Funeral Announcements

Spalton, Elaine Christina

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July 24, 1931-April 16, 2018

Elaine passed away at Birchwood Terrace on the morning of April 16 at the age of 86.  She was born on July 24, 1931 in Norman to Robert (Bert) and Laura McLay.  She married Henry Joseph Spalton on December 28, 1963 at St. Louis Church in Keewatin.  They were together for 12 short years before he died in 1975. 

Elaine was predeceased by her husband Henry, by her Mom and Dad Bert and Laura McLay;  sister and brother in law Gerry and Porky Crandall;  brother and sister in law Gib and Dorothy McLay;  brother Terry McLay.  Mom was also predeceased by Dad’s family Joseph and Clara Spalton; Tom and Betty Spalton;  Laura Spalton;  Frank and Cec Spalton;  Ed and Grete Spalton;  Helen and George VanWalleghem and Phil and Donna Spalton.  Also special friends Dorothy Crowe and Bernice Letain.

Mom was very proud of her daughters Jeanine (Steven) Meadows and Christine(Paul) Donnelly.  Her much loved grandchildren Alison(Dustin), Ryan (Hope) and Conor, and great grandchild Cole.

She is also survived by her brother Bryan (Peggy) McLay and family of Muskegon Michigan, sister in law Linda McLay and family of North Bay Ontario, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She also had an extended family that always thought of mom, Dawn and John Skeavington(family), Brett and Ev Crowe (family) and Barb Peterson.

We would like to thank Dr. Sawatzky, Mike Limerick, Dr. Bowerman and the staff at Birchwood Terrace for their compassion to mom.

As per Mom’s wishes cremation has taken place.  A service will be held at 11:00 am at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Saturday April 28, 2018.

Online condolences may be made at


Burgess, Ernest Norris

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Ernest Norris Burgess    “Ernie, Dad, Papa”

January 9, 1952 – April 15, 2018

Ernie’s family is heartbroken to announce his sudden passing.

Ernie was married to his wife Diane (Nee Zroback) for 45 years.  Together they built a family with their two children and four grandchildren.

He is survived by his son Jasin, daughter-in-law Margo, granddaughter Erica, grandson Ryan, daughter Zoe (Roblin), son- in-law Brian and grandsons Login and Ben.

The loss of “Ernie, Dad, Papa” leaves a gigantic void in many lives.  We will hold on to all our memories and keep sharing stories.

Should friends and relatives choose to join us: An interment will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery up on the north side of the “Lily” columbarium.

Luncheon to follow at the family home.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in Ernie’s name to the Lake of the Woods CT Scanner, 21 Sylvan Street West, Kenora, Ontario  P9N 3W7

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Visser, Arend Jan


December 6, 1934 – April 12, 2018

In the early morning hours of April 12th Arend surrendered his spirit to the Great Beyond.  Defying the odds was the way Arend lived his life and was true to form until he took his last breath.  Born in the village of Zwolle, Netherlands, Arend made the long voyage to Canada with his family in 1948.

Arend found himself later in Montreal where in 1961 he met Amy Walsh and then promptly married her where they would embark on their adventure together.  For 17 years he was Santa Clause for the Rainy River First Nation Christmas Celebration, which he enjoyed doing very much  He leaves to mourn his wife Amy Visser and children Susan (Steven Briggs), John (Alexis), Paul (Christine) and Elizabeth.  He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren Juliana (Riley), Montgomery (Wesley), Alexis (Brandon) and Caitlyn, as well as his sister Dianne Nemeth of Lethbridge.

His loss is also felt by his McDonald’s coffee crew who affectionately dubbed him “The Professor”.  Poet, Scholar, Story Teller, Hobbyist are a few of the many hats Arend wore and he wore them well.  In Lieu of Flowers donations can be make the Lake of the Woods Historical Society or The Ronald McDonald House Children Charities.  We will miss you Dad in all your wondrous glory.


A Song with No End - Bukowski

When Whitman wrote, “I sing the body electric";

I know what he meant

I know what he wanted:

To be completely alive every moment

In spite of the inevitable

We can’t cheat death but we can make it work so hard

That when is does take us

It will have known a victory just as




Doucette, Audrey


Feb 6th, 1924- Apr 11th, 2018

On April 11th, 2018 mom passed away peacefully surrounded with family by her side.

