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VIVIAN NEILSON

With loved ones at her side, Vivian Ione Neilson passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.; united at last with those she missed so deeply.

Vivian was born on April 4, 1928 on the northeast corner of Sifton Township, at the homestead of her parents, Leroy and Amanda Berg.

She grew up helping on the farm, hunting for food and cooking it for the hired help—honing skills that would carry her through her working life.

MARIA (MARY) LINDHOLM

Mary Lindholm, 97, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

VIVIAN NEILSON

Vivian Neilson passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

GORDON CALDER

Gordon Calder, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

HAROLD 'BO' ARMSTRONG

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harold “Bo” Armstrong on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at his home in Elora, Ont.

Beloved husband and best friend for more than 61 years to Marlene Kathryn Armstrong (nee Chase); father to son, Hal Armstrong and partner, Renee, grandsons, Ciaran and Aidan Armstrong and their mother, Carmel, all of Fergus, Ont.; and father to daughter, Kathryn Kaszas and husband, Steve, and grandson, Stephen, and his wife, Samantha, and favourite granddaughter, Hallie, all of Toronto, Ont.

HARVEY CHARLES JOSEPH VIEN

It is with great sadness that the family of Harvey Charles Joseph Vien announces his passing on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Harvey was born on May 17, 1946 to Joseph and Emelia Vien in Fort Frances.

Harvey lived here most of his life, working in the bush as a young man before joining the local papermill. He worked for Abitibi for 30 years before retiring as Lead Operator.

HARVEY VIEN

Harvey Vien, 71, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 in Fort Frances.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service.

A complete obituary will follow.

RUBY GALLAGHER

Ruby Gallagher passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROSIE SPENCER Ahqwakonayahsheek

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Rosie Spencer, 73, of Atikokan, Ont. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

Rosie was born on Aug. 20, 1944 to the late Jack and Rose Spencer.

Rosie as predeceased by her parents, Jack and Rose Spencer; siblings, Hilda Yerxa, Robert Spener, and Margaret Spencer; daughter, Cynthia Spoon; son, Greg Spoon; and granddaughter, Danielle Spoon.

JESSIE ENGE

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Jessie Enge (nee Hickerson) at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a few months shy of her 90th birthday.

She was born on April 30, 1928 in Fort Frances, Ont. to William and Helen Hickerson.

Jessie began teaching in Dewart Township in 1948 at the age of 20 upon receiving her credentials from the teachers' college in Nipissing. She retired in 1995 after 46 years dedicated to her profession, having served the last 38 years in Atikokan, mostly at Hemlock Avenue School.

EDWINA JEANNE ('EDDIE') FRENETTE

Edwina Jeanne (“Eddie”) Frenette, 91, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday morning, Jan. 20, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Eddie was born just before the Depression of the 1930s in Manitoba. In 1955, she moved to Fort Frances with her husband, Joe Frenette, and children and spent the next 30 years teaching while raising her four children.

GREG PERREAULT

After a courageous six-year battle with cancer, and with his family by his side, Greg Perreault left this world and joined his children and family in Heaven on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in Winnipeg, Man.

Greg was born on Sept. 15, 1952 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Greg moved his family to Hinton, Alta. to work for the St. Regis Paper Mill. They spent seven years there until they returned home in 1984 to Fort Frances, and then made their forever home when they moved to Couchiching First Nation in 1990 to the house he built for his family.

JOHN HAZEL SR.

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of John Ronald Hazel Sr. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, with his family by his side, at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

John was born on Sept. 28, 1932 in Dauphin, Man.

At the age of seven, he took the train with his mother, Pauline, to Fort Frances. At the age of nine, he was adopted by Jack Hazel.

CLAY CHERNASKE

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Clay Chernaske on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Clay was an amazing husband, dad, brother, son, and son-in-law who was loved, is missed tremendously, and always will be remembered and cherished.

Clay was born on Oct. 14, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Philip Chernaske and Dini Radstake. He moved to B.C. with his parents in 1982, where he became an electrician.

He also was talented in many other areas, including stonework, tiling, and woodworking, among others.

