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DENNIS JOHN O'NEILL

Dennis John O'Neill, 68, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

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.

KANITA GINGRICH

Kanita Gingrich, 22, of Mine Centre, Ont., passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Born on April 23, 1994, she was the beloved daughter of Leon and Karen Gingrich of Mine Centre.

Lord willing, visitation and viewing will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Pineview Mennonite Church, 318 Hele Rd., in Chapple Township, Ont.

A funeral service will be held at the Barwick Community Hall on Monday, Feb, 13, 2017 at 1 p.m.

LAWRENCE JOSEPH POLLARD

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Lawrence Joseph Pollard, 85, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., and formerly of Emo, Ont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances with his family by his side.

Lawrence was born Feb. 1, 1932 in North Branch, Ont. to Joseph and Jeanette Pollard (nee Perkins).

He was united in marriage to Ann Tibold on July 15, 1955.

THOMAS HERBERT KIDDLE

We regret to announce the passing of Thomas (Tom) Kiddle, at the age of 91, on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tom was born in Emo, Ont. to Herbert and Alice Kiddle. They later relocated to Fort Frances, where Tom's father was employed at J.A. Mathieu's sawmill.

Growing up, Tom spent countless days in the area of the sawmill and loved to talk of the fun times he and his friends had there.

EDDIE PETER DUTKA

It is with great sadness that the family of Ed Dutka announces his passing on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ed was born June 26, 1933 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Led and Mary Dutka. He was the youngest of three children. 

He was united in marriage to Mary Anne Delaurier on Nov. 18, 1955 and together they had two boys, Dale and Alan.

Ed was heartbroken when Mary Anne passed away in 2011 after 56 years of marriage.

THOMAS HERBERT KIDDLE

Following a brief illness, Tom's family announces his sudden passing at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tom went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

A complete obituary will follow at a later date.

PERCY GEORGE STAMLER

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Percy George Stamler announces his sudden passing on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. 

Percy was born on Oct. 24, 1954 in Warroad, Mn. to Marie and George Stamler.

In 1956, his family moved to Atikokan, Ont., where Percy fell in love with the outdoors. In his teenage years, he entered and won many canoe races. In the winter, he loved being out on his sled and was a goalie for the Atikokan Voyagers junior hockey team.

He built a cabin on Sand Point Lake and loved spending time there.

JOHN BOUCHARD

John Bouchard, 93, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born in Chicoutimi, Que. on Oct. 26, 1923.

As a young man, he travelled to Thunder Bay, where he met his future wife, Kirsti.

They got a summer job at Mudges Camp in Mine Centre in 1947. In 1955, they bought the resort and lived and worked there for about 45 years.

John was predeceased by his wife, Kirsti, in 2006 and his son, Dennis, in 2015.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Brenda; as well as many relatives in Quebec.

DIANE LYNN RENBERG

Diane Lynn Renberg, 71, of Oakdale, Mn., passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

She was born to John and Ingrid Renberg in Fort Frances, Ont.

Diane was a nurse in St. Paul, Mn. for 45 years.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Diane is survived by her brother, David (Lela) Renberg of International Falls, Mn.; nephews, Benjamin (Amy) Renberg of South St. Paul, Mn. and Jonathan Renberg of Smyrna, Tenn.; nieces, Dr. Ingrid Gindin of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Robin Renberg of Dickson, Tenn.; and four great-nieces and nephews.

Interment was in Dairyland, Wis.

JANE SUS

It is with great sadness that the family of Jane Ann Sus announces her passing at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at the age of 83, exactly five years to the day after her husband, Fred, passed away.

Jane was born Aug. 20, 1933 to Elsie (nee Neal) and Capt. William Martin in Roddick Township.

She spent much of her childhood years playing and swimming off the Hallett. She used to say the braids in her hair never dried all summer.

ANNA MAE SULLIVAN

Peacefully, with family and friends at her side, Anna Mae Sullivan passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 to begin her journey to the spirit world.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1931 to Louis and Margaret Wietecha in International Falls, Mn. and lived there her entire life.

On Sept. 17, 1955, Anna Mae and John “Jack” F. Sullivan were married. Together, they raised a family of five children and made their home on Shorewood Drive.

EVERETT ERIC ROBERT FREEMAN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Everett Freeman announces his peaceful passing, with family by his side, on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born June 27, 1950 in Fort Frances to Allan and Edna Freeman. He lived here all his life, working at La Verendrye General Hospital as an accountant and then with Tribal Health.

