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CLIFFORD WILLIAM SLOWE

Clifford William Slowe, 95, of Bears Pass, Ont., passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 after a brief illness.

Clifford was born Dec. 25, 1917 in Aitken, Mn.

He had served in WWII as a torpedo man aboard the USS Trippe. After the war, his career took him from the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas to Northwestern Ontario, where he worked as a bush pilot, ironworker, guide, minnow catcher, and all around jack-of-all-trades.

A longstanding member of the Minnesota Masons, Clifford spent the last 30 years living on Rainy Lake in a paradise at Bears Pass.

ROSEANNE LEONARD (Ohzhi’-qua-zance)

After a long and courageous battle with cancer, our family sadly announces the passing of our beautiful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.

Roseanne Leonard (nee Medicine), 74, passed away peacefully and began her journey to the spirit world on Saturday, May 18, 2013, and was welcomed by her loving husband, Oscar Daniel; beautiful daughters, Julie Marie and Doris Jeanette; and her very special grandson, Desmond Lee.

EVA RUSSELL

Eva Russell, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

EMIL ROBERT ‘BOB’ STRAND SR.

Emil Robert “Bob” Strand Sr., 79, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at his home.

Emil was born Sept. 23, 1933 in Fort Frances, Ont., where he was raised.

He married Anna Zigler in 1966 in Sisseton, S.D. In 1969, he moved to International Falls, where he had lived since.

Before retiring, Emil was an electrician.

He enjoyed the outdoors, loved his fishing on Rainy Lake, as well as hunting, camping, and travelling.

He was a past member of the Moose Lodge in Virginia, Mn.

RUBY ETTA GILLIES

Ruby Etta Gillies, 89, a resident of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Ruby was born Jan. 5, 1924 in Elswick, Sask. to Ned and Zena Sanderson. She enjoyed her childhood under wide prairie skies, but also experienced the hardships of the ’30s.

At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Emo, Ont., where she met and fell in love with her future husband, Gilbert Gillies. They married Jan. 21, 1942.

RICHARD GORDON BAREFOOT

Richard Gordon Barefoot passed away suddenly and very peacefully of a brain aneurysm on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

He was born Nov. 12, 1949.

He leaves his wife of 35 years, Georgia Atwood; son, Brett Barefoot; his faithful, loving dog, “Rosy”; nieces and nephews; and many more family members.

Rick was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Maxine Barefoot.

Rick loved his sports, especially skiing and golf. He was a member of the Vernon Golf and Country Club and past member of Spallumcheen Golf Course.

His favourite hole on both was #19.

RALPH JOSEPH MESHAKE

Ralph Joseph Meshake, 58, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away quietly on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, with family by his side, in hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ralph was born June 2, 1954. He worked in various jobs throughout the district over his lifetime.

In earlier years, he was united in marriage to the former Julie Leonard. In recent years, he has lived in Thunder Bay.

WILLIAM PETER MIECHKOTA

William Peter Miechkota, 72, entered into eternal life on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. as a consequence of cancer.

Born April 8, 1941 in Winnipeg, Man., and having been raised in Barwick, Ont., Peter attended high school in Fort Frances.

His career began at the age of 18 as a signal helper with the Canadian National Railway in Sioux Lookout, Ont. After 16 years of service as a Signal Supervisor, his job was eliminated.

RALPH JOSEPH MESHAKE

Ralph Joseph Meshake, 58, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away quietly, with family by his side, on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont., with Willie Wilson officiating.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

VIOLA ELIZABETH STRAND

It is with great sadness that the family of Viola Elizabeth Strand announces her passing on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 with her family by her side.

Viola was born April 13, 1920 on her family farm outside of Gull Lake, Sask. to Mary and Rudolf Strand.

She had three sisters, Ester Peterson (Harold), Helen Brown (Oscar), and Evelyn Strand, and one brother, Oscar Strand, who all predeceased her.

Viola has one daughter, Diane Marie Strand, born on March 23, 1951, who was the joy of her life.

DANIEL NUSSBAUMER

Daniel Nussbaumer, 93, went to be with His Lord and Saviour peacefully on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at his residence with his family by his bedside.

Daniel was born to Daniel and Babette Nussbaumer on June 14, 1919 in Basel, Switzerland.

He accepted Jesus as his Saviour at a very young age and Jesus was the centre of his life to the very end. He told many stories of God’s grace to his children and grandchildren as he lived through WWII.

COLIN BURRITT BROWN

With very sad hearts, the family of Colin Burritt Brown announces his passing in Toronto, Ont.

