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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Gary W. St. Onge

     Gary W. St. Onge, 58 of L'Anse, died on Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, in the Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit following a lengthy illness. 
     Funeral services for St. Onge were held on Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. Pastor John Henry officiated and spring burial will be in L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, has been entrusted with the arrangements. St. Onge's obituary may be viewed and condolences sent at www.rfsc.net

Dorothy DesRochers Jackson

     Dorothy DesRochers Jackson, age 94 of Pine Grove, CA died in Sutter Creek, CA. on Dec. 23, 2004. 
     A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Volcano Catholic Church in Volcano, CA. There will be a spring burial and graveside service at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, is assisitng the family with local arrangements. Jackson’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent at www.rfsc.net

Toivo “Wally” Seppanen

     Toivo “Wally” Seppanen, age 86 of Michigamme, died on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
     A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Champion with Pastor Carole Neitzel and Rev. D. Michael Carriere officiating. Inurnment will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Michigamme.
     Memorial considerations may be directed to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in memory of Toivo “Wally” Seppanen. Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Stella M. Byykkonen

     Stella M. Byykkonen, age 71, formerly of Baraga and longtime Ishpeming resident, died on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming Township, where she had been a resident for the past year and a half.
     Per Byykkonen’s request there were no services. Cremation will take place with inurnment at Northland Chapel Gardens. The Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Elma J. Visuri

     Elma J. Visuri, 95, of L’Anse, died on Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit following a long illness. 
     Funeral services for Visuri will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Pastor John Henry will officiate and spring burial will take place in the Herman Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until time of service. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with arrangements.
     Visuri’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.

Marcella S. “Marcy” Maki

     Marcella S. “Marcy” Maki, 83, of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at Bayside Village, L’Anse where she had been a resident for more than a year. 
     A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, with Father Chacko, celebrant. Spring interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery. The Eagles Aerie Auxiliary 2287 conducted a memorial service followed by a parish prayer. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with arrangements. 
Maki’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Viola Laura Elina Maki

     Viola Laura Elina Maki, 84, of Baraga, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 15, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
     A funeral service took place on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at Jacobson Funeral Home, L’Anse. Interment in the Pelkie Cemetery is scheduled for the spring.
     Maki’s obituary can also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.

John H. Schaefer

     John H. Schaefer, 60, of Houghton, died on Thursday morning, Dec. 9, 2004, at Portage Pointe of Portage Hospital in Hancock.
     A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton with Rev. Fr. John Martignon officiating. Spring burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Omega House, the Portage Pointe Garden Project, or to the St. Ignatius Restoration Project in the name of John H. Schaefer.

Helen Sylvia (Keranen) Hanson

     Helen Sylvia (Keranen) Hanson, 87, passed away on Dec. 18, 2004, in Austin, TX after a short illness. 
     Funeral services were held in Austin on Dec. 22, 2004, and burial will be in Clinton Township, MI on Dec. 27, 2004.

Marcella S. “Marcy” Maki

     Marcella S. “Marcy” Maki, 83, of L’Anse passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004 at Bayside Village in L’Anse where she had been a resident for more than a year.
     A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004 at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L’Anse with Fr. Chacko officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 27, 2004 from 6 until 8 pm. at the Reid Funeral Servide and Chapel, L’Anse. A parish prayer service will be held Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral chapel. A complete obituary will be announced in next week’s edition of the L’Anse Sentinel. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Mrs. Maki’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.


Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Della E. Peyton

     Della E. Peyton, age 109 of L’Anse died on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004 at Bayside Village in L’Anse. Peyton was born on April 18, 1895, in Indian Territory, OK, a daughter of the late Orlando and Margaret (McElroy) Simcox. She had been a resident of L’Anse since 1978 and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
     A memorial service was held on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the Seventh Day Adventist Church with Reino Ketola officiating. Peyton’s obituary can also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.

Hazel Marie Jestila

     Hazel Marie Jestila, age 82, of Scottville, MI. and formerly of L’Anse, died on Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Mercy General Hospital in Muskegon, MI., following an illness of several months.
     Funeral services for Jestila were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Chacko officiating. Spring interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Jestila’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Margaret Soli

     Margaret Soli, age 89, of Livonia, and formerly of L'Anse died on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Wood-haven Retirement Center in Livonia, MI. 
     A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L'Anse with Father Chacko, celebrant. Spring interment will take place in L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery. 
     The family suggests memorials to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI. 48108 
Soli’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to www.rfsc@up.net

Eileen M. O’Donnell

    Eileen M. O’Donnell of Iron Mountain, died on Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
      Funeral services were held on Thursday, 9:30 a.m., am at the funeral home and 10 a.m. at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Fr. Daniel Zaloga offered the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ted O’Donnell, Joey Fortier, Don Dinnocenzo, A.J. Kent, Pat O’Donnell, and Jeff Olsen.


Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Edith Mary Ellis

     Edith Mary Ellis died on Nov. 26, 2004 at age 73. She was a resident of Glendale, WI.
     A memorial service was held on Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the Feerick Funeral Home, Milwaukee, WI. Interment in Michigan was private. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, South-eastern Wisconsin Chapter, 6130 W. National Av., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

Roy W. Kinnunen

     Roy W. Kinnunen, 63, Wisconsin Rapids, WI died on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at his home.
     Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3805 St. John's Road, in the town of Sigel. The Rev. Douglas Schalow and Deacon James Johnston will officiate, with burial held in the parish cemetery.
     Family and friends may pay their respects at Taylor Funeral Home, 2201 Chestnut St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and from 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the church until the time of services. Kinnunen was cremated at his request. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established by his family. 

James C. Morin

     James C. Morin, 55, of Anchorage, AK., and formerly of Baraga, died suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, AK. 
     Funeral services for Morin will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Alan B. Fluegge officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, from noon until time of the service. Morin’s obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Gertrude Kathryn “Kay” Kujansuu

     Gertrude Kathryn “Kay” Kujansuu, 87, of Baraga, died on Thursday, evening, Nov. 18, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     Visitation was held on Monday at Mission United Lutheran Church, in Pelkie. A funeral service took place in the church with Rev. Tom Wickstrom officiating. Interment was in the Pelkie Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Kujansuu’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com where relatives and friends can leave a note of remembrance.


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Sean Daniel Knox

     Sean Daniel Knox, age 18 of Florence, WI, died on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at St. Vincents Hospital, Green Bay, WI. 
     The viewing and funeral service for Sean will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kingsford, MI. The visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. to noon with the funeral service to follow.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is established at the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Credit Union, Kingsford, MI.

Bertha Moroni

     Bertha Moroni, 95, of Iron Mountain, died on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004. 
     Burial in Dickinson County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Living Rosary, PO Box 1303, Dickinson, TX 77539. Condolences may be expressed to the family of Bertha Moroni online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com. Erickson-Rochon and Nach Funeral Home of Iron Mountain was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Fred J. Mikkola

     Fred J. Mikkola, age 84 of Michigamme, died on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Marquette General Hospital.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Minister Carole Neitzel officiating. Interment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens in Negaunee Township. 
     Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Delores M. Hanan (Nee Budreau)

     Delores M. Hanan (Nee Budreau), age 74, died on Friday, Nov. 12, 2004. 
     Visitation and funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004. Private burial was conducted at Pinelawn. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated.


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Charles “Chuck” L. Kantola

     Charles “Chuck” L. Kantola, 49, of L’Anse, died on Thursday morning Nov. 4, 2004 at his home. 
     A memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Jacobson Funeral Home. Rev. Judy Mattson officiated. Kantola’s obituary can also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.

