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Barry Allan Chernaski

Barry Allen Chernaski, 71, of Thunder Bay, Ontario passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 in Thunder Bay, ON.

He was born on July 21, 1949 in Fort Frances to John and Mary Chernaski. He lived in Fort Frances until his parents passing when he was taken in by a family in Red Rock. He lived in Red Rock until moving to Thunder Bay as a young man. He lived in Thunder Bay the rest of his life, working as a security guard. He ejoyed watching baseball and hockey, cheering on his Blue Jays and Montreal Habs.

Trevor Lynne Pollard

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Trevor Pollard on Friday, July 17, 2020.

He was born on September 25, 1964 in International Falls, MN and resided in Fort Frances till 1996 when he moved to Thunder Bay. In 2006 he moved to Saskatoon where he resided until his passing. Trevor loved to be with his nephews, Tyson and Riley; he truly loved his time with them. He really enjoyed time with his sister-in-law Wanda, she was his favourite of the whole family.

Vera Parker

It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother Vera at the age of 93. After marrying Percy, Vera moved to Rainy River in the early 1950’s, and they worked hard to raise their seven children. She worked at the Town Office, the CIBC Bank, and the Insurance Office. She enjoyed curling, playing cards, time at the cabin, and most of all, time spent with their family. She was a member of St. James Anglican Church and of the Order of Eastern Star. A few years after Percy retired, they moved to Winnipeg to be closer to family.

Gladys Kathleen McLean

Peacefully on Saturday, August 8, 2020 Gladys passed away at Emo Long Term Care (Fort Frances, ON) with friends by her side. Gladys was born in Sussex, England on September 5, 1916. She had an older brother Cyril who was born in 1913. They had a happy childhood, enjoying sport and an outdoor life, spending many hours walking the Sussex Downs. Gladys has always been a great walker, she loved the bird life around her and all animals were a source of joy to her. She was quite young when her father gave her a camera and thus began a lifetime hobby of photography.

Morris Douglas Halverson

It is with deepest sympathy we announce the passing of Morris Douglas Halverson on July 31, 2020 at his residence. Born in Nestor Falls on August 31, 1938 to Anna and Ben Halverson. He was the third youngest of nine siblings.

Morris was an Operating Engineer as a crane operator for Ontario Hydro for several years. He worked other jobs including Trans Canada Pipelines, construction jobs and also worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway. He was a Real Estate Broker for Borderland Realty for several years. He was an aircraft pilot and owned his own aircraft.

Jacob P Enns

It is with saddened hearts that the family would like to announce that Jacob (Jake) P Enns, age 76 of Fort Frances, Ontario passed away in the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital on July 24, 2020 due to complications arising from a stroke.

Jacob was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on November 22, 1943. When Jacob was 10 years old he moved to Canada together with his family.

Tony Bliss

Tony was born on April 3, 1947 in Fort Frances, ON and was the first child for David and Katie Bliss. Tony grew up with his family in Mine Centre, ON. Mine Centre had a very special place in his heart, especially Turtle Lake. We know that times weren’t always easy, but we never heard him complain about his younger years. Tony attended school in Mine Centre and attended very briefly both Atikokan and Fort Frances High Schools. High School meant being boarded out because the highway was not built to Fort Frances in those days.

Stanley Charles William Payne

Stanley Charles William Payne, 88, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

He was born August 29, 1931 to Norman and Anabel Payne, and spent most of his life in Fort Frances. He had a wonderful childhood, spending his time on Rainy Lake whenever he could. He married the love of his life, Joan (Krukoski) just before he turned 21, and they brought two daughters into the world.

Murray M. Hogan

Well if you are reading this, it means my journey here has ended. I’ve decided to write my own obit-after all who knows better.

My journey started on February 24, 1952 at La Verendrye Hospital, the third child of incredible parents, now departed Josephine and Paul Hogan. It ended peacefully on earth August 4, 2020 at noon with my family by my side.

