Obituary Archive for 2016

 

 

Sharon Wilcox, 75, of Quinnesec

Maxine M. Chartier-Stauffer, 88 of Kingsford

Delos R. Awrey, 84, of Iron Mountain

Meagan Ann Doty, 33, of Iron Mountain

Robert R. Wescher, 64, of Iron Mountain

County Board Handed Breitung Landfill Issue

William Joseph “Bill” Ragio, 71, of Spread Eagle

Ardis J. Larsen, 90, of Niagara

Robert J. Tauscheck, 78, of Kingsford

Ann Giuliani, 97 of Vulcan

Mary E. Jafolla, 78, of Aurora

Irving E. James, 77 of Crystal Falls

Gary W. LeClaire, 72, of Iron Mountain

James Keith Rasmussen, 92, of Kingsford

Lewis Robert Faust, Jr., 76, of Silver Lake

Max Jose Rivera, 78, of Kingsford

Robert D. “Bob” Weinfurter, 75, of Kingsford

John A. Harju, 73, of Crystal Falls

Mark E. Flunker, 58, of Florence

Shirley J. Pietrantonio, 84, of Kingsford

Leo H. Weese, 92, of Iron River

Judith A. Orn, 76, of Hamilton Lakes

Cameron J. Price, 18, of Kingsford

Frank E. Smith, 87, of Iron Mountain

Judy B. Barnett, 55, of Kingsford

Sandra Lou Dean, 70, of Iron Mountain

Evelyn P. Zeutzius, 97, of Kingsford

James Melvin Marlett, 73, of Iron Mountain

Sandra Mattia, 67, of Norway

Ethelene E. Oleksy, 87, of Norway

James A. Hood, 38, of Norway

Robert "Bob" Anderson, 60, of Crystal Falls

 

 

Kyle R. Redding
Age 24
Of Green Bay, formerly of Iron Mountain

 

Kyle R. Redding, 24, of Green Bay, formerly of Iron Mountain, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016. Kyle was born on May 24, 1992 in Escanaba. He attended Iron Mountain schools and was a 2010 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. He married Sara Parent on June 28, 2014 in Green Bay.

Kyle was a resident of this area for most of his life. He was very involved in hockey growing up and remained an avid hockey fan. Kyle loved everything outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and spending time at the family camp in Randville. Kyle's greatest joys were spending time with his family and caring for his boys. He will be remembered by many for his sense of humor and clever wit.

Kyle is survived by his wife, Sara; his children, Luca and Lennon Redding; his mother, Christine Redding of Iron Mountain; his father, Michael Redding of Florida, brothers, Gage and Patrick Redding of Iron Mountain; sister, Colleen Redding of Iron Mountain; maternal grandparents, Dick and Sally Pugh of Iron Mountain; Paternal grandmother, Turrie Ruppert of Florida; his mother and father in law, Michael and Tara Parent of Iron Mountain.

Visitation will be on Saturday, December 17 , 2016 from 9:00 until 11:00 AM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Pastor Kevin Sullivan will officiate.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.
 

Condolences to the family of Kyle Redding may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Robin E. Lindholm
Age 61
Of Kingsford

 

Robin E. Lindholm, 61, of Kingsford, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Freeman Nursing & Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford.

Robin was born February 16, 1955 in Lansing, daughter of the late Donald “Pete” and Shirley (Anderson) Chartier. She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1973 and was a lifelong resident of the area. Robin married Leonard Lindholm on June 30, 1985 in Iron Mountain. She loved needlework and was an avid quilter, making many quilts for family and friends. Robin enjoyed bowling, cooking, gardening, and interior design. She was proud to give hope & inspiration to women as a 15 year breast cancer survivor. Robin loved nothing more than spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Len; three daughters, Jamie “Punky” Lundholm (Adam Janssen) of Iron Mountain (son-in-law, Rich Lundholm), Anna “Sissy” Vicenzi (Toby Kelly) of Norway and Jody “JoJo” Dickerson of Iron Mountain; a son, Brian (Sandy) Lindholm of Iron Mountain; a brother, Pat (Brenda) Chartier of Quinnesec; grandchildren, Brandon & Payton Lindholm, Bailey, Reagan & Jackson Lundholm, Zachary, Jaden, Adrian, Bella & Charleigh, Devon & Gavin Dickerson, Ryan (Jen) Nelson and Kristi Nelson (Nate); a great grandson, Lucas Perry; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Robin was preceded in death by a son, Donald Chartier; two brothers, Randy and Rodney Chartier; a step-daughter, Linda Nelson; and her dog, Popcorn.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 on Saturday at the funeral home. Rev. Lee Liverance will officiate. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Robin Lindholm online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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BRUNO MARANA
AGE 90
OF KINGSFORD

Bruno Marana, 90, of Kingsford, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at ManorCare Health Care Facility, Kingsford.

He was born March 30, 1926, in Caspian, son of the late Angelo and Emma (Fontana) Marana. He attended Caspian Elementary and graduated from Stambaugh High School, Class of 1944. After graduation Bruno enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific during WW II, from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Bruno met his future wife, Anita Vezzetti, through mutual friends when she came home from Chicago for her grandmother’s funeral. They were married on January 5, 1957 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian.

He attended Wayne State University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health. Bruno played four years of varsity football as a center on offense and a linebacker on defense. He was inducted into the Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. After graduation from Wayne State, he spent one year teaching physical education at Detroit Country Day High School until 1955. In 1958, Bruno returned to his first love of coaching football and was named head football coach at Ishpeming High School. He was also the elementary and high school physical education teacher, swim teacher, baseball coach, and junior varsity basketball coach. In 1965, Bruno attended Northern Michigan University for his Master’s Degree in Health Education and Administration. He was promoted to assistant principal and athletic director until 1979. While in Ishpeming, Bruno became a well-known basketball and football official.

In 1979, Bruno along with his family moved to Kingsford, where he became the Assistant Principal at Kingsford High School, retiring in 1993. He decided he didn’t want to attend anymore high school dances so he returned in 1993 to become the assistant junior varsity high school coach at Iron Mountain. He missed the contact with the people and decided to spend a couple years substituting in the local area.

Athletics were very important to him and he was involved as a coach, parent, and athletic director. His favorite quote before games to his children was, “If you don’t win, don’t come home.” They knew this wasn’t really true but, reminded them of the importance of winning.

Bruno is survived by his wife Anita; two sons, Mark (Lisa) Marana of Negaunee, Mich. and Dr. Peter Marana, Norway, Mich.; and five grandchildren, Mario, Mykka, Kennan, Michael and Aimee.

In addition to his parents, Bruno was preceded in death by one brother, Geno and three sisters, Mary Kmiecik, Rena Roehrig and Ada Binter.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain.

Memorials can be made to the Wayne State University Football Program in Bruno’s memory.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Bruno’s legacy of life.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Bruno or leave a condolence for his family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Carol J. Biehl
Age 80
Of Iron Mountain

 

Carol J. Biehl, 80, of Iron Mountain, died December 13, 2016 at her home. Carol was born in Dearborn, Michigan on March 29, 1936, daughter of the late Peter and Evelyn (Lezotte) Rasmusson . She was the operating room secretary for 28 years. In her retirement she managed a laundromat for the next 11 years. She married Dennis Biehl who preceded her in death in 1984. Together they had five wonderful children. Carol was a devout Catholic. She was a member of St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a Vincentian - a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - for 40 years. Carol loved spending time in the Adoration Chapel praying her rosary for all those she loved so much including her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her five children; Michael (Rob) Biehl, Kenneth (Rae Ann) Biehl, Cynthia (Thomas) Gordon, Karen (Lori) Biehl, and Lori (Eric) Sturm; a brother, Ronald; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis.

Visitation will be held at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain at 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 16th followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM with Fr. Janusz Romanek presiding.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Carol Biehl online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com


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William M. “Bill” Collard
Age 75
Of Florence

 

William M. “Bill” Collard, 75, of Florence, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

He was born in Owosso, Michigan, the son of Merle and Margaret (Schlaack) Collard. Bill was employed 1965 thru 1982 with General Motors – Buick in Flint, Grede Foundries thru 2008; and as a private foundry consultant thru 2013. Bill was involved in many industry and local associations but is remembered most for his strong character, personality, and knowing the value of work.

He leaves his beloved wife, Marcia and his sons, Merle and Mike both of whom reside near Louisville KY. He also leaves siblings, Robert, Bonnie Rogers, David, Margot Rust, Greg, and Rebecca Maybaugh from Owosso, MI. He leaves grandchildren, Trevor Berndt, Rebecca, Alexander, Matthew, Madelyn, Brayden and great-grandchildren, Kennedy Berndt and Sydney Berndt in addition to several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Tom from Owosso, Michigan.

The family will be holding private service.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Bill Collard online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Toni Rae Carey, 62, of Channing, passed away peacefully at her home on December 10th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Toni was born on October 7, 1954 in Ishpeming, Michigan, daughter of the late Earl and Alice (Johnson) Arola.

She was a 1972 graduate of Republic High School and a 1975 graduate of St. Luke's School of Nursing in Marquette. Toni was a registered nurse known and loved by her patients for her compassion, kindheartedness, and intelligence. She worked at Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming before moving to Iron Mountain to work at the VA Hospital from 1979-1987. She finished her career at Dickinson County Hospital where she worked on the surgical and medical floors until 2006.

Toni married Jim Carey on March 1, 1980 at the United Methodist Church in Republic, spending nearly 37 wonderful years together. Toni and Jim settled in Sawyer Lake where they raised three children and made an incredible life for themselves.

Toni enjoyed gardening, collecting recipes, rose mauling, and creating rag rugs on her 100 year old loom. She loved to walk with her golden retriever Ponsse, ride her bike, and cross country ski. Toni and Jim enjoyed camping and traveling together and attending their kids sporting events over the years.

Toni was a devoted wife, mother, and dog owner. She was very proud of her heritage and enjoyed any and all things Finnish. She was and will forever continue to be an inspiration to everyone who knew her, especially to her husband and children. Toni had a heart for caring for people, and had so much love for her family and friends. Toni was a member of the United Methodist Church in Republic where she attended throughout her life.

Toni is survived by her husband, Jim; 3 children, Ryan (Kylie) Carey of Humboldt, MI, Lindsay Carey at home, and Erin (Justin) Dillon of Witch Lake, MI; 5 grandchildren, Carver, Finley, Sawyer, and Scout Carey, and Lucy Dillon; 2 sisters, Connie (Dennis) Valenti and Wanda (Dave) Holsworth, both of Republic.

Toni was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Alice Arola, two unborn children, and her mother-in-law, Joanne Carey.

Visitation will be from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm(noon) CST on Thursday, December 15th at the St. Rose Church in Channing. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm at the church. Pallbearers will be; Ryan Carey, Justin Dillon, Wade Holsworth, Chad Bruno, Jim Battye, and Brian Nurmi. Burial will be in the Sagola Township Cemetery.

Toni's family would like to give a special thank you to everyone at Mill Creek Senior Living Community in Marquette. The personal and loving care Toni received during respite stays was like she was at home. The help Mill Creek gave us at home in the last week is greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank Sandy Blockland for the care at home she gave each day.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been set up at mBank of Marquette (857 W Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855) in Toni's name for the Alzheimer's Association.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Thomas “Tom” J. Piche
Age 70
Of Niagara

 



Thomas “Tom” J. Piche of Niagara, passed away at home on December 6, 2016, at the age of 70 and journeyed to his heavenly home.

Tom was born on March 5, 1946. to Lena Piche and Clarence Piche of Niagara. Tom was a 1964 graduate of Niagara High School and a Korean Army Veteran. Tom worked his entire career at the Niagara paper mill as a coating plant operator until retiring in 2008.

Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved to hunt for ginseng. He also enjoyed camping and spending time with family.

Tom is survived by his wife Sylvia of 43 years, son Dennis (Pam) Smart, daughters Corrina Lukesh, Sharon (David) Antonissen, and Renee’ Weber. Grand Children: Adam Smart, Amanda Hindes, Stephanie Backus, Shawna (Aaron) Beasley, Julia Antonissen, David Antonissen, Sarah DePas, Hannah Antonissen, Casey Antonissen, Logan Weber, Colton Weber, and six great grand children, along with many in-laws, and nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, two son-in-laws, Dan Weber and Robert Lukesh, and one grandson, Cody DePas.

As requested by Tom, there will be no services held.

The family has entrusted Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

 

Condolences to the family of Thomas J. Piche may be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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George A. Tinti
Age 81
Of Norway

 

George A. Tinti, age 81, of Norway, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.

He was born on March 7, 1935 in Norway, the son of the late Americo and Elizabeth (Smith) Tinti.

George graduated from Norway High School in 1953. Served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1954-56, returned to study at Michigan State University receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1959 and going on to the Institute of Pulp and Paper Chemistry receiving his Master’s Degree in 1961.

George married Joan Y. Hayes on September 20, 1955 at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

He started working for Kimberly Clark in Munising and moved to the Niagara Paper Mill in 1964 and stayed until retirement in 1997.

George was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Norway, an avid marathon runner, who competed in marathons all across the Midwest, multiple Boston Marathons and in his travels competed in Finland. He was the race director for the Norway Spring Classic for many years.

He enjoyed the outdoors, the forest and trees, traveling with Joan, an avid MSU alumni and fan and especially like spending time with his family and friends.

George is survived by his wife of 61 years Joan; sons Steven (Debra) Tinti of Crystal Falls, Daniel Tinti of Iron Mountain and David Tinti of Norway; daughter Kathryn (Brian) St. Germain of Marquette; grandchildren Melissa, Christopher and Jason Tinti and Amanda St. Germain; brother Lawrence (Susan) Tinti of Norway; sister Margaret (Lee) Meneghini of Norway; sister-in-law Janice Tinti; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother Ernest Tinti.

Private family services will be held.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Norma Maxine Person
Age 95
Of Iron Mountain

 

Norma Maxine Person, 95, went to be with the Lord on December 3, 2016 at Freeman’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford.

Norma was born Christmas Eve, 1920 in Sisseton, SD, daughter of Fred and Edith (Dallman) Williams. She graduated from Iron Mountain high school in 1939. After graduation, she worked for Cudlip’s Drug Store as a bookkeeper. She later worked as a seamstress for Rita’s Tailor Shop. Norma married Earl Person on March 11, 1944 at Immanuel Baptist Church. Earl preceded her in death on March 10, 2006.

She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for most of her life where she came to know her Lord and Savior. Her love for the Lord was evident in how she lived her life; she prayed daily for her family and friends. Norma served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and youth leader. She was comfortable cooking for large groups and used this gift at church functions, Bible camps, and opening her home to visiting pastors, missionaries and friends.

Norma helped initiate the local Christian Women’s Club and Campfire Girls. She volunteered for fundraising efforts with the Band Club at school. Her creativity flourished in the Hospital League making beautiful sequined Christmas decorations. She was locally known for her laugh, her easy smile, and the magnificent peonies and flowers in her backyard.

Norma Person is survived by her son, Gordon (Karen) Person, and daughters Phyllis (Clem) Fleury, and Sharon (Bruce) Olson. She is also survived by grandchildren Jean Fleury, Jerry (Junie Barraw) Fleury, Brian Olson, Kristen (Brad) Toth, Scott (Tara) Person and Ryan (Becky) Person, Linnea (Ian) Browning; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

In accordance with Norma’s wishes, private services will be held at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. It will be officiated by Pastor Pete Erickson of First Covenant Church where Norma has been attending. Burial will be at Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

Gifts given in memory of Norma to will be used to purchase Bibles for Gideon’s International.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Norma Person at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com


 

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Beverly A. (Reiten) Marchetti
Age 85
Of Norway

 

Beverly A. (Reiten) Marchetti, age 85, of Norway, went home to be with her Lord at Evergreen Heights Assisted Living in Kingsford, on December 5, 2016.

She was born on April 10, 1931 at the home of her parents, the late Herman and Elizabeth (Lindquist) Reiten in Kingsford.

She was raised in Kingsford and graduated from Kingsford High School in 1949.

In her youth she was an excellent swimmer and was chosen to attend the Red Cross Water Safety Facility in Whitehall, MI. For two years she taught water safety and lifeguards and worked as a lifeguard during the summer. She was also employed by Red Owl Stores, and a part-time employee at DeRidder's Supermarket. She worked for many years as a paraprofessional at Norway-Vulcan Area Schools.

On September 1, 1951 she married the love of her life, Bill Marchetti at St. Barbara's Church in Vulcan, MI. They celebrated fifty years of marriage before his death in 2002.

While raising her family she became an excellent seamstress, sewing most of her daughter's clothes. She enjoyed swimming, going to camp with her family, playing horse shoes, playing cards and bowling. She was very proud to be named to the Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame in 2000.

She was a former member of Anderson Hospital Auxiliary, Jake Menghini Museum Auxiliary, Women's Victory Bowling League, and St. Barbara's Church where she had been a Lector and Eucharistic Minister since 1979.

Bev is survived by her two sons, Bill (Beth) Marchetti of Norway, and Mark (Sharon) Marchetti of Norway Township, and four daughters, Gina (Pat Boivin) Marchetti of Pembine, Lisa (Buck) Becker of Vulcan, Diane Bray of Norway, and Maria (Gary) Gardipee of Foster City; seven grandchildren, Mike Styberski of Norway, Sarah (Josh) Cowen of Madison, WI, Brenda (Jeff) Gurchinoff of Kingsford, Dana (Kurt Paquin) Blichmann of Gwinn, Alissa (Dave) Johnson of L'Anse, Jordan (Brooke Sanford) Marchetti of Florence, WI, Mariah (Paul Yakowenko) Marchetti, of Iron Mountain; one great-grandson, Evan Marchetti of Norway; a sister, Margaret Marcolini of Venice, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Bill, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister June Santoni; a brother Francis (Skitz) Reiten and her son-in-law Kim Bray.

Family will greet friends on Monday morning, December 12 from 8:00 until 10:00 AM at St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 at St. Barbara’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery in the spring.

Family request memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Barbara’s Church Restoration Fund.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Paul Robert Koepp
Age 69
Of Florence

 


Paul Robert Koepp, 69, of Florence, passed peacefully from this life to his eternal home in heaven on Monday December 5, 2016 at his home with his loving family at his side.

Paul was born on Dec. 27. 1946 in Milwaukee, the son of the late Robert and Eleanor (Juern) Koepp. He married the love of his life, Sharleen “Sherry” Porr on Dec. 15, 1973 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Shirley, WI. The couple lived in Milwaukee until moving to Florence in 1978.

Paul enjoyed his many years working for the Florence School District. He loved the students and had a special gift and love for children with special needs. He shared his love for Christ as a leader of the KINGS youth group of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Many happy times were spent with family and friends at the lake in Watersmeet. He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry, two sons Robert (Lisa) Koepp of Bonduel and Ryan (Misty Baker) Koepp of Florence, three grandchildren Natalie, William, and Luke, one sister Sally (Ron) Neist of Round Lake, IL, step-mother Betty Koepp, of Wimauma, Florida, three sisters-in-law Carol (Roger) Bubolz of Reedsville, WI, Llana (Arlin) Sonnabend of Howard, WI, and Marlys (Jim) Morehouse of Oconomowoc, WI, and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by infant twin brothers, Warren and Gary Koepp.

Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 307 West H Street in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 at the church. Rev. Stephen Lehmann will officiate.

Memorials may be given in Paul’s memory to Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, or the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Leonard, Dickinson Home Health, the staff at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, and especially the radiology team for their support and kindness.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Paul R. Koepp online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Mark W. Lies
Age 63
Of Kingsford

 

Mark W. Lies, 63, of Kingsford, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born on August 21, 1953 in Chicago, son of Arthur & Marian (Morris) Lies, Jr.

Mark grew up in Chicago and graduated from Taft High School in Chicago, class of 1971. He worked for Radio Shack as their computer manager in both Chicago and Milwaukee. Mark married Sharon (Petrovick) on May 5, 1984 in Milwaukee. In 1986, they relocated to Kingsford, where he worked at Soundnorth Audio Video store in Iron Mountain for many years before purchasing the business in 2010.

He was an active member of American Martyrs Catholic Church, Kingsford and the Iron Mountain/Kingsford Bishop Baraga Knights of Columbus Council #1585. Mark served as a Boy Scout leader for over 20 years, he thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with the scouts over the years and his leadership inspired many of our local boy scouts in the area. He enjoyed working with computers and his first computer is still operational. Mark was a member of the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association. He had many fond memories of growing up on the chain where he fished and spent time at the family cottage.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Sharon; two sons, Nicholas (Janna) Lies, Gwinn, Mich. and David Lies, Kingsford; one daughter Samantha Lies, Appleton; his parents Arthur (Marian) Lies, Kingsford; two brothers Arthur Lies, Spread Eagle and Scott Lies, Central Wisconsin; one sister Barbara (David) Braner, Orlando, Fla.; one granddaughter Eleanor and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Prayers will be recited on Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30 AM at the Jacobs Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Rev. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

A memorial will be established in Mark’s memory.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Mark’s legacy of life.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Mark or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Lenore F. Stankevich
Age 90
Of Norway

 

Lenore F. Stankevich age 90 of Norway, died on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at her home in Norway.

She was born on October 26, 1926 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late John and Violet (Thayer) Troyan.

Lenore married Jerome Stankevich on January 17, 1948 at St. Mary’s St. Joseph’s in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on December 26, 2008.

Lenore was a very independent woman, a very good role model for her children and grandchildren, a strong woman that was able to live her whole life in her own home.

She was very proud to be from 25 Location in Iron Mountain and enjoyed the gatherings of the families of that area and socializing.

Lenore loved her yard, gardening, feeding and watching the wildlife that came to her home, and traveling and going camping with her family.

Lenore is survived by her children Jeri (Gary) Giannunzio of Norway, Susan (Terry) Ries of Menasha, WI, Jerome “Sonny” (Wanda) Stankevich, Jr. of Powers and Lenore (Ken) Frohmader of West Bend, WI; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister Lucille (Mike) Rich of St. Paul, MN; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Joyce Nowack.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 10 from Noon until 1:00 PM at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 on Saturday at the Ortman Funeral Home with Deacon Mike LeBeau, of OSF Home Care Services officiating.

Interment will be held on Monday, December 12 at 10:00 AM at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

Lenore’s family would like to thank and recommend OSF Home Care Services for all their loving care and generosity.

 

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Jon G. Hicks
Age 54
Of Iron Mountain

 

Jon G. Hicks, 54, of Iron Mountain, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

He was born November 20, 1962 in Iron Mountain, the son of Gordon and Lindes (Osterberg) Hicks. Jon graduated from Kingsford High School in 1982 and went on to attend vocational school and complete his journeyman electrician apprenticeship. Over the past 30 years he worked in California, Wisconsin & Michigan as a union lineman. Many times he did highline work suspended from a helicopter. Jon was a member of the Kiwanis Ski Club and an avid ski jumper, competing several years at Pine Mountain. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with family and friends.


He is survived by his wife, Shannon; three daughters, Stephanie (Duane) Olson of Rosemount, MN, Whitney Hicks and Tarah (Dylan) Tarsi, both of Plover, WI; two grandchildren, Lucas & Hailey; his father, Gordon Hicks of Iron Mountain; a brother, James (Barbara) Hicks of Kingsford; a sister, Cindy (Dan) Harrington of Iron Mountain; the mother of his daughters, Vicki Kleisner; nieces & nephews, Derek, Meagan, Caleb and Danny Harrington and Brady, Kaitlyn & Brett Hicks; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jon was preceded in death by his mother, Lindes Hicks and an infant sister, Amy Sue.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 9, at the First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain. A memorial service will follow at 12:00 at the church. Rev. Peter Erickson will officiate.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Jon Hicks online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Irving E. Perkins
Age 89
Of Merriman

 

Irving E. Perkins, 89, of Merriman, passed away on Tuesday evening, November 29, 2016 at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. He was born in December of 1926 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Alfred and Hazel (Anderson) Perkins. He married Dorothy Peterson in September of 1944 in Iron Mountain. They had spent more than 72 wonderful years together. Irving was drafted in 1945 by the United States Army during WWII and sent to Camp Fannin Army Base in Paris, TX for his Basic Training. He was then shipped out to the Asiatic- Pacific Theatre of Operation. Irving was a Corporal, stationed in Hawaii when he received his honorable discharge in July of 1946.

He returned home and was hired by Lakeshore Manufacturing. Irving worked there for more than 44 years, retiring in 1988 as an Inspector. He was a member of the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post #50, a life member of the V.F.W Post # 3674, and worshipped with his wife at the First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain.

Irving is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; His children, Marcia (John) Maki of Iron Mountain, Michael (Brigitte) Perkins of St. Joseph, MI, Linda (Larry) Small of West Dundee, IL, and Keith (Cindy) Perkins of Janesville, WI; 11 grandchildren; many great and great- great grandchildren.

Irving was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Perkins on August 8, 2000; a brother, Garfield Perkins; and a sister, Jeanette Perkins.

Private Family Services and Full Military Honors will take place in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral Arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Irving E. Perkins may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Charles “Charlie”
L. Pellegrini

Age 81
Of Norway

 

Charles “Charlie” L. Pellegrini, 81, of Norway, passed away, surrounded by family on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on April 9, 1935 in Norway, son of the late Louis and Esther (Cologna) Pellegrini.

Charlie married Terese Neveau, of Niagara, on June 23, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norway.

He grew up on the family farm in Norway and developed a strong work ethic, and graduated from Vulcan High School in 1953.

Charlie served his country and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1954 and served in the Strategic Air Command. He was honorably discharged in 1958 and recently had the privilege of going on the UP Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. with his son Chuck.

He was employed at the Niagara Paper Mill for 40 years. He also drove school bus for his father and his brother Roger for many years. During his retirement he could be found helping his brother Roger at the Pellegrini farm in Vulcan.

Charlie enjoyed reading, walking his dogs, was an avid cross-country skier and a big fan of the Green Bay Packers. He spent many hours in his garden and enjoyed sharing produce with his friends and family. Charlie was always meticulous in the care of his vehicles, especially his Ford truck “Big Red”, and spent time each week going to breakfast with his buddies.

Family was very important to him; he especially loved spending time with his grandkids. He was very proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Terese, of 54 years; daughter Shari (Dan) Pellizzer of Iron River; sons Charles (Nancy) Pellegrini of Norway and Frank Pellegrini of Appleton, WI; grandchildren Tony (Abby) Neuens, Kurt Neuens, Lexi Pellizzer and Calli Pellizzer; great-grandson Henry Neuens; sisters Janis Tinti of Norway and Dorothy (Ron) Ferris of Grand Rapids; brother Roger Pellegrini of Vulcan; two exchange student granddaughters Carmen Hoyer of Germany and Lovisa Alenmark of Sweden; and a special godchild Rachel Minnella.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law Lawrence and Antoinette Neveau, brothers Ronald and William and brother-in-law Ernest Tinti.

Family will greet friends on Saturday, December 10 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Norway.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.

Interment will be held at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

 

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Jeremiah Daniel Nichols
Infant son of James and
Jackie (Makoutz) Nichols

Jeremiah Daniel Nichols, infant son of James and Jackie (Makoutz) Nichols, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include his loving parents, James and Jackie Nichols, Iron Mountain; one brother, Wesson McClain, Florence, Wis.; one sister, Abigail Makoutz, Iron Mountain; paternal grandparents; Wayne and Dorothy Nichols, Aurora, Wis.; maternal grandparents, Fred and Debbie Huber, DePere, Wis.; maternal great-grandparents, Lee and Dorothy Spencer, Iron Mountain; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Private family services will be held.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Jeremiah’s legacy of life.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Jeremiah or leave a condolence for his family online at:
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Ada M. Alexander
Age 65
Of Homestead

 

Ada M. Alexander, age 65, of Homestead, passed away on November 25, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Florence.

Ada was born on September 24, 1951 in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Thomas and Kathryn (McCaskey) Jurgella. Following her graduation from high school she worked in the Milwaukee area as a nurse’s aide for several years and later worked for many years at Master Lock Corp. Ada married Nicholas Alexander on July 1, 1977 in Milwaukee. They made their home in Milwaukee until retiring to Homestead in 2003. Ada and Nick had a passion for music and over the years attended hundreds of concerts and music festivals. Most of all she loved her family. She also loved living in the quiet solitude of the north woods.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Tom and John Jurgella.

Ada is survived by her husband, Nicholas; her sisters, Mary Gross of Racine, WI, Connie (William) Randall of Milwaukee, WI, Caroline Bencz of Pembine, WI, Carol (Edward) Fry of Pembine, WI, Moana (Zarko) Stefanovic of Milwaukee, WI and Debbie (Morris) Gil of Milwaukee.

Private family services will be held.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.

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Dr. Ralph Everett Carlson, 95, passed away on November 23, 2016, after a full life and surrounded by loved ones.

Ralph came from very humble beginnings, born in the farming town of Prentice, Wisconsin on October 28th, 1921 to parents Alice and Ben Carlson. After graduating from Kingsford High School, he worked nights and weekends to put himself through Augustana College. He then attended medical school, enrolling in the US Army’s program at the University of Illinois- Chicago and completing his internship/residency at Cook County Hospital. While in Chicago, he met his wife Cynthia Alexander of Iron Mountain, to whom he was married for 69 years.

After leaving Cook County Hospital, Dr. Carlson completed a two-year residency in surgery at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, during which time his first daughter was born. He was honorably discharged as a Captain (US Army Medical Corps), and then spent another 3 1/2 years at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he qualified as American Board Certified in surgery, and became a father of two more daughters. A Fellow of the highly respected American College of Surgeons, Dr. Carlson eventually was chosen its examiner.

In 1953, the Carlson family moved home to Iron Mountain where Ralph began his surgical practice with his father in-law, the late Dr. William H. Alexander. Ralph practiced surgery for 33 years, during which he often expressed his gratitude in finding a like-minded partner in Dr. Paul Trump. In addition, he was grateful for the dedicated doctors and nurses with whom he was privileged to practice medicine while at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital (DCH), where he served as Chief of the Medical Staff and Chief of Surgery. Ralph was deeply respected for his gracious manner, his "magic hands" in the operating room, and his love of good music. When he retired, his former patients often wrote letters to him, praising his skills and declaring how much they missed him as their doctor.

Throughout his life, Ralph was active in the community that he loved so dearly. As co-founder of the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital Foundation, one of his proudest accomplishments, he helped raise over a million dollars to support a variety of programs and equipment purchases. He was also an active member of the DCH Board of Trustees and the Chamber of Commerce. At the time of his death, he was a member of the 6-7-8 Club, the Chippewa Club, Pine Grove Country Club and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Ralph was an avid sportsman and loved the great outdoors, having been an excellent tennis player and downhill skier in his younger years. He relished recounting stories about his numerous hunting and fishing trips to Montana, British Columbia, Alaska and north of the Arctic Circle. On a more local level, he loved spending time with his friends and family on Sun Dog Lake. Many fond memories of deer hunting, snowmobiling and Christmas tree cutting parties at this magical place have been shared over the years. After retiring and moving to Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, he and Cynthia took up cross country skiing with friends, often skiing for miles on the frozen lake and swamps behind it. In the summer, Ralph turned his focus to golf, a passion of his throughout his entire life. He played until his 94th year, once sinking a 30 foot putt, despite being classified as legally blind due to macular degeneration.

Ralph was also an excellent cook and early advocate of the “farm to table” concept, often driving miles to find his favorite sweet white corn. Ralph especially loved when his extended family gathered around one of the dinners that he helped prepare. Family, good food and good conversations (along with wins by his beloved Packers) were things that made him happy. Many a recipe card containing one of “Ralph’s Recipes” will now contain tear stains – a result of realizing that he will no longer be there to enjoy the meal.

Above all, Ralph was blessed to have a wonderful extended family both here in the UP and in Bonita Springs, FL where he spent many winters. Thanks to his zest for life and love of family (no doubt a key to his longevity), Ralph’s children and grandchildren spent countless happy summer vacations at Spread Eagle. A rainy day never kept him down – there was always a card game to play with “the kids” – especially gin. Ralph will always be remembered and loved for his wry (even wicked) sense of humor, gentle nature, and compassionate attitude. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.

Dr. Carlson was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Waldo and Duane Carlson. He is survived by his wife Cynthia and three daughters Deborah (Norm) Miede, Meredith Carlson, and Marsha (Ted) Hodges, and his grandchildren who adored him –Teddy and Gavin Hodges; Mara, Nick and Lisa Herron; and Nick, Matt, and Dan Miede.

Thank you to all the people who kept Ralph close to them in his final years. He was extremely grateful, and spoke fondly of you all.

Friends may call from 9:30 until 11:30 AM Thursday, December 1, at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 at the Church. Rev. Robert Gordon will officiate.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

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Arthur C. Tappy
Age 84
Of Niagara

 

Arthur C. Tappy, 84, of Niagara, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 17, 1932 in Spalding, son of the late Joseph and Erna (Henring) Tappy. Art grew up in Niagara and attended school there. He served in the United States Navy from 1953 until he was honorably discharged in 1956. In his younger years and after the service Art worked on the family farm. He married Lola Betters on June 22, 1957 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. Art worked as a papermaker for the Niagara Paper Mill for 44 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Art owned and operated a Christmas tree farm in Niagara which he enjoyed running for many years. He was an avid deer hunter, four-wheeler, Green Bay Packer fan, gardener, handyman, always tinkering around the house, and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren.

Art is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lola; three sons, Paul (Tina) Tappy, Wisconsin Rapids, Ken (Lori) Tappy, Iron Mountain and Bob Tappy, Niagara; four grandchildren, Ryan, Kendra (Matt), Deanna (Matt) and Monte; and seven great grandchildren, Spencer, Evelyn, Brooke, Sarah, Hannah, Taylor and Alayna.

In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by four brothers, Joe, Jim, Lawrence and George; and two sisters, Lucille and Lillian.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 30, from 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be held at Noon on Wednesday at the funeral home. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate. Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Art’s legacy of life.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Art or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Thomas G. Bornfleth
Age 69
Of Niagara

 

Thomas G. Bornfleth, 69, of Niagara, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 24, 2016. He passed away unexpectedly as a result of a heart attack.

Tom was born June 3, 1947 in Iron Mountain, son of the late William and Georgia (Strauss) Bornfleth. He graduated from Kingsford High School in 1965 and went on to attend Ferris State University. He graduated from F.S.U. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Trade Technical Education and a history minor. Tom married Catherine Person on June 7, 1969 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Iron Mountain. He has been an active and faithful member of the church since moving back to the area after retiring. He enjoyed music, playing the guitar and loved animals. Tom had a passion for 1950’s cars and enjoyed taking rides in his 57 Chevy. He was an avid model railroader and repaired many O-gauge trains. Tom had a big heart and was handy at fixing just about anything. Because of this, he was always there to help anyone in need. He loved nothing more than spending time at the cottage and having a campfire by the lake with family and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cathy; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Person; three children, Chad (Brenda) Bornfleth, Jon (Ellisha) Bornfleth and Amanda Bornfleth (Thomas Trippler); five grandchildren, Micah, Caleb, Lydia, Daniel and Samuel Bornfleth; brothers, James Bornfleth, Kurt (Ramona) Person and Ross (Katie) Person; sisters, Barb (Tom) Gauthier, Rhonda (Wes) Thomas-Peters and Jaye (Jeff) Carroll; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 30, from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Iron Mountain. A memorial service will follow at noon at the church. Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Niagara Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.


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Patricia M. Wall
Age 69
Of Waucedah

 

Patricia M. Wall, 69, of Waucedah, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Patricia was born on March 10, 1947, daughter of Edward and Mildred (Viergutz) Erl. She grew up in Medford, Wisconsin, and graduated from Medford High School, Class of 1965. Pat married Lee Hugo Wall. He preceded her in death. Pat lived in the Fox Valley, the Neenah Menasha - Appleton, Wisconsin area until moving to Waucedah where she had resided for the past 40 plus years. She was an active member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan. Pat served as the director of Religious Education for the Holy Spirit Catholic School in Norway, Waucedah Township Treasurer and was a beautician at her home in Waucedah for over 30 years.

She enjoyed her scrapbooking and card making group, cooking, baking, and especially the time she spent with her family and friends.

Pat is survived by two sons, Christopher (Lisa Lynne) Wall, Sanford, Mich. and Michael (Angela Marie) Wall, Chicago, Illnois; her mother, Mildred Erl, Medford, Wisconsin; one brother, Lee Erl, Holcombe, Wisconsin; one sister, Nancy (Erl) Rehbein, Menasha, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Megan Hope, Ashley Grace and Alexander Edward Wall and one nephew, Thomas Allen Rehbein.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee and her father, Edward.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 27, from 1:00 until 3:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and on Monday, November 28, from 9:00 until 10:00 AM at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 Monday morning at the church. Reverend Father Tim Ekaitis will officiate. Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Holy Spirit Catholic School in Norway, in Pat’s memory.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Pat’s legacy of life.

 



You may light a candle in remembrance of Pat or leave a condolence for her family online at:

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Joyce C. Eyers
Age 93
Of Iron Mountain

Joyce C. Eyers, 93, of Iron Mountain peacefully passed onward with family at her side at 2:40 PM on Monday, November 21, 2016.

Joyce will be best remembered for her love affair with her husband of 66 years, Calvin Monroe Eyers. Her unwavering love, care, and concern will always be held in heart by her three Children Coleen Jane, William Kenneth, and Cal Robert.Joyce C. Pavey was born August 28, 1923, Iron Mountain, Michigan. “Yooper to the bone!". After four months of courtship she married the love of her life January 8, 1949 Calvin Monroe Eyers.

She was a 1941 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. She then attended business school in Milwaukee. At one point she worked at the Ford Plant in Kingsford as a Supervisor of Business Machines. Joyce was a member of Lady Elks, Duplicate Bridge Club, and UCT. In her spare time she enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, and reading.

Joyce is survived by her three children; sons, William (Dana) Eyers of Oconomowoc, and Cal Eyers of Iron Mountain; and daughter, Coleen Denamer of Green Bay. Six grandchildren, Robert and Angela DeNamur, Gina Perkins, Jason, Brittany, and Jared (Sully) Eyers; and three great grandchildren, Dina Eyers, and Cayden and Liliana Perkins also survive

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Eyers who passed away April 16, 2015; sisters, Rosemary Konkol and Vivienne Klenc; and brother, William Pavey.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 29 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, with a Noon service at the funeral home. Rev. James Danielson will preside.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.


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Doris I. Kriegl
Age 93
Of Homestead

Doris I. Kriegl, 93, of Homestead, WI, passed away peacefully at the the home of family in Suring, WI on Friday, November 11, 2016.

She was born March 21, 1923 in Brookside, WI, the twelfth child of the late Abe and Mary (Rowell) Hyland. Doris was employed as a waitress & bartender throughout her working years in the Aurora and Coleman, WI areas. Her passion was cooking, baking and canning for family and friends. She was happiest playing cards and telling jokes.

Doris is survived by two daughters, Judy (Joe) Dolson and Dorothy Wilkey, both of Kelly Lake, WI; grandchildren, Deanna (John) Barrington, Robin Bartholomew, and Kelly (Jeff) Tomko Ewing; great grandchildren, Stephanie (Matthew) McCutchin, Nathaniel Bartholomew and Chelsea Bartholomew; great-great grandchildren, Rylan and Nevaeh Flesch; a sister, Violet Putman; her special friend of many years, Joyce Gaberial; step-children, Jerry (Donna) Kriegl, Yvonne (David) Olsen, and Sandy (Jay) Schabloski; a daughter-in-law, Simone Kriegl; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Frank Tomko, Jr.; a son-in-law, Kenneth Wilkey; 11 brothers and sisters; her husbands, Frank Tomko, Sr. , Jack Valitchka and Carl Kriegl of 34 years; and a step-son, John “Jack” Kriegl.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 Monday morning, November 28, at the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery in Aurora, Wisconsin.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her granddaughter, Deanna for her loving care of Grandma Doris.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Doris Kriegl online at

 

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements

 

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Joyce C. Eyers
Age 93
Of Iron Mountain

Joyce C. Eyers, 93, of Iron Mountain peacefully passed onward with family at her side at 2:40 PM on Monday, November 21, 2016.

Joyce will be best remembered for her love affair with her husband of 66 years, Calvin Monroe Eyers. Her unwavering love, care, and concern will always be held in heart by her three Children Coleen Jane, William Kenneth, and Cal Robert.Joyce C. Pavey was born August 28, 1923, Iron Mountain, Michigan. “Yooper to the bone!". After four months of courtship she married the love of her life January 8, 1949 Calvin Monroe Eyers.

She was a 1941 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. She then attended business school in Milwaukee. At one point she worked at the Ford Plant in Kingsford as a Supervisor of Business Machines. Joyce was a member of Lady Elks, Duplicate Bridge Club, and UCT. In her spare time she enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, and reading.

Joyce is survived by her three children; sons, William (Dana) Eyers of Oconomowoc, and Cal Eyers of Iron Mountain; and daughter, Coleen Denamer of Green Bay. Six grandchildren, Robert and Angela DeNamur, Gina Perkins, Jason, Brittany, and Jared (Sully) Eyers; and three great grandchildren, Dina Eyers, and Cayden and Liliana Perkins also survive

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Eyers who passed away April 16, 2015; sisters, Rosemary Konkol and Vivienne Klenc; and brother, William Pavey.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 29 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, with a Noon service at the funeral home. Rev. James Danielson will preside.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Joyce Eyers online at:
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Patricia (Rahoi) Wood
Age 88
Of Iron Mountain

 

Patricia (Nee Rahoi) Wood, 88, of Iron Mountain, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Milwaukee.

Beloved wife of the late Lyle R. Wood; Loving mother of Michael, Patti (Lance) Wabitsch, Scott, Bruce, and Sally; Loving grandmother of Daniel, James, Stephanie, Christina, Heather, Sarah, Dean, Timothy, Megan, Latasha and Christine; Also loved by great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral service will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to the Iron Mountain Senior Center, 700 Crystal Lake Blvd, Iron Mountain, MI 49801 in Pat’s memory.
 

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements
 

 

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David J. Bolander
Age 69
Of Kingsford

 

David J. Bolander, age 69, of Kingsford, passed away on Monday Nov. 21, 2016 at his home.

David was born on December 20, 1946 in Iron Mountain, the son of the late Clarence and Frances (Lear) Bolander. He has been a lifelong resident of this area and was a 1965 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. David married Ann Uren on February 23, 1980 in Iron Mountain. He has been an over the road truck driver for many years. David spent seventeen years transporting the mail for the U.S Postal Service and later worked as an over the road driver for Gunville and Zeeb Trucking.

He was a former member of the Norway Moose Lodge and Oak Crest Golf Club. David enjoyed bowling, golf, playing cards and most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Tina ( Robert ) Hayes of Negaunee; a brother, Mark (Luann) Bolander of Iron Mountain; a sister, Janice Vigo of Green Bay; grandsons, Devyn (Alexandria) Walechka, Dylan and Tyler Mathews; brothers and sisters in law, Bill and Marie Uren, Wayne and Linda Makela and Bill and Lita Bengtson; Aunts, Clara, Evelyn, Faye and Maxine. Also by many nieces and nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters in law, Carol and Don Schettler, Janet and Duane Lidbeck and Don Uren.
Visitation will be on Saturday, Nov. 26th from 10:00-11:00am at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Norway. Celebration of life services will follow at 11:00am Saturday at the church. Rev. James Danielson will officiate.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of David Bolander online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Joan B. Oberthaler age 84 of Norway, died Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Evergreen Meadows in Norway.

She was born January 22, 1932 in Kingsford, daughter of the late Herbert and Augusta (Busse) Waltz.

She married Curtis Oberthaler on May 23, 1953 in Milwaukee.

Joan worked as an Office Manager in various medical facilities. She shared a deep passion for volunteerism and gave generously of her time and talents as an organist and Keeper at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, director of the Jake Menghini Museum, Genealogy club, and Hospice respite care and hosted a foreign exchange student. Joan loved the Lord, her family and her church family at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Joan is survived by her husband of 63 years Curtis, three sons Peter (Diane) Oberthaler of Wichita, KS, John (Sara) Oberthaler of Stevens Point, WI, Joe (Peggy) Oberthaler of Dallas, GA; one daughter Lori (Brett) Mayer of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren Andrew Oberthaler, Katie Oberthaler, Jody Oberthaler, April Oberthaler, Alex Oberthaler, Claire Oberthaler, Luke Mayer, Eric (Megan) Mayer and Karlee Mayer; honorary son Oliver Thiel and many nieces and nephews including RoseAnne (Ronald) Aman and Ronda Lucas and special family friends Walt and Diane Bellmore.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Irma Eisenmann, June Peskey, Joyce Baldinelli & Judith Owsley.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran with Rev. Dr. Michael J. Langlais officiating.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Evergreen Meadows for their care, kindness & compassion while caring for our mother.

Family request that if you are thinking about a memorial contributions please consider donating to GEMISSION.org/donate (Eric Mayer) or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Condolences to Joan’s family may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com

Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.
 

 

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Kenneth A. Baiel
Age70
Of Florence

 

Kenneth A. Baiel, 70, of Florence, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016 at his home.

He was born on August 10, 1946 in Menominee, Michigan, son of the late Henry and Loretta (Harter) Baiel. Ken grew up in Menominee and graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School. He attended Northern Michigan University.

Ken served our country in the United States Army. He married Alicia Fox on September 26, 1997 in Iron Mountain. They resided in Florence and Ken worked for Eagle Tool Company as a precision grinder for 10 years.

He enjoyed hunting, cooking and especially the time he spent with his family and friends. Ken was an animal rescuer and loved his pets.

Ken is survived by his wife, Alicia; four sons, Nathaniel Baiel, Manitowoc, Wis., Shannon Baiel, Cheboygan, Mich., Andrew Hicks and Aric (Amber) Hicks, both of Iron Mountain, Mich.; one daughter, Chelsea Kramer, Green Bay, Wis.; one brother, Gerald (Connie) Baiel, Apple Valley, Minn.; six grandchildren, Cecilia, Victoria, Lucas, Mason, Addison and Jacob; two nephews, Steven and David (Stephanie).

A gathering and celebration of Ken’s life will be announced.

The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home, Florence, to honor Ken’s legacy of life.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Ken or leave a condolence for his family online at:


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Gordon Church
Age 89
Of Aurora

Gordon Church, 89, of Aurora, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. He was born on Sept. 25, 1927 in Aurora, the son of the late Glenn and Gertrude (Cardinal) Church.

Gordon attended Riverview Grade School in Aurora and graduated from Kingsford High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 410th Construction Battalion, serving from 1945-1947. Gordon worked as a Customer Service Representative at Kimberly Clark/Pentair Corp. for thirty years, retiring in 1987.

He married Helen Czech on Oct. 16, 1948 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek. Together the couple managed the family’s 310 acre tree farm for recreational, wildlife, and forestry purposes and raised their 10 children. Helen preceded him in death on July 29, 2012.

Gordon was a snowmobile safety instructor and automobile instructor for the local 4-H programs. He served on the Aurora Town Board for 16 years and was a past board chairman. Gordon served on the Florence County Board of Supervisors for fourteen years, serving 6 years as its vice-chairman. Gordon was on the Northern Great Lakes Resource Advisory Committee from 1966-1968 and served on the Florence County Civilian Defense-Radiological Monitoring in 1962. He was a charter member of NEWCAP and served as the Florence County representative. Gordon was a Florence County Deputy Sheriff in 1972 and a charter member of the Northeastern Wisconsin regional Planning Commission. Gordon also served on the Aurora Diamond Jubilee Committee in 1992 and as the Master of Ceremonies at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery. Gordon was a member of the Florence County Cancer Board for 31 years and the state cancer board for 3 years. Along with his wife, he was an American Cancer volunteer for thirty years and participated in the Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-II, providing information to cancer risk researchers. Gordon was considered a historian of Aurora and was a true pillar of the community.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora, where he served on the parish council and was an usher. He also belonged to the Cretton-Tutas American Legion Post #136 and the Niagara Knights of Columbus #2847, where he served as Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, trustee, and secretary.

