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GLADYS KINNEAR

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gladys Kinnear (nee Swire) announce her passing on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the age of 95.

Mom grew up in Burriss, Ont. and moved to Emo, Ont. at the age of 16.

She was united in marriage to Howard Kinnear on Aug. 12, 1942. Together they raised their five children, Charles, Don, Dwight, Myles, and Karen.

Mom had a love for all animals, and had many happy memories of caring for her ducks and chickens. She also enjoyed her flower garden and watching the hummingbirds.

CAROL JOYCE MUNRO

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Carol Joyce Munro, 73, of Fort Frances, Ont., at her residence on Monday, April 10, 2017 with her family be her side.

A complete obituary will follow.

STANLEY GEORGE WARD

It is with great sadness that the family of Stan Ward announces his passing on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

KATE BRAGG

With her family by her side, Kate Bragg peacefully passed away April 2, 2017.

Kate was born Nov. 16, 1921 in Edmonton, AB to the late Emmy Jane (Robins) and Elijah Rumley. She lived in Alberta until she was 17. She then moved to Northwestern Ontario with her mom after her dad passed away.

Here in NWO she met her true love, Leo Bragg and they were united in marriage on Aug. 27, 1942

at the International Falls border.

They renewed their vows 20 years later at Leo’s bedside on Aug. 15, 1962 by Father Louie O’Bain just before Leo passed away.

JOSEPHINE LEONARD (MASHKAWIZI KWE-STRONG WOMAN)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and niece.

Josephine Leonard, 58, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 3, 2017 at her home on Rainy River First Nations.

She was born Oct. 24, 1958.

A wake will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the Rainy River First Nations gymnasium.

Services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10 a.m., with Rev. Frances Flook and Elder Gilbert Smith officiating.

Interment will be held at the cemetery up on Manitou Rapids Hill.

CECILE LaFRANCE VAVRICKA

Cecile LaFrance Vavricka, 91, a long-time resident of Bloomington, Mn., passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wayburn (Wayne) Vavricka; parents, Arthur and Medora LaFrance; brothers, Leo and Daniel; sisters, Rita Ruelle, Claudia Domanski, and Noella LaFrance; and in-laws, Kay LaFrance, Rolland Ruelle, Ed Domanski, Louella LaFrance, and Ruth Dean.

JAMES PATRICK (JIM) McLEOD

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, James Patrick McLeod, peacefully with family at his side, on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jim was born on Hungry Hall Indian Reserve near Rainy River, Ont. to James Sr. and Josephine (born Godin), 97 years ago on Feb. 25, 1920.

BEATRICE OGIER

Beatrice Ogier (nee Galusha), a resident of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with family at her side, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the age of 68.

Beatrice is survived by her children, Penny of Thunder Bay, Ont., Percy and Denise of Fort Frances, Ont., and Zandra and Anne of Manitoba; grandchildren, Christopher, Jessica, Dalton, and Sarah of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Elton, Sandy, Evan, Tara, Cody, and Olivia of Manitoba; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

LINDA SKIRTEN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Linda Skirten announces her passing on Friday, March 31, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances at the age of 60.

Linda was a kind and gentle person with a loving heart and her door was always open. She enjoyed a good visit and welcomed a cup of coffee. Whenever she had the opportunity, she was always willing to go.

She cherished the vacations and time spent with her family.

PATSY ANN DORIE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Patsy Ann Dorie, 81, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral arrangements are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

GLENN McLEOD

It is with profound sadness that the family of Glenn McLeod announces his passing on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont. after a valiant battle with lung disease.

Glenn was born on April 6, 1936 in Emo, Ont., the only child of Kenneth and Nellie McLeod. He grew up in Blackhawk, Ont. on the family farm and attended school at Tait #9.

GRANT WILLIAM PERREAULT

With heavy hearts, the family of Grant William Perreault wishes to announce his passing on Saturday, April 1, 2017 after a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer.

Grant was born on April 26, 1976 to Dennis and Judy Perreault, the youngest of three children.

He was born and raised in Fort Frances and Couchiching. He lived in a few different cities and towns for either his hockey career, for school, or for work—Kenora, Morden (Manitoba), and Bemidji (Minnesota).

LINDA SKIRTEN

Linda Skirten, 60, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

KELVIN PHILLIP JOURDAIN

Kelvin Jourdain, 61, of Couchiching First Nation, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at his home.

