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Obituaries

Tony Bliss

Tony was born on April 3, 1947 in Fort Frances, ON and was the first child for David and Katie Bliss. Tony grew up with his family in Mine Centre, ON. Mine Centre had a very special place in his heart, especially Turtle Lake. We know that times weren’t always easy, but we never heard him complain about his younger years. Tony attended school in Mine Centre and attended very briefly both Atikokan and Fort Frances High Schools. High School meant being boarded out because the highway was not built to Fort Frances in those days.

Stanley Charles William Payne

Stanley Charles William Payne, 88, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

He was born August 29, 1931 to Norman and Anabel Payne, and spent most of his life in Fort Frances. He had a wonderful childhood, spending his time on Rainy Lake whenever he could. He married the love of his life, Joan (Krukoski) just before he turned 21, and they brought two daughters into the world.

Murray M. Hogan

Well if you are reading this, it means my journey here has ended. I’ve decided to write my own obit-after all who knows better.

My journey started on February 24, 1952 at La Verendrye Hospital, the third child of incredible parents, now departed Josephine and Paul Hogan. It ended peacefully on earth August 4, 2020 at noon with my family by my side.

My older sister Pauline and brother Brad both take credit for my being here–ask them to explain.

My summers were spent on Last Island, Rainy Lake with my cousins and grandparents Mam & Pap.

Morris Halverson

Sadly the family announces the sudden passing of Morris Halverson, 81, of Nestor Falls on Friday, July 31, 2020.

A complete announcement to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home

May Annie Wayash

Machigabowiik - Sturgeon Clan

It is with great sadness that the family of Annie Wayash announces her passing on Monday, July 20, 2020 at her home in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation.

Duane Quinn Ottertail

It is with great sadness that the family of Duane Quinn Ottertail announces his passing on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.

Duane was born on January 19, 1970 in Fort Frances, ON to Arthur and Beatrice Ottertail. He lived in Lac La Croix First Nation most of his life working as a fishing guide. He loved to be surrounded by people, especially family. He enjoyed the large family cook outs, playing floor hockey, hunting and was a huge Elvis fan. Despite his own personal struggles he was always willing to help others.

Gerald Wayne Lauzon

It is with great sadness the family of Gerald Wayne Lauzon announce his peaceful passing on July 12, 2020 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Gerald was born on March 11, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the only child of Myrtle Lauzon (Skaalrud). He attended school in the township of Nelles on Lauzon Road. After school he helped on the farm, and with the honey bees. Then he was hired on the B&B Gang on the CNR and after many positions, retired from the CNR as a locomotive engineer in 1990.

Donald Larson

Sadly the family announces the unexpected passing of Donald Larson 65 of Emo, Ontario at his residence on Friday, July 24, 2020.

A complete announcement to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home .

Gertrude Elizabeth Anderson

Gertrude Elizabeth Anderson passed away peacefully in her 100th year at Riverside Health Care, Fort Frances, ON with her family by her side on July 20, 2020.

Gertrude was born to Michael and Rosela Schneider in Regina, SK on March 23, 1920. She was one of seven daughters who grew up and worked on the family farm in rural Saskatchewan. In 1938 she married Gisli Anderson and in 1952, together with their three children, moved east to Fort Frances.

DORA KLOOSTERMAN

Mrs. Dora Kloosterman (nee van der Lely), formerly of Fort Frances, passed away peacefully at her home in Thunder Bay on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Dora was born on December 23, 1933 in Groningen, the Netherlands. She married Romke Kloosterman on March 8, 1956 and the newlyweds immigrated to Canada the same year. Dora dedicated her life to making a beautiful family home for her family. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

WAYNE COMIGAN

It is with heavy hearts the family of Wayne (“Wink”) Comigan announce his sudden passing on Sunday July 12, 2020 at his home in Fort Frances, ON. Wayne was born July 13, 1957.

Wayne is survived by his children Crystal, Chantel, Kayla and Matt.

He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his grandchildren Emery Smith, Kyle Smith, Isaiah Morrison, Kenneth, Kaleb, Kali, and Kashis.

Also surviving are his siblings Albert , Gordon, Mickey, Colleen, Jason, Merle, Diana, Harold and many nieces and nephews.

THOMAS ROEN

Thomas Roen, 52, of Fort Frances, ON passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 5, 2020. He is survived by his parents Howard and Evelyn (Halvorsen) Roen; children Tom (TJ), Jessica, Julia; and grandson Greyson. He is also survived by his brothers Ken, Duane (Tracy) and Kevin (Tara); along with numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Tom was predeceased by his son Jason Roen.

Ellen Armstrong

“A limb has fallen from the family tree.”

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ellen Armstrong on July 8, 2020 in Red Deer, Alberta, with her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Bonnie Armstrong, by her side. Ellen was born on March 20, 1943 and grew up on the family farm in Finland, Ontario.

GEORGINA RUTH KIRKRUDE Naagiizhigook

It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Georgina Ruth Kirkrude, age 59, on Monday, June 22, 2020 at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Fort Frances, Ontario.

Georgina was born in Rainy River, Ontario. She lived in Morson until she was 7 years old then moved to Rainy River where she lived most of her life. She worked at Grassy Narrows Camp. Black Island and Marvin Windows.

TAMI RAE MORRISON

Tami Rae Morrison, 34, of Fort Frances, ON passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Thunder Bay, ON.

Tami was born on March 15, 1986 in Fort Frances. She enjoyed attending Pow Wows, hockey games and spending time with her family and friends. When she was a young girl she spent time with her Grandfather, camping, fishing and hunting.

DORIS ELLEN PELLETIER (née WATSON)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend Doris Ellen Pelletier, age 68, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Bethesda Regional Health Centre after a valiant battle with cancer.

Doris was predeceased by her daughter Nicolle at the age of 5 years; her father Keith Watson; and sister Diane Petit.

LYLE MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Lyle Michael Armstrong of Thunder Bay on July 2, 2020.

Lyle was born on September 18, 1974 to parents Randy and (Late Nancy) Armstrong. He had a great love for music, especially playing his guitar.

Lyle is survived by his sons Bailey Morden and Nicolas Armstrong; his father Randy (Katie), his brother Chris and sister Madysen; his grandmother Shirley Armstrong and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother Nancy; grandparents Sylvester Armstrong, Katherine and Marvin Bruyere.

MARJORIE LILLIAN ROBERTSON

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Marjorie Lillian Robertson announces her passing on Friday, July 3, at the age of 98. Marjorie was born on December 16, 1921 in Fort Frances to Florence and William Robertson and was a lifetime resident of Fort Frances.

Marjorie was predeceased by her parents as well as her brothers and their wives, Earnest (Irene) and Norman (Winnifred) Robertson; a nephew Bill Robertson; and nephews-in-law Donald McCabe, Pete Warwick and Al Hunter.