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EDWINA JEANNE ('EDDIE') FRENETTE

Edwina Jeanne (“Eddie”) Frenette, 91, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday morning, Jan. 20, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Eddie was born just before the Depression of the 1930s in Manitoba. In 1955, she moved to Fort Frances with her husband, Joe Frenette, and children and spent the next 30 years teaching while raising her four children.

GREG PERREAULT

After a courageous six-year battle with cancer, and with his family by his side, Greg Perreault left this world and joined his children and family in Heaven on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in Winnipeg, Man.

Greg was born on Sept. 15, 1952 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Greg moved his family to Hinton, Alta. to work for the St. Regis Paper Mill. They spent seven years there until they returned home in 1984 to Fort Frances, and then made their forever home when they moved to Couchiching First Nation in 1990 to the house he built for his family.

JOHN HAZEL SR.

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of John Ronald Hazel Sr. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, with his family by his side, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

John was born on Sept. 28, 1932 in Dauphin, Man.

At the age of seven, he took the train with his mother, Pauline, to Fort Frances. At the age of nine, he was adopted by Jack Hazel.

CLAY CHERNASKE

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Clay Chernaske on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Clay was an amazing husband, dad, brother, son, and son-in-law who was loved, is missed tremendously, and always will be remembered and cherished.

Clay was born on Oct. 14, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Philip Chernaske and Dini Radstake. He moved to B.C. with his parents in 1982, where he became an electrician.

He also was talented in many other areas, including stonework, tiling, and woodworking, among others.

DAN JONES (Gaagigebines) (Bizhiwan odoodeman)

Gaagigebines, Dan Jones, 58, began his journey in his home community of Nigigoonsiminikaaaning First Nation, Ont. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, and friend, he will be greatly missed by his family and Anishinaabe country.

He was born on Nov. 6, 1959 at Eltrut Lake, Ont., the son of John Sr. and Nancy Jones.

Dan married Gail Allen on Feb. 14, 1984 and they celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing.

CLAY CHERNASKE

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Clay Chernaske on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Clay was an amazing husband, dad, brother, son, and son-in-law who was loved, is missed tremendously, and always will be remembered and cherished.

Clay was born on Oct. 14, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Philip Chernaske and Dini Radstake. He moved to B.C. with his parents in 1982, where he became an electrician.

He also was talented in many other areas, including stonework, tiling, and woodworking, among others.

DANIEL JONES

Daniel Jones, of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A traditional wake will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation gymnasium.

A traditional funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at 10 a..m. at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation gymnasium.

A complete obituary will follow.

REV. MICHAEL HENRY MITCHELL

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of the Rev. Michael Henry Mitchell on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Born in Halifax, N.S. on June 3, 1953, Michael was the son of the late John Alfred Mitchell and Ruth Josephine Mitchell.

Michael first served in the Roman Catholic Church with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and was ordained as a deacon in 1979 and as a priest in 1980. The early years of his ministry were spent in Ontario in the parishes of Hamilton and Fort Frances.

JAMES HARVOLD BROW

It is with great sadness that the family of James Harvold Brow announces the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

James “Jim” Brow passed away peacefully one week after his 82nd birthday.

Jim was born on Jan. 6, 1936 in Prince Albert, Sask. to John and Inga Brow. He had an older sister, Trudy, and a younger brother, Jackie.

WARREN LOVEDAY

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Warren Loveday, 54, of Emo, Ont., on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Warren was born on Sept. 23, 1963 to Beatrice and Lawrence Loveday.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening, and he worked for many years at the Dave Burt Sawmill in Sioux Narrows, Ont.

ISABEL MARIE WATTS (NEE GIBSON)

With great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Isabel Watts, of Chapple Township, Ont., at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at the age of 71.

Isabel was born on Oct. 9, 1946 in Emo, Ont. to Harold and Pansy Gibson.

She graduated from Grade 13 with high honours in 1964 from Fort Frances High School. She started her working career after graduation at Larrson's Camp in Nestor Falls, Ont., where she worked until she was united in marriage to John Watts on July 14, 1967 at the Off Lake United Church.

