Dorothy "Dot" May Ruecker
Dorothy "Dot" May Ruecker, 75, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 at Regina, Sask.
She was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Mary; husband, Philip; and three brothers, Louis, Ernest, and Charles Goldamer.
Dot is survived by her loving family, daughter, Kathryn (Kim) Thomson of Regina; son, David (Edie) of Regina; six grandchildren, Jason and Sarah Thomson, and Daniel, Janalee, Kyle, and Robbie Ruecker; one sister, Lillian Phaklides of International Falls, Mn.; and numerous other family members and friends.
Dot lived and was schooled in Fort Frances, Ont., where she met and married Phil. Shortly after they relocated to Saskatchewan.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 14, 1998 at 1 p.m. in Christ Lutheran Church (4825 Dewdney Ave.) in Regina, with Pastor Robert Leeson officiating.
Interment followed in Riverside Memorial Park, Soldiers' Section.
Flowers most gratefully decline, however, friends so wishing may make donations to the Regina Humane Society, Box 3143, Regina, Sask., S4P 3G7.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Helmsing Funeral Chapel in Regina.
Gordon Baldwin, 90, of 960 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
He was born Aug. 16, 1908 in Fort Frances to the late Charles and Mary Baldwin. He lived most of his life in Fort Frances and on May 26, 1936, was united in marriage to the former Mary Ryan.
Gordon had worked for the Ontario and Minnesota Pulp and Paper Co. as personnel and public relations officer for 33 years, retiring on Aug. 31, 1973.
His interests were many, and often involved various outdoor activities. In earlier years, Gordon organized the Fort Frances Sportsmen's Club and was its first president.
He was predeceased by one brother, Donald; and one sister, Carol; and by a special friend, Fred Inbau of Chicago, Ill.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Mary Baldwin of Fort Frances, Ont.; sister-in-law, Teresa Stuart of Fort Frances, Ont.; and by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A family memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Envoy Eric Alcock of the Salvation Army officiating.
Honourary pallbearers were Gordon's relatives and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 840 Frenette Ave, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2N5, or the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Ontario (A.L.S.), 4415-2025 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto, Ont., M2J 1V7 or c/o Green Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Verna Irene Clink
After a long battle with cancer, Verna Irene Clink, 88, of 1301 Elizabeth St., Fort Frances, Ont., went to be with her Lord on Dec. 10, 1998.
Verna was born at her home in Shenston, Ont. on April 2, 1910.
After graduating from Western Pentecostal Bible College in 1937, Verna devoted most of her life to pastoring in a number of churches in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario. She was ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and spent 50 years of her life in the ministry.
During the Second World War, Verna worked at the Canada Car airplane manufacturing plant in Fort William, Ont.
Verna loved dogs and attended dog shows whenever possible. She was an avid photographer, and also enjoyed cooking and baking for her friends and family.
She was predeceased by her parents, William and Maria Clink; a half-brother, David, half-sisters, Violet Schoff and Elsie Ogden; sister, Leila Hooker; and brothers, Gordon and Floyd Clink.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Calvary Tabernacle in Fort Frances on Dec. 14, 1998 with Pastor Steve Laing officiating. Interment was in Barwick Cemetery.
Donations in Verna's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, La Verendrye Continuing Care Unit, or a charity of your choice.
Ruby Mary (Whalen)
Our dearest mother, Ruby Mary (Whalen) Friday, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998.
Mom was born Dec. 25, 1911 in Renous, N.B. but the family moved to Blackhawk and Stratton, Ont. in the 1920s. She attended elementary school in Stratton and high school in Duluth.
She entered the nursing profession in Port Arthur and graduated as a R.N. in 1934 from St. Joseph's Hospital. Married to Donald Francis Friday on Sept. 30, 1935, they raised a family of three sons and one daughter.
Her faith, her family, and her sense of community were her core. She will be remembered for her volunteer work at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Andrew's Dew Drop Inn, and her active participation in the Catholic Women's League and hospital auxiliary.
She tirelessly knit baby sets, sweaters, and mitts for the craft table. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were kept cozy with her "knit with love" sweaters.
We have been blessed with the love of this gentle woman who showed us a devotion to Mary, loyalty to family and friends, and a hint of irish determination.
