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Obituaries

WAYNE NUGENT

With heavy hearts, we announce the unexpected passing of Wayne Nugent, 74, of Barwick, Ont., on Friday April 7, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont. with his loving family by his side.

Wayne was born on Nov. 13, 1942 to the late Joseph and Iva (nee Westover) Nugent in Emo.

In his early childhood years, Wayne grew up on the farm of his grandparents, Roy and Edna Westover, where he attended the Barwick Consolidated School.

STANLEY WARD

Stanley Ward, a local war hero and former mill executive, passed away peacefully at his Fort Frances, Ont. home on Saturday, April 8, 2017 nearly a week after celebrating his 95th birthday.

Stan was a lucky man. He survived several near-death experiences during the Second World War. His seven-man Halifax bomber was shot down and he was one of three airmen to parachute to safety. He later was captured by the Gestapo and held in a notorious prison.

DONALD FRANK WALTON

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our father, Donald Frank Walton, at the age of 92.

A former long-time resident of Burriss, Ont., he passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joyce (nee Hyatt) and son, William.

Donald is survived by his son, Gregory; daughter, Lynne; sisters, Joan, Loreen, and Marylou; as well as many family members in and around the Fort Frances area.

Dad enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as family gatherings.

JOSEPHINE (MASHKAWIZI KWE STRONG WOMAN) LEONARD

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.

Josephine was born on Oct. 24, 1958 to Roseanne and Daniel Leonard at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont. She was the third-eldest of six children (four sisters and one brother).

Josephine loved her favourite hobby of gardening. For many years, she kept an immaculate flower garden until her illness prevented her from doing so.

LaDONNA KLEM

LaDonna Klem passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, with her family by her side, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral.

A complete obituary will follow.

PATSY DORIE

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Patsy Ann Dorie announces her passing, at the age of 81, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Patsy was adopted by James and Ila Hamilton after being found on the steps of the MacKenzie Hospital. It was determined she was about two weeks old so her birthday always has been celebrated as Dec. 25, 1935.

Patsy met her husband, Joseph Dorie, and they married on Jan. 29, 1954 in Fort Frances. They raised their four children in Stratton, Ont.

CATHERINE OLIVE BEAUSHENE

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Catherine Olive Beaushene (Kay), 88, of Emo, Ont., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre.

Kay was born on Jan. 31, 1929 in Stratton, Ont. to William and Faith Bowman.

She was united in marriage to Frederick “Doug” Beaushene in 1951.

LAWRENCE KELLY 'IKE' McMAHON

Ike McMahon passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Stony Mountain, Man.

Ike was born on Jan. 30, 1977 in Atikokan, Ont. to Kelly and Roberta McMahon. He was raised in Atikokan, attending school, playing hockey, and collecting baseball and hockey cards.

Ike made friends everywhere he went; he was the type of guy that you wanted on your side. He always was there to help a friend or right a wrong. Inside that intimidating body was a person with a big heart.

BETTY JEWELL

After a courageous battle with Alzheimer's, Betty Jewell, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Betty was born on Aug. 6, 1933 in Devlin, Ont. to Issac and Olive Hyatt. She grew up in Devlin.

She met Louis in 1948 and they were married on Nov. 9, 1950. This November would have been their 67th wedding anniversary.

Betty worked as a telephone operator in her younger years and she also cleaned at the Toronto Dominion Bank with her good friend, Marilyn Shine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.