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GEORGE HOWARD

George Howard, 90, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Friends may visit prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Knox United Church Renewal Fund or Rainycrest Long-Term Care.

A complete obituary will follow.

BARBARA GUSTAFSON

Barbara Gustafson, 78, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

JACK MUTZ

Jack Mutz, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

JUNIA MILLER

Junia Marie Miller (nee Jonassen) passed away peacefully in Hamilton, Ont. at the age of 83 on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

June was born to Henry and Helga Jonassen in Rainy River, Ont. on June 5, 1930.

She is predeceased by her husband, Cliff; parents, Helga Milizia and Henry Jonassen; brother, Leonard in infancy; step-brother, Harry; brother-in-law, Herman Mulvina; and nephew, Lynn Gosselin.

ADELLA DOREEN NIXON

We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Mrs. Doreen Nixon (nee Hodge), of Armstrong B.C., on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

Mrs. Nixon was born Nov. 25, 1927 in Emo, Ont.

She is predeceased by her father and mother, Hughbert and Louise Hodge of Stratton, Ont.; her second husband, Clifford Nixon of Armstrong, B.C.; and brother-in-law, George Sullivan of Hope, B.C.

MERLE JOSEPHINE LIND

In loving memory of Merle Josephine Lind (nee Godin), who passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Health Sciences North at the age of 93.

Beloved wife of Eugene Lind, who predeceased her in 1972; loving mother of Barry Lind (Sandra) and Marilyn Dale (Gary); and cherished grandmother of Garett Lind (Brandy), Craig Lind, Bradley Lind, Kelly Dale (predeceased), and Shane Dale.

She is survived by her siblings, Irene of Calgary, Alta. and Almer of Rainy River, Ont.

BERNICE WINNIFRED SOPHIA JERRY

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Bernice Winnifred Sophia Jerry (nee Scott), who passed away peacefully in her sleep at Dawson Court Home for the Aged on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the age of 75.

Bernice was born Feb. 19 1939 in Dobie Township, Ont.

She was predeceased by parents, John and Agnes Scott; and brothers, Sandy (Alexander), Jim (James), and Donald Scott.

JANELL ASHLEY MORRISSEAU

The family of Janell Ashley Morrisseau, of Couchiching First Nation, would like to announce her unexpected passing in Regina, SK on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Janell was born on December 10, 1982 in Fort Frances. She attended Fort Frances High School, graduating from Seven Generations Secondary School.

She was undecided in her career path and eventually received her General Arts and Science Diploma from Confederation College. She also enrolled at Rainy River Community College and received her Associate Arts Degree along with Indigenous Studies.

ROBERT ANTHONY (TONY) WEIR

Tony passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at Riverside hospital.

He was born on November 20, 1927 to the late William and Sarah Weir on the farm in Crozier where he lived his entire life.

Tony was united in marriage to his sweetheart Dorothy Cornell on July 27, 1954.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Lori (Greg) McKay; and son, Todd (Denise) Weir of Alberta.

He leaves behind five grandchildren, Erica McKay (Craig), Ian McKay (Nina), and Gerry, Kelsey and Blake Weir; and one great-granddaughter, Valli Hyatt.

LOUISA MAY (TIPPY ARMIT) JOHNSON

It is with great shock and sadness that the family and friends of Louisa May (Tippy Armit) Johnson acknowledge her passing to a better place on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the United Hospital at St. Paul, Mn., surrounded by the love and respect of her family.

Tippy was born Sept. 17, 1941 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Cecilia (Calder) and Charles Armit, the youngest of five children.

Tippy was fun, vivacious, energetic, generous, and kind. She learned a strong work ethic and self-sufficiency from age four when her father died.

ELIZABETH BERTHA THIERRY

Elizabeth Bertha Thierry (nee McLeod) passed away peacefully at home, under hospice care, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Blain; son, Donald (Nanette); step-grandchildren, Roger and Madeline; son, David (Anita); and granddaughter, Sophia.

Elizabeth, one of 11 siblings, was born Jan. 3, 1932 and raised in Fort Frances, Ont.

Those surviving her are sisters, Evelyn Robbins and Shirley Cates; and brothers, Ernest McLeod, William McLeod, and John McLeod.

RONALD ROBERT JACK (Manitoo Giishig)

It is with great sorrow that the family of Ronald Jack announces his passing on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation.

He was born July 1, 1954 in Kenora, Ont. to John Bull Sr. and Ida Jourdain. He was raised at Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation by his grandparents, Stewart Jack and Mary Green.

Ron was a very spiritual person who participated in many naming ceremonies and dancing at Pow-Wows. He loved being on the road, driving his truck or taking a tour on his motorcycle.

