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CECIL EARL LORNE MOSBECK

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Cecil Earl Lorne Mosbeck, age 77, at La Verendrye Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, with family by his side.

Cecil was born in Finland, Ont. on March 7, 1942 to the late Milton and Betty Mosbeck.

On Aug. 12, 1962, Cecil married the love of his life Karen. They were happily married for 53 years until Karen's passing on Feb. 17, 2016. Dad would often recall the many beautiful memories he treasured. He missed mom deeply.

Dad was employed at the pulp and paper mill for 41 years, until his retirement in 2007.

MAY EDNA MATHESON

It is with great sadness that the family of May Edna Matheson announces her passing on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at Rainycrest Home For The Aged.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

FLORENCE ROSE LERMAN

After a long and full life, Florence Rose Lerman (nee Gioletti and McClymont) was called to her Lord on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

Born and raised in Huntsville, Ont. on July 27, 1927, Florence moved with her husband and three sons to Fort Frances in the mid-1950s. 

She immediately made herself right at home and settled into the town for the rest of her life. 

Along with her wonderful boys and second husband, Flo enjoyed a good life of living at their lake home on Rainy Lake during the summers and snowbirding to Florida in the winters.

ISABELLE (ISSY) MARGARET ROULSTON

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our precious little sweetheart, Isabelle (Issy) Margaret Roulston, beloved daughter of Jonathan Roulston and Courtney Bennett, little sissy to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Roulston, on Nov. 2, 2019.

Born on May 29, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont., Isabelle had a smile that could melt any heart and an easy spirit that would brighten the darkest of days.

FLORENCE LERMAN

It is with great sadness that the family of Florence Lerman would like to inform you of her passing on Monday, Nov. 4.

There will be visitation and prayers at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at Green Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

A full obituary will follow at later date.

CECIL MOSBECK

Cecil Mosbeck, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29. in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

LLOYD GILBERT HOFFMAN

It is with great sadness that we, Shelley and Scott Howell and Dianne Hoffman, announce the passing of our father and father-in-law, Lloyd Gilbert Hoffman, 89, of Fort Frances, Ont. on Nov. 2, 2019.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral.

Complete obituary to follow.

RUTH HALVERSON

It is with heavy hearts the family of Ruth Halverson announces her passing on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Ruth was born May 21, 1931, to Lilly and Rudolf Pearson. Ruth was raised on the family homestead in Tovell. Upon completion of school, Ruth worked at various cooking and cleaning jobs throughout the area.

Later, she met and married Arnold Halverson and they had two children—Marilyn Anne and Roger Daniel.

KENNY ROUSSEAU

It is with great sadness the family of Kenny Rousseau announces his sudden passing on Monday, Nov. 4 2019. 

Kenny was born on Aug. 2, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Oliver (Bud) and Winnifred Rousseau. Kenny was united in marriage to Lori Bruyere on Aug. 4, 1984. They were blessed with their son, David, in 1986.                                

Ken was a bush worker born and bred. He held many different positions over the years from driving log truck to running heavy equipment.

JOHN EDWARD HILL, P. Eng.

At home surrounded by family John Edward Hill passed away peacefully Oct. 30, 2019 after a very recent and aggressive cancer diagnosis.

He was the loved and loving husband of Donna (nee Wakeford); devoted father of Amanda (Peter) Pieda, Amy (John) Macaulay and Christina (James Lepp); cherished grandfather of Kayleigh, David and Stephanie Pieda; Jack, Owen and Nate Macaulay; and Victoria and Jonah Lepp.

DONNA (GOULIQUER) HANEY

With heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, mama, and sister, Donna Gail Haney, age 70, at La Verendrye Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 2 2019 with her loving family at her side..

Donna was born in Rainy River on Dec. 4, 1948, the fourth of 12 children to Art and Madeline Gouliquer of Atikokan, Ont.

Donna lived her life the way she wanted with love and compassion for the Salvation Army. Her dream happened the day she became a Soldier on April 22, 2018 and was called into glory. Her faith carried through each day.

JOEL RICHARD WALTON

Joel Richard Walton, 39, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joel was born on Oct. 13, 1980 in Fort Frances to Shelley Walton and Dwayne Morrison. He graduated high school in 2009.

A man who liked working with his hands, Joel was often working carpentry or construction.

MIREK CHOJKO-BOLEC

Mirek Chojko-Bolec passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, surrounded by the love of his family.

Mirek was born in London, England on March 18, 1951 and the family soon emigrated to Canada.

