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Obituaries

DARLENE JOAN WARD

Darlene “Joan” Ward, daughter of Fred Gorrill (1938) and Tillie Kreger (1968), was one of four beloved step-daughters of Adolph Werner.

Joan was born in Harris Hill, Ont. on July 13, 1935. She was baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit on Aug. 27, 1939.

She confessed her baptismal faith in the rite of Confirmation on April 30, 1952 and was admitted to the altar to receive the medicine of immortality, Christ’s life-giving body and blood.

WALTER SOBKOWICZ

Walter Sobkowicz, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, May 1, 2012 at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances.

He was born Feb. 3, 1928 in Fort Frances, where he resided for his entire life.

Walter is survived by his wife of 62 years, Astrid (Seger), and their five children, Linnea (Dave) Thiesen of Carmen, Man., and Konrad (Sue) Sobkowicz, Renae (Bill) Bodnarchuk, Sherry (Tom) Beck, and Michael (Sue) Sobkowicz, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.

ERIC ERNEST BRANDRICK

Eric Ernest Brandrick, 91, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Eric was born Jan. 4, 1921 in Duck Lake, Sask. to Ivan and Sarah Brandrick.

In the spring of 1928, his parents moved the family to Rainy River District, settling in Burriss, Ont., where he remained until 2010, when poor health forced him to move to Rainycrest in Fort Frances.

LOIS ANN MAKARENKO (WITHERSPOON)

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Lois passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. with her girls at her side.

SHEILA ANN VIVIE

Sheila Ann Vivie, 51, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Sheila was born on Saturday, July 16, 1960 in Emo, Ont. to the late Wallace and Hilda Wilson.

She had worked as a counsellor for Weechi-it-te-win Family Services at GTP. She enjoyed playing Bingo, golfing, going to the casino, and doing arts and craft work, and she also was a good cook.

Most of all, spending time with her grandchildren and family was important to her.

CHRISTINA ROMYN (nee den Boer)

Christina Romyn (nee den Boer), formerly of Stratton, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Portage la Prairie, Man. at the age of 97.

Christina, or “Oma” as she was fondly called by many, is survived by her daughters, Elsie Van Dyk, (George), Connie Bruinooge, Audrey Dalberg (Norman), Tina Douma, Jacklen Laird, Joanne Romyn, and Natalie Romyn; sons, Harry Romyn and Bill Romyn (Delores); 25 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Pieter den Boer.

KURT ALLAN SCHULZ

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kurt Allan Schulz of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. (formally of Fort Frances, Ont).

Kurt passed away March 27, 2012 in Edmonton, Alta. after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kurt was born on April 28, 1953 in Emo, Ont. and was a 1971 graduate of Fort Frances High School. Kurt was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, as well as a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kurt served four years in the Canadian Armed Forces, becoming a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, where he completed a tour in Cyprus.

WENDY SARANPAA

Wendy Saranpaa (nee Marr), 59, a resident of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, April 22, 2012 with her husband by her side.

Wendy was born in Fort Frances, Ont. She loved being with her daughters and granddaughters, and visiting with her sisters and brother.

RENA PETETSKI

Rena Petetski passed away peacefully, with her daughters by her side, on Wednesday April 18, 2012 at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Ont. in her 71st year.

Beloved wife of Samuel (2011); dear mother of Catherine McGuire and her husband, Dr. Jeremy, and Janice Park and her husband, Philip; cherished grandmother of Kurtwood, Chase, Jacob, Erin, Joshua, and Noah; and remembered by her sister, Ruth Grice (Dr. Adrian) and their family.

Rena also will be missed by many relatives and friends.

DAVID HARRISON SKINNER

David Harrison Skinner went peacefully to his eternal home on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

David is survived by his mother, Geraldine M. Skinner of Fort Frances, Ont.; his brother, Steven (Allison) and niece, MacKenzie, of Brantford, Ont.; and his aunt, Shelagh MacDowell of Winnipeg, Man.

Also surviving are his cousins, Ken Skinner (Susan) and sons, Matt and Jordan, of Winnipeg, Man., Jim Skinner (partner, Lorrie), Lynne Pearen (David) and sons, Chris, Dale, and Blair, and Kevin Skinner (Robyn), all of Ottawa, Ont., and Carol Gillies (Greg) of Atlanta, Ga.

ANNA SPRUYT

Anna Spruyt passed away Monday, April 9, 2012.

She was born May 7, 1929 and spent the first part of her life in Zaandam, The Netherlands.

She survived difficult times during WWII, then did secretarial work for a number of years before following her dream to a new life in Canada in 1958.

She worked in Toronto for a few years before meeting Hendrik Spruyt, a fellow immigrant from Holland. They married Oct. 5, 1963 and she moved to his farm in Devlin, Ont., where they raised four children.

JANICE MAXINE HAGLUND

It is with great sadness that the family of Janice Maxine Haglund announces her peaceful passing, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Janice was born July 18, 1952 in New Westminster, B.C. to Ingval and Roxanne Fagerdahl.

Janice lived for many years in Manitoba and being an excellent cook, spent most of her working career in the food service industry.

KEN O’NEILL

It is with great sadness that the family of Ken O’Neill announces his passing on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born June 21, 1937 in Pinewood, Ont.

