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ONTARIO - Kenora - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 27

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Date: Thursday, 26 May 2016, at 1:29 a.m.

Michael Harry Pekarchuk

May 20, 1925 - Sept. 14 2003

Mike, beloved husband, father, brother, special uncle and dear friend, passed away with his family at his side, after a difficult and lengthy battle with cancer. He fought with great courage and dignity.

He was predeceased by his father William Pekarchuk and his mother Mary Pekarchuk of Kenora, Ontario. Among the many who cherish his memory are his beloved wife Rose, son Brian and wife Deborah, two brothers, Anthony (Emily) of Grants Pass, Oregon and John of Kenora, and one sister Julia Cederwall of Kenora, as well as numerous other close relatives and friends.

Firmly rooted in Kenora, Mike lived most of his life within one mile of his childhood home. He received his education and in his youth played local amateur football.

Mike volunteered to fight for his country at the age of eighteen during WW II. He served overseas in England and Belgium with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg. He was severely wounded in battle during the Albert Canal Campaign in Belgium and returned to Kenora in 1944.

Mike was employed by the Ontario Minnesota Pulp & Paper Company and Boise Cascade Canada Ltd. for thirty-nine years. He worked in various departments and ultimately completed his working career in 1986 as a blacksmith.

He was a dedicated labour union advocate with over thirty years active service in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge No. 490.

Mike was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12, Kenora, for thirty-four years. During this time, he held various executive positions including first and second vice president. As District Service Officer he took great pride in aiding fellow veterans.

He loved the freedom of the outdoors in the Lake of the Woods area, the peace of fishing in still waters, the excitement of the open road, and exploring new places with his love and best friend, Rose. Time spent at the cabin was also very dear to him.

He was a member of St. Alban's Cathedral. His faith carried him through his difficult struggle.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jim Beveridge and the wonderful and compassionate Palliative Care Staff of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. Your guidance and compassion deeply touched us all.

At Mike's request, immediate cremation has taken place.

The Funeral Service will be held at St. Alban's Cathedral on Friday, September 19th at 2:00 p.m. with Dean Hugh Matheson officiating.

Interment will follow at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers are Doug Carlson, Mervin McLean, Norman Canfield, Bert Husband, Orville Muggaberg, and Adolf Sobiski.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the C.T. Scanner Fund at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

Online Condolences may be made at

Kenora Community Funeral Home


Funeral Service

St. Alban's Cathedral

Sept 19, 2003

2:00 p.m.

Lilja Olafia Einarson

Lil passed away at her home in Birchwood Terrace on Thursday, September 18th, 2003 at age 91. She left our world to join Oli, her husband of 60 years. She was predeceased by her mother and father Sigurey and Olafur Goodman and her foster parents the Isbergs, brother Olafur Goodman, husband Olafur and grandson Keith MacKillop.

She leaves to mourn her passing her children Dorothy Shields, Carol MacKillop, Tom (Adrienne) Einarson and Linda (Peter) Delamere. Also surviving are grandchildren Randy Shields, Brenda McArthur (Barry Brown), Laurie Bruvall (Joe Armstrong), Jim (Shauna) Bruvall, Kristjana (Dan) Hawthorne, Michael Einarson and Tyler Reid. Great grandchildren include Erin McArthur, Jake, Samantha and David Armstrong, J.R., Coltanna, Shaundra and Shyla Bruvall, Levon and Ethan MacKillop.

She also leaves Oliâs family, sisters-in-law Helen (Howard) Malcolm, Jocelyn Hordal and Mercy Johnson, brothers-in-law Leifur (Eva) Einarson and Dennis (Brenda) Einarson, and many nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren..

Lil was born in Dog Creek, Manitoba on May 3, 1912. She married Olafur Einarson on October 8, 1933 after which they lived in Lundar, Manitoba, Red Lake, Kenora and Fort William prior to moving to Kenora in 1961.

She was a life member of the Order of the Royal Purple and served as treasurer of the local chapter. She was also a member of Anchor Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star in Fort William. She was a member of the United Church and attended St. Andrew's in Keewatin. Lil also curled for many years in the Kenora Ladies Curling Club. Lucky Lil was an avid bingo player.

Lil was a superb cook and her cookies were renowned. You could always find her coffee pot on and her table full of goodies. Lil's life centered around her family and her grandchildren can attest to the wonderful times with her at the camp in Ignace. She was a strong believer in education and encouraged her children to achieve academically. Lil's hands were always busy knitting and crocheting. As a typical Icelander she read books voraciously and loved to write.

For the past three years Birchwood Terrace has been her home and the staff became part of her extended family. We are most grateful to them and to Dr. Brian Bowerman for their loving care.

Funeral services will be held at St. Andrew's United Church, Keewatin Friday, September 26, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Lil's ashes will be interred next to Oli's in Lundar, Manitoba. If so desired, donations in Lil's memory may be made to St. Andrew's United Church.

