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In Memoriam is a presentation of our area funeral homes. It is heard daily after the 1pm news on CKDR.

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Darryl Joseph Pinette

Added Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Darryl Joseph PinetteIn loving memory of Darryl Joseph Pinette, age 46 years, who passed away peacefully at the Dryden Regional Health Centre with his family by his side.

Darryl is survived by his parents Jenny and Lou Pinette, brother Darren Pinette, sister Michelle Pinette (Lorne Taylor), nephew Cody Taylor, niece Chelsea Taylor as well as numerous other relatives.

A Memorial Funeral Service to celebrate Darryl’s life will be held Friday April 25th, 2014 at 11:00 in the Moffat Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home with Father Alan Campeau officiating. Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

If friends desire donations may be made to the Lung Association online or through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca.

Laurie George Ming

Added Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Laurie George MingIn loving memory of Laurie George Ming, age 55 years, who passed away suddenly at the Dryden Regional Health Centre on Saturday April 12, 2014.

Laurie is survived by his mother Helen Ming of Dryden, sister Janice (Trevor) Atkinson of Thunder Bay, 2 nephews, 1 niece, 1 great niece as well as numerous other relatives.

A Memorial Funeral Service to celebrate Laurie’s life will be held Monday April 21st, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Royal Canadian Legion with Pastor Velma Henderson officiating. Interment will be in the Dryden Cemetery.

If friends desire donations may be made to Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca.

Betty Lee Harrison

Added Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Betty Lee HarrisonIn loving of Betty Lee Harrison who passed away Wednesday April 9th, 2014 at the age of 55 in the Dryden Regional Health Centre.

Betty is survived by her daughter Dawn (Peter Hatfield), son Chris, grandchildren: Joshawa & Kaydance, brothers: Ronald (Cheryl) Harrison, Harold (Josie) Harrison, Bill Harrison, George Harrison, sisters: Peggy (Larry) Sawdo, Darlene (Jeff) Pardy, Bonnie Harrison.

There will be no Visitation as cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday April 16th, 2014 in the Dryden Community Funeral Home’s Chapel with Father Dick Kennedy officiating.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Joshawa Hatfield & Kaydance Hatfield Trust Fund through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3.

Wilma Ostman

Added Friday, April 11th, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Wilma Ostman, age 87 years, who passed away peacefully at her residence in Princess Court on Friday, April 11th, 2014.

Wilma is survived by her children Carol Lichty of Dryden, Judy (Reg) Crigger of Dryden, Ruth (Len) Pateman of Oxdrift, Gail Ostman of Dryden, and Wally (Sandra) Ostman of Dryden, by 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandson, her brother Gordon (Vivian) McKee, sisters Mary (Don) Ashton and Denise Gostlin, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral Services to celebrate Wilma’s life will be held Wednesday, April 16th at 1:00 p.m. in First United Church with Pastor Velma Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Dryden Cemetery.

Visitation will take place Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Moffat Chapel of the Stevens Funeral Home.

If friends desire donations may be made to the Princess Court Deco gardening fund through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca

Henry Chief

Added Thursday, April 10th, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Henry Chief, 73 years of age, who passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Henry is predeceased by his parents Jeff and Margaret Chief, his loving wife Elsie, his brothers Charlie and Tom, and his foster son Joe. He is survived by his daughters Sheila (Louis Ainslie), Donna (Ursula Chief), and Danine (Rodney Howe), his grandchildren Stephanie (Brendan), John (Kate), Louis, Nicholas (Pam), Matthew (Ruth), and Brittany, and his great-grandchildren. Henry also leaves behind a large circle of friends, including the players from Harriet’s poker shack, Brian and Kathy McIvor, and Ron Williams.

Henry married his soul mate, Elsie, when they were very young. Their love for each other was evident to everyone who knew them. They quickly added three girls to their family. Henry leaves behind many people who loved his kindness, humour, humility, and competitive nature. He played baseball with the Wabigoon Braves and later coached both the Braves and Bravettes. He instilled his love of the game in all of his daughters; one of his fondest coaching memories was when the Wabigoon Bravettes sent the Kernhill Jays packing. Henry was always proud when the Dryden Ladies players would take the time and chat with him.