Patrick R. “Pat” Solberg

     Patrick R. “Pat” Solberg, 50, of L’Anse, died suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     Funeral services for Solberg were held on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Chacko officiating. Interment took place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Solberg’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.

Gary A. Chambers

     Gary A. Chambers, age 53, a lifelong resident of Torrance, CA, died on Oct. 25, 2004, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Compton, CA on Nov. 12, 1950. He is survived by his wife, Anita (Turunen) Chambers; two children, Justin and Jessica Chambers; sister, Susan Angle and brother, Thomas Chambers. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws also survive. 
     Memorial services were held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Torrance, CA, preceded by private interment at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Patricia L. “Pat” Maki

     Patricia L. “Pat” Maki, 64, of Baraga, died on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at her residence. 
     Funeral services for Maki were held on Monday, Nov. 8, 2004 at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, with Father Chacko officiating. Inter-ment took place in the Elo Cemetery. Baraga American Legion Auxiliary Post 444 conducted a memorial service followed by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary Aerie 2287. Maki’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net. 

Martha (Kemppainen) (Bell) Flores

     Martha (Kemppainen) (Bell) Flores, age 77, of Ionia, MI, died on Oct. 31, 2004, in Grand Rapids. 
     Funeral services were held on Nov. 3, 2004, at Lake Funeral Home in Ionia with Rev. Bob Jourdan officiating. Interment was in Balcom Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Flores’ memory may be made to North Plains Church. Online condolences can be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com.


Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Iris M. Pietila

     Iris M. Pietila, 63, of L’Anse, passed away at Baraga County Memorial Hospital on Tuesday evening, Oct. 26, 2004, following a four-year courageous struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. 
     Funeral services for Pietila were held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Reverend Tom Wickstrom officiating. Interment took place in the Nisula Cemetery. Pietila’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Sandra Anne Butler

Sandra Anne Butler of Chicago, IL, formerly of East Lansing, MI, age 61, died in Chicago on Oct. 27, 2004. 
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, East Lansing, with Fr. David J. Speicher as Celebrant. The Rite of Committal will take place at Evergreen Cemetery following the Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

Raymond J. Vadnais

     Raymond J. Vadnais, 87, of Champion died on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004. The funeral will be on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Racine Funeral Home in Ishpeming. Friends may gather from 11 a.m. to the time of the service at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jacobetti veterans facility in Marquette in Vadnais’ name, or to Berle LaPin Memorial Park in Champion.


Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Roger R. Kauppila

     Roger R. Kauppila, age 45, of Baraga, died at his residence on Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, following a lengthy illness.  
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, from Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins with Father Antony, celebrant. Interment will took place in the Assinins Cemetery. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. 
     Kauppila’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Marion E. Erickson

     Marion E. Erickson, age 82 of Skanee, died on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 at her home.
     A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee. Pastor Judy Mattson officiated. Burial was in Skanee Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisted the family.
     Friends may sign Erickson’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

John A. "Moose" Asher

     John A. "Moose" Asher, 81, of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, where he had been a resident for the past four years. 
     Funeral services for Asher were held on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Zeba Methodist Church with Pastor John Henry officiating. Interment took place in the Pinery Cemetery, L’Anse. Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444, conducted military honors on Friday at the funeral chapel. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel was entrusted with arrangements. Asher’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Kenneth F. “Duke” LaBerge

     Kenneth F. “Duke” LaBerge, age 60, of L’Anse, died unexpectedly but peacefully at his home on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004. 
     Funeral services for LaBerge were held on Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Interment followed. LaBerge’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent at www.rfsc.net.

Helen A. Saari

     Helen A. Saari, age 88, died at home on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004.
     A graveside service was held at L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, with Pastor Tom Wickstrom officiating. Following the services a luncheon and fellowship was held at Hilltop Restaurant. 
     Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family. Friends may sign Saari’s guestbook and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Daniel J. Hill

     Daniel J. Hill, 56, a resident of Canal Road, Houghton, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at his home.
     There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at 5 p.m. at the Askel Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock.


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

No obituaries this week.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Malvie LeClaire

     Malvie LeClaire, age 87, of Baraga, died on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday and from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Jacobson Funeral Home. The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. and parish prayers will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Fr. Antony will officiate. Burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery. 
     The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may send condolences or sign LeClaire’s guest book at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Father William J. Connor

     Father William J. Connor, 75, of Center Valley, PA and a native of L’Anse, died on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, PA. 
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Chacko officiating. Interment will take place in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. 
     Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Connor’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Helia “Patsy” Voltz

     Helia “Patsy” Voltz, 94, died on Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
     Funeral services was held Thursday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church in Ishpeming with the Reverends Lauri Maki and Karen Wighthoogheim to officiate. Burial will be in Ishpeming Cemetery. The Racine Funeral Chapel of Ishpeming is handling the arrangements.


Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Gerald R. McGlue

     Gerald R. McGlue, 89, of L’Anse died on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. 
     A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L’Anse. Father Chacko was celebrant and interment took place in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. 
Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with the service arrangements. McGlue’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Howard J. “Bub” Younggren

     Howard J. “Bub” Younggren 83, of Covington, died on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at the Covington Rest Home following a lengthy illness. His family was at his side. 
     Funeral services for Younggren was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Covington with Pastor Leon Linquist, officiating. Interment will take place in Covington Cemetery. 
     Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Younggren’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent at www.rfsc.net

Betty Ann Gaffney

     Betty Ann Gaffney, 66, of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. 
     Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, with Father Antony, celebrant. Interment took place in Evergreen Cemetery. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with arrangements. Gaffney’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

George M. Beauprey

     George M. Beauprey, 83, of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital’s skilled nursing unit. 
     Funeral services for Beauprey were held on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Father Chacko officiating. Interment took place in the Sidnaw Cemetery. Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors. Beauprey’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Gertrude A. “Gert” Boyer

     Gertrude A. “Gert” Boyer, 84, of L’Anse died on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, MI. 
      A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father Chacko, celebrant. Interment took place in Evergreen Cemetery, L’Anse. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Boyer’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net 

Betty Ann Gaffney

Betty Ann Gaffney, 66 of L’Anse died on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital after brief illness. A complete obituary will be announced in next week’s Sentinel. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. See complete arrangements on www.rfsc.net

George M. Beauprey

     George M. Beauprey, 83 of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.   Funeral services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel with visitation from 5 p.m. until the service. Complete obituary will be announced in next week’s Sentinel. See complete arrangements on www.rfsc.net

Toni Tikkanen

     Toni Tikkanen died peacefully at her home near Calumet on Sept. 20, 2004, after eight years of living courageously and vibrantly with breast cancer.
      A Unitarian-Universalist memorial service celebrating Tikkanen’s life will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Houghton, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004 at 4 p.m. with Reverend Sidney Morris and Reverend Carol Hepokoski officiating. Persons attending are asked to wear bright colors, always her preference. A dinner and fellowship of music and dance will follow. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family requests that contributions in Tikkanen’s name be made to the Omega House residential hospice program in Hancock.
     The Erickson Crowley Funeral Home, Calumet, is assisting the family and friends may leave condolences at www.ericksoncrowley.com

Ruth H. (Larsen) Christiansen

     Ruth H. (Larsen) Christiansen, age 79 died on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at 11 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in L’Anse. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. Leon Linquist will officiate.
     Friends may sign Christiansen’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Lempi S. Jolgren

     Lempi S. Jolgren, born March 22, 1915, and died on Aug. 15, 2004. A memorial service will be held at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at 2 p.m.