My older sister Pauline and brother Brad both take credit for my being here–ask them to explain.

My summers were spent on Last Island, Rainy Lake with my cousins and grandparents Mam & Pap.

Morris Halverson

Sadly the family announces the sudden passing of Morris Halverson, 81, of Nestor Falls on Friday, July 31, 2020.

A complete announcement to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home

May Annie Wayash

Machigabowiik - Sturgeon Clan

It is with great sadness that the family of Annie Wayash announces her passing on Monday, July 20, 2020 at her home in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation.

Duane Quinn Ottertail

It is with great sadness that the family of Duane Quinn Ottertail announces his passing on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.

Duane was born on January 19, 1970 in Fort Frances, ON to Arthur and Beatrice Ottertail. He lived in Lac La Croix First Nation most of his life working as a fishing guide. He loved to be surrounded by people, especially family. He enjoyed the large family cook outs, playing floor hockey, hunting and was a huge Elvis fan. Despite his own personal struggles he was always willing to help others.

Gerald Wayne Lauzon

It is with great sadness the family of Gerald Wayne Lauzon announce his peaceful passing on July 12, 2020 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Gerald was born on March 11, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the only child of Myrtle Lauzon (Skaalrud). He attended school in the township of Nelles on Lauzon Road. After school he helped on the farm, and with the honey bees. Then he was hired on the B&B Gang on the CNR and after many positions, retired from the CNR as a locomotive engineer in 1990.

Donald Larson

Sadly the family announces the unexpected passing of Donald Larson 65 of Emo, Ontario at his residence on Friday, July 24, 2020.

A complete announcement to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home .

Gertrude Elizabeth Anderson

Gertrude Elizabeth Anderson passed away peacefully in her 100th year at Riverside Health Care, Fort Frances, ON with her family by her side on July 20, 2020.

Gertrude was born to Michael and Rosela Schneider in Regina, SK on March 23, 1920. She was one of seven daughters who grew up and worked on the family farm in rural Saskatchewan. In 1938 she married Gisli Anderson and in 1952, together with their three children, moved east to Fort Frances.


Mrs. Dora Kloosterman (nee van der Lely), formerly of Fort Frances, passed away peacefully at her home in Thunder Bay on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the age of 86 years.

Dora was born on December 23, 1933 in Groningen, the Netherlands. She married Romke Kloosterman on March 8, 1956 and the newlyweds immigrated to Canada the same year. Dora dedicated her life to making a beautiful family home for her family. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.


It is with heavy hearts the family of Wayne (“Wink”) Comigan announce his sudden passing on Sunday July 12, 2020 at his home in Fort Frances, ON. Wayne was born July 13, 1957.

Wayne is survived by his children Crystal, Chantel, Kayla and Matt.

He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his grandchildren Emery Smith, Kyle Smith, Isaiah Morrison, Kenneth, Kaleb, Kali, and Kashis.

Also surviving are his siblings Albert , Gordon, Mickey, Colleen, Jason, Merle, Diana, Harold and many nieces and nephews.


Thomas Roen, 52, of Fort Frances, ON passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 5, 2020. He is survived by his parents Howard and Evelyn (Halvorsen) Roen; children Tom (TJ), Jessica, Julia; and grandson Greyson. He is also survived by his brothers Ken, Duane (Tracy) and Kevin (Tara); along with numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Tom was predeceased by his son Jason Roen.

Ellen Armstrong

“A limb has fallen from the family tree.”

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ellen Armstrong on July 8, 2020 in Red Deer, Alberta, with her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Bonnie Armstrong, by her side. Ellen was born on March 20, 1943 and grew up on the family farm in Finland, Ontario.


It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Georgina Ruth Kirkrude, age 59, on Monday, June 22, 2020 at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Fort Frances, Ontario.

Georgina was born in Rainy River, Ontario. She lived in Morson until she was 7 years old then moved to Rainy River where she lived most of her life. She worked at Grassy Narrows Camp. Black Island and Marvin Windows.