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Obituaries

RAINY LEE LOYIE (RENEE DAWN)

Rainy was born in Northern Alberta, Nov. 29, 1979 and came into our lives June 20, 1980.

Rainy spent her early childhood in Winnipeg and was happy to relocate to Fort Frances with her family when she was eight years old; Rainy loved being close to her extended family of Birds.

Rainy especially enjoyed time spent with her cousins at the family cabin on Rainy Lake and being a part of so many family gatherings.

RAY COUSINEAU

Ray Cousineau, 86, of Fort Frances, ON passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the LaVerendrye Hospital.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

MARY ALICE POCOCK

With great sadness the family announces the passing of Mary Alice Pocock, 65, of Fort Frances, ON on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.

A complete announcement to follow.

MARILYN WANDA NORTON

Marilyn Wanda “Wikked” Norton snuck out of the party on March 1, 2020. She will be forever missed and wouldn't have it any other way.

She's gone to be free where she can run and be with the ones she loved... well maybe not run. Free to have a beer with the ones she loved.

She leaves behind her spawn, Ashlee and John.

Wanda was born in Kenora on June 1, 1960 and was the eldest daughter of Jack and Anne Jackway and the most perfect big sister ever to Bentley.

In the 70's she met her life-long best friend and partner in crime Kym.

RAINY LEE LOYIE (RENEE DAWN)

Sadly the family announces the sudden passing of Rainy Lee Loyie on March 2, 2020 at her residence in Atikokan, Ontario. Funeral mass will take place on Monday March 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Couchiching First Nation.

Complete announcement to follow.

WELLINGTON RALPH JEWELL

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our Father and Grandfather, Wellington Ralph Jewell. Ralph was born on April 5, 1936 in Woodyatt Township in Northwestern Ontario to the late Wellington and Blanche Jewell. Ralph was predeceased by his loving wife Coreen and daughter Shelley.

MARLENE JUNE PITKANEN

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Marlene at Rainycrest with family by her side on February 27, 2020.

Marlene was born on June 25, 1933 to Ray and Helen Peterson in Port Arthur, Ontario. She met the love of her life, Reino (Ray) Pitkanen at the age of 15 and at the age of 19 they were united in marriage on August 30, 1952. Together they raised 6 children.

COLLEEN REBECCA (BECKY) BALL

It is with great sadness that the family of Colleen Rebecca (Becky) Ball announces her passing on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at the LaVerendrye Hospital with family by her side.

She leaves behind her husband Frank; children Ken, Frank Jr. (Nina), Diane (John) Nancy (Brian) and Randy (Susan); grandchildren Brittany, Jonathan (Becky), Lacie, Dalton, Robie, Randy, Bobby, Gary, Joseph, Zachary, David, Franklin, Maria, Jasmine, Janelle, Jarrod, Ryan; and eleven great grandchildren as well as siblings Gary Chapman, Adalyn Connolly, David (Lynn) Chapman.

MYRLE STRACHAN

Myrle Strachan; beloved wife of the late Leonard Strachan; mother of Dawn Madden, Frances Skiftun, Sheldon Strachan, Murray Strachan, Maxine Hayes, Sharron Doupe, and the late Lucille Strachan, Derold Strachan, and Connie Doyle.

Myrle passed away at the Riverdale Personal Care Home, Rivers, MB on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at age 93.

A celebration of Myrle's life will be held at the Oak River Memorial Rink, Oak River, MB on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with interment following in the Oak River Cemetery.

ARLO WILFRED JEWELL

It is with great sadness that the family of Arlo Wilfred Jewell announces his passing on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at Atikokan General Hospital with his family by his side. Arlo fought a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

Arlo was born Dec. 3, 1941 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Gilbert and Ella Jewell. He grew up on the farm on Colonization Road until his family moved into Emo in the fall of 1961.

MARGARET KOLES

Margaret Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long Term Care, Fort Frances, Ontario passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 with her family by her side.

Margaret was born on Dec. 23, 1929 in Gegeny, Hungary and she migrated to Canada on Dec. 24, 1972, settling in Fort Frances. She was united in marriage to John Koles on Aug. 10, 1972. Margaret worked as Dietary Staff / Cook at LaVerendrye General Hospital. She retired in 1995.

SADIE ALEXANDRA LUCZYK (GULKA)

In loving memory of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie and friend who passed away on Friday, Feb. 21 peacefully.

Sadie was an extraordinary beautiful person inside and out, who cared deeply about people - especially her family.

Married to Alex who predeceased her in 2016, they both showed us how to sing, dance, cook and keep our Ukrainian culture. She loved animals too, which were always a part of our family life.

TERESA (TERRI) ANN ASHWORTH

Teresa (Terri) Ann Ashworth, 66, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at the LaVerendrye Hospital in Fort Frances. Her brief battle with cancer ended peacefully with the love and support of her family and friends.

Terri was born to Daniel and Nancy Connor on March 31, 1953, in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. In 1971, she graduated from Royall High School in Elroy, Wisconsin. Shortly after, Terri and her family relocated to International Falls, Minnesota.

MARGARET KOLES

Margaret Koles, 90, of Rainycrest Long Term Care, Fort Frances, Ontario, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at the La Verendrye Hospital with her family by her side.

Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. A complete funeral announcement to follow.

ED KLINER

Adolph (Ed) Kliner of Kelowna, born on Dec. 13, 1927 near Fort Frances, Ont., went to be with his Lord on Feb. 2, 2020.

LAURA PEARL (GAWLEY) SODERBERG

Laura passed away peacefully on Feb. 16, 2020 with her family by her side at her home at Rainycrest.

She was born on June 9 1922, in Kenville, Manitoba, the youngest of six children born to Annie May (Woolford) and James Best Gawley. As a child she moved with her family to Fort Frances, then to Roddick and finally to Devlin where she grew up. As a young girl she played baseball on a girls team in Devlin, developing a love for the game, especially the Blue Jays, that lasted throughout her life.

DAVID WILFRED CRAVEN

David Wilfred Craven took his Saviour's hand and walked into his eternal home on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 11:30 in the morning.

David was born March 3, 1935 to Thomas and Mabel Craven of North Branch, Ont., the fourth child in a family of eight. Davie spent his childhood in the home of his loving foster family, the Jerry's, who he maintained special relationships with for his entire life. He also remained close with father Thomas, sisters Irene and Marlene, and brother Roy. On July 12, 1969 he married the love of his life, Melba Turney of Thunder Bay, Ont.