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Obituaries

CAMPBELL HANDBERG

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Campbell Handberg on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 with family by his side.

All who loved him will profoundly miss him.

He leaves to mourn his loss his daughters, Kennedi and Katie; parents, Jay and Cheryl; brother, Curtis (Erika, Olivia and Robert); and his precious “two-footer” grandchildren, Waylon and Blake. No one was ever more proud to be called Grandpa.

GUENTHER RITTAU

It is with great sadness that the family of Guenther Leopold Rittau announces his passing on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances Ont.

Guenther was born on Aug. 29, 1932 to Cacelia and Ludwig Rittau in Stillersfeld, Germany. He was united in marriage to Johanna Emilie Rittau on June 5, 1955 and they were fortunate enough to have been together to share their love, life, and family for 54 years.

WAYNE ANDREW JOHNSON

Wayne Andrew Johnson peacefully entered into final rest, with his beloved wife and son by his side, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Wayne was born on Dec. 18, 1942 in Kenora, Ont. to Rose Marie and Olaf Johnson of Sioux Narrows, Ont. Wayne was the fourth child of six born to Rose Marie and Olaf.

In Wayne's younger years, he lived and attended school in Sioux Narrows. From a young child and into adulthood, he worked on the family fishery at French Portage on Lake of the Woods.

MARIA NOVOVESKY

Maria Teresa Michela Novovesky (nee Malczyk) passed away peacefully, at the age of 82, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Maria was born on Feb. 23, 1935 to Karol and Teodora Malczyk in Warsaw, Poland.

Maria married Dr. Andrej Novovesky in 1958 and together they immigrated to Canada in 1968 to operate the dental clinic in Rainy River for many years until Andrew's retirement in 1987.

Maria was a valued member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Rainy River.

OSWALD TRAPNESS

Oswald Peder Trapness passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the age of 85, at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

He was born on June 4, 1932 in Tuberose, Sask. to Nils and Anna Trapness.

He attended Russelton School, which was a short distance from home.

“Oz,” as he was known to everyone, loved the farm, as there were cows, a few sheep, horses, turkeys, and chickens—everything to keep a young boy occupied.

PETER TIBONI

It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, grampa, brother, uncle, and cousin, Peter Tiboni, on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Peter was born on July 30, 1948 in Marathon, Ont.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and life in the country.

In his younger years, he was a very avid hockey player and fan. The Montreal Canadiens were the best team ever.

He was a hard-working man and his family was number-one in his books.

ANGELA SMITH

It is with unbearable sadness that I announce the passing of my beautiful wife, Angela.

Angela was our everything and her passing leaves her family with an emptiness that is indescribable.

Angela's passion was her sons, Bryce and Jared, family, friends, employees, and customers.

Angela was in business with her husband, Rick, and they are owners of the Canadian Tire in Kingston. Angela made friends easy, and her caring and remarkable attitude resonated in success whenever and wherever her family's journey took them.

MARVIN OWEN ('BUD') EDWARDS

Marvin Owen (“Bud”) Edwards passed peacefully from his failing body into the waiting arms of his Saviour on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Bud was born on Dec. 2, 1943 in Winnipeg, Man. to Ted and Margaret Edwards and raised in Thunder Bay, Ont., meeting his wife, Fay (Rowley), at Lakehead University.

They were married on Dec. 28, 1966.

CAROL DUNNE (MAKARENKO)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carol Dunne (Makarenko), at the age of 66, on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Carol was born on June 30, 1951 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. to pursue her nursing degree in 1969 and graduated in 1972 as a registered nurse. Carol shared her knowledge and expertise for 44 years, specializing in NICU.

DANIEL WALTER BARANOWSKI

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel Walter Baranowsi on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 after a very short battle with cancer.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1943 in Emo, Ont., where he was raised.

Dan served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1961-64. In 1965, he moved to Atikokan, Ont., where he met his wife, Iris Olchowecki.

In 1981, the family moved to Logan Lake, B.C., where he was employed by Highland Valley Copper until his retirement.

NANCY LOUISE MARTIN

On Nov. 18, 2017, Nancy Louise (Steiner) Martin went Home to be with her Saviour at the age of 58 years and 26 days.

She was born on Oct. 23, 1959 in Orville, Ohio to Carl and Dorothy (Eberly) Steiner.

In May, 1963, she moved with her parents and seven brothers to Barwick, Ont.

At age 11, she gave her heart to the Lord, and with a tender conscience she sought to please Him. At council service, one week before her death, her expression was one of adoration for her Saviour.

MILDRED (MILLIE) ('DUCKY') LOCKMAN

Mildred (Millie)(“Ducky”) Lockman, nee Bruyere, a resident of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and loved ones, at the age of 87.

Millie was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Marianne (nee Cochrane) Bruyere; two sisters; four brothers; her husband, Norman Lockman Sr.; daughter, Tracy Trudel; and grandsons, Charlie Lockman and David Mainville.

CAROLINE EVELYN BOURRE

Evelyn Bourre, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre with her family by her side.

Evelyn was born in Birch River, Man., where she grew up.

She met Chipper and they got married on Dec. 21, 1956. They settled in Rainy River and raised their family.

