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ELIZABETH ANN HARRIET 'BETTY' BROWN

On Saturday, July 6, 2019 Elizabeth Ann Harriet “Betty” Brown passed away at her home suddenly and peacefully with her husband by her side.

Betty was born on July 24, 1936 in Sleeman, Ontario to the late Arthur and Elizabeth Armstrong.

She was united in marriage to the love her life Arnold Brown, on June 19, 1959 whom she celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with this year. After their marriage Arnold and Betty lived in Warroad, MN before settling in Emo for a short time, they left Emo, settling into their life long home in Fort Frances.

CARL HARVEY COOPER

Harvey passed away on the morning of July 1, 2019 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC.

Harvey's greatest love was his family, he is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie; son, William; daughter-in-law, Trisha; grandchildren Jason, Gabriella and Sarah; along with his puppy, Maggie.

Harvey was also blessed with many nieces and nephews.

He was born Jan. 22, 1946 in Fort Frances, Ont. and had many fond memories of growing up there.

JOHN THOMAS RAFFERTY

If you're reading this, John Rafferty is as dead as a doornail. Cancer didn't get him, it died with him.

John had big plans to write his own obituary, but never got past those first two lines. He was too busy spending his days with his beloved partner Pam, catching up on Y&R and Game of Thrones, tending to his plants, and keeping up with politics and the Jays.

He spoke of the Big Lebowski and Clint Eastwood characters as inspiration for a life well-lived. He planned to curate an instructional guide of quotes and tenets, but ultimately decided on one: “just relax.”

BRIAN ALEXANDER GIBSON

Brian Alexander Gibson passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 20178 at the Woodstock Hospital in his 75th year.

Brian was born on Feb. 9, 1944 n Winnipeg, Man. to Bill and Reta (Westover) Gibson.

Brian worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Red Lake, Ont., Winnipeg, and ended his career in Toronto, Ont.

Brian retired to Woodstock, Ont. to be closer to his sister, Heather Lewis, and her family.

He enjoyed being a Moose Lodge member, shooting pool, doing woodworking with his brother-in-law, Jim, and photography.

BONNIE MAY WATSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Bonnie May Watson, announces her passing on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital with family by her side. Bonnie had a long battle with many health issues and fought through them with mighty courage and a forever optimistic attitude until her last day at the age of 89.

LILLIAN JANE SAURER

It is with great sadness that the family of Lillian Jane Saurer announces her passing on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

Lillian was born on June 8, 1930 in Fairington, Ont. Her family followed the railroad, living in various communities in the Rainy River District.

It was during their time in Stratton that she met John Saurer. They were married on Jan. 12, 1951 and she settled into the role of wife and then mother.

They were stationed at the Rockcliffe for several years before returning to Stratton to help on the family farm.

JAMES ROBERT FLEMING KEDDIE

James Robert Fleming Keddie passed away at La Verendrye Hospital on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

\He was born in Peebles, Scotland on March 24, 1927.

Jim was in the Scots Guard 1st Battalion Pipe Band for 13 years, serving in Italy, Cyprus and Egypt. He was married to June Bartram in September of 1949.

After he left the Army the family immigrated to Toronto, Canada to work in the prison as a guard.

EVA AUDREY ANGUS

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our dearly loved mom and grandmother on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 81.

Eva was born on Aug. 2, 1937 in Barwick, Ont. to John and Ethel Irvine, and was the youngest of five children.

MICHAEL VERAN

With great sadness, the family of Michael Veran, 54, announces his sudden passing on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Michael was born on July 16, 1964 in Fort Frances, Ont. He spent his early years in Atikokan attending school and doing all the fun things that kids do—playing hockey and baseball and spending time with friends.

After he graduated from Atikokan High School in 1982, he went to work at Atikokan Forest Products where he learned the trade of heavy equipment mechanic.

NORMA MAY PIOTROWSKI

It is with great sadness that the family of Norma May Piotrowski announces her peaceful passing on Thursday, June 20, 2019 with family by her side.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1944 in Fort Frances and lived here most of her life. At the young age of 12, she met Carl Piotrowski; she may not have known it then but he was the love of her life.

They were married on Feb. 27, 1960 and they were inseparable for the next 59 years. She worked alongside him in all of their ventures.

FRANCES LORINE PATRICIA (DESROSIER) TREFLIN

Frances Lorine Patricia (Desrosier) Treflin was born in Rainy River, Ont. on Dec. 3, 1927 to Albert and Laura (Galipeau) Desrosier.

She passed away at the Rainy River Health Centre on June 13, 2019 at the age of 91, surrounded by family and had enjoyed continual visits, stories and prayers from family, friends and clergy during the final week of her earthly life.

Frances went to school in Rainy River. When she was 12, her parents had both passed away and she was raised by her older cousin, Minn and Max Flamand.

