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Florence Kerr-McInnes, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away July 6, 1999 at La Verendrye hospital.

She was born Jan. 20, 1916 in Edmonton, a section of London, England, to Florence and William Harman. As a young child, Florence lived in Lucknow, India for two years where her father was a soldier.

Florence and her family came to Canada in 1922 and lived in Toronto, Ont. She married William Kerr in 1938 and lived in Prince Edward County, Ont., where she taught music in the elementary school for 16 years.

Both her parents passed away in February, 1981.


Helen Katherine Halverson, 68, of 1231 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, July 5, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Helen was born Sept. 2, 1930 in Emo, Ont. She attended the Fort Frances High School and graduated from grade 12 in 1980.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the church choir, and was very active in her church. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the bridge club. She did crochet work and also was a very good cook.


It is with deep sorrow and loss the family of Catherine Alice Bruyere, 59, must announce her sudden but quiet passing in her home on the morning of July 5, 1999.

Born Catherine Perreault on Jan. 18, 1940 at Couchiching First Nation, Ont., she lived all her life in the Fort Frances area.


Surrounded by her loving family, Alda M. (St. Pierre) Richert, in her 79th year, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 4, 1999 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was the dear daughter of the late Andrew Napoleon and Evelina St. Pierre; beloved wife of the late Emanuel (Mun) Richert; and loving mother of Faith Meeks (late Stan) of Prince George, B.C., and Paulette Reid (Ron) and Liz Vandette (Pete) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.


Lyla Hodge, 77, of Devlin, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Friday, July 2, 1999 with her family by her side.

Lyla was born July 16, 1921 in Emo, Ont. to the late Cecil and Aileen Grant.

For many years, she lived in Kingsford Township, and was united in marriage to Gerald Armstrong. Later, they started a business, Northwest Bay Trading Post and the outpost, Camp Narrows, on Rainy Lake.

Gerald tragically predeceased her and her three children in 1953.


It is with our deepest regret and sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Amelia E. Bruyere, at Couchiching First Nation, Ont. on Friday, July 2, 1999.

As we mourn the loss of our beloved Mom, we take comfort in knowing that she left us in the manner of her choosing with her family and friends by her side.

Millie was born May 10, 1926 on Couchiching First Nation, where she resided most of her life. She was united in marriage to Clifford on July 10, 1944.


Peacefully in her sleep on July 1, 1999, Ruby Adele Ganjé (Beauregard) entered into eternal rest at the Georgian House Home in Tacoma, Wash.

She was born Nov. 29, 1915 in Rainy River, Ont.

She was predeceased by her parents, Melinda Beauregard (Feb. 23, 1968) and Henri Beauregard (Sept. 11, 1982); first husband, John Crooks (Dec. 20, 1976); and husband Pius Ganjé (March 2, 1989).

She leaves to mourn one daughter, Kitty Rae Hutchins of Tacoma, Wash.; and one granddaughter, Heather and her two children of Moses Lake, Wash.


Dana Earl Albright, 73, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at La Verendrye hospital. He was born July 31, 1925 in Neepawa, Man.

He was predeceased by his wife, Doreen, on Oct. 26, 1987.

He is survived by his children, Bev of Elk Mound, Wis., and Bill (Diane) of Fort Frances, Ont.; son-in-law, Don Johnson of New Prague, Mn.; grandchildren, Mike, Dan, and Jennifer Johnson, and Jay and Bob Albright; and three great-grandchildren, Natasha, Katelyn, and Kayle.

A private family service will be held.


Suddenly at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man. on Monday, June 28, 1999, Margaret Jean Lafoy (nee McNaughton) passed away in the presence of her two daughters, Marnie and Bonnie.

She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Vaughan, on April 22, 1995.

She is survived by her two daughters, Marnie (Robert Beninger) and Bonnie (Paul Halloch); and grandchildren, Robyn, Neal, and Daniel.

She will be deeply missed by her many close friends.

Prior to her passing, she was with her family attending her granddaughter Robyn’s high school graduation.


Sadly, we announce the passing of Bob Kivi at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Sunday, June 27, 1999.

Bob battled cancer, mostly at home, with admirable strength, dignity, and without complaint. His unique sense of humour prevailed throughout his illness.

Care and support was provided by his wife, Dixie, with the help of visiting health care professionals, kind relatives, and neighbours.


It is with great regret we announce the death of Mary Drawson on June 25, 1999.

Formerly of North Marks Street, Mary passed away at McKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. due to an accident sustained at her home.

Originally from Fort Frances, Ont., she moved to Thunder Bay to pursue her hairdressing education and establish a successful business, operating as Drawson’s Unisex Hair Clinic for more than 50 years.

Hairdressing was a very important part of her life until her retirement three years ago.


It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend on June 25, 1999.

Henry and his twin sister, Mary, were born in Emo, Ont. on Nov. 30, 1962. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm, where he discovered his love for working on machines.


Frank Joseph Advent was born in Vassar, Man. on May 24, 1912 to Agatha and Andrew Advent. He attended school there but in the fall of 1923, he moved to Dewart with his family, where they homesteaded.

From 1924 to 1936, he worked at many jobs—in camps as a cook’s helper, then as a teamster; at a construction camp building dams; as a deckhand and watchman on a ship on the Great Lakes; on a farm and in the woods.


Annette Buttner, 87, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, formerly of 1334 Sixth St., E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, June 18, 1999.