Wednesday, September 22, 2004

NO DEATHS THIS WEEK

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Andrew J. Maki

     Andrew J. Maki of Hillsboro, KS, formerly of L’Anse, died in a care accident on Sept. 7, 2004.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

May MacKenzie

     May MacKenzie, age 94 of L’Anse, died away on Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at her nieces home.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Sept. 13 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with Fr. Chacko officiating. Burial was in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
     Friends may sign MacKenzie’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

James E. “Budd” Richards

     James E. “Budd” Richards, 77, of L’Anse, died on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at his residence following a lengthy illness. 
     Funeral services for Richards were held on Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor John Henry officiating. Interment took place in the Herman Cemetery.  Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Richards’ obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Evelyn D. Ellis

     Evelyn D. Ellis, 86, of L’Anse died on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at Bayside Village, L’Anse following a lengthy illness. 
     Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. Graveside services for Ellis will be held at a later date. Memorials in Ellis’s honor may be directed to Bayside Village Activities Fund. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. 
     Ellis’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Alma C. Lampi

     Alma C. Lampi, 82, of Pelkie, died on Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at her residence. 
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga with Father Antony, celebrant. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, L’Anse. Funeral arrangements for Lampi have been entrusted to Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Lampi’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Rosalie A. Waara

     Rosalie A. Waara, 62, of Baraga, died suddenly on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.  
     Funeral services for Waara were held on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Father Antony officiating. Interment took place in the Baraga Cemetery. Waara’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Ruth H. (Larsen) Christiansen

     Ruth H. (Larsen) Christiansen, age 79, of L’Anse died on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital
     There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held in the near future. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. 
     Friends may sign Christainsen’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfunerahome.com.

James W. Elsner

     James W. Elsner, 19 of Coral Springs, FL, formerly of Bergland, died on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, in Coral Springs. 
     Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at First Lutheran Church in Ewen with the Rev. John Kuziej officiating. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday for an hour before the service. The Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing is in charge of arrangements.

Sean P. Sullivan

     Sean P. Sullivan, age 40, of L’Anse died on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit where he has been a resident for the past 12 years.
     A memorial mass was held on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with Fr. Chacko officiating. Sullivan’s body will be donated to the Mayo Foundation for research. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
     Friends may sign Sullivan’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, September 8,  2004

Patrick Brennan

     Patrick Brennan, 87, of Skanee died suddenly on Friday, Sept, 3, 2004, at Marquette General Hospital. 
     A Mass of Christian Burial for Brennan was celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, with Father Chacko, celebrant. Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 conducted military honors Tuesday evening, followed by a parish prayer service. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with arrangements. Brennan’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Paul Gordon Jokipii

     Paul Gordon Jokipii, age 77, of L’Anse, died on Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Bayside Village, L’Anse, following a lengthy illness. 
     Funeral services for Jokipii were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Grace Free Lutheran Church, Pelkie, with Pastor Dean Franz officiating. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery.  Jokipii’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, September 1, 2004

John A. Baribeau

     John A. Baribeau, 84, of Escanaba, died on Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2004, at his home following a lengthy fight with cancer.
     Visitation was held at Crawford Funeral Home, Escanaba, from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004. Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at St. Joseph’s Church, Escanaba, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. 

Amelia A. Emery

     Amelia A. Emery, 59, of L’Anse, died on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. 
     Funeral services for Mrs. Emery were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Antony officiating. Interment will take place in the Pinery Cemetery.  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Emery’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Daniel E. Hiltunen

     Daniel E. Hiltunen, of Bartlett, of Glen Ellyn, IL. and Nisula, died on Aug. 22, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer. 
     A memorial service for Hiltunen will be held at 1 p.m Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Antony officiating. Interment has taken place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, IL. The family will receive friends on Saturday from noon until 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 suggests memorials in Hiltunen’s honor be directed to Make-A-Wish or Ronald McDonald House. Hiltunen’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net.

Russell (Rusty) S. Kemppainen

     Russell (Rusty) S. Kemppainen, age 83 of Elo, died on Aug. 29, 2004, at his home. 
     A funeral service was held at Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at 1 p.m.  Pastor Ken Storm officiated. Burial will be in Elo Cemetery.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Alice M. Werner

     Alice M. Werner, age 87 of Wyoming died on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004. Mass of Christian Burial, was celebrated Thursday at noon at St. John Vianney Church with Fr. Loc Trinh officiating. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Daniel R. “Joe” Cronkright

     Daniel R. “Joe” Cronkright, 77 of Trout Creek died on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, after a long battle with cancer. 
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at the Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing. Interment will be in Trout Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT.


Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Kendall Scott Kovala

     Kendall Scott Kovala, age 51 of Oak Creek, WI, died suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at his home in Oak Creek. 
     A Memorial Service for Kovala was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004 at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. Interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery.  Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Kovala’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

Lempi S. Jolgren

     Lempi S. Jolgren of Livonia and Pelkie died on Aug. 15, 2004, in Livonia at age 89. 
     Funeral services were on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, Farmington, MI. Officiating is Rev. Timothy Nilsen, of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Cremation will follow. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Pelkie. Memorial contributions may be made to Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie.

Marion C. Novak

     Marion C. Novak, age 82 of Huron Bay, died on Monday, Aug. 16, 2004 at her home. 
     Funeral Mass of Christian Burial were held on Wednesday at 11a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in L’Anse. Fr. Chacko officiated.  Burial will be in the Skanee Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Novak’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Brynolf “Bernie” Kero

     Brynolf “Bernie” Kero, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004 at his home in Alston.
     The funeral service for Kero was held on Aug. 14, 2004, at First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton with Pastor Richard Eskola officiating. Burial was in the Pelkie Cemetery.
     Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet assisted the family.


Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Michael L. South

     Michael L. South, age 57, of L’Anse, died on Monday, Aug. 9, 2004 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. 
     A memorial service for South will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, 2004 at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. A military honor service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, under the direction of Baraga County Area Veterans. South’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

James G. Raby

     James G. Raby, age 67, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004. 
     There will be no visitation. Graveside service is on Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, 1 p.m. (EST) with the Rev. Mark Reinsch, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Covington to officiate. Interment will be at Covington Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, MI.

Brian Oscar Elmblad

     Brian Oscar Elmblad age 58, formerly of Mass City, died on Friday, July 9, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain. 
     A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Carney Free Church in Carney. Reverend Gary Page officiated. Burial took place in Skanee Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home of Stephenson assisted the family.

Robert J. Tiosh

     Robert J. Tiosh, 47, of L’Anse, died on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at his home. 
     A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home, L’Anse. Fr. Chacko officiated. Burial will be in Assinins Cemetery. Friends may sign Tiosh’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com 


Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Margaret Rose Whitman

     Margaret Rose Whitman, age 80 of L'Anse, died on Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Marquette General Hospital.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in L'Anse. The Rosary was recited and Fr. Chacko officiated. Burial was in L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to the flower fund at Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Parish in Zeba. Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse assisted the family. Friends may sign Whitman’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Anna E. Peterson

     Anna E. Peterson, age 84 of Pelkie, died on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2004 at her home.
     The funeral service will be on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Pelkie Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Peterson’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Eli Jacob Laturi

     Eli Jacob Laturi, age 83 of Watton, died on Friday, July 30, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. His family was at his side. 
     The funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 2, at Watton Apostolic Lutheran Church. Pastor Ken Storm officiated. Burial was in Covington Cemetery. Baraga County Veterans conducted graveside military rites under the direction of the American Legion Post 444. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family. Friends may sign Laturi’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Donald C. Pickard Sr.

     Donald C. Pickard Sr., 82 of Skanee died on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming.
     A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Fr. Antony will officiate. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made toward his funeral fund. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may send condolences or sign Pickard’s guest book at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Helmi A. Luopa

     Helmi A. Luopa, 93, of L’Anse, died on Thursday, July 22, 2004, at Bayside Village where she had been a resident for two years. 
     Funeral services for Luopa were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment will take place in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. 
     Luopa’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net 

David Paul Van Abel

     David Paul Van Abel, 53, of Crystal Falls, died on Tuesday, July 20, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident on US 2 in Mackinac County. 
     A memorial service for Van Abel were held at noon on Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at United Lutheran Church with Pastor Scott Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.   Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Van Abel’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net 

Edna (Fortier) Carriere

     Edna (Fortier) Carriere, age 72 of Clinton Township, MI, died on July 23, 2004, after a lengthy illness.
     Services for Carriere were held at the Kaul Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, in Clinton Township, MI.

Theresa (Magaraggia) McInenly

     Theresa (Magaraggia) McInenly, age 45, of Fort Lauderdale, FL died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 22, 2004, at Westside Regional Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in L’Anse.  Fr. Chacko officiated. Burial will be in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign McInenly’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

John H. Corgan

     John H. Corgan, age 77, of Skanee died on July 21, 2004, at his home with his family at his side.
     A memorial mass was held on Saturday, July 24 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in L’Anse. Baraga County Veterans conducted military rites under the direction of the American Legion Post 444. Burial was in the L’Anse Evergreen cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
     Friends may sign Corgan’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Michael Kenneth Wren

     Michael Kenneth Wren, 51, of Mayville, WI, died on Saturday, July 17, 2004. 
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse. Following Mass a military graveside service was held. Memorials in honor of Wren may be directed to the Hospice of Lake and Sumter, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL, 32162. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, has been entrusted with arrangements. Wren’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Tyyne S. Nylund

Tyyne S. Nylund died July 10, 2004 in Brighton at age 95.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 24 at 10 a.m. at the Pelkie Cemetery. Rev. Elmer Liimatta will officiate. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.

Karl (Kahkonen) Kannon

     Karl (Kahkonen) Kannon, 76, of Phoenix. AZ died on July 13, 2004 at the Glen Croft Nursing Care Center in Peoria, AZ. Kannon was born in Pelkie on Feb. 21, 1928. He graduated from Baraga High School in 1946, lived in Detroit and Houghton, MI and Riverside, CA and Phoenix. AZ.
     Kannon is survived by one daughter, Kathy (Ed) Gentry of Reno, NV; two sisters, Cecilia Spayd of Sun City, AZ and Siiri Dobbins of Farmington Hills, Ml; and one brother, George Kahkonen of Madison Heights, MI.
     Cremation was handled by Best Funeral Service of Peoria, AZ.

Carol L. Golden

     Carol L. Golden, 70, of Sidnaw, died at Ontonagon Memorial Hospital long-term care unit on Tuesday, July 13, 2004. 
     Funeral services for Golden were held on Friday, July 16, 2004, at Sidnaw United Methodist Church, with Pastor John Henry officiating. Interment took place in the Sidnaw Cemetery. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. Golden’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net 

Paul T. Maki

     Paul T. Maki, age 71 of Baraga died on Saturday, July 17, 2004 at his home with his family at his side.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial were held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Church in Baraga. Fr. Norm Clisch officiated. Burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery.  Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Maki’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Roy Hill

     Roy Hill of Galesburg, MI, died suddenly on Sunday, July 11, 2004. He was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Pequaming, the son of Einar and Vera (Virta) Hill. 
     Services will be held on Friday morning at Galesburg Congregational United Church of Christ, 22 S. Church Street, with the Rev. Whitney Brown, officiating. Private burial services in Fort Custer National Cemetery will be held later.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Galesburg Congregational United Church of Christ or to the American Heart Association. www.langelands.com

Albert V. Nopola

     Albert V. Nopola, age 70 of Covington passed away on Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
     A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 9 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Covington. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Timothy Ott will officiate. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Albert’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Gordon A. Jolgren

     Gordon A. Jolgren, 79, of Pelkie died on Friday, July 2, 2004, at Marquette General Hospital following a short illness. 
     Funeral services for Jolgren were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2004 at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Rev. Thomas Wickstrom officiating. Interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery. 
      Jolgren’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net. 

Leonard J. "Chuck" Draeger, Jr.

     Leonard J. "Chuck" Draeger, Jr., died in Duluth on July 1, 2004. He was born on Jan. 5, 1928, in Baraga, to Leonard, Sr., and Lillian (Deau) Draeger. 
     Per Draeger's wishes, there will be no services. A private family gathering to celebrate his life will be held later. To sign the guestbook or leave an online tribute, see northlandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home.

Raymond Robert Dompier

     Raymond Robert Dompier, age 72 a life-long resident of Baraga, died on Friday, July 2, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, July 6 at St. Ann’s Church. Fr. Chacko and Fr. Norm Clisch officiated. Burial was in Baraga Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
     Friends may sign Dompier’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Albert “Bert” G. Clishe

     Albert “Bert” G. Clishe, age 88 of Skanee passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     Visitation was held on Thursday July 1, 2004, at the Jacobson Funeral Home. The funeral service was private to the family on Friday. Pastor Judy Mattson officiated. Burial was in the Skanee Cemetery.  Friends may sign Bert’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Jason William Lindemann

     Jason William Lindemann, 20, of Baraga, died unexpectedly from injuries incurred in an ATV accident on Sunday, June 27, 2004. He was born in L’Anse, on Aug. 19, 1983 son of Nick and Cindy Lindemann. 
   Funeral services for Lindemann were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Chacko officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.  Lindemann’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net. 

Gregory S. “Greg” Hakala

     Gregory S. “Greg” Hakala 29, of Baraga, died suddenly on Sunday, June 20, 2004 as the result of a motorcycle accident in Victoria, TX. 
     Funeral services for Hakala were held on Thursday, July 1, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. Fr. Chacko  officiated and interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery.      Hakala's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net. 

Sarah E. Smith

     Sarah E. Smith, 90, of L’Anse, died on Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Covington Rest Home following a lengthy illness. 
     Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, with Father Greg Heikkala officiating. Interment took place in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, MI. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. 

Donald E. Tolonen

Donald E. Tolonen, Sr., 69, of L'Anse, died at the Ontonagon Memorial Hospital long term care unit on Friday, June 25, 2004.
    Funeral service for Tolonen were held on Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at 3 p.m. from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, with Judy Mattson officiating. Interment followed in the Pinery Cemetery. Tolonen’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent at www. rfsc.net 

Albert “Bert” Clishe

     Albert “Bert” Clishe, 88, of Skanee died on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Jacobson Funeral Home.


Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Gordon J. Mukka

     Gordon J. Mukka, 73, died on Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis, IN.
     The family thanks everyone who has provided gifts, kind words, or has kept them in their thoughts and prayers. A memorial service will be held at United Lutheran Church in L’Anse, on July 3, 2004 at 11 a.m.

Irene B. Collin

     Irene B. Collin of Zephyrhills, FL, died on June 11, 2004.  Collin will be cremated and later buried in the Aura Cemetery with her husband, Edwin. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Hernando Pasco Hospice, 37441 Clinton Ave., Dade City, FL 33525 or the charity of your choice.

Anthony J. “Tony” Sayotovich

     Anthony J. “Tony” Sayotovich, born on June 1, 1907, in Greenland Township, the son of John and Veronica (Verbanac) Sayotovich, died on Sunday, June 13, 2004. 
     The funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Pius Poff as celebrant. Rite of committal followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Palmer Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel, Saginaw, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made for masses at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Condolences can be made at www.palmerbush.com.