BRENDA GAETZ (JOHNSON)

On the evening of June 2, 2019, Brenda Gaetz (nee Johnson) passed peacefully at the St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit after losing her fight with brain cancer at the age of 64.

Brenda was born in Rainy River on April 15, 1955 to Dulcie and Wesley Johnson. Brenda married Charlie Gaetz on Aug. 26, 1977 and they started their life together in Grand Rapids, Man.

She was a loving and proud mom to their son, Steven, born July 12, 1984.

NORMA MAY PIOTROWSKI

It is with great sadness that the family of Norma May Piotrowski announces her peaceful passing on Thursday, June 20, 2019 with family by her side.

A celebration of Norma's life will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion.

A complete obituary will follow.

EVA AUDREY ANGUS

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our dearly loved mom and grandmother on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 81.

Eva was born on Aug. 2, 1937 in Barwick, Ont. to John and Ethel Irvine, and was the youngest of five children.

FRANCES TREFLIN (DESROSIER)

Peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2019, Frances Treflin (nee Desrosier), 91, of Rainy River, Ont. passed away at the Rainy River Hospital.

Funeral mass tentatively planned for Friday, June 28, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Morson with mass time and complete announcement to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.

LYLE EDWARD HYATT

Lyle Edward Hyatt peacefully slipped away June 9, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. at age 71.

Lyle was the born in Emo on May 24, 1948, eldest child of the late Robert W. Hyatt and Marie Hyatt (Canfield)(Mutz).

Lyle grew up south of Devlin on the family farm, where he learned his very strong work ethic. He enjoyed, and was proud of, the years he spent in 4-H and playing baseball and hockey for the Emo Legion.

After graduating FFHS, he worked in Sapawe sawmill for a short time then was hired on at the paper mill in Fort.

PATTI LaFLEUR

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patti LaFleur (née Shine), our dear mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and friend.

Patti lit up the room with her warmth, presence and positivity. She was a strong, resilient woman who will leave a lasting impression on all those she met.

MAXINE LYNNE RUYMAR (WATTS)

Peacefully and surrounded by family, Maxine Lynne Ruymar (nee Watts) passed away June 10, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Maxine Lynne Ruymar (nee Watts) was born Dec. 9, 1946 in Emo, Ont., to the late Arthur and Arlien Watts of Stratton, Ont.

Maxine attended both Rainy River High School and Fort Frances High School.

In 1965, Maxine decided she would pursue new adventures and moved to Winnipeg, Man.

Maxine quickly made friends and enjoyed a full and busy life in the city.

ROBIN BOWES Sr.

It is with deep sorrow the family of Robin Bowes Sr. announce his passing on June 4, 2019.

Robin was born February 19, 1926 in Stony Creek, Ont. to Horace and Susanna (Meek) Bowes, who had only months earlier immigrated to Canada from England.

Robin spent his youth in Galt, Ont. At age 18, like the many other young men of that time, Robin enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces and their efforts during World War II. He was a proud member of Legion Br. 29.

LYLE EDWARD HYATT

Peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2019, Lyle Edward Hyatt, 71, of Alberton Township, Ont. passed away at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

At Lyle's request, there will be no funeral service.

A complete announcement to follow.

NICOLAAS (NICK) SCHRYVERSHOF

On June 5, 2019, Nick finished his earthly sojourn and went to live with his Heavenly Father forever.

Nick was born on July 6, 1926 in Tienhoven, The Netherlands, to Koenraad and Geertje Schryvershof.

Nick finished his elementary education during the first years of WWII. During the last years of the war he went “underground” in order to avoid deportation to Nazi labour camps.

In 1946, Nick was drafted into the Dutch army and deployed to Indonesia from 1946-1950—years that affected him for the rest of his life and made him the man he became.

SUE HALL

It is with deep sadness the family of Sue Hall, announces her passing on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Sue passed away peacefully with her family by her side.

Sue was 56 years old and was born on Nov. 1, 1962.

She loved life, especially the simpler things. Sue loved walks, beautiful weather and treasured her friends, pets, cabin and her home.

Her greatest joy was her family and she truly cherished the time she spent with them.

KIMBERLY ANN JEWELL

Kimberly Ann Jewell peacefully passed away with her family by her side, at her residence on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the age of 51 years.

Beloved wife of Terry. Inspirational and loving mother of Elyssa Minielly (Eric), Jodi Moore (Matthew), and Jaime Moore (Charlie). Caring stepmother of Ashlyn Jewell (Tyler), and Katlynn Jewell (Ian). Super awesome Gramma of Selena, Briar, Aubryn, Brynnlee, Ellie, and Rucker. Cherished sister to Karen, Krista, Kyla, Karen, and Rhonda. Loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews.