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CHRISTOPHER LEE JACK “Pe Pe Que Zence” (Sparrow Hawk) Pizhew (Lynx) Clan

Christopher Lee Jack, 38, a resident of Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, passed away tragically on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at his brother’s home.

Chris’ favourite pastime was spending time reading, researching, and studying the constellation systems. Many a night he would look at the constellations, and he also would do further research and find out the mythological aspects, time, and space continuum.

THOMAS MEDICINE SR. (Tay bah si gah bow)

The family announces that Thomas Medicine Sr., 86, of Manitou Rapids entered the Spirit World on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at his residence.

Tom was born April 24, 1927 to Albert and Eva Medicine. He attended St. Margaret’s Residential School until the age of 15.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in WW II from 1943-1946. He was stationed in Shiloh, Manitoba, as well as England, France, Belgium and Holland.

SHAWN DOUGLAS

Shawn Douglas of Thunder Bay, formerly of Fort Frances, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 8, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Complete obituary to follow.

NORMA JEAN (GIIDAAGONAY’ AASNIIK) JORDAN (Kingfisher Clan)

Norma Jean Jordan, age 52, of Lac La Croix First Nation passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in International Falls, Minnesota.

She was born on Sept. 17, 1961 of Fort Frances, Ontario. She loved being with family and friends. Norma Jean enjoyed being outdoors, attending pow-wows and dancing. She was very outgoing and social.

She loved to help; taking others in under her wing no matter what the situation. Norma Jean cherished her grandkids, nephews and nieces.

JACKIE ‘JACK’ SCHURG COOPER

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jackie Schurg Cooper announces his passing on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jack was born Sept. 22, 1936 in Emo, Ont.

He was raised and attended schools in Kenora, Ont. Then as a young adult, he moved to Fort Frances to call it home and this is where he chose to raise his family.

Jack was the “go-to guy” for many of the tradespeople in the Fort Frances area as a manager and employee at Acklands throughout the majority of his adult working career.

PAUL FOURNIER

It is with heavy hearts we announce the accidental drowning of Paul Fournier at his retirement home in Jerome, Mich.

Paul was born March 18, 1942 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Emile and Mary Fournier.

He spent his lifelong career as an aeronautical engineer at Aeroquip in Jackson, Mich.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; three children, Nicole, Coté, and Brandon; and two precious granddaughters, Prielle and Norah.

LEONA DORRENE GOSSELIN

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Leona (Lee) Gosselin.

Mom passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, with her loving family by her side, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Nov. 2, 1932 to the late Thomas and Esther (Fults) Bowman in Devlin, Ont.

Leona was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Beatrice Sutton and Blanche Ogden; brothers, Robert and Wes Bowman; husband, Ned Gosselin; and great-granddaughter, Alexa Lee Basaraba.

KEGWECHIGABO (MUKWA DOODEM) NORMAN McGINNIS SR.

Kegwechigabo (Mukwa Doodem) Norman McGinnis Sr., 80, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, with his family by his side, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Norman was born Dec. 6, 1932 at Rainy River First Nations to the late Harold and Margaret McGinnis.

Norman had worked as a logger and as a firefighter crew boss for the MNR. He was a natural-born story-teller and loved going for long walks, which he did every day.

LEONA GOSSELIN

Leona Gosselin, 80, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 5, 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home.

A complete obituary will follow.

DEBRA HULL MASON

It is with great sadness to announce Debra Hull Mason, 52, passed on to a Higher Echelon from her home in Trevor, Wis. on June 17, 2013.

Debra was born in an Army hospital in Fort Riley, Kan. on Jan. 4, 1961 and lived in Junction City, Kan. for a short period of time.

In 1963, Debra came with her mother, Marjorie, to Fort Frances, Ont., where she attended school at Robert Moore and Fort Frances High School until age 16. At that time, she returned to the U.S. with her aunt, Patricia Carroll and family, to complete her education.

LAURA LYNNE MILLER-GOODALL

After emergency surgery on Monday, June 17, Laura passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Laura was born May 19, 1963 in Winnipeg, Man.

The family moved to Dryden, Ont. in 1966 and then to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1973. She graduated from Fort Frances High School.

Laura currently was employed by the Government of Yukon, Human Resources.

On July 2, 2005, Laura married Trevor Goodall in Whitehorse. She loved the North Country.