LYNN KEHLER

Lynn Kehler passed away, surrounded by the love of family and friends, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Lynn was born in Indiana to Herman and Maureen Bryant on Nov. 14, 1934.

Her family lived between Indiana and Kentucky in her early years. Her teenage years were spent in California, where she became an avid equestrian and talented pianist.

LILA MARIE WEIR

Lila Marie Weir passed away peacefully, after a long and well-lived life, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

She was born on Dec. 9, 1921 to Tyyne and Frank Petersen, the first of four sisters, in New Finland, Sask.

Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where her siblings were born and where Lila spent the rest of her life.

As a young woman, she met Ed Weir, whom she married on March 22, 1942. She then had to endure a long and scary wait for Ed to return from Europe and his service in WW II.

REECE THOMAS ALLISON

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Reece Allison, 49, of Morley Township, Ont., and formerly of Winnipeg, Man., at his residence on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Reece was born on Nov. 23, 1968 to Thomas and Denise Allison.

Reece worked at several jobs, including producing ice surfaces for curling and hockey rinks, as well as tending to several golf courses over the years.

He enjoyed playing and watching curling.

Reece will be greatly missed by his family and friends here in Stratton and Manitoba.

LYNN KEHLER

Lynn Kehler passed away, surrounded by the love of family and friends, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Lynn was born in Indiana to Herman and Maureen Bryant on Nov. 14, 1934.

Her family lived between Indiana and Kentucky in her early years. Her teenage years were spent in California, where she became an avid equestrian and talented pianist.

JACK THOMSON

After a brief illness and with his family by his side, the family of Jack Edward Thomson announces his passing on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jack was born on March 21, 1964 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Elgin and Audrey Thomson.

Jack leaves behind his loving wife, Marla; son, Jason (Tara); grandchildren, Treydon, Ashtyn, Caleb, and Kira; sisters, Sheryl Laverdure (Fred) and Lana Thomson; sister-in-law, Bev Thomson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

JAMES (JIM) BROW

Jim Brow passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

EDWARD MORNEAU

Edward Morneau, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

LYNN KEHLER

Lynn Kehler passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A private graveside service will be held.

FRANK KORB

Frank Korb, 80, of the Northwood Lodge in Red Lake Ont., and formerly of Stratton, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Frank was born in Morley Township, Ont. on July 11, 1937 to Anthony and Theresa Korb.

Frank began working in the bush at a young age with his father and older brother in addition to farming. As years went on, he would work at numerous jobs, including Tolen's, while farming and logging with his brother, Rueben.

He also worked for a time out west but always preferred to stay close to home.

JOAN KAY MURRAY

Joan Kay Murray, 79, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1938 in Littlefork, Mn. to Carl and Mildred Blom.

The Blom family grew up in Big Falls, Mn. until 1938, when it moved to Carp, then Baudette, Mn.

In 1956, Joan was united in marriage to Theodore “Pat” Murray at First Lutheran Church in Baudette and they had three daughters together during their 25-year union.

GLENDA JANET OSTER

Glenda Janet Oster was born in Kenora, Ont. on March 4, 1957, one of seven children born to John and Elaine Halley.

She received her education up to Grade 10 in Kenora, after which she worked in housekeeping for a fly-in camp.

After moving to Devlin, Ont. area, she married Murray Oster on Jan. 30, 1976.

MYTRO 'SVET' WOWCHUK

It is with great sadness we mourn the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Mytro “Svet” Wowchuk, who passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd, 2018 at the age of 85.

He was born in Gardenton, Man. on March 30, 1932 to Andrew and Rose Wowchuk (nee Kawulia). The family moved to Fort Frances, Ont. when Svet was a young boy and he remained here throughout his life.

HARVEY LARSON

Harvey Larson, 86, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

A service will be held Feb. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. (EST) at the Pioneer Centre in Atikokan, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOHN 'JANOS' KOLES

John “Janos” Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 with his family by his side.

John was born on April 13, 1927 in Napkor, Hungary and immigrated to Canada in 1957, settling in Fort Frances.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Vasadi on Aug. 10, 1972.

John worked as a logger here in Rainy River District until he retired in 1977.