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SILVIA GUNDERSON

With heavy hearts, we sadly announce that, surrounded by her loving family and friends, Silvia Elaine Gunderson (nee Hayward) passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Silvia was born in Winnipeg, Man. on Jan. 16, 1943 and grew up in Minaki, Ont., where she gained a love of the outdoors knowing how to hunt and fish by the time she was eight years old.

In 1966, Silvia married her best friend, Glen, and together they had four children: Heather (Butch Wensley), Kirsten, Karl (Lynda), and Von (Cara).

JAMES BODEN LOWEY

It brings us great sadness and broken hearts to announce the death of our dear husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, James Boden Lowey, 85, who passed away peacefully at home with his family on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont.

James was born on March 17, 1932 to Gladys and Wilfred Lowey at McKenzie Hospital in Fort Frances. He attended McIrvine Elementary School and Fort Frances High School.

He married the love of his life, Christine Vanderhorst, on Oct. 19,1953 and together they raised their three sons.

MARGARET ALICE KRUGER

It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Alice Kruger announces her passing on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the age of 89.

Margaret leaves behind her children, Stan (Mary Jane) Kruger, Karen (Bill) Adamson, Gary (Linda) Kruger, Karl Kruger, Marilyn (Ian) Murray, Jane (Alan) Mintenko, Kurt Kruger, and Laurie (Tony) Pedreira.

CATHY TUCKER

With her loving husband, Tim, by her side, Cathy Tucker (nee Marr) passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after a courageous battle with cancer.

Cathy was born on Dec. 13,1960 to the late Muriel and Jack Marr. She was raised in Fort Frances with her nine siblings, and made Fort Frances home for her entire life.

If anyone ever needed a smile, hug, words of encouragement, or even just a laugh, she was always there. Her kindness and loving ways will be remembered and missed by many.

SILVIA GUNDERSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Silvia Gunderson announces her passing on Friday, March 2, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

LAURIE NORRIS

Laurie Jimmy Norris, 69, passed on peacefully, with family by side, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

He was born on June 21, 1948 to Jim and Lorraine Norris in Emo, Ont.

He joined the Canadian Army as a Royal Canadian Engineer's craftsman. Following his service with the army, he became a Master Electrician and was a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 402 Thunder Bay.

RAYMOND DEGAGNE

It is with great sorrow that the family of Raymond DeGagne announces his passing on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1942 in Fort Frances to Ulysse and Emilia DeGagne, one of a dozen children, growing up on the family farm in Devlin, Ont.

He worked hard all of his life, driving tow truck, delivering milk, building cabinets, and fixing hydraulics. He was employed at the local papermill for more than 30 years, starting on the paper machines and retiring as a master journeyman pipefitter.

JOHN PATRICK (JACK) HOGAN

Peacefully, with family by his side, Jack Hogan passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1941 in Fort Frances to Edmund and Helen Hogan.

He leaves behind his children, Randy (Connie), Rick (Twila), and Jackie (Chris), and special friend, Kathy; grandchildren, Brody and Brayden Hogan, Nathan Hogan, and Ethan and Joclyn Armit; great-grandchild, Charlie Armit; and numerous nieces and nephews.

THERESA MARGARET DIRK

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Theresa Dirk announces her passing on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Theresa was born on Nov. 23, 1940 in Fort Frances to the late Joseph and Alice Lambert. She lived in Fort Frances all her life.

She was united in marriage to Wes Dirk on June 16, 1977.

She worked as a bartender for many years both at the golf course and the old curling club, enjoying her time with her customers. She also worked at NCDS for several years.

RAEANNE BETHEL GODDING

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our precious little girl, Rae, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

She passed suddenly in her sleep.

Rae was born in Ottawa, Ont. on Oct. 16, 2015 to Miranda (nee Miller) and Andrew Godding. She was the light of our lives and we will forever cherish our memories together.

Much-loved granddaughter to her grandparents, Denise and Bob Miller of Fort Frances, Ont.; grandparents, Lynn and Rick Godding of Ottawa, Ont.; and great-grandmothers, Corinne Godding of Ottawa, Ont. and Margaret Britt of Victoria, B.C.

