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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

  Sophie Supanich

   Sophie Supanich of L’Anse went to be with our Lord on Dec. 23, 2009. She passed away at her cozy home where her son and daughter cared for her during her recent illness.
   Sophie was born in Hibbing, MN, (Iron Range area) on April 30, 1916, to the late Josephine (Muvrin) and George Glad.
   She graduated from Cherry High School and later moved to Chicago where she resided until she married Rudolph Supanich. They were married on Aug. 29, 1942, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Detroit, MI. In 1943, they moved to L’Anse.
   Sophie was a wonderful mother and wife; in 1965, she went to work as a cook at the L’Anse schools, where students and staff alike remember Sophie as a very good cook. She retired in 1985 and was ready to travel with her son Peter and visit her daughter Susan and son Rudy more often. They traveled to Europe on the Queen Elizabeth II, visited Italy, Morocco, England, the Caribbean, and Hawaii several times, plus she toured Croatia with her sister Goldie. Sophie went to Las Vegas with her sister Mary and danced at all her grandchildren’s weddings.
   She enjoyed cooking, fishing, gardening, bingo, sewing, knitting, cards, painting, and metal detecting. She appreciated music, entertainment, both film and sport, and loved to see new places, followed current events and see her family, whom she spoiled all their lives.
   Sophie was preceded in death by her husband Rudy in 1987 and her son Rudy John in 1995. She was the third oldest of nine siblings. One brother, George Glad, a sister Mary Merila of Hibbing, MN, and a sister Fran Hansen of Ocala, FL, survive her. Also preceding her in death were Antoinette Radovich, Kay White, Joe Glad, William Glad, Goldie Glad, and Josephine Thomas.
   To cherish her memory, Sophie is survived by her daughter Susan Blanchard and son-in-law Gary of North Carolina, son Peter Supanich and daughter-in-law Amy of L’Anse, MI, and her daughter-in-law Susan Gersch Supanich of Grand Rapids, MI. Her eight grandchildren, Tanya Willett, John Blanchard, Aaron Blanchard, Daniel Blanchard, Shaun Supanich, Patrick Supanich, and Joe Supanich, Rudy Joe Supanich and 13 great-grandchildren survive.
   Sophie was an active member of Sacred Heart Church, St. Rita’s Circle, and a member of MARSP. She was able to live alone, enjoy her home, hobbies and family. We will certainly miss her and will all treasure our memories.
   Funeral services were held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Sacred Heart Church, with Father John Longbucco officiating. A lunch followed in the church hall. Interment will be scheduled for June, 2010.
   The family received friends at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. and at Sacred Heart Church one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday.
   Online condolences may be sent to www.rfsc.net  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Brian “Pepsi” Kaster

   Brian “Pepsi” Kaster, age 69 of Elo, MI, passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at his home.
   He was born on Sept. 27, 1940, in Hancock, MI, son of Wilbert and Vivian (Pannanen) Kaster. Brian was raised in Trimountain, MI.
He married the former Jenny Haataja on Nov. 25, 1966, in Hancock. Brian resided in Elo for the past 22 years.
   He worked for Gunlock Construction Company for several years; then Penegor Lumber Co.; and last for Sikorsky Logging up until his retirement in 2002. Brian enjoyed hunting and fishing.
   He is survived by his wife Jenny of Elo; sons, Jon (Debra) Kaster of Elo, Joseph Kaster of Elo; daughters, Tammy (Phil) Stokes of Sidney, MI, Cindy (Ray) Niemi of Arnheim, MI, Candy (Ernie Smyth) Reed of Nestoria, MI, Taywne Kaster of L’Anse; a brother Gerald (Evelyn) Kastar of Trimountain, MI; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   There was a visitation on Monday, Dec. 28 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse.
   Burial will take place in the spring in the Elo Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Brian’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Alyce Lenore Kemppainen

   Alyce Lenore Kemppainen, age 80 of Pelkie, MI, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
   She was born June 3, 1929, in Alston, MI, daughter to John and Hilda (Martinmaki) Saaranen. Alyce grew up in Alston and graduated from Baraga High School. She married Kenneth R. Kemppainen on Oct. 18, 1947. They resided on the family homestead in Gidding near Limestone Mountain.
   She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family at the Otter River, ice skating, downhill skiing, raising poodles, and loved animals. Alyce lived for her home and family.
   Surviving are her children, John (Lisa) Kemppainen of Tapiola, MI, Mari (Tom) Koponen of Pelkie, MI, Deborah (Randy) Coppler of Baraga, MI; sisters Arlene (Floyd) Godward and Eva Mae Kemppainen both of Pelkie; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a dear friend Bob Gilstrom of Greenland, MI.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband Kenneth Kemppainen; and granddaughter Sara Lynne Coppler.
   The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Ron Martinmaki officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. A luncheon and fellowship followed the service in the Sharing Room at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Alston Cemetery in the spring.
   Friends may sign Alyce’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Virginia A. “Gina” Gipp

   Virginia A. “Gina” Gipp, age 72, formerly of L’Anse, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Renaissance Hospice Unit, in Olmsted Falls, OH, with family by her side.
   She was born on April 18, 1937, in Waukegan, IL, the daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Goglio) Plante. Gina grew up in Mohawk, MI, and graduated from Calumet High School. She attended Northern Michigan University’s nursing school and trained at Dickinson Memorial Hospital, where she earned her LPN degree.
   Gina also worked for 10 years at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse and volunteered many years at the Senior Citizen Center in L’Anse. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse. Gina will be remembered for her part in “raising a neighborhood” of kids and being the neighborhood first aid station.
   Gina is survived by her four children, Stephen (Lorena) Gipp of Kimberly, WI, Julie (Mark) Bogden of Bay Village, OH; Thomas Gipp of Wausau, WI; and Karla (Darryl) Shann of Escanaba, MI; and their father, Karl Gipp of Skanee, MI; seven grandchildren, Christopher Gipp (fiancée Amber) and Andrew (Abbey) Gipp, Jonathon and Adam Bogden, Daniel Gipp, Sarah and David Shann; 1 great grandchild, Elleson Gipp and another great grandchild due in July. Gina is also survived by her brother, Vince (Mary) Plante, of Gladstone, MI; niece and nephew Nadine and Deric Plante of Appleton, WI; cousin Dora Gipp and her children Lori (John) LaSpada, Chris (Michael) DeGrandis, and Tracy (Christopher) Hobbs and their families.
   A memorial service for Gina will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father John Longbucco officiating.
   Spring interment will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery, Calumet, MI. The family will greet friends at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the service at the funeral chapel, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gina’s honor may be directed to: Bay Senior Transportation, c/o Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village, OH, 44140 who for four years made sure Mom got to her dialysis treatments, three times a week.
   Gina’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the arrangements with the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse.

Robert C. “Bob” Roberts

   Robert C. “Bob” Roberts, 86, of Seven Lakes, NC, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.
   Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 16, 1923, in Antigo, WI, to the late Lloyd and Lottie Roberts.
   Mr. Roberts was a graduate of Pequaming High School and later went on to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech. Mr. Roberts entered the U.S. Air Force and served in the Eighth Division during WWII. He and his wife Rosemary retired to the Seven Lakes area in 1987.
   His hobbies included oil painting and spending time with his family. He was a loving, kind, and genuinely nice man, with never a bad word to speak about anyone.
   Mr. Roberts is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Rosemary Roberts, a daughter Ann McClamroch of Virginia, grandchildren, Bryce McClamroch of Boston, MA, and Erin McClamroch of Virginia and sisters, Bernice and Donna of Oregon and Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Lawrence.
   Spring interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the local arrangements. Mr. Robert’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences may be sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

George J. Coppler

   George J. Coppler, 83, of Watton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse, where he had been a patient for a week.
   He was born in Jerry City, OH, on July 21, 1926, the son of the late George P. and Margaret (Hutchinson) Coppler. George attended school in Ohio.
   He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Following his discharge, George worked as a iron worker on numerous construction projects until his retirement.
   He married the former Sigrid E. Sikkila in Monroe, MI, in 1944. She preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2008. George was a member of Watton Apostolic Lutheran Church, and the Covington VFW Post #8945. He enjoyed his horses, gardening and spending time with his dog Maggie. George was well known for his unique sense of humor.
   Mr. Coppler is survived by his loving children, Randy (Debbi) Coppler of Baraga, and Deb (Gerry) Gerard of Florence, WI, grandchildren, Roberta Sue, Jeremy, Abbi, Daniel, and John-David, eight great grandchildren, sisters, Freda of Taylor, MI, and Margaret of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his “adopted” son and daughter, Fred and Carol Daniels of Lower Michigan. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, and six brothers and sisters.
   Funeral services for Mr. Coppler were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Jim Johnson officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery.
   The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Baraga County Area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at the funeral chapel at 2:30 p.m.
   Memorials in Mr. Coppler’s honor may be directed to the Covington VFW Post #8945. Envelopes are available at the funeral chapel. Following the services the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral chapel.
   Mr. Coppler’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.

Nisha Lyn Boda

   Nisha Lyn Boda, 40, of Marquette, MI, entered eternal life Thursday morning, Dec. 10, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
   Born March 19, 1968, in Dearborn, a daughter of Allen Michael and Faye Lyn (Cary) Boda. Nisha was raised in Baraga County and was a 1987 graduate of the Baraga High School. She continued her education at Suomi College in Hancock and Northern Michigan University in Marquette where she was pursuing a degree in business management.
   For a time, she was employed in public relations with the Burger King restaurant in Houghton.
   On Oct. 13, 2004, she was united in marriage to Richard Hurley Jr. in Marquette. Disabled since 1988, Nisha maintained an active pace and was an inspiration to many. She enjoyed crafts, especially making Christmas ornaments, and other interests included computer games and following the soap operas on television.
   She was a kind and caring person who had a sincere and genuine interest in others. Although wheelchair bound, she looked out for other people who might be lonely or in need of some assistance. Both she and Rich contributed yearly to the holiday food drives.
   Nisha was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Hurley Jr; her father, Allen Boda and Pauline Morin of Arnheim; her mother and step-father, Faye and Eugene Marion of Houghton; a sister , June Boda of Raleigh, NC; brother, Jacob Boda of Pelkie; her maternal grandmother, June Cary of Allen Park; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
   Nisha was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Denzel Cary; and paternal grandparents, Gabriel and Mary Boda.
   The family received relatives and friends at St. Michael Catholic Church on Monday, Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at 11 a.m. Monday morning with Rev. Ben Hasse as celebrant.
   Burial will take place in the spring at the Baraga Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, monetary and food donations may be made to your local St. Vincent dePaul or Salvation Army food pantries.
   The Swanson Funeral Home is serving the family, where online condolences may be expressed at www.fassbenderswanson.com

Marian G. Stebbins

   Marian G. Stebbins, age 91, of Sidnaw, MI, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   She was born April 16, 1918, in Oconto Falls, WI, daughter to Charles and Evelyn (DeHut) Longrie. Marian grew up in Sidnaw and attended school there. She married Marvin Stebbins in 1938 in Sidnaw.
Marian enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.
   Surviving are her sons Marvin (Eileen) Stebbins of Gladstone, MI, Bernard and Tommy Stebbins of Sidnaw; daughter Peggy Ann Stebbins of Sidnaw; brother Willard Longrie of Covington; sister Patricia (Arnold) Townsend of North Carolina; 14 grandchildren, Debbie, Robin, Tina, Craig, Kevin, Jason, Heather, Teresa, Carmon, Troy, Gina Lee, Becky, Gus, and Aaron; and 12 great grandchildren.
   Preceding her in death are her parents; husband Marvin Stebbins in 1999; brothers Bob, Orville, and Charles Longrie; sisters Helen Jones and Arlene Shelley; and one grandson.
   Her funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation was one hour prior to the service with Fr. John Longbucco officiating. Burial will be in Sidnaw Cemetery in the spring. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Marian’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Helvie (Toyras) Gorinac

Mother
You may not be great or famous
Or known in realms of art
But you are rich in treasures
That gild a gentle heart.

   Helvie (Toyras) Gorinac 95, of L’Anse went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2009. She had been a resident at Bayside Village in L’Anse for nine years.
   Helvie Miriam Toyras was born on March 28, 1914, in Osceola Location (Calumet) to Sophia (Haapalehto) and Matt Toyras. That same spring they moved to Aura being one of the first families to settle there. She attended school in Aura. She was married to Russell Johnson in 1933. He drowned in 1934. In 1938, she married Oscar Westman of Pequaming. He died in 1965. Helvie married Joseph Gorinac of Port Huron in 1969. He preceded her in death in 2005.
   Helvie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her many interests included oil painting, sewing, carpet weaving, carpentry, baking, playing the harmonica, and berry picking. She shared her many interests with her children and grandchildren. Helvie was a member of the US Ground Observer Corp along with her husband, Oscar Westman. They served over 85,000 hours in the Early Warning Observer Corp during the 1950’s before the Calumet Radar Base.
   Her love of baking was shared with L’Anse when she baked pasties at the Night Owl Cafe. Helvie along with her two daughters, Barbara and Diane, worked together at the Hilltop Restaurant for several years. She enjoyed traveling with the Wally Byam Airstreamers, traveling all over the US, Canada and Mexico with her husband, Joseph Gorinac.
   She was a member of the L’Anse Baptist Church and the Aura Hospital Auxiliary.
   Helvie was preceded in death by her parents, husbands; Russell Johnson, Oscar Westman and Joseph Gorinac, sisters; Helga Franciskovich, Hulda Kokko, Hilda Saari, Siiri Ollila, and Gertrude Elmblad and great-grandson, Thomas Clark Westman.
She is survived by her children, Barbara (Rodney) Bolton, L’Anse, Clark (Pat) Westman, L’Anse, Diane (Charles) Eshbach, Houghton, Terry (Bonnie) Westman, L’Anse and step-son, Laverne (Joy) Gorinac, Port Huron. Also surviving are grandchildren; Rodney Scott (Linda) Bolton, Shelley (Rob) Ranica, Todd Bolton, Tracey (Greg) Alessandroni, Kristin (Pat) Newland, John (Jennifer) Westman, Stephanie (Tim) Veenstra, Zachary (Lisa) Eshbach, Joshua (Bethany) Eshbach, Wendy (Dawson) LaCasse, Curt Westman, Dana (Greg) Sprowl and step-grandchildren; Tracey (Jay) Roberts, Lindi (Dave) Denny, Lori (Mark) Nadozny, and Jim (Becky) Gorinac. She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and 11step-great-grandchildren. Sisters; Sylvia Nelson and Signe Koski and brothers; Matt (Rose) Toyras and Helmer (Pearl) Toyras also survive as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
   Thank you to everyone at Bayside Village for caring for our mother during the 9 years she was there. During the “long goodbye” we have appreciated all of the friends met along the way.
   A service celebrating her life will be Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the United Lutheran Church in L’Anse at 1 p.m. with Rev. Kathe Salmi of Hancock officiating. Visitation will be at the church at noon until the service. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall served by the L’Anse Baptist and United Lutheran Church women. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Helvie’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Frances B. Lambert

   Frances B. Lambert, 84, a longtime L’Anse resident currently living in Hancock, died at Cypress Manor in Hancock on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.
   She was born on Feb. 1, 1925 in Bovine to the late Matt and Cenka (Crnkovich) Strbenac, attending Bovine schools.
   At the age of 20 she married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Lambert, a marriage that lasted for 46 years until his death on Dec. 24, 1991.
   After living in Ann Arbor and Seney while Bob worked in construction and logging, the couple moved back to L’Anse, making their home on Dynamite Hill Road.
   She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L’Anse, it’s alter society Rita Circle, and the Eagles Auxiliary. Frances enjoyed reading, playing bingo and polka dancing and music (especially Croation music). She was an avid New York Yankees baseball fan. She also passed on her Croation traditions, stories and love of her family to her daughter and grandson.
   She is survived by her daughter, Robynn (Mark) Palmer of Dollar Bay, grandson, Robert Strieter of Dollar Bay, a sister Catherine Anderson of L’Anse, several nieces and nephews, and faithful companion pet dogs, Quincy and Marley.
   Besides her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Steven and Tony; and by four sisters, Mary, Gloria, Rose and Pauline.
   The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, at Sacred Heart Church with Fr. John Longbucco to officiate. Spring burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in L’Anse.
   At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation.
The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.oneilldennisfh.com  


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Martha Elvira Grant

   Martha Elvira Grant, 89, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Dec. 6, 2009, at her home in Elo with her loving sons at her side.
   Martha was born in Oskar Bay on May 22, 1920, and was the daughter of John and Hilda (Olli) Ollila. Martha lived in Oskar Bay and Hancock prior to moving to Elo where she became the step-daughter of Esa Keippela.
   She married James Arnold Grant on July 6, 1943, in Pacific Grove, CA, while he was stationed at Fort Ord during World War II. Theirs was a love affair that lasted 50 years until his passing in 1994.
   She was a resident of Alston and Baraga prior to moving permanently to Elo in 1975. Martha was a homemaker for her family where she showered them with love and taught them strength and faith.
   She will be remembered for her homemade bread and bakery by all who were fortunate enough to visit her home. Her home was always open to all of the neighborhood to play. She was a loving mother who treated her children’s friends as her own. She was an avid reader who loved history, the Civil War, mysteries and Abraham Lincoln. Martha was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church of Tapiola.
   Martha is survived by her loving sons and caretakers, James Jr. and Steven of Elo, daughters Jean Hayden of Ceresco and Gayle (Doug) Isaacson of Pelkie and daughters-in-law Jackie (Wayne) Jaakkola of Elo and Debbie (Jim) Bennett of Baraga.
   She is survived by her grandsons Scott and Louis (Cathi) Deschaine, Michael (Liberty) and Philip (Lisa) Grant, Jason (Nicholle) and Chad (Stephanie) Grant, and DJ and Jake Isaacson, Cheryl (Brian) Young, Kurt (Kailee) Hayden, Jim (Michelle) Bennett, Danielle Bennett and by great-grandchildren Matt, Michael, Deacon, Trenton, Kyleigh, Evan, Caden, Jayla, Todd, Megan, Erin, Colin, Morgan and Ryan. Martha is also survived by sister-in-law Margaret Ollila of Detroit and numerous nieces and nephews. Her other son Alan Anderson.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Curtis Grant, son-in-law Don Hayden, grandsons Grant and Nate Deschaine, granddaughter Amanda Grant and nine sisters and five brothers.
   Funeral services for Martha will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church with Pastor Ken Storm to officiate. Spring burial will be in the Elo Cemetery.
   Friends may call on Friday, Dec. 11 from noon until time of services at the church.
   To view Martha’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net
   The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock has been assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ralph Kemppainen

   Ralph Kemppainen passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2009, at the age of 82, at his home in Phoenix, AZ.
   He was born in Pelkie on Dec. 9, 1926, to Andrew and Annti Kemppainen, the third youngest in a family with ten brothers and sisters.
Ralph is survived by his wife Kay (Krolik) of 48 years, his daughter Shawna (Lisa), sons Sherman (Elizabeth) and Stewart, brother Harold of Dollar Bay, sister Clara in Minnesota, sisters-in-law Mary of L’Anse and Eva of Pelkie, four grandchildren Nicholas, Rebecca, Joseph and Katelyn, and numerous nieces and nephews.
   A long time resident of Houghton and Baraga counties, many will remember Ralph for his passion for the outdoors. An avid hunter and fisherman Ralph was a life long member of the Ottawa Sportsman Club.
He continued this passion for the outdoors hunting, fishing, and cruising the back roads of the Rocky Mountains and desert southwest. Ralph’s fondest memories though were of fishing on Lake Superior and hunting in the back country surrounding Pelkie and Alston. Who could forget bagging the largest buck in the state in 1974!
   Ralph spoke often of his many friends and family in Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw Counties and stayed in touch with many of them over the years. Ralph exemplified Sisu, the strong Finn characteristic of resiliency and tenacity. He was a farmer, a milkman, and a carpenter.
   He eventually retired in 1984 from his job as a union representative in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters where he fought for fair working conditions and fair wages for his union brothers and sisters.
   Ralph succumbed to a brief struggle with lung cancer. The night before he passed, he watched the Yankees and Angels baseball game and ate homemade strawberry shortcake.
   He died the next morning while napping, listening to the voice and holding the hand of the love of his life. A joint memorial service will be planned in the future when Ralph and Kay are re-united.

Jeanette E. Raymond

   Jeanette E. Raymond, 87, of Baraga, passed away suddenly at her home Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
   She was born on August 21, 1922, the daughter of the late Charles and Lillian (Nelson) Holmes.
   Jeanette graduated from Baraga High School in 1940. She continued her education at Ferris University and graduated from MNU receiving her degree in education. Jeanette also received special training in Rochester, MN. She taught school in Manton, MI. Keweenaw Bay, Baraga and retired from the L’Anse schools in 1980.
   She married Harvey Raymond in Baraga on June 21, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1995. She was a member of L’Anse United Methodist Church, the Historical Society, and Baraga County Museum and the Retired Teachers Association.
   Jeanette enjoyed sewing, reading, bow hunting, skiing, and archery in which she received many awards.
   Mrs. Raymond is survived by special friends Rodger and Kathy Hebert and Barbara Mayo who provided not only friendship, but concern and companionship as well.
   She was preceded by the untimely death of her son Charles in 1974.
Private services will be held at a later date. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.
   Mrs. Raymond'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.

Mercedes Helen Rajala

   Mercedes Helen Rajala, age 85 of Center Line, MI, formerly of L’Anse, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital in Warren, MI.
   She was born Jan. 14, 1924, in L’Anse, MI, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Connor) Edwards.
   Mercedes graduated from L’Anse High School in 1941. She married Wallace Rajala on Jan. 24, 1948, in Detroit, MI. They resided in Center Line since 1950. Mercedes worked for Chicago Rawhide Co. for 20 years as a time keeper.
   Mercedes was a member of St. Clemons Church. She enjoyed ice skating and dancing.
   Surviving are her husband Wallace of Center Line, MI; brother William Edwards of Southfield, MI; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents; brothers Robert and Ted Edwards; and sister Margaret Carey.
   There will be a funeral mass held in the spring. Burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Mercedes guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Francis (Frank) Joseph Whitman

   Francis (Frank) Joseph Whitman, 91, of L’Anse died peacefully at Baraga County Memorial Hospital with his family by his side on Friday afternoon. He was born Aug. 14, 1918, in Chicago, IL, and was the son of the late Jacob Peter and Gertrude Gangolf Wittmann.
   Frank graduated from Boyne Falls High School where he was an excellent basketball player and also a recognized Michigan Golden Gloves boxing champion. He was selected as first alternate to Annapolis Point Military academy.
   Following high school, and due to the Depression, Frank was initially employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps but then found employment at a Detroit Block Factory where he secured enough capitol to build and open a Boyne City restaurant, The Rainbow Gardens.
Frank was drafted in 1941 and proudly served in WWII in the First Infantry Division. He fought in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily. On D Day, Frank landed on Omaha Beach in the third wave of troops and miraculously survived without a scratch after his boat was hit and sunk on the way in.
   Following this, Frank fought in many major battles in Europe including the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the war he was on the edge of the Czechoslovakian border and returned to the States after having been away from home for five years. In his later years he would commemorate his survival of D Day by buying breakfast every June 6th for friends, family and all present at the Night Owl Diner in L’Anse.
   Following his honorable discharge Frank returned to Boyne Falls and married his high school sweetheart Margaret Zelinski, who had waited for him through the years of the war. Together they moved to L’Anse, MI, where Frank began managing the Whirl-I-Gig Dance Hall, eventually becoming owner, and later adding a bowling alley to the operation; this business remains in the family today.
   Frank also learned the trade of bricklaying, and founded Whitman & Sons Construction Company in 1947, which built many of the commercial buildings that currently exist in L’Anse. Frank remained active and even continued brick laying well into his 80’s, assisting his sons on their construction projects. He also donated his skills as a stonemason to build numerous monuments in the Village of L’Anse and his craftsmanship is most prominently displayed on the sandstone welcome sign as you enter the village.
   In 1968 he went into partnership with six other L’Anse businessmen forming Pequaming Properties Inc. and purchased Henry Ford’s entire historic Pequaming village including Henry Ford’s summer home, The Bungalow. They subsequently developed and subdivided the entire property.
   Frank was an avid and accomplished hunter, fisherman and trapper. He was an expert fly fisherman and his many trophy deer racks still adorn the walls of the Whirl-I-Gig. Frank spent his winters hunting coyote and bobcat with his hunting dogs and was a beekeeper in the summers, a hobby he maintained up until the last years of his life. He had an excellent sense of humor and enjoyed telling stories. He particularly enjoyed lively discussions about politics.
   Frank served numerous terms on the L’Anse Village council and continued to serve until a few years ago. He was also the Building Inspector for the Village of L’Anse. Frank was a member of the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club, the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union and the UP Trappers Association.
   Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife Margaret, his brother John Whitman, his sister Marge Hills and his grandson Andrew. He is survived by his eight children, Frances (Greg Sides), Michael (Rosa), Daniel (Theresia), Evelyn (Dale Aho), Keith (Annette), David (Elaine), Yvonne (James Andersen), and Ronald (Daisy) as well as his 13 grandchildren, Amy, Jacqui, Ana, Jourdan, Jessica, Jackie, Abe, Hannah, Zachary, Tovah, Christian, Jack, Michael, Neil, Paul and Emily and one great granddaughter, Bashalena Marie. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Sam (Becky) Carson and sisters Anna (Frank) Shaler and Molly (Jerry) Collins.
   The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Baraga County Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care of Frank and the kindnesses they extended to Frank and his family. In addition they would also like to thank the Baraga County Home Care and physical therapy staff.
   Visitation was held on Monday, Nov. 30 from 5-8 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home with the Baraga County Area Veterans conducting military rites at 7 p.m. under the direction of the American Legion Post #444.
   The funeral mass was held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. John Longbucco officiated. Burial will be in the Pequaming Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Frank’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Henry ‘Hank’ L. Auge

   Henry ‘Hank’ L. Auge, age 72, of Gladstone, MI, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at his home in Gladstone surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 29, 1937, in Baraga, MI.
   Henry graduated from Baraga High School in 1955 where he was active in band, track and basketball. He then attended Michigan Tech University and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1959. Henry was employed in management with Harnishfeger Corporation in Escanaba from 1959 until 1982.
   He was an entrepreneur, starting A.W. Manufacturing (fish processing), he designed and manufactured the Flamebroil grill having manufacturing plants in Escanaba and Baraga. He managed A and A Rental Properties and owned and operated Stonington Sign Shop. Henry was well known for his quality deck building and he designed and built many structures in this area.
   Henry enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing horseshoes, playing cards, cribbage, woodworking, basketball, bowling and archery. He was an avid Packer and Detroit Tiger fan and a member of the Michigan National Guard.
   Henry “Hank” Auge is survived by: wife, Sharon; daughter, Carol (Frank) Shepeck of Gladstone; son, Henry V. (Connie) Auge of Escanaba; grandchildren, Tara (Michael) Druding of Wells, Eric Shepeck of Houghton, MI, Steven Auge of Escanaba, Henry L. (Luke) Auge of Escanaba; great grandchildren Emily and Caitlin Druding; brothers, Gary (Susan) Auge of Flint, MI, Jaren (Christine) Tollefson of L’Anse, MI; several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by father Henry C. Auge in 1942, stepfather Erling A. Tollefson in 1999 and mother Sylvia (Styrk) Tollefson in 2009.
   Visitation was held from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Henry “Hank” Auge were held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Christine Bergquist officiating.
   A luncheon was served following the funeral services at the Gladstone Yacht Club. Burial will take place in Baraga County.

Adrian “AC” Conley Stein

   Adrian “AC” Conley Stein, age 63 of Aura, MI, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at the Omega House in Houghton, MI.
Adrian was born Feb. 24, 1946, in L’Anse, MI, son of Elmer and Saima (Lahti) Stein. He graduated from L’Anse High School in 1964; then graduated from Michigan Tech Forestry Program in Alberta.
   Adrian was then drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era from 1966-68. He married the former Patricia Koski on June 28, 1969, in L’Anse.
   They moved to Adrian, MI, for about two years where he worked as a surveyor for Associated Engineers and Surveyors. They moved back to Aura in 1971 and he worked at Celotex for a few years prior to starting his partnership business, Aura Forest Products. He worked for the Ojibwa Casino in security for nine years, retiring in 2002.
   Adrian was a member of the United Lutheran Church, National Rifle Association, and UP Whitetails. He enjoyed hunting fishing, sports, and league bowling for several years.
   Surviving are his wife Patricia Stein of Aura; daughter Erin (Dan) Rovedo of Grayslake, IL; granddaughter Ella Rovedo; sister Asenath (Roland) Sweeney of Aura; brothers Alan Stein of Aura and Arlen (Denise) Stein of L’Anse; mother-in-law Signe Koski of Aura; brother-in-law Douglas Koski of Fort Lauderdale, FL; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Preceding him in death are his parents, and father-in-law Norman Koski.
   Visitation was on Monday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church in L’Anse.
   The funeral service was at 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. Scott Williams officiated. Burial was in the Aura Cemetery.
   The Baraga County Area Veterans conduct military rites at the graveside under the direction of the American Legion Post #444. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Adrian’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Elaine “Dottie” Miller

   Dorothy Elaine “Dottie” Miller, 73, of Baraga passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Bayside Village following a lengthy illness.
   She was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on July 8, 1936, the daughter of the late William and Grace (McConnel) Keppler. She attended school in Ann Arbor.
   Dottie married Conrad Miller in Ypsilanti, MI, on April 7, 1956. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2003.
   Dottie worked as a Unit Manager for New Day Treatment Center, L’Anse retiring in 2001 due to illness. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins and the Baraga American Legion Post 444 Auxiliary. Dottie had been active in AA, enjoyed crocheting, was fond of jewelry, collecting bells and traveling. She adored her pet dog.
   Mrs. Miller is survived by her sisters Phyllis (Bob) Breece of Anaheim, CA, and Hazel Coleman of Corona, CA; and numerous other family members. She is also survived by her special niece Clara Chosa and her loving sisters-in-law Irene Pawlowski and Ilene LaPlante who were her faithful caregivers.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Miller will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Janusz Romanek officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
   Following the service, friends are invited to join the family for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room located at the funeral chapel.
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mrs. Miller’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Maire O. Kasper

   Maire O. Kasper, age 85 of Aura, MI, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at her home.
   She was born April 13, 1924 in Oulainen, Finland, daughter to Henry and Hilma (Raisanen) Isojarvi.
   Maire was raised in Finland and came to the United States in 1947 to settle in Aura. She married George Kasper on June 3, 1947, in Pelkie, MI. They owned and operated a small dairy farm in Aura. Her hobbies include dancing, music, reading, shopping and sauna.
   She is survived by her daughter Marie Kasper of Aura, and cousins, nieces and nephews in Finland.
   Preceding her in death are her parents, husband George, brother Voitto Isojarvi, sister Aino Luoto, and a baby sister that died as an infant.
   There will be no funeral service at this time. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Maire’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Harold Lyle Bennink

   Harold Lyle Bennink, age 70 of Trout Creek, MI, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at the family farm in Keweenaw Bay, MI.
   Harold was born Sept. 16, 1939, on the family farm in Keweenaw, MI, son of Garrett and Lila Anne (Pirkola) Bennink. He graduated from Baraga High School in 1957. He was outstanding in sports and held the pole vaulting record for the UP Class D at one time; he played basketball and was on an all conference team; and he went to Boys State during his junior year. Harold went into the U.S. Army from 1957-60 and returned to the family farm in Keweenaw Bay where he farmed.
   In 1996 he moved to live with his sister in Ishpeming, MI, and then they moved to Trout Creek in 2002 until the past couple of months where he resided in the Covington Rest Home.
   Harold loved farming. He was a member of the Stanley-Rajala Am Vets Post in Covington.
   Surviving are his brothers Harm (Dianne) Bennink and Otto Bennink both of Baraga; sisters, Joyce Zipse of L’Anse, Priscilla (Frederick) Sliger of Trout Creek, and Janet Tembreull of Baraga; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Preceding him in death are his parents.
   The funeral service for Harold was held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Rev. John Autio officiated.
Burial was in the Keweenaw Bay Cemetery with the Baraga County Area Veteran conducting military rites under the direction of the American Legion Post #444.
   Pallbearers were his nephews, Harm Bennink, Brandon Van Buren, Ed Tembreull, Jimmer Tembreull, Steven Sliger, David Zipse, Greg Fish and Duane Fish. The Jacobson Funeral Home assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Harold’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Colonel Todd J. Hixson

   Colonel Todd J. Hixson, USMC, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, Sheila Ellis Hixson, mother, and family; daughter Denise Hixson Frederick, Lynne Hixson Hunter and family, brother R. Andrew Hixson predeceased and Todd’s children Jeremiah Hixson, 12, and Elina Hixson, 3, wish to express their deep loss and regret at his passing.
   A 1977 Springbrook High School graduate, and 1982 Catholic University graduate, and a Marine for over 27 years, he had just returned from another tour of duty to Iraq.
   The family of Sheila Hixson wishes to announce the funeral service to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 9 a.m. at Arlington Cemetery with full military honors followed by a memorial reception at Columbia Country Club, 7900 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to JEH Trust for the two surviving children’s college fund c/o Tim Price, Etheridge and Quinn at 33 Woodland, Rockville, MD, 20850. Semper Fi.

Terry Raymond Whitty

   Terry Raymond Whitty, age 70 of L’Anse died on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   He was born June 28, 1939, in L’Anse, MI, son of Clifford and Marie (Chevalier) Whitty.
   Terry is a life long resident of L’Anse and attended school in L’Anse. He owned Terry Whitty’s Body Shop in L’Anse doing auto body work for 35 years retiring in 2000. He is married to Margit Weiss, the love of his life for the past 28 years.
   Terry loved the Casino, going to camp and hunting.
Surviving are his wife Margit Whitty of L’Anse; daughter Diana (Keith) Voakes of L’Anse; sister, Elaine (Donald) Erickson of L’Anse; three grandchildren, Jan, Jesse, and Jolie Voakes; great granddaughter Alyssa Voakes; and nieces and nephews.
   Preceding him in death are his parents; son Michael Whitty; brothers, Richard, Roland, and Raymond Whitty.
   A private family graveside service was held on Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery with Fr. John Longbucco officiating.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.

Melvin A. LaJoye

   Melvin A. LaJoye, age 94 of Hastings passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Pennock Hospital. He was born May 27, 1915, in Baraga, MI, the son of Telesphore and Amelia (Sirard) LaJoye.
   Melvin attended school in Baraga. He moved to Hastings in 1971 from Sandusky, MI. Melvin worked for Buskirk Lumber from 1960 until his retirement in 1983.
   Melvin married Martha A. DeCormier, Sept. 16, 1935. She preceded him in death Oct. 6, 2002. He was a member of St Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Melvin enjoyed woodworking.
   He was preceded in death by his wife Martha, a daughter Colleen Sinnaeve, a brother Louis and sister Emmaline.
   He is survived by his children, Jeanne (Scott) Seavoy of White Lake, MI, Mary Ann (Tom) Bernard of Flint, MI, Sandra LaJoye of SanFrancisco, CA, Nancy (Kevin) Cuncannan of Hastings, MI, Melvin Jr. (Mary Jane) of Hastings, MI, Clyde (Melody) LaJoye of Levering, MI, A. James (Colleen) of Durand, MI, Michael (Kristine) LaJoye of New Baltimore, MI, Joseph (Patricia) LaJoye of Hastings, MI, and Richard LaJoye of Chicago, IL; 56 grandchildren, 100 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren; and sisters Laura Johnson and Betty Holso of Baraga, MI.
   Visitation was held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. There was also a second visitation on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Girrbach Funeral Home.
   Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at 1 p.m. at St Rose of Lima Church in Hastings. Father Alfred J. Russell celebrant. Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
   Memorials may be made to the St Rose Education Fund, 805 S. Jefferson St., Hastings, MI 49058.
   Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. You may leave a message or memory to the family at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net  

Ronald R. Kamarainen

   Ronald R. Kamarainen, age 75 of Baraga passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Baraga, MI, on June 30, 1934, son of the late Ralph and Eleanor (Suomela) Kamarainen. Ron graduated from Baraga High School in 1952. Following graduation he was employed at Detroit Kellering Co. in Detroit until serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
   Following his time in service he attended Michigan Tech University, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1960.
   Ron married the former Barbara Holm in Baraga on Dec. 3, 1960. He worked for the MDOT, retiring in March of 1993 after 33 years.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in L’Anse and served as secretary for the Ottawa Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family.
   Ron is survived by his loving wife, Barbara of Baraga; children, Bonnie (Jim) Klamerus of Henderson, NV, Alan Kamarainen of Pelkie, and Mike (Sandy) Kamarainen of Mequon, WI; grandchildren, Kyle Gustafson, Jamie and Brooke Klamerus, Amber & Erin Kamarainen, Sara, Jack and Luke Kamarainen; brothers Pete (Carol) Kamarainen of Wilmington, NC, Pat (Jean) Kamarainen of Ironwood; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
   Preceding him in death are his parents and an infant brother.
A memorial service was held on Friday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in L’Anse. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. John Henry officiated.
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Building Fund. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Ron’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Amelia Haanpaa

   Amelia Haanpaa, age 73 of L’Anse, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. Amelia was born Nov. 18, 1935, in San Antonio, TX, a daughter of Ascencion and Consuelo (Abrego) Oyervides. She was raised in San Antonio and attended High School there.
   Amelia loved listening and dancing to her Mexican music, cooking and loved spending time with her family.
   Survivors include her husband Dannie A. of 50 years; two daughters, Connie (Tom) La Forest of Brillion, WI, and Martha Reyes (Terry) Haanpaa of Herman, MI; two sons, Eric D. and Dannie V. Haanpaa of L’Anse; three sisters, Bertha Revuelta, Yolanda Corrales and Horentencia Gonzales of San Antonio, TX; three brothers, Robert (Stella), Juan, and George Oyervides of San Antonio, TX; eight grandchildren, Steven O. Laforest, Laura M., Eric A., Robert J., Alicia R., Amelia, Ryan V. and Dannie J. Haanpaa; six great grandchildren, Braydon Peterson, Weston, Zoe, Shylah, Savanah and Aubrey Haanpaa. Amelia was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Steven Reyes Haanpaa.
   Private services for Amelia took place Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at the Jacobson Funeral Home, L’Anse, with Rev. John Longbucco officiating, burial took place in the Herman Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Amelia’s guestbook or send a condolence to www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Olga M. Koski

   Olga M. Koski, 97, a long time resident of Black River Road Ironwood Township, died peacefully at SkyView Nursing Home Nov. 9, 2009.
   She was born June 19, 1912, in Watton, MI, daughter of the late John and Lydia Jokinen. She worked on the family farm and attended local schools. She married John Koski of Ironwood, MI, on May 30, 1936, and moved to Ironwood Township in 1937. He preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1983.
   She was a dedicated homemaker and avid gardener. Her vegetable garden and apple orchard provided an abundant array of fresh fruit and vegetables which she shared with family and friends. Her greatest pride was her flower garden which was admired by all.
  Olga provided well for her family by baking, cooking and canning. Her love of cooking was an inspiration to all and her favorite dishes appear regularly at family gatherings to this day. The grandchildren could always count on the cookie jar being filled with chocolate chip cookies.
She was employed by the Grand View Hospital and the Ironwood Township School system as a cafeteria worker. She was a member of the National Finnish American Festival Auxiliary and the Aurora Club Women’s Auxiliary.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Koski in 1983, her brothers Theodore, Armas, Arvo, Axel and Arne Jokinen, son-in-law John Jegi of Concord, CA, and nephew, Gary Jokinen of L’Anse, MI.
   Survivors include two daughters Elaine Jegi of Concord, CA, and Marlene (Jim) LaBlonde of Ironwood Township and one son Don (Barb) of Madison, WI, nine grandchildren, Douglas (Patrice) Jegi of Houston, TX, Mark (Jan) Jegi of South San Francisco, CA, Kristy (Hal) Jegi of Brooklyn, NY, Nicole (Scott) Dhein of Mosinee, WI, Dena (Dave) Lundin of Ironwood, MI, Jim (Dana) LaBlonde of Wrightstown, WI, Brian Koski of Alexandria, VA, Pam Koski of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Stephanie Koski of Madison, WI; nine great grandchildren, Miles and Sophia Jegi, Kade and Elli Koski, Abby and Jaegar Dhein, Kacie and Tommy Lundin, and Easton LaBlonde.
   Cremation has taken place. Friends and family were invited to an informal gathering at the Ketola Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. Internment was at the Sunset Acres Cemetery in Ironwood Township.
   Arrangements were by Range Funeral Service and Crematory and Ketola Funeral Home.

Donald E. “Donnie” Brunet, Sr

   Donald E. “Donnie” Brunet, Sr., 76, of L’Anse, MI, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born in Pequaming, MI, on April 1, 1933, the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Velmer) Brunet. Donnie graduated from L’Anse High School in 1951.
   He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Donnie married the former Ethel Roberts in Hancock at St. Joseph Church on Aug. 4, 1956. He worked at Celotex Corp. retiring in 1996 after 38 years of service. Donnie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse the L’Anse American Legion Post 144 and served as a board member at the Baraga County Federal Credit Union, L’Anse. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family.
   Mr. Brunet is survived by his loving wife Ethel, children Debra (Thomas) Lindgren, Cindy (Thomas) Roy, and Donald (Lori) Brunet all of L’Anse, grandchildren Tina (George) Lahti, Jason (Angie) Lindgren, Andrew Lindgren, Stephanie Baril, Ben (Diane) Roy, Justin Roy, Rebecca (Peter) Dove, Steven Brunet, and Daniel Brunet, great grandchildren Trystan and Kolby Lahti, Brenden, Anna, and Carter Lindgren, Maja, Katie, and Ellise Dove. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other family members. Mr. Brunet was preceded in death by his brothers Pierre and Clyde, and sisters Marie and Lorraine.
   A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father John Longbucco, celebrant. Mr. Brunet’s grandchildren honored him as casket bearers.
   Interment took place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family greeted friends on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m until the time of the Mass. Friday evening Baraga County area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at 6:30 p.m. and a parish prayer service was held at 7 p.m. in the funeral chapel.
   Following the Mass at the church on Saturday the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral chapel.
   Mr. Brunet’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

Patrick Earl Harrington

   Patrick Earl Harrington, 53, of Goodrich and Oxford, born Aug. 21, 1956, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Genesys Health Park.
   Loving son of Earl and Catherine ‘Kate’ of L’Anse. Pat will be dearly missed by his beloved children, Jeremy, Patrick Jr. ‘PJ’ and Brenna, all of Goodrich. Grandfather of Lucas and Cheyenne ‘PJ’. Brother of Bob Harrington of Marquette, Mike (Nancy) Harrington of Holly and Mary Kay Harrington of Marquette.
   Also survived by many nieces and nephews that loved him dearly. Preceded in death by his mother, Kate and brothers, John Harrington of Boston and Jim Harrington of L’ Anse.
   Patrick was an electrical engineer contractor with CPI at Flint Truck & Bus Assembly for over 16 years, making friends easily because of his loving heart and strong will to help. He was a hard working, responsible man that could fix anything.
   He enjoyed fishing, playing Keno, country drives in the fall, and visiting his family in the U.P. Although Patrick will be dearly missed by the friends and family that knew and loved him, he is now at peace with those that went before him, in his mother’s loving arms.
   For those unable to attend, condolences may be sent in care of Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI 48439. A memorial service will be held in L’ Anse, MI, at a later date.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No Obituaries this week, everyone is doing fine!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Eleanor E. Johnson

   Eleanor E. Johnson, age 87 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   She was born May 31, 1922, in Pelkie, MI, daughter to Robert and Amanda (Haara) Ranta. Eleanor married Undo Johnson on Aug. 24, 1940; he preceded her in death on July 12, 1995.
   She lived in L’Anse her entire life until moving into Shulstad’s Leisure Living in Baraga where Eleanor resided for the past three years.
For over 30 years she worked as a nurse’s aide at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1979; and as a rural route mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
   Eleanor was a member of United Lutheran Church in L’Anse, WELCA, charter member of the Eagles Aerie #2287, VFW Post 3897 Auxiliary, and Baragaland Senior Citizens. She enjoyed crocheting and traveling.
   Surviving are her son Roger (Nancy) Johnson of Ft. Pierce, FL; daughter Dianne Taylor of Okeechobee, FL; step brother Donald Salo; step sisters, Jenny Janda, and Ellen Maki; grandchildren, Scott Lloyd, Steven Lloyd, Debra Knox, Jay Johnson, and Amber Awe; 15 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Preceding her in death are her father Robert Ranta; her mother and step father Amanda and George Salo; husband Undo; brothers, Donald and Leonard Ranta; and grandson Sean Knox.
   A funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church in L’Anse.
   Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. Scott Williams will officiate. Burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.   The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Eleanor’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Pauline Emma Wreesman

   Pauline Emma Wreesman, age 94 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit.
   Pauline was born Oct. 10, 1915, in Skanee, MI, to Daniel and Emma (Nelson) Newman. She graduated from Skanee School and attended City College in Detroit for Beauty School.
   Pauline married Albert Stefanich in 1940 and they lived in Ontonagon, MI. Albert was Sheriff of Ontonagon County when he died in 1951, and Pauline finished his term of office as County Sheriff through 1954.
   She later married Harry Wreesman; and they lived first in Ontonagon and then in Kenosha, WI. Pauline owned and managed a religious goods store for a time in Kenosha, and was active in religious and civic organizations in the community. Following Harry’s retirement from American Motors Corporation, they moved back to Skanee in 1993.
Pauline later lived at Shultstad’s Leisure Living, and most recently at the SNU at BCMH. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Pauline had a lovely voice and enjoyed singing. She was an avid gardener.
   Surviving are her son Daniel (Valerie) Stefanich of Milwaukee, WI, grandson Andrew and granddaughter Megan. Preceding her in death are her parents, Daniel and Emma (Nelson) Newman; husband Albert Stefanich and husband Harry Wreesman.
   The family would like to thank Howard Mattson and his wife Judy for capably managing her affairs and advocating for her interests, and the staff at Shultstad’s Leisure Living and BCMH Skilled Nursing Unit for their gracious, thoughtful, and compassionate care of Pauline.
   A funeral service was held on Monday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home.
   Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Fr. John Longbucco officiated. Burial was in the Skanee Cemetery.
The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse handled the arrangements.
Friends may sign Pauline’s guest book or send condolences to www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Edwin Melvin “Puff” Bentti

   Edwin Melvin “Puff” Bentti, age 78, of Michigamme died peacefully at his home under the care of Lake Superior Hospice on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009. He gallantly battled cancer for three years.
   Ed was born on Oct. 10, 1931, to Helmi Marie (Koskela) and Edward Matt Bentti. Edwin had two sisters and four brothers: Elmer, Ethel, Edna, Emil, Ron, and Robert. He graduated as salutatorian from Michigamme High School in 1949. Ed enjoyed playing basketball on the high school team.
   His mining career began in 1950 at the Mather A Mine. Also in 1950, Ed became acquainted with Rosemarie (Mercier) Bentti. They married on August 1, 1953.
   After he was drafted into the army, Ed and Rosemarie spent several years in Georgia and Kansas before returning home to Michigamme. Ed’s mining career resumed in 1955 when he started with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company. During the “big lay-off of ‘58”, Ed worked at the North Range–Champion Mine and cut pulp too.
   The Manpower Development and Training Act of 1962 gave Ed the opportunity to receive engineer training at Michigan Technological University. President John F. Kennedy as a tool to fight unemployment and to promote a highly skilled labor force implemented this act.
   By 1963, Ed had a surveyor’s job at the Republic Mine. After 20 years at the Republic Mine, he retired in 1983 as the Drilling Supervisor.
   Ed was the proud father of Catherine (Tim) Bulera, Mary Ann (Kirk) Luke, and Christopher (Michele) Bentti. He was the grandfather of five: Ben T. Bulera; Ann (Tom) Christian; Jennifer Luke; Mark Luke; and Sierra Bentti. He was especially close to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Mercier, and to his niece, Jean Louise Mercier Smith.
   Ed liked to keep busy. He was active in community affairs including the Lions Club, the Michigamme Fire Department and the First Responders. He sold real estate, loved to cut firewood, and enjoyed being at camp. Watching the sunrise each morning with a cup of coffee was his favorite time. He saw beauty in the dawning of each day and often recorded it with a photograph. His collection of Lake Michigamme sunrise photos is enormous!
   Edwin is survived by two of his children, Cathy Bulera of Onalaska, WI, and Chris Bentti of Hastings, MI, all of his grandchildren, and numerous family members & friends. His wife (Rosemarie) and his daughter (Mary Ann) preceded him in death. His parents and his brother Elmer also preceded him in death.
   A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Champion on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Fr. Greg Heikkala officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends for one hour prior to the service. Following the service, a dinner will be served in the church fellowship hall.
   Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home of Ishpeming is assisting the family with the arrangements. Ed’s obituary may be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com  where friends and relatives may leave a note of remembrance.
   The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the many people who cared for and assisted Ed. The family is grateful for their support at this difficult time.

George Willson Messner

   George Willson Messner, 82, of West Salem, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Lakeview Health Center in West Salem, WI.
   George was born Aug. 30, 1927, in Hancock, MI, to Clyde and Jean (Willson) Messner. He served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1945 to 1947. After moving to the Chicago area, George married Patricia Green; they later divorced.
   George lived most of his life in the Skokie/Morton Grove, IL, area where he worked as a baker, an HVAC technician, and a florist. Upon his retirement, George enjoyed traveling to many locales to experience their golf courses. An avid sports fanatic and golfer, George is among those few that have achieved a hole-in-one in their lifetime.
   George is survived by four children, Andy (Barb) Messner of Morton Grove, IL, Cindy Messner of Waupaca, WI, Dirk (Claudia) Messner of Grays Lake, IL, and Tina (Mark) Luehne of Galesville, WI. George is also survived by eight grandchildren, Robby, Michelle, Craig, Clay, Elizabeth, Jeannie, Johnny and step-granddaughter, Shannon; and six great-grandchildren, Mathew, Marshall, Mariah, Andrew, Sophia and step-great-grandson, Reid.
   George’s parents preceded him in death. Additionally, many of George’s friends have gone ahead. The rest of us will just have to wait to reunite in the future.
   In accordance with George’s wishes, he will be cremated with interment in his Michigan homeland at a later date. Arrangements are being provided by Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home of West Salem.
   The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and all of the staff at Lakeview Health Center for providing the exemplary care that George has received for these many years. Thank you. We know you will miss him also.

Edith Impi Roosa Dreelan

   Edith Impi Roosa Dreelan, age 83 of Pelkie, MI, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at her home with her daughter Elizabeth and nephew Gregory Lusk and his wife Sandra by her side.
   Edith was born May 7, 1926, in Pelkie, daughter to Eli and Johanna (Rompainen) Turpeinen. She graduated from Baraga High School in 1944 and then attended Suomi College. Edith lived in the Chicago area and married Thomas Dreelan in 1951; then moved to the Detroit area in 1956; where she worked for Kelly Services until 1990 when she retired. In 1993 she moved back to the family farm in Pelkie.
   She was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. Edith loved gardening, reading, and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Surviving are her daughter Elizabeth Hakola of Pelkie, a sister Aune Aho of Pelkie, and nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her parents; son-in-law Robert Hakola; brothers, Jack, Eli, and Eino Turpeinen; sisters, Aili Seppanen, Hilma Robbins, Hilia Kapp, Helmi Franzen, and Anne Lusk.
   A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. John Autio will officiate. Burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mission United Lutheran Church.
   Friends may sign Edith’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy M. Pennebaker

   Dorothy M. Pennebaker, 79, of L’Anse passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse where she had been a resident for six weeks. She was born in Flint, MI, on June 26, 1930, the daughter of the late Clair J. and Lila (Higgins) Brown. Dorothy attended Flint Central High School. She was employed by General Motors and then worked at Genesee Memorial Hospital, Flint as a clerk until her retirement.
   Mrs. Pennebaker is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” Pennebaker of L’Anse, and sister Dorothea (Donald) Austin of Flint, MI. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her brother Clair J. Brown.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Pennebaker will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Road, Grand Blanc, MI. Interment will take place in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service.
   Mrs. Pennebaker’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse assisted the family with local arrangements.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Evelyn E. Bergerson

   Evelyn E. Bergerson, 82, of Baraga, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse where she had been a resident for several months.
   She was born in Nisula, MI, on Jan. 19, 1927, the daughter of the late Matt and Martha (Niemi) Saari. Evelyn moved to the Detroit area in 1943 and graduated from Redford High School in Redford, MI, in 1945.
She worked for various companies in the Detroit area before returning to Baraga in 1955. Evelyn married George Bergerson at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga, on June 11, 1955. He preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 2001.
   Evelyn was a customer service representative at Baraga Telephone for 41 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga, and the Baraga American Legion Auxiliary Post 444 where she was a past president. Evelyn was honored as the American Legion Auxiliary volunteer of the year for the UP District. She was an active member of the Red Hatters.
   Evelyn had also been honored as the homemaker of the year at the Baraga County Fair. She was also a volunteer for the senior citizens TRIAD group and a tireless volunteer for various other organizations in the area. Evelyn enjoyed traveling, flower gardening, and baking.
Mrs. Bergerson is survived by her loving sister, Verna (Tom) Ross of Pelkie, brother-in-law Oliver Maki of L’Anse and sister-in-law Gladys Saari of South Lyon, MI, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Irene, Walfred, Gladys, Wallace, Shirley, and Eugene.
   A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, from St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga with Father John Longbucco and Father Norm Clisch, con-celebrants. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the Mass. The American Legion Auxiliary will have a service Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Funeral Chapel and a parish prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.
   In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family suggests memorials to be directed to St. Vincent DePaul Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

John N. Ketola

   John N. Ketola of Zephyrhills, FL, found his way to the Lord on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. After many years of battling lupus, John passed on peacefully in his sleep.
   John Ketola is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, daughter Tina, son Jesse, mother Marilyn, brother Terry, sister Diane and seven grandchildren. His father, Reino passed in June of 2009.
   Through all his pain, John was always there to help a friend, the neighbor or a stranger only asking in return that they pass it on.
   John will be missed dearly but he will be in our thoughts everyday.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ida Mae Loman

   Ida Mae Loman, age 78 of Baraga, MI, passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
   She was born May 12, 1931, in Nisula, MI, daughter to Arthur and Armita (Lepisto) Juntunen. Mae grew up in Nisula and graduated from Baraga High School in 1948. She married James R. Loman on July 29, 1950, in Nisula.
   Mae enjoyed sewing, knitting, and basket weaving. She was an avid sports fan and Mae and Jim were honored by the Baraga Area Schools in 2007 as sports fans of the year. She was also an avid Michigan State and Green Bay Packer Fan.
   Mae was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga and the Lutheran Church Women.
   Surviving are her husband James of Baraga; son Mark (Anne) Loman of Ishpeming; daughters, Patricia Verdi of Wellston, MI, Paula Loman of San Diego, CA, Cheryl (Matt) Heppler of East Lansing, Carol (Greg) Berthiaume of Middleton, WI; brothers, Arnold (Alice) Juntunen of Baraga, Harold (Joyce) Juntunen of Livonia, Norm (Jen) Juntunen of Farmington Hills, MI; sisters Lil (Pete) Van Straten of Pequaming, MI, and Jean (William) Clisch of Alston, MI; sister-in-laws, Dorothy Loman of Skanee, and Jane Juntunen of Greenland, MI; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Stieg, Clara, Anna, and Emma Heppler, Patrick and Scott Berthiaume, Zach, Margaret, Adam, Rachael, Katie Rose, Rebekah, and Faith Loman; two great grandchildren, Logan Dettlof and Ethan Stieg; numerous nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her parents; daughters Kristen Sue Loman in 2003, and an infant daughter Joan Marie Loman; brothers James and Raymond Juntunen.
   Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse and on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 10-11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Pastor Pam Long will officiate. Burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery.   The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Mae’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Margaret H. Tollefson

   Margaret H. Tollefson, 91, of Florence, WI, and formerly of the L’Anse area passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Golden Living Center, Florence, WI. She was born in Minneapolis, MN, on May 7, 1918, the daughter of the late George and Anna (Andersen) Soli.
Margaret attended school in Pequaming. She married Clarence Tollefson at United Lutheran Church, L’Anse on Oct. 14, 1950. He preceded her in death in 1990.
   Margaret was the former cook at the Ford Bungalow in Pequaming. She was a member of United Lutheran Church, and the former L’Anse American Legion Post 144 Auxiliary, and the Zeba Sewing Circle. Margaret enjoyed crocheting, word puzzles and cleaning.
   Mrs. Tollefson is survived by her loving daughter Elaine (Doug) Johnson of Florence, WI, grandson Samuel (Jessie) Karnack, IV of Crystal Falls, and great grandchild Dayton. She was preceded in death by her sisters Ellen, Eleanor, and Gudrum and brother John.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Tollefson will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, from United Lutheran Church, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m until the time of the service.
   Mrs. Tollefson’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.

Ero “Bill” Kultala

   Ero “Bill” Kultala, age 83 of Covington Rest Home passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
   He was born March 21, 1926, in Baltic, MI, son of Franz “Eli” and Maria (Somero) Kultala. Bill was raised in Pelkie and graduated from Pelkie High School. He served our country in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1944-46 during WWII.
   He married the former Jean Leonard on April 12, 1947, in Detroit, MI. They resided in Gross Pointe and later St. Clair Shores most of their life. Bill worked for Chrysler as a mechanic for 40 years, retiring in 1986. He moved up to the Bluffs in Houghton in 2008 and then to the Covington Rest Home.
   He was a Life member of the VFW Post #3323 in Westland, MI. Bill was a die hard American and loved being a veteran.
   Surviving are his son Roy Kultala of St. Clair Shores, MI; daughters Janis (Henry Spolnicki) Kultala-Spolnicki of Gambrills, MD, Joann (Robert) Agresta of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Judy (Manuel) Iglesias of St. Clair, MI; brother Ray (Winifred) Kultala of Phoenix, AZ; 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
   Preceding him in death are his parents; wife Jean Kultala on Sept. 11, 1998; son Roger Kultala in 1970; brother Frank Kultala; sisters, Anne Muckenfuss, Toine “Betty” Pelto, Helga Edelen, and Aileen Schwalm.
   A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon at the Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. John Autio will officiate. Burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery. The Baraga County Area Veterans will conduct military rites at the graveside under the direction of the American Legion Post #444 of Baraga.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may sign Bill’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Joan Marie Bemis

   Joan Marie Bemis, age 79, of Assinins, MI, died on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   She was born on July 18, 1930, in Assinins, daughter to Lawrence and Leone (Lacosse) Denomie. Joan grew up in Assinins and graduated from Baraga High School, and received a degree from Michigan Technologic University.
   She married George Bemis in Davenport, IA. She worked for the MESC as an interviewer for about 20 years; retiring in 1990. She served on the Commission of Indian Affairs for several years and the KBIC Tribal Council for 16 years. Joan enjoyed goose hunting, fishing, and was an avid Packer Fan.
   Joan is a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the Ojibwa Seniors.
   Surviving are her son Ralph Bemis of Assinins; brothers Robert (Marilyn) Denomie and Lawrence (Ann) Denomie both of Assinins; sisters, Deloris Eberl and Betty (Gordon) Villwock both of Milwaukee, Carlota (Joe) Beauprey of Assinins; four grandchildren, David Bemis of L’Anse, Nicole (Conrad) LaPlante of Baraga, Ralph (Joanna) Bemis of L’Anse, and James Bemis of Gwinn; 6 great granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her parents; husband George Bemis in 1992; and sister Patricia Imig.
   Visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Church in Assinins. The funeral Mass was held at 2 p.m. at the church. Fr. Janusz Romanek officiated. Burial was in the Assinins Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is in charge of arrangements.
   Friends may sign Joan’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Philomena Mary Reynolds

   Philomena Mary Reynolds, age 87 of Baraga, MI, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   She was born May 21, 1922, in Medford, WI, a daughter of Joseph and Susan (Kellner) Stauner. She moved to Waukegan, IL, in 1940 and was employed in a defense plant for seven years.
   Philomena married Emil Banick on Oct. 26, 1946; he died in 1970. She married Howard Reynolds on Sept. 1, 1973; and he died on July 15, 1995. She had lived in Baraga County since 1976.
   Philomena was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga.
Surviving are one son, Donald (Jean) Banick of Lindenhurst, IL, and two granddaughters, Tara Banick and Trina Banick both of Lindenhurst. Also surviving are one brother, Alvin (Lillian) Stauner of Medford, WI; three sisters, Agnes (Ray) Carstensen and Catherine Dassow, both of Medford, WI, and Terry Koutrelakos of Winthrop, ME; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
   Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by her son Stephen Banick in 1993, five brothers, and three sisters.
   A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga. Visitation was for one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Janusz Romanek officiated.
   Burial was in the Baraga Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse was in charge of arrangements.
   Friends may sign Philomena’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Glen C. Anderson

   Glen C. Anderson, 94, of Baraga, MI, living the past three years in Avon to be cared for by his son, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009.
   He was born in Oregon, IL, on Oct. 12, 1914, to the late Axel and Esther Peterson. After his father passed away, his mother married Charles Victor Anderson and they moved to Riverside, IL.
   In 1939, General Electric hired Glen and he relocated to Schenectady, NY. In 1941, his department was transferred to Lynn, MA, where he met and married his first wife, Sylvia (Ala) Anderson.
   They raised their family in Marblehead, MA. In 1952, Glen moved to Homewood, IL, to work in Griffith, IN, where he became the Vice President of sales for Smith Victor, a company that made photography lighting products; retiring from there in 1978.
   He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in both Griffith, IN, and Baraga, MI. After Sylvia passed away, Glen married Dorothy (Ingalls) Kidd who survives him. Besides his wife, Glen is survived by two sons, Larry Anderson and his wife Cynthia of Avon and Richard C. Anderson and his wife Iva of Athens, Greece; two grandchildren, Christopher Anderson and Laurel Carter; a great grandson, James Anderson; as well as Dorothy’s family.
   A graveside service will be held at a later date in Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford, IL. For online condolences, visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Carl Norman Holappa

   Carl Norman Holappa, age 77 of Baraga, MI, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at his home.
   He was born Aug. 19, 1932, in Elo, MI, son of the late Charles and Mayme (Hill) Holappa. Carl grew up and attended school in Elo. He was in to the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
   He married Barbara Loonsfoot in 1967 in Lake Orion, MI. They lived in Ferndale where he worked fro the City of Ferndale for several years. In 1992 they moved to Kincheloe, MI, until 1995 when they moved to Baraga.
   Carl enjoyed bowling in leagues and fishing.
   Surviving are his son Guy (Karyn) Holappa of Hamilton, MA, Sue (Lewis) Mack of Baraga, Lynn Holappa of Brattleboro, VT; grandchildren Keaton and Rachael Holappa, Guy and Samantha O’Donnell; and a nephew Dennis Johnson of Kincheloe, MI.
Preceding him in death are his parents, wife Barbara; sisters Jewel Johnson and Gloria Holappa.
   The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pastor Arnold Pesola will officiate. Burial will be in the Elo Cemetery.
   The Baraga County Area Veterans will conduct military rites at the graveside under the direction of the American Legion Post 444. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Carl’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

William A. “Bill” Selden

   William A. “Bill” Selden, 81, of L’Anse, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at Bayside Village following a lengthy illness.
   He was born in Baraga on Jan. 13, 1928, the son of the late Russell J. and Winifred G. (Berg) Selden. Bill attended school in Baraga and L’Anse. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.    Following his discharge Bill sailed the Great Lakes for 25 years. He was then employed by the Celotex Corp. for 18 years and retired in 1991.
Bill was a member of United Methodist Church, L’Anse. He was a self taught musician and played the guitar and harmonica. Bill enjoyed singing and was a good yodeler. He was a true Michigan sport fan and cheered on the Red Wings, Tigers and Lions.
   Mr. Selden is survived by his sister, Patricia “Pat” Miller of L’Anse, nieces, Katy Allen, Tammy Williams, Michelle Jezek, and Debra Barazzi, and nephew Robert Selden. Numerous cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his brothers Robert, Eugene and Russell.
   A memorial service for Mr. Selden will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Henry officiating.
   Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Baraga County area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors at the funeral chapel at 3:30 p.m.
   Following the services the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and refreshments in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral chapel. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements. Mrs. Selden’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NO Obituaries this week, everyone is doing fine!


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Edward D. Holzman

   Edward D. Holzman, 80, of Baraga, passed away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at the Omega House in Houghton, following a lengthy illness.
   He was born in Assinins, MI, on March 23, 1929, the son of the late Frank and Emma (Mizegan) Holzman. Ed attended school in Houghton.  He worked in Milwaukee, WI, as a commercial baker for the Pork Pie Baking Company and retired in 1975 from the Heinimann Bakery.
   Ed married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Haataja in Baraga on May 27, 2005. He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Ed was an avid Green Bay Packer, Tigers, and Red Wing fan. He enjoyed camping and attending Pow-Wows.
   Mr. Holzman is survived by his loving wife Betty, step-son James (Norma) Kokko of Baraga, step-daughters Rose Ann (Bob) Coen of Aura, Doris (John) Mayo of L’Anse, and Pauline (Frank) Peters of Ellaville, GA, seven step grandchildren, 11 step great grandchildren, and cousin John (Carol) Jacker of Baraga.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife Delores in 2002, one brother and one sister.
   A memorial service for Mr. Holzman was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the Ojibwa Senior Citizens Ceremonial Funeral Room with Father John Longbucco officiating. Interment will take place in the Assinins Cemetery. The family greeted friends in the Ceremonial Funeral Room on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements. Mr. Holzman’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nancy P. Turunen

   Nancy P. Turunen, 71, of Arnheim passed away suddenly at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. She was born in Pelkie on Aug. 30, 1938, the daughter of the late Ralph E. and Helmi (Koski) Mattson. She attended school in Pelkie.
   Nancy married Ralph Turunen in Pelkie on July 16, 1955. She had worked at UP Plastics and then was employed at the Celotex Corp. until her retirement. Nancy also had worked as a receptionist at the Sirard Funeral Home. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. She had coached the girls hockey team. Nancy enjoyed camping, hunting, gardening and loved her pet dog “Skeeter”.
   Mrs. Turunen is survived by her loving children, James (Lenore “Sue”) Turunen of L’Anse, John (Sue) Turunen of L’Anse and Robert “Bob” Turunen of Pelkie, grandchildren, Jeremy, Kris, Dan, Beth, and Matt, great-grandchild, Makayla, sisters, Patsy (Paul) Tussing of Chassell, and Priscilla (Paul) Monnette of Chassell. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her brother Jerry Mattson, and grandson Brad Turunen.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Turunen were held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Autio officiating. Interment took place in the Pelkie Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Friday from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.rfsc.net  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Ralph C. Turunen

   Ralph C. Turunen, 77, of Arnheim passed away suddenly at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. He was born in Pelkie on April 23, 1932, the son of the late Matti and Hilja (Lappala) Turunen. Ralph graduated from Baraga High School in 1949. He married the former Nancy Mattson on July 16, 1955, in Pelkie. Ralph served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict and was a Purple Heart recipient.
   He was employed by the State of Michigan in the Department of Natural Resources as a Forester. He retired in 1985. Ralph was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie, and the Alston VFW Post #7646. He enjoyed deer hunting, watching the Packers, gardening, making wood and being outdoors. He loved to take walks.
Mr. Turunen is survived by his loving children, James (Lenore “Sue”) Turunen of L’Anse, John (Sue) Turunen of L’Anse and Robert “Bob” Turunen of Pelkie, grandchildren, Jeremy, Kris, Dan, Beth, and Matt, great-grandchild, Makayla, brother, Rueben (Evelyn) Turunen of Pelkie, sisters, Edith Moberg of Baraga, Ruth Bevier of Peoria, IL, and Beatrice (William) Prewitt of Chico, CA. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
   He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, grandson Brad Turunen, brother Reino, and sisters Martha, Aili, Eleanor, Sylvia, and Eva.
Funeral services for Mr. Turunen were held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Autio officiating. Interment took place in the Pelkie Cemetery.
   The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Friday from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. Baraga county area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at the funeral chapel on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.
   Condolences may be offered to the family at www.rfsc.net  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Virginia J. Dudo

   Virginia J. Dudo, 92, of L’Anse, passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse. She had been a resident there for three months.
   Virginia was born in L’Anse on June 24, 1917, the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Annie (Cyzkoski) Coskie. She graduated from L’Anse High School in 1935. Virginia married Louis Dudo at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse in 1936. He preceded her in death in 1993. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
   Virginia enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her family. She loved bingo and was a regular member of the local “Bingo Club”.
Mrs. Dudo is survived by her loving children Robert (Mary) Dudo of Zepher Hills, Edward “Jack” Dudo of Phoenix, AZ, and Louis Dudo of L’Anse, Mary Lou (Bob) Bucklin of Zepher Hills, Joan Dipzinski of Zepher Hills, and Judy (Bill) Jaeger of Las Cruses, 16 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and sister, Lucille Coleman of L’Anse. Numerous nieces, nephews and other family members also survive. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, two brothers, and six sisters.
   A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father John Longbucco, celebrant. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2009 from 6 until 8 p.m at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with a parish prayer service being held at 7 p.m.
   Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Dudo’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

Jacob E. “Ed” Kuivinen

   Jacob E. “Ed” Kuivinen, 96, of Pelkie passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse following a lengthy illness. He was born in Calumet, MI, on Jan. 8, 1913, the son of the late Jacob and Katherine (Ranta) Kuivinen. Ed attended school in Pelkie.
   On May 27, 1944, he married the former Elma Leinonen in Detroit, MI. She preceded him in death in 1987. Ed owned and operated a dairy farm, worked in the woods and was a sub mail carrier in the Pelkie and Arnheim area.
   He was a member of Grace Free Lutheran Church, Pelkie. Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was also the barber for his friends in the community.
   Mr. Kuivinen is survived by his loving children, Marshall (Carolyn) Kuivinen of Pelkie, Bruce (Rosanne) Kuivinen of Alston, and Julie (Samuel) Wuornos of Pelkie, grandchildren, Clinton, Conrad, Kimberly, Bradley, Kelly, Brent, Samuel, and Amanda, great grandchildren, Cameron, Macy, Miah, and Megan, and sister, Elsie Johnson of Garden City, MI. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
   Funeral services for Mr. Kuivinen will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, from Grace Free Lutheran Church, Pelkie with Pastor Dean Franz officiating. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Mr. Kuivinen’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.