After initially settling in Chatham, Ont., the family established a homestead in Arbor Vitae, where Mirek grew up along with his siblings.

DORIS ANN 'DORIE' DENNIS

With family by her side Doris Ann “Dorie” Dennis passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

Dorie was born on Aug. 1, 1935 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Bo and Muriel Readman.

She was raised in Fort Frances before attending school in Thunder Bay to become a RNA.

She worked a short time, in Thunder Bay, before meeting Harold Dennis.

They were united in marriage on April 21, 1956 and together they started the Mine Centre Resort.

AMIL ALEXIUK Sr.

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Amil “Comozi” Alexiuk Sr. on Oct. 21, 2019, with his loving family by his side.

Amil was born in Saint Boniface, Man. on April 9, 1945 to Fred and Helen Alexiuk.

Amil's life revolved around his family. He was their “rock” and always had time to listen no matter how busy he was.

Amil was a very humble, hard-working man who put so much pride into everything he did.

He was a dedicated Toronto Maple Leafs fan who enjoyed spending time at his Chub Lake cabin and fishing with his family and friends.

TED JAMES ALLAN

It is with a heavy heart we say good bye to our father, husband, papa and friend who passed away peacefully at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba

He lived a long life of 84 years, many of which were a struggle after a stroke from diabetes in 1995. He was a fighter with unbelievable strength. 

He was the most gracious person who laughed out loud, cursed when needed, he listened intently and wasn't afraid to cry with you. 

He came into our lives a young man from a large family and adopted Sherri and Arlyce with an open heart.

EVELYN LOUISE FRARCK

Evelyn Louise Frarck passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with her husband by her side, in Mesa, Ariz.

Evelyn was born Jan. 26, 1937, in International Falls, Minn., to Blanche and Wesley Clark Manning.

She married Dennis Paul Frarck on Dec. 8, 1962, in International Falls.

Evelyn was an active part of the International Falls community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the area for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Wesley Manning; and her sister, Lala Hatch.

RUTH HALVERSON

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Ruth Lillian Halverson, 88, of Rainy River, Ont. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at the Rainy River Hospital.

Funeral arrangements pending.

A complete announcement to follow.

GORDIENA DRENNAN

Surrounded by family and friends, Gordiena “Gordie” Drennan passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home.

Gordiena Vesta Bell Hyatt was born June 11, 1932 in Devlin, Ont. to Gordon and Ella Hyatt.

Gordiena spent most of her life in the Rainy River district with the exception of her employment in Stratford, Ont. when she worked in the textile factory and when she attended Marvel Beauty School in Winnipeg, Man.

JO-ANNE HILL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandma, Jo-Anne Hill, age 68, at St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, with her loving family by her side.

Jo-Anne was born in Rainy River, Ont. on April 18, 1951, youngest daughter to Frank and Anne Tesarsky.

Her family relocated to Fort Frances when she was a senior in high school. It was there that she met the love of her life, Lester Hill. Following along her big sister's steps, Jo-Anne attended the LaVendrye Nursing Program where she received her RNA. '

RICHARD 'RICKY' THOMPSON

It is with profound sadness that the family of Richard “Ricky” Thompson announce his sudden passing on Oct. 21, 2019 at the age of 47.

Rick was born on Sept. 25, 1972 in Emo, Ont. to Doreen and Vernon Thompson. He lived his whole life in Emo.

Rick lived with a degenerative bone condition which prevented him from having long-term employment.

He tried hard not to let his condition stop him from helping out where needed and he was frequently found lending a hand to dad in his shop, as well as doing odd jobs for many other people in the community.

JOSEPH ASHBY PARKER

On Monday, October 14, 2019, Joseph Ashby Parker, age 51, passed away suddenly due to cardiac arrest while outdoors near his home north of Stratton, Ontario.

Joe was born December 4, 1967 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to the late Colonel Loren H. Reynolds of Clarenceville, Québec and Penelope (Parker) Reynolds of San Diego, California. Due to his father’s military career, Joe lived in a variety of places and moved frequently throughout his upbringing.

JOHN BODNARCHUK

It is with great sadness that the family of John Harold Bodnarchuk announces his sudden passing on Oct. 18, 2019 in Winnipeg, Man.

He was born on May 18, 1953 in Fort Frances, Ont. to John and Jessie Bodnarchuk.

In the summer of 1971, John met the love of his life, Cheryl. They were married in 1973 and were happily together for 46 years.

JOHN BODNARCHUK

John Bodnarchuk, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 in Winnipeg, Man.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.