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LOIS MEDHURST

Lois Medhurst, 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Fort Frances on March 16, 1933, the daughter of Anna and Adolph Carlson. She was baptized on March 25, 1934 and confirmed Sept. 28, 1947 in the Zion Lutheran Church, where she was an active lifetime member.

She attended Robert Moore Public School and graduated from Fort Frances High School.

After school and during summer vacations, Lois worked at McLeans Wholesale. In 1951, she was employed by the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company.

MURIEL BELL

Muriel Bell, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away early this morning at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

As per Muriel's wishes, a funeral service will not be held.

JOAN RUTH ‘TEDDY’ BONE

Joan Ruth (“Teddy”) Bone, 90, of Burriss, Ont., passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Oct. 3, 1924 in Edmonton, Alta. to William and Elizabeth Howey, the only daughter of four children.

She attended school in Edmonton, but was forced to drop out and work to help raise her two surviving brothers after the early death of her mother and after her older brother’s plane was shot down overseas.

Teddy was married to Larry Bone in Edmonton and widowed in 1965 at Fort Frances.

MICHEAL ‘MIKE’ THOMPSON

The family sadly announces the sudden passing of Mike Thompson, 59, of Emo, Ont., at his residence on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo.

A complete obituary will follow.

ANNE ELIZABETH SHRUMM

Anne Shrumm, 83, of Stratton, Ont., passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Oct. 18, 1931 to Alfred (Mick) and Janet Wardman on the family farm in Pattulo Township, Ont.

Anne attended public school in Shenston, Stratton, and Winnipeg. She then went to Fort Frances High School for Grades 11 and 12. After graduating, she received a “letter of permission” to teach at Shenston and North Branch.

LORRAINE GILES

Lorraine Aurore Giles (Lambert) peacefully went home to be with Jesus, her Lord and Saviour, on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Mom was born March 15, 1925 in Rainy River, Ont. to Charles and Marceline (Duhamel) Lambert.

Lorraine attended school and worked in Rainy River, where she married her husband, Douglas Giles, on Aug. 23, 1949.

She treasured her time playing cards at the Rainy River Seniors’ Centre. Mom also was a member of Zion’s Reign Apostolic Center in Rainy River.

She was a prayer warrior who faithfully prayed for her family and others in need.

HILKKA GROUDA

Hilkka Grouda (nee Kolhemainen), 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Extendicare York in Sudbury, Ont.

Born in Kerimaki, Finland, Hilkka bravely emigrated to Canada from Helsinki, Finland in 1954 to start her new life in Canada.

She soon married Alexis Johnson (predeceased) and began her own family on the farm in Arbor Vitae, Ont. Her family was always her strength.

JOAN ‘TEDDY’ BONE

Joan Ruth (“Teddy”) Bone, 90, of Burriss, Ont., passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Oct. 3, 1924 in Edmonton, Alta. to William and Elizabeth Howey, the only daughter of four children.

She attended school in Edmonton, but was forced to drop out and work to help raise her two surviving brothers after the early death of her mother and after her older brother’s plane was shot down overseas.

Teddy was married to Larry Bone in Edmonton and widowed in 1965 at Fort Frances.

FRANK RICHARD WEBB

The family sadly announces the sudden passing of Frankie Webb on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Feb. 25, 1945 to Madeline and James Webb, the youngest of eight children.

Frankie worked at various jobs in the area, including the Town of Fort Frances, Boise, and Herrem Woodworkers, as well as at the Winnipeg Stadium.

An avid NHL fan, Frankie also enjoyed playing Pro-Line Odds.

FRANK RICHARD WEBB

The family sadly announces the sudden passing of Frankie Webb on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Victor De Gagné officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

SUSAN CAROL LIVINGSTON

Susan Carol Livingston, of Winnipeg, Man., passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg, with a funeral to follow at a later date in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

LARRY JAMES BEAUCAGE

It is with heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Larry James Beaucage, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, Sask. from cancer.

