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FREDERICK SHAWN OTTERTAIL Kiiwaytinakumiginung - Mooz dodem

It is with great sadness that the family of Frederick Shawn Ottertail announces his passing on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora, ON.

He was born on November 23, 1975 in Fort Frances, ON to Lawrence Oshawee and Dora Ottertail. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing poker. He spent many hours teaching his children how to fish and hunt. He enjoyed physical work. He organized many poker tournaments in his home community of Lac La Croix First Nation.


It is with a heavy heart and utmost sadness the family of Sue Korosec announces her sudden and unexpected passing on Sunday June 21, 2020 at LaVerendrye General Hospital. She leaves behind her husband Leo; daughters Anastasia (Christopher), Allison (Jamie) and Tamara (Steven); grandchildren A.J., Harvey, Vai, Zorana, Tuula and Mila; great-granddaughter Jessica; sister Linda (Norm); in-laws Milan (Debbie), John (Susan), Valerie (Barry), Darinka, Aunt Brenda and special nephew Steven; as well as many nieces and nephews that she adored.


It is with great sadness that the family of Sharron Anne Piotrowski (Thornton) announces her passing on June 16, 2020. Born June 13, 1946 in Rainy River, Sharron was united in marriage to Peter Piotrowski on February 27 1965. Sharron lived most her life in Fort Frances working and raising her family.


In loving memory of Phil Larocque who passed away on June 15, 2020 after a three -year battle with cancer.

Phil is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marguerite; sons Larry (Loretta) of Dryden, Denis (Maggie) of Jasper, AB, Darrel (Kimberly) of Dryden and Darcy (Tracy) of Edmonton, AB; grandchildren Nicole (Moline), Adam, Dessa and Landon; great-grandchildren Chase and Jett (Moline) and Price; also by numerous siblings, nieces and nephews.


It is with heavy hearts the family of Orest Mihichuk (affectionately known as Big “O”), age 82, announce his passing on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Riverside Health Care Facilities. Orest was born on March 22, 1938 to Lena and Frank Mihichuk and was a lifetime resident of Fort Frances.

Orest will be sadly missed by his wife Iris (Smutylo); his son Michael Mihichuk (Terri); his daughter Angela Siemens (Kelly); his grandson Dawson Mihichuk; and step-grandchildren Jacob and Katie Siemens.


Sadly the family announces the passing of Georgina Kirkrude, 59, of Rainy River, Ontario on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the La Verendrye Hospital.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020, 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Rainy River; followed by a traditional wake at Big Island First Nation Community Hall. A traditional service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m at the Big Island Community Hall.

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

TRISTIN TODD JACK Wap-shkan-nii-kwot

It is with great sadness that the family of Tristin Todd Jack (Wap-shkan-nii-kwot) announce the passing of our son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. Tristin passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at the age of 31. He leaves behind Dennis Copinace (father) and siblings Nathan Jack (Allison), Stacey Yerxa (Cameron), Amanda Copenace (Derek), Dennis Copenace Jr (Elaine), aunties Josephine Copenace and Diane Skead (Joe), uncles Curtis (Bozo) Copenace and Terry Copenace (Jana). Peter Copenace and Cody Copenace are closer cousins/brother.


Victor Frederick Gadd passed away peacefully at Abbotsford Hospital in British Columbia on June 14, 2020 at the age of 93.

He was one of nine children born to the late Charles Henry Gadd and Annie Helena Gadd (Crowe) and was raised on the family farm in Miscampbell.

Victor will be greatly missed by his two surviving siblings, Robert Gadd of Alberton Township, Ont. and Dixie Crossman of White Rock, B.C.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Cremation has taken place. A full obituary will follow.


On June 10, 2020 James Ronald Alton, resident of Hogarth Riverside Manor the last two years, figured it was time to join Ronnie (Rohonalda Jean Henry) his wife of 64 years. She had gone on ahead of him in 2011 to check things out. He wanted to give her plenty of time so she wouldn’t feel pressured. Also that would give her plenty of time to forgive him any follies he had committed. (Of which he was truly sorry, he would like to add!)

He leaves behind daughters, Sherry (Al) & Jo; Sons Jamie (Hortensa) & Tim.


James Alton passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Hogarth Riverview Manor, Thunder Bay, at the age of 95 years.

A full obituary will follow.


It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Patrick Oster, 72, of Stratton, Ontario on Friday, June 12, 2020 at his residence.

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


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Phyllis Margaret Gagne at her place of residence in Dryden, Ontario.

Phyllis will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her husband Pete Gagne; her daughters Lori Koroscil (Robert), Brenda Roy (Roger); as well as her grandchildren Jesse, Bobby, Joe Koroscil, Nick (Erica) Roy, Kristie (Matt) Sinclair; her great-grandchildren Aaron, Gemma and Wyatt.


It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Marie Helen Alice Bates (Watts) on June 6, 2020 at the Atikokan General Hospital.

Marie was born February 8, 1933 to George and Bertha Watts of Chapple Twp, Ontario. She met and married the love of her life Joseph Stanley Leonard Bates (Stan) on May 10, 1951. Marie is survived by her children Robert and Brian of Atikokan, ON, George (Donna) of Finland, ON, Shirley (Harold) McQuaker of Emo, ON and Carolann (Dale) Thompson of Edson AB.


On Thursday, June 4, 2020 Arnold Brown passed away peacefully at the LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, ON.

Arnold was born on January 18, 1927 in Claireville, New Brunswick to Rankin and Lena Brown.


With great sadness the family announces the passing of Kathy Mowe, 58, of Rainy River, Ontario on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Rainy River Hospital. Kathy was born on December 15, 1961 to parents Theodore and Edith (nee Strom) Seguin.

She is survived by her son John of Barwick and grandson Koden; her siblings Margaret Bazylewski of Thunder Bay and Peter Seguin of Pinewood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents Theodore and Edith, and her siblings Irvine and Linda.


Robert “Bob” Asselin, age 73 of Blenheim, Ontario, much loved husband of Elaine (Kuley) Asselin, passed away on May 31, 2020. They were married 48 years.

Bob was born in Port Arthur, Ontario and was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Lorna (Morehouse). He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.


She was loved by many! Hearts heavy with sadness, that the family of Laura Fedorak announces her passing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the age of 75 years old. Mom was surrounded by her family at her home.

Laura was born on September 12, 1944 to Margaret (Carmody) & Joe Stevens.


James Laverne Drennan, known by many as Jim or Jimmy or even Whimpy, the Kindest most gentle man you could meet, loved by so many, he would make you laugh with little effort, always there to lend a tool a hand and in most cases a cold beer.


With heavy hearts the family of Mary Demianiw, age 95 years, announce her peaceful passing on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Mary was a lifetime resident of Fort Frances, living the majority of her life in the family home on Crowe Ave. She moved to Shevlin Towers later in life where she lived for many years. After a fall left her unable to manage without assistance, she moved to Rainycrest Home for the Aged where she spent her last years.


Peter Mendonca, age 75, died February 5, 2020.

Husband of Winnie; son of late Francis Xavier, Catherine Mendonca; children, Sunil, Ancilla, Marita, Ivan; grandchildren, Leon, Dylan, Nathan.

He loved to write, starting with poems, later on his son’s website:

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.