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Obituaries

JOHN GAVIN Jr.

John Dunn Gavin, Jr., passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully on May 31, 2019, doing and being exactly what and where he wanted, at Clearwater Lake in Emo, Ont.

He couldn't have done better had he planned his exit from this world.

Born in Chicago, Ill., 13 July 1948, he was the eldest of eight children born to John Sr. and Patricia Myers Gavin.

DONALD PRYDE

Donald Pryde, 83, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

LUCY COPENACE (KIRKRUDE)

Our beloved mom, Lucy (Kirkrude) Copenace, grandmother, sister, cousin, and aunty passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

A traditional Midaa wake will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Big Grassy Community Hall, followed by a Midaa funeral on Friday May 31, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

A complete funeral announcement to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.

GORDON ROBERT CAMERON

Gordon Robert Cameron, 63, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away suddenly on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Fort Frances.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1955 to William and Minnie Cameron. He grew up in Fort Frances and then ventured out into the world looking for adventure.

He worked all over the world before returning to his roots to be closer to his family.

During his time in Fort France,s he worked at the local paper mill and then with Green Furniture. Even after retiring he remained in close contact with the staff.

FRED ROALD CLAUSEN

Fred Roald Clausen was born July 31, 1932 in Flensburg, Germany, to parents Oskar and Marie Clausen.

Fred passed away May 19, 2019.

The family (Oskar, Marie, Fred, and twin brothers, Herbert and Robert) lived in Flensburg. They were there during those difficult war years, Fred compelled to go off to another country, Austria, in uniform, to boot camp at age nine.

MARTHA BLIGHT (KIRKRUDE) (July 26, 1949--May 23, 2019)

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Martha Blight, Tabasibii'anook, Kinew dodem.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Jerry Blight, of Rainy River; son, Brad Kirkrude, of Anishinaabe of Naongashiing; daughter, Terri Andy; and siblings, Bella Andy, Lorraine Gibbons (Clarence), Louis Kirkrude (Lollie), George Kirkrude, and Georgina Kirkrude.

PATRICK MICHAEL STEINKE

It is with great sadness that the family of Pat Steinke announces his passing on May 14, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont. with Sherri by his side.

Pat was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on June 2, 1964 to Jack and Arleen Steinke.

He leaves behind his partner and special friend, Sherri Calder, and her children Tyler, Braeden and Jaelyn Levert, as well as his father, Jack Steinke; siblings Robert (Gaye), Tammy (John) and Jeffery (Janice); nieces and nephews, Meredith, Corey, Jaclyn, Jonathan (Nicci), Carly and Taylor; as well as great-nieces, Nora and Josie.

MARION 'EDNA' BENJAMIN

Marion “Edna” Benjamin, 83 passed away peacefully at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont. on May 20, 2019.

Edna was born in Fort Frances on March 30, 1936 to Emil and Clara Amorde. Edna grew up in Fort Frances for a short while before moving to Marathon for school.

FRED CLAUSEN

Sadly the family announces the passing of Fred Clausen on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on June 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete announcement to follow.

LARRY GILLILAND

Larry Gilliland, 78, a proud Irishman, husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed quietly in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Larry grew up a farmers son in Pipestone, Mn., giving him a strong work ethic. He served with pride and honor in the National Guard from 1958-1964.

In 1960, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, and they had four beautiful children together, while Larry began a career that lasted decades as a commercial truck tire salesman.

JOHN BUNNELL

John Wayne Patrick Bunnell passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was 65.

John was a proud father and a loyal friend. He is survived by his four children, Patrick Bunnell of Alexandria, Mn.; Miranda Kruse-Bunnell of Miami, Fla.; Brandi Kruse of Seattle, Wash.; and Timothy Kruse of Buffalo Lake, Mn.

He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Brayden, Emrey, and Marek; his sisters, Maureen Bunnell and Elizabeth Rathgaber (Terry); and nephew, Jefferson Bunnell of Calgary, Alta. 

WILLIAM JOHN 'HOOKER' TRYHUK

Bill Tryhuk passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at LaVerendrye Hospital.

He was born Dec. 24, 1943 to Effie (Basaraba) and Peter Tryhuk.

