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LLOYD GEORGE DEGELMAN

Lloyd George Degelman 78, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lloyd was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Lydia Degelman; brother, Donald Degelman; and his wife of 55 years, Karen Degelman (Gagne).

GRACE ‘CORAL’ DICKSON

Grace “Coral” Dickson, 93, formerly of International Falls, Mn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at her home in Jordan, Mn.

Coral was born Dec. 18, 1921 to Albert and Lola (Cox) Wade at their home in Elgin, Ill.

Coral grew up and graduated high school in Elgin. She married Russell Dickson on March 7, 1940 and together they moved to International Falls in 1949.

Coral was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crocheting, and also was active in her church and service to others.

WALTER HERBERT WHITLEY AVIS

It is with deep sadness that the family of

Walter Herbert

Whitley Avis

announce his passing on

Tuesday December 23, 2014

at 86 years of age.

He was born in Fort Frances, Ontario to

Walter and Elizabeth Avis on April 20th, 1928.

Walter is survived by his wife Shirley, sons Jim (Andrea), John (Yatne Betharte) of Edmonton/Cuba, his grandchildren Branda (Mitch) Christoffersen, Scott (Nicole) Avis, his brother Brian (Mona) and many nieces and nephews.

MICHELLE CHRISTINE DESROSIERS

Michelle Christine Desrosiers, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at the age of 48.

Michelle, the youngest of seven, was born in April, 1966 to Augustine and Isabelle Desrosiers. She spent most of her life in Fort Frances.

She started a family of her own early on in life with Kenneth Warren, also of Fort Frances, welcoming three children into the world.

WALTER AVIS

It is with great sadness that the family of Walter Avis announces his passing on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.

To respect his wishes, a formal funeral service will not be held.

A gathering of family and friends will take place, in the new year, to celebrate his life.

A complete obituary will follow.

MARY BENDER

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our dear mother, Mary Gratia Bender.

Mary, affectionately known as “Mert,” was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Aug. 31, 1931. Mary spent many of her early years in the Fort Frances, Mine Centre, Flanders, and Glenorchy area before moving to Crozier, Ont.

She married Stan Gustafson in 1949 and raised a family of four boys, Gary, Jim, Dale, and David.

JOHN JERGEN MOSLEY

The family of John Jergen Mosley, 71, is sad to announce that he passed away quickly on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at his home in Atikokan, Ont.

John is survived by his daughter, Kiersten Mosley and granddaughter, Emma; daughter, Suzanne Chaval (Karl) and granddaughter, Abigail; and his loving ex-wife, Brigitte Mosley.

He also is survived by his brothers, Harold (Phyllis), Eric, Jim (Shirley), and Lorne; sister, Judy Qualie (the late Al); many nieces and nephews and their children, as well as a large extended family.

JUDY BRUYERE

It is with our deepest sorrow that the family of Judy Bruyere announces her peaceful passing on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

With a soft and gentle whisper, her Lord called her name and she was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus with her husband and members of her family at her side.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Frank, and their three children, Claudette, Nicolaas (Nick), and Ben. Her little man, grandson Jace, will miss talking with Grandma Judy about their favourite NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

MILDRED MARGARET LALOND

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Mildred Margaret (MacDonald) Lalond on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at her home at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mildred is survived by her daughter-in-law, Joyce Lalond; grandchildren, Larry Lalond, Mark Lalond, Linda (Mike) Zeyha, and Michelle (Brett) Greer; granddaughter-in-law, Terri; great-grandchildren, Travis (Kim), Aaron, Alexandria (Jordan), Jaimie, Laura, Ryan, Brett, Brandon, Danielle, Ashley, and Walker; and great-great-grandchildren, Ethan, Chloe, Jakob, and Zakary.

KEITH BERNARD NEILSON

Keith Bernard Neilson, 84, of Stratton, Ont., peacefully passed away at home, with family by his side, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

Keith was a private man who loved his family.

