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ONTARIO - Kenora - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 31

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Date: Thursday, 26 May 2016, at 1:32 a.m.

Almerinda (Alma) Pacella

In loving Memory of Almerinda Pacella

July 13, 1947 - July 13, 2003

Mrs. Almerinda Pacella was born July 13, 1947 in Quadri, Prov. Chieti, Italy. In 1963 she moved to Kenora, Ontario and resided here until 1980, before moving to the Toronto area. After a long battle with cancer, Almerinda passed away July 13, 2003 in Newmarket, Ontario.

Almerinda is survived by her husband Camillo and children, Marie-Assunta (Adriano), Vince (Rosemary) and Roberto. Also a niece Assunta (Tony) and their children. She was also a proud grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren, Daniel, Jessica, Emily, Alexia, and her newest addition Adriano. Left to mourn are her two brothers from Kenora, Gino (Stella) Fagnilli, Settimio (Maria) Fagnilli, and their children.

She is survived by her mother, two brothers and three sisters, from Italy and Germany, and many nieces and nephews.

Rest in peace. We love you.

Francisca Nenita Mejia

It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Francisca Nenita Mejia (Catacutan), our Mom and "Lola", on July 21st, 2003 at the age of 66 years, with her family and friends by her side at Health Sciences Centre. Nita is survived by her beloved husband Pat; her son Orlo (Shelley), grandchildren Justin and Jordan; son Pat Jr. (Gloria), grandchildren Brooks, Logan and Madison; daughter Irene (Albert), grandchildren Richie, Rodney and Ryan; and son Noel (Sandra), grandchildren Emily and Nathan. She is also survived by brothers and sisters; Janet Colfer, Terri Hilder and Priscila Eikre of Vancouver, Mely Dela Cruz, Mario Catacutan, Lheene St. Clair of Kenora, Jose Catacutan Sr., Digna Gatus, and Eddie Catacutan of the Philippines, and very special nephew Jose Catacutan Jr. and wife Lori of Kenora; our extended Catacutan family in the United States and the Philippines, especially Malou, Rey, Vivian, June, Pat and Manny, Oscar Gomez and family, along with many other nephews and nieces.

Nita was predeceased by her parents Juan and Priscila, her brother Godofredo, Lola Cilang, and Uncle Kiko.

Nita was born on March 9th, 1937 in Tarlac, Philippines. She was the eldest of 11 children. In 1954, she married Pat and had four children. She had a very successful career as a seamstress and beautician, owning her own business for several years. In 1967, she studied nursing in London, England and in 1969 she accepted a nursing position in Kenora. She loved Kenora and saw it as a great place to bring up her family. Lola took great pride in her family, especially her grandchildren. Lola's home was always open to her friends and family. Many happy gatherings were held at the Mejia's, as everybody enjoyed Lola's cooking and hospitality. She travelled extensively visiting friends and family worldwide, and the last few years spending winters in her home in the Philippines. She will be missed by her many friends in Kenora, the U.S. and the Philippines.

Nita was actively involved with the Kenora Multicultural Association. She spent many tireless hours participating in the multicultural events.

Prayers will be held on Friday, July 25th, 2003 at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Kenora, Ontario at 7:30 p.m. with funeral services to follow at Notre Dame Parish on Saturday, July 26th, 2003 at 11:00 a.m.

The Mejia family wishes to say a special thank you to the S.I.C.U. staff at Health Sciences Centre as well as the emergency staff at L.W.D.G.H. We would also like to thank the many family and friends for their support, comfort and care during Nita's stay at the Health Sciences Centre.

Donations can be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital CT Scan Fund.

John 14:1-6

Do not be worried and upset,
Jesus told them.
Believe in God and believe also in me.
There are many rooms,
in my Father's house,
and I am going to prepare a place for you.
I would not tell you this
if it were not so.
And after I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to myself,
so that you will be where I am

"You know the way
that leads to the place where I am going."
Thomas said to him,
Lord, we do not know where you are going;
so how can we know the way go get there?
Jesus answered him.
I am the way,
the truth and the life;
no one goes to the Father except by me.
(John 14:1-6 from the Good News Bible.)


Funeral Service

11:00 a.m., Sat. July 26, 2003

Notre Dame Parish

Harry Shawkowsky

1922 - 2003

On July 26, 2003, with his wife and 4 children by his bedside, Harry Shankowsky left his family to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life. Throughout his 81 years, Harry's determination and commitment to making this world a better place directed his life. His life's passion was to his family and to his community. Anyone who came into contact with Harry, soon came to appreciate his fighting spirit and his joy of life.

Ruby (Tebbutt), his wife of 58 years, was his strength and his children, Karen (Bryan Welch), Donna (Ted Day), Dan (Anne Degagne), and Kevin (Lorna Hurdal) were his joy. His grandchildren, Krista, Elissa, and Kayla Scott; Birch and Terra Barnes; Jennifer and Evan Shankowsky; Adrienne and Justine Shankowsky, along with his great-grandchild, Haylen Scott, were his inspiration.

Harry and his mother, Annastazia Shankowsky, left Lastikow, Galicia, Poland in 1930, to join his father, Dejonizy Shankowsky, already in Canada where they began to carve out a new life in a new land. The family soon expanded to include his identical twin sisters, Elsie (Stan MacBeth) and Mary (Jim Ducharme).

Harry began his working career as a welder at Canada Car in Fort William and later at Fleet Aircraft in Fort Erie, where he met Ruby, his bride-to-be. After W.W. II was over, he returned to Northern Ontario and eventually back to Kenora, where he worked with his father in a shoe repair shop and later as a switchman with the C.P.R. After receiving his B.A. from Lakehead University, Harry was hired as an outreach teacher by Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology and taught adult classes on the Sandy Lake Reserve and the White Dog Native Reserve. He then began his teaching career at the Recreation Centre in Kenora and within a few years became the Adult Program Consultant for Confederation College. He was soon promoted to Supervisor of Community Programming and eventually to Director and Manager of Community Programming from which he retired in 1987.