Evelyn had several interests. She enjoyed sewing, blueberry picking, baking for the family, and spontaneous road trips with Chipper, such as going as far as Dryden and Thunder Bay to have coffee with a friend.

CHARLES 'CHARLIE' TARRANT

With much love and warm thoughts, the family of Charles “Charlie” Tarrant would like to share with all those that he knew of his peaceful passing on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at his residence in Fort Frances, Ont.

He lived a very long and colourful life, always on his own terms, reaching the grand old age of 86 years.

Charlie was born on May 2, 1931 in Winnipeg Man. to Stanley and Dorothy Tarrant, and was raised in Gunton, Man. along with several siblings.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Eleanor Main on July 17, 1954 and had two daughters, Debbie and Kim.

HILDA McMAHON

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Hilda McMahon, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Hilda Theresa McMahon (nee Lengyel) was born on the family farm in Stratton, Ont. on Nov. 18, 1927. Hilda (Babe) was the youngest of nine children born to Mary and John Lengyel.

As a teenager, Hilda ventured from the family farm and travelled to Oshawa, Ont. to be with two of her sisters. Many legendary stories have surfaced about her adventures during this chapter of her life.

JADWIGA CHOJKO-BOLEC

Sadly, the family announces the peaceful passing of Jadwiga Chojko-Bolec, 97, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Jadwiga was born in Poland on Jan. 28, 1920. After escaping Poland during World War II, she immigrated with her family to Canada in December, 1951, living for a short time in Hull, Que. and Chatham, Ont. before settling in Arbor Vitae, Ont., where she raised her family and worked hard on the farm.

DANIEL WALTER BARANOWSKI

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel Walter Baranowsi on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 after a very short battle with cancer.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1943 in Emo, Ont., where he was raised.

Dan served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1961-64. In 1965, he moved to Atikokan, Ont., where he met his wife, Iris Olchowecki.

In 1981, the family moved to Logan Lake, B.C., where he was employed by Highland Valley Copper until his retirement.

GUSTAVE (GUS) GEORGES LANDRY

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gustave (Gus) Georges Landry on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances Ont.

Gus was born on July 26, 1926 in St. Norbert, Man., where he spent his early years. A short time after the death of his father (1937), the family moved to the Kenora, Ont. area and then, in 1979, relocated to the Fort Frances area.

MERDO KRAWCHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of Merdo Krawchuk announces his passing on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Merdo was born on Oct. 3, 1925 in Fort Frances to Mike and Mary Krawchuk. He grew up in Fort Frances, working as a log picker as a teenager before joining the military and serving overseas during W.W. II.

He served with the Lake Superior Regiment and Winnipeg Rifles in Aldershot, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, receiving the European Service Award.

ANNE 'ANNIE' LAHTI

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Anne Lahti in the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at the age of 92.

Anne (“Annie") was born in Ukraine on July 15, 1925 to Barbara (Sowchuk) and Nicolivich ("Nic”) Mutz and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1935. They settled on a farm at the end of Whitmore Road in Crozier.

After completing public school, Annie worked at various businesses in the area, including the peat moss plant, which was next to her parents' farm. She also lived in the Hamilton, Ont. area for a period of time.

MERDO KRAWCHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of Merdo Krawchuk announces his passing on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

EVELYN (EVIE) ELDRIDGE

It is with great sorrow that the family of Evie Eldridge (Dick) announces her peaceful passing, at the age of 91, on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at her home at Rivers Edge Villa in International Falls, Mn.

Mom was born on Nov. 16, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Helen and John Dick.

After graduating from Fort Frances High School, she married Edmund Robert Eldridge on Dec. 15 1946 and then moved to Nova Scotia, where Ed served 20 years in the navy.

GEORGE EASTON

George Walter Easton passed away suddenly on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at the Didsbury Hospital in Didsbury, Alta.

George was born on July 25, 1938 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He spent more than 22 years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. After retiring from the army, he worked at the Didsbury Hospital maintenance department for 11 years.

George leaves behind his wife, Ruby; sons, George (Cindy) and Scott (Miriam); grandchildren, Brandon, Jesse, Collin (Christine), and Rosilyn (Taylor); as well as two brothers, Don and Jim.

PATRICIA RUTH DEL BEN

It is with great sadness that the family of

Patricia Ruth Del Ben

announces her passing on Friday October 20, 2017 at the LaVerendrye Hospital.

She leaves behind her sister Grace and husband Merdo Krawchuk; niece Patti (Brad) Anderson and their children Graham and Rachel and niece Julie Krawchuk and husband Hugh Ralph and stepson Jon Del Ben.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents John and Clara McCutchon; husband Geno Del Ben; brothers Robert, Jack, Ken and Donald McCutchon.

HENRIETTE (HENRI) JOCELYN VERHOEF

Henri passed away peacefully, at the age of 51, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She will be deeply missed by her sister and brother-in-law, Monique and Neil Ibey.

She was predeceased by her parents, Nick and Thea Verhoef.

Henri was born in Peterborough, Ont., grew up in Campbellford, Ont., and moved to Fort Frances in 1997.

She was an Ontario Land Surveyor and a Canada Lands Surveyor, and managed the survey offices in Dryden and Fort Frances.