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SHIRLEY MAE GADD

Shirley Mae Gadd (nee Ahrens), 74, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

SHIRLEY MAE GADD

Shirley Mae Gadd (nee Ahrens), 74, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

JACQUELINE ROSTE

On March 31, 2018, Jackie Roste passed away peacefully at Grove Park Home in Barrie, Ont.

Mary Jacqueline Roste, known as Jackie and affectionately known as “Cookie” by her cousins and high school friends, was born on Aug. 13, 1941 in Macklin, Sask. to Grace (nee Crowe) and Jacob Shucard, along with brother, Gerald Schucard.

Shortly after Jackie's birth, the family moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where Jackie lived most of her life. It was in Fort Frances that Jackie met Wayne Roste and they were married.

PAUL DAVID BEGIN

It is with deep sadness that the family of Paul David George Begin announces his sudden passing on Friday, April 20, 2108 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Paul was born on Aug. 8, 1942 in Fort William, Ont. to Cecilia and Adelord Begin. He grew up and attended school in Thunder Bay before moving away and settling in Fort Frances, where he lived until his passing.

LESLIE CLARENCE HOWARTH

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Leslie Howarth, 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Leslie was born on Aug. 4, 1935 in Fort Frances to Cecil and Zelma Howarth.

He was an avid photographer, learning from his father over the years, and he often would be seen taking wedding pictures and at social events. He also enjoyed living the majority of his life at his family cabin on Rocky Inlet.

JUDY ANN COPENACE ('WAWATAY'-ATIK)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, Judy Ann Copenace, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Big Grassy First Nation.

Judy was born on Dec. 15, 1965 in Rainy River, Ont. to Daniel Copenace and Lillian Cochrane.

She was predeceased by her parents and older brother, Steven Copenace.

A traditional wake was held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 3 p.m. at the Big Grassy F.N. Hall, followed by a traditional service on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10 a.m., with Elder Harry Windigo officiating.

ALAN WENSLEY

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alan Cameron Wensley on Saturday, April 21, 2018, with his family by his side, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Alan was born on Dec. 21, 1938 in Emo, Ont. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Airforce and worked as an Aeroengine Technician at Camp Borden, Ont. It was there he met the love of his life and future wife, Bernice Dungey.

TRISTAN WEBB

It is with profound sadness the family announces the unexpected passing of our dear boy, Tristan Joseph Webb, age nine, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Tristan was born in Thunder Bay, Ont. on May 20, 2008. He came into the world early at 34 weeks and was a strong little fighter from the start.

He lived in Fort Frances for the first couple of years, then the family returned to Thunder Bay.

CHARLES ('CHUCK') HARRISON

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Charles Harrison, 83, a former longtime resident of Barwick, Ont., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his residence in Fort Frances, Ont.

Chuck was born on Sept. 4, 1934 in Rossburn, Man. to Irwin and Blanche Harrison.

Chuck was passionate about watching sports, often challenging other sports enthusiasts to a small wager just for fun. He also loved to play cards, listen to classic country and western music, test his luck at casinos, and spend time with friends and family.

FRANCES KEPES

We are saddened to announce the passing of Frances Kepes, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont., on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the age of 87.

Frances Marosi was born in Kislod, Hungary in 1931 to Johan and Elizabeth. She was an only child as her father and infant brother passed while she was very young.

PAUL DAVID BEGIN

Paul David Begin, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed way on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROGER GROUETTE

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Roger Grouette, who went peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the presence of his family at HSC.

Roger was predeceased by his parents, Marie Elizabeth Marguerite and Joseph Eduardo Grouette; brother, Edward Grouette; and sister, Doris Brown (Grouette).

He forever will be loved and remembered by his wife, Pamela Grouette; children, Crystallee (Dan), Allison (Matthew), and Aaron (Kacey); and grandchildren, Atticus, Michael, Eve, and William,

SHIRLEY DIANNE ELIZABETH (NELSON) LARSEN

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, our mother, wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Shirley Dianne Elizabeth Larsen, passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with loved ones by her side.

Shirley was 72. We are saddened by her passing but find comfort in knowing she has gone to her heavenly home to be reunited with her Heavenly Father, parents, family members, and dear friends.

