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ONTARIO - Kenora - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 24b

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Date: Thursday, 26 May 2016, at 1:24 a.m.

Lawrence Allan Schram

March 28, 1933 - July 2, 2003

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Lawrence Allan Schram at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, after a valiant battle with leukemia.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Grace, sons Dan (Margaret) and children Michael and Jason of Kenora, and Dave (Norine), Zachary and Erika of Woodstock, Ontario, his sisters; Jean (Roy) Legarie, Fort Frances, Frances Bahniuk, Kenora, Irene (Stan) Olson, Stratton, Ontario and sister-in-law Violet Schram, Fort Frances.

He was predeceased by his parents, Florence and Peter Jay, infant sister Hilda, brother Harold and wife Jacqueline, sister Thelma and husband Art Olson, brother Sid, and brother-in-law William (Beaver) Bahniuk.

He was born on the family farm near Stratton, Ontario. He left the farm to work on a ship on the Great Lakes, then in the gold mines in Red lake and finally to Kenora where he started working on Lake of the Woods hauling pulpwood. This led to employment with the local pulp and paper mill. Working in several capacities throughout the mill, he retired after 38 years as the premier sign painter.

In Kenora in 1955, he met his lifelong companion and wife for nearly 47 years, Grace (Henley). They resided in Kenora and spent their free time at their "weekend escape" at French Portage on Lake of the Woods.

He enjoyed spending time on the lake fishing with friends and family and exploring the country by car or RV. Since retiring his favorite pastime was "coffeeing with the boys" and he loved the fellowship that went along with curling and golf. He was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Retired Railroaders Hospital Fundraiser

Following cremation there will be a Memorial Service at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Monday, July 7, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with his nephew Reverend Dennis Schram officiating. Honourary pallbearers are Gladys Jolicoeur, Cynthia Cave, Ben Oakley, Buck Griffiths, Wayne Cudmore, John Riediger, Larry Siker and Ken (Peewee) Stephens.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital CT Scan Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society.


Memorial Service

2:00 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2003

Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

Swancar - Lisa Marie

1962 - 2003

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our most precious Lisa. On June 30, 2003, at home Lisa Marie Swancar left our world to be closer to God. She was forty years of age.

Lisa was a dedicated loving wife, mother, daughter, aunt and sister who took great pride in all of the accomplishments of her children. She was deeply loved by all who had the privilege of knowing her. We will all miss Lisa's caring, love, patience and grace. Lisa was an accomplished figure skater who was Manitoba's novice, junior and senior champion and competed in the Canadian Championships. She was also a successful coach before going back to College to become a Legal Assistant. She leaves to mourn her most beloved husband Neal, her adoring daughters Vanessa and Hayley; her loving mother Dolorese Swires and step-father Dr. Robert Swires; father Frank Spadafore; dear brother Paul his wife Mary Lou; grandmother Domithille Laporte; mother-in-law Gwen Swancar; brother and sisters-in-law Paul, Lou (Valerie Patterson), Laura (Ross Johnston), aunt Doreen Rombough as well as numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

"Lisa you were my rock, my reason for waking and breathing everyday. Now I will have our memories to keep me alive and well. You know we adored you and that you will keep watch over me and our family".

Love Neal.

"My beloved cherished child, I know you are in a better place but I don't know how we will manage without you and your wonderful smile and cheerful

"Hi I'm Home". The days ahead seem so futile, however I will do my best with God's help to work side by side with your Neal to instill in your children the values that were so important to you.

Please pray for us my Angel". Love Mom.

In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established for Vanessa and Hayley, deposits accepted at the Royal Bank Main Branch Calgary, a/c #5523634 or contact Janice Buckingham Bennett Jones LLP at (403) 298-3402.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Crowfoot Chapel", (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Thursday July 3, 2003 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S, Crowfoot Chapel, (82 Crowfoot Circle NW), on Friday July 4, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. To e-mail expressions of sympathy: Subject Heading: Lisa Swancar.

In living memory of Lisa Swancar, a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 241-0044.

Josephine Mandamin (nee McDonald)

March 8, 1941-July 7, 2003

In the early morning hours of July 7, 2003, Josephine went peacefully to her eternal rest. Josephine will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, and her passion for life. These are some of the gifts that she passed on to her children, grandchildren, and everyone whose life she has touched. She was a tireless worker for her people and especially for the children of the Whitedog community.

A community health worker for over twenty-five years, she delivered many children into the world and assisted all community members with their health problems. As a long serving Board Member of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, she was instrumental in making sure that the concerns of Aboriginal people were heard. As a Board Member and Elder of the Okunongegaywin (Breath of Life) Treatment Centre, she ensured that the children who

suffered most had a place to find peace and understanding. She was instrumental in setting up local Aboriginal Child and Family services at Whitedog to assist the children of Whitedog. Josephine was always willing to help others and freely gave her advice and guidance to other programs that assisted children.

