Alice Mary Yurkiw
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Alice Mary Yurkiw, 78, at the Atikokan General Hospital on August 11, 2012. Alice succumbed after a short battle with cancer, but remained positive to the end.
Alice was born in Southeastern Manitoba September 1, 1933 and lived in Winnipeg, Prince George, Thunder Bay and finally moved to Atikokan in 1965. She will be missed by her husband, Stafford, of 61 years, her children Myron (Donna), Patti (David), grandchildren Steven, David (Liv), Phillip and Miranda, her brother Nick (June), sister Shirley and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Lena, father Metro, brother Billy and sister Bernice.
Alice was a dedicated volunteer at both ARC Industries and the Atikokan General Hospital for many years. She enjoyed lunch with friends, playing bingo, senior dances at the Pioneer Centre and playing cards with her girlfriends. Her biggest joy in life was always her family. She took pride in all her children and grandchildren’s milestones and accomplishments.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Campanaro and all the dedicated doctors, nurses and hospital staff for their exceptional care. Also thanks to Claude Riley for his assistance with many medical appointments, Dr. Rabson in Winnipeg, and Cancer Care doctors and staff at TBRHSC.
A funeral service was held at Church of the Good Shepherd on August 15, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or the Atikokan General Hospital. God Bless
James Watson Hunter, 89, passed away peacefully August 11, 2012 at the Atikokan General Hospital. He was born in Kelty, Fife, Scotland.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years Irene, a daughter Carolyn Bloomfield (Gary), and sons Eric Hunter (Betty) and Robert Hunter, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
During the war he was a Petty Officer in the Fleet Air Arms. Jim and his family immigrated to Canada in 1957. After working on the Seaway for many years, the family moved to Atikokan where he was employed at Caland Ore Company until his retirement in 1980.
Jim and Irene spent the next 25 winters in Palm Springs. Of course Jim’s motive for returning to Palm Springs each winter was his love of golf. He also had a great love of painting and his art work is appreciated by many.
Cremation has taken place and as per his request, there will be no service. If desired, donations can be made to the Atikokan General Hospital or the Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Society in his memory.
Kelly Marie Goodman
With great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Kelly Marie Goodman, 45, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, August 11, 2012.
Kelly was born on April 21, 1967, at the Port Arthur General Hospital.
She was raised and attended school in Atikokan. Kelly was a loving mother to her daughters Cassidy and Michaela. Kelly’s main joy in life was looking after her children and her special niece MacKenna Coulson, as well as many of her nieces, nephews and friends’ children. Kelly loved all children. She liked writing poetry and wrote many lovely poems for family members. Kelly also loved spending time with her family and large extended family. Later in her life she found comfort in her church, the Atikokan Community Fellowship.
Kelly is survived by her long-time partner Michael Genik, daughters Cassidy and Michaela Genik, mother Sharon Veran, brothers Paul and Lindie Goodman, sisters Tana Troniak and Lindsay Goodman. She is also survived by aunts and uncles, Alfred and Marie Veran, Deloris Veran, Beverly Veran, Sandy Sedor, Alverne Dickson, Joe Veran, Jack and Evelyn Veran and Carol Goodman. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kelly was predeceased by her father Louis Goodman Jr., brother Ricky Goodman, grandparents Alfred and Mary Veran, Anna and Louis Goodman, and uncles Ray Veran, Russell Sedor and Lonnie Goodman, cousins Lonnie Goodman Jr., Mark Goodman, Rachel Hanson, Patty Veran, Robert Veran and Danny Veran.
A trust account has been set up at RBC Royal Bank in the names of Brandy Coulson and Alverne Dickson for Cassidy and Michaela Genik. Please make any cheques payable to Alverne Dickson and/or Brandy Coulson and mail to Box 823.
With great sadness the family of Laura Russell announce her unexpected but peaceful passing on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
She was a wonderful, strong woman who saw many milestones in her 98 years… Laura received numerous awards for her dedicated volunteerism and community involvement, and was extremely proud to be recognized for her dedication to minor hockey many years later by having a women’s change room named after her in the Atikokan arena.