Góda nótt, elsku Mama

On Line Condolences may be made at

Kenora Community Funeral Home 547-6000.

Funeral Services

St. Andrew's United Church, Keewatin

Friday, September 26, 2003

at 11:00 a.m.

Rose Annie Hudson

Rose Hudson, a resident of Pinecrest Nursing Home, passed away on September 29, 2003.

A full and complete obituary to follow.



William Andrew (Bill) Olson

Bill father, brother, special uncle, and dear friend passed away suddenly and unexpected on September 17, 2003 at Pinecrest Home For the Age.

Bill was predeceased by his dear wife Sadie, his father Andrew Shalin Olson and mother Margaret Elizabeth Olson of Pellatt Township along with his brother Charlie Olson, Shalin Olson, and sister Peggy Coghill.

Bill was born in Eriksdale MB. August 15, 1914.

He leave to mourn his dearest friend and companion Ada Case of Parksview B.C. his children Ronald Olson of Calgary Alberta, Andrew Olson of Kenora (Pellatt), Sandra Olson of MIssouri USA, Bill Jr. of Indiana USA. Also surviving are grandchildren Candace (Jurij), Pamela (Deny's), Kyle (Richard), Hillary, Ryan (Dusty), Mike (Summer), and Joshua along with great grandchildren Victoria Sadie, and Brandon. A sister Fanny Robinson, and brother Otto Olson both from Pellatt.

Bill was firmly rooted in Pellatt Township were he lived most of his life. Bill stayed home and helped with the farm and family while his brothers went to war. Bill loved the freedom of the outdoors on the Winnipeg River watching the deer, birds, and the occasional bear that befriended him. Bill ran a tourist resort and minnow business he made many friends from the USA. that still keep in touch and visit every summer. In the winter when tourist business was shut down Bill worked and travelled thru Canada with construction work. In later years Bill could be found on his deck overlooking Locke Bay anytime between sunrise and sunset ready to enjoy a visit from his family, neighbours, and friends which he had many.

Bill was a dedicated union member.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at his home on Locke Bay, Winnipeg River, October 11, 2003 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Reverent Cathy Giroux officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the C.T. scanner at Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Kenora, Ont. or a charity of your choice.

Appreciation is extended to the staff of Pinecrest Home for the age Unit 2, for all their compassion and care of our dear father.

On Line Condolences may be made at

Kenora Community Funeral Home 547-6000.

Memorial Service

at his home - Locke Bay,

Winnipeg River

Oct. 11, 2003 2 pm to 4 pm

Alec Medicine Sr.

Alec Medicine Sr. passed away at Lake of the Woods District Hospital. A full and complete obituary to follow.



Alex (LaLa) Medicine

Mr. Alex (LaLa) Medicine, a resident of Whitefish Bay First Nations, Ontario passed away on September 10, 2003 at Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

He was born February 29, 1936 in (Little Fork) Manitou Rapids First Nations, Ontario. Alex was predeceased by his parents Albert and Eva Medicine, wife Maggie (Copenace), brothers and sisters Jack Medicine, Sarah Cowley, Violet Kelly, Peter Medicine and grandson Lindsay Tyler Medicine, Donald Medicine and Angel Medicine.

Left to mourn Alex's passing are his children Patrick Lee, Sandra Gail, Audrey Jane, (Steve) Alex Jr., (Delores) Russell Wayne, Beverly Ann (Davis) and Lucille Maria; grandchildren, Amanda, Kurtis, Miroslav, Monique, Alicia, T.J, Nikkole, Dallas and Kelby; brothers and sisters Tom Medicine St., Jean Bombay and Roseanne Leonard, Liza Medicine, Eddie Medicine, Joe Medicine, Berla Horton.

During Alex Medicine's younger years, he attended residential school at St. Mary's in Kenora, Ontario and the residential school on Couchiching First Nations, Ontario. Later he made his home on Whitefish Bay First Nations, residing with older sisters Sarah Cowley and Violet Kelly. Alex worked in the Sioux Narrows area where he was employed at the Trading Post. He worked at the Whitefish Bay fishery and he also worked in the bush clearcutting and logging.

While raising his family in Whitefish Bay, Alex enjoyed fishing, he participated in the community pow-wow and helped where he could. Alex was well known for his athletic ability, winning numerous awards and trophies in the sport of ice hockey.

Christmas was a special time for Alex - he was Santa Clause in the community which he thoroughly enjoyed. Stories could be told about Alex going around the community, smiles and laughter would follow his presence in each and every household. During March break Alex participated in square dancing and jigging events, sharing laughter and talent. Alex enjoyed other people's presence and friendship, making friends came easy for Alex because of his humour and sincerity. His friendly manner made him easily approachable.

Funeral Services were held

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003

Northwest Angle #37 Recreation Hall

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