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EDWARD KEITH WATSON

At the age of 88, Keith passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Left to mourn are his wife, Ellen, of 66 years; daughter, Doris (Rene) Pelletier; son, Grant (Emily) Watson; daughter, Gwenn (Dan) Amorde; and daughter, Johanna (Bill) Renn.

HELMER BERGLUND

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Helmer Nils Berglund at the age of 81.

Helmer passed away Monday, June 3, 2013, with his family by his side, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

He was born in Keewatin, Ont. but later moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where he was raised and was one of four children.

Helmer attended school in Fort Frances and later went on to be employed in the bush camps. As time went on, he mastered the art of diesel-driven machinery.

ROGER DALE BOLEN

Roger Dale Bolen, of Kincardine, Ont., passed away with family and friends by his bedside at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre in Kincardine on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the age of 66.

Beloved husband of Sharon (née Sekulich); dear father of James Bolen (Cindy Gordon) of Caledon and Chad (Jackie) Bolen of London; cherished grandfather of Kyle, Paige, and Ava Bolen; and loving son of Jean (née MacDonald) of Fort Frances, Ont.

Also lovingly remembered by his sister, Donna (Greg) Penney of Fort Frances, Ont.

MARY HARLAMOW

Mary Harlamow, 91, of Calgary, Alta., passed away Friday, May 31, 2013.

Mary is survived by her four children, Laura Coak and Donna Stephenson of Calgary, Alta., and Theresa Turgeon and Peter Harlamow of Kelowna, B.C.; four grandchildren, Bradley Kostovich of Thunder Bay, Ont., Tara Tratch of Oakville, Ont., and Alexandra and Mitchell Stephenson of Calgary, Alta.; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan Tratch, and Jamie Kostovich.

She was predeceased by her husband, Pete, in 1976.

A memorial service will be held in Fort Frances, Ont. at a later date.

ELSIE DOUCETTE

Elsie Doucette, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending, and a complete obituary will follow.

KEITH WATSON

It is with deep sadness that the family of Keith Watson, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces his passing on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

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

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

KEITH WATSON

It is with deep sadness that the family of Keith Watson, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces his passing on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

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

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

HELMER BERGLUND

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Helmer Nils Berglund at the age of 81.

Helmer passed away Monday, June 3, 2013, with his family by his side, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

He was born in Keewatin, Ont. but later moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where he was raised and was one of four children.

Helmer attended school in Fort Frances and later went on to be employed in the bush camps. As time went on, he mastered the art of diesel-driven machinery.

CAMILLE ANNETTE (‘CAMMY’) DITTARO

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Camille Annette Dittaro (Cooper), 59, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces her sudden passing on Friday, May 31, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Cammy was born May 1, 1954 in International Falls, Mn. to Ormond and Maxine Cooper (nee Smith). She graduated from Falls High School with the Class of 1972.

LAUREEN McKAY

On Friday, May 31, 2013, a star fell from the sky and the sun has not been as bright ever since, tragically, Laureen was taken from us.

Laureen was born Feb. 16, 1964 in Atikokan, Ont., moving to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1974, where she attended Alberton School and graduated from Fort Frances High School.

She continued her education in Thunder Bay and London, Ont.

Laureen currently was employed at Country View Day Care Centre and Canadian Tire, where she went above and beyond as she always did.

CAMILLE ANNETTE DITTARO

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Camille Annette Dittaro, 59, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces her sudden passing on Friday, May 31, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A memorial service to celebrate Camille’s life will be held Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pastor Brian Keffer officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

DAVID W. BLISS

David W. Bliss passed away quietly, with his family by his side, on Friday, May 24, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

David was born Aug. 28, 1926 in Fort Frances.

On Sept. 11, 1946, David married Katherine (Katie) Sereduik. They enjoyed 50 years of marriage together and raised their five children in Mine Centre, Ont.

As a young man, David started his logging career working on the Mine Centre lakes, operating the tug boat. He loved the outdoors and spent many happy times fishing, enjoying the shoreline fish fries.

ARTHUR ‘BUD’ BIRTLE HALVOR ERICKSON

Bud Erickson, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances at the age of 87.

Bud was born March 26, 1926 in Fort Frances to John and Ada Erickson.

He was united in marriage to Berdell Collett on June 24, 1948 and they lived in Fort Frances their entire lives.

Bud worked for the Fort Frances paper mill for many years, working in numerous capacities until his retirement as an industrial millwright in 1988.

NITA MILLS

With family and friends by her side, Nita Mills, 93, of Fort Frances, Ontario, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit at La Verendrye Hospital on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Nita was born on January 1, 1920 in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan to the late Fred and Dora Mochulsky.

Nita grew up in the prairies at the beginning of the Great Depression. She was born to Ukrainian immigrants; proud, strong and hardworking people.

DAVID W. BLISS

David W. Bliss passed away quietly, with his family by his side, on Friday May 24, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

The family invites and welcomes you to join them in celebrating David’s life.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.

A luncheon and expression of memories will follow the service at the Royal Canadian Legion.

A complete obituary will follow.

NITA MILLS

Nita Mills, 93, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013.

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

FREDERICK PATRICK (FRED) GROZELLE

His loving wife, Winnie Grozelle, sadly announces the passing of her husband, Frederick Patrick (Fred) Grozelle, 76, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Fred was born Monday, June 15, 1936 in Fort Frances, where he had lived all his life.

He was a member of the Employees’ Assistance Program at the local paper mill for years, and a proud member of the EAP local mill. He also was a member of the Mental Health Board for many years and served on the advisory board for the Salvation Army.

EVA RUSSELL

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

Eva was born June 14, 1919 in Sprucedale, Ont. to George and Rose Marshall.

She was united in marriage to Orin Russell and together they resided in Dance Township, Ont.

Eva loved to garden and the farm life. There always was a milking cow in the pasture until about 25 years ago, due to her arthritis. No milking machine for Eva.

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.

FREDERICK PATRICK (FRED) GROZELLE

His loving wife, Winnie Grozelle, sadly announces the passing of her husband, Frederick Patrick (Fred) Grozelle, 76, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Fred was born Monday, June 15, 1936 in Fort Frances, where he had lived all his life.

He was a member of the Employees’ Assistance Program at the local paper mill for years and a proud member of the EAP local mill. He also was a member of the Mental Health Board for many years and served on the advisory board for the Salvation Army.

ALAN KIETH GRENNIER

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alan Kieth Grennier.

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, after a long battle with cancer, he passed quietly in his sleep at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He has been welcomed home by his mother, father, and brother, Gerry.

Left to celebrate his life is his wife, Irene, who has been by his side for 60 years.

Alan also was father to four daughters; grandfather to 11; and great-grandfather to four. He loved and valued his family.

EVELYN HOGAN

After a courageous battle with cancer, Evelyn Diane Hogan, 64, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born Oct. 16, 1948 to Ruth and Percy Huntley in Emo, Ont.

Evelyn grew up on a farm close to Bergland, Ont. She attended Tovell Elementary School and Rainy River High School. She then moved to Port Arthur to attend Lakehead Teachers’ College, and started teaching at the age of 17.

Evelyn married Paul in 1968, and were married for almost 45 years. Paul and Evelyn have been Lappe residents since 1972.

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.