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Obituaries

MONICA BESSIE HANZUK

It is with great sorrow that the family of Monica Hanzuk announces her passing, with family by her side, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Monica was born on Sept. 3, 1921 in New Malden, England to Walter and Bridget Joyce. She grew up in England.

On Sept. 3, 1939, England and France declared war on Germany and she worked as a plane spotter for the British Army.

JOAN THEODORA CURRIE-MARCHAND

Joan Theodora Currie-Marchand passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Joan will be lovingly remembered by her husband, James Marchand of Langley, B.C.; daughter, Brenda (Michael) Gibson; grandchildren, Carol Fawcett and Jason Fawcett; and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Emily.

She also is survived by her sisters, Nancy (Len) Noonan, Lorraine (Rod) Cupp, and Yvette Adams; as well as her brothers, Jim (Barb), Fred (Sonny), Ray (Randi), and Joe.

AVIS HALVORSEN

With heavy heart we must speak of the passing of Avis Halvorsen (nee Himsl) of Hinton Alta., a wonderful and caring lady with a big heart.

She could be outspoken at times but always was honest in her feelings and always ready with a hug when one was needed. She also was very smart. For more than 60 years, she did the New York Times Crossword in ink. We always said she could have made a fortune on the game show circuit.

She will be sorely missed.

PATRISHAH LINKLATER-TOM

It is with deep sorrow that the Linklater/Friday family announce the sudden passing of Patrishah P.J. Little Feather Linklater-Tom (Miskwaanakwad).

Patrishah, or “Tai,” returned to the spirit world, with family by her side, on Friday, Jan. 14, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont. at the tender age of 31.

Tai was born on Jan. 8, 1988 in Thunder Bay, Ont. and was from Couchiching First Nation.

ELAINE MARTHA WHITE-KIDDLE

It is with great sadness that the family of Elaine Martha Kiddle announces her passing, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at the Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1931 to Ewart and Hazel Wilson in Fort Frances. She lived here all of her life.

Elaine was united in marriage to the late Charles Arthur White and together they raised six children.

MARCUS DAVID JAMES HENDERSON (Waabshkaanikwat) (Muskrat Clan)

Marcus David James Henderson, 14, of Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, who was born on Dec. 29, 2003, sadly departed us on Dec. 10, 2018.

He was a Grade 9 student at the Seven Generations Education Institute.

He loved playing video games and hanging out with his little friends in Mitaanjigamiing FN. He was a traditional dancer and liked dancing at local pow-wows. He also had a good sense of humour, enjoyed making people laugh, telling jokes, and being silly. He enjoyed spending time at home with the family.

When he was younger, he also enjoyed swimming.

ELEANOR VALERIE KUCHMA

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Eleanor Kuchma, 87, wife of the late Don Kuchma, on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at her home, Rainycrest, with family by her side.

Eleanor was born on July 11, 1931 to Prosper and Georgina Davidson of Fort Frances, Ont.

She will be greatly missed by her six children, Diane (Ron) Grabowski, Penny (Garry) Audette, and Kathy (Gilles) Bois, all of Fort Frances, Ont., Wendy (Rod) Woodgate of Devlin, Ont., Richard (Cheryl) Kuchma of Toronto, Ont., and Kevin (Shannon) Kuchma of Emo, Ont.

ELEANOR KUCHMA

Eleanor Kuchma, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

ELAINE MARTHA KIDDLE

It is with great sadness that the family of Elaine Martha Kiddle announces her passing, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church in Fort Frances, with Pastor Marcel Chenier officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

MONICA HANZUK

Monica Hanzuk, 97, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

ROBERT CLYDE DITMARS

It is with great sorrow that the family of Clyde Ditmars announces his sudden passing on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Clyde was born on March 27, 1934 in Kakabeka Falls, Ont. to Dick and Alice Ditmars. He was raised in Kakabeka Falls.

He was united in marriage to Blondie Sobush on Aug. 7, 1959. They spent 60 wonderful years together and raised one son, Van Clyde Ditmars.

As a young man, Clyde took over his father's garage. He lost the business to a fire but was able to rebuild a full-service station.

ELVENE JANET HAMILTON

Elvene Hamilton, 70, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 in Morden, Man.

Elvene joined this world on June 25, 1948 in Fort Frances, Ont., born to John Irwin Hamilton and Violet Elvira (Wedlund) Hamilton.

She spent her life bringing love and joy to all she met. She had a passion for music, learning, and her friends and family, and celebrated a deep Christian faith.

She also spent a lifetime career with Canada Post.

GREG ALLAN ANDERSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Greg Anderson, 63, announces his passing on Tuesday Jan. 2, 2019 in the loving care of the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Greg was born on Dec. 26, 1955 to Allan and Leone Anderson of Stratton, Ont.

