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Obituaries

CECILE LaFRANCE VAVRICKA

Cecile LaFrance Vavricka, 91, a long-time resident of Bloomington, Mn., passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wayburn (Wayne) Vavricka; parents, Arthur and Medora LaFrance; brothers, Leo and Daniel; sisters, Rita Ruelle, Claudia Domanski, and Noella LaFrance; and in-laws, Kay LaFrance, Rolland Ruelle, Ed Domanski, Louella LaFrance, and Ruth Dean.

GRANT WILLIAM PERREAULT

With heavy hearts, the family of Grant William Perreault wishes to announce his passing on Saturday, April 1, 2017 after a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer.

Grant was born on April 26, 1976 to Dennis and Judy Perreault, the youngest of three children.

He was born and raised in Fort Frances and Couchiching. He lived in a few different cities and towns for either his hockey career, for school, or for work—Kenora, Morden (Manitoba), and Bemidji (Minnesota).

LINDA SKIRTEN

Linda Skirten, 60, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.

JESSIE MARGARET STEWART (JUDSON)

It is with great sorrow that the family of Jessie Margaret Stewart (Judson) announces her passing, in her 101st year, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Casselholme long-term care facility in North Bay, Ont.

Jessie was born on April 13, 1916 in Solsgirth, Man., moving with her family to the Emo, Ont. area as a child, where she lived for most of her life.

She also lived for several years in Atikokan, Ont. before moving to North Bay five years ago.

Jessie was predeceased by her husband, Al (1971).

MELVIN KEITH LOVEDAY

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Keith Loveday, 52, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Keith was born on Dec. 6, 1964 in Emo, Ont. to Beatrice and Lawrence Loveday.

He enjoyed fishing, guiding, and woodworking, and in his early years enjoyed working on the Ogier farm.

KENNETH GORDON MARTIN

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Ken Martin announces his passing on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Ken was born on Feb. 4, 1935 to Beatrice and George Martin. He grew up in the Township of Blue along with his brothers and sister.

On Feb. 10, 1956, he was united in marriage to Julie-Anne Ronne until her passing on Oct. 17, 1986. He then married Madeline Hutchins (Legaree) on Nov. 27, 1987.

GLADYS ANN MARTIN

With family at her side, Gladys Ann Martin, 81, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born to Thomas and Myrtle (Wright) Jolicouer on May 18, 1935 in Stratton, Ont. and was a life-long resident of Rainy River District.

As a young woman, Gladys worked for a short time on Great Lake ships and at La Verendrye Hospital as a nurse trainee. She then joined the local Shop-Easy store, where she enjoyed serving customers with a smile.

BRUCE TONY HOLMLUND

In the early-morning hours of Saturday, March 18, 2017, Bruce Tony Holmlund peacefully slipped away and joined his beloved wife, Lois, in eternal rest.

Bruce was born in 1931 at the family farm in Outlook, Sask. to Tony and Amanda Holmlund.

At the age of six, Bruce and his family moved to the Scandinavian community of Erickson, Man. It was here that Bruce met, charmed, courted, and, on July 24, 1954, married the love of his life, Lois Elaine Miller.

Together they set out on an adventure that lasted more than 60 years.

KATHERINE SCHULZ

Katherine Schulz, of 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence on Friday, March 24, 2017.

She was born in Franzfeld, Yugoslavia on June 29, 1922.

She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1928, eventually settling in the Stratton, Ont. area. She attended school in Pattullo Township.

She had excellent penmanship and artistic ability; winning several awards at the Emo Fair. After finishing school, she worked for Green's Tourist Camp in Nestor Falls.

JOSHUA SIGURDSON

August 18, 1988 – March 23, 2017

“When we come to the last moment of this lifetime, and we look back across it, the only thing that’s going to matter is ‘what is the quality of our love?’ “ R. Bach

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Josh Sigurdson announces his sudden passing on March 23, 2017.

Josh was born on August 18, 1988 in Fort Frances, ON to Greg and Gina Sigurdson.

KELVIN PHILLIP JOURDAIN

Kelvin Jourdain, 61, of Couchiching First Nation, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at his home.

Kelvin was born Feb. 24, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Moses and Regina Jourdain.

He lived in Couchiching First Nation all his life. He worked for various businesses in the area but mostly enjoyed being outdoors.

He leaves behind his son, Derek Turcotte (Barb Wilson); granddaughter, Jade; siblings, Everette Jourdain (Wendy), Louis Jourdain, Melvin Jourdain, Victoria Topp, Wilma Wilson, and Evelyn Adams; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

ELMER JOSEPH MAINVILLE (Netamiigaabo, Awaazisii Clan)

It is with great sadness that the family of Elmer Joseph Mainville announces his peaceful passing, with his loving family at his side, on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances, Ont.

