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EVA MARIE MATTSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Eva Mattson announces her passing on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Eva was born on Aug. 17, 1937 to Joseph and Irene Unger in Fort Frances.

She was united in marriage to Jack Mattson on June 15, 1957. Together they raised two boys, John and Dan.

Eva was a member of the Grey Nuns Association and enjoyed volunteer work at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. She was well-known and appreciated for her quiet books. She made and donated 105 of them during her tenure.

EVA MARIE MATTSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Eva Mattson announces her passing on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROSIE WAGNER

Surrounded by her loved ones, Rosemarie Wagner (nee Rizzo) passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Rosemarie was born on Aug. 13, 1955 to Frank and Jennie Rizzo. She grew up in Fort Frances, Ont., the middle of five children.

Laughter always came easily to Rose (or Rosie to many). She often took to Facebook to start the day sharing her positive outlook on life, with thoughts as to how wonderful the world was, and would end the day with a sign-off spreading love.

KEVIN WILFRED MORRISSEAU

Kevin Morrisseau, 47, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church at Couchiching First Nation, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JUDITH (JUDY) PLANT

It is with tremendous sadness and respect we say goodbye to Judith Pearl Plant (nee Joskow). Judy passed away, with her family by her side, on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Thunder Bay, Ont. at the age of 68.

Judy was born to Pearl and Jack Joskow on July 4, 1949 in Fort Frances, Ont. She grew up in Atikokan, Ont. and married Roy Plant out of high school. Together, they spent the better part of their life together raising their daughters, chasing fishing hot spots, and creating beautiful gardens at their home on Gilbert Lake.

JASON KELLY ('DANGER') OTTERTAIL JR.

It is with great sadness that the family of Jason Kelly Ottertail Jr. announces his passing on Monday, March 5, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jason was born on Feb. 24, 1995 to Jason Ottertail Sr. and Shannon Morrison.

He grew up in Devlin, Ont. and played hockey as a young boy. He also enjoyed rap music and cheering on the Washington Capitals.

He moved to Thunder Bay this past fall looking for a fresh start.

JAKE (GERARD JEROME) DeGAGNE

It is with great sorrow the family of Jake DeGagne, of Red Deer, Alta., announces his sudden passing on Saturday, March 3, 2018, one day after attending his brother Raymond's funeral in Fort Frances, Ont., near where Jake was born and raised on the farm near Devlin, Ont.

A celebration of Jake's life will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Red Deer Legion (2810 Bremner Ave.)

He was born on March 29, 1947 to Ulysse and Emilia DeGagne, the seventh of their 12 children.

SYMEN (SIMON) CRANS

With heavy hearts, we sadly announce that Symen Crans passed way at his home in Emo, Ont. on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Symen was born in the Netherlands on Dec. 26 1945 to Dirk and Reintje Crans.

At a young age, Symen moved to Canada with his parents and younger sister, Rithe. After their sister, Tineke, was a born, the two sisters and parents moved back to Holland while Symen stayed in Canada.

CATHY TUCKER

With her loving husband, Tim, by her side, Cathy Tucker (nee Marr) passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after a courageous battle with cancer.

Cathy was born on Dec. 13,1960 to the late Muriel and Jack Marr. She was raised in Fort Frances with her nine siblings, and made Fort Frances home for her entire life.

If anyone ever needed a smile, hug, words of encouragement, or even just a laugh, she was always there. Her kindness and loving ways will be remembered and missed by many.

MARGARET ALICE KRUGER

It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Alice Kruger announces her passing on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the age of 89.

Margaret leaves behind her children, Stan (Mary Jane) Kruger, Karen (Bill) Adamson, Gary (Linda) Kruger, Karl Kruger, Marilyn (Ian) Murray, Jane (Alan) Mintenko, Kurt Kruger, and Laurie (Tony) Pedreira.

JAMES BODEN LOWEY

It brings us great sadness and broken hearts to announce the death of our dear husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, James Boden Lowey, 85, who passed away peacefully at home with his family on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont.

James was born on March 17, 1932 to Gladys and Wilfred Lowey at McKenzie Hospital in Fort Frances. He attended McIrvine Elementary School and Fort Frances High School.

He married the love of his life, Christine Vanderhorst, on Oct. 19,1953 and together they raised their three sons.

SILVIA GUNDERSON

With heavy hearts, we sadly announce that, surrounded by her loving family and friends, Silvia Elaine Gunderson (nee Hayward) passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Silvia was born in Winnipeg, Man. on Jan. 16, 1943 and grew up in Minaki, Ont., where she gained a love of the outdoors knowing how to hunt and fish by the time she was eight years old.

In 1966, Silvia married her best friend, Glen, and together they had four children: Heather (Butch Wensley), Kirsten, Karl (Lynda), and Von (Cara).

MICHAEL EDWARD ELYK

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Michael Edward Elyk, on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the age of 84.