She was born July 1, 1911 in Chartierville, Que. to the late Louis (Scott) and Marie (Elmire) Landry. At an early age, Annette moved with her family to Saskatchewan, where her family farmed, and where she was raised, attended school, and later farmed.

Annette was quite a lover of dogs, horses, and all types of animals.


Frances Ethel Albee (nee Moden) passed away peacefully at her home in Thessalon, Ont. on June 18, 1999.

Frances was born July 7, 1898 in Cambridge, England to the late Maria and David Moden. In May, 1919, she was united in marriage to the late Edwin Albee.

Frances, Edwin, and one-year-old baby, Irene, sailed to Canada on the Melita in 1921. They landed at Signal Hill in Quebec. From there, they went to Illinois, where their son, Richard, was born.



Thelma Etheleen Smith, 84, passed away peacefully June 17, 1999 at the home of her daughter, Marilyne, in Thunder Bay, Ont. where she had resided for the past two years.

She was born July 12, 1914 in Disley, Sask. and moved to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1941.

She was predeceased by her parents, John and Anne Richardson; her husband, Richard (1971); granddaughter, Sheryl (1982); five sisters; and three brothers.


James Shine, 74, of Devlin, Ont., passed away Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ont.

James was born Dec. 15, 1924 in La Vallee, Ont. to the late Alvin and Mary Shine. He lived in the area all of his life, and in his earlier years loved animals, especially pigeons and geese.

James farmed many years, and also logged, and later worked for the municipality. He was a friend to everyone.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Jean and Helen; two brothers, Melvin and Lyle; and one brother-in-law, Arnold Pattison.


After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Henry Charles Richert passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, June 7, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Feb. 9, 1929 in Fort Frances to the late Gottlieb and Amelia Richert. Henry was united in marriage to Edith (Wood) on April 11, 1947. She was his loving companion for 52 years, and never left his side.


Katherine Halvorsen, 76, of Emo, Ont., passed away at the Port Arthur General Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Monday, June 7, 1999.

She was born July 14, 1922 in Blackhawk, Ont. to the late Alex and Gladys Ross. Katherine lived in the Blackhawk area most of her life, and on Sept. 5, 1940 was united in marriage to Al Wilhelm Halvorsen.

She devoted her life to her husband, Al, and to the four children they raised. For enjoyment, Katherine liked to read and play cards, and when possible, pick berries.


Florence Watts, 86, of Golden Age Manor in Emo, Ont., passed away at the Emo Hospital there Saturday, June 5, 1999.

She was born March 6, 1913 in Chapple Township, Ont. to the late Sam and Martha Both. On Aug. 22, 1931, Florence was united in marriage to Percy Watts.

Florence was a past member of Chapple Women’s Institute. She also was well-known as an expert seamstress throughout her life, and had won various prizes for her beautiful work at the Emo fall fair on many occasions.


Walter Daniel Hampshire, of 4324 Gordon Dr., Kelowna, B.C., passed away June 5, 1999 at his residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1917 in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Rose Dumeney; his parents, Louisa and Daniel Hampshire; and his sister, Jean Sybasko on Dec. 22, 1998.

He is survived by his wife, Madelaine of Kelowna; his daughter, Penny Robitaille of Greenfield Park, Que.; and his sister, Dorcas King of Fort Frances.

Three stepdaughters and one stepson also survive, as well as several nieces and nephews.


Gus “Mork” Copenace Jr., 20, of Onigaming First Nation, Ont., passed away as a result of an accident Friday, May 28, 1999 at Sioux Narrows, Ont.

He was born Jan. 15, 1979 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Gus was attending Onigaming High School and would have graduated from grade 12 this year. He also had worked as a firefighter. He enjoyed attending Pow-Wows and taking part in traditional ceremonies.

He was a quiet person, and he also enjoyed weightlifting.

Gus is survived by his parents, Pam and Gus Copenace Sr.; and his brother, Ricky Copenace.


Bernard Joseph Armstrong of Atikokan, Ont. passed away May 26, 1999 at Atikokan General Hospital. He was born Sept. 20, 1920 in Stratton, Ont.

Bernard served in WWII from 1940 to 1945, and it was then he met and married Mary (Molly) Stewart on Nov. 10, 1941 in Inverness, Scotland.

After the war, he returned to Canada and worked for Ontario-Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company (Mando) near Atikokan, commuting to his home in Fort Frances, Ont.

In 1952, Molly and the children joined him in Atikokan, and he worked for Mando until he retired in 1985.


Nicholas “Nick” Dustak, 86, of 923 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, May 24, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital here.

He was born May 13, 1913 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late George and Lena Dustak.

In 1929 at the age of 16, Nick moved with his family to Fort Frances. He attended Teachers’ College in North Bay and taught school for six years. Subsequently, he went to work in the woods for Campbell and Holmes for three years, and also had worked on the Kenora Highway for a couple of years.


Katheren Marie Marko (nee Payne), of Winnipeg, Man., passed away May 24, 1999 at St. Boniface Hospital.

Katheren was born May 26, 1953, and attended public and high school in Fort Frances. In 1972, she married Rene Walter Marko, and eventually moved to Ottawa, Ont. Business eventually took Rene and Katheren to Toronto, Ont., then Langley, B.C.

Her final year was spent in Winnipeg, which meant she was close to home and family.