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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Lisa Fay Klobucher

     Lisa Fay Klobucher, 42, of Livonia, MI, and formerly of rural Underwood, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.
     She was born on May 26, 1964 in Fergus Falls, MN, the daughter of Duane Anton and Betty Lou (Sydow) Moe. She attended Sunday School and was confirmed at Tordenskjold Lutheran Church. She went to school in Underwood, graduating in 1982, and then went to Alexandria Technical College, where she studied Marketing and Sales Management for one year.
     She worked as a house painter in Carson City, NV, as a bartender at Indian, AK, at a pet store in Fort Pierce, FL, and then managed the Legion Club in Baraga. She moved to Livonia, MI in 1991 and was a mom and homemaker until the time of her death.
     Lisa was a member of the American Legion, and enjoyed camping and fishing. She and Paul spent nine summers gold mining at Chicken, AK. She had a neat sense of humor, loved the outdoors, and truly enjoyed her many friends and family.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Duane; two uncles, Roger Sydow and Henry Sydow; and two aunts, Marlys Fletcher and Joanne Byrne.
     She is survived by her special friend, Paul Mitchell, of Livonia, MI; daughter, Nancy Klobucher, of Dalton; mother, Betty Moe, of Underwood; two brothers: Dennis (Dannette Lisa) Moe of Denver, CO, and Douglas (Wanda) Moe of Appleton; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
     Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the funeral home, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Memorial service was at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 at the Tordenskjold Lutheran Church, rural Underwood, MN, with Reverend Steve Carlson officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Tordenskjold Lutheran Cem-etery, Underwood, MN.

Monica G. Leemon Noble

     Monica G. Leemon Noble, 55, of Laurium, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital.
     She was born in Hancock on June 15, 1951 daughter of Thomas and Myra (Harrington) Leemon. Monica graduated from L'Anse High School. She married James Noble and move to White Pine, where she resided for 11 years. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2006. Monica moved back to L'Anse and managed the former Loft Restaurant. She had lived in Calumet for the past two years and worked as a caregiver at Still Waters Assisted Living. Monica was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L'Anse. She enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Twin Lakes and animals.
     Monica is survived by her loving children, Kristie (Bill) Menge of L'Anse, and Erin (Adam) Wennersten of Battle Creek, MI, grandchildren, Caitlyn, Anna, and Abigail, mother, Myra Ellico of Denver, CO, brothers, Timothy (Patty) Leemon of Marinette, WI, and Richard "Butch" Leemon of Baraga, sisters, Sandra (Peter) Burg and Debra (Brad) Tonkin both of Denver, CO. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Herrala in 1982, and her father Thomas.
     Interment will place take at a later date. Monica’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net . The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Karl H. Kovala

     Karl H. Kovala, age 55, of Holly, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006.
Beloved husband of Theresa. Loving son of Minerva. Dear brother of Randolph (Sandy) Kovala, Elizabeth (Barry) Packwood and Annette (Ronald) Williams, and uncle of Christine and Carolyn. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph.
     A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 30, 20006, at Hope Alive Assembly of God, 104 Lake St., Holly, MI.
     Services handled by McConnell Funeral Home, Fenton.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Jennie L. Wuori

     Jennie L. Wuori, 91, of Tapiola, passed away with her family by her side, Tuesday evening, Dec. 12, 2006 at Bayside Village in L’Anse. She was lovingly cared for by her daughter at her home until the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease made that no longer possible and she moved to Bayside Village.
     She was born on Aug. 9, 1915, in Tapiola, a daughter of the late John A. and Edla E. (Ollila) Huovinen and had been a lifelong area resident. She married Walfred Wuori in 1945 and he preceded her in death in 1958.
     Jennie was a member of the Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church and was involved in many of the church’s activities in her earlier years. She enjoyed baking, knitting, car rides, her cats and especially spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren.
     She is survived by a daughter, Gloria (Peter) Lantto of Pelkie; grandchildren, Sherri (William, Jr.) Heikkinen of Tapiola and Gary (Melody Best) Paavola of Elo; great-grandchildren, William III and John A. Heikkinen and another great-grandchild to arrive soon; a niece, Evelyn Huovinen; nephew, Albert (Beatrice) Wuori; and her companion of 20 years, Betsy the Cat. Besides her parents and husband, Jennie was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Patricia and sisters, Lil, Edith and Lempi and brothers, John Edward and Eino.
     A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse with Pastor Ken Storm officiating. Visitation was held in the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Spring interment will be in the Elo Cemetery.
     Mrs. Wuori’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Francis L. “Monk” Campeau

      Francis L. “Monk” Campeau, 93, of L’Anse, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 13, 2006, at Bayside Village.
     He was born on May 28, 1913, in Hubbell, a son of the late Patrick and Delima (King) Campeau.
     Francis was a WWII veteran and served as a cook in the army. Following the service he worked as a cook in various logging and hunting camps. He was also employed for several years as a sawyer in the lumber mills and later worked for the Whittum and Jacobson Funeral Home.
     Francis had various interests. He enjoyed photography and the developing of pictures, microscopic imaging artistry, made wood carvings of animals and building model ships. He hunted, trapped was an avid fisherman and spent a lot of time living in the woods when he was young. Francis was skilled at taxidermy. He also made his own fly’s and lures for fishing.
     He also played the string and steel guitar along with his brother-in-law, Joseph Marinich, Sr., who played the accordion, at many functions. Francis was famous for his wine making, which he had done for many years. He loved to garden and had his own garden at his residence at Greenhill Manor until the time of his death.
     He was a member of the L’Anse VFW #3897 and the DAV.
Francis is survived by a brother, Paul (Elsie) Campeau of Belding, MI; a sister, Loretta Cote of Swannanoa, NC; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lawrence, Bernard, Hubert, Ray, Annabell, Agnes and Mary.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006 at 3 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation was held in the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. The Baraga County Area Veterans under the direction of the Baraga American Legion #444 will perform military honors at the funeral home. Interment will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Mr. Campeau’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Ernest W. Heikkinen

     After a hard struggle with Parkinson's Disease and Myelofibrosis, Ernest W. Heikkinen, age 82, of Wyoming, MI, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006.
     Ernie was raised in Aura, and graduated from Pequaming High School in 1941. Following his naval service in WWII, he was employed by the Department of Defense in the Defense Contract Administration Service Management Area (DCASMA). After 36 years of federal service, Ernie retired in 1986, as regional Chief of Quality Assurance for DCASMA. Ernie enjoyed sharing his love for Lake Superior and its surroundings with his friends and family.
     He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Martha (Marttila); his children, Lynn and (Charles) Hershberger of East Jordan; Gail and (Ralph) Winkler of Houston; Bruce Heikkinen of Wyoming; his grandchildren, Whitney Hershberger, Caitlyn and Justin Winkler; his brothers and sister, Carlo and (Isabelle) Heikkinen; Harold and (Sarah) Heikkinen; and Ellen Corey.
     Funeral services were held on Dec. 11, 2006, at Christ Lutheran Church in Wyoming, with Rev. Robert Mueller officiating. Interment will be in the Aura Cemetery in the spring.

Jonathan K. Jensen

     Jonathan K. Jensen, 53, of Watton, MI, formerly of Montague, MI, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 17, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
     He was born on March 19, 1953, in Petoskey, MI, a son of Rollin and Mary (Horn) Jensen.
     Jonathan married the former Elisabeth Gardner in Petoskey, MI in 1988.
     He worked as a carpenter for many years and was self employed the past 10 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing.
He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth Jensen of Watton, MI; mother, Mary Jensen of Whitehall, MI; children, Reannon (Joseph) Hulls of New Era, MI, Sarah Jensen of White Cloud, MI, Travis Follett of North Muskegon, MI, Beau Jensen of North Muskegon, MI, and Dillan Jensen of Watton; four grandchildren, Gavin, Logan, Alek and Krystianna; and half-brothers, David Jensen of Whitney, TX, Ricky Beavers and Jr. Beavers, both of Bowling Green, KY. He was preceded in death by his father.
      Mr. Jensen's family will receive friends and family on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the family home for a time of remembrance.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.
Mr. Jensen's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Carl E. Mansfeldt

     Carl E. Mansfeldt, 92 of Baraga, passed away Monday, Dec. 18, 2006 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for several days. He was born in Ringle, WI on Jan. 20, 1914 son of the late Otto and Bertha (Leesom) Mansfeldt. Carl attended school in Baraga. He married the former Henrietta Jacek in 1945. She preceded him in death in 1948. On Feb. 1, 1958 he married the former Rosalie Auge at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga and she preceded him in death in 1992. Carl was employed at UPPCO for 27 years, first at the Warden Station, L’Anse and then served as caretaker for UPPCO at Prickett Dam until his retirement in 1989. Carl was fondly considered to be the “Mayor” of Prickett Dam. He also operated a dairy and cattle farm until the time of his death. Carl was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga, the UP Trappers Association and was a charter member of the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club. He was an avid sportsman; he enjoyed beaver and muskrat trapping, hunting, and fishing,.
     Mr. Mansfeldt is survived by his loving children, John (Karen) Mansfeldt of Baraga, Sharon (Robert) Verbanac of Baraga, and Linda Grunwald of Searcy, AR., six grandchildren, Dana, Chris, Erick, Julia, Edwin, and Rebecca, and 10 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Henry, Lillian, Dorothy, Herman, John, and Fred.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga with Father Augustin George, celebrant. Spring interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and one hour prior to Mass at church on Friday. A parish prayer service will be held Thursday evening in the funeral chapel at 7 p.m. Memorials in Mr. Mansfeldt’s honor may be directed to Goodwill Farm. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Mr. Mansfeldt’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Aileen E. Oger

     Aileen E. Oger, 79, of Alston, passed away at her residence Thursday morning, Dec. 7, 2006, with her family by her side.
     She was born in Elo, on Feb. 15, 1927, daughter of the late Edward and Marie (Pantzare) Siivola. Aileen graduated from John A. Doelle High School in 1946.
     She married John Oger on Aug. 30, 1946 in Kalispell, MT. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1977. Aileen was a laundry technician at Baraga County Hospital for several years. Prior to her employment at the hospital Aileen was a professional seamstress specializing in embroidering and monogramming. In the 1940s she played the accordion for dances and special occasions as well as her families entertainment.
     Aileen was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary Alston Post #7646. She had worked on the election committee for Laird Township, was a trustee on the Laird Township Board and she also had judged exhibits for the Baraga County Fair. Her interests included cooking, baking, traveling, photography, and flower gardening. She had a special love for dogs.
     Aileen is survived by her loving children, Lawrence (Nancy) Oger of Alston, Steven Oger of Carbondale, CO, Jeannie (Roy) Gourneau of L'Anse, Rosanne (Bruce) Kuivinen of Alston, Debra (Richard) Herrala of Baraga, Teresa (William) Wanhala of Pelkie, and Annette (Jerry) Elmblad of Marquette, grandchildren, Raeanne, Tom, Tim, Rick, David, James, Katie, Diane, Kimberly, Bradley, Kelly, Elise, Candace, Briita, Anna, Maija, Ashley, and Stiig, 16 great-grandchildren, one niece, and six nephews. She is also survived by her devoted companion, Jim Hiltunen of Alston. Aileen was preceded in death by her son, Ronald in September of 1969, step-grandchild, Tommy Herrala, one sister, three brothers, one step-sister, and two step-brothers.
     Funeral services for Aileen were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor John Autio officiating. Interment will take place in the Alston Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of the service. The VFW Auxiliary Alston Post #7646 conducted a service at 2 p.m. Memorials in Aileen's honor may be directed to the Copper Country Humane Society or Superior Home Nursing and Hospice. Following the service, the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. She weathered life with grace and a soft beauty.....
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Aileen Oger’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Donald E. Laitila

     Donald E. Laitila, 64, of Pelkie, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital.
     He was born in Askel, MI. on Feb. 10, 1942 son of the late Edward and Mayme (Heikkinen) Laitila. Donald attended John A. Doelle School. He worked for a short time in the copper mines then in 1960 moved to Detroit where he was a residential and commercial drywall finisher.
     Donald was inducted into the US Army during the Vietnam conflict from 1964 to 1966. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 324. Donald returned to the area in 1975 where he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction field.
     He was an avid outdoorsmen, he loved to hunt, fish, and be in the woods. Donald was a doting grandfather and dearly loved his grandchildren. He was very fond of "tinkering" taking things apart and putting them back together.
     Mr. Laitila is survived by his loving children, son, Donald "D.J." Laitila of Negaunee, and Tammi Parker of Green Bay, WI, grandchildren, Joshua, Hailey, Justin, and Courtney, brothers, Robert (Joan) Laitila of Keweenaw Bay, Howard (Peggy) Laitila of Keweenaw Bay, Wesley (Sue) Laitila of Keweenaw Bay, Edsel Laitila of Elo, David Laitila of L’Anse, Roger Laitila of Askel, and sisters, Shirley Schuman of Brighton, MI and Lori Stingle (Jim) of Tapiola. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce, and brother, Roland.
     Funeral services for Mr. Laitila were held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Kargi Hill Cemetery, Askel, MI. The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Monday from 4 p.m. until time of the service. Baraga County area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at 6:30 p.m. Following military honors, the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and refreshments in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
     The Reid Funeral Service and L'Anse has been entrusted with arrangements.
     Mr. Laitila's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Eva Ingrid Kostamo

     Eva Ingrid Kostamo, 83, formerly of Pelkie, died Friday evening, Dec. 8, 2006, in the presence of her family, at Marquette General Hospital.
     She was born on Sept. 24, 1923, in Aura, a daughter of the late Andrew and Katherine “Kaisa” (Holoppa) Tolonen. Following high school Eva attended NYA School in Traverse City, MI. She then moved to Chicago, IL and worked in a factory for the Rockola Company, manufacturing Juke Box parts and gun parts for the WWII effort. Later Eva worked as an Avon Lady for 26 years.
     On Feb. 2, 1951 she married Carl M. Kostamo and he preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1981.
    Eva enjoyed following the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers and dining out. She was also interested in weather, reading newspapers, Finnish polkas and enjoyed the Aura Jamboree. She was particularly a fan of the Oulu Hotshots.
     Eva is survived by three sons, Calvin (Janet Raymond) Kostamo of Pelkie, Wayne (Mary) Kostamo of Pelkie and Steve Kostamo of Pelkie; a daughter, Karen Kostamo of Ann Arbor, MI; a grandson, Wayne David Kostamo and a great-grandchild, Shane Kostamo; sister, Verna Hume of Schaumberg, IL; and nieces and a nephew; and a special thank you to a niece, Leona Rowe. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Lempi Gustafson, Gertrude Maki, Elizabeth Keskimaki and Irene Keranen and two brothers, Eli Tolonen and Charles Tolonen.
     Visitation was held on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Ronald Libey officiating. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the service.
     Mrs. Kostamo’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfunerlhome.com

Peter Francis Beauprey

     Peter Francis Beauprey, 53, of Sidnaw, died unexpectedly, Dec. 10, 2006, at his home.
     He was born on March 7, 1953, in L’Anse, a son of the late Clifford and Marjorie (Grooms) Beauprey and had been a lifelong area resident.
Peter was employed for many years as a laborer for the Wood Development Corporation in Sidnaw. He also worked part time as a bricklayer.
     He was a member of the Bricklayer’s Union, UP Trappers Association and NRA. Peter’s interests included hunting, fishing, trapping and making visits to various camps and cottages.
He is survived by a sister, Susan (David) Colle of Mercer, WI; a brother, Richard (Lyla Ciancio) Beauprey of Sidnaw; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006 at 3 p.m. in the Sidnaw United Methodist Church with Rev. John Henry officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. Beauprey’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Evelyn Florence Dover

     Evelyn Florence Dover, 87, a resident of The Bluffs since September, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006.
     She was born on March 25, 1919, daughter of Nels and Florence (Brodth) Rylander, of Skanee. There she was a member of the last high school class to graduate from the Skanee schools.
     On Aug. 6, 1939, she was married to Charles E. Dover of Hancock in the Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee. She resided in Hancock until her move to The Bluffs.
     She attended the Christian Science Church for 67 years.
     During her life she enjoyed many activities including homemaking, entertaining friends, cooking, traveling, reading and using her natural musical abilities. She was a capable pianist and organist playing by ear. She sang alto as a former member of the Copper Country Chorale.
     Evelyn was able to enjoy her life long love of dance each Sunday at the South Range Eagles
     Her family will always be grateful for her affection, kindness, grace and her love of music and dance.
     Evelyn is survived by two daughters, Sharon Haynes Juntunen (Henry) of Hancock and Naples, FL; Diana Lynn Dover and special friend, Michael Bendavid, of Granada Hills, CA; a granddaughter, Karen Heikkinen (Jesse) and a grandson, Cameron Clogston, of Dodgeville; three nieces, a nephew and several great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 2001.
     The Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements. A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at The Bluffs on Dec. 23, 2006 at 1 p.m.  Following the services at the Bluffs there will be music and dancing to help commemorate Evelyn’s life.
     Memorials may be made to the South Range Eagles or the Christian Science Society of Houghton.
     To view Evelyn’s obituary or to send a condolence to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net 

 Dorothy E. Miilu

     Dorothy E. Miilu, age 81 of Pequaming passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at Bayside Village in L'Anse.
     She was born on April 18, 1925 in Pequaming daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Andersen) Ahlsen. Dorothy graduated from L'Anse High School in 1943. She married Leo Miilu on Dec. 16, 1944 in Pequaming.
     Dorothy worked for over 30 years at Fraki's Market in L'Anse as an Assistant Manager. She was an auxiliary member of the VFW Post 3897 and the American Legion Post 144.
     Preceding her in death is her husband Leo on Dec. 18, 2001.
Surviving are her brothers Merle Ahlsen and Charles (Sharon) Ahlsen both of L'Anse, and several nieces and nephews.
     Graveside services were conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Pequaming Cemetery. Rev. Scott William officiated. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Dorothy's guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