DAN JONES (Gaagigebines) (Bizhiwan odoodeman)

Gaagigebines, Dan Jones, 58, began his journey in his home community of Nigigoonsiminikaaaning First Nation, Ont. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, and friend, he will be greatly missed by his family and Anishinaabe country.

He was born on Nov. 6, 1959 at Eltrut Lake, Ont., the son of John Sr. and Nancy Jones.

Dan married Gail Allen on Feb. 14, 1984 and they celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing.

CLAY CHERNASKE

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Clay Chernaske on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Clay was an amazing husband, dad, brother, son, and son-in-law who was loved, is missed tremendously, and always will be remembered and cherished.

Clay was born on Oct. 14, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Philip Chernaske and Dini Radstake. He moved to B.C. with his parents in 1982, where he became an electrician.

He also was talented in many other areas, including stonework, tiling, and woodworking, among others.

DANIEL JONES

Daniel Jones, of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A traditional wake will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation gymnasium.

A traditional funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at 10 a..m. at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation gymnasium.

A complete obituary will follow.

REV. MICHAEL HENRY MITCHELL

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of the Rev. Michael Henry Mitchell on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Born in Halifax, N.S. on June 3, 1953, Michael was the son of the late John Alfred Mitchell and Ruth Josephine Mitchell.

Michael first served in the Roman Catholic Church with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and was ordained as a deacon in 1979 and as a priest in 1980. The early years of his ministry were spent in Ontario in the parishes of Hamilton and Fort Frances.

JAMES HARVOLD BROW

It is with great sadness that the family of James Harvold Brow announces the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

James “Jim” Brow passed away peacefully one week after his 82nd birthday.

Jim was born on Jan. 6, 1936 in Prince Albert, Sask. to John and Inga Brow. He had an older sister, Trudy, and a younger brother, Jackie.

WARREN LOVEDAY

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Warren Loveday, 54, of Emo, Ont., on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Warren was born on Sept. 23, 1963 to Beatrice and Lawrence Loveday.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening, and he worked for many years at the Dave Burt Sawmill in Sioux Narrows, Ont.

ISABEL MARIE WATTS (NEE GIBSON)

With great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Isabel Watts, of Chapple Township, Ont., at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at the age of 71.

Isabel was born on Oct. 9, 1946 in Emo, Ont. to Harold and Pansy Gibson.

She graduated from Grade 13 with high honours in 1964 from Fort Frances High School. She started her working career after graduation at Larrson's Camp in Nestor Falls, Ont., where she worked until she was united in marriage to John Watts on July 14, 1967 at the Off Lake United Church.

LYNN KEHLER

Lynn Kehler passed away, surrounded by the love of family and friends, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Lynn was born in Indiana to Herman and Maureen Bryant on Nov. 14, 1934.

Her family lived between Indiana and Kentucky in her early years. Her teenage years were spent in California, where she became an avid equestrian and talented pianist.

LILA MARIE WEIR

Lila Marie Weir passed away peacefully, after a long and well-lived life, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

She was born on Dec. 9, 1921 to Tyyne and Frank Petersen, the first of four sisters, in New Finland, Sask.

Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where her siblings were born and where Lila spent the rest of her life.

As a young woman, she met Ed Weir, whom she married on March 22, 1942. She then had to endure a long and scary wait for Ed to return from Europe and his service in WW II.

REECE THOMAS ALLISON

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Reece Allison, 49, of Morley Township, Ont., and formerly of Winnipeg, Man., at his residence on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Reece was born on Nov. 23, 1968 to Thomas and Denise Allison.

Reece worked at several jobs, including producing ice surfaces for curling and hockey rinks, as well as tending to several golf courses over the years.

He enjoyed playing and watching curling.

Reece will be greatly missed by his family and friends here in Stratton and Manitoba.

LYNN KEHLER

Lynn Kehler passed away, surrounded by the love of family and friends, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Lynn was born in Indiana to Herman and Maureen Bryant on Nov. 14, 1934.

Her family lived between Indiana and Kentucky in her early years. Her teenage years were spent in California, where she became an avid equestrian and talented pianist.