Colin was out on his afternoon walk when he suffered a heart attack on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Colin was born July 31, 1963 in Kenora, Ont., the first of two sons born to Allan and Shirley (nee Pearson) Brown.

As a child, Colin spent many summer days playing with cousins from all over the district. He cherished these memories and loved to tell stories from his youth.

ELVIS DeBUNGEE (Zhaashaabwewishkang)

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Elvis DeBungee, 56, of Rainy River First Nation, Ont., on Friday, May 3, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Elvis was born Dec. 12, 1956 in Emo, Ont. to Peter and Gladys DeBungee.

Elvis was a doting, loving, and proud father of his children, enjoying their achievements and sports as they grew into healthy young adults. He adored his granddaughters, and had the pleasure of caring for his first granddaughter, Hailey, who made the role of grandparent a special honour.

ERWIN JAMES GOULIQUER

The family sadly announces the passing of Erwin James Gouliquer, 68, on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Calgary, Alta.

Erwin was born Feb. 19, 1945 in Winnipeg, Man., and was the eldest of five children to Peter and Mary Gouliquer.

He was raised in Arbor Vitae, Ont. and at an early start he learned a strong work ethic with the sudden passing of his father when Erwin was nine years old.

Erwin worked at various jobs during his lifetime, but working as a drywaller would be his chosen career until retirement. He retired to Emo, Ont. in 2009.

HENRY PETE MACEDON

Henry Pete Macedon, 75, of International Falls, Mn., passed away quietly on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, Mn.

He was born May 27, 1937 in Winnipeg, Man. to Mary and Peter Macedon.

He resided in Selkirk, Man., then moved to Devlin, Ont. until the passing of his father nine years later. His mother remarried in 1949 to Wilmot (Bill) Godin, briefly living in Fort Frances, Ont., before taking permanent residence in International Falls.

ASTRID FAIRNINGTON

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Astrid (Persson/Mosbeck) Fairnington announces her passing on Friday, May 3, 2013 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Nov. 18, 1916 to J. Alfred and Christine Persson in Rich Valley, Alta.

Her family relocated to Tovell in her early childhood and she attended the Tovell School that her father had built on their property as a public school, thus beginning her passion for learning and teaching.

MARGARET BARTLETT

Margaret Bartlett, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., went to be with her Lord peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at her residence.

She was born March 17, 1923 in Fort Frances to the late Magnus and Margaret Martinson.

Raised in Fort Frances, Margaret met Robert Bragg, whom she married on Feb. 6, 1941. During WWII, Robert was stationed overseas, where he passed away on May 23, 1944.

VIOLA STRAND

The family wishes to announce the passing of Viola Strand, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral arrangements pending, and a complete obituary will follow.

ALANA JOY FYFE

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Alana Joy Fyfe on Thursday, May 2, 2013, surrounded by family who love and will miss her dearly.

Alana will be sadly missed by her children, Jamie Lynn Anderson, Bradley Fyfe, David Fyfe, and Michael Fyfe; and additions to her family, Rob Mellick and Heather Watts.

Alana’s beautiful grandchildren, Ethan, Lola, Chase, and Emma, will miss their “Nana Lana.”

Alana was born Nov. 2, 1962 to Edith and Allan Henderson Sr.

MARGARET SENEVA HANSON

Margaret Seneva Hanson passed away peacefully, at the age of 100, on Friday, May 3, 2013 with her family by her side in Rainy River, Ont.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 11 am. at the Bergland Hall in Bergland, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

MARGARET BARTLETT

Margaret Bartlett, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., went to be with her Lord peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at her residence.

She was born March 17, 1923 in Fort Frances to the late Magnus and Margaret Martinson.

Raised in Fort Frances, Margaret met Robert Bragg, whom she married on Feb. 6, 1941. During WWII, Robert was stationed overseas, where he passed away on May 23, 1944.

MARGARET BARTLETT

Margaret Bartlett, 90, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., went to be with her Lord peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pastor David Groff officiating.

Interment will place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.

Family and friends may visit prior to services Monday afternoon.

A complete obituary will follow.

ALLAN RADBOURNE

FEBRUARY 10, 1953- APRIL 24, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Allan (Al) Radbourne announces his passing on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Calgary, AB. He was born February 10, 1953 to Ken and Peggy Radbourne in Fort Frances, ON.

On January 17, 1975, he married the love of his life, Glenda LaRocque in Fort Frances, ON. Al enjoyed his farm, flying helicopters, wiener roasts and spending time with his family and friends.