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Obituaries

ELNA MAXINE INKSTER

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Maxine Inkster, 86, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOHN HELDER

With great sadness, Sharon, Dylan, Jordan, Brian, Bristol, Mackenzie, and family announce the passing of John Helder on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. John passed away peacefully at home as was his wish.

John was born on Jan. 7, 1965 in Emo, Ont. to Ulke and Hannah Helder and grew up in Bergland, Ont. He often reminisced about what a wonderful childhood he had there.

His love of sports started at an early age and he went on excel at hockey and baseball. John enjoyed many trips to go see the Montreal Canadiens play in Montreal, Washington, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Phoenix.

WILLIAM ('BILL') GADD

William (“Bill”) Gadd, 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church in Fort Frances.

Friends may visit prior to the service.

A complete obituary will follow.

BRIAN GIBSON

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Brian Gibson, 74, of Woodstock, Ont., on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Arrangements are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

DELBERT HORTON Chi Anikwat (Atik N'Dodem) "Big Cloud" (Caribou Clan)

The Horton family is sad to say good-bye to Delbert, who is beloved by his family and his friends.

Delbert passed on peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

A 3rd degree Midewewin, Delbert travelled on with a wake held at the Manitou Rapids gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 and a traditional Midewewin ceremony conducted by Elder Charlie Nelson on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

The pallbearers were Rob Horton, Stan Horton, Brent Tookenay, Brian Ostaff, Michael Anderson, Frank Lucachick, Doug Horton Jr., and Jamie Leonard.

NANCY JEAN HELGESON

It is with great sadness that the family of Nancy Helgeson (nee Lerman) announces her peaceful passing, with her family by her side, on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 in New Brighton, Mn. at the age of 77.

Nancy was the beloved daughter of Jean and Dave Lerman.

After graduating from Fort Frances High School, she continued on at college, where she met her husband, David, the love of her life. Together they began their careers in teaching and she became a wonderful mother to Karla and Michael.

PATRICIA ARLENE WEBB

It is with great sadness that the family of Patricia (Patti) Arlene Webb announces her peaceful passing, with her family by her side, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 77 after a short struggle with cancer.

Patti, as she was known to all her friends, was born on April 22, 1941 in Hamilton, Ont. to Hazel and Francis Berry. She shared fond memories of spending time with her Nana and Papa, and Uncle Mel and Aunt Vera Pogson.

SEVERINO (SAM) PICCINATO

It is with great sadness that the family of Severino “Sam” Piccinato, 95, announces his passing on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at the La Verendrye Hospital in Fort France, Ont.

Sam was born on April 2, 1923 in Azzano Decimo, Italy to the late Vittorio and Albina Pizzinato.

He was united in marriage to Pierina Gasparet on April 26, 1947.

He immigrated to Canada on Dec. 18, 1949, followed by his wife and son on Feb. 2, 1951.

MARY CLARICE CRAWFORD

Mary was born on Oct. 3, 1919 to John and Ina Kirzy in Rainy River, Ont.

Her journey, after high school . . . working at “Old Kates” in Emo, Ont., on to Toronto Malton Airport for the department of National Defence, then to Crawford's Camp (Sioux Narrows, Ont.), where she met Lloyd (they shared the exact same birthdate).

They married in 1950 in Thunder Bay, Ont. In 1952, they took over Crawford's Resort on Kakagi (Crow) Lake in Nestor Falls until 1978, at which time the resort was sold and on to retirement.

Mom moved to Thunder Bay in 1996.

MICHAELA JANELLE SMITH (Wa wa te ga bawik) (Caribou Clan)

It is with profound sadness that the family of Michaela Janelle Smith announces her passing on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 in Brampton, Ont.

She was born on April 21, 1998 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Patrick Smith and Susan Paypom and grew up in Naicatchewenin First Nation.

She loved to visit with family and friends, and listen to music. She also enjoyed writing poetry and stories, and singing.

She was an outgoing and spontaneous person. She had a great sense of humour and loved to talk about her twin brother, Monte. She also was very proud of her son, Jace.

PATRICIA WEBB

With great sadness, Kathie, Bradley, and Laurie Anne, together with their families, wish to announce the passing of their mother, Patti Webb, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

EILEEN DOREENE TREMBLAY

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our wife, mother, Baba, sister, and friend, Eileen, who left us on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 79.

Eileen was predeceased by her parents, George and Lena Ballan; and siblings, Pete, Don, Ernie, George, Willie, Vic, Sophie, and Linda (in infancy).

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Richard; sons, Michael and Rick; grandchildren, Alexa and Caden; brother, Dave; and many nieces and nephews.

BONNIE JANET CROZIER

Bonnie Janet Crozier, 68, passed away peacefully, in the presence of her three children, on the evening of Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 in Calgary, Alta.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1950.

