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Sharlene Anita Beninger

It is with great sadness that the family of Sharlene Beninger announces her passing on September 6, 2020 at the age of 69. Sharlene was born on February 28, 1951 in Fort Frances, Ontario.

Sharlene is survived by her son Murray Jr. and grandchildren; Trey, Mya, Paul and Gage; sister ReNae (Randy); brother Ken (Sally); and special sister-in-law Laurie Callan. Also left to mourn are her two nieces Tana Rae and Rochelle and cherished friend Lorraine.

Geraldine Archie

Sadly the family announces the passing of Geraldine Archie, 78, of Big Grassy River First Nation on August 31, 2020 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.

Geraldine is survived by her four children Glenn (Yvonne), Daryl (Mary), Tim, (Lisa), Deana (Gerry); her two brothers Robert, Sam; her sister Bridgette (Carl); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Bob Archie, Pauline Archie (Bluebird), and five or six beloved aunties.

She has 10 grandchildren: Raven, Hilary, Glenn Jr, Nicholas, Dakota, Jannelle, Karma, Tyler, Reese, and RJ.

Frank Szeder

Sadly the family announces the passing of Frank Szeder Sr, 88, of Chapple Twp, Ontario on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the La Verendrye Hospital Fort Frances.

Frank was born in Isazeg, Hungary on May 5, 1932 to parents Istavan and Maria Szeder. He came to Canada during the Hungarian revolution of 1956. He was united in marriage to Ingeborg Sadjak in 1962. They purchased a farm in Mather Twp, where Frank remained until his passing.

Mary Catherine Kelly

Memenasimok (thunder bird)

Makosi wbik (lil’ bear)

Niiganiwo gimakwe (leading woman)

Pagochiqwes

Pizhew Clan (Lynx)

4th degree Midewiwin

It's with great sadness we, the family of Mary Catherine Kelly, announce the passing of our dear mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and spiritual advisor on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at the La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, ON.

Mary McKelvie

Mary McKelvie was born May 3, 1928 in LaVallee, Ontario to Thomas and

Mary Yurchuk (Hemelyuk).

Following her education she moved to Fort Frances where she lived with her sister Dora's family and went to secretarial school. She worked in the paper mill office where she met her husband Robert McKelvie (Bob). They were married on July 12, 1952 and had two daughters Brenda and Maureen.

John Esselink

John Esselink, 95 of Emo, Ontario passed away on August 31, 2020 peacefully with his family by his side.

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

Geraldine Archie

Sadly the family announces the passing of Geraldine Archie, 78, of Big Grassy First Nation on Monday, August 31, 2020 in Thunder Bay, ON.

A traditional wake will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Big Grassy First Nation Community Hall, followed by traditional service on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home, Complete funeral announcement to follow.

Margaret Woolard (nee Vandrunen)

On Friday, August 21, 2020 Margaret Woollard of Emo, peacefully passed away at the age of 97. Margaret was born February 24, 1923 in Cook County, Illinois, USA.

The family emigrated to Emo, Ontario in the mid 1920’s. Margaret lived in various locations around Emo. She attended school at the Emo Public and Continuation Schools. She was a long-time member of the Emo United Church, Emo Legion Br. 99 and a lifetime member of the United Church Women.

Clifford Ian Tuesday

Ozhaawashkwaanikegaabow Niigaanigaabinesi – Pizhew (Lynx) clan

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Clifford Ian Tuesday Sunday August 16, 2020. Clifford was born March 19, 1974 to Clifford Sr. and Rose Marie Tuesday.

Clifford loved fishing, hunting, boating and spending time with his family. He was a caring, fun loving man with a great sense of humour. He worked hard and had an excellent work ethic. He had worked at commercial fishing on Lake of the Woods and did carpentry. He was presently employed at LaFarge.

Grace Kathleen Annie Neilson (nee Hyatt)

Grace Neilson passed away Sunday, August 16 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances with her family nearby and in her heart. In the final hours before her passing, she spoke with care and concern about each of her family members.

Mom was born to Noble and Annie Hyatt on March 27, 1936 at Mrs. Fulford’s nursing home in Emo, Ont. She was the 10th child of 12 that were born into this Hyatt Family.

John Elra Galusha

John Elra Galusha, age 66, from Fort Frances Ontario went to rest on Saturday, August 22 2020 at LaVerendrye Hospital. Celebration of life to be held at a later date.

John was born May 13, 1954 and lived in Rainy River District all his life. He worked at Sapawe as a millwright for many years before moving to Fort Frances in 2008.

Daryl Lynn Dolph

Daryl Lynn Dolph, age 63, of Southey, Saskatchewan passed away August 19, 2020 at Regina Wascana Grace Hospice. Daryl was born July 3, 1957 in Fort Frances, Ontario to Vene and Margaret Dolph.

Daryl was predeceased by his parents and brothers Allan, Raymond, and brother-in-law David Stuckless.

Natalie Dawn Dal

On Friday, August 14, 2020, Natalie Dawn Dal (Nat) passed away peacefully at home in Fort Frances, Ontario.

Natalie was born in 1988 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the first child of Ron and Bonnie Dreger of Morris, Manitoba, and older sister of Travis and Tashia. She went to K-12 in Morris, Manitoba and participated and excelled in every sport under the sun. Her creativity and artistic nature were also evident from an early age. She met the love of her life at the age of 14, Chris Wall from Lowe Farm, Manitoba.

June Frances Kowalchuk

It is with great love and deep sadness that the family of June Kowalchuk announces her passing, with her sons by her side on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, ON.

June was born on October 7, 1924 to Anna and Mike Zawchenuk of International Falls, MN. She married John Kowalchuk on May 26, 1951, settling in Fort Frances and raising her two boys, John and Bill. She had 53 wonderful years with John before his passing on September 29, 2004. She was a devoted wife, mother and Baba to her family and loved her family very much.

Judy Witherspoon

Judy did it her way, let’s be honest, she was the life of the party, she liked four letter words as much as she loved playing bridge and she loved playing bridge. You always knew where you stood with her, she liked you or she didn’t, it was black or white, she told it like it is and sugar coated nothing.

Judy surrounded herself with wonderful friends. “The Lounge” was a favourite drop in spot for its many regulars over the years; always a good time and laughter in abundance. Judy entertained dignitaries and politicians from around the world with much style and grace.

Barry Allen 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 enjoyed watching baseball and hockey, cheering on his Blue Jays and Montreal Habs.

Allan Douglas Bruyere

 

Received: December 26, 1945 to George and Bella Bruyere of Couchiching First Nation.

Returned: August 8, 2020 after his short struggle with Cancer.

Doug was blessed with many siblings who always remained friends:

Sibling to Marvin, Arnold, Lyle, Larry, Rudy, Sid, Sterling, Shirley, Karen, Lila and baby brother Frank.

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.