Greg will be dearly missed and is survived by his best friend, childhood sweetheart, and loving wife, Vicki; their children, Sonya (Steve), Kyle (Amanda), Tashia (Travis), Michelle (Mark), and Angie (John); and grandchildren, Keylin Emily, Kale, Aisya, Jacob Tatum, Ryan, Kennedy, Peyton, and Sarah.

MARIE McDIARMID

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Mom on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mom was born on Jan. 18, 1932 in Springwater, Sask.

She married Donald Gerald McDiarmid on Oct. 18, 1950. Together they had three beautiful children, Douglas (1951), Wendy (1954), and Cindy (1957).

Don and Marie started their married life farming in Springwater and soon moved to Fort Frances in 1952 due to Marie's health.

Mom was predeceased by daughter, Cindy, in 1957; husband, Don in 1964; and son, Douglas in 1979.

GREG ALLAN ANDERSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Greg Anderson, 63, announces his passing on Tuesday Jan. 2, 2019 in the loving care of the Rainy River Hospital.

Greg was born on Dec. 26, 1955 to Allan and Leone Anderson of Stratton, Ont. Greg will be dearly missed and is survived by his best friend, childhood sweetheart and loving wife, Vicki; their children, Sonya (Steve), Kyle (Amanda), Tashia (Travis), Michelle (Mark), and Angie (John);

and grandchildren, Keylin Emily, Kale, Aisya, Jacob Tatum, Ryan, Kennedy, Peyton, and Sarah.

RICHARD MARK BELLAMY

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Richard Mark Bellamy, 69, of Devlin, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Richard was born on Aug. 14, 1949 in Emo, Ont. to Phillip and Peggy (Brown) Bellamy.

Richard was a major tinker! Nothing he loved more than getting his hands dirty working on some new project. If not tinkering, you would find him and Sharon out having a picnic or camping, or just driving around visiting.

On June 7, 1986, Richard married the love of his life, Sharon Kruzel, of International Falls, Mn.

LOIS McCANNA

Lois McCanna (nee Newport) passed away quietly, with family by her side, on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 at the Bayview Nursing Home in Pointe-Claire, Que.

She fought a lengthy and difficult battle with cancer over the past three years, taking it one day at at a time. It was our motto.

She lived autonomously almost to the end and will be missed by her husband, Barney, of 69 years and son, Mark.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1932.

MARIE McDIARMID

Marie McDiarmid, 86, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

MARYLOU COPENACE (Waabaashkimookos)

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Marylou Copenace, 28, on Friay, Dec. 28, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A traditional wake was held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, followed by a traditional service on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Big Grassy First Nation Community Hall.

Interment followed at Big Grassy First Nation.

JOHANNUS ('JOE') VANDERHORST

It brings us great sadness and broken hearts to announce the death of our dear father, Joe Vanderhorst, 84, of Alberton Township, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joe was born on Nov. 14, 1934 in Fort Frances to Johannus and Huber-dina Vanderhorst.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Florence Truelove, on Aug. 8, 1958 and they raised five children.

Joe was raised on the family farm with his parents and sisters, Mary, Gunnie, Audrey, Christine, and Pearl. His father was ecstatic when he finally had a son.

MARTIN TIBBS

Martin Tibbs passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2109 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

A compete obituary will follow.

ADRIAN BLAIR PERREAULT

It is with great sadness that the family of Adrian Blair Perreault announces his passing on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at Seine River First Nation.

Adrian was born on July 9, 1964 in Atikokan, Ont. to Theodore Perreault and Mary Morin.

He was a hard worker and very proud to earn his place in the local 1669 Carpenters Union.

Adrian loved fishing and hunting, being around people, teasing, joking, and laughing in Ojiberish. He taught himself to play guitar and loved to get together with friends to jam.

KYLE ANTHONY ('MISKWAANAHKI') SMITH

Kyle Anthony Smith ('Miskwaanahki' Bizhew Dotem), of Naicatchewenin First Nation, Ont., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1997 in Winnipeg, Man., the son of Gary (Crystal) Smith and Crystal Morrison.

Kyle loved visiting his family and friends. He enjoyed sharing food, music, movies, technology, taking pictures, singing, and dancing. Kyle also enjoyed spending time watching over his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

ELNA MAXINE INKSTER

It is with great sadness that the children of Maxine Inkster announce the passing of their beloved mother, at the age of 86, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 after a sudden and brief illness.

She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Jim; son-in-law, Ernie Calder; daughter-in-law, Debbie Hebert-Inkster; and grandson, Jimmy Inkster.

She is survived by her six children, Barrie Inkster (Debbie), Shelley Toninato (Robert), David Inkster (Cathy), Wendy Calder, Dale Inkster, and Chiney Inkster; as well as 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.