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Obituaries

SYLVIA ANN OSTBY

As Carol Burnett would say, “The time has come to say goodbye.”

I was born Sylvia Ann Green in Emo, Ont., on April 26, 1939 to Harold and Marie Green. I grew up in Fort Frances and graduated from Fort Frances High School.

I married Ron Eggett. He and I had two children, John Guy and Jodi Marie.

We moved to St. Paul and then to Sacramento, California then to Lake Oswego, Oregon then to Vancouver.

After 25 years, Ron and I went our separate ways, I moved back to Fort Frances and lived with my mom, we had many great years together.

CHRISTINE LOWEY

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Christine Lowey, 91, of Alberton Township, Ont. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Full announcement to follow.

CONSTANCE MARILLA CUNNINGHAM-ELIAS

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Constance (Connie) Marilla Cunningham-Elias on Aug. 28, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Connie was the eldest child of James and Margaret Daw, followed by her brother, Stuart, and her sister, Bonnie.

Her family was the most important thing to Connie. Born and raised in Rainy River District, she enjoyed spending her time outside gardening and being in her flower garden. She loved her horses and her cat, Cleo.

HELENA SOKIL

While surrounded by love and prayers, our family's matron, Helena Sokil passed away at Hospice Renfrew on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2019. She was 81.

Helena is the beloved wife of the late John Sokil; and dearly loved and devoted mother of Judy Rempel of Winnipeg, Abe Deroche of Thunder Bay, Jeannie Doerkson and Jeannette Small, both of Fort Frances, Richard Sawatsky (late Mary) of Thunder Bay, and Lloyd Walker and Diane Walker (Garry Mills), both of Renfrew.

She is predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Welsh.

ANN OSTBY

Ann Ostby, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

VIRGINIA ROSE SLOWE

Virginia Rose Slowe, 90, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1929 in Bagley, Mn. to Carl and Grace Norlander.

Shortly after the war, she met Clifford Slowe and they were married on Oct. 11, 1949.

They moved all over the U.S. until settling at Bear's Pass. They enjoyed the lake life for over 30 years, spending many days in the garden and blueberry picking.

Gin was a master seamstress‚;she worked at Betty's briefly and her welding caps were sought after right across Canada.

RICHARD 'RICK' BOURRE

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Richard “Rick” Bourre, our son, father, grandpa, friend and life partner. Rick was born in Chapleau, Ont. on Aug. 17, 1968 to Douglas and Linda Bourre.

At age five, the family moved to Rainy River, Ont. and this is where Rick would really make his mark on the world.

ARCHIE POTSON Jr.

It is with great sadness that the family of Archie Potson Jr. announces his passing on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at his home in Seine River First Nation.

Archie was born on June 10, 1981 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Archie and Geraldine Potson. He lived in Seine River First Nation most of his life. He worked as a firefighter before returning to school to study anthropology at Lakehead University.

Archie had a zest for learning and would study everything that interested him.

LARRY BUFFINGTON

It is with sad hearts that the family of Larry Buffington, 89, announces his peaceful passing on Aug. 20, 2019.

Larry was born in Miscampbell on Oct. 10, 1929 to Twila and Lorenzo Buffington.

In 1951 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Doreen, and they made their home in Fort Frances.

They enjoyed 67 happy years of marriage. Larry was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He spent most of his working career at the local paper mill.

DOUGLAS ALAN HODGE

The world became a little less on Aug. 24, 2019, when Doug lost his courageous six-year battle with cancer.

Born on Dec. 30, 1944 in Emo, Ont., Doug forged a trail of laughter, friendship, and love from coast to coast (with a few international spots in between).

LORINA 'LORI' EVELYN PEDERSON (ROY)

It is with great sadness the family of Lorina “Lori” Pederson (nee Roy) of Smithers B.C., announce her passing on the morning of Aug. 19, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with MS.

Lori was born to Leonard and Karina Roy May 28, 1958 in Atikokan, Ont. She attended school in both Atikokan and Fort Frances.

Lori was a quiet, gentle soul whose beautiful smile could melt the snowcaps from the mountains.