John Albert Westman

   John Albert Westman, 79, passed away peacefully due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at his home in Ontonagon on Sept. 6, 2009, with his family by his side.
   He was born April 8, 1930, in Ishpeming to J. Albert and Ingeborg Westman and raised in Pequaming until 1956 when he moved to Ontonagon. He was employed at the White Pine Mine for 42 years.
   In 1957 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Toots” Gray. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, scuba diving and other hobbies. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Toots”; three children, Kathy Walters, Sheri Westman, and Shawn (Debbie) Westman; four grandchildren,  Emily, Mathew, Tyler and Shawn Jr.; sister, Christine (Miles) Behrend of Manistique; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Harold and Liz Henry; and two grandchildren, Kortnie and Eric. Services were held on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Ontonagon. John’s obituary may be viewed and condolences left at www.canefuneralhome.com

Mary Joan (Forrest) LeBeau

   Mary Joan (Forrest) LeBeau, passed away on Dec. 17, 2008. Mary was born Oct. 27, 1936, to the late George and Mary (Halonen) Forrest.
   She graduated from Baraga High School in 1954 and following her graduation from Michigan Tech became a chemist at Park Davis in Ann Arbor, MI.
   Mary married Louis LeBeau on Aug. 26, 1967, residing in Milan, MI, as owners of The Little Store until retiring to Fort Meyers, FL.
   Mary is survived by her husband Louis, sister-in-law Lynn Forrest, two nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by a brother Joseph Forrest.
   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at 1 p.m. at St. Ann’s Church in Baraga.

Frances C. Bennink

   Frances C. Bennink, 85, of Baraga passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Ewen, MI, on Feb. 8, 1924, the daughter of the late Alan and Marion (Lasinski) Bolton.
   Frances graduated from L’Anse High School. She married Otto Bennink in Toledo, OH, on Dec. 17, 1971. Frances was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga. In her earlier years she enjoyed bowling and more recently spending time at the casino.
   Mrs. Bennink is survived by her loving husband Otto of Baraga, son Patrick (Joyce) Field of L’Anse, grandchildren Pat Jr., Jason A., Christopher, and Gerald Field, great grandchildren Marissa, Christie, Charles, Emma, Edward, Veronica, and Jennifer, brother Rodney (Barbara) Bolton of L’Anse.
   A memorial service for Mrs. Bennink will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father John Longbucco officiating.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
   Memorials in Mrs. Bennink’s honor may be directed to St. Vincent DePaul Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.
   Mrs. Bennink’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.

Dennis E. St. Andre

   Dennis E. St. Andre, age 60, of Sheboygan Falls, WI, died on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at his home with his wife at his side. He was born in Negaunee, MI, on Jan. 9, 1949, the son of the late James and Mona Trewhella St. Andre.
   He graduated from L’Anse High School in Upper Michigan in 1967. Dennis then enlisted in the United States Army serving his country during the Vietnam War from November of 1967 to November of 1969. While in Vietnam, he was awarded two Bronze Stars and one Purple Heart. Dennis was a member of VFW Post 9156 and was very proud to serve his country.
   On April 7, 1973, Dennis was united in marriage to the former Merrilee Borrows in Sheboygan, WI. He was an avid outdoorsman and some of his favorite activities were hunting, fishing, camping and playing golf.
   Dennis is survived by his wife, Merrilee, of Sheboygan Falls, WI, aunt and uncle, Melvin and Carrie Hoiem, of Palmer, MI, aunt, Rosemary Trewhella, of Marquette, MI, sister-in-law, Cheryl Hutchison, of Janesville, WI, and by his nephew, Stacey (Patricia) Gates, of Peoria, IL. Many cousins, other relatives and friends further survive him.
   In accordance to Dennis’s wishes, no services will be held and a cremation will take place. Dennis’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors and staff at Veterans Hospital in Milwaukee for all of the compassion and care given to him during this time. A memorial fund has been established in Dennis’s name.
   The staff of the Novak-Ramm-Ziegler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.novakrammziegler.com

Eleanor M. Kivela

   Eleanor M. Kivela, 80, of Covington, passed away at Marquette General Hospital, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. Eleanor was born Sept. 3, 1929 in Covington, daughter of the late Carl and Mary (Godell) Saari.
She attended school in Watton and graduated from the L’Anse High School in 1947. On Sept. 6, 1948, she married Leo Kivela in Hancock, MI, and they made their home in Covington.
   Eleanor had many interests. She loved to travel and was proud to have visited all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Finland. She was an avid walker and most of all cherished her family, especially her husband, Leo , of 61 years.
   She is survived by the family she dearly loved, husband Leo, sons Alan (Jeanette) Kivela of Saudi Arabia, Rick (Marie) Kivela of Katy, TX, Mark (Pam) Kivela of Marshfield, WI, daughter Elaine (Don) Grentz of Nisula, grandchildren Michelle, Carl, Jim, Jeff, Michael, Christy, Courtney, and Nicole, great-grandchildren Colin, Sienna, Carley, Knox, Jayme, and Molly, sister Alice (Vincent) Sanderfoot of Kimberly, WI, uncle Robert Godell, aunt Emma Anderson, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
   She is also survived by brothers-in-law Robert (Maureen) Kivela of Colgate, WI, and Marvin (Joyce) Kivela of Manitowish Waters, WI.
Eleanor was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Art Kivela, and sisters-in-law Irene Jackowski and Vi Lahti.
   A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at noon from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Pastor Mark Reinsch will officiate and interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel from 11 a.m. until the 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 chapel.
   Friends may also view Eleanor’s obituary and leave a message of condolence at www.rfsc.net
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel of L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Homer R. Kristo

   Homer R. Kristo, age 95 of L’Anse, MI, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
   He was born on Nov. 12, 1913, in Allouez, MI, son of Jacob and Amelia (Sarya) Kristo. Homer married Evelyn Auno in 1936 in Calumet. He was manager at Quality Foods in L’Anse; then owned and operated the Tog Shop clothing and shoe store in L’Anse; after that he owned a small grocery store in L’Anse for several years; and then sold insurance for World Insurance. He retired from Celotex in 1973 after working there for over 10 years.
   Homer was a member of the L’Anse Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed hunting.
   Surviving are his children Jeanne (Dan) Farnsworth of Curtis, MI, Kenneth (Karen) Kristo of L’Anse, and Kay (Pat) Goodreau of L’Anse; sister Rachel Marcheski of Houghton; seven grandchildren, Scott (Stella) Farnsworth, Eric (Jennifer) Farnsworth, Tim (Krissy) Kristo, Tina (Tom) Mayo, Tracy (Vicki) Kristo, David (Wendy) Goodreau, and Daniel (Dawn) Goodreau; 23 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   Preceding him in death are his parents; wife Evelyn in 1987; brothers Oliver, Clifford, Clarence, and Wilbert Kristo; sisters, Gladys Haralson, Joyce Vincent, and Laila Merrila; great granddaughter Kelsey Mayo.
   The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the L’Anse Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. Jerry Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in the L’Anse   Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Homer’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

William R. “Bill” Herrala

   William R. “Bill” Herrala, 67 of Walled Lake, MI, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at home with his devoted wife and children at his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in L’Anse on Dec. 6, 1942, the son of the late Raymond and Ellen Herrala.
   Bill graduated from L’Anse High School in 1960. He attended Northern Michigan University on a football scholarship and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Navy, serving four years. During his high school days he starred in all three sports. Bill excelled in football and was known as “Hurricane Herrala” because of his strength and speed.
   Bill retired from Ingersol Rand at the age of 59 and never regretted having those eight years of spending quality time with his family.
   He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved to fish and hunt, managing to get back to this area several times each year to be outdoors with his buddies.
   Bill is survived by his loving wife Ann and their children Jill and Christopher Herrala both of Walled Lake. He has one granddaughter Alexis Herrala age 11 of Walled Lake, she is the daughter of Christopher. In addition, he is survived by his brother Richard of Baraga.
   He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Ellen (Haanpaa) Herrala and a sister Ellen M. Giddings.
   A memorial service for Bill will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the Life Church in Walled Lake, MI.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Robert W. “Bob” St. George

   Robert W. “Bob” St. George, 61, of L’Anse passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital. He was born in Zeba on Dec. 12, 1947, the son of the late William and Mae (Rose) St. George.
   Bob graduated from L’Anse High School in 1966. He was employed by the State of Michigan as a Correction Officer until his retirement in 2007.
   Bob was a member of Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Bunny Club, and the Arvon Outlaw Club. He was an avid hunter, and enjoyed 4-wheeling and spending time at camp.
   Mr. St. George is survived by his loving daughters, Jennifer “Peeky” St. George of L’Anse, Kerry (John) Varline of Baraga, and Michelle St. George of L’Anse, grandchildren, Johnny, Ashley, Amber, Kyle, and Brendan, one nephew, and numerous other family members.
He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Horton.
   A memorial service for Mr. St. George will be held at 11 a.m Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Thursday from 10 a.m until the time of the service.
   Following the service, friends are invited to join the family at Bob’s favorite hangout, Billy the Finns.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel with arrangements. Bob’s obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at www.rfsc.net.

Norma (Kyrole) O’Hagin

   Norma (Kyrole) O’Hagin passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, after spending three years at the Napa Nursing Center in Napa Valley, CA.
   Norma was born on June 9, 1933, in Covington, MI, to Bill and Selma (Leinonen) Kyrola. She attended schools in Covington and Ishpeming. She graduated from Ishpeming High School in 1951, and continued her education at Suomi College (now Finlandia University). After college, she was employed by the FBI in Washington, D.C. for 10 years, then she moved to Sacramento, CA, where she worked for the County Social Services.
   Norma married Harry O’Hagin in 1964 and they had three children, Ann and (Jesse) Perez of Napa Valley, CA, and children, Madelin, Dan, Elisabeth, Mari, David, Jean and Jude; Harry and (Aimin) O’Hagin of Dublin, CA, and children, Charles and Harry; Mary and (John) Holt of Chatam, NJ, and children, Garrett and Sarah.
   She is survived by her children and grand children and other relatives in Michigan. Her parents passed away, Bill in 1952 and Selma in 1997.
   She was cremated with a Memorial Service to follow in Napa Valley, CA.

Mary Jean Henry

   Mary Jean Henry, age 58 of L’Anse passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at her home.
   She was born Sept. 26, 1950, in Winona, MN, daughter of Preston and Katherine (Macemon) Duncanson. Mary grew up in Winter Haven, FL; graduated from high school there and went to a community college for two years.
   Mary continued her education at Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, receiving a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. In 1973 she married John Henry and they resided in Alaska for 16 years where Mary was a lay home missionary for the Methodist Church.
   She also taught preschool thru second grade special education in Alaska for 13 years. They then moved to Michigan; serving in L’Anse from 1981-86; and came back in 2004. Mary got a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Northern Michigan University and substitute taught up until 2004 when she became Principal /teacher for Arvon Schools.
   Mary was a member of United Methodist Church in L’Anse, United Methodist Women (UMW), and “Bells on the Bay” hand bell group. Her hobbies include cross stitching, camping, fishing, and some hunting.
Surviving are her husband Rev. John Henry of L’Anse; sons Nathan (Jessica) Henry of Spokane, WA, and Michael (Molly) Henry of Anchor Point, AK; grandchildren Blake, Cole, Ava, Micaiah; mother Katherine Duncanson of Winter Haven, FL; sister Kathy (Rodney) Johnson of Young Harris, GA; brother David (Wanda) Duncanson of Winter Haven, FL; and sister Nancy (Stephen) Irby of Fort Pierce, FL; several cousins, aunts, and uncles.
   Preceding her in death are her father Preston Duncanson and granddaughter Ella Grace.
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the L’Anse United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Fund.
   The visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the L’Anse United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. at the L’Anse United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Grant Lobb will officiate with Rev. Christina Bohnsack assisting. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Mary’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilma (Kauranen) Meranuck

   Wilma (Kauranen) Meranuck, age 91 of Las Vegas, NV, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, in Las Vegas.
   She was born on Nov. 22, 1917, in Watton, MI, daughter of Andrew and Lydia (Niemi) Kauranen. Wilma attended school in Watton and moved to Detroit where she met and married George Meranuck on Nov. 8, 1940.
   After retirement they moved to Bradenton, FL; when George passed away she moved to Las Vegas to be near her granddaughter Dawn.
Surviving are her son Dan and grandchildren Dawn (Keith) Blum, Katie and Michael Meranuck; three great grandchildren Max and Mia Blum and Haleigh Meranuck; one sister Betty Goodreau of Grafton, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her husband George; son Jim; brothers Arvo, Andrew, Jalmer, and Elmer; sisters Anna Kujala, Elma Maki, Alma Godell, Vieno White, Aina Foy, Lucy Koski, Eleanor Stephenson, and Signe Alberani.
   Wilma was very special and loved by many. She will be sorely missed by her family and all that knew her.
   A memorial service for Wilma was held in Livonia, MI.
Friends may sign Wilma’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

David Joseph ‘Oj’ Ojala

   David Joseph ‘Oj’ Ojala passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, in Dewitt, MI, in the care of his loving sister and brother-in-law Deb and Tim Kangas after suffering a short illness.
   He was born to Fred and Carol Ojala on June 10, 1955, in Hancock, MI. David was raised in Baraga, MI, and graduated from Baraga High School in 1973.
   David was living and working in Aberdeen, OH, as an electrician shortly before his illness. David belonged to the IBEW Local 219 of the electrician’s union. He was also a past member of the Michigan National Guard and belonged to the American Legion Post 444 in Baraga.
   He is survived by his parents Fred and Carol Ojala, his sisters Diane (Scott) Dillon, Debra (Tim) Kangas, nieces Danielle and Dana Dillon and nephews David Dillon and Alec Kangas, great-niece Jaycee Dillon, his aunts Anne Schutte, Carol Young, Shirley Anderson and his uncles Butch (Mary Jane) Ojala, Ray Ojala and numerous cousins.
   He was preceded in death by a brother Daniel, his grandparents, an uncle, Jim Schutte, aunt Mary Kayramo and cousin Julia Tesanovich.
He will be missed, but not forgotten by his family and friends. He will be laid to rest next to his brother Daniel in the Baraga Cemetery. A graveside service will be conducted at a future date.

Clarence A. Heinonen

   Clarence A. Heinonen, 87, of Baraga, MI. succumbed to cancer on Aug. 21, 2009. He was born on Feb. 21, 1922, to the late Otto and Maria (Tuomala) Heinonen at the family farm in the Sturgeon River Valley in the Pelkie region. The midwife, Mrs. O.C. Olsen, delivered him in the midst of a raging blizzard.
   As the youngest child, Clarence joined his brothers Otto Walfred, Adrian (Ed), and Raymond and sisters Martha (Martz) and Viola, all of whom have preceded him in death.
   He attended Pelkie school and Baraga High School and played basketball, hockey and baseball, wearing a hole in the side of the barn practicing his fast pitch.
   Clarence enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II, serving as a ski trooper in the 10th Mountain Division, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He spent time in France, Germany, the Philippines and Japan before returning home to marry Dorothy Lundin, daughter of Otto and Nettle (Holm) Lundin, in 1946.
   They set up housekeeping in Baraga, where Clarence drove a school bus, worked for the Michigan Highway Department driving a snow plow and repairing guard rails and helped Joe LeTendresse build the prototype of his Cary-Lift, welding it together in the shop on Superior Avenue in Baraga.
   He also served as a lieutenant in the Michigan National Guard during the Korean conflict. During this time, daughters Sheila (Edwards) and Sharon (Egner)were born. The family moved to the Detroit suburbs in 1952 and a third daughter, Marsha Heinonen was born.
   While in Detroit, Clarence was employed as a tool and die maker, working for many years as a keller operator for his brother-in-law, P.W. (Bill) Salmen, later retiring from the General Motors Proving Grounds after Dorothy’s death in 1982.
   He has two granddaughters: Elaine Marie, daughter of Sharon and Doug Egner; and Casey Leigh Bodenmiller, daughter of Marsha. Clarence is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
   In 1987, Clarence returned to reside in Baraga where he was active in the American Legion Post 444, and was a life member of the VFW and was involved in both the L’Anse and Alston posts.
   Visitation for Clarence will take place Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, from 1 until 2 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. A military honor service will be conducted at the Baraga Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday under the direction of the American Legion Post 444.
   In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests contributions to a memorial fund which will be established in his honor. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel with arrangements. Clarence’s obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Albert “Emil” Karschney

   Albert “Emil” Karschney, age 91 of L’Anse, MI passed away on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
   He was born on Feb. 23, 1918, in Laurium, MI. He was the son of the late Oscar and Mamie (Runnings) Karschney. Albert was known to most as Emil. At the age of eight he quit school and began working at his father’s sawmill. He spent most of his life on Huron Bay.
   He was a Sgt in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. During his military career he spent time in the United States, England, and North Africa. During WWII he worked as an airplane mechanic, taking pride in being the head mechanic for the Enola Gay plane.
   He then moved to Detroit, MI, and became an engineer for the auto companies. He also was a commercial fisherman in Vancouver, WA. He was a self-educated, very knowledgable and successful man. Later in life, he spent years being a well-known mechanic for the community.
   Emil loved fishing, hunting, and telling stories of his time in WWII, and many other life experiences, to his family and friends. He was good to everyone and always willing to help.
   Surviving are his brother, Kenneth (Dorothy) Karschney of Vancouver, WA; sisters, Rose (Matt) Toyras of Aura, MI; Becky Pasco of Vancouver, WA; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
   Preceded in Death are his parents, brother Oscar, sisters Mamie Waisanen and Josephine Kadow.
   Albert’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Rev. Jerry Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
   The Baraga County Area Veterans will conduct military rites at the graveside under the direction of the American Legion Post #444. A luncheon and fellowship will follow at the Aura Fire Hall. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Albert’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Hilda Torma

   Hilda Torma, age 88 of Watton, MI, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.
   She was born in Fort William, Ontario, Canada, on June 11, 1921, daughter to the late Isack and Emma (Mantyniemi) Torma. Hilda moved to the United States at age two and was raised on the family farm in Watton, where she resided all her life. She had a happy childhood and a good life; after her loving parents passed away her sister Bertha provided good care for Hilda for over 40 years.
   Hilda loved her cat “kitty”, enjoyed watching TV, looking at books and magazines, picking berries, and had a love for animals. She was always happy and smiling.
   She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Covington.
Surviving are her sisters, Bertha Torma of Watton and Helen Johnson of Covington; five nieces, Barbara Nurmi of Watton, Lorraine (Duane) Anderson of Covington, Mary (Jeff) Gibson of Birnamwood, WI, Susan (Doug) Scott of Cornell, MI, Sharon (Wayne) Manz of Milwaukee, WI; several great and great great nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her parents and a brother Paul Isack Torma.
   Hilda’s funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Rev. Mark Reinsch officiated. Burial was in the Covington Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Hilda’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Louella Mae Wood

   Louella Mae Wood, age 69 of L’Anse, MI, walked on following a lengthy illness on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at her home with her family by her side.
   She was born on June 26, 1940, in L’Anse, MI, daughter to the late Archie and Margaret (Shelifoe) Knapp. Louella grew up in L’Anse.
She married Richard B. Wood in April 1962 in Indiana. They lived all over the Midwest states until retirement when they moved back to L’Anse in 1992.
   She worked for five years at the Lawrence School System in Lawrence, MI, while her children were growing up.
   Louella was a member of the United Methodist Church in Zeba, Eastern Star, Skanee Wilderness Riders, and Ojibwa Senior Citizens. She loved spending time with her family, four wheeling, and playing computer games.
   Surviving are her sons Richard Wood of L’Anse, James Wood of Lawton, MI; daughter Cindy Knapp of L’Anse; former daughter-in-laws Linda Wood and Tina Owens both of L’Anse; sisters Nancy Haataja of L’Anse, Margaret Rowloff of Sidnaw, Brenda McKittrick of Baraga, and Mary (George) Geroux of Baraga; grandchildren, Heather (Aaron Paquet), Landis, Blaine, Michelle, Jessica, Jimmy, and Taylor Wood, Theresa Sirrine, Joseph, Jason, Jacob, John, and Joshua McMahan; great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Preceding her in death are her parents; husband Richard B. Wood in 1994; daughter, Ruthie Knapp; brothers, Archie Jr., William, John, Wallace, and Eugene Knapp.
   A funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Zeba. Visitation was held from noon until time of service at the church. Rev. John Henry officiated. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Louella’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Patricia “Patsy” (Maki) Cornett

   Patricia “Patsy” (Maki) Cornett, 64, of Pikeville, TN, passed away after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.
   She was born March 28, 1945, in Covington, to Walfred John and Mamie Maki. She was the youngest of 11 children.
   Patsy is survived by one son, Will, of Chattanooga, TN, one sister, Darlene Sunnarborg of Esko, MN, one brother, Ron (Larene) of Florence, WI, and many nephews, nieces, including Peggy Vervisch of Covington, and numerous cousins.
   Her funeral was on Sunday Aug. 9, 2009. She was buried in Tennessee following the service.

Kenneth Rudolph Sikkila

   Kenneth Rudolph Sikkila, age 76 of Watton, MI, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, skilled nursing unit.
   A funeral service was held on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation was from noon until the time of the service. Pastor Pete DeRose officiated.
   A luncheon and fellowship followed the service in The Sharing Room at the Jacobson Funeral Home.
   Friends may sign Kenneth’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth “Betty” Fahlgren Eddy

   Elizabeth “Betty” Fahlgren Eddy, passed away March 8, 2009, at age 82. She was born and raised in Skanee and lived most of her life in South Florida, most recently in Naples.
   She is pre-deceased by her husband Norman and three sisters. She is survived by her children, Sheryl (Ron) Gilbert of Naples, FL, and her son, Rick (Margaret Beard) Eddy of Augusta, GA, her sister LouElla Ellis of L’Anse, MI, and her brother, Carroll (Marcella) Fahlgren of Baraga, MI. She is also survived by her many beloved nieces, nephews and great nieces.
   A memorial service was held and her cremains buried on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, in Evergreen Cemetery.

Harold R. Mitchell

   Harold R. Mitchell, 82, of Baraga, MI, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at his residence. He was born in L’Anse on April 4, 1927, the son of the late Edward C. and Esther Christina (Varline) Mitchell.
   Harold attended school in Baraga. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He married the former Aurelia St. Onge on April 23, 1949, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse. Harold owned and operated J&H Welding in Baraga, the Ham Mining Company in Alaska, and the Mitchell Tree Farm in Baraga.
   He manufactured trailers and did other metal fabricating. For over 20 years he spent time in Alaska during the summer at his mining company. Harold was a member of United Methodist Church, L’Anse, the Baraga American Legion Post #444, and the Alston VFW Post #7646. His special love was his camp which he visited on a regular basis. Harold loved to tinker with things.
   Mr. Mitchell is survived by his loving wife Aurelia, sons Allan (Marilyn) Mitchell, Ronald (Joanne) Mitchell, and Mike Mitchell all of Baraga, daughters Gail (Harold) Mitchell Herrala of Baraga, and Joan (Torn) Miller of Sugarland, TX., 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, brother, Carl Mitchell of Royal Oak and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
   Funeral services for Mr. Mitchell were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Henry officiating.
   The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Baraga County Area Veterans under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
   Following the services on Saturday, friends were invited to join the family for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral chapel. Mr. Mitchell’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

Barbara “Babs” J. LaBerge

   Barbara “Babs” J. LaBerge, 87, of L’Anse, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Bayside Village, following a lengthy illness.
   She was born in L’Anse on Sept. 19, 1921, the daughter of the late Euclid and Flora (Trudeau) LeDuc. Babs graduated from L’Anse High School in 1939. Following high school, Babs attended Northern Michigan University.
   She married Kenneth LaBerge at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse on Dec. 28, 1942. He preceded her in death on July 29, 1988. Babs had worked at the Bishop Baraga Shrine for over 20 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the St. Christopher Circle, a former Welfare Board member and chaired the Baraga County Bereavement Group.
   Babs enjoyed traveling, having visited many countries around the world. She had a deep appreciation for nature, spending time outdoors and dearly loved her grandchildren.
   Mrs. LaBerge is survived by her loving children, Peter (Mona) LaBerge of Menominee, Jacqueline (Patrick) Chamberlain of Skanee, Margaret (Kenneth) Peterson of Ishpeming, and Mary Jane LaBerge of San Pablo, CA, grandchildren, Tom, Mike, Jacquline, David, Jennifer, Andy, Holly, Heather, Kenny, Darcie, and Emily, great grandchildren, Ryan, Lyndsey, Steven, Kayla, Katie, Gabriel, Matthew, Mitchell, Jesse, Kaylee, Aiden, Mazzy, Nicholas, and Ryan. She was preceded in death by three sons, Duke, Tom, and Paul, grandson Jeffrey, and sisters Margaret, and Ruth “Sis” in 2007.
   A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father Janusz Romanek, celebrant. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family received friends on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Parish prayers were held at 7 p.m Tuesday evening at the funeral chapel.
   Mrs. LaBerge’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Robert (Bobby) Paul Younggren

   Robert (Bobby) Paul Younggren, 61 of Covington passed away unexpectedly Aug. 2, 2009, at his home. Bobby was born Jan. 3, 1948, in Ishpeming, MI, son of Howard (Bub) and Irene (Sailo) Younggren of Covington.
   Bobby graduated from L’Anse High School in 1966 and attended Northern Michigan University. In 1967 Bobby was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country as a Sergeant in Vietnam and discharged honorably in 1972. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
   On Dec. 30, 1967, he married the love of his life Shirley Risku in Covington where they raised five loving children. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Nothing meant more to him than his family and friends. He was employed by CCI for eleven years and then left to fulfill his passion in construction and logging. He loved to be outdoors.
   In 1977 he and Shirley purchased the Covington Rest Home and have owned and operated the home ever since. He also owned several other businesses, Robert Younggren Forest Products and Excavating, Covington Oil Company, West Central Oil, and part owner of North 141 Travel Plaza.
   He served as past Commander of VFW Post 8945 and was a lifetime member. Was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, PAC and the Michigan Association of Timber Men for 35 years.
   Bobby had many hobbies including softball, pool, hunting, fishing and his favorite thing, moving dirt. He enjoyed feeding deer, spending time at camp, having his morning coffee at the Hardwood General Store with his many friends and family. Bobby has guided his children in many business ventures.
   Bobby is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, daughter’s Amy Rajala of Chassell, Tammy Clisch of Baraga, Jody (Joel) Kemppainen of Green Bay, WI, Candy (Mark) Kanniainen of Covington, and son Robbie (Emmie) Younggren of Covington. He is also survived by his mother, Irene of Covington, brother Melvin (Karen) Younggren of Covington, 13 grandchildren, Joe, Jason, Jenna, and Lacey Rajala, Justin and Maddy Clisch, Brooke and Ryan Kemppainen, Jesse, Hunter, and Trevor Kanniainen, Abbey and Cole Younggren, and one great granddaughter Lexi.
   Also leaving behind his beloved friend and companion, his dog Foster, who never left his side spending every minute of the day with him in the truck, tractor, dozer, or reading his Alaska magazines at home.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Howard (Bubber) Younggren, and Father and Mother-in-Law, Hjalmer and Martha Risku.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Covington Pavilion with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Following the service interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery with military honors being conducted graveside.
   The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel and for one hour prior to the service in Covington on Thursday.

Lody Grgurich

   Lody Grgurich, age 92 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, MI.
   He was born June 15, 1917, in Calumet, MI, son of the late Filip and Mary (Chopp) Grgurich. Lody grew up in L’Anse. He was in the U.S. Army during WWII in France. He received a Purple Heart Medal and was a Prisoner of War.
   Lody was a farmer and did woods work. He worked for All Woods in Baraga for nine years and as custodian at the L’Anse Post Office for a few years until he retired at age 65.
   Lody was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #3897 and the American Legion Post #144 in L’Anse. He loved wood crafts, fishing, and hunting.
   Surviving are his nephews James (Joyce) Grgurich and James (Annette) Smith both of L’Anse and several other nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are three brothers, Isador, John, and Anton; and seven sisters, Josephine, Mary, Genevieve, Stephania, Gloria, Rose and Ann.
   There was no visitation. Graveside services took place on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Fr. John Longbucco officiated. The Baraga County Area Veterans conducted military rites under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post #444.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.
Friends may sign Lody’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Allen John Jacob Tapani

   Allen John Jacob Tapani, 85, a resident of Klingville, passed away Sunday evening Aug. 2, 2009, at his home, with his family by his side.
   He was born on June 29, 1924, in Liminga, a son of the late Jacob and Anna (Pikku) Tapani. As a child, he moved to Klingville and he graduated from the Chassell School. Mr. Tapani has also resided in Detroit, Minnesota, and since 1954 has made his home in Klingville.
   On June 21, 1947, he was united in marriage to the former Elizabeth Rothenberger and she preceded him in death on Nov. 25, 2006.
Allen was employed with the C & H Mine, Celotex Company in L’Anse, and had owned and operated Tapani Strawberry Farm for over 30 years. During that time, he was named Strawberry King on three separate occasions.
   Mr. Tapani was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell. He enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing, next to spending time with his grand children and great grand children. His greatest joy was gardening.
   Preceding him in death were his wife, Elizabeth, his daughter and son-in-law; Susan and Glenn Walitalo, his grandchild Lucas, his parents, his brother, Arthur Tapani, and his sister, Elvie Tapani.
Surviving are his children: John (Beverly) Tapani of Klingville, Gary (Merrie) Tapani of Kingsford, MI, Ruthann (Edward) Lindgren of Chassell, Ron (Roberta) Tapani of Klingville, Dave Tapani of Klingville, Michele (Dave) Lane of L’Anse; 23 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; his sister-in-laws, Gertrude (Gus) Marinelli of Hancock, Phyllis Tapani of Hancock; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Funeral services for Allen will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell with Rev. Scott Williams to officiate. Burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery.
   Friends called on Tuesday Aug. 4, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Chassell and on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2009, from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church.
   To view Allen’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net
   The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Chassell has been assisting the family with the arrangements.

Larry Campbell Menard

   Larry Campbell Menard, age 74 of L’Anse, MI, died on Friday, July 31, 2009, at his home with his family by his side.
   He was born on June 28, 1935, in L’Anse, MI, to June V. (Olson) and Curtis Campbell Menard. He graduated from L’Anse High School, Class of 1953. He attended Michigan Tech before entering the Army, serving as a medic with the 82nd Airborne Division.
   He was a life member of the Western Upper Peninsula Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division. He also was a member of the William McGlue American Legion Post #144. After his military service Larry sailed the Great Lakes on the ore boats until he was severely injured.
   On May 7, 1960, Larry married Virginia “Virgie” Grace Watters. From 1962-72 he had a milk delivery route for Jilbert Dairy. Larry joined his father in the hardware store in 1972 and with his father’s retirement in 1979 Larry and Virgie have run the business to date.
From 1973-83, while raising their three sons, Larry and Virgie were foster parents to 18 children, with never more than two at a time.
   Larry served as a Baraga County Commissioner for 25 years; he was a 30 plus-year’s member of Baragaland Senior Citizens Center of which he was chairman for 20 plus years. He helped establish the center and its many programs.
   He also served as a member of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region. In his spare time Larry enjoyed scuba diving, looking for “treasures” with his metal detector. Mostly he enjoyed time spent with family and friends at Second Sand Beach.
   He was preceded in death by an infant son Michael Patrick; mother June V. (Olson) Menard; brother Dr. Curtis D. Menard (Wasilla, AK); and nephew Dr. Curtis C. Menard (Wasilla, AK).
   Larry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia “Virgie” (Watters) Menard, father Curtis C. Menard, sons Bryan, Patrick (Cheryl) and their daughters Shawnee and Shaylin, Jerry (Jamie) and their sons Kyle, Logan and Kegan, all of L’Anse, MI; sister Nancy of Germantown, WI; brothers Philip “Richie” (Joyce) of Pequaming and Jim of Nome, AK.
   Visitation was held on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in L’Anse with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. John Henry officiated. The Baraga County Area Veterans conducted military rites at 10:45 a.m. at the church on Tuesday. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Larry’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Everett J. Golden

   Everett J. Golden, 83, of L’Anse, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009 at his residence. He was born in L’Anse on Jan. 27, 1926, the son of the late Arthur and Agnes (Chaudier) Golden.
   Everett attended school in L’Anse. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. On Feb. 27, 1947, he married the former Shirley Loosemore. She preceded him in death in 2005. Everett was employed as Superintendent for Baraga County Road Commission and retired in 1989 after 41 years of service.
   He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, L’Anse American Legion Post #144, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars #3897, Marine Corps League Keweenaw Detachment #1016.
   Everett was a former member of the Michigan Road Builders Association, and was involved with the Golden Eagles Drum and Bugle Corps. He enjoyed doing the pasty sales at the L’Anse VFW, making crafts and attending craft shows.
   Mr. Golden is survived by his children, Kathryn (Charles) Valitchka of Peshitgo, WI, James (Stephanie) Golden of Quinnesec, MI, and Deborah (Karl) Francis of Houghton, grandchildren, Bridget, Roy, Hanna, Jenny, Marria, Charles, and David, great grandchildren, Olivia, Brandy, Tyler, Elizabeth, Timothy Karrisa, Jacob, and Mackenzie, brothers Tony (Loretta) Golden of L’Anse and Phillip Golden of L’Anse, sister, Anne (Bill) Williams of L’Anse six step grandchildren, six step great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son Paul, and brother Jim.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father John Longbucco, celebrant. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery with military honors to be conducted graveside.
   The family will receive friends at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 6 until 9 p.m. Parish prayers will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Memorials in Mr. Golden’s honor may be directed to the L’Anse High School Booster Club. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel. Mr. Golden’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net
   Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse.

