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Obituaries

GEORGE A. BALASKI

George A. Balaski, 88, of International Falls, MN, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at the Rainy Lake Medical Center.

George was born on July 9, 1925 in International Falls, and he was a lifelong resident. He attended St. Thomas School and Falls High School.

George served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.

He married Eva Wednchuk on June 25, 1949 at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

George retired from Boise Cascade with 40-plus years of service. He was a General Mechanic in the Electrical and Instrumentation department.

FRANK MICHAEL JOHN NESBIT

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Nesbit, after a battle with cancer, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 56.

Frank was predeceased by his parents, Charlotte Christine (Harris), Frank and Marianne; and his sisters, Monica Stromness and Ruby.

Frank leaves to cherish his memory his siblings, Charlotte (Bob) Berg, Jim (Louise), Rose Armstrong, and Larry (Irene) McKee; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

JAMES ROBERT “SHADOW” PERREAULT

It is with deep sadness that the family of James Robert “Shadow” Perreault announces his passing on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Green Funeral Home with Father Victor DeGagne officiating.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home.

On-line condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.

A complete obituary will follow.

FREDERICK JAMES MUNRO

Frederick James Munro, 76, passed away suddenly in a traffic accident on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Riverview United Church in Atikokan, with Pastor Lynne Dimma officiating.

Interment will follow in the Little Falls Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to service time.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations to the Atikokan General Hospital or the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (ICU) would be appreciated.

A full obituary to follow.

EDWARD JAMES CAMPBELL

Edward James Campbell, 92, passed peacefully away on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 while in La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Campbell (nee Lyons); parents, Walter and Christine Campbell (nee Carpenter); sister, Mabel and husband, Albert Hollander; sister, Debbie and husband, Peter Penner; brother, Gordon Campbell and wife, Cora; brother, Donald Campbell and wife, Irene; brother-in-law, George Taylor; and niece, Lynn Joy Chatfield (nee Campbell).

CHARLES W. TRUELOVE

Charles Truelove, 72, of Winnipeg, Man., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at the Health Sciences Centre with family at his side.

Charles was born Aug. 20, 1941 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Robert and Sadie Truelove.

He attended school in La Vallee, Ont. and moved to Winnipeg at a later age, where he was employed as a welder at Motor Coach Industries for 32 years.

Charles loved to dance, as well as play shuffleboard, darts, and bowling. He won many trophies in all his sports.

He also was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #1 for 32 years.

GLENN MELBOURNE WESTOVER

Glenn Westover, 87, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Glenn was born in Fort Frances on Sept. 24, 1926 to Milton and Ida Westover (nee Abbott).

He attended school in Barwick, Ont., where he lived until 1948, when he moved to Fort Frances. It was then he met his life-long partner, Gwen Heward.

There was an instant connection the first time they met in the dental chair at Dr. H. Reeves, where Gwen worked as a dental hygienist. Gwen and Glenn were married on Oct. 5, 1951 and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

JEAN ANDERSON

Jean Anderson, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born March 12, 1928 in Manitou Rapids First Nation to Leonard and Margaret Wilson.

She worked various jobs over the years, retiring as a bus driver. She enjoyed going to the casino and Bingo.

As her health failed and she was unable to do the things she enjoyed, she never complained. Even in the last week in the hospital, she was joking, laughing, and putting a smile on the faces around her.

GISEL McCARTHY

Gisel Marie McCarthy, 60, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Gisel was born Dec. 20, 1952 in Fort Frances. At a very young age, she moved, with her parents and siblings, to Atikokan, Ont.

Gisel met and married Dennis McCarthy in Atikokan on July 29, 1972. At the time of their marriage, they lived briefly in Winnipeg, Man. before returning to Atikokan, where they remained until September, 2013, when they moved to Fort Frances.

GLENN MELBOURNE WESTOVER

Glenn Westover, 87, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Glenn was born in Fort Frances on Sept. 24, 1926 to Milton and Ida Westover (nee Abbott).

He attended school in Barwick, Ont., where he lived until 1948, when he moved to Fort Frances. It was then he met his life-long partner, Gwen Heward.

There was an instant connection the first time they met in the dental chair at Dr. H. Reeves, where Gwen worked as a dental hygienist. Gwen and Glenn were married on Oct. 5, 1951 and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

GLENN WESTOVER

Glenn Westover, 87, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.

Friends may visit prior to the service.

A complete obituary will follow.

KATHERINE HAZEL NEILSON

Katherine Hazel Neilson passed away peacefully, at the age of 86, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Katherine was born Katherine Hazel Stang on Oct. 20, 1927.

