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Obituaries

SAMUEL HARCUS

Samuel Harcus, 97, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Sam was born on April 30, 1921 in Drumlithie, Scotland to Samuel and Johan Harcus. The family moved to Canada in 1926.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving overseas with the Canadian Air Force. He was united in marriage to Josephine Goodman on Nov. 16, 1946.

He worked as an electrical engineer before becoming the manager of the Public Utilities Commission in Fort Frances. Sam retired in 1986.

WASYL (WILLIAM) SLOBOZIAN

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Wasyl (William) Slobozian on April 18, 2019 at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances.

Wasyl was born in March 7, 1929 to Nick and Mary Slobozian in the RM of Boulton, Man.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. May he “Rest in Peace.”

If desired, donations in Wasyl's (William's) memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.

A private family ceremony will take place at a later date in Alberta.

CHRISTOPHER ADRIAN BRUYERE

With heavy hearts, the family of Christopher Adrian Bruyere announce his passing on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the age of 56.

Shirley and Wallace (Swede) Bruyere welcomed their second youngest child, Chris, into the world on Dec. 11, 1962 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He grew up in the Bruyere family household on Rainy Lake Boulevard in Couchiching First Nation. As a child, Chris was often chumming around with his cousins and many other kids in the neighbourhood.

ROY LEONARD DICK

On April 3, 2019, Roy Leonard Dick of Sorrento, B.C., joined his late wife, Reta, at the age of 86.

Roy will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by daughters, Lyn Barrett (Doug), and Deb Billwiller (John); son, Barry Dick (Nickia); and grandson, George Harris; as well as sister-in-law, Jackie Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Dad loved the outdoors and had a special place in his heart for the loons that would swim past his home with their haunting cry.

MICHAEL STRAIN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Michael Strain announces his sudden passing on Friday, April 12, 2019, in his favourite place.

Michael was born July 7, 1962 to Deidre and Gordon “Bud” Strain. He grew up in the North End, a spot that was near and dear to his heart, and continued to live there all of his life.

Growing up he enjoyed playing hockey, dirt biking, and causing trouble with the “North End Boys.” 'Cools cabin was one of his favourite places to be.

RAY MacDONALD GATES

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019 we lost a good friend and a wonderful family member.

Ray MacDonald Gates was born June 29, 1939 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Kenneth and Roberta Gates along with two brothers, Alton and Larry. Later, Ray moved to eastern Ontario but was always very proud of his east coast heritage. He managed to get back twice to visit his mother before she passed away in 2018.

ESTHER HENRIETTA ELIAS

It is with profound sadness that the Elias family announces the loss of Esther Henrietta (Turner) Elias on April 3, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances with her loving family by her side.

Esther was born Nov. 27, 1928 to William and Anna Turner. Esther married Archie Elias on Sept. 25, 1948.

ROSE MAY BOLZAN

Rose May Bolzan, 96, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at her home.

She was born on June 19, 1922 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Paul and Anna Arseneault.

She was united in marriage to Joe Bolzan on Nov. 29, 1941.

While raising her three children she was also very active in her community. She was a member of the St. Mary's Church, the Catholic Women's League, Italian Ladies Club, La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary and a Birthday Blub.

PETER HORSMAN

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Joseph Horsman. He passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

Peter leaves to mourn the love of his life, Marilyn Horsman; his sons, Rod Horsman, and Bill Horsman (Cindy); his daughter, Rhonda Horsman (Chris); his grandchildren, Devon Horsman (Ashley) and Scott Williams; as well as his great-grandchildren, Junuh, Callum and Jasper.

GWENDOLYN FLORENCE HOUSTON (GOSSELIN)

It is with profound sadness that the family of Gwendolyn Florence Houston (nee Gosselin) announces her death on April 3, 2019 at Sunnybrook Palliative Care in Toronto with family at her side after a determined battle with cancer.

Gwendolyn was born in beautiful Northwestern Ontario on Nov. 1, 1937 in the small town of Rainy River. Her early school years were conducted there before completing her Grade 13 in Fort Frances.

PENNY DEWITT

On April 1, 2019, with her family at her side Penny Dewitt (nee Bruchkowski) passed away at the age of 53.

She leaves to mourn her, sons, Robert McCormick and Shane McCormick; and grandchildren, Brooklyn, Braden and Edward McCormick; as well as her mother, Florence Bruchkowski; siblings, Tom Bruchkowski, Ron Marquart, Cindy (Ernie) Sinclair, and Tammy Bruchkowski (Allan Sinclair); nieces and nephews, Brian Sinclair, Samantha Sinclair and family, Robyn (Billy) McMillan and family, Steven (Caylie) Marquart and family, and Amanda (Tyler) Nahnybida and family.

