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It is with profound sadness that the family of Jeanne Belanger (nee Johanna Smits) announces her passing on Monday, April 8, 2013 in her 89th year.

At Jeanne’s request, a private cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont., followed by a reception to celebrate Jeanne’s life.

In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.


It is with great sadness that the family of Viola Mae Derendorf announces her passing after a long battle with cancer.

Viola was born Sept. 27, 1924 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Henry and Glorianna Derendorf.

She lived in Fort Frances all of her life. She worked at various businesses in Fort Frances, making many friends along the way.

After she retired, Viola lived a quiet life. She moved to Green Manor, where she enjoyed being home, spending time with family and friends as well as her cat, Cricket.


It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Irene Stromness (nee Galusha) on Friday, April 5, 2013 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

However, we take great comfort in knowing that she is at home with the Lord.

Irene was born May 17, 1927 in Piney, Man. to the late Ed and Nettie (Glenn) Galusha.

She was united in marriage on Nov. 13, 1948 to the late Henry Stromness, with whom she had five children. The children were taught a good work ethic by her example as she put her heart into everything she did.


Garrett Neil Jim, 48, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Seine River First Nation.

He was born Feb. 2, 1965 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Garrett spent most of his childhood at Seine River. As he got older, he travelled long and far to places such as San Antonio and Santa Cruz, Tex., Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg, until he finally came home.

He did small little jobs helping out the community and its members.

Garrett will be missed by those who loved him, and by everyone that knew him.


Gary Edward Ogden

December 15, 1946 – March 29, 2013

Aft er a courageous battle with cancer, we say goodbye to a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and best friend. Gary was diagnosed with MDS in the summer of 2009 and was the successful recipient of a stem-cell transplant that added many valuable years to his life. However, he lost the battle to cancer on ‘Good Friday’ March 29, 2013.


After a courageous battle with cancer, Cindy Asselin, 50, passed away at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton, Alta., with her family by her side, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Cindy was born in Rainy River, Ont. on Aug. 10, 1962 to Henry and Ann Asselin.

She was raised in Pinewood, Ont. along with her family. Cindy had a great love for her hometown of Pinewood, and she always looked forward to spending time with family.


Wayne Johnson, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital at the age of 54.

He was born July 16, 1958 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He attended Robert Moore School and Fort Frances High School. After graduation, he was employed by CN Rail, holding many various positions for 33 years.

Wayne enjoyed wood carving, spending quiet time with God’s creatures, and watching his favourite TV shows, “Storage Wars,” “Canadian Pickers,” and “Duck Dynasty.”


It is with great sadness that the family of Gary Ogden, aged 66, announce his passing on Friday, March 29 in Fort Frances.

A full obituary will follow.


Beverly Ann (Oh-zow-shko-gee-zho-go-goh-b week) Shebagegit (nee Jourdain), 68, of Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, passed away Friday March 29, 2013 at the Lake Of The Woods District Hospital in Kenora, Ont.

She was born March 30, 1944 in Fort Frances, Ont. She lived in the area most of life.

Beverly enjoyed attending traditional pow-wows, hockey and fastball games following her favourite teams the Sabaskong Lakers and Cubs.


Letitia Louise Bruce died Feb. 15, 2013 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. 

“Tish” was born Oct. 2, 1924 in Carroll, IA to Frank and Bertha Sullivan. Her family moved to Bertram, MN where she attended school through Grade 11. She graduated from St. Francis HS in Little Falls, MN in 1942.  

During WWII, Tish worked for the Mechanical Division of General Mills in the Twin Cities which manufactured hardware for the military.  

After WWII, she moved to Int’l Falls to be with her mother and siblings. 


(July 24, 1963-March 15, 2013)

Peacefully, at her home in Port Perry, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, March 15, 2013 at age 49, Lorraine Elizabeth Posthumus (nee Kaemingh), dearly loved wife of Terry Posthumus, passed away.

She was the loving mother of Theodore and his wife, Laura, and Justin, Kara, Nicholas, Karissa, Michael, Lara, Jayme, Elisse, and the late Cherie and Ezekiel.

She also was the beloved daughter of Henry and Thea Kaemingh, and dear sister of Arnold, Robert, Carolyn, Christine and Cheryl.


Florie (Flora) Mills fell asleep in death on Saturday, March 16, 2013 after a year-long struggle with congestive heart failure.

She would have been 87 on April 21.

In 1920, Florie’s parents, Ekaterina and Wilhelm Kliner, fled the Bolshevik revolution in Belarus and sailed to Canada aboard the White Star Liner Baltic, a sister ship to the Titanic.