Henry was a logger who worked hard because he had many mouths to feed. His home was always filled to capacity and he never turned anyone away. He told many stories about the job and all the men he worked with. The friendship of his co-workers was precious to him and he always considered safety first. However, he was fond of saying, “but if we can make bonus, even better”. Henry made many life-long friends while guiding including Darrow and Barb Gibbs. He bought wild rice for many years and enjoyed this time of his life. Henry had a love for the outdoors and hunting with his wife and has passed this down to his children and grandchildren. He shot 49 moose with his 308 pump, which he bought when his girls were just babies. Who knew that this gun would provide for his family for so many years!

Since retiring from the bush, Henry has taken up Texas Hold’em and casino. Henry and Elsie had many casino adventures together. He could bluff anyone and would not mind taking out his wife if she put all her chips in. We will be celebrating two things this week: Henry’s life with family and friends and the reunion of our loving parents, whose 8 months apart was far too long.

Visitation will be held in the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation Community Hall on Thursday April 10th, 2014 from 5 p.m. until the time of Service.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Henry’s life will be held at the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation Community Hall on Sunday April 13, 2014 at 11:00 am.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the DRHC Palliative Room Refurbishing Fund through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON, P8N2X3.


Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net Subject heading: Chief

Tom Potter

Added Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Tom Potter who passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 8th 2014 at home with family by his side.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne of 57 years, his sons Dennis (Lisa) and Marcel (Lori) of Dryden, daughter Tammy (Brian) of Fort Frances, grandchildren Ryan (Shanna) of Winkler MB, Justin of Winnipeg MB, Tyler, Jamie, Travis of Dryden and Meghan (Micky) of Red Lake. His brother Wilbert (Cathy) of Dryden, sister Bertha from Alberta, sister-in-law Shirley of Dryden and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was predeceased by his parents Frank and Ester Potter, Brothers Jim, Roy, John, George, and Clarence and Sisters Emily, Florence, Mable, Edith, and Mertle.

Tom was born to Frank and Ester Potter and lived in Eton Rugby, Oxdrift and Dryden. Tom cut wood with his brothers, worked construction for the building of the Dryden Paper Mill, after that was a long time employee of 34 years and was a member of the local 105. Tom was then retired for 22 years.
Tom’s main interest was his family. Tom was a very supportive husband, father and grandfather. His main priority was to make sure his family was taken care of. Tom enjoyed working on vehicles. He took great pride in his hobby farm, planting his garden and assisting people in his community. During his leisure time he would pack up the family and take them camping. Sitting around the camp fire and listening to country music. Tom enjoyed social gatherings and was always seen on the dance floor whether it was at a hall or in his home. He also enjoyed playing a game of baseball with his children and also challenging anyone to a game of horseshoes. During his retired years he enjoyed taking short vacations with his wife to a casino.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday April 12th 2014 at 3:00 at the Dryden Community Funeral Home with Velma Henderson officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. A luncheon will be held at the Dryden Legion immediately following the service. Honouree Pallbearers will be his grandchildren Ryan Potter, Justin Potter, Tyler Potter, Jamie Potter, Travis Potter, and Meghan Gilbart. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Foundation.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net Subject heading: Potter

William Finlayson

Added Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

ImageIn loving memory William (Bill) Henry Finlayson who passed away at the age of 77 on Tuesday April 8th, 2014 in the Dryden Regional Health Centre with his family by his side.

