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Kathryn KOHL

August 12, 1955 - December 18, 2014

Kathryn "Kathy" Kohl, 59, of Little Lake, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 18, 2014, at her home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born August 12, 1955, in Marquette, a daughter of the late Theodore and Blanche (Crinklaw) Sharkey and was a lifelong area resident. Kathy married Eric Kohl in June of 1982 in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. She was an...
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Jacqueline Mary TURAUSKY

March 10, 1939 - December 17, 2014

Jacqueline Mary "Jackie" Turausky, 75, of Marquette, died Wednesday morning, December 17, 2014 at UP Health System Marquette, surrounded by her family. Jackie was born on March 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of the late John J. and Viola (Herrmann) Hurley. She was a 1957 graduate of Providence Catholic High School in Chicago and a 1972 graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor...
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Paul Joseph Ketola

February 21, 1941 - December 15, 2014

Paul Joseph Ketola, 73, of Princeton, died Monday morning, December 15, 2014 at UP Health System Marquette's Hospice Unit, surrounded by family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born February 21, 1941, at the family home in Princeton, a son of the late Onni and Senja (Maki) Ketola and was a lifelong area resident. On November 10, 1968 he married the former Karen J. Wery in...
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Geraldine J. BESS

May 15, 1940 - December 15, 2014

Geraldine "Honey" (Bressette) Bess, 74, of Marquette, passed away Monday evening, December 15, 2014, at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Honey was born on May 15, 1940 in Assinins, Michigan to the late Clifford and Seraphine (Papin) Bressette. She was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and the Keweenaw Bay Tribe of Chippewa Indians....
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Kathleen Ellen MENZE

February 27, 1942 - December 13, 2014

Kathleen Ellen "Kay" Menze, 72, of Marquette, died Saturday morning, December 13, 2014, at home, surrounded by family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Kay was born on February 27, 1942 in Marquette to the late Douglas and Ellen (Rauhala) Francis. She graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in 1959 and attended Northern Michigan University. Kay married Joseph Menze on July 1,...
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Violet G. INMAN

November 19, 1922 - December 9, 2014

Violet G. Inman, age 92, of Portland, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Jay County Hospital in Portland. She was born in Northland, Michigan on November 19, 1922, the daughter of August and Teresa Margaret (Teinert) Froberg. She was married in 1938 to Lawrence Harold Inman and he died in 1955. She was retired from Kerr Glass and also worked at Anchor-Hocking. Surviving are one...
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Ann Louise CHAPMAN-VONCK

February 21, 1933 - December 8, 2014

Ann Chapman-Vonck, 81, of Marquette, died peacefully, Monday evening, December 8, 2014 at Brookridge Heights Memory Care under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Ann was born on February 21, 1933 in Marquette, one of seven children born to Frank and Agnes (Youngbluth) Lyons and was a lifelong Marquette resident. She was a 1951 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School and received an...
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Richard Dwayne BLAKELY

November 22, 1953 - December 5, 2014

Richard D. Blakely, 61, of Newberry, passed away Friday evening, December 5, 2014, at UP Health System Marquette. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and will be announced at a later date.
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Martha A. PROVOST

November 2, 1940 - December 5, 2014

Martha A. Provost, 74, of Marquette, passed away Friday evening, December 5, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota shortly after admittance. Martha was born on November 2, 1940 in Ishpeming, a daughter of the late Alger and Martha T. (Menard) Anderson and was a 1958 graduate of Ishpeming High School. She attended Northern Michigan University for two years. Martha was employed at...
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Loyola M. DOWNEY

August 14, 1928 - December 5, 2014

Loyola M. "Lola" Downey, 86, of Marquette, passed away Friday morning, December 5, 2014 at the Norlite Nursing Center. Lola was born August 14, 1928 to the late Michael V. and Mary Ann (Beauchamp) Downey. She was a graduate of Bishop Baraga High School where she served on the student council. Following high school, Lola worked for Michigan Mutual Insurance Company as an underwriter for seven...
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Agnes H. HOKENSON