Larry was born Aug. 29, 1936 in St. Boniface, Man. to Pete and Helen Beaucage.

The eldest of five children, he was raised in Vassar, Man. Then at the age of 16, he moved with his family to Nestor Falls, Ont. to work in the bush with his father and uncles.

ODA CAIN

Oda Cain, 92, of Devlin, Ont., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Oda was born Sept. 21, 1922 in Mecklenburg, Germany. While living in Winnipeg, Man., she met John (Bud) Cain, the love of her life, and they married on May 22, 1943.

Bud and Oda returned back to the family farm in Devlin. She spent her early years there raising their children and provided a loving home for their family.

JOZSEF (JOE) DANKU

Jozsef Danku, 78, of Fort Frances, Ont., also known as “Joe the Barber,” passed away peacefully, with his loving wife by his side, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Joe was born Sept. 7, 1936 in Ofeherto, Hungary to Jozsef and Katalin Danku. He left Hungary in October, 1956 and immigrated to Canada on May 21, 1957, landing in Moncton, N.B.

ODA CAIN

Oda Cain, 92, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Guthrie United Church in Devlin, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOZSEF DANKU

Jozsef Danku, 78, of Fort Frances, Ont., also known as “Joe the Barber,” passed away peacefully, after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts or the Rainycrest Special Care Unit c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

STANLEY COMEGAN Biiyan (Duck Clan)

Stanley Comegan Biiyan, of the Duck Clan, left for the Spirit world in the early-morning hours of Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

He was born July 9, 1945 in Rainy River, Ont. to James Comegan and Laura Adams.

In his younger days, he was never a guide but an avid commercial fisherman and trapper and, more importantly in his spare time, a home run king in fastball.

His leisure time was spent watching western movies.

LOIS ELAINE HOLMLUND

The beautiful life story of Lois Elaine Holmlund (nee Miller) came to a peaceful ending in the arms of her beloved husband of 60 years, Bruce, at her Fort Frances home on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

The blessed firstborn child of Viola and Linus Miller, Lois entered this world on Nov. 14, 1933 in the Scandinavian community of Erickson, Man.

After graduating from Success Business College, Lois married the love of her life, Bruce, on July 24, 1954.

DAROLD JOHN PROMERSBERGER

Darold John Promersberger passed away Dec. 28, 2014.

Darold was born July 26, 1931 to John Frederick (Hans) Promersberger and Margaret (DeLack) Promersberger in Littlefork, Mn.

He was married to the late Barbara (Bratten) Promersberger on Aug. 25, 1951.

Darold enjoyed outdoor activities and worked outdoors all of his life. He began as a logger and lumberman working for his father, and later as an independent, while also owning and operating Spawn Inlet Lodge on Rainy Lake.

CECILIA WHITEFIELD

The family sadly announces the sudden passing of Cecilia Whitefield (nee Big George) on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Morson, Ont.

Cecilia was born Jan. 23, 1939 to William and Rosie Big George.

She lived on the Midewiwin Road and love sharing her traditional knowledge. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and quilting, and especially being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She taught the Ojibwe language within the elementary schools of the district.

TERESA (TERRY) ELIZABETH STUART

Mrs. Teresa (Terry) Elizabeth Stuart, nee Ryan, passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in her home at Pinewood Court in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born March 31, 1919 in Winnipeg, Man. and resided in Sleeman, Ont. until the age of seven, after which her family moved to Fort Frances, Ont.

The war years brought her to Toronto, Ont., where she worked at Massey Harris as an ammunition inspector. At the conclusion of the war, she began a career with Bell Canada as a telephone operator.

CALVIN RAYMOND THORPE

It is with sadness the family announces the passing of Calvin Raymond Thorpe on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.

He was born Oct. 20, 1927 on a farm near Foxwarren, Man., the first of four children to Alvin and Bella Thorpe.

He had a happy childhood, enjoying playing in the school band and outdoor activities, especially hockey and baseball.