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CHRISTOPH von NIEBELSCHÜTZ

Christoph Alexander von Niebelschütz passed away peacefully at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with his three children at his side. He was 87 years old.

His life spanned nine decades over two continents, and he touched the lives of many along the way with his memorable quirks and love of knowledge, language, music, and nature.

PHYLLIS GERTRUDE BEDARD

It is with deep sadness that the family of Phyllis Bedard announces her passing, at the age of 93, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with family by her side.

Phyllis was born March 15, 1920 in St. Catharines, Ont. She later moved to Winnipeg, Man., where she met the love of her life, Peter Bedard, in 1941.

In later years, Phyllis was a member of the Redwing Rebekah Lodge and the St. John’s Anglican Church Guild.

BEVERLY J. MCCOOL

She was born on November 22, 1940 in International Falls, MN to Clifford and Evelyn Wagner. She spent her early years in the Falls before completing High School in Crookston. Fate intervened shortly after her graduation when she ran into the back of Derald’s car. This led to the exchange of phone numbers and eventually the exchange of wedding vows. Bev married Derald McCool on June 4, 1960, and they spent 53 wonderful years together. They built a life in Fort Frances, raising their children and running several businesses including Plaza Lanes.

PHYLLIS BEDARD

Phyllis Bedard passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

BEVERLY McCOOL

Beverly McCool, 73, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

KEVIN CARTER

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kevin Carter.

Kevin passed away in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at the age of 55.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 29 years, Tanis; his devoted daughters, Kirstie and Katie; sisters, Cheryl (Cliff) Hagen, Tammi (Donnie) Foster, and Norine (Kyle) Vogt; and brother, Rob (Jody) Carter.

JOSEPH GEPP

It is with deep sadness that the family of Joseph Gepp announces his passing, at the age of 86, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joe was born Jan. 20, 1928 in Jagerberg, Austria.

He started his career as a butcher in Switzerland but was a handyman at heart. He built his own home, working as a logger, welder, and carpenter, but his first love was farming.

He moved to Canada as a young man, settling in the Rainy River District in 1964. One of his fondest memories was visiting many of his neighbours in Burriss.

FRED (ALFRED) HENRY PATERSON

Fred (Alfred) Henry Paterson, of Saskatchewan, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

He was born Sept. 25, 1958 to Betty and the late Alex Paterson of Devlin, Ont.

Fred completed his Grade 12 and then went on to take college courses.

He married the late Rhonda (Lampi) and together they raised two children, Crystal and John. Fred later married Julie (Fedoruk) and raised Kristina and Kody.

Fred had many talents and skills. In his younger years, he worked as a logger and lineman, and was very talented at carpentry and also was mechanically inclined.

RUTH ALTHEA HORLEY

Ruth Althea Horley passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born June 22, 1929 in Rainy River, Ont.

Ruth graduated from the Grace Hospital Registered Nursing Program in Winnipeg, Man. As a young nurse, she went into northern Canada and worked for Northern Affairs for many years.

This was about 1950—a time when there were no cellphones and very few roads. Ruth travelled by dog team, canoe and paddle, and by small bush plane to care for the folks who were in the territory she was assigned.

GERALD (JERRY) RONALD BRENNARD (BAIDENKO)

Gerald Brennard, special brother of Donna Derhak (Waterloo, Ont.), passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gerald was born March 22, 1949 in Fort Frances.

He will be sadly missed by his sister, Donna.

Gerald was predeceased by his sister, Elsie Drobot of Atikokan, Ont.; brother, Albert Brennard of International Falls, Mn.; father, Fred Brennard (Baidenko); and mother, Mary Brennard (Baidenko).

GERALD (JERRY) RONALD BRENNARD (BAIDENKO)

Gerald Brennard, special brother of Donna Derhak (Waterloo, Ont.), passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gerald was born March 22, 1949 in Fort Frances.

He will be sadly missed by his sister, Donna.

Gerald was predeceased by his sister, Elsie Drobot of Atikokan, Ont.; brother, Albert Brennard of International Falls, Mn.; father, Fred Brennard (Baidenko); and mother, Mary Brennard (Baidenko).

SHIRLEY MURIEL BROWN

Shirley Brown, 94, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born May 2, 1919 in Edmonton, Alta. but lived in Fort Frances for as long as she could remember.

She worked for both the Town of Fort Frances and Bell Canada as a telephone operator until retiring at the age of 60.

She enjoyed curling, winning many bonspiels. She hated bowling but did it anyway for the exercise, and was a life-time member of the Royal Purple.