James M. Carlson

     James M. Carlson, 71, of Chatsworth, CA. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Woodland Hills, CA. following a brief illness.
     Jim was born on Feb. 27, 1935 in Chicago, IL, son of the late Otto S. and Adele I. (Johnson) Carlson. The family moved to Baraga in 1945. After graduating from Baraga High School in 1953, he then enrolled in Michigan Tech University and received a BS in Physics in 1958 and a MS in Computer Science from West Coast University in Los Angeles in 1978.
     Following graduation from Michigan Tech he accepted a position with North American Aviation in California as an engineer. He enjoyed working in the aerospace industry and subsequently worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the space program. He also worked as a Senior Software Systems Analyst for many companies in the Los Angeles area before “retiring”.
     In his retirement years Jim was a designer of children’s computer software. Jim was a kind and generous person, and loved spending time with family and friends. He loved to read and had a natural curiosity and interest in learning anything new. He enjoyed all kinds of music, and traveling all through North American, Europe and Scandinavia.
     Mr. Carlson is survived by his brother, Robert (Patricia) Carlson of Beloit, WI, two sisters, Jean Baril of L’Anse and Judith Carlson of Baraga; one aunt, Ethel S. Johnson of Baraga; one uncle, Hemming (Sigrid) Kallstrom of Finland; four nieces, one nephew, five great-nieces, three great-nephews, and numerous cousins in Finland. He is also survived by his stepson Jon DeFina, step-grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael DeFina, and his ex-wife and good friend Emma DeFina. He was preceded in death by three uncles, one aunt, a niece, and a great-niece.
     Funeral services for Mr. Carlson were held Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 at 1 p.m. a the Chapel of Oaks, Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, CA.
Local services for Mr. Carlson will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of the service. Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with local arrangements. Mrs. Carlson’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

John “Jack” Lee Zarek

      John “Jack” Lee Zarek, 75, of Longwood passed away Nov. 26, 2006.
     He was born in Pequaming, to John, Jr and Velora (Fuller) Zarek. He was an Electrical Engineer for Square D.
     He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Osterman) Zarek; son and daughter-in-law, John Thomas and Pamela Zarek of Atlanta, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Chris Yankus of St. Paul, MN; grandchildren, Benjamin, Patrick, Trevor and Veronica of Atlanta, GA and many nieces and nephews.
     Memorial Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church with Fr. Charles Deeney as Celebrant.
Please view and sign the family guestbook at www.baldwinfaichild.com


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Elizabeth “Betty” (Allen) Tapani

     Elizabeth “Betty” (Allen) Tapani, 77, a resident of Verenius Road, Klingville, passed away at her home early Saturday morning on Nov. 25, 2006.
     She was born on Jan. 26, 1929, in Chassell a daughter of the late Gottfried and Martha (Hoffman) Rothenberger. As a child she attended the Snake River and Chassell Schools.
     On June 21, 1947 she was united in marriage to Allen Tapani. Together they owned and operated Tapani Strawberry Farm.
Mrs. Tapani was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell. Betty loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and cook.
     Preceding her in death were a daughter and son-in-law: Susan and Glen Walitalo, her parents and 13 brothers and sisters.
     Surviving are her husband, Allen Tapani of Klingville; six children, John (Beverly) Tapani of Klingville; Gary (Merrie) Tapani of Florence, WI; Ruthann (Edward) Lindgren of Chassell; Ron (Roberta) Tapani of Klingville; Dave (Pam Kobus) Tapani of Klingville and Michele (Dave) Lane of L’Anse. Twenty-three grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Gertrude (Gus) Marinelli of Hancock and two brothers, Gottfried Rothenberger of Klingville and Otto Rothenberger of Hancock; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
     Funeral services for Betty were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell with Rev. Ted Koehl officiating. Burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery.
     Friends called on Monday Nov. 27, 2006, from 5-8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Chassell and on Tuesday from noon until time of services at the church.
     To view Betty’s obituary or to send a condolence to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net 

Martin Curtis

     Martin Curtis, Sr., 64, of L’Anse, died on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     He was born on Sept. 12, 1942, in L’Anse, a son of the late Percy and Lillian (Champagne) Curtis and had been a lifelong area resident.
Martin enjoyed fishing and playing cribbage in the L’Anse VFW Cribbage League.
     He is survived by three sons, Martin (Elizabeth) Curtis of Baraga, Robert (Camorah) Curtis of Tampa, FL and William “Bill” Curtis of Hurley, WI; three daughters, Barbara Curtis of L’Anse, Yvonne Curtis of L’Anse and Helen (Donny) Shelafoe of Baraga; a sister, Ruth Curtis of L’Anse; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Francis Curtis.
     A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home with Rev. John Henry officiating. Interment will be in the Assinins Cemetery.
     Mr. Curtis’ obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Ray Allen Marshall

     Ray Allen Marshall, 60, of Skanee, died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 20, 2006.
     He was born on June 23, 1946, in Detroit, a son of Ernest and Pearl (Barnett) Marshall. Ray was raised in Warren, MI, and spent summers with his family as a child in Skanee. He was a 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School in Warren, MI.
     Ray worked for 30 years as an electrical engineer for Daimler-Chrysler and retired in 2004 and was a member of UAW Local #7. While employed with the company, Ray earned an Associates Degree from Henry Ford Community College.
     On Dec. 22, 2003 he married Arlene Hoffer in Detroit.
He will be remembered by his family as a very good man who loved animals, nature and wildlife and was always willing to help others.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene of Skanee; mother, Pearl Marshall of Skanee; uncle, Dayton Barnett of L’Anse; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ray was preceded in death by his father and four brothers, Jerry, Jimmy, Glenn and Leroy.
     A graveside service was held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at 11 a.m. in the Skanee Cemetery with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Copper Country Humane Society.
     Mr. Marshall’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Jean Miller

     Jean Miller, age 64, of Dearborn, MI passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
     She was born on Oct. 15, 1942 in Detroit, daughter of Theodore and Bernadette (Madosh) Moilanen. Jean worked for the Veterans Administration in Detroit as a secretary for few years. She married Harold Miller on Feb. 9, 1962 in Detroit.
     Jean is a member of the Charity Baptist Church in Brownstown Township and the KBIC in Baraga. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Jean loved the outdoors, hiking and camping. She and Harold also raised race horses.
     She is survived by her husband Harold; son Charles Stuart Miller of Dearborn; daughter Cherie (Bradley) Dakota of Baraga; two grandchildren Savannah and Frederick Dakota of Baraga.
Preceding her in death are her parents and her step mom Marie Moilanen who helped raise her.
     Visitation was held on Saturday, Nov. 18th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse. Burial was in the Assinins Cemetery where Rev. John Henry conducted a committal service at 1 p.m.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may sign Jean's guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Robert D. "Bob" Kent

     Robert D. "Bob" Kent, 59, of L'Anse, passed away Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital.
     He was born in Hancock on Nov. 29, 1946 son of Clyde and Eleanor (Chevalier) Kent. He graduated from L'Anse High School in 1967. Bob joined the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict, was a decorated veteran and received the Bronze Star for Valor. Following his discharge he returned to school at Ferris State College.
     Bob married the former Diane Kubit in Covington on March 15, 1969. He was a self-employed dental lab technician until he became employed in the Michigan Department of Corrections in 1985. Bob retired in 2001 due to ill health. He was an active member of the L'Anse American Legion Post 144.
     "And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment". 1 John 3:23.
     Bob was a man who will be missed by all who knew him. Bob lived his life in this world by treating others with love, respect, and true kindness. Bob believed in Jesus as his personal savior. Bob treated his family and friends as his ministry. Bob was a "people person" who knew no strangers. It was common for him to strike up conversation with anyone, anywhere. Bob was able to speak to others from the Love in his heart. This is what will be truly missed by all who knew him.
     Bob was a man full of passion and excitement for life. In his words shortly before he passed, "I play HARD." Bob loved playing golf, fishing, and riding his Harley. He looked forward to each deer hunting season and spending time with his Kent cousin’s and friends. Bob loved hearing jokes as well as telling them. Laughter was common when conversing with Bob. He would take time to talk to the oldest person in the group. He would make every child in his life feel special by taking them fishing, for a ride on his Harley, or speaking his Donald Duck voice to make them laugh. He was "Uncle Biker Bob" to the children in his life. He was proud to be the Godfather to his cousin Terry’s son Scott and nephew Chad Perras.
     Bob also enjoyed gardening and built a waterfall and pond in his back yard, which inspired Diane to take up the hobby as well. The last year of his life Bob spent his time painting duplications of famous pieces by Picasso, Van Gough and Monet.
     Bob's love for his family was always known. He expressed his Love and his family loved him back. It was easy for Bob to show love to others. And he cried when others were hurting and wanted to help fix the hurt. Bob touched each of us in a way that made you feel special and valued. His presence in all of our lives will be missed deeply.
     Bob is survived by his loving wife, Diane, children, Brandon R. Kent of Escanaba, Jarod M. Kent of Marquette, and Kimberly Kent of Virginia Beach, VA., grandchild, McKayla Hojnacki of Virginia Beach, VA., mother, Eleanor Piper of Marquette, brothers, Clyde Kent of Santa Ana, CA, David (Susan) Kent of Negaunee, sister, Patti (Brian) Livengood of Nevada, MO, and his name sake uncle, Robert Kent of Hancock. Nieces and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde.
     Funeral services for Bob were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at L'Anse Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Bishop officiating. The family received friends on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel from 5 until 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Sunday evening Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at 6 p.m.
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with funeral arrangements. Bob’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Amelia Sophie Heikkinen (Maki)

     Amelia Sophie Heikkinen (Maki), of West Allis, WI, passed away in her home on Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.
     She was born in Aura on Dec. 5, 1925, and grew up in Aura on her parent‘s farm with her siblings. She attended Pequaming and L’Anse high schools and married Hjalmer Chris Heikkinen on Dec. 12, 1943. After their marriage they remained in Aura farming the beautiful land Amelia had grown up on with her parents. During their marriage they had three children, Allan, Jo Ann and Kim and in 1955, the entire family moved to Milwaukee, WI.
     Amelia enjoyed the excitement of city life, but would always return to her family’s farm in Aura for her vacations. The beauty and magic, along with our family’s history that can be found at “The Farm” is an enriching and peaceful experience, which has made it the number one sought out vacation destination for some of Amelia’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and we are grateful to her for keeping it in the family for nearly 100 years. Because of this Amelia’s legacy will live on forever and be told (over a cup of coffee and nisu, of course) as we honor and keep her dream alive by keeping “The Farm” for generations of family to have the same treasured experiences as she did.
     Amelia had been a very active member with Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Milwaukee where she served the Lord on the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the Alter Guild. While Amelia worked outside the home, she is best remembered for her love and dedication to her family. She always welcomed and enjoyed a houseful of us and loved to share stories of her Finnish heritage with us over an endless cup of coffee.
     She is survived by her loving husband, three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Milga Parkila, and Laila Majeski, and her brother, Otto Maki. She is proceeded in death by her mother, Maria, and father, Charles, sisters, Elvi Stein, Rauha Koski, and brothers, Carlo, Toivo, and Fredrick.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 in Brookfield, WI. A memorial will be planned for friends and family in Aura during the summer of 2007.

Marian Theresa Heikkinen

     Marian Theresa Heikkinen, 85, of Aura passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at Bayside Village where she had been a resident for one year.
     She was born in L’Anse on Aug. 20, 1921, a daughter of the late Moise and Marian (Woydziak) Deschaine. Theresa graduated from L’Anse High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1940, and attended Commercial College in LaCrosse, WI, where she was later employed.  Upon returning to L’Anse she was employed at the Deschaine Insurance Agency and Western Union office until her marriage to Reino Heikkinen on June 22, 1946. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1986. She was Arvon Township Clerk for one term, secretary of the Aura Hall Board for many years and treasurer of the Aura Fire Department Auxiliary for eight years. Theresa was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse.
     Mrs. Heikkinen is survived by her loving sons, Lance (Katherine) of Baraga, Laird “Larry” (Bonnie) of Aura, and Colin and special friend Diane of Aura, grandsons, Scott, Jason, Corey, Joel, granddaughters, Shana and Suzette, great grandson, Dillon and great granddaughter, Haylee. She was preceded in death by her son, Neil in 1995, sister, Edythe Vuk in 2001, brother, Charles Deschaine and daughter-in-law, Cecelia Heikkinen.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, with Father George Maki, celebrant. Interment took place in the Aura Cemetery. The family received friends at church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the Mass.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mrs. Heikkinen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Virginia M. Johnson

     Virginia M. Johnson, 76, of L'Anse, passed away Wednesday evening Nov. 8, 2006, at Bayside Village, L'Anse, following a lengthy illness.
     She was born in L'Anse on May 20, 1930, daughter of the late Clarence and Florence (LaVack) Blankinship. Virginia graduated from L'Anse High School. She worked for Doctor Louis Guy as his receptionist and dental assistant until her retirement.
     Virginia married Lauri Johnson in L'Anse on Sept. 8, 1951. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1995. She was a member of United Lutheran Church, L'Anse and was active in many church functions.    Virginia was also president of the Residents Council at Bayside Village. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting for her family, and baking. Virginia was a loving caregiver to her husband until his death.
     Mrs. Johnson is survived by her loving children, Michael (Mary) Johnson of L'Anse, Patrick (Karen) Johnson of Skanee, Sandra (Gary) Jaakkola of Brighton, MI., and Lynn (John) Mocan of Lake Ann, MI, grandchildren, William, Rebecca, Duane, Katherine, Carly, Evan, Thomas, and Kara, great-grandchildren, Makayla, Jesse, Dylan, Macy, and Camryn, brother, Clarence Edward (Mavis) Blankinship II of White Pine, MI and sister, Jean Hudson of Hotchkiss, CO. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Johnson were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment took place in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday evening from 5 p.m. until the service. Following the service, the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and refreshments in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Mrs. Johnson’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

George Schoenneman

     George Schoenneman, 85, of L'Anse, died Friday afternoon, Nov. 10, 2006, at Marquette General Hospital.
     He was born on May 14, 1921, in Detroit, the son of George and Mabel (Allen) Schoenneman. George was a graduate of Cooley High School in Detroit. On Feb. 27, 1943 he married the former Winifred Voss in Rosedale Gardens, MI.
     George sailed the great lakes as a wheelsman with Pittsburgh Steamship Company. He then attended Ft. Trumble Officer's Training School in New London, CT and joined the Mari-time Service. He was promoted to lieutenant and sailed around the world delivering supplies to the US Armed Forces. George was later assigned to a hospital ship, bringing wounded service men and women back to the United States.
Following the war he joined the Plymouth Fire Department for which he served 32 years. George attended numerous special firefighting classes at the University of Michigan and Southern Methodist University in Texas for administrative training. He was promoted to Fire Chief in 1964 and retired in 1979.
     George enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking projects and took great pride in maintaining his home and yard. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and had a keen sense of humor.
     He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, the International Fire Chief's Association and the American Legion.
     He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Winifred Schoenneman of Pequaming; son, David; daughter, Anne Marie; and two granddaughters, Suzanne and Michelle. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy and an infant sister.
     Visitation was held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. George Maki officiating. Interment will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Baraga County Veterans conducted military honors.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the Cancer Society.
     Mr. Schoenneman's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

George VanAlstine

     George VanAlstine, 72, of Bitely, MI, died Saturday evening, Nov. 11, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     He was born on July 16, 1934, in Lansing, MI, a son of Warren and Ethel (Brewer) VanAlstine.
     George retired in 1979 as a forklift operator with the Dana Corporation in Lansing after 25 years of service. He was an avid hunter and a lifelong member of the NRA.
     He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Adams of Onaway, MI; four sons, Robin Oja of Aura, Rick (Mary) VanAlstine of Pelkie, Rodney (Zoila) VanAlstine of Athens, AL and Ray (Becky) VanAlstine of Pelkie; a sister, Bethel Morris of Vermont-ville, MI; two brothers, Gail VanAlstine of Waterford, MI and Gerry VanAlstine of Onaway, MI; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
     A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 at noon in the Elo Cemetery. Rev. George Maki will be officiating. The Baraga County Veterans under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post will perform military honors.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. VanAlstine’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Jim “Greek” Vlahos

     Jim “Greek” Vlahos, 63 of Bruce Crossing, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006.
     Jim was born in Trout Creek at the home of his grandmother on May 28, 1943. He grew up in Trout Creek and graduated, from Trout Creek High School in 1961. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1966 with a degree in mathematics and economics. Jim taught for the Stambaugh and Ewen-Trout Creek School Districts for 15 years, he owned Greek’s Bar in Kimball for over two years and worked as a lumber grader and log scaler for twenty five years.
     Outside of work, Jim could be found fishing on many favorite trout streams and rivers. Often times he would be found passing on his knowledge and sharing his passion for the outdoors with family and friends. While at home, Jim enjoyed expressing his creativity and love for his family in the kitchen. The most enjoyable of these times was spent with grandchildren by his side lending a helping hand.
     Jim never hesitated to help the people in his community, playing a key role in the restoration of the Trout Creek Mill Pond Dam and annual Pond Fest celebration. He also assisted the Trout Creek American Legion Auxiliary with spaghetti dinners and pasty sales and was actively involved with the Sno-Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. His outgoing personality and sense of adventure drew him to participate in both Bruce      Crossing and Ewen Centennial choirs and community plays.
Jim married Arlene Korsman on July 30, 1966 at the Bruce Crossing Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church where he was a long-standing member serving terms as treasurer and chair of the church council. He also enjoyed singing in the church choir.
     Jim is survived by his loving wife Arlene; his sons J. David (Kristie) of Houghton and Jeffrey (Trudy) of Marquette; his grandchildren, Ashley, Nicholas, Megan and Ryan; his brothers, Jerry (Carolyn), John (Jeanette), Jan (Lisa); his sisters Ina and Denise and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Elvi (Sallmen) Olgren and his father Nicholas Vlahos.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Trout Creek with the Rev. John Nieman officiating. Interment will be hin Hillside Cemetery in Bruce Crossing. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service. A luncheon will be served following the service at Trout Creek Legion Hall. The Wandersee Funeral Home, Bruce Crossing assisted the family.

Helen A. Erickson

     Helen A. Erickson, 85, of L’Anse passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.
     She was born in Nisula on April 14, 1921, daughter of the late Otto and Myrtle (Horning) Heikkila. Helen attended school in Nisula and Alston. She married Hjalmer Erickson in Hancock on Aug. 10, 1938. He preceded her in death in June of 1996. Helen worked as a nurse’s aide and activities director at Baraga County Memorial Hospital for 20 years. She was a member of United Lutheran Church, Ojibwa Senior Citizens, and the L’Anse Eagles Club #2287. Helen enjoyed quilting, reading, and crafting, and making clothing alterations.
     Mrs. Erickson is survived by her loving children, William “Bill” (Jane) Erickson of La Mesa, CA., Ethel (Ray) Vizina of Baraga, Aileen (Tom) Barker of Lewiston, MI. and Betty Ann (Barry) Barker of Brunswick, OH., 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and sister, Nelda Serle of Burt, MI. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Erickson were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at United Lutheran Church, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery. Family members will honor her as casket bearers. The family received friends on Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and one hour prior to the service at church on Tuesday.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mrs. Erickson’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Rev. Craig A. Anderson

     Rev. Craig A. Anderson of Pewuakee, WI, passed away at Zilber Hospice on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006.
     Craig was born on May 29, 1951 in Wisconsin Rapids to Richard W. and Dorothea A. (Hackbart) Anderson and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1969. He served in the US Army Security Agency from 1970 to 1973, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Education, Eau Claire in 1976 with a B. A. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA in 1980. In 1991 Craig received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
     He served as an intern pastor at Shepherd of the Valley, Townsend, MT in 1977-78 and as a pastor of the following congregations: West Denmark Lutheran Church in Luck, WI (1981-1987); United Lutheran Church (1987 to 1995) in L’Anse; Holy Cross Lutheran in Wheaton, IL (1995-2002). He served as interim pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran in Menomonee Falls, WI (2003-2005) and St. Olaf Lutheran in Rubicon, WI (2005-2006). Craig loved all kinds of music. He played guitar and banjo and used music as a part of his ministry
     He married Patricia (Trish) Ann Normington on Jan. 3, 1976, in Eau Claire WI. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Nathan Allen Anderson, foster daughter Diane Lynn (Hayden) Robinson (Amanda and Derek) of Osceola, WI and numerous other foster children. He is also survived by sisters Marsha (Clyde) O’Neil, Renee (Darrell) Bradley, and a brother Greg (Mary) Farnham. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothea Anderson.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls, WI. Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be equitably distributed by the family. Condolences can be sent to the family at W228 N3952 Crescent Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072.


Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Lenore A. Brockett

     Lenore A. Brockett, 91, of L'Anse, died Tuesday morning, Oct. 31, 2006, at Bayside Village in L'Anse following a lengthy illness.
     She was born on Sept. 6, 1915, in Morrow County, OH, a daughter of the late Fred and Hazel (Gallegher) Addlesperger.
     Lenore was raised in Chesterville, OH and graduated from Chesterville High School. She married Bernard Brockett in Joliet, IL on Feb. 11, 1943. The couple moved to Aura, in 1960. Lenore moved to L'Anse following Bernard's passing in 1986.
    She is survived by three sisters, Lolita (Ralph) Barns of Marengo, OH, Esther Baldock of Kent, WA and Evelyn Pfeifer of Wenona Lake, IN.
     There will be no services for Lenore at this time.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mrs. Brockett's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Paul J. LaBerge

     Paul J. LaBerge, 54, of Pelkie passed away suddenly Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006 at his home. He was born in Hancock, on April 11, 1952 son of Kenneth and Barbara "Babs" (LeDuc) LaBerge. Paul graduated from L’Anse High School in 1970. He was employed by the State of Michigan in the DOT as a mechanic. Paul was an outdoorsmen and enjoyed hunting.
     Mr. LaBerge is survived by his loving daughter, Emily LaBerge of L’Anse, granddaughter, Kayleigh LaBerge of L’Anse, mother, Barbara LaBerge of Menominee, MI., brother, Peter (Mona) LaBerge of Menominee, MI., sisters, Jackie (Pat) Chamberlain of Skanee, Margaret (Ken) Peterson of Ishpeming, and Mary Jane LaBerge of San Pablo, CA. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey in 1987, his father in 1988, and brothers, Tom in 1990 and Kenneth "Duke" in 2004.
     Funeral services for Mr. LaBerge were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Father Augustin George officiating. Interment took place in the Alston Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Following the service, friends were invited to join the family for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with the arrangements.
Mr. LaBerge’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Ellen H. Wallin (Salonen)

     Ellen H. Wallin (Salonen), age 89, passed away on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006.
     She was born on Sept. 25, 1917 in Summit, MI. Ellen graduated from L’Anse High School in 1936. She attended college in Los Angeles, then returned to L’Anse in 1938 and married William Wallin in 1941. She was a librarian for 30 years, retiring in 1980. She and her husband then traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states. After the death of her husband in 2000 she moved to Holt, MI.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, William; parents Toivo and Matilda (Anander) Salonen; sister Eileen Ehlman of Chicago; brother George Salonen; sister Martha (Edgar) Philips of Los Angeles; brother William (Margaret) Salonen of L’Anse; niece June Mervar of L’Anse; ex son-in-law Robert Bowlus of Boon; and special friend L. Sam Roberts in Holt. She is survived by her daughters Jane Wallin of Holt and Lorna Wallin of Riverview; granddaughters Linda (Jeff) Kozacki of Kalamazoo and Elaine (Chuck) Gartland of Niles; great grandchildren, Hanna and John Kozacki, and Erika and Liam Gartland; nephew Paul (Diane) Ehlman of Chicago; nieces Ariel (Gwyn) Jones of Carlisle, MA and Della Jestila of L’Anse and special cousin Dolores (Clarence) Forcia of L’Anse.
     A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society in memory of Ellen Wallin.
     Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, assisted with local arrangements.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mary Ann Eilertsen

     Mary Ann Eilertsen, age 65, of Washburn, WI died on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Northern Lights Health Care Center in Washburn. She was born on July 5, 1941 in Sidnaw, the daughter of Ernest and Olga (Seppanen) Cummings.
     She was a graduate of L’Anse High School in 1959. On Sept. 30, 1961 she married D. Niles Eilertsen in Covington. They were residents of Watersmeet and Kenton before moving to Washburn, WI in 1972 where they have been residents since.
     Mary Ann was a reporter for The Washburn Times and Bayfield County Journal for many years. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Washburn and the Red Hat Ladies at Northern Lights Health Care Center. She enjoyed attending Washburn community events and various school sporting games and music programs.
     She is survived by her husband, D. Niles Eilertsen of Washburn, WI; daughters, Susan Eilertsen of Colorado Springs, CO and Sandra Eilertsen of Superior, WI; twin brother, Ernest (Theresa) Cummings of Hurley, WI; sisters, Linda (Edward) Lancet of Bruce Crossing, MI and Linnea Bishoff of Ewen, MI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 at Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn, WI. Chaplain Ryan Olson officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the memorial service at the Bratley Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place in Michigan at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Northern Lights Health Care Center and/or Messiah Lutheran Church.

Sulo J. Hulkonen

     Sulo J. Hulkonen, 89, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. He was born on Sept. 13, 1917, in Nisula, the son of Henry and Hilda Hulkonen. His wife of 66 years, Helga (Kemppainen) Hulkonen preceded him in death.
     Sulo was employed at Michigan State University for 25 years from 1954 to 1979 where he worked in the Department of Poultry Science. Sulo was a gardener, photographer and traveler. His family will always remember his work ethic, good advice and quiet loving nature.
Sulo is survived by four daughters, Judith (Arthur) Reese of Bemidji, MN, Sandra (Ronald) Starkey of Green Bay, WI, Marjorie (William) Bergstrom of Rockford, IL, and Mary (John) Jeffrey of Traverse City. His eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren remember him affectionately as “Ukki”.
     Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Bethany Lutheran Church, in Kaleva, with Pastor Diane Bareis officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church.
     The Terwilliger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.terwilligerfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Cecelia Marion Cook

     Cecelia Marion Cook, 86, of Baraga, died on Thursday evening, Oct. 5, 2006, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
     She was born on May 12, 1920, in Escanaba, a daughter of John H. and Florence (Badger) Roberts.
     Cecelia was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga. Her leisure activities included bingo and participating in TOPS.
     She is survived by three sons, John (Lillian) Messer of Baraga, Donald (Linda) Messer of Baraga and James Cook of L’Anse; three daughters, Lorraine Trisch of Troy, MI, Lucille (Harry) Renweck of Cheyenne, WY and Mary Cook of North Carolina; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Dorsky of L’Anse and Florence Deschaine of L’Anse; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Ike Messer and Kenneth Cook; brothers, John and Raymond Roberts; and a sister, Evelyn Asher.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006 at noon in St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga with Rev. George Maki officiating. Visitation was held for one hour prior to the mass in the church. Interment was in Baraga Cemetery. Mrs. Cook’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Ida Hakala Klinke Pultz

     Ida Hakala Klinke Pultz, 92 passed away Sept. 30, 2006, in Palm City, FL.
     She was born in Askel, MI on Dec. 15, 1913. She spent most of her life living in West Palm Beach and Palm City FL. She always returned to Askel at least once a year throughout her life. In recent years she has spent many summers coming to the UP and staying in Askel.
     She was a 1939 graduate of The Chicago School of Nursing.
She was predeceased by her husbands Bernard E. Klinke and William J. Pultz. Brothers Edward Hakala, Bert Hakala, Jack Hakala and Evert Hakala, sisters Hulda Hill, Vera Lahikainen, and Helen Maki.
     She is survived by her son, William C.(Bill) Klinke and his wife Norma of Lake Alfred FL. Her daughters, Rosemary Muchala and her husband, Richard of Morganton, N.C. and Lois Klinke-Witham of Palm City, FL. Sisters, Sophie Nedoli of Lake Villa IL, Elma Turpeinen of Houghton and sister-in-law, Maryann Hakala of Askel. Also nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her former son-in-law, Randy Witham.
     Services were held on Oct. 4, 2006, in Palm City, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to The First Congregational UCC Church, PO Box 888, Palm City, FL 34991.

Martha Elizabeth Karvonen

     Martha Elizabeth Karvonen, 90, of L'Anse, died Monday morning, Oct. 9, 2006 at Bayside Village.
     She was born on Aug. 24, 1916, in Point Mills, MI, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Pieniniemi) Partanen. Martha was a 1935 graduate of L'Anse High School.
     Martha married Edwin B. Karvonen in June of 1935 and he preceded her in death in 1984.
     She was a member of L'Anse Baptist Church and in her spare time enjoyed sewing, reading and letter writing.
     Martha is survived by three sons, Wayne (Pat) Karvonen of Arnheim, Robert (Deborah) Karvonen of L'Anse and Michael (Ellen) Karvonen of Motley, MI; a daughter, Carol (Ronald) Richards of Baraga; two brothers, Paul (Alice) Partanen of Grand Rapids, MI and Pete (June) Partanen of Kalamazoo, MI; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David Karvonen; four brothers, Charles, John, Edwin and George; and a grandson, Dennis Richards.
     A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Bishop officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Mrs. Karvonen's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Eileen Mary Mills

     Eileen Mary Mills, 91 of L’Anse passed away Friday, Oct. 6, 2006 at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
     Mary was born in Highland Park, MI on Nov. 5, 1914, daughter of the late John and Isabelle (Gibson) Morrison. She graduated from school in Detroit and in 1932, married Albert Mills. They continued to live in the Detroit area until moving to Aura, in the early 1970’s. Mr. Mills preceded her in death in 1994.
     Mary enjoyed playing cards, gardening and crocheting. She enjoyed homemaking and was a wonderful cook.
     Mrs. Mills is survived by her loving children Robert (Eileen) Mills and John (Linda) Mills both of Aura and daughter Nancy (Warren) Carlen of Utica, grandchildren Kim, Brenda, Deb, Doug, Don, Mike, Mary, Ed, and Julie; great-grandchildren Joe, Greg, Jake, Brian, Ashley, Scott, Kelly, Jason, Alyssa, Jamie, Stephanie, Brandon, Megan, Rebecca, Jillian, Alexis, Sara, Rachel, and Sidney. A sister, Adeline (Dwight) Ivie of Summertown, TN. and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.   She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
     A family service was held Monday, Oct. 9, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. The family entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel with arrangements. Mrs. Mills’ obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Gerald J. Jondreau

     Gerald J. Jondreau, 69, of L’Anse, died Friday evening, Sept. 29, 2006, in the Skilled Nursing Unit at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     He was born March 21, 1937, in Assinins, Michigan, a son of the late William “Boyzie” and Mino (Cardinal) Jondreau. Gerald was a 1955 graduate of Baraga High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Michigan Technological University.
     He was employed with Hughes Aircraft for several years and then with MacDonald-Douglass following their acquisition of Hughes. He retired in 1994 as an. ordnance engineer for the Apache Helicopter.  Following his retirement, Gerald returned to Baraga County, purchased a fishing boat and was self-employed for some time as a commercial fisherman.
    Gerald was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church at Assinins, the Ojibwa Seniors and served as president with the cultural club. He designed safety procedures, taught the; Ojibwa language, promoted education and empowerment of the people to members of the KBIC. Gerald performed with the chorus’ at Most Holy Name of Jesus and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Atlantic Mine. He and his wife, Susan operated an ice cream cart business at pow-wow’s and also had a music ministry entertaining residents at the local nursing homes and assisted care facilities.
     Gerald is survived by his wife, Susan Jondreau, whom he married July 29, 2000; children, Diane Jondreau, Michelle (Chris) Dunn, Caryn Jondreau and Denise (Allen) Ash; step-children, Patrick (Susie) Little and Jennifer (Jeremiah) Gunderson; six grandchildren; brother, Robert (Jamie) Jondreau; sister, Nancy (Rod) Edwards; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elaine and Alice and a brother, William Jondreau.
     Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. A parish prayer service will take place a 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church at Assinins with Rev. Augustin George officiating. Interment will be in the Assinins Cemetery.
     Mr. Jondreau’s obituary may also be viewed at www.iacobsonfuneralhome.com

Leonard G. Beck

     Leonard G. Beck, age 77 of Champion, passed away on Sunday Oct. 1, 2006 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming Township, where he had resided since April of this year.
     Leonard was born on April 23, 1929 in Detroit, the son of the late Gideon and Edna (Andun) Beck. Leonard and his family moved to the Champion area in his infancy and he had resided in this area since that time, other than a few years in Wyoming where he worked as a diamond driller in the mines.
     Leonard was a graduate of the Champion High School, Class of 1947, and attended Technical School for two years, studying surveying. Leonard married Carol Laitinen on March 11, 1950 in Negaunee. He worked construction mainly on phase two and phase three of the paper mill in Escanaba and also at the White Pine Copper Mine. Leonard went on to teach construction and surveying at the NMU skills center, retiring in the late 1980’s following 16 years with the! university.
     Leonard will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Leonard was a member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where he had served on the church council for several years, the Champion Lions Club in which he was a member for over 50 years and had held several officer positions, and also was a member of the Ishpeming Elks Club for the past 17 years. Leonard enjoyed his camp, hunting, fishing, bowling and golfing.
     Survivors include his wife Carol Beck of Champion; a daughter Diane (Lynn) Freng of Vancouver, WA; a grandson Cory Freng of Vancouver, WA; a brother Charles Beck of Baraga; along with two nephews Eric and Keith Beek. He was preceded in death by a son Kenneth Beck in 1998; a brother Kenneth Beck and an infant sister Trace Beck.
     A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 5, 2006 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Champion with Carole Neitzel, L.L.M. to officiate. Inurnment will take place in the Champion Cemetery.
     The family will greet friends at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church from 2 p.m. until the time of services on Thursday.
     The Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy E. Syrjala

     Dorothy E. Syrjala, 80, of Watton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 at her residence following a lengthy illness.
     She was born in Covington on July 7, 1926 the seventh child of the late Emil and Eva (Chaulklin) Kantola. Dorothy attended school in Covington and graduated from L’Anse High School in 1942.
She was a seamstress for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, retiring after 19 years. Dorothy married Douglas Syrjala in L’Anse on April 20, 1974. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Sidnaw and a lifetime member of the Covington VFW Post 8945 Ladies Auxiliary. Her hobbies included handiwork; tatting, crocheting, reading, and playing cards anytime and anyplace. Dorothy loved caring for a long line of canine companions including her current “sons” Mister Butch and Roscoe,
    Mrs. Syrjala is survived by her loving husband, Douglas, daughters, Dorothy (John) Beckman of Canton, MI. and Jacqueline Giroux of Cleveland, OH., grandchildren, Sarah Beckman of Minneapolis MN., Robert Beckman of Canton, MI., Nikolas (Daria) Rongers of Atlantic Beach, FL., and Jordon Rongers of New Orleans, LA., brother, William "Bill" (Marge) Kantola of Covington, sisters, Ruth Selden of L’Anse and Helen Kettula of Calvert City, KY. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006 from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father Augustin George officiating. Inter-ment took place in the Covington Cemetery. The family received friends on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse from 6 until 8 p.m. and at church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the Mass. Friday evening a parish prayer service was held at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Covington VFW Post 8945 Ladies Auxiliary service at 7 p.m. A fellowship and luncheon was held at the Covington VFW Post 8945 directly following the interment on Saturday.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mrs. Syrjala’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Wilmer “Jay” Meldrum

     Wilmer “Jay” Meldrum, Jr. 58, of Three Lakes, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family following a lengthy illness on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006.
     He was born in Mt. Clemens, MI. on Feb. 13, 1948 son of the late Wilmer and Berdeen R. (Cart-wright) Meldrum, Sr. Jay graduated from Algonac High School in 1966. He was inducted into the Algonac High School Football Hall of Fame. After high school Jay played baseball for the Boston Red Sox. He was a decorated Army veteran serving in Vietnam, discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1969. Jay married the former Judy Roy in Baraga on July 23, 1993. He was a finish carpenter until illness forced his retirement a year and a half ago. Jay was a member of the L’Anse VFW Post 3897. He was an avid hunter and fishermen and enjoyed introducing young people to the outdoors. Jay had a keen sense of humor that continued during his illness. In addition, he took pleasure in growing vegetables in his garden.
     Mr. Meldrum is survived by his loving wife, Judy, children, Anthony M. Kozel of Three Lakes, Beverly J. Kozel of Marine City, MI, Rachel A.Kozel (John Howe) of Three Lakes, Lisa Meldrum, of Lower Michigan and Sherry (Brent) Appleton of Algonac, MI, seven grandchildren, two brothers, Raymond Meldrum of Florida, and Tim Meldrum of Arkansas. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
     A memorial service for Mr. Meldrum was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2006 at the Michigamme Cemetery with Pastor Charles Tooman officiating. Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at the cemetery Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements.
     Mr. Meldrum’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Wilfred A. Bunker

     Wilfred A. Bunker, 80, of Baraga, passed away on Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, in Baraga. He had been in ill health for several years.
     Wilfred was born in Oconto Falls, WI on Sept. 3, 1926 son of the late Amos and Dora (Dashner) Bunker. He graduated from Oconto Falls High School and worked for a short time for the Frigo Cheese Company in Lena, WI. He was a career service man in the US Army and retired with the rank of Sergeant after 20 years of service. Wesley married the former Esther Usitalo in Milwaukee, WI on Dec. 5, 1970.  While in Milwaukee he was employed for General Electric as an electrical inspector in the pacemaker division until ill health forced his retirement in 1987. Wilfred’s leisure activities included gardening and fishing.
Mr. Bunker is survived by his loving wife, Esther, step children, Wesley Kaurala of Baraga and Sylvia (Daryl) Jestila of L’Anse, step grandchildren, Gail, Tim, Amy, Arnold, Kim, Cindy, and Peggy, nine step great-grandchildren, brother, Robert Bunker of Las Vegas, NV, and sister, Carol.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, from St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga, with Father Augustin George, celebrant. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. Family members will honor Mr. Bunker as casket bearers. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and one hour prior to Mass at church on Friday.
     Baraga County Veterans under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors Thursday evening at the funeral chapel at 6:30 p.m. followed by a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with arrangements. Mr. Bunker’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

