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Obituaries

ELAINE MARGARET BENNELL

Angels wrapped their arms around Elaine Margaret Bennell on April 21, 2018 and reunited her with her husband, Clifford (2006), and her son, Dwayne (1975).

Left behind to cherish her memories are her children, Danny (Sue), Bonnie Lynn (Randy), Rick, Keith (Dana), Tammie (Cody), and Ted (Janice) and their families.

She also is survived by her sister, Verna Strong; brother, Minard Haney; and sisters-in-law, Violet Strom, Eva McClain, and Joanne Hutynuk.

Interment to be held at Prince George Cemetery on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 a.m.

SHIRLEY MARGARET AVIS

It is with great sadness the family of Shirley Avis announce her passing on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Mom was born on July 30, 1929 and lived her entire life in Fort Frances, Ont.

At her request, a celebration of her life will take place at a later date, with a private family interment.

A complete obituary will follow.

JORDAN ASHISH MECK

Jordan Ashish Meck, of Barwick, Ont., passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on April 25, 2018 at the age of one year, six months, and nine days.

He was born on Oct. 16, 2016 to Daryl and Rhoda (Martin) Meck.

Jordan brought a little bit of Heaven to his family during his short life here, and will be lovingly remembered for his sweet, endearing smiles that he gave freely to everyone—even though he often suffered discomfort and difficulty breathing because of his defective heart.

ARLEEN DORIS STEINKE

Arleen Doris Steinke (nee Jeffery) passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She leaves behind her husband, Jack; son, Robert (Gaye) and children, Meredith and Corey, of Vail, Colo.; daughter, Tammy (John) and children, Jaclyn of Calgary, Alta. and Jonathan (Nicci) Bock and great-granddaughter, Nora, of Edmonton, Alta.; son, Jeffery (Janice) and his children, Carly and Taylor, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and son, Patrick (Sherri) and her children, Tyler, Braeden, and Jaelyn, of Thunder Bay, Ont.

PAUL IVOR DALSEG

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Paul Ivor Dalseg at the age of 93.

He passed away peacefully, at home, with the loving care of family and caregivers.

Paul was born on the family farm in McInnes Creek, Spohn Township on Aug. 5, 1924.

His wife, Eleanor, with whom he shared a loving and blessed marriage for 50 years, predeceased him. He also was predeceased by his siblings, Harley, Norman, Melvin, Roy, and Judy.

SHIRLEY MAE GADD

Shirley Mae Gadd (nee Ahrens), 74, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

SHIRLEY MAE GADD

Shirley Mae Gadd (nee Ahrens), 74, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

FRANCES KEPES

We are saddened to announce the passing of Frances Kepes, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont., on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the age of 87.

Frances Marosi was born in Kislod, Hungary in 1931 to Johan and Elizabeth. She was an only child as her father and infant brother passed while she was very young.

CHARLES ('CHUCK') HARRISON

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Charles Harrison, 83, a former longtime resident of Barwick, Ont., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his residence in Fort Frances, Ont.

Chuck was born on Sept. 4, 1934 in Rossburn, Man. to Irwin and Blanche Harrison.

Chuck was passionate about watching sports, often challenging other sports enthusiasts to a small wager just for fun. He also loved to play cards, listen to classic country and western music, test his luck at casinos, and spend time with friends and family.

TRISTAN WEBB

It is with profound sadness the family announces the unexpected passing of our dear boy, Tristan Joseph Webb, age nine, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Tristan was born in Thunder Bay, Ont. on May 20, 2008. He came into the world early at 34 weeks and was a strong little fighter from the start.

He lived in Fort Frances for the first couple of years, then the family returned to Thunder Bay.

ALAN WENSLEY

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alan Cameron Wensley on Saturday, April 21, 2018, with his family by his side, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Alan was born on Dec. 21, 1938 in Emo, Ont. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Airforce and worked as an Aeroengine Technician at Camp Borden, Ont. It was there he met the love of his life and future wife, Bernice Dungey.

JUDY ANN COPENACE ('WAWATAY'-ATIK)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, Judy Ann Copenace, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Big Grassy First Nation.

Judy was born on Dec. 15, 1965 in Rainy River, Ont. to Daniel Copenace and Lillian Cochrane.

She was predeceased by her parents and older brother, Steven Copenace.

A traditional wake was held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 3 p.m. at the Big Grassy F.N. Hall, followed by a traditional service on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10 a.m., with Elder Harry Windigo officiating.

LESLIE CLARENCE HOWARTH

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Leslie Howarth, 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Leslie was born on Aug. 4, 1935 in Fort Frances to Cecil and Zelma Howarth.