Gordon was an avid deer hunter and trout fisherman. He liked to fish in “the last of the best places” and spend time at Camp 12.5 with family, friends and his J.K.

Gordon is survived by his children Juanita (David Burgess) Carlson of Lawrence, Kan., Marilyn (Bill) Vassar of Aurora, Patricia Church of Iron Mountain, Frances (Andrew) Herman of Niagara, Veronica Church of Niagara, Gerard (Linda) Church of Homestead, Joseph Church of Aurora, and Jon Church of Stephenson, his brother William (Florence) Church of Fence, his sister Marge DeClark of Powers, daughter-in-law Jackie Church of Goodman, son-in-law Ray Mianecki of Green Bay, numerous great grandchildren and even more grandchildren. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son Peter, his daughter Katherine Mianecki, his brothers Clifford and Roger Church, his brother-in-law Gary DeClark and his sister-in-law Charlotte Church.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 23 from 9:00 AM until Noon at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora. Funeral services will follow at Noon at the church, with the Reverend Father Matthew Settle celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial.

Gordon’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a "thank you" to the staff at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, the VA Medical Center CLC, and Dr. Beth Schroeder and her staff for taking care of this great and wonderful man.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Gordon Church online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Stephen Soltis
Age 75
Of New Port Richey, Florida
Formerly of Iron Mountain

 

Stephen Soltis, 75, of New Port Richey, Florida, formerly of Iron Mountain, died Tuesday November 8, 2016 at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida. He was born on March 29, 1941 in Detroit, the son of the late Stephen and Bernice (Grenda) Soltis.

Stephen received his bachelor degree from University of Cincinnati. He worked as a construction manager on industrial building sites for many years. He was then appointed as the Building and Zoning Administrator for Butler County Ohio. From there, he became the Breitung Township Superintendent from which he retired in 2006. He was also a registered land surveyor in both Ohio and Michigan.

Steve married Sandra Derby on August 24, 1963 at St. John’s Church on the campus of Michigan State University.

Steve enjoyed being active. He exercised daily and looked forward to walking the steps at Pine Mountain. He was involved in many groups including St. Vincent DePaul, Knights of Columbus, Serra Club, and Golden K. He was looking forward to his 10th year as an usher for the Philadelphia Philles spring training team. He was an active member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Trinity, FL and a past member of American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. He also golfed, played bridge and loved going to trivia night.

Steve and Sandy took cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, and Australia. They traveled to Hawaii and Eastern Europe. Mostly, they traveled to visit their daughters. He was very proud of them and his grandsons. He took great pleasure in spending time with them.

Steve is survived by his wife Sandra, three daughters Susan (Chris) Sturm of Kingsford, Patricia Soltis of Tampa, and Michelle Soltis of San Diego, and three grandsons Joe, Jon, and Luke Sturm.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Lisa Soltis.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM at American Martyrs Catholic Church. Father Joseph Gouin will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial. A visitation will follow the mass in the church hall. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Martyrs Church.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Steven Soltis can be expressed online at
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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John “Tim” Elmer
Age 84
Of Kingsford

John “Tim” Elmer, age 84, of Kingsford, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Iron County Medical Care facility in Crystal Falls.

Visitation will be held held on Monday, November 21, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Prayers will be recited Tuesday morning, November 22 at 9:30 at the Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain. Uren-Cooper Johnson American Legion Post #50, of Iron Mountain will accord military honors at graveside.
 

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Tim’s legacy of life

 

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Vernell A. Gendron
Age 86
Of Kingsford

 

Vernell A. Gendron, 86, of Kingsford, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Manorcare Health Care Services in Kingsford.

She was born June 28, 1930 in Homestead, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Everette and Edith (Ringblom) Miller. Vernell was a lifelong resident of the area. She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1947. Vernell married Donald Gendron on September 17, 1960 in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2001. She was a member of the Aurora Free Church and sang in the choir for 30 years. Vernell was also a member of the Golden “K” and the “Smile Awhile” singing group. She enjoyed camping and traveling, and was an avid Packers fan.

Vernell is survived by one son; Greg (Gwen) Gendron of Kingsford, 4 grandchildren, Ben Gendron, Collin (Cheyene) Gendron, Samuel Gendron and Kasey Gendron; 1 great grandson, Briggin Gendron; three brothers, Darrel Miller, Francis (Bev) Miller, and Dale (Marlene) Miller, all of Homestead, WI. She was preceded in death by one sister-in- law, Joan Miller.

Friends may call from 2:00 until 4:30 on Monday afternoon, November 21, at the Kingsford Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 4:30 PM at the Kingsford Funeral Home. Rev. Karl Utzat will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dickinson County Cancer Loan Closet.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Kingsford with the arrangements

 

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Josephine Raymond
Age 91
Of Iron Mountain

 

Josephine Raymond, 91, of Iron Mountain, died Tuesday November 15, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford. She was born on September 17, 1925, in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Elbert and Rachael (Reed) Anderson.

Josephine married Bernard Raymond on December 23, 1944 in Iron Mountain. The couple enjoyed 68 wonderful years together until Bernie's death on March 28, 2013.

She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church (Redemption Hill) where she was a Sunday School Teacher for 28 years. She was also active in the church bus ministry, the church's youth group, and social committee. Josephine also was a member of the DAV Auxiliary, serving as sunshine chairman, chaplain, and on the Americanism committee.

Josephine enjoyed studying the history of the Presidents, reading the Psalms and poetry. Her favorite poem was "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer. She was also involved with many children's charities. Most of all sharing her love and kindness for others always was her mission in life. She accepted the responsibility of raising her brothers and sisters while a teenager. Over her lifetime she touched hundreds of neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers. A kind word, a card of concern, a prayer, a thank you note, a phone call, this is what gave her the most joy of all.

She is survived by one son David A. (Ronda) Raymond of Palm Coast, FL, and one adopted son Gary L. Raymond of Sagola, one brother James (Rachael) Anderson of Pine Bluff, AR, three grandchildren Amy (Christopher) Forrest, David B. (Lisa) Raymond, and Andrew (Caroline) Raymond, four great grandchildren Kyle (Amber) Raymond, Dean Raymond, Nathan Raymond, and Addison Raymond, one great great grandson Calvin Raymond.

She was preceded in death by two sisters Eva Walker and Willie Stenfors and two brothers Jewel and John Anderson.

Private services will be held. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

 

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements

 

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Shirley M. Wolsker
Age 88
Of Aurora

Shirley M. Wolsker, 88, of Aurora, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. She was born on Dec. 7, 1927 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Vlach) Mills.

Shirley was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was also an active member of the Marine Corps Guild. Shirley enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage, family picnics, cooking, baking, and canning. Her family will all remember her delicious baked goods and the raviolis she and her sister Bea made from scratch. She spent much of her retired life, helping and caring for family members.

She married Frank Wolsker on March 28, 1949 in Iron Mountain. The couple enjoyed deer hunting together. He preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1995.

Shirley is survived by five sisters-in-law Beatrice “Boots” Mills, JoAnn Mills, Frances Wolsker, Lucille Fiegel, and Frances Brownell, one brother-in-law Darrell Doggett, many special nieces and nephews including those who live locally Frances (Tony) Mitchem, Kathy (Lenny) Martin, Ann (Todd) Broullire, Christine (Eric) Christesen, Janice Mills, George (Dawn) Mills, Joseph (Sue) Mills, and Terry (Betty) Flesch, and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers Doug Mills and Edward Mills, and two sisters Beatrice Flesch Malmberg and Bonnie Doggett.

Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. A prayer service to follow at 7:00 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be on Tuesday morning at 11:00 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Matthew Settle will celebrate the Mass of Christian

Burial. Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials, a memorial will be established.

 

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements

 

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Stanley J. Hall
Age 85
Of Norway

Stanley J. Hall age 85 of Norway, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

He was born on December 18, 1930 in Sunset Lake in Iron River, the son of the late Joseph and Julia (Wilgreen) Hall.

After graduation, Stanley served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954.

Stanley married Jean Marloth on February 23, 1957 in Chicago. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2006.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Norway and the Hall-DeWinter Post #145, American Legion in Norway.

Stanley loved to play cribbage and was an excellent pool player. He enjoyed going out to eat with friends.

He is survived by his son Rodney Hall; grandchildren Chase, Brooks, Emma, Dylan and Brittnie; sisters Adaline, Theresa and Carol; many nieces and nephews.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, his daughter Julie Louise Hall, his brother Sylvester and sister Rosaland.

At this time there will be no funeral services for Stanley. A memorial service may be held at a later date.

 

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements

 

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Elaine A. Bertoldi
Age 90
Of Norway

 

Elaine A. Bertoldi age 90 of Norway, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain, after a brief illness.

She was born on February 12, 1926 in Quinnesec at the Pancheri General Store, the daughter of the late Isadore and Mamie (Davey) Pancheri.

Elaine grew up in Quinnesec and graduated from Quinnesec High School in 1944, which was the last class to graduate from the school.

After high school, she worked in Milwaukee throughout the war years. She returned to Quinnesec and married Robert Bertoldi at St Mary's Church on June 8, 1947. The couple resided in Norway where she dedicated herself to raising their four children.

She was a member of many organizations, an avid weekly bridge player, did the daily crosswords, and enjoyed traveling across the country and throughout the world.

She is survived by her daughters Sally (Bill) Hood of Christchurch, New Zealand and Trish Cescolini (Don Hood) of Cave Creek, Arizona, and son James (Marsha) Bertoldi of Breitung Township, grandson Joseph (Lexi) Lewis of Sydney, Australia, 2 great grandsons, one sister , Eleanor Johnson of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert, son John, brothers Emanuel and Raymond Pancheri and sisters Lucille Bilski and Rachel Peters.

Respecting Elaine's wishes, there will be private funeral services. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date when the family from out of the country can gather.

The family request that no flowers be sent at this time.


The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements

 


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Lillian M. Wells
Of Lake Mary
Crystal Falls

 

Lillian M. Wells, of Lake Mary, Crystal Falls, Died Friday, Nov. 12, 2016, peacefully at home.

She was born July 27, 1923 in Chicago, the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Beyer) Wachholz. She married Eugene Wells in 1945, and raised her three children in Mundelein, Illinois. After spending several years vacationing in the Crystal Falls area, she and her husband retired to their home on Lake Mary in 1978. In the early 40’s she worked for an agency writing radio ads for Walgreen’s drug store and other companies. Memories of her adventures commuting to and from work in downtown Chicago brought her lifelong joy. She enjoyed dinners out, singing and dancing with her friends. Lil enjoyed bowling and was a long time member of the Ladies Golf League in Crystal. She spent many evenings playing cards with her girlfriends. She was an extraordinary party planner and would find any excuse to celebrate and bring friends and family together.

Lillian is survived by three children; Kenneth Scott Wells of Cherry Valley, Illinois, William (Carol) Wells of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Jill (Paul) Smith of Kingsford; 6 grandchildren; Jason (Veronica) Wells, Caitlin (Paul) Alfitch ,Carly (John) LaCombe, Mike Wells, Amy (David) Rhoda, Sarah Smith; 5 great granddaughters; Elena & Ruth Wells, Carol C. LaCombe, Alicia & Chloe Rhoda

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, on December 25, 1992 and by one brother, Clarence Wachholz.

Friends may call from 10:00 until 11:00 on Saturday morning, November 19, at the United Lutheran Church in Crystal Falls. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 at the church. Rev. Micheal Laako will officiate.

 

The Nash Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements

 

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Harry E. Caulley
Age 83
Of Florence

 

Harry E. Caulley, 83, of Florence, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

He was born December 6, 1932 in Dayton, OH, son of the late Warren and Mary (Nace) Caulley. Harry enlisted in the US Army in 1951 and served in the Korean war. He loved hunting and fishing as well as football. His favorite team was the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He had many friends at the Chuckwagon in Spread Eagle WI. He had a many special friends including Daniel and Joe Rosen, his neighbor Todd, Larry from Party Mart, good friend Moe as well as all the wonderful nurses and staff at the VA CLC. He had a large family that loved him dearly.

A military graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 19, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Florence. The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will conduct the military honors.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements

 

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Petey E. “Frances” Curtis
Age 63
Of Crystal Falls

 

Petey E. “Frances” Curtis, 63, of Crystal Falls, Mich., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 15

Petey E. “Frances” Curtis, 63, of Crystal Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 with her niece Darci Janssen and lifelong friend Dolly Cimerelli by her side.

She was born March 16, 1953 in Iron River, daughter of the late Bruno and Elaine Contardi. On April 20, 1974 in Iron River, she married Edward Curtis. He preceded her in death December 23, 2007.

Petey worked as a CNA for 23 years most recently at Aspirus in Iron River.

She enjoyed golfing, reading, riding the Harley and going out west with Ed. Petey also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and throwing a great party.

Along with her parents, husband Ed and daughter Apryll, Petey is preceded in death by two brothers Derrold and Richard Contardi.

Petey is survived by her daughter Laila Vander Wall, Crystal Falls; Two sisters Candace Contardi, Billings, Mt. and Sheri (Kevin) Dockery, Garland, Tx.; a special niece Darci (Bryan) Janssen, Green Bay, Wis.; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal Falls. The Funeral Services will be Saturday at 11:00 AM. Fr. Jose Maramattam will officiate.

A special thanks to her friends for their ongoing love and support, especially Linda (Tim) Tatosky, Corliss (Kenneth) Bruns and Dolly (John) Cimerelli.

We take comfort and find great peace in knowing Petey is now reunited with her beloved husband and daughter.

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Ronald Christopher Freudinger, 73 of Norway, passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 1, 1943 in Chicago, Ill, son of the late Charles and Angela (Rash) Freudinger.

Ron attended De LaSalle Institute High School in his hometown of Chicago.

He was hired as an apprentice for Hollingshead Oldsmobile in Chicago, which at the time was Chicago’s largest Oldsmobile dealer. Ron later became the head manager of the maintenance department at Hollingshead. He moved to Niagara, Wis. in the early 1970’s. Ron later moved to Norway where he owned and operated Ron’s Amoco gas station which had two of the busiest services bays in the Upper Peninsula. Most recently Ron had been working at Greased Lightning Auto Lube in Norway.

Ron enjoyed in his younger years drag racing in the Chicago area, snowmobiling and off road motorcycles. He loved helping people with their car needs but most of all will be remembered for his generosity as he donated to many organizations in the area.

He is survived by two brothers John V. (Tina) Freudinger, Plainfield, Ill and Raymond (Marion) Freudinger Cottonwood, Ariz; two sisters Angela Burke, Lansing Ill, and Marie B. Freudinger, Mesa, Ariz.; Special friends Jane and Greg. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and many other friends.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by three brothers Paul, Charles “Chuck”, and Francis Freudinger; three sisters Coletta Marshall, Marge Gibson and Virginia “Ginny” Bretall.

A visitation and memorial service will be announced at a later date.


The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Fred L. Stafford
Age 89
Of Kingsford

 

Fred L. Stafford, 89, of Kingsford, Mich., passed away Friday, November 11, 2016 at Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls, Mich.

He was born May 19, 1927 in Kingsford, son of the late Daniel and Louise (Turcotte) Stafford. He grew up in Kingsford behind the old Capital Theater which is still standing on Breen Avenue and in 1937 became the original American Martyrs Catholic Church. Fred married Anna Turturillo on October 31, 1948.

Fred served in the United States Navy as a Seabee in the Construction Battalion from February 1945, until being honorably discharged in August 1946. He was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus, of which he was a member of the 4th Degree-Bishop Baraga Council in Kingsford. Fred was solely instrumental in obtaining the Terrace Clubhouse for the Knights of Columbus Countil-2300 in 1985 through the Gratuity of Diane Waite. He worked as many as 80 hours in a single week along with Billie Rivard preparing the Clubhouse for occupancy after being vacant for 7 years.

He moved to Iron River in 1951 and worked for the Warner Mine in Amasa. Fred later owned and operated Fred’s Appliance/Wood Heaters in Iron River and in later years, he ran the Pizza/Pasty King in Iron River and Kingsford. Fred married Ruby Gibbons on November 2, 1991, in Iron River. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2011.

Fred is survived by two sons; Daniel (Marvis) Stafford, of Florida and Michael (Bee) Stafford of Iron River; two step-sons, Rodney (Sharlene) Kranz, of Grayslake, Illinois and Barry Kranz in Lower Michigan; three daughters, Carmeleen (Joe) Eichhorn, of Colorado, Kathleen (Rick) Nordby, who lives in Wisconsin and Colleen Reynold, also of Wisconsin; one step-daughter, Karen Lynd of Marquette; two brothers, Robert (Dorothy) Stafford of Iron River and William (Sally) Stafford of Iron Mountain; two sisters, Marge Zeeb of Kingsford and Rose (Ralph) Trepasso of Missouri; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and by thirty-nine nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ruby, Fred was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Raymond Stafford.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 18 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. American Legion Uren Cooper Johnson Post #50 of Iron Mountain will accord Military Honors at 10:45 Friday morning at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the funeral home. Rev. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate. Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery in Norway.


The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements

 

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Robert “Bob”Louis Bauer
Age 88
Of Hardwood

Robert “Bob”Louis Bauer, 88, of Hardwood, passed away at Oscar G Johnson Veteran’s Hospital in Iron Mountain, on Friday, November 11, 2016, Veterans Day.

He was born July 1, 1928, in Iron Mountain to the late Hannah (Strauss) & Joseph Bauer. Bob grew up & lived in Hardwood. He joined the United States Army in 1950, proudly served his country during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal, December 1952.

Bob married Mary McGuire in Escanaba on June 20, 1953. They spent 63 wonderful years together in Hardwood, working very hard on their farm & raising their family.

Bob is survived by their children: Marilyn (Carl) Steinbrecher, Mike Bauer, & Jeff (Brenda) Bauer;
Grandchildren: Kris(Lindsey) Steinbrecher, Chad (Becky) Steinbrecher, Angie (Jon) Jungwirth, Travis (Becca) Steinbrecher, Jeremy (Laurel) Bauer, Stacy (Paul) Dani, Amanda Bauer (Bill McNew), Tyler Bauer & Derick (Brooke) Collins; Great grandchildren: Maia, Aly, Izzy, Julia, Lucas, Kathryn, Brady, Lauren, Carli, Vincent, Madalynn, Carson, Bella, Michael, Nickolai, Landon, Leelan, Liam, Larissa, Shay, Kenzie, Caleb & Donald; Brother: Richard(Phyllis)Bauer; Brothers in law: Roy(Bonnie) McGuire, Marvin(Barb) Casperson, Lem LaBonte; Sisters in law: Linda (Richard) Lantagne, Sharon McGuire & Donna McGuire; Many friends, nieces, nephews & cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife & best friend on October 15, 2016. He was also preceded in death by a son: Donald; Sister: Dorothy (Martin) Quarnstrom; Brothers in law: Willie (Diane) McGuire, John McGuire & Richard McGuire; Sisters in law: Margaret Casperson, Ethel LaBonte, Dianna (Stephan) LaBonte.

Bob was a very hard working man & loved the land. At times he proudly spoke of how hard his mom & dad worked as he was growing up, a trait they obviously passed on. Bob worked in the woods in early adult years, also later with his sons & operated Bauer Brothers Potato Farm with his brother. When retiring from potato farming & woods work, he spent many more years working at Steinbrecher Potato Farm, which he thoroughly enjoyed, as he could continue doing what he was passionate about. He worked until he was 85 years old. Bob was always willing & wanting to help others, could fix almost anything & always carried his pliers in his pocket, just in case! He was a very honest, humble, patient & kind man who never spoke a bad word about anybody. He enjoyed spending time with family & friends, working on the farm & tinkering around home, playing cards, & listening to good old country music with his wife Mary.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

A Military Graveside burial service will be held on Thursday, November 17th at 12:00 Noon at Foster City Cemetery. Following the service, lunch will be served at the Felch Community Center.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements
 

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Ann M. Smith-Maccani
Age 88
Of Racine, Wisconsin

 

Ann M. Smith-Maccani of Racine, Wisconsin, passed away on November 4, 2016 at the age of 88. Beloved daughter of Frank and Josephine (Nee Babicky) Kosmicki of Bessemer, MI.

Beloved wife of the late Marvin J. Smith and the late James Maccani. Loving mother of Timothy (Jan) Smith, Jean (Jerry) Chars, Joan (Paul) Orlowski, the late Julie Ann, Thomas (Lynda), and Charles (Kathy) Smith. Sister of Rita (Darrel) McStrack and dear sister-in-law of Evelyn (Bob). She is further survived by grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Along with her parents, husbands and daughter, Ann was preceded in death by her seven siblings, Jerome (Florence), Joe (Sue), Gene (Fran), Ray, George, Marie (Monty Faulkner) and Bob.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. A memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 at the church. The Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate. Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery.

The Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, is in charge of arrangements

 

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Joyce A. Posey
Age 90
Of Kingsford

 

Joyce A. Posey, age 90, of Kingsford, passed away on November 10, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. Joyce was born July 6, 2016 in Kingsford, daughter of the late Roy and Oletta (Matthews) Brown. She was raised in Kingsford and was a graduate of Kingsford High School. She married her husband Basil in 1946 and they spent thirty years in Roseville, MI. During WWII, Joyce worked in Detroit for the Chrysler Corporation, and later for Sanders Chocolates, which was her favorite job.

She returned to Kingsford in 1975 and has resided here since. Joyce was a member of Our Saviours Lutheran Church. She also worked and volunteered at the Breen Senior Citizens Center in Kingsford. Volunteering and working at the Breen Center enriched and probably extended her life. Joyce enjoyed needlepoint, baking, and going on shopping trips.

She was preceded in death by her husband Basil in 1969; her daughter, Beverley VanHee in 1986; a brother, Edgar Brown and her sister, Ruth "Toots" Axberg.

She is survived by her son, David Posey of Kingsford; her sister, Beverly Rahoi of Fairbanks, Alaska; two grandchildren, Renee (John) Cirillo and Shannon (Chris) Voakes; two great grandchildren, Cade and Dylan.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 16, at 1:00 PM at Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

Rev. Robert Gordon will officiate.

 

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

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  Kenneth W. Westcott
“Uncle Kenny”
Age 56
Of Kingsford

 

Kenneth W. Westcott 56 “Uncle Kenny” of Kingsford, formerly of Niagara, passed away on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at Dickinson County Healthcare System. After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, Kenny, surrounded by love of family and friends flew free into eternal peace.

He was born October 2, 1960 to loving parents George and Donna Westcott whom he adored. Kenny looked forward to being greeted by his Mom whom he missed and was especially fond of.

Kenny attended school in Niagara, in addition to a career as head mechanic at Lar-el Bus service where his outstanding achievements earned them a five-star rating he worked at Niagara Automotive and also as an over the road truck driver. He was always known as a loyal and hard working employee and friend.
Kenny loved going to camp, hunting and the peacefulness of the woods. He was an incredible cook and was planning new recipes to try during the winter.

He enjoyed four wheeling, road trips, cleaning guns and sharpening knives.

Kenny was a humble, caring, giving and gentle man. He always gave more than he had, “family” was very important to him.

Kenny was inspired by the strength and beauty of the eagle. He had a passion for collecting eagles because they represented “freedom”.

Kenny is survived by his companion of many years his cat "Shabilly" chosen and loving family, best friends and caregivers, Jeanne and Rick Bartels, their children Kristin (Dean), Jordan (Sam-caregiver), Michael and two granddaughters who were the apple of his eye, Bianca and Athena and dear friends Elaine and Ernie Bartels.

In addition to his siblings he is survived by close friends Greg Rysewyk and the Bill Butterfield family and all his extended family and friends who loved and will miss Ken dearly.

At the request of Kenny, there will be no immediate service, a memorial celebrating his life will be held during his favorite time of the year next summer and will be announced at a later date by the family.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements

 

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Elizabeth “Betty” J. Lownik
Age 90
Of Florence

 



Elizabeth “Betty” J. Lownik, 90, of Florence, passed away Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at her home. She was born May 27, 1926 in Florence, daughter of the late Warren and Ida (Price) White.

Betty grew up in Florence and graduated from Florence High School with the Class of 1943. She moved to Racine and married Paul Lownik on April 19, 1947. He preceded her in death on December 31, 2009. Betty and Paul resided in the Milwaukee area until moving to West Bend, Wisconsin in 1974. They owned and operated Lownik’s Restaurant in West Bend until selling the business in 1992. In 1997, Betty and Paul moved to Pembine, and later to Wausaukee. Betty moved to Florence in 2014.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Florence and enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and playing Bingo.

Betty is survived by one son, Tomas Lownik of Wausaukee, Wis.; two daughters, Donna (Gerald) Frohlich, Grand Forks, N.D. and Virginia “Ginny” Wolk of Wausaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Mary (Nick) Haramija, Warren Mich. and Donna “Sandy” Sanchez, Salida, Colo; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Along with her parents and husband, Paul, Betty was preceded in death by three sons, Jim, John and Bob Lownik; one brother, Warren “Buddy” White and by two sisters, Arlene Wasson and Leona Rivard.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 15, from 10:30 until 11:00 AM at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. A prayer will be held at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Florence.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements

 

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Andrew James Neeck age 36 of Milwaukee, died Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI.

He was born on January 3, 1980 in Park Falls, Wisconsin, the son of James and Maggie (Radlinger) Neeck.

His family lived in Park Falls until 1985 when they moved to Vulcan, Michigan.

Andrew attended Holy Spirit School, Norway High School and graduated from alternative education in Kingsford in 1999. He then attended Sturgeon Bay Tech School for diesel mechanic for 1 ½ years.

Andy worked at a young age for the Pellegrini Strawberry Farm and Justin Varda. He saved his money and started his own DJ business and later worked for the Music Tree as a DJ. He also worked at the Bears Den, Schultz Equipment, UP Truck and for Dave Anderson.

He moved to Milwaukee, to be closer to his son in 2006 and worked at various diesel garages.

Andy will forever be remembered for his “uneeck” sense of humor, big heart and willingness to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his son Cole James Neeck; mother Maggie Neeck (John Jacklovitz); sister Selena (Ryan) Okler and their children Ross and Ava; maternal grandparents John and Carol Radlinger; paternal grandmother Lillian Neeck; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and special cousin Paul Mattke who was always there.

Andy was preceded by his father James L. Neeck; grandfather Leland Neeck; grandmother Delores Darrow; aunts Marilyn Radlinger and Marlene Schmidt; and cousin Mitchell Weinberger.

A very special thank you to Rich Henrion, Andy’s voc teacher, who saw his talents and believed in him.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 9:00 until 10:45 AM at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

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Marilyn L. Baker
Age 89
Of Crystal Falls

 

Marilyn L. Baker, 89, of Crystal Falls, Mich., passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2016 at her daughter’s residence in Norway, Michigan.

She was born February 25, 1927 in Ironwood, Michigan, daughter of the late Axel and Ina Ellen (Thompson) Anderson. Marilyn grew up in Ironwood and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School, Ironwood, Class of 1945. On April 5, 1947 in Appleton, Wisconsin, she was united in marriage to Gordon W. Baker. He preceded her in death in 1999. Marilyn and Gordon moved from Appleton to Ironwood, and in November of 1962 to Crystal Falls. She worked as a CNA for Crystal Manor for many years and did custom drapes for many years in the Crystal Falls area.

Marilyn enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and ice skating. She also enjoyed golfing and was a Lady’s Club Champion and past president of the Crystal Falls Golf League. Marilyn attended Guardian Angels Catholic Church and was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary, Crystal Falls. She had an awesome sense of humor and loved to tell wonderful stories and was full of life. Marilyn will be missed by all who knew her.

Marilyn is survived by three daughters, Susan Aberly, Norway, Diane (Larry) Thorpe, Toivola, Mich. and Jayne (Doug) Schmidt, Big Rapids, Mich.; one daughter-in-law, Dona Baker, West Salem, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Diane Jayne (David), Bryan (Kelly), Heather (Adam), Kristen (Michael), Mark Lee, Steven and Derek; fourteen great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Jon, Dylan, Ayanna, Ethan, Christian, Paul, Cassie, Carl, Patrick, Aubree, Adelyn, Braylan and Carly; and by one great-great-granddaughter, Laura Jayne.

Along with her parents and husband, Gordon, Marilyn was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Baker; one brother, Bernard Anderson and one granddaughter, Adriane Lee Baker

A visitation will be held on Monday, November 14 from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM at Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal Falls. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. The Rev. Fr. Jose Maramattam will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.


The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements

 

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Lowell “Dode” White
Age 84
Of Ralph

 

Lowell “Dode” White, 84, of Ralph, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, surrounded by his family.

Dode was born June 22, 1932 in Athelstane, Wisconsin, son of the late Ira and Grace (Maloney) White. He joined the United States Marine Corp. in 1952 and served during the Korean War as a Corporal until his honorable discharge in 1955.

Dode married Bonny Lea Schiefelbein on September 13, 1957 in Iron Mountain. They moved from Amberg, Wisconsin to Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford, Illinois and Marinette Wisconsin before settling Ralph where together they raised five children. He worked as a laborer in various jobs prior to moving to the UP where he worked independently as a lumberjack. Dode loved the serenity of the woods and took great pride in his work. An old school lumberjack, he will be remembered for his massive strength and ability to fall a tree and pile logs. He loved attending auction sales and wheeling and dealing. Dode had a wonderful sense of humor and was the life of the party, a wonderful teller of stories, jokes and limericks. Always a gracious host his door was open to friends and strangers alike. He loved old country music and had a vast knowledge of country music artists and songs. He was happiest when his family was together in his home in Ralph and prided himself on grand feasts of food, drink and music. He found comfort in bible study and his belief in Jesus Christ. He was proud of his family and grandchildren loved them very much.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life and best friend Bonny in 2008 He was a resident of Jacobetti Home for Veterans since 2014, where he continued to make many friends and spend time with his family. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by five children, Lowell "Rocky" White of Wooddale, IL, Theresa White of Marquette, Deborah White (Robert Mahin) of Marquette, Sheryl (Dr. James) Addison of Marquette and Barbara (Fritz) Kirl of Long View, Texas; five grandchildren, Jason (Jen) Oman, Michael (Amy) Oman, Brandi (Drew) Weesen, Bonny and Rohan Mahin; great grandchildren, Jason, Joy, Jack and Isabel Oman; Brother, John (Jean) White of Amberg, WI; sisters, Iris Jensen of Kansas City, MO, Pauline Dahl ,Chicago, IL and Ellen White of Wausaukee, WI; also by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Dode was preceded in death by four brothers, Lawrence “Dick”, Ira “Major”, Frank and Paul White; three sisters, Maycel Ogren, Helen White and Carol Mikes.

Visitation will be on Saturday, November 12 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Felch Mountain Bible Chapel in Felch with a Memorial service at 1:00 Saturday afternoon at the church. Pastor Joe Basso will officiate.

A celebration of his life will take place immediately following the services at the Ralph Township Hall.


The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements

 

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Imogene Ann Roell
Age 96
Of Channing

 

She was born May 16, 1920 in Port Washington, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Nicholas and Veronica (Karrels) Pierron. Imogene attended Holy Angels Catholic Elementary School and St. Mary’s Church. She graduated from Port Washington High School and continued her education in Milwaukee and became a beautician. Imogene and her sister, Agnes, ran a beauty parlor in downtown Port Washington.

The Pierron sisters, Agnes & Imogene, met the Roell brothers, Clarence & Robert, of Channing, MI. Robert and Imogene married on May 3, 1941 at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain and they spent 62 wonderful years together. Robert preceded her in death on January 9, 2004. Imogene was shy, witty and outgoing. She had a passion for music and played the piano and sang around the house daily. She led her life by being an example to others. In the 50’s she would make sandwiches to feed the hobos that came to her back door and she continued servicing others in need with love and compassion throughout her life. Imogene & Robert grew up during the depression and realized the importance of their faith in God, family, community and their church. They were lifelong members of St. Rose Catholic Church in Channing where Imogene taught CCD for several years and sang in the church choir for many years which enabled her to share her love of music with her parish family. Imogene was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and had an unconditional love for her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by seven children, Sharon (Joseph) Bussone of Almont, lower Michigan, Robert E. (Wanda) Roell of Breitung Township, Patricia Roell of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Nancy (Stephen) Reese of Channing, David (Julie) Roell of Channing, Tom (Patti Ann) Roell of Randville and Julie (Michael) Kauper of Middleton, Wisconsin; a daughter-in-law, Susan Roell of Channing 31 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Imogene was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Kay Croci; a son, Kenneth Roell; a daughter-in-law, Catherine Roell; a son-in-law, Terry Croci; a sister and brother-in-law, Agnes & Clarence Roell; and a sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Lenore & Hub Jauquet.

A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until Noon at St. Rose Catholic Church in Channing. The Funeral Mass will follow at 12:00 Noon at the church. Fr. Dan Malone will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in the Channing Cemetery.

Imogene’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Rose Church in Channing.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all those who cared for Imogene, especially Sharry, Laurie, Sheri, Becky and Sandy.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements

 

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LaVerne E. Pearson
Age 101
Of Aurora

 

LaVerne E. Pearson, age 101, of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara.

LaVerne was born July 8, 1915 in Aurora, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Arthur and Vera (Swanson) Peterson. She was raised in this area and was a graduate of Iron Mountain High School. She married Arnold Pearson in June of 1935. LaVerne worked full time most of her life at a variety of jobs while she and Arnold raised their six children. Arnold preceded her in death on October 19, 1975. She was a lifelong member of the Homestead Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, LaVerne was also preceded in death by her grandson, Jeffrey Neu; son in law, Gilbert Neu; her brother, Henry Peterson and sisters, Alice Giblin and Ethel Weiss.

LaVerne is survived by her children, Vernell Neu of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Clark Pearson of Kewaskum, WI, Elvera (John) Friars of Vashon, WA, Nancy (Albert) Kearns of Olympia, WA, Gary (Jodi) Pearson of Aurora, WI and Gail (Bill) Gibson of Butte, MT; grandchildren, Greg Neu, Eric Pearson, Sara (Mike) More, Bret (Michelle) Pearson, Brent Napierkowski, Steve Kearns, Robert Kearns, Teffany Sailing, Ruth Kearns, Gary Pearson Jr., Matthew Pearson, Mackenzie Gregg, Bailey Pearson, Hoyt Gibson and Forrest Gibson; fifteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Saturday, November 12, from Noon until 2:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow at 2:00at the funeral home. Pastor Seiya Asanuma will officiate.

Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery at a later date.

 

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain are in charge of the arrangements

 

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Margie I. Fox
Age 48
Of Kingsford

 

Margie I. Fox, 48, of Kingsford, passed peacefully Sunday, November 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on Aug. 29, 1968, the daughter of Charles “Jack” and Alva "Alvie" (Lennox) Fox.

She was a nurse’s aide by profession. Margie enjoyed crafting and camping. She loved her children and took pride in making sure her make-up and nails were always perfect.

Margie is survived by her three children Joseph Fox of Iron Mountain, Brett Rehn of Richland, WA, and Ruby Fox of Iron Mountain, her mother Alva Fox of Kingsford, two sisters Sheri Hoadley of Richland, WA and Tammy Newingham (Mike Trujillo) of Kingsford, one brother Herb Fox of Kingsford, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Jack Fox, one brother Jim Fox, and one sister Joan Fox.

A celebration of Margie’s life will be held on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 at the home of Tammy Newingham, 416 Hemlock Street in Kingsford.


The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Marcella (Marcy Jauquet)
Baumgart
Age 90
Of Spread Eagle
 

 

Marcella (Marcy Jauquet) Baumgart, 90, of Spread Eagle, passed away on Sunday, November 6 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family and friends.

Marcy was born June 4, 1926 in Preble, Wisconsin outside of Green Bay, daughter of the late Frank Jauquet (1882-1968) and Clara Collard (1887-1933). Frank and Clara, operated a farm and owned a tavern on Finger Rd. Marcy’s family embraced their Belgium roots of food (Booyah) and religious traditions. The work was hard but was rewarded with jokes, dances in the tavern hall, visits with family as well as church picnics at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church across the road. Marcy adopted these values and was always ready to pitch in with work to be done and fun to be made.

Marcy graduated from East High School in Green Bay and worked for a short time at Kroll’s East. After WWII she met a dashing, returning veteran, Kenneth Baumgart, and they married in 1947. He preceded her in death on September 19, 2016. They moved to Madison where Ken enrolled in college but shortly after, Ken reenlisted and they traveled together to various army bases in Texas and Kansas. When Ken was sent to Korea, Marcy moved with the family back to Green Bay. They settled there and together began the Ken Baumgart Construction Company. They enlarged their family for a total of six girls and six boys and continued the hard work and merriment that made life in the family successful and fun.

In 1958, Ken and Marcy built a cottage in Spread Eagle, WI, where the kids could swim and play and Marcy could get out of the city. They made this cottage their permanent home in 1976 where she resided until her death.

Marcy was a woman of great faith that truly embodied Christian values. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Florence, Wis. One of her greatest joys was regularly helping as a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul in Florence, Wis. She was one of the “Vinnie’s Ladies.” Marcy was wise and practical, loved her flower and vegetable garden, always had a special spot in her heart for butterflies and hummingbirds, was a true Green Bay Packer fan, a wonderful cook and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all her family and her many friends and acquaintances.

She is survived by her 12 children and respective spouses, Diane Baumgart (Myron), Kenneth C. Baumgart (Julie), Tom Baumgart (Victoria), John Baumgart, Bruce Baumgart (Betsy), Betsy Freiburger (John), Teri Sanborn (Bill), Nick Baumgart (Anne), Edie Baumgart, Sarah Baumgart, Ben Baumgart (Kelly), Ann Shears (Jim). Marcy also has 25 fun-loving grandchildren: Adam, Ana, Ariella(Ella), Kenny Robert, Scott, Andy, Matthew, Michael, Abby, Tyler, Joe, Karen, Therese, Will, Henry, Jackson, Emma, Cibel, Isaac, Samuel, Simon, Hannah, Chelsi, Clayton and Carson. In addition, Marcy has 15 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ken, Marcy was preceded in death by five sisters, Marie Christiansen, Marge Tuyls, Irma Clark, Lou (Lucille) Benjamin, Rita Goltz, and her four brothers Walter, Francis, Ervin and Hubert (Hub).

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Florence. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon on Saturday at the church. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Commonwealth.

Memorial donations can be sent to the family.

The Baumgart family would particularly like to thank the Dickinson County Hospital ICU staff for the especially loving care they provided to both Marcy and Ken Baumgart in their final days.


The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Jean M. (LaFave) Andrew
Age 55
Of Kingsford

 

Jean M. (LaFave) Andrew, 55, of Kingsford, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Froedtert Memorial Hospital, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She was born April 21, 1961 in Escanaba, daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth LaFave.

Jean grew up and graduated from Gladstone High School, Class of 1979. On April 25, 1980, she was united in marriage to Mark Andrew.

Jean enjoyed vacationing and taking time off to enjoy life. She especially liked spending time with her grandchildren, family, friends and coworkers.

Jean is survived by her husband, Mark; one son, Anthony (Mami) Andrew, Okinawa, Japan; one daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” (Joseph) Querio, Iron Mountain, Mich.; her mother, Elizabeth “Betty” LaFave, Gladstone, Mich.; three brothers, Pete (Kim) LaFave, Gladstone, Mich., Scott LaFave, Arizona and James (Angel) LaFave, Schenectady, New York; three sisters, Debbie (Keith) Bengston, Gladstone, Mich., Joan (James) Bal, Rapid River, Mich. and Patty (Chuck) Deroin, Escanaba, Mich.; four grandchildren, Liam, Alisha, Mason and Lennon, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph LaFave.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 11, from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, at 4:00 PM at the funeral home. The Rev. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate. Burial will be held in Gladstone.


The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Jean’s legacy of life.

 

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Maria E. Rizzo
Age 72
Of Kingsford

(Formerly of Brooklyn, NY)

 

Maria E. Rizzo, 72 of Kingsford, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at her home. She was born on June 11, 1944 in Brooklyn, daughter of the late Salvatore and Carmella (Auditore) Castagnola. She was a graduate of New Utrecht High School. Maria married Joseph Rizzo, Sr. on May 23, 1964 in Brooklyn, and he preceded her in death in 2006 after more than 42 wonderful years together. She worked for many years as the Office Manager of Dr. Leon Adams Medical Practice, before retiring in 2005.

Maria moved from Brooklyn to Kingsford in 2009 to be near her son, Joe and his family. She was a member of St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and cooking.

Maria is survived by her son, Joseph (Heidi) Rizzo of Kingsford; her daughter, Tracey (Adam) Kritzman of Catskill, NY; Nine grandchildren; a brother, Louis Castagnola of Long Island, NY; a sister, Carol Cagnoni of Staten Island, NY

Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Rizzo, Sr. and her daughter, Linda Bonacci.

Per Maria's request there will be no local funeral services. Private Family services will take place in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY at a later date.

The Family of Maria Rizzo would like to thank all family and friends for your thoughts and prayers.


The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Stephani M. Benjamin
Age 75
Of Spread Eagle

 

Stephani M. Benjamin, 75, of Spread Eagle, passed away Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at her home.

She was born August 14, 1941 in Howell, Mich., to the late Harold and Bernardine (Cowan) Eckenrod. She grew up in Howell and graduated from Howell High School. Stephani went on to attend college in Detroit where she received her Associates Degree in Accounting. On August 29, 1959, she was united in marriage to Lee Benjamin.

Stephani worked for M.J. Electric, Egizii Electric, Bechtel and Van Ert in accounting. She enjoyed cooking and spending time on the water.

Stephani is survived by her husband of 57 years, Lee; one son, Shawn, Roanoke, Virginia; one daughter, Kimberly (Jim) McClenorn, Derwood, Maryland; one brother, Jim (Beth) Eckenrod of San Francisco; one sister, Ann (Jim) Osgood of Washigton and six grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Stephani was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Ashley and one great-granddaughter, Delaney Lirette

A visitation will be held Friday, November 11 from 2:00 until 3:00 PM at Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home in Florence. Funeral services will take place on Friday, at 3:00 PM at the funeral home. The Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate.

A memorial will be established in her memory to the Dickinson County Cancer Closet, 201 E. Breitung Ave., Kingsford, MI 49802.


The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Walter C. Parsons
Age 95
Of Iron Mountain

 

Walter C. Parsons, 95, of Iron Mountain, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls.

He was born on August 31, 1921 in Danvers, Massachusetts., son of the late Archibald and Orpah (Thistle) Parsons. Walter married Marilyn Norris on February 14, 2001 in Franklin, Tennessee.

He worked as a self-employed carpenter out east for many years before retiring. Walter was an avid reader of the Bible.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Iron Mountain; one daughter, Cynthia Gallant, Farmington, Maine.

In accordance with Walter’s wishes private family services were held.


The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain was in charge of services.

 

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Carl Felix​ Warmuth
Age 93
Of Kingsford

 

Carl Felix ​ Warmuth, 93, of Kingsford, passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

He was born January 14, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN, son of the late Ignatz and Magdelina (Schwenner) Warmuth. Carl was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Philippines during WWII. He married Charlotte Hulbert on November 8, 1947 in Norway, MI and she preceded him in death in 2013 after 65 years of marriage. Carl owned and operated Carl’s Four Lane Service Station in Iron Mountain for 25 years, retiring in 1981. In retirement, he did maintenance work for Wittock Supply for several years. He was a member of the Elks Club and U.C.T. Carl was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping​ and snowmobiling.​ He also enjoyed having coffee with the guys at burger king​.


He is survived by three sons, Craig (Lauren) Warmuth of Spread Eagle, WI, David (Diane) Warmuth and Mark (Wendy) Warmuth, both of Iron Mountain; two sisters, Marie DeMuri and Gertrude Koller, both of Iron Mountain; five grandchildren, Deanna (Brent) Price of Port Angeles, WA, Dustin Warmuth of Iron Mountain, ​Capt. Matthew (Cristina) Warmuth of North Sioux City, SD, Brian (Kelly) Warmuth of Providence, RI and Drake Warmuth of Spread Eagle, WI; one great granddaughter, Polly Price; and several nieces and nephews​ as well as a special friend, Dominic Lessandrini. ​

In addition to his parents and wife, Carl was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Frank Warmuth; a sister, Dolores Warmuth; brothers-in-law, Guido DeMuri and Joseph Koller; and sisters-in-law, Mary Lu Warmuth and Marge (Warmuth) McNeil.

Private family services will be held. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

​Thank you to all the staff at Evergreen Assisted Living and the staff at the VA CLC, your compassion and care was appreciated. ​

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of the arrangements.

 

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Judith A. Bettiga age 74 of Norway, died Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.

She was born on May 31, 1942 in South Range, the daughter of the late Fred and Edna (Elsila) Huotari.

Judy attended Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood and Bentley High School in Livonia through her junior year. She proudly achieved her high school diploma from Norway High School in 1983.

Judy worked at Wal-Mart for over 10 years, and retired in 2005.

She enjoyed going to her dear friend, Anita Wagner’s house and seeing her flower gardens, colorful sunsets, camping with family and Johnny Cash.

Judy had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around, she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her children Dean (Annette) Bettiga and DeAnn (Pete Zanon) Bettiga; grandchildren Christine (Derek) Edlund, Chelsea (Terry) Rogers, Michael Bettiga and Kendra (Paul) Hayward; great grandchildren Brady Povolo, Daisy and Boedon Bettiga; brothers Jack and Bob Huotari; sisters Anna Anderson, Linda (Andy) Skoviera, and Nancy (Stan) Carlson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her sister Doris Toivonen and brothers Bill, Dennis, Jim and Ronald Huotari.

Private family service will be held.

 

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Amalia “Molly” Altobelli
Age 95
Of Iron Mountain

Amalia “Molly” Altobelli, 95, of Iron Mountain, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 4, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.

She was born July 19, 1921 in Chicago, Ill., daughter of the late Pietro and Graziella (Vitale) Calo. The family moved to Iron Mountain in 1925 where her father opened a tailor and furrier business.

Molly married Dan Altobelli on September 20, 1941 at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on August 5, 1996. She was a faithful member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Iron Mountain and the Daughters of Isabella.

Molly’s first job was working in her father’s tailor shop. Subsequently, she was employed at the Northside Sewing Factory and Big Boy Restaurant. Molly most enjoyed being a housewife, mother and assistant to her mother who prepared countless Italian meals for relatives and friends.

Throughout her life, her favorite pastime was dancing. She loved doing the “jitterbug” with her brothers and going to dances with friends. When ManorCare provided musical entertainment, Molly could still be seen dancing into her 90’s. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking and trips to the casino. She made a memorable trip to Italy with her mother, trips to California with her husband to visit their son, and many trips to Italian Fest in Milwaukee to see her daughter perform.

Molly is survived by one daughter Carmella Altobelli, Iron Mountain; one son Peter (Cecilia) Altobelli, Palmdale, Ca.; one brother John (Mary) Calo, Kingsford; special friend Josephine Syrjanen, Florence, and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and her favorite furry companion Mr. Jigs.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dan, Molly was preceded in death by three brothers Carlo, Mike and Henry and four sisters-in-law Kay, Marion, Monica and Dorothy.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 9, from 9:30 until 10:30 AM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Prayers will be recited at 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Rev. Fr. Janusz Romanek will officiate.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

The family would like to express a special Thank You to ManorCare Health Services for the exceptional care they gave Molly.



The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Rev. Fr. Henry E. Meus
Age 90
Of Pembine

 

He was born on January 10, 1926 in Chicago, son of the late Adam and Mary (Cebula) Meus. Father Henry attended school in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Father Henry went on to attend Seminary in Scranton, Pa. and became ordained as a priest on July 26, 1948. He served as the priest at St. Peter and St. Paul Polish Catholic Church in South Milwaukee for over 50 years before retiring. Father Henry married Sophie Nowak on November 18, 2000 at St. Peter and St. Paul. They moved to Pembine in 2003. In Fathers younger years, he enjoyed participating in all of the church retreats with his parishioners and in his spare time enjoyed smoking his pipe.

He is survived by his wife Sophie, one son, Jonathan Meus and one daughter Cassandra Meus both of South Milwaukee. One sister, Sophie of South Milwaukee; two grandchildren, Sara (Jeremy) Speck and David Meus; one great-granddaughter Isabella and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Father Henry was preceded in death by many brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 11, from 10:30 until 11:00 AM at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Pembine. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Father Henry or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.

The
Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

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Lillian L. “Red” Perron, 74, of Iron Mountain, died Thursday, November 3, 2016 at her home.

She was born June 21, 1942 in Sagola, MI, daughter of the late Norman and Kathryn (Cowling) Blazier. Lil graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1960 and was a lifelong resident of the area. She married Duane Perron on August 6, 1960 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 2012. Lil was employed at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in the medical records department for over 20 years. She was an avid reader and read countless books. She enjoyed knitting and generously made many items for family and friends. Most of all, Lil loved spending time at camp with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Philip (Andrea) Perron of Iron Mountain and Brian (Jeanne) Perron of Mundelein, IL; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Cassandra (Andrew) Wils, Emery, Kayla (Brian Carlson) and Amber; a great grandson, Micah; a brother, Harold Blazier; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lil was also preceded in death by two sons, Glen and Emery Perron; a daughter, Valerie (Jack) Haberkorn; a sister, Karen Hughes; four brothers, Duane, Paul, Murrill and Sam Blazier; a grandson, Benjamin Perron; a granddaughter, Gail Asselin; and a great grandson, Wyatt Carlson.

A visitation will be held on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.
 

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Robert “Bob” Schultz, 81, of Kingsford, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers, Michigan.
He was born September 16th, 1935 in Kingsford to the late Arthur and Alice (LaPointe) Schultz, and attended Kingsford schools graduating in 1954. In 1956 Bob volunteered and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton. On August 24, 1963 he married Rosemary “Mimi” Oliva at St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Church in Iron Mountain, and spent more than 53 wonderful years together.

In his youth Bob worked alongside his father cutting timber and driving log trucks for the family’s business. In 1963, together they founded Schultz Equipment, which he successfully led until his retirement in 1996.

Bob and Mimi traveled the US and Canada extensively by car and Goldwing motorcycle. He enjoyed many hunting trips with friends throughout his lifetime. During retirement, Bob enjoyed woodworking, travel, time spent at his hunting camp “The Ranch” in Menominee County, but especially enjoyed time with his family and friends around the backyard pool. In his later years he developed a love for stamp collecting, and forged many new friendships as a result.

Bob served as President of the Pine Grove Country Club, and was also a member of the Iron Mountain/Kingsford Lions Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Pleasure Riders, The United Sportsmen’s Club, and The Northwoods Philatelic Society.

He is survived by his loving wife Rosemary “Mimi” Schultz, daughters Christine (Bruce) Hirsch of Plymouth, Michigan, Cathy (David) McCash of Iron Mountain, and Cindy Schultz of Minneapolis; grandchildren Taylor, Colton, Greta and Madeline; sisters Carol (Don) Wilson of Mansfield, TX, and Dorothy Dorfler of Cedarburg, WI; a brother Don (Char) Schultz of Iron Mountain; a brother in-law Ron LaCost of Kingsford, many nieces and nephews and many friends both old and new.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Caren “Bird” Schultz in 2001; sister Beverly LaCost; brother in-law Joe Dorfler; and in-laws Henry and Dorothy Oliva.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Services will follow at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Pastor Christine Bergquist will officiate.

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

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Joseph S. Szczurek, 86 of Niagara, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford, with his daughter by his side.

He was born May 28, 1930 in Niagara, son of the late Stanley and Catherine (Nosal) Szczurek.

Joe grew up and graduated from Niagara High School class of 1948. He began working at the Niagara paper mill the very next day with the exception of two years which he spent serving our country in the U.S. Marines. Joe returned to Niagara to work at the mill for a total of 44 years before retiring. He married Rosalie Fontecchio and they spent 41 years together until Rosie passed in 1997.

Joe is survived by one daughter Kathy (Bob) Godin, York, Penn.; four grandchildren Jason (Megan) Godin, Chaska, Minn., Brittany Godin, Waldorf, Md., Mary Godin, York, Pa. and Hilary Godin, State College, Pa.; two great-grandchildren, Abby and Bobby Godin, Chaska, Minn.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister Mary Kositzke and one brother Teddy who passed as a child.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 5, from 10:30 until 11:30 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Niagara.

The American Legion Cretton-Tutas Post #136 of Niagara will accord military honors at 10:50 AM at the church. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 5, at 11:30 AM at the church. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate.

Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery, Niagara.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Donna Mae Pollard age 84 of Norway, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Donna was born June 4, 1932 in Norway, daughter of the late Clarence and Mary (Paul) LaFreniere.

She was a lifelong resident of Norway and graduated from Norway High School in 1950. Donna went on to receive her teaching certificate at Northern Michigan University and later earned her Master’s Degree in Education.

Donna married Weldon Pollard on April 5, 1952 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. They settled in Norway and raised four children.

She was an elementary teacher for 34 years, working in Hermansville, Vulcan and Niagara Schools, retiring in 1993. Her love for her children and community involved her in 4-H Teen Leaders, St. Mary Church, Holy Spirit School, CCD, Relay for Life and other activities.

Donna is survived by her children David (Patty) Pollard, Renee Pollard, Greg (Tamie) Pollard and Marybeth (David) Negro; eight grandchildren, Adam (Katy), Ryan (Katie), Tanya, Tony, Catherine (Fiancée Ben Gendron), Jordan, Christina, and Lexi; two great grandchildren Veda and Griffin; four brothers-in-law Richard (Toni) Pollard, James Pollard, Marvin (Marion) Pollard, Thomas (Suzanne) Pollard all of Norway. She had a special place in the hearts of many nieces, nephews and friends as well.

Donna was preceded in death by her brother Paul LaFreniere; sister Bernice LaFreniere Hartman; brother-in-law Wm. Denton Pollard; sisters-in-law Dorothy Pollard, Ruth Pollard and Merle Pollard; and niece Collette Pollard.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5 at 9:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Timothy Ekaitis and Fr. Joseph Gouin will concelebrate. A luncheon for friends and family will follow in the church hall.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Holy Spirit Catholic School where her children and grandchildren attended.

Interment will be held at Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home in Norway is in charge of arrangements.
 

 

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Joseph J. Smokevitch, 98, of Crystal Falls, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Aspirus Iron River Hospital.

Joseph was born on January 14, 1918 in Crystal Falls, the son of the late Albert and Sophia (Bucek) Smokevitch. Joseph has been a lifelong resident of Crystal Falls. He joined the United States Army in 1943 and served as a Corporal during WWII in the 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion. After being wounded during the Battle of the Bulge he was held prisoner of war until his release on April 17, 1945. Joseph married Evelyn Schindler on February 22, 1944. They raised five children in Crystal Falls before Evelyn passed on March 30, 2000.

Joseph worked at the Tobin Mine until its closing and then for the City of Crystal Falls until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of Guardian Angels Church and a life member of the Tufts-Rondon VFW Post 2891. Joseph was an outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish and trap. He was also a talented flower and vegetable gardener.

In addition to his parents and wife, Evelyn, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lahna; son in law, Thomas Rauch; brothers, John, Andrew and Walter and sisters, Ann Lee and Mary Cesa.

Joseph is survived by his children, Albert (Marilyn) Smokevitch of Crystal Falls, Carol Rauch of Dousman, WI, Jeanne (Raymond) Brown of Crystal Falls and Michael (Jeannine) Smokevitch of Crystal Falls; nine grandchildren, James Lahna, Scott (Colleen) Lahna, Paul (Crystal) Rauch, Joseph (Jackie) Smokevitch, Trista (Ralph) Pflanz, Michael (Amy) Brown, Michelle (Keith) Graves, Theresa (Daryl) Kraus and Joshua (Cindy) Brown; seven great grand children, Ashley Pflanz, Sorcha and Maija Lahna, Kaden Graves, Allison and Joseph Smokevitch, and baby kraus coming soon.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 2nd from 4:30 until 7:00 PM at the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls. Funeral services will on Thursday, November 3rd at 11:00 AM from Guardian Angels church in Crystal Falls. Fr. Jose Maramattam will offer the Mass of Christian burial.

Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.

Pallbearers will be, James and Scott Lahna, Joseph and Joey Smokevitch, Michael and Joshua Brown, Keith and Kaden Graves and Dan Miller.

The Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.


 

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Vulcan-Fred F. Campbell, 93, of Vulcan, Mich., passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain, Mich.

He was born on April 3, 1923 in Ludington, Mich. Fred was adopted and raised by his grandparents on a rural farm outside of Ludington. He attended Ludington schools and graduated from there.

Fred at the age of 12, held a part time job at JCPenney Company, Ludington in the shoe department. He also helped his grandfather on the farm.

Fred married Mary Hartley in 1943 in Ludington. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2007. He served his country in the United States Army from Jan. 5, 1943 until his Honorable Discharge on November 6, 1945. Fred served in active duty in Germany, France and landed on Normandy Beach. He had shared with his family many times his military experiences.

When Fred returned from service he worked for Park Dairy in Ludington, the railroad, Dow Chemical, and the State of Michigan MDOT as a soil and materials technician for 28 years. His job with the State of Michigan enabling him to move to the upper peninsula and he retired from there on June 4, 1984. After retiring he along with his wife took many road trips throughout the country.

Fred was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, Norway, the local 4H horse club, he along with his wife, chaperoned many school dances and was involved with their children’s activities.

Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, hiking, rock collecting, polishing and making jewelry. His children will remember the many camping trips they took in the summer. Fred was always willing to help others, including assisting cancer patients by driving them to Green Bay for treatments, he was a true gentleman. He was a great father to his children and was loved by all who knew him. Fred will truly be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by one son, Fred G. (Jan) Campbell of Breitung Twp.; three daughters, Jan O”Donnell of Chico, Calif, Judy Maynard of Vulcan, Mich. and Connie Campbell (Shari Ellison) of Kingsford, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and one sister-in-law, Evie Hartley.

In addition to his parents, and his wife, Mary, Fred was preceded in death by one granddaughter, one grandson, many brothers and sisters-in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 4 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at Grace United Methodist Church, Norway. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11:00 AM at the church. Pastor Irene White will officiate.


The Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Marilyn F. (Brooks) Rogers, 87, of Watersmeet, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter's home on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Marilyn was born December 3, 1928 in Iron River, Michigan, daughter of the late Leslie J. and Grace (Lewis) Brooks.

Marilyn played clarinet in the Iron River Marching Band and participated in theater plays in high school. She had a close group of friends, including Marilyn Tromblay, Katy Oberdorfer, Patricia Kelly, and Kathryn Cybulski. Her senior yearbook reflected, "Brookie is a popular and active girl, who never takes sides in an argument and thus keeps all her friends." After graduation in 1946, she and friend Shirley Hendrickson moved to Milwaukee and rented a bedroom at 13th and Burleigh for $3 a week. She worked at Maryland Casualty-Miller Insurance Company as a secretary/stenographer.

She married William "Bill" A. Rogers on July 10, 1948. Marilyn lovingly was married to Bill one month short of an incredible 68 years. He preceded her in death on June 9, 2016.

In 1949, Marilyn, along with her husband took over Rogers Bar in Watersmeet from Bill’s Dad. They operated Rogers Bar until retirement in 2002, when their son and daughter-in-law took over. Marilyn tirelessly worked their business for those 53 years and greeted every customer with a smile and was a true icon of the area. Many folks enjoyed bringing their kids in to see Marilyn to have a pop and tell them of their memories of when they were kids, and the joy they had coming to the bar for pop and ice cream. She was the recorder for Royal Neighbors of America insurance group for many years, and was a devout member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watersmeet.

Marilyn enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, picking raspberries, making bread, and feeding her hummingbirds. She simultaneously raised 4 children, took care of her aging parents, ran the family business, and was very devoted to her family. Being diagnosed with stage IV cancer over 2 years ago, she endured palliative chemotherapy and radiation so that she could be with Bill and family a little longer. Stopping treatment last October, she bravely tolerated the deterioration of her health.

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Connie) Rogers and Greg (Susan) Rogers, both of Watersmeet; one daughter, Nancy (Nick) Obradovich of Iron Mountain, one daughter-in-law, Carolyn Rogers of Grosse Pointe Farms, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and friends Elsie Peterson, Eva St. Onge, Patricia Kelleher, and Ellen Ripper.

In addition to her parents and husband Bill, Marilyn was preceded in death by a beloved son, John Rogers, in 1988.

Visitation will be held Thursday morning, November 3, from 10:00 until 11:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watersmeet. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday morning at 11:00 at the church. Rev. Fr. George Maki and Msgr. James Kaczmarek will concelebrate.

Burial will be in Watersmeet Cemetery, Watersmeet.

After services, a luncheon will be provided in the Immaculate Conception parish hall from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. A celebration of Marilyn's life will be held at Rogers Bar, 12 miles west of Watersmeet, North on Cisco Lake Road.

The family would like to specifically extend their gratitude to OSF St. Francis Hospice for their comfort and support in her final days.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Marilyn or leave a condolence for her family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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James A. "Red" "Andy" Anderson, 82, of Goodman, died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on February 15, 1934 in Goodman, the son of the late Harvey and Ella (Parrett) Anderson.

Jim graduated from Goodman High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1956. Jim was a member of the Green Bay Police Department for twenty-six years, where he served as a detective for most of his career. He retired with the rank of inspector on March 31, 1989.

Jim was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and the Martell-Musiaw American Legion Post 325. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors.

He married Konni Lemanski in April of 1981 in Green Bay.

Jim is survived by his wife Konni of Fort Collins, CO, his sister Shirley Klinger of Mount Prospect, IL, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters Dorothy Anderson, Thelma O'Malley, Ruth Laurich, and Ruby Gostisha, and one brother Wallace Anderson.

Visitation will be Saturday morning, October 29, from 9:00 until 10:50 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 at the church. Father John Hefner will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Neil B. Tuchalski, 77, of Florence, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Community Memorial Hospital, Redfield, South Dakota while pheasant hunting with his grandson, Drake.

He was born September 11, 1939 in Rhinelander, son of the late Benjamin and Petronella (Van Harpen) Tuchalski. Neil grew up and graduated high school in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.. He went on to serve in the United States Army for two years and immediately following served in the Unites States Coast Guard for four years. Neil married Arvilla Holmes-Hixon on September 3, 1971 in Rhinelander. They resided in Florence, Wisconsin..

He worked as a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper from 1969 until he retired in 1989. In 1989 he along with his wife, built, owned and operated Bonnie View Lounge and Restaurant until they sold and retired in 1997
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Neil was a member of the Hiram D Fisher Masonic Lodge #222 of Florence since 1973. He served as Worshipful Master for five years. Neil was also a member of the North American Fishing Club, American Legion Myers-Youngell Post #211, Florence, Wisconsin.. and lifelong member of the National Wildlife Association and the NRA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and holds the State of Michigan record for the largest inland whitefish caught in 2014.

Survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Arvilla; two sons, James (Deborah Johnson) Hixon and Tom (Kim) Tuchalski, all of Florence; two daughters, Lori (Marty) Moore and Lisa (Greg) Novak, all of Florence; one sister, Lynn (Herman) Kielhold, Florida; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Rex, Mardee (Jacob), Jimmer, Riley, Drake, Braiden and Saylor; one great-granddaughter, Gracee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Neil was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence and Stephen.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 29, 12:00 Noon Until 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence.

A Masonic memorial service will be held Saturday, 1:45 p.m. at the church. The American Legion Post #211 of Florence will accord military honors Saturday following the Masonic Service.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, 2:00 PM at the church. Pastor Darryl Small and Neil’s son-in-law, Greg Novak will concelebrate. A lunch will follow The Northern Lights Bar and Grill on Hwy 70 at Keyes Lake.

Memorials can be made to K.A.M.O. Youth Hunt & Fish in his memory.


The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home, of Florence, is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Lola Ione Jacobs, age 87, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services, Kingsford, Mich., following a period of declining health due to cancer.

Lola was born on July 20, 1929 in Kingsford, Mich., daughter of the late Walter and Eleanor Ormiston. She graduated from Kingsford High School, Class of 1947. Lola married Robert S. Jacobs on May 14, 1949.

Lola worked by his side in several businesses in the Iron Mountain area including: Park Ridge Mobile Home Park, Jacobs Motors (with Mike and Rosa Jacobs), Jacobs Restaurant and Jacobs Service Station. They wintered in Hawaii and Florida beginning in 1977. After Bob’s death, in 1993, Lola resided in Florida, spending her summers in Iron Mountain until 2014 when she moved to Lake Villa, Illinois to be close to family. As her health declined she came home to Iron Mountain.

Lola is survived by one son, Daniel (Geri) Jacobs of Kalispell, Mont.; two daughters, Evelyn (Tom) Carlson of Antioch, Ill. and Mary Beth (Michael Pyter) of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; four granddaughters; five step grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, in addition to numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends across the country.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 12:00 until 1:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Trisagion services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Fr. Mark Hagan will officiate.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

The Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Warren A. Carney

Age 81

Of Florence

 

Warren A, Carney, 81, of Florence, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Florence.

He was born May 20, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan, son of the late Alonzo and Catherine (Hall) Carney. Warren grew up and attended school in Battle Creek. He served in the United States Army and after being Honorably Discharged lived in Milwaukee. He worked for American Motors in Milwaukee for many years and he met and married Janet Nichols on October 26, 1962 in Milwaukee. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year. They raised their family in Battle Creek. Warren worked for Smith & Graham Roofing Company for many years and in 1985 he and Janet moved to Florence, where he enjoyed his retirement.

Warren enjoyed bowling, his golf league, and was an avid reader. But most of all he cherished the time spent with his family and especially his new grandson, Jacob.

Warren is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Janet; two sons, Scott (Melissa) Carney, Iron Mountain, and Jason Carney, Florence. One brother, Richard (Linda) Carney of Union City, Michigan, three grandchildren, Shaala, Grace and Jacob, and many nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, Warren was preceded in death by one son, Jimmy and one sister, Susan Babcock.

Private family graveside services will be held. Burial will be in Commonwealth Cemetery, Commonwealth, Wisconsin.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Violet J. Pearson age 95 of Norway, died Monday, October 24, 2016 at Evergreen Meadows in Norway.

She was born March 8, 1921 in Seymour, WI, the daughter of the late John and Esther (Gulseth) Wagner.

On June 21, 1947, Violet married Roy Pearson at the Mission Covenant Church in Foster City, MI, who preceded her in death on February 16, 1996.

After graduating from Felch High School, she received her teaching certificate and later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Michigan University. Violet dedicated her life to teaching children, starting her teaching career in Munising, then Foster City and taught for many years in the Norway-Vulcan school system, retiring in 1979.

Violet loved children and loved teaching, whether it was academics or Sunday School. She touched many lives in the local areas through her generosity, kindness and laughter.

She was very active in her church life. She loved singing alto in the choir and trios, playing piano, teaching Sunday School and kids’ programs, working in the kitchen, and serving in Covenant Women’s Ministries with her longtime friends Irene Welch and Lenore Soderlund. She was a gracious servant of the Lord.

Violet enjoyed knitting, cooking and baking, laughter, but most of all time spent with family and friends. She was a hard worker all her life and did it selflessly.

Violet and Roy thoroughly enjoyed watching their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all the many activities they were each involved in over the years. From baseball games to dance and piano recitals to band concerts to a “mean” game of UNO, all were truly loved by them both.

Violet is survived by her sons Gerald (Sherry) Pearson of Wausau, WI and Glenn (Jo Anne) Pearson of Gladstone, MI and her daughter Mary Lynn (David) Verley of Norway, MI.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Joshua (Jessica) Pearson, Scott Pearson, Carolee Pearson-Clark, Amy (Josh) Morgan, Jason Verley, Pamela (David) Westphal, and Mindy (Andy) Mokszycke; and great-grandchildren Alicia, Connor and Andrew Morgan, Toby Verley, Zachary and Spencer Pearson, Madelyn Westphal, and Justin Rock; sisters Alice Badgett and Barb (Karl) Bosk, sisters-in-law Ruth Wagner and Ruth Rahm, many nieces, nephews and cousins; many friends, including her wonderful caregivers at Evergreen Meadows.

Violet is preceded in death by her husband Roy, parents John and Esther Wagner, father and mother-in-law Henning and Anna Pearson, brothers Richard Wagner and Robert Wagner, sister Opal Richards, brothers-in-law Jack Badgett, John Richards and Lawrence Rahm, and great-grandson Tristin Morgan.

The family will greet friends on Wednesday, October 26 from 10:00 until 11:00 at the Mission Covenant Church in Foster City.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Mission Covenant Church with Pastor Richard Yates officiating.

Interment will follow at the Foster City Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home in Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Leonard W. Henderson, 71, of Kingsford, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his home.

He was born March 4, 1945 in Rome, Georgia, son of the late William and Betty (Brownlow) Henderson. Leonard was raised in lower Michigan and attended school there. He served in the United States Navy and the United States Marines, and after being Honorably Discharged from the service moved to Kingsford, Mich. He served in the United States Nation Guard in Kingsford and later went to work for the United States Postal Service as a clerk, where he worked for many years before retiring.

Leonard is survived by one son, Jason Henderson and one daughter, Deana Henderson, both of Kingsford; one sister, Darlene (Buddy) Smith, Georgia; six grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, Cassandra, Holden, Kaitlyn and Amber; four great-grandchildren, Daniel, Joey, Hayden and Liam; and two nieces, Becky and Lola.

A family gathering will be held in Leonard’s memory.


The Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Ann M. Luciani, 65, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services, Kingsford, Mich.

She was born March 1, 1951 in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Theodore and Mary Lou (Smith) Luciani. She resided in Watertown, Wisconsin for a few years before moving back to Iron Mountain to be closer to her mom.

Private family graveside services were held at Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain was in charge of services.

 

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Ted "Rip" Kimichick
Age 76
Of Kingsford

 

Ted "Rip" Kimichick, 76, of Kingsford, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at HCR Manorcare Rehab Center in Kingsford.

He was born on September 4, 1940 in Vulcan, Michigan, son of the late Tedius G. and Helen (Braspennickx) Kimichick, Sr. He attended school in the Vulcan area, graduating from Vulcan High School, where he was president of his class. He went on to attend Northern Michigan University where he received his Associate's Degree in Business. Rip went to work for National Laboratories, retiring in 1993 as the District Manager after 24 years. He married Patricia Ann James on June 1, 1963, and she preceded him in death on July 20, 1996. They were married 33 years. He took pride living in the center of his rental properties. Also, in his meticulously maintained Cadillacs and Harleys, all of which were adorned in chrome.

Rip moved briefly for work to Iowa in his younger years, returning to the area to raise his family. He was a member of the American Martyr's Catholic Church, the Iron Mountain Jaycee's, and the Elks Club. His true passion was riding his Harley Davidson. He has attended the rally in Sturgis, South Dakota at least 20 times. He was also a member of the Long Riders and the Pleasure Riders and ABATE. Another passion of his was shooting pool. He played in many leagues in the area ,and in many places. He was the area's Top Shooter for many years, including being still on top at the age of 75. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Never missing the opportunity to attend one of their sporting events or concerts, unless it conflicted with pool league. He shared his organizational skills and pride in a job well done with all.

His faith in his doctors and his will to remain here with his family and many friends was unshakeable. Through it all his positive attitude was inspiring to all.

Rip is survived by his daughters, Tricia (Todd) McCole of Kingsford and Tara (Bruce) Laing of Spread Eagle, his girlfriend, Irene LaFave of Escanaba, five grandchildren, Joshua, Elli, and Nickolas McCole, Bryce Marie (Tanner) Laing-Chouinard, and Hunter James Laing, and a brother, Randy (Dianne) Kimichick. One nephew Ryan Kimichick, also survives.

The visitation will be held on Friday, October 28, from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 at the funeral home. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Todd McCole, Bruce Laing, Josh McCole, Nick McCole, Hunter Laing, Randy Kimichick, and Ryan Kimichick.

Burial will be in Dickinson County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Elsie M. Marsh, 98, of Kingsford, died on Sunday, Oct.23, 2016 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. Elsie was born on March 12, 1918 in Phillips Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian (Dennis) Holubec. She married Sidney T. Marsh on July 7, 1936.

The couple had six children, 22 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and over 40 great-great-grandchildren. Elsie is survived by three daughters; Gwen Gilbert of Iron Mountain MI, Joyce Gilligan of Scranton PA and Diana Wiley of Las Vegas NV, two sons-in-law Hank DeClark of Kingsford MI and Terry Wiley of Las Vegas NV, one daughter-in-law Linda Marsh of Phillips WI, two brothers Laddie and Stanley Holubec both of Phillips WI, and three sisters-in-law Veronica Venstra of Pembine WI, Deli Holubec and Delores Holubec both of Phillips , She is also survived by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Elsie and Sid moved to Kingsford when the kids started school. She was a homemaker while the kids were in school. After that she had several jobs; including working at Kingsford Laundry, and working as a cook at Deli's in Aurora, the G&G Restaurant in Iron Mountain, and El-Capitan in Spread Eagle. She moved to Pennsylvania after Sid passed. She had several part time jobs. She moved back to Kingsford in 2003 and went to Hyland Nursing Home in June of 2009. When Hyland stopped nursing service, she moved to Pinecrest in Powers.

Elsie loved gardening and wild berry picking. She raised vegetables and canned all the vegetables and fruit for her family until they left home. She love family gatherings; even though she usually did most of the cooking. She also loved to play Bingo and going to the casino. She played bingo once or twice a week until she could no longer go. While she was in Pennsylvania; she belonged to the Democratic Club, a dart league, and a shuffle board league. Fishing is another past time she enjoyed. Elsie loved traveling, both flying and driving and made many trip to visit her children, who are spread across the country (Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Wisconsin).

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Sidney Marsh, sons Frederick and Thomas Marsh, a daughter Rose DeClark two son-in-laws Patrick Gilligan and Henry Hegeman, a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Marsh, a grandson Martin Johnson, three great-grandsons Joshua Hegglend, Kyle Marsh and Steven Striker, three sisters Sylvia Tom , Sadie Dragovich, and Pansy Soul and two brothers Charles and Thomas Holubec, three sister-in-laws Edith (Marsh) Holubec, Helen Holubec, and Jean Marsh, two brothers-in-law William and Burcham Marsh.

Visitation will be Friday morning, October 28, from 9:00 until 10:30 at the Kingsford Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11:00 at American Martyrs Catholic Church. Father Joseph Gouin will celebrate the Mass Of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.


The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Violet V. Pilon, 99, of Kingsford, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Manorcare Nursing Home in Kingsford.

She was born on May 10, 1917 in Gaastra, MI, the fifth of eight children born to the late Fred and Alma (Benoit) Chaillier. Violet has been a resident of this area for most of her life and married Louis Pilon on January 10, 1933 at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer, MI. Together they raised seven children. Louis preceded her in death on March 14, 1978.

Violet worked as a waitress at the Riverside Club and the T & T Restaurant before going back to school to get her nurses aid certificate. She worked as a nurses aid at Americana (Manor Care) Nursing home until her retirement.

Violet was a seventy year member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Church, the Daughters of Isabella and the Chicago and North West Railroad Women's Club. She also volunteered at the Iron Mountain VA Hospital and was very active at the Iron Mountain Senior Citizens Center. Violet enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, dancing and being at the family camp on Rock Lake. She was a wonderful cook and the family always looked forward to her French Pork Pies. Violet loved hosting the holiday gatherings and spending time with her large family.

In addition to her husband, Violet was preceded in death by her son Robert, three brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (Lloyd) Cudnohufsky of Kingsford, Carolee (David) Palmcook of Quinnesec, Gary (Jan) Pilon of Orlando, FL, Randy (Cindy) Pilon of Niagara, Debra (Steve) Krueger of Vulcan and Renee (Chris) Wilson of Kingsford; Daughter in law, JoAnn Pilon of Kingsford; She was "Mim" to her nineteen grandchildren; forty four great grandchildren and eighteen great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 28 , Noon until 1:00 PM at St. Mary and St. Joseph Church . Funeral services will follow at 1:00at the Church.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. Fr. Janusz Romanek will offer the Mass of Christian burial.

The Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Robert L. McCabe age 91 of Norway, died Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the V.A. Medical Center in Milwaukee.

He was born on August 29, 1925 in Mifflin, WI the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Kreul) McCabe.

Robert joined the U.S. Navy during WWII, at only 17 years old and was stationed on the USS Enterprise CV-6. He was involved in 12 major battles on board the USS Enterprise; it was the most decorated ship in WWII. He was discharged on December 8, 1945.

He married Phyllis J. VanDamme on October 21, 1950 in Norway. They were married for 60 years before she preceded him in death on January 5, 2011. After being married, they resided in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Wyoming, before moving back to Norway in 1964.

Robert was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, he played the guitar, the harmonica and a little piano, he also enjoyed dancing.

He is survived by his sons Steven (Deborah) McCabe of Clinton Twp. and Michael McCabe of Sun Prairie, WI; son-in-law Richard Johnson; grandchildren Kristy, Jennifer and Kevin McCabe and Kelly (Luke) Stehle; 2 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews spread throughout the country.

Robert was preceded in death by his son Patrick J. McCabe and daughter Peggy A. Johnson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 28 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

Parish Prayers will be recited at 8:00 Friday evening.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 29 at 9:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis presiding.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.


The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Ted D. Franzoi, 58, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 23, 1958 in Iron Mountain, son of Nan (O'Grady) and the late Perry Franzoi.

The Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Mary and St. Joseph Church. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 at Church. Fr. Janusz Romanek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

Funeral services are incomplete at this time and will be announced by:

Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home.

 

 

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Earl Robert “Bob” Gaber, 87, of Homosassa Springs, Florida, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 in Crystal River, Fla., under the loving care of Hospice of Citrus County and the Nature Coast.

He was born June 8, 1927 in Niagara, son of the late Edward and Esther (Ziebarth) Gaber. Bob graduated as Valedictorian from Niagara High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard during WW II, then attended Oshkosh State College and transferred to Michigan College of Mining and Technology, graduating with honors as a civil engineer. He also attended the University of Illinois Graduate School and was active in sports during his school and college years.

Bob joined the Bethlehem Steel Co. in 1950 as a Looper. He was employed by Francis Engineering, Saginaw, Mich. where he met and married Maxine Brechtel, R.N. at her home church in Sebewaing, Mich. on April 30, 1955. Bob went to work for R.W. Booker & Associates in St. Louis and then the City of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He moved to Homosassa, Fla. from Fond du Lac in 1984.

Bob was a member of Tau Beta Pi Civil Engineering Honors Fraternity, Chi Epsilon Service Fraternity, Wisconsin Waste Water Association and the American Associate of Civil Engineers, having served as Past President of the Fox Valley, Wisconsin Chapter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edward Gaber.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Maxine B. Gaber of Bellevue, Wisconsin, daughter, Susan (Gerald) Hutchison of De Pere, Wisconsin, and son, William Gaber of Madison, Wisconsin.

A private graveside service was held at the Niagara Cemetery.

The Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Bob or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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William Gordon "Bill" Ellis, 63, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at his home in Quinnesec. He was born on Feb. 25, 1953 in Iron Mountain.

Bill graduated from Kingsford High School. He was a millwright for many places, most recently for Cliffs Natural Resources, where he retired from in 2014.

Bill was the most generous man with his time and love. He was always the guy that helped others without hesitation. With just a phone call, Bill would stop what he was doing and go help his friends and family in need. He was a "Jack of all trades" and his knowledge and skills in home repairs benefitted many. He was always willing to make and share his famous pierogies, even though making them was a long process.

Bill's unconditional love for his family, friends, and neighbors was overwhelming. He always greeted you with a hug and a huge "Heeeey" and left you with a hug (even if he was in his boxers)!

His greatest love was for his wife, Kathy Kuehn Ellis, whom he married on May 20, 1977 in Iron Mountain. Bill and Kathy enjoyed many things together throughout their thirty-nine years of marriage. In the beginning, they loved going to concerts and having block parties with all the neighborhood families. They enjoyed their favorite vacation destination, Jamaica, which seemed to live within them. In their most recent retirement years, Bill and Kathy loved spending their mornings with coffee, walking their dogs, gardening, nature, and spending quality time together.

Bill was a devoted father and grandfather. He always provided guidance, passed no judgment, supported, and showed family what unconditional love really meant. He was so proud of his two sons Bob and Brian, and the men they became. He especially loved becoming a grandparent and was his grandchildren's biggest supporter. He truly was an inspiration.

Bill is survived by his mother, Patricia Ellis of Kingsford, his wife Kathy Ellis of Quinnesec, two sons Robert "Bob" (Julie) Ellis of Midland and Brian (Sue) Ellis of Iron Mountain, three grandchildren Brittany Brooks of Lake Ann, MI, Tanner (Bryce) Chouinard of Eglin A.F.B., and Shannon Chouinard of Iron Mountain, two brothers Jeff (Jane) Ellis of Iron Mountain, and Perry (Cheryl) Ellis of Kingsford, two sisters Kathy Peterson of Iron Mountain and Cindy Grailer of Haw River, NC, one sister-in-law Karen Kuehn Puestow of Milwaukee, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Gordon Ellis on August 7, 2016, his mother and father-in-law Clara Heller and William Kuehn, six brothers-in-law Robert "Bob" Peterson, Daniel Grailer, Terrance "Butch" Burby, Keith Kuehn, Duane Kuehn, and Steven Kuehn, and a sister-in-law Karla Ellis.

A celebration of Bill's life was will be held today, October 22, 2016 beginning at 2pm at the home of his son and daughter-in-law Brian and Sue Ellis at 601 East Grant Street Iron Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Federation for Suicide Prevention.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of William "Bill' Ellis may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.+

 

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Douglas E. Clough 54, of Sagola, passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2016.

Visitation will be on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 until 11:00 AM at Grace Presbyterian Church in Sagola.

Memorial services will follow at 11:00 AM on Saturday at the church. Rev. Ryan Flunker will officiate.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Douglas Clough may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Lucy C. Marston, 102, of Iron Mountain, died at her daughter’s home in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Saturday, October 15.

She was born March 21, 1914 in Oxford, Mississippi, the daughter of Auber J. and Mary (Dent) Wilds, and the sister of Mary D. Winter, all now deceased. After graduating from Blue Mountain College in 1936 she worked for the Mississippi offices of the Southern Baptist Convention and later returned to Blue Mountain College as director of Baptist activities at the college.

Following her marriage to Amos W. Marston on Nov. 22, 1945, she moved with him to Iron Mountain, Michigan, her home for most of her life. Throughout her life she had a deep dedication to her Christian faith. She was an active member of Immanuel Baptist (now Redemption Hill) Church and, among other activities, taught a women’s Sunday school class there for many years. She was also well known for public speaking at churches and organizations in the Iron Mountain area. Later in her life, she regularly conducted religious services at Manor Care Nursing Home and Highland Nursing Home. She was a founder and active participant in the Association of Parents of Retarded Children, and it was partly because of her work on behalf of the mentally disabled that she was named Woman of the Year in 1959 by the Iron Mountain University Women’s Club. She was also a longtime member of the Northwoods Philatelic Society.

In 2010 she began living with her daughter in Minnesota where, at the age of 95, she demonstrated her continuing capacity to engage with a wide variety of new people, in particular in the community she joined at St. Paul Fellowship Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Amos Marston in 2002 and her son James in 2012.

Lucy is survived by four children, Walter Marston (Susan) of Grand Rapids, MI; Mary Marston Lloyd (William), of Maplewood, MN; John Marston of Mexico City, Mexico, and Samuel Marston (Heidi) of Red Lion, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Katie Marston (Diana Heom), William Lloyd (Laura); Laura Marston, Michael Lloyd, John Marston, Logan Marston, and Ethan Marston, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and on Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Redemption Hill in Kingsford. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 at Redemption Hill.

Rev. Ron Wolfe will officiate.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Lucy Marston online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com


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Jack E. Osborne age 95 of Norway, died Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Evergreen Assisted Living in Norway.

He was born in Flint on January 7, 1921 the son of the late Ellsworth and Saraphine (Miller) Osborne.

Jack graduated from Prescott High School in 1939 and received his degree from Cleary College.

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. during World War II and during his service he married Elaine Erspamer on February 28, 1942 in Flint, Michigan. She preceded him in death on May 8, 1983.

Jack started working for several car dealerships and then for Chrysler in the 1950’s, he retired in 1976 and moved his family to Norway.

Jack enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, and going to camp. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing cards. Most of all he enjoyed the company of his friends and family.

He is survived by his son Mark (Julie) Osborne of Hancock; grandchildren Nolan (Melissa) Osborne, Sarah (Lowell) Ruonavaara, Josh (Kate) Osborne, Craig (Courtney) Osborne, Laina, Jack, Karen, Steven, Mary and Katie Osborne; 15 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Lois Vielmetti and Dorothy Hasenburg; brother-in-law George (Grace) Erspamer; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his grandson Vic Osborne.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 21 from 10:00 -11:00 AM at St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 at St. Barbara’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis presiding.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Charles G. “Charlie” Cross, 67, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.

He was born June 27, 1949 in Libertyville, Ill., son of the late Elmer and Sonja (Edman) Cross. Charlie grew up in Schofield, Wisc., where he graduated from high school. He went on to attend college at the University of WI-Eau Claire where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and the University of WI-Superior, where he received his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Charlie worked many years in the art industry in both Minneapolis, Minn. and in California. While in California he met Nancy Schroeder who he married on September 25, 1993 in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Charlie was a dealer for Snap On Tools for one year in the Iron Mountain area before going to work for N.A.P.A. Auto Parts in Kingsford. He then went on the road where he worked as a salesperson for several different companies. Charlie enjoyed hunting, and was an avid sports car enthusiast, owning both a Triumph TR-3 and TR-6 which he was very proud of and he toured the vehicles to many car shows.

He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Nancy; one son, Mike (Carrie) Cross, Ventura, Calif.; two granddaughters, Cassidy and Chloe and by many sisters-in laws; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by one sister, Glorian Scott.

In accordance with Charlie's wishes, private family services were held.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Charlie or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Eddie V. Hayes, 87, of Niagara, Wisc., passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Manorcare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.

He was born May 27, 1929 in Iron Mountain, Mich., son of the late Edward and Lola (Vansickle) Hayes. Eddie had been a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kingsford High School.

He married Irene Freeman in 1954 in Iron Mountain. She preceded him in death in 2001.

Eddie worked for Lodal Incorporated as a painter for 25 years before retiring in 1990. He was an avid woodsman and enjoyed cutting firewood.

Eddie is survived by one son, Patrick Hayes of Kingsford; one daughter, Shelley Liljequist of Kingsford; two brothers, Pat (Bonnie Zerbst) Hayes of Kingsford and Mike (Darleen) Hayes of Peavy Falls, Mich.; five sisters, Lola Zawada of Niagara, Dina Hayes of Iron Mountain, Joan (George) Tinti of Norway, Mich., Colleen Lessor of Kingsford and Ginger Remiker of Niagara; two grandchildren, Kyle Liljequist and Lola (Matt) McKindles, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Irene, he was preceded in death by one brother, George Hayes.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate.

Burial will be in the Breitung Township Cemetery in Quinnesec.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Eddie or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Pastor Johannes S. Hering, 87, of Florence, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Florence.

Pastor Johannes was born June 1, 1929 in Geruenhain Sachsen, Germany, son of the late Karl and Eleonore (Friedrich) Hering. He married Jacqueline Serocka in Indiana and she preceded him in death in 1972.

Pastor Johannes moved to the United States at a young age and attended the seminary in Dallas, Tex. where he became an ordained minister. He later moved out east to receive further schooling. Pastor Johannes served as Pastor in Bremen, Ill., Gary, Ind., served in a mission church at the Bylas Apache Indian Reservation, Ariz. and in 1972 became Pastor of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Florence, Wisc., and Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain, Mich. until retiring in 1991. Most recently he had been a member and assisted the pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tipler, Wisc.

Pastor Johannes studied Horticultural Therapy and was able to help many people with their ailments throughout the years. He also enjoyed rock collecting and will be missed by his parishioners and his family.
Pastor Johannes is survived by one son, Troye Hering, Commonwealth, Wisc.; one daughter, Marlayn (Brian Normand) Hering, Commonwealth; two brothers, Karl (Lottie) Hering, Colorado Springs, Col. And Ebby (Vicki) Hering, Council Bluffs, Iowa; one sister, Rosie (Alfred) Bartsch, Casa Grande, Ariz.; one granddaughter, Jacqueline Hering and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Jacqueline, Pastor Johannes was preceded in death by one brother, Christoph and two sisters, Christel and Maria.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 20, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home, Florence. Visitation will also be held Friday, October 21 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Florence. Funeral services will be held Friday, at 11:00 AM at the church. Pastor Jason Liebenow will officiate. Burial will be in Commonwealth Cemetery, Commonwealth.

The Jacobs=Lundholm Funeral Chapel of Florence is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Florence or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tipler.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Pastor Johannes or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Mary Ethel Bauer, 81, of Hardwood, passed away on Saturday October 15, 2016.

She was born October 7, 1935, in Hardwood to the late Chester & Thelma(Erickson) McGuire. She grew up in Escanaba.
Mary married Robert (Bob) Bauer on June 20, 1953 in Escanaba. They spent 63 wonderful years together in Hardwood, working hard on their farm & raising their family.

Mary is survived by her loving husband, Bob; Children, Marilyn(Carl)Steinbrecher, Mike Bauer and Jeff(Brenda)Bauer; Grandchildren, Kris(Lindsey)Steinbrecher, Chad (Becky)Steinbrecher, Angie(Jon)Jungwirth, Travis(Becca) Steinbrecher, Jeremy(Laurel) Bauer, Stacy(Paul)Dani, Amanda Bauer(Bill McNew), Tyler Bauer, Derick(Brooke) Collins ; Great Grandchildren, Maia, Aly, Izzy, Julia, Lucas, Kathryn, Brady, Lauren, Carli, Vincent, Madalynn, Carson, Bella, Michael, Nicholi, Landon, Leelan, Liam, Larissa, Shay, Kenzie, Caleb, Donald; Her brother, Roy(Bonnie)McGuire; Her sister Linda (Richard)Lantagne; Brother-in-law Lem LaBonte, Sisters in law, Sharon McGuire and Donna McGuire. Brother and Sister in law, Richard and Phyllis Bauer, Marvin and Barb Casperson; Special Friends, Jeanne and Tom Murray; Many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Don; Sisters Ethel LaBonte, Dianna LaBonte, and Margaret Casperson; Brothers Wilbert(Diane), John and Richard McGuire; Sister in law Dorothy(Martin)Quarnstrom.

The joy in her life was spending time with family and friends, playing cards, cooking and listening to county music with Bob. Everyone who visited was made to feel welcome; warmly greeted with a huge bear hug and never left without eating. Memories of her childhood were cherished, as their home was always filled with love, and she often commented “that’s all you really need”; along with something she often said, “treat others how you want them to treat you”. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Her Grandsons will serve as Pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 1:00 until 4:00 PM at the Mission Covenant Church in Foster City with the funeral Service following at 4:00.

Burial will be at the Foster City Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Mary Bauer may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Irene M. “Big I” Secinaro, age 89, of Iron Mountain, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Freeman Nursing & Rehab Center in Kingsford, surrounded by her family.

She was born October 1, 1927 in Iron Mountain to the late Carlo and Secondina (Brosio) Capra. She grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School.

Irene married Alphonse “Fonzie” Secinaro on May 22, 1948 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on May 30, 2011.

She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Dickinson area Paisano Club, the Amidon Follies and the Menominee Range Historical Society. Irene enjoyed crocheting, oil and water painting, playing cards, basket weaving, quilting, organizing trips to the casino to play bingo along with her sister Jeanette, and spending time with her many friends and family. Not only did Irene attended many of her grandchildren’s school and sports activities but she also took an active part in raising them over the years.

Irene is survived by one son, Anthony (Karen) Secinaro of Iron Mountain, Mich.; one daughter, Cristine (Steven) Pascoe of Negaunee, Mich.; six grandchildren, Tony, Nate, Cassy, Kelly (Chris) Lunseth, Dane (Jenn) Pascoe and Katie (Ryan) Halvorsen; four great-grandchildren, Ella, Olivia, Macey and Chase; one brother, Lawrence Capra, Iron Mountain, Mich.; two sisters, Kathleen Bosilavitz, Escanaba, Mich. and Carol (Bob) Brodie, Naples, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Robert Weaver, Kingsford, Mich. and Doug Moreau, Iron Mountain, Mich.; one sister-in-law, June Constantini, Iron Mountain, Mich.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fonzie, Irene was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Phillip Capra, and two sisters, Marceille Weaver and Jeanette Moreau, and one sister-in-law, Joyce Colten.

Visitation will be held on Monday morning October 17, from 9:00 until 10:30, at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. Prayers will be recited Monday, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. The Mass of Christian burial will be held, Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

A memorial in Irene’s name has been established with Family Ties, 800 Crystal Lake Blvd., Ste 112, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

The Jacobs Funeral Home, of Iron Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Irene or leave a condolence for her family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Jean Ovitz Scott
Age 94
Of Spread Eagle

Jean Ovitz Scott, 94, of Spread Eagle, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at Manor Care Health Services. She was born on May 3rd, 1922, in Laona, Wisconsin, daughter of Dr. Ernest G. and Annabel Brooks Ovitz. She was graduated from Kemper Hall, Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1941 and attended Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Jean was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

She was a registered Radiology Technician at the University of Chicago Hospitals and the Green Bay Clinic. She later became a Home Advisor for the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Jean married Jerrold Scott on November 29, 1956 in Silver Lake, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1998 in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a past member of the Hospital League, Tuesday Study Club, the Chippewa Club and Pine Grove Country Club.

She loved the out-of-doors and all God’s creatures. She especially enjoyed golf, sailing a cat boat, skiing, camping, fly fishing, small game and duck hunting and traveling. Indoor hobbies included knitting, braiding rugs, reading and working crossword puzzles.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marilynn (Dewaine) Wall, brother Bud (Becky) Ovitz.

She is survived by a son, Michael (Connie) of Houghton, Michigan, a daughter, Sarah Kropp Hall, two grandsons, Scott and Bryan Kropp of Jarrettsville, Maryland, and nieces Margaret and Valerie Wall of Seattle, Washington, and Charlotte Kennaugh of Oro Valley, Arizona, nephews Ernie and John Ovitz.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the Florence County Rescue Squad.

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.



Condolences to the family of Jean Scott may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Roberta M. "Bobbi" Campbell, 74, of Aurora, died Sun. October 9, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 19, 1942 in Norway, the daughter of the late Emil and Wilna (Raboin) DeClark.