John W. Kinnunen

     John W. Kinnunen, 78, of Keweenaw Bay, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 11, 2006 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L'Anse, where he had been a patient for a week.
     He was born in Hancock, on March 16, 1928 son of the late William J. and Hazel (Isaacson) Kinnunen. John graduated from Baraga High School in 1945. He was a US Army veteran, assigned to the Service Company in Alaska. John was discharged from Fort Richardson, AK in 1949 with a rank of Corporal.
     He married the former Elvera Ahrens at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Frazier, MI. on Aug. 7, 1954. John was a supervisor at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, MI., retiring in 1987 with 35 years of service. He returned to the Keweenaw Bay area in 1993. John was a member of the Eagles Club of South Range. He was an avid gardener, and enjoyed boating and fishing.
     Mr. Kinnunen is survived by his loving wife, Elvera, daughters, Kim (Marie) Lamb of Chesterfield Township, MI, and Sue (Duane) Rahood of New Haven, MI, grandchild, Garrick Lamb of Baraga, great-grandchildren, Shelby and Haily, and niece, Leann. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley and brother, Tom.
     Funeral services for Mr. Kinnunen were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment took place in the Keweenaw Bay Cemetery. The family received friends on Thursday evening, Sept. 14, 2006 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Directly following the service on Friday, friends were invited to join the family for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. Baraga county area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors at the cemetery on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
     Memorials in Mr. Kinnunen's honor may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with arrangements.
     Mr. Kinnunen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Alma Lillian Lewis

     Alma Lillian Lewis (nee Erickson) died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She was born on Oct. 7, 1925 in Pelkie.
     Surviving are two sons, Robert (Judy) of Berkley, and Charles (Patricia) of Rochester Hills, MI, four grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, and four brothers, Walfred, Emil, Heino and Andrew Erickson.
     A memorial service was held at Sawyer Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 W. Twelve Road, Berkley, MI on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006 at 6 p.m.
     Interment will be in Pelkie Cemetery, Pelkie, MI.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Anna Marie Kangas

     Anna Marie Kangas, 95, of L'Anse, died peacefully at home, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006.
     She was born on Jan. 20, 1911, in Baraga, a daughter of the late Richard and Jennie (Ross) King and had been a lifelong area resident. On May 25, 1931 she married Waino Kangas and he preceded her in death on June 13, 1992 after 65 years of marriage.
     Anna was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and the L'Anse Eagles Auxiliary.
     She is survived by three sons, James (Charlene) Kangas of L'Anse, Wayne (Chris) Kangas of Dewitt, MI and Larry (Jean) Kangas of L'Anse; 11 grandchildren, Deborah Politowski, Stephen and Michael Clisch, Jeffrey Kangas, Kristen Kangas-Kraft, Stacey Stiebe, Todd Kangas, Timothy Kangas, Karen Lozier, Shelley Lloyd and Jennifer Brody; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Agnes Johnson of L'Anse; sister-in-law, Elsie Kangas of Florida; brother-in-law, Wayne Talus of Ishpeming; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Clisch; five sisters, Laura Tollefson, Isabelle Ellenich, Dorothy King, Eva Jurmu and Jeanette Clisch; and two grandchildren, Lori Ann Clisch and Thomas Kangas.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Rev. Augustin George officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the mass in the church. Interment will be in the Baraga Cemetery.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
     Mrs. Kangas' obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

John W. Kinnunen

     John W. Kinnunen, 78, of Keweenaw Bay, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 11, 2006 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L'Anse, where he had been a patient for a week.
     He was born in Hancock, on March 16, 1928 son of the late William J. and Hazel (Isaacson) Kinnunen. John graduated from Baraga High School in 1945. He was a US Army veteran, assigned to the Service Company in Alaska. John was discharged from Fort Richardson, AK in 1949 with a rank of Corporal.
     He married the former Elvira Ahrens at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Frazier, MI. on Aug. 7, 1954. John was a supervisor at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, MI., retiring in 1987 with 35 years of service. He returned to the Keweenaw Bay area in 1993. John was a member of the Eagles Club of South Range. He was an avid gardener, and enjoyed boating and fishing.
     Mr. Kinnunen is survived by his loving wife, Elvira, daughters, Kim (Marie) Lamb of Chesterfield Township, MI, and Sue (Duane) Rahood of New Haven, MI, grandchild, Garrick Lamb of Baraga, great-grandchildren, Shelby and Haily, and niece, Leann. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley and brother, Tom.
     Funeral services for Mr. Kinnunen were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment took place in the Keweenaw Bay Cemetery. The family received friends on Thursday evening, Sept. 14, 2006 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Directly following the service on  Friday, friends were invited to join the family for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. Baraga county area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors at the cemetery on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
     Memorials in Mr. Kinnunen's honor may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with arrangements.
     Mr. Kinnunen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Frances (Cerne) Stiegelmar

     Frances (Cerne) Stiegelmar, 75, of Bessemer, went to eternal rest on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, in Hurley, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
     She was born on May 20, 1931, in Bessemer, daughter of the late Anton and Rose (Markovich) Cerne. Frances attended St. Sebastian School and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School with the Class of 1949.
     On Sept. 19, 1956, she met and was married to Jerry "Gerald" Stiegelmar in Los Angeles. They made their home in California for more than 40 years, raised their children and retired to Little Girl's Point on Lake Superior, where they built their dream home and enjoyed it for more than 12 years. Jerry preceded her in death on July 6, 2005.
     She is survived by a son, Paul (Teri) Stiegelmar of Monterey Park, CA; a daughter, Francine (Tony) Cerne of L'Anse, five grandchildren, Jessica, Andrea, Paul Jr., Gregor and Sara; and a great-granddaughter, Angelina; and two sisters, Rose Anderson of Bessemer and Anne Rourke of Santee, CA.
     Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by twin brothers, Tony and Victor Cerne.
     Cremation has taken place at the Range Crematory in Hurley. Private funeral services and inurnment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer.
     Memorial contributions are preferred to St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bessemer.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Helen G. “Yaya” Cote

     Helen G. “Yaya” Cote, 92, of Baraga, died on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 5, 2006 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L'Anse.
     She was born on Oct. 21, 1913, in Houghton, a daughter of the late Richard Alphonse and Gertrude (Ongie) Cote and attended St. Ignatius School in Houghton and at an early age the family moved to Baraga. She graduated from Baraga High School in 1930 at the age of 16.
     The week following graduation she was employed by Baraga Lumber Company as secretary. She held the job for three years and when the general manager resigned she was promoted to that position until the company dissolved some time later.
     Helen was then employed as Assistant Lumber Sales Manager for Ford Motor Company in L'Anse. It was then that the manager of the Ford Plant felt she was capable of selling lumber on the road, but it was unheard of at that time that a lady perform that duty. With the permission of the Detroit office she was given three days on the road and at the end of the three days she returned with orders for approximately six million feet of lumber. That was the start of her career on the road.
     Ford Motor Company closed the L'Anse plant in 1955 and she was employed as General Manager of Miller Lumber Sales in L'Anse. She remained with that company until her retirement in 1985. In all of her years on the road Helen had traveled approximately 200,000 miles.
Helen was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Baragaland Senior Citizens, AARP and an honorary member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association.
     Helen is survived by a sister, Catherine (Onnie) Koskinen of Baraga; niece, Mary Kay (Tom) Clisch; nephews, Jim (Cele) Koskinen, Michael (Blanche) Koskinen, Pat (Mary) Koskinen and Bob (Sally) Koskinen; great nieces and nephews, Sue Skytta, Shellie Usitalo, TJ Clisch, Stacey Clisch, Jimmer Koskinen, Julie Ruotsala, John, Mike, Craig, Kim, Jason, Carey, Mark, Scott and Gary Koskinen; and 23 great-great nieces and nephews.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006 at noon in St. Ann's Catholic Church with Rev. George Maki officiating. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until the time of the mass in the church. Interment was in Baraga Cemetery.
     Memorial contributions can be made to the Skilled Nursing Unit at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Helen Cote's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Susan Louise Walitalo

     Susan Louise Walitalo, 46 of Arnheim, died unexpectedly, Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 at Miami County Medical Center in Paola, KS.
    She was born on March 18, 1960, in Hancock, a daughter of Allen and Elizabeth (Rothenberger) Tapani and had been a lifelong area resident. Susan attended Baraga High School and was a 1978 graduate. On March 25, 1978 she married Glenn R. Walitalo in Baraga and he preceded her in death on April 19, 2005.
     Susan was employed for several years at the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga in the guest services department. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell. Susan enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and especially her grandchildren. She will be remembered by her family as a good mom and wonderful grandmother.
     She is survived by four children, Rachel (Richard) Feathers of Arnheim, Kimberly Walitalo of Arnheim, Erin Walitalo of Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Luke Walitalo of L'Anse; four grandchildren, Harley, Jeremiah, Robert and Brendon; parents, Allen and Elizabeth Tapani of Chassell; siblings, John (Beverly) Tapani of Chassell, Gary (Merri) Tapani of Florence, WI, Ruthann (Ed) Lindgren of Chassell, Ron (Roberta) Tapani of Chassell, Dave (Pam Kobus) Tapani of Chassell and Michelle (David) Lane of L'Anse; mother and father-in-law, Robert and Myra Walitalo of Arnheim; brother-in-law, Bruce (Wendy) Walitalo of Arnheim; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Susan was preceded in death by a son, Lucas R. Walitalo in February of 1982.
     A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell with Rev. Ted Koehl officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the church.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to Susan’s family in care of the Jacobson Funeral Home.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Walitalo's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Helga (Kemppainen) Hulkonen

     Helga (Kemppainen) Hulkonen, 86, of Traverse City, died on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at the Munson Hospice House following a short illness.
     She was born on July 23, 1920, in Pelkie, the daughter of Henry and Anna Kemppainen.
     Helga is survived by her husband of 66 years, Sulo J. Hulkonen. She was the mother of four daughters who survive her: Judith (Arthur) Reese of Bemidji, MN, Sandra (Ronald) Starkey of Green Bay, WI, Marjorie (William) Bergstrom of Rockford, IL, and Mary (John) Jeffrey of Traverse City. Her eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren remember her affectionately as “Mummu”.
     Helga loved being a homemaker, keeping a clean and comfortable home. For many years she was active in her church. She was always eager to travel. Her family will always remember her for her energy, determination, love and concern for others.
     Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva, with Pastor Diane Bareis officiating. Interment was in Maple Grove Township Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday, from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church. The Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements.

Larry “Denny” Lahikainen

     Larry “Denny” Lahikainen, 62, of Dollar Bay, passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2006, at Portage Health.
     He was born in Hancock on Nov. 5, 1943, son of the late Eino E. Lahikainen and Helvi “Esther” Korpi.
     He graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1962, and attended Michigan State University and Suomi College. He served in the US Army from 1965 through 1967, after which he worked for various local construction and engineering firms until his retirement. His dedication to his community and the arts were his passion. His numerous contributions to the community are evident by all who live in the Bay area. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers, Elmer L. and Theodore; and a stepson, Jack.
     He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline M. Lahikainen, of Dollar Bay; two children and three stepchildren, Curtis (Lori) Lahikainen, of Dollar Bay, Angela Lahikainen (Joseph) Bianco, of L’Anse, Roger (Bonnie) Goodale, of Panama City, FL. Teri (Joseph) Falinski, of Tempe, AZ, and Mari (Ronald) Ervast, of L’Anse; his grandchildren, Jill, Tyler and Jessi Bianco, Kendra Lahikainen, Elizabeth Ervast, Nicole Ervast, Kelli Ervast, Cory Goodale, Megan Goodale, Ryan Goodale, RAchel Goodale, and Erin (Goodale) Noguess of Marquette; and one great-grandchild, Samuel Noguess; a brother, Thomas (Kathy) of Dollar Bay; a half-brother, John Perander; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at First Lutheran Church in Dollar Bay, with Intern Nicholas Hopman to officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the Liminga Cemetery with military rites to be conducted by the Copper Country Veteran’s Association.
     Arrangements are being handled by Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.antilafuneral.com

James S. "Jim" Taylor

     James S. "Jim" Taylor, 67, of L'Anse, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     He was born in Detroit, on Oct. 4, 1938, son of the late George W. and Helen E. (Ziegler) Taylor. He graduated from high school in Detroit and then served in the US Army from 1962 until 1965. Jim worked for Pettibone Corp. as a machinist until his retirement. He resided in L'Anse for the past one and a half years.
     Mr. Taylor is survived by his children, Jerry Lancour of Florida, Shawn Taylor of California, Karlee (Jim) Usimaki of Ishpeming, and stepson, Scott Toone, grandchildren, Marcia, Chris, Scotty, Jay, Wendy, Alyssa, Kayla, Lacey, great-grandchildren, Haley, Kyle and Jacob, and nephew, Fred Soto.
     Funeral services for Mr. Taylor were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. The family received friends on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.
     Memorials to the family may be directed in care of the funeral home. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with arrangements.
     Mr. Taylor’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, September 6, 2006

No obituaries this week, everyone is doing fine!


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Alice F. Roland

     Alice F. Roland, 80, of L'Anse, died Monday morning, Aug. 28, 2006, at Bayside Village in L'Anse.
     She was born on Dec. 19, 1925, in Iron Mountain, a daughter of the late Blasius and Mary (Warmuth) Mortl. Alice was raised in Iron Mountain and was an Iron Mountain High School graduate.
She relocated to the Skanee area with her husband, John L. Erickson following their marriage and had resided there since.
     She is survived by a daughter, Dianne (David) Haapala of Aura; step-daughters, Pat (Bruce) Frisch of California and Chris (Bob) Dutzi of Chicago, IL; nine grandchildren, Denise (Steve "Buck") Larson, Dennis Nelson, Debra (John) Robillard, Michael (Sarah) Karvakko, Jessica (Doug) Kehus, Stacey Erickson-Karvakko, Joe and Scott Erickson and Beverly Erickson; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; siblings, Helen Kassin of Iron Mountain, Robert Mortl of Sturtevant, WI, John Mortl of California and Joe Mortl of Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John L. Erickson in 1976 and James "Bud" Roland in 2003; sons, Michael Erickson on Jan. 1, 2006 and John Erickson on Jan. 4, 2006; five siblings; and a step-daughter, Michelle Brophy.
     A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at 1 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Skanee Cemetery at a later date.
     Mrs. Roland's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Robert Andrew Price

     Robert Andrew Price, age 70 of Brighton, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006.
     Born on Oct. 19, 1935 to Robert J. and Helen (Erickson) Price in Baraga, Michigan. He married Shirley Glenwright on Oct. 19, 1957. Robert was a Sergeant with the Detroit Police Department, retiring in 1994. He was a lifetime Mason and a member of the American Legion #219 of Fife Lake.
     Survivors include: his wife, Shirley of Brighton; two daughters, Debra (Paul) Carter of Highland, Angela (John) Thorpe of Howell; one son, Robert Price of Milford; two granddaughters Stephanie and Lauren; two sisters Helen Quigley of Arizona and Sharon Ylkanen of Marenisco, MI.

Linda C. (Georgel) Kela

     Linda C. (Georgel) Kela, 56, Green Bay, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at a local hospital.
     She was born on Oct. 29, 1949, in L'Anse, to Charles and Laurel Jean Georgel. Linda worked for many years as a nurse in the Milwaukee area.
     Linda is survived by four children, Joseph Earl Georgel, Tina Marie Loonsfoot, Laura Kela, Robert Arthur Kela; four grandchildren, Christopher James Benson, Jr., Laurie Martineau, Tanisha I. Davis, Cassandra Carrol Jean Georgel; a sister, Christine Louise Couillard; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Georgel and Mr. and Mrs. James Collins.
     The visitation was held at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 19. A memorial service was held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 19 at the funeral home.
     To send online condolences, please go to www.blaneyfuneralhome.com.
     "We love her and will miss her."

Lillian K. Cady

     Lillian K. Cady, age 83, of Northville, passed away Aug. 15, 2006.
     She was the daughter of the late Alex and Anna Kinnunen of Alston.  Beloved wife of the late Bartlett Cady. Loving mother of Fran Carman and Roger Cady. Adored grandmother of four and great-grandmother of one. Dear aunt of Bonny, Linda, Jim and Walter Kinnunen.
     The funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 18, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church, 777 W 8 Mile Rd, Northville.
Contributions to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield MI, 48076 appreciated.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Guy W. Nordine

     Guy W. Nordine, 96 of Kenton, died on Monday, Aug. 14, 2006 at Lillian Kerr Health Care Center in Phelps. He was born on March 17, 1910 in Kenton, son of the late August and Sophie (Melander) Nordine and attended the Golden Glow School in Kenton. He married Cassie Farero on July 15, 1939. She preceded him in death in 1981. He married Florence “Pud” Murphy on March 19, 1985. Guy started the Nordine Lumber Company and 1941 and operated it for 50 years. He was a 60 year member of the Ewen- Ontonagon Masonic Lodge in Ewen and the Ahmed Temple and Valley of Marquette Consistory, a past president of the Wisconsin and Michigan Timber Producers Association and the Duncan Township School Board. Guy enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf.
     Survivors include his wife Florence “Pud”, son Jim (Cathy) of Land O’Lakes, two daughters; Judy (Stanley) Syria of Kenton and Kate (Steve) Cook of New Brighton, MN, six grandchildren; Penny (Pat) Hill, Scott Cook, Brian Cook, Jenny (Joe) Caudill, Jason (Becky) Nordine and Mark Nordine and nine great-grandchildren; Bryce, Ashley, Brandon, Nathan, August, Iris, J.P. III, Linnea and Finnian. Also two brothers; Jack of Bergland and Tom (Seere) of Bruce Crossing and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers; Guy William, Charlie, Bernard and Clem and four sisters; Margaret, Marian, Kathryn and Dorothy.
     Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at the Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing with the Rev. Leon Linquist officiating. Interment will be in the Kenton Cemetery.   Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. EDT with Masonic Services at 8:30 p.m. and for an hour before the service on Saturday.


Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Tyyne E. Murtomaki

     Tyyne E. Murtomaki, 90, of Pelkie, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Ontonagon, following a period of ill health.
     She was born in Herman on Sept. 16, 1915, daughter of the late Matt and Sophia (Repola) Haapala. Tyyne attended school in Herman. She married John Murtomaki on June 28, 1941 in Laurium. He preceded her in death in 1968.
     She was an active member of Alston Apostolic Church. Tyyne enjoyed cooking and baking.
     Mrs. Murtomaki is survived by her loving children, John (Verna) Murtomaki of Medina, TX, Leonard Murtomaki of Nisula, Stanley Murtomaki of Calumet, MI, and Jeanette Murtomaki of Pelkie, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers, and four sisters.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Murtomaki will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Reverend Elmer R. Liimatta officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, from 6-8 p.m. at the Reid   Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday. Following the service, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. Committal services will be held at 2 p.m. in the Nisula Cemetery.
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Mrs. Murtomaki’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Gerald A. Morro

     Gerald A. Morro, Sr., 56, of Chicago, IL, passed away, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
He was born June 21, 1950, in Chicago, a son of Henry and Lucille (Loonsfoot) Morro and had been a lifelong Chicago resident.
     Gerald worked for several years as a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department. He was a veteran, having served in the US Marine Corps. Gerald was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and enjoyed sports and golf as leisure activities.
     He is survived by a son, Gerald A. Morro, Jr.; daughter, Stacey L.; loving lifelong partner, Vivian Distel; grandchild, Andrew; siblings, Carol, Herb, Bob, Rich, Daniel and Jackie; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Raymond Morro.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Most Holy Name of Jesus Church at Assinins with Rev. Augustine George officiating. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Assinins Cemetery.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mr. Morro’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, August 2, 2006

 Roseland F. Borgen

     Roseland F. Borgen, 89, of L'Anse, died Wednesday afternoon, July 26, 2006, in the Skilled Nursing Unit at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     She was born on Sept. 16, 1916, in Scranton, PA, a daughter of the late Emery E. and Catherine (Connor) Knight. Roseland relocated to the L'Anse area at the age of seven with her family and has resided here since.
     She married Joseph Vann in 1937 and he preceded her in death in 1944. She married Philip Borgen in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1970.
     In her earlier years, Roseland was employed at Winkler's Nursing Home. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and the L'Anse VFW Auxiliary.
     She is survived by two sons, Christian Borgen of Rhode Island and Emery (Sally) Borgen of L'Anse; seven grandchildren, Christie Lee (Bobby) Lopes of Rhode Island, Greg (Cathy) LaJoie of Minnesota, Brent (Libby) LaJoie of Pickford, MI, Nicole LaJoie of Arizona, Todd LaJoie of Florida, Carrie (Justin) Schaub of Baraga and Chad Borgen of L'Anse; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Ellen (Lazore) Cote of Brimley, MI; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents and husbands, Roseland was preceded in death by an infant son; daughter, Juanita Rose; five brothers; and three sisters.
     Visitation was held at Jacobson Funeral Home on Friday, July 28, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. A parish prayer service was held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Rev. Augustine George officiating. Interment was in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Justin Schaub, Chad Borgen, Brent, Greg and Elmer LaJoie served as pallbearers.
     Mrs. Borgen's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Carol Virginia Seppala

     Carol Virginia Seppala, 84, of Waldo St., passed away Thursday, July 27, 2006, at her home.
     She was born on Sept. 6, 1921 in Gwinn, MI to John and Jennie (Koski) Sather. After graduating from Kingsford High School in 1939 and receiving an Associate Degree from Suomi College in 1941, Carol worked as a bank teller and telephone operator in Iron Mountain for three years. On Sept. 22, 1944, she married Reino W. Seppala at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Covington, MI and together they owned and operated the IGA store there for several years. After their move to Marquette in 1969, Carol worked for F.W. Woolworth for several years. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
     Carol is survived by her daughters Karen (James) Fosco and Mary JoAnne (Paulette Wells), both of Marquette; grandchildren: Michael Leaf, James (Jodi) Leaf, Kari (Jaye) Massie, Dean (Sara) Nurmela, Roberta (William) Ellerby, Courtney (Erik) Johnson, Holly Wells, and Jackson Wells; great grandchildren: Tyler Leaf, Kaylin and Kira Massie, Hailey Jo Leaf, Olivia Nurmela, Dale Kozel, Chase Hillman, Heidi Nurmela and Xavier Thomer; her sister Marilyn J.Y. Sliter of Dryden, MI, sister-in-law Ruth E. Seppala of Marquette, longtime friend patricia Lowney, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Reino (1979), and several aunts and uncles.
     Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 30, 2006, at Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Weber officiating. Burial was in the Ishpeming Cemetery. The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is assisting the family. This obituary may also be viewed and guest book signed at www.swanson-lundquist.com 
     In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1700 W. Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.
     The family would like to extend a special thank you to UP Home Health and Hospice, especially Wendy, Karen, Pat and Tom.

Margaret "Margo" Emma LaPointe

     Margaret "Margo" Emma LaPointe, 58, of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus.
She was born on Nov. 18, 1947, in Detroit, to John and Evelyn "Elvi" Sipola Ekdahl who survive in Columbus.
     Margo is also survived by her husband Howard J. LaPointe of Columbus; son, Nicolas (Michelle Kader) LaPointe of Grove City; daughter, Sarah (Jeremy Wolfe) LaPointe of Dublin and granddaughter, Haley.
     She was preceded in death by her daughter, Loretta LaPointe and brother, Steven Ekdahl.
     A memorial service was held Friday, July 28, 2006, at Grace of God Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Diemer, officiating. Visitation was held Thursday, July 27, 2006 at Newcomer Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel, Grove City, OH. Messages of condolence may be left at www.newcomerfamily.com

Eleanor V. Schmidt

     Eleanor V. Schmidt, age 95 of Baraga passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2006 at Bayside Village in L'Anse.
     She was born on Sept. 13, 1910 in London, Canada daughter to the late William and Iris Squire. Eleanor moved to the Detroit area at age 16. She worked in the Detroit School System for several years as a secretary.
     Eleanor married Chester Masters; he preceded her in death. She later married Harvey Schmidt. Ten years ago Eleanor moved to Baraga. Eleanor enjoyed art and loved to paint, bowling, gardening and bingo. She liked to travel and enjoyed her visits to the Holy Land and Alaska.
Surviving are her children: Linda (Harold) Christensen of Baraga, Brenda (Keri) Wheeler of Phoenix, AZ, Chester (Cheryl) Masters of Missouri, Wilfred (Sharlene) Schmidt of Casco, MI, and Lorraine Farmer of Bay City, MI; 7 grandchildren, Dawn Verlinde of Baraga, Cheri (Kelly) Kaufman of Fraser, MI, Shelley (Scott) Aldis of Richmond, MI, Kara (Scott) Krause of St. Louis, MO, Kenton (Svetlana) Masters of Denver, CO, Kaleb Masters of Washington DC, and Korbet Masters of Gena, LA; and 10 great grandchildren.
     Preceding her in death are her husband Harvey; and 13 brothers and sisters.
     At her request there will be no visitation or funeral service. Burial will be in Richmond, MI. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Emil Filpus

     Emil Filpus, 53, of Skanee, died Wednesday morning, July 19, 2006, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on May 14, 1953, in Hancock, a son of the late John and Margaret (Antonnen) Filpus. Emil was a 1971 Baraga High School graduate.
     He was employed for many years as a work crew supervisor at Camp Kitwin in the state corrections system and also held the position of Baraga Township Program Admin-istrator and Building Inspector. In his earlier years Emil also worked at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay.
Emil was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, the Ottawa Sportsman's Club and served as president, a member of the Downtown Development Authority in Baraga, the Baraga Village Council and was the former president of the building inspectors union.
     He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid sportsman hunting deer, goose and turkey. He also enjoyed farming and carpentry. Emil will be remembered by his family as a kind, giving and patient man.
     He is survived by his wife, Jan Marie (Collins) Filpus of Skanee; three daughters, Jodie Filpus of Duluth, MN, Jess Filpus of Marquette and Michelle Filpus of Minneapolis, MN; three step-children, Stephen Widby of Detroit, Julia (Jason) Miller of Woodhaven, MI and Jon-Paul Widby of Taylor, MI; three grandchildren, Paul Widby, Jacob and Zachary Miller; siblings, Bertha (Dimmer) Sarinen of Florida, Lucille Hopp of Lower Michigan, Francis Kinnunen of Six Lakes, MI, Walter Kinnunen of Arnheim, and John (Diane) Filpus of Chassell; and several beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
     Visitation was held on Friday, July 21, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation was also held on Saturday, July 22, 2006, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee. A funeral service was held on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the church with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Interment was in the Skanee Cemetery.
     Mr. Filpus' obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Lorraine Marjorie (Sorestad) Peterson

     Lorraine Marjorie (Sorestad) Peterson, age 81, passed away at her son’s home in Riverton on July 5, 2006, surrounded by her family.
Lorraine was born on June 26, 1925, at Sheho, Saskatchewan, Canada and graduated from L’Anse High School in 1943. She graduated from Rogers and Benners Beauty College in 1945 and was self-employed as a beautician for more than 50 years. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN.
     Lorraine is survived by her children, Susan (Mark) Wolston of Lillyday, MN; Daniel (Barb) Peterson of Stone Lake, WI; David (Mary) Peterson of Riverton, MN; and by four grandchildren, Scott (Erin ) Tomlinson of Santa Monica, CA; Jennifer (Scott) Nissen of Shoreview, MN; Andrew Peterson of Riverton, MN; Maran Wolston of Minneapolis, MN; and one great grandchild, Nicholas Tomlinson of Santa Monica, CA. She is also survived by her brother, Ken (Eunice) Sorestad of Sedro Woolley, WA; and sisters, Gladys Gould of Seattle and Bernice (Roland) Saethre of Pequot Lakes, MN.
     Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles B. Peterson; and a brother, Adolph Sorestad.
     Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby.
     Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church building fund in Crosby or to the Home Health Partners Hospice program of the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

Robert Allen “Bob” Maki

     Robert Allen “Bob” Maki, 60 of Trout Creek, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 21, 2006, at his home. Bob was born on May 11, 1946 in Trout Creek, son of the late John and Lillian (Ojala) Maki and graduated from Trout Creek High School in 1964. He entered the US Army on June 5, 1966 and served as a Medic at Walter Reed Hospital and in Vietnam. Following his discharge from the Army in 1968, he returned home and went into the logging business with his brothers, and later was partner in P&M Logging.
     Survivors include two brothers; John of Marquette and Jim (Dianna) of Trout Creek, six sisters; Florence Besonen of Charlotte, MI, Joyce (Bill) McDonald of Ironwood, Marge (Harold) Stocker of Palatine, IL, Janet (Herb) Usima of Bruce Crossing, Joan (Jim) Revoyr of Trout Creek and Lynn (Dan) Paquette of Baraga and several nieces and nephews. Also his special buddy and nephew Willie Cook of Bergland.
     As per Robert’s wishes, a private memorial service will be held. Interment will be in the Agate Cemetery. The Wandersee Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Patricia Ann Veker

     Patricia Ann Veker, 36, of Murrieta, CA, formerly of L’Anse, passed away Monday, July 10, 2006, at the Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar, California following a long battle with diabetes.
     She was born on Sept. 15, 1969, in Marquette, a daughter of Norval J. and Mary C. (Coyle) Veker. Patty was a 1987 L’Anse High School graduate and participated in track, basketball, cheerleading and debate. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Northern Michigan University in 1992. She also studied communications as a graduate student at Michigan Technological University.
     Patty was employed as a real estate agent for Frakis Real Estate in Houghton then as a caseworker for the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Center. She relocated to California where she was most recently employed as a customer service representative with InterVU Inc. in San Diego, CA.
Patty completed the Inter-national Diabetes Education Program and once addressed Congress on prevailing diabetes issues.
     She will be remembered as a caring person who enjoyed helping others.
     Patty is survived by her parents, Norval and Mary Veker of L’Anse. She was preceded in death by her brother, John W. Veker on Nov. 22, 1991.
     Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Scott Williams officiating. Interment will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Patty Veker’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Clark G. Autio

     Clark G. Autio, age 52 of Covington passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Bayside Village in L'Anse.
     Clark was born on Aug. 7, 1953 in Ishpeming, son of Verner and Ruth (Mattson) Autio. He graduated from L'Anse High School in 1971 then went on to Michigan Tech where he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. Clark worked in Milwaukee prior to becoming ill at which time he moved back to Covington. Clark resided at Bayside Village for the past year.
    He is survived by his mother, Ruth Hill of Covington; brother Ordean Autio of Kersey, CO; nephew Shawn Autio of Iron River; aunt Irene (Robert) Godell of Covington.
    Preceding him in death is his father Verner Autio; step father Uno Hill; and sister Nancy Autio.
    The funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Covington. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Mark Reinsch officiated. Burial was in the Covington Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Clark's guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Hugo E. Kemppainen

     Hugo E. Kemppainen, 75, of Pelkie, passed away Friday, July 7, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Kemppainen was born on July 2, 1931 in Pelkie, son of the late Andrew and Anna (Tervo) Kemppainen. Hugo graduated from Baraga High School in 1949. He was a US Army veteran having served during the Korean conflict. On July 23, 1960, he married the former Eva Saarinen in Alston. He was a lifetime resident of the area and operated a dairy farm until his retirement in 1976.
     Hugo had been an active member of the Baraga Fair Board and worked at the former Pelkie co-op store along with serving as a Pelkie volunteer fireman. He was also a member of Farm Bureau. Hugo was a member of the Pelkie Gospel Hall and was a faithful worker in church functions. He was a quiet, gentle man who provided inspiration and guidance to the youth of the area acting as a "grandfather" to those who knew him, teaching by example and experience. He enjoyed visiting with his many friends and was always available to lend a hand when needed.
     Hugo is survived by his loving wife Eva, sons Andrew (Donna) of Chassell, Patrick (Roxanne) of Sault Ste. Marie, Eric( Deanna) of Alston and daughters, Elizabeth (Chris) Gilbert of Oconomowoc WI and Tina McKandes also of Oconomowoc, WI. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren Jordan, Jacob, Hailey, Brandon, Kelsey, Michael and Madison and step-grandchildren and surrogate grandchildren not related by blood. Also surviving are brothers Harold (Merla) Kemppainen of Houghton, Ralph (Kay) Kemppainen of Colorado Springs, CO, sisters Dorothy (Oliver) Pelto of Farmington Hills, MI and Clara (Paul) Nevela of Brainard, MN. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive. Hugo was preceded in death by his son Michael, brothers Waino, Uno, Donald and sister Martha.
     Funeral services for Mr. Kemppainen were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with James McKendrick, officiant. The family received friends from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral chapel on Tuesday. Family members will serve as casket bearers and interment will be in the Pelkie Cemetery. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with arrangements.
     Mr. Kemppainen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, July 5, 2006

No Obituaries this week. Everyone is healthy!


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Bob Liberty

     Bob Liberty was a warm, loving and lively man known for his intelligence, active sense of humor, professional achievements and civic conscience. He led a full, active life that reflected the major events of the American Century.
     Bob Liberty was born Sept. 6, 1920 in Coeur d' Alene, ID, the son of Napoleon Liberty and Leafa Mae (Osier) Liberty. He and his two sisters were raised in Idaho and in L'Anse, where he acquired his life-long love of fishing. He graduated from L'Anse High School and attended the Ferris Institute, Michigan, until his father died, when he left school to help support his family. He enlisted in the US Navy at the beginning of World War II, and saw action on the destroyer USS Madison in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific. He told his children that his most important experience was not battle, but learning the value of hard work and responsibility.
     In January 1945, he married Dorothy Brott of Marquette. After the war he graduated from Michigan State University and earned his CPA certification. The couple moved to Seattle in 1947 where they started a family and Bob joined Moss, Adams and Company. In 1952 he opened the Portland, OR office before returning to Seattle where he became Managing Partner of the firm from 1975 to 1982, during its rapid expansion. Bob developed a program to award scholarships to minority and underprivileged students to study accounting at a college or university. He was also an early advocate for the advancement of women within the profession and in the businesses served by Moss Adams. Today Moss Adams and Co. is one of the largest CPA firms in the US.
     Bob served as Vice-President of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, President of the Association of Accounting Firms International, on the Board of the Washington Society of CPAs and President of the Multnomah Club in Portland. Throughout his busy professional life and his retirement he was an enthusiastic supporter of his wife' s own career as an artist.After retirement, Bob and Dorothy lived in Wailea, Maui and in Seattle. He continued to use his professional skills for clients and friends.
     He had just been complimented for a brilliant bridge play when he had a stroke. He died two days later surrounded by his family on Monday, June 12, 2006, in Seattle. Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, his daughters Kathleen and Sara and son Robert, his children's families, Sharon and Bob Caylor of L'Anse, Odielle and Richard Ketelhut of Chesterfield, MI, John C. and Kathleen Borgen of Troy, MI, their children and families, and many friends.
     Bob Liberty's funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 25, at Trinity Episcopal Church at 8th and James Streets in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (PO Box 813, Kihei, Maui 96753); Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association (PO Box 4, Oregon City, OR 97045), or the National Democratic Party (430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 2003).