He was an avid photographer, learning from his father over the years, and he often would be seen taking wedding pictures and at social events. He also enjoyed living the majority of his life at his family cabin on Rocky Inlet.

PAUL DAVID BEGIN

It is with deep sadness that the family of Paul David George Begin announces his sudden passing on Friday, April 20, 2108 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Paul was born on Aug. 8, 1942 in Fort William, Ont. to Cecilia and Adelord Begin. He grew up and attended school in Thunder Bay before moving away and settling in Fort Frances, where he lived until his passing.

JACQUELINE ROSTE

On March 31, 2018, Jackie Roste passed away peacefully at Grove Park Home in Barrie, Ont.

Mary Jacqueline Roste, known as Jackie and affectionately known as “Cookie” by her cousins and high school friends, was born on Aug. 13, 1941 in Macklin, Sask. to Grace (nee Crowe) and Jacob Shucard, along with brother, Gerald Schucard.

Shortly after Jackie's birth, the family moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where Jackie lived most of her life. It was in Fort Frances that Jackie met Wayne Roste and they were married.

PAUL DAVID BEGIN

Paul David Begin, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed way on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROGER GROUETTE

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Roger Grouette, who went peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the presence of his family at HSC.

Roger was predeceased by his parents, Marie Elizabeth Marguerite and Joseph Eduardo Grouette; brother, Edward Grouette; and sister, Doris Brown (Grouette).

He forever will be loved and remembered by his wife, Pamela Grouette; children, Crystallee (Dan), Allison (Matthew), and Aaron (Kacey); and grandchildren, Atticus, Michael, Eve, and William,

THOMAS CROWE

It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Crowe announces his passing on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tom was born on Dec. 13, 1919 to the late Fred and Agnes Crowe.

He was united in marriage to Harriet Jane (“Jean”) Willis on June 7, 1947.

After returning from WWII, he returned to his job at CN Rail. Tom loved the lake, though, so he left CN to take up guiding on Rainy Lake. Even after his eyesight began to fade, he still could navigate the lake better than most.

CLIFFORD RAYMOND NOBLE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Cliff Noble, 89, of Emo, Ont., on Wednesday, April 11 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Cliff was born on March 25, 1929 in Morley Township, Ont. to Clarence and Myrtle Noble.

Cliff worked in Marathon, Ont. for 30 plus years before retiring to Emo.

He loved his garden, most of which he generously gave away. He also loved going to garage and auction sales, probably more to meet people he knew and to visit although he did buy his share (old lamps and bone china teacups for Cindy).

ARLEEN DORIS STEINKE

Arleen Doris Steinke (nee Jeffery) passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She leaves behind her husband, Jack; son, Robert (Gaye) and children, Meredith and Corey, of Vail, Colo.; daughter, Tammy (John) and children, Jaclyn of Calgary, Alta. and Jonathan (Nicci) Bock and great-granddaughter, Nora, of Edmonton, Alta.; son, Jeffery (Janice) and his children, Carly and Taylor, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and son, Patrick (Sherri) and her children, Tyler, Braeden, and Jaelyn, of Thunder Bay, Ont.

STEWART CHARLES FIRTH

It is with great sadness that the family of Stewart Charles Firth announces his passing on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Stewart was born in Dewsbury Yorkshire England on Aug. 10, 1950 to Albert and Margaret Firth.

Though his heritage was half-English and half-Scottish, he loved his Scottish ancestry the most. Stewart especially enjoyed travelling to Scotland with his family for holidays.

Stewart came to Canada in 1976, and in 1980 met his sweetheart for life, Debra Elaine Pearse. Stewart and Debra were married on Aug. 13, 1983.

BETTY LOU LARSON (CROWE)

It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Lou Larson announces her passing, with family by her side, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Betty Lou was born on May 16, 1939 in Fort Frances to Fred and Agnes Crowe. She was the youngest of 11 children and her family grew as her siblings started their families.

Betty Lou loved spending time with her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

SHIRLEY DIANNE ELIZABETH (NELSON) LARSEN

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, our mother, wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Shirley Dianne Elizabeth Larsen, passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with loved ones by her side.

Shirley was 72. We are saddened by her passing but find comfort in knowing she has gone to her heavenly home to be reunited with her Heavenly Father, parents, family members, and dear friends.

BETTY LOU LARSON (CROWE)

It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Lou Larson announces her passing, with family by her side, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Betty Lou was born on May 16, 1939 in Fort Frances to Fred and Agnes Crowe. She was the youngest of 11 children and her family grew as her siblings started their families.

Betty Lou loved spending time with her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

ARLEEN STEINKE

Arleen Steinke, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.