After graduating from Fort Frances High School, Bill was employed by the Minnesota/Ontario Paper Mill as an oiler until his retirement from Resolute in 2001.

In his younger years, Bill liked to travel and go on cruises. Bill enjoyed some duck hunting but he was an ardent fisherman.

The minute the sun shone, Bill would load up his boat and head out on the lake for the day.

JEAN YVONNE GALUSHA-BRAGG

Jean Yvonne Galusha-Bragg walked into the arms of Jesus on May 15, 2019. 

Jean was born Aug. 26, 1937 in Roseau, Mn. to loving parents Raymond and Myrtle Dahl Pearson.

She spent her early years growing up on the farm in Roseau before the family moved to International Falls where she graduated from high school in May of 1954.  

JOYCE LUCILLE EINARSON

Joyce Lucille Einarson, 88, of International Falls, Mn. died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Chris Jensen Rehab Center in Duluth, Mn.

Joyce was born Feb. 16, 1931 in International Falls to parents William A. and Gertrude M. (Blake) Napper. She was the fifth of 12 children and grew up in International Falls.

On April 14, 1951, Joyce married Francis William Einarson. He taught Joyce how to drive when they were dating, and she still married him! Together they had five children, Twila “Pia," Franella "Piper,” Francis James, Tucky, and Thor.

SULO MAKI

On Feb. 21, 1941 during a raging blizzard, Matti helped Hilma bring 13 pound Sulo into this world.

On May 14, 2019, with his wife by his side and the love of his family in his heart, Sulo began a new journey.

Sulo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. He was a man of few words, but his presence could fill a room. Quiet and solid and always there if he was needed, his life revolved around his family and he would do whatever he needed to keep them safe.

DORIS B. GUSTAFSON

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, Doris Gustafson. She died peacefully, surrounded by family on May 4, 2019, in her 95th year.

Mom was the youngest of three daughters born to Jack and Sarah Cookman in Fort William, Ont. She always said she grew up with three mothers because her older sisters were 10 and nine years older than her.

She was an adventurous and independent soul from an early age and shared a very special bond with her dad.

MELVYN McFAYDEN

With sadness, the McFayden family announces the loss of Melvyn McFayden on May 14, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Mel was the eldest son of Muriel and Borden McFayden born on March 19, 1942. He married Carroll Kennedy on July 1, 1965.

He was dearly loved and is survived by his children, Kevin (Lise) and Kathleen (Tom), and his three cherished grandchildren, Logan, Tavish, and Keva. He is also survived by his brothers, Murry (Dianne) and Merle (Katy), as well as several nephews and a niece.

ANNIE JANE OLSON

Annie journeyed peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord/Saviour on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Rainy River Long Term Health Care Home at Rainy River, Ont.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1931 at Black Sturgeon Lake, Ont. to Alfred Charles Allan and Veronique Julia Allan (nee Jourdain). Annie was the ninth eldest of 13 children.

She worked hard on her father's commercial fishery on Black Sturgeon Lake and could often be seen in a skiff with her brother, Bobby Allan, and two or three of the younger siblings in the boat with them.

RAMONA JEAN SMITH

A service of celebration and remembrance for Ramona Jean Smith will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ont.

Interment will follow in Barwick Cemetery.

SULO MAKI

Sadly the family announces the sudden passing of Sulo Maki.

Funeral service was held at Northridge Funeral Home in Emo on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior.

Interment will take place in the family plot in Burriss Cemetery.

Complete obituary to follow.

MELVYN McFAYDEN

With sadness, the McFayden family announces the loss of Melvyn McFayden on May 14, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital with his loving family by his side.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home with Father Alan Albao officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

EVELYN TRIBE

Evelyn Tribe, 79, passed away peacefully in her home on April 30, 2019.

Ev was born in La Vallee, Ontario on Dec. 18, 1940, the youngest of five children to Florence and Clint Teeple.

In her younger years, Ev worked all over northwestern Ontario. One of the highlights of her work life was her time at Campbell's Cabins in Lac La Croix where she had plenty of fun and many adventures. Soon after, she went on to marry the love of her life, Moe Tribe, on Dec. 1, 1961 and later they purchased Tribe's Lunch Bar at the Sapawe Corner where she was well known for her homemade pies.