Her early life was lived in the community of Dewart Township, Ont., where she attended school and lived and worked with her family.

On Oct. 22, 1948, Katherine married Arthur Neilson and moved to their home in North Branch, Ont. During her time in North Branch, she cared for her husband until his untimely death in 1977.

EMELIA SANTINE POLLARD

Emelia Santine Pollard, of Modesto, Calif. (formerly of International Falls, Mn.), passed away in her sleep Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at Stratford at Beyer Park in Modesto.

She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Pollard, on March 15, 2008.

Emelia is survived by her children, Toni (Roy) Valley, Dennis (Gail) Pollard, Kathy (Dean) Lamb, Cindy Ledoux, and Norman B. (Norma) Pollard; as well as 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Emelia will be interned with her husband, Norman T. Pollard, in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in the San Francisco area.

FLORENCE ROSE WHITE

Florence Rose White, 96, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in International Falls.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in International Falls, with Rev. Fr. Kris McKusky and Deacon Fran Zaren officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in International Falls.

WILLIAM LEWIS BROEFFLE

William “Bill” Broeffle passed away peacefully, at the age of 62, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Bill was born Feb. 28, 1951 to Clarence and Nancy Broeffle.

He had a great love for music, food, and spending time socializing with family. Bill always was happy and cheerful.

Bill resided at the Sybil Russel Hall in Fort Frances for many years before moving to Rainycrest.

KATHERINE ENID BUFFINGTON

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and trusted friend, Katherine Enid Buffington.

Kay was born Nov. 14, 1922 in Nipawin, Sask., the second child to George and Anne Agnew. She told many heart-warming stories about her life on the farm.

After completing high school, Kay joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a secretary and spent time in Toronto, Ottawa, and then Windsor Recruiting Centre, where she was posted overseas to London in 1943.

RUSSELL CARKNER CONE JR.

It is with great sadness that the family of Russell Carkner Cone Jr. announces his passing on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Russell was born Wednesday, April 15, 1931 in Fort Frances. He received his schooling in Mine Centre, Ont. and Fort Frances.

He had worked as a millwright in Ontario and in various states in the U.S.

He had several hobbies, which included prospecting and mining. He also was a private pilot, and had his float licence and small engine licence.

CECIL LEIF

Cecil Leif, 84, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

He was born Sept. 19, 1929 to Carl and Esther in Bergland, Ont., where he was raised.

His first job was as a mechanic at a Ford garage in Fort Frances, then he transferred to Atikokan in the late 1940s to work at Mel Newman Ltd.’s Ford dealership. It was there he met co-worker Ginny Gorrill, whom he married in 1951, and they raised daughter, Krystal, there.

JUNE (STOREY) HACKING

June (Storey) Hacking, née Roth, 78, of Kamloops, B.C., passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Sept. 25, 2013 at the Lakeview Lodge in Kelowna, B.C.

She was born June 20, 1935 in Pinewood, Ont.

June started her career as a registered practical nurse (RPN) at Atikokan General Hospital, and lived and worked there for 20 years.

She continued her career in Kelowna, then Kamloops, where she retired from the Royal Inland Hospital in 1995.

Her dedication to, and love for, her work was admired by many; she always took great pride in helping others.

DOROTHY W. MITCHELL

We, as a family, are sad to announce the passing of Dorothy W. Mitchell on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at age 95.

Dorothy was born April 10, 1918 in Carman, Man.

At the age of five, she moved with her parents to Fort Frances, Ont., where her father had a job on the building of the paper mill. She attended Robert Moore and Fort Frances High School.

Dorothy was employed at three different stores and the mill. She met James Mitchell and they were married on Aug. 22, 1942.

MARJORIE HAYES

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marjorie Martha Hayes on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Marjorie was born Sept. 20, 1924 and grew up in International Falls, Mn.

During her young adulthood, she worked in the mill but also at her family’s business, “The Log Cabin Inn” in International Falls.

In 1945, Marjorie married James Lenford Hayes and they owned/operated Sullivan’s Camp from 1958-1988.

ANNIE GRABOWSKI

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of Annie Grabowski, 90, wife of the late Edward Grabowski, on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at Riverside Health Care Facility in Fort Frances, ON.

DAVID LERMAN

Mr. David Lerman passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at the age 102 after a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 27, 1911 in Winnipeg, Man. from immigrant parents Rebecca and Gedali Lerman, who predeceased him.

He was predeceased by his three brothers, Morris, Max, and Alex, and one sister, Ann Dorfman; nieces, Ruth Greenberg and Sarah Metwick; and stepsons, Gary and Frank McClymont.