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Obituaries

TERRY KIELCZEWSKI

It is with great sadness that the family of Terry Kielczewski announces his passing on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Terry was born on Nov. 21, 1953 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Allan and Rita Kielczewski.

He grew up in Fort Frances, Namakan Lake, Rainy Lake, and Mine Centre.

Terry leaves behind his wife, Kathy; brothers, Larry and Gary; sister, Kathy May; nieces, Kalan and Sarah; nephews, Cole and Jake; great-niece and god-daughter, Tatum; great-nephew, Hayden; and god-children, Maddy and Logan Pierre.

Cousins, family, and friends also abound.

VALLI FAIRNINGTON

It is with great sorrow that the family of Valli Fairnington announces her sudden passing on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Hamilton, Ont.

Born on July 30, 1951 in Winnipeg, Man., she was adopted by Bronie and Nellie Shybyski and was raised in Rainy River, Ont.

She was united in marriage to Murray Fairnington on Aug. 18, 1967 and they settled in Fort Frances, Ont. to start their family.

Valli was a true “hockey mom.” She followed her boys to every activity and game. Whether it was a school function, hockey, or baseball, she never missed a thing.

ORLOW CARTER FLINDERS

The family of Orlow Carter Flinders sadly announces his passing, in his 79th year, on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Toronto, Ont. following a prolonged battle with lung cancer.

He was born on March 6, 1938 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Edward and Irene (Carter) Flinders, the first of three sons.

Following high school, Orlow studied further in Winnipeg, Man. so he could join the family business. Flinders Dairy was pioneered in Fort Frances by his grandparents, Mabel and O.B. Flinders.

WILLIAM (BILL) STRAIN

On May 4, 2017, William (Bill) Strain passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Spruce Grove, Alta.

Bill was born on Aug. 3, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Bill is survived by his sister, Phyllis Dalseg of Nestor Falls, Ont.; brother-in-law, Morgan Hilderbrand of Emo, Ont.; sister-in-law, Deidre Strain of Fort Frances, Ont.; sister-in-law, Hazel Strain of Fort Frances; as well as nieces and nephews in Fort Frances, Alberta, and British Columbia.

GLORIA WAGER (DANN)

Gloria Wager passed away peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2017, with her family by her side, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Aug. 22, 1962 to the late Arthur Wilfred and Virginia Ruth (Rande) Dann in Winnipeg, Man.

She will be dearly missed by her partner, Brian Reid; her children, Christine Byma (Brian) and Gary Wager (Ashley); grandchildren, Carmen Godin, Kyle Godin, Jaxon Byma, Reese Wager, and Eli Wager; and siblings, Gail Dann (Doug, niece Ashley, and nephew Steve), Ray Dann (Char), and Rande Dann (Bev).

SHARRON MCIVOR

Sharron Isabelle Rose passed away on May 11, 2017.

She was born on March 29, 1940 in Fort Frances, ON, where she lived her entire life.

She was predeceased by her devoted parents, Harry and Isabelle McIvor, and by all of her loving Aunties: Ethel, Alice, Florence, Jane and Mary.

She is remembered by her siblings, Elizabeth (Betty) Nelson of Thunder Bay, Garry of Windsor, Graham of Calgary and William (Bill) of Vancouver and their families.

ELIZABETH (BETTY) MELLON

On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017,

Elizabeth (Betty) Mellon

aged 69, died peacefully in London with her son John Mellon by her side.

It was a beautiful ending to a life that was filled with the richness of the love that she extended to all around her.

JANET HOLMES

It is with great sadness that the family of Janet Holmes announces her passing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She leaves behind her husband, Robert Holmes of Fort Frances, Ont.; son, Paul Holmes, and his wife, Clare, and grandson, Lucas, all of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and sister, Toni Newton, of Oakham Rutland, England.

Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held.

Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.

RAMONA LUELLA LOSHAW

Ramona Luella Loshaw, recently of Devlin, Ont., passed away peacefully with family by her side on May 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ramona was born in Wellington, Ont. and resided in Belleville, Ont. until recently moving to be with family.

She was predeceased by husband of 54 years, John, and parents, Samuel and Violet Bartman.

HERBIE JAMES HUGHES

You were always there and now you are not. With the battle of brain cancer you were taken too soon.

At the young age of 62, Herbie James Hughes ended his fight at La Verendrye General Hospital on May 13, 2017.

His devoted wife of 42 years, Dawn, and his daughters, Christie Scott (Daryl) and Melissa Penney (Trevis), were by his side every step of the way.

Grandpa will be missed greatly by his three grandchildren, Gordy, Kara Scott and Archer Penney.

JAMES VERNON (JIM) SHORTREED

The family of Jim Shortreed wish to announce his passing on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jim was born on April 11, 1948 to Vernon and Mary Shortreed. Jim lived in Fort Frances all his life, working at the Shortreed Mill with his parents. He was known for his keen work ethic and his talent with a chainsaw.

