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Obituaries

IVY (NANCY) SHAW

It is with profound sadness that we announce Mom's passing, with her family by her side, on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mom was born in Rainy River, Ont. on June 22, 1922 to Ivy and William W. Hughes. She grew up with a large supportive family and passed those values on to her children.

She was the family historian, with an incredible memory for dates and relationships.

CAROL-LYNNE ANNE LOUISE AFFLECK ORVILLE ('LOVERN') AFFLECK

Lovern and Carol Affleck of Fort Frances, Ont. were taken from us tragically on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Carol was born on Dec. 25, 1950 in Vancouver, B.C. to William and Hazel Barnes (Bannister). The Barnes family moved to Rutland, B.C. in 1959, where the family owned and operated Whispering Pines Rest Home.

Carol graduated from Rutland Senior High School in 1968. In 1970, she began working for the Royal Bank of Canada, where she remained for close to 20 years—all the while dedicated to supporting her family and raising her two young boys.

BRUCE HOLMLUND

It is with great sorrow that the family of Bruce Holmlund announces his passing on Saturday, March 18, 2017 with family by his side.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

ELIZABETH LOUISE 'LUCY' WASKUL

Elizabeth Louise “Lucy” Waskul, 88, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at her home.

Lucy was born Feb. 14, 1929 to Albert and Helen (Smith) Edenburn in Deerlock, Ont. She grew up in Fort Frances, Ont. in the west end.

The former Elizabeth Edenburn married John Waskul on Feb. 14, 1955 in Fort Frances and eventually moved to International Falls.

Lucy loved crafting, cooking, and fishing. She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in International Falls and the Order of the Eastern Star.

PATRICIA JOYCE SIMMONS

It is with great sadness we announce our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, Patricia Joyce Simmons, passed away peacefully into the arms of her beloved Jesus and his divine Mother, Mary, on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 92.

Patricia was born on Dec. 31, 1924 at home on 23 Vernon Road in Uckfield, Sussex, England to Marjory and Ernest George Anderson.

CECIL ELLIOTT

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Cecil Elliott, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Cecil was born March 22, 1939 in Dobie Township to Chesley and Dorothy Elliott.

Cecil worked for Texaco and Esso driving fuel truck for more than 40 years. He was united in marriage to Maxine Anderson on Aug. 31, 1974.

He loved spending time at the cabin on Shoal Lake fishing, and was very fond of curling and baseball.

BETTY COX

Betty Cox, 93, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at her home in Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Betty was born Dec. 12, 1923 in Port Huron, Mich. but spent her entire life in Fort Frances.

She married Barry Cox on Oct. 7, 1944.

Betty always was very involved with community and church activities, and often could be found visiting friends at Rainycrest.

She was a Life Member of the hospital auxiliary. Betty will be remembered fondly for her annual donation of lemon pies to the “Strawberry Social.”

MARJORIE JOHNSON

Marjorie J. Johnson, 91, of Ray, Mn., passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Littlefork Care Center.

She was born Nov. 14, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont. and was united in marriage to Valio Herold Johnson.

She enjoyed gardening, walking in the woods, and skiing. Her family and friends were very dear to her.

She also volunteered for many luncheons and her favourite was the hunters' suppers.

JAN (JOHN) WIERSEMA

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of John (Jan) Wiersema on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hetty (Hitje) Wiersema; children, Sandra (Mark), Linda, Jeff (Rhonda), Dave (Kristie), and Tanya (Kelly); and 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

John was born in Peize, Netherlands on April 13, 1940. He immigrated to Canada with his parents, Jan and Froukje, and 15 siblings in 1952, settling in Rainy River District.

FRANCES MARILYN (MARNEE) MILLER

Frances Marilyn (Marnee) Miller, nee Innes, passed away peacefully, in her 86th year, on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was predeceased by Dr. Douglas Miller (2003), her husband of 48 years; her beloved daughter, Laura Lynne (2013); and her brother, Gordon Innes (2013).

WILLIAM HOLLAND

It is with great sorrow that the family of William (Bill) Holland announces his passing on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont.

BETTY COX

Betty Cox, 93, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at her home in Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Betty was born Dec. 12, 1923 in Port Huron, Mich. but spent her entire life in Fort Frances.

She married Barry Cox on Oct. 7, 1944.

Betty always was very involved with community and church activities, and often could be found visiting friends at Rainycrest.

She was a Life Member of the hospital auxiliary. Betty will be remembered fondly for her annual donation of lemon pies to the “Strawberry Social.”

LEONARD 'POTS' MORRISON (Pebaamaanaquot)

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Leonard Morrison, 78, formerly of Big Grassy First Nation, on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Leonard was born on Dec. 12, 1938 on Miles Island (Lake of the Woods) to Thomas and Janet Morrison.

He enjoyed hunting, logging, and fishing, and he guided for many of the camps on Lake of the Woods throughout his life.