Roberta graduated from Niagara High School in 1960. She went to beauty school and worked as a beautician at Renee's Beauty Shop. Bobbi also worked at Kresge's the Daily News, was the librarian at Westwood School, and worked in the men's departments at Shopko and J.C. Penney. Bobbi was the part-owner of Laser Impressions and sold dried flower arrangements and pine balls at area craft shows.

Bobbi married Michael "Wop" Campbell on May 4, 1963 at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church. They enjoyed fifty-one years of marriage before he preceded her in death on March 25, 2015.

She was a member of First Covenant Church, where she sang in the church choir. Gardening was her passion. Roberta was Master Gardener and was a member of the Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association in Florence County. She enjoyed sewing, oil painting, and traveling.

Bobbi is survived by three children Lisa (Frank) Lake of Kingsford, Craig (Danelle) Campbell of Kingsford, and David (Kari) Campbell of Neenah, one brother Mark (Kathie) DeClark of Niagara, one sister Tedi (John) Scully of Appleton, one sister-in-law Marge DeClark of Powers, 8 grandchildren Franky Lake, Lorissa (Cody) Klema , Anna Campbell, Marissa Campbell, Ian Campbell, Dylan Zastrow, Branden Zastrow, and Kara Zastrow, three great grandchildren Xander Lake, and Sophie and Jayden Campbell, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother Gary DeClark and her sister Jackie (Al) Smith.

Visitation will be Monday from 10 AM until 12 Noon at First Covenant Church. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 at the church. Rev. Peter Erickson will officiate. Burial will be in the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Roberta M. "Bobbi" Campbell can be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Charles "Chuck" D. Elliott, 82, of Kingsford, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.

The visitation is scheduled for Monday, October 17 from 9:00 until 11:00 AM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 at the funeral home. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate.

Burial of Charles and Jean will follow at Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. The American Legion Post #50 will accord Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in his memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Charles "Chuck" Elliott online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Donald A. Legault, 80, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Monday, October 3 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 10, 1935 in Kingsford, son of the late Andrew and Helen (Kassin) Legault.

Don graduated from Kingsford High School in 1953 and was a lifelong resident of the area. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during the Korean War. Don married Donna Freeman on February 19, 1966 in Iron Mountain.

He was a firefighter for the City of Iron Mountain for 25 years, retiring in 1991. He also worked for Tony Izzo and Sons as a carpet layer for over 15 years. Don loved throwing horseshoes and frequently got together to play with friends as a member of Partonen’s Ringers. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and spending time at camp. Don also enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards, especially smear.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna; a son, Keith (Jeanie) Legault of Iron Mountain; two brothers, Ray Legault of Kingsford and Wilfred “Wis” (Marge) Legault of Milwaukee; a sister, Marcella Izzo of Iron Mountain; three grandchildren, Katie (Josh) Seitz, Lindsee (Jason) Witter and Roger (Mariah) Reiten; nine great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Doug Nord; sisters-in-law, Darlene Legault, Karen Freeman, Josephine Freeman and Edna Dennis; and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Tony Legault; two sisters, Helene Rappi and Mary Ann Nord; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve & Lois Podgornik, Carl Freeman, Bob Freeman, Inez Greison and John “Jud” Dennis.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

A memorial service will follow at 1:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home. Rev. James Lindgren will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Donald Legault online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Ernest Mariucci, 96 of Iron Mountain, went to be with the Lord and his beloved Wife, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

He was born on August 30, 1920 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Angelo and Rose (Marchionne) Mariucci. He attended and graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1939. Ernie was a lifelong resident of the north side of Iron Mountain. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in April 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1945, serving mostly in Italy as T/SGT in the 35th Troop Carrier SQ 64th Troop Carrier. Ernie had many decorations and citations, and was extremely proud of serving his country. He served during WWII with four of his brothers and they all returned home safely. In 2014 Ernie had the opportunity to take the UP Honor Flight to Washington D.C. When he returned home from WWII he married Anna M. Agnessi at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain on March 2, 1946, and she preceded him in death on March 8, 2005.

Ernie worked for the Johnston Cookie Company, where he was known as the "Cookie Man." He then was an insurance salesman for the Prudential Insurance Company for over 20 years and was the first salesman in his area to reach one million in sales. Subsequently, Ernie served two terms as Dickinson County Commissioner. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and past president of the Holy Name Society. Ernie was also a life member of the Elks Club, a member of the Uren-Cooper-Anderson American Legion, the Dickinson County Pilots Association, the Paisano club, and the U.C.T. where he held a state office. Ernie was also very active at the Senior Citizens Center and loved to help organize the Milwaukee Brewer bus trips. Ernie enjoyed the bocce, golf and bowling leagues. He loved to play cribbage and was very proud of his two 29 hands. Ernie loved cooking and making his red sauce "gravy," and he was an avid Packer and Michigan State fan. Ernie loved spending time with family and friends at camp (Pine Hill Lodge).

Ernie is survived by his two daughters, Rosanne Beasley (Jesse) of Milwaukee, WI and Patricia (John Sr.) Blomquist of Iron Mountain; six grandchildren, Troy (Kim) Beasley, Kristin (Ty) Beasley, John Blomquist Jr., Ken (Mary Lou) Blomquist, Sara (Jared) Ferguson, and Jennifer Blomquist (Matt Payette); two great granddaughters, Krizty (Matt) and Aliana; one brother, Ardovino (Alma) Mariucci of DePere, WI; two brother in-laws, Mark Agnessi Sr., and Eugene Farrington, as well as many nieces, nephews and grand dogs.

Along with his wife he was preceded in death by his brothers, Alfred "Snyder" and Frank Antonetti, Edgar "Dick," Edmund, August "Mooney," Albert "Cabbie," and Mario Mariucci; and his sister, Doris Farrington.

The visitation will be held on Friday, October 14, from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The funeral Mass will follow at 1:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be at Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. The American Legion Post #50 will offer full Military Honors.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Ernest Mariucci online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

 

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John W. Kivisaari, 72, of Norway, died Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin.onsin Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

He was born on May 15, 1944 in Marquette to the late Wilho and Lempi (Maki) Kivisaari.

In 1951, John’s family moved to Norway, which remained his hometown for the rest of his life.

John graduated from Norway High School in 1962 before serving in the U.S. Army in San Francisco and Germany during the Vietnam War. After his service, John graduated from Northern Michigan University.

He worked in the wholesale grocery industry for many years as a purchasing agent and assistant manager with Northland Grocers, and later as a salesman and merchandiser for Kraft Foods.

While attending NMU, John met his wife, Wendy (Guldswog). On April 5, 1974, under overcast skies, they were married at St. Mary’s Church in Norway, surrounded by family and friends.

John enjoyed a quiet life of happiness and serenity, finding both in his family and loved ones. He lived humbly, and received joy not from material things, but in life’s simple pleasures: the stillness of the morning while sipping a hot cup of coffee, the wind blowing through the oak trees on the golf course, the smell of soil and freshly-cut grass as he and Wendy worked together in their garden, watching University of Michigan football games with his son, and the unconditional love and support from Wendy.

John is survived by Wendy, his wife of 42 years; son, John C. Kivisaari of Madison, WI; brother, Peter (Cheryl) Kivisaari of Norway; sister-in-law, Karen D. Guldswog of Iron Mountain; brother-in-law, Donald H. Hinds of Norway; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 25 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Norway.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 at Good Shepherd Lutheran with Rev. Dr. Michael J. Langlais officiating.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to John’s family may be expressed online at:
www.ortmanfuneralhome.com

 

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Marie Ann (Paquin) Hicks, 76, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Bridges of Appleton Nursing Home in Appleton, Wisconsin.

She was born on December 19, 1939 in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Leonard and Roberta (Richards) Paquin. She was a lifelong resident of the area.

During Marie's early years she loved bowling, golfing, cooking, camping and spending time with her family. Spending weekends and summers with her family up at Way Dam was something she cherished. Marie loved to cook and catered for many years. If you knew Marie, you had a lifelong friend who would help out in a second if you were in need. She had a great sense of humor, even if it was at her own expense. She knew how to laugh, how to love, and how to give and we were so very blessed for having her as long as we did.

Marie is survived by her husband, Dale Hicks of Kingsford; her children, Brenda (Joe) Mlinar of Appleton, Twyla Zeman of Clearwater, FL, Brian LaVigne of Felch, Tiana Rosenfeldt of Appleton, Stephen LaVigne of Appleton and Scott LaVigne of Clearwater, FL; Grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jason, Brandon, Kristofer, Kalyn, Sunnie, Ryley, Mitchell, Sara, Anna, Nick, Zachary; Great grandchildren, Jameson, Stella, Mason, Avery, Raegan, and Aiddan; brothers, Lester (Betty) Paquin of Utica, MI, Ted (Sylvia) Paquin and Randy Paquin all of Iron Mountain; sisters, Sheila Walters of Horn Lake, MS and Rochelle Short of Kingsford; she is further survived by her special friend, Alice and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter LaVigne; her son, Donald Gardiepy; brothers, Leonard "Sonny" Paquin and Larry Paquin; a sister, Renee Anderson.

The Visitation will be held on Monday, October 10 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at 11:00 AM at the American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Joseph Gouin will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in her memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Marie Ann Hicks may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Paul "Arne" J. Anderson, 70, of Crystal Falls, passed away on Friday, September 30 at his home.

He was born on March 28, 1946 in Crystal Falls, son of the late Arne and Alverna (Frigard) Anderson. He attended the Crystal Falls schools, graduating from Crystal Falls High School in 1964. Arne was a lifelong resident of the area. He enlisted in the United States Navy, serving his country during the Viet Nam War, and was Honorably discharged in1968.

Upon returning home from his Military Service, he went to work in Maintenance in the Republic Mine, and then with Cleveland Cliffs. After the mines closed he worked as a Carpenter before retiring. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings Fan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but more than anything he loved to be at his camp spending time with family and friends.

Arne is survived by his son, Jeff (Melissa) Anderson of Crystal Falls; his sister, Kristine (Larry) Capra of Florence, WI; nieces, Britt (John) Brozak and their son, Owen of Crystal Falls and Heather (Mike) Miller and their sons, Andrew and Ross of Wausau, WI

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arne and Alverna Anderson, and his best buddy, his dog Blackie.

At Arne's request there will be no funeral service.

The Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Paul "Arne" Anderson online at:
www.nashfuneralhome.net

 

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Natasha Ruth (White) Stark, age 32, passed away at her home on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Natasha was born on December 18, 1983, in Marinette, Wisconsin, the daughter of Alfred (Al) and Irene (Piekutowski) White.

She graduated from Escanaba High School in 2002. Her higher education included degrees from Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba and Grand Valley State University in Allendale. She was currently working on a MBA with finance emphasis.

She became a mom for the first time on January 5, 2011, when Gabriella Ruth came into her life. Gabriella was joined by Anthony “Tony” James on September 14, 2013. They were the love and joy of her life. Natasha only ever wanted to be a wife and a mom, and her children truly were her heart and soul.

Natasha worked at various Taco Bells in Escanaba, Marquette and Grand Rapids area, and became General Manager of Taco Bell in Wyoming, Michigan, until the birth of Tony. She also worked as a food server at restaurants in Escanaba and then Grand Rapids while trying to care for her family and attain the degree that would help her care better for her and her children.

She loved Jesus and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Norway.
 
Natasha is survived by children Gabriella and Tony, and husband Ryan and his family; mother Irene White of Norway; father Al (Patricia) White, Greenfield, WI; brother Nathaniel (Candace) White of Perronville, and his children Ashleigh and Tehya of Escanaba, Janessa, Athena, and Joshua of Whetstone, Arizona; sisters Amelia and her daughters Aurora and Elsa-Mae, and Katherine (Marlon) Willis, and her children Ryder and Carter of Norway; uncle Edward (Deb) Piekutowski of Moorhead, Minnesota, and his children Kevin, Brad (BJ), and Tracee; "grandparents" Nyle and Bess Nelson of Bark River; godparents Mary and Fred Weisse of Perkins, and Dave and Deb Peterson of Hyde; half brother James Alfred Bowens of Valdosta, Georgia; step siblings Sarah Craig, Jacquie Anderson, and Joseph Johnson of the Milwaukee area, and many extended "family" and friends.

Natasha may be best known for her glitter. Like her mom, she loved sparkly things. Many Facebook tributes have been made speaking about her infectious smile and laughter. She was a good friend to many, and would always go out of her way to help people and boost their spirits. She was fun loving and brought joy to everyone.

She enjoyed cooking delicious food, while singing, dancing, and acting silly. If you had the pleasure eating of any of her gourmet meals, you weren't just getting food, but dinner and a show. She will always be remembered as a warm, strong, fun-loving woman, who is leaving behind many broken hearts.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Leo and Beatrice Piekutowski, paternal grandparents Nathaniel Sr. and Dosha White, and uncle Nathaniel White, Jr.

Family will greet friends on Monday, October 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Norway.

A Funeral Service will be held on at 3:00 PM Monday at Grace United Methodist Church. A luncheon will be provided at the church following the service.

A private burial will be held on Tuesday at St. Michaels Cemetery in Perronville.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Joyce Pearson Best, 91, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, October 2 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 7th from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. A funeral service will follow at 12:30 PM on Friday at the funeral home. Rev. Michael March will officiate.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Joyce Pearson Best online at:
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George Henry Hohol, 88, of Niagara, passed away Friday, September 30 at the Jack and Engrid Meng Unity Hospice Residence in De Pere, Wisc.

He was born on April 22, 1928 in Niagara, son of the late Anthony & Elizabeth Hohol. He was the third youngest of 17 children. George graduated from Niagara High School in 1946 and married Louise Amond on April 23, 1949. They celebrated their 67th anniversary in April.

George was employed at Bourdalais Drug Store and the Village of Niagara. He then worked at the Niagara Paper Mill for over 40 years, retiring in 1989. He loved hunting, camping and fishing and was an all-around handyman. George had been a communion distributor and helped on funeral dinners at St. Anthony Catholic Church, worked for Karen’s Food Pantry and for the Niagara Historical Society.

George was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank (Marie), Walter (Frances), Edward (Gilda), Joseph (Luella), John, Stanley (Betty), Henry, Chester (Lucille and Char); sisters Helen (Frank) Cabaj, Bernice (Rudy) Chromisky, Marian (Edmund) Krol, Stephanie (Bernard) Trottier, Stella (Perry) Fox, Florence (Richard) Forsland, and Anthony “Pat” (Nancy) Hohol.

George was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family so much and will be missed by all. He is survived by wife Louise; sons Michael (Sharleen), Dennis (Katherine), Steven (Kim), Bruce (Paula), and Mark (Reneé); daughters Christine (Sherman) Demeuse and Kathleen (John) Schoendorf; eleven grandchildren Tammy (Scott) Gleason, Brian (Amy) Demeuse, Michelle Hohol, David (Kate) Hohol, Sarah (Ben) Steel, Scot Hohol , Kallie Hohol, Kristie Hohol, Erica (Adam) Lester, Sonja (Bryan) Mandalfino and Valerie Hohol; and five great-grandchildren Elisabeth, Makayla, Lucas, Brooklynn, and Natalie. He is also survived by a sister Joan Whitelaw, sister-in-law Nancy Hohol, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 8, from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon on Saturday at the church. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate. Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery, Niagara. A lunch will follow at the church hall.

The Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the “George & Louise Hohol” scholarship through the Niagara Area Scholarship Foundation. If writing a check, make it to NASF and note the Hohol scholarship. If mailing directly send it to: NASF, C/O Sherri Petschar, 700 Jefferson St., Niagara, WI 54151.

You may light a candle in remembrance of George or leave a condolence for his family online at:
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John A. Hess, 63, of Iron Mountain, passed away Sunday, October 2 at his home. He was born on February 23, 1953 in Norway, the son of the late Harry and Olive (Petzoldt) Hess.

John owned Twin City Towing from 1982 until he retired in 2015. He always took great pride in his work and developed many great relationships throughout the years. John volunteered his wrecker services for the Dickinson County Racing Association at the Norway Speedway for many years. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, and NASCAR racing.

John married Julie Grunlund on June 12, 1981 at Calvary Lutheran Church In Quinnesec.

He is survived by his wife Julie, three children Elliott (Ariel) Hess of Iron Mountain, Kerry (Jeff Turpeinen) Hess of Pelkie, and Michael Hess of Green Bay, two brothers Bill (Dorothy) Hess of Florence, and Douglas (Mary) Hess of Iron Mountain, two sisters Judy Schabel of Aurora and Cheryl McNeil of Kingsford, a sister-in-law Connie Feigl and her daughter Megan of Downers Grove, IL, four grandchildren Mason, Samantha, Sabrina, and Alex, two step grandchildren Jeffrey and Christopher, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister Karen Ganley.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 at the funeral home. Candy Buchcuski will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

The family would like to thank the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet and OSF Hospice for all of their help.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of John A. Hess may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Jean D. Harris, 88, of Iron Mountain, formerly of Pembine, passed away on Thursday, September 29, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 22, 1928 in Laona, WI, the daughter of the late Walter and Bertha (Hagengruber) Ammerman.

Jean was raised in Laona and graduated from Laona High School. She earned her Registered Nursing Degree from St. Mary Nursing School in Wausau, WI where she also met her future husband, Ted. Jean worked as a R.N. for over fifty years and was known for her patience and kindness from her start in OB through later years in Geriatrics.

Jean married the love of her life, Edward "Ted" Harris on Oct. 21, 1952 in Laona. They honeymooned in Great Falls, MT when Ted returned from his deployment to France. They have been referred to as the “Notebook” couple by many people who had the opportunity to witness their devotion and love for one another. They moved to a beautiful parcel of land in Pembine following their retirement where they spent over 20 wonderful years enjoying the beauty of the north woods. They took great pleasure feeding and watching the abundance of wildlife outside their front door.

Jean was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by three children Barb (John) Melcarek of Wales, WI, Mary (Mike) Geyer of Green Bay, WI, and Jeff (Kathy) Harris of Stephenson MI, one sister Arlene Neuman of Brookfield, five grandchildren Niki Middleton, Brett (Danielle) Melcarek, Caiti (Jeremy) Santorelli, Alex Middleton (Morgan), and Ryan Melcarek, three great grandchildren Elliana Santorelli and Elijah and River Middleton, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ted, on March 15, 2015, her daughter Jennifer "Jenny Bell" Popp, and two brothers Curly and Specks Ammerman.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 4, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Leonard Catholic Church in Laona. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 at the church. Father John Cerkas will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in the Laona Cemetery.

Special thanks to the staff at Victorian Pines in Iron Mountain for their care and compassion.

The family invites guests to wear jeans or casual clothing in lieu of somber funeral attire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Jean Harris can be expressed online at:
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George “Bud” Premo, 91, of Alpha, died Wednesday, September 28 at the Aspirus Hospital in Iron River.

He was born January 24, 1925 in Iron River, son of the late Walter and Clara (Nolingberg) Premo. George "Bud" was a lifelong resident of the area and attended the Iron River High School class of 1943 before entering the service. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. After returning from the service, Bud graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. degree in civil engineering.

He married Dorothy “Dorie” Nipert on January 29, 1955 in Ontonagon. Bud had worked for the State of Michigan, Department of Transportation, for 36 years, retiring in 1984. Bud was a life member of the American Legion and a member of the VFW. He was also a former member of the Crystal Falls Rotary Club. He loved to trout fish, hunt, and golf. Bud was an excellent skier and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. He was an avid card player and enjoyed cribbage, bridge and poker. Bud's life always revolved around his family; taking family trips, skiing, camping and many other family activities.

Bud is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Dorie; three children, Chris (John) Archocosky of Chicaugon Lake, Mark (Lisa) Premo of Denver, and Michael (Joey) Premo of Iron Mountain; a sister, Carol Lundin of Iron Mountain; eight grandchildren, Michael (Olivia) Archocosky, Allison (Dan) Horn, Meghan (Mark) Premo-Hopkins, Grant (Brooke) Premo, Kelsey (Brett) Jones, Caitlin (William) Edwards, Sarah Premo and Quinn Premo; 11 great grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob, Luke, Edison, Sam, Jane, Will, Evie, Silas, Shepherd, and Ida. He is also survived by a niece, a nephew, and several cousins.

Visitation will be held on Monday morning, October 3 from 10:00 until 12:00 Noon at the Nash Funeral Home in Crystal Falls. The Eastside Veterans will do a Pass-in-Review at 11:45 AM. A Celebration of Life will follow at Noon Monday at the Nash Funeral Home. Deacon Teena Maki will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Iron County Medical Care Facility and Iron River Aspirus Hospital for the wonderful care Bud received.

The Nash Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of George “Bud” Premo online at www.nashfuneralhome.net

 

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Valeria R. DeMark, 97

of Florence

 

 

Valeria R. DeMark, age 97, of Fond du Lac, formerly of Florence, passed away Wednesday, September 28, at St. Francis Home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She was born October 21, 1918 in Milwaukee to the late Andrew and Katherine (Mleczka) Brej.

Valeria was united in marriage to Samuel J. DeMark on August 5, 1940. He preceded her in death on March 1, 1997. Valeria has resided in Fond du Lac since October of 1998, to be near her children.

She was a wonderful homemaker, cooked and baked delicious pies. She enjoyed her daily walks in the woods. Valeria was employed by Maraccini Cabinetry for a few years to help put the boys through college.

She is survived by three sons, Michael DeMark of St. Cloud, Minn., Ronald (Ann) DeMark of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. and David (Ellen) DeMarco of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.; six grandchildren, Roxanne DeMark of Florence, Wisconsin., Anthony (Katie) DeMarco of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin., Steve (Tami) DeMark of Woodbury, Minn., Danny (Charlene) DeMark of St. Joseph, Minn., Holly (Russell) Lilly of Waukesha, Wisconsin. and Nicholas DeMark of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.; ten great-grandchildren, Donny Grailer of Florence, Wisconsin., Valerie Grailer of Florence, Wisconsin., Kimberly (Troy) Wiese of Green Bay, Wisconsin., Adrian DeMarco of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin., Silas DeMarco of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin., Grant Loidolt of St. Joseph, Minn., Haylee DeMark of St. Joseph, Minn., Jordan DeMark of St. Joseph, Minn., Heather DeMark of Woodbury, Minn. and Meagen DeMark of Woodbury, Minn.; four great-great-grandchildren, Victoria Marefke of Florence, Wisconsin., Ely Marefke of Florence, Wisconsin., August Wiese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. and Lilah Wiese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Valeria was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank Brej; and two sisters, Celia Beabeau and Juliana Banach.

A visitation will be held on Saturday morning, October 1, from 9:30 until 10:30 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Florence, Wisconsin. Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 at the church, with the Rev. Matt Settle officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Commonwealth, Wisconsin.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Valeria or leave a condolence for her family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.

 

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James M. Witkowski, 51

of Kingsford

 

James M. Witkowski, 51, of Kingsford, passed peacefully on Tuesday September 27 at ManorCare Health Services with his family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on March 8, 1965 in Stevens Point, WI.

Jim graduated from Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School in 1983. He worked at Motion Industries as a salesman, making many friends through the years. Jim was a loyal Badger fan, especially enjoying football and wrestling. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling, and watching sports and old westerns on TV.

Jim was a devoted father and family man. He married Helen Lashuay on June 27, 2011 in Iron Mountain.

Jim is survived by his wife Helen, his mother Joanne Witkowski, six children Courtney (Jeff) Sievert of Greenville, WI, Brandon (Sara) Baldwin of Norway, Alexandra (17) and Colton (16) Renard, and Mazrick (4) and Zosia (2) Witkowski all at home, five grandchildren Aubrey, Brynn, and Ryan (due in February) Sievert, and Kaylee and Brock Baldwin, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Maynard Witkowski and an infant sister Elizabeth

Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 until 1:00 PM at the Kingsford Funeral Home. The family requests that you wear your game day gear. A tailgate party will be held in Jim's honor at 2:30 Saturday afternoon at the Big Ten Bar and Grill in Quinnesec, during the Wisconsin/Michigan game.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Kingsford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of James M. Witkowski may be expressed online at:
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Lorraine Grace Minerick


Lorraine Grace Minerick, 90, of Sagola, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility, Ishpeming. Lorraine was born May 12, 1926, in Wilson, Mich. The daughter of Henry and Emma (Lavigne) LaBelle, she married George Minerick Sr. in 1944. George Sr. proceeded her in death in May of 1981, as did her daughter Donna Lee Winton in March of 2015. Survivors include her sons George Jr. (Dawn) of Republic, Robert (Margaret) of Sagola, Donald (Pam) of Sagola and her son in law Jerald Winton of Republic. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

No services will be held.

The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.



You may light a candle in remembrance of Lorraine or leave a condolence for her family online at:
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Donald Brentare, 86

of Milwaukee

 

Donald Brentare, 86,of Milwaukee, passed away Sunday evening, Sept 25, 2016 at the home of his nephew Edward Sikora in Westfield, Indiana.

Donald was born Feb 6, 1930 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Edward and Anna (Martinelli) Brentare.

He graduated from Iron Mountain High School with the class of 1949. He moved to Milwaukee and worked for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company for 30 years, retiring when the brewery closed in 1981. He became a caregiver to his parents, other family, friends and neighbors .He was a member of Blessed Savior Catholic Church and the Veneta Society. He loved gardening and yard work, following Milwaukee baseball, opera, Friday nights at "The Club", his dogs Punkin and Gus, traveling and most of all, spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters and brothers in law Rena (Maurice) Olson and Joyce (Leonard) Sikora.

He is survived by nieces and nephews Kristine (Gary) Gorsalitz of Harvey, Paul (Charlene) Sikora of Crystal Falls, Fr. Eric Olson of Escanaba, Jon (Peggy) Sikora of Kalamazoo, and Edward (Lori) Sikora of Westfield, IN.

Visitation will be Monday from 10-11 am at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 at the church. His nephew, Father Eric Olson, will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Raymond J. Neuens, 68

of Aurora

 

Raymond J. Neuens, 68, of Aurora, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, September 27 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.   He was born on October 2, 1947 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Jacob and Darlene (DuFresne) Neuens. Ray was a lifelong resident of the area.

He graduated from Florence High School in 1965, upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany during the Vietnam War.. Ray married Kathy Rochon on April 8, 1967 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Florence, and they have spent nearly 50 wonderful years together.

Ray was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to garden, keeping the family and neighborhood in fresh vegetables. He loved his family more than anything, they were always number one in his life.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Neuens of Aurora; his son, Keith (Michaela) Neuens of Oshkosh, WI; his daughter, Jacquie (Kyle) Kreienbrink of Wabeno, WI; a brother, Ronald (Pam) Neuens of Niagara, WI; sisters, Nancy (Rodney) Miller of Fence, WI and Lori (Terry) Weinfurter of Aurora; 7 grandchildren, Eric, Alyssa, Hunter, Danielle, Jordan, Aaron, and Lucas; two great grandchildren, Liam and Cassandra; Special aunt, Carol Neuens of Aurora, WI; Numerous nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Darlene Neuens; a brother, Thomas Neuens; his in-laws, Fritz and Elaine Rochon; and a Godchild, Corey Podnar.

Visitation will be held on Friday morning, September 30, from 9:00 until 11:30 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The Funeral Mass will follow at 12:00 Noon at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora. Fr. Matthew Settle will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Raymond J. Neuens online at:
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Elaine M. Divine, 87, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Saturday, September 24, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.

She was born December 15, 1928 in Kingsford, daughter of the late William and Emma (Neils) Dykstra. Elaine graduated from Kingsford High School in 1947 and was a lifelong resident of the area. She married Clyde Divine on August 9, 1947 at the Church of Christ in Kingsford. Clyde preceded her in death in 2012. Elaine worked for the Melody Cafe and Khoury Manufacturing for several years. She also was employed by Hancock Wood Products for many years, retiring in 1987. Elaine was a member of Redemption Hill Church where she was involved in the Christian Fellowship. She was also active in the Christian Women’s Club and frequently could be found reading God’s word in her Bible. She enjoyed listening to music, playing Bingo, and watching game shows, her favorites being Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Elaine was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Elaine is survived by her children, Robert Divine of Austin, MN, Rev. Michael (Deborah) Divine of Lake Butler, FL, Beth (Kenn) Wittock of Gilbert, AZ, Edwin (Loretta) Divine of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, Patty (Steven) Smith of Iron Mountain and Roxanne (Sam) Aten of Lumberton, New Jersey; a sister, Johanna (Steve) Cuggino of Norway; a sister-in-law, Nancy Martner of Tulsa, OK; 20 grandchildren, soon to be 42 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Divine; three brothers, Harold, Robert and Edwin Dykstra; and six sisters, Margaret LaLonde, Wilma Rogers, Dolores Quick, Faye Dykstra, Darlene Clash & Betty Van Ness.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 30 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM and on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 Saturday morning at the funeral home. The Rev. Michael Divine will officiate. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tony Smith, Phillip Aten, Gary Smith, Edwin Divine, Lorin Divine, Tristan Divine, Lance Marcell and Morgan Marcell.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Elaine Divine may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Geraldine A.

“Gerri” Piper, 85

of Iron Mountain

 

Geraldine A. “Gerri” Piper, 85, of Iron Mountain, passed away Monday, September 26, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born April 17, 1931 in Iron Mountain, to the late Joseph and Ida (Backlund) Cavalieri. Gerri graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1949. She then went on to attend James Town Beauty School, receiving her beauticians license. Gerri worked for Golden Comb for 10 years and Park Ridge Beauty Salon for over 15 years.

She enjoyed crafting, especially water and oil painting, winning first prize at the county fair. Gerri was a member of the Spring Road Homemakers group in Neenah, Wisconsin.

She is survived by two daughters, Kelly (Robin) Tchokreff, Iron Mountain, Mich. and Paula (Geno) Alessandrini, Iron Mountain, Mich.; four sons, Randy (Kathy Johnson) Piper, Iron Mountain, Mich., Rodney (Kris) Piper, Sagola, Mich., Jeff (Debbie) Piper, New London, Wisconsin. and Kevin (Sherri) Piper, Iron Mountain, Mich.; one brother, Joseph (Elaine) Cavalieri of Trego, Wisconsin.; one sister-in-law, Judy Cavalieri of Kingsford, Mich.; 17 grandchildren, Scott, Benjamin, Robert, Jeanine, Greg, Jamie, Aaron, Carly, Tabitha, Mindy, Paul, Krissy, Montana, Kennedy, Sarah, Geno Jr. and Anthony; 14 great-grandchildren; and by longtime friend of over 40 years, John Dowdle.

In addition to her parents, Gerri was preceded in death by one brother, James Cavalieri and two sisters, DeLores Piper and Joan Jordan.

A celebration of Gerri’s life will be held on Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the Laborers Union Hall, 1800 N. Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Gerri or leave a condolence for her family online at:


www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Marie Salmi, 89

of Iron Mountain

Marie Salmi, 89, of Iron Mountain, died Monday September 26 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1926, the daughter of the late Leon and Emma (Fountain) Jacques.

She is survived by three children Jacqueline (Henry) Kramer of Texas, Susan (Joseph) Rogina of Tennessee, and Stephen (Julie) Limback of Wisconsin, two grandchildren Joel Rogina of Wisconsin and Philip Kramer of Texas, and two great grandchildren Epraim and Mikiah of Wisconsin.

Private family services are being held.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Marie Salmi can be expressed online at:
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Candace “Candy” Thomas, 61, of Norway, died Monday, September 26 at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 4, 1955 in Norway the daughter of Donald and Shirlee (Ross) Johnson.

Candy graduated from Norway High School in 1974.

She married Dale Thomas on June 18, 1977 in Grace United Methodist Church in Norway.

Candy loved working at the Norway Pharmacy/TDS for over 20 years, played in the Norway City Band for over 46 years, and was secretary/treasurer. She belonged to her Card Club for 35 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was church secretary since 1990. Candy was a diehard Lions Fan! She loved camping and traveling with her husband, enjoyed arts and crafts and since she was born on the 4th of July, she loved everything patriotic. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, godmother and auntie. However, her greatest joy was her role as a mom.

Candy is survived by her husband of 39 years Dale; son Jordon (Keeley Pendy) Thomas of Bloomfield Hills; parents Don and Shirlee Johnson of Norway; brother David (Carol) Johnson of Marinette, WI; sister Wendy (Doyle) Yoder of Norway; sister-in-law Kathy Thomas of Minneapolis, MN; nieces Julie (Scott) Williams of Marinette, WI and Amanda Yoder of Spread Eagle; nephews Dan Johnson of Green Bay, WI, Harley (Nikki) Miller of Kalamazoo, Jake (Scott Baccus) Miller of Littleton, CO, Abe (Ruthie) Yoder of Kingsford, and Dan (Jen) Thomas of Minneapolis, MN; special friends John and Cathy Groeneveld and their daughters Adria and Elleda.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law Marvin and Pat Thomas; step-father-in-law Howard Williams; and brother-in-law Dick Thomas.

Family will greet friends on Friday morning, September 30, from 10:00 to 11:00 at Grace United Methodist Church in Norway.

A Memorial Service will be held 11 :00 Friday morning at Grace United Methodist Church, Pastor Irene White officiating.

A luncheon will be provided at the church following the service.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Gary F. VanOss, 71, of Spread Eagle, passed away on Monday, September 26, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Gary was born in Crystal Falls, MI on September 26, 1945, son of Floyd and the late Marie (McGregor) VanOss. He was a 1963 graduate of Channing High School. After his graduation, Gary served his electrical apprenticeship with the Milwaukee Road Railroad. He moved around while pursuing his trade and served in the National Guard Reserve. He returned to this area and later to Spread Eagle. Gary worked many years for the IBEW local 219 and served as the Electrical Inspector for Iron County for several years.

Gary was an avid sports fan. He was the manager of the Channing Railroaders Wishigan baseball team for most of the 1970's. He loved golf and was a longtime member of Pine Grove Country Club. Gary was a serious Green Bay Packer fan and follower. He also enjoyed deer hunting season and the good times spent at the family camp "Camp 6 Pack". He loved and will be missed by his faithful dogs, Akita and Chipper.

In addition to his mother, Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara and his daughter, Jennifer.

He is survived by his sons, Paul (Kelly) VanOss of Southgate, MI, Chris (Barb Spigarelli) VanOss of Fort Smith, Arkansas; sisters, Joanne Dennis of Iron Mountain, Janet (Roger) Roell of Channing and Jean (Angelo) Bortolini of Kewaunee,WI; grandchildren, Ryan (Candice) VanOss, Brandon (Jenny) VanOss, Jennifer VanOss, Jacob, Josie and Trenton VanOss; a great grandson, Josh VanOss. Also by the mother of his children, Judy VanOss and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 Thursday evening at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 6:00 on Thursday at the funeral home. Rev. Michael March will officiate.

The family wishes to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Uncle Angelo Bortolini and Bobby Peterson who both donated a kidney to help prolong Gary's life. Also to his caregiver Judy Peterson who was always available to help, and John McCole for getting Gary's house ready for him to come home too.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Gary VanOss may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Thomas J.
Witynski, 82
of Florence
 

 

Thomas J. Witynski, 82, Florence, Wisc. passed away on Saturday, September 24 at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Medical Center.

He was born on September 4, 1934 in Florence, son of the late William and Gertrude (Kenney) Witynski.

Tom grew up in Florence and graduated from Florence High School class of 1952. He served in the US Army from July 14, 1954 until his honorable discharge on May 22, 1956. Tom married Sandra Gehlhoff on October 2, 1965 in Florence. He along with his wife and family owned and operated Witynski Hardware from 1948 until the store closed in 2011.

Tom was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Florence and the Florence Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years and served as its Fire Chief for 15 years. He enjoyed spending time at his camp with family and friends, the Green Bay Packers, and especially the many good times he had with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Sandy. Two sons Joe (Lisa) Witynski, Florence, Bill (Kim Sternhagen) Witynski, Florence; two daughters Christine (Shawn Beaster) Witynski, Florence and Cathey (Brent) Larson, Florence; three sisters, Nora (Richard) Meyers, Florence, Mary Jo Bomberg, Florence and Rita Pontbriand, Victorian Pines, Iron Mountain, Mich.; eleven grandchildren Andrew, Dorianne, Jimmer, Connor, Riley, Braiden, Mariah, Evan B., Cassie, Jakob and Evan W.; three great-grandchildren Macimae, Owen and McKinley.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents Tom was preceded in death by one brother John Witynski and one sister Clare Landry.

Visitation will be held Tuesday afternoon, September 27 from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home, Florence. The Florence volunteer fire department will stand honor guard. Prayers will be recited on Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 10:00 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence. The Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Commonwealth. The VFW post #3635 will accord military honors at graveside

A memorial will be established in Tom’s memory.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Timothy L. “Tim”
York, 69
of Florence

 

Florence-Timothy L. “Tim” York, age 69, of Florence, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, following a 2 1/2 year courageous battle with cancer.

He was born April 23, 1947 in Park Falls, Wisconsin, to the late Leonard and Anita (McKay) York. Tim grew up in Green Bay, and graduated from Premontre High School there. After graduation he joined the United States Army. Tim was united in marriage to Sherry Carr on September 21, 1991 in Florence.

Tim worked as a meat cutter for Tim’s IGA in Florence and later worked for Super 1 Foods until his retirement.

His hobbies included woodworking and hunting. Tim enjoyed meat cutting and was a hard worker. He had a passion for eagles as well as an extensive collection. Tim cherished his time spent with his wife, his five children, his 12 grandchildren and was so proud and blessed to have met and loved his great-grandson and his recent newborn twin granddaughters.

Tim is survived by his loving wife of 25 years to the day, Sherry; five children, Jennifer York, Green Bay, Wisc., Barbara (Jay) Menne, Green Bay, Wisc., Christy Boettcher, Florence, Wisc., Lee (Madison) Carr, Iron Mountain, Mich. and Teresa (Pete Thelander) Carr, Kingsford, Mich.; one brother, Joseph (Bonnie) York, Elk Mound, Wisc.; one sister, Faith (Dan) Koronowski, Green Bay, Wisc.; twelve grandchildren, Lucas, Jacey, Rylee, Izabella, Brittany, Danny, Braden, Nevaeh Marie, Cecilee Elizabeth, Andrew, Hunter and Peter; three great-grandchildren, Karson, Scarlett and Sophia and by his best companion, Buddy.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday morning, September 27, from 9:30 ntil 11:00 at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home, Florence. VFW Post #3635 of Florence will accord Military Honors at 10:45 at the funeral home. A Memorial Service will be held, 11:00 at the funeral home. Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Commonwealth Cemetery, Commonwealth, Wisc.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Dickinson County Hospital Cancer Unit and to Dr. Morel and staff. Also a big thank you to Wendy and staff at Dickinson County Home Health Care.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Tim or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Lena M. Marulli, 102

of

Iron Mountain

 

Lena M. Marulli, 102, of Iron Mountain , passed away on Sunday September 18 at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford, with her nieces by her side.

Lena was born on January 29, 1914 in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Jacob and Julia (Pataconi) Andreoli. She has been a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain and attended Iron Mountain schools. Lena married Alfred Marulli in January of 1934 in Iron Mountain.

She worked her entire life beginning in the Perfix Factory during WWII and then for many years at Schinderle Bakery on the north side of Iron Mountain. Lena lived a long and good life. She was active with family and friends and lived independently until just a month ago. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, going out for dinner and her daily "Happy Hour". She was also an excellent baker.

Lena is survived by her sister, Corlinda Newingham of Aurora; nieces and nephews, Raymond Schinderle, Bernice Erickson, Irene Donovan, Robert Schinderle, Judy Schofield, Diane Newingham-Aune, Dennis Newingham, Dawn Newingham Wahlstrom, Frank Marulli and Joanne Taglienti. Also by many great nieces and nephews.

Lena is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred in 1998, two brothers, Fiore and Nello Andreoli; three sisters, Mary Schinderle, Ada Rutkowski and Marguerite Corzolla; and infant sister Eva Andreoli; a niece, Barbara Freeman and a nephew, Jerry Schinderle

Visitation will be Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Erickson Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow on Saturday at 11:00 at the funeral home. Father Joseph Gouin will officiate.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

The Erickson- Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Lena Marulli may be expressed online at

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Kenneth J. Baumgart, 91, of Spread Eagle, passed away Monday, September 19 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Ken was born on June 16, 1925 in Bellevue, Wisconsin on the family farm homestead. It was in this home that Ken and his siblings were born and raised. He and his siblings eventually attended school in the nearby one room schoolhouse that was the first school in the area and was built on the Baumgart homestead. Ken’s parents Anton Baumgart (1893-1981) and Oar (Anna) Boerschinger Baumgart (1892-1987) continued operating the dairy farm and boarded the local schoolteacher. The farm was known in the area for its high quality milk and for the dedication of the Baumgart extended family to civic involvement, educational support, church, country and family. These hardworking ancestors passed on these values and abilities to their children including Ken.

Ken excelled in school and graduated at age 16 from Central Catholic HS in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He then ran away and joined the army in 1943 serving as a Private First Class at Headquarters Company also serving as a Sargent in the Engineering Section in the European Theatre during WWII. He returned state side after finishing his tour of duty.

Returning to the Green Bay area, Ken met and married Marcy Jauquet in 1947 and relocated to Madison, Wisconsin where he studied at the University. Ken re-enlisted, enter O.C.S. training and served a tour of duty in Korea. It did take him almost 50 years before he could consume rice again.

With a young family, Ken returned to Green Bay and started the Ken Baumgart Construction Company and built homes for over 25 years. He served as President of Brown County Home Builders Association, was Supervisor for the Bellevue Township and served as Commander of the VFW.

His love of the north woods including hunting, fishing and nature activities with his family motivated Ken and Marcy in 1958 to build a cottage in Spread Eagle, Wisconsin. They made this cottage their permanent home in 1976 where Ken resided until his death. Ken continued to work in construction and also served on the Florence County Board of Commissioners, as the Florence County Veterans Officer and Commander the Florence VFW.

Ken was a fun loving man, always ready with a quick joke, was an early adopter of technology, enjoyed reading and loved to invent what he needed. He had a well-stocked candy cupboard and was widely known for keeping the family tradition of making Booyah on summer holiday weekends.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Ora Baumgart, his brothers Anthony (Tony) and Robert (Bob) and his sister Shirley Gephart. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Marcy (Jauquet) Baumgart, and his brother Donald (Donny), as well as his 12 children – Diane Baumgart (Myron), Kenneth C Baumgart (Julie), Tom Baumgart (Victoria), John Baumgart, Bruce Baumgart (Betsy), Betsy Freiburger (John), Teri Sanborn (Bill), Nick Baumgart (Anne), Edie Baumgart, Sarah Baumgart, Ben Baumgart (Kelly), Annie Shears (Jim). In addition, Ken had 25 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Saturday morning, September 24 from 10:00 until 11:00 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Florence. VFW Post #3635 of Florence will accord Military Honors at 10:45 at the church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 Saturday morning at the church. Rev. Fr. Matt Settle will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery, Commonwealth Wis.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Ken or leave a condolence for his family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Donna Lynn Roberts, 48, of Iron Mountain, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday, September 16.

She was born on May 17, 1968 in Iron Mountain to Ken and Mitzi (Will) Finendale, and was a graduate of Iron Mountain High School. Donna met her best friend, Rich in 1988, and they married in July of 1990.

Donna has been a dedicated employee for M.J. Electric since 2009, working in their drilling division, where she loved keeping things running smoothly and keeping everyone in line.

Spoiling her dogs, Reggie and Riley, going to camp, cooking, canning, watching the Packers, and making someone's day are the things that Donna loved most. All who knew her knew that she was great at all of those things. With a smile that would light up a room and a heart seemingly of gold, everything she did was with love and perfection.

She is survived by her husband, Rich; her mother, Mitzi Finendale; a brother, Scott (Kathleen) Finendale; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dick and Sandie Roberts; brothers­ in-law and sisters-in-law, Doug (Tracy) Roberts, Julie Finendale, and Anna (D.J.) Thompson; her very beloved nieces and nephews, Tyler, Trevor, Renee, Gracie, Neil, Doug, Heather, Jon, Andy, Bailey, Eric and Chris; and friends too many to mention.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Ken Finendale, and two brothers, Perry and Brian Finendale.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. A Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 pm at the funeral home. Chaplain Ellyn Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Donna Roberts online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Danelle M. Lahti

Danelle M. Lahti, 47 of Iron Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, September 14 at Dickinson County Hospital in Iron Mountain. She was born on June 11, 1969 in Redondo Beach, California daughter of Kathleen Moore and the late Gerry Wery.

 

At the age of 4 she and her family moved from California to Stephenson then to the Vulcan Area where she attended school, graduating from Norway High School in 1987. She went on to attend BayDeNoc Community College graduating with her Associate Degree in Accounting. Danelle was employeed at CCI Systems. She married Stuart Lahti on April 14, 2006, and they have spent more than 10 wonderful years together.

Danelle was a member of St. Barbara's Catholic Church. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, painting and crafts, and attending many Detroit Lions and Tigers games. More than anything , her true passion was her volunteer work, always willing to help others in need.

She is survived by her loving husband, Stuart Lahti of Iron Mountain; 3 children, Jared Schwamlien (Fiancé Joelynn Musgrove) of Aurora, WI, Maya and Mackenzie Schwamlien both of Iron Mountain; her Mother, Kathleen Moore of Iron Mountain.

The visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 PM at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The Funeral Service will follow at 3:30 PM at the funeral home. Fr. Timothy Ekaitis will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the Dickinson County Cancer Loan Closet.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed to the family of Danelle M. Lahti online at
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The Iron Mountain City Council is expected to approve a PILOT, or payment in lieu of taxes ordinance, to help move along the development of a low-income housing project in the former Iron Mountain Central Middle School building.

The project is being proposed by The Commonwealth Company, of Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin. The company specializes in converting former school properties into apartment and condominium units. On it's corporate website, the company states the following: "It's our mission to build or renovate housing stock that provides high-quality, affordable places for people to live. As well, we seek to preserve and restore the architectural legacy of the communities in which we work."

Commonwealth is proposing to convert the former Central Middle and elementary building into 28 apartment units, and the building of 12 new townhouses, to be located in two buildings of six units each.

The company is applying for what is known as a PILOT, or payment in lieu of taxes on the proposed development. Taxable value upon completion is expected to be in excess of $3.2 million. Under the PILOT program, the development would pay to the City, 10.32% of all rents collected, in lieu of normal property taxes.

The PILOT program is authorized under Michigan law, and is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Their mission is to help provide low-cost housing for low-income individuals and families.

If the proposed development proceeds as expected, payments to the Iron Mountain School System will help retire an outstanding $144,000 debt obligation that the School currently holds.

Passage is expected when the Council meets at 6:30 PM on Monday.

 

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Richard "Dicky" Robinson

Richard “Dicky” Robinson, 81 of Loretto, died Friday, September 16 at his home.

He was born on December 16, 1934 in Norway, the son of the late James and Eva (Hallgren) Robinson.

Dick graduated from Vulcan High School in 1953.

He married Helen VerMeulen on March 20, 1953 in Iron Mountain. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2010.

Dick owned and operated Robinson Plumbing and Heating since 1974.