CATHERINE WRIGHT

Catherine Wright (nee Colin) passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 with her daughters by her side after a long fight with cancer.

She is survived by her daughters, Lori Andrews and Duey Wright; grandson, John; son-in-law, Malcolm; brothers, Bob and Wayne Holmes; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herb; brother, Dale Holmes; parents, Christine and Gerald Holmes; and cousin, Lois Graham.

Catherine touched many lives and will be deeply missed not only by her family but by anyone who knew her.

CINDY GOSSELIN

It is with saddest of hearts that the family of Cindy Kay Gosselin announces her passing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.

For all who knew Cindy knew that she was a hospitable, kind-hearted, and a humble person whose greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters.

Cindy was employed with the LCBO for more than 30 years, and was counting down and looking forward to her retirement, which would allow her to spend even more time with family.

MARY MISNER

Mary Jane Misner, 93, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Mary was born on March 11, 1924 in International Falls, Mn. to George A. Ruelle and Bertha Sabourin. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in International Falls.

The former Mary Ruelle was united in marriage to Ralph Misner in 1940. After his passing, she married Ray Misner in 1947. Mary and Ray owned and operated Misner's Turtle Lake Resort in Mine Centre, Ont.

PATRICIA ANN TUESDAY

The Tuesday and Comegan families announce the sudden passing of Patricia Ann (Patsy) Tuesday on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Big Grassy First Nation, Ont.

Patsy was born on Sept. 7, 1954 to Pierre Tuesday and Hannah Comegan (Morrison) in Rainy River, Ont.

Patsy was a certified early childhood educator, a homemaker, caregiver, and certified diabetes educator.

She also was a fisher woman, trapper, hunter, and loving mom, grandmother, and great-grandma.

CINDY GOSSELIN

It is with saddest of hearts that the family of Cindy Kay Gosselin announces her passing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.

For all who knew Cindy knew that she was a hospitable, kind-hearted, and a humble person whose greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters.

Cindy was employed with the LCBO for more than 30 years, and was counting down and looking forward to her retirement, which would allow her to spend even more time with family.

MABEL PLYMATE

The family of Mabel Adeline Plymate wishes to announce her passing away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2016 at her home in Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1931 in Fort Frances, and attended Robert Moore and Fort Frances High School.

Mabel was predeceased by her parents, Frans and Britta Engstrom; husband, Eldon Plymate; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elly and Mike Zub, Margaret and Glenn Canfield, and Doris and Lawrence Calder; brother, Enar Engstrom; and son, Bradley Plymate.

DELFORD (DALFORD) BOB "Bigwiiwizens"

Delford (Dalford) Bob, 68, who was born on Dec. 22, 1948 of Ojibways of Onigaming First Nations (Nestor Falls, Ont.), started his journey to the Spirit World on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Delford passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

Delford grew up in the Ojibways of Onigaming (Sabaskong) First Nation.

He was predeceased by his father, James; mother, Rosie; brothers, Jerry, Terry, and Clifford; and his Anishinaabee adopted brother, Peter (Tobusonakwut) Kinew.

JOYCE KABATAY JOHNSON Ma Zini Kii Zhi Gook, Muskrat (Wazshusk) Clan

It is with heavy hearts that her family announces the loss of their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Joyce was born on June 6, 1937 and passed away on May 1, 2017. She fought a courageous battle against her illness right until the end.

Her five adult children were by her side as they whispered in her ear, kissed her cheek, and held her hands when she took her last breath.

PATSY DOREEN BUTTNER

It is with great sadness that the family of Patsy Buttner announces her passing on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Oct. 15, 1937 in St. Boniface, Man. to Joe and Doreen Gray but moved to Ontario with her family as a young child.

She met and married Robert Buttner in 1956. They resided in Nipigon, Ont. for five years, then relocated to Fort Frances, where she lived for the rest of her life.

Pat worked at Rainycrest for more than 30 years until her retirement in 2002.

JOYCE JOHNSON

Joyce Johnson, 79, of Seine River First Nation, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A wake will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the Seine River First Nation gymnasium.

A traditional service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Seine River First Nation gymnasium.

A complete obituary will follow.

DONALD FRENETTE

It is with great sadness the family of

Donald Frenette

announces his passing.

Donald was predeceased by his parents, Anne and Oni Frenette of Fort Frances, his wife Rose (Schmidtbauer), Sister Anita (Jackson), brothers David and Dennis and infant sister Margaret Anne.

ELLEN MARION LEPINSKY

After a short but courageous and dignified battle, our dear mother, Marion, passed away at age 86 on Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

She is survived by three sons, Richard (Aline), Rodger, and Raymond; granddaughter, Selina (Chris Kuyp); great-granddaughters, Tianna and Talia; and great-grandstepson, Josef.