He was predeceased by his second wife, Bernice.

Mike is survived by his first wife, Judy Engelman, and their seven children, Jeff (Pam) of Calgary, Alta., Brad (Candi) of Dryden, Ont., Liz Gagne (Robin) of Vermilion Bay, Ont., Charlene Roy (Raymond) of Kelowna, B.C., Shelley Moncrief of Kenora, Ont., Warren of Winnipeg, Man., and Marty of Fort Frances, Ont.

LOUIS (LOU) NICHOLSON

It is with great pride that we celebrate the life of Louis (Lou) Nicholson of Rainy River, Ont.

Lou passed away on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at the long-term care centre in Rainy River after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Lou was born on May 7, 1941 in Renous, N.B. to Ambrose and Janie (Buggie) Nicholson. Arriving as the sixth of 12 children, Lou was one of the more mischievous of the pack, raised in the midst of a raucous and loving family.

MELVIN GEORGE CLARK

It is with sadness that the family of Melvin George Clark announces his passing on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Melvin was born on March 21, 1927 in Dobie Township, Ont. to Fred and Josephine Clark.

He farmed in Rainy River District, as well as worked for Mando. He also helped his brother-in-law, Ken Munn, with carpentry work and construction.

He enjoyed trapping along Lawrence Lake, hunting, and fishing.

GARY DAVID ALLAN

David passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at the age of 83.

Loving husband of C. Elizabeth Allan and dear brother of Herbert Lynn Allan (Shirley), Joan Baggiore, and Evril Parks.

David also will be remembered by his nieces and nephews.

He was a dedicated teacher and vice-principal in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Cremation has taken place and interment will take place in Emo, Ont. on a later date.

SILVIA GUNDERSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Silvia Gunderson announces her passing on Friday, March 2, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

LAURIE NORRIS

Laurie Jimmy Norris, 69, passed on peacefully, with family by side, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

He was born on June 21, 1948 to Jim and Lorraine Norris in Emo, Ont.

He joined the Canadian Army as a Royal Canadian Engineer's craftsman. Following his service with the army, he became a Master Electrician and was a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 402 Thunder Bay.

RAYMOND DEGAGNE

It is with great sorrow that the family of Raymond DeGagne announces his passing on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1942 in Fort Frances to Ulysse and Emilia DeGagne, one of a dozen children, growing up on the family farm in Devlin, Ont.

He worked hard all of his life, driving tow truck, delivering milk, building cabinets, and fixing hydraulics. He was employed at the local papermill for more than 30 years, starting on the paper machines and retiring as a master journeyman pipefitter.

JOHN PATRICK (JACK) HOGAN

Peacefully, with family by his side, Jack Hogan passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1941 in Fort Frances to Edmund and Helen Hogan.

He leaves behind his children, Randy (Connie), Rick (Twila), and Jackie (Chris), and special friend, Kathy; grandchildren, Brody and Brayden Hogan, Nathan Hogan, and Ethan and Joclyn Armit; great-grandchild, Charlie Armit; and numerous nieces and nephews.

THERESA MARGARET DIRK

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Theresa Dirk announces her passing on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Theresa was born on Nov. 23, 1940 in Fort Frances to the late Joseph and Alice Lambert. She lived in Fort Frances all her life.

She was united in marriage to Wes Dirk on June 16, 1977.

She worked as a bartender for many years both at the golf course and the old curling club, enjoying her time with her customers. She also worked at NCDS for several years.

RAEANNE BETHEL GODDING

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our precious little girl, Rae, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

She passed suddenly in her sleep.

Rae was born in Ottawa, Ont. on Oct. 16, 2015 to Miranda (nee Miller) and Andrew Godding. She was the light of our lives and we will forever cherish our memories together.

Much-loved granddaughter to her grandparents, Denise and Bob Miller of Fort Frances, Ont.; grandparents, Lynn and Rick Godding of Ottawa, Ont.; and great-grandmothers, Corinne Godding of Ottawa, Ont. and Margaret Britt of Victoria, B.C.

EILEEN SULLIVAN

It is with great sorrow that the family of Eileen Sullivan, 84, announces her peaceful passing on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 with her family by her side.

Eileen was born on Jan. 1, 1934 in Rainy River, Ont., where she met and married her soulmate Alan.

While growing up, she was quite active in sports and was an avid baseball fan. She especially loved fishing and camping, spending her summers at Lake of the Woods with her family and many friends.

DUSTY ACKLES

In loving memory of Dusty Ackles, who passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at his residence at the age of 37.

Dusty was born to Melvin and Marilyn Ackles on Jan. 9, 1981 in Saskatoon, Sask.

Dusty made his home in Winnipeg, Man. for the last 23 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Marilyn, and sister, Kristen (Ryan Edwards).

Dusty was predeceased by his father, Melvin, in 1993.