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JUNE BLANCHE HUGHES

With broken hearts, the family of June (“June Bug”) Blanche Hughes, nee Perry, want you to know June passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 in Delta B.C.

June was 85 years young, surrounded by her family as she left this Earth to join her husband, Doug Hughes; son, Perry Hughes, sisters, (Marjorie) Midge Johnson and Mary (Kip) Ducharme; brothers, Lloyd Perry, Stanley (Joe) Perry, and George Perry; and her parents, Harvey and Annie May Perry (Ducharme).

June was born April 14, 1929 in Chapple Township, and lived in Fort Frances, Atikokan, and Thunder Bay, Ont. and Delta, B.C.

POLLY KINGERSKI

Polly Kingerski passed away peacefully, at the age of 94, on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at the Eagle Park Health Centre Facility in Qualicum Beach, B.C.

She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Sandy Thompson of Qualicum Beach, B.C. and Donna Suski of Vernon, B.C.; son, Lanny (Barb) Kingerski of Winnipeg, Man.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Polly was predeceased by her husband, Adolphe, on Oct. 16, 1995.

Mom and Dad resided in Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, and Sudbury, Ont., then moved to Parksville, B.C. in 1978 after Dad’s retirement in 1977.

BETTY JEAN MUNRO

In loving memory of Betty Jean Munro (nee Bazylewski), who passed away peacefully at home, with her family by her side, on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Keith Munro; children, Cory Munro (Theresa) and Toby Munro; and grandchildren, Taylor, Kaitlin, and Tyler.

ERNEST ALEXANDER BRUNETTA

Ernest Alexander Brunetta, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

The oldest son of Giovanni “John” and Maria, he was born into a large and loving family as Ernesto Allessandro Brunetta on Feb. 24, 1926 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The family moved to Fort Frances in 1940 when Ernie was 15.

Ernie worked his entire career for the local paper company, retiring in 1986 after more than 41 years of service.

WALTER CHRISTIANSEN

Walter Christiansen, 94, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROBERT JAMES STEWART

Robert (“Bob”) Stewart, 70, of Barwick, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Bob was born May 21, 1944 in Macklin, Sask. to James and Annie Stewart.

Bob worked at various jobs, including construction and truck driving. He had a great love for farming and his horses.

Bob was united in marriage to Ruth Barron on March 19, 1993.

TYSON ROBERT WILLIAM CAUL

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Tyson Caul, 26, on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Tyson was born June 23, 1988 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Marvin and Sondra Caul. He grew up in Emo, Ont. along with his four siblings.

Tyson had a great love for mechanics and during his high school years, he began working with Greg Ferris in his auto body shop. For a time, he worked with LH North Construction before moving to Vermilion Bay, Ont. to begin his heavy duty mechanic’s licence with Kindelane Enterprises Ltd.

LILLIAN MARY COPENACE Aakwedamok (Atik Clan)

In loving memory of Lillian Copenace (nee Cochrane), 67, of Seine River First Nation, who passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Lillian is survived by her loving spouse, John Spoon Sr.; her children, Judy Ann Copenace, Edna Jane Copenace, Delbert Copenace (wife, Marilyn Landon), Victor Andrew Copenace, Janet Cynthia Spoon, Marcella Spoon, and Joanie Spoon; stepchildren, Jennifer Spoon, John Spoon Jr., and Jackie Spoon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

CONSTANCE ‘CONNIE’ HAUGO

With her family by her side, Constance “Connie” Haugo passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Connie was born June 8, 1925 in Fort Frances to the late George and Johanna Ross.

She attended school in Fort Frances and later attended business college in Winnipeg, Man.

She had worked for an insurance company in Winnipeg, then returned home to work at her father’s store, the G.H. Ross Company. Later, she worked at Dorothy’s and the Rainy River District School Board.

VALERIE JEAN SJOBLOM

Valerie Jean Sjoblom (nee Walker), 68, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2104.

She was born Jan. 14, 1946 to John and Amelia Walker (McTavish).

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in International Falls.

THOMAS STEPHEN HANEY JR.