JENNIFER LYNN YVONNE MAINVILLE Gizizahebaanungook, Anangoons Awasii Clan

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Jennifer Lynn Yvonne Mainville announce her passing on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Jennifer was born on June 28, 1986 in Fort Frances, Ont. She grew up in Couchiching First Nation and Fort Frances. After graduating high school she lived in Calgary, Lac La Croix and then Thunder Bay before returning to her community. 

She studied and graduated from the Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Program with her brother in 2008. Jen was very proud of this accomplishment. 

ROSE MAY BOLZAN

Rose May Bolzan, 96, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2019.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. Parish Prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

CAROL JOYCE CLIFFORD

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Carol Joyce Clifford on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Rainy River Health Centre, with her loving family by her side.

Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer two short months ago. She fought a courageous battle and always said, “I am okay.”

Mom was born March 12, 1945 in Rainy River to Fred and Vivian Hartnell. She was the eldest of 10 children. Mom grew up in Blue Township in the summers and Harris Hill in the winters until mom was in Grade 5 when her family stayed year round in Blue.

HUGH CHARLES MASSON

It is with sadness that the family of Hugh Charles Masson announces his passing on Monday, March 25, 2019 in Crystal City, Man. at the age of 92.

Hugh was born in Pilot Mound, Man. on April 1, 1926. The family resided in Wood Bay, Man. until the passing of his father that same year, at which time the family returned to reside permanently in Pilot Mound.

He told stories of walking the family cow into town for milking, and back out again in the morning. As well as the many, many games of checkers he played with his mother.

JOHN GERLEY

It is with great sadness that the family of John Gerley announces his passing on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

John was born on Jan. 31, 1928 in Paks, Hungary to Istvan and Zsuzsanna Gerlei.

He came to Canada in 1952, first working the tobacco fields before finding work logging. He stayed in the logging industry for a few years and then became a machinist.

He worked for the local paper mill, in Fort Frances, for many years before retiring at 65.

JOSEPH (JOE) PALDIO

It's with deep sadness the family of Joe Paldio announce his peaceful passing on Monday, March 25, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after a courageous battle with cancer, with his nephew Mark by his side.

Joe was born in Szucs, Hungary on Oct. 23, 1924 to Joseph and Elizabeth Paldio. In 1934, with his mother and older brother, William (Willie), they immigrated to Canada and settled north of Pinewood, Ont. in Sutherland Township where his father had started the family homestead. It is there in 1939 where his sister Elizabeth (Betty) was born.

EDITH JACQUELINE AGNES AUNGIERS RAWLINS

It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Edith Rawlins announces that she peaceful was promoted to glory (passing) on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Edith was born on July 27, 1927 to John and Florence Rawlins in Halifax, N.S.

She moved across Canada to Vancouver, B.C. in 1945, pursuing a career as a teacher. She taught in the Anglican Church, as well as at elementary schools in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

LILLIAN ARMSTRONG

The family of Lillian (Bakkon) Armstrong are saddened to announce her passing on Friday, March 29, 2019. She is finally at peace after a long, hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mom was born on Aug. 12, 1930 in Fort Frances. She married the love of her life Gerard (Gerry) Armstrong in 1953.

They were blessed with five children, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

JOHN GERLEY

It is with great sadness that the family of John Gerley announces his passing on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont. with Father Alan Albao officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

LOTTIE MARIA WHITEFIELD

The family of Lottie Whitefield are saddened to announce her passing on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Lottie was born on Dec. 3, 1923 in Bergland, Ont., the youngest child of Alfred and Kristina Peterson-Edberg. Lottie was born at the family homestead in their little cabin that they lived in while re-locating their house from about three miles back on the property to a location closer to where the road would be. A midwife came to help with the birth while her brothers waited in the barn.

MARGARETHA (MARGARET) HEYENS

It is with profound sadness that the Heyens family announces the loss of our matriarch, Margaretha (Margaret) Heyens, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances with her devoted and loving family by her side.

Mom was born on May 20, 1925 in Hengstdijk, Holland.

Mom and Dad were married on April 19, 1949 and immigrated immediately to Canada. They came with next-to-nothing to a strange country and Mom taught herself English by reading newspapers, always a baby on her hip and one on the way.

STANLEY ROSS PERRY

It is with great sadness that the family of Ross Perry announces his passing on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ross was born on Jan. 1, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Stan and Mae Perry. He grew up in Fort Frances and made this community his home. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, and he loved to play and watch hockey.

TANYA DENISE ANDY ('Waa-Saa-Gii-Zha-Gok')

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Tanya Denise Andy, 37, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A traditional wake will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4 p.m. at the Big Grassy First Nation Community Hall, followed by a traditional service on Thursday March 28, 2019 at 10 a.m.

A complete obituary will follow.