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Obituaries

ROGER GROUETTE

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Roger Grouette, who went peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the presence of his family at HSC.

Roger was predeceased by his parents, Marie Elizabeth Marguerite and Joseph Eduardo Grouette; brother, Edward Grouette; and sister, Doris Brown (Grouette).

He forever will be loved and remembered by his wife, Pamela Grouette; children, Crystallee (Dan), Allison (Matthew), and Aaron (Kacey); and grandchildren, Atticus, Michael, Eve, and William,

THOMAS CROWE

It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Crowe announces his passing on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Tom was born on Dec. 13, 1919 to the late Fred and Agnes Crowe.

He was united in marriage to Harriet Jane (“Jean”) Willis on June 7, 1947.

After returning from WWII, he returned to his job at CN Rail. Tom loved the lake, though, so he left CN to take up guiding on Rainy Lake. Even after his eyesight began to fade, he still could navigate the lake better than most.

CLIFFORD RAYMOND NOBLE

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Cliff Noble, 89, of Emo, Ont., on Wednesday, April 11 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Cliff was born on March 25, 1929 in Morley Township, Ont. to Clarence and Myrtle Noble.

Cliff worked in Marathon, Ont. for 30 plus years before retiring to Emo.

He loved his garden, most of which he generously gave away. He also loved going to garage and auction sales, probably more to meet people he knew and to visit although he did buy his share (old lamps and bone china teacups for Cindy).

ARLEEN DORIS STEINKE

Arleen Doris Steinke (nee Jeffery) passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She leaves behind her husband, Jack; son, Robert (Gaye) and children, Meredith and Corey, of Vail, Colo.; daughter, Tammy (John) and children, Jaclyn of Calgary, Alta. and Jonathan (Nicci) Bock and great-granddaughter, Nora, of Edmonton, Alta.; son, Jeffery (Janice) and his children, Carly and Taylor, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and son, Patrick (Sherri) and her children, Tyler, Braeden, and Jaelyn, of Thunder Bay, Ont.

STEWART CHARLES FIRTH

It is with great sadness that the family of Stewart Charles Firth announces his passing on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Stewart was born in Dewsbury Yorkshire England on Aug. 10, 1950 to Albert and Margaret Firth.

Though his heritage was half-English and half-Scottish, he loved his Scottish ancestry the most. Stewart especially enjoyed travelling to Scotland with his family for holidays.

Stewart came to Canada in 1976, and in 1980 met his sweetheart for life, Debra Elaine Pearse. Stewart and Debra were married on Aug. 13, 1983.

BETTY LOU LARSON (CROWE)

It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Lou Larson announces her passing, with family by her side, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Betty Lou was born on May 16, 1939 in Fort Frances to Fred and Agnes Crowe. She was the youngest of 11 children and her family grew as her siblings started their families.

Betty Lou loved spending time with her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

SHIRLEY DIANNE ELIZABETH (NELSON) LARSEN

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, our mother, wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Shirley Dianne Elizabeth Larsen, passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with loved ones by her side.

Shirley was 72. We are saddened by her passing but find comfort in knowing she has gone to her heavenly home to be reunited with her Heavenly Father, parents, family members, and dear friends.

BETTY LOU LARSON (CROWE)

It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Lou Larson announces her passing, with family by her side, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Betty Lou was born on May 16, 1939 in Fort Frances to Fred and Agnes Crowe. She was the youngest of 11 children and her family grew as her siblings started their families.

Betty Lou loved spending time with her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

ARLEEN STEINKE

Arleen Steinke, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.

VIOLA DOMANSKI

Our beloved mother, Viola Domanski, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the age of 95 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mom was born in Axvall, Sweden on Jan. 13, 1923 to Carl and Emma Anderson. In 1930, with high hopes, the family, including six-year old “Lola,” as Mom was called as a little girl, three-year-old Birget, and baby Gus, boarded a ship called the Drottingholm headed for Halifax, N.S.

ROBERT KEITH McKAY

Robert Keith McKay passed away peacefully on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Valleyhaven long-term care facility in Chilliwack, B.C. with his wife, Pat, and friends by his side.

He is survived by his dearly-loved wife of 55 years, Pat (nee Grace); sister, Laura Martin (Robert); nephew, David Martin; sisters-in-law, Susan Bell (Harry) and Beverly Grace; as well as numerous McKay and McCormick relatives in the Fort Frances, Ont. area.

DARCIE ALFRED

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of Darcie Leah Alfred, 36, of Lac Seul First Nation, on Monday, March 26, 2018 at her home in Thunder Bay, Ont.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1981 in Smithers, B.C. to Stanley Raymond Williams and Janie Catherine Alfred of Ear Falls, Ont.