John H. Heltunen

     John H. Heltunen, 91, of Aura passed away Sunday, June 25, 2006 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit following a lengthy illness.
     He was born in Mason, MI. on July 23, 1914 son of the late John Edward and Ida Marie (Palosaari) Heltunen. John attended school in Aura. He married the former Ida Naasko on May 27, 1939 at Otter Lake. She preceded him in death on November 9, 2002.
     He was employed in the maintenance department at Baraga County Memorial Hospital until his retirement. John was a member of Pelkie Laestadian Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodcarving, reading, hunting and fishing.
    Mr. Heltunen is survived by his loving children, Thomas (Lois) Heltunen of Houghton, Esther (Joseph) Sturos of Tapiola, Paulette (Paul) Pelli of Middleville, MI, Peter (Cathy) Heltunen of Mt. Iron, MN, and Eva (John) Niemela of Monroe, WA., 36 grandchildren 42 great-grandchildren, brothers, Herman Heltunen of L’Anse, Paul (Phyllis) Heltunen of Spring Hill, FL, Ralph (Virginia) Heltunen of Redford Township, MI, sisters, Verna Drummond, of Hancock, Sylvia Golka of Adams, MA, Anna (Ralph) Severance of Suttons Bay, MI and Phyllis (Robert) Rogers of Aiken, SC, brother-in-law, Calvin (Liz) Naasko of Otter Lake and sister-in-law, Mildred Heltunen of Calumet. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edwin and Arnold, and sister Adele.
     Funeral services for Mr. Heltunen will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at the Pelkie Laestadian Lutheran Church with Pastor James Frantti officiating. Interment will take place in the Aura Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Expres-sions of sympathy may be directed to the Pelkie Laestadian Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church.
     Mr. Heltunen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Viola M. Hakola Murto

     Viola M. Hakola Murto, 79, of Pelkie, passed away Monday, June 26, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital following a short illness.
     She was born in L’Anse, on March 3, 1927 daughter of the late Joseph and Dora (Wetheral) Sipe She attended local schools. Viola married George Hakola, he passed away in 1945. She then married Waino Hakola and he passed away in 1979. Viola was then married to Bill Murto who predeceased her in 1994.
     She worked at Pelkie Co-Op as a clerk along with being a homemaker. Viola was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church. She enjoyed fishing, baking, and playing cards, including pinochle.
     Mrs. Murto is survived by her loving son, Roy (Mallie) Hakola of Pelkie, grandchildren, Lorna, Krystle, Amber, Donna, Tammy, and David, great-grandchildren, Jason, Justin, Amanda, Mihalia, Kalli, Skyler, Quinton, and Jordan, sister, Florence Kunick of Baraga, and Luella Moravac of Wabeno, WI. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death her grandson David Hakola and 10 brothers and sisters.
     A memorial service for Mrs. Murto will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2006 at Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie with Rev. John Autio officiating. Interment will take place in the Aura Cemetery.   The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from noon until time of the service. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Mrs. Murto’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Kristine A. Gerard

     Kristine A. Gerard, age 56, of Gladstone, passed away following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at her home. She knew Jesus Christ as her personal savior and has now left her earthly home for her eternal heavenly home.
     Kristine was born Jan. 18, 1950 in Escanaba the daughter of Harry and Margit (Sigg) Erickson. She was raised in Gladstone and was a resident most of her life. She attended the Buckeye School and was a 1968 graduate of Gladstone High School. Following high school Kristine attended Northern Michigan University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree.
     She was united in marriage to Paul Gerard on August 26, 1972 at the Evangelical Free Church in Gladstone. Kristine was a dedicated member of the Grace Baptist Church in Gladstone and was the church secretary for the past few years. She has brought happiness and positiveness into everyone’s life. She was an inspiration and example, with her love, kindness, and strength, which have touched our hearts dearly and will always be in our hearts forever. She home schooled her daughter from grade three through grade five. She enjoyed playing the organ and piano, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, stained glass and spending time with her granddaughter.
     In addition to her husband Paul, survivors include: one daughter, Rachel (Steve) Barnhart of Hancock, MI; one granddaughter, Ella Grace Barnhart; her mother, Margit Erickson of Escanaba; three brothers: Harry (Susan) Erickson of Marquette, Gerald (Rita) Erickson of Rapid River, Larry (Theresa) Erickson of Gladstone; close friends: Jeremy and Laurie Hauswirth and their daughters, Lillian and Lyneha of Rock; three aunts: Erna (Jack) Sigan of Stonington, Erma Vietzke of Stonington, and Marie Harper of Rockford, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her father in 2001.
Kristine’s family received friends on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church. Funeral services celebrating the life of Kristine followed at 6 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Patrick officiating. A luncheon will follow services at the church. Interment was Monday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in L’Anse.
     Memorial contributions may be made in Kristine’s name to the Hope Lodge, 611 West Doege Street, Marshfield, WI 54449. Hope Lodge is operated by the American Cancer Society; it provides a place to stay at no cost while receiving treatment for cancer, and Kris stayed there about 98 days while receiving treatment at Marshfield Clinic. Envelopes may be picked up at the Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes or Grace Baptist Church.
     Please visit Kristine’s memory page at www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com  where you can express your sympathy to the Gerard family, post a memory about Kristine or order flowers.

Patrick J. Stein

     Patrick J. Stein, 43, of Venice, FL and formerly of L’Anse passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 23, 2006 at his residence.
     He was born in L’Anse on Feb. 7, 1963 son of Jim and Helen (LaPlante) Stein. Pat attended L’Anse High School. He had lived in Florida for 10 years. Pat was an excellent auto body painter currently working in Venice. He married the former Judith Kirkland on Dec. 1, 1999 in Florida. He was a member of United Lutheran Church, L’Anse. Pat’s leisure activities included painting, hunting and fishing.
    Mr. Stein is survived by his loving family, wife, Judy of Florida, mother, Helen Stein, brother, Jim (Amy) Stein sister, Kathy (Bob) Larson all of L’Anse, paternal grandparents, maternal grandmother, Josephine Mihelich of L’Anse, and nieces and nephews, Jim, Lindsay, Kyle, Andrea, Cris and Josh. Other family members also survive. He was preceded in death by his father Jim on April 24, 2003 and his grandfather, John.
     Funeral services for Mr. Stein will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with funeral arrangements.
     Mr. Stein’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lillian "Sonia" P. Maki

     Lillian "Sonia" P. Maki, 85, of L'Anse, died Thursday, June 15, 2006 in the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
     She was born April 26, 1921, in Herman, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Pasanen) Horma and had been a lifelong Baraga County resident.
     On March 14, 1942 she married John Maki in L'Anse and he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2005. Sonia was a member of the DAV Auxiliary.
     Sonia is survived by a son, Mike (Roberta) Maki of Laurium; daughters, Nancy Eliassen of L'Anse and Karen (Dr. Robert) Lahti of Ontonagon; grandchildren, Amy (Loren) Almli of L'Anse, Scott Eliassen of Appleton, WI, Julie (Jim) Cartright of Houghton, John Maki of Laurium, Kim Eliassen of Marquette and Dawn Miron of DePere, WI; eight great-grandchildren, Autumn, Matthew, Christopher, Patrick, Kelli, Ryan, Lexi and Jordyn; two sisters, Sally (John) Phillippi of Pelkie and Helmi Rutkowski of Ontonagon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, John and parents, Sonya was preceded in death by daughters, Patricia and Kathryn and brothers, Sigrid and Ambrose.
     Visitation was on Monday, June 19, 2006 in Jacobson Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Interment was in L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Mrs. Maki's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Roland Huhtala

     Roland Huhtala, Sr., 85, of L'Anse, died Saturday morning, June 17, 2006 at his home following a lengthy illness.
     He was born July 30, 1920, in Ishpeming, a son of the late Arvid and Fannie L. (Keranen) Huhtala and had been a lifelong Baraga County resident. On Aug. 28, 1948 he married Kathleen Denomme in L'Anse.
Roland was a WWII veteran having served in US Army. He served in campaigns in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
     Following his discharge from active duty, Roland worked as a logger prior to his employment with the Baraga County Road Commis-sion where he retired in 1977 as Superintendent.
     He was a member of the L'Anse VFW. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
     He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Huhtala of L'Anse; children, Barbara (Roger) Jahfetson of Baraga, Roland Huhtala, Jr. of L'Anse, Linda (Dale) Hutula of Watton and Mary (Roger) St. Andre of L'Anse; grandchildren, Roger (Heather) Jahfetson, Steve (Dawn) Jahfetson, Brad Hutula and Betsy Hutula; great-grandchildren, Kodi, Kooper, Kinsei, Sammi, Alex, Marti and Cori; a "special little girl-friend", Nicole Delene; and sister, Miriam Kulju of Santa Barbara, CA. His parents and a brother, Roy preceded him in death.
     Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2006 in the funeral home. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Herman Cemetery.
     Mr. Huhtala's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Martina Rodriguez

     Martina Rodriguez, age 82, died Wednesday June 14, 2006 surrounded by her family at St. Mary’s Hospital.
     She is preceded in death by her husband Pedro Rodriquez, parents Henry and Emma Loonsfoot, daughter Karen Marie Hugo, son Kenny Hugo, brothers; Robert and Henry Loonsfoot, sisters; Genevieve Corbett, Alice Carlson, and Lucille Morro.
     Martina is survived by brothers; Anthony Loonsfoot of Spokane, WA, Edmond (Betty) Loonsfoot of Nixa, MO, grandchildren; Charles (Olivia) Loonsfoot, Melissa (Paul) Koepp, Vincent, Rodney and Andrew Loonsfoot, 13 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Name of Jesus in Assinins.

Theodore “Ted” Kubit

Theodore “Ted” Kubit, 93, of L’Anse passed away Friday, May 19, 2006 at Bayside Village where he had been a resident for a few days.
A memorial service for Mr. Kubit will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Following the memorial service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
Memorials in Mr. Kubits’s honor may be directed to the Baraga County Community Foundation, envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Mr. Kubit’s complete obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Nana Marie Lytikainen

     Nana Marie Lytikainen, 86, of Baraga passed away at the BCMH Skilled Nursing Facility (SNU) in L’Anse, on June 14, 2006.
     Nana Huovinen was born on her family farm in Tapiola, on Nov. 13, 1919. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, parents Abel Huovinen and Selma (Savela) Niemi Huovinen Haataja, her brothers Edward and Olaf, sister Esther, and 11 half brothers and sisters.
     Nana is survived by son Robert (Noreen) Lytikainen, of Keweenaw Bay and Annapolis, MD, daughters Karen (David) Aho, of Duluth, MN, and Paulette (Paul) Heikkinen of Hancock, 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
     Nana was a wife and homemaker totally dedicated to her husband Carl of 66 years, whom she has been looking forward to rejoining since he passed on Feb. 24, 2006. Family and friends were most important to her. She was a mother, grandmother, step-grandmother, great grandmother, and great grand stepmother who prayed by name for each and every one of us each evening as she went to sleep.
     The 13 grandchildren are; Robert (Lori) Aho of Duluth, MN., Carl (Beth) Lytikainen of Scottsdale, AZ., Erik (Lysa) Lytikainen of Columbia, MD., Mrs. Ken (Terri Aho) Maki of Marquette, Scott Heikkinen of Hancock, Mrs. Joe (Melissa Heikkinen) Wahlberg of Iron River, Michael Aho of Duluth, MN., Mark Lytikainen of Montclair, VA., Mrs. Kory (Diana Heikkinen) Whiting of Marinette, WI, Steven Heikkinen of Hancock, Michael (Christa) Freedman of Annapolis, MD., Jonathan (Juliet) Freedman of Upper Marlboro, MD., and Lance (special friend John) Freedman of Panama.
     The 22 great grandchildren are; Mathew, Alex, Amanda and Emily Aho, Brian, Sarah and Amy Maki, Sarah and Taylor (Carl) Lytikainen, Megan and Lauren Wahlberg, Jonathan, Katherine, David and Luke (Erik) Lytikainen, Jared and Lindsey Whiting, Jennifer (Schroeder) Martori of Scottsdale, AZ, Jerry Schroeder of Camp Pendleton, CA, Paul Schroeder of Las Vegas, NV, Bailey (Jonathan) Freedman and Benjamin (Michael) Freedman.
     Nana was a ward clerk and nurse aide at BCMH for several years. She loved God’s creation, enjoying vegetable gardening, her flowers and going on rides through the rivers, woods, countryside and jumping in the lake with dad. Over the years she was a member of several Lutheran churches including Kyro Lutheran in Pelkie and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga for the last 52 years.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Lytikainen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Baraga with Judy Mattson officiating. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mrs. Lytikainen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Rodney R. Pelkola

     Rodney R. Pelkola, 49, of Baraga, passed away on June 8, 2006, at his home.
     He was born on Aug. 5, 1956, in Wakefield to Rueben and Juanita (Bunker) Pelkola. Rodney graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek schools. He moved to Milwaukee where he was a sub-contractor until moving to Arizona where he was employed by CRAFCO, and also had is own business as a painter. He moved back to the UP in 2002 and worked at Terex.
     Rodney loved to hunt and fish.
     He is survived by a daughter, Jamie; two step-children, Tasha and David; his mother, Mrs. Juanita Pelkola of Baraga; two brothers, Nickolas of Phoenix, AZ, and Rueben (Monica) of Racine, WI; and four sisters, Gail (John) Lannet of Fairbanks, AK, Brenda (Shannon) Jones of St. Germain, WI, Donella (Sam) Diasdado of Fairbanks, AK, and Ms. Ona Pelkola of L’Anse. Numerous nephews and nieces also survive.
     A memorial service for Rodney will be held at his home on Saturday, June 24 from 2-6 p.m. The Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon assisted the family.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Edward Bierschbach

     Edward Bierschbach, age 79, died on June 12, 2006.
     Beloved husband of Dorothy and the late Eva. Loving stepfather of Valerie Millenbach (Richard), Mary Wright (Gary), and Daniel P. Hogan (Patricia). Step grandfather of Jeffrey, Michael, Megan, Bryen, Maggie, Thomas, Sean, and Kyle. Step great grandfather of seven.
     Funeral Mass was held on June 14, 2006, in St. Clair Shores, MI. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Rodney R. Pelkola

     Rodney R. Pelkola, 49 of Baraga, passed away June 8, 2006 at his home.
     He was born on Aug. 5, 1956 in Wakefield to Rueben and Juanita (Bunker) Pelkola. Rodney graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek schools and moved to Milwaukee were he was a sub contractor until moving to Arizona were he was employed for CRACO as a painter, he moved back to the UP in 2002 living in Baraga.
     Rodney loved to hunt and fish.
     He is survived by two daughters, Jamie and Tosha; one son, David; his mother, Mrs. Juanita Pelkola of Baraga; two brothers, Nickolas of Phoenix, AZ, and Rueben (Monica) of Racine, WI; four sisters, Gail (John) Lannet of Fairbanks, AK, Brenda (Shannon) Jones of St. Germain, WI, Donella (Sam) Diasdado of Fairbanks, AK and Ms. Ona Pelkola of L'Anse; numerous nephews and nieces also survive.
     A memorial service for Rodney will be held at his home at a later date.
     The Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon is assisting the family.

Shirley A. LaPlante

     Shirley A. LaPlante, 62, of L’Anse, died Monday morning, June 12, 2006, at her home.
     She was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in L’Anse, a daughter of Edwin and Elsie (Heikkinen) Nevala. Shirley was a L’Anse High School graduate and attended beautician school in Marquette.
     She had resided in California for a few years before returning to L’Anse. Shirley was self employed as a beautician and hairdresser and operated her own shop for a number of years.
     Shirley was a talented artist, she enjoyed painting and antiques. She also enjoyed gardening and working with flowers.
     She is survived by her children, Gilbert (Pam) Martinez of L’Anse and Michelle Halverson of Baraga; mother, Elsie Nevala of L’Anse; her loving companion of more than 30 years, Francis J. Whitman of L’Anse; four grandchildren, Brett, Isabelle, Sheila and Sheena; two brothers, Gary (Liz) Nevala of Ishpeming and Howard (Janet) Nevala of L’Anse; a sister, Lorraine (Larry) Seratti of Spread Eagle, WI; and several nieces and nephews. Her father, Edwin Nevala, brother, Dicky Nevala and sister, Arlene Kehrer preceded her in death.
     A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Williams officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Pequaming Cemetery.
     Ms. LaPlante’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Frank C. Tuttle

     Frank C. Tuttle, age 75 of Naples, FL, passed away at his home, Thursday, May 25, 2006.
     Mr. Tuttle had lived in Joppa, MD before moving to Naples in 1997. He was born in L’Anse on Sept. 6, 1930. He graduated from L’Anse High School. As a young man he set pins at the local bowling alley and drove a logging truck down the Skanee road, at times faster than was allowed. He and his buddy Vern Brown joined the Army.
     After his service he worked at many sales jobs and ultimately founded along with his partner Mickey Darrell, Association Insurers Agency, Inc. in Baltimore, MD. Frank worked in the insurance industry for over 40 years, was a member of APIGA and a founding member of PIMA, both professional insurance marketing associations. He was instrumental in forming and was on the board of directors of the Bank of MD. He was president of the Joppatowne Lions Club. A Mason for 40 years, a member of the Boumi Shrine, Baltimore, MD and past director of Baltimore Court #82, Royal Order of Jesters. An avid boater Frank is a member of Baltimore Yacht Club in MD, Boumi Yacht Club, MD and Naples Yacht Club in Naples, FL. He also enjoyed skiing, and golf.
     He is survived by his wife of 35 years Cathy; son Patrick Tuttle (Kathy) of Have de Grace, MD, daughter Lisa Petro (Matthew) of Cape Coral, FL, sister Dorothy Loman, five grandchildren, Michelle, Drew, Kaitlyn, Chelsey, and Kasey. Frank was preceded in death by his parents George and Mamie Tuttle and a sister Marie Baker.
     Burial will take place in L’Anse on June 18, 2006, church service will take place at 1 p.m. at the L’Anse United Methodist Church, with a graveside Masonic service at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception for family and friends immediately after services at the L’Anse American Legion.


Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Alma Alina Humphreys

     Alma Alina Humphreys, 89, of Muskegon, MI, died Thursday, May 25, 2006 at her home in Village of the Oaks in Muskegon.
     She was born May 26, 1916, in Covington, a daughter of Victor and Lydia (Katjamaki) Hill. Alma was a Kenton High School graduate. She was a WWII veteran, having served in the Navy.
     Alma worked as Postmaster in Covington until her marriage to John Humphreys in 1960. Alma and John resided in Kent City and Grand Rapids. They traveled to many places and eventually settled in Port Charlotte, FL. Alma relocated to Muskegon in 2002 to be closer to a sister.
     She is survived by a brother, William (Alice) Hill; sisters, Aileen Hutula, Elsie Heer and Minerva Johnson; step-children, Robert (Vonda) Humphreys, John (Catherine) Humphreys, Mary (Leonard) Carlson, Joyce (Almin) Thompson; many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers at Village of the Oaks. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
     A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 9, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church in Covington with Rev. Johnathon Rager officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will be in the Covington Cemetery where the Baraga County Area Veterans will perform military honors.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hackley Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice at. 888 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Alma's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Aune I. Beels

     Aune I. Beels, 77, a resident of Hancock and formerly of Herman died on Sunday, June 4, 2006 at her home after a courageous battle of cancer.
S     he was born on July 2, 1928, in Herman to the late Fabian and Julia (Kujala) Torvinen. She was a 1946 graduate of L’Anse High School.
Aune was married to Charles W. Beels. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1983. She was employed as a secretary for 18 years for the Detroit Public Schools. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles L’Anse.
     Surviving are two sons and three daughters, Mark (Donna) Beels, of Hancock, Charlene (Michael) Jacquemain of Shelby Township, Michigan, Davin (Mary) Beels of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Janice Beels and her finance Gerry Hayes of Tempe, Arizona, Sandra (Tony) Friel of Hancock; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Johnson a resident patient of Bayside Village, L’Anse, Hilia Huhtala a resident patient of Houghton County Medical Care Facility; also two nephews and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles; one brother, Tauno Torvinen; and one sister, Taimi Autio.
     As requested by Aune cremation will take place and a private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Omega House, 2211 Maureen Lane, Houghton, MI 49931 in the name of Aune I. Beels. Arrangements are being handled by the Juuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.antilafuneral.com

Frank E. Sengebusch Jr

     Frank E. Sengebusch Jr., age 81, died on Sunday, June 4, 2006 at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital.
     He was born on Sept. 7, 1924 in L'Anse, the son of the late Frank H. and Grace (Johnson) Sengebusch. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Weinke on Dec. 27, 1989. Frank was retired from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
     He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Merrimac; step-son, Martin Halsted of Lynnwood, Washington; step-daughter, Helen Selje of Merrimac; brother, Robert "Bob" of Gagetown, MI, sister, Grace of Michigan; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren and two nephews.
     A funeral service will be held at Hooverson Funeral Home, Sauk City, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2006 with Pastor Anita Genrich officiating. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Evergreen Cemetery, L'Anse.


Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Dorothy Jean York

     Dorothy Jean York, age 84, passed away peacefully at Tendercare of Adrian on May 24, 2006.
     Dorothy was born on Dec. 24, 1921 in Pequaming, the daughter of Jens and Nannie (Olson) Thoresen. She married Rollin A. “Bud” York on Sept. 22, 1945 in L’Anse, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2001.
     Mrs. York was a long time member of the First Methodist Church of Adrian. She was a homemaker and was a member of the church’s sewing circle; she also loved baking, cooking, flowers and flower gardens.
     Mrs. York is survived by her children: Sally Kellogg of Fairfield, Rolin A. (Linda) York III of Adrian and Stuart (Barbara) York of Jasper. She was the loving grandmother of Julia York, Kristina York, Christopher Lake, Casey Lake and Curt York, step-grandmother of: Kimberly (Sean) Hattery and Daniel (Sonya) Green and great-grandmother of Brittany, Tara, Hunter, Jordan, McKenna, Madison, Dakota, Garrett, Capri, Garett and Cheynne. She is also survived by two sisters: Margaret Sayre of Baraga, and Phyllis White of Saline. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: John, Robert, Harold and James and three sisters: Helen Gertrude and Elizabeth.
     Visitation for Dorothy was on Friday, May 26, 2006 at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home. Memorial Service was Saturday, May 27, 2006 at First United Methodist Church of Adrian. Pastor Christopher Brundage officiated. Cremation will follow and Mrs. York’s cremated remains will be buried at the church in the Memorial Gardens.
     Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Adrian Sewing Circle. Please sign Dorothy’s’s guestbook or share a memory with the family at www.Braun-Everiss-Wagley.com

Jacqueline "Jackie" Marie Sikkila

     Jacqueline "Jackie" Marie Sikkila, 74, of L'Anse, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at the Skilled Nursing Unit in Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     She was born March 7, 1932, in Pequaming, a daughter of the late Clarence and Evelyn (Stein) Monette and had been a life long area resident. Jackie was a 1950 graduate of L'Anse High School. On Dec. 29, 1951 she married Arvid Sikkila in the United Lutheran Church in L'Anse.
     Jackie was an active member of United Lutheran Church and a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed gardening, traveling with her husband, watching hockey and loved her dog, Blossom.
     She is survived by two sons, Kevin (Jill) Sikkila of Duluth, MN and Darin (Carrie) Sikkila of Nisula; three grandchildren, Aaron and Austin Sikkila and Amber Heikkinen of Nisula; a sister, Constance "Sally" Hofer of L'Anse; nieces, Susan Anderson of Gladstone, Sally Ann Witz of Escanaba; nephews, Robert Hofer of Marquette, Mark Sikkila of DePere, WI, Mike Sikkila of West Allis, WI, Marcia (Mike) Marinich of L'Anse and Marie Lanczy of L'Anse; and several great-nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arvid in 1997 and a sister, Patricia.
     Visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home and on Saturday, June 3, 2006 from 10 to 11 a.m. at United Lutheran Church. A funeral service will be held on Saturday in the church at 11 a.m. with Rev. Scott Williams officiating. Interment will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Memorial contributions can be made to United Lutheran Church or Baraga County Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit.
     Jackie's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Robert M. Johnson

     Robert M. Johnson, 91, of Toivola, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Bayside Village, L’Anse following a lengthy illness.
     He was born in Hancock on Sept. 23, 1914, son of the late Fred and Kate (Kyllonen) Johnson. Robert attended school in Hancock and Detroit. He served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 as a Motor Machinist. Robert married the former Helmi Kangas in 1952. She preceded him in death on March 1, 1987. He worked in Detroit for the United States Survey Corps of Engineers. Robert was later a motorboat operator and then was a tugboat captain throughout the Great Lakes and had the distinction of visiting every port in the Great Lakes. He was a member of United Lutheran Church, L’Anse and had belonged to the VFW Post 5112 in Dearborn, MI.
     Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving children, Karl (Doris) Johnson of Toivola, and Kurt Johnson of Dearborn, MI; grandchildren, Jessica, Jimmy, Billy, and Emily. Nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
     Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery, Hancock. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Baraga County Area Veterans, under direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors for Mr. Johnson at noon. Following the services, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon at the Harrington gathering room, located at the funeral home.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mr. Johnsons’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Edward Theodore Niemi

     Edward Theodore Niemi, beloved husband, father and brother, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2006, age 65 years.
     Edward was born Sept. 10, 1940 in Baraga, the son of the late Theodore and Ilmi (Hakala) Niemi. He married Linda LaJoice on Feb. 18, 1966. She survives him.
     Besides his wife, Edward is survived by a daughter, Lynn Marie Deurloo and her fiancé, Eric Sargent of Danville, CA; a son, Edward Allen and his wife, Allison Niemi, Saginaw, MI and a sister, Sandra Procopio, Milwaukee, WI.
     Cremation has taken place. Arrangements under the care of W. L. Case and Company Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Beatrice M. Wakeford

A memorial service for Mrs. Beatrice M. Wakeford who passed away Feb. 3, 2006, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 5, 2006, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father George Maki officiating. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse assisted the family with arrangements.

John Albrook Connolly, M.D.

     John Albrook Connolly, M.D. died from melanoma, a form of skin cancer at his home in Pinetop May 17, 2006 at the age of 48. John recently participated in a melanoma research project with the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in his effort to fight the disease.
     The eldest child of John and Char Connolly, he was born June 25, 1957 in Sacramento, CA and raised in Boulder City, NV where he was a 1975 high school graduate. John's love of the outdoors developed at an early age. He spent much of his youth exploring the Mohave Desert and on sailing adventures in Lake Mead.
     In 1979, he graduated from Stanford University, his father's alma mater. Following in his father's footsteps, John received his medical degree, graduating near the top of his class, from the University of California in Irvine. He completed an orthopedic residency program at UCI in 1989. Because of his love of the western outdoors, John and his wife, Elizabeth moved to Pinetop where he started his medical practice. John was an accomplished and dedicated orthopedic surgeon in the White Mountains for the past 17 years.
     John enjoyed life to its fullest. His high energy and talent enabled him to accomplish a remarkable amount in 48 years. He was a devoted, loving husband and father as well as an avid traveler, adventurer and pilot. Activity defined John. He has a passion for sports. John would play tennis and basketball with family and friends and thrived on high-intensity sports including helicopter skiing, biking, kayaking, and rock climbing. John sought to climb every peak, explore every canyon and experience every river in the Western United States with one of his major accomplishments being able to climb El Capitan in Yosemite. John shared his enthusiasm by coaching youth athletic teams and by actively recruiting veterans and novices to join him on his many adventures. John's infectious enthusiasm, positive attitude and delightful sense of humor caused those who knew him to love him. John's death was a tremendous loss to family, friends and community.
     He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Veker); sons, John and Kevin; his father, four sisters and a brother.
     His mother, Char Connolly, preceded him in death.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John A. Connolly M.D. Memorial Living Trust, 4731 S. White Mountain Road, Show Low, AZ 85935 for his sons' education. A memorial service was held Monday, May 29 at St. Mary's of the Angels in Pinetop.

Ilmar C. Juntunen

     Ilmar C. Juntunen, 85, of Alston, died Friday morning, May 26, 2006, in the Skilled Nursing Unit at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L'Anse.
     He was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Nisula, a son of the late Severus and Eva S. (Juntunen) Juntunen and had been a lifelong area resident. Ilmar was a WWII veteran, having served in the army. On Jan. 20, 1951 he married the former Gloria King in Hubbell.
     Ilmar was employed as a factory worker for General Motors in Detroit. He relocated to Alston and was employed with the White Pine Copper Mine while also working as a logger and operating the family farm.
     He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and VFW Post 7646 in Alston. Ilmar was a founding member of the Laird Township Fire Department and served for a short time as Laird Township Constable. His leisure activities included hunting, fishing, gardening wood working, the outdoors and spending time with family. He was also regarded as an excellent cook. Recently, Ilmar and Gloria were elected King and Queen at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Baraga County Memorial Hospital in honor of National Nursing Home Week.
     Ilmar is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gloria Juntunen of Alston; children, John (Janet) Juntunen of Nisula, Judith (Thomas) Allen of Battle Creek, MI, Michael Juntunen of Alston, Carol (Stephen) Klein of Hubbell, Gloria J. Juntunen of L'Anse, Carl I. Juntunen Jr. of Anchorage, AK, Margaret (Shawn) Signalness of Chaska, MN, Barbara (Todd) Burkhardt of Minneapolis, MN and Mary Kaye (John) Smith of Ada, MI; grandchildren, Martti (Kristi) Juntunen of Alston, Lori Juntunen of Menasha, WI, Amy (Brian) Mensch of McMillan, MI, Sara (Matt) Myers of Battle Creek, MI, Lisa (Dan) Beuhler of Cedar Springs, MI, Thomas (Beverly) Allen of Valdosta, GA, Jason Juntunen of Alston, Alan (Jessica) Juntunen of Alston, Ashley Juntunen of Alston, Jenna Juntunen of Alston, Ricky Juntunen of Alston, Andy Fountaine of Madison, WI, April Fountaine of Calumet, Adam Fountaine of Lake Linden, Samantha Juntunen of Washington State, Alexandria Juntunen of Washington State, Justin Signalness of Chaska, MN, Jessica Signalness of Chaska, MN, George Burkhardt of Minneapolis, MN, Charlie Burkhardt of Minneapolis, MN, John Carl Smith of Ada, MI and Genevieve Smith of Ada, MI; great-grandchildren, Maijah Juntunen, Heather Mensch, Darla Mensch, Kaylee, Jacob and Michael Allen, Katie and Rachel Myer, McKenna and Jace Buehler, Allison and Julie Juntunen; sister, Eva (Harry) Jackson of Westland, MI; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert George; brothers, Jalmer, George and Matt; and sisters, Evelyn (Donald) Burke and Margaret (James) LaPante.
     Visitation was on Monday, May 29, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. A parish prayer service was held at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 11 a.m. in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Baraga with Rev. Augustine George officiating. Interment was in the Nisula Cemetery.
     Mr. Juntunen's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Theodore "Ted" Kubit

     Theodore "Ted" Kubit, 93, of L'Anse passed away on Friday, May 19, 2006, at Bayside Village where he had been a resident for a few days.
     He was born in Milwaukee, WI. on Jan. 5, 1913, son of the late Jacob and Sophie Kubit. They moved to Antigo, WI when he was a child and he attended school there.
     Ted returned to Milwaukee as an adult to work and he met his future wife of 65 years, Margaret Moilanen of Keweenaw Bay. During the Great Depression Ted worked throughout the various government CC camps in northern Wisconsin planting trees and building parks. Ted and Margaret were married in 1941 and settled in Antigo. In 1957 they relocated to L'Anse where he worked at Lakeview Lumber Co. He started his own business, Kubit Electric and Heating until his retirement in 1982.
     Throughout his life and career he was known as a hardworking, caring, and honest individual. He often willingly got up in the middle of the night in the cold of winter to service a customers furnace that was not working. Ted served as both a Councilman and Mayor of L'Anse in the 1970’s. He enjoyed time with his family, playing cards, reading and fishing. His wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to him and he loved unconditionally.
     Mr. Kubit is survived by his loving wife, Margaret, children, Richard (Lynn) Kubit of Riverside, IA, Theodore "Wayne" (Diane) Kubit of Sylva, NC., Gary (DeNiele) Kubit of Virginia Beach, VA, Steven (Pam) Kubit of Fayetteville, GA, Karen (Dan) Perras of Howell, MI, Diane (Robert) Kent of L'Anse, and Joanne (Michael) Ollila of L’Anse, 17 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
     He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jeremy Kubit, brother, William and sisters, Mary and Helen.
     A memorial service for Mr. Kubit will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, with Judy Mattson officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Following the memorial service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. Memorials in Mr. Kubit’s honor may be directed to the Baraga County Community Foundation, envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with arrangements. Mr. Kubit’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net 

 Elaine D. Gibson

     Elaine D. Gibson, 73, of Alston passed away on Monday, May 22, 2006 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse, where she had been a patient for a week.
     She was born in Alston on Aug. 24, 1932, daughter of the late Harvey and Lillian (Moilanen) Parkila. Elaine graduated from Baraga High School in 1950. She married Henry Gibson on Oct. 4, 1952 in Waukegan, IL. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2002. Elaine loved birds and dogs, and enjoyed gardening.
     Mrs. Gibson is survived by her loving children, Lloyd Gibson of Alston, Thomas Gibson of Anderson, SC, and Kathryn Gibson of Austin, TX. She was preceded in death by her brother, Marvin in 1962.
     A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, is assisting the family with arrangements. Mrs. Gibson’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Carol May Murtomaki Laski

     Carol May Murtomaki Laski, 73, passed away Saturday evening, May 20, 2006, at Marquette General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Carol was born on May 10, 1933 in Baraga to the late Carl and Eva Murtomaki. She grew up on the family farm and dairy business and participated in the establishment of the Baraga Airport. She graduated from Baraga High School in 1951.
     Carol retired from Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, WA as Personnel Manager. She returned to the area of her birth and became a member of Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie and then joined the Ottawa Sportsman Club becoming membership secretary - work which she loved doing. Carol was an accomplished clarinetist and was “first chair” while in the BHS band. Her love of music carried on throughout life. She was an avid outdoorswoman and loved hunting and fishing, and was a conscious steward of the environment.
     She is survived by her husband, Warren, and her loving companion, “Delilah”; two step-daughters, Jean Gaimari and Lorraine Leitner (Tony) of the Chicago, IL area; one sister Elsabeth Murtomaki Vidrine (Earl) of Orange, TX, and one brother, Charles Murtomaki (Donna) of Bonita, CA; four special aunts, Edna Karkanen of Chicago, IL, Helen Winkel of Okemos, MI, Jean Miller of Hancock, and Martha Mikkola of Marrietta, GA; one uncle, Uno “Flunk” Karkanen of Saginaw, MI; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
     Her friend extend from California to Washington state, and from Idaho to Michigan and will remember the aplomb and thoroughness at all she put her hand to.
     A private service will be held Saturday, May 27, 2006, by Pastor John Autio at the Mission United Lutheran Church. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society and to the Ottawa Sportsman Club.

Lois M. Jolgren

      Lois M. Jolgren, 85, of L'Anse passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at Bayside Village, L'Anse, following a lengthy illness.
     She was born in Chicago, IL on Oct. 20, 1920, daughter of the late William and Loretta (Schmidt) Prickett. Lois graduated in 1937 from Hyde Park High School in Chicago. She married Kenneth Jolgren in Chicago on May 17, 1947.
     Lois worked as a secretary in an insurance company and several other businesses in Chicago until moving to L'Anse in 1955. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Birthday Club and the L'Anse Eagles Club # 2287. Lois enjoyed sewing, knitting and making afghans. Her greatest love was her grandchildren.
     Mrs. Jolgren is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth, children, Jerry T. LaFond of Arlington, TX, Kenneth Jr. (Debra) Jolgren of San Diego, CA, Scot R. Jolgren of San Diego, CA, Judy (Phillip) Logan of Minneapolis, MN, Vicki (John) Carr of L'Anse, and Janice (Bob) Doyle of Glenwood Springs, CO, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, two sisters and one brother.
     A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at noon, Saturday, May 20, 2006, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L'Anse, with Father Augustin George, Celebrant. Family members honored her as casket bearers. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery. The family received friends at church on Saturday, May 20, 2006 from 10 a.m. until time of the Mass.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mrs. Jolgren’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Vienna Lahti

     Vienna Lahti passed away on April 24, 2006, in Tomball, TX.
She was born in Iron Mountain, daughter of John and Hilma Kivela. She graduated from Kenton High School.
     Vienna married Reino Lahti of Hancock in November, 1941. They lived in L’Anse then lived in Flint, MI, where they both worked for General Motors till retirement. They moved to Port Richey, FL, where Vienna lived for 28 years. Vienna was very active in the Finnish American club of Port Richey in which she was president for several years. She also was an Eastern Star and Red Hat Society.
     Surviving are her daughter Lorraine Kenyon of Magnolia, TX; four grandchildren, Kendra Kite, Daris Coxworth, Dax Woodham all of Texas and Anya Coxworth of Portland, OR. Four great grandchildren, also three brothers, Lee of Covington, Marvin of Manotowish Waters, WI and Robert of Colgate, WI and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
     Preceded in death by her husband Reino, and brother Arthur and sister Irene.
     Vienna will be interned beside her husband in the Curlew Hills Crematory in Palm Harbor, FL. She will be missed by all.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ronald A. Tollefson

     Ronald A. Tollefson, age 74 of Largo, FL passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at West Chester Gardens in Clearwater, FL.
     The funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Pastor Judy Mattson officiated. Visitation was for two hours prior to the service. Burial was in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Friends may sign Ronald's guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Carl M. Lytikainen

     Graveside services for Carl M. Lytikainen, 89, of Baraga who passed away on Feb. 24, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Pelkie Cemetery.
     Baraga American Legion and Alston VFW will perform military honors, the L’Anse Masonic Lodge will provide a memorial service, and Pastor Judy Mattson, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, will conduct the committal.
     A reception by the Lytikainen family follows at noon at Mission United Lutheran Church. Reid Funeral Home is assisting."

Robert W. "Bob" Brownlee

     Robert W. "Bob" Brownlee, 82, of L’Anse passed away early Tuesday morning, May 9, 2006 at his residence in L’Anse following a period of ill health.
     Funeral services for Mr. Brownlee were held at 12 noon, Saturday, May 13, 2006 from United Methodist Church, L'Anse with Pastor John Henry officiating. Interment took place in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with arrangements. Mr. Brownlee's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net 


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

John "Jack" Marnich

     John "Jack" Marnich, 92, of Sidnaw, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit.
     Funeral services for Mr. Marnich were held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Father George Maki officiating. Interment took place in the Sidnaw Cemetery.   The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Monday, May 8, 2006, from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at 12:30 p.m. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with arrangements. Mr. Marnich’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Anna Elizabeth Lilley

     Anna Elizabeth Lilley passed away Sunday morning, April 23, 2006. She was born in Herman on Feb. 10, 1921, to Jacob and Ann (Harkonen) Oikarinen.
    Cremation has taken place. Graveside funeral services were conducted in Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter.