GLADYS GRACE MACKAY

Gladys Grace Mackay passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Mountain View Manor at the age of 87.

Gladys was born in Fort Frances, Ont., the fourth of five children, to Perley and Florence Holmes.

She is survived by her sister, Helen (Julius) Toth.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Ina Parlane, Ray Holmes, and James Holmes.

She will be deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Charles; her children, Tede (Gregg), Tom, Lou (Carley), Florence (Steve), and Mary (John); 12 grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and friends.

LOUISA MAY JOHNSON

Louisa May (Tippy Armit) Johnson, 72, went to a better place on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the United Hospital in St. Paul Mn. with her family at her side.

Services will be in Apple Valley, with a memorial in Fort Frances, Ont. at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

PETER JOHN van VLIET

In loving memory of Peter John van Vliet, 89, who passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Peter will be missed by his wife, Pietje; his children, Judy Walker (James) of Terrace, B.C., Roger van Vliet (Penny) of Grande Cache, Alta., Susan van Vliet of Whitecourt, Alta, Fr. Charles van Vliet of Houston, Tex., Linda Empey (Allan) of Devlin, Ont., Karen Ryan (Tom) of Dryden, Ont., Sandra Woodbridge (Ron) of Sicamous, B.C., and Shirley Essiembre (Ken) of Ignace, Ont.; and 42 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

WALTER BRUCE SANDMOEN

Walter Sandmoen, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014.

He was born on the farm north of Rainy River on Aug. 31, 1926 to Charlie and Mabel Sandmoen.

He lived most of his life on the farm, except for time spent in the army.

He worked as a switchman for the CNR in Atikokan for more than 30 years until his retirement.

Walter was a proud member of the Rainy River Legion. He also enjoyed old-time country music, loved to play the guitar, and was an avid hunter known for his tracking skills and accurate shooting.

JACK PATRICK DICKSON

The family of Jack Patrick Dickson is sad to announce his passing on Monday, March 24, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born June 21, 1955 to Marjorie and John Dickson in Thunder Bay, Ont.

He lived most of his life in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jack worked for UPS for 12 years before joining Ainsworth. He worked in Barwick, Ont. for 15 years, leaving to pursue his hobbies.

Jack was very meticulous, enjoying photography, home renovations, travel, and spending time with his family.

DENNIS WILLIAM BUSH

Dennis William Bush, 72, of Loman, Mn., passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at his home, with family by his side, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born May 19, 1941 and raised in the Littlefork, Mn. area.

Dennis was a devout Christian, a great listener, and confident speaker. His greatest attribute, and what he was most remembered for, was his ready smile.

Dennis graduated with honuors and was a class Valedictorian from Littlefork High School. He attended St. Olaf College and also the University of Minnesota.

DENNIS WILLIAM BUSH

Dennis William Bush, 72, of Loman, Mn., passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at his home, with family by his side, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born May 19, 1941.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service at Littlefork Lutheran Church on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Loman.

In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

EDWARD DONALD HAVER

Edward Haver, 78, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with family by his side, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born May 30, 1935 in Eriksdale, Man. to Frederick and Marie Haver.

He lived in Eriksdale until 1947, moving to Fort Frances with his family.

As a young man, Ed worked on the family farm, and spent several years with Ontario Hydro and Cam Belluz Concrete before becoming an ambulance attendant at La Verendrye General Hospital in 1965.

ROY DELANO KORPI

It is with great sorrow that the family of Roy Delano Korpi announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, March 12, 2014 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont.

Roy is survived by his wife, Deb; daughters, Shelley Carrier (Jordan) of Birch Hills, Sask. and Pamela Hyland (Joe) of Anacortes, Wash.; son, Ross Korpi (Dorothy) of Edmonton, Alta.; and grandchildren, James, Mason, Brynlee, Ryan, Reese, and Devon.

He also is survived by his brother, Ron (Dolores) and nieces, Rhondele Dennis (Lyle), Dawn Westover (Ron), and Michelle Jewell (Adam), all of Fort Frances, Ont.

BRIAN DOUGLAS MURRAY

The family is very sad to announce the passing of Brian Murray on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 with his family by his side.

He was born Oct. 6, 1948 in Winnipeg, Man. He then was raised in Kenora, Ont. until he moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where he has lived since.

Brian was predeceased by his son, Brian Jr.; and mother-in-law, Ardelle, and father-in-law, Marvin Brigham.

Brian leaves behind his loving wife, Barb; mother, Stella; step-dad, Jim; brothers, Ken (Marie) and Keith; and sister, Kelly (Ken).