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JANICE ELAINE PERREAULT (WALTON)

It is with great sadness that, with family by her side, we announce the passing of Janice Elaine Perreault of Couchiching First Nation on May 3, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer and complications due to COPD and pneumonia.

She was a tough, strong fighter, the glue to our family, the one we all went to when we needed answers. She was loved by all who knew her.

Janice was born on Oct. 20, 1951 to Stanley and Yvonne Walton in Fort Frances, Ont. She resided in the area where she met the love of her life, Merle Perreault.

BARBARA CORAN

Barbara Coran, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service.

A complete obituary will follow.

DANIEL THOMAS ONICHUK

With the heaviest of hearts, we announce the passing of Daniel Thomas Onichuk, age 59, of Fort Frances, Ont. He passed away peacefully at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, April 28, 2019 with family by his side.

Dan was born in Fort Frances on Nov. 26, 1959 to Thomas Tony and Ann Marie (Hnatiuk) Onichuk. He was raised alongside his three sisters, Toni, Jeanie and Sandy on North Minnie Avenue.

NICOLE ANNETTE RUPPENSTEIN (LaFRANCE-DITTARO)

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Nicole Annette Ruppenstein announces her passing on Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She was born on July 13, 1975 in Las Vegas, Nevada to Camille and Douglas LaFrance. She was raised in Fort Frances graduating from the Fort Frances High School before attending college to work with special needs children.

She worked within the schools in Fort Frances and surrounding areas for several years, her students adored her and she cared for them deeply.

MERLE E. McFAYDEN

Merle E. McFayden passed away April 27, 2019 at the age of 107.

Merle was a former resident of Fort Frances for many years before moving to Abbotsford/Mission, B.C.

Merle was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd; daughter, Colleen; and daughter-in-law, Carolee.

She is survived by her son Garry (Juanita); granddaughter, Linda Tutin; grandson, Michael; and her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Private service will be held at a later date.

BOHDAN 'BUD' DANYLCHUK, BSc, DDS

After a life well lived, on April 25, 2019, Bohdan “Bud” Danylchuk passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Bud is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Flora; his children, BJ, Kim (Micheline), Andrew (Dawn Marie), Brent (Melissa), and Joy; his grandchildren, Mark, Lisa, Steven, Kassandra, Emily, Regan, Wendy, Piper, Ryan and Erika; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He is predeceased by his parents, William and Sophia (Moroziuk); and siblings, Al (Paula), Bessie (Walter) Bilych, Mickie (John) Popowich, Ollie (Bill) Beyak, and Mary (Theo) Eliuk.

LORNA JEAN BRUCHKOWSKI (July 21, 1945-April 23, 2019)

Lorna Jean Bruchkowski will be lovingly remembered by her children, Jennifer (Darrly) Bowman, and Allan (Vivian) Bruchkowski; grandchildren, Steven, Lindsey, Cody, and Shayne; loving partner, Jerry McLaughlin; siblings, Ian Harland, Janet (Dave) Loney, and Hartley (Grace) Harland; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family.

A celebration of her life took place on Tuesday, April 30 at 1 p.m. in the First United Church, 23 Van Horne Ave., Dryden, Ont. with Alice Bloomfield officiating.

A private family interment will take place in the Emo Cemetery at a later date.

SUSAN DON TILLEY

It is with great sorrow that the family of Susan Don Tilley announces her passing on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Susie was born on December 18, 1979 to Randy and Joyce House and grew up in Fort Frances.

She became a mother at a young age and made her children her life. Everything she did was for them, whether it was picking up small treats or taking them to the country for family camping trips and swimming adventures.

BOHDAN 'BUD' DANYLCHUK, BSc, DDS

After a life well lived, on April 25, 2019, Bohdan “Bud” Danylchuk passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Bud is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Flora; his children, BJ, Kim (Micheline), Andrew (Dawn Marie), Brent (Melissa), and Joy; his grandchildren, Mark, Lisa, Steven, Kassandra, Emily, Regan, Wendy, Piper, Ryan and Erika; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He is predeceased by his parents, William and Sophia (Moroziuk); and siblings, Al (Paula), Bessie (Walter) Bilych, Mickie (John) Popowich, Ollie (Bill) Beyak, and Mary (Theo) Eliuk.

JANICE BALL (1959-2019)

Janice Ball, mother of Kevin Bobczynski, passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

She will be dearly missed by son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; her sisters, Linda Bisson (Robert) and Donna Rawluk (Cal); and her brother Richard (Nancy).

She was affectionately known as Granny Jannie to her loving grandchildren, Layla, Rae and Hudson.

Jannie is also remembered by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends.

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.