Community mourns passing of pioneer

A pioneer of our community, Hilda Alberts, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Emo Hospital. A celebration of her life was held last Thursday (Jan. 31) at St. George’s Anglican Church in Emo.
A reception followed at the Golden Age Manor, where she had resided.
On Friday morning at the Emo Inn, I had the pleasure to meet with some family members over breakfast. They included Dorothy Haines, Mervyn Alberts, and Dorothy’s two children, Leonard Haines from Edmonton, and Lisa McComb.
I’ve not seen Leonard nor Lisa since they left here to attend college and get married.
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Sympathy also is extended to the families of Cecil Westover, who passed away at Emo Hospital after a lengthy illness. His funeral was held Saturday morning from Green’s Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
I had worked with Cecil while at Fort Frances (he was in the running trade working as a brakeman between Rainy River, Atikokan-Ranier).
That was 14 years ago. Time flies, but memories do not.
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We also extend condolences to the families of Carl Heisler, whose memorial service was held at the Legion in Emo on Friday, Jan. 22, with Rev. Eileen Bragg officiating.
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Cribbage winners at the Emo Legion last Wednesday (Jan. 30) were Bill Birrell and Lyle Gill (high), with consolations to Gerald and Loraine Bullied.
Gladys Allen won the door prize.
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Darlene (Tim) LaBelle of Atikokan and daughter, Cindy, of Thunder Bay, recently returned home from a week’s holiday to Mexico.
Cindy had won the trip at a Robin’s Donuts outlet in Thunder Bay as part of a contest by the franchise, and decided to take her mother along.
They travelled by bus to Winnipeg, where they boarded a plane to their destination.
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The congregation at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo on Sunday welcomed Mark Pluimer, who is a seminarian working on his internship at Trinity CRC at Prinsburg, Mn.
Pluimer led the morning and afternoon worship services. After the morning one, a coffee fellowship followed in the hall.
His message topics were “Unleashing Heaven’s Hounds” and “Persevering in Prayer.”
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A reminder the Emo Toy Library will presents its first-annual winter carnival fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the Legion Hall.
Activities include special guest, the Borderland Community Orchestra, as well as other children’s fun time.

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