Mary Marie Arch, 93, of Nestor Falls, Ont., formally of International Falls, Mn., passed away Saturday, April 11, 1998 in Newmarket, Ont. after a brief illness.
Mary was born Sept. 5, 1904 in Minneapolis, Mn. She moved to the International Falls area in the late 1920s.
Born Mary Marie Brollard, she married William B. Arch and raised a family of three boys and three girls. They owned and operated a dry cleaning business (the International Dress Club) in the 1930s.
In 1939, Mary and Bill started Bull Moose Lodge at Crow Lake, Nestor Falls, operating the resort until retiring in 1965.
Mary was well-known for her warm hospitality, and world-class pancakes. She was an avid fisherman and hunter.
She was predeceased by one daughter, Mary Ann Olson (1959); one son, Billy (1952); grandson, Bruce Allan (1985); and husband, William B. (1966).
She is survived by daughters, Joanne (Wally) Radbourne of Aurora, Ont., and Herriette Arch of International Falls, Mn.; and two sons, Larry (Sonja) Arch of International Falls, Mn., and Harry (Bonnie) Arch of Rice Lake, Mn.
She also is survived by 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and step-son, Belvia, of California.
Mary spent the last 25 years of her life with summers at Crow Lake and wintering with her daughter, Joanne, and husband, Wally Radbourne.
Visitations will be one hour prior to the 2 p.m. Christian service, which will be held Saturday, April 18, 1998 at the Devlin Community Hall in Devlin, Ont.