Ken is survived by his wife, Helen O’Neill; son, Doug Moldowan (Claire); daughters, Jo-Ann Gosselin (Kim) and Stacy O’Neill; grandchildren, Trace, Kennedi, Danny (Chrissie), and Giselle; and great-grandchildren, Tristan and Alice.

ELIZABETH ANNE PRYDE (KOHUT)

We have lost a wonderful and loving Mother, Nana, and friend.

Elizabeth Anne Pryde (Kohut), 73, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Mom was born March 28, 1939 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to Wanda Tomas (Kohut) and Tony Kohut. She worked for the Ministry of Natural Resourcs from 1972-1996.

In her retirement years, she belonged to several groups, including the Red Hatters, Meals on Wheels, hospital auxiliary, and the Sew and Sew Quilters.

EDNA FLORENCE WATTS

Florence Watts (nee Lundy) passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. at age 89.

Florence was born Sept. 10, 1922 to Forrest and Edna Lundy in Carpenter Township, Ont.

She attended school in Emo and high school in Fort Frances, after which Florence moved to Toronto, Ont. to work during the war.

Florence was united in marriage to John Watts in the spring of 1946. They resided in Shenston Township, Ont. and had two girls, Elaine and Dianne.

STACEY LEE BLUEBIRD

Stacey Lee Bluebird, 39, of Toronto, Ont., passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

He was born June 19, 1972 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was a very friendly and out-going person. He was respected for who he was and well-liked by numerous friends.

Stacey had many interests and hobbies. He loved his artwork and painting, and also loved to socialize and help out others. He spent a lot of his days volunteering at the Anishnawbe Health Toronto.

He also enjoyed spending time at the Allan Gardens Park in Toronto because of the white flowers.

RENSKE (RITA) BYMA

Rita Byma, 86, of Emo, Ont., went to be with her Lord and Saviour early Easter Sunday morning, April 8, 2012, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with her family by her side.

Rita was born June 17, 1925 in The Netherlands to Louis and Antje Roersma.

She was united in marriage to Charles Byma on June 18, 1947. They immigrated to Canada along with their daughter, Ann, in 1948, settling in Manitoba.

They moved to Rainy River District in 1952, purchasing a farm on Ducharme Road in Crozier, where they remained until retirement.

ANNE PAWLIK

Anne Pawlik (nee Melicharek), 94, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 27, 1917.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew E. Pawlik, on Nov. 23, 1998.

Anne worked at International Harvester in Chicago and subsequently operated a restaurant with her husband. She enjoyed collecting recipes and creating gourmet meals for her family, and subsequently for their restaurant and camp.

She also enjoyed creative handiwork, including crocheting, knitting afghans, and needlepoint.

REINE KIVELL (WICKMAN)

Reine Kivell (nee Wickman) passed away Friday, April 6, 2012.

Reine was born Feb. 11, 1918 in Bjarta, Sweden to Freda Naslund and Helmer Wickman.

Along with her sister, Ingrid, and brother, Uno, the family emigrated to Canada in December, 1925. After their arrival in Halifax, the family boarded the CPR to Wabigoon, where they were reunited with their father.

Their journey ended with a dog sled team that took them to John Taft’s cabin.

EUGENIA LUCIA CAMPAGNARO

It is with great sadness that the family of Eugenia Campagnaro, 87, announces her passing on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

It is with a feeling of gratitude and joyfulness that we know she is in the arms of our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Eugenia was born Dec. 13, 1924 in Rosa, Vicenza, Italy to the late Angelo and Giuseppina Campagnolo.

TAMMY HAYWARD

It is with great sadness that the family of Tammy Hayward announces her passing on Sunday, April 8, 2012.

She was born Saturday, March 24, 1962 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tammy is survived by her husband, Tom Hayward, and her boys, Cole (wife Laura) and Cody.

HAROLD ‘HARCO’ RAYMOND CHRISTIANSEN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Harold “Harco” Raymond Christiansen announces his passing on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Harold was born Nov. 2, 1929 in Fort Frances to John and Anna Christiansen. He was raised in Fort Frances, where he worked at Green’s Furniture Store and then at the O&M pulp and paper mill until his retirement in 1987.

He was united in marriage to Gurlie Odahl on Sept. 20, 1952.

TRUDY GUIMOND

Trudy Guimond passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 7, 2012 with family by her side.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herman Guimond.

Trudy was born Aug. 30, 1925 in Zeist, Holland.

She met her husband, Herman, during World War II in Holland and immigrated to Canada in 1946. They settled in Fort Frances, Ont. to raise their five children, Gerry (Jacklynne), Dennis (Cindy), Linda (Ken), Charmaine (Glen), and Cherie (Kim).

KIETH WILLIAM WATSON

Kieth William Watson, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the age of 66.

Kieth was born April 16, 1945 to Melvin and Florence Watson.

Along with his family, they lived in Calm Lake, Ont. before later moving to Fort Frances, where he remained until his passing.

He worked for the Abitibi pulp and paper mill for 34 years, retiring in 2000.

He loved to cook, travel, painting, and gardening, and in the last few years had taken up hunting.

JENNIFER MARGARET PERREAULT

(Dec. 29, 1954—April 2, 2012)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Jennifer Perreault, a wonderful mom, sister, grandmother, daughter, auntie, and friend.

With family at her side, she fought a good fight against cancer but succumbed to her illness on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 2 a.m.