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It is with great sadness that the family of Norma May Piotrowski announces her peaceful passing on Thursday, June 20, 2019 with family by her side.

A celebration of Norma's life will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion.

A complete obituary will follow.


It is with heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our dearly loved mom and grandmother on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 81.

Eva was born on Aug. 2, 1937 in Barwick, Ont. to John and Ethel Irvine, and was the youngest of five children.


Peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2019, Frances Treflin (nee Desrosier), 91, of Rainy River, Ont. passed away at the Rainy River Hospital.

Funeral mass tentatively planned for Friday, June 28, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Morson with mass time and complete announcement to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.


Lyle Edward Hyatt peacefully slipped away June 9, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. at age 71.

Lyle was the born in Emo on May 24, 1948, eldest child of the late Robert W. Hyatt and Marie Hyatt (Canfield)(Mutz).

Lyle grew up south of Devlin on the family farm, where he learned his very strong work ethic. He enjoyed, and was proud of, the years he spent in 4-H and playing baseball and hockey for the Emo Legion.

After graduating FFHS, he worked in Sapawe sawmill for a short time then was hired on at the paper mill in Fort.


It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patti LaFleur (née Shine), our dear mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and friend.

Patti lit up the room with her warmth, presence and positivity. She was a strong, resilient woman who will leave a lasting impression on all those she met.


Peacefully and surrounded by family, Maxine Lynne Ruymar (nee Watts) passed away June 10, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Maxine Lynne Ruymar (nee Watts) was born Dec. 9, 1946 in Emo, Ont., to the late Arthur and Arlien Watts of Stratton, Ont.

Maxine attended both Rainy River High School and Fort Frances High School.

In 1965, Maxine decided she would pursue new adventures and moved to Winnipeg, Man.

Maxine quickly made friends and enjoyed a full and busy life in the city.


It is with deep sorrow the family of Robin Bowes Sr. announce his passing on June 4, 2019.

Robin was born February 19, 1926 in Stony Creek, Ont. to Horace and Susanna (Meek) Bowes, who had only months earlier immigrated to Canada from England.

Robin spent his youth in Galt, Ont. At age 18, like the many other young men of that time, Robin enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces and their efforts during World War II. He was a proud member of Legion Br. 29.


Peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2019, Lyle Edward Hyatt, 71, of Alberton Township, Ont. passed away at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

At Lyle's request, there will be no funeral service.

A complete announcement to follow.


On June 5, 2019, Nick finished his earthly sojourn and went to live with his Heavenly Father forever.

Nick was born on July 6, 1926 in Tienhoven, The Netherlands, to Koenraad and Geertje Schryvershof.

Nick finished his elementary education during the first years of WWII. During the last years of the war he went “underground” in order to avoid deportation to Nazi labour camps.

In 1946, Nick was drafted into the Dutch army and deployed to Indonesia from 1946-1950—years that affected him for the rest of his life and made him the man he became.


It is with deep sadness the family of Sue Hall, announces her passing on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Sue passed away peacefully with her family by her side.

Sue was 56 years old and was born on Nov. 1, 1962.

She loved life, especially the simpler things. Sue loved walks, beautiful weather and treasured her friends, pets, cabin and her home.

Her greatest joy was her family and she truly cherished the time she spent with them.


Kimberly Ann Jewell peacefully passed away with her family by her side, at her residence on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the age of 51 years.

Beloved wife of Terry. Inspirational and loving mother of Elyssa Minielly (Eric), Jodi Moore (Matthew), and Jaime Moore (Charlie). Caring stepmother of Ashlyn Jewell (Tyler), and Katlynn Jewell (Ian). Super awesome Gramma of Selena, Briar, Aubryn, Brynnlee, Ellie, and Rucker. Cherished sister to Karen, Krista, Kyla, Karen, and Rhonda. Loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews.


Linda Gretler, 67, of Fort Frances, Ontario passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital.

