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Obituaries

SANDRA ANNE KAWULIA

Sandra Kawulia was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Aug. 11, 1964, third of seven children, born to Toolie and Jill Kawulia.

She was raised in Fort Frances and graduated from Fort Frances High School in 1984. She met Bruce in 1986 and they started a loving life together.

She had two sons—Brent in 1987 and Paul 1990—in the following years and lived in Fort Frances, Devlin, Ignace, and finally Dryden.

CHRISTINE (LOVISA) LOWE

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Chris was a loving, kind, passionate person with a great sense of humour.

Crestina Asunta Dittaro (Lovisa) Lowe passed away on Sept. 14, 2019 surrounded by family.

Chris was born to Orsolina (Lina) and Giovanni Dittaro on March 5, 1935. A beautiful daughter after four sons, she brought much joy and laughter to her family.

She was educated in Fort Frances and worked for Dr. Solomon and Dr. Boyle following graduation from high school.

CHRISTINE (CHRIS) LOWE

Chris Lowe, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A mass will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

A full obituary to follow.

BRIAN 'KELLEY' MONKMAN Oct. 22, 1967-Sept. 5, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Brian “Kelley” Monkman announces his passing after a brief illness, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at the age of 51 years.

Kelley will be lovingly remembered by his children, son, Justin Morrisseau; and daughter, Mickey Morrisseau.

Kelley will also be remembered by his mother, Lydia Dumas; sisters, Lesley Dumas and Karen Carrothers; and brother, Adam Carrothers, as well as by his father, Brian Monkman; sister, Melanie Monkman; and brother, Buddy Monkman; and numerous cousins.

SANDRA ANNE KAWULIA

Sandra Kawulia was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Aug. 11, 1964, third of seven children, born to Toolie and Jill Kawulia.

She was raised in Fort Frances and graduated from Fort Frances High School in 1984. She met Bruce in 1986 and they started a loving life together.

She had two sons—Brent in 1987 and Paul 1990—in the following years and lived in Fort Frances, Devlin, Ignace, and finally Dryden.

SOPHIE GUSHULAK

After being blessed with a wonderful, happy life filled with laughter and so much love, our Mom passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

She had joyfully celebrated her 100th birthday on Febr. 25, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.

Although our hearts are broken we are comforted knowing that she has now reunited with the love of her life, our dear Dad, George. They shared 69 years of magical, beautiful and unwavering love. 

DEREK JAMES PERREAULT

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of Derek James Perreault, age 49, of Fort Frances, Ont.

Derek was born June 3, 1970 to Merle and Janice Perreault of Fort Frances.

He grew up on Couchiching First Nation where he resided most of his young life.

Moving to Thunder Bay, Ont. he went on to pursue a career as an electrician.

PEGGY LEE JOHNSON (HANEY)

On the morning of Sept. 9, 2019, surrounded by family, Peggy Lee Johnson (nee Haney), 70 years old, passed away at her home.

At 15 years old, Mom met the love of her life and spent 53 years married to Dad. It always makes us smile to think of our parents walking together holding hands and having an unspoken language between them.

Together, they raised three children that graced them with seven “grand-kids” and one great grandson.

LOIS KATHERINE (McCREADY) STOLTZ

Lois Stoltz left her hospice bed at Rainy Lake Medical Center, International Falls, Mn. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 and entered the heavenly gates to meet her Lord and Saviour.

Born to William and Doris McCready on Aug. 12, 1949, she was the third of five children in a very loving, caring family.

Raised on the family farm south of Emo, Lois learned to help both in the house and in the hay fields gathering bales.

CHRISTINA (CHRIS) LOWEY

Christina (Chris) Lowey (nee Vanderhorst) passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 with her family by her side.

Christina was born Nov. 8, 1927 in Winnipeg, Man. to Johannus and Huberdina Vanderhorst, the fourth of six children.

JOY DANYLCHUK

Joy Danylchuk, born July 11, 1965, died peacefully at home in Thunder Bay with family by her side on Aug. 24, 2019.

Joy was predeceased by her father, Bohdan (Dr. Bud) Danylchuk.

She is survived by her mother, Flora Danylchuk; her sister, BJ; and brothers, Kim (Micheline), Andrew (Dawn Marie) and Brent (Melissa); her nieces and nephews; extended family and her extended network of heart family and friends.

PEGGY JOHNSON

With great sadness, the family of Peggy Johnson announces her passing on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at her home with family by her side.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

SYLVIA ANN OSTBY

As Carol Burnett would say, “The time has come to say goodbye.”