Harold Mitchell

   Harold Mitchell, 82, of Baraga, MI, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at his residence.
   Funeral services for Mr. Mitchell will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Henry officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
   Following the funeral service on Saturday friends are invited to join the family for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral chapel. Mr. Mitchell’s complete obituary will be available in next weeks edition.
   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Alan Keith Rajacic Sr

   Alan Keith Rajacic Sr., age 62 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at his home with his family by his side.
   He was born Jan. 19, 1947, in Deerborn, MI, son of the late George and Virginia (Drinkert) Rajacic. Alan grew up in the Detroit area and moved to L’Anse in 1983. He worked for Tribal Construction for 10 years, then with security for KBIC, a car dealer for Range Auto and Thomas Ford in L’Anse, Quincy Hill Auto in Hancock and Dakota Auto Sales in Baraga, and was also a self employed carpenter.
   Alan was “free spirited”; he was a member of the Arvon Outlaws. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, crafts, and visits to the casino.
Surviving are his sons Barry Rajacic of Cadillac, MI, Robert (Olivia) Rajacic of Baraga, Alan Rajacic of Elo, Travis Rajacic of Baraga; daughters Kimberly (George) McKiddie of Florida, Nannie Beck of Tennessee; brothers Donald (Laura) Rajacic of Portland, OR, Rod Rajacic of Marquette; sister Paulette Rajacic of Flagstaff, AZ; eight grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
   There will be no visitation. There will be a memorial service held at the L’Anse VFW on Thursday, July 30 at 3 p.m.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Alan’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Anne Louise Davis

   Anne Louise Davis, age 68 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse with her family by her side.
She was born Oct. 24, 1940, in North East, MD, daughter of the late Fredrick and Helen (Mason) Blomquist. Anne graduated from North East High School in 1958. She married Carl “Jim” Davis on Oct. 18, 1958, in Newark, DE. They resided in the Maryland area until 1993 when they moved to L’Anse.
   Anne was a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
   She is survived by her husband Carl “Jim” Davis of L’Anse; son Charles (Dawn) Davis of Spring Lake Park, MN; daughter Victoria (Tim) Foley of North East, MD; four brothers, Robert (Mildred) Blomquist of North East, MD, John Blomquist of West Virginia, Neal (Irma) Blomquist of Washington, Charles (Carolyn) Blomquist of Duluth, MN; four sisters, Joan (Alvin) Nacman of Delaware, Kathleen (Gordon) Homola of Washington, Nancy (Al) Johnston of Duluth, MN, Grace (Charles) Davis of Duluth, MN; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
   Preceded in death are her son Kevin Davis in 2003 and sister Marion Wicht.
   A funeral service was held on Thursday, July 23 at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse.
   Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Clarence Martila officiated. Burial was in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. A time of fellowship followed the burial in the Sharing Room at the Jacobson Funeral Home.
   Friends may sign Anne’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com  The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.

Patrick “Mike” Corbett

   Patrick “Mike” Corbett, age 58 of Covington, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
   He was born March 17, 1951, in Chicago, IL, son of Francis and Genevieve (Loonsfoot) Corbett. Michael moved from Chicago to Baraga in 1980. He then began his career as a Child Protective Service Worker for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. He enjoyed his job very much and helped many people in his years working there.
   Eventually he moved to Escanaba, MI, and then co-founded and directed the Three Fires Halfway House in Hannahville, MI. Mike worked there for many years; he then took time off to continue his education at the Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
   He happily became a wonderful and loving father to three wonderful children, Cassandra Marcotte, the late Michael Thunder Corbett, and Genevieve Corbett.
   Mike was a very well known and greatly respected member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. He was a very kind, loving, caring, and generous man. A wonderful father, friend, son, brother, uncle and grandfather.
   He was a proud respectful and traditional Native American man. He enjoyed nature, traveling to spiritual gatherings, Native American singing and dancing, and also spending much of his time with his friends and family. He had a passion for caring and helping others. He loved telling stories and playing practical jokes. Being with his children was what he cherished and enjoyed most in life.
   Michael is survived and greatly missed by two wonderful daughters Cassandra Marcotte of Chicago, IL, and Genevieve Corbett of Escanaba, MI; three sisters Patsy Tuschen of Chicago, Shirley Corbett of Chicago, and Clara Corbett of Bark River, MI; nieces and nephews, Eddy Grey of Baraga, Steve Grey of Chicago, Christopher Corbett of California, Andrea Corbett of Chicago, and Garrett Corbett of Chicago; four grandkids, Aviana Metzger of Escanaba, Adrienne, Joshua, and Jason Marcotte of Chicago; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother James Corbett and loving son Michael Thunder Corbett.
   A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 1 p.m. at the Ojibwa Senior Center, Traditional Ceremonial Room. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Mike’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Beatrice I. Ekdahl

   Beatrice I. Ekdahl, age 84, of Oscoda, MI, and formerly of Roseville, MI, died on Monday, July 20, 2009, at Alpena Regional Medical Center.
   She was born in Highland Park, MI, on Sept. 20, 1924, to the late John and Anna McNamara. Beatrice married her husband Fred in 1948 at St. Benedicts Church in Highland Park. She loved her dogs Bonnie and Sable.
   Beatrice is survived by her husband Fred, two sons; John of Cheboygan, MI, and Terry of Oscoda, MI. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Matthew, Erin, Michael, James and her two great-grandsons Jack and Owen.
   Graveside services were held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at the Oscoda Pinecrest Cemetery. Arrangements by Buresh & Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thomas E. (Coach) St. Germain

   Thomas E. (Coach) St. Germain, 85, of Grayling, MI, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his home. Tom was born in Baraga, MI, on March 7, 1924, to Chauncey and Ilene (Burke) St. Germain.
   He graduated from Baraga High School in 1941 and from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Education. Following graduation from NMU, he enlisted and served in the Air Force during WWII in Italy.
   Tom married the former Marie A. Kakkuri on Dec. 29, 1945, in Detroit, MI. He taught and coached high school basketball at Holy Name Schools in Escanaba, MI, for eight years, in Pellston, MI, for five years and Grayling for 20 years before retiring. Tom was named “UP Coach of the Year” during his time at Holy Name.
   He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grayling and a member of the American Legion Post 106 also of Grayling. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Grayling Golf Club.
   He is survived by his loving wife Marie of 63 years, his sons Thomas (Brenda), and Gerald St. Germain; a daughter Donna; four grandchildren, Jessica Spero, Jillian St. Germain, Jeff St. Germain and Erika Bellinger; and a great grandson, Jase Bellinger.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Chauncey and Ilene St. Germain, a daughter Nancy, two sisters Juanita (Nonie) Holland, Mary Ross, three brothers, Albert (Bud) St. Germain, Chauncey (Mink) and John (Jack) St. Germain.
   A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Military Honors to follow.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the American Legion Post 106 or the Grayling Youth Booster Club.
   Arrangements are entrusted to Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Shirley J. Kezele

   Shirley J. Kezele passed away on July 10, 2009, at Beaumont Hospital with her family by her side.
   She was born in Elo, MI, the daughter of Arne and Anna Huhtasaari. She was the beloved wife of Paul J. Kezele of Mohawk, MI, and loving mother of: Jeffery (Alane) Isaacson, Kenneth Isaacson, Douglas (Gayle) Isaacson, Dennis Isaacson and Heidi (Richard) Kezele-Cole. Dear grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of two.
   She is also survived by her brothers: Clarence Huhtasaari, Kenneth (Eva) Huhtasaari and Michael (Phyllis) Huhtasaari.
   Visitation is Thursday, July 16, 2009, from noon to 5 p.m., with a Memorial at 5:30 p.m. at Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 W. 12 Mile, Berkley, MI, two blocks West of Woodward.
   Friends may send condolences to www.sawyerfuller.com  when you view her obituary.

Hjalmer C. Heikkinen

   Hjalmer C. Heikkinen, age 89, originally of Baraga, currently residing in Wisconsin, died on Feb. 18, 2009.
   Hjalmer was the beloved husband of the late Amelia (Maki) Heikkinen, the dear father of Allen (Sandra) Heikkinen, JoAnn Schafer, and Kim Heikkinen; grandfather of Virginia (Troy) Pinkston, Diana Heikkinen, William (Nicole) Schafer, Brian and Brad Schafer; great grandfather of Alexis, Ethan, William and Coen; brother of Martha Kaskey. Hjalmer is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives.
   Hjalmer and his late wife Amelia resided in Baraga County on the farm in Aura until 1955 when they moved to Wisconsin. They continued to maintain the Aura farm as a summer home.
   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Aura Church with Pastor Williams officiating.
   Following the church memorial service, interment of the ashes of both Hjalmer and Amelia will take place at the Aura Cemetery, immediately followed by a luncheon at the Aura Firehall hosted by its Ladies Auxiliary.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ruth M. Johnson

   Ruth M. Johnson, age 91 of Baraga, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Shulstad’s Leisure Living in Baraga.
   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga. Rev. Robert Sutherland will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Ruth’s guest book and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Frances Ethel Elaine (Varline) Juntunen

   Frances Ethel Elaine (Varline) Juntunen, age 78 of Baraga passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, following a long illness.
   Elaine was born on Feb. 26, 1931, in Baraga, MI, daughter of the late Carl and Sylvia (Pirkola) Varline. In 1949 she graduated from Baraga High School. She married T. Henry Juntunen and they moved to Clawson, MI, where she was a homemaker and a volunteer at the children’s grade school.
   Upon returning to Baraga in the 1960s, Elaine was an active community member which included being one of the original committee members of the Baraga Lumberjack Days. In 1965 they owned and operated the Bay View Inn & Quonset Bar; and later owned and managed the Side Track Bar in Baraga from 1969-84.
   Elaine enjoyed gardening and created beautiful flower gardens and bountiful vegetable gardens. She and her “Pa” would have friendly competitions to see who grew the best sweet corn; which the rest of the family loved to judge. She was an excellent seamstress and made the latest style of clothing and linens for her family. She also enjoyed playing cards, traveling, knitting, and crocheting.
   She is survived by a daughter B. Lynn (Larry) Marson of Lewiston, MI, son, Glenn (Wanda) Juntunen of Pelkie, MI, grandchildren Arjay H. Juntunen and Dustin C. Juntunen both of Pelkie, brother Rodney Varline of Baraga, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, two infant siblings, and daughter Kim A. Juntunen.
   A graveside service was held on Monday, June 29 at the Baraga Cemetery at 11 a.m. Rev. Scott Williams officiated. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Elaine’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

David Harold Helsius

   David Harold Helsius, 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital’s Long Term Care Unit.
He was born in Trout Creek where he eventually began his career and love for the lumber industry. David also worked periodically in the insurance business.
   He was an elder and charter member of the Greenland Seventh-day Adventist Church and was instrumental in bringing together the people who would create such a unique log design.
   David was gifted with his hands, being able to artistically paint and make crafts. He was known for being able to fix anything.
   David is survived by his wife, Janet (Vercoe) Helsius, formerly of Ishpeming. They were married for 54 years and had five children; David, Jr. (Darlene) Helsius of Brookfield, OH, Kerri (Mark) Castleberg of Oconto, WI, Jeffrey (Virginia) Helsius of Oconto, WI, Cory (Diane) Helsius of Portland, OR, and Jonathon (Dana) Helsius of Raleigh, NC, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Ida (Olgnen), his sisters Audrey Hongisto and Verna Deterling and a niece Debra Deterling.
   A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the Greenland Seventh-day Adventist Church in Greenland, MI, Firesteel Road off of Highway M38. The Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family.
   Friends may view David’s obituary and leave condolences at www.canefunealhome.com

Irene Isabelle (Selden) McNamara

   Irene Isabelle (Selden) McNamara, RN, born and raised in L’Anse to Anna and George Selden, on Nov. 27, 1910, went home on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.
   She was preceded in death by her loving husband Daniel and many of her family and friends.
   Irene is survived by her brother Kelly Selden of L’Anse. Devoted mother of Patrick and his wife Judy, grandmother of Sherrie, Kelly, and Patrick; great grandmother of Matthew, Samantha, Nickolas, Daniel, Andrew, Brandon, Korrey, Savannah, Taylor and Paige. She leaves many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation was held on Monday, June 29, from 2 until 8 p.m. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home in Farmington Hills, MI.
   Burial followed at Holy Sepulcher where she was laid to rest with her husband.

Warren S. Tompkins

   Warren S. Tompkins, 81, of Fort Pierce, FL, died May 14, 2009, at the Treasure Coast Hospice House in Fort Pierce. Born in Philadelphia, PA., he was a resident of Fort Pierce for 44 years.
   He was a commercial truck driver by trade, a Navy Veteran of WWII and a member of American Legion Post #40.
   He is survived by his wife, Joyce, two sons, three daughters, two sisters, including locally, Diane Dompier of Baraga, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
   Funeral services took place in Fort Pierce, FL.

Ellois Opal Paquette

   Ellois Opal Paquette, age 92 formerly of Skanee, MI, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at Rolling Hills Manor in Zion, IL.
   She was born Jan. 8, 1917, in Kuttawa, KY, daughter to the late Frank and Anna Grace (Young) Satterfield. Ellois moved to Chicago at the age of seven. She graduated from Libertyville, IL, High School; and then attended Lake College, business school, in Waukegan, IL.
   She moved to Skanee in 1947. Ellois married Wallace “Soupy” Paquette in 1965 in Baraga. They owned and operated George’s Bar in L’Anse for several years.
   Ellois was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, charter member of the Eagle’s Auxiliary, life member of the VFW Auxiliary, and the Happy 12 card gang. She enjoyed playing cards and reading.
   She is survived by her brothers Hal (Joan) Satterfield and Gerald Satterfield of Waukegan, IL; sisters, Bonnie Jean (Frank) Niemi of Gurnee, IL, Donna Volpe of Lake Forest IL, Edna Joyce (Dave) Dever of Waukegan IL, Betty (Jack) Anderson of Gurnee IL; 12 God children; and several nieces and nephews.
   Preceded in death are her husband Wallace “Soupy”; brother Reginald Satterfield; sisters Anna Mae Marcotte and Pauline Goetz; and six other siblings.
   Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Judy Mattson will officiate. Burial will be in the Skanee Cemetery.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Ellois’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mildred Viola (Kemppainen) Johnson

   Mildred Viola (Kemppainen) Johnson, 96, entered eternal life on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, following a brief illness with her family at her side.
   Mildred was born Dec. 20, 1912, in Hancock, the eldest of nine children of Emil and Aane (Peterson) Kemppainen of Elo.
   Mildred attended Elo schools until she took employment at the Douglass House in Houghton. After several years, she moved to Detroit where she worked for Briggs riveting airplane parts during WWII, and later worked for AZ Candy Factory, and housekeeping in the Detroit area.
   She was married to Robert Johnson on June 14, 1950, who preceded her in death.
   Known to her family as aunt Millie, she was our pillar and was recognized by all as having SISU-still shoveling snow and driving her car well into her 90’s. Aunt Millie had a great sense of humor, always smiling and in good spirits, and she enjoyed sharing stories about growing up on the farm and her Finnish heritage.
   She delighted in regular visits and gatherings with her extended family, e specially the children who were all drawn to her.
   She was a member of the Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church and enjoyed events with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Aunt Millie was an avid reader of the daily newspaper and news magazines and her insightful observations were a pleasure to hear.
   Preceding her in death were her parents, Aane (Peterson) and Emil Kemppainen; sisters, Ruth Friermuth, Dorothy Powelson, and Gladys Thompson; brother Russell Kemppainen; nephews Douglas, Leslie and Terry Thompson, and Brian Rock.
   Surviving are siblings Laila Turley of Elo, Roy Kemppainen of Tapiola, Bernice Rock and Lorraine Rock, both of Baraga; cousin Robert (Gertie) Somero; numerous nieces and nephews, including numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held on Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ken Storm officiating.   Visitation was one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Burial took place in the Elo Cemetery.
   Arrangements were handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Beatrice V. Moore

   Beatrice V. Moore, age 93, of Rapid River and currently residing with her son in Covington, passed away peacefully Sunday morning June 21, 2009, at the Northstar Hospital in Iron River.
   Our beloved mother, sister and grandmother has passed to heaven where there is no more worldly suffering. Her 93 years of life was filled with tragedy, pain, suffering and also many rewards and love. Her intelligent mind wanted to continue but her physical body could take no more.
   Mom’s life was extended through miracles that no one could explain. Her love for her family made her endure much suffering because she knew we could not let her go. God made the decision for us and took her very peacefully in her sleep. The suffering has ended for her and we must be strong in our life as she was. Her faith in God was enduring. Her prayers every night were for others as she named everyone in her family, each and every night. Her only prayers to God for herself were ones to ask to help ease her pain. She endured dialysis for three and one half years and never complained about going.
   Mom’s big brown eyes and her forever smile will never be forgotten but cherished in everyone whose life she touched. Her sense of humor lasted until the day she left us, even though she was suffering. She always had a wise crack. Mom always reminded us that she was our mother whether we needed a haircut, a change in clothes or a recipe to follow.  She was not only our Mother; she was our confidant and supported our every endeavor. Her pride in her family was unsurpassed. She will always be looking over us from her new home in Heaven.
   Beatrice was born March 13, 1916, in Fayette, MI, the daughter of Henry and Olive (Armstrong) Peterson. She was raised in Nahma where she attended and graduated from the Nahma schools. Following school, Beatrice gained employment and worked for a time at the Nahma Hotel and the Nahma Boarding House. On April 3, 1937, Beatrice was joined in marriage to James William Moore at the All Saints Church in Gladstone. Together Beatrice and James made their home, for a short time, and began their family in Escanaba. The couple then relocated to Nahma, residing there for ten years before finally settling in Isabella where Beatrice has remained until her health began to decline in 2005.
James preceded Beatrice in death on Nov. 7, 1971. She then moved to Covington residing with her son, Henry, till present day. In addition to raising her family, Beatrice also provided childcare for family friends and her daughter Patricia, over the years. Beatrice was a member of the St. Paul Episcopal Church, for many years. She enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards and going to church. She will be deeply missed.
   Survivors include: son, Henry Peter Moore of Covington, MI, daughter, Patricia (Leonard) Schwartz of Isabella, MI, brother, Edwin (Ruby) Peterson of Wells, MI, six grandchildren, David, Paul, Patrick, Andy, James (Mindy) and John (LeighAnn); six great grandchildren, David Schwartz II, Matthew, Ashley, Tamara and Samantha Moore and Amanda Nedeau; great great grandchild, Elizabeth Swayer.
   In addition to her parents, Henry and Olive and her husband James, Beatrice was preceded in death by, three sons, James Louis in 1953, David in 1971, Edwin in 1983, four sisters, Ruth Powers, Hazel Schwartz, Lillian Sprague, Dorothy Voights.
   Beatrice’s family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Escanaba. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s, with Fr. Rayford Ray of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan officiating. Committal rites will follow at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. Luncheon will take place at St. Stephen’s following committal rites.
   Contributions in Beatrice’s name may be directed to the Nahma Historical Society. Envelopes will be available throughout visitation and funeral services. The Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Moore family with arrangements. Messages of condolence in Beatrice’s name may be directed online at www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com

Marcella A. Vadnais

   Marcella A. Vadnais, 76, of Keweenaw Bay, passed away Friday afternoon, June 19, 2009, at her daughter’s home following a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Marcella was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Baraga, the daughter of the late Ernest and Anna (Sterk) Kunick.
   She was a lifetime resident of the area and attended the Baraga schools. In 1950, she married John Weideman. She later married Bill Vadnais in Baraga on May 31, 1975. He preceded her in death Feb. 1, 2005.
   Marcella was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga. She had worked as a waitress in local restaurants, and was employed in stores and motels. Above all, she was a devoted mother and grandmother.
   Marcella and her husband Bill were well known and fondly admired for their square dancing skills and the beautiful matching clothing she lovingly made for them both. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, watching game shows, playing cards, crossword puzzles, crocheting, and knitting (which was her passion). She donated hundreds of handmade items to the St. Bonaventure Eucharistic Mission Band in Detroit.
   Marcella is survived by her loving daughter Susan (Wesley) Laitila of Keweenaw Bay, grandchildren Angel (Brian) Wadaga, of Baraga, Sarah (Joe) Laux, of Elo, David, (Ronda) Kunick of Riverdale, UT, Bill (Kristine) Kunick of L’Anse, Tom (Simone) Kunick of Las Vega, NV, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brother Ernest (Kathe), sisters Virginia LaFernier, Frances Chartier, and Ann (Wayne) Swartz, all of Baraga.
   Marcella is also survived by two loving step-children, Mary (Joe) Glasson of Chassell, and Glenn (Marlene) Vadnais of Murphy, NC, special niece, Maria Brady of Thorne Bay, AK, and dear friends, Barbara and Raymond Brodbeck of Keweenaw Bay.
   She was preceded in death by a son, Dale, in 1996, sisters, Lucille, Ernestine, Marie, Shirley and June.
   Funeral services for Marcella were held Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Fr. Augustin George and Pastor Scott Williams, officiating.
   Interment took place in the Baraga Cemetery. The family greeted friends at the funeral chapel Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the services, the family invited friends to join them for a luncheon and fellowship in the Harrington Gathering Room located at the funeral chapel.
   Mrs. Vadnais’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel with the arrangements.

Henry J. Storm

   Henry J. Storm, age 92 of Nisula, MI, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at his home.
   He was born Jan. 21, 1917, in Redridge, MI, son of Henry and Anna (Adamson) Storm. Henry grew up in Nisula and attended school at the Motley and Nisula schools. He married the former Doris VanHala on Nov. 11, 1950. Henry did farming, logging, and worked for Riipa’s Saw Mill and Penegor Saw Mill as a mill wright, until he retired.
   Henry enjoyed feeding the deer, having coffee with the neighbors, driving his 4-wheeler, entertaining his grandchildren and great grandchildren, wood work, telling stories, picking black berries, picking copper, peeling potatoes for pasty’s at the VFW, and hunting.
   He also enjoyed eating the first ripe tomato out of the garden, smelt and corn on the cob. Henry spent a lot of time reading National Geographic’s, Outdoor Life and old books about tractors. He also made crosses for the Kitchee Cemetery north of Kenton.
   He will be sadly missed. Surviving are his daughter Ellen (Michael) Karvonen of Nisula; granddaughters, Rachael R. Hocking of Ontonagon, MI, Kelly L. Karvonen of Nisula, MI, Stacy E. Karvonen of Hancock, MI; great granddaughters, Nicole Y. Hocking, Sara E. Hocking, and Jordyn A. Karvonen Clemo.
   Preceded in death are his parents, wife Doris, and brother Leonard J. Westenberg.
   Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 24 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home and from 10 - 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie.
   The funeral service will be held on Thursday June 25 at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. John Autio will officiate. Burial will be in the Nisula Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Henry’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Paul R. Mitchell

   Paul R. Mitchell , 58, of Livonia, MI, and former Baraga resident passed on to his eternal Lord on Friday, June 5, 2009, at Providence Hospital, Novi, MI, where he had been a patient for two weeks. He was born in Hancock on Aug. 15, 1950, the son of Harold and Aurelia (St. Onge) Mitchell.
   Paul graduated from Baraga High School in 1968. Following graduation he moved to Detroit where he was employed as a lineman for Detroit Edison Co. until his retirement in February of 2009.
   In 1970 he was drafted in the U.S. Army and served his time in Panama. Paul was a member of the American Legion Post 444 in Baraga and the Legion Post in Livonia, the Rifle Shooting Club, and IEBW Union Local #17. His passion was his motorcycle and Chevy Camaro. Paul enjoyed spending time panning for gold in Chicken, AK.
   Mr. Mitchell is survived by his children, Adam Mitchell of Royal Oak, and Allison Sanderson of Arizona, grandchildren, Max and Megan, his parents, brothers, Allan (Marylyn) Mitchell, Ronald (Joanne) Mitchell, and Mike Mitchell all of Baraga, sisters, Joan (Tom) Miller of Sugarland, TX, Gail (Harold) Mitchell-Herrala of Baraga, aunts, Pat Ziehr and Rosemary St. Onge, uncles, Donald and Robert St. Onge and Carl Mitchell. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his special friend Lisa Klobucher.
   A memorial service for Mr. Mitchell will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Henry officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
   Baraga County area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444, will conduct a military honor service at 10:30 a.m.
   Following the services the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering Room, located at the funeral chapel.
    Mr. Mitchell’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.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 Jeanne C. Sebald

   Jeanne C. Sebald, 96, of Skanee, MI, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse, where she had been a resident for several months. She was born in L’Anse on Dec. 24, 1912, the daughter of the late Edward and Valada (Menard) Sicotte. She attended L’Anse and Green Bay schools and became a nun with the sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for approximately six years.
   Jeanne then worked as a secretary in Detroit and Chicago. She married Edward Collins and moved to Alpena, MI, in 1947. Together they had five children. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1961.
She worked for many years as a realtor, accountant, and owner and manager of many rental properties. She co-founded the Pied Pipers School for mentally retarded children.
   Jeanne was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 144, the National Society for Aid to Retarded Children, the real estate board and became president of the board following the death of her husband, the Lost Lake Woods Club, and three bridge clubs.
   She also owned the Wagon Wheel Tavern in Ossineke, MI, from 1970 until 1973 with her second husband, Jack Sebald. She retired on the Ravine River, near her hometown with Jack. He preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1972. Jeanne worked in her son, John’s Huron Bay Trading Post. She loved the outdoors and camping.
   Mrs. Sebald is survived by her loving children, John Collins of Skanee, and Valda (Norman) Peterson of Jackson, MI, stepsons, Mark Sebald of Ann Arbor, and David (Cindy) Sebald of San Antonia, TX, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and sister, Faye Kreuz of Chisholm, MN. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Jeanne Anne, and sons, Edward and Thomas in 2007.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Sebald were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father George Maki officiating. Interment took place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family greeted friends at the funeral chapel on Sunday, June 14, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A parish prayer service was held Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Following the funeral service on Monday the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room located at the funeral chapel.
   Memorials in Mrs. Sebald’s honor may be directed to the Mentally Retarded Children’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral chapel.
   Mrs. Sebald’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.

Paul Howard Byykkonen

   Paul Howard Byykkonen, age 52 of Pelkie, MI, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 16, 1956, in Marquette, MI, son of the late Howard and Stella (Kunick) Byykkonen. Paul grew up in Ishpeming and graduated from Ishpeming High School in 1973. He worked for Tribal Construction and then for the Casino in security; retiring in 2003 due to his disability.
   Paul was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Ottawa Sportsman Club, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and guns. He was a very caring and friendly guy.
   Surviving are his brother James Byykkonen of Baraga, niece Barbie Byykkonen, special friend Lynn Lepola of Pelkie, a special buddy Austin Seppanen, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
   There will be no funeral services at this time. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Paul’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Wayne L. “Einar” Velmer

   Wayne L. “Einar” Velmer, 48, of L’Anse, passed away Monday, June 15, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse, following a lengthy illness.
   He was born in L’Anse on Sept. 3, 1960, the son of Melvin Velmer and Eleanor (Mantila) Taylor. Einar graduated from Baraga High School in 1978. He worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator for various construction jobs.
   Einar married the former Diane Heikkila in Pelkie on July 17, 1982. He was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie. Einar enjoyed playing the drums with various bands and had performed with his mother for local dances.
   He idolized his son and was fond of camping. Einar was a “people person” and loved talking to and visiting with those he met.
   Mr. Velmer is survived by his loving wife, Diane, his son Derrick at home, father Melvin Velmer of Pelkie, mother Eleanor Taylor of Hancock, brothers, Dennis (Julie) Velmer of Alston, Randy (Barb) Velmer of Alston, and Mark Velmer of Pelkie. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
   Funeral services for Mr. Velmer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor David Weber officiating. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Friday, June 19, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
   Following the services, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room located at the funeral chapel.
   Mr. Velmer’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

Richard Kelsey Ward

   Richard Kelsey Ward, loving husband, father, brother and friend, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2009, after suffering with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
   Richard “Dick” Ward was born in Ypsilanti, MI, on June 27, 1930, to Paul “P.K.” and Maude Ward, grew up in L’Anse, and graduated from high school in 1949. After spending one year at Michigan State, Dick joined the Navy during the Korean conflict and served as a radarman on the USS Block Island and the USS Ammen.
   Following his service time, he attended Michigan Tech, graduating in 1958 with a Civil Engineering degree. Dick worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation in several locations prior to retiring in Newberry.
   He was very active in Boy Scouts while the family was growing up in Gobles, MI, serving for many years as Scoutmaster, and received some of scoutings highest awards. His passion was his many gardens which covered his property in Newberry. Every year his lawn bloomed with hundreds of exotic flowers. Dick loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also liked to travel and attended many of the annual ship reunions.
   In October 2008, after being diagnosed with ALS, Dick and Dorothy moved to Kalamazoo to be closer to their children. While there he met his new best friend, Mike Deanda, with whom he spent much time. Dick continued to keep in contact with his lifelong friend, Lloyd Seavoy, and many others.
   Richard is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Walitalo) Ward, his eight children: Dorothy, Linda, Charlene, David, Debbie, Rick, Jeff, and Melissa, 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, Paul “Bud” and John Ward, sisters-in-law, Annette, Carol and Myrna, several cousins and many friends.
   A memorial service celebrating Dick’s life will be held at the United Methodist Church in L’Anse on his birthday, June 27, at noon, with the Rev. John Henry officiating. Friends may call at the Church one hour before the service.
   The Baraga County Veterans will conduct military rites just prior to the service. A reception at the Church will follow the service.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blanche E. Patrikus

   The Lord stopped in to see Blanche last Wednesday and said, “My child, I’ve come to take you home.” Blanche E. Patrikus, 87, passed away June 4, 2009, at Bayside Village with her family by her side.
Blanche was born May 12, 1922, in Calumet, MI, the daughter of Joseph and Blanche (Zerbst) Campagnola. She lived her life in Pequaming, going to school there and graduated from L’Anse High School.
   She then moved to Milwaukee where she met and married Sylvester “Bud” Patrikus. They moved back to L’Anse and raised their children. Blanche was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the former Altar Society.
   She enjoyed traveling with her husband who was active in the Knights of Columbus. Blanche loved her children very much and they meant the world to her. Her friend, Clover Pekuri held a special place in Blanche’s life and they enjoyed a deep affection and joy to each other. She was fond of all the residents at Greenhill Manor who were there for her with love. You all know who you are.
   The family is so grateful and appreciative of UPCap and so many people in L’Anse who touched her life in some way including the staff at Bayside Village. Blanche just loved everybody and thought so much of her friends.
   Mrs. Patrikus is survived by her loving children, Natalie (Jim) Patovisti of Marquette, Blanche (Mike) Koskinen of Baraga and Syl Patrikus of L’Anse. Grandchildren, Nedine, Dana, Carmen, Shane, Mike, Craig, Kim, Reg, and Abby, 12 great-grandchildren, nephew John Patrikus and several great nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her husband “Bud” in 2000, daughter Claudia, brother John, niece Judith and great-grandson Jarred.
   A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Augustin George, celebrant. Her grandsons and great-grandsons were her casket escorts and burial took place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Friends called at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

June K. Santti

   June K. Santti, 82, of Watton, MI, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Baraga on June 5, 1927, the daughter of the late Ernest and Anna (Sterk) Kunick.
   June attended school in Baraga. She married Roy Santti in Baraga in 1948. He preceded her in death in 2001. June worked as a nurses aide at Covington Rest Home until her retirement. She was a member of the Womens Auxiliary Covington VFW Post #8945.
   Mrs Santti is survived by her loving children, Donald (Margo) Santti of Watton, Daniel (Viki) Santti of Greenwood, WI, Duane Santti of Bruce Crossing and Shirley Bennett of Watton, grandchildren, Sheri, Erick, Vikki, Marlena, John, Julie, Britan, Tracy, Jerry, Becky, 11 grandchildren, brother, Ernest (Kathy) Kunick of Baraga, sisters, Virginia LaFernier of Baraga, Marcelle Vadnais of Keweenaw Bay, Francis Chartier of Baraga, and Ann (Wayne) Swartz of Baraga, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. June is also survived by a special friend, Barbara Duncan and her son Eddie. She was preceded in death by four sisters, one brother, grandson Joey Maki, niece Debbie, and nephew Tom.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Santti will be held at 11 a.m, Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Mark Reinsch officiating.
   Interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A Covington VFW Post #8945 Womens Auxiliary service will be held at 10:30 a.m.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Richard W. Beach, Jr.

