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After a short illness, Steven Louis Daw passed away peacefully, with his family and friends at his side, on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Abbottsford Regional Hospital in Abbottsford, B.C.

Steven was born Dec. 20, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He spent his youth in Ontario and moved to B.C. to work in the dairy farming communities of the Lower Mainland.

Steven will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Steven was predeceased by his father, Theodore; and his brothers Mickeal, Vincent, and Kimberley.


Judith (“Judy”) Ann Plasky, nee Monrean, passed away Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 at her residence in Fort Frances, Ont. with her family by her side.

Judy was born Sept. 23, 1946 in Fort Frances to Mary and Jack (John) Monrean.

In the early 1960s in International Falls, Mn., Judy was a member of the first girls’ organized hockey team in the nation. She later graduated from Falls High School in 1965.


Victor Rudolph Himsl passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at his residence at Sunrise Senior Living in Windsor, Ont.

He was born March 23, 1922 in Lumsden, Sask.

Reunited with his beloved wife of 68 years, Mary, nee Balint (2010).


It is with great sadness that the family of Ingried Helena Gushulak announces her passing on May 19th, 2012, with her family at her side at the age of 77.

Ingried was born on April 30, 1935 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

to the late Frank and Helene Dombrowski.

In her teens she sang and played the guitar in her church choir.

As a young adult she worked at a drug store, candy factory and modeled for the O’Loreal hair company.

In 1957 Ingried immigrated to Atikokan, Canada with her first husband and daughter. After 2 years she moved to Fort Frances with her


It is with deep sorrow that we say goodbye to Garry Peter Ogier, 64, who passed away after a long battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont.

He is survived by his children, Bradley, Cory (Julie), and Tara (Mike); and grandchildren, Meaghan, Erica, Cassie, Alex, Shawn, Aryanna, and Erica.

He also is survived by his siblings, Harold, Phyllis, Ron (Sandy), Joyce (Charlie) Allan, Ruth (Doug), Patsy (Doug), and Joan; as well as several nieces and nephews.


With sadness, the family announces the passing of Mildred (Millie) Mary Bell on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Honouring her request, there will be no service and a private interment will take place at a later date.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainy River Health Centre c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

Online condolences may be offered at


It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Justen B. Kroeker of Kenora, Ont. on May 13, 2012 at the young age of 22.


With his beloved children and family by his side, Leonard F. Bedard Sr. passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Regional Heath Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Leonard was born Jan. 14, 1957 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He leaves to mourn his children, Leonard Jr., Joel (Monique), and Mathew; beloved grandchildren, Nicole, Avery, Brooklyn, Caitlyne, Emma, and Alex; brothers and sisters, Allan (Laura), Charlene (Fred), Brenda (Chuck), Albert (Laurie), Victor (Mae), Tom (Barb), Diane (Wes), and Randy (Brenda); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Sadly, with his family at his side, Orval Robert Armstrong passed away on the evening of Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the age of 63.

He was the son of Vernon and Edna Armstrong.

Orval was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1949. He grew up with his four brothers and sister in Dance Township and at Birch Point Camp, his father’s fishing resort on Northwest Bay.

As a youngster, he spent much of his time fishing, hunting, trapping, and enjoying the outdoors.


It is with great sadness that the family of Conrad Jean Lemieux announces his passing on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

He was born Oct. 19, 1931 in Saint-Paul, Montmagny, Que. to the late Napoleon and Yvonne Lemieux.

Conrad moved to Fort Frances, Ont. as a young man and worked at various logging camps. He later worked for the railroad and then the last 20 years at the local paper mill as a millwright, where he took early retirement at age 55.

Throughout his working days he also did carpentry work.


Jim Finch passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jim had celebrated his 91st birthday on March 31, 2012.

Jim was born to Laura and Byron Finch of Emo, Ont. He spent his growing years working on the family farm.

He married Dorothy (nee Devall) in 1947.

Jim was active in the lumber camps and working for the Department of Highways. After he received his heavy-duty mechanics licence, he and Dorothy moved to Atikokan, Ont., where Jim worked in the mine.


With family and sister, Shirley, by her side, Edna Ruth Brown, 82, of Riverview Manor in Rainy River, Ont., passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River.

Edna was born Aug. 7, 1929 in Nelles Township, Ont. to the late Antoine and Florrie Lauzon. She had 13 siblings.