He is survived by his sons Rick (Linda) Robinson of Waucedah, David (Anna) Robinson of Norway and James (Martha) Robinson of Loretto; daughters Kathy Zahn of Hermansville, Lynda (Terry) Johnson of Waucedah and Lisa (Peter) Schultz of Loretto; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother James (Eloise) Robinson of Neenah, WI.; numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his son-in-law John Zahn, Jr; brothers Dale and Bruce Robinson; sister Shirley Smeester; and by his dog Monty.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 AM at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Charles N. "Chuck" Gardiner

Charles N. "Chuck" Gardiner, 81, formerly of Kingsford, passed away on Monday, September 12 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

 

He was born November 28, 1934 in Kingsford, son of the late Michael and Alice (Nadon) Gardiner. He was a graduate of Kingsford High School and a United States Army veteran. Chuck worked at Trico Opportunities in Kingsford for several years. He was a kind soul and always enjoyed talking to people. He loved music, singing, and was an exceptional whistler.

Chuck is survived by a sister, Donna Friedman; three brothers, Joe Gardiner, Bill (Carol) Gardiner, Gene (Audrey) Gardiner; two sisters-in-law, Beverlee Gardiner and Ann Gardiner; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Stella McNeil, Joan Dugas, Alice Kadletz, and Carol Jean Gardiner and six brothers, Michael, Henry, Wilfred, Carl, Bernard and Francis.

Private family services will be held with burial in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Charles Gardiner online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com


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Edward L. Bal


Edward L. “Edgie” Bal age 85 of Norway, died Wednesday, September 14 at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

He was born on June 12, 1931 in Norway, the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Smith) Bal.

After his retirement, he started his own business (Bal Communication) and supported the Quinnesec Mill’s phone systems until 2012.

Edgie was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Norway, a very active member of the Hall-DeWinter Post #145, American Legion, sat on the Norway City Council, Norway Parks and Recreation Committee and the Norway Electric Utility Board.

He was an avid gardener, loved fishing and hunting, woodworking, and making and sharing wine and apple juice. He especially enjoyed going fishing in Alaska for the past four years.

Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years Marie; sons Michael (Sally) Bal of Norway, Patrick Bal of Vulcan and Thomas (Angie) Bal of DePere, WI; daughters Kathleen (Don) Fiorani of Marquette, Donna DuLong of Denver, CO and Suzanne Bal of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren Anne (Mike) Schienke of Clinton Twp, MI, Jill Bal of Chandler, AZ, Amy Fiorani and John Fiorani both of Marquette, Billie Bal and Rachael Bal both of DePere, WI; brothers Joseph “Tat” Bal and George (Betty) Bal both of Norway; sisters Marie Devine of Norway, Patsy (Bill) Zanona of Vulcan and Marge (Lee) Meneghini of Norway; sisters-in-law Bernice Bal and Joan Bal both of Norway; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brothers John and Wally Bal; his brother-in-law Robert Devine and sister-in-law Margie Bal.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

Parish Prayers will be cited at 7:00 PM on Sunday.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 19 at 9:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Norway, with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis, presiding.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

 

 

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William T. Koziatek

William T. Koziatek, age 85, of Buck Lake, Michigan, lost his yearlong courageous battle with spinal cord cancer on Monday, September 12 at Iron County Medical Care Facility. He was born September 11, 1931 in Alpha, Mich., to the late William and Mary (Terensky) Koziatek. Bill graduated from Harrison High School in Chicago, Ill., Class of 1950.

 

Following his schooling he completed Tool and Die apprenticeship training. Bill married Mildred Gryczan on June 6, 1953 in Chicago, Ill. Bill’s lifelong occupation was a tool and die maker/designer working for Lindy Manufacturing for over 40 years. He moved to Buck Lake, Mich. in 2003 from Wheaton, Ill. and was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

Bill’s passion was his family. He loved fishing and was an excellent gardener.

Bill enjoyed working in the woods planting and trimming trees and supplied people in need of firewood.

He could fix anything, including making parts for needed repairs. Bill was a man of incredible character. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years, Mildred Koziatek; two sons, Randy (Gina) Koziatek, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kevin Koziatek of Wheaton, Ill.; three daughters, Debbie (Rich) Marx, Judy (Ken) Kubica and Sandy (Jeff) Armstrong, all of Wheaton, Ill.; eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Evelyn and Dorothy.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls, Mich. Private interment will take place. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River, or the Alpha Historical Museum in Alpha.

A luncheon to celebrate Bill’s life will take place on Monday, September 19 at 12:00 Noon at The Village Inn in Alpha, Mich. All are welcome.

The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of William or leave a condolence for his family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Iron Mountain Adopts
Sister City Program

The Iron Mountain City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, to invite Sassoferrato, Italy to be it's Sister City.

The Sister City relationship with Sassoferrato was suggested to the Council by Albert Santoni several weeks ago. In the interim, a resolution was drafted by the City Attorney, and presented to the Council on Tuesday evening. Mr. Santoni was present during the Council's vote. He said he hopes that the relationship can eventually result in exchange visits between the two cities.

The Italian city is a natural match for Iron Mountain, considering this City's long-standing Italian heritage and traditions.

This is the text of the resolution adopted by the Council.

CITY OF IRON MOUNTAIN
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT A SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN IRON MOUNTAIN, MICHIGAN, AND SASSOFERRATO, ITALY

WHEREAS, the City of Iron Mountain, Michigan, United States of America, wishes to have a Sister City relationship with the City of Sassoferrato, Italy; and

WHEREAS, the people of the City of Iron Mountain extend a hand of friendship to our potential Sister City, Sassoferrato, Italy; and

WHEREAS, the City of Iron Mountain's City Council is interested in fostering environments through which municipal partnerships can learn, work and solve problems together; and

WHEREAS, the Iron Mountain City Council is interested in cultivating cultural and educational experiences for the citizens of Iron Mountain;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF IRON
MOUNTAIN, DICKINSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, THAT:

The City Council and the Mayor of the City of Iron Mountain extend through this resolution a formal invitation to the Mayor and people of Sassoferrato to join with Iron Mountain as a Sister City and as such to conduct such mutually beneficial programs as to bring our citizens more closely together and thereby strengthen international amity.

Dated: September 6, 2016

BY ORDER OF MAYOR AND CITY
COUNCIL FOR AND ON BEHALF OF
THE CITY OF IRON MOUNTAIN

As expected, the matter received enthusiastic support from the council.

 

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Kingsford Council Approves
Changes To Master Plan

The Kingsford City Council on Tuesday evening approved a number of changes to the City's master plan. The "master plan" is a means of insuring that future growth and development within the city occurs in an orderly manner.

Kingsford City Manager Tony Edelbeck said that most of the changes approved to the master plan are technical in nature, and came about as the result of changing circumstances such as new streets being developed, changes in maps, and zoning changes. He said that some of the changes came about as the result of census figure adjustments, and information made available to the City by CUPPAD, or the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development District.

Edelbeck said the changes will now go before the City's Planning Commission, where approval is expected at their September 26th meeting.

 

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Opposition To Breitung
Landfill Growing

Dickinson County Clerk Dolly Cook reported today that she has received more than five hundred petition signatures, opposing action expected to be taken tonight by the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners.

The Board is slated to act tonight on approval of amendments to the operating license for a landfill located in Breitung township. between Quinnesec and Norway. The landfill is operated by Niagara Development LLC, a division of Niagara Worldwide. According to reports received by Dickinson County News; Eric Spirtas, President of Niagara Worldwide, arrived at Ford Airport this afternoon, and is expected to represent the company at tonight's meeting.

The question of expanding the role of the 25 year-old landfill came to fore when the Dickinson County Solid Waste Planning Commission made several recommendations that would widen the area from which the landfill can collect refuse, and possibly upgrade their operating license to allow them to accept household or Type II waste materials. Currently the facility is licensed to handle only Type III materials, which includes such things as demolition and construction debris, foundry sand, paper sludge and fly ash.

The matter will be presented to the board tonight by Tony Edelbeck, Kingsford City Manager, and Secretary of the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee.

The proposed amendments had been expected to win quick approval by the Board. That was before the significant objections that have surfaced. A large contingent of Breitung Township residents, led by members of the township's Board of Trustees, is expected to be on hand at tonight's meeting.

The County Board meets in the Circuit Courtroom of the Dickinson County Courthouse. The meeting begins at 6:00 PM, and is open to the public.

 

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Sharon Wilcox

Sharon Wilcox, 75, of Quinnesec, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, September 9. She was born on October 30, 1940 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late Lothel and Helga (Nordman) Parsons.

 

Sharon graduated from Lake Shore High School in 1959 in St. Clair Shores MI. She worked at Shopko, Frankini's Jewelry, Bortz Assisted Living, and Macomb Community College. Sharon enjoyed shooting pool and dancing. She was proud of her yard, growing beautiful flowers and decorating it with lawn ornaments.

Sharon married Kenneth Wilcox, Sr. in 1961 in St. Clair Shores MI. He preceded her in death on May 10, 2010.

Sharon is survived by her son Ken Wilcox, Jr. of Florence, her husband Forrest Pepin of Quinnesec, her brother David (Cathy) Parsons of St. Petersburg, FL, her sister Mary Mackensen of St. Clair Shores, and two nieces Lindsi Markensen and Alissa Parsons.

Visitation will be on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 AM until Noon at Calvary Lutheran Church in Quinnesec. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 Noon at the church. Rev. David Johnson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Calvary Lutheran Church.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Sharon Wilcox can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com



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Maxine M. Chartier-Stauffer

Maxine M. Chartier-Stauffer, 88 of Kingsford, passed away on Friday, September 9 at HCR Manorcare in Kingsford.

She was born on September 29, 1927 in Niagara, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Raymond and Myrtle (Depas) Chartier. She was a lifetime resident of both Niagara and Kingsford. She married Ralph Stauffer on March 29, 1969 and he preceded her in death on March 9, 2008 after nearly 39 wonderful years together.

Maxine lived on the family farm until Ralph retired in 1986.

She loved being a homemaker, and took great pride in caring for her family.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Lehto of Kingsford; her son, Gary (Karol) Gardner of Sagola; 17 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a son, Kim Gardner; a grandson, Billy Jo Lehto; and 5 brothers; Kenneth, Donald, Edward, Roy and William Chartier.

Private Family Services were held.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain was in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Maxine M. Stauffer may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Robert R. Wescher

Robert R. Wescher, 64, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, September 7 at home with his family.

His unique mind made him a remarkable handyman who could fix or build just about anything.

Robert loved the outdoors, especially camping and being by himself with nature. He also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Later in his life his greatest joy became spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Robert is survived by his children, Darlene (Joe Wender) Dunkes of Iron Mountain, Jennifer (Mark Liebeck) Wescher of Kewanee, WI, Crystal (Cal Hale) Wescher of Iron Mountain and Charity Wescher of Iron Mountain; brothers, David (Barb) Wescher of West Bend, WI, Jim Wescher of Las Vegas, NV, Jesse (Brenda) Wescher of Ishpeming and Rober Wescher of Howards Grove, WI; sisters, Ginny (John) Oldeen of Niagara, Trudy (Renaat) Taillaert of Tennessee and Jeri Jean (Judy) Wescher of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren, Amanda, Brittany and Brianna Dunkes, Nautica Jorgenson, Tyler Hensley, Willow Wentz, Cypress Emmrich, Sunnie Hensley and Leonardo Helker.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-300pm Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. Memorial services will follow at 3:oopm Wednesday at the funeral home. Rev. David Wilton will officiate.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Robert Wescher may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
 

 

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Meagan Ann Doty

Meagan Ann Doty, 33, of Iron Mountain, died on Monday, September 8, at her home.

 

She was born on April 12, 1983 in Chicago.

Meagan is survived by her children, Payton W. Thompson, Mallory K. Maracini, and Quinton L. Doty; her parents, Judith and Dean Gustafson; a brother, Robert E. Doty Jr; a sister, Dawn M. (Scott) Farragh; neices and nephews Devin M., Kolton H., Bradon D., and Mackenzie M. Farragh, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, will Shwatal and Ruth Fabsits.

Private family services will be held.

The Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.


Condolences to the family of Meagan Ann Doty may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Delos Robert Awrey

Delos Robert Awrey, 84, of Iron Mountain, died Friday, September 9 at The Scottish Home in North Riverside, IL. He was born on May 14, 1932 in Iron Mountain, the son of the late George and Antonia (Raymond) Awrey.

Delos was a member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. In his younger years, he was a drummer in a band and enjoyed archery. Delos also enjoyed playing cards, especially smear and cribbage which he taught to all of his children and grandchildren. Later in life, Delos served as a Eucharistic minister visiting the sick.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of Iron Mountain; four children Cheryl (Patrick) LaPine of Harbor Beach, MI, Randy (Connie) Awrey of Riverside, IL, Kim (James) Cazzola of Norway, and Terry (Lisa) Awrey of Crystal Lake, IL; eleven grandchildren Kristen (Kevin Sheehan) LaPine, Sean (Stacey) LaPine, Megan LaPine, Jennifer (Mike) Mueller, Robert Awrey, Anthony Awrey, Nicholas (Krista) Awrey, Marisa (Nick) Vlamakis, Emily Awrey, Travis Awrey, and Zachary Awrey, 6 great grandchildren, and a niece Joyce Schad.

Delos was preceded in death by two sisters Beatrice and Evelyn and one brother Edward.

Visitation will be on Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral services will be follow at 11:00 at the church. Father Paul Nomellini will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

The Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Delos Awrey may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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County Board Faces Decision
On Breitung Township Landfill

On Monday evening, the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will be called upon to make one of the more controversial decisions they've had to make in some time, when they vote on the future of the Niagara Development Landfill near Quinnesec.

The Board will be asked to approve four amendments to the facility's operating license.  Briefly described, those amendments would lift the current restrictions and allow the landfill to accept non-hazardous waste from other UP counties, would change the current no-limit intake to 15 trucks per day, would permit Dickinson County to export waste to a broader area, and would allow Niagara Development to make application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to handle Type II, or household waste. This would only provide permission to apply for the license.

If approved by the Board of Commissioners, the amendments would then require the approval of at least seven of the governmental jurisdictions in the County. This includes the County's three cities and seven townships.  If the Board fails to approve the amendments, the matter would be referred back to the Dickinson County Solid Waste Management Planning Commission.

A large crowd is anticipated at the Monday night meeting, based on the number of people who attended similar meetings on this matter at the Breitung Township Hall. Members of the Breitung Township Board of Trustees are also expected to be in attendance, and will likely address the Board of Commissioners.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 Monday evening, in the Circuit Courtroom of the Dickinson County Courthouse.  As always, the meeting is open to the public.

You can read a complete evaluation of the landfill issue by clicking here.

 

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William J. "Bill" Ragio

William Joseph “Bill” Ragio, 71, of Spread Eagle, formerly of Alpha, passed away Sunday, September 4 at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

 

He was born November 22, 1944 in Milwaukee, to the late William and Dena (Carloni) Ragio.

Bill graduated from Muskego High School in 1962. After high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served in Vietnam as a Radio Telegraph Operator. He earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Medal and was honorably discharged in 1966.

Bill was self-employed. He owned and operated Ragio Concrete, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, hunting, going to his grandkids’ sporting events, spending time with his friends, family, and pets. He worked hard but always made time to have fun and partied like a Rockstar. “We will miss you Wild Bill”.

He is survived by his son, Tony (Brenda) Ragio; brother, Al (Karen) Ragio; sisters, Linda (Nunzi) Catania, Nancy (Tom) Dixon, Dena (Marty) Rivera, Wildene Obrenovich, and Anita Ragio; 2 grandchildren, Billy and Kelsey Ragio; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Dena Ragio; and sister, Ilene Madison.

Private services will be held for family and friends.

The Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of William Ragio online at www.nashfuneralhome.net

 

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Councils Take No Action
On Township Request

Iron Mountain and Kingsford City Councils both received an appeal from the Breitung Township Board of Trustees, asking that they go on record opposing amendments to the Dickinson County Solid Waste Management Plan. Those changes would allow for expansion of a landfill, located in Breitung Township, between Quinnesec and Norway. The landfill is operated by Niagara Development LLC, a subsidiary of Niagara Worldwide.

The changes being proposed are:

1. To allow Niagara Development to accept the same waste (Type III) they are currently permitted for from other U.P. counties.

2. To limit Niagara Development to 15 trucks per day. Currently there is no limit.

3. To permit Dickinson County to export all types of waste to other U.P. counties. At present only Alger county is listed. The other counties would have to approve this plan as well before it could be implemented.

4. To allow Niagara Development to apply to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to modify their current landfill permit, the allow them to accept Type II (household waste) materials. This would only give them permission to apply. The MDEQ would have the final say.   Currently the landfill is only permitted to accept Type III material, consisting of things such as foundry sand, paper sludge, and construction and demolition debris.  These materials are defined as non-hazardous.

Iron Mountain City Manager Jordan Stanchina said he did not understand why the Township was objecting to all four of the amendments, but added that any action by the City Council at this time would be premature. It was much the same story in Kingsford. City Manager Tony Edelbeck said the matter didn't even come before the council. The reason: Any action at this time would be premature.

The matter must first be voted on by the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners. That vote will take place at next Monday's night's meeting of the County Board. Mayor Dale Allesandrini expressed concern over the 15 truck daily limit, since the daily refuse haul from the three cities (Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway) would likely exceed that limit, if the landfill is authorized to accept Type II material (household waste).

If the Board of Commissioners approves the plan, it would then be voted on by the three cities and the seven townships. Seven of those ten governmental units would have to approve the amendments before the plan could proceed. If the County Board rejects the amendments, the plan would go back to the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee for possible revision.

 

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Busy Summer For
Kingsford DPW

 

It's been a busy Summer for the Kingsford Public Works Department, according to a report received by the City Council Tuesday evening.

In his report to the Council, Public Works Department Director Justin Wickman listed the following activities:

Completion of 18 ramps to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, two catch basin repairs and two manhole repairs, in preparation for local paving work this fall.

Wickman said the crews completed the monthly sewer flush during the second week of the month. they also completed three manhole and two catch basin top rebuilds, and one complete catch basis rebuild.

According to Wickman, the crews have been busy patching potholes throughout the city. He said there were a few spots that were beyond cold patch, and needed some hot mix asphalt for repairs.

Work will continue as long as weather permits.

 

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Students Bolster City
Council Attendance

 

There was an unusually large crowd on hand at Tuesday night's meeting of the Iron Mountain City Council, thanks to students attending the meeting as part of a class assignment.


The students are part of instructor John Hogberg's Civics class at the Iron Mountain High School. The students were assigned, among other things, to attend one City Council and one County Board meeting.

 

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Drink Up Kingsford
Your Water Is Safe

The Kingsford Municipal Water System received passing grades in all but one category, in a recent survey by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The City received a report of "No Deficiencies/Recommendations," in all but one category, after a recent on-site inspection by the DEQ. That single category is in the City's distribution system, where the DEQ feels there may be inadequate controls over cross-connections. The report did note, however, that they commend the city crews for the work they are doing on this deficiency, and are recommending to the City Council that they adopt an ordinance governing such cross-connections. No problems have been reported from this issue. The steps being taken are preventative in nature.

The system did receive passing grades in the following categories: water source, water treatment, finished water storage, pump stations, monitoring and reporting, management and operations, operator certifications and security.

The information is contained in a report issued by the DEQ on August 17th. It is expected to be presented to the City Council at it's regular meeting tonight (Tuesday).

 

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Iron Mountain To Buy

New Fire Truck

The City of Iron Mountain, following several months of research, Tuesday night agreed to spend more than one-half-million dollars for the purchase a new fire truck.

The City only received one bid for the truck, that came from Pierce Manufacturing, of Antigo, Wisconsin. Pierce specializes in fire and rescue vehicles and distributes products worldwide. The Pierce bid was slightly over one-half million dollars.

That bid approval was deferred for several weeks, due to the complexity of the specifications for the truck. The City's bid specifications covered 131 pages, and the Pierce bid was submitted with an equally daunting amount of paperwork. The specifications have now been reviewed by the Fire Department, and according to the latest information, the bids meet the City's specifications.

This purchase is not currently budgeted for, and the City will have to borrow the money through the sale of bonds.

In his original memo to the Council, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said it makes sense to borrow the money at historically low interest rates, rather than to put the purchase off for the seven or eight years that it might take the city to set the funds aside.

The new truck will replace a 16-year-old unit, that is in need of upgrades. The current number one unit will become the Department's number two, or standby unit.

In order to make the purchase, the City will have to adopt a Municipal Installment Purchase agreement. Steven Mann, the Detroit representative of the international legal firm Miller Canfield, will act as bond counsel for the City on the borrowing.

In his latest memo to the Council, Manager Stanchina said that several borrowing options will be presented to the Council at it's September 19th meeting, including possible financing through local financial institutions.

The Council unanimously approved the purchase on a voice vote.  However, you don't just pull a new fire truck off the shelf.   According to Manager Stanchina, it will take approximately ten months to build the new truck.

 

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Ardis J. Larsen

Ardis J. Larsen, 90, of Niagara, died Tuesday September 6 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on May 18, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Anton and Edith (Johnson) Satava.

Ardis received her Nursing Degree from West Suburban in Chicago. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.


She married George E. Larsen on June 15, 1952 in Norway. He preceded her in death in 2000.

Ardis was a member of Redemption Hill Church. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and traveling. She also enjoyed canoeing and was a member of the American Canoe Association. Ardis was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past treasurer. She was an active member and enjoyed making pasties with the Masons.

 

She is survived by two sons Mark (Joanne) Larsen of Iron Mountain and Eric Larsen of Plover, WI, two daughters Anne Larsen of Chico, CA and Ruth (Richard) Steeno of Niagara, and 6 grandchildren Karen Larsen, Leah Larsen, Andrew Larsen, Elizabeth (Jon) Faust, Victoria (Cassidy) Hart, and Katelyn Steeno.

In addition to her husband, Ardis was preceded in death by an infant son.

Visitation will be on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 with Rev. Jim Danielson officiating. Burial will be in the Niagara Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Bay Cliff Health Camp.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

Condolences to the family of Ardis Larsen may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Robert J. Tauscheck

Robert John Tauscheck, 78, of Kingsford, died Sat. Aug. 13 at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford. He was born on Dec. 26, 1937 in Iron Mountain, the son of the late W.B. and Marvel (Izzo) Tauscheck.

 

Robert was a hard worker and had worked at Kingsford Chemical, Dickinson County Hospital, Maracini's Cabinet Shop, Hosking Tire Co., and Dickinson Homes. He enjoyed woodworking, making jigsaw puzzles, and taking items apart and fixing them. He loved feeding and watching the birds coming to the feeders that he made. He was a member of the First Covenant Church.

Bob married Ilamae King on Jan. 23, 1956 in Kingsford.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty years, Ilamae, two children Louis (Roxane) Tauscheck of Kingsford and Peggy (Bryan) Price of Kingsford, four grandchildren Tiffany Sawaf Tauscheck of Georgetown, Kentucky, Miranda Tauscheck of St. Louis, MO, Jennifer Price of Kingsford, and Cameron Price (who died on August 23, 2016) of Kingsford, one great granddaughter Aria Sawaf of Georgetown, Kentucky, three sisters Barbara Tippett of Quinnesec, Patty Watson of Kingsford, and Gloria "Dolly" Johnson of Kingsford, three sisters-in-law Jan Turner of North Carolina, Sherry Wester of Wisconsin, Dolores Hamby of Iron Mountain, one brother-in-law Terry Jafolla of Wisconsin, and his best friend Bill Swienty of Iron River.

He was preceded in death by four sons, who had Muscular Dystrophy, Robby, Joey, Billy, and Pauly Tauscheck, two brothers Donny Izzo and Ferdy Tauscheck, and a best friend Terry Van Haute

Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at First Covenant Church. A memorial service will be held Saturday at September 10 at 11:00 AM at First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain. Rev. Peter Erickson will officiate. A lunch will follow in the church hall.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Robert John Tauscheck online at:
ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Mary E. Jafolla

Mary E. Jafolla, 78, of Aurora, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mich. She was born January 3, 1938 in Iron Mountain, to the late Alfred and Doris (Richard) Smith. Mary grew up and attended school in both Norway and Commonwealth.

 

Mary was united in marriage to the late Oliver Jafolla. Following their marriage, they resided in Iron Mountain. After Oliver passed away Mary resided in Aurora. Mary worked at Hancock Wood Products for many years and also at DICSA which she really loved and enjoyed taking great care of her clients. She enjoyed playing piano, crocheting, gardening, feeding the birds, making the best cinnamon rolls ever, but her favorite was spoiling her grandbaby’s and great grand baby’s. Mary always looked for the good in everyone she met because she was a very loving person and mother, who will be missed by all.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Moore of Armstrong Creek, Wisc. and Joyce (Willard) Opolka of Aurora, Wisc.; two sons, Ronald (Dawn) Moore of Aurora, Wisc. and Thomas Moore of Cunard, Mich.; two sisters, Lillian (Oswald) Rhyner of Clinton, Wisc. and Christa (Robert) Fehrle of Felch, Mich.; four grandchildren, Tracie Moore, Travis Moore, Lee (Sarah) Opolka and Derrick (Joanna) Opolka; five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Benny, Ryan, Sylvia and Ella; numerous nieces and nephews; and by special friends, Vernell Markin and Vickie Kuzmic for everything they have done for her, showing her true friendship.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Oliver; one son, Carl Henry Moore; four brothers, Gerald, Howard, Cecil and Peter Smith and one grandson, Ryan Moore.

Visitation will be held Friday morning, September 9 from 10:00 until 11:00 at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. Family and friends will share memories, 11:00 Friday morning at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, Wisc.

The family would like to thank Dickinson County Hospital and Manor Care for all they have done throughout the years in getting Mary better, which enabled them to spend more time with her.

The Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Mary or leave a condolence for her family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Ann Giuliani

Ann Giuliani, age 97 of Vulcan, died on Tuesday, September 6 at Evergreen Heights Assisted Living in Norway.

 

She was born on March 1, 1919 in Loretto, the daughter of the late Louis and Angelica (Pancheri) Giuliani.

Ann was a member of St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan and worked for Dr. Willard Hayes for 24 years, retiring in 1985.

She is survived by her numerous cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Arthur, Peter and Charles Giuliani.

Visitation will be held on Friday morning, September 9, from 10:00 to 11:00 at St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning at 11:00 at St. Barbara’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis, officiating.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Irving E. James

Irving E. James, 77 of Crystal Falls, passed away on Thursday, September 1 at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls.

He was born on June 18, 1939 in Crystal Falls, son of the late Rodney and Signe (Johnson) James. He was a lifelong resident of Crystal Falls.

 

He enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict on July 28, 1955 and was Honorably discharged on June 5, 1958.

Irving drove truck for the Teamsters Local #328, and he also worked for the Iron County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Tufts-Rondin VFW Post #2891. In his free time Irving enjoyed woodworking, river rides with close friends, scenic rides throughout the UP, and was an avid reader.

Irving is survived by his daughter, Roxanne (David) McCole of Kingsford; his son, Todd (Carole) James of Bristol, Rhode Island; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Gwen (Walter) Polivka of Alpha; sisters in-law, Janice James of Hubertus, WI and Christa James of Crystal Falls.

He was preceded in death by his friend and the Mother of his children, Carole Stachowicz; two sons, Rodney and Timothy James; a granddaughter, Jamie Lee James; three brothers, Stanley, William, and Clifford James.

The visitation will be held on Thursday, September 8 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Nash Funeral Home in Crystal Falls. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Pastor Steven Sudduth will officiate.

Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. The Eastside Veterans Council will conduct full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers a memorial was established in his memory.

The Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Irving E. James online at www.nashfuneralhome.net

 

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When You Call 911

An inside look at Dickinson County's Emergency Response Center

 

On a recent trip to the Sheriff’s Department, Deputy County Emergency Services Director Pete Schlitt gave us a tour of the Emergency Response Center. The 911 Center is highly secured, located deep within the Sheriff’s Complex, behind two keypad coded doors.
 

 

 

 

The Center is manned by at least two trained dispatchers at all times. This allows one dispatcher to handle routine traffic in the event that the other is tied up in a ongoing emergency situation. 
 

 Dispatchers are able, with the click of a mouse, to immediately contact first responders, including police, fire and ambulance. In addition they can also contact other agencies such as the Road Commission, which may be needed in the event of an emergency.
 

 

 

In the event of a major emergency,  there is a third fully equipped work station which can quickly be brought into service.  Schlitt said the center recently underwent major upgrades thanks primarily to millage approved by County voters. 

 

Dickinson County Undersheriff Scott Rutter told Dickinson County News that they’re not done with the upgrades.  One that they are in the process of implementing is GPS  tracking of all first responders. 

Currently, when an emergency occurs, dispatchers usually have to poll first responders to find out who is nearest the emergency.  Once this new system is fully deployed, dispatchers will have a real-time display showing where all of the first responders are located.  This will allow them to immediately dispatch the closest units to the scene of the emergency.  Rutter said this upgrade will save precious minutes when lives may be at stake.

Here are some of the statistics relating to the center’s 2015 operations:

911 calls, including wireless and text ….. 6,574

Non-911 calls handled by dispatch ….. 54,921

Law enforcement incidents handled ….. 11,808

EMS calls handled by dispatch ….. 2,909

Fire calls handled by dispatch ….. 689

While there has been major controversy state-wide over the funding of the 911 emergency response systems, we see the arguments over funding as being another matter entirely.   Experience has shown us over the years how vital minutes can be when first responders are called upon to handle an emergency situation.   There is no doubt that this investment is one that pays dividends to the residents of Dickinson County on a daily basis.

 

 

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Breitung Township Landfill
Now A County-Wide Issue

Approval will be needed by seven of
Dickinson County's Ten Sub-jurisdictions

Click here to jump to part 2
 

While a landfill located within Breitung Township has raised eyebrows with citizens there, the Township’s government has only a limited voice in the matter, regardless of any objections that might be raised.

The landfill is located on property previously used by the paper making operations at the Niagara paper mill. A portion of the property had been used as the mill’s pulp intake point. The landfill is located to the east of the former pulp yards, near the area that had been used for the papermaking operation’s effluent settling ponds.

The landfill is operated by a company called Niagara Development, a limited liability corporation. While the exact corporate structure is not clear, Niagara Development LLC is apparently owned by a company called Niagara Worldwide.

The company's President is a gentleman by the name of Eric J. Spirtas. While his business card lists a Niagara, Wisconsin address, and a local Niagara telephone number, a call to that number was answered by a very foreign sounding gentleman, and Mr. Spirtas' return call came from the St. Louis, Missouri area code.

 

Mr. Spirtas addressed a standing-room-only crowd at a special meeting of the Breitung Township Board of Trustees on Monday evening. That meeting had been called specifically for the purpose of exploring the landfill issue.

The Landfill

The landfill is located to the South of the Kimberly Road, which connects Norway and Quinnesec. It is located within a large parcel of land that had previously been used by the Niagara papermaking operations. The Google Earth image shown below indicates the exact location of the current landfill operation.

The entry point to the landfill area is shown on the right side of the image. That road connects the landfill area to the former pulp yards which had previously served as the intake point for the wood used in the papermaking operation.

Immediately to the left (East) of the entry road you can see the settling basins into which the papermaking operation used to pump it's effluent. Those basins appear to be unaffected by the current operation, which can be seen farther to the left (East) in the above image.

Current Operation Has Room To Grow

The current landfill operation occupies a 12 acre plot (or 2.4%) within the 500 acre parcel controlled by Niagara Development. At present, according to Spirtas, only fly ash, paper sludge, foundry sand and construction and demolition debris are being processed at the landfill. Spirtas said that the materials being taken in are non hazardous, and are being buried in a double-lined pit, to guard against possible leakage. The best image we can provide of that is a portion of the Google Earth image above.

Company could apply for permit to
accept household waste

The landfill is in the news today, and has recently become controversial, due to recommendations made on August 9th of this year by the Dickinson County Solid Waste Management Authority Planning Commission, or DCSWMAPC. This is an advisory group, part of the Dickinson County Solid Waste Management Authority, or DCSWMA.

The former, the Planning Commission, is recommending that the following amendments be made to the current governing ordinances and regulations.

1. To allow Niagara Development LLC to accept the same solid waste (Type 3) they are currently permitted from other UP counties.

2. To limit Niagara Development LLC to 15 trucks per day. Currently there is no limit.

3. To permit Dickinson County to export all types of solid waste to other UP counties. Alger County is currently the only one listed. Other counties would have to amend their plans to accept Dickinson County waste.

4. To allow Niagara Development LLC to apply to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to modify their current landfill to accept type 2 (household) solid waste. The Commission stresses that this is only permission to apply for the permit. MDEQ approval is not guaranteed.

The proposal has now gone through the first four steps in the approval process. The next step is for the matter to come before the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners. That will happen at the Board's September 12th meeting. Members of the Breitung Township Board of Trustees are expected to attend that meeting as a group.

Dickinson County News, in a conversation with Mr. Spirtas on Tuesday, requested permission to access the property to take photographs so that you can judge for yourself. While we were told that permission would be granted, we are still awaiting confirmation. We'll keep you posted on that.

 

Part Two

Breitung Township Opposes
Landfill Expansion

Letter sent to all other governmental units in Dickinson County

 

After hearing complaints and objections at a special meeting this past Monday evening, the Breitung Township Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a position in opposition to any of the amendments proposed for the operating license of a landfill located within the township.

The landfill is located on property formerly occupied by the papermaking operations in Niagara. It is located between the Kimberly Road and the Menominee River, on a 500 acre parcel owned by Niagara Development, LLC, of Niagara, Wisconsin. Niagara Development LLC is apparently owned by Niagara Worldwide.

 

Currently, the landfill is only licensed to receive non-hazardous waste materials described as: fly ash, paper sludge, foundry sand and construction and demolition debris. Currently they are able to accept these materials only from Dickinson County. If the proposed amendments are approved, the facility would be permitted to receive such materials from throughout the Upper Peninsula. In addition, it would be allowed to apply to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to accept household waste.


Proposal on it's way to approval?


The proposed amendments have already passed the first four hurdles in the approval process. The next step is for the matter to be considered by the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners. That will take place at the Board's regular meeting on September 12th.

Breitung Township Trustees are expected to attend that meeting as a group. Based on the reaction at the Breitung Township Board meeting, one might expect that there will be a considerable presence at the County Board meeting as well.

The Township will express it's disapproval formally in a letter being sent to the County Board of Commissioners, as well as to the Boards of Trustees of Dickinson County's other six townships, and to the councils of the cities of Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway. That letter reads:

"At their specially scheduled board meeting on August 29, 2016, the Breitung Township Board of Trustees, with six out of seven members attending, unanimously voted to oppose all four of the amendments currently being considered to the Dickinson County Solid Waste Management Plan.
They encourage your opposition to these amendments as well.
Please share this communication with all of your elected officials.
Sincerely,
John M. Gaudette,  Breitung Township Superintendent

 

Next Step - County Board of Commissioners


All of this could become moot, if the matter is turned down by the Board of Commissioners. One might be forgiven for anticipating that the matter will receive a friendly reception by the County Board, as County Board Chairman Henry Wender was seen seated next to the Niagara Worldwide President, Eric Spirtas and his entourage, prior to the Township Board's meeting on Monday.

If the Board rejects the proposed amendments, the matter is dead, at least for the moment. It will be sent back to the Dickinson County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee for possible revision and reconsideration.

Size doesn't matter


If this proposal is approved by the County Board of Commissioners, it will then face as undemocratic and seemingly unfair a process as any we have seen.

By population, Breitung Township is the second largest governmental unit in the County. The only unit with a higher population is the City of Iron Mountain. Here are the numbers:

Iron Mountain - 7,600
Breitung Township - 5,930
City of Kingsford - 5,100
City of Norway - 2,800
Sagola Township - 1,169
Norway Township - 1,639
Breen Township - 999
Wauceda Township - 800
Felch Township - 726
West Branch Township - 67

While Breitung Township's population is greater than that of the other six townships combined, it's single vote will carry the same weight as that of the 67 residents of West Branch Township.

If seven of the ten governmental units listed above approve the plan, (if approved by the County Board) it will become reality, whether the 5,930 residents of Breitung Township like it or not.

Landfills are always controversial. We all produce waste, but landfills always face the NIMBY factor.

Not
In
My
Back
Yard

What don't they want you to see?


Landfills are an absolute necessity and if operated properly, can function with minimal environmental impact. We would like to think that the Niagara Development operation in Breitung Township is operated responsibly, in an environmentally conscious manner. However, perceived secrecy surrounding the facility does raise suspicions.

In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Niagara Worldwide President Eric Spirtas assured Dickinson County News that we would be granted access to the site in order to take some photographs for publication. Mr. Spirtas raised further suspicions when he told us that there is nothing there to see. That it would be a boring five mile ride down a wooded road. As you can see by the images above, one would have to drive in circles for some time to log a five mile drive in that parcel.

We were assured that we would be contacted with further information regarding photographic access. As of this writing, that permission has not been forthcoming, leading us to wonder:  What do they not want you to see?

The decision on the landfill's future in now in the hands of the County Board of Commissioners.
 

 

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No Love Expressed
For Breitung Landfill


Once again the Breitung Township hall was host to a standing-room-only crowd, as Breitung Township residents gathered to protest the proposed expansion of a landfill located on the former Kimberly Clark property between Quinnesec and Norway. The landfill is positioned between the Kimberly Road and the Menominee River



The meeting was called by Township Board Chairman Denny Olson, after objections to the landfill erupted at last week's regular Board of Trustees meeting. While this was apparently planned as an informational meeting, it was clear that most of those present wanted nothing to do with a landfill. Many appeared unaware that the landfill has in fact been operating at it's present location for nearly 25 years.

On hand to explain the landfill's operation was Niagara Worldwide's President, Eric J. Spirtas.



On it's website, Niagara Worldwide describes itself as an Internationally Recognized, Innovative Firm, Specializing in: Trading, Mining, Consulting, Construction Services, Demolition, Environmental Remediation along with "Full" scale Property Development Services. The company describes it's mission as striving to be the preferred full service property development company that educates, trains, and invests in local, state and regional resources, inspiring community growth through the re-purposing of idle assets, revitalizing area economics.

The landfill currently occupies a 12 acre site, within a 500 acre parcel owned by Niagara Development, LLC. The area in question was previously used as a wood handling facility and as settling ponds for the effluent from the papermaking process.

Spirtas went into great detail, explaining what types of material the landfill is able to accept. He said currently the only materials being accepted for processing are fly ash, paper sludge, and foundry sand, none of which are considered hazardous, and some of which can actually be put to beneficial use.

However, the explanations Spirtas delivered were obviously not what most of those at the meeting hall were there to hear. During the question and answer period after his address, most of the questions and statements had little to do with the actual operation of the landfill, expressing more concerns about the truck traffic that will result from materials being hauled through Quinnesec, to the landfill. Attendees voiced objections and concerns over everything from traffic patterns, to noise, to possible decreases in property value. None of these are within control of the speaker.

The Township Board in fact has little control over the future of the landfill, other than to voice it's own objections to the County Board of Commissioners, which will consider the questions at it's September 12 meeting.  County Board of Commissioners Chairman Henry Wender was in the audience at the Township Board meeting Monday night.

 

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Kingsford Council To Adopt
Deer Harvest Resolution

The Kingsford City Council is expected to adopt a resolution covering the harvesting of deer within the City Limits.

The resolution sets terms for the harvest, including locations where the bow hunters are allowed to hunt, minimum qualifications for the hunters, as well as licensing and registration requirements for those wishing to participate.

The resolution is expected to get routine approval, since the Council has already approved the harvest itself, including the issuance of 65 permits.

All hunters must comply with all State and Local laws.

 

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Iron Mountain Looks
To Adopt Sister City

If all goes as expected on Tuesday evening, the City of Iron Mountain will be on it's way to establishing a "sister-city" relationship with Sassoferrato, Italy.

The question of entering a sister-city relationship with Sassoferrato first came to issue at a meeting of the City Council several weeks ago, based on a suggestion or proposal brought before the Council by Mr. Albert Santoni.

For those of you who may be better informed on geography than this writer, here is the Google Earth image for the Sassoferrato region.

The Italian city is a good match for Iron Mountain, considering this City's long-standing Italian heritage and traditions.

Following is the text of the resolution to be submitted to the Council on Tuesday.


CITY OF IRON MOUNTAIN
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT A SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN IRON MOUNTAIN, MICHIGAN, AND SASSOFERRATO, ITALY


WHEREAS, the City of Iron Mountain, Michigan, United States of America, wishes to have a Sister City relationship with the City of Sassoferrato, Italy; and

WHEREAS, the people of the City of Iron Mountain extend a hand of friendship to our potential Sister City, Sassoferrato, Italy; and

WHEREAS, the City of Iron Mountain's City Council is interested in fostering environments through which municipal partnerships can learn, work and solve problems together; and

WHEREAS, the Iron Mountain City Council is interested in cultivating cultural and educational experiences for the citizens of Iron Mountain;


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF IRON
MOUNTAIN, DICKINSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, THAT:


The City Council and the Mayor of the City of Iron Mountain extend through this resolution a formal invitation to the Mayor and people of Sassoferrato to join with Iron Mountain as a Sister City and as such to conduct such mutually beneficial programs as to bring our citizens more closely together and thereby strengthen international amity.

Dated: September 6, 2016

BY ORDER OF MAYOR AND CITY
COUNCIL FOR AND ON BEHALF OF
THE CITY OF IRON MOUNTAIN

The matter is expected to receive unanimous, if not enthusiastic support from the Council.

 

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Iron Mountain Council Defers
Action On BT Board Request


The Iron Mountain City Council on Tuesday night deferred any action on a letter submitted by the Breitung Township Board of Trustees. The letter was signed by Breitung Township Superintendent John Gaudette, on instructions of the Township Board, requesting that the Council voice it's opposition to four amendments being offered to the County's Solid Waste Management Plan.

The Township Board is objecting to all four amendments to the Solid Waste Management Plan, offered by the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee. These amendments refer to the operation of a landfill located in Breitung Township, operated by Niagara Development, LLC, a division of Niagara Worldwide. The landfill is located between the Kimberly Road and the Menominee River, on property formerly occupied by the Niagara Papermaking operations.

At present, the landfill accepts foundry sand, paper sludge and construction and demolition debris, all considered non-hazardous waste.

The four amendments offered by the planning committee are:

1. To allow Niagara Development to accept the same waste (Type 3) they are currently permitted for from other U.P. counties.

2. To limit Niagara Development to 15 trucks per day. Currently there is no limit.

3. To permit Dickinson County to export all types of waste to other U.P. counties. At present only Alger county is listed. The other counties would have to approve this plan as well before it could be implemented.

4. To allow Niagara Development to apply to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to modify their current landfill permit, the allow them to accept type two (household waste). This would only give them permission to apply. The MDEQ would have the final say.

Iron Mountain City Manager Jordan Stanchina said he did not understand why the Township was objecting to all four of the amendments, but added that any action by the City Council at this time would be premature. The matter must first be voted on by the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners. That vote will take place at next Monday's night's meeting of the County Board. Mayor Dale Allesandrini expressed concern over the 15 truck daily limit, since the three cities daily refuse haul would likely exceed that limit, if the landfill is authorized to accept type 2 material.

If the Board of Commissioners approves the plan, it would then be voted on by the three cities and the seven townships. Seven of those ten governmental units would have to approve the amendments before the plan could proceed. If the County Board rejects the amendments, the plan would go back to the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee for possible revision.

 

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Dickinson Courthouse
Radon Safe

The Dickinson County Courthouse appears to be radon safe, though there were some concerns expressed about how the sampling was conducted.

The information was revealed in a report delivered to the County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening, at the Board’s regular meeting. The report was prepared by Daren Dayaert, Environmental Health Director for the Dickinson-Iron County District Health Department.

Dayaert said that six of the eight test kits used in the sampling were improperly located, so their results were not included in the study. Dayaert said that the two properly placed kits showed sampling rates within the prescribed safe levels.

 

Dayaert said that the department is not currently recommending remediation, they are recommending another round of testing to be conducted during the Winter months.

Appearing before the County Board Monday night, Dayaert assured the board that the Health Department will work with the County, to insure that future testing is done properly and that conditions are monitored to insure the safety of both County employees and citizens visiting the Courthouse facilities.

 

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County To Seek Funding
For Sheriff’s Road Patrol

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved the signing of a grant application to fund the Sheriff’s secondary road patrol and accident prevention program.

If approved by State and Federal officials, the County would receive $137,000 in Federal funds, and $45,000 in State funding.

In it’s action on Monday, the Board authorized Chairman Henry Wender to sign the ageement to initiate the application process.

Before it's vote, County Sheriff Scott Celello addressed the board regarding the secondary road patrol. Celello said that the secondary road patrol is not a separate arm of the Sheriff's Department, but a regular function. He said that outside of the city limits, the Sheriff's department is the only one that actively patrols the county's secondary roads. In addition, only the Sheriff's Department provides 24 hour availablity in the event of an accident or other emergency.

Celello said that the patrol would be necessry, even without the grants. With the grants, the bulk of the cost will be borne by the State and Federal governments, rather than by County Taxpayers.

 

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James Keith Rasmussen

James Keith Rasmussen, 92, died on Wednesday, August 31st at Manor Care Nursing Home in Kingsford.

Keith was born on February 29, 1924 in the small farming community of Jetmore, Kansas to the late Louis and Fern (Benge) Rasmussen. Keith was the second of four children and grew up helping his dad farm as well as learning from him how to be an excellent carpenter and proficient mechanic. Upon graduating from high school, Keith enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific fleet as a radio operator on the USS San Juan during World War II. After the war he came back to Jetmore and married Marcheta Hoagland in 1946. They moved to a farm near his parents and started their own business, K & M Dairy. Keith and Marcheta milked 48 cows, pasteurized and bottled the milk themselves and then sold it in local stores and door to door in Jetmore. While living on the farm they had four sons, Ric, Rod, Greg and Galen. He enjoyed teaching them how to build anything and how to work on machinery and vehicles. In the late fifties they sold the cows and moved into a house in town that he built himself. He continued to distribute milk around southwest Kansas through Fairmont Foods. Keith and Marcheta then had two daughters, Lisa and Lorna. Keith loved taking his children with him on the milk route and working alongside them on many building projects in the family shop. On the side, Keith was a repairman and was frequently called upon to fix refrigeration, plumbing, and a multitude of other jobs. In the early 70’s Keith embarked on a business with their sons, Four Sons Flying Service, a full service private aircraft fixed base operation in Dodge City, Kansas. Keith loved to fly and had gotten his private pilot’s license as a young man and all of his sons are accomplished pilots.

Music and faith were always extremely important in Keith’s life. He grew up playing the tenor sax and making music with his family. He and Marcheta were members of the Methodist church in Jetmore where they sang in the choir. He was a frequent soloist for countless weddings and funerals throughout the years. All his children learned instruments and sang together in church. Keith’s deep bass voice was the solid foundation in a quintet with his grown sons.

In 1980 Keith and his sons sold the flying service and the family moved to western Colorado to fulfill a dream of playing music in the charming town of Ouray. For three summers Keith and his family presented the Rasmussen Family Show, a nightly musical variety show for the tourists of southwest Colorado. During those years Keith and two of his sons started a construction business in Ouray.
Keith and Marcheta retired to Montrose, Colorado. Keith always had a wonderful, adventurous spirit and the two enjoyed several years exploring the country and visiting family and friends. Marcheta passed from this life 10 years ago after 59 years together, but Keith continued their plans of traveling and visiting their children’s families.

Keith married Fern Welch Fox in 2008 and they also enjoyed traveling. Keith and Fern resided in Colorado until he came to visit his daughter and son-in-law in Kingsford, Michigan the summer of 2014. Since that following winter Keith resided at Manor Care. He continued to enjoy music and visiting with his family.

