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Obituaries

MARY IRENE (BRIGNALL) CLINKER

Peacefully, with family by her side, Mary Irene Clinker passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 in her 95th year at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

We feel so blessed to have been able to share this journey with her over the last five weeks of her life, reminiscing, making new memories, and sharing much love, laughter, hugs, kisses, and tears.

Mary was born on July 26, 1922 in the family farmhouse in Oxdrift, Ont., the youngest child of Martha and Benjamin Brignall.

KALVIN OTTERTAIL (Ozii-gi-zhii-gweb)(Waasii Clan)

Kalvin Ottertail, 59, of Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont., passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with family by his side.

Kalvin was born on July 18, 1957 in Lac La Croix First Nation to John and Rose Marie Ottertail.

He lived in Lac La Croix First Nation all his life; teaching and working as a cultural co-ordinator. He also served as a band councillor.

He enjoyed attending pow-wows, hunting, fishing, camping, and being outdoors.

GLADYS McPHERSON

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, surrounded by family, Gladys McPherson walked with the Lord to meet her parents, brother, and sisters.

She was born on Aug. 26, 1949 in Fort Frances, Ont. to John and Clara McPherson.

She grew up in Couchiching First Nation, Ont. and later taught in Fort Albany, Ont. as a young woman. When she returned to Couchiching First Nation, she worked as band manager before joining the staff of St. Michael's School.

MARY CLINKER

Mary Clinker passed away Friday, April 21, 2017.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOYCE MUNRO

It is with profound sadness the family announces the passing of Carol Joyce Munro on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the age of 73.

After a lengthy battle with cancer, Joyce passed peacefully at home with her family by her side.

Joyce was born on Feb. 23, 1944 in Owen Sound, Ont. to Morell and Thelma Laycox.

Her family moved to Dance Township, Ont. in 1950. In 1962, she moved to Black Hawk, Ont., where she remained on her “homestead” for 47 years.

In 2013, she moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where she lived until her passing.

LaDONNA KLEM

LaDonna Klem passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 with her family by her side.

Born on April 16, 1933, she worked at CIBC in Fort Frances, Ont. for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, sister Marles; and brothers, Buzz and Ralph McGauley.

She is survived by her son, Randy; grandchildren, Guy (Taunia), Jennifer, and Steve; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Darian.

According to her wishes, cremation has taken place.

A family service will be held at a later date.

WILFRED GEORGE SANDERS

The family of Wilf Sanders is sad to announce his passing on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the age of 89 years.

Wilf was born on June 20, 1927 in Snowflake, Man. to Fredrick and Margaret (Daisy) Sanders.

He was raised on the farm as the youngest of six siblings before travelling to attend the University of Manitoba, School of Pharmacy. Here he met his wife of more than 65 years, Lyla (Mink).

GLADYS ANN MARTIN

With family at her side, Gladys Ann Martin, 81, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at La Verendrye General Hospital on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers and members of her Bridge Clubs will serve as honourary pallbearers.

BETTY JEWELL

After a courageous battle with Alzheimer's, Betty Jewell, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Betty was born on Aug. 6, 1933 in Devlin, Ont. to Issac and Olive Hyatt. She grew up in Devlin.

She met Louis in 1948 and they were married on Nov. 9, 1950. This November would have been their 67th wedding anniversary.

Betty worked as a telephone operator in her younger years and she also cleaned at the Toronto Dominion Bank with her good friend, Marilyn Shine.

LAWRENCE KELLY 'IKE' McMAHON

Ike McMahon passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Stony Mountain, Man.

Ike was born on Jan. 30, 1977 in Atikokan, Ont. to Kelly and Roberta McMahon. He was raised in Atikokan, attending school, playing hockey, and collecting baseball and hockey cards.

Ike made friends everywhere he went; he was the type of guy that you wanted on your side. He always was there to help a friend or right a wrong. Inside that intimidating body was a person with a big heart.

CATHERINE OLIVE BEAUSHENE

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Catherine Olive Beaushene (Kay), 88, of Emo, Ont., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre.

Kay was born on Jan. 31, 1929 in Stratton, Ont. to William and Faith Bowman.

She was united in marriage to Frederick “Doug” Beaushene in 1951.

PATSY DORIE

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Patsy Ann Dorie announces her passing, at the age of 81, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Patsy was adopted by James and Ila Hamilton after being found on the steps of the MacKenzie Hospital. It was determined she was about two weeks old so her birthday always has been celebrated as Dec. 25, 1935.

Patsy met her husband, Joseph Dorie, and they married on Jan. 29, 1954 in Fort Frances. They raised their four children in Stratton, Ont.