JANE MARY SNOW

Jane Mary Snow, age 77 years, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jane was born Nov. 28, 1941 in Fort Frances, the youngest daughter of Joseph and Irene Unger. She enjoyed her early days playing with her older sister and younger brothers and loved playing tricks on them.

She graduated from Fort Frances High School and during that time, she asked Herb Snow to be her Sadie Hawkins date, a date that never ended.

JANE SNOW

Jane Snow passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

JOHN EARL PATTERSON

John Earl Patterson, 93, of International Falls, Minnesota, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls.

John was born on July 7, 1926 to John A. and Jennie (McNevin) Patterson at the Northern Minnesota Hospital in International Falls. He was raised in Devlin and Burris, Ont. communities.

NANCY ANN GREEN

Nancy Ann Green passed away quietly with family by her side on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care after an unexpected illness.

Nancy was born in International Falls, Mn. on April 20, 1936.

Nancy grew up in Fort Frances attending school and completing her high school at Balmoral Hall in Winnipeg. A short time later, Nancy completed her professional training at Success Business College in Winnipeg.

ROBERT NORMAN (BOB) CRAWFORD

Robert Norman Crawford, 62, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Bob was born on Sept. 30, 1957 in Powassan, Ont. to the late Cye and Ina Crawford.

He attended the Algoma Highlands School as a young man. Bob drove truck all over Canada before settling in Fort Frances in 2005.

While here, he worked for various trucking companies including Hiekki Lampi, Mel DeGagne, Witherspoons and Claude Jodoin. He ran the Kitchen Table Restaurant for two years.

DALE LUDGER AUGUST DUVAL

It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Dale Duval, 54, of Lake of the Woods Twp, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

Dale was born Jan. 7, 1965 in St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Man. to parents Dominic and Beverly Duval.

In 1990, the family moved from Winnipeg to Atikokan, Ont. then relocated to a small farm in Lake of the Woods Twp.

Dale had a great love for the outdoors, fishing, gardening, tending to the lawn, video games and listening to music where among some of things he loved to do.

PATRICIA JURIVEE (MAINVILLE) Oct. 1949-Aug. 2019

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Patricia Jurivee (nee Mainville) of Couchiching First Nation announce her sudden passing at the young age of 69 on Saturday, Aug. 3 at La Verendrye Hospital.

She passed peacefully after her valiant battle with illness and was surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents, Betty and Walter, as well as her beloved daughter, Tammy Lyon, sister, Diana and brother, Dale.

SHARON ANN STRACHAN

After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Sharon Ann Strachan, 69, passed away peacefully with her husband and daughters by her side on Aug. 17, 2019.

Sharon was born June 21, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ontario to Clifford and Amelia Bruyere. Sharon grew up in a large family on Couchiching First Nation with numerous sisters and brothers.

Sharon married Murray on April 27, 1968 at Our Lady of Lourdes on Couchiching First Nation. They had a son, Craig, who passed away at a young age in a tragic accident.

DAVID YERXA

It is with great sadness that the family of David Yerxa announces his passing on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in Kenora.

A traditional wake will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 from 5 p.m. at the Couchiching First Nation Multi Use Building followed with a traditional funeral service in the morning of Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

A complete obituary will follow.

KATHLEEN LOUISE (CHANDLER) ADVENT

It is with great sadness the family of Kathleen Louise Advent, 95, of Rainy River, Ont., announce her passing at the Rainy River Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 with her family by her side.

Kay was born January 30, 1924 in Pinewood, Ont., to parents Fanny and Thomas Chandler.

She attended school in Pinewood to Grade 8. She loved school and was an avid learner and was always up on current affairs. She then worked as a housekeeper and nanny for numerous families in the area.

NANCY ANN GREEN

Nancy Ann Green passed away quietly with family by her side on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care after an unexpected illness.

Nancy was born in International Falls, Mn. on April 20, 1936.

Nancy grew up in Fort Frances attending school and completing her high school at Balmoral Hall in Winnipeg. A short time later, Nancy completed her professional training at Success Business College in Winnipeg.