Elizabeth Rosemund (Jarvey) Bellaire

     Elizabeth Rosemund (Jarvey) Bellaire, 75, of Baraga, died Monday afternoon, May 8, 2006, at her home, following a long fight with cancer.
     Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2006 from 10 a.m. to noon in St. Ann's Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon with Rev. George Maki officiating. Interment will be in the Baraga Cemetery.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mrs. Bellaire's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Mylo G. Paquet

     A graveside service for Mylo G. Paquet, 89, of L’Anse who died on Feb. 25, 2006, at DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Baraga County Area Veterans will conduct military honors. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Joseph Hampton

     Joseph Hampton, age 96, of Gladstone passed away Friday morning, April 28, 2006, at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba where he was a patient. 
     Arrangements were handled by the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Joseph Gerald Hampton were conducted at the Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Joanne Bartelt officiating. A luncheon followed services in the church fellowship hall. Entomb-ment was in Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Hampton-Ryan Endowment Fund. Envelopes are available at Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes or at Memorial United Methodist Church. Please visit Joe's memory page at www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com  where you can express your sympathy to the Hampton family, post a memory about Joe, or make a memorial contribution.

Harold J. Ellis

     Harold J. Ellis entered into eternal life on Friday, April 7, 2006, at the age of 79.
     He was a resident of Milwaukee and loving father of Sherry (Milton) Shinken and John (Syndy) Ellis. He was the proud grandfather of Melynda (Mathew) McPherson, Anthony “AJ” (Kelly) LaPorta, Erica Ellis, Andrea Ellis, Yvette Ellis, and Wesley Ellis.
     Harold was the great grandfather of Alexander LaPorta, brother of Elmer (the late Lois) Ellis, the late Wesley Ellis, and the late Ann (Ben) Karvenen, and brother-in-law of Louella Ellis. He is further survived by other relatives and friends including Stephanie (Eric) Huber and her son, Justin Ledesma. He was pre-deceased by his former wife Edith Mary Ellis (nee Boivin).
     Visitation was held at the Ferrick Funeral Home on Monday, April 10, 2006, followed by a Memorial Service. Harold will be put to rest at the Covington Cemetery in June, 2006. Donations were given in Harold’s name to the Heart Association.

Alice L. Tangen

     Alice L. Tangen, 75, of Baraga, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday evening April 25, 2006 at Portage Health System in Hancock.
     A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at noon on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga with Father George Maki, celebrant. The family received friends at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the Mass at noon. Interment took place in the Baraga Cemetery. Following the interment, the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon in St. Ann’s Church Hall.
     The family entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with funeral arrangements. Mrs. Tangen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

 James J. Cote

     James J. Cote age 89 of Galesville, WI passed away on Monday April 24, 2006, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, WI.
     A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church in Baraga. Fr. George Maki will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Internment will be in the Baraga Cemetery.
     Memorials in lieu of other expressions of sympathy may be made in Jim’s name to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Jim’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfunerahome.com.

Patrick J. Racette

     Patrick J. Racette, 62, of Zeba, began his new journey Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital.
     Funeral services for Mr. Racette were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Thomas Schmied officiating. The family received friends on Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 10 a.m. until noon followed by a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. There was an additional visitation period from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Interment followed at the Evergreen Cemetery where the Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted graveside military honors. Family members honored him as casket bearers.
     The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mr. Racette’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Leroy H. Gauthier

He was born on May 22, 1945 in Marquette, son to the late George and Rose (Cross) Gauthier. Leroy graduated from Bark River-Harris High School. He was in the US Army during Vietnam. Leroy married the former Joan Loonsfoot on April 27, 1968 in Chicago. They moved to Baraga in 1977.
Leroy worked for Tribal Construction for the past 22 years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Leroy is survived by his wife, Joan of Baraga; son George Gauthier of Baraga; daughters, Pearl (Dan) Crusan of L'Anse, Joanne (Randy) Carlisle of Marquette, Brandi Gauthier of Baraga; one brother, Joseph (Kathy) Gauthier of Illinois; three sisters, Gertrude and Gladys Stevens both of Green Bay, and Betty Gauthier of Detroit; and 13 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Louis Gauthier; and sister Vivian Sommers.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the Most Holy Name of Jesus church in Assinins, Fr. George Maki officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. The Baraga County Area Veterans conducted a military service at 12:30 p.m. at the church. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may send condolences or sign Leroy's guest book at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Catherine Johnson

      Catherine Johnson age 79, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 12, 2006, after her long fight with cancer. She passed away at her daughter’s home in South Carolina surrounded by her loving children.
Please join the family at her memorial service, per her wishes, on Friday, May 5, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, followed by a graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery, L’Anse, where she is to be buried with her mother.
Grand Strand Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

Alfred Fabian Haataja

     Alfred Fabian Haataja, 74, of Zeba, died Friday morning, April 21, 2006, at his home following a battle with cancer.
     Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The internment was at the Pinery Cemetery.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Fabian's guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Martha E. Tollefson

     Martha E. Tollefson, 97, of L’Anse, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Bayside Village, L’Anse following a lengthy illness.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Tollefson were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2006 at the L’Anse Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Bishop officiating. Interment took place in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will received friends on Sunday, April 23, 2006 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Mrs. Tollefson’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net 


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Cecil Manges

     Cecil Manges, 87, of Nisula, died unexpectedly, Friday, April 14, 2006, at his home.
     There will be no services at this time.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Cecil Manges’ obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com
 

Jayson Manges

     Jayson Manges, 54, of Nisula, died unexpectedly, Friday, April 14, 2006, at his home.
     There will be no services at this time.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Jayson Manges’ obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Will R. Pirhonen

     Will R. Pirhonen died April 6, 2006, at the age of 63.
     A funeral service was held at 11a.m. Monday, April 10, 2006 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 East Cass St., St. Johns, MI, with Pastor O'Ryan Rickard officiating. The family received friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Sympathies may be expressed in the form of contributions to Lowe United Methodist Church-Barrier Free Fund or Briggs Public Library. www.osgoodfuneral.com

John E. Toivonen

     John E. Toivonen, 90, of L'Anse, died Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit in L'Anse.
     A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. Gary Toivonen will be officiating. There will be a time of reflection and meditation for one half hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Nisula Cemetery.
     Mr. Toivonen's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Harold Struble

Harold Struble, 86, passed away on April 9, 2006, at the Columbia County Health Care Center in Wyocena, WI, where he had been a resident for the last two months.
     A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Zeba Indian Mission United Methodist Church with Rev. John Henry officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will be in the Salt River Cemetery in Shepherd, MI at a later date.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. Struble's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Jeanette "Gally" Mae Stevens

     Jeanette "Gally" Mae Stevens, 64, of Baraga, died Monday morning, March 27, 2006, at her home, following a battle with cancer.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Most Holy Name of Jesus Church at Assinins. Rev. Augustine George officiated.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Ms. Stevens' obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Charles R. Lester

     Charlie “cashed in his chips” on April 1, 2006---April Fools Day. True to the gambler song “he died in his sleep” at his home in L’Anse.
     Arrangements are being handled by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. At Charlie’s request there will be no services. Contributions may be made to the Baraga County Home Care and Hospice.

Bernardine Anne Butler

     Bernardine Anne Butler passed away in the Burcham Hills Healthcare Facility on Sunday, March 19, 2006.
     The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2006 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Lansing. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery. A luncheon followed at the church.

Manila Gipp R.N.

     Manila Gipp R.N., 103, a resident of Laurium and life-long registered nurse passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at the Bayside Village in L’Anse where she had been residing for the past two years.
     Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Laurium with the Rev. James Fundum officiating. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery.
     In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center or the Bayside Village Nursing Home.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Virginia Athene Wierikko

     Virginia Athene Wierikko, 90, of Baraga, died Sunday afternoon, March 19, 2006 at Bayside Village Nursing Home in L’Anse.
     A funeral service was held on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home with Rev. Dean Franz officiating. Interment will be in the Trout Creek Cemetery in the spring.
Mrs. Wierikko’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Leonard A. Prost

     Leonard A. Prost, 86, of Baraga, died Saturday morning, March 25, 2006, in Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse following a short illness.
     A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will be in the Baraga Cemetery in the spring.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions could be made to the Memorial Fund at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Leonard’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Margaret (Marinich) Gerstner

     Margaret (Marinich) Gerstner, died on March 24, 2006, at age 90.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John. Loving sister of Josephine Campeau and Raymond (Irma) Marinich. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relative and friends.
     Member of St. Augustine’s Womens Alter Society.
     Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Church, S. 68th and W. Rogers St. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, at the church, 9 a.m. to time of Mass.

Gertrude M. Kantola

     Gertrude M. Kantola, 86, of Covington, passed away in L’Anse, Sunday evening March 26, 2006 following a period of failing health.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Kantola will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Leon Linquist officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements.
     Mrs. Kantola’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  

Mayme Cladas

     Mayme Cladas, 87, of Baraga, died Tuesday afternoon, March 21, 2006, at Bayside Village Nursing Home in L’Anse.
     There will be no services at this time. A graveside service will be held in the Baraga Cemetery in the spring.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mrs. Cladas’ obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Irene V. Pettersen

 Irene V. Pettersen, 95, of L'Anse, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2006 at Bayside Village, L'Anse where she had been a resident since 2000.
Funeral services for Mrs. Pettersen were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2006 from United Lutheran Church, L'Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating.  Spring interment will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials in Mrs. Pettersen's honor may be directed to United Lutheran Church or Bayside Village Activities. Envelopes were available at the funeral chapel. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with arrangements

Marion G. Thompson-Tollefsen

     Marion G. Thompson-Tollefsen, 96, a former Sidnaw, Trout Creek and L’Anse resident died on Thursday evening, March 16, 2006 at Bayside Village Nursing Home in L’Anse.
     Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. Visitation was also held on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Sidnaw United Methodist Church. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. in the church with Rev. John Henry officiating. Interment will be in the Sidnaw Cemetery in the spring.
     In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Sidnaw United Methodist Church or Bayside Village Activities Fund.

Catherine Johnson

     Catherine Johnson age 79, died Sunday, March 12, 2006 at her residence.
     The family wishes to express their gratitude to all the friends and relatives who lent their support. They are requesting that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave N., Myrtle Beach, SC. 29577.
     Services will be announced at a later date.
Grand Strand Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.

 JAMES R. “JIM” JESTILA

     JAMES R. “JIM” JESTILA, 66, of Scottville, MI., formerly of L’Anse, passed away Monday, March 20, 2006 at Tendercare Nursing Home, Ludington, MI. following a lengthy illness.
    
Funeral services for Mr. Jestila will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Augustin George officiating. Spring interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
    
The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Marian Menard Graetzer

     Marian Menard Graetzer died Feb. 10, 2006, at Longwood, FL after a lengthy illness.
     Marian leaves four sons, Peter and Kurt of Tuxedo Park, NY, Tony of Glen Rock, NJ, and Eric of Virginia, and a brother Curtis of L’Anse.
     Cremation took place and burial was at Tuxedo Park, NY.

Thure A. Schultz

     Thure A. Schultz, age 78, of Troy formerly of Baraga died March 13, 2006 .
     Funeral services will be Thursday 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment at White Chapel. Memorial Cemetery, Troy. www.pricefueralhome.net  (248) 689-0700


Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Helmi Franzen

     Helmi Franzen, 91, of Pelkie, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2006, at the Covington Rest Home where she had been a resident since 1997.
     There will be no services at this time. A graveside service will be held in the spring in the Pelkie Cemetery and will be announced by the Jacobson Funeral Home. Mrs. Franzen's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Mrs. Mary E. McLernan Webster

     Mrs. Mary E. McLernan Webster, 80, of US Hwy 601 S., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
     A mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at St. Francis Catholic Church, with the Rev. Andrew Draper officiating. The body was placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Salisbury National Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
     They request that memorials be considered for the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church building fund, 862 Yadkinville Rd., Mocksville, NC 27028. Eaton Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Webster.

Aili Ellen Lahti

     Aili Ellen Lahti, 93, of East Lansing, formerly of Aura, died Sunday morning, March 5, 2006 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.
     A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Aura Cemetery in the spring.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to Baraga County Memorial Hospital in Aili's memory. Mrs. Lahti's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Richard C. “Dick” Ingalls

     Richard C. “Dick” Ingalls, age 79 of Evart, MI, born on June 5, 1926 in L’Anse and died on Feb. 19, 2006, following a long illness.
     Visitation and services were held at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Wayne on Feb. 23. Interment followed at the United Memorial Gardens, Curtis Road, Plymouth Township.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ARC of Western Wayne County or the Evart United Methodist Church.

Carl Mathew Lytikainen

     Carl Mathew Lytikainen, 89, of Baraga passed away at the BCMH Skilled Nursing Facility (SNU) in L’Anse, on Feb. 24, 2006.
     Funeral services for Mr. Lytikainen will be held at noon on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Baraga with Judy Mattson officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of the service. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mr. Lytikainen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net 

John R. “Butch” Selkey

     John R. “Butch” Selkey, 58, of Baraga died suddenly Sunday evening, Feb. 26, 2006, at his residence.
     Funeral services for Mr. Selkey was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. Memorials in Butch’s memory may be directed to the Baraga American Legion Post 444 or the Baraga County Community Foundation. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel with arrangements. Mr. Selkey’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Mylo G. Paquet

     Mylo G. Paquet, 89, of L'Anse, died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2006 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
     In keeping with Mylo's request, there will be no services at this time. A graveside service will be held in the spring in L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mylo's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Harry F. Fredrickson

     Harry F. Fredrickson, age 99, of Escanaba passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.
     Visitation was held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 from noon - 2 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church in L’Anse. Funeral services celebrating the life of Harry F. Fredrickson  followed at 2 p.m. at the church with Rev. Judy Mattson officiating. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery in L’Anse.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Bethany Lutheran Church Building Fund of Escanaba. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences in Harry’s honor can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net

Joseph H. "Joe" Ross

     Joseph H. "Joe" Ross, 80, former Baraga Village Superintendent, of Baraga, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
     A memorial service for Mr. Ross ws held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, with Father George Maki officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.
     The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with arrangements. Mr. Ross’ obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Dolores RoseMarie LeMaire

     Dolores RoseMarie LeMaire, 76, of 2529 Division Street, Apartment 1, Marquette, and formerly of Mitchell Street in Baraga, entered eternal life Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2006, at her home.
     Friends called at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 17. A Service of Remembrance followed Friday afternoon with Rev. Leon Jarvis, Marquette General Hospital chaplain, officiating.
Condolences my be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com

Sean J. Kelly

     Sean J. Kelly, 46, of Webster, NH, died Feb. 11, 2006, at the Hospice House in Concord, NH after a battle with ALS for two years.
     Services were held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at noon in The United Church of Warner, NH. Burial will be in spring in New Water Loo Cemetery, Warner, NH.
     The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 825 Park Avenue, Contoocook, NH is in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made in his name to the Kelly Family Education Fund c/o Citizens Bank, 188 Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

James D. “Jim” Tembreull

     James D. “Jim” Tembreull, 64, of Baraga, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Baraga with Father George Maki, celebrant. Spring interment will take place in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mr. Tembreull’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, February 8, 2006

James “Stan” Mitchell

     James “Stan” Mitchell, 84 went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006. He passed away peacefully at his home in DePere, WI surrounded by his loving family from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. at Bethel Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kurt Leach and Rev. Keith Crosby officiating. Interment will be in the family cemetery at Stanwood, MI. Online expressions of sympathy may be expressed at www.prokowall.com/obits
     In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being established for Unity Hospice of Green Bay, WI. The family wishes to express their thanks to Unity Hospice for their wonderful care. A special thanks to Dr. Bachhuber, Dr. Hafner, Michelle, Deb, and the great volunteers Donna and Helen who made Jim’s life so much easier before he went to be with our Lord.


Wednesday, February 1, 2006

NO OBITUARIES THIS WEEK! Everyone's healthy!


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Mayme Ellen Bekkala

     Mayme Ellen Bekkala, 91, died at the Apostolic Lutheran Home for The Aged on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006. 
     Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church on Monday, Jan. 23 with Pastor Richard Eskola officiating.


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Gary John Sterbenz

     Gary John Sterbenz, 65, of L'Anse passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at his residence following a short illness. 
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L'Anse with Father George Maki, celebrant. Spring interment will take place in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with arrangements.
Mr. Sterbenz’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net 

Ilene V. Kokko

     Ilene V. Kokko, 82, of L’Anse, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at Westside Residential Care in L’Anse, where she had been a resident for the past two years. 
     Funeral services for Mrs. Kokko will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Judy Mattson officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Keweenaw Bay Cemetery. 
     Mrs. Kokko’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Betty Jane Brogan

     Betty Jane Brogan, 74, of L'Anse, died on Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, 2006, at Bayside Village in L'Anse.
     At the family's request, there will be no services.
     Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider Sacred Heart Catholic School at 433 E. Baraga Ave., L'Anse, MI 49946
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mrs. Brogan's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Michael Eric Erickson

     Michael Eric Erickson, 47, of Ontonagon, formerly of Skanee, died unexpectedly at his home, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006.
     Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 in the Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse. Pastor Judy Mattson officiated. Interment will be in the Skanee Cemetery in the spring.
Mr. Erickson's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 

John Erickson

     John Erickson, 58, of Orlando, FL, died unexpectedly at his home, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006.
     There will be no services at this time.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
John's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 

Thomas E. Manges

     Thomas E. Manges, 56, of Nisula, died at his home, Sunday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2006, following a brief battle with cancer. 
     There will be a time of visitation and fellowship on Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. There will be no formal funeral services. Interment will be in the Pelkie Cemetery in the spring. 
     Mr. Manges’ obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 

 Irja “Irene” E. Lahti

     Irja “Irene” E. Lahti, 86, of Bovine, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2006, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, in the Jacobson Funeral Home where the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Eastern Star performed funeral rites beginning at 7 p.m. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Scott Williams officiating. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Herman Cemetery in the spring. 
     Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Herman Historical Society building renovation project. 
Mrs. Lahti’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Donald E. "Toly" Tolonen, Jr.

     Donald E. "Toly" Tolonen, Jr., 49, of Zeba, passed into the spirit world, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, following a "warrior’s" battle with cancer and was surrounded by his loving family.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday in the Most Holy Name of Jesus Church in Assinins. Rev. George Maki officiated. Interment will be in the Pinery Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to Donald's family.
     The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mr. Tolonen's obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 

Gerald I. “Jerry” Lytikainen

     Gerald I. “Jerry” Lytikainen, 67, of L'Anse, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. 
     A memorial service for Mr. Lytikainen will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Spring interment will take place on the family lot in the Keweenaw Bay Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. until time of the service. Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and refreshments in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. 
     Mr. Lytikainen's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. 

Violet Hakola

     Violet Hakola, 78, of Baraga, died on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at her home. 
     A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home with Rev. Judy Mattson officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery in the spring. 
     Mrs. Hakola’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 

 

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