She is survived by her eight children.  David (Roger (Mel), Mary), Darlene (Phil) Wilson (Glen (Val), Gary (Shari)), Carol (Wayne) Baletki (Christine (Kevin), Kim (Jake), Dan (Dawn)), Lorraine (Todd) Gunn (Sherri, Amanda, Tyler), Bobby (Jackie (Curt), Jamie (Becky)), Barbara (Warren) Creed (Garrett (Lindy), Chase (Ashley)), Mabel (Shyla (Sam)), Louise (Gord) Scheurmann (Randi (Tylor), Danielle (Marc), Logan (Alen), Jasmine).

Mom was well known for her love of rug hook, needle point, socializing with her Zellers and church friends and of course spending time with her family.  I guess we’ll never know who mom’s favorite son-in-law was.  It was an ongoing family joke that she always chuckled about.

Mom spent the last 5 ½ years with Pinecrest as her home.  The family and mom could not appreciate more the support and compassion received from the staff, especially within the last week.

“Night, night Nana”, said Grayson before kissing her goodnight as she took her last breath and closed her eyes.  There is a special place in heaven for mom as her devotion to god and the church was undeniable.

Rest in peace mom.

A service of remembrance will be held at Pinecrest Home for the Aged on April 28th, 2018 at 11:00am with Pastor Robert Wittmeier officiating with a light lunch to follow.  Donations to Pinecrest Activation Dept. in lieu of flowers would be much appreciated by family.  Online condolences may be made at  Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre entrusted with arrangements.

Perrault, Florence

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October 10, 1948 – April 13, 2018

In loving memory of Florence Perrault who passed at away at the Lake Of The Woods Hospital on April 13, 2018 at the age of 69.

Florence is survived by; Clarence, Geraldine, Ted (Ann), Joanne (Robert), Merv (Tina), Wayne (Ana), Ryan (Nicole), Evan (Colleen), Laurie (Aaron), Tyler, Rachel, Jeri, Cassandra, Mackenzie, Venice, Vienna, Vander Wolf, Draven, Valoria, Amethyst, Vitali, Aunt Sarah, Linda, Cathy, Rhea, Ella, Isobel, Rose Jack, family friends; Arnold & Florence Gardner and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives that she was very fond of on both sides of the family.

Florence was predeceased by her husband; Jerry Perrault, parents; Willie and Gladys Cobiness, in-laws; Frank & Annie Wolfe and Clifford & Kelly Wolfe, brothers; Max, Frank and Ron, sisters; Mary, Delores and Christine, uncle; James Mandamin and nephews; Billy and Chris Mainville.

Florence enjoyed the outdoors, poetry, visiting family, travelling, pow-wow’s, visiting her friend Theresa Jourdain, playing cards with elders from the community, regular breakfast trips to the curling club, sewing, beading, cooking for family events, garage sale-ing and passing down her traditional values to her children and grandchildren. She also loved her out of town trips to the casino and the Long Bow lake Flee Market and taking care of her fur-babies; Dixie and Snowball.

Grandma enjoyed her morning routine of putting her dog outside, playing with her cat and looking out the window watching out for the eagles. She was a loving and caring wife to her husband Jerry of 30 years. She enjoyed being a mother, sister, auntie and more importantly a grandmother.

We would like to thank the medical staff at the Lake Of The Woods District Hospital, ICU, 3rd floor staff, Palliative staff; Heather, Vineetha, Anoop, Jen, Theresa, Char, Taffny, Michelle and Jennifer with a special thank you to Dr. Coke.

We would also like to acknowledge the Pall Bearers; Trevor, Buff, Aaron, Parnell, Chad, Leon, Reno and Nigel and Honourary Pall Bearers; Ryan, Evan and Tyler.

Visitation will take place on Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 2 p.m. until time of service at the Dalles Ojibway Nation Community Hall. A Traditional Service will take place on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Dalles Ojibway Nation Community Hall with Elder Peter Atkinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Dalles Ojibway Nation cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to [email protected] subject heading: Perrault

Goold, Eileen Gertrude (nee Gourley)


Eileen Gertrude Goold (nee Gourley)

Passed away, peacefully on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at Birchwood Terrace in Kenora.

Eileen was one of 5 children born to Wilfred and Mary Helen Gourley.  She made her debut on February 8th 1924, in Depew, Ontario. Being the daughter of a CPR Station Master took her to many locations throughout Ontario. The family settled in Britt, Ontario, where they spent many years surrounded by extended family.

Wake and Funeral services will begin at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Monday January 29, 2018  at 7:00 PM and Funeral Service will be held at Notre Dame Church, on January 30, 2018  at 10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Eric Wickman Family go fund me ( or the Kenora Fellowship Centre, 208 Water St, Kenora, ON P9N 1S4, or a charity of your choice.

We love you, Mom.

