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CYNTHIA HARNETT

It is with great sadness that the family of Cynthia Harnett announces her peacefully passing on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in the Ottawa hospital with her family by her side.

A private service will be held at a future date in Thunder Bay, Ont.

DENNIS (BUZZ) LaFRANCE

Dennis (Buzz) LaFrance passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Northland Village in Hoyt Lakes, Mn.

Buzz was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Aug. 1, 1933 to Arthur and Madorra LaFrance.

After high school, he became an American citizen and went to work at the papermill in International Falls, Mn. prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War from 1952-54.

JEAN ANN BAKER

Jean Ann Baker, 86, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jean was born in Wayzata, Mn. on June 29, 1931.

She is survived by her children, Shane and Chris; and her grandchildren, Kirsten and Megan.

As per Jean's request, there will be no service and interment will take place at a later date.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

CHASE TANNER COPENACE

It is with profound sorrow that the family of Chase Tanner Copenace announces his passing on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Chase was born on May 20, 2000 in Fort Frances to Darryl Johnson and Janine Copenace. He was raised in Fort Frances and enjoyed playing hockey and spending time with his siblings.

RACHEL HILL

Rachel Frances Hill, devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to so many, ended her journey with breast cancer on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

She rode through her illness as she lived her life—with grace, dignity, and courage; meeting every challenge head on. She passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones.

Rachel was born on Dec. 15, 1963 in Hastings, England. Her family later immigrated to Canada in 1966.

BESSIE VIVIAN ATATISE (Niigaanigabawiik)

It is with great sadness that the family of Bessie Atatise announces her passing on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born on Nov. 23, 1933 in Lac La Croix First Nation to George and Elizabeth Ottertail. She grew up in Lac La Croix and lived there most of her life.

She was united in marriage to Bob Atatise on March 14, 1956 and together they raised 11 children. Her family was her life; nothing gave her more joy than being with them. She always said that her “best” job was raising her family.

BARNEY MAHER

If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.

WILL ROGERS

On June 15, 2018

BARNEY MAHER

left us to be among the waves of Swell Bay with man’s best friends.

A longer obituary, with celebration of life details, will follow.

BARNEY MAHER

Barney Maher passed away peacefully on Friday, June 15, 2018 at his residence in Deer Lodge in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 95.

A complete obituary will follow.

ORVAL GRANT JOSEPH KELLY (Oozaii magakii-gaa niigaa nabit)

Orval peacefully passed on to the spirit world early at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

He was predeceased by great-grandmother, Rosie Madden; mother, Virgina Kelly (nee Blackburde); father, Patrick Kelly Sr.; grandparents, Gilbert and Charlotte Blackburde (nee Mainville), and Alex and Marjorie Kelly (nee Madden); sister, Janice Blackburde and brothers, Murray and Rocky Kelly; niece, Jocelyn Kelly Duck; and great-uncle, John Madden, who raised Orval.

We, as his family, will greatly miss his presence but we all know he is in a far better place, with no more suffering.

BELLA MAE NOBLE

Bella Mae Noble, born on July 28, 1932, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

She was predeceased by her son, Kenneth Stubbs, and daughter, Karen Stubbs; and brother, Harold Harvey.

She is survived by her husband, J. Bruce Noble; daughter, Laurie Alps (Quadra Island, B.C.); grandchildren, Katheleen Stubbs, Randy Stubbs, Dylan Alps, and Jared Alps; great-grandchildren, Desiree Stubbs-Legault, Coen Stubbs, Jaxen Evers, and Riley Evers; brothers, Walter Anderson, Jerry Anderson (Ont.), and Roger Anderson; and half-sister, Valerie (Ray) Calder (Ont.)

JOANNE HELEN LUCYK

It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Joanne Helen Lucyk (nee Lawler) on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Joanne was born on March 22, 1947 in Fort Frances, Ont.

After graduating high school, she moved to Winnipeg. In 1972, she married her husband, Ken. Together they made their home in Winnipeg and raised a family.

She was predeceased by her mother, Nora; father, William (Bud); and sister, Marlene.

ED JEWETT

In loving memory of Ed Jewett, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at home with his loved ones by his side.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Linda, of 55 years; two daughters, Bonnie (Pete) Hatfield and Tammie (Carey) Basaraba; three grandchildren, Tina (Adrian) Piche, Kevin Basaraba, and Peter (Dawn) Hatfield; seven great-grandchildren who were his everything, Zachary and Brennan Piche, Joshawa and Kaydance Hatfield, and Zayne, Hudson, and Hendrix Basaraba; as well as many nieces nephews and extended family.

