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Obituaries

RAYMOND W. SPRENGER

 

We are saddened to announce the passing of Raymond W. Sprenger December 28,2020.

He leaves behind his wife Judy and children Roberta Oliver, Raelene Sprenger-Baum, Gavin Sprenger and numerous other relatives.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s society would be appreciated.

RAY LOWES

 

It is with heavy hearts the family of Ray Lowes announce his passing on Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 at LaVerendrye Hospital with his wife by his side. He was born on March 19, 1938 to Albert & Eva Lowes. He grew up in Sleeman and Rainy River, Ont.

He married Marion Wrolstad on Feb 21, 1964 and spent 56 years together. They had three children.

STEVE PAUL JOHNSON

 

It is with great sadness that the family of Steve Johnson announces his passing on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions a private traditional wake and ceremony will be held at the Naicatchewenin First Nation.

A complete obituary will follow.

KENNETH GOULIQUER

 

With heavy hearts the family of Kenneth Gouliquer announces his passing on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Born on April 27, 1955 to Art & Madeline Gouliquer. Ken loved the lake life, fishing and camping with family & friends. He worked construction in earlier years and guiding for area camps.

HEATHER MARIE CROWE

 

Heather Marie Crowe, 65, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

She was born on August 22, 1955 in Fort Frances to Danny and Margaret Crowe. She lived in Fort Frances her entire life, working various jobs including many years at Seven Generations. She loved her job and was heartbroken when she could no longer work due to her health issues. She missed her colleagues as she made many lasting friends there.

FLORENCE BUFFINGTON

 

Florence (Patsy) grew up in International Falls and was known for her warm, outgoing and independent personality. One time as a kid she went downtown in her pajamas. Of course now people go to Walmart in their pajamas all the time.

She was always very thoughtful, doing things for someone that no one else would even think of. In one instance, she heard someone had never had a birthday cake, so she baked them one.

BARBARA GAIL MARR

 

It is with great sadness that the family of Barbara Gail Marr announces her passing on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital.

Barbara was born June 18, 1958 to Jack and Muriel Marr. She grew up in Fort Frances, where she spent most of her life. Barbara loved her books, watching TV, her pets Trinket and Willow. She was a very talented cross stitcher, she left us with many beautiful works.

MARJORIE KATERICK

 

It is with great sadness that the family of Marjorie Katerick (nee Holland) announces her passing on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, Ontario.

VIRGINIA COUSINEAU

 

It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the passing of Virginia Lydia Cousineau, nee Terry. Mom was 93 and passed on December 26, 2020 in St. Joseph’s Hospice Unit, with her daughters by her side.

SHIRLEY WILSON

 

Shirley Wilson, 95, of Emo, Ontario passed away in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre on Monday, December 14, 2020 with family by her side.

She was born on August 23, 1925 in Morley Township to George and Edna Alexander (nee Nielson).

Shirley grew up on the Danish family’s homestead in Morley, where she felt particularly privileged to have the guidance and love of her grandmother, Berte (Bertha) Nielson as well as that of her family and other extended family members. She attended Pattullo #8 School with her brothers and helped out on the family farm.

FLORENCE ISABEL WARD

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our remarkable Florence Isabel Ward on November 23, 2020 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. She was born March 4, 1943 to parents Isabel and William John Ward. Born and raised in Emo, Ontario, Florence graduated from Fort Frances High School.

In 1963, Florence attended McKellar Nursing School and Residence. It was very strict so Flo spent many weekends at the home of Frank and Dorothy Ramsdale so she could kick up her heels a little.

RANDALL MORRISON

 

On Friday December 25, 2020, Randall Morrison, 41, of Big Grassy First Nation passed away at his residence in Fort Frances, Ont.

He is survived by his father Robert Morrison of Morson, Ont.; his children Brandon Penner, Zach, Jaylon, Keegan, Cassidy, and Keeanna Morrison. Also surviving are three half siblings, Johnathon Red Cloud (Marge) of Whitefish Bay, Alexandria Marie Adams and Larrissa Adams of Thunder Bay; also many uncles, aunts and cousins who will miss him.

JOSHUA “JOSH” BLAINE LANDRY

It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Joshua Blaine Landry, 37, of Barwick, Ontario at his residence on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Josh was born on October 11, 1983 in Fort Frances, Ontario to parents Linda and Blaine Landry. After high school, Josh would go to work for several local businesses including A to Z Rentals during his residence in Thunder Bay, Manitou Forest Products and Canadian Tire.

IRWIN ELFORD JOHNSTON

 

The family of Irwin Elford Johnston is grieved to announce his passing on December 22, 2020. He was born on May 1, 1946 to Edgar Alfred and Alice Jean Johnston in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings, Alfred, Neil, and Robert (Bob).

DENNIS CHESTER HUNTLEY

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dennis Chester Huntley on Monday, December 21, 2020 at the age of 78 years. Dennis died peacefully at Rainycrest with his wife Grace by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Grace, and his children Adrian (Pat), and Michelle (Gary). He will also be fondly remembered by his four grandchildren, Joshua, Madison, Rhett, and Wyatt; and by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Fern Tardiff and Gerry Koreman. Dennis was predeceased by his parents Morris and Myrtle; and his brother Melvin.

GLORIA DOROTHY FADYK

 

Mrs. Gloria Dorothy Fadyk (nee Jones), 95, a previous resident of Pioneer Drive, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Southbridge Pinewood Nursing Home.

Born, raised, and educated in Fort Frances, she was employed earlier by the O&M pulp and paper company and, after raising her family, became the local Sears store manager in Fort Frances for 14 years prior to retirement in 1985.