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Obituaries

CHARLES LISANDER DIMIT

It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Lisander Dimit announce his peaceful passing, at the age of 98, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Charlie was born Oct. 18, 1914 in Togo, Sask. to Robert and Edith Dimit.

He joined the Armed Forces on April 25, 1941 in Winnipeg, Man. and served as a gunner in the 5th Armoured Division of the 17th Field Regiment until his discharge on Feb 9, 1946.

He served his country in England, Italy, and going through France into Belgium and Holland. He was stationed in Germany when the war ended.

DOUG MILLS

Doug Mills, of Oxdrift, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 after living with the challenges of dementia for many years.

Florie (Kliner), his wife of 55 years, took care of him until she couldn’t anymore and the staff of Princess Court did their best to fill her shoes for the brief time he lived there.

Doug’s profession and passion was trucking; he was never happier than when behind the steering wheel exploring a rough haul road.

ANN WILSON (Bebaamichiwebiik)

Ann Wilson (Bebaamichiwebiik) passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 with her family by her side.

Ann was born Nov. 19, 1925 to Johnny and Agnes Speaker, and was a beloved, respected, and honoured elder by many people in Canada and United States.

She is survived by two sons, Allan J. Wilson (wife, Bev) and Raymond; grandchildren, Jason, Marty, Joal, John, and Debbie; and great-grandchildren, Bryton, Oshyn, Bayzhik, Divina, Markus, Animikii, Sarah, Corbin, Sayge, John Jr., Nelson, Cameron, Akeesha, and Talyn.

JAMES STUART (JIM) McINNIS

James Stuart (Jim) McInnis, 84, of 318 Third St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Jim was born June 4, 1928 in Emo, Ont. to the late James Sr. and Eda McInnis. In his younger years, Jim loved motorcycling.

On Nov. 29, 1952, he was united in marriage to the former Daisy Jackway.

Jim worked as a tinsmith at the pulp and paper mill for 45 years, retiring in 1992. For many years, he enjoyed operating his CB radio with friends and all those friends he met.

EARL IVER SANDMOEN

It is with great sadness that the family of Earl Iver Sandmoen announces his peaceful passing, with family by his side, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Earl was born Nov. 27, 1931 to Alfred and Emma Sandmoen of Rainy River, Ont.

Earl was a man of many talents; he worked as a fishing guide, drove school bus, was a truck driver, and worked as a mechanic and welder in the Rainy River area.

After moving to Niagara on the Lake, Ont., he worked as a welder in the shipyards and GM Motors, retiring after 26 plus years.

LEA QUIBELL

Lea Quibell passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 90.

She was predeceased by the love of her life and husband of 70 years, Allan.

Lea was born Oct. 17, 1922 in Vassar, Man. to the late Antoine and Delina Levesque. She was one of 13 children and is survived by her brother, Romeo.

On April 15, 1940, she was united in marriage to Allan Quibell and together they had four children.

SHARON TIBBS

Sharon Tibbs, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 with her family by her side.

Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

Sharon was born Aug. 12, 1943 in Fort Frances to Vivian (Mallory) and Fred Carter. Sharon was a bright student and enjoyed language studies.

She received several awards for spoken poetry in 1956 and 1957. Her greatest achievement was in Grade 8 when she won the prestigious Rose Bowl award for spoken poetry.

GERALD (BOB) BENSON

In loving memory of Gerald (Bob) Benson, who passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

He was born May 24, 1936.

As per Bob’s wishes, there will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held in late spring.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the DRHC or the Canadian Diabetes Association through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, Ont., P8N 2X3.

EARL IVER SANDMOEN

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Earl Sandmoen, 81, of Nestor Falls, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Man.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

KENNETH M. CONLON

The children sadly announces the passing of their father, Kenneth M. Conlon, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at his residence at Parkwood Veterans Hospital in London, Ont.

Ken was born Aug. 23, 1925 in Kenora, Ont. At a young age, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and survived a torpedoing of his ship just before World War II ended.

IRENE ETHEL EISENZOPH

Irene Ethel Eisenzoph, 81, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Falls Good Samaritan Society in International Fall, Mn.

Irene was born Sept. 29, 1931 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She grew up in Fort Frances and graduated from Fort Frances High School. She moved to International Falls in 1955 and has lived there since.

She was a hockey fan all of her life, and loved watching her grandchildren play. She also enjoyed woodcrafting, gardening, going to rummage sales, camping, spending time at the lake, and playing cards.

JAMES ADAM GROZELLE

It is with profound sorrow that the family of the James Adam Grozelle announces his passing on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 in Fort Frances, Ont.