   Richard W. Beach, Jr., 86, of Baraga, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, following a lengthy illness.
   He was born in Newberry, MI, on July 6, 1922, the son of the late Richard and Ella (Green) Beach. Richard graduated from Newberry High School. Following high school Richard served in the U.S. Army during WWII, in the 9th Armored Division. He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and was captured and was a P.O.W.
   He married the former Mary Dubovsky in Newberry. She preceded him in death. Richard was employed by the Department of Natural Resources as a Conservation Officer until his retirement in 1978 following 30 years of service. He was a former Baraga Village councilman and a member of the Ottawa Sportsman’s Club.
   Richard loved children particularly his grand and great grandchildren. He loved animals and the outdoors. Richard played sports in high school and continued to enjoy sporting events. He loved his work as a DNR officer and had a reputation of being a fair-minded and just officer.
   Mr. Beach is survived by his loving children, Robert (Della) Beach of Keweenaw Bay, Richard J. “Sam” Beach of Keweenaw Bay, and Mary Ann Froberg of Keweenaw Bay, six grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother and two sisters and his granddaughter, Shelly.
   Funeral services for Mr. Beach were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.
   The family greeted friends at the funeral chapel on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until the time of 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 family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Reino W. Ketola

   Reino W. Ketola, 78,of Gwinn, MI, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He had been a patient at Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming for nine days following a brief hospital stay. He was born on Jan. 10, 1931, in Watton, MI, to Jacob and Edla Ketola.
   Reino served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post in Covington, MI, and the D.A.V. He had retired from MDOT as the Superintendent of District 1 after 32 years with the department.
   Reino is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Marie who selflessly cared for him at home throughout his battle with the disease. He loved his three children, Terry (Marinela) Ketola of St. Augustine, FL, John (Shirley) Ketola of Zephyrhills, FL, and Diane (James) Reed of Hayden, ID. He also loved his five stepchildren, Daniel (Jeanie) Cox of Grand Ledge, MI, Ronald Cox of Brighton, MI, John (Debra) Cox of Garland, TX, Karen Harju of Perrysburg, OH, and Michelle (Dana) LaBar of Rogers City, MI.
   Reino and Marie have 18 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. He has one living brother, Ralph Ketola of Atlanta, GA, and three sisters, Linda Cattron of Negaunee, MI, Dagnie Carlson of Livonia, MI, and Esther (Raynold) Lepola of Marquette, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers, Wilho, Victor, Arthur, and Rueben and sisters Elma, Hilda, Tyne, Dagmar and Ruth.
   Reino was very proud of his Finnish heritage. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, a simple walk in the woods, hunting, fishing, or gardening. He also loved to travel with Marie and spend time with the family. He was quite a craftsman and an expert “Mr. Fixit”. He often said, “If man made it, I can figure it out.”
   Funeral services for Mr. Ketola will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Rev. Pesola officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Thursday from noon until the time of the service. Following the service interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
   If you wish to make a memorial contribution in honor of Reino Ketola, please consider the Alzheimer’s Association or the Watton Apostolic Lutheran Church.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements. Obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Pearl E. (nee Darcy) Fallon

   Pearl E. (nee Darcy) Fallon, was born in Baraga, MI, on Aug. 16, 1915, and died in Goshen, OH, on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, her residence was Milford, OH.
   Mrs. Fallon, wife of the late Walter J. Fallon, devoted mother of Walter J. Fallon Jr., Marlene E. Osinski, Timothy P. Fallon, Mary Ann Koskinen and the late Patricia A. Huxell, loving grandmother of Stephanie, Eric, Angie, Melissa, Victoria, Robert Jr., Tamara, Timothy, Kevin, Dereck, Lori, Jason, Carey and the late Timothy P. Jr., great-grandmother of Joshua, Jourdan, Anthony, Brittany, Victoria, Alexandria, Taylor, Zachary, Finnegan, McKenna, Callahan, Carter and Jackson, preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.
   Mass of Christian Burial, was held at St. Andrew Church, Milford, OH, Friday, May 29, at 4:45 p.m. and visitation was at Evans Funeral Home, Milford.
   She will be inurned at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery, OH. Memorials to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH, 45263-3597.
   Please see www.evansfuneralhome.com to leave the family a condolence.

Richard (Dick) Armin Breyer

   Richard (Dick) Armin Breyer, age 79, formerly of Stephenson MI, currently of Ada, MI, and Sun City, AZ, passed away on June 1, 2009, at his home in Sun City after a challenging six-year battle with multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer).
   He was born to Alvin and Elfriede (Westphal) Breyer on Nov. 22, 1929, in Birnamwood, WI, at their farm home. He graduated from Birnamwood High School in 1947. He then graduated from University of Wisconsin at River Falls in 1951 with majors in Agriculture, General Science, and Education with minors in Industrial Arts.
   He taught at the John A. Doelle School in Tapiola, MI. There he met his wife Greta Maria Hyypio. They were married on June 27, 1953, in the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock, MI. Soon after their marriage, he served in the U.S. Army, being stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington and Fts. Ord and Hunter Liggett in California. After his service, he returned to teaching school.
   In 1966, he began a career as a county agricultural extension agent for the Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Service, serving initially in Baraga County. He was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the Baraga County Fair at Pelkie, bringing in state funding to build the fair building in 1967.
   He then accepted the county agent position in Menominee County in 1973, replacing the retiring Gail Bowers. He guided the transformation of the Dairy Days at Shakey Lakes into the Menominee County Fair shortly after his arrival in Stephenson.
   He later served as District Energy Agent for the Upper Peninsula, and as the TelFarm Agent for the U.P., and led the cranberry program for the entire state–serving the Extension Service until his retirement in 1990. He also owned and operated the car wash in Stephenson until he closed it in 1985.
   After he retired he was called by Michigan Governor John Engler to fill a vacancy on the Upper Peninsula State Fair Board. He served two consecutive five-year terms and completed his service in 2001.
   He also served as sexton for the Bethesda cemetery in Daggett through his involvement in the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church parish.
   He and his wife also began spending winters in Sun City where he was very active in lapidary, woodworking and silversmith clubs, and neighborhood government serving as chairman of the Kismet Court community where they lived. His hobbies included helping others, gardening, canning, cooking, travel, hunting, fishing, lapidary, and playing cards.
   He was cherished as a father by his children and envied by many of his children’s friends. He knew every fair-value ice cream counter along his routes of travel and he rarely passed one without stopping–especially when kids were in the car.
   In 1972, he took a month vacation so that he could tour America with his family of 8 in a van pulling a pop-up trailer, camping along the way, and teaching his children the many landmarks, cultures, freedoms, and possibilities that this great country offers. There were other business trips where the entire family drove to Richmond, VA, or Boise, ID, always creating a family memory to be forever cherished.
   As a sportsman, he hosted hunter friends and business colleagues from across the Midwest who always left Menominee County with their deer tags filled. In 1977, he took the Stephenson High basketball team to Milwaukee for an NBA game between the Bucks and the Phoenix Suns.  He arranged a luncheon at the Pfister Hotel where his cousin Paul Westphal, a basketball player for the Suns, visited with the Stephenson team before all of them took in that night’s game.
   Their home and beds were always open to the travelers and new arrivals to the area. He and his family took in two foster children in Tapiola and L’Anse, and four foreign exchange students during their life in Stephenson.
   He and his family have lived in King City and Seaside California, and Tapiola, L’Anse, Stephenson, and Ada, MI. During his life he has been a member of St. Johns Lutheran in Birnamwood, Our Saviour’s Lutheran in Elo, MI, St. Johns (later United Lutheran) in L’Anse, and St.    Stephen’s Lutheran in Stephenson. In his later years he was a member of Trinity Lutheran in Grand Rapids and Peace Lutheran in Peoria, AZ. He has held every lay position in the ELCA Lutheran churches at the congregational and synod levels during his lifetime. He has a very strong faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   He is survived by his wife Greta of nearly 56 years; six children–Daniel of the Great Lakes and Ada, Patricia (William) Patton of Saranac, MI, Timothy (Dorothy) of Dover, DE, Jerome (Sally) of Gilbert, AZ, Christopher (Gabriela) of Foothill Ranch, CA, and Jessica (Roger) Marks of Ada; two brothers–Glen (Virginia) of Birnamwood and William (Carol) of Appleton, WI, and one sister Rosemary (Jim) Toby of Brookfield, WI; two brothers-in-law Karl (Evelyn) Hyypio of Weston, WI, and Paul (Chris) Hyypio of Tapiola; three sisters-in-law, Rachel Grapentine of Utica MI, Ida (Stanley) Michaelson of Tapiola and Helen Breyer of Antigo, WI;an aunt, Ruth (Westphal Dawson) of Glendale, AZ; 11 grandchildren (the newest named Armin after him)–John (Tiffany) Patton, Andrew, Benjamin, and Samuel Patton; Rachel and Hannah Breyer; Ian, Bianca, and Armin Breyer; and Tobias and Marilla Marks; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and a host of neighbors and friends.
   Other family members who preceded him in death include his older brother Lloyd, his older sister Loma Jean Breyer Quade, and four special brothers-in-law–John (Betty) Hyypio, Peter Hyypio, and Thomas (Norma) Hyypio, and William Grapentine.
   A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, July 18 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Stephenson. Service time will be announced when final arrangments are set. Gifts will be forwarded to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in support of a cure for the cancer that took his life and the lives of both of his elder siblings.
   He is the pater familias (father of our family), and to his descendants he is our Earthly Father. Through his bout with cancer he has been admired by many for his strength and faith and his outward compassion for others, continuing to make a mark on all those he has touched. He has flown away to a land where joy shall never end. He will be sadly missed by all.
   His biography, memorial photo gallery and guest book are online: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/richardabreyer.

Paul R. Mitchell

   Paul R. Mitchell, 58, of Livonia, and former Baraga resident passed away Friday, June 5, 2009, at Providence Hospital, Novi, MI, where he had been a patient for two weeks.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. The family will greet friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
   Baraga county area veterans under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct a military service at 10:30 a.m.  A complete obituary will be available in a later edition.
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NO Obituary listings this week, everyone is doing fine.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Joseph Sikorsky

   Joseph Sikorsky, 83, of Aura, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009, at his residence. He had been in ill health for several months. Joe was born in Aura, MI, on April 8, 1926, the son of the late Lawrence and Edna (Conrad) Sikorsky.
   He graduated from L’Anse High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a P-T boat crewman from 1943-1946. Joe attended Michigan Tech and graduated in 1951 with a B.S. Degree in Geological Engineering and was a registered civil engineer. He worked for the Michigan State Highway Dept. as a professional geological engineer and also was employed as a civil engineer for several construction companies.
   Joe owned and operated a marina in Baraga from 1967 until 1973. He owned and operated his own logging and trucking business from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. Joe married the former Carol Lee (Winnega) Jestila in Baraga on May 23, 2004.
   Mr. Sikorsky is survived by his loving wife, Carol Lee, children, David (Mary) Sikorsky of Savannah, GA, Mark Sikorsky of L’Anse, Jill (Tom) Dickman of Sparks, NV, and Coryn (Jim) Mathews of Wallace, MI, grandchildren, Peter, Katie, and Anna, sister, Ellen Exworthy of Traverse City. Many nieces, and nephews including special nephew, Ray (Jeannie) Sikarskie also survive. He was preceded in death by his brothers, David Sikarskie, Leo Sikarskie, and John Sikorsky, and sisters, Anna LaChapelle, Martha Hood, and Catherine Lehto
   A memorial service for Mr. Sikorsky will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Jim Mathews officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel from 12 p.m. until the time of the service. Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct military honors for Mr. Sikorsky at 12:30 p.m.
   Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
   Condolences may be sent to www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

John P. “Pat” Tembreull

   John P. “Pat” Tembreull, 81, of L’Anse, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse. He was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Alston, MI, the son of the late Raymond and Helen (Ross) Tembreull.
   Pat graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1946. He enlisted in the Marine Corp immediately after graduation. Upon his discharge he returned to L’Anse and met his wife Lois Daust. They married on Sept. 3, 1949, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse.
   He worked for his father, Celotex Forestry, American Can Co., Humbolt Mine, Clairmont Transfer Co. and was part owner in the Lakeview True Value Hardware Store in L’Anse, retiring in September of 1994. Pat loved his country, his church, his community and served them well.
   He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse and served as a teacher, choir member and on several committees including the Bishop’s Council of Marquette Diocese.
   Pat was a volunteer fireman for 20 years and had been a member of the Downtown Development Association and the L’Anse Village Council. He was an avid history buff and storyteller. Pat enjoyed retirement and spent much of his time taking nature pictures, berry picking, wine making, reading, and enjoying family and friends. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren.
   Pat is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lois, three sons, John (Patricia) Tembreull of L’Anse, David (Carol) Tembreull of L’Anse, and Robert (Peggy) Tembreull of Escanaba, one daughter, Catherine (Mark) Van Erp of Roseville, CA; 13 grandchildren, Patrick (Ellen) Tembreull of San Diego, CA, Jessamy (Craig) Barnes of St. Joseph, MI, Kyle (JoAnn) Tembreull of Norfolk, VA, John Van Erp of Porto Seguro, Brazil, Kerrie Van Erp of Cincinnati, OH, Mark Tembreull of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Daniel (Tammy) Tembreull of L’Anse, David (Amber) Tembreull of Wetmore, MI, Cindy (Anthony) LaFernier of L’Anse, and Susan, Laura, Michael, and Robert Tembreull of Escanaba; eight great grandchildren, brothers, William Tembreull and Dale (Cecelia) Tembreull of L’Anse,and Michael (Sharon) Tembreull of Michigamme. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, James Tembreull and sister-in-law, Marlene.
   A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father Augustin George, celebrant. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
   Pat’s grandchildren will honor him as casket bearers. The family invites friends to join them in a celebration of Pat’s life on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse from 6 until 8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Thursday.
Wednesday evening a fireman review will be held in the funeral chapel at 6:45 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy donations in Pat’s honor may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the L’Anse Area Schools Sports Complex. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church.
   Condolences may be sent to www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

Peter Turpeinen

   Peter Turpeinen, 67, a resident of Houghton and formerly of Alston passed away Friday morning May 22, 2009, at the Portage Hospital in Hancock following a courageous 10 month battle with cancer.
   He was born on March 31, 1942, in Negaunee, MI, to Mae (Wiiki) Turpeinen and the late Willard Turpeinen, the second of eight children. Pete was a graduate of the Baraga High School with the class of 1960.
In 1961, he was united in marriage to the love and light of his life, the former Barbara Karsama. She preceded him in death this past December 23rd.
   Peter was a respected local businessman, operating Turpeinen Brothers, Inc., which was originally started by his father. This land clearing and chipping business continued for over 30 years amongst the five Turpeinen brothers.
   Mr. Turpeinen was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church of Pelkie, a former member of the Laird Volunteer Fire Department, and a former member of the Northern Snow Flyers. Pete loved his family, friends and his community with every fiber of his being. His generosity was unmatched and he met each and everyone with a warm smile and a kind word, usually in Finnish.
   Preceding him in death were his wife, Barb, his son Greg, his granddaughter Erika, his father Willard, and his brothers, Henry, David, and Robert.
   Surviving are, his daughter, Kim Turpeinen of Houghton, his grandchildren, Danielle Borel, Paige Borel and Dylan Borel, his mother, Mae Turpeinen of Alston, his adopted son and family Jim Fedie of Nisula, his brothers, William (Grace) Turpeinen of Alston and Tom (Amy) Turpeinen of Alston, his sisters, Mary (Clyde) Peterson of Alston and Susan (Robert) Zyza of Watsonville, CA, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Funeral services for Peter were held at noon Tuesday May 26, 2009, at the Mission United Lutheran Church of Pelkie with Rev. John Autio officiating. Burial will be in the Alston Cemetery.
   Friends called on Monday, May 25, 2009, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of services at the church.
   In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy the family suggests that memorial may be given to the playground equipment fund for the Laird Township Recreation Park, in memory of Peter’s continued community support.
   To view Peter’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net
   The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Karl Edward Hill, M.D

   Karl Edward Hill, M.D., 74, of Alston, left us Monday, May 18, 2009, to reign supreme over his favorite fishing spots in the “Big Lake” at his residence. His wife was by his side. Karl succumbed to the ravages of A.L.S. after fighting the good fight for over four years.
   Karl was born in Dekalb, IL, Feb. 6, 1935, the son of Jack and Aino (Olkkonen) Hill. At three years old he moved with his family to Jacobsville, MI, to care for Karl’s aging grandparents, Herman and Kaisa Ketoluoma. After his grandmother’s death the Hill family moved to Skanee, MI, where Karl grew up with his brothers John and Arthur.
Karl first attended elementary school in Skanee where his mother and father were teachers. He then attended L’Anse High School graduating in 1952. In 1953 Karl enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years, spending three years near Munich, Germany.
   He married Joan Watters in L’Anse in 1959. He attended Northern Michigan University for four years and completed his pre-med program in 1961, while working part time at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.  He attended Wayne State University Medical School, graduating in 1966 and interned at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI.
   He then returned with his wife and children to the Upper Peninsula to work with the late Dr. John Pierpont at the LaCroix Hospital in White Pine, MI, until 1985. While practicing at the LaCroix Hospital, Dr. Hill was instrumental in establishing effective and innovative treatment programs for various addictions and acting as medical director. He trained and employed the practice of Ayurvedic Medicine and applied the principles in his practice when appropriate. He opened his family practice in L’Anse, MI, in 1985 and retired in 2008.
   Karl was a member of the White Pine American Legion, a lifetime member of the Alston VFW Post 7646, the Copper Country Mental Heath Board, the Western UP Substance Abuse Board, the American Medical Society, the Ontonagon County Medical Society, the Baraga County Medical Society, and a lifetime member of the Michigan State Medical Society. Karl was a member of ABATE in Michigan fighting motorcycle helmet laws. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in L’Anse, the National Right to Life, the National Rifle Association, and he was proud to be a “Flaming Republican”.
   Karl is survived by his loving children, Carrie (Roger) Sengelman-Hodgson, Vita (Roy) Britz, Jean Hill, Gloria Hill(Gary Maki), Karl A.(Mary)Hill, Virginia (Ted) Gruicci, Mary Stafford, Tom (Maria) Hill and Kristen Hill. His children have presented him with 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Karl and Kathleen (Sapienza) were married in 1999 and he acquired three more children; Tom Sapienza, Vanessa (Tim) Riser and Ross (Sue Smith) Sapienza and eight more grandchildren.
   Karl was passionate about several things, all of which he was happy to share with anyone. He learned and practiced Transcendental Meditation daily for over 30 years, readily sharing its attributes with any one interested. He was ready at any moment to get out on the lake ---after the “Big One”. He loved fast motorcycles and fighting fish.
   He spent countless hours on the open road on his motorcycle, sometimes alone, sometimes with his “biker buddies”. He remembered with great fondness those boys who have preceded him to biker heaven; Bruce Budreau, Bobby Kent and Duke LaBerge.
   Karl fancied himself a farmer and there are quite a few humorous stories out there about Karl and his conundrums. His classic line was; “Boy, I really did a BAD thing”, usually he really did. Karl was a proficient pianist and mastered some advanced classical pieces. His favorites were Moonlight Sonata, Melaguena and Finlandia. He attributed his love of music to his mother’s leading hand as a small boy.
   Karl was a gentle spirit and had a great fondness for his dog and cats. He cared for his friends, patients and family with his heart as well as his mind and intellect and cherished each one. He got the greatest enjoyment gathering with his children and grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John Hill. Karl will be greatly missed by his wife Kathleen Hill of Alston, his brother Arthur Hill of Mohawk, all of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many dear friends and former patients. His presence will be acutely missed.
   A celebration of Karl's life was held Friday, May 22, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Friends were invited to pay their respects at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until the time of the service.
   The family suggests memorials to “The Aino Hill Scholarship Fund” or a memorial fund established to his memory. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be mailed c\o the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, P.O. Box 81, L’Anse, MI. 49946.
   Condolences may be sent to www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

Kenneth Roger Raisanen

   Kenneth Roger Raisanen, 65 of L’Anse passed away Thursday, May 21, 2009, evening at Marquette General Hospital.
   Born March 25, 1945, in Hancock the son of Edwin and Julia (Kohtala) Raisanen he attended Houghton Public Schools and worked in the maintenance field for many years. He married Gloria Kinninen in 1990.
   He is survived by two brothers John and Edwin (Pat) Raisanen, one sister Lisa Martilla, aunts Irene (Robert) Byykkonen, Florence (Bert) Pesola, Eva Kohtala, Verna (Gabriel) Masini, and Alice Raisanen, stepchildren Bruce, Debbie, Connie, Holly, Judy, several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gloria and one sister Julie Jordan.
   A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date with burial in the Liminga cemetery. The Racine Funeral Chapel of Ishpeming is assisting the family.

Leo P. Majeski

   Leo P. Majeski, 82, of West Allis, WI, and a resident of Aura passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at his residence in West Allis following a lengthy illness.
   He was born in Leona, WI, on March 3, 1927, the son of the late Alex and Josephine (Bryfczynski) Majeski. Leo attended school in Pequaming. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17. Leo was a boatswains mate aboard the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier when it was attacked by kamikaze pilots and bombed. He was wounded during the attack and awarded the Purple Heart and other citations.
   Leo married the former Laila Maki in Milwaukee on Feb. 24, 1951. He went to work for the Pressed Steel Tank Company in West Allis. He retired in 1989 after 40 years. He was proud of the fact that he had a perfect work record. Leo possessed a strong work ethic that he instilled in his family members. He was a member of the Aura Lutheran Church, the L’Anse American Legion Post 144, and a lifetime member of the D.A.V. Leo was an outdoors man, loved nature, wildlife and was an avid conservationist.
   Mr. Majeski is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Laila, daughters, Marilyn Lange of Menomonee Falls, WI, Cheryl (Cal) Shoemake of Wauwatosa, WI, Katheryn (Terry) Krupp of Mellen, WI, and Jodi (Vodie) Rhinehart of Milwaukee, grandchildren, Sean, Brett, Jeff, Jenny, and Jason, great grandchildren, Joey, Jaylynn, and Jordyn, brothers, Joseph (Marilyn) of Skanee, and Eugene (Irene) of Holt, MI, and sister, Eleanor Sikkala of Covington. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Pat, Edward, Dorothy, and Alex Jr.
   Funeral services for Mr. Majeski were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating.
   Mr. Majeski’s grandsons and a great grandson will honor him as casket bearers. Military honors will take place at graveside in the Aura Cemetery at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Following the service a military graveside service will be held at the Aura Cemetery.
   Condolences may be sent to www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

William T. Rowloff

   William T. Rowloff, 84, of Sidnaw, MI, passed away Friday, May 22, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse. He was born Stanton, MI, on Oct. 10, 1924. William attended school in Sidnaw and the Duncan Twp. Schools.
   He attended Northern Michigan University, graduating with a B.S. in criminal justice in 1980. He joined the U.S. Navy and was a naval pilot and was also an aviation instructor. Bill was employed as an engineer for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad from 1950 until his retirement in 1972. He married the former Margaret Knapp in Houghton on Sept. 26, 2003.
   Bill was a member of the Mormon Missionary Church in Houghton, MI. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid fan of big band music.
   He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret, son, Steve (Anna) Rowloff of Ishpeming, daughters, Sharon Burdick of Ishpeming, Gloria Johnson, and Susan, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, half sister, Dorothy McCall., and two step daughters, Angela Potts of Baraga, and Waynette of Paris, AR, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and his half sister, Helen.
   Funeral services for Mr. Rowloff will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Gus Haapala, Counselor, Branch President officiating.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 1 p.m until the time of the service. Baraga County Area Veterans will honor Mr. Rowloff will a military service at 1 p.m. followed by a Masonic service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will take place in the Sidnaw Cemetery.
   Condolences may be sent to www.rfsc.net The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Donald A. ‘Doc’ Mantta

   Donald A. ‘Doc’ Mantta, 61, of Alston, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, May 16, 2009, with his family by his side. He was born in Hancock on Jan. 30, 1948, the son of Arne and Agnes (Maki) Mantta.
   He graduated from Baraga High School in 1966. Following graduation he was employed by the Department of Natural Resources. Donald served in the U.S. Army from 1968 until 1970 as a combat medic spending that time in Vietnam. Upon his discharge, he returned to work for the Department of Natural Resources as a fire fighter and other positions.
   On Aug. 1, 2008, he married the former Deborah Sleep. Doc was a member of the Baraga American Legion Post 444. He enjoyed playing cribbage, working crosswords, trivia and carried on the family interest in woodworking.
   Mr. Mantta is survived by his loving wife, Deborah of Alston, son, Joseph Lawrence (Andrea) Mantta of Alston, granddaughter, Alexis Mae Mantta of Alston, mother, Agnes Besonen of Baraga, brothers, Lawrence Edward (Karen) Mantta of Keweenaw Bay, and Lane Arnold Mantta of Alston. The Parker children, Bob, Josh, Olivia, and Sam will always hold a very special place in his heart. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his father.
   Funeral services for Mr. Mantta were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2009, from Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie with Pastor John Autio officiating. Interment took place in the Pelkie Cemetery. The family received friends at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
   Military honors for Mr. Mantta were conducted at graveside under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with the arrangements. Mr. Mantta’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Helen Heinonen

   Helen Heinonen, age 83 of Covington, MI, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Covington Rest Home where she had resided since 2004.
   There will be a graveside memorial service at the Agate Cemetery in Trout Creek, MI, at a later date.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Helen’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth “Betty” C. Almli

   Elizabeth “Betty” C. Almli age 83 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Augustin George will officiate.
   The burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Betty’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

 Jesse T. Collins

   Jesse T. Collins, 29, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2009, at his residence. He was born in L’Anse on June 26, 1979, the son of Scott and Cynthia (Ross) Collins.
   Jesse graduated from L’Anse High School in 1997. He was employed at Baraga Telephone Company as a Service Technician. Jesse was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, the L’Anse Golf Club, and the Snow Pigs Personal Riding Group. His interests included golfing, snowmobiling, riding ATV’s, watching movies, and traveling. Jesse was an avid Lions fan. His friends were very important to him.
   Jesse is survived by his loving family; parents Scott and Cindy of L’Anse, his brother Michael of Naples, Italy, maternal grandparents Tom and Verna Ross of Alston, and special niece Julia Harris. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.
   A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at noon on Monday, May 11, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father Norm Clisch, celebrant.
   The family greeted friends on Sunday, May 10, 2009, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and for one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday.
   Jesse’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.

Herman R. Tilson

   Herman R. Tilson, age 82 of Watton, MI, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in the skilled nurse unit.
   He was born April 26, 1927, in Hockings County, TN, son of the late James and Flora (Lane) Tilson. Herman served in the US Army from 1945-46 during WWII and from 1949-58 during the Korean War.
   He married the former Fern Maki on Jan. 7, 1953. He was a devoted husband and visited Fern daily in SNU since she resided there in September 2004. In 1959 they moved to Watton and worked for CCI in the Republic and Tilden Mines for over 30 years.
   Herman was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Covington and the former Bethany Lutheran Church Council Chairman, the Covington Township Supervisor from 1964-1980, former UP Cattle Association Chairman, member of the Covington-Watton Lions Club, and member of the VFW Post #8945 in Covington. He enjoyed farming, raising beef cattle and cooking for pancake breakfasts at the VFW.
   Surviving are his wife Fern Tilson of L’Anse, two sons Tim (Summer) Tilson and Dale Tilson both of L’Anse, brother Chuck Tilson and sister Ruth Sturgil both of Tennessee, nine grandchildren, Alex, Alisha, Anung, Megon, Mitchell, Leann, Tina, Ricky, and Ronnie.
   Preceding him in death are his parents, five brothers and one sister.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Covington. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church with Rev. John Autio officiating. Burial was in the Covington Cemetery.
   The Baraga County Area Veterans conducted military rites at the graveside under the direction of the American Legion Post #444. A luncheon followed at the Bethany Lutheran Church. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse was in charge of arrangements.
   Friends may sign Herman’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Irene Doris Selma (Voigt) Krueger

   Irene Doris Selma (Voigt) Krueger, 87, of Wakefield, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009, in Ironwood, surrounded by her loving family.
Irene was born Jan. 17, 1922, at home in the Town of Berlin, WI, daughter of the late Edward and Minnie (Luedtke) Voigt.
   On July 2, 1941, she was married to Walter Krueger at St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel in Iowa City, IA.
   She was a member of Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bessemer.
   Survivors are her husband, Walter, Wakefield; a son, Carl (Jane Elmblad), L’Anse; a daughter, Ellen (Les) Schneck, Wakefield; three grandchildren, Robin (Mark) Beder, West Bend, WI, Kerri (Mike) Koskinen, L’Anse, and Josh Schneck (Leanna Nikula), Wakefield; three special great-grandchildren, Paige, Allison and Kellen Koskinen, all of L’Anse; a special little girl, Claire Nikula, Ironwood; a sister, Evelyn Krueger, Merrill, WI; a brother, Gerald (Geraldine) Voigt, Hamburg, WI; four sisters-in-law, Vila Krueger, Merrill, Elaine Draves, Marathon, WI, Dorothy Voigt, Merrill, and Arlene Voigt, Wausau, WI; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Besides her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Bobbi Kaye; three brothers, Elmer, Sheldon Sr. and James Voigt; and two brothers-in-law, Herbert and Lester Krueger.
   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bessemer, with the Rev. Edward W. Wright Jr. officiating.
   Family and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from noon until the time of service. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   Committal service and interment will be Thursday, May 14, at noon, at Maple Grove Cemetery in the Town of Maine, WI.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, E8223 Sanders Road, Bessemer, MI, 49911.
   Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., Wakefield is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 Jackson Leon (Jack) Kincaid

   Jackson Leon (Jack) Kincaid, of Marine City, MI, went home to be with the Lord on April 10, 2009. Jack was a frequent resident of Aura during hunting and fishing seasons for 55 years.
   Jack was born in Kincaid, WV, on Aug. 29, 1930. Jack married Betty (Christy) Kincaid.
   Jack’s early jobs in his life started out working in the coal mines of West Virginia, when they used donkeys to haul the coal out of the mines. He moved to Detroit in his early years and worked for construction, worked on the Edison Plant Consumer Power Plant, the Windsor Tunnel and retired as a laborer steward.
   Jack was well known as an avid walleye fisherman on the St.Clair River, where he met a lot of his fishing buddies. Jack was an outdoorsman who especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and the casino’s.
   Jack was well known for making fishing rods, fishing poles, lures and pencil plugs.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Kincaid; mother, Goldie (Ellis) Kincaid; wife, Betty (Christy) Kincaid; sister Lucille Kincaid; step sons William and Jeff Ames.
   He is survived by sons, Daniel and Charles Kincaid; daughters Jackie Maloney, Chris (Jeff) Sanders and Linda Kincaid; brothers, John, Harry and Karlo Kincaid; sister, Joann; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a special friend Norma Nelson.
A Memorial Service was held at the Michigan Conservation Club at East China Township, MI, on April 13, 2009, with Pastor Greg C. Hayword officiating.
   The Bower-Rose Funeral Home in Marine City assisted the family. Cremation has taken place.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Robert R. Rafferty

   Robert R. Rafferty, a resident of Marquette since 1979, died peacefully Tuesday morning, April 28, 2009, at his home. He was 90.
Born in Fremont, Ohio, on Dec. 6, 1918, he graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1936. He then went to the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University, graduating from the latter in 1941 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management.
   Robert began work with the Michigan Conservation Dept. (now DNR) soon after graduating. In March 1942 he entered the Armed Forces serving in both the Army and the Air Force including a few months in the European Theater before the war ended.
   After a year in graduate school at Michigan State – where he met and married his wife Joan – he returned to the Department of Conservation in 1947. He worked at the Rose Lake Wildlife Experiment Station and on the Farm Game program in Lower Michigan before becoming the District Biologist in the western UP with headquarters at Baraga.
   Robert and Joan lived in L’Anse where they raised their family of four sons. During summers the whole family would take extended camping trips around the country, visiting most of the states and National Parks including Mt. McKinley in Alaska. He recalled that these were among the happiest times of his life.
   He retired in 1979 and moved to Marquette where he lived in his remodeled summer camp on Lake Superior, owned since 1951. In retirement he did volunteer work serving on the Marquette Housing Commission, Marquette Coalition for Emergency Services and Retired Senior Volunteer Program. He also was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
   Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Ray H. and Marguerite Rafferty of Fremont, Ohio; sisters, Dorothy Lund, Paonia, Colorado and Ruther Sherer, Fremont, Ohio; a brother, William, was killed in World War II.
   He is survived by his loving and beloved wife Joan; sons, William and wife Jill, of Wake Forest, NC, Michael of Silver City, MI, Robert Douglas and wife Elke, of Iron River, MI, and David and wife Debra Amster of St. Paul, MN; grandsons, Christopher of Phoenix, AZ, Benjamin, and granddaughter, Leah, both of St. Paul, MN.
   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Charles Caskey officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service at the church.
   In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 201 E. Ridge St., Marquette, or to the Nature Conservancy, Michigan Chapter, 101 East Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906.
   Robert’s obituary can also be viewed at www.canalefuneral.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Wednesday, April, 29, 2009

Patricia L. Mili

   Patricia L. Mili, age 77 of Baraga, MI, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   She was born July 10, 1931, in Greenland, MI, daughter to the late William and Louise (Verville) Shaffer. Patsy graduated from Greenland-Mass City School in 1948.
   She married William E. Mili on April 17, 1948, in Greenland. They resided downstate Michigan in Redford Township and Brighton from 1954-78 where she was active in St. Agatha School and church.
   In 1978 they moved back to Baraga County. She was involved in Sacred Heart School and the L’Anse Schools. She enjoyed playing cards. Patsy was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Most Holy Name of Jesus Church in Assinins and formerly Blessed Kateri.
   Surviving are her husband William of Baraga; son Tom Mili of Baraga; sister Mary Lou Elmhurst of Marquette; granddaughters Patti Mili of Midland, MI, Michelle (Dan) Kowalski of Houghton, MI; great grandchildren Billy Mili, Joseph and Jacob Kowalski; numerous nieces and nephews.
   Preceded in death are her son Dave Mili; brothers, Howard Francis, Paul Francis, Billy Shaffer; and sister Yvonne Johnson.
   Visitation was held on Sunday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be recited at 6:30 pm. The funeral mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in L’Anse and there was visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. George Maki officiated. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Greenland, MI. The Jacobson   Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Patsy’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Stanley Vernon Duffill

   Stanley Vernon Duffill, a long time resident of Redondo Beach, CA, passed away on April 4, 2009. Stan was born in Wisconsin on Feb. 21, 1925.
   Mr. Duffill was a master craftsman and worked as a contractor his entire life. He served our country in the Korean War as an engineer.
   A former resident of Baraga, MI, he moved to Redondo Beach in the 1950’s. He enjoyed visiting his farm and family in Baraga during the summer.
   He is survived by his wife Gladys (Rajala) and three daughters, Cheryl (Andy) Turda, Lauri (Marc) Everlove, Pam (Ron) Pickering, and his six grandchildren Rachael Bloomer, Courtney Vance, Megan Turda, Kenneth Pickering, Drake Everlove and Thomas Pickering. He is also survived by his sister Lillian Dicken.
   He was preceded in death by his grandson Lance.
   His ashes will be scattered on his farm in Baraga, MI.