MARGARET EDITH (COOKE) WEATHERBEE

Margaret Edith (Cooke) Weatherbee, 94, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Margaret was born on May 15, 1922 in Devlin, Ont., and was raised on the family farm.

She was hard-working and had a kind heart.

In 1951, she married Morley Weatherbee, her husband of 60 years. They raised their family together as they worked in Abitibi camps before moving to Thunder Bay, where they kept busy with their boys' hockey and baseball.

SYLVIA 'SALLY' SELMAN

It is with great sadness that the family of Sylvia Selman (nee Archutick) announces her passing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Sylvia ("Sally∏) was born on Aug. 20, 1932. She spent most of her life living in North Branch, Stratton, and Barwick, and then spent her last couple of years at the long-term care facility in Rainy River.

Sally was united in marriage to Leonard on April 18, 1951 and together they raised five children on the farm north of Stratton.

MARGARET EDITH PETERSON

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Margaret Peterson, 92, of Rainy River, Ont. on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River.

Margaret was born on April 24, 1924 in Rainy River to Arthur and Margaret Ricci.

She was united in marriage to Roy Moen in 1943.

Margaret worked at numerous jobs, including camp cook and bookkeeper at Bear Island, post office clerk in Morson, and clerical work at the Town of Rainy River.

MARGARET HAWTHORNE

It is with love and saddened hearts that we remember a life well-lived.

Margaret Hawthorne passed away quietly, at the age of 96, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Her life began on Sept. 28 1920 in Winnipeg, Man., the eldest of four children.

Mom met the love of her life, Ken Hawthorne, in Winnipeg and they married on April 7, 1945. Shortly after, they moved to Rainy River, where she lived for 71 years.

GEORGE SYDNEY ROSS

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing for out husband and father, Sid Ross, who was born on April 28, 1920 to Gladys and Alex Ross in Blackhawk, Ont.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Ross (Armstrong), and son, Delbert Ross.

He also is survived by his brother, Gordon Ross, and numerous nieces and nephews.

DOUGLAS LOTHINA NIELSON

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Doug Nielson, 88, formerly of Pattullo Township, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont. with his family by his side.

Doug was born on Dec. 6, 1928 in Pattullo Township to Fred and Alice Nielson.

He was united in marriage to Evelyn Selman on April 16, 1952 and together they raised their family on a farm in Pattullo Township.

LARRY EARL LALOND

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Larry Earl Lalond, of Kelowna, B.C., on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Larry was born Nov. 18, 1960 in Fort Frances, Ont., the oldest child of Earl and Joyce Lalond.

He moved to Kelowna in 1991 to join his mother and siblings.

Larry leaves to mourn his sons, Travis (Kim) and Aaron; mother, Joyce; brother, Mark; sisters, Linda (Mike) and Michelle (Brett); grandchildren, Ethan and Chloe; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry was predeceased by his father, Earl, and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

ANN RYAN

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Ann Ryan on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at the age of 99.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1917 in Banning, Ont. to Jack and Nettie Harasymyk.

The family moved to Barwick, Ont. when she was an infant and they resided there until she was a teenager, moving to Fort Frances, Ont.

She was united in marriage to Edward Ryan on May 9, 1939 and settled into a life at home, raising her two boys, James and Paul.

REBECCA 'DODIE' JOSEPHINE WICKSTROM PETERSON

Rebecca “Dodie” Josephine Wickstrom Peterson, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Oct. 7, 1927 in Fort Frances to Alexander John and Leona Mary Helen Armit.

She was enrolled as a member of the Cradle Roll Department of the Knox Presbyterian Sunday School of Fort Frances on May 1, 1928. She was quite proud of that. A certificate was given and is now in Armit history.

She married Gunner Lester John Wickstrom on Sept. 13, 1957.

JOHAN (SUPINSKI) LOCKMAN

After a long and healthy life, Johan Lockman passed away at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont. on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the age of 96.

Johan was born in Inverness, Scotland on Aug. 4, 1920 and met her husband, Edward Supinski, during WWII when she was working as a nurse's aide.

She and Edward married on March 30, 1945 and in 1946, she and her young son came to Canada on the Queen Mary. The family settled in Crozier, Ont. and went on to have three daughters.

Carol (Lynne) Wiebe

Lynne Wiebe passed away Thursday, February 23rd at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with family by her side.

She was born October 19, 1953 to Joan and Bill Cross.

After graduating Fort Frances High School Lynne moved to Winnipeg where she met and married Bill. Together they had 3 children, Tommy, Kelly and Mac. Lynne worked for the Board of Education for all but a few years of her adult life.

ARCHIE McPHERSON

Archie McPherson, 82, of Lamont, Alta., and formerly of Couchiching First Nation and Ignace, Ont., peacefully made his journey to join our Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

Archie was born Ronald McPherson on Nov. 29,1934 at Couchiching First Nation but was known throughout his life as Archie.

He was united in marriage with his soulmate, Marie Storey, on Jan. 12, 1960. In 1974, he moved his family to Ignace, and later moved to Alberta to spend his retirement years.