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Linda LaFrance

Linda LaFrance, 80, died peacefully Monday, October 19, 2020, at Baptist Health Louisville in Louisville, KY. She was born September 4, 1940 in Fort Frances, ON and lived most of her adult life in Minneapolis, MN. She moved to Louisville to be closer to her family after retiring as the Administrative Assistant to the Bloomington Chief of Police in 2007.

Louis Kirkrude

Sadly the family announce the passing of Louis Kirkrude, 75, of Big Island First Nation on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at his residence.

Louis was born on September 15, 1945 to parents George Sr. and Ruth Kirkrude.

He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, logging and worked for numerous contractors over the years and retired as a maintenance worker at Big Island First Nation.

Joyce Smith

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the peaceful passing of Joyce Smith (Morrison) on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4, 2020 at La Verendrye Hospital. Joyce was born on August 1, 1962 in Rainy River, Ontario.

Blaine Allen Caldwell


It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of Blaine Caldwell announce his passing on October 9th in Thunder Bay, ON.

Blaine was born in Bath, N.B. on June 4, 1990. He grew up in Bristol, N.B., and graduated from high school there. Blaine went on to College in Moncton, N.B. where he studied Policing and Corrections.

Blaine moved to Fort Frances after graduating and got a job with Leon Degagne, where he was treated like family and given the opportunity to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, who also mastered the skills of a mechanic.

Carol Vera Diane Wolanicki

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Carol Vera Diane Wolanicki on October 1, 2020 at the Rainy River Hospital with her loving family by her side.

Mom was born November 22, 1942 in Rainy River to William and Anne Race, she was the third child. Mom grew up and stayed in Rainy only moving from one side of the road to the other.

Mom married the love of her life Stan Wolanicki on August 18, 1960 and celebrated their 60th Anniversary together. They raised five children.

Nick Wihnan

With great sadness and eternal pride the family of Nick Wihnan announces his passing on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the LaVerendrye Hospital. It was through his strong will and determination that he lived to a beautiful age of 92.

Denis Alberique DeGagné

April 22, 1934 - September 27, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Denis Alberique DeGagné, our husband, father, grandfather, papa, great grandfather, uncle, and friend. Denis passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the age of 86. We say goodbye with deepest gratitude for having him in our lives and knowing that he always held us close to his heart.

Cindy Lee Olson

Sadly the family announces the passing of Cindy Lee Olson at the age of 58, of Lake of the Woods Twp on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the Rainy River Hospital with her family by her side.

Cindy was born on December 9, 1961 in Nipigon, Ontario to parents Theresa and Roger Charron.

Elizabeth (Betty) Maybee (Paldio)

Elizabeth “Betty” Maybee, age 81 years passed away at home on September 22, 2020.

Elizabeth (Betty) Maybee (nee Paldio) was born in Sutherland township, Ontario in 1939. She was the youngest of the three children born to Joseph and Elizabeth Paldio. Betty and the boys were raised on the farm, where they helped with chores, and walked to the small school a couple of miles down the road.

Denis A. DeGagné

Mr. Denis DeGagné, age 86 years, passed away peacefully at Hogarth-Riverview Manor on Sunday, September 27, 2020 with family at his side. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 when family and friends will gather at St. Agnes R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 1:30 p.m. celebrated by Rev. James Panikulam. Visitation will be held in the church on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. followed by a prayer service. Arrangements are in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court St. Thunder Bay. A full announcement with service details will follow.


Last Saturday evening, September 19, 2020 at 11 p.m. Norma Elliott, our Pearl of the Orient, with her family at her side slipped peacefully away from us after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Norma was born to Jose and Maria (Teves) Bacang on July 1, 1940 on a plantation called Tangculogan at Bais City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.