Marvin E. Leaf

    Marvin E. Leaf, 83, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday, April 24, 2009, at the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Marquette.
   Marvin was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Ishpeming, a son of Simon and Hilda (Syrjala) Leaf and was a 1944 graduate of the L’Anse High School.
   In July of 1944 he entered the US Army, serving in the Army Air Force during World War II, until his honorable discharge in 1946, attaining the rank of sergeant. Returning home, Marvin worked for the Wabash, Duluth South Shore and Atlantic, and Soo Line Railroads.
   He later was hired as the first employee at Cook Sign Service in Marquette. For over 18 years, Marvin was employed as a control room operator at the White Pine Copper Mine. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, liked to play a good game of cribbage, and did artistic painting.
   Survivors include his wife, Gertrude (Kallio) Leaf, whom he married Nov. 29, 1947; a daughter, Lois (Eric) Abramson of Bruce Crossing; four sons, Gerald (Nancy) Leaf of Ewen, Duane (Mary) Leaf of Bruce Crossing, James (Karen) Leaf of Augusta, GA; and Tom (Marge) Leaf of Bessemer; 13 grandchildren, Shawn (Ying) Leaf of Orlando, FL, Stacie (Karl) Demer of Oakdale, MN, T.J. (Melanie) Leaf of Rosemount, MN, Brad Leaf of Los Angeles, CA, Dana, Jeremy, Kaitlyn, and Nick Leaf of Augusta, GA, Matthew Leaf of Minneapolis, MN, Tony Leaf of Bessemer, Melissa, Paul, and Eric Abramson, Jr of Bruce Crossing; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Koskela of Covington and Ruth Seppala of Marquette; and several nieces and nephews.
   In addition to his parents, Marvin was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jana Lynn Leaf in 1987.
   Friends called at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Trout Creek on Tuesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. A memorial service followed at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Timothy Bernard officiating. Inurnment will be made in the Trout Creek Cemetery.
   A reception for family and friends was held at the VFW hall in Trout Creek.
   The Swanson Funeral Home, Marquette, served the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswanson.com


Wednesday, April, 22, 2009

Diane Sandberg

   Diane Sandberg, 59, died peacefully on April 5, 2009, at her beloved St. Paul, MN, home with her husband by her side.
   Diane fought a heroic 18 month battle with cancer. The disease may have taken her life, but Diane never surrendered her sense of humor or her dignity.
   She was born in Cullman, AL, on July 13, 1949, to John and Vernie Bell (Carnes) Williams. For reasons that remain unknown, she was orphaned in Buffalo, NY, sometime before her third birthday. She grew up in foster homes in Erie Co., NY, and The Protestant Home for Children in Buffalo.
   Growing up, everybody knew her as “Diane”. On her 18th birthday, however, the State of New York presented her with a copy of her birth certificate which revealed that her first name was actually, Marie. Since she had always been “Diane” she decided to keep that name. She married former L’Anse resident Lee Sandberg in Buffalo, NY, on Dec. 2, 1969. The couple lived in L’Anse from 1970 to 1972. After living for 18 years in five different states Diane and Lee settled in St. Paul, MN, and in 1992 purchased their home.
   Diane loved to garden and travel. By car, train, ship, plane and motorcycle she visited most of the 50 States, several Canadian provinces and Europe five times.
   She was proceeded in death by her beloved father-in-law, Lynn W. Sandberg who was the only father she had ever known.
   Diane is survived and will be deeply missed by her loving husband, mother-in-law, Della M. Sandberg of L’Anse, brother and sister-in-law, L. Bogue and Ann Sandberg, niece, Ingrid Sandberg, all of Chassell, nephew, Gus Sandberg of St. Paul, MN, and her friends and neighbors.
   A slide show celebrating Diane’s life can be viewed at www.leesandberg.com

Orville C. Longrie

   Orville C. Longrie, 94, of Watton, passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
   He was born in Oconto Falls, WI, on June 19, 1914, the son of the late Charles and Evelyn (DeHut) Longrie. Orville moved to Sidnaw as a young boy. Orville married the former Elsie Salo on Dec. 26, 1936. She preceded him in death on March 18, 1986.
   He worked at various jobs including CC Camps, and logging operations. Orville was employed by the Milwaukee Road Railroad, retiring in 1956 after 27 years. He was known as the town handyman and local mechanic. If there was a problem, Orville was the man to call to fix it. He also was the caretaker for a number of summer homes and hunting cabins in the area.
   Orville enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeling with his friends. Watton had been his home for the last 13 years. He loved his grandchildren and visiting with people, reminiscing about the good old days. He often said that the UP was the best place on earth to live. He was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Watton.
   Mr. Longrie is survived by his loving children, Ron Longrie and his special friend, June Larkin of Sidnaw, Barbara (George) Kantola of Ishpeming, Beverly (Steve) Maki of Watton, grandchildren, Ronald, John, Julie, Kevin, Kenneth, Brian, Tammy, and Tim, great grandchildren, Collin, Jake, Kayla, Mitchell, Brenton, Raquell, Stephenie, Stephen, and Desiree, brother, Willard Longrie of Covington, sisters, Marion Stebbins of Sidnaw, and Patricia (Arnold) Townsend of Winston-Salem, NC, sister-in-law, Lucille Longrie of Covington. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene, sons Gerald, and David, grandson, James, brothers, Charles Jr., and Robert, and sisters, Helen, and Arlene.
   Funeral services for Mr. Longrie were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009, from the Watton Apostolic Lutheran Church with Pastor Jim Johnson officiating.
   Interment took place in the Sidnaw Cemetery. The family received friends at the church on Saturday from noon until the time of the service.
   Mr. Longrie’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.


Wednesday, April, 15, 2009

Irene Godell

   Irene Godell, 85, of Watton entered into the haven of rest on April 10, 2009, at the Bayside Village where she had been a resident since suffering a stroke in November.
   The youngest of nine children, Irene was born in Covington on March 9, 1924, to Nels and Sanna Autio. She attended the Swedish Number 1 School, transferring to Watton, and graduating from Amasa High in 1941.
   On Oct. 17, 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Godell. Working side by side with him, they farmed and did woods work. Together, they raised three children, Phyllis (Martin) Pokela, of Traunik, Ralph (Barbara) Godell of Centennial, CO, and Steven (Susan) Godell of Saline. Last October, they celebrated their 66th year of marriage.
   Irene loved the Lord, was a faithful member of the Watton Apostolic Church and always wanted to hear the Word, whenever it was preached. Friends and strangers alike were welcome at her table and no one left without having coffee and her baked goods. There was always an extra bed for guests.
   Besides her husband and children, Irene is also lovingly survived by her grandchildren, Brenda, Rene', Tara, Erin, Neil, Erika, Alex, Emilie, Andrew, and Daniel and great grandchildren, Michael, Thomas, Jacki, and Maddie. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a host of loving friends.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Julia Sarkka, Lillian Rajala, Aune Autio, Helen Ketola, Impi Lempinen and brothers, Verner, Richard, and Waino Autio, a close niece, Agnes Rajanen, and a son, Daniel, born May 21, 1944, and died May 6, 1946.
   Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at the Watton Apostolic Lutheran Church with her nephew, Walter Ketola officiating. The family will receive friends at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. and also at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Pallbearers for Irene will be her nephews and her grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers. Following the service, friends are invited to join the family at the Covington Multipurpose Building for fellowship and refreshments.
   The family wishes to thank Dr. Vickstrom and the staff at Baraga County Memorial Hospital and Bayside Village for the wonderful care and attention that was given to Irene and for the gracious support of clergy, friends, and relatives who faithfully visited these past months.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.
   Mrs. Godell’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Richard S. Kakkuri

   Richard S. Kakkuri, age 87, of Berkley, formerly of Baraga, MI, died on Thursday, April 9, 2009.
   Beloved husband of Eva for 65 years; dear father of Richard (Janet), David (Jackie), Ellen Stewart, and Dan (Mary); grandfather of Jill, Mark, Lynne, Richie, Charlie, Ben, Susan; great grandfather of Stephen, Christopher, Joshua, Harrison, Jack, Grace, Katie, Jakob, Sophie, Ava, and Elle. Brother of Laila Kakkuri, and Marie St. Germain. He was predeceased by sister, Wilma Backstrom and grandson, Michael.
A WW II veteran, Mr. Kakkuri served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. 1941-46.
   A memorial service will be held at the Baraga, MI, cemetery in June, 2009.

Margaret Pauline Stenson

   Margaret Pauline Stenson, age 101, of L’Anse, MI, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse where she had been a resident for the past four years.
   She was born in Charlotte, MI, to Omar and Maggie (Wilcox) Robinson. Pauline began her teaching career at an early age and taught in many varied settings.
   She met her husband, Carl Thorsten (Thor) Stenson, of Covington, while they were both teaching at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing. Together they taught Indian children for more than 18 years in Alaska and one year on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
   When Thor’s health made it impossible for them to continue this work, she earned a masters degree and taught as an associate professor at Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, WA. She ended her teaching career as a reading specialist for the Lansing, MI, public schools, before retiring to Bradenton, FL.
   Her hobbies were genealogy and travel. She was the unofficial historian of both the Stenson and Robinson families and kept in contact with hundreds of nieces, nephews and cousins. She traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe, especially Sweden, visiting many relatives. For many years she enjoyed their cabin on Huron Bay and she chose to return to the Upper Peninsula for her final years.
   Pauline was a member of the United Lutheran Church in L’Anse, Order of the Eastern Star, and of many professional organizations.
   Her husband Thor, and only sister Irene predeceased her. She leaves no descendants but will be remembered and missed by her larger family and friends.
   A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Rev. Scott Williams officiated. Burial will take place in the Covington Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Pauline’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Bakun, Gerald W. “Slab”

   Bakun, Gerald W. “Slab”, age 57, a long-time resident of Keweenaw Bay, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Friday, April 3, 2009, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.
   Gerald was born to William and Louise Bakun on Sept. 6, 1951, in Grand Rapids, MI. Gerald was an avid outdoorsman, who especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He could be described as a traveling man who took in many art galleries and blues bands. He really enjoyed the music in New Orleans. He was in a band called “The Swamp Boys” and played many instruments as often as he could.
   Some other interests he had were maple syrup making, gardening, football and at one time was partners in “Weird Beard Pizza”. He also enjoyed gambling and was particularly fond of Keno at some of his favorite watering holes.
   Gerald was in the Army and served in Vietnam which he was honorably discharged from.
   He is survived by his children: Ivy Kinnunen, Alyssa Bakun, Gabriel Bakun and his fiancé: Kathy Curely; two grandchildren: Dylan Bianco and Gabriell Bakun; Gerald’s significant other: Margaret Torreano; sisters: Barbara (Jack) Nietling, Mary (Frank) Gaunett; sister-in-law: Marie Bakun; brothers: Jim (Lynnetta) Grissom, Mark (Jamie) Grissom, Donald (Kathy) Grissom; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Gerald was preceded in death by his father: William Bakun, his mother: Louise Grissom, brother: “Steve” Water Bakun and nephew: George Bakun. Per his request cremation has taken place after a brief service for his immediate family in Manchester, MI.
   If you would like to pay your respects to Gerald “Slab”, please join his family at his residence in Keweenaw Bay on Friday, April 17, 2009, starting at noon with a lunch and a “Slab” BBQ in the evening.


Wednesday, April, 8, 2009

Rodney H. Deline

   Rodney H. Deline, age 60, of Skanee passed away suddenly at his residence Monday evening March 30, 2009. He was born in Fort Belvoir, VA, on Oct. 2, 1948, the son of Duane and Kay (Jolly) DeLine.
Rod graduated in 1966 from the Rockford Michigan High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1974 from Michigan Tech. University.
   Rod opened the Country Cottage jewelry store in L’Anse and then moved it to the Houghton Copper Country Mall as one of the original mall tenants. He retired in February, 2009, after 36 years in business.
Rod had recently been appointed a sales associate for State Wide Real Estate, L’Anse. He was a member of the Houghton Chamber of Commerce and in the mid 80’s was co-chairman of the P.O.R. races. In his leisure time Rod enjoyed gardening, cooking, was a skilled handyman looking forward to remodeling projects in his Skanee home.
   Mr. DeLine is survived by his loving wife, Mary, sons, John of Skanee and Patrick of Hancock, his mother, Kay of Florida, brother, Duane DeLine of Grand Raids, and sister, Barbara Metzger of Grand Rapids. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his father.
   A celebration of Rod’s life will take place at a later date. The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.
   Mr. DeLine’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Helen Julia Harju Ylitalo

   Helen Julia Harju Ylitalo, 88, of Baraga, MI, passed away Monday, April 6, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse, where she had been a resident for a month. She was born in Pelkie, MI, on March 30, 1921, the daughter of the late Manna and Emma (Parkila) Oja.
   Helen attended Pelkie Grade and Agricultural School. She was employed as a housekeeper until she was hired as a matrons helper at Baraga County Jail under Sheriff Seavoy. Helen married J. Ralph Harju on Feb. 8, 1941, in Calumet, MI. She worked for Pelkie Dairy Bottling Dept. until moving to Superior, WI, where she worked doing day work and baby sitting until she was hired by Black and White Cab Co. as a dispatcher and bookkeeper.
   She also worked as a nurses aide at Southdale Terrace in Superior until the birth of her son, Jon. They moved back to Pelkie in 1972. Her husband passed away in November of 1974. Helen moved to Baraga in May 1985 and married Bill Ylitalo in June of 1992. He preceded her in death in December 1996. Helen was a member of L’Anse Baptist Church, the womens missionary group and had worked with the Awana Club.
   Mrs. Ylitalo is survived by her loving son, Roy (Marvis) Harju, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, step-children, Myra (George) Keyser of Casper, WY, and Bill (Merilee) Ylitalo of Yuma, AZ, seven step-grandchildren, and numerous step great grandchildren, special nephew Melvin “Buddy” (Mildred) Hill of Baraga and special niece, Jean Perala of Marquette, and special friend Mark Erwin of Pelkie. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   She was preceded in death by her son, Jon, stepson, Jack, brothers, Arthur, Matti, and George, and sisters, Hilda Smith, Esther Maki, and Pearl Waara.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Ylitalo will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Jerry Bishop officiating. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Mark Ervin, Bill Sterbenz, Kenn Perala, Stanley Waara, Steve Kostamo, Paul Kaurala, Scott Mayo and Rob Mayo will serve as casket bearers.
   Memorials in Mrs. Ylitalo’s honor may be directed to the L’Anse Baptist Ladies Missionary Group or the Copper Country Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
   Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. Mrs. Ylitalo’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.
   The arrangements have been entrusted to the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, MI.

Nancy Anne (Adams) Fox

   Nancy Anne (Adams) Fox, of La Grange Park, IL, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2009, after a long illness.
   She was born Jan. 27, 1944, in L’Anse, the daughter of the late Oliver J. and Ellen C. (Seelye) Adams. Nancy attended Sacred Heart School in L’Anse and graduated from the L’Anse High School in 1963.
   Besides her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, John, granddaughter Tamara, sisters Dorothy, Grace and Margaret, brothers Oliver R. and John.
   Surviving are daughters Cynthia (Mark) Muto and Cheryl (Nicholas) Wielgus, granddaughters Lysandra and Lily of North Riverside, IL, brothers Lloyd and Robert of L’Anse, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Nancy was cremated and a memorial service will be held Thursday, April 9, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tower Home For Funerals in Lyons, IL.


Wednesday, April, 1, 2009

 Bernice L. Borgen

   Bernice L. Borgen, 92, of L’Anse passed away Monday, March 30, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse where she was a resident.
   She was born in Skanee, MI, on Sept. 22, 1916, the daughter of the late Danford and Anne (Peterson) Emblad. Bernice graduated from Skanee High School in 1934.
   She married Christian Fredrick Borgen in 1937. He preceded her in death in 1991. Bernice was a member of United Lutheran Church, L’Anse and was a lifetime member of Eastern Star. She loved to cook, sew, make dolls and quilts.
   Mrs. Borgen is survived by her loving children, Daniel (Karen) Borgen of Jamestown, NC, Dale Borgen of L’Anse, Connie Lytikainen of L’Anse, and Bernadette (Edward) Funke of Campbell, CA, 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, brother, Clyde (Alyce) Emblad of Chassell, and sister, Rita (Doug) Brennen of L’Anse. Numerous nieces, and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her infant son, sisters, Lou, and Frances, and brothers, Ray, Theodore and Homer.
A memorial service for Mrs. Borgen will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Interment will take place in the Skanee Cemetery.
   The family will greet friends at the funeral chapel on Thursday from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. A Eastern Star service will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.
   Following the services the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mrs. Borgen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

 Melvin G. Kivela

   Melvin G. Kivela, 75, of L’Anse, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse, where he was a resident patient. He was born in Negaunee, MI, on April 23, 1933, the son of the late Uno and Tyne (Suo) Kivela.
   Melvin graduated from Negaunee High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army in Alaska during the Korean War and operated a bulldozer helping to build roads. Melvin later attended Northern Michigan University on the G.I. Bill. He moved to Vermontville, MI, in 1960 teaching at Vermontville High School and later Maple Valley Schools for a total of 26 years. If you had Mr. Kivela for Michigan History then you knew that “Negaunee” was the capitol of Michigan. He taught Michigan History, Industrial Arts and Building Trades. Melvin was instrumental in starting the “Building Trades” program at Maple Valley Schools.
   He married the former Patricia J. Dickey (Foote) on June 2, 1962, in Charlotte, MI. They made their home in Vermontville for 29 years, moving to Mel’s beloved Upper Peninsula in 1989.
   Mr. Kivela is survived by his loving wife of almost 47 years, Patricia, son, Kenneth (Anne) Foote of Vermontville, MI, daughters, Charlotte (Jerry) Garlinger of Nashville, MI, and Deborah (Jack) Vineyard of N. Manchester, IN, grandchildren, Julia (Mihaly) Drabik, Brian (Sabrina) Garlinger, Joshua Vineyard and fiancée Theresa Christman, and Ben (Carrie) Vineyard, great grandchildren, Jaden and Lauren Drabik, Grady, Landen, and Kaitlyn Garlinger, sister, Gail Gilliland, step grandchildren, Terralynn (Tim) Lake, and Greg (Tia) Trine, step great grandchildren, Paige and Corey Goordemeer, and Trinity Trine. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marge Thompson, and brother-in-law, Richard Gilliland.
   A memorial service will be held in Vermontville, MI, at a later date. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, in Vermontville.
   The family suggests memorials in Mr. Kivela’s honor be directed to the American Cancer Society, the L’Anse Golf Club or the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Memorials may be directed in care of the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, P.O. Box 81, L’Anse MI, 49946, who have been entrusted with the arrangements.
   Mr. Kivela’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Jean M. Wuornos

   Jean M. Wuornos, 90, of L’Anse, MI, passed away Sunday afternoon March 29, 2009, at Bayside Village. She had been a resident there for three years.
   Jean was born in Skanee, MI, on Aug. 7, 1918, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mabel (Longworth) Erickson. She graduated from Skanee High School in 1933. In 1967 Jean attended Northern Michigan University and was a graduate of the L.P.N. Program. Jean worked for a while at the DeSota Automobile Plant in Detroit. She then worked as a L.P.N at the Teaberry Hospital in Macomb County, retiring in 1984.
Jean enjoyed cats, gardening, growing flowers, watching birds, doing bead work, and cooking. She loved music and playing the organ and other instruments. Jean was amused at having been crowned the “Potato Queen” of Baraga County in her younger days.
   Mrs. Wuornos is survived by her loving children, Carl (Linda) Wuornos of Sherwood, WI, and Jayne (Patrick) Axelson of Duluth, MN, grandchildren, Heather, Carie, Jeremy, and Kristin, great grandchildren, Sienna, Juliet, Mason, and Audrey, sisters, Loreen Eliassen of Marquette, and Ethel (Ronald) Kovala of Skanee. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   She was preceded in death by her sister, Ansel in 2009, and brothers, Norman, and Glen. She was also preceded in death by her pets, “Whitey and Harvey.”
   Funeral services for Mrs. Wuornos will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Henry officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Skanee Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from noon until the time of the service.
   Memorials in Mrs. Wuornos’s honor may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mrs. Wuornos’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Ruth M. Johnson

   Ruth M. Johnson, age 91, of Baraga, MI, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Shulstad’s Leisure Living in Baraga.
   She was born July 22, 1917, in Skanee, MI, daughter of the late Ernest and Theresia (Sandberg) Frederickson. Ruth graduated from L’Anse High School in 1935.
   She married John Clish in 1937; he preceded her in death in 1959. She married Weikko Maki in 1962 and he preceded her in death in 1965. On Sept. 29, 1973 she married Walter Johnson in Baraga. They enjoyed traveling through out the United States. Ruth worked for BCMH for over 15 years, retiring in 1977.
   Ruth was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran church in Baraga, Baraga American Legion Auxiliary Post 444, Alston VFW Auxiliary Post #7646, and was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star Maplewood Chapter 511 in L’Anse. She enjoyed sewing, handwork, baking, cooking and taking care of her family.
   Surviving are her son Richard (Connie) Clish of Oxford, MI; daughter Marilyn (Steve) Talaga of Negaunee, MI; daughter-in-law Kathie Clish of California; sister Esther Lind of Chicago; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her husband Walter Johnson in 2000; son John R. Clish; step-daughter Sharon Maki; brothers Harry, Morgan, and George Fredrickson; sisters Ebba Mitchell, and Mabel Anderson.
Ruth was truly a child of God and may she rest in peace.
   A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga in July; the date to be announced at a later time. Burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Ruth’s guest book and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Rodney H. Deline

   Rodney H. Deline, age 60, Skanee, died suddenly at his residence Monday, March 30, 2009. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel.

 John Vuk, Sr

   John Vuk, Sr. 92, of L’Anse passed away Monday, March 30, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. He was born in L’Anse, MI, on Jan. 17, 1917, the son of the late Anton and Anna (Verbanac) Vuk.
   John attended L’Anse Area Schools. He married the former Irene Forcia. She preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 1992. John was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse and was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
   He was a self employed logger for many years until his retirement. John enjoyed vegetable gardening, the casino, and most of all he loved his grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered as a quiet and kind gentleman.
   Mr. Vuk is survived by his loving children, John Vuk and special friend Mary Rogala of L’Anse, Sylvia (Alan) Farnum of Plymouth, WI, Judy Vuk of L’Anse, and Suzanne (Jeff) McCurky of North Baltimore, OH, grandchildren, Roger, Jamie, Erin, Elizabeth, Ana, Jason, and Travis, great grandchildren, Christopher, Sean, Delaney, Anton, Lena, Miles, and Tristan. He was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters, and daughter-in-law, Colleen in 2000.
   A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father George Maki, celebrant.
   Spring interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m until the time of the Mass. The Knights of Columbus will participate during the visitation period.
   The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements. Mr. Vuk’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Sylvia E. Tollefson

   Sylvia E. Tollefson, 92, of Baraga, MI, passed away Monday morning March 30, 2009, at Bayside Village where she had been a resident for a week.
   She was born in Hancock on Aug. 27, 1916, the daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Ojala) Styrk. Sylvia graduated from Baraga High School in 1936.
   She married Henry Auge in Houghton on Nov. 7, 1936. He preceded her in death in December of 1942. On April 14, 1945, she married Erling Tollefson in L’Anse. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1999. Sylvia was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Baraga.
   Mrs. Tollefson is survived by her loving sons, Henry “Hank” (Sharon) Auge of Baraga, Gary (Susan) Auge of Flint, and Jaren (Chris) Tollefson of L’Anse, grandchildren, Carol, Hank Jr., Scott, Craig, Bent, Mary Sue, and Glenn, great grandchildren, Eric, Tara, Steven, and Luke, great great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, and Emily, sisters, Sigrid (Paul) Foy of Covington, and Signe Kruse of L’Anse, and special friend, Clayton Collins. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Tollefson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a 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.
   Mrs. Tollefson’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Bruce E. Carlson

   Bruce E. Carlson, 69, of Wilson, formerly of Pelkie and Hardwood, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, after a lengthy illness at his family’s farm, where he grew up, in Hardwood, surrounded by his family. He was born on Sept. 21, 1939, in Norway, the son of the late Einar and Eleanor (Sipchen) Carlson.
   Bruce grew up in Hardwood. He was a woodsman and a welder, and had worked on the pipeline between Wisconsin and Ohio. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; and a knowledgeable outdoorsman. He also enjoyed trapping, cooking, gardening, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
   He is survived by his daughter Cheryl (Roddy) Carlson of L’Anse, his son Samuel (Connie) Carlson of Gwinn, four grandchildren Madison and Courtney Bianco, and Kristine and Zachary “J.B.” Carlson, one brother Michael “Rat” (Sandra) Carlson of Hardwood, six sisters Margaret (Courtney) Dahn of Felch, Millie LaPointe of Helps, Donna (Larry) Dillabough of Gladstone, Kay (Jon) Meaver of Springboro, PA, Linda Carlson of Gladstone, and Patty (Bernard) Kleikamp, a special friend Rose Roberts of Wilson, and many nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by a daughter Cynthia Carlson and a brother Wayne Carlson.
   Visitation was Saturday, March 28, at Mission Covenant Church in Foster City. Funeral services were Saturday, March 28 at the church. Rev. Carl Hammer officiated. Burial will be in the Foster City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.
   Condolences to the family of Bruce Carlson may be expressed online at www.tondinfuneralhome.com  
   The family has entrusted the Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home with arrangements.

Sammy J. Â “Sama” Wolfe

   Sammy J. Â “Sama” Wolfe, 59, of Pelkie, passed away at his residence Sunday, March 29, 2009, following a short illness. He was born in Minneapolis, MN, on August 12, 1949, son of Chester and Bertha (Mutkala) Wolfe.
   Sam graduated from Baraga High School in 1967. He attended Northern Michigan University for two years and then joined the U.S. Air Force as a Air Force Historian. Following his discharge from the Air Force he attended college at Crayton College receiving his Masters in International Relations.
   Sam worked the family farm raising beef cattle. He enjoyed reading, movies, music, downhill skiing and hunting.
   Mr. Wolfe is survived by his loving sons, Greyson and Jonas Wolfe, of Pelkie, and his mother, Bertha McClung of Pelkie. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Wolfe.
   A memorial service for Mr. Wolfe will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel. The family will greet friends at the funeral chapel on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
   Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mr. Wolfe’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Robert Wayne Whaley

   Robert Wayne Whaley, age 81, of L’Anse, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   He was born June 16, 1927, in Pequaming, MI, son of Guy and Theressa (Thoresen) Whaley. Robert attended school in Pequaming and then went into the U.S. Navy from 1945-46 during WWII.
   He married the former Rhoda Lundberg on Sept. 29, 1951, at First Lutheran Church in L’Anse. He worked in the woods prior to going to work for Hannah Mining Company, sailing on the ships as an engineer, retiring in 1984.
   Robert was a member of United Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 144, VFW Post 3897, Masonic Lodge 547 F & AM, Shriner’s, and the L’Anse Lions. He enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, playing video poker at the casino, Friday fish fries, and his coffee clutch at the Nite Owl.
   Surviving are his daughters Therese Ellen Korpi of L’Anse, Sandra Whaley of L’Anse; brother, Tom (Judy) Whaley of Arizona and Skanee; sisters, Donna (Donald) Johnson of L’Anse, Carol Nickel of Arizona; granddaughter Heather (Paul) Perry of Aura; three great grandchildren, Josh Johnson, Seth Perry, Jenna Perry; several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service was held on Monday, March 23 at 1p.m. at the United Lutheran Church in L’Anse. Rev. Scott Williams officiated. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. The Masons conducted a service at noon.
   The burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Baraga County Area Veterans conducted military rites at the graveside on Monday. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Robert’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Terry Thomas Ross

   Terry Thomas Ross, 54, formerly of Baraga, passed away suddenly at his residence in Houghton on Sunday, March 15, 2009. He was born in L’Anse on May 24, 1954, the son of the late Milton and Mary (St Germain) Ross.
   Terry graduated from Baraga High School in 1972. He attended and graduated from Suomi College with an Associate Degree in business administration. After college, Terry enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard transportation department serving six years. He worked as a mechanic in the metal fabrication industry.
   Prior to moving to Houghton a year ago, he had lived in Minneapolis, MN, and LaCrosse, WI. Terry enjoyed photography, writing, fitness training, reading and watching sports.
   Mr. Ross is survived by his loving daughter, Jamie Kemppainen- (Aaron) Smela of Petoskey, MI, sisters, Ann (Dominic) Picciano and Lynn Ross both of Baraga, nephews, Dean (Sheila) Osterman, Gerry and Brad LeClaire, nieces, Jill DiCarlo, Gina and Dana LeClaire, and Diane Osterman, great nephews, Tony DiCarlo, Jeremy LeClaire, Kyle Moilanen, and Cage Osterman, great nieces, Andrea and Jenna Heikkinen, Carsyn, Jaden, and Reide Osterman, great nephew, Darren Heikkinen, special and supportive friends, John and Mary Cadeau.
   Family services were held at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Spring interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.
   The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mr. Ross’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Christina May Pantti Shamion

   Christina May Pantti Shamion, 35, passed away suddenly on March 9, 2009, at Portage Health System Hospital in Hancock.
   She was born on April 16, 1973, at the Ontonagon Memorial Hospital. Christina is the daughter of Waino Pantti and Sally Pietila Pantti Kemppainen. She attended the local school district and graduated with the class of 1991.
   Christina loved to hunt, fish, four wheeler riding, billiards, darts, team trivia and spending time with her son Martin, the love of her life Clinton Kuivinen and her two dogs Rocky and Remmy. She loved being with her family and always was the laugh of the party. Christina also enjoyed cooking and baking, collecting teddy bears and cookbooks and loved to listen to all types of music.
   She was preceded in death by her father Waino L. Pantti, grandparents Waino N. and Marguerite M. Pence Pantti, Ruth Johnson Pietila, uncle Robert Pietila and god parents Carl and Cecelia Conrad.
   Christina is survived by her son Martin R. Shamion, the love of her life Clinton Kuivinen, mother Sally Pantti (Mike) Kemppainen, brother Andrew of Marquette, sister Colleen (John) Buzzo, nephews John and Justin Buzzo and Waino Pantti, step-sisters Michelle (John) Ladiski and their children, Krishna (Rick) Miller and their children and Teresa Stasa, grandparents Albert and Jean Tikka, and Wilho Kemppainen, aunts Nancy Ashbrook, Cathy (John) Welsh, Peggy (Bruce) Knivila and uncle William (Sara) Pietila, Clintons parents Carolyn and Marshall Kuivinen his brother Conrad Kuivinen, best friend Cindy Lonchar and her sons Jesse and Justin and several cousins.
   A memorial service was held Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon. Friends called at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.
   Christina’s obituary may be viewed and condolences left at www.canefuneralhome.com 

Hilja Maki

   Hilja Maki, 89, of Nisula, passed away Wednesday evening, March 11, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse. She had been a patient there for a week. Hilja was born in Simar, MI, on May 16 1910, the daughter of the late John and Hilma (Kauppinen) Wettberg.
   She graduated from Mass City High School in 1928. Following high school she worked as a domestic in Milwaukee then moved to Detroit. Hilja married Walter E. Maki there in March of 1942. They returned to Nisula. While in Nisula she was employed as a cook for the Laird Township School.
   Walter passed away on Oct. 3, 1958. After his death, Hilja returned to Detroit where she began working in the housekeeping department at William Beaumont Hospital. She retired in 1975 after ten years at the hospital. Hilja then returned to Nisula. She was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie, the L’Anse Senior citizens and the L’Anse Eagles #2287. Hilja enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, watching game shows,soap operas, walking and was fond of her cats.
   Mrs. Maki is survived by her loving daughter, Joyce Budreau of Nisula, grandchildren, Linda, Dan, Susan, Deborah, step-grandchildren Larry, and Carrie, great grandchildren, Zachary, Amber, Aaron, Elliana, and Austin. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Bruce on Aug. 17, 2007, seven sisters and two brothers.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Maki were held at noon on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Autio officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Nisula Cemetery. The family greeted friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the service the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering Room located at the funeral home.
   Mrs. Maki’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.

Amanda Marie Rogers

      Amanda Marie Rogers, infant daughter of Christopher and Helen (Hall) Rogers passed away March 10, 2009, in Wiggins, MS, from SIDS.
   Amanda was five weeks old at the time of her death.
She is survived by her parents Christopher and Helen (Hall) Rogers; maternal grandmother Judy Perry of Orange Beach, AL; paternal grandparents William and Melinda Rogers of Wiggins, MS; uncles, Brad, Stephen, and Richard Rogers and Michael Perry; great-grandmothers Betty Perry, Barbara Rogers and Fay Knight; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
   She is preceded in death by her great-grandfathers Lloyd Perry and Russell Rogers.
   Burial took place at Taylor Cemetery in Wiggins, MS.

 Arlene C. Sabutis

   Arlene C. Sabutis, born on June 27, 1933, formerly of Sidnaw, MI, died on Feb. 14, 2009. Surviving her are Frank Sabutis, Jr. and Sandy Sabutis, both of Hebron, IN. Preceded her in death are husband, Frank Sabutis.

