Joe Natawance, 68, of Stanjikoming First Nation, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2005 at La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Joe was born Jan. 18, 1937 in Stanjikoming First Nation to George and Helen Natawance. He lived at Stanjikoming all of his life. He enjoyed spending the time outdoors hunting, fishing, trapping, guiding, and logging.
Joe loved his family deeply; he was very proud of his grandchildren and was very close to his mother and sisters. He had a good sense of humour.
He leaves behind his wife, Mary, to whom he was married for 20 years; son, Ed Natawance and Janice Henderson and their children, Tyler and Melanie Fedorak of Stanjikoming First Nation; stepchildren, Annabelle and Gerald Mosher and their children, Cristy, Destiny, and Brandon of Kitchener, Ont., Marcella Porter of Fort Frances, Ont., Carol McGinnis and Bill Wayash and their children, Vanessa, Alysha, Ravenn, and Javiner of Stanjikoming First Nation, Bonnie McGinnis and Brad Councillor and their children, Zack, William, Haley, and John Joseph, Denise and Wayne Cheesequay and their child, Rhiannon, and Patty Smith and Brian Wayash and their children, Scott, Cody, Ashley, and Deanna.
He also is survived by three sisters, Elsie and Les Murray, Eleanor and Val Perrault, and Jackie Jourdain and Don Roach; half-sister, Florence Bird; as well a numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Joe was predeceased by his father, George Natawance; mother, Helen Sheppard; stepfather, John Sheppard; sister, Florence Ness; niece, Pamela McDonald; aunts, Philomene Klyne, Rita Tolgoni, Clara Councillor, Rosette Perrault, Madeline Johnson, Cecile Ames, Mariah Brown, Anna Kise, and Roseanne Linklater; and uncles, Sam Jourdain and Moses Jourdain.
A traditional wake was held Sunday, March 20, 2005 starting at 4 p.m. at the fitness centre at Stanjikoming First Nation.
Funeral mass was held Monday, March 21, 2005 at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Couchiching First Nation, Ont.
The pallbearers were Blaine Perrault, Val Perrault Jr., Richard White, Todd Morrisseau, Roy Morrison, and Cory McCabe.
The honourary pallbearers were Tyler Fedorak, Brian Wayash, Val Perrault Sr., Ken Morrison, Richard Morrison, Albert (Hat) Morrison, Duane Morrison, Allan Calder, and Clarence Jourdain.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.