Tom Haney Jr., 52, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Tom Sr. and Brenda Haney; sister, Karena; aunt, Barbara Coran; his loving partner, Linda Gibbins; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

As per Tom’s wishes, there will be no service.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

TYSON ROBERT WILLIAM CAUL

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Tyson Caul, 26, on Oct. 27, 2014 in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. at the Off Lake Covenant Church in Finland, Ont.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary to follow.

Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com

RUTH RAMONA GRESKO

It is with great sadness that the family of Ruth Ramona Gresko (nee Dickson) announces her passing on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at her home in Rainycrest Long Term-Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was 84, and had her family by her side when she passed away.

Ruth was born June 7, 1930 in Fort Frances and grew up here. In 1957, she moved to Atikokan, Ont. with her family and they remained there until 1974, when they settled in Thunder Bay, Ont.

GARRY PEDERSON

Garry Pederson passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at his residence in Windsor, Ont.

Garry was born Sept. 1, 1949 in Emo, Ont.

He worked at kraft mills in Fort Frances, Ont. and Thunder Bay, Ont. Later in his career, he was at Amherstberg, Ont. in the chemical industry, which he worked at until his retirement.

Garry is survived by his two brothers, Paul Pederson (Lorraine) and Oliver Pederson (Edith), both of Newfoundland; two sisters, Thelma Ogden (Cecil) of Emo, Ont. and Beverly Mylenchuk (George) of Fort Frances, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews.

IAN JOHNSTONE

It is with great sadness that the family of Ian Johnstone announces his passing on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ian was born on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1955 in Nuneaton, Warwick County, England. He immigrated to Canada with his parents, arriving in Fort Frances on May 17, 1966.

Ian attended Fort Frances High School and while doing so, he and his older brother obtained pilots’ licences. After graduating from Fort Frances High School, Ian enrolled in the Avionics Repair Technician Program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ont.

BRANDON WALLACE RONMARK

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Brandon Ronmark announces his sudden passing on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Aug. 19, 1992 in Fort Frances to Brian and Sandra Gamie. He lived in Fort Frances all of his life.

As a young boy, Brandon loved to be outdoors, fishing and snowmobiling. As he got older, his interest turned to his friends. They spent endless hours in the garage, talking, visiting, listening to music, and playing video games.

MARGARET MAY RAMSDALE

Margaret Ramsdale, 93, of Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at the Emo Health Centre.

Margaret was born Jan. 15, 1921 on the family farm in Chapple Township to Earl and Agnes Stirrett.

On June 14, 1946, Margaret was united in marriage to Harry Ramsdale and they settled in Emo. Margaret raised her family of five children after the passing of Harry in 1957.

IAN JOHNSTONE

It is with deep sadness that the family of Ian Johnstone announces his passing on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral arrangements are pending, and a complete obituary will follow.

DIXIE KELLAR

Dixie Aona Kellar (nee Carlson) passed away peacefully, in her 79th year, on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

Forever cherishing her memory are her caring husband of 58 years, Ken Kellar; daughter, Catherine Kellar (Ross Quirie); son, Keith Kellar (Tammy); grandchildren, Kenneth Kellar, Katelyn Quirie (Jared Pursaga), Jillian Kellar, and Rikki Kellar; sister, Joyce McLellan (Jack); her husband Ken’s loving family; and nieces and nephews on both sides.

Special thoughts are extended to Lois and Doug Medhurst.

LAWRENCE LONEY

Lawrence Delmar Loney, of Emo, Ont., passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at the age of 80; reunited with his best friend and lifelong love, Gloria.

He leaves to cherish his memory his son, David of Edmonton, Alta.; daughter, Lisa (Brennin Chamberlin) of Emo, Ont.; sister, Judy (Fred) Klug; brothers, Dave (Janet) and William (Julie); as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gloria Olive Gustafson Loney, on Sept. 27, 1998; and by his parents, Lawrence and Grace Loney.

REED VERNON MAINVILLE

Reed Vernon Mainville was born on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at 5:01 a.m. to Harley Mainville and Kristina Olson at the Women’s Hospital in Winnipeg, Man.

Reed weighed two pounds, eight oz. and was 12.5 inches long.

Reed’s parents were blessed with two-and-a-half hours with him before he went to his Heavenly home at 7:30 a.m.

Reed experienced holding hands with his daddy, his daddy talking to him, and being told “I love you” an uncontrollable amount of times.