Bill was born to Margaret (Graham) and Harry Finlayson on April 20, 1939 and grew up in Wabigoon and Dinorwic, along with his siblings; Peter, Shirley, Dorothy and Betty. Many an evening was spent at the Graham home, listening to Don and Alvin playing the guitar, accordion and fiddle, which he loved. Tragedy struck in 1965 when he lost 12 of his family members in a boating accident on Wabigoon Lake, including his mother, sister, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He loved the kitchen- he was famous for making homemade stuffing and turkey so big it would take 12 hours to cook! Bill worked in the early years on Hydro construction, but found his true passion in driving transport, which he did for over 40 years. His fondest memories were that of driving that big yellow and black Motorways rig to Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Red Lake. His greatest pride though was seeing his grandchildren excel - it brought tears every time.

Bill is survived by his wife Betty of 37 years, daughters; Carolyn Hauta (Daniel Constantin) of Dinorwic, Candace Withers (David) of Kenora, sister Shirley (Cyril) Lobreau of Dryden, stepchildren; Barry Vlassoff of Nolalu, Robert & Rick Vlassoff (Tracy) of Dryden, Mike Finlayson of Alberta, grandchildren; Tija Hauta, Julia and Adam Withers, Angie, Tonisha, Mark and Mike Vlassoff. Numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces also survive.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Whittaker, the nurses, all the hospital staff at the Dryden Regional Health Centre, CCAC nursing and homecare workers, who provided Bill such wonderful care.

For My Father:
It’s your last run - the load has been lightened for you
The sky is bright – the road ahead is clear
And one day we will meet again and share the ride on the highway of life
Til then you will be deeply missed and forever loved.
Carolyn.


There will be no Visitation as cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dryden Community Funeral Home’s chapel with Father Dick Kennedy officiating.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the DRHC Room Refurbishing or the Canadian Diabetes Association through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net Subject heading: Finlayson

Brayden Anderson

Added Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Brayden Charles Martin Anderson who passed away unexpectedly in the Dryden Regional Health Centre on Saturday April 5th, 2014.

“A gift from God, a short life lived to the fullest and loved by all.”

Brayden is survived by his parents Jason & Rachelle Anderson, sister Ayva, grandparents: Bernice Anderson, Larry (Loretta) Bashutski,
Tamara Graf and Fred Wolff and Ralph Arndt, great grandparents Ann Bashutski (John), Dolores Saindon, Peter & Kathy Wolff, Leauder & Elfriede Arndt, Beverlee Alaric, uncles and aunts: Tyler (Roopy) Anderson, Rebecca Arndt and Dale Barker, Daniel Arndt and Matthew Arndt

There will be no Visitation as cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Saturday April 12th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor James Wood officiating.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Ayva Anderson Education Trust Fund through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3



Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net Subject heading: Anderson

Eva Dufault

Added Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Eva “Nymark” Dufault who passed away in the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital at the age of 98 on Friday April 4th, 2014.

Eva will be sadly missed by her daughters Carol Larocque (Norman) and Shirley Dornan (Ken). Eva will also be missed by her grandchildren; Sharree, Darrell (Cindy), Doug (Pat), Debbie (Wes), Kelly (Jim) and great grandchildren Jorden, Jonnell, Jenna, Chelsey, Kyle, Brooke, Brad, Angela, Evan, Ryan, Jaymie and Drew, as well as great, great grandchildren; Trinity, Dylan and Riley.
She is predeceased by her first husband Oscar Nymark, second husband Dave Dufault, one sister and three brothers.

Eva very much enjoyed gardening, baking, gambling at casinos on occasion with her family and friends and to just have her family around her for any good old reason.

Thank you very much to the medical staff at the Ear Falls Clinic and the special care that was given by the Red Lake Hospital staff.

Visitation will be held on Friday April 11th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Ear Falls Royal Canadian Legion Hall.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Ear Falls Royal Canadian Legion Hall on Friday April 11th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jonathan Elgby officiating.