Kelvin was born Feb. 24, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Moses and Regina Jourdain.

He lived in Couchiching First Nation all his life. He worked for various businesses in the area but mostly enjoyed being outdoors.

He leaves behind his son, Derek Turcotte (Barb Wilson); granddaughter, Jade; siblings, Everette Jourdain (Wendy), Louis Jourdain, Melvin Jourdain, Victoria Topp, Wilma Wilson, and Evelyn Adams; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

JOSHUA SIGURDSON

August 18, 1988 – March 23, 2017

“When we come to the last moment of this lifetime, and we look back across it, the only thing that’s going to matter is ‘what is the quality of our love?’ “ R. Bach

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Josh Sigurdson announces his sudden passing on March 23, 2017.

Josh was born on August 18, 1988 in Fort Frances, ON to Greg and Gina Sigurdson.

KATHERINE SCHULZ

Katherine Schulz, of 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence on Friday, March 24, 2017.

She was born in Franzfeld, Yugoslavia on June 29, 1922.

She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1928, eventually settling in the Stratton, Ont. area. She attended school in Pattullo Township.

She had excellent penmanship and artistic ability; winning several awards at the Emo Fair. After finishing school, she worked for Green's Tourist Camp in Nestor Falls.

BRUCE TONY HOLMLUND

In the early-morning hours of Saturday, March 18, 2017, Bruce Tony Holmlund peacefully slipped away and joined his beloved wife, Lois, in eternal rest.

Bruce was born in 1931 at the family farm in Outlook, Sask. to Tony and Amanda Holmlund.

At the age of six, Bruce and his family moved to the Scandinavian community of Erickson, Man. It was here that Bruce met, charmed, courted, and, on July 24, 1954, married the love of his life, Lois Elaine Miller.

Together they set out on an adventure that lasted more than 60 years.

GLADYS ANN MARTIN

With family at her side, Gladys Ann Martin, 81, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born to Thomas and Myrtle (Wright) Jolicouer on May 18, 1935 in Stratton, Ont. and was a life-long resident of Rainy River District.

As a young woman, Gladys worked for a short time on Great Lake ships and at La Verendrye Hospital as a nurse trainee. She then joined the local Shop-Easy store, where she enjoyed serving customers with a smile.

KENNETH GORDON MARTIN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Ken Martin announces his passing on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Ken was born on Feb. 4, 1935 to Beatrice and George Martin. He grew up in the Township of Blue along with his brothers and sister.

On Feb. 10, 1956, he was united in marriage to Julie-Anne Ronne until her passing on Oct. 17, 1986. He then married Madeline Hutchins (Legaree) on Nov. 27, 1987.

MELVIN KEITH LOVEDAY

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Keith Loveday, 52, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Keith was born on Dec. 6, 1964 in Emo, Ont. to Beatrice and Lawrence Loveday.

He enjoyed fishing, guiding, and woodworking, and in his early years enjoyed working on the Ogier farm.

JESSIE MARGARET STEWART (JUDSON)

It is with great sorrow that the family of Jessie Margaret Stewart (Judson) announces her passing, in her 101st year, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Casselholme long-term care facility in North Bay, Ont.

Jessie was born on April 13, 1916 in Solsgirth, Man., moving with her family to the Emo, Ont. area as a child, where she lived for most of her life.

She also lived for several years in Atikokan, Ont. before moving to North Bay five years ago.

Jessie was predeceased by her husband, Al (1971).

ELMER JOSEPH MAINVILLE (Netamiigaabo, Awaazisii Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Elmer Joseph Mainville announces his peaceful passing, with his loving family at his side, on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances, Ont.

Elmer was born Dec. 10, 1930 in Pine Falls, Man. to the late Frederick and Clara (nee Guimond) Mainville.

He attended St. Marguerite's Indian Residential School in Fort Frances, then later served with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in the Korean War.

ELIZABETH LOUISE 'LUCY' WASKUL

Elizabeth Louise “Lucy” Waskul, 88, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at her home.

Lucy was born Feb. 14, 1929 to Albert and Helen (Smith) Edenburn in Deerlock, Ont. She grew up in Fort Frances, Ont. in the west end.

The former Elizabeth Edenburn married John Waskul on Feb. 14, 1955 in Fort Frances and eventually moved to International Falls.

Lucy loved crafting, cooking, and fishing. She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in International Falls and the Order of the Eastern Star.