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ALBERT JAMES VAN DRUNEN

The family of Albert James Van Drunen, of Dance Township, Ont., sadly announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Bert was born Jan. 30, 1929 in Emo Townhip to Grace and Peter Van Drunen.

As most people know, Bert worked in the bush for many years. He then went west and did security and also private investigation work. When he returned from the west, he started gardening and was well-known for his vegetables and plants.

MARIE GEIGER

With heavy hearts our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, Marie Geiger, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont. with family by her side.

She was born July 10, 1943.

WILLIAM NEAL ‘BILL’ MARTIN

With family at his side, William Neal “Bill” Martin, 81, of 816 Front St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

He was born to Captain Billy and Elsie (Neal) Martin on April 9, 1931 in Fort Frances and was a life-long resident of the town that he loved, raised along with his sister Jane, half-brother, Bob Locke, and half-sister, Pat Magnes.

As a young boy, he played hockey and football and, judging from any team photo, it’s clear that young Bill was always the biggest kid in school.

PEARL MARIE WARDMAN

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Pearl Marie Wardman, 93, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Pearl was born Aug. 19, 1919 in Toulin, Man. to the late Edward and Maude Fullerton. She moved to the North Branch, Ont. area, where she lived and raised her children. She later moved to Fort Frances, where she had lived for more than 50 years.

GORDON CARL PETERS

A graveside service for Gordon Peters will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River, Ont., with Pastor Kors Pater officiating.

Reception and a time of fellowship to follow at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church in Rainy River.

PEARL MARIE WARDMAN

It is with great sadness that the family of Pearl Marie Wardman announces her passing on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

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

JAMES BANKS (O-Zhaa-Wish-Gobii-Taan)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a wonderful father, Papa, and friend.

James Banks passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 with his family by his side.

James was born on Friday, April 8, 1932 to the late Irene Potson and Sonny Morrisseau.

He was predeceased by his best friend, Ruth Bruyere, and her children, Lindsay, Craig, Robin, and Lucille; and his brothers and sisters, Archie, Sonny, Wayne, Mary, and Rose.

IAN ‘EEZ’ MORGAN McGINNIS (Matweyaash)

Ian “Eez” Morgan McGinnis (Matweyaash), 31, of Manitou Rapids First Nation, Ont., passed away at his residence on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

He was born April 11, 1981, in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ian was a passionate, outgoing, and amazingly humorous man. Even as a child, Ian “Eez” always could fill the room with laughter. His laugh was contagious and his smile could light up any room he entered.

IAN ‘EEZ’ MORGAN McGINNIS (Matweyaash)

Ian “Eez” Morgan McGinnis (Matweyaash), 31, of Manitou Rapids First Nation, Ont., passed away at his residence Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

A traditional service is pending and a complete obituary will follow.

Should friends so desire, in memoriam donations made be made to the charity of your own choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

KEITH GABRIEL PERRAULT

Keith Gabriel Perrault, 64, of 1212 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

He was born June 26, 1948 on Rainy Lake, Ont. to the late Louis and Rosemary Perrault.

Keith grew up on Banning Lake Road. He guided in the area, taught at Mine Centre School, and also had built houses in Red Gut Bay. He later met Mary and together they raised their family.

Keith loved boating on the lakes, travelling, and exploring the countryside. He also enjoyed riding his electric scooter.

BILL MARTIN

With family at his side, William Neal “Bill” Martin, 81, of 816 Front St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at Rainycrest Long-Term Care on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Francis Pudicherry officiating.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainycrest Memorial Fund or to a charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

A complete obituary will follow.

SHARON TYSZ

It is with great sadness that the family of Sharon Tysz, announces her passing on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, Ontario at the age of 80.

Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.

A complete obituary will follow.

GLEN LAWRENCE

Jaden Lawrence sadly announces the death of her father, Glen Lawrence, on Sept. 6, 2012.

Glen was born in Pakistan on Dec. 8, 1960 and came to Canada at the age of 10. He lived in Victoria, B.C. until his passing.

Surviving Glen is his beloved daughter, Jaden; his two chosen children, Matt and Noella Taves and their mother and friend, Kathleen Lawrence; and sisters, Millie, Gloria, Jenny and Lorraine and their families.

Glen was predeceased by his mother, Barbara, and stepfather, Chuck Connor.

GERALD MYRON NESS

We regret to announce the passing of Gerald Myron Ness on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

He was born and raised in International Falls. At age 19, he joined the Navy as a gunners mate and served four years in Vietnam.

Jerry was well known locally as an accomplished singer and guitar player, and won numerous awards throughout the years.

He lived in Winnipeg with his family in the mid-80s where he also became well known as an entertainer.

RICHARD McMILLEN

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Richard McMillen on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at the age of 79.

Richard was born Sept. 4, 1932 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Russell and Margaret McMillen. He spent most of his life around Mine Centre and Atikokan, Ont.