November 25, 1932 - December 3, 2014

Agnes H. Hokenson, 82, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday morning, December 3, 2014 at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. Mrs. Hokenson was born on November 25, 1932 in Houghton, a daughter of the late John E. and Mary (Poppe) Anderson. She was a 1952 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School in Marquette and was married to Theodore H. Hokenson on June 28, 1952 at St. Peter Cathedral in...
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Maureen P. Bennett PELKIE

May 21, 1959 - November 30, 2014

Maureen P. Bennett Pelkie, 55, of Gwinn, passed away Sunday morning, November 30, 2014, at UP Health System Marquette. She was born May 21, 1959, in Marquette, a daughter of the late Patrick and Thelma (Bailey) Bennett. On March 21, 2002 she married Bruce D. Pelkie and he preceded her in death on June 1, 2007. As a young girl, Maureen won a Master Angler award for her record catch of the...
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Raymond Joseph VENTRE

October 5, 1948 - November 26, 2014

Ray Ventre, 66, of Marquette, died of a heart attack on Wednesday evening, November 26th. For those that know the story, rest assured he was not called by the Angel with the Golden Shears. However, there is no doubt that heaven just got a lot louder. He is definitely entertaining the masses with his stories. Ray was an October baby born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island to Antonio and Marguerite...
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Cory W. FINKBEINER

September 5, 1942 - November 25, 2014

Cory W. Finkbeiner, 72, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014, at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Cory was born on September 5, 1942 in Ishpeming to the late William H. and Phyllis (Cory) Finkbeiner and had been a lifelong area resident. Cory was a 1960 graduate of Graveraet High School and had attended Northern...
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Sheila Beatrice MARJOMAKI

March 11, 1936 - November 24, 2014

Sheila Beatrice Marjomaki, 78, of Gwinn, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at UP Health System Marquette with her loving companion, Geno Filizetti, holding her hand as he has done for the past 14 years. Also at her side were her son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Becki Marjomaki. The eldest of four children, Sheila was born on March 11, 1936 in her parent's home in Princeton, MI. She...
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Virginia DUPRAS

August 5, 1926 - November 24, 2014

Virginia "Jean" Dupras, 88, of Marquette, died Monday morning, November 24, 2014, at UP Health System Marquette. Jean was born on August 5, 1926 in Marquette, one of four daughters born to August and Loretta (Picciano) DeMarinis. She was a 1944 graduate of John D. Pierce High School. After high school graduation, Jean worked in Washington, DC for one year as a civilian telephone operator for...
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Janet C. BIOLO

August 26, 1950 - November 23, 2014

Janet C. (LaCombe) Biolo, 64, of Marquette, passed away Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, at Brookridge Heights Memory Care. Janet was born August 26, 1950, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, a daughter of the late Earl and Dorothy (McGuire) Hoffman and was a 1968 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. Janet was employed over 30 years at Northern Michigan University in the Student Services...
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Hans WEIGOLD

October 24, 1918 - November 17, 2014

Hans Weigold, age 96, Box 199 CR KB died Monday morning November 17, 2014 at the Jacobetti Veterans Home where he resided for the last month. He was born on October 24, 1918 in Stuggart, Germany and came to the United States to Ellis Island at the age of 4. He lived in Brant, Michigan until the age of 18 and then came to the Upper Peninsula. He worked as a logger in the Gwinn area and for the...
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Dorothy Jean Marie DEAN

July 26, 1936 - November 16, 2014

Dorothy Jean Marie Dean, 78, formerly of Wakefield, passed away Sunday evening, November 16, 2014 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming, with her youngest and oldest child holding her hands. She was also under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born July 26, 1936, in Wakefield, Michigan, the youngest child of the late Victor Armas and Lempi Elizabeth (Vainionpaa) Nurmi. After...
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Joan Marie RUECKER