Interment will follow in the Ear Falls Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Ear Falls Health Centre or Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net Subject heading: Dufault

Brent Bennett

Added Monday, April 7th, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Brent Bennett who passed away on April 6th at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital with his family by his side at the age of 51. He is survived by his loving wife Diane, son Mike, daughters Kylie (Colden Roberts) and Hannah. He is also survived by his mother Donna (Ron) Douglas, brother David (Joanne) Bennett, and stepbrothers Ron (Ute) Parsons, Scott (Maggie) Parsons, and Craig (Maura) Parsons. He was predeceased by his father Charles.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 11th at 11 am in the Goldcorp Recreation Complex-Curling Rink with Dan Cooke officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Brent Bennett Cops and Kids Fund at any Scotiabank or through Herold Funeral Home, Box 237, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0 in support of building relationships between police and youth in future community activities.

Agnes Smolak

Added Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

ImageWith much sorrow, the family announces the passing of Agnes Smolak of 10 Victoria, Dryden. She was a deeply loved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was born to John Pokornik and Agnes Yagos in Lipov Czechoslovakia. Her family moved to Tilly, Alberta, in 1928 where they farmed for 10 years. They then moved to Pigeon River northwest of Winnipeg. In 1939, Agnes married George Smolak and lived on a farm in St Francis Xavier. In 1943, they moved to Camp Robinson, Ontario, a small logging camp where they raised their family. Life was hard with no running water and a wood stove for heat and cooking in the house. After the children grew up, she worked as a cook's assistant in the camp kitchen. Agnes also cleaned and painted at the school and worked at a tourist camp at nearby Cedar Lake. They moved to Dryden in 1969 when George retired. Agnes worked in the hospital laundry room until she retired in 1984. She loved gardening, and many people witnessed her almost daily walks around town.

Agnes was predeceased by her husband George, companion Adolf Schultz, brothers Frank, John, Joe and William Pokornik, sister Mary Holcek and grandson Richard Smolak. She will be greatly missed by her son Joe (Christel) Smolak of Pinawa, daughters Mary (Frank) Buccini of Winnipeg, Jean (Louis) Richard of Thunder Bay, Arlene Smolak of Winnipeg and Margaret (Russ) Booth of Hamilton, 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sister Mildred Kozyniak of Winnipeg, brother Laddie (Linda) Pokornik of Castlegar, B.C., as well as numerous other relatives.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

If friends desire donations may be made to Northern Cancer Research Foundation or DRHC Foundation online or through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca

David Anderson

Added Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of David Anderson, age 90 years, who passed away peacefully at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
David Anderson is survived by his wife Shirley, children: Ralph Anderson of Canmore, BC, Debbie Anderson of Whistler, BC, Bill Anderson of Winnipeg and John Anderson of Jaffray, BC, by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held in the Spring of 2014 with date and time to be announced.
If friends desire donations may be made to a charity of your choice through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca

Aurel LeJeune

Added Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Aurel LeJeune of Dryden, who passed away on Thursday March 27th, 2014 at the age of 89 at Birchwood Terrace in Kenora.

Aurel is survived by his son Rheal of Dryden. He is predeceased by his wife May in 2012.

There will be no Visitation as cremation has taken place.

As per Aurel’s wishes there will be no Service.

Interment of ashes will be private at a later date.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net Subject heading: LeJeune

Ruth Eisbrenner

Added Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Ruth Eisbrenner, age 90 years, who passed away peacefully at her residence in Princess Court on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Ruth Eisbrenner is survived by her son Robert of Vermilion Bay and her daughter Ann Donald of Winnipeg.
Funeral Services for Ruth will be held Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Upper Falls Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Toews officiating. Interment will follow in the Upper Falls Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will take place in the church 1 hour prior to time of service.
If friends desire donations may be made to Princess Court DECO through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca

Wilma Kacan

Added Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

ImageIn loving memory of Wilma Kacan who passed away at the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital on March 26th with her family by her side at the age of 85.
She is survived by her loving daughters Doreen (Don) MacMillan, Debbie (David) Franczak, Delina Grimes and Judy Kacan (Jay Friesen); seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 5th at 2 pm in the Red Lake Royal Canadian Legion with John Whitton officiating. A private interment will take place in the Woodland Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital Foundation through Herold Funeral Home, Box 237, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0