BETTY LOU LARSON (CROWE)

It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Lou Larson announces her passing, with family by her side, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Betty Lou was born on May 16, 1939 in Fort Frances to Fred and Agnes Crowe. She was the youngest of 11 children and her family grew as her siblings started their families.

Betty Lou loved spending time with her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

STEWART CHARLES FIRTH

It is with great sadness that the family of Stewart Charles Firth announces his passing on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Stewart was born in Dewsbury Yorkshire England on Aug. 10, 1950 to Albert and Margaret Firth.

Though his heritage was half-English and half-Scottish, he loved his Scottish ancestry the most. Stewart especially enjoyed travelling to Scotland with his family for holidays.

Stewart came to Canada in 1976, and in 1980 met his sweetheart for life, Debra Elaine Pearse. Stewart and Debra were married on Aug. 13, 1983.

ARLEEN DORIS STEINKE

Arleen Doris Steinke (nee Jeffery) passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She leaves behind her husband, Jack; son, Robert (Gaye) and children, Meredith and Corey, of Vail, Colo.; daughter, Tammy (John) and children, Jaclyn of Calgary, Alta. and Jonathan (Nicci) Bock and great-granddaughter, Nora, of Edmonton, Alta.; son, Jeffery (Janice) and his children, Carly and Taylor, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and son, Patrick (Sherri) and her children, Tyler, Braeden, and Jaelyn, of Thunder Bay, Ont.

CLIFFORD RAYMOND NOBLE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Cliff Noble, 89, of Emo, Ont., on Wednesday, April 11 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Cliff was born on March 25, 1929 in Morley Township, Ont. to Clarence and Myrtle Noble.

Cliff worked in Marathon, Ont. for 30 plus years before retiring to Emo.

He loved his garden, most of which he generously gave away. He also loved going to garage and auction sales, probably more to meet people he knew and to visit although he did buy his share (old lamps and bone china teacups for Cindy).

THOMAS CROWE

It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Crowe announces his passing on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tom was born on Dec. 13, 1919 to the late Fred and Agnes Crowe.

He was united in marriage to Harriet Jane (“Jean”) Willis on June 7, 1947.

After returning from WWII, he returned to his job at CN Rail. Tom loved the lake, though, so he left CN to take up guiding on Rainy Lake. Even after his eyesight began to fade, he still could navigate the lake better than most.

BETTY LOU LARSON (CROWE)

It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Lou Larson announces her passing, with family by her side, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Betty Lou was born on May 16, 1939 in Fort Frances to Fred and Agnes Crowe. She was the youngest of 11 children and her family grew as her siblings started their families.

Betty Lou loved spending time with her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

ARLEEN STEINKE

Arleen Steinke, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

JAMES SOLOMON

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, James Solomon, who passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 53 years, Joan Solomon (nee Johnson); daughters, Rebecca Solomon (Jerry Merk), Gillian Solomon, and Sarah Solomon (Cameron McEwan); as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Interment to be at a later date.

Although cards and flowers are deeply appreciated, they are respectfully declined.

MELVIN PETKAU

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life. (John 5:24 NKJV)

In loving memory of Melvin Petkau, 47, who passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at his home in Emo, Ont.

JAMES PETER RYAN

It is with great sadness that the family of James Peter Ryan announces his passing on Monday, April 9, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on July 29, 1941 in Fort Frances to Edward and Ann Ryan. He grew up in Fort Frances, moving away as a young man to travel and work. He took several trips across Europe, learning about his Irish and Ukrainian heritage.

Jim also loved to read and this passion led him to work in the library in both Thunder Bay, Ont. and Calgary, Alta.

DAVID CLYDE FERGUSON

With broken hearts, we announce the passing of David Clyde Ferguson on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Winnipeg, Man.

For 10 years, David struggled with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Born and raised in Fort Frances, Ont., David held various positions with the CIBC for 30 years throughout Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. After his retirement from the bank, David was employed by the New Home Warranty Program of Manitoba.

DARCIE ALFRED

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of Darcie Leah Alfred, 36, of Lac Seul First Nation, on Monday, March 26, 2018 at her home in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1981 in Smithers, B.C. to Stanley Raymond Williams and Janie Catherine Alfred of Ear Falls, Ont.

Darcie spent her life living in many parts of the world. At age 18, she enrolled in the U.S Army. She was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany and from there she courageously marched in and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. She served as a generator mechanic.