Judith Ann Layle

   Judith Ann Layle, 67, of Skanee, MI, in Baraga County, died Friday morning, March 6, 2009, at MediLodge of Yale.
   She was born Dec. 11, 1941, in Detroit, the daughter of James Albert and Isabelle (Pojeky) Wood.
   Judy had been employed at Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, as a R.N. for over 12 years. She had worked for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Detroit, Memphis School District, Vlasic Pickles, Memphis, and Baraga County Correctional Facility.
   She was former education director for Portage View Hospital, Hancock, had co-founded Star Path Elder Care, St. Clair County’s first Alzheimer patient adult daycare, and recently was co-owner of Bishop Baraga Shrine Gift Shop, L’Anse. Judy’s passion was woodworking and refurbishing. She had helped to refurbish over 30 houses in the metro Detroit area and had purchased and refurbished the “Snowed Inn” hotel in the UP town of L’Anse.
   Surviving are her mother, Isabelle Wood of Marysville, daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Mark Kammer of Round Rock, TX, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kurt and Kelly Layle of Marysville and Jason Layle of Grayling; eight grandchildren, James, Trevor, Stephanie, Matthew, Sydney, Chloe, Benjamin and Zachary; brother and sister-in-law, James and Mary Jo Wood of Wales, sister, Sister Kathy Wood of Marysville, special life-long friend, Linda Garver of Skanee, and several nieces, nephews and many friends.
   A memorial mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Emmett, with 10 a.m. visiting. Fr. Paul Czarnota, pastor, will officiate.
   Arrangements are by Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale. Memorials are suggested to “Wishes of the Family” and will be forwarded to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
   For information and guest book www.kaatzfunerals.com 

Richard E. “The Tax Guy” Stonebraker

   Richard E. “The Tax Guy” Stonebraker, 66, of L’Anse, passed away Wednesday evening March 11, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse. He had been ill for several months. He was born in Lincoln, NE, on Oct. 8, 1942, the son of the late Wilfred and Norell (Cockerill) Stonebraker. Richard graduated from Cleveland High School, received his Bachelor of Science from University of Washington and his Masters Degree from Syracuse University, NY.
   In 1988 he married the former Karen Bemrose in Seattle. Richard was employed by the Ojibwa Casino in 1992 serving in various positions retiring in 2008 as a security officer. He was an avid sports fan of all kinds.
   Mr. Stonebraker is survived by his loving wife, Karen, children, Richard Jr., Barry, Shawn, and Amy Stonebraker all of Seattle, step-son, Duc Mai of Laughlin, NV, brother, Lawrence (Joe) Stonebraker of Bellevue, WA, sister, Kathy Zwiebelman of Cutlery Bay, FL, and special cousin, Jean (Gary) Coard of Port Townsand, WA. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
   A memorial service for Mr. Stonebraker will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Augustin George officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service. Following the service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
   Mr. Stonebraker’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.

Bruce “Migizi Inini” Wayne Dowd

   Bruce “Migizi Inini” Wayne Dowd, age 57, of Minneapolis, MN, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Hennepin county medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.
   He was born March 27, 1951, in L’Anse, MI, son of Francis and Sarah (Loonsfoot) Dowd. Bruce graduated from Baraga High School in 1969. He moved to Minneapolis and worked for SK Tools for several years. Bruce was a Marathon runner and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle enthusiast.
   Surviving are his children, John Dowd of Minneapolis, Bruce Dowd of St. Paul, Eileen Taken-care-of Dowd of Grand Forks, MN; brothers, John “Sunny Man” of Colorado Springs, CO, Joe (Kelly) of L’Anse, Tom (Rose) of Escanaba, Donny (Renee) of Baraga, Larry of Zeba, Alan (Barb) of New Post, WI; sisters, Doris (Ray) Roberts of Baraga, Mary Boo (Bob) of Sault Ste Marie, and three grandchildren.
   Preceded in death are his parents; brother Eddie Dowd and a sister Pat Maki.
   A funeral service was held on Monday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Ojibwa Senior Center, Traditional Ceremonial Room. Visitation was one hour prior to the service, with Bucko Teeple officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Indian Pinery Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Bruce’s guest book and send condolences , www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Curtis Delbert Menard

   Curtis Delbert Menard, 64, died March 3, 2009, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, from complications of multiple myeloma.
   A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Wasilla High School with Pastor Larry Kroon of Wasilla Bible Church officiating. The following were pallbearers: Curtis C. Menard, Larry, Sgt. Maj. Ret. Ritchie, Nancy, Jim, Gabrielle, Tanner, Harrison, Sullivan, Brock, Grant, Jack, Alexandra, Jane and Charles Menard, and Lewis Bradley. Burial will take place later in the spring at the Menard homestead.
   Dr. Menard was born June 16, 1944, in Detroit. He graduated from L’Anse High School in 1962, received his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry Class of 1968.
   He had served with Habitat for Humanity, The Alaska Railroad Board, American Legion, Salvation Army Board, and as chairman of the Multi-Use Sports Complex, and was a member of Wasilla Bible Church.
He was an honorary member of the Wasilla Rotary Club, was the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and the Frontiersman Mat-Su Dentist of the year. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, flying, marathons, farming, coaching, politics, and well wishing.
   His family wrote, “Curt Menard was raised in L’Anse, MI, born to June and Curtis Menard. At 15 years old he met the love of his life, Linda. Linda and Curt moved to Milwaukee, to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a dentist. In 1968 he graduated as class president from Marquette University School of Dentistry.
   He joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. He worked exclusively with Vietnam soldiers in preparation for the war. During that time he learned to fly and there his love affair with planes commenced. He flew a 206, Supercub, Citabria and a PA 14.
   In 1972 he purchased one of the original homesteads in the Mat-Su Valley and built the first professional building and dental office in Wasilla.  He especially loved his dental contract in the village of Togiak. Three years later Curt lost his dominant right arm in an electrical accident. With unsurpassed determination, Curt learned to practice dentistry with his left hand. Sen. Curt Menard’s public service began as a school board member.
   Encouraged by his experience, he ran for office and became a state legislator. By this time, he had two thriving dental offices, Palmer and Wasilla Dental Center, 33 employees, five children, and was a respected community leader and politician. He had a love for farming and not only baled 55 acres of hay every summer, but enjoyed cows, chickens, turkeys, homing pigeons, pigs, horses, a cat and many dogs. In 2001, tragedy again struck the family. Curt’s son, Dr. Curtis C. Menard II passed away in a plane crash.
   “Curt was diagnosed in 2003 with multiple myeloma, an aggressive and painful cancer of the bone. In 2006, in true Curt fashion, he took on the task of running and being elected Mat-Su Borough Mayor. In 2007 he went through a stem cell transplant at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.  In a selfless manner he put his community before himself and carried out his mayoral responsibilities until the very end. And if you met ‘Doc’ today, his hook would not be the first thing you would notice. You’d see the twinkle in his eye, feel his zest for life and compassion for his fellow man, share his love of his countryside and then, maybe, you’d notice the hook. But by then you’d be so hooked on the man, it wouldn’t matter.”
   Survivors are his wife Linda of Wasilla; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Gretchen Menard of Milwaukee, Steven Menard of Wasilla, Dr. Dirk and Alicia Menard of Fairbanks; daughter and son-in-law, McKenzy and Jared Boyd of Milwaukee; daughter-in-law, Dr. Carole Menard of Wasilla; grandchildren, Brock, Grant, Jack, Alexandra, Gabrielle, Tanner, Harrison, Sullivan, Jane, and Charles; father, Curtis C. Menard of L’Anse, MI; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Virgie Menard of L’Anse, Sgt. Maj. Ret. Ritchie and Maj. Ret. Joyce Menard of L’Anse, and Jim Menard of Nome; and sister, Nancy Menard of Germantown, WI. He was preceded in death by his mother, June Menard; and son, Curtis C. Menard II.
   Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Mat-Su.
Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel in Wasilla.

Geraldine Van Haecke

   Geraldine Van Haecke, age 67, of L’Anse passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, MI.
   She was born March 6, 1942, in Adams Township, MI, daughter of Uno and Martha (Holappa) Herrala. Geraldine grew up in Elo and graduated from John A. Doelle High School in Tapiola in 1960. She worked as a clerk at the L’Anse Motel for over 20 years.
   Geraldine was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.
   She is survived by her two sons, Jesse (Margie Connor) Van Haecke of L’Anse, Camiel Van Haecke of Michigan; brother Harold (Gail) Herrala of Baraga; sister Carol Shannon of Baraga; 11 grandchildren; one great grandson; several nieces and nephews.
   Preceded in death are her parents and her daughter Candace Collins.
   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 764 Michigan Ave, in Baraga. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Geraldine’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Ansel E. Erickson

   Ansel E. Erickson, 94, of Skanee passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Aspirus Keweenaw Memorial Hospital, Laurium. She had been a patient there for the past week. She was born in Skanee, MI, on Jan. 7, 1915, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mabel (Longworth) Erickson. Ansel graduated from Skanee High School in 1933.
   In 1937 she married Lawrence Erickson in Skanee. He preceded her in death in 1994. Ansel worked in the kitchen and laundry department at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse until her retirement in 1977. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Skanee and was instrumental in the now popular church chicken dinners.
   She was also on the Skanee Cemetery Board, the Skanee School Board, the Arvon Township Historical Society and was a member of Eastern Star. Ansel enjoyed tending her vegetable and flower gardens, baking, cooking, and being outdoors. She loved watching the birds at her bird feeders.
   Mrs. Erickson is survived by her loving children, Larry Erickson of Skanee, Roland Erickson of Skanee, and Nona Uren of L’Anse, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren, sisters, Jean Wuormos of L’Anse, Loreen Eliason of Marquette, and Ethel (Ronald) Kovala of Skanee. Numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and cousins also survive.
   She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Norman and Glen.
Funeral services for Mrs. Erickson were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Skanee Cemetery.
   The family received friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. A Eastern Star service was held at noon. Following the service, the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
   Memorials in Mrs. Erickson’s honor may be directed to the Arvon Historical Society or the Skanee Cemetery. Mrs. Erickson’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.

Helen Irene Hyrkas

   Helen Irene Hyrkas, age 70, of Tapiola, MI, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, MI.
   She was born on Sept. 16, 1938, in Keweenaw Bay, MI, daughter to the late Uno and Ilmi (Syria) Suojanen. Helen graduated from Doelle High School in Tapiola in 1956. She married David Hyrkas in September, 1959, in Elo.
   They resided in Redford Township, Detroit area, where she worked for the Redford Union School System in the kitchen for several years. In 1990, when they retired, they moved back to Tapiola.
   Helen was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie, Otter Lake Sportsman Club, and the Doelle Senior Citizens.
   Surviving are her son, Roger (Amy) Hyrkas of Peora, AZ; daughter, Sherrill Hyrkas of Tapiola; sisters, Ruth (Jerry) Mantta of Tapiola, Adele (Terry) Sintkowski of Rose Lawn, IN, Judy (Dennis) Kotila of Chassell; sister-in-law, Janie (Bob) Choate of Pioneer, CA; and four grandchildren, Jesse, Tony, Fields and Willow; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her husband David and son Ronald.
The funeral service was held on Monday, March 9, at 1 p.m. at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. John Autio officiated. Burial will take place in the spring in the Elo Cemetery.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Helen’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Alma M. Eilola

   Alma M. Eilola, 66, of Pelkie, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 25, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.   She had been a resident there for two weeks. Alma was born May 6, 1942, in Hancock, MI, daughter of the late John and Lempi (Koupus) Byykkonen.
   She graduated in the class of 1960 from the John Doelle High School. On Sept. 9, 1961, she married Glen R. Eilola in Pelkie. Alma was employed by the Baraga Area Schools as head cook until her retirement in 1999. She was a member of the Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie.
   Alma was a tireless worker in the school and very active in her church. In addition, she was a Hospice volunteer, enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards and gardening. Summer would find her at the family camp at Twin Lakes. Her grandchildren were a special delight to her.
   Mrs. Eilola is survived by her loving husband Glen, son Ron (Michelle) of Pelkie, daughter Karen (David) Harris of Tapiola, grandchildren James, Tia and Cami. She is also survived by four brothers; Harry (Donna) Byykkonen of Chassell, Art (Irene) Byykkonen also of Chassell, Howard of Baraga, Wesley (Ann) Byykkonen of Hancock; sisters, Sally (Gary) Johnson and Esther Bohto, both of Eau Claire, WI, Ruth (Robert) Maki of Houghton and Florence Ketola of Illinois. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
   She was preceded in death by her son John, brothers Bob and Edward and sister Nancy.
   Funeral services for Alma were held Monday, March 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. from Mission United Lutheran Church with Pastors John Autio and Michael Laakko officiating. Spring interment will be in the Pelkie Cemetery. The family greeted friends Sunday evening at the church from 6 until 8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service on Monday.
   Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Friends may view the obituary or leave a message of condolence at rfsc.net.

Kenneth James Manz

   Kenneth James Manz, age 78 of Crivitz, WI, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, WI.
   He was born Oct. 8, 1930, in Milwaukee, WI, son of the late Adolph and Exilda (Belongia). Ken grew up in Milwaukee and went in to the US Air Force from 1951-55 during the Korean War.
   He married the former LaVerne Lepola on Aug. 16, 1958. They resided in Milwaukee up until 1979 when they moved to Crivitz. Ken worked for 30 years for American Motors in Milwaukee. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and putzing in the garage.
   Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, LaVerne of Crivitz; two sons, Wayne (Sharon) Manz and Keith (Sally) Manz both of Milwaukee; brother, John (Lola) Manz of Oshkosh, WI; two sisters, Cecelia Lukitsch of Milwaukee, Shirley Ondrejicka of Pewaukee; three grandchildren, five step grandchildren, two great grandchildren, four step great grandchildren.
   Preceded him in death are a brother, Lester Manz; sisters Lillian Liebenstein, and Evelyn Swanson.
   A funeral service was held on Sunday, Mar. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. Visitation was held from noon until the time of the service. Rev. Mark Reinsch officiated. A luncheon and fellowship followed the service in the Sharing Room at Jacobson Funeral Home. Burial will be in the spring in the Covington Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Ken’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Mary Lynne Lappala

   Mary Lynne Lappala, age 65, of Howell, MI, formerly of Escanaba, MI, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 1, 2009. She was born Aug. 10, 1943, in Highland Park, MI, daughter of the late John and Mila (Heikkinen) Lappala.
   The family moved from the Detroit area to Pelkie, MI, in 1946 where Mary Lynne lived until she graduated from Baraga High School in 1961. She received her BRE degree from Detroit Bible College and her MA degree in elementary education from Eastern Michigan University.
   Mary Lynne taught for 20 years at Christian Schools in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and Escanaba, MI. She was very active in church activities, teaching Sunday School, Children’s Church and AWANA and was involved in Bible studies. Mary Lynne worked at doctors’ offices in Escanaba for 14 years until her retirement in 2007.
   Surviving are her brother, Robert (Jean) Lappala of Howell, MI, and her sister, Judy (David) Kinnunen of Pensacola, FL; six nieces and nephews, Debra (Russ) Evens of Howell, Dale (Shay) Lappala of Howell, Todd (Vicki) Kinnunen of Gwinn, MI, Denise (Roger) Marcotte of Kalkaska, MI, Tim (Sarah) Kinnunen of Gulf Shores, AL, and Christy Kinnunen of Monticello, FL. Also 12 great nieces and nephews, Lauren, Lindsay, Jonathan, Bryan, Jake, Luke, Bradley, Zach, Ashleigh, Ashley, Joshua and Caleb.
   A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 2 p.m. from MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800); visitation from 12:30 until service time. The Reverend Matthew A. Postiff, Ph.D, M.Div., will officiate. Following the service, luncheon and fellowship will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Howell. There will be a memorial service held in Escanaba on a later date.
    Burial will be in the Pelkie, MI, cemetery where arrangements will be handled by the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse, MI.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Community Church, P.O. Box 461, Gladstone, MI, 49837. Please visit the family’s online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com

Helmuth Hoenig

   Helmuth Hoenig, 63, left us Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. Helmuth was born Jan. 28, 1946, in Austria to Frank and Katarina Hoenig. At the age of six he came to America with his parents and three siblings. After high school Hal served honorably for three years with Battery A 1st Battalion 75th Artillery of the United States Army.
   He received an Associate’s degree in Forestry from Michigan Tech. He then started his “vacation” job at Isle Royale National Park, where he was employed from 1969 until his retirement in 2006. He always said he had the best job in the world, out on the island, because it was more like a vacation than a job.
   Every fall when Hal got off the island he headed for deer camp, then ice fishing. In the spring of the year he could be found out at his sugar shack making maple syrup. When he wasn’t working, he was fishing, and he was a legendary fisherman!
   Hal was a son, brother, uncle, great uncle, in which he would always remark, “Yes, I am a GREAT Uncle!”, but mostly he was our friend and teacher.
   He taught us all something; whether it was how to cook, bake, fish, tie off a boat, play cribbage or smear, he knew it all and was so eager to share. He taught not only by word, but by action. He was always there to lend a hand or a smile with no complaints.
   Hammy is survived by three sisters, Helga (Lange) and Mary (Gustafson) of Amasa, and Rosie of Green Bay, six brothers, John, Frankie, Gary, Joe, Tom all of Amasa and Peter (Julie) of Beach Park, IL. He is also survived by nine nieces, Catherine (Ron), Becca (Jeff), Gretchen (Andrew), Kim (Shawn), Krista, Karly, Meagan, Amanda, Heather and six nephews, Charles, Kyle, Garyck, Travis, Hal and Tommy and 10 great nieces and nephews.
   He is further survived by relatives in Australia and Austria and by a wealth of friends from all over that he met over the years. It was rare that Hal met someone he didn’t like!
   He is preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Frank, brother-in-law Dennis, niece Kristi, and dog Fuzzy.
   Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Mar. 9, at Guardian Angels Church in Crystal Falls. Funeral services will follow at noon on Mar. 9 at the church. Fr. Daniel Moll will offer the Mass of the Christian burial. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in his memory.
   Condolences to the family of Mr. Hoenig may be left online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
   The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls with the funeral arrangements.

Robert Joseph Mariacher

   Robert Joseph Mariacher, 89, of Rockland, MI, passed away on Feb. 23, 2009, in his home with his family by his side.
   He was born on Apr. 16, 1919, in Chicago, IL, to Dominicus and Caroline (Mallisch) Mariacher.
   Robert served in the Marine Corp beginning in May 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded and was honorably discharged in November 1945.
   Robert then married Patricia Ruth Roach on Nov. 12, 1965. Together they ran a home for mentally disabled children in Woodstock, IL. They retired in 1986 and moved to Rockland.
   Robert is survived by sons David of Rockland and Richard of Niles, IL, daughters Rachel Mariacher Shamion of Rockland, Gina Peck of Warner Robbins, GA, Michelle Mariacher of Helena, MT, and Lola Jean Mariacher of L’Anse, MI, grandchildren Bryan Haskall, Devin Shamion, Gavin Peck, Tracia, Mercedes, Delorian, Martha Rose, Issaac and Azaria Mariacher and brother John (Antoinette) of Gray’s Lake, IL.
   He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Ruth, sons Richard and Roberts Mariacher, brothers John, Bill and Clarence and sisters Caroline Mahler, Sophie Ceibenaler and Marie and Lucille Mariacher.
   Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 28 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Rockland, Pastor Cherrie Sporleder officiating. Friends called at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Spring burial will be at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain. The Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family.
   Robert’s obituary may be viewed and condolences left at www.canefuneralhome.com


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Maxine “Max” Eleanor Clishe

   Maxine “Max” Eleanor Clishe, age 90 of Skanee, MI, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, MI.
   She was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Elcho, WI, the oldest daughter of the late Curtis C. and Elizabeth (Wilson) McCandless. Maxine moved to Pequaming, MI, at a young age and graduated from L’Anse High School in 1936. She married Albert Clishe on Apr. 30, 1941, in L’Anse. They moved into the house they built on Roland Lake in the spring of 1948. Maxine worked as a clerk and bookkeeper for many years.
   Maxine was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, WELCA, Historical Society in Skanee, and Skanee Fireman’s Auxiliary. She served on the Arvon Township School Board from 1956 until 1983; and the Copper Country Intermediate School Board from 1964 until 1983. She enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, and card playing.
   Surviving are her three sons, Allen (Barbara) Clishe of Skanee, Daniel (Alice) Clishe of Baraga, Gerald (Michelle) Clishe of Traverse City, MI; eight grandchildren, Gayle (Travis) Lindenberg, Joel (Jami) Clishe, Danielle (Jeff) Colombe, Jamie Clishe, Curtis, Aaron, Bryan, Nathan Clishe; and six great grandchildren, Felicity, Brittiney, and Toby Lias, Connor and Reid Lindenberg, and Grace Clishe.
   Preceded her in death are her husband Bert; and sister Virginia Mary Taylor, Winifred Janice Coates; grandson Joseph Clishe; granddaughters, Ashley and Nichole Clishe.
   A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Judy Mattson will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in the Skanee Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Maxine’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Leona L. Bolo

   Leona L. Bolo, 68, of Baraga passed away Saturday evening Feb. 21, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Baraga on Oct. 11, 1940, the daughter of the late Leo and Bertha (Nedeau) Durant. Leona attended school in Baraga.
   On April 3, 1958, she married George Bolo in Ontonagon. Leona was a restaurant cook in the Ontonagon area. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins, MI, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Ojibwa Senior Citizens. She enjoyed going to the casino, watching her grandchildren playing in sporting events, cooking, baking, flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and family.
   Mrs. Bolo is survived by her loving husband, George, son, George Jr. (Connie) Bolo of Baraga, daughters, Dianne (Jay) Gougeon of Baraga and Lynelle (Curtis) Sutherland of Baraga, grandchildren, Willie, Averey, Mitch, Ben, Zack, Brad, Ariel, Rachel, and Josh, great grandchildren, Faye, Matthew, and Jonny, brothers, Leo and Melvin Durant both of Baraga, and sisters, Vi Banuchie of Ontonagon, Julia (Bill) Cardinal of Baraga, and Catherine Sanquist of Baraga. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dominic, and her sister, Martha.
   A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, from Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins with Father George Maki, celebrant. Spring interment will take place in the Assinins Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
   Mrs. Bolo’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

June E. Denny

   June E. Denny, age 84, of Fort Wayne, IN, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Renaissance Village. She was born in Ewing, MI.
   June attended Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, also caring for her grapefruit and orange trees while living in Florida.
   Surviving are her daughter Cheryl (Al) Silvers of Fort Wayne, IN; two grandchildren, Nicole (Craig) Sterler, Fort Wayne, IN, Chris (Nicole) Silvers of Defiance, OH; four great grandchildren, Lauren and Luke Silvers, Madison and Max Sterler.
   June was preceded in death by husband Leo Pekkala in 1959, husband Henry Denny in 1988; brothers Earl, Emmett, and Harlan Johnson and sisters Isabelle Fish and Butty Supanich.
   A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home for Funerals, in Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour before the service.
   The Elzey Patterson Rodak Home for Funerals assisted the family.

Robert Allen Rantala

   Robert Allen Rantala, 69, of Alston, MI, passed away suddenly at his home Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. He was born in Alston on Jan. 7, 1940, the son of the late William and Elma (Kauranen) Rantala.
   Robert attended the Laird Township School and graduated from Baraga High School. He was a member of the armed forces serving in the US Air Force until his discharge. He was a woodsman for various area logging companies. Robert enjoyed snowmobiling, hiking, and working puzzles.
   Mr. Rantala is survived by his loving brother, Glen Rantala of Chassell. Numerous cousins also survive.
   Funeral service for Mr. Rantala will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, from the Reid funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Autio officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Nisula Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from noon until time of the service.
   Following the service, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home.
   Mr. Rantala’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements.

Roy Nathan Hanson

   Roy Nathan Hanson, age 88 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   He was born May 20, 1920, in Paynesville, MI, son of Carl and Beatrice (Jumisko) Hanson. He graduated Ewen High School and then went into the US Air Force during WWII from November 1942-45. After the war he attended Michigan State University. He was a logger and carpenter.
   He is a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock. His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, and hunting.
   Surviving are his sisters Martha Koskela, Selma Murto, and Ruth Hanson all of L’Anse; several nieces and nephews.
   Preceding him in death are his brothers, Ernest, Leonard, Hans, Norman, Fred, Harold, Russell, Arnold, and baby Rueben; sisters, Mary Hanson, Signe Larson, Esther Davis, Lillian Hanson, babies Ellen, Elma, and Emma.
   A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. The visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pastor Ron Jouppe will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Roy’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Edith L. Rajala

   Edith L. Rajala, 84, of L’Anse and formerly of Watton passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Bayside Village where she had been a resident patient for two years. She was born in Arnold, MN, on May 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Eric and Martha (Jonsson) Wedin. Edith graduated from Michigamme High School in 1942.
   On Nov. 11, 1944, she married Eino Robert Rajala in Negaunee. He preceded her in death on June 17, 2008. Edith was employed as a clerk at the Watton Post Office in 1964. In 1974 she was promoted to Postmistress until her retirement. Edith was a Gold Star mother, a 4-H leader for many years and was a volunteer on the Covington Ambulance crew. She served on the Baraga County Memorial Hospital board prior to its opening. Edith enjoyed traveling, including trips to Sweden, camping, spending time with her family especially with her grand and great grandchildren and was an avid puzzler. She was active in all crafts and taught adult sewing classes.
   Mrs. Rajala is survived by her loving daughters, Gladys (Max) Beck of Watton, and Jane (Dale) Kofoed of Arlington Heights, IL, eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and brother, Richard Wedin of Michigamme. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her son Stanley during the Vietnam War in 1969 and brothers, Erick, Carl, and Olaf Wedin, and sisters, Ruth Plattenberg, Erma Wedin, and Ellen Skoglund.
   A memorial service for Mrs. Rajala will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Mark Reinsch officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery, the family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Following the service, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Covington.
   Memorials in Mrs. Rajala’s honor may be directed to Alzheimer’s Research. Envelopes will be available at the chapel.
   Mrs. Rajala’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with the arrangements.

Maryann L. Hakala

   Maryann L. Hakala, 76, of Askel, MI, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Lake Placid, FL, in the loving care of her daughter, Darlene. She was born in Holidaysburg, PA, on July 26, 1932, the daughter of the late Herbert and Helena (Marks) Baker. She attended school in Holidaysburg, graduating in 1950.
   She married Jack Hakala on Nov. 26, 1955, at St. Michael’s Church in Holidaysburg. He preceded her in death in 1999. Maryann worked for the Houghton School system in the elementary schools as a teachers aide until her retirement in 1997. She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Chassell, and the Chassell VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Maryann was a tireless worker in church and school activities.
   As a youngster she worked on the family farm in Pennsylvania. More recently, she was a girl scout leader and enjoyed hockey games.   Maryann loved the outdoors, walking in the woods, and observing and feeding wildlife. Animals seemed to sense her special bond with them.
   Mrs. Hakala is survived by her loving children, Richard (Dani) Hakala of Houston, TX, Darlene (Vince) Forest of Lake Placid, FL, and Jackie Hakala of Askel, grandchildren, Alyson, Royce, Vincent, and Rocco, brother, Joseph (Dolly) Baker of Duncansville, PA, sisters, Kathryn Dutil of Holidaysburg, PA, Rose Smith of Holidaysburg, PA, and Edna Mae Yingling of Portage, PA, sisters-in-law, Elma Turpainen of Hancock, and Sophie Nedoli of Lake Villa, IL, Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
   She was preceded in death by her grandson Greg whom she raised as her own son in 2004, and a sister.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Hakala were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Father George Maki officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Askel Cemetery. The family received friends on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Monday evening the Chassell VFW Auxiliary conducted a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. and a parish prayer service was held at 8 p.m.
   Following the funeral service the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and luncheon in the Harrington Gathering room, located at the funeral home. Mrs. Hakala’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net  The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with the arrangements.

Inez R. (Hill) Ikonen

   Inez R. (Hill) Ikonen, age 91, of Baraga, MI, passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   She was born July 16, 1917, in Detroit, MI, daughter to the late Henry and Mary (Ketola) Hill. Inez graduated high school from Cass Tech in Detroit.
   She married Arthur Ikonen on Jan. 10, 1941, in Bowling Green, OH. They lived in the Detroit area and she worked as a beautician. In 1971 she moved to Skanee; and in 1990 she moved to Baraga.
   Inez loved playing solitaire, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going out to eat with her good friend Rachel, and playing cards.
   Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
   Preceded are her husband Arthur; nine brothers, Albert, John, Donald, Ensio, Eino, Waino, Herman, Edwin, Wesley Hill; eight sisters, Saima Niemisto, Hannah Koponen, Irma Iverson, Alma Poirier, Aili Rajala, Edna Maki, Verna Erickson, and Leona Kallio.
   A funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Pastor Judy Mattson will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in the Pelkie Cemetery.
   The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Inez’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Shelley Bennett

   Shelley Bennett, age 45 of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, MI.
   She was born June 10, 1963, in L’Anse, daughter to William and Nancy (Salo) Haanpaa. Shelley graduated from L’Anse High School in 1981. She was the Dietary Manager at Bayside Village where she had been working for over 15 years. Shelley married Mike Bennett on Apr. 11, 2000, in L’Anse.
   She loved gardening, beading, crafting, camping at Witz’s, going to the casino, and of course the Packers.
   Surviving are her husband, Mike of L’Anse; daughters, Kristen Shaffer of L’Anse, Heather (Jesse) Manning of L’Anse, Jenna Hansen of Marquette; stepson Chris (Kristy) Peterson of Kaukauna, WI; father William (Pat) Haanpaa of Herman; mother Nancy Haanpaa of Herman; maternal grandparents, Donald and Frances Skytta of Ishpeming; brothers, David (Nancy) Haanpaa of Aura, Roddy (Cheryl) Haanpaa of L’Anse, Billy (Danielle) Haanpaa of Negaunee; sister Tracy (Richie) LaPlante of Negaunee; eight grandchildren, Anthony, Taylor, Hayden, Kale, Nick, MacKenzie, Taylor, Dylan; brother-in-laws, John (Cathy) Bennett of Munising, Tim (Janal) Bennett of L’Anse; sister-in-law, Pat (Mark)Scales of Libertyville, IL, Mary (Mark) Eanes of Stanton, MI; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Preceded her in death are her paternal grandparents, Martha and Arne Haanpaa; and maternal grandfather, Homer Salo.
   Visitation was held on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m and on Monday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Fr. George Maki officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
   Friends may sign Shelley’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Waino E. Wuori

   Waino E. Wuori, 84, of Elo, MI, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Bayside Village, L’Anse where he had been a resident for a year and a half. He was born in Elo on May 18, 1924, the son of the late Henry and Kaisa (Lantto) Wuori.
   Waino grew up on the family farm and graduated from John A. Doelle High School as Class President in 1943. On Jan. 3, 1948, he married the former Grace E. Sauvola in Elo. They farmed in Elo until1965 when they moved to Orofino, ID. In 1967 they moved back to Elo. Waino not only farmed but he worked in construction and logged. For several years he worked at the White Pine mine and finally at the Pelkie Co-op as Feed Mill manager from which he retired in 1986.
   He was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie where he served on several committees and was an usher. He was also a member of Otter Lake Sportsman Club, treasurer of the Elo Cemetery Association and served as sexton of the Elo Cemetery for many years.
   Waino was a gentle man and gentleman. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and trapping. Waino had a great respect for wildlife and a special way with nature and animals. He could talk a bear down from a tree as they say. It was a pleasure for him to take his daily walks and see what nature was up to. As the old timers use to do, he’d read the stars to figure out the weather.
   Mr. Wuori is survived by his loving children, Lois (Alan) Kemppainen of Alston, Glen Wuori of Elo and Mark (Jean Cox) Wuori of Glendale, AZ, grandchildren, Mindelei (Nigel Dawson) Wuori, Teri (Jason) McKean, Jennifer (Joel) Shaw, Eric (Amy) Kemppainen, Gary Kemppainen, Kristen Wuori and Eryn Wuori, great grandchildren Ellie and Rhianna McKean, Grace Shaw, McKayla and Connor Kemppainen, and brother, Sulo (Betty) Wuori of Orofino, ID. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
   He was preceded in death by his wife in Grace on May 27, 1996, twin brother, Arvo, and John, Walfred, Fred, Urho, William, Arthur, Armus, and Arnold, and sisters, Hilda, Taimi, Elaine, and Aileen.
   Funeral services for Mr. Wuori were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, from Mission United Lutheran Church, Pelkie with Pastor John Autio officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Elo Cemetery.
   The family received friends at the church on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Mr. Wuori’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.