EILEEN SULLIVAN

It is with great sorrow that the family of Eileen Sullivan, 84, announces her peaceful passing on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 with her family by her side.

Eileen was born on Jan. 1, 1934 in Rainy River, Ont., where she met and married her soulmate Alan.

While growing up, she was quite active in sports and was an avid baseball fan. She especially loved fishing and camping, spending her summers at Lake of the Woods with her family and many friends.

DUSTY ACKLES

In loving memory of Dusty Ackles, who passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at his residence at the age of 37.

Dusty was born to Melvin and Marilyn Ackles on Jan. 9, 1981 in Saskatoon, Sask.

Dusty made his home in Winnipeg, Man. for the last 23 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Marilyn, and sister, Kristen (Ryan Edwards).

Dusty was predeceased by his father, Melvin, in 1993.

LAURIE NORRIS

Laurie Jimmy Norris, 69, passed on peacefully to everlasting life on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Couchiching, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

WILLIAM RENZO LONEY

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of William “Bill” Renzo Loney, 77, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Emo, Ont., on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Bill was born on Jan. 14, 1941 in Emo to Lawrence and Grace (Strachan). He was united in marriage to Julie (Cayer) on June 6, 1964.

Bill attended school in Emo and then Fort Frances High School. He started working for his dad at the Cloverleaf Store at a young age, delivering groceries on his bike until he could drive.

SHIRLEY ELIZABETH HALVERSON

It is with great sorrow that the family of Shirley Elizabeth Halverson announces her passing on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1929 to William and Minnie McDonald at the family farm in Sleeman, Ont. Her Grandma Olson was the midwife.

She was married to Leo Roland Halverson on July 24, 1948 and they settled in Rainy River, Ont. while Leo worked for the CNR.

ELNOR JOHANNA SCHMIDT (TATRIE) April 25, 1943-Feb. 13, 2018

She is survived by her sisters, Bette Lee and Deb Liedtke; her children, Eugene (Joanne) Schmidt, Cindy (Robert) Kuhlman, Pamela (Rudolf Prokesh) Schmidt, and Randy (Tania) Schmidt; grandchildren, Chris Schmidt, Autym Schmidt, Andrew Schmidt, Jesse Schmidt, Nick Hearn, Candance Hearn, Jayden Cabral, Mykenna Cabral, Randee Schmidt, Rianna Schmidt, Chelsey Prokesch, and Justin Prokesch; and great-grandchildren, Dalton Stone, Kelsey Gushue-Schmidt, Logan Stone, Trinity Schmidt-Stone, Rory Gushue-Schmidt, Emily Gushue-Schmidt, Noah Bauldic, and Tatum Schmidt.

THERESA DIRK

Theresa Dirk passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A come-and-go tea will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

JOHN (JACK) HOGAN

Jack Hogan, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

RUDOLPH QUINN WHITECROW (Zhooniyaagaaboo) (Namaa Clan)

Rudy Whitecrow, 45, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away surrounded by family on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Rudy was born on Dec. 8, 1972 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Andrew Morrison Jr. and Cecilia Whitecrow.

After their passing in 1974, he was raised by his aunt, Doris Willie.

He worked for various companies doing highway construction, welding, roofing, and carpentry. He enjoyed fishing and attending pow-wows.

MARY JOHNSON

On Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 7 p.m., our mom and gramma, Mary Johnson, passed away.

We are sad that she is gone but happy that she is now free of pain and reunited with her wonderful husband-our dad, and grampa, Eddy. She passed quickly and peacefully, just after smiling brightly at two of her children who were at her side.

EILEEN SULLIVAN

Eileen Sullivan, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

DENNIS WILLIAM HYATT

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Dennis Hyatt, 78, on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with his family by his side.

Dennis was born on July 29, 1939 to Jack and Illo Hyatt. He worked for many years at the Fort Frances paper mill.

In 1987, Dennis and his wife, Lee, partnered with Delbert and Nonie Barker and built and operated the Circle D Restaurant in Emo, Ont.