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With heavy hearts, the family announces the passing of Irene Skirten.

Surrounded by her children, Irene, 94, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mom was born April 15, 1919 on the Shaw farm in Gilbert Plains, Man. to Richard and Elizabeth (nee Allan) Shaw. She attended Tanner School and later moved to Fort Frances, where she spent her entire life.


Margaret “Muggins” George passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at the age of 93, at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Born Margaret Pollard, Muggins was born Jan. 19, 1920 in Hurkett, Ont. but spent most of her childhood and adult life on Rainy Lake.

It was there that she learned to become the hard-working and resourceful woman that we all loved and respected. There are very few who did not reap the benefit of her beautifully hand-knit socks and mittens, skillful blueberry picking (usually in the form of pie), and joy of fishing and gardening.


Joan Allison, 80, of 525 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born Nov. 28, 1932 in The Pas, Man. to the late Ernie and Lillian Barr.

Joan was united in marriage on July 4, 1953 to William Paul “Bill” Allison. They moved to Fort Frances in 1955, where they made many lasting friendships and many wonderful memories.


It is with great sadness that the family of Aarne Eugene Hahkala (“Butch”), of Miscampbell Township, Ont., announces his sudden passing at his beloved farm on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.


Elizabeth Anne (“Betty Anne”) Coulter, 49, of Bear Pass, Ont., passed away Monday, April 22, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Betty Anne was born May 20, 1963 in Brantford, Ont.

She was respected art teacher at both Atikokan High School and Fort Frances High School. She loved her job and students. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts, painting, and jewellery-making.

She also was a gourmet cook and enjoyed travelling.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Geoffrey Stanger, and her daughter, Evelyn.


It is with great sadness that the family of Lorna May Peters Wrolstad announces her passing after a courageous battle with cancer.

Lorna Peters Wrolstad, 90, entered into eternal peace, with her family by her side, on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Lorna was born Nov. 26, 1922 in Blue Township, Ont., a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Hartnell.


It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret “Sweet Pea” Big George announces her passing on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Bay Shore Nursing Home in Duluth, Mn.

Margaret was born Jan. 2, 1945 in Big Island First Nation, Ont. to William and Roseanna Big George.

Margaret was an engaging story-teller and often spun her tales in her unique “Ojinglish” (Ojibwe + English), peppered with her infectious laugh. It is her sense of humour that got her through life’s trials and tribulations, and is fondly remembered by loved ones.


It is with great sadness that the family of Shirley Mutz, of Devlin, Ont., announces her passing on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont., with Danielle Gustafson at her side.

She was born Sept. 19, 1931 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Art and Bertha Livingstone.

In earlier years, she owned and operated Riverside Nursery in Devlin, Ont. until her retirement in 1998.

On Sept. 17, 1954, she was united in marriage to Nick Mutz. In 1969, they moved to Devlin.


Peacefully, with his wife and daughter holding his hands, Milo Frednan Olson slipped away to Heaven on Easter Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Gull Lake Senior Care Home in Gull Lake, Sask.

Milo was born Feb. 7, 1918, the second son of six children born to Conrad and Mary Olson of Spalding, Sask. He attended Lake Edward School in his early years.


Ruth Naoma Caul (nee Perkins), 98, of Riverside Long-Term Care in Rainy River, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Ruth was born Monday, Oct. 26, 1914 in Conway, N.D. to the late Morris and Doris Perkins. She moved to Rainy River District at a young age.

Ruth was united in marriage to Clarence on Nov. 14, 1935. Together they lived and raised their children in Devlin and Blackhawk, Ont. In their later years, they resided in Emo, Ont.

ERIC LEE OTTERTAIL (“Waasegonegaabo” Waasii Clan)

Eric Lee Ottertail (“Waasegonegaabo” Waasii Clan), 32, of Lac LaCroix First Nation, Ont., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Eric was born March 8, 1981 in Fort Frances, Ont. and had lived all his life in Rainy River District.

He had worked as a canoe tech for the Ministry of Natural Resources and also as a professional guide. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, and camping.

He also was a pow-wow singer and enjoyed playing volleyball. He had a strong belief in his culture.


Tina (Trijntje Wieringsma) Visser, 99, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Emo long-term care facility in Emo, Ont.

She was born Nov. 1, 1913 in Stiens, Friesland, The Netherlands. She enjoyed doing deliveries on bike for her father’s fish store with her sister, as well as sailing, swimming, and bookkeeping.

She was united in marriage to Lourens Visser in Drachten, The Netherlands on May 19, 1938. On June 9, 1940, Lourens and Tina were blessed with a daughter, Sijtske. She tragically passed away on Feb. 16, 1943.


William teRaa, 93, of Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Emo Health Centre.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo.

A complete obituary will follow.


On April 16, 2013, Arthur John Aldin Foy, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., peacefully joined his soulmate and wife, Florence, in Heaven after a long battle with cancer.

Art or “Foy,” as he was lovingly referred to by friends and relatives, will be remembered by his four sons, William (Brenda), George, Eric, and Peter, and his five daughters, Susan (Dalrey), Sharon (Dave), Shelly (Pierre), Maggie (Martin), and Tanya (Gerry).

Arthur was a wonderful grandfather to 40 grandchildren and more than 40 great-grandchildren; and also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.


Kelly Rae Morrisseau, 35, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away with family by her side on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Center in Thunder Bay, Ont. 

She was born Sept. 21, 1977 in Fort Frances, Ont. and lived at Couchiching First Nation until the age of five, at which time she moved to Winnipeg, Man.

Kelly was a very smart and active youth who received various academic scholarships during her elementary years. She graduated from Tech Voc High School and went on to earn a diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management.


It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Doreen Allan announces her passing on Friday, April 12, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Doreen was born May 19, 1932 in Fort Frances to Fred and Agnes Crowe. She was one of 11 children.

She lived in Fort Frances all of her life, working at various businesses, including Wrightway Market, Safeway, the New Lunch Café, and Rainycrest.

She was united in marriage to George Allan on Feb. 7, 1950. Together they fished commercially for many years.


William “Sambo” Fedoruk passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Sambo was born March 24, 1925 in Gardenton, Man. to Sam and Lucy Fedoruk but moved to Fort Frances, Ont. as a boy.

Sambo joined the Ontario Minnesota Pulp & Paper Company in 1941 and worked there for three years before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944, serving in both Canada and Europe.


“Uncle” Reino Onni Huitika, 76, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont.

Reino was born July 5, 1936 in the original homestead in Finland, Ont., or “behind the woodpile” as he liked to say.

He travelled to Ladysmith, B.C. when he was 16 years old to work as a logger for a year before returning to Finland, Ont. to work in the logging industry. In the summer, Reino worked as a stone mason for nine years, creating artisan split stone walls and fireplaces.