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Obituaries

George Henry Pratt

 

George Pratt was born on April 14, 1939 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Charles and Marion (nee Oryniak) Pratt. He passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at the Rainy River Hospital with family by his side on Friday, November 6, 2020. He is survived by his wife Carol of 57 years; three sons Michael (Linda), Martyn (Yumi), Allen (Renee); nine grandchildren Jeremy, Josh, Tanner, Rebecca, Cameron, Noel, Leah, Brandan, Keenan; and five great-grandchildren.

Lawrence Kelly Jr.

 

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lawrence Kelly Jr. of Onigaming First Nation on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Lawrence was born on July 1, 1983 in Emo, Ontario.

Rosie Snowball

 

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It is with great sadness that the family of Rosie Snowball announce her passing on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.

Ray Charles Mose

Ray Charles Mose was born on January 24, 1935 in Emo, Ontario to Ernie and Anna Mose. He passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on Monday, October 26.

Kenneth Arlo McFayden

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Kenneth McFayden of Fort Frances passed away at the La Verendrye Hospital peacefully.

Ken was born on July 18, 1927 in Fort Frances to parents Fred and Ethel McFayden. Ken served in the Canadian Armed Forces. He was united in marriage to Mayva McDiarmid on November 11, 1947. Ken and Mayva would reside in Fort Frances all their lives.

Ian Ben Clarke

Ben Clarke, a resident of Morson since 2009, passed away suddenly in Kenora on October 28 at the age of 75.

Ben’s parents and one brother and two sisters had predeceased him.

Ben is survived by his wife of 45 years, Star (nee Blight) and they have enjoyed a life in Morson since Ben and Star retired in 2009. Ben is also survived by his two daughters Dana Leigh Gordon and Lisa Lynn Kallenthaler, both of Winnipeg, Man., as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and USA.

Mark Waino Drazenovich

On October 20th 2020, our son, brother, and uncle

MARK WAINO DRAZENOVICH

passed away in San Diego, California.

He shuffled off his mortal coil and began a new journey. Our prayer, hope, and expectation is that he is at peace. Our faith provides us certainty that we will see him again.

Mark was born in Hibbing, MN on July 1st 1959 to George and June Drazenovich. He was son #3.

Ray Charles Mose

Sadly on Monday, October 26, 2020 Ray Mose, 85, of Fort Frances passed away at his residence with his family by his side. Due to COVID restrictions, a private service will be held by invitation in Ray's memory on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home Emo. A complete announcement to follow.

Darlyne Veverly Bruce

Darlyne passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the age of 78, with her family by her side. Darlyne was born on July 20, 1942 in Emo, ON to Chesley and Dorothy Elliott.

Darlyne met the love of her life Stewart Bruce and was married April 25, 1964. In 1967 they were blessed with their daughter Shelley and a son four years later (sadly miscarried).

Together with Stu’s mother Dolly they owned and operated Boulder Lodge on Pipestone Lake. In the winter they were kept busy skinning and stretching hides as a source of income. Dar had a great fondness for fishing.

Linda LaFrance

Linda LaFrance, 80, died peacefully Monday, October 19, 2020, at Baptist Health Louisville in Louisville, KY. She was born September 4, 1940 in Fort Frances, ON and lived most of her adult life in Minneapolis, MN. She moved to Louisville to be closer to her family after retiring as the Administrative Assistant to the Bloomington Chief of Police in 2007.

Louis Kirkrude

Sadly the family announce the passing of Louis Kirkrude, 75, of Big Island First Nation on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at his residence.

Louis was born on September 15, 1945 to parents George Sr. and Ruth Kirkrude.

He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, logging and worked for numerous contractors over the years and retired as a maintenance worker at Big Island First Nation.

Joyce Smith

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the peaceful passing of Joyce Smith (Morrison) on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4, 2020 at La Verendrye Hospital. Joyce was born on August 1, 1962 in Rainy River, Ontario.

Blaine Allen Caldwell

 

It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of Blaine Caldwell announce his passing on October 9th in Thunder Bay, ON.

Blaine was born in Bath, N.B. on June 4, 1990. He grew up in Bristol, N.B., and graduated from high school there. Blaine went on to College in Moncton, N.B. where he studied Policing and Corrections.

Blaine moved to Fort Frances after graduating and got a job with Leon Degagne, where he was treated like family and given the opportunity to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, who also mastered the skills of a mechanic.

Carol Vera Diane Wolanicki

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Carol Vera Diane Wolanicki on October 1, 2020 at the Rainy River Hospital with her loving family by her side.

Mom was born November 22, 1942 in Rainy River to William and Anne Race, she was the third child. Mom grew up and stayed in Rainy only moving from one side of the road to the other.

Mom married the love of her life Stan Wolanicki on August 18, 1960 and celebrated their 60th Anniversary together. They raised five children.

Nick Wihnan

With great sadness and eternal pride the family of Nick Wihnan announces his passing on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the LaVerendrye Hospital. It was through his strong will and determination that he lived to a beautiful age of 92.