JAMES CAMPBELL McLEAN

James Campbell McLean, 98, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Jim was born Dec. 17, 1914 in Brigden, Ont, the third of six children of Sarah (nee Campbell) and John Francis “Frank” McLean.

He spent the first nine years of his childhood in Brigden. His many memories included his family surviving the Spanish ’flu epidemic of 1918-19, moving to Rainy River in 1924, and then to Harris Hill in 1926.

MARGARET IRENE McCORMICK

It is with great sorrow the family announces the passing of Margaret Irene McCormick on June 22, 2013 at the age of 95.

Marg was born Nov. 29, 1917 to William George and Ester Louise Wilson.

She was united in marriage to Edward (Ted) McCormick on Aug. 25, 1937.

Marg was predeceased by her parents; husband, Ted, in 1987; son, Alan, in 2009; daughter, Marilyn, in 2013; daughters-in-law, Eva and Mabel; and son-in-law, George Arden.

She also was predeceased by her siblings, Ralph, Tom, Elizabeth, Ethel, Millie, and Janet.

KEGWECHIGABO (MUKWA DOODEM) NORMAN McGINNIS SR.

Kegwechigabo (Mukwa Doodem), Norman McGinnis Sr., 80, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances with his family by his side.

Norman was born Dec. 6, 1932 at Rainy River First Nations to the late Harold and Margaret McGinnis.

Norman had worked as a logger and as a firefighter crew boss for the MNR. He was a natural-born story-teller and loved going for long walks, which he did every day.

KEGWECHIGABO (MUKWA DOODEM) NORMAN McGINNIS SR.

Kegwechigabo (Mukwa Doodem), Norman McGinnis Sr., 80, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Rev. Mr. Bob Grynol will officiate, followed by interment in the Rainy River First Nations Cemetery on the hill.

Friends may visit Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, with vigil prayers being offered at 6:30 p.m.

PHYLLIS B. McFEE

It is with great sadness that the family of Phyllis B. McFee, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces her passing on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances after a very brief illness.

Born in Portsmouth, England on Jan. 15, 1925, she immigrated to Canada at the end of WW II (1946) to join her husband, E. Donald McFee, whom she had married during the war.

Phyl was an avid gardener and a skilled artist of many genres (fine art, needle craft, knitting, and crocheting, as well as being a fabulous seamstress).

ELINOR MARCINE JAMES

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Elinor Marcine James, 91, of Emo, Ont., on Tuesday, June 11, 2103 at the Emo Health Centre.

Marcine was born Elinor Marcine Hefner on Feb. 1 1922 in Lafayette, Ohio. She was the oldest of five children of Robert and (Rowena) Ilo Hefner.

Marcine spent most of her young life in Oxford, Ohio. She graduated from McGuffey School in 1940, then from Miami University in 1943 with a degree in biology and chemistry.

LYNN CADDEL

Lynn Caddel (nee Beechinor), 66, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Health Sciences North with her loving family at her side.

Beloved wife of Jeff Caddel, who predeceased her in 2012; loving mother of Chris Caddel (Vanessa) and Carrie Ann Caddel (Paul Baelde); and cherished grandmother of Katherine, Madeline, and Maeve.

Dear daughter of the late Fred and Carrie Beechinor; dear sister of Tom Beechinor; and special sister-in-law to Bob Caddel.

She also will be sadly missed by canine buddy, Marley.

LOIS BREKKE

Lois Brekke passed away, with family by her side, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, Mn. after a two-month battle with leukemia.

Lois was born Oct. 12, 1941 and grew up in International Falls. She attended St. Thomas School and graduated from Falls High School in 1960.

Lois Chezick was united in marriage to Jerome Brekke on Jan. 21, 1961 in International Falls. Lois worked with her husband at Brekke Insurance Agency until they retired in 2001.

JOHN (JACK) CHARLES GEORGE JACKWAY

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing on Sunday, June 16, 2013, his birthday and Father’s Day, of John (Jack) Charles George Jackway, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont.

Dad was born in Fort Frances and enjoyed growing up in the west end. He shared many fond memories of his dad’s garden, the Rainy River, and his childhood friends.

In 1958, in Sioux Narrows, Ont., he met the love of his life, Anne Dyck. They were married April 11, 1959 in Kenora, Ont and together they raised two children.

LOIS BREKKE

Lois Brekke, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Church in International Falls.

Visitation is at 10 a.m.

A complete obituary will follow.