Laura will be lovingly remembered by her children Scott, Sandy (Helen) and Candy, grandchildren Allison, Carri (David), Sherri, Sara, Heather (Trevor), and Scott, and great-grandchildren Lily, Brenna, Drew and Mallory.
As simply as she lived she wishes to pass, so in respect of Laura’s wishes cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Should friends wish to make a donation in her memory, please make them to the Atikokan General Hospital Foundation.
When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure…
Margaret Noreen Thomson, 77, of Atikokan, Ontario, passed away peacefully, on Sunday August 12, 2012, with her loving daughter at her side.
Marg was born on February 27, 1935 in Fort Frances, Ontario. She was the first of two children born to James and Lydia O’Donnell. Marg attended school in Fort Frances. Marg and Gary were married in 1955 in Fort Frances and they moved to Atikokan in 1967 with their family.
Marg worked at the Atikokan Board of Education for almost 20 years. She always enjoyed her work and the strong relationship she shared with her co-workers. After her retirement she continued to work in the family business for many years.
Marg was a member of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, and devoted much of her time and attention to the church. Her family was of the utmost importance to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Marg spent her last six years under the wonderful and caring attention given by the staff at the Extended Care Wing of the Atikokan General Hospital.
Marg is survived by Gary, husband of 57 years, daughter Carol Thomson (Bob), son Jim Thomson (Donna), grandchildren Paul (Jen), Adam (Laura), Fawn (Michael), Rikki and Tara, great grandchildren Benjamin, Liam, Delaney, Sadie, Jack and sister Sheila McKelvie, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
As Marg wished, cremation has taken place. A funeral service for family and friends will be held at 1 pm, on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Reverend Ruth Ivall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Atikokan General Hospital, Extended Care Wing, or the Church of the Good Shepherd (Box 554, Atikokan) would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Edith Dombrowsky (nee Guenther) of Thunder Bay, formerly of Atikokan, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre with her family by her side.
Edith was born February 21, 1920 in Berlin, Germany where she grew up, attended business school and worked as a secretary. She came to Canada in June, 1959.
Edith spent the duration of WWII in Berlin and lived through some very difficult times. She, her parents and nephew were bombed out and lost everything in 1945. Her sister Gisela and family came to Canada and Atikokan in 1953 and Edith followed them in 1959. Here she met her husband Ed and his son, Robby. Edith worked as a waitress in Atikokan and ran a restaurant with her husband in Winnipeg. Over the years the family moved to McKenzie Island, Manitouwadge, returned to Atikokan, and then retired to Thunder Bay in 1979.
Edith’s main interest was her family. She enjoyed camping, fishing, travelling, her stamp club, photography, and church groups. Edith enjoyed winters away in Florida, visiting relatives in Nova Scotia and Orillia, and her visits and adventures with good friend Jeff Fiedler in Texas. She also loved her trips to Germany, where she would regenerate at the spa.
Edith was an active member of the Lakehead Stamp Club for more than 25 years, holding the position of secretary for a number of terms. She exhibited locally and took great pride in the ribbons she won. In blueberry season Edith would be by her husband’s side enjoying the outdoors. Edith enjoyed her photography courses at the college and loved capturing pictures of anything in nature. She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church which she attended until her illness kept her at home. Edith held a porcelain angel in her hand guiding her on her final journey.
Edith is survived by her stepson, Robby Dombrowsky (Carol Goodman), grandchildren Clayton, Daniel and Brian, great-grandchildren Dawson, Brayden and Bentley, stepdaughter Connie (Kent) Flemming and their sons Derek and Davis, nephew Wolf R. Heinrich (Liz) and their children Ken and Christa, niece Gabriele Heinrich and her sons Gordon and Andrew.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ewald (Ed) on February 11, 1997, her sister (1992), mother (1978) and father (1964).
A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Thunder Bay on August 20 with Rev.Harold Hunt officiating. Interment of ashes will take place beside her husband at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or charities of your choice.