October 2, 1931 - November 14, 2014

Joan Marie Ruecker, 83, of Marquette, died Friday evening, November 14, 2014, at UP Health System Marquette. She was born October 2, 1931, in Davenport, Iowa, a daughter of the late Ira Lester and Estelle (Weiss) Griffin. She was a 1949 graduate of Baraga High School and was the class Valedictorian, which she never let anyone forget. On October 13, 1951 she married Patrick Ruecker at St....
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Ford R. TANK

April 10, 1938 - November 11, 2014

Ford R. "Bob" Tank, 76, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday evening, November 11, 2014 at UP Health System Marquette. Bob was born on April 10, 1938 in Melvindale, Michigan, a son of the late Earl and Winona (Everson) Tank. He was an alumni of Greenfield Village Edison Institute Schools and was also a US Navy veteran. Bob was employed for many years as a manager in sales and had won awards for...
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Robert E. ENNESSER, Jr.

April 25, 1926 - November 7, 2014

Robert E. "Bob" Ennesser Jr., 88, of Republic, MI, formerly of Round Lake Heights, IL died peacefully Friday, November 7, 2014. He was born on April 25, 1926, in Chicago, IL, to Robert E. Ennesser, Sr. and Ethel (Flynn) Ennesser. He served our country in the Army and he was a veteran of World War II. Bob was employed at Johnson Motors, a division of Outboard Marine Corporation in Waukegan, IL...
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Christopher J. BIRNEY

June 3, 1983 - November 4, 2014

Christopher J. Birney, 31, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, November 4, 2014 at his residence. Christopher was born on June 3 1983 in Saginaw, Michigan, a son of Mark and Susan (McCliggott) Birney. He attended Superior Hills Elementary School and graduated from Marquette Senior High School. Chris enjoyed hiking the trails in this area all year-long. In his younger years, he was an avid...
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Lois Marie ELLIS

August 7, 1928 - October 29, 2014

Lois Marie Ellis passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette at the age of 86 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was a longtime resident of Marquette, living for 62 years at her log home on the hill at 917 West Ridge St. Lois was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 7, 1928. She was raised there along with her brother, Robert...
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Mary K. COLE

January 14, 1946 - October 26, 2014

Mary K. Cole, 68, of Gwinn, passed away Sunday evening, October 26, 2014 at UP Health System Marquette. Mary was born on January 14, 1946 in Laurium, Michigan, a daughter of the late John and Irene (Warem) Kolb and was a 1964 graduate of Lake Linden High School. She then attended the U.P. Beauty Academy and graduated from there in 1965. Mary worked as an independent contractor at the...
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Cynthia B. THOMPSON

October 27, 1953 - October 25, 2014

Cynthia B. Thompson, 60, of Gladstone and formerly of Gwinn, passed away early Saturday morning, October 25, 2014 at UP Health System Marquette after a short illness. The Canale Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family and will announce arrangements later.
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Felice Mary BLAZIN

October 23, 2014

Blazin, Felice Mary aged 82 years passed away at Nazareth Home in Louisville, KY on October 23, 2014 with her family nearby. Born in 1932 at Pawtucket, RI, Felice Pado graduated from Cumberland High School in Rhode Island. She met her husband of 53 years, Atlee ("Ray") , while he was stationed nearby in the US Air Force, moving with him over the next 15 years to his assignments over much of the...
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John A. WESTMAN

August 20, 1930 - October 23, 2014

John A. "Big John" Westman, 84, of Ishpeming, formerly of Gwinn, died Thursday afternoon, October 23, 2014, at UP Health System Bell. John was born on August 20, 1930 in Little Lake, one of 14 children of the late Jerry and Emma (Furaitor) Westman and was a lifelong Marquette County resident. Prior to his retirement, John was employed at the Empire and Mather B mines and also mined...
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Ted C. BOGDAN