NORBERT BRAGG

It is with great sadness that the family of Norbert Bragg announces his passing after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Joseph Norbert Edward Bragg was born on Jan. 19, 1933 to George and Lucy Bragg in Stratton, Ont. He helped on his parents' farms in Stratton and later on their farm in Crozier, Ont., where they moved when he was nine years old. He attended school in Crozier.

JOHN 'JACK' WALLACE HAAS

John Wallace Haas, known to friends and family as “Jack,” passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Born in Warroad, Mn. and raised in Rainy River, Ont., he moved to Sioux Narrows, Ont. as a youngster to spend the rest of his life. He was the eldest of three children born to George Wallace Haas and Cecilia “Vi” Violet Haas (nee Race).

Jack married Elizabeth Ilene Latimer on June 15, 1954 and to this union five children were born, Beverly-Ann Williams, Rosalee Carol Haas, William John Haas, Emily Joyce Cunningham, and Elizabeth Ilene Haas.

NORBERT EDWARD BRAGG

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Norbert Bragg, 85, of Devlin, Ont., on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A time of fellowship in Norbert's memory will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 from noon-3 p.m. at the Devlin Community Hall in Devlin.

A complete obituary will follow.

LARRY DALE ANGUS

With heavy hearts, the family of Larry Dale Angus announces his passing on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 surrounded by loved ones.

Larry was born on Nov. 19, 1942 to Derward and Helma Angus.

He was an avid fisherman who knew Mainville Lake like the back of his hand. He loved to share his favourite fishing holes with friends and fishermen. Many of his friends and family joined him and Bev for shore lunches on the lake or fish fries at their home.

He opened his home and his heart to everyone.

DONNA FRANCES MORRISON

It is with great sadness that the family of Donna Morrison announces her passing on Friday, May 25, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Donna was born on Feb. 8, 1949 to Jack and Madeline Cargill. She grew up in Fort Frances and lived here all her life.

She worked at tourist camps as a young woman. She loved to be at home, tending to her garden, baking, and cooking. She also enjoyed music and had many great trips to “WeFest.”

JOHN F. ROSSBOROUGH

John Frederick Rossborough, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 25, 2018 in Baudette, Mn.

He was born in Rainy River, Ont. and was the only child of Frank and Hazel (Dowsett) Rossborough.

John attended Grades K-12 in Rainy River. As a youth, he spent summers on Cyclone Island on Lake of the Woods with his father. His senior year, he was awarded a memorial trophy recognizing his performance and influence as a hockey player and gentlemen who promoted the cause of sportsmanship.

During this time, John skated with the Warroad Lakers and lettered in curling.

PETER WINSTON WILKINS

Peter, who was affectionately known as “Weeds” by many, quietly passed away on the 19th of May, 2018 at 77 years of age with family by his side.

His passions were many and included his devotion to his family, his love for landscaping and woodworking, and the never-ending quest to end weeds and potholes.

Born on Dec. 12, 1940, he starting very young playing in the dirt and it stuck. As a youngster, Peter started working with his father, Edward, at Wilkins Greenhouse in the west end of Fort Frances while his mother Dorothy ran Wilkins China Shop.

MURRAY LEMUEL CALDWELL

With great sadness we announce the passing of Murray L. Caldwell (Papa), 75, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Monday, May 21, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Murray was born on May 12, 1943 in Bristol, N.B. to Murray and Mary Ellen Caldwell.

He was united in marriage to Leona Logue in Bristol on Dec. 23, 1964.

Murray served in the Canadian Navy on the HMCS Bonaventure from 1962-73. After his service, he became an aircraft engineer, working both in Canada and as far away as Bangladesh and India.

SARA GAYLORD

The family of Sara Gaylord sadly announces her passing on Friday, May 4, 2018 in her 93rd year.

Sara was born on March 16, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Lorenzo and Twila Buffington.

She was united in marriage to Dayton on Jan. 15, 1948. Sara and Dayton made their home in Fort Frances until 1997, at which time they moved to British Columbia to be with their family.

Sara was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be greatly missed by anyone lucky enough to have known her.

WANDA ANN HEYENS

It is with great sadness that the family of Wanda Ann Heyens announces her passing, with many family and friends by her side, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services and interment was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way Church in Pinewood, Ont. and the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Stratton, Ont.

Visitation was held Friday, May 25, 2018 from 7-8 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.

DONNA FRANCES MORRISON

It is with great sadness that the family of Donna Morrison announces her passing on Friday, May 25, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pastor Brian Keffer officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.