Linda was born on April 9, 1952 in Fort Frances, ON to Alex and Agnes Smith. She worked as the manager for the White Pine and Sherbrook Inn. She loved animals and her family. Linda was a very happy, go lucky person with a wicked sense of humour

She leaves behind her sisters Mary Ann Anderson (Jerry), Judy Tibbs, Eleanor Smith; brothers Phillip Smith and Raymond (Sharon) Smith as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, Wilma Margaret Helen Armstrong (nee Carroll), age 84, peacefully in her sleep, on Saturday, June 1, 2019 to join her loving husband, Bob, who predeceased her in 2015.

Wilma was born in Sioux Lookout, Ont. on Jan. 20, 1935 to Leonard and May Carroll.

After her marriage to Bob, they moved to Fort William, Ont. where she started her family.


It is with great sadness that the family of Donald James Pryde announces his passing on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital at the age of 83.

Don was born on April 17, 1936 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to Alex and Mary Pryde. He was raised in Thunder Bay. He moved to Fort Frances in 1957, working for Superior Propane.

He spent one winter in Baker's Lake, Nunavut building houses.


With profound sadness the family announces the passing of Bradley Kirkrude Jr.

A traditional wake will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Big Grassy Community Hall, followed by traditional service on Friday June 7, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Interment will take place in Morson Cemetery.

A complete announcement to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.


A funeral service will be held in memory of Peter Landry on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo.

Service will be followed by interment in Barwick Cemetery.


Cheryl Ann Fairbairn, age 59, peacefully passed away on May 29, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre with her family by her side.

Cheryl was born on May 9, 1960 in Atikokan, Ont. She was raised and educated in Atikokan and was employed with the Royal Bank of Canada for 36 years.

Cheryl enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, travelling, quilting, and relaxing at her camp on Factor Lake.

Cheryl was an avid volunteer in her community, and was a member of various boards and organizations.


Charles William (Bud) McWatt passed away peacefully on May 29, 2019 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, at the age of 90.

Bud will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Ramona (nee Bird); his daughter, Sharon Caron (Brad); his sons, Rick (Jacquie) and Robert (Kim); and his grandchildren, Peter Caron (Marie), Laura Pottie (Jason), Richard, Sydney and Elias McWatt; and great-grandchildren Carter and Emilia Pottie.

Bud was born on Feb. 16, 1929, in Fort Frances, Ont. to Charles and Cicely McWatt.


John Dunn Gavin, Jr., passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully on May 31, 2019, doing and being exactly what and where he wanted, at Clearwater Lake in Emo, Ont.

He couldn't have done better had he planned his exit from this world.

Born in Chicago, Ill., 13 July 1948, he was the eldest of eight children born to John Sr. and Patricia Myers Gavin.


Donald Pryde, 83, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.


Our beloved mom, Lucy (Kirkrude) Copenace, grandmother, sister, cousin, and aunty passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Rainy River Health Centre.

A traditional Midaa wake will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Big Grassy Community Hall, followed by a Midaa funeral on Friday May 31, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

A complete funeral announcement to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.


Gordon Robert Cameron, 63, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away suddenly on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Fort Frances.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1955 to William and Minnie Cameron. He grew up in Fort Frances and then ventured out into the world looking for adventure.

He worked all over the world before returning to his roots to be closer to his family.

During his time in Fort France,s he worked at the local paper mill and then with Green Furniture. Even after retiring he remained in close contact with the staff.


Fred Roald Clausen was born July 31, 1932 in Flensburg, Germany, to parents Oskar and Marie Clausen.

Fred passed away May 19, 2019.

The family (Oskar, Marie, Fred, and twin brothers, Herbert and Robert) lived in Flensburg. They were there during those difficult war years, Fred compelled to go off to another country, Austria, in uniform, to boot camp at age nine.

MARTHA BLIGHT (KIRKRUDE) (July 26, 1949--May 23, 2019)

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Martha Blight, Tabasibii'anook, Kinew dodem.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Jerry Blight, of Rainy River; son, Brad Kirkrude, of Anishinaabe of Naongashiing; daughter, Terri Andy; and siblings, Bella Andy, Lorraine Gibbons (Clarence), Louis Kirkrude (Lollie), George Kirkrude, and Georgina Kirkrude.