He was born Sept. 10, 1930 to Niels Maurice and Stella (Bowman) Neilson on the farm homesteaded by his parents.

He was united in marriage to Grace Hyatt on April 20, 1956. They raised their family on the Neilson family farm, where Keith remained until his passing.

LIONEL EUGENE ROBAR

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lionel Eugene Robar on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

He was born and raised in Nova Scotia but relocated to Fort Frances, Ont., where he lived out the rest of his life.

Left to mourn are his children, David (Dixie) Robar, Debbie (Dale) Coughlin, Donna (Morley) Kroocmo, Dwayne (Vikki) Robar, and Denine (Doug) Richard; brother, Scott Robar; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place, and a private family interment will be held at a later date.

KENNETH EARL JACKSON

Kenneth Earl Jackson (a.k.a. Ken, Kenny, or K.J.) passed away at home, after a lengthy battle against prostate cancer, on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at the age of 82.

He was born in Barwick Township, Ont. on July 10, 1932.

Growing up on the family farm, he learned to appreciate what he worked for. After working a variety of jobs, he moved to Kenora, Ont. in 1970 and settled into a career with the MTO as an auto body mechanic.

JENNIE MARIAN MALLORY

Jennie Marian Mallory, 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

She was born Nov. 29, 1932 to Nels and Sadie Lindquist in Fort Frances.

She was united in marriage to Arleigh Mallory on June 15, 1952 and together they raised three boys.

She worked for many years at CFOB; and was a member of the Fort Frances Lions and Scandinavian Club.

WAYNE GRANT BULLIED

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Wayne Bullied, 54, of Emo, Ont., on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Wayne was born April 11, 1960 in Emo to Eugene and Marvel Bullied.

He loved hunting and fishing, especially on Clearwater Lake, where he liked to spend most of his time.

Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Eugene and Marvel; brothers, Murray and Ed (Arlene); sister, Sheila (Chip) Bahr; and daughter, Taylor.

KATHLEEN (KAY) MODELAND

Kathleen (Kay) Modeland (née Martin), 86, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

Kathleen was born May 4, 1928 to Fred and Jennie Martin and grew up in La Vallee, where her father was the postmaster.

She came to Atikokan in September, 1947 to teach at the then-new Clark Street School, and subsequently enjoyed a teaching career that spanned more than 30 years.

It was here she met Barney Modeland. They were married Aug. 21, 1951 and raised their four children.

RONALD EDWARD REDFORD

With saddened hearts we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, and grandfather, Ronald Edward Redford, on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the age of 91.

He was born May 14, 1923 to the late Stephen and Edith Redford on the family farm in Emo Township.

At the age of 19, he joined the army and proudly served for more than three years in Canada, the United Kingdom, and continental Europe with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.

JUDY BRUYERE

Judy Bruyere, 61, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

MILDRED MARGARET LALOND

It is with deep sadness that the family of Mildred Margaret (MacDonald) Lalond announces her passing on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at her home at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

LESLIE CHRISTINE SHARPE

With great sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Leslie Christine Sharpe, at the age of 63, in Ardmore, Okla. while travelling to Texas.

She was predeceased by her father, George Sharpe; mother, Donalda; and sister, Susan.

Leslie is survived by her partner and soul-mate, Jean-Marie (Bill) Gallant; nephew, Mark Boles; great-niece, Kara; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

RONALD REDFORD

Ronald Reford, 91, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

RALPH BRUYERE

Ralph Bruyere, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 104-979 Alloy Dr., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 5Z8.

Online condolences may offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

DORLEEN LORENA TOFFAN

Dorleen “Dot” Toffan, 86, passed away on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Dorleen’s parents, Jane (Broughton) and Duncan Hughes, left England in 1919 as newlyweds aboard the Orduna to begin a new life in Canada.

Dorleen, one of eight children, was born on Aug. 31, 1928 in Barwick, Ont.

In her early years, Dorleen worked for the Town of Fort Frances. On June 14, 1952, she married Allan Toffan.