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JENNIFER LYNN YVONNE MAINVILLE Gizizahebaanungook, Anangoons Awasii Clan

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Jennifer Lynn Yvonne Mainville announce her passing on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jennifer was born on June 28, 1986 in Fort Frances, Ont. She grew up in Couchiching First Nation and Fort Frances. After graduating high school she lived in Calgary, Lac La Croix and then Thunder Bay before returning to her community. 

She studied and graduated from the Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Program with her brother in 2008. Jen was very proud of this accomplishment. 

ROSE MAY BOLZAN

Rose May Bolzan, 96, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2019.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. Parish Prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

CAROL JOYCE CLIFFORD

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Carol Joyce Clifford on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Rainy River Health Centre, with her loving family by her side.

Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer two short months ago. She fought a courageous battle and always said, “I am okay.”

Mom was born March 12, 1945 in Rainy River to Fred and Vivian Hartnell. She was the eldest of 10 children. Mom grew up in Blue Township in the summers and Harris Hill in the winters until mom was in Grade 5 when her family stayed year round in Blue.

HUGH CHARLES MASSON

It is with sadness that the family of Hugh Charles Masson announces his passing on Monday, March 25, 2019 in Crystal City, Man. at the age of 92.

Hugh was born in Pilot Mound, Man. on April 1, 1926. The family resided in Wood Bay, Man. until the passing of his father that same year, at which time the family returned to reside permanently in Pilot Mound.

He told stories of walking the family cow into town for milking, and back out again in the morning. As well as the many, many games of checkers he played with his mother.

JOHN GERLEY

It is with great sadness that the family of John Gerley announces his passing on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

John was born on Jan. 31, 1928 in Paks, Hungary to Istvan and Zsuzsanna Gerlei.

He came to Canada in 1952, first working the tobacco fields before finding work logging. He stayed in the logging industry for a few years and then became a machinist.

He worked for the local paper mill, in Fort Frances, for many years before retiring at 65.

JOSEPH (JOE) PALDIO

It's with deep sadness the family of Joe Paldio announce his peaceful passing on Monday, March 25, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after a courageous battle with cancer, with his nephew Mark by his side.

Joe was born in Szucs, Hungary on Oct. 23, 1924 to Joseph and Elizabeth Paldio. In 1934, with his mother and older brother, William (Willie), they immigrated to Canada and settled north of Pinewood, Ont. in Sutherland Township where his father had started the family homestead. It is there in 1939 where his sister Elizabeth (Betty) was born.

EDITH JACQUELINE AGNES AUNGIERS RAWLINS

It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Edith Rawlins announces that she peaceful was promoted to glory (passing) on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Edith was born on July 27, 1927 to John and Florence Rawlins in Halifax, N.S.

She moved across Canada to Vancouver, B.C. in 1945, pursuing a career as a teacher. She taught in the Anglican Church, as well as at elementary schools in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

LILLIAN ARMSTRONG

The family of Lillian (Bakkon) Armstrong are saddened to announce her passing on Friday, March 29, 2019. She is finally at peace after a long, hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mom was born on Aug. 12, 1930 in Fort Frances. She married the love of her life Gerard (Gerry) Armstrong in 1953.

They were blessed with five children, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

JOHN GERLEY

It is with great sadness that the family of John Gerley announces his passing on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont. with Father Alan Albao officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

LOTTIE MARIA WHITEFIELD

The family of Lottie Whitefield are saddened to announce her passing on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Lottie was born on Dec. 3, 1923 in Bergland, Ont., the youngest child of Alfred and Kristina Peterson-Edberg. Lottie was born at the family homestead in their little cabin that they lived in while re-locating their house from about three miles back on the property to a location closer to where the road would be. A midwife came to help with the birth while her brothers waited in the barn.

MARGARETHA (MARGARET) HEYENS

It is with profound sadness that the Heyens family announces the loss of our matriarch, Margaretha (Margaret) Heyens, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances with her devoted and loving family by her side.

Mom was born on May 20, 1925 in Hengstdijk, Holland.

Mom and Dad were married on April 19, 1949 and immigrated immediately to Canada. They came with next-to-nothing to a strange country and Mom taught herself English by reading newspapers, always a baby on her hip and one on the way.