Mabel Theresa Foy

     Mabel Theresa Foy, age 92 of L’Anse died on Tuesday, June 15 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse where she was under the care of Baraga County Home Care and Hospice. 
     The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Jacobson Funeral Home. Fr. James Ziminski officiated. Burial was in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Foy’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

James Roderick Rock

     James Roderick Rock, 75, of Prickett Dam Rd., Pelkie, died at his residence following a long battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 15, 2004. 
     A memorial service for Rock was held on Monday, June 21, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Father Jamie Ziminski officiating. Interment took place in the Baraga Cemetery beside his brother, John. Baraga County Area Veterans conducted military honors. Rock’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.

Greg Hakala

     Greg Hakala, 29, born in Baraga in 1974, died suddenly Saturday, June 19, 2004, as the result of a motorcycle/vehicle accident in Victoria, TX. He was employed as a Senior Field Engineer for Baker Atlas oil company.
     Funeral arrangements for Hakala are incomplete and will be announced by Reid Funeral Service and Chapel.

Jean K. Pascoe

     Jean K. Pascoe, age 83, of Champion, died on Sunday June 20, 2004, at the Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming. She had been in ill health for the past several years.
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday June 24, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Champion with the Rev. Msgr. Peter Oberto to officiate. Interment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens. 
     Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wednesday, June 16, 2004

James R. Rock

     James R. Rock, 75, of Pelkie, died at his residence following a long illness Tuesday, June 15, 2004.
     Funeral arrangements for Rock are incomplete. A complete obituary for Rock will be announced in next week’s edition of the L’Anse Sentinel. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse.

Gladys B. Narhi

     Gladys B. Narhi, age 89 of Pelkie, died on Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at Ontonagon Long Term Care Facility in Ontonagon, where she has been a resident for the past 18 months.
     The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Pelkie.  Pastor Dean Franz will officiate. Burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Narhi’s guest book and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Florence M. LaBelle

     Florence M. LaBelle, 80, of L’Anse, died on Sunday, June 13, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. 
     Memorial services for LaBelle will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004, at United Methodist Church, L’Anse with Pastor James Mathews officiating. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, June 19, 2004, from noon until time of the service. The Eagles Aerie 2287 Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. 
      The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements. LaBelle’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.

Harriet C. Geroux

     Harriet C. Geroux, age 82 of Baraga, died on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Portage Health System in Hancock. 
     The memorial mass will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2004, at 11:00 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Fr. James Zaminski and Fr. Greg Heikkala will celebrate the mass. Interment will be in the Baraga Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Geroux’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Mabel Foy

     Mabel Foy, age 92 of L’Anse, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
     A funeral service was held Thursday, June 17, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Fr. Greg Heikkala will officiate. Burial will e in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.


Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Frank E. Roth

     Frank E. Roth, 75, of Skanee, died on Wednesday afternoon, June 2, 2004, at Marquette General Hospital. 
    A funeral service for Roth was held on Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Zion Lutheran Church. Interment was in the Skanee Cemetery. Clint VanBuren, Mike Vizina, Lee Roth, Tommy Rogers, Mike Roth and Walter Roth served as pallbearers. 
     Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. Roth’s obituary can also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com. The Jacobson Funeral Home assisted the family.

Pherol F. Voakes

     Pherol F. Voakes, age 88 of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     The funeral service was held on Friday, June 4, 2004 at Jacobson Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Mathews officiated. Burial was in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
     Friends may sign Voake’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

George A. Stark

     George A. Stark, 85, of Baraga, died suddenly at his residence Thursday, June 3, 2004. 
     A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, June 7, 2004, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, with Father Jamie Ziminski officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Pearl E. Saunders

     Pearl E. Saunders, 94, of Watertown, NY, and born in L’Anse, widow of Angus G. Saunders, died Thursday at Angels Inn, where she was under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County.
     A memorial service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church with the Rev. Donald Turner, rector, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Cape Vincent.
     Arrangements were with Cleveland Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 425 Washington St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601, or Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.


Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Elaine E. Weisinger

     Elaine E. Weisinger, 86, of Baraga died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse. 
     The funeral service was held Monday, May 31 at Jacobson Funeral Home. Pastor Judy Mattson officiated. Internment was Tuesday, June 1 at Riverside Cemetery in Ontonagon. 
     The family suggests that memorials be made to the Bayside Village Outdoor Pavilion Fund. 
     Friends may sign Elaine’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Rita C. Solberg

     Rita C. Solberg, 76, of L’Anse, died on Friday, March 5, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse, following a lengthy illness. 
     A Memorial Mass for Solberg will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse, with Father Greg Heikkala officiating. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the mass. Memorials in Solberg’s honor may be directed to the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church. 
Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, have been entrusted with arrangements. Solberg’s obituary may by viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net. 

Sylvia E. Ruuspakka

     Sylvia E. Ruuspakka, 81, of Laird Township died Friday, May 28, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital skilled nurse unit.
     The funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 2, at 1 p.m. at the Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Michael Laakko will officiate. Burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Ruuspakka’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Ashley Lynn Mukka

     Ashley Lynn Mukka, age 4, of Indianapolis, IN, died on May 27, 2004, at Riley Hospital for Children. 
     A funeral service was conducted on June 1, 2004, at Stirling-Gerber Funeral Home. Burial was in Acton Cemetery, Acton, IN. Contributions may be made to the family in care of First Indiana Bank, Eastgate branch. For more information see www.stirling-gerber.com 

Fredrick R (Freddie) Dault

     Fredrick R (Freddie) Dault age 58, died on March 1, 2004, in William Beaumont Hospital of Royal Oak, MI.
     Burial was at L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery with immediate family in attendance. Kaatz Funeral Home of Richmond, MI, was in charge of arrangements.

Donald G. Cooper

Donald G. Cooper, age 83 of Aura, died on Thursday, May 27, 2004, at Bayside Village. 
     A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 18, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Cooper’s son-in-law Gregory Boyda will conduct the services. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. 
     Friends may sign Cooper’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Raymond A. Pasquali

     Raymond A. Pasquali, age 81, Caspian, MI, died on Saturday, May 22, 2004, at the Iron River Care Center, Iron River. He was born on May 17, 1923, in Caspian.
     A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, and 11 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Caspian, with the Rev. Norman Clisch pastor and Rev. Otto Sartorelli to concelebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.
     West Side Veterans Council will accord Military Rites. Interment will be at Stambaugh Cemetery, Iron River. Funeral arrangements are by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River.

John Steven Rajala

     A memorial service for John Steven Rajala will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2004, 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Covington. Lunch will follow the service.


Wednesday, May 19, 2004

John Sikorsky

     John Sikorsky, age 80 of L’Anse died on Sunday, May 16, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     A memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at 11 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in L’Anse, with Rev. Leon Linquist officiating. Memorials may be sent to Baraga County Home Health and Hospice Care or United Lutheran Church in L’Anse. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Sikorsky’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Glenn F. Marshall

     Memorial services for Glenn F. Marshall will take place on June 12, 2004, at Skanee Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Luncheon at Skanee Zion Church will follow. In case of rain the services will be at the church.

William A. Franti

     William A. Franti, age 90 of Watton died on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming.
     The funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 18 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Covington. Rev. Leon Linquist officiated. Burial will be in the Covington Township Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Franti’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Bernard R. Bressette

     Bernard R. Bressette, 73, of Marquette and formerly of Ewen, died on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans following a lengthy illness.  
     Graveside services for Bressette took place on Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at Assinins Cemetery with Father James Ziminski officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Bressette’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.


Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Marvin Raffaelli

     Marvin Raffaelli, age 68, of Nisula, died unexpectedly on April 27, 2004, in Elko, NV. 
Cremation has taken place. No services were held, at the request of the deceased.

Ida Lempi Saarela

     A memorial service for Ida Lempi Saarela will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie at 1 p.m. Visitation will start at 12 p.m. and will precede the service. Saarela lived the last few years in Rochester Hills, MI, and is formerly from Tapiola.

Homer D. Elmblad

     Homer D. Elmblad, 85, of Iowa City, IA, and summer resident of L’Anse died on Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, in the loving arms of his daughter. 
     A memorial service for Elmblad will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Judy Mattson will officiate. The family will greet friends from 3 p.m. until time of the service. Mr. Elmblad’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Esther L. Carl

     Esther L. Carl, 89, of Urbana (formerly of Puuri Road, Keweenaw Bay) died on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, in Mercy Medical Center.
     A gathering of family and friends was held on Friday, March 5, 2004, at Littleton and Rue Funeral Home, Urbana, with Pastor Prudence Wood from Messiah Lutheran Church officiating. June burial will be in Elo. You may express condolences at www.littletonandrue.com.

Edward T. Taipalus

     Edward T. Taipalus, age 72 of L’Anse, died on Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse where he has been a resident since September.
     The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 13, 2004, at 11 a.m. Rev. Leon Linquist officiated. Burial will be in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. 
     Friends may sign Taipalus’ guest book and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Richard D. Galer

     Richard D. Galer, 77, of Zeba, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for two days. 
     A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated for Galer on Friday, May 7, 2004 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins with Father Greg Heikkala officiating. Interment took place in Evergreen Cemetery, L’Anse. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse was entrusted with funeral arrangements. Galer’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.


Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Lori Rasanen

     Lori Rasanen, of Baraga, died peacefully at home on Sunday, May 2, 2004. 
     A Memorial Mass of Christian burial for Rasanen will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 2004, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Baraga, with Father Greg Heikkala officiating.  The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.   Rasanen’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Kenneth H. Friisvall

     Kenneth H. Friisvall, 73, of Zeba, died on Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse, where he had been a patient for a week. 
     Funeral service for Friisvall was Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Pastor Jim Mathews officiating. Interment took place in the Pinery Cemetery, L’Anse. Friisvall’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Mildred F. McIntyre

     Mildred F. McIntyre, age 79, formerly of Sidnaw, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 at Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City, MI where she has been a resident since 1992.
     Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 12 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sidnaw, with a luncheon and fellowship to follow in the church hall. Rev. Jim Mathews will officiate. Burial will be in the Sidnaw Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.

Richard D. Galer

     Richard D. Galer, 77, of Zeba, died on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for two days.
     A Mass of Christian burial for Galer will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2004, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins with Father Greg Heikkala officiating. 
     Galer’s complete obituary will be available in next week’s edition of the L’Anse Sentinel. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel L’Anse has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Galer’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.

Ernest “Tool” Brady

     Ernest “Tool” Brady, 80 of Trout Creek, died on Saturday, May 1, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse.
    Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at the Assembly of God Church in Trout Creek. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Haight Township. The Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing assisted the family.


Wednesday, April 28, 2004

No obituaries this week everyone is doing fine!

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Norman Haataja, Sr.

     Norman Haataja, Sr., age 66, of Elo, died on April 17, 2004, at the Jacobetti Center for Veterans in Marquette, where he had been a patient for the lest few weeks. He lost a courageous three year battle with cancer.
     A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2004, at Elo Cemetery at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service at the Doelle Senior Citizen building in Tapiola. Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home of Ishpeming will be assisting the family.


Wednesday, April 14, 2004

George 'Fred' Biekkola

     George “Fred” Biekkola, 69, of L’Anse died on Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Hancock, on May 20, 1934 son of the late G. F. and Julia (McNamara) Biekkola. 
     Funeral services for Biekkola were on Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Father Greg Heikkala officiating. Biekkola’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net

George W. Wuornos

     George W. Wuornos, of Baraga, died on Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Shulstad Leisure Living in Baraga, where he has been a resident since 2000. 
     At the request of Wuornos there will be no visitation or funeral service. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.  Friends may sign his guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Leo R. Johnson

     Leo R. Johnson of Kronenwetter, WI, died on April 8, 2004 at Community Health Care Wausau Hospital.
     Funeral services were on Monday, April 12, 2004,at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Wausau. Rev. Dennis R. Creswell officiated. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are at www.petersonkraemer.com


Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Madeline A. Vizina

Madeline A. Vizina, age 85, of Baraga, died on Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baraga on Wednesday, April 7, 2004. Fr. Jamie Ziminski  officiated. Burial was in the Baraga Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Vizina’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Waino Niemi

     Waino Niemi, 84, of Mass City, died on Friday, March 26, 2004, at Maple Manor Nursing Center in Ontonagon. 
     A graveside service is planned for May 29, 2004, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Greenland, time to be announced. Friends may sign Niemi's guest book and send condolences at canefuneralhome.com

Oliver A. Tikkanen

     Oliver A. Tikkanen, age 87, a life-long resident of Herman, died on Friday, March 26, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     The funeral service was held on Monday, March 29, 2004, at Jacobson Funeral Home. Rev. Leon Linquist officiated. Burial will be in the Herman Cemetery in the spring. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family. 
     Friends may sign Tikkanen’s guest book and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Elizabeth I. “Sissy” Knapp

     Elizabeth I. “Sissy” Knapp, age 94, of L’Anse died on Monday, March 29, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. 
     The funeral service was held on Thursday, April 1, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Mathews officiated. Burial will be in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. 
     Friends may sign Knapp’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Stephen D. Condon

     Stephen D. Condon, 88, former Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney and retired Judge of the 12th Judicial District, died at his home on Thursday, March 25, 2004.
     The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, March 29, 2004 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Fr. Wayne Marcotte officiating. Spring interment will be at Hancock’s Lakeside Cemetery. The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock was in charge of the arrangements. 
     Memorials may be made to the Church of the Resurrection, Hancock, in the name of Stephen D. Condon. 

Clayton L. Fortier

     Clayton L. Fortier, 76, of Warren, died on Thursday, March 18, 2004, in William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI. He was born on July 15, 1927, in L’Anse.
     A funeral service was held at E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors, Sterling Heights. Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township


Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Robert J. Van Cleve

     Robert J. Van Cleve, 40, of L’Anse, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. 
     Funeral services for Robert will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Charles Brady officiating. Spring interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse and one hour prior to the services on Saturday. Van Cleve’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

 Russell Pineault

     Russell Pineault, 77, of L’Anse, died suddenly at his residence Friday, March 19, 2004. 
     A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at noon, Wednesday, March 24, 2004 from Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Norm Clisch was the Celebrant and spring burial will take place in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Pineault have been entrusted to Reid Funeral Service and chapel, L’Anse. Pineault’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Inez Charron

     Inez Charron, 84, of L’Anse, died March 17, 2004, quietly at home with her loving family at her side after a long courageous battle with cancer. 
     Funeral services for Charron were held March 19, 2004 at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Father Greg Heikkala officiating. Spring interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Superior Home Nursing and Hospice assisted the family during Charron's illness. Charron’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Karen L. Sweeney

     Karen L. Sweeney, age 76 a life-long resident of L’Anse, died suddenly at her home on Monday, March 15, 2004.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Friday, March 19, 2004, with Fr. Greg Heikkala officiating. Burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery in the spring.
      The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse assisted the family.
     Friends may sign Sweeney’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Harry C. Wreesman