I was born Sylvia Ann Green in Emo, Ont., on April 26, 1939 to Harold and Marie Green. I grew up in Fort Frances and graduated from Fort Frances High School.

I married Ron Eggett. He and I had two children, John Guy and Jodi Marie.

We moved to St. Paul and then to Sacramento, California then to Lake Oswego, Oregon then to Vancouver.

After 25 years, Ron and I went our separate ways, I moved back to Fort Frances and lived with my mom, we had many great years together.

CHRISTINE LOWEY

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Christine Lowey, 91, of Alberton Township, Ont. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Full announcement to follow.

CONSTANCE MARILLA CUNNINGHAM-ELIAS

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Constance (Connie) Marilla Cunningham-Elias on Aug. 28, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Connie was the eldest child of James and Margaret Daw, followed by her brother, Stuart, and her sister, Bonnie.

Her family was the most important thing to Connie. Born and raised in Rainy River District, she enjoyed spending her time outside gardening and being in her flower garden. She loved her horses and her cat, Cleo.

HELENA SOKIL

While surrounded by love and prayers, our family's matron, Helena Sokil passed away at Hospice Renfrew on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2019. She was 81.

Helena is the beloved wife of the late John Sokil; and dearly loved and devoted mother of Judy Rempel of Winnipeg, Abe Deroche of Thunder Bay, Jeannie Doerkson and Jeannette Small, both of Fort Frances, Richard Sawatsky (late Mary) of Thunder Bay, and Lloyd Walker and Diane Walker (Garry Mills), both of Renfrew.

She is predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Welsh.

ANN OSTBY

Ann Ostby, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

VIRGINIA ROSE SLOWE

Virginia Rose Slowe, 90, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1929 in Bagley, Mn. to Carl and Grace Norlander.

Shortly after the war, she met Clifford Slowe and they were married on Oct. 11, 1949.

They moved all over the U.S. until settling at Bear's Pass. They enjoyed the lake life for over 30 years, spending many days in the garden and blueberry picking.

Gin was a master seamstress‚;she worked at Betty's briefly and her welding caps were sought after right across Canada.

RICHARD 'RICK' BOURRE

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Richard “Rick” Bourre, our son, father, grandpa, friend and life partner. Rick was born in Chapleau, Ont. on Aug. 17, 1968 to Douglas and Linda Bourre.

At age five, the family moved to Rainy River, Ont. and this is where Rick would really make his mark on the world.

ARCHIE POTSON Jr.

It is with great sadness that the family of Archie Potson Jr. announces his passing on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at his home in Seine River First Nation.

Archie was born on June 10, 1981 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Archie and Geraldine Potson. He lived in Seine River First Nation most of his life. He worked as a firefighter before returning to school to study anthropology at Lakehead University.

Archie had a zest for learning and would study everything that interested him.

LARRY BUFFINGTON

It is with sad hearts that the family of Larry Buffington, 89, announces his peaceful passing on Aug. 20, 2019.

Larry was born in Miscampbell on Oct. 10, 1929 to Twila and Lorenzo Buffington.

In 1951 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Doreen, and they made their home in Fort Frances.

They enjoyed 67 happy years of marriage. Larry was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He spent most of his working career at the local paper mill.

DOUGLAS ALAN HODGE

The world became a little less on Aug. 24, 2019, when Doug lost his courageous six-year battle with cancer.

Born on Dec. 30, 1944 in Emo, Ont., Doug forged a trail of laughter, friendship, and love from coast to coast (with a few international spots in between).

LORINA 'LORI' EVELYN PEDERSON (ROY)

It is with great sadness the family of Lorina “Lori” Pederson (nee Roy) of Smithers B.C., announce her passing on the morning of Aug. 19, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with MS.

Lori was born to Leonard and Karina Roy May 28, 1958 in Atikokan, Ont. She attended school in both Atikokan and Fort Frances.

Lori was a quiet, gentle soul whose beautiful smile could melt the snowcaps from the mountains.

JANE MARY SNOW

Jane Mary Snow, age 77 years, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jane was born Nov. 28, 1941 in Fort Frances, the youngest daughter of Joseph and Irene Unger. She enjoyed her early days playing with her older sister and younger brothers and loved playing tricks on them.

She graduated from Fort Frances High School and during that time, she asked Herb Snow to be her Sadie Hawkins date, a date that never ended.