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Prokulevich, Joyce


Joyce Prokulevich came into this world on April 21, 1944 and passed away peacefully with her family at her side on January 27, 2018 at the age of 73.  She was born in Kenora, Ontario. On September 26, 1964 she married the love her life Morris Melenchenko.  They have many fabulous memories throughout their life together. They are united again.

Joyce’s legacy lives on. Her children were important to Joyce.  Her mission was to serve … Her role modeling and lessons taught her surviving daughters, Cindy and Brenda (Leigh) well.  Joyce was a strong, brave woman – and always did what needed to be done. She never stopped learning, adventuring and trying new things. Her granddaughters (Mya and Natasha) will benefit from the intergenerational healing and the people that came before. Joyce had integrity and a strong faith.  She was honest and courageous.  Her life lead by example lives on.

Continue to share the Joyce stories and remember the moments that you shared with her. It is through the telling of stories that the celebration of life lasts.

Open casket prayers will be held on at the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Funeral mass will be held at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10:00am.  A reception to follow immediately after at the church.

Joyce was living with Lewy Body Dementia.  Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society Kenora/Rainy River District or a charity of your choice. 

Online condolences may be made at



Pahpasay, Isaac

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Isaac Pahpasay went on his spirit journey to join his wife Elizabeth (Sput) Copenace, his father Thomas Payash and his sister Elizabeth (Poosh) Pahpasay.

Left to mourn his passing are his mother Mary Lydia Pahpasay, his children Patricia Pahpasay, Laura Pahpasay (Harrison), Bear Copenace, Sharon Pahpasay and Fawn Copenace (Michael), his siblings Lucy Fobister, Jane Pahpasay (Eddie), Thomas Pahpasay, Mervin Pahpasay and Gordon Pahpasay.

Wake Services will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at Isaac Pahpasay’s residence in Grassy Narrows, Ontario.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at David Pahpasay’s residence in Grassy Narrows with interment to follow.

Online condolences may be made at


Muckle, Margaret Rose

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Margaret Rose Muckle, a resident of Wabaseemoong, sadly passed away at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on January 21, 2018 with her family by her side.

Margaret is survived by her children, Bernadette McDonald, Elizabeth Henderson and her son Bobby Muckle, sisters and brother, Alice Kelly (Albert), Agnes Paul, Florence Medicine (Joe) and Eddie Bird, grandchildren Crystal, Gina, Heather, Tammy (Bruno), Amanda (Brent), Shirley, Savannah, Shunna Muckle, Grace Harbor, Rory, Brian, Alex Henderson, Reggie (Lorraine), Linda, Terry, Judy (Brandon), Berina (Jonathan), Valerie (Euegene), Joseph (Bertha), Leslie Jr., Jeffrey, Earl & Ian Muckle.

Margaret enjoyed her seasonal outings, blueberry and wild rice picking, going to pow wow’s, dancing, spending quality time with her family, she also enjoyed her quiet time sitting outside while listening to her favourite country tunes. Most of all she enjoyed her time with her family and friends telling them stories of her adventures.

Many meegwetch’s to the staff at Birchwood and to the Dr.s that tended to our loved one needs. Chief and Council.

Traditional Wake Services will commence Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Wabaseemoong Community Centre.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Wabaseemoong Cemetery.

The family would like to remind everyone that all women are encouraged to wear their skirts.

Online condolences may be made at

Fox, Kelly (Nee Judith Carol Sedik)

Well, I thought I’d live forever and who knows, maybe this is how it’s done. It all started on May 17, 1941 when I was born in Selkirk, Manitoba to John and Julia Sedik and it ended peacefully on January 8, 2018, in hospice care at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Thunder Bay.

I would like to say Bon Voyage to my daughter Lenore Lotecki, my son Toby Lotecki and grandson Chase Lotecki, my daughter Nancy Lotecki and son-in-law Peter Neely, my sister Pat Cortens and nephew David John (DJ) Roberts and wife Mona. My death was preceded by my parents John and Julia Sedik.

I do not want a funeral service. My family will have a nice party for me when the weather warms up. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favourite charity. Condolences can be sent to Browns Funeral Home in Kenora. (Browns to confirm?) Thank you to the the ICU staff at the Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora, the ICU and 2C staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the hospice staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their excellent care and compassion over the last few months. Special thank you to the health care staff who have become my friends over the years, my supportive housing workers and supervisor, my family physician and pharmacist. Thank you all.

Please don't cry for me, instead be happy that I lived a good live and was loved by many (ok, you can cry a little). I am happy and I am dancing. Probably naked. Remember, Kasari and me, we’re free.

All my love.


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