     Harry C. Wreesman, age 92 of Skanee died on Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit. 
     The funeral service will was on Thursday, March 18, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. Fr. Greg Heikkala officiated. Burial will be in the Skanee Cemetery in the spring. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. 
     Friends may sign Wreesman’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Kenneth Bressette

     Kenneth Bressette, 63, of Baraga, died Monday, March 8, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse following a lengthy illness.  
     A memorial Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Bressette was held on Friday, March 12, 2004, at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins, with Father Greg Heikkala officiating.  Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse assisted the family with arrangements. Bressette’s complete obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Linda E. Pirhonen-Wade

     Linda E. Pirhonen-Wade, 84, of Negaunee, died on Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming following a lengthy illness.
     Visitation was held on Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Jacobson Funeral Home and on Monday at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. Pastor Michael Laakko officiated at the funeral service. Interment will take place in the spring in the Nisula Cemetery.
Pirhonen-Wade’s obituary may also be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Ralph Emil Siivola

     Ralph Emil Siivola, 82, of Metamora, MI, died on Wednesday, March 3, 2004. 
     Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church of Lapeer or the Finnish Center Association. Memorial services were held Sunday, March 14, 2004, in Lapeer.

Helen G. Harju

     Helen G. Harju, age 82, of Swartz Creek, died on Monday, March 8, 2004, at Genesys Health Park. Services were held on Thursday, March 11, 2004, at First Church of the Nazarene in Flint, with Pastor Donald N. Rucker officiating. Burial followed in Flint Memorial Park. 
     Friends may share their online condolences for the family at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com

Adelle Anita ‘Bubba’ Funke

     Adelle Anita ‘Bubba’ Funke , age 88 of L’Anse, died on Friday, March 12, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, where she had been a resident since 2001. 
     The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 13 at Jacobson Funeral Home. Fr. Greg Heikkala officiated. Burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Funke’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Sigrid F. Elsner

     Sigrid F. Elsner, age 92 of Durand, MI, died on March 11, 2004, at home in Durand. 
     Funeral services were conducted on Saturday March 13, 2004 at Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand. Her grandson, Rev. Alan Kinnunen, officiated. Spring burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand.

Clarke Edwin Alatalo

     Clarke Edwin Alatalo, 48, died on March 8, 2004, at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI. 
     A memorial service took place on March 11, 2004, at the Livingston County Wildlife and Conservation Club, Hamburg, MI. 


Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Janice I. Olsen

     Janice I. Olsen, age 67 of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, after a prolonged fight with cancer. She was at home with her family by her side.
     The funeral service was held on Thursday, March 4, 2004, with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Pequaming Cemetery. Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Olsen’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Anne Steinbach

Anne Steinbach, age 98 of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, March 13, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Greg Heikkala will officiate. Burial will take place in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.  Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Steinbach’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Rita C. Solberg

     Rita C. Solberg, age 76 of L’Anse, died on March 5, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
     A memorial mass for Solberg will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L’Anse later this spring. Interment will take place in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
     Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, has been entrusted with arrangements. Solberg’s obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net.

Clyde Leighton Baker

     Clyde Leighton Baker died on Jan. 24, 2004, at his home in Monarch Beach, CA, after a five-month battle with metastatic melanoma.
     A full military honor burial service was held in Paso Robles, CA with Rev. Steve Petty officiating.

Nathaniel Dayne LaBelle

     Nathaniel Dayne LaBelle, infant son of Christina LaBelle and Shane Pittsley, died on Monday March 1, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI. He was born that morning and went to the Lord in his mothers arms on that evening.
     Funeral services were held Monday evening at the Plowe Funeral Home, Fr. John Martignon officiating. Spring burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Mary M. “Mooge” DeCota

     Mary M. “Mooge” DeCota, age 51, of Zeba, died on Thursday, March 4, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse. 
    Funeral services for DeCota were held on Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Father Greg Heikkala officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Assinins Cemetery.   DeCota’s obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Kenneth Bressette

     Kenneth Bressette, 63, of Baraga, died on Monday, March 8, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse following a lengthy illness.      Funeral arrangements for Bressette are incomplete and will be announced later by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse.


Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Elzior C. “Al” Morin

     Elzior C. “Al” Morin, 87, of L’Anse, died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, following a lengthy illness at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. 
     Funeral services for Morin were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Father Heikkala officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. Military honors were conducted Tuesday under direction of Baraga County Area Veterans followed by a parish prayer service.   Morin’s obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Verna Elizabeth Tollefson

     Verna Elizabeth Tollefson, 88, of L’Anse died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2004 , following a lengthy illness at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. 
     Funeral services for Tollefson were held on Monday, March 1, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. Spring interment will take place in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Order of Eastern Star conducted services Sunday evening. Memorials are suggested to United Lutheran Church, L’Anse. Tollefson’s obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Robert P. Horton

     Robert P. Horton of Casa-Grande, AZ, formerly of L’Anse, Lake Linden, and for the past five years, Kincheloe, died on Feb. 3, 2004. Horton was 63 years old.
     Horton was an Army veteran. He had made prior arrangements to donate his remains to science. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

Violet Wilson

     Violet Wilson age 96, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Coldwater, MI, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 at “A Safe Haven Senior Living Care Home”, in Mesa. 
     The Mass of Christian Burial will were at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Coldwater, MI., on March 3, 2004, with Rev. Fr. Brian Stanley officiating. Interment will take place in Sidnaw Cemetery in the spring.
     Memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church, 150 Taylor Street, Coldwater, MI 49036. 

John R. Voakes, Sr.

     John R. Voakes, Sr., age 87, of L’Anse, died on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse. 
     The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Mathews will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Baraga Area Veterans Association will conduct military rites at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Following the service, luncheon and fellowship will be held in The Sharing Room located at the funeral home.
     Friends may sign Voakes’ guest book, send condolences and view his photo tribute at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Janice I. Olson

Janice I. Olson, age 67 of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at her home with her family by her side. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will announced by Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse.

Anne Steinbach

     Anne Steinbach, age 98 of L’Anse, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at Bayside Village in L’Anse. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse.

Gary R. Reed

     Gary R. Reed, 62, of Elo, died suddenly at his home, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004. 
     A memorial service for Reed will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 noon until time of service. Military honors will be conducted at 12:30 p.m., under direction of Baraga County Area Veterans. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse is assisting the family. Reed’s obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net


Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ronald Ernest “Pete” Peterson

     Ronald Ernest “Pete” Peterson, age 74 of L’Anse, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at his home following a lengthy illness. 
     A funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Jacobson Funeral Home. Fr. Greg Heikkala officiated. Spring burial will be in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Dona-tions may be made to Superior Home Care and Hospice. Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Peterson’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Marian M. Snyder

     Marian M. Snyder, age 76 of L’Anse, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.
     At request of the family there will be no visitation or funeral service. Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Snyder’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

 Mary N. “Mony” Getzen    

     Mary N. “Mony” Getzen, 85, died on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Hilltop Manor Health Care Center, Roscommon, MI. 
     A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Church, Roscommon on Feb. 19, 2004, with Fr. Anthony Citro officiating. Burial will be in Baraga Cemetery. Walsh Funeral Home, Roscommon, assisted the family. Memorials may be made to the national Parkinson’s Foundation. 

Arnold E. Gallup

     Arnold E. Gallup, age 84, Iron River Township, died on Friday Feb. 20, 2004, at his home.
     Friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Iron River. Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church The Rev. Brent Parish will officiate.  Members of the West Side Veterans Council will accord military rites at the funeral service. Burial will be in the Stambaugh Cemetery.
     Family and friends may share memories or leave messages of sympathy in the family’s online guestbook at www.langenbergfuneralhome. com. The Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel is serving the family.

