded by nature; working in the great outdoors filled his heart with peace.

RODNEY HENRY LANGE

It is with great sadness that the family of Rodney Henry Lange announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Rod was born on Jan. 28, 1959 in Emo, Ont. to Henry and Mary Lange. He lived in Stratton most of his life. He worked as a mechanic and was well respected with in his trade. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was meticulous in everything he did.

CHARLES GATE

Charles Edward Gate passed away on Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, at the Rainy River Health Centre surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born May 17, 1932 in Bergland, Ont. The eldest of 12 siblings, Chuck learned to work hard and take responsibility at a young age.

He began working away from home at age 14, helping his Grandfather and Grandmother Broman at Miles Bay Camp.

At age 16, his father, Cecil Gate, took him to get a guide license and he began guiding out of Clark and Crombies Resort.

HARRIS WILSON

With heavy hearts, the family of Harris Wilson announce his passing at La Verendrye General Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.

Harris was born on Oct. 28, 1939 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was blessed to be the chosen son of the late Ewart and Hazel Wilson.

Harris met his love and best friend, Marlene (nee Mills) in 1964 and united in marriage on Sept. 4, 1965, just celebrating 54 years of marriage.

Harris was proud to serve 26 years in the Town of Fort Frances with the Fort Frances Police Force, retiring in 1995 as acting chief of police.