She will be lovingly remembered by many, including her children, Samantha Steele (Jeff Cook), Anna Dennis (Fred Dennis), and Rob Seeger; brothers, Barclay and Richard Crozier; sister, Diane Page; and grandchildren, Deidrick, Giselle, Maverick, Sienna, Jakobe, Ivy, and Colton.

In addition, the many friends she made in care.

MICHAEL (MIKE) BODNAR

The family of Mike Bodnar announces his sudden passing on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with family by his side.

Mike was born on July 15, 1933 in Pineridge, Man. to the late Joseph and Dora Bodnar. Mike lived there until moving to Crozier, Ont. in 1952, where he took on working for Wellington Smith & Co., hauling coal, North American Lumber, and for Stan Dolyny Ltd.

DONALD STEWART MANNISTER EASTON

It is with great sadness that the family of Donald Easton announces his passing on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Don was born on April 24, 1935 to Stewart and Ila Easton. He grew up in Fort Frances.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Emery in 1968 and together they settled in Atikokan, Ont. He worked at the mine for 12 years before they returned to Fort Frances, where he worked at the local paper mill for the balance of his career as a millwright.

DON EASTON

Don Easton passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pastor Brian Keffer officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

DR. WAYNE HERBERT JOSEPH CROSS, DVM

A good man died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at the age of 64 years, losing his battle with depression.

Wayne was born on April 7, 1954 in Fort Frances, Ont. His passion for horses since childhood took him to the University of Guelph Veterinary School, where he earned his DVM.

For the past 33 years, he was employed by CFIA as the only district veterinarian for all Northwestern Ontario, covering from the Manitoba border to Sault Ste. Marie to Fort Severn.

DONNA JEAN ROWELL

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, nana, and great-nana, Donna Jean Rowell (nee Scott), on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

Donna was born on April 13, 1938 in Miscampbell, Ont. In the 1950s, Donna and her husband, Jack, moved to Atikokan, Ont., then Gilbert Lake, where they built the home they would raise their family in and live for the rest of their lives.

Throughout her life, Donna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, and best can be described as a nurturer of all people and things.

DeLORIS MARION CAMIRAND

DeLoris Camirand, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

She is survived by her sons, Randy and Todd Scott of Lethbridge, Alta., Wade (Denise) Scott of Toronto, Ont., Raymond (Laurie) Scott, Jerry Scott, and Dan (Tracy) Scott of Fort Frances, Ont.; daughter, Gail (James) Fletcher of Dryden, Ont.; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was an active bowler, member of the Fort Frances Legion Br. # 29, and the Catholic Women's League of Fort Frances.

INGA GUNDRAN BAZYLEWSKI

It is with profound sadness that the family of Inga Bazylewski announces her passing on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Inga was born on Aug. 6, 1924 in Kirkjubaerjarsokn, Iceland to Eric and Malfridur Johnson.

She was united in marriage to Harry Bazylewski on April 20, 1945. Together they settled down to raise a family. Inga was a dedicated homemaker and did everything she could to make sure her children and their families were looked after.

She also loved to craft and knit.

MARY (ALICE) HOLBORN

Mary (Alice) Holborn passed away peacefully, at the age of 85, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 in the Atikokan Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1933.

Alice is survived by her children, Clifford (Betty) and Diane Clark; and numerous granddaughters, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William “Bill” Holborn.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for family and friends will be announced at a later date.

HILDING SWEN RONMARK

Husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend.

Hilding Ronmark passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Hilding was born on July 26, 1942 to Gertrude and George Ronmark in Fort Frances.

He met the love of his life, Lucy Badiuk, and they were united in marriage on Nov. 25, 1961. They had two children together, Carol and Troy, and they did everything together as a family.

ALMER GODIN

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Almer Godin, 88, of Rainy River, Ont., at his residence on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

Almer was born to George and Mary Godin in Rainy River on March 22, 1930.

In his younger years, Almer worked as a guide on Lake of the Woods for various resorts. He then became a lineman for Ontario Hydro and went to work for the Town of Rainy River.

He worked as a lineman and foreman for the Town of Rainy River for 27 years until his retirement in January, 1991.

RENE HUGHES

Rene would like to let you know that his final race here is complete. He left detailed instructions for Pam and the kids for his final lap.

In racing, the checkered flag symbolizes the end of the race. Rene threw those checkered flags on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at his home on Lake Vermilion.

He was brought into the race world on Nov. 18, 1963 in Winnipeg, Man. by the late George “Ab” Smith and the late Irene Elaine Hughes.

WILLIAM (BILL) ALBRIGHT

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Edward Albright on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

He passed peacefully with the love of his life by his side.

Bill was born on Sept. 18, 1950 to Dana and Doreen (Neddo) Albright in Winnipeg, Man.