After leaving school in Mine Centre, he went to work in the bush in Mine Centre and the Sapawe area. He worked as a mechanic at British garage in Atikokan, McVeys in Fort Frances, and then back to Atikokan to work in Steep Rock Mine.

DAVID McPHERSON

It is with a deep sadness that the family of David McPherson announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at the age of 57.

Left to cherish his memory is a loving family: his wife, Wendy; son, Leyland (Danielle); mother, Patricia McPherson; brothers, Patrick and Mike (Marg); mother-in-law, Marion Ballan; Aunt Belle and Aunt Jackie; Uncle Earl, Uncle Dennis (Tracy) and Uncle Archie; nieces and nephews; and the many, many friends garnered throughout his life.

David was predeceased by his father, Arnold McPherson; and his father-in-law, Ernest Ballan.

MARION GREENNER

Marion Greenner

1923-2012

Marion Greenner passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

She was born in 1923.

She leaves behind three sons: Bob, Len, and Sid, and two grandchildren, Maiko and Ramon.

In accordance with Marion's wishes, she was cremated and there will be a private family graveside service at Burriss Cemetery on Monday, September 17, at 9:00 a.m.

A reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 from 3-5 p.m. at the Devlin Community Hall.

IRVIN (IKE) LLEWELLYN EISENHAUER

Irvin passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on September 2, 2012, at Riverside Health Care Facility in Fort Frances.

Irvin was born at Lower La Have, Nova Scotia on August 9, 1918, a son of John and Lillian Eisenhauer (Adams). Irvin was a member of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay, Nova Scotia. As a boy he walked two and a half miles to Church, twice on Sundays. His father sang in the choir for fifty years and his mother taught Sunday School class for forty years.

WALTER DOUGLAS GUPPY

Walter Guppy, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away there Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

He was born Aug. 20, 1915 to Joseph McKenzie and Nina Noreen Guppy in Haileybury, Ont. Although he was named Gordon Stewart McKenzie at birth, he had his name officially changed to Walter Guppy at some point in his adult life.

Walter joined the armed forces when World War II broke out and served overseas. Upon returning to Canada, he lived in several places working at various jobs, including carpentry and truck driving.

RILEY JOURDAIN

Riley Jourdain, 77, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away at Lakehead Manor in Thunder Bay on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

Riley was born March 27, 1935 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Samuel and Margaret Jourdain.

He had worked as a supervisor for Human Resources Development Canada.

He attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., where he majored in journalism. He also graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont. with his Bachelors of Arts degree.

He enjoyed singing, playing the guitar, and reading, and was known for his sense of humour.

DARLENE DIANE NYBERG (ARMSTRONG)

With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Darlene Nyberg on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at the age of 47, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Darlene leaves behind her husband of 27 years, Michael, and sons, Michael-John and Damon Nyberg; mother, Carolyn (Cookie) Armstrong; brother, Donald Schneider (Kathryn); sister, Lynn Couture (Donald); mother-in-law, Olive Nyberg; brothers-in-law, Robin (Bev) and Wayne (Shannon); sisters-in-law, Debbie and Sheri Lynne; and many nieces and nephews.

IRVIN ‘IKE’ EISENHAUER

Irvin “Ike” Eisenhauer passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 from 7-8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barb Miller officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOHN (JACK) ALLAN BOLEN

It is with great sadness and distress that the family of John (Jack) Allan Bolen announces the unexpected death of their loved one.

Jack was born May 19, 1951 to the late Donald and Peggy Bolen of Stratton, Ont. He passed away Friday, Aug. 31 in Dolisie, Republic of Congo, Africa at age 61.

Jack was a world-travelled and very experienced geologist/consultant who held his professional geoscientist status. He had graduated from both Sault Ste. Marie College in Ontario and Lake Superior State University in Michigan.

FRANK McCLYMONT

Frank Allen James McClymont, born May 1, 1952 in Toronto, Ont., passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 in Kenora, Ont.

He was raised in Fort Frances, Ont., where, along with his brothers, he grew to enjoy the great outdoors. For work, Frank moved to Manitoba and lived there for 13 years in Winnipeg and Birds Hill.

In 1984, it was time to come back to the lake country, where Frank and Linda called Kenora home for 28 years.

EDWARD ARNOLD TRIBE

Edward Arnold Tribe, 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at The Village of Tansley Woods.

He recently was predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen (Aug. 14, 2012), with whom, on Thursday, would have celebrated 66 beautiful years together.

Much-loved father of Dawn Sharpe and her late husband, Robert, Becky Oswald and her husband, Robert, and Deborah Carlton and her husband, William.

Proud grandfather to Brent Sharpe (Dawn) and William Carlton; and great-grandfather of Tyler, Hudson, and Cooper Sharpe.