Dorothy E. Dawson

     Dorothy E. Dawson, age 93 of L’Anse, died on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at her home with her family at her side. 
     Funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004 at Jacobson Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Saunders officiated. Burial will take place in the spring in L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. 
     Friends may sign Dawson’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, February 18, 2004

No obituaries this week, everyone is doing fine!

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Mildred F. McIntyre

     Mildred F. McIntyre, age 79 formerly of Sidnaw, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 at Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City, MI where she has been a resident since 1992.
    A funeral service will take place in the spring along with the burial in the Sidnaw Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may sign McIntyre’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Susan F. Crawford Lazzari

     Susan F. Crawford Lazzari, age 51 of Gladstone, died on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2004, at Mather Nursing Center. She is the daughter of Gloria Crawford Kent of L’Anse/Watton, and Earl R. Crawford, London, England.
     Funeral arrangements are in-complete at this time.


Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Linda Lou Chapman

     Linda Lou Chapman, age 55, of Ishpeming, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at her home in Ely Township.  
     Pastors Lauri Maki and Karen Wight Hoogheem officiated at Chapman’s funeral service. The Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday January 28, 2004

Gerald Anthony Seratti

     Gerald Anthony Seratti, age 67 of L’Anse died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 at Marquette General Hospital.
     The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Jan. 26 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Fr. Greg Heikkala officiated. Burial will be in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. Fellowship and a luncheon followed the service at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family. 
     Friends may sign Seratti’s guest book and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Danford Elmblad

     Danford Elmblad, age 45, of Cannonsburg/Belmont, MI died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004.
     A Memorial Mass was held on Jan. 24, 2004, at St. John Vianney Church, Wyoming, MI, with Fr. Larry King presiding. The family suggests donations to the Humane Society.

Helen A. Deter

     Helen A. Deter, age 78 of L’Anse died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at her home. 
     A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Deter’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

Steve Anderson

     Steve Anderson, age 46, of Pelkie died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at his sister’s home in Alston following a lengthy illness.
     A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga at 11 a.m. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family.
     Friends may sign Anderson’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com


Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Theodore H. Sandelin

     Theodore H. Sandelin, 96, of Ishpeming, formerly of Baraga County, died on Thursday morning, Jan. 15, 2004 at the Magnolia Care Center in Wadsworth, OH. 
     A funeral service was held on Jan. 20, 2004 at Pelkie Laestadian Church. Pastor James Frantti officiated. Interment will take place in the spring in the Pelkie Cemetery. 
     In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution may consider the Pelkie Laestadian Church. Sandelin’s obituary may be viewed at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com where relatives and friends can leave a note of remembrance in his guestbook. Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Arlene J. Hefnider

     Arlene J. Hefnider of Hastings, MN formerly of the Copper Country, died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at her home. She was 65 years old.
     Funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings, MN with interment in Lakeside Cemetery. The Rev. Doug Duin officiated. Her family served as pallbearers. 
     The Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

John Steven Rajala

     John Steven Rajala, born in Highland Park, MI, on Aug. 18, 1962, died on Jan. 13, 2004, in Lake Worth, FL. Rajala, the son of Jan (Daune) Smith of Covington, was an expert cabinet maker and carpenter, working for several firms in the West Palm Beach area. 
     A memorial service was held on Jan. 15, 2004, at Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross, West Palm Beach. The Rev. Michael Breznen officiated. A memorial service and spring burial will be held in Covington. A date will be announced later. 


Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Fred L. Wertheimer

     Fred L. Wertheimer of Dearborn died on Jan. 10, 2004, at the age of 97 after a brief illness.
     Services for Wertheimer are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at the Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Calvin Johnson

     Calvin Johnson, 92, of L’Anse, died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Bayside Village where he had been a patient for several years. 
     Funeral services for Johnson were held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 , at United Lutheran Church, L’Anse, with Pastor Leon Linquist officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery, Hancock. Baraga County Area Veterans conducted a military service. Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse was entrusted with funeral arrangements. Mr. Johnson’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Eleanore A. Tapani

     Eleanore A. Tapani, 80, of Baraga, died on Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for three days.  
     A memorial service for Tapani was held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Michael Laakko officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery, Hancock. Tapani’s obituary may be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Aune A. Christopher

     Aune A. Christopher, age 92 of L’Anse died on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 at Bayside Village in L’Anse where she has been a resident for the past 7 years.
     There will be no visitation. A graveside memorial service will take place in the spring in the Nisula Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. 
     Friends may sign Aune’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

Leonard R. Bartelli

     Leonard R. Bartelli, 93, Marquette, died on Jan. 11, 2004. He was born on Nov. 10, 1910, in Bessemer to Alfredo and Maria (Antonia) Bartelli.
     Visitation will be held on Friday Jan. 16, 2004, from 3-5 p.m. at the Swanson Lundquist Funeral Home, 926 N. Third St., Marquette, followed by a memorial service with Chaplain Ben Paris, of the Michigan State Police, officiating. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Ahmed Temple Shrine Transportation Fund, Michigan State Police Fallen Troopers Memorial Fund, or the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club. This obituary may also be viewed and guest book signed at www.swanson-lundquist.com


Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Mary T. Chrisinske

     Mary T. Chrisinske of Munith, MI, age 75, died Wednesday Dec. 31, 2003, at Foote Hospital in Jackson. 
     Funeral services were conducted on Saturday Jan. 3, 2004, at St. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church with Rev Fr. Michael A. Petroski presiding. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Oakland Hospice, St. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church or American Lung Association. Arrangements were made by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, MI.

Glenn W. Wilson

     Glenn W. Wilson, age 59 of Escondido, CA, and former Baraga resident died on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at his home after a long battle with cancer. 
     A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Baraga. Burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.

Eleanore A. Tapani

     Eleanore A. Tapani, age 80, of Baraga, died on Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse, where she had been a patient for three days. Funeral arrangements for Tapani are incomplete and will be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse.

Lloyd Francis "Victor" Hugo

     Lloyd Francis "Victor" Hugo, age 61, of Huron, OH, died on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003 at Fisher Titus Memorial Hospital in Norwalk, OH.
     A memorial service will be held in the spring. Burial will be in the Assinins Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.

Helen F. Sliger

     Helen F. Sliger, 73, of Covington, died on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse where she had been a patient for three days. 
     Funeral services for Sliger were held on Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with Pastor Leon Linquist officiating. Interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery in the Spring. The Covington VFW Post 8945 Auxiliary conducted a memorial service. Sliger’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Homer D. Elmblad

     Homer D. Elmblad, 85, of Iowa City, IA. and summer resident of L’Anse died on Monday, Dec. 29, 2003 in the loving arms of his daughter. 
     A local memorial service for Elmblad will be held for family and friends at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel. L’Anse in the spring. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements. Elmblad’s obituary may also be viewed at and condolences sent to www.rfsc.net

Dorothy M. (Adams) Christo

     Dorothy M. (Adams) Christo, 73, a former L’Anse resident, died on Dec. 26, 2003, following a 20 year struggle with Huntington’s Disease.
A funeral service was held Dec. 30, 2003, at McCurdy’s Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, IA. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Missouri Valley, IA.
     In lieu of other expressions of sympathy (the family suggests donations be made in memory of Dorothy M. Christo to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), 158 W. 29th St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or on line at www.hdsa.org then click on ways to give. Be sure to indicate Dorothy M. Christo memorial fund. For more information please call 1-800-345-HDSA (1-800-345-4372).

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