Harry had many firsts in his life. He was the first president of the Evergreen Club and worked to build the first skating rink and club house in the community. After he relocated to Ignace, he organized the first Home and School Association for Parents, the first Boys' Hockey Club, and the first Square Dancing Club for young teens.

He served as a counselor on the Ignace Town council, as a member of the N.D.P. association , as president of the newly formed Indian and Metis Committee in Kenora, as president of the Kenora Rotary Club, as president of the Kenora Ukrainian Business and Professional Men's Club, as president of the Kenora Red Cross Society, as president of the Toast Master Club, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arts Council, as the Fair Tax commissioner, as Returning Officer for the Kenora District, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kenora Seniors' Centre. He was also appointed Ontario Ombudsman and manager of the Kenora office. In 1991 Harry was presented an Eagle Feather and placed on the Honour Roll of Gratitude from the Anishinabe of Treaty #3 for his outstanding contribution to the cause of the Anishinabe Nations and the people of Treaty #3

Harry also had a passion for politics, golfing, writing poetry and oil painting. He could often be seen 'puttering' about his garage and his yard.

In 1998, Howard Hampton, leader of the NDP, presented Harry and Ruby Shankowsky with lifetime memberships for their commitment and dedication to the NDP party. Because he was passionate about basic human rights, he was often engaged in "discussing" government issues.

His passion, creativity, talent, and zest for life continue to thrive in his children and his grandchildren. He also enjoyed carpentry and was the designer and builder of several homes, the most notable being th log home on 9th Street North in Kenora. He managed to complete a 2-story home on Lake Agimac in Ignace before being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1998.

Harry's health had been in constant and steady decline since his diagnosis. Harry left this world a better place and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Many special thanks to all the staff at Birchwood Terrace, whose kindness and compassion towards our entire family, especially our mother, created a 'home away from home' for Harry.

Harry has requested immediate cremation, followed by an intimate family gathering at their summer home in Ignace. The family has requested that Harry's spirit be remembered in lieu of flowers and/or donations.

On Line Condolences may be made at

Kenora Community Funeral Home


Ashley Andy

Ashley Andy, a resident of Morson, Ontario passed away June 28, 2003.

A full and complete obituary to follow.


Donald R. Campbell

CAMPBELL - Donald R. born May 17, 1921 Neepawa, Manitoba passed away May 5, 2003 in Victoria. Predeceased by his wife, Mary in 1989; survived by his sister, Marg (Earl) Powel; two sons, Doug (Pat), Don (Judy); three daughters, Shirley, Marg, Joan (Ron) Mills; 12 Grandchildren; seven Great Grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Roy grew up in Kenora and worked for the Five Roses Milling Company. He and his family moved to British Columbia in 1968.

Private family arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Resources Centre, 2571 "A" Quadra Street, Victoria, B.C. V8T 4E1

Sands of West Shore

(250) 478-3821

Clarence James Major

Clarence James better known as "Gink" passed away Monday, July 28, 2003 in Kelowna, B.C. He is survived by his loving wife Hazel (nee Markham) of 40 years, his son Bryan (Jean), two granddaughters: Allison and Elaina, one great granddaughter Jessica. His daughter Betty-Lynn Beagle (Brad), one granddaughter Emily, one step granddaughter Nancy Blaine. Also, his only sister Evelyn, and many nieces and nephews who he dearly loved.

Born 85 years ago on May 25, 1918 to Ed and Mabel Major in Kenora, Ont. Predeceased by his two brothers Albert and William (Bill) Major. Also, his first wife Evelyn (Kerr) and stepson Lyle Blaine.

He spent his younger years working for his father putting up ice for the camp. In the summer he worked at Major's Camp on Pine Portage Bay on Lake of the Woods. He then went to work on the Al-Can Highway. From there he worked for Mascot Mining Co. for several years, ending up in Hope, B.C.

In 1956 he bought an apple orchard in Kelowna. In 1963 Clarence was hired by Stanley Weiss and Frank Senkowsky of American Minerals Inc. of El Paso Texas to run and design a manganese grinding mill, which was used for coloring bricks. Then he and his family moved to Rosiclare, IL. to start up a new mill. He retired from American Minerals as Vice President in 1980 after many happy and successful years, leaving behind many true and wonderful friends in El Paso and Rosiclare.

He and his family moved back to Kelowna to live on his apple orchard, where he enjoyed many years looking after his apple trees and driving his big Cat.

His family and friends will miss his fun-loving nature and good sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the C.N.I.B., 247 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6L2.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna (250) 762-2299

Glenna Easton (Jones)

Easton-Glenna (Jones) of Port Stanley, on Saturday, july 12, 2003, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late W. Ernest Easton (Feb. 8, 1996) and dearly loved mother of Barry Easton of port Stanley and Harvey and his wife Ruth Easton of London. Dear sister of Charles and his wife Ida Jones of Stroud, Audrey Warren of Orillia, Ruth Evans of Brampton and Gladys Eccles of Toronto. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Glenna was born in Woodbridge, April 3, 1923. She lived in Toronto and then in Port Stanley from 1981. She worked for General Electric a number of years and later in several pharmacies in Toronto and in London. She is a former member of Riverside United Church (Weston).

Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral services will be held Saturday, July 19th, at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Friday from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined, with remembrances to the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation for Portable Ultra Sound Equipment.

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