November 8, 2010 obituaries

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Bruce Davidson

Bruce Richard Davidson, 72, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at Atikokan General Hospital, after a short illness.

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Born in LaVallee, August 10, 1938, he came to Atikokan with his family in 1942. He was as active as he could be until he entered the hospital on October 24, enjoying short excursions around the District and around Town. He always looked forward to chatting with old and new friends at the different places that he stopped for coffee or a meal.

Bruce owned and operated his own Construction and Mining Business from the early nineteen-seventies until the late nineties, when ill health forced him to ease up a bit. Along with his son, Blaine, they worked at mining operations in Atikokan, Pickle Lake, Shebandowan, Lac Des Isles and Timmins.

He was an avid pilot and spent many hours flying his own plane around the District and beyond. Along with two others, he built and operated the White Otter Inn. He also took the Union Hall and turned it into the The Iron Mine – a place that is full of mining history. He often recalled the many hours of work with Jim Murphy when the golf course was being built. The two holes he was most proud of where #6 green and #7 tee that required a bit more engineering. The OPG plant and the Proboard plant are also part of his legacy.

The family enjoyed many ski and southern holidays with friends. He also loved a round of golf and spending time at his home on Eva Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene, children, Blaine (Tammy Caron) and Kristy (Michael Cameron), granddaughters Shelby, Katherine, Kelly, Emlyn and Keira, and step-grandson Andy. He has three surviving brothers, Bob (Cecile), Jim (Nancy) and Wallace (Shelley), all living in Atikokan, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Doris and Bert Davidson, brother Allan and sister Peggy.

During his many illnesses, Bruce and his family always felt great comfort when he came home to the Atikokan General Hospital .Many thanks to Dr. Campanero, the doctors and staff. If friends and family so choose, a donation in his memory may be made to the Atikokan Hospital Foundation or charity of their choice.

Mary Hickman Joynson

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Mary, after a lengthy illness, in Pinewood Court Nursing Home, Thunder Bay. She passed away peacefully with her children by her side.

Mary and George and their children spent many happy years in Atikokan, where she was an active member of the Legion, and the afternoon bowling league. Mary excelled in any sport she took part in and was able to win the Canadian Five Pin Bowlers Association President’s National Championship plaque in BC in 1979, over nine other provinces.

Their move to Thunder Bay was brought about by George’s illness and his need to be closer to specialists.

Those who know Mary will be very sad to hear of her passing. She was predeceased by her first husband George Hickman, her second husband Leo Joynson, mom and dad, Art and Nina Eagles, brothers Frank and Ray, and nephew Brian Milley.

She is survived and deeply mourned by her daughters Nina Ball (Frank) and Cathy McPherson (Max), and son Bruce Hickman (Helen), grandchildren, brothers Bill (Jenette), Art (Lil), John (Rose), Charles (Maureen), Richard (Debbie), Pat (Irene); and sisters Evelyn Milley (Francie), Dora Larsen (Mel), Muriel Joynson (Dennis), Arlene Darby (Brian), and many nieces, nephews and friends.

‘May you rest in peace and know you are loved.’

Barbara Bower

Barbara Marie Bower, 59, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on October 11, 2010. She was peaceful and surrounded by friends who loved her.

Barb was born on October 7, 1951 in Calgary. Her family moved to Lethbridge in 1957 where she spent her formative years. Though she lived in Ontario and the North for many years, she always considered Lethbridge her home. Barb had wonderful relationships with her parents and her older brother Mike growing up and through their entire lives. When Mike became sick with cancer, Barb helped out tremendously and was able to instill a calm over her brother. A helpful friend and faithful sister is the best way to describe Barb during her brother’s illness.

The Bower family had a love of humour, sarcasm and practical jokes which Barb passed on to her children. Barb lovingly raised her two children in Atikokan, with her husband Gerry. She had loving and close relationships with her son and daughter and loved her grandsons dearly. Barb enjoyed family vacations with her adult children, playing board games and sharing funny stories and memories. Christmas was a special time for Barb and she loved exchanging ‘prezzies’ with her family.

After her divorce, Barb earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree while continuing to work full-time and raise her teenage daughter. After graduation, she moved back to Lethbridge where her professional life was devoted to being an advocate for children. Many people, including colleagues, benefited from her unconditional caring. She mentored many of her colleagues and made an impact on all those she worked with. Her sense of humour and witty sarcasm were well known around her office.

Barb was a hard-working, dedicated person who loved to get together with friends and family to celebrate life. She loved sports, especially golf and curling. She also loved reading, gardening, good food, and travel. Barb had many friends; some of her friendships began in grade school. Though she was a private person, her family and friends were fortunate to experience her kindness, trust and loyalty.

Barb was predeceased by her mother and father, Elsie (nee Sorensen) and Raymond Bower, and her brother, Michael Bower. She was also predeceased by Marjorie Malcolmson (Ray’s second wife). Left to cherish her memory are her son Bryan Cripps (Raechel and grandson Nathan), daughter Christina Grant (Andrew and grandson William), sister-in-law Wendy Bower (Gordon), niece Katrina Bower, the Malcolmson family, and her many friends.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Barb’s memory to Lethbridge Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital, 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5

Lori Ann Bartsch

Lori Ann Bartsch (nee Wilken) died gently on October 28, 2010, at Atikokan General Hospital, with family and friends by her side.

Lori was born January 14, 1960 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She spent her childhood and adolescence in Fargo, North Dakota, where she attended Holy Spirit School and Shanley High School.

In 1979 she moved to Atikokan where her daughters, Amy and Jillian, were born. She worked at Canoe Canada, McTaggart’s, Quetico Bus Lines and she owned and operated the Pizza Barn. In 1992, Lori graduated from Confederation College and shortly thereafter started to work with her future husband, Joerg Bartsch at Bartsch’s Income Tax. She was his partner in business and life from then on. Lori and Joerg were married on February 14, 1997, in the Empire State Building.

Although she worked as a tax consultant, in her heart and soul Lori was a dancer. She started dance lessons at the age of four and later, ballroom dancing with her husband, trips to dance camp in Las Vegas and many happy hours in her studio.

Lori was close to her large and loving family. As ‘Nana’, she will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Dylan, Natalie, Cooper and Vada Gushulak; Brielle Whalley; Matthew and Dylan Danielson and Ophelia Bartsch. She is survived by her husband, Joerg; her children Amy Alexander (Joe Gushulak), Jillian Alexander (Paul Danielson), Robin (Terresa) Bartsch, Jordan Boileau and Elisabeth Boileau; her siblings Sandy (Bud) Dickson, Pam (Jim) Clark, Tim (Judy) Wilken, Mark (Arlene) Wilken and Scott (Sue) Wilken and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Jean Wilken.

Lori left us far too soon and she will remain in our hearts forever.

Donations in Lori’s name can be made to Atikokan General Hospital or Tamarack House.

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