Charles O. Robinson

   Charles O. Robinson, age 85, of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital’s skilled nursing unit.
   Charles was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Marshfield, WI, son of Otis Ray and Fern (Hamilton) Robinson. He grew up in L’Anse and graduated from L’Anse High School in 1941.
   Charles married Miriam Rolof on June 25, 1945, at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse. He was in the US Air Force, and flew over the Hump, India to China, during WWII and the US Coast Guard. After his time in the service he worked for American Airlines from 1943-81; living in Wayne, MI. In 1947 they moved to Washington, DC where he worked at the National Airport, then moved back to work at Detroit Metro. Upon retirement they moved back to L’Anse.
   Charles enjoyed reading and music. He was a former member of Kiwanis, past board member of the Credit Union in Wayne-Westland and was president of the board in 1977, St. Mary’s Men’s Club & lector in Wayne, former board member of Baraga County Credit Union, and former chairman of the board for Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   He is survived by his wife, Miriam Robinson of L’Anse; son Stephen (Heidi) Robinson of Brotow, Virginia; daughter Carla (Jeff) Straw of Traverse City, MI; sister Lois Monroe of Newark, OH; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents and a daughter Cecelia Soleau.
A funeral mass was held on Monday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Augustin George will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
   In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart School. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Charles’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Edith L. Rajala

   Edith L. Rajala, 84, of L’Anse and formerly of Watton passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Bayside Village where she had been a resident patient for two years.
   A memorial service for Mrs. Rajala will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Pastor Mark Reinsch officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.
   Mrs. Rajala’s complete obituary will be available in next weeks edition and can be viewed along with leaving condolences to the family at www.rfsc.net  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Frances Scott Gauthier

   Frances Scott Gauthier, age 53 of Concord, NH, formerly of L’Anse, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at his father’s home.
   Scott was born Jan. 14, 1956, in Marquette, MI, son of Andrew and Shirley (Kantola) Gauthier. He graduated from L’Anse High School in 1974. Scott has been living in New Hampshire for the past 22 years where he has been working as a carrier for Lab Corp. He loved music and played in a band, Planet Hypno. Scott also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and playing horseshoes.
   Surviving are his father Andrew Gauthier of L’Anse; brother Michael (Patricia) Gauthier of Baraga; sister Andrea (Tom) Deschaine of L’Anse; several nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles, and dear friends and co-workers in New Hampshire.
   Preceding him in death is his mother Shirley.
   A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse at 11 a.m. for both Francis Scott Gauthier and his father Andrew Gauthier who died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Augustin George will officiate. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Scott’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Andrew J. Gauthier

   Andrew J. Gauthier, age 80, of L’Anse, MI,, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
   He was born Nov. 7, 1928, in L’Anse, son of the late Andrew and Lurmena (Foucault) Gauthier. Andrew graduated from L’Anse High School in 1946 and then went into the US Army. He married the former Shirley Kantola on Sept. 22, 1950, at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse.
After returning from the service he graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching and later received his master’s degree. Andrew taught Industrial Arts at Lake Linden High School prior to teaching wood shop at L’Anse High School were he taught for 26 years retiring in 1988.
   Andrew was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Knights of Columbus, Eagles Aerie #2287, and the American Legion Post 144. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, carpentry work, and doing projects with his grand kids.
   Surviving are his son Michael (Patricia) Gauthier of Baraga; daughter Andrea (Tom) Deschaine of L’Anse; sisters, Ann Marie “Betty” (Edgar) Martin of Arizona, Phyllis (Homer J.) Dault of L’Anse; six grandchildren, Kimberley (Pat) Ketola of Ishpeming, Melynda (Mark) Dye of San Antonio, TX, Ryan Gauthier of Ishpeming, Thomas (Lisa Johnson) Deschaine of L’Anse, Laura Beth (Erik) Fenton of Baltimore, MD, Jacob Scott Deschaine of Houghton; four great grandchildren, Elise, Miles, Jude, and Courtney; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding him in death are his wife Shirley; son Francis Scott Gauthier; brothers Richard “Dick”, Donald “Dan”, Francis “Shorty” Gauthier; sisters, Rita Johnson, and Bernadette Evelyn Bowman.
   A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse at 11a.m. for both Andrew and his son Francis Scott Gauthier who died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.    Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Augustin George will officiate. Burial will be held in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Andrew’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Richard Kelsey Ward

    Richard Kelsey Ward, loving husband, father, brother and friend passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2009, from Lou Gehrig’s disease.
   Richard “Dick” Ward was born in Ypsilanti, MI, on June 27, 1930, to Paul “P.K.” and Maude Ward. Richard is survived by his wife Dorothy (Walitalo) Ward; his eight children, Dorothy, Linda, Charlene, Dave, Debbie, Rick, Jeff and Melissa; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers Paul “Bud” and John Ward.
   He graduated from L’Anse High School then obtained a degree in civil engineering from MTU. He entered the Navy during the Korean War where he served on the Battleship USS Ammen.
   He was retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Richard was a dedicated Scoutmaster for many years in Gobles, MI. His passion was his many gardens which covered his property in Newberry, MI. Every year his lawn bloomed with thousands of tulips and exotic flowers.
   In October, 2008, after being diagnosed with ALS he moved down to Kalamazoo, MI, to be close to his children. While there he met his new best friend Mike Deanda with whom he spent much time. Richard continued communication with his life long friend Lloyd Seavoy and many others.
   He will be missed by many. A celebration of Richards life will be on his birthday, June 27, 2009, in L’Anse, MI.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Edward G. Testen

   Edward G. Testen, age 74, of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, where he had been a resident for the past six years.
   He was born on Apr. 29, 1934, in L’Anse and was raised on the family farm by his grandparents. On June 4, 1966, he married Judith Miilu. Edward worked on the farm and in the woods before working at Celotex, where he worked various positions before retiring in 1991.
   He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and always had a smile on his face.
   Edward was president of the resident council at Bayside Village, where he enjoyed selling raffle tickets. He was a member of AARP and Baragaland Senior Citizens. Edward enjoyed the outdoors, reading westerns, working crossword and word search puzzles, loved animals and watching sports on television. His favorite teams were the Detroit Lions, Detroit Redwings and Detroit Tigers. On his 73rd birthday he was sent a certificate signed by Willie Horton, saying he was the Tiger’s #1 fan.
   Edward is survived by his wife Judy of L’Anse; mother-in-law Martha Miilu of L’Anse; sister-in-law Joyce Taipalus of L’Anse; brother-in-law Ronald (Cassie) Miilu of Mass City, MI; aunts and uncles; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Visitation was held on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, from 3-5 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 2 from noon-1 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Parish prayers were recited on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. by Fr. George Maki.
   The funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Autio and Rev. Scott Williams officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.  The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Edward’s guest book and send condolences, www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Emma Marie Kagabitang

   Emma Marie Kagabitang, age 72, of Zeba, MI, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at her home with her family by her side.
   Emma was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Petoskey, MI, daughter to the late Samuel and Sarah (Chingwa) Mitchell. She lived in the L’Anse area for the past 25 years; coming from Petoskey where she worked for various hotels. Upon moving here she worked at Ojibwa Casino and Irene’s Pizza.
   Emma enjoyed reading, watching TV, and having her grandkids over.
Surviving are four sons, James (Jeanne) Kagabitang of Charlevoix, MI, David (Amy) Kagabitang of Wisconsin, “Henry” William (Michelle) Bowman of L’Anse, Ben Otto of Jackson, MI; three daughters, Sara Kagabitang of L’Anse, Debbie (Tim) Juralbal of Charlevoix, MI, Kathryn (Eugene) Loonsfoot of Baraga; brother Joseph (Karen) Mitchell of Alanson, MI; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
   Preceding her in death are her parents and three brothers, Wallace, John and Samuel Mitchell.
   There will be no visitation or funeral service at this time. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
   Friends may sign Emma’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Newman H. Bergh

   Newman H. Bergh, 88, of Newberry, died Friday afternoon Jan. 30, 2009, at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.
   Born Mar. 12, 1920, in Marquette, son of the late Victor and Ebba (Ohman) Bergh, Newman was a 1937 graduate of LaSalle High School in St. Ignace and a 1941 graduate of Michigan Technological University in Houghton receiving a bachelor of science degree in forestry.
   From 1942 to 1946, Newman served in the United States Army during World War II attaining the rank of captain. On May 24, 1947, he married the former Polly Stevens in Ontonagon. A resident of Newberry since 1965, Newman was employed with the State of Michigan Highway Department for several years until his retirement as maintenance engineer in 1982. Newman was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Newberry Country Club and his hobbies included golfing and attending high school sporting events.
   Besides his parents, Newman is preceded in death by his wife Polly on Sept. 10, 2000, and daughters Patricia, Barbara and Dana.
Survivors include his children John (Judy) Bergh of Bonduel, WI, Gail (Ron) Schultz of Traverse City, Dave (Laurie) Bergh of Lapeer and Beth (Rob) Reynolds of Baraga; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; siblings Ruth (Ted) Olson of St. Paul, MN, John (Mary) Bergh of Ludington and Rev. Earl (Nijiko) Bergh of CA; special family friend, Joanne Haley of Newberry.
   Friends called at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newberry on Tuesday Feb. 3, 2009, from 10 until 11a.m. Memorial services followed at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor LaVonne Stephenson officiating.
   Memorials may be directed to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in memory of Newman H. Bergh.
   Condolences may be ex-pressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com  Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Edna E. Karkanen

   Edna E. Karkanen, age 96 formerly of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in Chicago, IL.
   Edna was born Oct. 3, 1912, in Reading, PA; daughter to the late Clarence and Annie (Moyers) High. She married Dewey John Karkanen on May 6, 1929. They lived in the Detroit area most of her life and in 1963, following Dewey's retirement, they spent their winters in Lake Worth, FL.
   Next to her immediate as well as her large and extended family, Edna devoted herself to her love of golf. She was an excellent golfer and for well over 30 years she was a member of the Women's Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA) in Detroit. Her name, face and tournament wins appeared frequently in the Detroit papers. She also served the illustrious 135-member organization as president for several years.
   When Edna and Dewey retired to Lake Worth, FL, they became members of the West Palm Beach Country Club where Edna continued to play her trophy-winning golf until late in life. One of her last score-cards was recorded when she was 91 and shot a 41 on the back 9 at the WPBCC.
   Edna was a lovely, gracious and much loved woman who always felt herself to be very blessed by her many, many friends and loving family members.
   Surviving is her daughter Rev. Elizabeth (Rev. William) of Chicago. Also, sisters-in-law Helen (John) Winkel of Okemos, MI; Dorothy (Warren) High of Mechanicsburg, PA; Judy (Paul) High of Reading; PA; brother-in-law Uno (Dorothy) of Saginaw, MI.
   Preceding her in death is her beloved husband, Dewey Karkanen-also preceded by Sisters Pauleen Doerrman, Catherine Pflugradt, Mary Louise High, Anna May High, and brothers Warren and Paul High.
Also preceded by her beloved Karkanen family sisters-in-law Sophie (Joe) Akren, Eva (Carl) Murtomaki, Elsie (Ed) Moilanen, Vera (Bruce) Schlieman and brothers-in-law Eino (Gertrude) , Waino (Martha), and Robert (Dorothy)Karkanen.
   Dewey Karkanen, Edna's husband, emigrated from Kittila, Finland in 1904 with his parents, Johann and Henrikka Karkanen. Johann worked in the copper mines in Hancock before moving his young family west of Baraga where he farmed and ultimately opened and operated the Karkanen Dairy farm which provided home delivery to the area from L'Anse and Baraga up to Houghton and Hancock. This was the region's first commercial dairy farm and provided home delivery by Johann assisted by the Karkanen children. All the Karkanen children were raised on this farm which still stands on M-38 and is owned by the Scott Artley family.
   A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home funeral home. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Her son-in-law, Rev. William Arrott officiated. Burial will be in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions to a "Memorial for Edna Karkanen" at the North Shore Center for Spiritual living, P.O. Box 1955, Evanston, IL, 60201 are invited.
   Friends may sign Edna’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Chelsey Lynn LaFernier

   Chelsey Lynn LaFernier, age 23, of Baraga was suddenly called to Heaven on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. She was born in L'Anse on June 26, 1985, the daughter of Harry LaFernier and Roberta “Birdie” Sheldon.
   Chelsey attended Baraga area schools and graduated from L'Anse Alternate School. She worked at the Ojibwa Casino and attended Michigan Tech. Chelsey moved to Grand Rapids for a short time and worked for AAA of Michigan and attended college.
   She moved back to Baraga to be near her family and to further her education. Chelsey had worked at the Pines Gas Station and was currently employed as a secretary/receptionist at the Tribal Medical Center and was taking classes through Gogebic College.
   She was a member of Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Chelsey dearly loved her children, and they were always her #1 priority. She loved being with them and doing things with them. Chelsey enjoyed shopping, going to garage sales, camping and being with her family.
   Chelsey is survived by her loving family; children, Davohn A. LaFernier and Alexxus T. DeCota, mother, Roberta “Birdie” (Jim) Sheldon of Baraga, father, Harry LaFernier of Baraga, sisters, Lily Leinonen of Houghton, and Amber (Chris) Weigel of Spring Lake, NC, step brother, Jay Sheldon of Green Bay, WI., step-sister, Sara J. Sheldon of Green Bay, and step-grandparents, William and Barbara Sheldon of Ishpeming. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
   Funeral services for Chelsey will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Father George Maki officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Pinery Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
   A parish prayer service will be held in the funeral chapel Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Following the services on Thursday the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon at the Baraga American Legion Post 444.
   Miss LaFernier’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.

Wallace John Roberts

   Wallace John Roberts, age 59, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 25, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
   Wally was employed at KSR Company for over 15 years. He was also a security guard at Celotex. He will be greatly missed.
   He is survived by one daughter; Jennifer Mattson (Ben), nine brothers and sisters; Jacqueline E. Jolin (Charles), Susan E. Karvonen (David–preceded in death), Raymond J. Roberts (Doris), Florence M. Jolin (Lowell), John H. Roberts, Barbara J. Cambre (Pierre), Jean M. Schmit (Lonnie), Joey R. Roberts (Aimee), and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
   Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond J. and Jacqueline E. Roberts.
   A service will be held on Wednesday Jan. 28, 2009, at 1 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Baraga followed by a luncheon at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made, in lieu of flowers, at the Baraga County Federal Credit Union.

Berthold A. “Curly” Cote

   Berthold A. “Curly” Cote, 94, of L’Anse, MI, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Westside Residential Care in L’Anse where he was residing.
   He was born in Baraga on Apr. 28, 1914, the son of the late John N. and Emma (Stone) Cote. Curly graduated from Baraga High School in 1933.
   He married the former Isabelle Anderson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse on June 26, 1937. She preceded him in death in 1980. Curly was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a life time member of the International Operating Engineers, and Union Local 324.   He worked for Gundlach Contracting for over 17 years and was a skilled operator of heavy equipment. Following his retirement, he worked for many years with Olsen Tree Service. Curly enjoyed fishing and spending time at his beach property at Second Sands. He was a familiar figure at the gas station downtown L'Anse.
   Mr. Cote is survived by his loving sons, Francis (Stevie) Cote of Dearborn, and William "Bill" (Candy) of Westerville, OH, 10 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
   He was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Leo, and Fred, and two sisters, Mary (Henry) Voskuhl and Ursula (Theil) Sands. Being the sole survivor of his family Curly often referred to himself as the “Last of the Mohicans”.
   A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Augustin George, Celebrant.
   Spring interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family greeted friends at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of the Mass.
   Mr. Cote’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.

Wiljo Johnson

   Wiljo Johnson, age 85, of Pelkie, MI, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Shulstad’s Leisure Living in Baraga where he has been residing for the past four years.
   Wiljo was born on May 17, 1923, on the family farm in Pelkie, to the late Emil and Liisa (Toppari) Johnson.
   He graduated from Baraga High School. Wiljo worked on the family farm his entire life. He also enjoyed traveling.
   Surviving are his nieces and nephew, Ruth (Dr. Charles) Waldron of Tucson, AZ, Elsa Beth (Terry) Pumala of Ironwood, Steve (Sharon) Johnson of Baraga, and Mary Ellen Johnson of Grand Rapids, MI; sister-in-laws Ruth Johnson of Baraga and Elsie Johnson of Garden City, MI; several cousins, great nieces and nephews.
   Preceded him in death are his sister Lempi Johnson; brothers, Emil, Fabian, Toivo, Edward, Walter, Waino, Francis, and Arvo Johnson.
   A funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Rev. Dean Franz officiated.
   Burial will be in the spring in the Pelkie Cemetery. A luncheon and fellowship followed the service in The Sharing Room at the funeral home. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Wiljo’s guest book and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Samuel M. McClung

   Samuel M. McClung, 85, of L’Anse and formerly of the Pelkie, Alston area, passed away Monday evening Jan. 19, 2009, at Bayside Village where he was a resident patient for over a year.
   He was born in Marion, MI, on Sept. 14, 1923, the son of the late Frank and Lena (Gipp) McClung. Sam graduated from Marion High School in 1941.
   During WWII he was a captain in the US Army Air Corp flying as co-pilot aboard a B-24 Bomber on 36 missions. Sam married his first wife Marion in 1946, she preceded him in death in 1981. In 1983 he married the former Bertha Mutkala in Alston.
   He owned and operated his own dairy farm from 1946 until his retirement in 1984. Sam was a member of Gospel Hall, Pelkie where he served as Elder. He was also a member of Alston VFW Post 7646. Following his military service Sam was a flight instructor providing local flying lessons and enjoyed gardening, reading, and traveling.
   Mr. McClung is survived by his loving wife, Bertha, children, Raymond (Evelyn) McClung of Mass City, Carolyn (Marshall) Kuivinen of Alston, and step son, Sam Wolfe of Pelkie, grandchildren, James, Martin, Jason, Clinton, Conrad, Grayson, and Jonas, and brother, James (Ruth) McClung of Marion, MI. Numerous nieces, and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
   Funeral services for Mr. McClung were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Johnathon Brower officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Alston Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
   Baraga county area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors at 1:30 p.m.
   Following the services, the family invited friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Harrington Gathering Room, located at the funeral home.
   Mr. McClung’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.

Wesley Sikkila

   Wesley Sikkila, 85, of Bruce Crossing, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital-Long Term Care Unit.
   He was born on Aug. 3, 1923, in Watton, son of the late Joel and Mary (Lampi) Sikkila and graduated from L’Anse High School in 1942. Wesley served in the Army-Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and married Geraldine Conrad on Sept. 9, 1950, in Bruce Crossing.
   He worked for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1989, was a member of the Bruce Crossing Apostolic Lutheran Church, Desrosier-Windnagle American Legion Post 562 in Bergland, SONCO Ambulance, the Ottawa Lions Club, Crossroads Senior Citizens and several bowling leagues.
   He is survived by his wife; Gerry of Bruce Crossing, a son; Clinton (Jean) of Bruce Crossing, a daughter; Mary (Tom) Cousineau of Bergland, three grandchildren; Tom, Misty and Tina and seven great-grandchildren; J.T., Tyler, Jasmyn, Thomas, Baden, Rylee and Conner. Also a brother; Kenny and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.
   Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at the Bruce Crossing Apostolic Lutheran Church with Dennis Hannu officiating.
   Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Ewen. Friends called at the church on Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the service.
   Since Mr. Sikkila was an EMT, memorials directed to SONCO Ambulance are requested. The Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing is assisting the family.

Justine Helen (Judy) O’Leary

   Justine Helen (Judy) O’Leary passed away at her daughter's home in Ann Arbor, MI, on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in the presence of two of her loving children, Colleen and Sharon. Judy was born on Jan. 15, 1932, in Lansing, MI, one of six children born to Karl and Hilda Bollman. Judy was raised on the family dairy farm, and after brief sojourns in the convent and at General Motors, she married Joseph O’Leary on Nov. 17, 1956.
   Judy and Joe were married for nearly 51 years. She was the proud mother of eight children and beloved “Nana” to her 15 grandchildren: Lark, Jonathan, Meghan, Kathryn, Stephen, Conor, Torin, Brendan, Elle, Logan, Dylan, Nicholas, Alex, Vivi and Sofia. Judy was warm-hearted, a faithful friend and confidante to virtually everyone she met, especially young children who adored her. Her grandchildren appreciated her love of all things chocolate, which she eagerly shared.
   For the last 28 years, Judy hosted the annual “Bollman” Christmas Party, which brought together over one hundred family members and friends for a day of love, camaraderie and Christmas cheer. For many years Judy volunteered at Lansing area hospitals and she frequently substituted as a teacher-aid in the East Lansing School District.
   Judy was preceded in death by her parents Karl and Hilda (Spitzley) Bollman, and her husband Joe on Oct. 27, 2007. She is survived by her children Joseph (Betsy) O’Leary of Baraga, MI; Anne (Scott) O’Leary-Kelly of Fayetteville, AR; Eileen (Bob) Warthen of Parker, CO; Mary (Tim) Ewals of Broomfield, CO; Sharon O’Leary (Becky Chapin) of Ann Arbor, MI; Colleen O’Leary (Dana Munk) of Grand Rapids, MI; and Patrick (Jenny) O’Leary of Franklin, MI.
   Judy is also survived by her siblings Betty (Tom) Lehman of Lansing, MI; Josephine Freund of Grand Ledge, MI; Carl (Janie) Bollman of Lansing, MI; Robert (Joanne) Bollman of Chattanooga, TN; and James (Diane) Bollman of Lansing, MI.
   On Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, a memorial service was held for Judy O'Leary at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing, MI. Later that day Judy was laid to her final rest in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing, MI, near her husband Joe, her parents Karl and Hilda Bollman and Joe's parents Vincent and Genevieve O'Leary.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Rita Mae Uotila

   Rita Mae Uotila, age 88, of L’Anse, MI, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
   She was born Jan. 25, 1920, in New Bedford, MA, daughter to the late Joseph and Bertha (Pennington) Izzo. Rita graduated high school in Providence, RI. She married Donald Uotila in 1956 in Houghton.
   In 1964 they moved to Pequaming. They owned and operated the Bella Vista Bar in Pequaming. She worked with Houghton County Mental Health, as a teacher and on the board. Rita also worked with the equalization department at the Baraga County courthouse for about 10 years.
   She was a past board member of the Baraga County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, VFW Auxiliary and former District President, and the Eagles Aerie #2287. Rita enjoyed singing and painting.
   Surviving are her children, Mary Catherine (Ronald) Miilu, Michael (Sandy) Uotila, and Frances Anttila all of Mass City, MI; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren.
   Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband Donald, and two great grandchildren.
   A funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 19 at 11a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. There was visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Jeanie Manning officiating. A luncheon and fellowship followed the service in the Sharing Room at the funeral home. The   Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Rita’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Bruce Joel Kemppainen

   Bruce Joel Kemppainen, age 62 of L’Anse, MI, died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
   He was born Nov. 1, 1946, in L’Anse, MI. Bruce was the son of the late Earl and Ruth (Maki) Kemppainen. Bruce graduated from L’Anse High School in 1964 and Suomi College in 1966. He went into the United States Navy from 1967-72. Returning to L’Anse he worked at Pettibone for 18 years.
   Bruce married the love of his life, Linda Shalifoe, on Nov. 30, 1990, in L’Anse. He worked as a rehabilitation counselor for New Day from 1991-2007; when he retired.
   Bruce enjoyed his four dogs, being outdoors, and was an avid NASCAR and Packer fan.
   Surviving are his wife Linda of L’Anse; step son Dale (Tracie) Shalifoe of Big Bay, MI; step daughters Carena (Michael) Weih of Wheatland, IA, Hyedi (Richard) Johnson of Atlantic Mine, MI, adopted daughter Karrie Jo Kemppainen of Atlantic Mine; brothers James (Arlene) Kemppainen of L’Anse, David Kemppainen of Aura; eight grandchildren Shane, Ciara, Zachary, Jacob, Andrew, Mya, Anna, and Kate.
   A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. with the Baraga County Area Veterans conducting Military Rites followed by a service with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the spring in the Indian Pinery Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
   Friends may sign Bruce’s guest book and send condolences www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Dolores “Dody” Jones

   Dolores “Dody” Jones, age 79, of Cadiz, KY, formally of Radcliff, KY, died on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home in Cadiz, KY.
   She was born in Green Bay, WI, on Aug. 30, 1929, to the late Lester and Margaret Foy Jones.
   Dolores was a US Army Veteran Sergeant First Class having retired from the Women’s Army Corp as an LPN; she spent five years as a speech therapist in Harlan, KY, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
   She was a member of the St. Christopher Catholic Church in Radcliff.
Surviving are brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Lynn Jones, of Cadiz; three nephews, David Jones, of Michigan, Darren Jones, of Michigan, Martin Reed, of Virginia and one niece Monica Beckius, of Georgia.
   She was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Margaret Jones.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, with Father Babu officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 21, after 6 p.m. at King’s Funeral Home in Cadiz, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Green Hill Memorial Gardens, Hopkinsville.
    Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Dee Eggers, 203 Choctaw Drive, Cadiz, KY, 42211.
    The King’s Funeral Home of Cadiz, KY, is assisting the family.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Marjory June Sprenkle

   Marjory June Sprenkle died on Jan. 8, 2009, in L’Anse, MI. She was born on June 13, 1916, in River Grove, IL, a daughter of Gudrand and Hooker Magnesen.
   Her parents came to the United States from Norway in the early 1900's and June was 100 percent Norwegian. She grew up in Maywood, IL, later residing in Oak Lawn, IL for 57 years. In 2003, Marjory moved to be near her son Dale in Skanee, MI.
   June married Wilbur W. (Bud) Sprenkle on Mar. 27, 1937. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii and were married for 55 years before Bud died on Sept. 20, 1992. Bud worked for the Belt Railroad of Chicago for 32 years. June graduated from high school in Maywood, IL, and later attended cosmetology school. June's hobbies included music (especially the piano), and bingo. She was also a great baseball fan, playing baseball as a young girl. June enjoyed talking about her family history and keeping track of her family tree and was very proud of her Norwegian heritage.
   June was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and was the sole survivor of her siblings: Harold, William and Irene.
   June is survived by her five sons: Loren (Linda) of Wonder Lake, IL, Dale (Cheri) of Skanee, Ross (Lorraine) of Plainfield, IL, Lee (Veronica) of Winter Haven, FL, and Darryl of Baraga, MI; nine grandchildren Loren Jr, Ross Paul, Reesha, Ashley, Kimberly, Jeffrey, Sandra, Bryan, and Jeannie and six great-grandchildren.
   A memorial service for Marjory June will be planned for a later date in Skanee with spring burial at Chapel Hill Garden South, Oaklawn, IL.

Elma Emelia Wertanen

   Elma Emelia Wertanen, age 86, of Baraga, MI, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
   She was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Pelkie, MI, daughter to the late Oscar and Sofie (Raja) Hill. Elma grew up in Pelkie and attended school there; she resided in Baraga for the past 30 years. She was married to Ted Wertanen; he preceded her in death.
   Elma was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga. She enjoyed needle work, latch hooks, and playing cards.
   Surviving are her sons Raymond (Lorraine) Maki of Baraga, Robert Maki of L’Anse; daughters Joyce Burke of Cuba, MO, Norma (John) Osterman Cocoa, FL; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   Preceding her in death are her brothers Willard and John Hill; sisters Edna Pesonen, Saida Phytila, and Elsie Hill.
   A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at 11a.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. John Autio will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in the Pelkie Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is in charge of arrangements.
   Friends may sign Elma’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sylvia Irene Moilanen

   Sylvia Irene Moilanen, age 93, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at the Good Shepard Hospice in Auburndale, FL.
   Sylvia was born in Pelkie, MI, on Dec. 10, 1915, to Oscar and Helga (Kivela) Hietikko. She was raised on her parent's farm in Pelkie.
   She married Waino Moilanen of Alston on July 25, 1936. They resided in Pelkie for most of their 52 year marriage. Waino preceded her in death in 1988. Sylvia was the last surviving sibling of 8 children.
   Sylvia and Waino operated a dairy farm for many years. She worked for 12 years for the Baraga County schools as a cook. Sylvia was an active member of Mission United Lutheran Church. She was a charter member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7646 in Alston, MI.
   She is survived by her son Byron (Denise) Moilanen of Monroe, GA, daughter Janet (Ron) Fitzgerald of Lake Wales, FL, grandson William Moilanen of Monroe, GA, and several nieces and nephews.
    Memorial services will be on May 9, 2009, at Mission United Luthern Church, Pelkie, with Pastor John Autio officiating. Burial will follow at the Pelkie Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mission United Lutheran Church.

Carl A. Jacobson

   Carl A. Jacobson, age 79, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital Aurora.
   He was born of Finnish ancestry and reared in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Carl left the "U.P." and came to Illinois to find employment. There, he met his wife, Sue, and they enjoyed an exceptional 55 years of marriage.
   Carl served his country during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 and returned home to work for the U.S. Postal Service where he was a mail carrier for 30 years. In his retirement, he joined his wife, Sue, and a host of Lincoln Highway friends as they traveled the Lincoln Highway and promoted its history. Carl was currently the Illinois state treasurer of the Lincoln Highway Association.
   His passion for ski jumping resulted in Carl being a U.S. and International Ski Official and he judged many U.S. tournaments and international competitions. He also worked with the youth of Aurora, coaching baseball for 25 years.
   In addition to his wife Sue; he is survived by one son, Jake (Susan) Jacobson; and their children, Sara, Samantha and Ben; one brother, Paul and his wife; a niece; and two nephews.
   He joins now his parents; several aunts and uncles; and an infant daughter, and infant sister; who preceded him in death.
   As per Carl's request, there will be no funeral services. His body will be returned to his native U.P. home and, in the spring, private family committal services will be held at Nisula Cemetery, Nisula, MI.
   A memorial has been established in Carl's name to benefit the Lincoln Highway Association and other favorite charities. Memorials in his name may be made to the Carl Jacobson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119.
   Cards and memories may be forwarded to the family through the same address or e-mailed through his obituary at www.conleycare.com
   For information call Conley Funeral Home at 630-365-6414.

Jesse Colter Luke

   Jesse Colter Luke, 31 years old started his journey to Heaven on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 8:37 p.m. in Ann Arbor , MI.
   He is survived by his wife Jessica Ann Luke and three children Jacob Xander, four, Jace Colter, two, and Josilyn Rose nine months, his mother Lynn Marie Olson, (Brendan Casey) of Ann Arbor, MI, his father Thomas Luke (Adri Luke) of Cloquet, MN, his sister Jasmine Luke of Ypsilanti, MI, Grandpa Ray Luke, (Millie Luke) of Cloquet, MN, Great Grandmother, Hazel Kelley of Cloquet, MN, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
   Words cannot describe how wonderful Jesse was. He was a very loving husband and daddy. Jesse was a strong person, yet was gentle and kind. He was extremely couragous and was a true warrior during his battle with cancer. Jesse loved computers, gaming, reading, camping, BBQs, fishing, and he was a very good cook. He loved taking his children to parks and reading to them at bed time. He was very intelligent, but never boastful. He was born in Hibbing, MN, on Oct. 22, 1977, and grew up in Cloquet, MN, than Ypsilanti/Dexter, MI, area than attended Michigan Technological University where he met his wife Jessica.
   They lived in various areas in the U.P. of Michigan, mostly in Baraga, and then ended up in Marquette. There he found a job he loved as a web and print designer for The Porcupine Press.
   A memorial gathering will be held at Nie Family Funeral Home at the Carpenter Road Chapel, 2400 Carpenter Road Ann Arbor, MI, 48108 on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, from 2 to 5 p.m. Following there will be food and music to celebrate Jesse at the Cavern Club, 210 S. First Street from 6 to 12 p.m.
   Feel free to view Jesse Luke's memorial page at www.niefuneralhomes.com  and please sign the guestbook.

Joanne M. “Jody” Fish

   Joanne M. “Jody” Fish, 66, of L’Anse, MI, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital following a brief illness.
She was born in Pequaming on Feb. 25, 1942, the daughter of the late Clarence and Edith (Olsen) Van.
   Jody graduated from L’Anse High School in 1960. On Mar. 25, 1961, she married James “Jim” Fish in L’Anse. For 30 years, Jody worked at the former Winkler Nursing Home in billing and rehabilitation and at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in the billing department, retiring in 1998.
   She was a member of United Lutheran Church. Jody was very family oriented, she enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren, and coffee klathing and visiting with her friend, Ellen Biekkola. Jody loved her lawn and garden. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
   Mrs. Fish is survived by her loving husband, Jim, sons, Jeff “Gubba” (Shannon) Fish of L’Anse, Jerry Fish of L’Anse, and Jay (Beth) Fish of Edgar, WI, grandchildren, Melissa, Logan, Madison, Jerry Jr., Jimmy, Carisa, Abby, and Matt, great grandchildren, Reeyce, and Kaylee, sister, Pat (Bob) Keippela of Elo, and daughter-in-law, Sissy Fish of Marquette. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was preceded in death by her son Jim in 1983, and her brother, Dean Van.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Fish will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, from United Lutheran Church, L'Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Spring interment will take place in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
   Mrs. Fish's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.ne . The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with arrangements.

Mary Theresa Schofield “Min-Di-Moie”

   Mary Theresa Schofield “Min-Di-Moie”, 90, of Harvey, entered eternal life on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Marilyn, with whom she made her home. Mary was in the comforting and loving care of her family and the caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.
Mary was born Mar. 25, 1918, in Zeba, a daughter of the late Albert and Lucy (Tyosh) Kishketog, and was raised in Zeba. On Oct. 6, 1942, she married Daniel George Schofield and the couple set about establishing their home and raising a family.
   The couple moved to the Marquette area in 1951 and Mary worked at the former St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s Hospitals for a time. She also assisted with the establishment of the original food pantry at the St. Vincent dePaul Store. A homemaker, Mary enjoyed craftwork, sewing, beadwork, going to rummage sales, picking blueberries, house bingo, going to “Vinnies”, gardening, and dancing.
   The loves of her life were her many grandchildren and she greatly enjoyed the time spent with them. Mary was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Tribe of Chippewa Indians and United Methodist Church of Zeba.
   A loving mother and proud grandparent, Mary is survived by four daughters, Patricia Bawden, Marilyn “Myrna” Abbott, Linda (Ronald) Pilto, and Glenda (Anthony) Hamalainen all of Marquette; four sons, Ronald (JoAnn) Schofield of Manitowoc, WI, Bruce Schofield and Gerald (Robin) Schofield both of Marquette, and Roger (Margaret Maki) Schofield of Ishpeming; her grandchildren, Peggy, Mary, Lisa, Daniel, Bruce, Brad, David, William, Angela, Sandy, Christopher, Amanda, Kurt, Roxanne, Michael, Tina, and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Patrick, Jeremiah, AJ, Misty Ann, Kristie, Billi-Jo, Tooter, Natasha, Colin, Daniel, Nicholas, Kenny, Autumn, Kirsten, Kaleigh, Austin, Olivia, Deven, Jordan, Taylor, Zoe, Aden, Andre, Alana, J.J., Katelynn, Levi, Decota, and Conner; great great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jasmine, Aiyana, and Karli; numerous nieces and nephews, among them a special niece, Diane DeCota of Baraga.
   In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel G. Schofield in 1988; a son, Michael Schofield; a granddaughter, Patty Lynn; two sons-in-law, Donald Bawden and Wilford Abbott; a sister, Charlotte Loonsfoot; brothers, Wilson and Louis Kishketog; a sister-in-law, Frances Kishketog; and a special niece, Marie Durant.
   Friends called at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, with Rev. Chuck Tooman officiating.
   A reception will be held at the Ojibwa Community Building following services. Burial will be made in the spring at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mary’s four sons, Ronald, Bruce, Gerald, and Roger Schofield, and William Greenleaf and Brad Ducat.
   The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswanson.com
   Dad finally convinced her even though he tried three or four times before, to leave behind the children, for they still had a long way to go. Dad knew that she wasn’t quite ready—but he’s waited for 20 long years both him and Michael Steven, shedding their lonely tears—Mom knew that she still wasn’t ready but her Ma & Pa were waiting there too. Yes! Dad finally convinced her, for we all lost her today, Jan. 3, 2009. Mom we all love you and will miss you but you just made Daddy’s day. Yes! Dad finally convinced her for we put her to rest today. - Patricia A. Bawden

 


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