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It is with great sadness and sorrow we announce the sudden loss of our Mother Jean Elizabeth Steele (Jewell) on Jan. 7, 2020.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1935, in Devlin, Ont. to the late Wellington and Blanche Jewell.

Jean will be greatly missed by her children Vernon (Doreen), Clarence (Judy), Cindy (Darren), Wendy (Jim), Arlene (Ed) and Jim (Kelly); her brothers and sisters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grand children; numerous special friends and dear to her heart Tina and Suzie.

Norma Blight

Sadly the family announces the sudden passing of Norma Blight, 65, of Rainy River on Monday, Jan 13, 2020.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held on Saturda,y, Jan. 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Rainy River Royal Canadian Legion.

Complete funeral announcement to follow.


Jean Melba Heard of Halifax, N.S. and formerly of Rainy River, Ont., passed away on Monday, Jan. 6 in the Abbie J Lane Hospital, QEII in Halifax.

Jean was born on June 15, 1924 in Port Arthur, Ont. to Robert Louis Srigley and Ethel Cooke Srigley. The Srigley family were Quakers who first arrived in southern Ontario at the end of the 18th century and settled in the Newmarket area around 1805.


It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Keith Strachan at the Atikokan General Hospital Extended Care wing with his loving family by his side.

Keith was born in Winnipeg on May 18, 1930 and was raised in the Rainy River District by his parents Bill and Orph Strachan. Following Keith's high school graduation in Fort Frances he moved to Atikokan and soon after began his Electrician apprenticeship.


It is with deep sadness that the family of Gerald Paul Gouliquer, “Uncle Mike” of Thunder Bay announce his passing on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at the age of 82. Born July 18,1937 in Pinewood, Ont. to Pierre and Mary Anne Gouliquer of Pinewood. Gerald lived most of his life within the Rainy River District. For a brief time he lived in Ear Falls, Ont.; where he married Mary Ellen Boote and raised 3 daughters.


It is with deep sadness that the family of Mervin Danny Medwechuk, “Dan,” of Rainy River announce his unexpected passing on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at the age of 72. Born Dec. 4, 1947 in Rainy River, ON to Nick and Beatrice (Selman) Medwechuk of Gameland, ON, Dan lived most of his life within the Rainy River District. For a brief time he lived and worked in Dryden, Ontario where he met and married Lillan Ewen. Together they raised three daughters in Dryden and eventually, the family farm in Gameland where they moved in 1974.


Bernice Ozero, aged 96 years of Fort Frances, Ontario, passed away peacefully at LaVerendrye Hospital on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 with Mary Jane and Don at her side and other family members in her heart.


Janis Lynne Adams passed away quietly on Dec. 26, 2019 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, ON. Jan's life long best friend, Gayle (Marshall) Ikola, was with her at the time of her passing.

Jan was born on April 22, 1950 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Ken and Betty Newman. In 1958 her family moved to Radisson, SK. and then in 1963, to Fort Frances.

Bernice Ozero

Bernice Ozero, aged 96 years of Fort Frances, passed away peacefully at LaVerendrye Hospital on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, with daughter Mary Jane and son Don at her side and other family members in her heart.

As per Bernie's wishes and directions, a private family memorial will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.


Earl Cecil Kellar, of Dryden, Ontario, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Dec. 24, 2019.

A Celebration of Earl's Life will be held Friday, Jan. 10th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 63, Dryden.

Interment will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary will follow.


Ross Anderson passed away peacefully with his family by his side at LaVerendrye Hospital on Dec. 27, 2019.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 3. 2020 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood with Father Thomas Mullamangalam officiating.

Interment will be at the Immaculate Conception cemetery in Stratton at a later date.

Following the service everyone is invited to join with family and friends for a luncheon at the Church.

Complete obituary to follow.


It is with great sorrow that Deb announces the passing of Murray on Dec. 18, 2019, after his valiant 8 year battle with cancer.

Murray was born Nov. 4, 1951 at Emo Red Cross Hospital and raised on the family farm in Kingsford Township. It was there that the lessons of hard work, love of animals, a sense of adventure and love of the outdoors was instilled in him.


Barry Keith Hartry of Emo, Ont. passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at La Verendrye Fort Frances hospital. He was 74.

Barry was born on the Sept. 10, 1945, in Emo, to Ralph Hartry and Alice (Hunter) Hartry. Barry is survived by his widow Christine, several Hartry and Hunter cousins and many nieces/nephews. He was predeceased by his parents - life-long residents of Emo - and his infant sister Joanne.


The family of Eugene (Booge) Bernard McPherson sadly announce his passing on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at his home on Couchiching First Nation with his wife and daughters at his side. Booge was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on July 2, 1944, to Clara (nee Jones) and John McPherson. As a young boy, his family moved to Couchiching First Nation where he lived the rest of his life.

Booge was united in marriage to Ria Yuill on Nov. 8, 1969. They made their home on Couchiching First Nation where they raised their family.


Janis Adams, 69, of Couchiching First Nation passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital.

Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will follow.


It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Desiree Cindy-Jean Hynes.

Desiree was born to parents Jeff Hynes and Shelly Mallet on Sept. 10, 1996 in Sudbury, ON. Those fortunate enough to have known Desiree will remember her contagious laugh and a beautiful smile. On Dec. 19, Desiree entered heaven the way she lived her life; with unwavering strength and a sense of self that yielded to no one.


I am preparing for my journey home. What a life experience I have had! 82 + years and counting. I was born on Dec. 19, 1936 at 512 Portage Ave; my grandmother was a midwife. Our early years were spent at our lake home. My sister Marion and I attended School Car No. 4 for 5 school days then had 4 weeks off. Mom made sure we had our homework completed before we were allowed out to play! What a way to get an elementary education! In May, 1959 I started a 37 year career in woodlands with the O - M pulp and paper co.


After a final Christmas surrounded by love and laughter, Eunice Clement passed away peacefully at the family cabin in the early hours of Dec. 26, with her five daughters by her side. She was a beloved wife, Mom, Nanny, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, and friend.