Elmer was born Dec. 10, 1930 in Pine Falls, Man. to the late Frederick and Clara (nee Guimond) Mainville.

He attended St. Marguerite's Indian Residential School in Fort Frances, then later served with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in the Korean War.

PATRICIA JOYCE SIMMONS

It is with great sadness we announce our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, Patricia Joyce Simmons, passed away peacefully into the arms of her beloved Jesus and his divine Mother, Mary, on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 92.

Patricia was born on Dec. 31, 1924 at home on 23 Vernon Road in Uckfield, Sussex, England to Marjory and Ernest George Anderson.

IVY (NANCY) SHAW

It is with profound sadness that we announce Mom's passing, with her family by her side, on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mom was born in Rainy River, Ont. on June 22, 1922 to Ivy and William W. Hughes. She grew up with a large supportive family and passed those values on to her children.

She was the family historian, with an incredible memory for dates and relationships.

CAROL-LYNNE ANNE LOUISE AFFLECK ORVILLE ('LOVERN') AFFLECK

Lovern and Carol Affleck of Fort Frances, Ont. were taken from us tragically on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Carol was born on Dec. 25, 1950 in Vancouver, B.C. to William and Hazel Barnes (Bannister). The Barnes family moved to Rutland, B.C. in 1959, where the family owned and operated Whispering Pines Rest Home.

Carol graduated from Rutland Senior High School in 1968. In 1970, she began working for the Royal Bank of Canada, where she remained for close to 20 years—all the while dedicated to supporting her family and raising her two young boys.

BRUCE HOLMLUND

It is with great sorrow that the family of Bruce Holmlund announces his passing on Saturday, March 18, 2017 with family by his side.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

ELIZABETH LOUISE 'LUCY' WASKUL

Elizabeth Louise “Lucy” Waskul, 88, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at her home.

Lucy was born Feb. 14, 1929 to Albert and Helen (Smith) Edenburn in Deerlock, Ont. She grew up in Fort Frances, Ont. in the west end.

The former Elizabeth Edenburn married John Waskul on Feb. 14, 1955 in Fort Frances and eventually moved to International Falls.

Lucy loved crafting, cooking, and fishing. She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in International Falls and the Order of the Eastern Star.

PATRICIA JOYCE SIMMONS

It is with great sadness we announce our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, Patricia Joyce Simmons, passed away peacefully into the arms of her beloved Jesus and his divine Mother, Mary, on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 92.

Patricia was born on Dec. 31, 1924 at home on 23 Vernon Road in Uckfield, Sussex, England to Marjory and Ernest George Anderson.

CECIL ELLIOTT

Sadly, the family announces the sudden passing of Cecil Elliott, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Cecil was born March 22, 1939 in Dobie Township to Chesley and Dorothy Elliott.

Cecil worked for Texaco and Esso driving fuel truck for more than 40 years. He was united in marriage to Maxine Anderson on Aug. 31, 1974.

He loved spending time at the cabin on Shoal Lake fishing, and was very fond of curling and baseball.

BETTY COX

Betty Cox, 93, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at her home in Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.

Betty was born Dec. 12, 1923 in Port Huron, Mich. but spent her entire life in Fort Frances.

She married Barry Cox on Oct. 7, 1944.

Betty always was very involved with community and church activities, and often could be found visiting friends at Rainycrest.

She was a Life Member of the hospital auxiliary. Betty will be remembered fondly for her annual donation of lemon pies to the “Strawberry Social.”

MARJORIE JOHNSON

Marjorie J. Johnson, 91, of Ray, Mn., passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Littlefork Care Center.

She was born Nov. 14, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont. and was united in marriage to Valio Herold Johnson.

She enjoyed gardening, walking in the woods, and skiing. Her family and friends were very dear to her.

She also volunteered for many luncheons and her favourite was the hunters' suppers.

JAN (JOHN) WIERSEMA

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of John (Jan) Wiersema on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hetty (Hitje) Wiersema; children, Sandra (Mark), Linda, Jeff (Rhonda), Dave (Kristie), and Tanya (Kelly); and 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

John was born in Peize, Netherlands on April 13, 1940. He immigrated to Canada with his parents, Jan and Froukje, and 15 siblings in 1952, settling in Rainy River District.

FRANCES MARILYN (MARNEE) MILLER

Frances Marilyn (Marnee) Miller, nee Innes, passed away peacefully, in her 86th year, on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was predeceased by Dr. Douglas Miller (2003), her husband of 48 years; her beloved daughter, Laura Lynne (2013); and her brother, Gordon Innes (2013).