To cherish her memory is her beloved daughter, Donna (Nick) Plichta; and her beloved sons, Paul and Tom (Kay). She loved her grandchildren, Michele, Don (Marie), Alison (Dale), Mark (Nadene), Murry (Heather), Paul, Michael, John, Tom, Janice, Corrine, and Jonathon; and her great-grandchildren, Tom, Joshua, Nicole, Ben, Sam, Katie, Mackenzie, Alexander, and Landon.
She also is survived by her daughter-in-law, Pat; sisters, Eileen (Terry) Armstrong, Gen Essery, and Gladys (Ted) Lynch; as well as sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and cousins residing in Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, and Atikokan.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Donald, and by her beloved son, Ron; her parents, William and Mary Whalen; brothers, Melvin, Henry, Joe, Bert, and Minard; sisters, Marie and Geraldine; and her daughter-in-law, Cecilia.
Her life's journey was lived to the fullest. May God grant her His peace.
Funeral services for our dearest mom were held Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, leaving the Everest Funeral Chapel at 9:40 a.m. for funeral mass at 10 a.m. in St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, concelebrated by Fr. Scott Gale, Fr. Edwin Merchant, and Fr. Michael O'Donnell, assisted by Deacon Fiori.
Prayers were offered in the Everest Chapel at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998. Visitation began after 6 p.m. Sunday in the Everest Chapel.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Mark Plichta, Paul Plichta, Michael Friday, Tom Friday, Jonathon Friday, and Paul Essery.
Following mom's wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew's Dew Drop Inn in care of Fr. Scott Gale would be appreciated.
Glenda Myrna Rose Mainville
Glenda Myrna Rose Mainville, 56, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
Glenda was born May 1, 1942 in Fort Frances to the late Wilfred and Rosalie Morrisseau. In 1960, she was united in marriage to Roger Mainville.
In the 1970s, Glenda worked as night staff at the Browndale Group Home in Thunder Bay, Ont. In the early 1980s, she moved to Kenora, Ont., where she lived until 1988 when she moved back to Fort Frances.
Glenda was a member of the C.W.L. at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, where she also was a member. She enjoyed playing cards, going to Bingo, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time outdoors. Glenda loved her family, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, Wade Mainville; and daughter, Pamela Mainville.
Glenda is survived by her husband, Roger Mainville of Couchiching First Nation, Ont.; two sons, Lance Mainville of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., and Warren Mainville and wife, Velda, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; two grandsons, Ryan Mainville and Myles Megan-Mainville; one step-daughter, Darlene and husband, Chris, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; two brothers, Donald Morrisseau, and Wilfred Morrisseau and wife, Linda, all of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 14, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church at Couchiching First Nation. Father Ed Kosa O.M.I. officiated, with interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Couchiching First Nation.
Friends visited Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Parish prayers were offered at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers were Dennis Bruyere, Gilbert Perreault, Robert Perreault, Shane Guimond, Don Mainville, and Clayton Desrosiers.
Honourary pallbearers were Ria McPherson, Gladys McPherson, Genny Jourdain, Shirley M. Bruyere, Christine Jourdain and Melissa McPherson.,
In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Melvin Perter Lee
Melvin Perter Lee, 75, of Blackhawk, Ont., passed away suddenly at his home Dec. 8, 1998.
Melvin worked most of his life as a guide, starting out at Straw Lake with his brother-in-law, Duncan Magill, and sister, Hilda, at Slippery Winds Resort. He later guided for Dolly and Jack Bruce at Boulder Lodge on Pipestone Lake, then he went to work for Delbert and Gladys Ross at Ross' Camp on Clearwater Lake.
When the camp was sold to Bill and Armond Mosbeck, Melvin stayed on guiding for Bill and Armond until he retired a few years ago.
Melvin also trapped in the winter months on Jackfish Lake. He enjoyed his outdoor lifestyle. In his retirement years, he became quite a gardener and took an interest in growing fruit trees.
He also enjoyed visiting his friends and neighbours, and his many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Alma Lee; four sisters, Clara Niskala, Minnie Bethune, Hilda Magill, and Margaret Gawley; and two brothers, Leonard Lee and Gordon Lee.