IRENE PLOEGMAN

Sadly, the family announces Irene Ploegman, 70, of Emo, Ont., passed away peacefully at her residence, with her family by her side, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Irene was born on May 1, 1946 in Zwijndrecht, Holland to Eldert and Johanna Romyn. Along with her family, she immigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled down to farm life on the banks of the Rainy River.

The Romyn family was not afraid of hard work and the farm soon was a thriving dairy farm.

HELEN JEAN BROMAN

It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Jean Broman announces her passing, with her family by her side, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Helen was born on Dec. 21, 1926 in Fort Frances to Elmer and Jean Isberg. She lived in Fort Frances all her life and worked at various businesses.

She was united in marriage to Matt Broman in 1948 and together they raised five children, Doug, Gary, Gayle, Mark, and David.

EVERETT FREEMAN

Everett Freeman, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

CAROLE GUINDON

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carole Guindon, daughter of Jacques and Rita Guindon of Opasatika, Ont., at the age of 65.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Fern Paquette; daughters, Josée Gendron (Dominique), Sara Virgo (Marc), and Sophie Champagne (Michel Carrière); and step-daughters, Crystal Ward (Ryan), Paul Linton (Kim), and Diane Paquette-Moss (Glen).

ERNEST KENNETH McLEOD

It is with great sadness that the family of Ernie McLeod announces his passing, with family by his side, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ernie was born on Feb. 1, 1927 in Chapple Township to Thomas and Polly McLeod.

The family moved to Blackhawk, Ont. when he was two. He was raised on the family farm, attending school there. He moved to Fort Frances at the age of 17.

RUDY WILLIAM ROULSTON

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rudy Roulston after a short battle with cancer on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Rudy leaves to mourn his daughters, Bonny and Elaine (Paul Kaiser); grandchildren, Bernice, William, Susan (Andrew Rae), Michael, and Melissa (Logan Galpin); and six great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by his brothers, Allan, Gary (Tamara), and Donny (Anna); and sisters, Irene (Harold Wilson), Doreen, and Gail.

MARGARET JEANETTE NELSON

Margaret Jeanette Nelson passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at Princess Court Long-Term Care in Dryden, Ont.

Margaret was born in Gravelbourg, Sask. on Feb. 10, 1918 to Frances and Elias McFee. As a young child, they moved to Miscampbell, Ont., where she grew up.

Mom lived her life by honesty, hard work, and simple pleasures. She never let a favour go unpaid.

After Mom and Dad were married, they moved to Burriss, Ont. and built their home on the farm. Farm life was toilsome but provided for the family.

MARY MARSH

The family of Mary Marsh, 91, would like to announce her passing peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 in Bemidji, Mn.

Mary was born on Feb. 12, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Nick and Polly Korman.

She attended school in Fort Frances until Grade 10 and then went to work at the Emperor Hotel in both the kitchen and as a waitress, at the Rainy Lake Hotel as a dishwasher, then became a side cook during the WWII, until 1945.

LeROY KENNETH MATHEWS

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of LeRoy Kenneth Mathews, 69, on Dec. 18, 2016 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

He left peacefully and quietly with loved ones by his side.

Dad graduated from Falls High School in 1965. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Dad was employed at a variety of places before he began work at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ont. He worked there for many years before moving to Minneapolis, Mn. in 1989.

MARGARET GRACE RAHN

Margaret Grace Rahn (nee Canfield) passed away at home, with her family, on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in Nanaimo, B.C.

Margaret was born on Aug. 21, 1920 on the family farm north of Barwick, Ont. to pioneering homesteaders Jennie and Willard Canfield. She lived most of her 96 years on the same land where she was born, then moved to Fort Frances, Ont. and finally to Nanaimo to become a “BC Nut!”

Margaret was married to Jack Rahn on Oct. 1, 1941 in Truro, N.S., where he was stationed during WWII. They had two children, Lyndawn and Peggyann.

DOUGALD ROSS McLEAN

With great sadness, the family announces the peaceful passing of Ross McLean, 93, of Rainy River, Ont., and formerly of Spohn Twp (Harris Hill), Ont., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Ross was born on May 16, 1923 to Sarah (nee Campbell) and John Francis “Frank” McLean in Lambton County, Brigden, Ont., moving to Rainy River in 1924 and then to Harris Hill in 1926.

He grew up and lived all of his life in Harris Hill until moving into the long-term care home in Rainy River in January, 2016.

VERNON HORTON

It is with heaviest hearts and bruised spirits that our family announces the passing of Vernon Horton Sr., 61, of Rainy River First Nations, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Vernon was born on June 22, 1955 in Emo.

During his lifetime, Vernon worked in many different fields that varied until his last employment as a water treatment plant operator. He enjoyed watching hockey, spending time with his family and friends, and treasure hunting.