In addition to his parents and wife, Marcheta, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Dorlene Eichman, Joann Six, and brother, Bill Rasmussen.
Keith is survived by his wife Fern Fox Rasmussen of Loveland, Colorado, six children, Ric (Karen) of Grand Junction, Colorado, Rod (Karen) of Ouray, Colorado, Greg (Lynette) of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Galen (Bonnie) of Montrose, Colorado, Lisa Lowry (Kenneth) of Loveland, Colorado, and Lorna March (Michael) of Kingsford, Michigan, 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two cousins and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Keith will be held in Jetmore, Kansas.

The family has entrusted Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.


Condolences to the family of James Keith Rasmussen may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Lewis Robert Faust, Jr.

Lewis Robert Faust, Jr., 76, of Silver Lake, died on Thursday September 1 at the Oscar G. Johnson Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

 

He was born October 20, 1939 in Jackson, Michigan to Lewis Robert Sr. And Mary (Dwyer) Faust. He graduated from the Grass Lake High school and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. After his service he attended Adrian College, from which he graduated in 1962.
 

In 1961 he married Carolyn Bricker. The couple enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

Lou and Carolyn have two sons, Scott (Christine) Faust of LeGrange, Indiana, and Rick (Candie) Faust of Felch. They have three grandsons, Drew Faust, and Giovanni and Joseph Colavecchi.

In 1972 the couple moved to Witch Lake and operated the Four Seasons Resort and Sports Center. Lou later served as a sales and marketing manager for several companies. After retirement, the couple spent several Winters in Texas. They later moved back to the Upper Peninsula and resided in the Silver Lake area.

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

There will be no funeral services.

 

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Gary W. LeClaire

Gary W. LeClaire, 72, of Iron Mountain, died Thursday, Sept. 1 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

 

He was born on April 26, 1944, the son of the late Raymond and Jeanette (Renning) LeClaire. Gary attended Iron Mountain High School and graduated in 1962. He married the late Patricia Farley on July 16, 1966 at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. On October 20, 2000 he was remarried to Jodi Malm at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. In his early years, Gary and his brothers worked for their father at the family business, City Bakery. He then worked for Harlen Walters Standard Oil, Khourys, and Grede Foundry in Iron Mountain.

He then moved to Milwaukee, WI where he worked for Heilerman Bakery, Cutler Hammer and Falk. He returned back to Iron Mountain and worked at G. Bertoldi and Sons delivering oil and furnace repair. He also worked as a Deputy Sheriff at the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department and was a candidate for Sheriff in 1987. Gary was well known by all local teenagers at McDonalds serving as a security guard. Gary then worked for Rust Engineering driving trucks and retired from Dickinson County Memorial Hospital as a maintenance technician in 2006.

Gary was very active in his church and community serving in many capacities. These include: UCT, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, American Martyrs Parish Council for 16 years of which he was President for 6 years. He also was an Elks Lodge member for 5 years.

Gary's hobbies and interests were always tied to helping others by being an exceptional handyman, gadget man, alarm installer, and photographer/videographer.

He is survived by wife Jodi, one son David (Cheryl) LeClaire of Fate, TX, one daughter Angela (Patrick) Ferrell of Peoria, AZ, one brother Ronald (Rosemary) LeClaire of Iron Mountain, two sisters Nancy (John) Patzke of Menominee Falls, WI and Cheryle Fredrickson of DePere,WI. A sister-in-law Kay LeClaire of Kingsford, two grandchildren Alex LeClaire and Caitlyn LeClaire, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Patsy, two brothers Mark LeClaire and Ray "Peewee" LeClaire, and one sister Barbara (Bob) Peterson and an infant brother, Duane.

Visitation will be Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 at American Martyrs Catholic Church. Father Joseph Gouin will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.

Pallbearers will be Alex LeClaire, Mark LeClaire Jr., Pat LeClaire, Kenneth Coombe, Kevin LeClaire, and Gary Rochon.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park on Wednesday at 2:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established for Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Gary's name.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Gary LeClaire may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Minor Injuries In
Norway Crash


One individual received what appeared to be minor injuries, in a car-truck crash at the intersection of Highways US-2 and US-8 shortly after one PM today (Friday)
 

 

According to witnesses, the red vehicle was traveling west on Highway US-2, and was attempting to drive around a semi-tractor-trailer which was stopped on US-2 waiting to make a left turn onto US-8.
 

 

 

Exactly how the accident happened is still under investigation, but witnesses said the red vehicle shown here T-Boned the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pictured on the left.

 

Only minor injuries were reported to a passenger in the red vehicle. The injuries were treated at the scene by North Alert EMS Services.

Norway City Police are investigating.

 

 

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Great Weather
For 106th County Fair

This year's Dickinson County Fair is now underway.  Forecasters are predicting pleasant weather for the bulk of the weekend, with high temperatures in the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties.   There is no sign of rain in the weekend forecast, though that is expected to change on Tuesday.   The 106th Fair opened with Preview Day on Wednesday, followed by Exhibitor Day yesterday. Today (Friday) is Youth Day at the Fair.

Carnival rides on the midway will open at 1:00 today. Today's featured event is the Demolition Derby, to be held in front of the grandstand, at 8:00 this evening. Admission to the Demolition Derby is $10.00 for all seats.

On Saturday there will be free, live music provided by "Runaway Train" and "141 North."
The free concert will begin at 6:00 PM and continue until 11:00.

Admission at the gate for this year's Fair is $4.00 per person. That will be reduced to $1.00 on Monday, which is the final day of the Fair.

 

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Get Your Pooches Primed
For The Annual Dog Show

The Almost Home Animal Shelter will hold it's annual Fun Dog Show at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds, on Sunday, September 4th.

Registration for the event begins at 11:30 AM, with the show scheduled to get underway at 1:00 PM.

The show will be held in the rotunda at the Fairgrounds. Shelter officials said everyone, young and old is invited to join the fun. Mutts as well as purebreds are welcome to take part. Participants do not need to be residents of Dickinson County.

 

The Open Fun Classes will include:

1. Obstacle course. (Two classes, one for large dogs and one for small)
2. The longest "watch me."
3. The best food catcher
4. The best hot dog bobber
5. The fastest come
6. The fastest retrieve.

You can view the requirements at the Shelter's website by clicking here.

There is a $3.00 entry fee per class, or you can enter your pooch in all six classes for a $15.00 entry fee.

Ribbons will be awarded to the first through third place winners. Judge's decisions are final.

 

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Max J Rivera


Max Jose Rivera, 78, of Kingsford, passed away on Saturday, August 27 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Sept. 26, 1937, the son of the late Jose Robinson Rivera Porres and Fernanda Calderon Maldonado.

 

Max married Clara Francisca Perez Alvarado on Feb. 14, 1959 in Guatemala City.

In 1972, Max immigrated to Chicago where he worked as an auto mechanic. He then moved to Kingsford, where he worked as an industrial mechanic at Grede Foundry. Max was a hard and efficient worker, very handy and was a genius when it came to fixing things. He was a modern day Renaissance man.

Max was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was very dedicated to his family and taught by example. He had many passions especially serving the Lord through song. In addition to his faith and love for the Lord, he enjoyed God’s creation though gardening and capturing nature through photography.

Max is survived by his beloved wife Clara, six children Elizabeth (Eduardo) Rios of Chicago, Fernanda (Brent) Freeman of Kingsford, Claudia Rivera of Chicago, Max Rivera of Chicago, Jose (April) Rivera of Iron Mountain, and Karla (Marvin) Niemi of Negaunee, two brothers Juan Rivera of California and David Rivera of Guatemala, two sisters Floridalma Rivera of Chicago and Josefina Rivera of Guatemala, fourteen grandchildren Alexander Rios, Sr., Lizbeth Lopez, Daniel Freeman, Jennifer Freeman, Clarisa Leung, Modesto Echezarreta, Sofia Rivera, Clara Rivera, Max Rivera, Kayla Rivera, Sarah Rivera, Meghan Niemi, Isabelle Niemi, and Marvin Niemi, four great grandchildren Alexander Rios, Jr., Juliza Lopez, Julien Irish, and Mabel Irish, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister Magdalena Rivera de Conde and one brother Marco Antonio Rivera.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 PM at the funeral home. Pastor Kevin Sullivan and Pastor David Longstaff will officiate. Burial will be in the La Colina Cemetery in Guatemala.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Max Rivera can be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Robert D. "Bob" Weinfurter


Robert D. “Bob” Weinfurter, 75, of Kingsford, passed away on Wednesday, August 31 at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

 

He was born April 17, 1941 in Kingsford, MI, son of the late Edward and Viola (Beaulier) Weinfurter. Bob graduated from Kingsford High School in 1959 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served his country for twenty years in the Coast Guard, retiring in 1979.He was born April 17, 1941 in Kingsford, MI, son of the late Edward and Viola (Beaulier) Weinfurter. Bob graduated from Kingsford High School in 1959 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served his country for twenty years in the Coast Guard, retiring in 1979.

Bob married Nora (Conery) Hamm on October 7, 1989 in Lake Tahoe, NV. Following his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Bob worked for Dickinson Homes for a short time before taking a position with North Star Printing in Norway where he worked nearly 20 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford and the Elks Club. Bob was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and was passionate about fishing. "Big Bob" and his wife, Nora, spent 10 summers at Bowen Lodge Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish in Minnesota where they fished frequently, made some great friends and Bob helped out as a handyman. Bob was well known for lending a helping hand and was quick to tease. The kids at the resort especially enjoyed his playful nature.

He is survived by his wife, Nora; two sons, Rob (Lucy) Weinfurter of Homer, AK and Greg Weinfurter of Oregon; two daughters, Annette Travis (fiance, Chris Jones) of Norco, CA and Kathy (Dave) Sirois of Appleton, WI; four brothers, Edwin (Donna) Weinfurter of Aurora, Ted (Liz) Weinfurter of Kingsford, DeWayne “Howie” (Pam) Weinfurter of Iron Mountain and Ron (Joyce) Weinfurter of Kingsford; a sister, Joyce Quick of Milwaukee, WI; a sister-in-law, Shirley Weinfurter of Kingsford; grandchildren, Rebekah (Trevor) Mumma, Eric (Miriam) Weinfurter, Jessie (Kyle) Mattson, Jody & Sarah Weinfurter, Brandon & Breanna Weinfurter, Ashley, Kevin & Kristina Travis and Andrew & Elaina Sirois; great-grandchildren, Abner, Braelyn & Axel; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Mainville; a brother, Vernon Weinfurter; and a son, Michael Hamm.

Visitation will be held today (Friday) from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Kingsford Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Joseph Gouin will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 and the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct military graveside honors. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet or the Almost Home Animal Shelter.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Kingsford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Bob Weinfurter online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

 

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John A. Harju

John A. Harju, 73, of Crystal Falls, Mich., passed away Tuesday, August 30 at his home in the loving arms of his wife, Nancy, as he wished. He was born December 22, 1942 to the late Oliver and JoAnn (Kudwa) Harju. John was a lifelong resident of Crystal Falls and a graduate of the Alpha-Porter School, Class of 1960.

He married Nancy Lohela, June 4, 1994 on the family farm. John retired from the Crystal Falls Power Plant after 20 years with the City.

He was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church. John lived to make people laugh and was always telling jokes. He enjoyed deer hunting with his wife Nancy on the family farm.

Survivors include his loving wife, Nancy, of Crystal Falls; three daughters, Lisa (Scott) Ebner of Gladstone, Mich., Tracey Harju of Gladstone, Mich. and Connie (Steve) Nelson of Verona, Wis.; two step-daughters, Jennifer (Steve) Taylor of Texas and Amy Lyn (Kate) Howe of San Diego, Calif.; two step-sons, Frank J. Londowski III of Fond du Lac, Wis. and Jerry (Jennifer) Londowski of Princeton, Wis.; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, Dalton, Mark and Johnie; and one sister, Kathryn (Jim) Ball of Crystal Falls, Mich. John is also survived by one niece Kim, one nephew Aaron, Auntie Rosie , Auntie Elaine and Auntie Evelyn and by many cousins and beloved friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held Friday morning, September 2 from 9:30 until 10:30 Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home with prayers at 10:45. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM at Guardian Angels Catholic Church. Fr. Jose Maramattam will officiate.

Burial will take place in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Pall Bearers include; Brian Pratt, Jerry Londowski, Tony Kudwa, Ray Kudwa, Jim Ball and Mike Alexa.

The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of John or leave a condolence for his family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Just When You Think
You've Seen It All
 

On Monday night we attended a meeting of the Breitung Township Board, where a large group of citizens had gathered to discuss the proposed expansion of a landfill located in Breitung Township.

 

When the meeting was opened at 7:00 by Board Chairman Denny Olson, (pictured left) everyone stood for what most expected to be the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Instead, we heard a prayer, or invocation, delivered by the Board Chairman.

Having attended hundreds, if not thousands of similar meetings over many years, we kind of thought we couldn't be surprised. But, we were wrong.

Several people questioned after the meeting said they found it a bit awkward, having never been to one of the Township Board meetings before. But, nobody seemed to mind.

Just an observation that we thought you might find interesting.

 

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Citizens Voice Objections
Over Landfill Expansion

A large crowd turned out at Monday night's meeting of the Breitung Township Board of Supervisors, objecting to proposed changes to a Breitung Township landfill.

The landfill, located south of the Kimberly Road in Breitung Township, is operated by a Niagara Company called Niagara Development, LLC. The landfill currently accepts such things as foundry, and construction and demolition debris from Dickinson County. Under the expansion proposed by the company, and endorsed by the Dickinson County Solid Waste Management Authority, the landfill would be permitted to accept such waste from all over the Upper Peninsula.

Residents at Monday's meeting objected to all phases of the proposal, citing concerns about traffic problems, environmental hazards, and property values.

The landfill expansion is a long way from fruition. The plan must now go before the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners. If approved there, the authority will have to seek the approval of at least seven of the ten governmental jurisdictions in Dickinson County, including the three cities and the seven townships.  Even then, the plan could face hurdles in the licensing process with the State Department of Environmental Quality.

County Board of Commissioners Chairman Henry Wender, who was present at the Township Board meeting, said that the County Board will be discussing the matter at it's September 12th meeting.

 

Some of those present voiced fears that the landfill will proceed, regardless of anything that the residents of Breitung Township, or the Township Board, might do.  Board Chairman Denny Olson said it's a bit early to start worrying about that, saying that there are many steps before that can happen.  

Olson said that Township officials are scouring Township Board actions back into the 1990's, in an effort to find previous board actions which might affect this current situation.

Chairman Olson said that the Township Board meeting scheduled for September 12th may have to be rescheduled to a later time, since he plans to be in attendance that same  night at the County Board meeting.   Olson suggested that the Township Board meeting, usually scheduled for 7:00 PM, may have to be moved to 8:00 that evening to allow members of the Township Board who wish to do so to be present at the County Board meeting.

 

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Are Prayers Before
Public Meetings Legal?

Following our report earlier this week that Breitung Township Chairman Denny Olson had opened a Township Board meeting with a prayer, or invocation, we had a number of inquiries asking if this was legal.

We looked it up, and sure enough, it is perfectly legal. Here's the authority:

On May 14, 2014, The US Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that Christian prayers said before meetings of an Upstate New York town council did not violate the constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion; the justices cited history and tradition.

“Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court’s conservative majority.

The ruling reflected a Supreme Court that has become more lenient on how government may accommodate religion in civic life without crossing the line into an endorsement of a particular faith. All nine justices endorsed the concept of legislative prayer, with the four dissenters agreeing that the public forum “need not become a religion-free zone,” in the words of Justice Elena Kagan.

But there was sharp disagreement after that, and the majority ruling could encourage public bodies to give more leeway to religious expression in their ceremonial prayers and less deference to the objections of religious minorities.

The court’s five conservatives said legislative prayers need not be stripped of references to a specific religion — the prayers at issue often invoked Jesus Christ and the resurrection — and said those given the opportunity to pray before legislative meetings should be “unfettered” by what government officials find appropriate.

“Absent a pattern of prayers that over time denigrate, proselytize, or betray an impermissible government purpose, a challenge based solely on the content of a particular prayer will not likely establish a constitutional violation,” Kennedy wrote.

He was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.

 

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Mark E. Flunker

Mark E. Flunker, 58, of Florence, passed away peacefully, surrounded with love by family at his home on Monday, August 29th.

 

Mark was born September 4, 1957 in Appleton,WI, Son of Elaine (Pennings) and the late Ernest Flunker. He graduated from Hortonville High School in 1975 and went on to earn a degree in Conservation. Mark married Grace Garriott on September 15, 1979 in Appleton and they moved to Florence following his employment with the U.S. Forest Service. He was employed by the Forest Service as a Forestry Technician for 33 years, including fighting many wildfires throughout the country, retiring in 2011. He was then self-employed in his tree-felling and forest management business, FinnTown Wood.

Mark had a strong faith in Jesus, and worshiped at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain and Grace Presbyterian Church in Sagola. He faithfully served on the resource committee, past councils, praise and technology teams at Our Saviour’s, and had been actively involved in the local Cursillo ministry since 1991.

Mark was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, enjoying many out-of-state hunting and fishing trips. He helped build their earth-sheltered home and cabin, and also constructed fine oak furniture for his family and friends. While raising his family, Mark was very involved in his children's athletics and sporting events. He greatly enjoyed spending time with all his family and friends.

Mark is survived by his loving wife Grace; his children, Ryan (Emily) Flunker of Iron Mountain and Kari (Jimmy) Hoffman of Springfield, OH; his mother, Elaine Flunker of Fremont, WI; brothers, Michael (Tiffany) Flunker of Neenah, WI, Gerry (Amber) Flunker of Hortonville, WI and Randy (Holly) Flunker of Winneconne, WI; three grandchildren, Micah Flunker, Sadie Flunker and Finley Hoffman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant child, and his father, Ernest Flunker.

Visitation will be on Friday morning, September 2nd from 9:30 until Noon at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. Memorial services will follow at 12:00 Noon at the church, with the Rev. Robert Gordon and Rev. Michael March will officiating.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Mark Flunker may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Shirley J. Pietrantonio

Shirley J. Pietrantonio, 84, of Kingsford, passed away Sunday, August 28 at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford. A lifetime resident of the area, Shirley was born September 4, 1931 in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Elmer and Leona (Eastman) Arvey.

 

She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1949. Shirley married John Pietrantonio in 1950 in Kingsford and stayed home to raise their four children.

Shirley and John were both very active in the American Legion. Shirley served as the Aux. President of the American Legion #363. She had a love for reading and a talent for arts and crafts. She booked for Yorkshire Tours for 14 years. Shirley used to hunt with her husband, John, and always loved family outings.

Shirley is survived by her three sons; John (Pam) Pietrantonio of Sagola, Danny (Cheryl) Pietrantonio of Iron Mountain, and Randy (Amy) Pietrantonio of Kingsford; one daughter, Linda (Jerry) DeBernardi of Norway; brother, LeRoy Arvey of Muskegon; sister, Carol Guldswog of Norway; best friends; Karen Erickson and Eldin Paquin; grandchildren, Jason (Bonnie) Pietrantonio, Thomas T.J. (Shari) Pierantonio, Chase Pietrantonio, Bryce Pietrantonio, Jamie Tomosaski-Miller, Tami Miller, Dante DeBernardi, Summer (Andy) Hendricks, Samantha Pietrantonio, Christopher (Andra) Pietrantonio; and 15 great grandchildren; Tyler, Kyle, Jacob, James, Gavin, Seth, Callie, Brianna, Sierra, Elle, Macy, Paityn, Presley, Alayna, and Parker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; sisters, Gloria Cesar and Joyce Suduc; son-in-law Jerry DeBernardi, and granddaughter, Sarah Pietrantonio.

Visitation will be held at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 1. Service will be offered at 7:00 PM by Rev. Lee Liverance at the funeral home. There will be a graveside service at 9:00  Friday morning at Memorial Gardens in Iron Mountain.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Shirley Pietrantonio online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Leo Weese

Leo H. Weese, 92, of Iron River, formerly of Crystal Falls, passed away Sunday, August 28 at Iron River Care Center.

 

He was born May 20, 1924 in Joliet, Ill., to the late Leo and Martha (Meyers) Weese. Leo grew up in Joliet and was a graduate of Joliet High School. He served in the United States Air Force for 8 years and was united in marriage to the late Rosemarie Borio.

Leo’s hobbies included fishing, bowling, sports, and going to the casino. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion, as well as Guardian Angels Catholic Church. Leo sold electrical equipment and had worked for Crescent Electric, until his retirement.

Survivors include four sons, Richard (Andrea) of Joliet, Ill., Anthony (Trish) of Chickaloon, Alaska, Randy (Dana) of Shorewood, Ill. and Ronnie of Joliet, Ill.; two daughters, Debbie (Jim) Bozych of Crystal Falls, Mich. and Nancy Bilderback of Miss.; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and by one son-in-law, Al Bittner of Caspian, Mich.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Kathy; and by two sisters.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Leo or leave a condolence for his family online at: www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Judith A. Orn

Judith A. Orn, 76, of Hamilton Lakes, passed away on Tuesday, August 23 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Judy was born August 23, 1940 in Kingsford, daughter of the late Alvin and Marie(Morgan) Sodermark. She grew up in this area and was a 1958 Graduate of Kingsford High School. Judy married Emil Orn in 1963 at American Martyrs Church in Kingsford. She worked as a Customer Representative for Wisconsin Electric for many years retiring in 2000. Judy and Emil have enjoyed being residents of Hamilton Lakes for the past 53 years. She was a member of St. Barbara's Church in Vulcan and president of the St. Barbara's St. Vincent DePaul Society. She was also active in the Women's League at St. Barbara's and the Hamilton Lakes Association.

 

Judy is survived by two sons, David Orn of Milwaukee and Mike (Teri) Johnson of Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Amy Orn of Vulcan; a brother and sister in law, Patricia and Clifford Frenn of Marquette; several nieces and a nephew.

In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her brothers, Alvin and Garrick Sodermark and a sister, June Terwillegar.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 29th, from 8:00am to 10:00 am at St. Barbara's Church in Vulcan.

Funeral services will follow at 10:00 am on Monday at the Church. Fr. Timothy Ekaitis will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to St. Vincent DePaul.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Kingsford Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Judith Orn online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Cameron J. Price

Cameron J. Price, 18, of Kingsford, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital following a lifelong illness. He was born on March 26, 1998 in Iron Mountain, the son of Bryan and Peggy (Tauscheck) Price.

Cameron was a proud graduate of the Kingsford High School Class of 2016. He was excited to start college classes this fall.
He loved knowledge and learning about many different topics. His favorites were history and science. In his free time he enjoyed running his trucks, playing video games, and watching any TV shows on history and discovery channel.

 

Cameron is survived by his parents Peggy and Bryan, his sister Jennifer Price, his grandparents Beulah and Gene DuCharme and Ilamae Tauscheck all of Kingsford, his uncles Scott Price, Gary (Nancy) Price, Gene (Shawn) DuCharme, and Louis (Roxanne) Tauscheck, and many cousins. He also leaves his best friend Rimick Cain and his dog JoJo.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Gerald Price and Robert Tauscheck, and five uncles Michael, Robby, Joey, Billy, and Pauly.

Visitation will be Saturday from 10am-12 noon at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 12 noon at the funeral home. Tracy Roberts and Kim Londo will preside.
 

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Cameron Price may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Frank E. Smith

On August 24, Frank E. Smith passed away peacefully in his home with his family. He was 87.

 

Frank was born in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1929, to Judge Frank E. Smith and Grace (Hanrahan) Smith. Frank graduated from Taunton High School in 1946 and was President of his class. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1950. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served for 20 years as a Reserve Officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retiring with the rank of Major.

He married Alice (Kuhnig) Smith August 20, 1960, in Racine, Wisconsin and honeymooned for 9 months on a sailboat on the East Coast and in the Caribbean. Frank worked in Racine, Wisconsin at Belle City Malleable - Racine Steel for 10 years, leaving as assistant Superintendent. He then worked at Grede Foundry in Waukesha and was transferred to be Superintendent of Grede Foundry in Iron Mountain - Kingsford. Frank started F.E. Smith Castings, Inc., in 1969, and operated the foundry until he sold it in 1996, and started his new venture, Smith Steel, Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice (Kuhnig) Smith, sisters Elizabeth Smith Brownstein of Washington D.C. and Virginia G. Smith of New York, New York, children Frank (Cecilia) Smith III, Andrew (Susan) Smith, Jennifer (Mark) Mitchell, Audrey (Shawn Carlson) Smith, grandchildren Frank IV (Gabrielle), August, Sophie, Charlie, JonPaul, Benjamin and Jack Henry Smith, Conor and Katherine Smith and Jacob and Sarah Mitchell.

He enjoyed serving his community and was on the Dickinson County Intermediate School Board for 18 years serving as President for many years. He was appointed by Governor William Milliken to the Construction Code Commission serving several terms and was appointed by Governor John Engler to the State of Michigan Builders Board where he served as President for the last 2 years of his term. Frank was elected to the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners where he was always on the Finance Committee, except for the years he was Chairman. He was Financial Chairman of the Dickinson County Republican Party for 22 years. Frank was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church as a Parish Council Finance Committee member, CCD teacher and served as an usher until last year.

He enjoyed boating on Moon Lake, sailing on Lake Michigan in his sailboat, the “Ballylanders”, and gardening with his grandchildren as helpers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to a local charity of your choice.
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Frank or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com


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Darcie K. Pacheco


Darcie K. Pacheco, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, August 21 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Stambaugh, MI., the daughter Clarence and Gail (Loupa) Gustafson. Darcie graduated from West Iron County High School and Lake Superior State University. She married Joseph Pacheco on August 23, 1986 in Cheboygan, MI.

 

Darcie exemplified a faith-driven life and taught Sunday school and Confirmation classes as a dedicated member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she also worked as a secretary for several years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her passion was her children’s scholastic welfare. She took pride in all their successes at Concordia University Wisconsin and she enjoyed trips to attend their college soccer matches and track meets.

She was preceded in death by her father Clarence Gustafson.

Darcie is survived by her husband Joseph, three children Emily Pacheco, Anna Pacheco (fiance D.J. Torrenueva), and Trent Pacheco, her mother Gail Gustafson, two brothers Kelly Gustafson and Kyle Gustafson, and one grandson Grayson Daniel Torrenueva.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 at the church. Rev. Thomas Mackey will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Dickinson County Cancer Loan Closet.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Darcie K. Pacheco can be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Judy B. Barnett

Judy B. Barnett, 55, of Kingsford, passed away on Saturday, August 20 at her home.

Judy was born on September 26, 1960 in Sault Ste Marie, MI. She was a 1979 graduate of Iron River High School and has been a resident of this area for the past thirty years. Judy married Alex Barnett on December 27, 1990 in Iron Mountain. She has worked as a waitress for several local restaurants in the area. Judy's life revolved around doing things for others. She loved cooking, baking, reading, rummage sales, sitting outside in the sun and going to the casino. She especially loved spending time and taking care of her family.

Judy is survived by her husband, Alex; three children, William Barnett of Florence, Alabama, Brittany (Vincent Quadrani) Barnett of Kingsford and Alex (Brittany Johnson) Barnett of Kingsford; her parents, Gary (Kathy) McCabe of Iron Mountain and Marie (Gary) Dean of Sault Ste. Marie, MI; a brother, David (Kelly) McCabe of Manitowoc, WI; sisters, Kathy (Paul) Perry of Sault Ste. Marie, Debbie (Mark) Mileski of Norway, Bonnie (Gary) Johnston of Sault Ste. Marie, Michelle (Mike) Mariuzza of Sault Ste. Marie and Pam (Mark) Manincor of Iron Mountain; a granddaughter, Mylie Barnett and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 11:00am-1:00pm Friday, August 26th at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. A celebration of life service will follow at 1:00pm at the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory.

Condolences to the family of Judy Barnett may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Sandra L. Dean

Sandra Lou Dean, 70, of Iron Mountain, was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 21.

She was born on January 9, 1946 in Traverse City, Michigan, daughter of the late Garth and Helen (Curry) Dean. In March of 1963 the family moved to Iron Mountain. Sandy graduated from IMHS with the class of 1964 and graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Social Work in 1969. Sandy worked for Community Schools as a Calligraphy Teacher, Payne and Dolan in Wisconsin, Foley Martens in Kingsford, Dr. John Fornetti in Iron Mountain, and the Balsam St. Christian Church in Kingsford. Sandy was a member of the Maranatha Assembly of God in Kingsford, the Cream City Calligraphers Guild in Milwaukee, as well as the International Guild for Lettering Artists. Sandy was also on the IM Senior Center board of directors.

 

Sandy enjoyed teaching Calligraphy, teaching Sunday School, travelling to Calligrapher workshops and retreats, traveling to visit family, and her local bible study group of friends. She was passionate about helping people, even people she didn't know well. When she heard someone was in need of something, she set out to fulfill that need for them.

Sandy was also passionate about pursuing her gift for the lettering arts, and for several years traveled around the country to attend International Lettering Artist Convocations, to study with the worlds finest Calligraphers and Scribes.

Sandy loved putting ink to paper and spent countless hours perfecting her craft. The greatest love of Sandy's life, however, was with her Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father, Garth Raymond Dean, by her mother, Helen Louise (Curry) Dean, and her sister, Meri Kay (Dean) DuFord.

She is survived by her brothers, Randy (Pam) Dean of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Rex Dean of Iron Mountain; a sister, Sue (Mark) Deacon of Clarkston, Michigan; brother-in-law, Lawrence DuFord of Iron Mountain; and nieces & nephews, Kit (Jeff) DeMuri of Florence, WI, Kimberly (David) Chen of Clarkston, MI, Lorne (Katie) Deacon of Pittsburg, PA, Mallory (Luke) Miller of Grand Rapids, MI, Keith Dean of Thornton, CO, and Michelle (Robbie) Dean of Salt Lake City, UT. Sandy also had 4 great nephews, Dominic, Oliver, Theodore, Gabriel and two great nieces, Samantha and Paxton, all of whom she dearly loved.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and on Saturday, September 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Maranatha Assembly of God in Kingsford. A Celebration of Sandy’s Life will follow at 11:00 am on Saturday at the Maranatha Assembly of God. Rev. David Wilton will officiate. Burial will be in the Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

The Erickson- Rochon &Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Sandy Dean online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Evelyn P. Zeutzius

Evelyn P. Zeutzius, 97, of Kingsford, passed away on Sunday, August 21 at Manorcare Nursing Home in Kingsford. She was born on September 13, 1918 in Rice Lake, WI, daughter of the late Morton and Elsie (Albee) Hurlburt.

 

Evelyn grew up in Iron Mountain and was a 1937 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. After high school, she worked as a secretary for Von Platen Fox Lumber Co. and participated in the war production board during World War II. After the closing of Von Platen Fox, she opened the Hob Nob Restaurant and operated it from 1941-1947.

Evelyn married Lyle Zeutzius in 1948. She also worked at Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Norway until 1952. Evelyn moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957 and returned to this area in 1976. Upon returning to Iron Mountain, she worked at Fugere Bros. in Iron Mountain until the store closed in 1990.

Evelyn was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, sang in the church choir and was part of the Lydia Circle. She also belonged to the Business and Professional Womens club and served on the Iron Mountain Housing Commission for several years. Evelyn volunteered at the Iron Mountain Senior Citizens Center and led bus trips to the casino for several years. She and her husband Lyle were charter members of the Dickinson Co. Pilots Assoc.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Alan (Deborah) Zeutzius of Edgewood, New Mexico; her daughter Sally Verley of Kingsford; grandchildren, Ben Verley, Matt (Megan) Verley, Will (Ashton) Verley, Jennifer Zeutzius, Melanie (Chris) Moorman, Kristin (Jak) Bailey and Weston (Leah) Zehnder; great grandchildren, Makaya, Josie, Linden, Terry, Laura, Elizabeth, Kayla, Ayden, Aaron, Olivia, Madison, Mabel and Weston. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Jim Walker.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Iron Mountain. Memorial services will follow at 12:00 noon at the church Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery. Rev. Geri Hamlen will officiate.

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Evelyn Zeutzius may be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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James M. Marlett

James Melvin Marlett, 73 of Iron Mountain, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital after a hard fought battle with Advanced Prostate Cancer.

He was born on December 2, 1942 in Iron Mountain, son of Elayne D. (England) and the late Melvin M. Marlett. Jim attended the Iron Mountain schools, graduating from Iron Mountain High School in 1961. He was a great all around athlete and Basketball player while there. From 1961 to 1962 he attended Superior Wisconsin College. From 1962 to 1966 he worked as a surveyor/ log cutter for Kimberly Clark. From 1964 to 1966 he also worked for the Groveland Mine.

 

He went on to attend Northern Michigan University in 1966, and graduated with a BS in History in 1969. Afterward Jim taught History/Social Studies/Geography at Goodman High School from 1969 to 1970. After one year of teaching Jim moved to Houghton and attended Michigan Tech University studying Forestry from 1970 to 1974.

Jim's love of hunting and fishing persuaded him to go into the Sporting Goods business, so in 1974 he opened Jim's Sports Shop which he owned and operated until retiring in 2005 at the age of 65. His brother Larry was a partner in the shop from 1976 to 2005. 

Jim met Sandra Lee Dahl at the Pine Grove Country Club, and they were married at the Trinity United Methodist Church in November of 1962. She preceded him in death in February of 1983 due to cancer. 

Jim was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church his entire life. He was a member of the Pine Grove Country Club where he loved to golf. He enjoyed bowling, and played in a league at Chickies Lanes. He was an avid hunter, and enjoyed spending time at camp either working or at leisure. In his later years, Jim enjoyed gardening both flowers and his tomato plants. 

Jim is survived by his Mother, Elayne D. Marlett of Iron Mountain; his brother, Lawrence E. Marlett of Iron Mountain; sons, Joseph J. Marlett of Iron Mountain and Melvin J. (Emily) Marlett of Escanaba; three grandchildren, Meredith K. Marlett of Farmington Hills, Claire K. Marlett of Escanaba, and Breana; his Australian Terrier, Tupper. 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of James M. Marlett may be expressed online at:

www.ernashfuneralhomes.com 

 

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Anne M. Johnson


A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 23, at the First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain, for 59 year-old Anne M. Johnson. Anne passed away at her home on Thursday, August 11. She was born October 24, 1956 in Iron Mountain to the late Leonard and Eva (Nelson) Eslinger.

 

Anne grew up and attended school in Iron Mountain. She went on to attend Michigan Tech University where she studied Chemical Engineering and was entered into the Michigan Tech University Basketball Hall of Fame. Anne also received her MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Her hobbies included tennis and gardening.

Anne is survived by her five children; Hilary (Jason) Aaron, Kyle Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Heidi Johnson and Kirk Johnson; one granddaughter, Malin Aaron and by one brother, Mark Eslinger.

Pastor Peter Erickson will officiate at the memorial service. Burial will take place at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.

 

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Sandra Mattia

Sandra Mattia age, 67, of Norway, died Wednesday, August 17 at Manorcare in Kingsford.

She was born on February 8, 1949 in Norway, the daughter of the late Walter and Marie (Goodreau) Menard.

 

Sandy graduated from Norway High School in 1967. She married John Mattia on April 17, 1971 in St. Mary’s Church in Norway.

Sandy was a member of Oak Crest Golf Course, and the Rialto Women’s Bowling League. She was a devoted Green Bay Packer fan, enjoyed knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, going to camp, camping and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Sandy worked for Kimberly Clark, Michigan Bell and as a bartender at the Rialto for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years John; son John (Wendy) Mattia, Jr. of Vulcan; daughter Lisa (Korey Johnson) Mattia of Niagara; grandchildren Taylor Paul, Holly Mattia, Johnny Mattia and Marcus Johnson; sisters Sharon Schultz of Norway and Sally (Justin) Varda of Vulcan; brother-in-law Ernest (Armine) Mattia of Iron Mountain; sister-in-law Arlene Basso of Norway; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law JoAnn Dalluge.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 22 from 9-11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Norway.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Raymond Valerio officiating.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

 

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Ethelene E. Oleksy

 

Ethelene E. Oleksy age 87 of Norway, died Monday, August 15, 2016 at Highlands Living Center in Pittsford, New York.

She was born on September 12, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Gordon and Evelyn (Ball) Anderson.

Ethelene married Walter “Vud” Oleksy of February 12, 1949 in Crystal Falls. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2009.
 

Ethelene and Walter were Dairy Farmers for many years, then changing over to Potato farming.

She was a very hard worker and enjoyed her gardening. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ethelene is survived by her son David (Linda) Oleksy of Norway; daughter Susan (Joseph) Rowe of Webster, NY; grandchildren Angela (Jerry) Lentner, Simon (Amy) Oleksy, Lydia Oleksy, Meribah Oleksy , Steven Oleksy, Samuel (Jessalynn) Oleksy, Rebekah (Ryan) Butler, Matthew Oleksy, Nathan Oleksy, Rachel (Andrew) Ritchie, Elisha Oleksy, Levi Oleksy, Kristin Rowe, Eric (Ruth) Rowe, Katie (Jason Golisano) Rowe and Mark Rowe; great grandchildren Abby, Anna, Owen, Jayden, Adrien, Austin, Joshua, Leah, Bella, Gianna, Ava, Nathan, Madison, Kingston, Piper, Isabella, Alexander, Josslyn; sister-inlaw Stella Yourkoski of Iron Mountain; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11 AM at Ortman Funeral Home

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

 

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 James A. Hood

James A. Hood, age 38, of Norway, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 10 at his residence. He was born March 3, 1978 in Iron Mountain, to Robert Hood and Margretha (Waubiness) Paquin.

 

James enjoyed playing cards, especially Texas Hold’em, going to the Casino, gambling and attending Indian ceremonies. He also enjoyed spending time with his daughters and with his dog, Ruger.

Survivors include his parents, Bob (Vicki) Hood and Margie (Guy) Paquin; two daughters, Desirae and Isabella; one sister, Kaitlyn; girlfriend, Kayla; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and many friends.
 

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 19 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. A Memorial Service will follow at 1:00 PM on Friday at the Jacobs Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Sullivan will officiate.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.

You may light a candle in remembrance of James or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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 Robert Anderson

Robert James “Bob” Anderson, 60, of Crystal Falls, passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 17.

 

He was born September 17, 1955, in Crystal Falls, son of the late Oliver and Marlene (Johnson) Anderson. Bob was raised in Mastodon Township on his parents’ dairy/beef farm where he developed a strong work ethic and spirit of teamwork. He attended the local schools and graduated from Forest Park High School in 1974. After graduation, Bob was employed by Lato Construction and later joined the Laborers’ Local 1329. He was an outstanding laborer and worked on various construction projects throughout the Upper Peninsula. If needed, in addition to his busy schedule, he continued to help on the family farm.

Bob enjoyed listening to telephone time, antiquing, and searching for bargains at garage sales. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to a friend or stranger and treasured time spent with his children, grandchildren, family and friends. “Bobcat”, as he was affectionately called, took delight in pranking family and friends with his unique Scandinavian-Yooper sense of humor. He was well-liked and respected by many and will be sadly missed.

Bob is survived by his four children; Christy (Nathan) Lung, Sturgis, Mich., Shawn Anderson, Iron Mountain, Mich., Jesse Anderson, Chicago, Ill. and Angie Kimble, Iron River, Mich.; two sisters, Kathy (Ray) Guzowski, Fenton, Mich. and Marla (Mark) Rupp, New Brighton, Minn.; one brother, John (Lorna) Anderson, Crystal Falls, Mich.; three aunts, Rose (Carl) Steele, Iron Mountain, Mich., Gunhild Steinbrecher, Niagara, Wis. and Linda Scheuring, Gilbert, Wis.; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

In accordance to Bob’s wishes, a private family tribute will take place at a later date.

The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of services.

 

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Wind Power ?
Worth Exploring ?

The most interesting ideas at City Hall don't always pop up at the City Council meetings. Conversations before and after Monday night's meeting proved very interesting to this reporter, so we thought we'd pass them along to you.

Iron Mountain Mayor Dale Alessandrini said he has been toying with the idea of looking into a windmill for the City, possibly to be located on Pewabic Hill, where there are fairly steady prevailing winds.

While a few of those present chuckled at the idea, we think it's worth looking into.

The City spends approximately $30,000 a month on electricity, a big chunk of the budget. A windmill would help to greatly reduce that amount, while providing clean energy.

According to the Mayor's thoughts, the City would not be dependent on power from the windmill. Excess power produced when the wind is blowing would be sold to the power company, thus reducing the City's electric bill.

One of the downsides expressed was possible environmental concerns. Those, of course, would have to addressed in an Environmental Impact Study before anything could be done.

Just an idea that the Mayor has been toying with. We think it's something worth looking into.

 

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Iron Mountain's Civil Service System
To Appear On November Ballot

 

Iron Mountain City Manager Jordan Stanchina reported to the City Council Monday night that the Michigan Attorney General's office has approved the ballot language for placement of the Civil Service System question on the November 8th General Eelection ballot.

The Council had earlier approved putting the question before voters, but the exact wording to be placed on the ballot had to be approved by the Attorney General's office before the City could proceed.

Stanchina had recommended the change to the Council, saying the current Civil Service system is outdated, and often stands in the way of hiring the individual most qualified for a position. The Civicl Service Commission tests applicants every two years, and supplies a list to the City. Only those on this list are eligible to be hired for many City positions. Stanchina said that what often happens, is that those at the top of the list find other jobs or just lose interest while waiting for a City position to open up. This can leave the City with no choice but to hire those possibly less qualified, who did not score so well on the test.

 

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City To Change Leadership
Structure at DPW

The Iron Mountain City Council Monday night agreed to a recommendation submitted by City Manager Jordan Stanchina, which will change the way the Department of Public Works is run.

The Manager had recommended that upon the November retirment of current DPW Supervisor Donald Dinocenzo, that position be left vacant and that the City instead hire a Public Works Director. The recommendation fills a position that had already been in existence, but had not been filled. The director's position would require substantially greater qualifications, and would not fall under the jurisdiction of the Civil Service Commission, allowing far greater flexibility in selecting the most qualified person.

The basic qualifications, as laid out by Stanchina, would be either a B.A. or a B.S. in management or engineering; or at least five years of experience in a leadership position in the field. Applicants holding a degree would also be required to have one year of experience.

 

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North Side Home
Destroyed By Fire

31 year-old woman being held on arson charges

Iron Mountain Police have arrested a 31 year-old woman, charged with second degree arson, in connection with a fire that destroyed a home on Vulcan Street Friday night.

Firemen received the call to 507 Vulcan Street shortly after 9:30 PM on Friday, and remained on the scene until the early morning hours on Saturday.

Charged in the incident is 31 year-old Theresa Nowaczyk. She is being held on $20,000 bond, pending a preliminary examination in District Court. That hearing has been scheduled for September 22. According to information released by Iron Mountain Director of Police and Fire Services, Ed Mattson, their department was assisted in the investigation by the Michigan State Fire Marshall's office.

While the home was occupied, there were no injuries resulting from the fire. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.




View video of fire here.

Photos and video courtesy of Jason Asselin.

 

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$500,000 Fire Truck Purchase
Likely To Be Approved Tuesday

The City of Iron Mountain, following several months of research, appear poised to spend more than one-half-million dollars the purchase a new fire truck.

The City only received one bid for the truck, that came from Pierce Manufacturing, of Antigo, Wisconsin. Pierce specializes in fire and rescue vehicles and distributes products worldwide. The Pierce bid was slightly over one-half million dollars.

That bid approval was deferred for several weeks, due to the complexity of the specifications for the truck. The City's bid specifications covered 131 pages, and the Pierce bid was submitted with an equally daunting amount of paperwork. The specifications have now been reviewed by the Fire Department, and according to the latest information, the bids meet the City's specifications.

This purchase is not currently budgeted for, and the City will have to borrow the money through the sale of bonds.

In his original memo to the Council, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said it makes sense to borrow the money at historically low interest rates, rather than to put the purchase off for the seven or eight years that it might take the city to set the funds aside.

The new truck will replace a 16-year-old unit, that is in need of upgrades. The current number one unit will become the Department's number two, or standby unit.

In order to make the purchase, the City will have to adopt a Municipal Installment Purchase agreement. Steven Mann, the Detroit representative of the international legal firm Miller Canfield, will act as bond counsel for the City on the borrowing.

In his latest memo to the Council, Manager Stanchina said that several borrowing options will be presented to the Council at it's September 19th meeting, including possible financing through local finacial institutions.

The matter will be before the Council at it's meeting on Tuesday evening. While meetins are normally held on the first and third Monday's of the month, this meeting was delayed due to the Labor Day Holiday.
 

 

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Iron Mountain One Step Closer
To Buying New Fire Truck

Only one bid was received for a new fire pumper truck, being sought by the City of Iron Mountain.

The only company responding to the bid was Pierce Manufacturing, of Antigo, Wisconsin. Pierce specializes in fire and rescue vehicles and distributes products worldwide. The Pierce bid was slightly over one-half million dollars.

That bid could not be acted upon Monday night, due to the complexity of the specifications for the truck. The City's bid specifications covered 131 pages, and the Pierce bid was submitted with an equally daunting amount of paperwork. The specifications will be studied by staff and the Manager, and will report their findings back to the Council as soon as the evaluations are complete.

This purchase is not currently budgeted for, and the City will have to borrow the money through the sale of bonds.

In his original memo to the Council, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said it makes sense to borrow the money at historically low interest rates, rather than to put the purchase off for the seven or eight years that it might take the city to set the funds aside.

The new truck will replace a 16-year-old unit, that is in need of upgrades. The current number one unit will become the Department's number two, or standby unit.

In order to make the purchase, the City will have to adopt a Municipal Installment Purchase agreement. Steven Mann, the Detroit representative of the international legal firm Miller Canfield, will act as bond counsel for the City on the borrowing.

The Council also authorized advertising for bids for a replacement plow truck for the Public Works Deparment. This purchase would replace a 27-year-old Mack truck, currently in service. The City has set aside $160,000 for this purchase.

 

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Eleanor L. Sovey

Eleanor L. Sovey, 97, of Iron Mountain, died Thursday, July 21 at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford. She was born on Dec. 29, 1918 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Adeline (Stefanelli) Quadrani.

 

Eleanor was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain. During the war, she worked at Security Sportswear. She also worked at General Controls and was a nurse's aide for many years. She was member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Eleanor enjoyed playing the piano and organ, walking, gardening, knitting, crocheting, bowling, and fishing. She also enjoyed playing cards, especially Smear. She married Roy "Chet" Sovey on May 3, 1941 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 2003.
 

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Donna Sovey of Kingsford, one brother Anthony "Bud" Quadrani of Kingsford, one sister Marge Frankini of Maplewood, Mn, two grandchildren Trisha (Robert) Navaroli of Clinton Twp., MI and Brian (Christine) Chrisman of Oakland, CA, four great grandchildren Dean Navaroli, Mary Navaroli, Addison Chrisman, and Cypress Mars, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters Ann Petrus, Angela Muzzy, Jeanette Butsic, and Rosemary Quadrani.

Visitation will be Thurs. Aug. 18 from 10-11am at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 am at the church. Father Janusz Romanek will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

The family wishes to thank the past and present staff (office, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, kitchen, etc.) at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, and a special thanks to the nurses and CNAs who took care of mom's needs for the last six and a half years with love and consideration. You truly are angels.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Eleanor Sovey online at:
ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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James "Jim" Riverside

James Martin "Jim" Riverside of Iron Mountain died Sunday, August 14 at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.

 

He was born April 3, 1936 in Crystal Falls, son of the late John Wilbert and Martha Hedwig (Palomaki) Riverside. He graduated from Crystal Falls High School.
He married Inez Thornberry Peterson on July 25, 1981 at the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain.