James was born March 22, 1983 in Fort Frances to John and Mable Grozelle.

As a young man, he moved to Calgary, Alta. and Sudbury, Ont. He returned to Fort Frances, working for various businesses.

James started working at Tim Hortons as a baker and worked his way to assistant manager. Becoming Gord’s right-hand man was something he worked very hard to achieve and was a very proud moment in his life.

GEORGINA (‘GEORGIE’) HALVERSON (HYATT)

Our hearts are sad to announce the loss of a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, auntie. and friend.

Georgina (“Georgie”) Halverson, nee Hyatt, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Calgary, Alta. after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Jan. 14, 1928 to Jessie and John Hyatt, one of 11 children and the fourth daughter.

She grew up on a farm south of Devlin, Ont. and with her sisters and brothers, worked with Mom and Dad to make the farm a success and put food on the table.

RONALD LESLIE HELLIAR

Ronald Leslie Helliar passed away peacefully in his sleep, at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at the age of 95.

He was predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Betty.

Left to mourn his passing are his children and their spouses, Robert (Judy) of Kingston, Ont., Stephen (Elaine) of Saskatoon, Sask., Elizabeth (Paul) of Dorchester, Ont., and John (Beth) of Winnipeg, Man.

ELLEN SHIRLEY LORD

It is with sad hearts that the family of Ellen “Shirley” Lord announces her peaceful passing on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont. on the wings of an angel, a prayer, and a beer.

Shirley goes to rejoin family members who have gone before—her husband, Walter; daughters, Lynne and Kristine; and son, George.

GLORIA PURDY CLEAVELEY

Gloria Purdy Cleaveley, 81, of 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Gloria was born March 12, 1931 in Winnipeg, Man. to the late John and Wilhelmina Patterson.

In 1954, she met her husband, John, and for the next 45 years followed him from town to town throughout Northwestern Ontario. She often reminisced about the good times in Minaki and Geraldton, where some lifelong friendships were developed.

RONALD DEAN McQUAKER

It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald Dean McQuaker announces his peaceful passing, with his family by his side, on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ron was born June 19, 1929 to William and Annie of Stratton, Ont.

Ron was a man of many talents. He worked as a camp guide, truck driver owning his own truck, and then moving up to operating heavy equipment. He also worked on the pipeline.

He was most proud of his hoisting engineer ticket and was sought-after for his strength in this area.

ANDREW EDIS (ED) ELDRIDGE

Andrew Edis (Ed) Eldridge passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Ed was predeceased by his parents, John Eldridge and Margaret Brown Couper; brothers, Alfred, John, and Fred Eldridge, and James Napier; and infant grandson, Gabriel Couper Eldridge.

He is survived by Helen, his loving wife of 59 years; daughter, Cathryn (George) Shields of Grand Rapids, Mn.; sons, Jason (Melinda) and Devin (Barbara) of Fort Frances, Ont.; brother, George Eldridge of Winnemucca, Nev.; and sister, Anne Hall of Elliot Lake, Ont.

DOREEN CONSTANCE (CONNIE) CAMERON

Doreen Constance (Connie) Cameron passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at Leisureworld-Norfinch, in Toronto, Ont., at the age of 88.

She was born in Fort Frances, Ont., spent her high school years in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and worked for many years in real estate in Toronto after serving as a WREN during WWII.

After retiring, Connie volunteered for many years with the Cancer Society. She moved to Barrie, Ont. in 2008.

Connie was predeceased by five brothers and three sisters.

RONALD DEAN MCQUAKER

The family sadly announces the passing of Ron McQuaker, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Emo, Ont., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Northridge Funeral Home in Emo.

A complete obituary will follow.

ED ELDRIDGE

Ed Eldridge passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A private family service will be held and a complete obituary will follow.

TOM J. BURNS

Tom J. Burns, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay surrounded by his family.

Tom was born Oct. 21, 1940 to Harry and Evalina Burns at Manitou Rapids First Nation.

Tom worked on both sides of the border. He started his working life at the age 16 and worked various jobs, including the forestry service and as a lumber jack for a number of years.

OLIVINE McMILLAN

After a lengthy illness, Olivine McMillan passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 81.

Remaining to forever cherish Olivine’s memory are her daughters, Bev and Barb; grandchildren, Chantel, Codey, and Dillon; brother, Morris; sisters, Aurice, Angela, Virginia, and twin sister, Olive; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, John McMillan; brothers; sisters; and parents, Paul and Cecile Carpenter.