CHARLES (CHUCK) McPHERSON

It is with deep and great sadness and pain that the family of Chuck McPherson announces his passing on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at his home on Couchiching First Nation.

Chuck was born Nov. 29, 1952 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Dolly and George McPherson but lived in his beloved community, Couchiching First Nation.

Chuck was employed at Couchiching as the “Chief”—a position he was honoured to have. It was an honour and privilege for him to work at his community, and to see it grow and thrive.

He was very proud of his community and would help anyone.

SAIMI ELINA KOLEHMAINEN

Mrs. Saimi (Mummo) Kolehmainen, 89, a resident of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away unexpectedly at Dawson Court on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 with family by her side.

Saimi was born Nov. 6, 1924 in Tuppurinmaki, Finland.

She served in the Finnish Army and, in 1944, married Matti, having 59 years together raising a family. They immigrated to Canada (Port Arthur) in 1957 with their young family to start a new life.

FREDERICK JAMES MUNRO

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Frederick James Munro on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at the age of 76.

Fred was born April 27, 1937 in Fort Frances, Ont. to James and Ella Munro. He grew up in Dance Township with his five brothers and one sister.

Fred moved to Atikokan, Ont. in the 1950s, where he met his wife, June, and was married on Aug. 23, 1958.

ELSIE MARGARET HAINES

Elsie Margaret Haines, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at the age of 92.

Elsie was born June 3, 1921 in North Leyton, Great Britain.

While serving in the British Air Force during World War II, Elsie met and wed Kenneth Haines during his tour with the Canadian Armed Forces overseas.

After the war, Elsie, as a war bride, and her first-born boarded a ship headed for their new home in Canada. After a short stay in Emo, Ont., the family moved to Fort Frances.

DANNY HENDERSON

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Danny Keith Wilson Henderson announces his sudden passing on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at the age of 57.

Danny was born Aug. 13, 1956 in Atikokan, Ont., where he spent most of his life.

In 1982, he met and married the love of his life, Avis Reashore. Together they had two children, Keith and Alacia.

CHARLES (CHUCK) McPHERSON

It is with deep and great sadness and pain that the family of Chuck McPherson announces his passing on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at his home on Couchiching First Nation.

Chuck was born Nov. 29, 1952 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Dolly and George McPherson but lived in his beloved community, Couchiching First Nation.

Chuck was employed at Couchiching as the “Chief”—a position he was honoured to have. It was an honour and privilege for him to work at his community, and to see it grow and thrive.

He was very proud of his community and would help anyone.

EDITH CARLSON

The families of the late Edith L. Carlson wish to announce her passing on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2013.

She was born Nov. 8, 1924 in International Falls, Mn. to Engel and Lulu Engleson.

She graduated from high school and then worked in the office for O&M. Later during the war, she moved to Detroit, Mich. with a friend and worked there for several years.

Edith returned to International Falls, where she met and married Raymond Carlson on Feb. 12, 1946.

Years later, she worked for Eaton’s and Bell Canada until her retirement.

MARY JOSEPHINE GAVIN

Mary Gavin (nee Stirrett) passed away peacefully early on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora, Ont.

She was born Nov. 15, 1925 on the family farm near Emo, Ont.

In 1949, Mary married Clarence Gavin of Emo and they happily lived out their married life there.

Mary loved her job with Canada Post and retired after 30 years of service.

Despite her well-known aversion to flying, she took joy in travelling with her husband, family, and friends, exploring Britain, Canada, Hawaii, and other parts of the United States.

RAYMOND ‘RAY’ DONALD SEGUIN

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Ray Seguin announces his passing on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 in Cranbrook, B.C. at age 78.

Ray was born March 13, 1935 in Potts Township, Ont. to Yvonne Marie Seguin.

He grew up on the farm, where he learned about hard work. The lessons he learned there served him well throughout his life.

From logger to tireman to heavy equipment mechanic to park ranger and everything in between, Ray was a jack-of-all-trades and a wonderful provider for his family, whom he loved more than life itself.

CHARLES (CHUCK) McPHERSON

Chuck McPherson passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Couchiching First Nation Arena.

A complete obituary will follow.

RUBY DOUGLAS

It is with great sadness that the family of Ruby Douglas announces her passing on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born May 7, 1947 and lived in North Branch, Ont. She grew up with her sisters, Marj and Delores, and brother, Brad.

She enjoyed spending time outdoors and cross-country skiing with her father, Thad, as well as learning to craft many things and cook with her mother, Dorothy.