Jim served full time in the Army National Guard for nine years, working with artillery and radar sites. He learned his electronic skills there. He became a pilot and worked for Superior Aviation both as a pilot and avionics manager. In retirement, he drove a casino bus and enjoyed the bus patrons.

He was a long time member of the Experimental Aviation Association, serving the local chapter as President and Newsletter Editor. He was building a kit helicopter. Jim volunteered at the EAA Oshkosh and the Lakeland, Florida Sun ’n Fun Airshows. At Oshkosh he took care of the Water Buffaloes and worked in the Sign Shop at Lakeland.

Jim was involved in the Civil Air Patrol for many years and attained the rank of major. He assisted in many searches over the years. He was also involved in the local ham radio club and helped run a ham program at the Sun ’n Fun Airshow. He was a member of the Finnish Raja Rhyma club and was Publicity Chairman. He was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Jim enjoyed flying airplanes, riding motorcycles, and doing ham radio. He liked to travel and went to Europe and visited Finnish relatives and went on many cruises.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Inez, stepchildren Holly Moen (Charlie), Forest Peterson (Glenda), Gene Peterson (Gayle). Six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also survived by niece and nephew Faye and John Riverside, Nephews Errol, Charles, and Alan Moerdyk and Nieces Marie, Ruth, and Susan and their spouses and numerous cousins.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM at the church. Rev. Robert Gordon will officiate. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
 

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of James "Jim" Riverside may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Alice I. Koch

Alice I. Koch, 86, of Kingsford, passed away on Monday August 15 at Evergreen Heights Assisted Living Center.

 

Alice was born on June 15, 1930 in Dollar Bay, MI. She was the fifth of ten children born to the late Axel and Albertina (Johnson) Norlin. Alice graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1948. She married Richard Baldwin on September 25th, 1954 in Dollar Bay, MI . Together they had seven children before his untimely death on September 3, 1971. Alice has been a resident of this area since 1972. She married Kenneth Koch on March 15, 1980 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford.
 

Alice worked as a waitress for over twenty years at the El Capitan Restaurant in Spread Eagle. She was a past member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford and the Lady Elks. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker to her large family, and attending grandchildren's sporting events, over the years she has enjoyed ceramics, bowling and golf. She will be fondly remembered for her expertise in the family croquet matches and lawn jarts.

In addition to her parents and Husband Richard Baldwin, she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Koch on January 14, 2013; two brothers, Chester and Ernest Norlin and three sisters, Margaret Foley, Irene O'Connor and Lucille Grewe and granddaughter Andrea Fox.

Alice is survived by her children, Dale (Lori) Baldwin, Glenn (Kris) Baldwin, Sue Fox, Debi (Mike) Horton, Sandy (Jim) Petroff, Keith (Lisa) Baldwin and Brian (Kristie) Baldwin; step children, Keith (Cindy) Koch, Karri (Richard) Spletter and Kitty (Rob) Groves; brothers, Arthur (Jan) Norlin, Robert (Joyce) Norlin and Richie Norlin; sister, Esther Mackler; Grandchildren Michelle (Mike) Winkler, Sara (Kevin) Gilmore, Courtney (Jeff) Sievert, Stephanie (Tim) Frost, Rick (Shantelle) Petroff, Brandon (Sara) Baldwin, Kyle Horton, Casey Spletter, Scott Horton, Lucas (Samantha) Baldwin, Andrew Koch, Samantha Spletter, Kristy (Wes) Steffen, Katie Baldwin, Nathan Baldwin, Amanda Baldwin, Nick Baldwin, Parker Groves, Matthew Baldwin, Bennett Groves, Delaney Groves, Allison Baldwin.

Many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews including a special niece, Mary (Mike) Pini and nephew, Mike Foley. She is also survived by a special family friend, Dave "Gramps" Anderson.

Private family services are being held.

Alice's family would like to thank Donna and the rest of the caring staff at the Memory Care Unit of Evergreen Heights Assisted Living for the love and special care given to Alice during her stay there.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory.

Condolences to the family of Alice Koch can be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Ernest R. Shivy
 

 

Ernest R. Shivy, 92, of Iron Mountain, went to meet the Lord on Saturday, August 13. He went to meet his beloved wife of 66 years, his son Dale, and his grandson.

Ernie loved to play baseball. In his younger years he played fast pitch softball for Iron Mountain-Kingsford Credit Union. He served in the Army during WWII. Ernie was stationed in the Philippines as a medic. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Medal. After the war, Ernie married Florence Carrie Pollock in 1947 and then went to work for the railroad.

When Hanna Mining Company came to the area from Minnesota he went to work for them as a UKE driver, delivering iron ore to the crushers. After a number of years, he retired and he and his wife traveled throughout the southern and western parts of the United States. They spent many winters in Zapata, Texas and southern Arizona. His hobbies were fishing, baseball, gardening, rock collecting and going to the casino.

Ernie leaves behind two daughters, Patricia (David) Burchett and Joan Shivy Cerasoli; a son, Gary (Sally) Shivy; five grandchildren, Thad, Angie, Emily, Shawna and Racheal; nine great-grandchildren, Logan, Anna, Samantha, Marcus, Holden, Thatcher, Bela, Alyssa and Ruby; and by two great-great-grandchildren, Allison and Quinn Everleigh.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Wednesday, August 17 at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 PM at the Jacobs Funeral Home. Pastor James Danielson will officiate. Burial will take place at Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Ernie or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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Jeannette Lillian Masty

 

Jeannette L. Masty age 89 of Norway, died Tuesday, August 9 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.   She was born May 8, 1927 in Norway, the daughter of the late Edward and Bernadette (Gagnier) Marcell.

 

 

Jeannette graduated from Norway High School in 1945 and went on to receive her registered nursing degree from St. Mary’s Nursing School in Rochester, MN in 1948. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cardinal Stritch University in 1980 and retired from Cardinal Stritch University in 1989 as the campus health nurse.

Jeannette married Michael Masty on October 1, 1949 in St. Mary’s Church in Norway. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2006.

Mike and Jeannette lived in Milwaukee for 36 years where they owned their own business, Shoreline Opticians in Milwaukee; they retired in 1989 and moved to Hamilton Lakes.

She was a member of St. Barbara's Church, Oak Crest Golf Course, taught quilting classes through community schools for many years and enjoyed playing bridge with her card club friends.

Jeannette is survived by her daughters Mary (Victor) Vasquez-Masty of Boca Raton, FL, Maureen Masty of Grafton, WI, Monica (Robert) Goodreau of Kingsford and Megan (Steve) Beine of Slinger, WI; grandchildren Kathryn, and Edward Goodreau and Danielle and Andrew Beine; sister Helen Roach of Florence, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Carol Bilski.

Family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 17 from 10:00 -11:00 AM at St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at St. Barbara’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The family request that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Carmelite Sisters.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of services.

 

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Lorraine Zaidel

Lorraine Zaidel, 93, of Niagara died Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara. Lorraine was born April 19, 1923 in Iron Mountain, MI, daughter of the late Joseph and Erminia (Romagnoli) Piatti.

 

She married John Zaidel and had two children, whom she stayed home to raise. Lorraine was a devout Catholic. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening, and cooking. Along with her children, her five brothers held a very special place in her heart.

Lorraine leaves behind her daughter, Roxanne (Glen) Larson; four brothers, Edward (Margaret) Piatti, Gerald (Arla) Piatti, Terry (DeeDee) Piatti, and Raymond Piatti; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Zaidel; son, Greg Zaidel; and brother, Rudy Piatti.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A service will follow at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Joseph Gouin officiating. Interment will be at Niagara Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Lorraine Zaidel online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Margaret L. Hosking

Margaret L. Hosking, 89, of Iron Mountain, MI died Thursday, August 11, at the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

 

Margaret was born August 12, 1926 in Mount Vernon, IN., daughter of the late Kenneth and Elva (Russell) Trafford. She married Richard Hosking Sr. in 1965 in Chicago.

Margaret had lived in Iron Mountain since 1981 and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was active in the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron twice. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking. She was also very devoted to her family.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hosking, Sr.; 2 brothers, David Cargill and Kenneth Trafford; and by one sister, in law, Iris Trafford.

She is survived by one son, Richard Hosking, Jr. (Kim Greiser) of Iron Mountain; two step daughters, Elizabeth (Robert) Glass and Mary Lou (Patrick) Campbell, MI; one sister, Gerry Wolf, many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, Aug.16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. Rev. Geri Hamlen will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Margaret Hosking online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Richard E. Howe

 

Richard Earl Howe, age 45, of Kingsford, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 21, 1970 in Tucson, Ariz., to Richard Howe and Nancy (Commery) Henderson. Richard has been a resident of Kingsford for the past 20 years. He enjoyed bike riding, grilling, mowing lawn, playing basketball and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
 

 

Richard is survived by his mother; Nancy Henderson of Kingsford; one brother, Steve (Julia) Howe of Iron Mountain; niece and nephew, Eric and Kilee Howe; Aunt and Uncle, Peggy and Andy; cousins, Pete and Mandy; special friend, Michelle; daughter, Ashley; two grandchildren, J.J. and T.T., and by many friends. Richard was loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard.

Private family services will be held.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Richard or leave a condolence for his family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com



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LaVERNE LAESCH

LaVerne A. Laesch age 92 of Vulcan, died Friday, August 12 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.

 

She was born on April 17, 1924 in Faithorn, the daughter of the late Alfred and Alice (Arnold) Meiner.

LaVerne graduated from Hermansville High School. She married Edward Laesch on September 29, 1945 in Grace United Methodist Church in Faithorn. LaVerne was a hard worker on the family farm and for Kimberly Clark, retiring in 1980. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, sang in the church choir and former member of the Norway Chapter #251, Order of the Eastern Star. LaVerne loved to garden, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years Edward; daughter Linda (Wayne) Rochon of Vulcan; son Dale Laesch of Vulcan; grandchildren Catherine Rochon of Norway, Cynthia Dunlap of Wyoming, MI, Cheryl Rochon of Powers and Marc Rochon of McAllen, TX; great grandchildren Andrew and Melanie Kurth, Caleb Stachowicz, Parker and Gabriella Dunlap; brother Ralph (Marge) Meiner of Norway; sister Eleanor LeBoeuf of Powers; sister-in-law Patricia Meiner of Powers; many nieces and nephews.

LaVerne was preceded in death by her brother Harold Meiner and sisters Evelyn Meiner and Dorothy Robinson.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 15 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Norway. Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Michael J. Langlais officiating.

Interment will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Faithorn.

Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

Condolences to the family of LaVerne may be expressed online at:
www.ortmanfuneralhome.com



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Commissioners Agree To Ask
Voters For Money For Vets

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners has formally agreed to carry through on verbal commitments made to area veterans at previous meetings.

The Board voted unanimously on two different matters relating to the local Office of Veterans’ Affairs, which has been cases trapped since the County made drastic cuts to the organizations allotment.

The Board agreed to place before the voters a request for 0.10 mils, or 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed, taxable property value.

In addition, the board agreed to create, upon passage of the millage, a County Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

It is anticipated that the millage, if approved by the voters on November 8, will raise approximately $89,000 in the first year. The requested millage would remain in effect for 10 years.

The funds will be used to provide support and assistance to veterans residing in Dickinson County.

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Board Chairman Blames Bad
Publicity For Millage Defeat

Dickinson County Board of Commissioner's Chairman Henry Wender said that the media, and all of the bad, unfair publicity, is the reason voters rejected the Board's request for extra operating millage.

In the Primary Election held last Tuesday, County voters rejected the .75 mil increase in property taxes by a 58 point margin, 21% in favor and 79% opposed.

The Chairman concluded his remarks stating that he hopes people are ashamed, just before calling for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Apparently, any thoughts of renewing the millage request are off the table, at least for the time being. Several commissioners commented on their regrets that the other millage issues were also defeated. One would have provided funding for the Dickinson Conservation District, the other for the Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Services, which operates 4-H Youth programs, among others.

Commissioner Ann Martin summed it up, saying "The voters have spoken."

 

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Replacement Magistrate
Put On Hold
... For Now
 

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners, meeting in regular session on Monday, took no action on a request to advertise for applicants to fill an anticipated vacancy, that of a magistrate, in the 95-B District Court.

While a matter such as this would normally be routine, nothing is routine these days, as the Board continues to battle a chronic shortage of funds.

Fifth District Commissioner John Degenaer objected to advertising the vacancy, saying that it’s time the board started taking it’s plan to reduce staffing seriously.

First district Commissioners Joe Stevens said that while he agrees that staff reductions are in order, the magistrate position is required by State Statute. Stevens said the County would stand the risk of being sued by the court, if it fails to fill this statutory position.

While the magistrate position is required by law, other positions in the department are not. The Board appeared to favor promotion to the magistrate position from within the department. By not replacing the individual who gets the promotion, a staff reduction could be achieved without risking a law suit.

 

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City To Purchase
New Fire Truck

There will be two major spending items before the Iron Mountain Council, when it meets in regular session Monday evening.

The first will be the opening of bids for another major paving program. This project, involving three locations, is expected to cost about $155,000. The City had budgeted $385,000 for paving projects this year, with $215,000 going to various paving projects in the area of Crystal Lake.

The remaining project includes approximately 1,110 feet on Walker Street, 805 feet on Madison Street, and 1,356 feet on North Kimberly Avenue.

It's not certain that the paving bid will be awarded at Monday's meeting, as the bids may be submitted to committee for further study before a final decision is made.

The Council will also open bids on Monday for a new pumper truck for the Fire Department. These bids, expected to come in near the half-million dollar mark, will be referred to committee for further review before any decisions are made. The bid specifications for the truck cover some 131 pages.

In his memo to the Council, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said it makes sense to borrow the money at historically low interest rates, rather than to put the purchase off for the seven or eight years that it might take the city to set the funds aside.

The new truck will replace a 16-year-old unit, that is in need of upgrades. The current number one unit will become the Department's number two, or standby unit.

In order to make the purchase, the City will have to adopt a Municipal Installment Purchase agreement. Steven Mann, the Detroit representative of the international legal firm Miller Canfield, will act as bond counsel for the City on the borrowing.

The Council is also expected to authorize advertising for bids for a replacement plow truck for the Public Works Deparment. This purchase would replace a 27-year-old Mack truck, currently in service. The City has set aside $160,000 for this purchase.

 

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Manager Recommends
Realignment At City's
Public Works Department

The Iron Mountain City Council is expected to adopt a recommendation submitted by City Manager Jordan Stanchina, which will result in changes in the supervisory structure of the Public Works Department.

The recommendation comes with the notice that the Current Public Works Department Supervisor, Don Dinnocenzo, will be retiring in November.

During Dinnocenzo's tenure with the department, the designated position of Director of Public Works has remained vacant. Stanchina is recommending a switch upon Dinnocenzo's retirement, filling the Director's position while leaving the Supervisor's position vacant.

The Manager pointed out that this will give the City the opportunity to hire outside of the Department, and outside of the jurisdiction of the Civil Service Commission. This will allow for greater flexibility in the hiring process. Those currently working in the Department would be eligible for consideration if they meet the minimum requirements.

Stanchina is recommending a starting salary for the position in the area of $62,500, though the final amount would be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

In general the City will likely be seeking someone with a B.A. or B.S. in business administration or engineering, or five years of experience in Public Works Administration. The City would require a minimum of one year of experience in addition to the degree.

 

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Peter Byron Tanguay

 

Peter Byron Tanguay age 65 of Faithorn, died Sunday, August 7 at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain, MI.

He was born on December 27, 1950 in Norway, the son of the late Byron and Eileen (Brackett) Tanguay.

Peter graduated from Norway High School in 1969, and served his country from 1969-1972 in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne during the Vietnam Era.
 

After returning from the Army, Peter started working for the V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain, before transferring to California for several years.

Peter married Marybeth Rossato on March 27, 1981 in Mar Vista, California. After marriage they returned to the Norway area and Peter retired in 2007 from the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center after working for 33 years. He then took a job working for the City of Norway for several years.

Peter was a member of the Thomas St. Onge Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter 571 in Hermansville, he enjoyed ice fishing on the bay, hunting and bow hunting, Harley Davison motorcycles, his 1966 Chevelle and 1975 Corvette.

Peter is survived by his wife Marybeth; sons Kurt (Amy) Tanguay of Green Bay, WI and Patrick (Donna) Tanguay of Loretto; daughter Carrie (Dave) LeClair of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren Lexi Domino, Shane and Paul Swanson and Cooper Tanguay; sisters Christine Tanguay of Florida and Mary Gwen (Bruce Bauer) Tanguay of California; Father and Mother-in-law Bernard and Beverly Rossato of Loretto; sister-in-law Denice (Jerry) Miller of Milwaukee, WI; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 13 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

Funeral Services will follow on Saturday at 2 PM at the Ortman Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Gordon of Our Saviors Lutheran Church officiating.

The family request that memorial contributions may be made to Peter’s family memorial fund.

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Glen R. Skoglund

Glen R. Skoglund, 63, passed away on August 5th, 2016 among his family and family of friends at the Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center in Iron Mountain after lengthy illness.

 


Glen was born on September 26, 1952 in Norway, MI, son of the late Ralph and Kathie (Ferris) Skoglund. He attended Norway Schools and was a United States Navy Veteran. He served aboard the USS Truckee from 1972-1975.

Glen’s father, Ralph, was an electrician and Glen followed in his footsteps. He began his career as an electrician’s mate, while in the Navy, aboard the USS Truckee. After his discharge from service, he continued working in this field until he became a master electrician. He worked out of the IBEW Union Local 26 until his retirement.

Glen grew up on Norway hill, in Swedetown, alongside his sisters and brother, a lot of his Skoglund relatives, and many good neighbors. The family spent summers at Six Mile Lake, near Felch, where his parents as well as his grandparents and aunts and uncles from his mother’s side of the family all owned cabins. Glen liked to swim, hunt and fish. He liked the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins too. He enjoyed Nascar races, being a great fan of the Earnhart’s, Dale & Dale Jr. He was an avid reader and could tell a pretty good story himself. Glen loved people, he loved a party, and he possessed a wonderful wit. He found humor in most any situation and he did keep you laughing. He will be much missed by the many of us who knew and loved him.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

He is survived by his daughter, Miranda (Daniel) Repp; a step daughter, Michelle (Steve) Coron; their mother, Linda Rogers, his sisters, Patsy (David) Carnahan and Nancy Griffith; a brother, Steve (Vicki) Skoglund; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Ruby, & Zechariah Repp and Brianna & Kyla Olson; nieces & nephews, Scott Carnahan, Casey (Nancy), Logan & Grace Carnahan, Andy Finendale, Bailey (Jimmy), James 3rd, Jacob & Brianna Erickson, Cody Bales, Whitney Bales, and Olivia & Nash Kraemer; an uncle, Jim Skoglund; an aunt, Adelaide (Bob) Marceau; his former wife, Lori Hopkins; and many cousins.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 12 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. A memorial service will follow at 5:00pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Erickson- Rochon &Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Glen Skoglund online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Wayne Larison

 

Fence, Wisconsin - Wayne "Buddy" Larison, age 83, of Fence, passed away Monday, August 8 at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara.

He was born December 25, 1932 in Terra Haute, Ind., to the late Wayne C. and Edythe (Clark) Larison. Buddy grew up and attended school in Chicago. He owned and operated the Fin & Feather Tavern in Chicago for many years. Buddy moved to Armstrong Creek in 1976 and owned and operated the Fin & Feather Tavern there until 1978 when he retired.
 

He enjoyed stock car racing at an early age, reloading shells, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, the outdoors and especially the time he spent with his family and friends.

Buddy is survived by one son, Doug (Jeanette) Larison of Fence, one daughter, Gail West of Texas, and one step-daughter, Cathy (“Stormy”) Murdaugh of Illinois. Four grandchildren, Michael, Angelica, Abby and Boone, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents Buddy was preceded in death by one brother, Jack and one sister, Betty Esdale.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 12 at the Fence Cemetery, in Fence, Rev. Tim Smith will officiate.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Buddy or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com
 

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Gordon "Gordy" Ellis

Gordon “Gordy” L. Ellis, 87, of Kingsford, died Sunday, August 7 at his home. He was born on Jan. 27, 1929 in Aurora, the son of the late Raymond “Ray” and Myrtle (Martin) Ellis.

 

Gordon graduated from Kingsford High School in 1947. He went to work at the Niagara Paper Mill and retired after forty-six years. On August 19, 1950, Gordon married Patricia "Pat" Johnson in Kingsford and they celebrated sixty-five years of marriage just last year. The couple enjoyed traveling across the United States, in their motor home, visiting every state West as well as several Southern states and a few on the East coast.

Gordon enjoyed spending time at his son Jeff's camp hunting, having shoot his last buck at the age of 79. He was a tinkerer and bicycle repairman, he saved everything and always had spare parts to share. His children always visited the basement stock pile before heading to a hardware store. Gordon had a passion for gardening and was especially proud of his tomatoes and cucumbers. His friends and family often looked to him for gardening tips. He loved fresh fruit and vegetables, pure cherry juice and cheese from the store in Lena. Gordy made amazing strawberry and raspberry jam annually and baked homemade bread regularly. He always shared and was willing to help anyone in need.

Gordon is survived by his wife Patricia "Pat", five children Kathy Peterson of Iron Mountain, William “Bill” (Kathy) Ellis of Quinnesec, Jeff (Jane) Ellis of Iron Mountain, Cindy Grailer of Haw River, NC, and Perry (Cheryl) Ellis of Kingsford, nine grandchildren Clint (Jodie) Peterson, Theresa (John) Proudfit, Rebecca Peterson, Robert “Bob” (Julie) Ellis, Brian (Sue) Ellis, Erick (Brittany) Grailer, Sean Grailer (Kalon Allison), Tracy (Brandon) Rutter, and Taryn (Brad) Chatel, 16 great grandchildren Savahnna (Zach) Pollock, Victoria “Tori Mae” Peterson, Joaquin Peterson, Brittany Brooks, Brianna Peterson, Cassidy Peterson, Karen Proudfit, Brandon Proudfit, Hannah Proudfit, Kalli Proudfit, Addison Rutter, Claire Rutter, Shannon Chouinard, Tanner (Bryce) Chouinard, Daniel Grailer, Baby Chatel, who is on the way, and one great, great grandchild Riley Proudfit. He is further survived by two sisters-in-law Lorraine Luba and Arlene “Chickie” Ellis, both of Kingsford, one brother-in-law William “Bill” (Sandy) Johnson of Kingsford and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother Laurel “Lolly” Ellis, one sister Joyce Andrews, his mother and father-in-law William “Bill” and Elizabeth “Queenie” Johnson, one daughter-in-law Karla Ellis, two sons-in-law Robert S. “Bob” Peterson and Daniel Grailer, three brothers-in-law Clyde Luba, Jack Andrews, and Melvin “Bud” Paquette, and one sister-in-law Bernice “Bunny” Paquette.

At Gordon's request, there will be no services.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Gordon L. Ellis online at:
ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Aileen M. Lowis

Iron Mountain – Aileen M. Lowis, 84, of Niagara passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at Azura Memory Care, Kenosha, Wis. 

She was born on July 8, 1932 in Niagara, daughter of the late Arthur and Albenna “Bea” (Chamberlain) Cardinal. Aileen graduated from Niagara High School class of 1950. She married Wayne Lowis on October 7, 1950 in Niagara. They resided in Racine, Wis. where they raised their family. In 1972 they moved back to Niagara. Aileen worked for Shopko Corporation for over 25 years before retiring.

Aileen enjoyed many hobbies including sewing, knitting, shopping, camping and her many casino trips with her friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Wayne; two sons Mike (Karen) Lowis, Florence, Wis. and Mark (Melanie) Lowis, Oostburg, Wis.; four daughters Kristine (Bob) Carlson, Racine, Wis., Donna Turrie, DePere, Wis., Patricia Bjorkman, Kingsford, Mich. and Nancy Lowis, Racine, Wis.; one brother Richard Cardinal, Mary Hill Manor, Niagara, Wis.; eleven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Arthur and Bea, Aileen was preceded in death by one brother Kenneth Cardinal, Niagara.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 10, from 2:00  – 3:00 PM at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, at 3:00 PM at the funeral home.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Aileen or leave a condolence for her family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain to honor Aileen’s legacy of life.
 

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Celello - LaFave To Face Off
In November General

Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello prevailed over Dana Dziedzic to win the Democratic party's nomination for the 108th District seat in the Michigan Legislature.

In Dickinson County, here's how the vote went for the Democrats:
Celello - 1,729 - 86.5%
Dziedzic - 268 - 13.4%

Dickinson County's strong support for it's popular Sheriff pushed Celello over the top district wide as well:
Celello - 3,344 - 58%
Dziedzic - 2,415 - 42%

Pictured to the left:
Sheriff, Scott Celello

On the Republican side, Beau Matthew LaFave, of Kingsford, prevailed over two other candidates, Alan Arcand and Darryl Shann, to win that party's nomination.  Dickinson County voters were not in line with the District as a whole, however. Here, Alan Arcand prevailed.

Here's how that vote tallied:
Arcand - 1,593 - 46.3%
LaFave - 1,478 - 43%
Shann - 361 - 10.5%

While he did not carry his home county, LaFave did emerge victorious District wide:
LaFave - 4,055 - 44%
Arcand - 2,909 - 33%
Shann - 2,258 - 24%

Pictured to the right:
GOP Candidate Beau LaFave
 

Celello and LaFave will face off in the General Election on November 8th.

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Dickinson County Voters
Overwhelmingly Reject Millage
 

Dickinson County voters on Tuesday showed that they are not inclined to pay extra taxes.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a request by the County for an extra three-quarters of a mil to fund County operating expenses. The measure was rejected by a 71 to 29 percent margin. The vote count was 1,598 in favor, 3,855 against. The measure would have provided an additional $700,000 in operating funds for the County.

Voters also rejected two other millage proposals. One would have funded the Dickinson Conservation District, the other the Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Serice.

The Conservation District proposal went down 67% to 33%; 3,643 no votes to 1,829 yes votes.

The Extension Service proposal likewise suffered a striking defeat; 59% rejecting it compared to 41% who favored it. The proposal received a total of 3,245 no votes and 2,258 yes votes.

Two other millage proposals which appeared on the ballot did pass. The first is to fund the North Alert Ambulance Authority. That passed with 611 yes votes, compared to 361 no votes. In Waucedah Township, voters approved millage for road improvements, 143 yes votes, to 107 no votes.

Only 23% of Dickinson County's voters bothered to show up at the polls.

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County Board Chairman
Retains His Seat

Dickinson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Henry Wender retained his Board seat in balloting on Tuesday, fending off a challenge by Wallace Townsend.

Wender polled a total of 545 votes, or 56%, compared to Townsend's 432 votes, or 44%.

Wender was the only member of the County Board challenged in this election.

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Carol A. Wicklund

 

Carol A. Wicklund, 71, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at her home.

Carol was born May 28, 1945 in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Adolph and Celeste (Lesandrini) Spigarelli. She has been a lifelong resident of this area and was a 1963 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. Carol married Edwin Wicklund on October 23, 1965 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last October.

Carol has been a church organist for many years and for the past ten years has played for St. Mary Queen of Peace Church in Kingsford. She has been active at St. Mary Queen of Peace and has worked in the church office and for the churches annual Juke Box Memories variety show. She has also been involved with the community theatre and enjoyed her monthly gathering with the ladies of the Iron Mountain class of 1963. She was well known for her cooking and baking and was an avid scrabble player. Carol's sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Dolph Andrew and a brother Adolph Spigarelli Jr.

Carol is survived by her husband, Edwin; sons, Eddie Joe (Faith) Wicklund of Plainwell, MI, Steven (Rinda) Wicklund of Eden Prairie, MN, and Eric (Amanda) Wicklund of Iron Mountain; brothers, Richard (MaryAnn) Spigarelli of Holland, MI, and Craig (Shelly) Spigarelli of Iron Mountain; five grandchildren, Patrick Wicklund, Reina (Isaac) Jenkins, Danielle Wicklund, Taylor Wicklund and Max Wicklund. Also by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 9th from 9:00-10:30am at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be at 11:00am Tuesday at St. Mary Queen of Peace Church in Kingsford. Fr. Michael Woempner will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. Honorary pallbearers are John Fiorucci, Jerry Marinelli, William Juneau, David McMahon, Donald Benzie and Mark Angeli.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Condolences to the family of Carol Wicklund can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Bud R. Grenfell


Bud R. Grenfell, 76, of Kingsford, died on Saturday July 30 at The Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 9 at the Kingsford Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 Tuesday morning at American Martyrs Catholic Church. Father Joseph Gouin will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Anita M. Carollo

Anita M. Carollo, age 90, a lifelong resident of Kingsford, died Tuesday, August 2.

Anita is survived by two daughters, Lynn (Al) Koivisto and Cathy (Brad) Carollo-Neumann; grandchildren, James and Nicole Neumann and Alex (Molly) and Olivia Koivisto; a great granddaughter, Isla Koivisto; a brother, John (Shirley) Collins; and several nieces and nephews.

Anita was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert “Bob” Carollo in 2012; her parents, Joseph and Lillian (Fillion) Collins; a sister, Marion Mae; and a brother, Robert Collins.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Joseph Gouin will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Anita Carollo online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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One More Try For
Millage Increase ?

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will hold the first of it's two regular monthly meetings on Monday night.

The Board is expected to discuss the overwhelming defeat that it's tax increase request suffered in Tuesday's Primary Election.

While we have not been able to independently confirm this; reliable sources indicate that the board may consider making a fourth attempt to get the millage passed on the November General Election ballot. If this were going to happen, action would likely have to be taken at the Monday night meeting, since there are approaching deadlines that must be met.

This millage has now been rejected by voters on three occasions. In the most recent election, held on August 2, 79% of County voters said no to the .75 mil property tax increase. If passed, it would have raised an estimated $700,000 in additional operating funds for the County.   (Click here for election story)

At least one member of the Board, Commissioner Joe Stevens, of Kingsford, representing the County's first district, has said publicly that he will not support another request to the voters.

All County Board meetings are open to the public, and citizens are welcome to address the board on virtually any subject during the scheduled "Citizens' Time." The meeting will be held at 6:00 Monday evening, in the Circuit Courtroom of the Dickinson County Courthouse.

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Dr. Terry L. Bucan

Terry L. Bucan DO, FACEP, 59, of Wausau, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born June 25, 1957 in Salina, KS, the daughter of Donald Bodelin and the late Mary (Piper) Bodelin. Terry is survived by her husband Fred, son Mitchell of New London, daughter Casey of Madison, father Donald of Kingsford, sister Janise (Barry) Webb of O'Fallon, MO, brothers Dennis of Menasha and Jim of Neenah, nephew Nicholas Bodelin of Neenah, niece Kelly (Dan) Webb-Midden of Brentwood, MO, and great nephew and niece, August and Dorothy Midden.

Terry graduated from Iron Mountain High School. She attended Michigan Technological University for her undergraduate degree followed by Medical School at Michigan State University. She completed a residency in Emergency Medicine in 1988 at Botsford General Hospitalin Detroit, MI. Terry began her career in South Carolina.After Mitchell and Casey were born, she wanted to be closer to family so moved to Marinette and provided emergency care at the county hospital. She then transitioned to urgent care in the Wausau area. She became interested in Aesthetic Medicine when she realized she had no intentions of aging gracefully. Terry dedicated herself to learning a new specialty to help others look and feel their best. It became her passion. She opened Dermarenew, a practice of Medical Cosmetic Care, in 2006.

While establishing this practice she continued to provide emergency care for Ministry Health. Certifications Terry held include: Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Director, Instructor and Provider, Advanced Pediatric Life Support Provider, Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider, Certified US Civil Surgeon, American Society of Cosmetic Physicians, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Terry loved to learn and to teach. She was generous and talented in so many ways. One of her natural gifts was the ability to create warm and beautiful spaces. Her homes and offices always expressed a beauty and sophistication only she could create.

Terry dedicated her life to healing the sick and wounded,and caring for others.

Visitation will be on Monday, August 8th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon on Monday at the funeral home. Chaplain Ellyn Becker will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Caring House in Iron Mountain.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Terry L. Bucan online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com


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Ruth M. Dumais

Ruth M. Dumais, 96 of Kingsford, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. She was born on June 10, 1920 in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Louis and Agnes (Mortl) Wiegele. She married Joseph A. "Bud" Dumais at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain on July 7, 1937, and he preceded her in death on December 13, 1975.

Ruth worked as a Nurse's Aide at Pine Manor for many years before retiring. She was a longtime faithful member of the American Martyrs Catholic Church and its Guild where she served many funeral dinners for its members. She was a volunteer at the Breen Senior Citizen Center where she was selected as the "Breen Senior Center Volunteer of the Year 2013". In her spare time she loved crocheting and making crafts.

Ruth is survived by her son, Allan Dumais of Peavy falls; her daughters, Cindy (Richard) Rugg of Peavy Falls and Patricia Gazza of California; daughters in-law, Jan Morrison and Shelley Dumais; her brother, Bill (Phyllis) Wiegele of Iron Mountain; sister, Marian "Mudgie" Berry of Arizona; many grandchildren and great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by sons, Joseph and Arthur Dumais; a brother, Louis Wiegele Jr.; sisters, Agnes Gerras, Josephine Wiegele, and Helen Kadlub.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00 at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Father Joseph Gouin will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in her memory.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Ruth M. Dumais may be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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John D. Simpson Sr.


John D. Simpson, Sr., of Crystal Falls, passed away peacefully at Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls on Wednesday, August 3.

He was born on January 13, 1925 in Minonk, Ill. He was the son of the late James Allen Simpson and late Lottie Wilcox. Loving husband of 30 years to the late Ann Simpson (1980) and for the past 24 years, his companion, Mary Lou Schreiner.

John left college as a Sophomore to enlist in the U.S. Army and served from 1943-1945 during World War II. He was a Corporal and Heavy Mortar Crewman (“Gunner”) and fought with the 7th and 68th Regiments of the 1st Cavalry Division. In Oct. 1944 made the beach landing in the Philippines and took Manilla from the Japs. John was awarded four (4) Bronze Stars for Campaigns at New Guinea, Bismarck, Archipelago, Southern Philippines and Luzon. He was also awarded a Good Conduct Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal with two (2) Bronze Stars. After returning from the war, John received his Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1949. He was the resident engineer for the Grant Park Underground Garage in Chicago as well as some of the early work at Meigs Field in Chicago. In 1955 he moved to Joliet and worked for Ugland Construction Co. He later became a partner in what was Ugland Simpson Construction Co. In 1965, John and Ann formed John D. Simpson Construction Co. which specialized in industrial concrete and marine construction. John worked with his three sons in the business from 1979-1991. John retired in 1991. In 2001, John and Mary Lou moved to Crystal Falls, Mich. John was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was a 32nd degree Mason, member of the VFW, American Legion and National Rifle Association.

John is survived by his three sons; John D. Simpson, Jr. (Patricia) of Joliet, Ill., Jeffrey A. Simpson (Tern) of New London, Wis. and James T. Simpson (Pamela) of Serena, Ill. Also, grandchildren, Cone, Scott, Krista, David Simpson and step grandchildren, Dominick and Brieanna Chellino.

He is preceded in death by one brother, Allen; two sisters, Alice Webster and Ruth Schibler and grandson, Ryan Simpson.

Memorials to a charity of choice.

Private family services will be held.

The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of John or leave a condolence for her family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

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Lou Ann Greenwood

Lou Ann Greenwood, age 82, of Dunbar, passed away Wednesday, July 27 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

She was born October 17, 1933 in Niagara, Wisc., to the late Arthur and Carrie (Strof) Olson.

Lou Ann was united in marriage to Earl Greenwood on February 14, 1953 in Two Rivers, Wisc. She and her late husband, Earl, lived in Two Rivers for 8 years then moved to Nevada. They lived in Nevada until moving to Dunbar, Wisc. in 1990. Lou Ann enjoyed arts and crafts and shooting pool.

Survivors include; son, Jerry Greenwood; two daughters, Lynne Greenwood and Pam Hoff, all of Henderson, Nev.; four grandchildren, Kelly, Karin, Amber and Jennifer (Bryan); and five great grandchildren, Aaron, Destiny, Serenity, Sydney and Mason.

Lou Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; her parents; brother, Billy Olson; sister, Jeannine Smith and son in law, Dan Canseco.

Private family services were held.

The Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Lou Ann or leave a condolence for her family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

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25 Location Park Is Now
Kiwanis 25 Location Park

The Iron Mountain City Council last (Monday) night approved a resolution  renaming the 25 Location City Park.

City Manager Jordan Stanchina made the recommendation to the Council, based on a request by the Kiwanis Club, which has made significant efforts to upgrade and improve the park.

Stanchina said that in an effort to both honor the work done by the Kiwanis Club and maintain a sense of history, he recommended to the Council that the park be renamed "Kiwanis 25 Location Park."

The Council agreed with the manager's recommendation and approved the name change.

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City Council To Proceed
With Tax Tribunal Challenge

The Iron Mountain City Council last (Monday) night on a recommendation by City Manager Jordan Stanchina, gave the go-ahead for the retaining of special legal counsel to take on the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

In a July 29th memo to the Council, Stanchina said his recommendation is in response to a filing with the State Tax Tribunal by North Star Industries. The petition filed by North Star is requesting a reduction in their tax assessment of about 80%.

In his memo to the Council, Stanchina said he feels that engaging legal counsel early in the process will help ensure that all appropriate steps are taken in the event the petition advances to a full hearing before the Tribunal. He said there is still a possibility that the petition could be withdrawn.

Stanchina recommended that the City engage the Grand Rapids legal firm of Foster Swift, experts in the property tax field.

The Council attached a condition to the approval, limiting initial expenditures to $5,000.   If and when that figure is reached, the manager will have to report back to the Council, at which time they will have to decide whether to proceed further.   Stanchina said if the matter were to go to a full hearing before the Tax Tribunal, legal costs could escalate into the tens of thousands of dollars.
 

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Iron Mountain Approves
2016 Deer Harvest In City

The Iron Mountain City Council last (Monday) night approved a resolution  which will clear the way for another deer harvest in the City.

A total of 204 deer have been harvested by registered bow and arrow hunters over the past four years; 58 in 2012, 35 in 2013, 38 in 2014 and 73 in 2015.

The resolution sets conditions for the hunters, as well as rules and regulations governing the harvest.

The annual bow and arrow harvest is intended to reduce the population of "nuisance" deer within the City Limits. The harvest is part of a long-range Deer Herd Mangement Program, a co-operative effort between the City of Iron Mountain and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Council Approves 2016
Paving Program

A 2016 paving program covering approximately 3.600 feet of City streets was approved by the Iron Mountain City Council on Monday evening. The Council authorized the solicitation of bids for the remaining paving projects.

In his request to the City Council, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said that they hope to be able to pave about 3,600 feet of City streets, but the exact amount of paving will depend on the bids that the City receives on the project.

The project, involving three locations, is expected to cost about $155,000. The City had budgeted $385,000 for paving projects this year, with $215,000 going to various paving projects in the area of Crystal Lake.

The remaining project includes approximately 1,110 feet on Walker Street, 805 feet on Madison Street, and 1,356 feet on North Kimberly Avenue.

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Iron Mountain Declares
Itself A "Purple Heart City"

The City of Iron Mountain has declared itself a "Purple Heart City," in special recognition of the sacrifices made by local military veterans.



The Council at it's regular meeting Monday night, adopted a resolution presented to the City by Dale LaPalme, VAVS (Veterans' Affairs Volunteer Services) representative for the Iron Mountain area.

 

 

Pictured to the left:
Iron Mountain Mayor
Dale Allesandrini
and
VAVS representative
Dale E. La Palme
 


 


The resolution adopted by the Council reads, in part:

Whereas the City of Iron Mountain has a large, highly decorated veteran population including many Purple Heart recipients, and

Whereas the City of Iron Mountain recognizes the service of Purple Heart recipients, and believes it is important to acknowledge them for their contributions.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Iron Mountain Council hereby proclaims the City of Iron Mountain as a Purple Heart City.

 

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Robert T. Hoaglund, Sr.

Robert T. Hoaglund Sr., 87, of Kingsford, passed away Tuesday, August 2, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Kingsford.

Bob was born on October 24, 1928 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Edwin and Esther (Thomas) Hoaglund. He has been a lifelong resident of this area and was a 1947 graduate of Kingsford High School.

Bob married Joyce Schmitt on September 9, 1950 in Iron Mountain. They enjoyed fifty two years together before Joyce passed away in 2002. Bob began his working career with the Wisconsin Electric Power Company as a lineman, later as an electrician and retired after thirty three years as electrical foreman in 1981.

Bob and Joyce were active members of Trinity United Methodist Church. Over the years they were very involved with the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Masonic Lodge, Shriners and Jobs Daughters. Bob loved the outdoors. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the camp he built by hand in Amasa. He was known as the "Mayor Of The Grade" for his legacy and love for the people and land in Amasa.
In addition to his parents and wife Joyce, Bob was preceded in death by his daughter in law Susan.

Bob is survived by his sons, Robert Hoaglund of Fort Wayne, IN and William (Cheryl) Hoaglund of Charlevoix, MI; a brother,Ralph Hoaglund of Aurora, WI ; sister, Janet Dahl of Schaumburg, IL; grandchildren, Melissa (Matt) Ekwinski of Chicago, IL, Mark (Natasha Shadid) Hoaglund of Detroit, MI, Tess (Alex) Koening of Seattle, WA, Kacey Hoaglund of Grand Rapids, MI and Hunter Hoaglund of Charlevoix, MI; great grand daughter, Quinnie Hoaglund. Also by his best friend and companion, Marge France.


Visitation will be on Friday, August 5th from 4:00pm- 6:00 pm at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow at 6:00pm Friday at the funeral home. Rev. James Danielson will officiate.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Trinity United Methodist Church and the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Masonic Lodge.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condonlences to the family of Robert Hoaglund may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Richard W. Waskowiak

Richard W. Waskowiak, 79, of Florence, passed away Thursday, July 28 at his home.

He was born August 24, 1936 in Pulaski, Wisc. to the late Walter and Estella (Ronski) Waskowiak. Richard attended and graduated Pulaski High School in 1954, where he helped build the Pulaski gym. His hobbies included, his pets, gardening, carpentry for many years, playing cribbage, and going hunting and fishing.

Richard is survived by three daughters, Debra (Doug Lund) Kelsey, Diane (Chris Maki) Thomas, Donna (Gary Edwards) Schraufnagel; one son, Rick (Vickie) Waskowiak; one brother, Walter Waskowiak Jr.; brother-in-law, Jim Motiff; sister-in-law, Marie Nickiel; son-in-law, Jack D. (Cathie) Thomas; five grandchildren, Cory (Matt) Fuller, Jack E. (Sammy) Thomas, Jared Thomas, Stacy (Logan Parrott) Schraufnagel and Scott Schraufnagel; seven great-grandchildren, Olivia, Weston and Jaxsun Fuller, Cash Thomas, Mallory and Kaylee Lund and Christopher Maki; nieces and nephews; and by ex-wife, Jean McGregor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Don Steeno; sister, Barb Motiff and by nephew, Ken Steeno.

Visitation will take place at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home in Florence on Friday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will take place at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. Pastoral Director Christine Gall will officiate.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home, Florence, is in charge of arrangements.

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

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Darrel D. Rose

Darrel D. Rose, 86, of Kingsford, passed away on July 30 at his home.

Darrel was born in Kingsford, MI on September 28, 1929, son of the late Clifford and Nellie (Ewer) Rose. He attended school in this area and in 1949 entered the United States Army. He married Charlotte Rigoni on January 30, 1956 while stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Darrel was stationed for twelve years in Germany and after serving for twenty years with the Army, retired as a Staff Sergeant in 1972. He and Charlotte returned to this area following his retirement. Darrel was a member of the American Legion and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He enjoyed walking and being outdoors. Darrel had a green thumb and always took pride in his vegetable and flower gardens. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, as well as a good friend to all those he knew.

In addition to his parents, Darrel was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte in 2008; five brothers, Clifford, Vernon, Larry, Gerald and Richard Rose and two sisters, Donna VanOuDenhoven and Beverly Hansen.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl Rose of Iron Mountain, Dean (Robin) Rose of Iron Mountain, Brenda (Kent) Aderman of Kingsford and Wanda (Rick) Sherman of Iron Mountain; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Eric) VandenHeuvel, Daniele (Nathan) Ruble, Derek Rose, Dacia Rose, Devon (Daniel Rushford) Rose, Garrett Aderman, Caitlin Aderman, Joshua Sherman and Ian Sherman; six great grandchildren, Luke, Abigail, Ashlyn, Miley, Emma and Kennedy; and a sister, Marlene Towns of Niagara, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday at the Kingsford Funeral Home in Kingsford from 9:00 -10:30 AM. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 on Thursday at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Father Joseph Gouin will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. Pallbearers will be his six grandsons (Eric VandenHeuvel, Ian Sherman, Derek Rose, Garrett Aderman, Nathan Ruble, and Luke Ruble). The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post #50 will conduct military graveside honors.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.

Condolences to the family of Darrel Rose may be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Delores F. Luba

Delores F. Luba, 92, of Kingsford, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara, WI.

Delores was born January 27, 1924 in Waupaca, WI, daughter of the late James and Fern (Shambeau) Davidson. She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1941 and was a lifelong resident of the area. Delores married her husband Clarence in 1941 in Iron Mountain. She worked as an Executive Secretary to Owen Fife, President of Kingsford Chemical Co. and as an Executive Secretary for A.C. Hoyle for many years. Delores was also Assistant Secretary/Treasurer for A.C. Hoyle Co. until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Iron Mountain and sang in the choir over 60 years. She loved her church and was an active member throughout her life. Delores was a former member of the Community Chorus and sang with them when they performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Pine Mountain Music Festival Opera. She was also a member of the “Singing Strings”, entertaining at the various nursing homes and the V.A. Hospital. In 2003, she was named “Homemaker of the Year” by the Michigan Home Extension Service. Delores especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was always there for them and they were the “light of her life”. Delores enjoyed music, traveling, crafts and attending the Kingsford football games.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence, in 1990; her daughter, Sharon C. Champagne in 2005; and a brother, Blair Davidson in 2003.

Delores is survived by one brother, Clayton (Alice) Davidson of Asheville, NC; a sister, Joyce (Henry) London of Iron Mountain; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Luba of Kingsford; her son-in-law, Randy Champagne of Norway; three grandsons, David (Kristine) Champagne of Quinnesec, Chris (Sherri) Champagne of Niagara, WI, and Drew (Heather) Champagne of Niagara, WI; a granddaughter, Laura Champagne of Iron Mountain; great grandchildren, Marjorie (Dan), Nathan (Katie), Bradley (Beth), Heather (Cory), Tyler Rose (Trevor), Chase, Logan, Lexi, Noelle, and Elijah; and great-great grandchildren, Alex, Cole, Gavin, Tanner, Kaya and Charlotte.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Geri Hamlen will officiate.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Condolences to the family of Delores Luba may be expressed online at ernashfuneralhomes.com

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements. 

 

 

Margaret "Peg" Chartier

Margaret "Peg" Chartier age 93 of Norway, died Thursday, July 28 at the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

She was born on April 6, 1923 in Norway, the daughter of the late Floyd and Bertha (Masty) Harris.

Peggy graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1941.

She married Clyde Chartier on October 10, 1953 in Iron Mountain, at St. Mary’s St. Joseph’s Church.

She worked in various office positions at Montgomery Ward from many years.