STANLEY ROSS PERRY

It is with great sadness that the family of Ross Perry announces his passing on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ross was born on Jan. 1, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Stan and Mae Perry. He grew up in Fort Frances and made this community his home. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, and he loved to play and watch hockey.

TANYA DENISE ANDY ('Waa-Saa-Gii-Zha-Gok')

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Tanya Denise Andy, 37, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A traditional wake will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4 p.m. at the Big Grassy First Nation Community Hall, followed by a traditional service on Thursday March 28, 2019 at 10 a.m.

A complete obituary will follow.

SHARON LEA JOLICOEUR

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Sharon Lea Jolicoeur, 78, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Sharon was born on May 30, 1940 in Fort Frances to Agnes (nee Kerr) and Harvey Strain. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Jolicoeur, and together they raised their seven children.

SYLVIA FLORENCE McLELLAN

The family of Sylvia McLellan would like to announce her passing on Friday, March 22, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Sylvia was born on May 21, 1933 in Winnipeg, Man. to Antoine and Sis LaRoque. As a young woman, she worked for the Red Indian Lodge in Sioux Narrows, Ont.

She was married to Ormal McLellan and they settled in Ear Falls, Ont. to raise their two boys. After Ormal's passing, she moved to Fort Frances, working at Gramma's Pizza and The Pizza Connection.

JOE PALDIO

It is with great sadness that the family of Joe Paldio announces his peaceful passing on Monday, March 25, 2019.

A complete obituary will follow.

LOTTIE WHITEFIELD

Lottie Whitefield, 95, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

DOUGLAS MURRAY WITHERSPOON

It is with great sadness the family of Doug Witherspoon announces his passing at his residence on Thursday, March 14, 2019 with his children at his side at the age of 66.

Doug was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on April 9, 1952 to William (Bill) and Bernice Witherspoon. He was the youngest of four children and lived all of his life in the Devlin, Ont. area.

Doug married Laurie Carlson (Lindberg) on July 22, 1972 and together they raised three children, Cheri, Kristi, and William (Billy) in Devlin.

WILLIAM HENRY ('WILLIE') ALMERS

It is with great sadness that the family of Willie Almers announces his passing, at the age of 97, on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Willie was born on Jan. 5, 1922 in Morson, Ont. to the late John and Nora Almers.

At the age of 13, he started running boats and doing some guiding. At the age of 18, he left the lake and enrolled into the Canadian Army. He served overseas, spending time in Germany and Normandy as a field medic.

ARVILLA 'BILLIE' DEGELMAN (SCHICKLING)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and sister, Arvilla (“Billie”) Virginia Degelman, age 90, on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Victoria, B.C. with her daughters at her side.

Arvilla was born in Popple, Mn. on May 2, 1928 and grew up in International Falls, Mn.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; parents, Esther (Grier) and Harry Schickling; sister, Ione Boomgaarden; niece, Joanne Boomgaarden; niece, Debbie Anderson; and half-brother, Oliver Hallin.

BETTY MAE SIEGEL

Betty Mae Siegel, 80, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the South Health Campus Hospital in Calgary, Alta.

Interment will take place in Emo, Ont. at a later date.

Betty was born on April 21, 1938 in Emo to Oswald and Mabel Cameron.

Betty was married to Werner Siegel on March 1, 1968; they were married 51years.

WILLIAM JAMES ('BUD') MOORE

Bud Moore, loving husband of Joyce for 58 years, as well as father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the age of 81 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ont. after a sudden and unexpected illness.

Bud was born to John Mortimer (Jip) and Olive Jane (Wilson) Moore on Dec. 18, 1937 in Sudbury, Ont., spending much of his childhood in his much-beloved Barwick, Ont.

He was married to Joyce Bonus on Aug.13, 1960.

Bud was father to John and Shelley; proud grandpa to Joseph (son of Andre and Shelley); and step-grandpa Wow to Katelynn.

SANDRA NAULT

Sandra Faye Weston Nault, 65, passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at her home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born to Hildor and Mae Estella Weston in Baudette, Mn. on May 17, 1953 and grew up in South International Falls by the Holler School.

While attending Falls Senior High School, Sandra participated in the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) playing softball and volleyball. She proudly passed on her love of these sports to her daughter, Ashley.

Sandra graduated from Falls High School with the Class of 1971.