Family photo

Teresa Scheunert is shown here with her daughter Crystal Thomas. Scheunert's death at the Watson Lake hospital will be the subject of a coroner's inquest in June. (Scheunert family)

The coroner overseeing the inquest into the deaths of two Watson Lake women has decided to hold two separate inquests.

Norm Leibel, from B.C., will preside over the inquests into the deaths of Teresa Scheunert and Mary Johnny.

They died two years ago after being treated at the Watson Lake hospital.

The inquest for Scheunert will be held June 2 to 6 with the inquest into Johnny's death following the next week June 9 to 11.

Two separate six-person juries will be called. They will be asked to determine, among other things, how the two women died and the circumstances of their deaths. Both inquests will be held in Whitehorse.

The coroner's office did not provide a reason for the change.