LaDONNA KLEM

LaDonna Klem passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, with her family by her side, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOSEPHINE (MASHKAWIZI KWE STRONG WOMAN) LEONARD

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and niece.

Josephine Leonard, 58, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 3, 2017 at her home on Rainy River First Nations.

Josephine was born on Oct. 24, 1958 to Roseanne and Daniel Leonard at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont. She was the third-eldest of six children (four sisters and one brother).

Josephine loved her favourite hobby of gardening. For many years, she kept an immaculate flower garden until her illness prevented her from doing so.

DONALD FRANK WALTON

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our father, Donald Frank Walton, at the age of 92.

A former long-time resident of Burriss, Ont., he passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joyce (nee Hyatt) and son, William.

Donald is survived by his son, Gregory; daughter, Lynne; sisters, Joan, Loreen, and Marylou; as well as many family members in and around the Fort Frances area.

Dad enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as family gatherings.

STANLEY WARD

Stanley Ward, a local war hero and former mill executive, passed away peacefully at his Fort Frances, Ont. home on Saturday, April 8, 2017 nearly a week after celebrating his 95th birthday.

Stan was a lucky man. He survived several near-death experiences during the Second World War. His seven-man Halifax bomber was shot down and he was one of three airmen to parachute to safety. He later was captured by the Gestapo and held in a notorious prison.

WAYNE NUGENT

With heavy hearts, we announce the unexpected passing of Wayne Nugent, 74, of Barwick, Ont., on Friday April 7, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont. with his loving family by his side.

Wayne was born on Nov. 13, 1942 to the late Joseph and Iva (nee Westover) Nugent in Emo.

In his early childhood years, Wayne grew up on the farm of his grandparents, Roy and Edna Westover, where he attended the Barwick Consolidated School.

SHIRLEY L. MILLS

In loving memory of Shirley Louisa Mills (nee Hyatt), who passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances at the age of 93.

She was the daughter of the late Noble and Annie Hyatt and granddaughter of the late pioneers, John and Lucy Hyatt.

Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Jack Mills; loving mother of Dean (Ruth), David (Laurel), and the late Denis; dear grandmother of Andrew (Pilar), Brent (Melissa) and the late Cherie, Steven, and Matthew; and dear great-grandmother of Steven, Jayme, Aidan, Sofia, Benjamin, and Gabriel.

GLADYS KINNEAR

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gladys Kinnear (nee Swire) announce her passing on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the age of 95.

Mom grew up in Burriss, Ont. and moved to Emo, Ont. at the age of 16.

She was united in marriage to Howard Kinnear on Aug. 12, 1942. Together they raised their five children, Charles, Don, Dwight, Myles, and Karen.

Mom had a love for all animals, and had many happy memories of caring for her ducks and chickens. She also enjoyed her flower garden and watching the hummingbirds.

CAROL JOYCE MUNRO

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Carol Joyce Munro, 73, of Fort Frances, Ont., at her residence on Monday, April 10, 2017 with her family be her side.

A complete obituary will follow.

STANLEY GEORGE WARD

It is with great sadness that the family of Stan Ward announces his passing on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

KATE BRAGG

With her family by her side, Kate Bragg peacefully passed away April 2, 2017.

Kate was born Nov. 16, 1921 in Edmonton, AB to the late Emmy Jane (Robins) and Elijah Rumley. She lived in Alberta until she was 17. She then moved to Northwestern Ontario with her mom after her dad passed away.

Here in NWO she met her true love, Leo Bragg and they were united in marriage on Aug. 27, 1942

at the International Falls border.

They renewed their vows 20 years later at Leo’s bedside on Aug. 15, 1962 by Father Louie O’Bain just before Leo passed away.

JOSEPHINE LEONARD (MASHKAWIZI KWE-STRONG WOMAN)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and niece.

Josephine Leonard, 58, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 3, 2017 at her home on Rainy River First Nations.

She was born Oct. 24, 1958.

A wake will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium.

Services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10 a.m., with Rev. Frances Flook and Elder Gilbert Smith officiating.

Interment will be held at the cemetery up on Manitou Rapids Hill.

CECILE LaFRANCE VAVRICKA

Cecile LaFrance Vavricka, 91, a long-time resident of Bloomington, Mn., passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wayburn (Wayne) Vavricka; parents, Arthur and Medora LaFrance; brothers, Leo and Daniel; sisters, Rita Ruelle, Claudia Domanski, and Noella LaFrance; and in-laws, Kay LaFrance, Rolland Ruelle, Ed Domanski, Louella LaFrance, and Ruth Dean.