Melvin is survived by his sister, Agnes Pearson of Rainycrest in Fort Frances, Ont.; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Lee of Stratton, Ont., and Audrey Swanton of Fort Frances, Ont.; one brother-in-law, Edward Gawley of Vermilion Bay, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews.
At Melvin's request, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Chapple Fire Department, c/o Chapple Township, Box 4, Barwick, Ont., P0W 1A0.
Michael Lin Boileau
Michael Lin Boileau, 54, passed away peacefully at Moose Jaw Union Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sask. on Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 after a short battle with cancer.
He was born in Lincolnshire, England on Oct. 31, 1944. Michael was the eldest child of Lin and Jean Boileau of Fort Frances, Ont.
Michael lived and worked most of his life in Northwestern Ontario up until 1996, when he took up residence in Moose Jaw. Although he lived in Saskatchewan, he continued to work during the summer months on Lake of the Woods.
He is fondly remembered as an avid outdoorsman, and mostly his love for fishing with family and friends. He loved to spend time with friends and family members, and could always be counted on for a humorous story or joke.
Michael was predeceased by his sister, Jocelyn, and brother, Louis.
Michael will be sadly missed and always remembered by his wife, Tammy and son, Matthew; sons, Mark (Marsha) Boileau and Rene (Sherry) Boileau; parents, Lin and Jean Boileau; brother, Paul (Heather) Boileau; sisters, Anne (Alan) Zucchiatti, Dorese (Roger) Harrison, Giselle (Brian) Calder, and Andrea (Jim) Avis; sister-in-law, Marjorie Boileau; grandchildren, Andrew and Abby Boileau; and by all nieces, nephews, and friends.
Cremation has taken place in Moose Jaw, Sask.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Church in Fort Frances on Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 at 2 p.m., followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (Research).
Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some stay awhile and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. -FLAVIA-
Mary Godin (nee Romanow)
Mary Godin (nee Romanow), 86, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at the Good Samaritan Care Centre in the Falls.
Mary was born June 6, 1912 in Gonor, Man, where she grew up. She then lived in Devlin, Ont. and later moved to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1949. She moved to International Falls in 1953, where she had lived since.
She was married Aug. 31, 1949 in Fort Frances to Bill Godin.
Mary was a homemaker who was known as a seamstress, as well as for her needlework and gardening. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, and the Women of the Moose.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; her sons, Henry Macadon and David Godin, both of International Falls; and daughters, Eleanor DeGagne of Fort Frances, Christine Roderick of Bellingham, Wash., and Carol Pigeon of Sudbury, Ont.
Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five sisters; and seven brothers.
Mary was predeceased by her parents; and her first husband, Pete Macadon in 1947.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998 at 2 p.m. at the Green-Larsen Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services.
Interment to be in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.
Barbara Ann Keewaykapow
Barbara Ann Keewaykapow, 32, of Winnipeg, Man., formerly of Sabaskong First Nation, Ont., passed away suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
She was born Dec. 26, 1965 in Kenora, Ont. to Ronald and Clara Jack.
Barbara attended school in Sabaskong First Nation. She was a kind-hearted person, very humorous and outgoing. Barbara also enjoyed attending pow-wows, and was a fancy shawl dancer.
She was predeceased by one brother, Patrick Jack; maternal grandparents, Margaret and Patrick Hebert; and paternal grandparents, Stewart and Mary Jack.
Barbara is survived by her mother, Clara, and Dave Petiquan of Kenora, Ont.; father, Ronald, and Shannon of Sabaskong First Nation, Ont.; four children, Jillaine, Aaron, Tanya, and Chantelle Keewaykapow, and their father, Vernon Keewaykapow; two sisters, Caroline Jack (Bill Moonias) of Sabaskong First Nation, Ont., and Delilih Jack of Kenora, Ont.; two brothers, Joseph Jack and Robert Dean Jack of Sabaskong First Nation, Ont.; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Catholic-Traditional burial ritual will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998 in the afternoon at the Sabaskong First Nation gymnasium at Sabaskong First Nation. Deacon Elmer Mainville will officiate, with interment in Sabaskong First Nation Cemetery.
A wake will be held Friday evening at the Sabaskong First Nation gymnasium.
Pallbearers will be Dean Jack, Vernon Jack, Patrick Jack, Joseph Jack, Ronald Jack Jr., and Bill Big George.
In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.