They settled in Fort Frances, Ont. with their children, Tamara and Waldemar, and eventually bought a farm in Miscampbell, where they had three daughters, Elsie, Florie, and Clara.


Betty Marsh (Aug. 1932-Feb. 2013) passed away peacefully in Calgary after a lengthy illness.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Heather Battle, son-in-law Trevor, and grandson Abel Battle, as well as many sisters and brothers-in-law and many much loved nieces, nephews and friends.

“Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.”

—Amelia Burr


William Joseph “Billy” Ottertail (Nowatagabow), 74, of Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

He was born Dec. 23, 1938 in Fort Frances to the late Frank Hosler and Lizzie Kingfisher.

Billy lived all of his life at Lac La Croix, where he worked as a fishing guide for Campbell’s Cabins for many years.

He loved hunting and camping with his family and friends. Billy also loved travelling and seeing different places in the world with his partner, Gladys.


Kenneth Robert “Ken” Munn of Fort Frances, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2013 at the age of 88. Ken was born on July 24, 1924 in Hamiota, Manitoba to Purl and Anna Munn.

As a young boy his family moved to what was known as the Munn Ranch north of Emo, Ontario.

Ken attended Dobie Township school where he met the love of his life Phyllis Iolene Clark and they were married July 1, 1943 in Emo, Ontario.


Marguerite Ramona (Girly) Lewis, 73, of International Falls, Mn., passed away peacefully Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mn.

Ramona was born Feb. 28, 1940 at home on Couchiching Reserve near Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Gilbert and Florence Perrault.

Ramona loved her family immensely. She enjoyed cooking and having barbecues. She also loved the outdoors and enjoyed travelling with her husband, Irvin.

She also loved attending pow-wows, and spending time with family and friends.


It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Lyle Raymond Snider, 61, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Chris (Angela), Ron, and Tim (Karen); and his beloved grandchildren, Copper, Scarlet, Tori, Abby, Hailey, Cole, Jade, Brooke, and Gavin.

He also is survived by his siblings, Roy “Bob” Snider, Bev (John) Fallon, Ralph (Judy) Snider, and Bill Snider; sister-in-law, Joan Snider; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.


It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Gabius Hendrik “Henk” Abma, of Emo, Ont., on Monday March 11, 2013 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born in Bolsward, Friesland on July 8, 1923 to Pietje and Johannes Abma. He immigrated to Winnipeg, Man. in 1950 and there Henk worked for the T. Eaton Company as a baker for 10 years.


Flora Mills (nee Kliner) passed away peacefully, at the age of 86, on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at her residence in Oxdrift, Ont.

Cremation has taken place, and a private family interment will take place at a later date.

A complete obituary to follow.

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It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of their dear loved one, Marilyn Viola “Jo” Olson, on Wednesday. March 13 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Jo was born March 26, 1945 in Simcoe, Ont. to Harlen and Ethel Sipes.

She was united in marriage to John Robert Olson on July 23, 1966. They lived in Atikokan, Ont. until 1972, then moved to Kamloops, B.C. until retirement.

Jo and Bob relocated back to Bergland, Ont. to enjoy Lake of the Woods, nature, and fishing.


George was born to Gertrude Paulette (Boyce) and Sidney Herbert Briant at Erith, Kent, England in 1916 during a World War One zeppelin raid.

He retained childhood memories of being outfitted with a protective tin hat.

On March 19, 1921, George sailed with his parents from Liverpool to Saint John, N.B. In 1925, the family settled in Plumas, Man.

In 1939, he married Tina Lillian Unger and they had four children: Rosemary, Bob, Gloria, and Wanda.


It with great sadness that the family of Neeltje “Nellie” Masson announces her passing on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Nellie was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on July 31, 1931. She immigrated to Canada in July, 1952 and she became “a good Canadian.”

In the fall of 1952, she met the love of her life, Hugh Masson, of Pilot Mound, Man. They were wed April 25, 1953.


Victor Brynold “Bruno” Lindholm passed away peacefully, at the age of 95, on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Dec. 24, 1917 in Morsil, Sweden to Victor and Anna Lindholm (nee Gabrielson) but moved to Canada at two years of age.

The second-eldest of nine brothers, Bruno grew up and lived in Fort Frances.

He met Maria (Mary) Sloboda, the love of his life, in October, 1939. On Aug. 18, 1940, they united in marriage at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

Bruno and Mary celebrated 72 years together in 2012.