Josephine will be lovingly remembered by her children and their father, Isaac Mandamin Sr., Julia (Patrick), Mable (Wayne), Bobby (Sandra), Isaac Jr. (Tonya), Betsy, June, John and her baby girl Pamela; her grandchildren: Preston, Gabriel, Charles, Daphne, Kaylon, Lance, Ellen, Dale, Tyrone, Dylan, and Joelle; and her many great grandchildren.

Josephine also leaves her mother, Harriet McDonald, her sisters and brothers at the Whitedog First Nation: Doris (George), Nancy (Alex), James (Gay), Ronnie P. (Sally), Charles (MaryJane), Gail, Rose, Dan, and nieces and nephews, too numerous to mention.

Josephine was predeceased by her father, Robert McDonald, her sister, Vicky (Victoria), her stepson, Douglas Mandamin, and her grandsons Lanny Riel Mandamin and Justin Mandamin.

The immediate family members would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Emergency staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital for their level of care and support during our time with them. A special prayer and thanks to the staff and residents at the Hennessey Terrace for their tremendous kindness and care offered to our mother; she spoke often of the gang with loving warmth.

Special mention to Josephine's prayer group members Mariam and Pastor Frank Kowal; your support, kindness, and love given to our mother throughout the past number of years enriched her life, and gave her strength. We also appreciate your prayers and support in our time of grief and sadness.

A wake will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Kenora Community Funeral Home. A celebration of Josephine's life will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kenora community Funeral Home. Internment will take place at the Whitedog First Nation immediately following the service.

On Line Condolences may be made at

Kenora Community Funeral Home


Eileen LeBleu (nee Walmsley)

Peacefully on August 17, 2003 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Eileen LeBleu passed away after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.

Eileen was predeceased by her husband Edgar; her father William; her mother Maude, her brothers Jack and William and sister Phyllis.

She is survived by her daughter Roberta (Norm) Milne, son Kim (Tracy), grandchildren Ian (Ronalee), Sandra, Jamison, Kierra and Lauren, great-granddaughter Kaylee-Rose, brother-in-law Aime Lebleu (Winnipeg)and family, Irene Belanger and family, Bill and Hillary Walmsley and family and Emile Prefontaine and family.

Eileen was born in Kenora, Ontario, April 21, 1922. She worked at the Kenora Railroaders Credit Union ( now Lakewood) at its inception, when it was founded by her husband Edgar. Later, she worked at Notre Dame Credit Union then Birchwood Terrace until retiring in 1981.

Eileen curled avidly for many years and served as president of the Business Girls League. She also served as a member of the Catholic Womenās League and recently received a pin for fifty years of dedicated service.

Eileen will also be missed by good friends Helen Landry, Gaye Laco, Nina Petit, Pat Rheault, Melody Boucher and the Ministerial Hosts and Hostesses with whom she worked.

Our thanks to Dr. Michelle Thomas and Dr. James Beveridge as well as the staff of 3rd East for their unwavering support and compassionate care. Special thanks to Jan Longe and Michelle Salatino and their staff for support and guidance through trying times.

A Prayer and Vigil Service will be held on Thursday August 21, 2003 immediately after the 7p.m. mass at Notre Dame du Portage Church.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday August 22, 2003 at Notre Dame du Portage Church with a light lunch to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the C.T.Scanner at Lake of the Woods Hospital, the Palliative Care Unit, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Charity of one's choice.

On Line Condolences may be made at

Kenora Community Funeral Home


Memorial Service

Friday, August 22, 2003

10 a.m. at Notre Dame du Portage Church

Bernice Geraldine Hansen (nee Saunders)

On Sunday, August 17, 2003 Bernice Geraldine Hansen (nee Saunders) passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side.

Bernie was predeceased by her parents Avis and Gerry Saunders; her beloved husband Gordie Hansen; her first husband and very dear friend, George Holmstrom.

She is survived by her only sister Joanna Saunders of North Vancouver, B.C.; her daughters Jan Longe of Kenora and Jill Pernsky (John Markus) of Fort Frances; grandchildren Angela Fraser (Thomas); Jamie and Andrew Longe.

Bernie was born and raised in Dryden, Ontario, moving to Kenora in 1946, where she resided most of her life.

Bernie was a shy and gentle soul, whose warmest passion was her painting (both oil and watercolor). The past number of years often found her with brush in hand, happily sharing endless hours of creativity with her fellow friend and artist, Doreen Dunford. Bernie also loved to travel and did so to many other countries, but most of all it was her family to which she was most solidly grounded.

At Bernie's request, there will be immediate cremation and there is to be no formal service.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice.

Bernie would be pleased to be remembered exactly as you know her. In her quiet faith, she left us knowing that today is just another new beginning.

"Those to whom we say farewell, are welcomed by others."

Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Centre Entrusted with Arrangements

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