Peggy was an active member of St. Mary’s Church; she enjoyed working in her flower garden, crocheting, reading, cooking, and walking with her neighborhood friends.

Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and her dog “Skipper”.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years Clyde; daughter Debbie (Jim) Burklund of Faithorn; son Mike (Diane) Chartier of Belleville; grandchildren Jaime (Jesse) Samarziya of Superior, WI, Jodi (Nate) Fales of Iron River and Todd Chartier of Willis; great grandchildren Jason and Jaclyn Samarziya and Lauren and Tessa Fales; brothers-in-law Donald (Darlene) Chartier of AZ and Marvin (Kathy) Chartier of Norway; sisters-in-law LaRayne Chartier of Norway and Jean Harris of Pembine; many nieces and nephews.

Peggy was preceded in death by her great granddaughter Jenna Samarziya; brother Edward “Ted” Harris; and brother-in-law Arthur Chartier.

Family will greet friends on Thursday morning, August 4 from 10:00 to 11:00 at St. Mary’s Church in Norway.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on at 11:00 at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis presiding.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

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Dolores "Dee" Karsten Obituary

Dolores "Dee" Karsten, 87, of Iron Mountain, died Friday July 22, 2016.  She was born on Feb. 21, 1929 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late Atilio and Perina (Carlevato) Mochen. 

 

Dee graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1947.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  She enjoyed feeding the birds and reading books. She worked at Western Union for over 10 years and was also a Travel Agent which allowed for her the opportunity to travel to places like the Bahamas.

 

Dee married Norman Karsten on Dec. 10, 1960 in the rectory at Immaculate Conception Church and spent 44 wonderful years with him.  He preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 2004.

 

Dolores is survived by many family and friends that love her.

 

She was preceded in death by her sister Luella (Leo "Joe") Despins.

 

Visitation will be Tues. Aug. 2, 2016 from 10am-12 noon at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home.  Funeral services will follow at 12 noon at the funeral home.  Monsignor James Kaczmarek will officiate.  Burial will be in Cemetery Park. 

 

Condolences to the family of Dolores "Dee" Karsten can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

 

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Ellen M. Hesselink

Ellen M. Hesselink, age 75, of Pembine passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Manor Care in Kingsford, Mich. She was born January 20, 1941 in Sheboygan, Wisc., to the late Edward and Jennie (Markus) Kaat. Ellen grew up in Sheboygan County, Wisc. She married Vilas Hesselink on March 28, 1961 at the little brown church in Iowa. 

Ellen worked at Heritage Nursing Home as a CNA for many years. In 2001, she along with her husband moved to Pembine to enjoy retirement. Ellen loved art and was an avid oil and water painter. She collected everything that was pretty, especially many outdoor nature items.

Ellen is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Vilas Hesselink; three sons, Jerry (Rose) Hesselink of Oostburg, Wisc., Dean Hesselink of Iowa and Matthew (Linda Berg) Hesselink of Marinette, Wisc.; three daughters, Elizabeth (Dwayne) Pocian of Plymouth, Wisc., Sandra (Jack) Star of Texas and Gerilyn Perronne of Medford, Wisc.; two brothers, Robert (Jeannie) Kaat of Sheboygan County and James (Pauline) Kaat of Plymouth, Wisc.; one sister, Judith Kremer of Texas; seven grandchildren; Heather, Kelly, Katie, Jamie, Kyle, Candice and Summer; many great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Edward Kaat.

A visitation and memorial service will be announced at Suchon Funeral Home, Plymouth, Wisc.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Ellen or leave a condolence for her family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

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Lou Ann Greenwood Obituary

Lou Ann Greenwood, age 82, of Dunbar, passed away Wednesday, July 27, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. She was born October 17, 1933 in Niagara, Wisc., to the late Arthur and Carrie (Strof) Olson.

Lou Ann was united in marriage to Earl Greenwood on February 14, 1953 in Two Rivers, Wisc. She and her late husband, Earl, lived in Two Rivers for 8 years then moved to Nevada. They lived in Nevada until moving to Dunbar, Wisc. in 1990. Lou Ann enjoyed arts and crafts and shooting pool.

Survivors include; son, Jerry Greenwood; two daughters, Lynne Greenwood and Pam Hoff, all of Henderson, Nev.; four grandchildren, Kelly, Karin, Amber and Jennifer (Bryan); and five great grandchildren, Aaron, Destiny, Serenity, Sydney and Mason.

Lou Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; her parents; brother, Billy Olson; sister, Jeannine Smith and son in law, Dan Canseco.

Private family services were held.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Lou Ann or leave a condolence for her family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, to honor Lou Ann’s legacy of life.

 

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Mildred Helen Fabry

 

Mildred Helen Fabry, 92 of Kingsford, passed away on Thursday, July 28 at HCR Manorcare in Kingsford.

She was born on December 1, 1923 in Nadeau, Michigan, daughter of the late Adolph and Sarah (Mottard) Christian. She attended the Nadeau Public Schools, graduating from Stephenson High School. She moved from Nadeau to Kingsford in 1946, and has been a resident since.

Mildred married Raymond Fabry on February 21, 1944 in Nadeau. He preceded her in death on November 17, 1989 after nearly 46 wonderful years together. She was a longtime faithful member of the American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Through the years she enjoyed playing cards and socializing. She always had her Mr. Coffee ready for whoever stopped by.

Mille is survived by her son, Don Fabry; daughters, Cheryl (Rod) Bloom and Janice (Wayne) Douville; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; several dear nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a son and daughter in-law, Dale and Debbi Fabry; 2 sisters, Dorothy and Eunice.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 1 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 am at the American Martyrs Catholic Church. Fr. Joseph Gouin will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in her memory.

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Mildred H. Fabry may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

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Robert Earl "Bobby" Anderson Obituary

Robert Earl "Bobby" Anderson, 53, of Kingsford, died Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

There will be a celebration of Bobby's life behind the Woodward Bar on Saturday, beginning at 11am. Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverages.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Robert Earl "Bobby" Anderson online at:

ernashfuneralhomes.com
 

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Carolyn Mae DeDecker Obituary

NORWAY- Carolyn Mae DeDecker age 95 of Norway, died Friday, July 22, 2016 at Dickinson Co. Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain, MI.

She was born on May 24, 1921 in Norway, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Banchi) Benzie.

Carolyn graduated from Norway High School in 1938.

She married Robert J. DeDecker on September 8, 1939 in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2000.

Carolyn and Bob owned and operated Bob’s Market and King Koin Launderette in Norway.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Oak Crest Golf Course, Jake Menghini Historical Museum, Loyal Order of Moose and was on the First Holy Spirit School Board.

Carolyn enjoyed volunteering at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, St. Vincent DePaul and the Jake Menghini Historical Museum. She did respite care for Hospice. She won the Women of the Year award and was part of Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for 4 years.

Carolyn is survived by her son Peter (Barbara) DeDecker of Hastings; daughter Joanne (Peter) Lundy of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren David (Laurie) DeDecker of Hastings, Daniel (Leah) DeDecker of Minnetonka, MN, Carrie Lundy of Green Bay, WI, Stephanie (Patrick) Christie of Green Bay, WI and Melanie Carrigan of Green Bay, WI; 8 great grandchildren; brothers Wallace Benzie of Davidson and Kenneth Benzie of Hamilton Lakes; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother Warren Benzie.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 29 from 5-8 p.m. at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Norway, with Fr. Raymond Valerio officiating.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.

 

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Brian C. Willman Obituary

(Crystal Falls) Brian C. Willman, 56, of Crystal Falls, passed away on Tuesday, July 26.

Visitation for Brian C. Willman will be from 10:00 to 11:00 Friday morning at the United Lutheran Church, in Crystal Falls.

Funeral services will be held at the church beginning at 11:00 Friday morning.

The Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

 

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David "Chaps" Anderson Obituary

David "Chaps" Anderson, passed away peacefully, surrounded with love by family at his home on Tuesday, June 26th.

Born September 16th, 1947 in Norway Michigan, David is son of the late Robert and Doris Anderson of Gladstone. Raised on East “A” Street in Iron Mountain, David graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1965. While in school, he took an active role in sports, and sang lead tenor a gospel quartet dubbed “The Messengers”.

Upon graduation, David attended Bethel College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, receiving a Bachelors before serving proudly in the Vietnam War with the 85th Evac. Hospital situated in Phu Bai. In Vietnam, he worked as a combat medic from 1970 to 1971, receiving commendations for his performance and making friends in arms that remained dear to him for the rest of his life. After his service, he answered a call to the Ministry, receiving a Masters of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1977.

After graduating from Seminary, he served the Oakdale Community Church in West St. Paul as pastor from 1979 to 1982, and was ordained there by the American Baptist Churches in 1980.

On August 25th, 1978, he married the love his life, Marie (Née Polivka), spending 38 happy years together. David and Marie had two sons, Seth and Nathan, and together the four shared a close relationship that only matured as the years progressed.

In 1986, Rev. Anderson took a year-long residency in clinical pastoral education at the Carle Foundation Hospital and Clinic in Urbana, Ill. A lifelong impulse to serve finally led him back full circle to his cherished community in Iron Mountain, where he served as the Chaplain of the Dickinson County Healthcare System from 1987 to 2014. In one of the crowning achievements of a life devoted to serving God, Rev. Anderson answered a second, late-career call to Ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church in Sagola Michigan, where he served as pastor until the end of his life.

David was a 25 year member and former President of the Kiwanis Club, a local leader in Habitat for Humanity, humble former Caddie and later avid member of the Pine Grove Country Club. He had a deep, spiritual connection to the North Woods, finding abundant, inexhaustible joy in God’s creation during the countless fishing and hunting trips he made both with close companions, and on his own.

Through his life and work, he displayed a deep commitment to God, sharing what he learned with others, while remaining humble, ever approachable and supernaturally funny. As God’s servant, as father, and as friend, David’s absence will be greatly felt by those who loved him, and those he touched during the course of his remarkable life.

David is survived by his devoted wife Marie, his adoring sons Seth (Lucy Joyce) and Nathan Anderson (May Wong), his Sister Mary Jo Valentine of Grand Rapids, Susan Krumlauf of Minneapolis (Steve), and a beautiful group of nieces that were like second daughters to him.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 28th from 3:00-6:00pm at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford and from 9:00-11:00am Friday at First Presbyterian Church. Memorial services will be on Friday at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Michael March will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.
Memorials may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

 



Condolences to the family of David Anderson may be expressed online at:

www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Kenneth J. Cousineau Obituary

Kenneth J. Cousineau, 89, lifelong resident of this area, passed away on July 21 at the Concordia Nursing Home in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Kenneth was born in Escanaba, MI on April 19, 1927, son of the late Ernest and Florida (Beauchamp) Cousineau. He was a 1945 graduate of Kingsford High School. He married Bette Nelson on May 5, 1945, Prior to enlisting in the United States Navy. Ken served during WWII in the U.S. Navy until being honorably discharged. He worked at the Niagara of Wisconsin Paper Mill for 24 years. After his retirement from the mill, he worked as a repair technician at Northern RV Sales and Service

Ken was an avid deer hunter and loved spending time at his camp. In his younger days, Ken played slow pitch softball in the Aurora League. He followed local stock car racing and had worked on his son Gregg's racing team for several years.

In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife Bette on July 22, 2013; a sister, June Richer-Hunter and his grandson, Cory Cousineau.

He is survived by his son, Gregg (Debbie) Cousineau of Noel, MO; a sister in law, Joan Norris of Kansas City, MO; a special niece, Pam Hasty of Kansas City, MO; his grandson, Boyd Cousineau and a great granddaughter, Alexandra

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the Erickson, Rochon and Nash funeral home in Iron Mountain from 11:00am-1:00pm. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home. Rev. James Lindgren will officiate. Entombment will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to the Disabled American Veterans.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Kenneth Cousineau may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

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Olive Hinkley Obituary
 

 

Olive Hinkley, 97, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Monday, July 18, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

She was born August 17, 1918 in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Frank and Anna Maria (Parlanti) Palluconi. Olive graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1936 and was a lifelong resident of the area. She married Robert Hinkley on August 9, 1941 at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on January 22, 1995.

Before her marriage, Olive worked for the Dickinson County Probate Court in Iron Mountain. After her marriage she left the Court to bear and raise her five children. In 1967, she and her husband bought the Hollywood Supper Club , where she put her considerable cooking skills to good use as the head chef. In 1969, after two very successful years they sold the Supper Club and Olive went to work for the Social Services Department in Iron Mountain where she spent ten years as a Social Worker.

When she wasn't working and tending to her five children she spent time painting, exhibiting her work in many shows in the local area. Olive was also known for her baking, especially at Christmas, when she made up to 28 different kinds of cookies and delivered them to fortunate friends and family.

Olive is survived by five children, Ann (John) Noble of Chapel Hill, NC, Richard "Rick" (Lynda) Hinkley of Iron Mountain, Gerard "Gerry " (Marge) Hinkley of Gainesville, GA, Steve (Diana) Hinkley of Clearwater, FL and Elizabeth "Beth" Hinkley of Appleton, WI; grandchildren, Shell (Brent) Fischer of Winchester, VA, Laura Noble (Josh Kalish) of Chapel Hill, NC, Cris Hinkley and Lauren Hinkley of Atlanta, GA and Amelia Fridley of Seminole, FL; great grandchildren, Emma Kalish, Graham Kalish and Mia Kalish of Chapel Hill, NC and Aurora Fridley of Seminole, FL.

In addition to her parents and husband, Olive was preceded in death by her brother, Angelo Palluconi, and her sisters, Fluff Aimone, Helen Will and Julia Cavicconi of Iron Mountain.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at the Erickson- Rochon &Nash Funeral Home. A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

The Erickson-Rochon&Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Olive Hinkley online at:
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Towner E. Lehto Obituary

 

Towner E. Lehto, 99 of Crystal Falls, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls. He was born on November 28, 1916 in the family home on Swan Lake in Crystal Falls. He attended the Crystal Falls schools, graduating from Crystal Falls High School in 1935. He went on to attend Bryan Stratton Business College pursuing an Accounting Degree. Towner enlisted in the United States Army on April 24, 1941 during WWII, and was Honorably discharged on November 1, 1943. He married Agnes Wierikko on December 23, 1944 in Waukegan , Illinois and they have spent nearly 72 wonderful years together. While in Waukegan, he went to work for Montgomery Ward's and then Johnson Motor. He and his wife Agnes moved to Swan Lake in 1949 where they opened and owned and operated the Swan Lake Grocery Store for 10 years. He then owned and operated Lehto's Cabins from 1966 to 1986. He then went to work as a Sales Representative and Consultant for Met Life Insurance, retiring on March 3, 1979 after 22 years of service.

Towner was a long time faithful member of the United Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir many, many years. He was also a member of the Crystal Falls Lodge #385 Free and Accepted Masons where he served as Past Master, and was named "Mason of the Year" in 1986. He was also a member of the Ancient Scottish Rite, life member of the Waukegan Federation of Musicians, and life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He also served as vice chairman of the Iron County Authority on Aging, and a board member of the Iron County Music Club.

In his free time Towner could be found bowling, hunting, or fishing. His true passion for much of his life was music, especially playing the accordion. He sang with the Ironland Miner Chords Barbershop Chorus, and in his later years he traveled between the Iron County Medical Care Facility, the Iron River Nursing Home, and the VA Medical Center playing his accordion to the delight of its many residents.

Towner is survived by his loving wife, Agnes Lehto of Crystal Falls;3 sons, Glenn (Cynthia) Lehto of Swan Lake, Crystal Falls, David (Susan) Lehto of Crystal Falls, and Raymond Lehto of Crystal Falls; grandchildren, Danielle, Matthew, Michael and Tony; a great granddaughter, Hailey

He was preceded in death by a brother, Toivo Lehto; and 2 sister, Signe Pierantoni and Toini Hardt

Private family services were held at Towner's request.

Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.

In lieu of flowers a memorial was established in his memory.

 

 

 

 

Ronald Adolph Melelli Obituary

VULCAN- Ronald A. Melelli age 81 of Vulcan, died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Dickinson Co. Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain, MI.

He was born in Loretto on October 24, 1934, the son of the late Adolph and Emma (Bonetti) Melelli.

Ron graduated from Vulcan High School in 1952 and went on to play baseball at Western Michigan University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1957.

He married Mary Lee Carl on October 7, 1961 at American Martyrs Church in Kingsford.

Ron was very active, spent 39 years in Michigan Wisconsin Little League and was inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame; he also spent over 20 years as a dedicated athletic official for Michigan High School and Community College Basketball.

He spent 12 years on the Norway-Vulcan School Board, was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Norway, former member of the Loyal Order of Moose and an active member in the Norway-Vulcan Senior Center where he enjoyed playing cards with his friends.

Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years Mary Lee; daughters Michele (Neil) Juntunen of Norway and Danielle (Neil) Varda of Vulcan; grandchildren Jennifer Juntunen of Burnsville, MN, Alex Melelli and Cameron Varda of Vulcan, Cassidy and Jack Juntunen of Norway; sister Patricia Milanowski of Chicago, IL; and numerous very special nieces and nephews.

Family will greet friends on Thursday, July 21 from 9-11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Norway.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis presiding with Fr. Mark McQuesten concelebrating.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Marilyn "Bitsy" Poquette Obituary

Marilyn J."Bitsy" Poquette, 79, of Kingsford, died Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara. She was born on Feb. 8, 1937 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late Elmer and Bernice (Beauchamp) Poquette.

Marilyn worked for thirty-two years for Michigan Bell (AT&T) and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. She was also a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church. Marilyn enjoyed crafting, knitting, crocheting, and sewing.

She is survived by three brothers Gereon (Barbara) Poquette of Jamestown, CO, David (Gail) Poquette of Iron Mountain, and Michael (Dani) Poquette of Iron Mountain, nieces and nephews Michelle (Dan) Likes, Melanie (Ray) Mahaffey, Cassandra (Kyle) Mclaughlin, Gary (Shauna) Poquette, Jim Poquette, Ben (Cris) Poquette, Andy (Carrie) Poquette, Beau (Audry) Poquette, and Josh Poquette, a special friend Wilford LeDocq, and many great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wed. from 9-10:30 Wednesday morning at The Kingsford Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 Wednesday morning at American Martyrs Catholic Church. Father Joseph Gouin will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Kingsford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Burial will be in Quinnesec Cemetery.


Condolences to the family of Marilyn J. "Bitsy" Poquette may be expressed online at:
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Kathro "Kathy" Ryan Obituary

Kathro "Kathy" Ryan, 93, of Kingsford, passed away on Wednesday, July 13 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Kingsford.

Kathy was born on December 2, 1922 in Mattoon, WI, daughter of the late Raymond and Ethel (Clauss ) Willing. Kathy has been a lifelong resident of this area and was a 1941 graduate of Kingsford High School. She married Francis Ryan on October 25, 1941 in Kingsford. Kathy worked at Ace Walgreen Drugstore in Iron Mountain and later worked at the Kingsford Drug Store, Shopko and K Mart for many years prior to her retirement. Her interests over the years included, spending time with family and bowling with her two sisters. She was a talented crafter and was active with women's circle at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. In addition to the church she volunteered at the Breen Senior Citizens Center and used her crafting talents for fundraisers at the Senior Center.

She is survived by her sons, Duane (Debbie) Ryan of Breitung Twp. and Randy (Renee) Ryan of Quinnesec; six grandchildren, Lisa (Keith) Baldwin of Kingsford, Darren (Brenda Wheeler) Ryan of Iron Mountain, Kelly Benjamin of Kingsford, Julie (Alan) Barrington of Rock Hill, SC, Miranda (Ken) Scray of Green Bay and Mallory Ryan of Green Bay; great grandchildren, Nathan and Nicholas Baldwin, Bradley and Brianna Ryan, Kevyn Ryan, Kameron and Kyle Benjamin and Trevor Scray; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 2003; her son, Terry and by two sisters, Jeanette Fournier and Genevieve Rumpf
Visitation will be from 9:00am-11:00am Monday, July 18th at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am at the church. Rev. Michael March will officiate

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darren Ryan, Keith Baldwin, Nick Baldwin, Nathan Baldwin, Brad Ryan, Kevyn Ryan, Kameron Benjamin and Ken Scray.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to First Presbyterian Church.


Condolences to the family of Kathy Ryan may be expressed online at:
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Perry M. Franzoi Obituary


Perry M. Franzoi, 60, of Iron Mountain, died July 4.

At Perry’s request, no services will be held.

The Erickson- Rochon &Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be expressed online to the family of Perry Franzoi at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Biaggio Colavecchi Obituary


Biaggio Colavecchi, 91 of Kingsford, passed away on Monday, July 11 at HCR Manorcare in Kingsford. He was born on December 10, 1924 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Ambrogio and Adele (Dennocenzio) Colavecchi. He attended the Iron Mountain schools before enlisting in the United States Army. Upon being honorably discharged from the Army, Biaggio returned home and went to work for Wisconsin Electric. He was a very loyal and hardworking employee, spending many of his years working at the Way Dam power plant as a hydro-electrical engineer, until he retired in 1988. He married Betty Hoaglund in Kingsford on June 24, 1963, and they recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.

Jazz music was a true passion for Biaggio. He played jazz accordion from the age of 8 until well into his eighties. Whether it was playing in his living room for family or on stage at a night club or casino, he was a true entertainer. He spent his life traveling and playing jazz accordion to the delight of all who heard him. He also loved spending time in the company of his family and friends.

Biaggio is survived by his loving wife, Betty Colavecchi of Kingsford; his children, Frank (Margaret) Colavecchi of Elsie, Michigan, Paul Colavecchi of Iron Mountain, and Tammy Colavecchi (Kevin McGeen) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; four grandchildren Chris Colavecchi, Kevin Colavecchi, Angela Mabie, Tony Colavecchi; and 5 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and a sister.

The visitation will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Rev. Walter Reichle will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in his memory.


The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Biaggio Colavecchi may be expressed online at:
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Marilyn J. Wixtrom Obituary

 


Marilyn J. Wixtrom, 83, of Witch Lake, died Friday, July 8, 2016 at Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. She was born on February 10, 1933, in Homestead, the daughter of the late Joseph and Esther (Tonn) Sjoquist.

Marilyn married Donald Wixtrom on October 14, 1961 at the Homestead Baptist Church. The couple enjoyed 54 years of marriage.

Marilyn was well known for baking delicious Swedish rye bread. For many years she was the hunting camp cook. She enjoyed crocheting and had crocheted many baby afghans. Most importantly, Marilyn enjoyed spending time with her family, and was affectionately called "Grandma Cotton Ball" by her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Donald Wixtrom, three children Joe (Cindy) Wixtrom of Marquette, Lorna (Patrick) Carey of Channing, and Aaron (Shelly) Wixstrom of Witch Lake, two sisters Lois Nelson and Charlene (Carl) Anderson both of Rockford, IL, one sister-in-law Shirley (Edsel) Salo of Watton, MI, fourteen grandchildren Hannah (Taylor) Hicks, Parker Carey, Grace Carey, Gunnar (Jessi) Wixtrom, Kara (Kyle Cushway) Wixtrom, Celia Wixtrom, Noah Wixtrom, Larissa Wixtrom, Madeline Wixtrom, Dane Wixtrom, Morgan McAuliffe, Luke McAuliffe, Tyler (Kara) McCarty, and Audrey McCarty, five great grandchildren Colt and Reid Hicks, Kylee West, and Lilli and Lainey McCarty, and many nieces and nephews.

Marilyn is preceded in death by one sister June Simonsen and two infant brothers.

Visitation will be Tues. from 10am-12 Noon Eastern Time at the First Baptist Church of Witch Lake. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon Eastern Time at the church. Burial will be in the Republic Cemetery.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Marilyn J. Wixtrom can be expressed online at:
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Paul B. Nelson Obituary

 

(Iron Mountain) - Paul B. Nelson, 91, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Dickinson County Healthcare System.

He was born August 13, 1924 in Albert Lea, MN, son of the late Arnold and Agnes (Smeby) Nelson and stepson of Louise Nelson. Paul graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1942 and entered the U.S. Army. He served overseas in the South Pacific during WWII. Paul attended Luther College in Decorah, IA where he earned his degree in education. He married the love of his life, Charlotte Martinson, on February 19, 1949 in Decorah. They were blessed with 62 beautiful years together. Paul was a teacher, guidance counselor and driver's education instructor for the Iron Mountain School System for over 30 years, retiring from teaching in 1984. He continued with Driver's Education and School Playground Patrol for several years after retirement. He rarely went a day without being fondly recognized as someones teacher or mentor. Throughout his career, Paul furthered his education with credits from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, eventually earning his Master's Degree in Education. He also worked in the shoe department at JCPenney for several years.

Paul was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, U.C.T. and Oak Crest golf course. He loved all sports and was a diehard Mountaineer fan, working the scorer's table at countless basketball games. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, reading and playing cards, especially cribbage and pinochle. He was gifted with a beautiful tenor voice and sang with Our Saviour's Senior Choir for many years. He especially loved singing to the Lord with his family by his side.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, in 2012; two sons, David Nelson in 1978 and Paul M. Nelson in 2010; two sisters, Phyllis Haaland and Carol Olson; two brothers, Aaron Nelson and David Nelson; and extended family member, Mike Golfis, in 2016.

He is survived by three sons, Don (Pamela) Nelson, Dean Nelson and Daryl (Sonya) Nelson, all of Iron Mountain; a very special sister, Helene Westrum of Albert Lea, MN; six grandchildren, Sherri (Harvey) Porath, Michelle (Jeff) Backlund, Scott (Bridget) Nelson, Christopher Nelson, John (Kassie) Nelson and Jessica Nelson; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He had many dear friends and extended family that were very special to him and was known as one of the most kind and gracious men you would ever meet.

Paul set a beautiful example for others to follow as a Dad, Grandfather, mentor and Man of God. His beautiful smile lit up every room he entered, and his sense of humor was infectious. He made everyone who spent time with him feel special. He was loved by so many.

Visitation will be Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 p.m. at the church. Rev. Bob Gordon will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Music Program.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Paul B. Nelson may be expressed online at:
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Margaret Pellegrini Obituary


(NORWAY) - Margaret E. Pellegrini age 86 of Norway, died Monday, July 4 at Dickinson Co. Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Norway on February 11, 1930, the daughter of the late Charles and Evelyn (McCrae) Engibous.

Margaret graduated from Norway High School in 1948.

She married Reginald C. “Reggie” Pellegrini on October 3, 1953 in Milwaukee, WI. He preceded her in death on May 8, 2011.

Margaret was a former member of Norway-Vulcan Women’s Club and Oak Crest Golf Course, enjoyed golfing and playing bridge.

She is survived by her son Michael (Joanne) Pellegrini of Hamilton, OH; grandchildren Katie (Brandon) Thornberry of Nashville, TN., Thomas Pellegrini of Columbus, OH., Christine (Mark) Ferch of Columbus, OH and John Pellegrini of Hamilton, OH; great grandchildren Ava, Henry and Cora; brother David Engibous of New Philadelphia, OH; sister Mary Couch of Iron Mountain; brother-in-law Joseph (Helen) Pellegrini of Norway; several nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her brothers William, James and John Engibous and sisters Kathryn Ellingson and Alice Engibous.

Family will greet friends on Friday, August 26 from 10-11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Norway.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The family request that memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s name to St. Mary’s Church.

The Ortman Funeral Home of Norway is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Wayne Siebert Obituary

 

 

Wayne K. Siebert, 79, of Long Lake, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Florence.

He was born October 28, 1936 in Downers Grove, Ill. son of the late Fred and Marth Siebert. Wayne grew up in Downers Grove. He married Dorothy Koran on November 9, 1936 in Westmont, Ill. They resided in Westmont and Wayne worked for Westmont Building Products until he retired in 1981. Upon retirement they moved to Long Lake, Wisc., where he worked for the Tipler Lumber Company as a forklift driver for a few years.

Wayne loved the outdoors and especially the time he spent with his wife, Dorothy, as they rarely missed watching a NASCAR race.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Dorothy; one daughter, Cherylann Siebert, St. Petersburg, Fla.; one brother, Fred (Clara) Siebert, Naperville, Ill.; two grandchildren, George and Jeremy; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Wayne, was preceded in death by one brother, Ray Siebert and one sister, Margaret Ronaldson.

In accordance with Wayne’s wishes, private family services were held.

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Wayne or leave a condolence for his family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 


 

Dorothy Spera Obituary

 

Iron Mountain – Dorothy G. Spera, 93, of Iron Mountain passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Golden Living Center, Florence, WI.

Dorothy was born on May 18, 1923 in Loretto, Mich. daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy (Franz) Clements.

She grew up in and graduated from Iron Mountain High School. Dorothy married Alfred “Fritz” Spera on July 4, 1947 in Manistique, Mich. He preceded her in death on September 14, 2013.

She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, her card club, going to the casino and spending time at their cottage on Hamilton Lakes. Dorothy along with her husband were active members of the Norway Moose Lodge.

She is survived by 26 nieces and nephews, several cousins and many great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Fritz, Dorothy was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Marjorie (Leno) Alexander.

Graveside services will be announced. Burial will be at Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Dorothy or leave a condolence for her family online at:
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Andrew J. Golberg Obituary

(Crystal Falls) - Andrew J. Golberg, 53, died on Monday, July 4 at his home.

Andrew was born on December 8, 1962 in Racine, WI. He has been a resident of Crystal Falls for the past five years. He was an over the road truck driver for many years and enjoyed traveling the country and life on the road. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and time spent with family.

Andrew is survived by his mother, Anita of Iron River; brothers, Dean Golberg and Wayne (Spring) Golberg of Iron River; his sister, Mary (Mark) LeDoux of Iron River and many nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held.

The Nash Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Andrew Golberg may be expressed online at:
www.nashfuneralhome.net

 

 

Frank Senger Obituary

(Iron Mountain) - Frank Joseph Senger, Jr, 86, of Iron Mountain, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 1 at his home. He was born March 9, 1930 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Frank Sr. and Pauline (Troyer) Senger.

Frank grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1948. He was known for his many escapades in his youth, including taking part in ski jumping competitions at Pine Mountain. He went on to honorably serve in the United States Navy fulfilling his tour of duty in the South Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Frank married his high school sweetheart, Lois J. Gunville on July 23, 1952.

Following his discharge from the service Frank and Lois moved to Big Rapids, Michigan where he attended Ferris Institute. He served as president of married housing and was instrumental in expansion of new housing for students and their families. He earned his degree resulting in a position at Dow Chemical. Frank later brought his young family back to Iron Mountain accepting a position as a draftsman with Lakeshore, Inc.

Frank was a dedicated family man and a hard worker with an entrepreneurial mind and heart. He took a big chance and a very big step for his career when he entered into ownership of taverns and restaurants in Iron Mountain. Frank found his career niche and was his happiest while building his business at his Four Lane Bar. Frank’s businesses were very successful and he and Lois happily retired to become “snow birds” sharing their time with their family in Northern Michigan, and their friends in Clearwater, Florida. After Lois’ passing in 2014 , Frank continued his annual trek as a “snow bird” until April, 2016. He enjoyed doing yard work, maintaining his home and pool with the patio where his family gathered, as well as his excursions to the casinos. Frank was a member the American Legion and St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Frank will be remembered as being fiercely independent and a fighter.

Frank is survived by his two sons, Randy Senger of Portage Michigan and David Senger of Iron Mountain; one daughter, Shelley (George) Groeneveld of Kingsford; one sister, Elizabeth Roy of Clearwater Beach, Florida; one brother Jack (Carol) Senger of Banning, California. Frank celebrated life with his grandchildren: Erich Groeneveld, Stacey Senger, Bradley Senger, Andria (Groeneveld) Halaas, Christopher Groeneveld, Amy (Senger) Nixon, as well as his four great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Lois, his loving wife of sixty two years and sister Francis (Senger) Bertoldi.

Visitation will be Tues. from 4-7pm and Wed. from 9:30-10:30 am at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Weds. at 11am at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Janusz Romanek will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Cemetery Park. Graveside Military rites will be accorded by the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post #50.

Memorial donations may be made in Frank’s name to the American Legion Post of your choice.
Condolences to the family of Frank J. Senger, Jr. can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made in Frank’s name to the American Legion Post of your choice.


Condolences to the family of Frank J. Senger, Jr. can be expressed online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

David H. Smart Obituary


David H. Smart, 82, of Kingsford, passed away on, June 29 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Kingsford.

David was born on January 18, 1934 in Iron Mountain, the third son of the late Howard and Hazel (Bates) Smart and has been a lifelong resident of this area. He grew up on the farm in Randville and graduated from Channing High School in 1951. After graduating, David joined the United States Air Force and served in Germany and France until his honorable discharge. He married Betty Fontecchio on March 9, 1973 in Kingsford. David worked as a maintenance mechanic for the Groveland Mine for many years, retiring in 1981. He then returned to work and was employed at Lakeshore Inc. and OCA Broach and tool for several years. David was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford. He was a dedicated and passionate family man.

David enjoyed gardening, camping and traveling. David also played the violin and liked to tinker with car repairs and mechanics. He was a talented handyman and remodeled several homes including helping his children with remodeling and jobs around their homes.

David is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty; his children, Lori (Tim) Bennett of Iron Mountain, Dennis (Pam) Smart of Niagara, WI, Corrina Lukesh of Niagara, Sharon (David) Antonissen of Niagara, Lene Johnson of Iron Mountain, Renee Weber of Aurora, Cliff (Alice) Schaut of Austin, Texas and Joella (Daniel) Lindlbauer of Kingsford; brother, Richard Smart of Kingsford; sisters, Barbara (Ken) Fontecchio of Wasila, Alaska and Mary Jane Smart of Kingsford; 24 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; also by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his mother and father in law, James and Lorraine Fontecchio; grandson, Cody DePas; sister, Charlotte "Pat" Sexton; two sons in law, Dan Weber and Bob Lukesh.
Visitation will be on Saturday, July 2nd from 9:00am-11:00am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am Saturday at the church. Rev. Thomas Mackey will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences to the family of David Smart may be expressed online at:
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Clyde A. Tauriainen Obituary


Clyde A. Tauriainen, 65, of Quinnesec, passed away Friday, July 1 at his home.

He was born April 2, 1951 in Detroit, son of the late Albert and Edla (Lantto) Tauriainen. Clyde grew up in Iron Mountain, Mich. and graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1969. He married Debra Champeau on June 5, 2004 in Amberg, Wis. Clyde went to work for Ford Motor Company in Detroit for over 20 years. He moved back to Iron Mountain in 1989 and was employed by Martens Mfg. Company, Getco Company, Smeester Trucking, Packerland Packing of Green Bay, Wis. and PSI Security.

Clyde enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter, loved camping and especially the time he spent with his family and friends. He cherished his grandchildren and the time he spent with them.

Clyde is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Debbie; one daughter, Jodi (Brian) Olson, Green Bay, Wisc.; one son, Matt (Kaitlin) Tauriainen, Green Bay, Wisc.; two step-sons, Robert (Niki) Sanders, Niagara, Wis. and Patrick Sanders, Niagara, Wisc.; one sister, Lori Brownell, Marshall, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Chase, Logan, Lauren, Grace, Adrianna, Dean and Mya; one nephew, Rob (Elizabeth) Brownell, Marshall, Mich.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. James Danielson will officiate. Burial will be held in L’Anse Cemetery.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


You may light a candle in remembrance of Clyde or leave a condolence for his family online at:
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Todd A. Tousignant Obituary



(Iron Mountain) - Todd A. Tousignant, 55, of Kingsford, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 28, at his home.

He was born December 18, 1960 in Iron Mountain, Mich., son of Donald and Maddy (Carollo) Tousignant. Todd graduated from Kingsford High School, Class of 1979. He went on to attend Lansing Community College, Lansing Mich. Todd then moved to Colorado where he worked as a carpenter. He moved back to Iron Mountain and worked with his father at Tousignant Drywall, where he became owner and retired from in 2009.

He enjoyed concerts and live music and was an avid drummer, playing for the Wind River Band in his earlier years. Todd traveled with the local drum and bugle core and was awarded the youngest recipient of the Most Promising Music Award. He passed his musical talent onto his two sons. Todd had a general love for all genres of music. He was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

He is survived by his mother, Maddy Tousignant of Iron Mountain; two sons, Zackery Tousignant, Marquette, Mich. and Jake Tousignant, Minneapolis, Minn.; Donna (Elliott) Tousignant of Iron Mountain; one brother, Ken Tousignant, Milwaukee, Wis.; one sister, Cindy Tousignant, Holland, Mich.

Todd is preceded in death by his father, Donald Tousignant.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 2016 from 2 P.M. – 4 P.M. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. Funeral Services will be held Friday, 4 P.M. at the funeral home. Rev. James Danielson will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Todd or leave a condolence for his family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Todd’s legacy of life.

 

 

John "Jack" Stolarski Obituary



John “Jack” Stolarski, 71, of Spread Eagle, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, WI.

Jack was born September 13, 1944 in Yuma, AZ, son of the late Edward and Rose (Spychalski) Stolarski. He graduated from Brother Rice High School, Chicago, IL in 1962 and then attended Ferris State University graduating in 1969 from the School of Pharmacy. While at Ferris, Jack was a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity and was president of the local chapter of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APHA).

Jack met his wife of 45 years, Sandra Daniels Stolarski, while in college and they married on June 26, 1971 at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford.

He and Sandy lived in Frankfort, IL until moving to Kingsford in 1990. Jack owned and operated the Brementowne Drug Store in Tinely Park, IL for many years. Jack continued his work as a pharmacist in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area retiring from TDS (The Drug Store) in 2009.


He was an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Tinley Park.
Jack was involved in the Badwater Ski-ters while his children were participating. Family was the most important thing in Jack’s life. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed nothing more than time spent with them whether it be at his home or his cottage at Spread Eagle.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; two children, Jason (Katie) Stolarski of Petoskey, MI and Jennifer (Nick ) Anderson of Traverse City, MI; four grandchildren, Jayden & Jenna Stolarski and Ella & Nora Anderson; two sisters, Donna Leonardo of Somerset, MA and Barbara (Gary) Marek of Lemont, IL; brothers-in-law, Dennis, John and Greg Daniels and their families; plus many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Gilbert Daniels, and a brother-in-law, Dr. Eduardo Leonardo.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Father Paul Nomellini will officiate.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Jack Stolarski online at: www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Jamie L. James Obituary


(Crystal Falls) - Jamie L. James, 29, of Alpha, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Jamie was born on March 19, 1987 in Marquette, MI. She has been a lifelong resident of Alpha and attended Forest Park Schools. Jamie has worked at various jobs in the area, most recently for Aramark Services. She loved kids and provided childcare for several local families. Jamie also loved the outdoors, whether it was playing volleyball, trips to horserace rapids or just hanging out with family and friends. She was known as Aunt Jamie by all the kids of family and friends.

Jamie is survived by her mother, LeeAnn Saario of Alpha; her brothers, Justin James of Madison Heights, MI and Michael James of Alpha; her paternal grandfather, Irving James; a longtime special friend, Jesse Zaupa of Crystal Falls; also by many nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of Jamie's life will be held.

Condolences to the family of Jamie James can be expressed online at:
www.nashfuneralhome.net

The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls with the arrangements.

 

Obituary - Bobby Porier

Iron Mountain-Robert M. “Bobby” Porier, 28, of Green Bay, Wis., formerly of Iron Mountain, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 26, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay, Wisc.

He was born January 13, 1988, in Kung Ju City, Korea. Son of Jeff and Judy (Dyer) Porier. Bobby grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 2006.

He attended Bay West College in Iron Mountain where he received an Associate of Arts Degree. Bobby later went on to attend NWTC where he received an Associate Degree in Digital Media. He resided in Green Bay since 2008 and was employed by Sam’s Club in the electronics department. 

While living in Iron Mountain, Bobby was an active member of the First Covenant Church. He played travel soccer for the Northern Stars for seven years, loved visiting Chicago, and was an avid listener of music. Bobby played the guitar, drums, wrote music, traveled to Summer Fest in Milwaukee with friends for years, and became a great photographer. He will always be known as a very compassionate person.

Bobby is survived by his parents; Jeff and Judy Porier, Iron Mountain, one brother, Andrew Porier, Iron Mountain; two sisters, Anne (Dr. Joseph) Donohue, Kingsford and Kristina (Pat Rulh) Porier, Gunnison, Colo., his girlfriend, Pamie Doran of Nevada; his grandfather, Robert (Judy) Porier, Iron River; his grandmother, Betty (Stash) Rose, Crystal Falls, his step-grandfather, Robert Martin, Western Port, Md., one niece, Evelyn Donohue, Kingsford; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, many special friends and his cats Pudder and Mela. 

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Malcom Dyer and grandmother, Marilyn Martin.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the First Covenant Church, Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 3:00 p.m. at the church. Rev. Peter Erickson will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of services.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Bobby or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.

 

Obituary - Francis T. Paquette

(Iron Mountain) - Francis T. Paquette, 91, of Kingsford, passed away peacefully on Wed. June 22, 2016 at his home. He was born on Oct. 18, 1924 in Kingsford, the son of the late Fred and Annie (Lachine) Paquette.

Francis graduated from Iron Mountain High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a staff sergeant, 86th infantry in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal 136th Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division.

He worked at Grede Foundry for several years, until his retirement. Francis enjoyed watching all sports and was an avid Detroit Tigers and Lions Fan. He also enjoyed watching FOX News and voicing his opinion on current events. He made delicious pasties, and was an excellent cribbage player, especially when playing with his friend, Lee, at the Woodward Bar. He was an avid skier and ski jumper with his brothers. They were known as the Flying Paquettes. Francis was believed to have been the oldest living person to have jumped at Pine Mountain. He was also a Golden Glove boxer. Francis was a master woodworker, and had made many household items such as utensils, back scratchers, and foil dispensers.

He married Yvonne Gustafson on July 3, 1965 and she preceded him in death in 2011.

Francis is survived by his sons Francis "Frank" (Jolynne) of Anaheim, CA, and Dane of Iron Mountain, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Despite the fact that they were all Green Bay Packers fans, he also leaves his dear family at the Woodward Bar. They truly loved him and were his guardian angels, helping him with whatever he needed.

He was preceded in death by his son Daniel, his daughter Sandra, his brothers John "Jack", Robert, Patrick, and Frederick, his sister Geraldine "Geri", and his great grandson Jakob.

Celebration of Life will be Thursday, starting at 11:30 am at the Woodward Bar in Kingsford.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Francis T. Paquette can be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

 

Obituary - Ardis Larson

Ardis M. Larson, 93, of Pine Creek, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at her home in Iron Mountain. She was born November 2, 1922 in Gary, South Dakota, daughter of the late Mathias and Clara (Halverson) Matson. Ardis married Melvin Larson on August 15th, 1946 in Brainerd, MN and he preceded her in death in 1989. Ardis was a member of First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain and was a very active member in their quilters group. She independently produced over 9,500 quilt-tops and continued to make them in her home, leaving several works-in-progress. She enjoyed baking, gardening, and recording victories in rummy. Most importantly she enjoyed spending time with her family. Ardis was the bedrock of her family and continually assisted them as tribulations arose. She was an irreplaceable source of love, support, and affection.

She is survived by three sons, Gregory (Wendy) Larson of Oconto, WI, Randy (Danita) Larson of Pine Creek and Kevin Larson of Pine Creek; four grandchildren, Rodney Larson, Heather (Bryan) Davis, Ryan (Keira) Larson and Brittany (Mike) Schmidt; six great grandchildren, Cassandra (Shaun) Franta, Jacob Davis, Gregory Larson, Ellis and Alden Larson and Tyus Schmidt; two brothers, Julius (Norma) Matson of Brainerd, MN and Melvin (Susan) Matson of Andover, MN; a sister, Delores Watson of Brainerd, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ardis was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jill Larson, two sisters and one brother. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 30 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am at the church. Rev. James Lindgren will officiate.

The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Ardis M. Larson may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
 

 

Obituary - Robert Rigoni

(IRON MOUNTAIN) - Robert (Bob) Rigoni, passed away after a four-and-a-half-year battle with pancreatic cancer on June 26, 2016, with family by his side.

He was born May 9, 1936, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Avis and Joseph Rigoni.

Bob grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1954. He then attended Michigan State University where he met and married his wife Claudia and earned his degree in Business Administration in 1958. After graduation, he returned to Iron Mountain, and began his career with Bacco Construction. Bob spent more than 40 years as an owner and officer of the company. After retiring he continued to serve on the company’s board of directors until his passing.

Throughout his life he enjoyed spending time at camp on Sundog Lake. In the early days he hunted and fished there with his grandfather and later with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed skiing and spent many family vacations on the ski slopes of Colorado. In recent years, he found the golf courses and sea breezes of Florida’s Gulf Coast more to his liking. Another passion of his was music. Bob sang during his years at Michigan State in the MSU Glee Club and a barbershop quartet. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain and a member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida where he sang in both church choirs. Bob also enjoyed singing with many other local groups including Golden K.

He served as the president for Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, The Chippewa Club, and the Dunes of Naples Condominium Association. Bob also spent a number of years on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Road Builders Association including serving as a Vice President of the organization.

Bob is survived by his wife, of 58 years, Claudia (Roberts); his children, David (Robin) Rigoni of Kingsford, Doug (Berta) Rigoni of Iron Mountain, and Dian (Jeff) Newkirk of Washington, Ill.; his grandchildren, Chris (Melissa) Rigoni, Steve (Lindsay) Rigoni, Robby Rigoni and Payton, Emma, and Mary Newkirk; great- grandchildren, Anthony, Sofia, and Claire; his sister Jean Harper and nephew Scott of Charlottesville, Va. and most importantly, he is survived by his faithful dog and companion, Jake.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mahadev and Dr. Morel for their exceptional and compassionate care.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. at the church. Rev. Bob Gordon will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

A memorial will be established in Bob’s memory.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Bob’s legacy of life.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Bob or leave a condolence for his family online at:

www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com

 

Joann Waldo Obituary

 

Joann M. Waldo, 62, of Crystal Falls, passed away Monday, July 18 at her home. She was born August 19, 1953 in Crystal Falls, to John and Marie (Perykasz) Mlinarcik.

Joann married her high school sweetheart, James Waldo, on September 30, 1972 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Crystal Falls. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2015.

She graduated from Crystal Falls High School. Joann worked at the Crystal Manor Nursing Home as a nurse’s aid for many years. She received an award for the Most Caring CNA. Joann also worked at the Iron County Medical Care Facility as a Restorative Therapy Aid, retiring in August of 2015.

She was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church. Joann enjoyed baking, reading, praying, gardening, and was an exceptional loving care giver to her husband, Jim, and will be remember for being so caring and giving to others.

Joann is survived by her mother, Marie; three sisters, Adrianne (Donald) Cheatham, Crystal Falls, Carol (Horrace) Cain, Texas, and Jean (Bruce) Forstrom, Crystal Falls; one brother in law, Alan “Butch” (Sherry) Hermanson, Arizona; four nephews, Jeff (Teresa Sawyer), Tim (Meagan), Steve (Kerry) and John; two nieces, Debbie (“Tucker”) and Keri (Ryan); and by great nieces and nephews, Caitlin, Timmy, Giselle, Kevin, Danica, Sam, Lauren, Benjamin, Amelia, Alexia, McKenna and Katarina.

In addition to her father, John and husband, James, Joann was preceded in death by one son, Nicky James Waldo.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls. Prayers will be recited Saturday, 10:30 am at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 11:00 am at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Crystal Falls. Rev. Fr. Jose Maramattam will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Crystal Falls.

The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Joann or leave a condolence for her family online at:
www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com