She was united in marriage on May 19, 1948 to Henry A. Brown. Together they raised seven sons.

She had worked as a cook for a few summers at various tourist camps, and for one summer on the Ark.


It is with great sadness that the family of Lucille Mary Audette, 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces her passing on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Lucille was born Sunday, March 23, 1930 in Stratton, Ont. to the late George and Marguerite Penney.

She had worked for a number of years as an RNA at La Verendrye General Hospital. She also was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.

She enjoyed walking and painting, and was a kind, selfless, gentle, and caring person.


Marvin Edward Haglin, 62 of Emo, Ont., formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 19, 1949 in Emo.

Marvin received his education at Donald Young School in Emo and at Fort Frances High School. He worked as a truck driver for Fred Brown Ltd. until he became ill.

Marvin was predeceased by one brother, Dwayne, and his parents, Elmer and Birdena.


With his family at his side, Robert Earl (Bob) Hagen passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont. after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born July 18, 1945 to Earl and Martha Hagen of Black Hawk, Ont. He attended a one-room school there, followed by high school in Fort Frances.


Garry John Countess, 72, passed away Friday, May 18, 2012 at Leamington District Memorial Hospital in Leamington, Ont.

Beloved husband of Jan; dear father of Jennifer Countess (Dennis Neufeld), Dr. Robert Countess (Sarah), and Rebecca Countess; and loving grandfather of Jadyn and Adam Neufeld, and Madeleine and John Countess.

Garry also is survived by many special cousins, nieces, and nephews.


David Orland Barnard, 63, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.

David was born March 31, 1949 in Kenora, Ont. to George and Anna Barnard.

At an early age, he worked for the Sapawe sawmill in Atikokan. Then in the early 1980s, David relocated to Calgary, Alta. to be with his lifelong friend and companion, Kathey Hallaby.

While there he took up the trades of drywalling and carpentry.

In 1993, David and Kathey moved back to Atikokan, where they resided until his passing.


Geraldine May Skinner passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after a brief illness, in the company of beloved family and friends.

She was born July 1, 1925.

Geraldine was the devoted wife of Dr. Harry Skinner, and mother of Steven (Allison) and grandmother of Frances Mackenzie.

She was predeceased by her husband and two sons, Robert Fredrick and David Harrison Skinner.


It is with great sadness that the family of Marie Elizabeth (Betty) Gervais announces her passing on Monday, May 21, 2012.

She had been courageously fighting cancer for the last few months, but passed away in the home she loved.

Elizabeth was born to the late Carl and Elizabeth Olson in Winnipeg, Man. and had three brothers. The family lived in various places, including Winnipeg, Welland, Uchi Lake, and Sioux Lookout, Ont.


A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mary Ann Dutka will be held Friday, May 25, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, Ont.

Fr. Wayne McIntosh will officiate, followed by interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Mary Anne passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

Online condolences may be offered at


It is with great sadness that the family of Alvina Zrum announces her peaceful passing, with her family at her side, on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances, Ont.

Alvina was born Jan. 20, 1925 in New Westminster, B.C. to Ernest and Ester Hockaday.

Alvina met her future husband, Ray Zrum, during WW II. They were wed on July 20, 1945 in New Westminster. They later moved to Fort Frances, where they raised their two children.


Ingried Gushulak, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012 with her family at her side.

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

Ilio Gushulak

With family beside him, Ilio Gushulak, 89, of 1154 Walker Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, where he had been a very content resident since December, 2010.

He was born to Anastasia and Theodore Gushulak on March 28, 1923 in Sirko, Man. and was the youngest of nine children.


It is with great sadness that the family of Sam Puchalski announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man.

Sam was born March 28, 1943 in Fort Frances, Ont. to John and Nellie Puchalski. He attended Robert Moore and Fort Frances High School before he left to join the Royal Canadian Navy with his buddies from Fort Frances.

After his navy experience, he chose the construction industry as his livelihood.


Denis Nault, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away Tuesday May 8, 2012, with his family by his side, at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Denis was born Feb. 14, 1939 in St. Boniface, Man. to Ulysse and Lucienne Nault. He spent his early years in Atikokan, Ont. working at the Steep Rock Mine.

On Oct. 3, 1964, Denis married the love of his life, Vicky Bernier, in Rainy River. Denis and Vicky lived in Atikokan, Fort Frances, and Rainy River, where they raised their four children.