Darcie spent her life living in many parts of the world. At age 18, she enrolled in the U.S Army. She was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany and from there she courageously marched in and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. She served as a generator mechanic.

DAVID CLYDE FERGUSON

With broken hearts, we announce the passing of David Clyde Ferguson on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Winnipeg, Man.

For 10 years, David struggled with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Born and raised in Fort Frances, Ont., David held various positions with the CIBC for 30 years throughout Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. After his retirement from the bank, David was employed by the New Home Warranty Program of Manitoba.

JAMES PETER RYAN

It is with great sadness that the family of James Peter Ryan announces his passing on Monday, April 9, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on July 29, 1941 in Fort Frances to Edward and Ann Ryan. He grew up in Fort Frances, moving away as a young man to travel and work. He took several trips across Europe, learning about his Irish and Ukrainian heritage.

Jim also loved to read and this passion led him to work in the library in both Thunder Bay, Ont. and Calgary, Alta.

MELVIN PETKAU

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life. (John 5:24 NKJV)

In loving memory of Melvin Petkau, 47, who passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at his home in Emo, Ont.

JAMES SOLOMON

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, James Solomon, who passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 53 years, Joan Solomon (nee Johnson); daughters, Rebecca Solomon (Jerry Merk), Gillian Solomon, and Sarah Solomon (Cameron McEwan); as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Interment to be at a later date.

Although cards and flowers are deeply appreciated, they are respectfully declined.

MYRON JOSEPH DEMITRO HAWRYLAK

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, the leader of the band grew tired and passed on to play his final gig.

He was born on Sept. 24, 1944 in Kenora, Ont. to the late Ann and Kasemer Hawrylak.

Myron completed his high school education in Sioux Lookout, Ont., enjoying curling (achieving an eight-ender), playing basketball, and compeing in track and field. He held a long-time OFSAA record for Intermediate Boys High Jump.

The Hot Spots was his high school band.

WILL ANDERSON

Our precious son and brother, Will Anderson, passed away suddenly on March 26, 2018.

Born Jan. 15, 1995, he was a kind, intelligent and funny person. He always wanted to make a difference in the world and he succeeded in bettering the lives of many who he met.

JACKIE (JACKO) RAY McLEOD

Jackie (Jacko) Ray McLeod passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jacko was born on April 29, 1957 in Fort Frances. He was the fifth of six children.

He lived his entire life in Fort Frances, with many years at Sybil Russel Hall and then later independently until such time as he moved to Rainycrest.

He was very involved in sports his whole life; playing baseball and bowling, and watching wrestling. He was an avid fan of the Fort Frances Muskie hockey team and went to as many games as possible.

JAMES EDWARD MAJOR

James Edward Major passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

He was born in Winnipeg, Man. and would have celebrated his 90th birthday on May 20, 2018.

Jim attended school in Dryden, Ont. and began working for Ontario Hydro at Red Lake in 1947. After working in Red Lake and the surrounding area for 25 years, he transferred to Fort Frances, Ont. to work on the line crew and in the stores until his retirement in 1986.

He was a member of the Ontario Hydro 25-year club.

JEAN VIVIAN DUSTIN

Sadly, with heavy hearts, the family of Jean Vivian Dustin (nee Odahl) announces her passing, surrounded by family, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the age of 64 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont.

Jean was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on June 1, 1953, the youngest of three daughters to Stella and Oscar Odahl.

She attended St. Mary's Elementary School and Fort Frances High School.

RAYMOND SHEPAKEGET (OZHO-WASH-KO-TE GIIZHIK) Lynx Clan

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Raymond (Ozho-wash-ko-te giizhik) Shepakeget of the Lynx Clan on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

He was born on March 31, 1949 to the late Thomas Sr. and Rose Shebagegit (nee Derosier).

Raymond loved guiding and fishing . . . and most of all his fancy boat. He also coached baseball teams, played pool, golf, and Bingo, and enjoyed being with his family and friends, always laughing.

He took pride in being an active member in any event or activity at Onigaming.

YVONNE SMELT

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Yvonne Smelt (nee DeGagne), 62, of Nipawin, Sask., on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Yvonne was born on Feb. 17, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ulysses and Emelia DeGagne.

As per Yvonne's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral.

PATRICIA GAIL WOWCHUK

Patricia Gail Wowchuk, 78, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Thunder Bay.

Born Jan. 15, 1940, in Winnipeg, Man., Pat moved to Fort Frances, Ont. as a small child with her parents, Malcolm and Winnifred MacLeod.

Following graduation from Fort Frances High School, she began employment in the mill office. She then worked for Wilkins Flower Shop, Indian Affairs, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

After leaving the RCMP, she moved to Jamaica for several years. Following retirement, she moved back to Canada.