September 5, 1923 - October 19, 2014

Success – to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier...
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Patricia Ann BERTOCCHI

November 26, 1934 - October 17, 2014

Patricia Ann Bertocchi, 79, of Gwinn, died peacefully at her home, Friday afternoon, October 17, 2014, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born November 26, 1934, in Houghton, Michigan, a daughter of Francis and Henrietta (Kessler) Kennedy. She attended St. Paul's Catholic High School in Negaunee and was a 1952 graduate. On August 7, 1954, Patricia...
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Edward Joseph KILBURN

July 31, 1930 - October 15, 2014

Edward Joseph Kilburn, 84, of Gwinn, died Monday morning, October 13, 2014, at his home. He was born July 31, 1930, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a son of the late Norman and Frances (Sylvester) Kilburn. Edward served in the US Air Force for 26 years as a supply specialist and retired in 1974 with the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War and also...
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Marilyn P. PAQUETTE

December 14, 1935 - October 12, 2014

Marilyn P. "Babe" Paquette, 78, of Marquette, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, October 12, 2014 at her home in the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Hospice. Marilyn was born on December 14, 1935 on the family farm in Chocolay Township, a daughter of the late Lloyd "Tim" and Emily (Dupras) Billings and was a lifelong are resident. Marilyn worked for a short time as the...
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John D. ERM

October 30, 1929 - October 10, 2014

John D. Erm, 84, of Marquette, died Friday evening, October 10, 2014 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he had been a resident for a few days. John was born on October 30, 1929 in Leeds, Massachusetts, a son of John D. and Emma (Dussault) Erm. He was a 1947 graduate of Luther L. Wright High School of Ironwood and a 1956 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a...
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Marie Ellen NEAULT

February 19, 1940 - October 9, 2014

Marie Ellen Neault, 74, of Marquette, entered eternity on October 9, 2014, in the presence of her loving family and Lake Superior Hospice. She was born February 19, 1940, in Marquette, a daughter of the late Carl and Ellen (Lunsted) Bergh and was a lifelong area resident. Marie was a 1958 graduate of Graveraet High School. She worked as a waitress at the Midway Supper Club, Garden Room and...
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Robert W. WIITANEN

April 2, 1938 - October 6, 2014

Robert W. Wiitanen, 76, of Au Train, died unexpectedly Monday morning, October 6, 2014 at his daughter's home. He was born April 2, 1938, in Rock, a son of the late Waino and Irene (Norlund) Wiitanen. Robert was raised on a farm in Eben Junction and was a 1955 graduate of Eben High School. He also attended Northern Michigan University. On October 3, 1959 he married Sally Pelkie in Eben. ...
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Johan Peter Engel KOOI

February 1, 1929 - September 25, 2014

Johan Peter Engel Kooi, 85, a resident of Marquette, MI, died peacefully at his home on September 25. Born in Mijdrecht, the Netherlands, Peter emigrated with his family to Canada in 1958 and then to the United States in 1968, where they were residents of Succasunna, NJ, Loudonville, NY and Carrollton, KY. During his career as a mechanical engineer Peter designed everything from bicycle seats to...
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Emil H. VAJDA

October 13, 1926 - September 23, 2014

Dr. Emil H. Vajda, 88, passed peacefully and painlessly on September 23, 2014, surrounded by his family. Dr. Vajda has been a resident of Marquette for 50 years, and served as the First Chair and Professor Emeritus of the NMU Sociology Department. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17, and served with the 2nd Infantry Division during WWII. Following his Honorable Discharge, he attended the...
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Rose PATRICK

August 27, 1917 - September 18, 2014

Rose Patrick, 97, of Marquette, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, September 18, 2014 at Mill Creek Assisted Living, her home for the last 6 years, surrounded by family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Born in Detroit in 1917 to Italian immigrants, Costabile & Concetta Pacifico Carpinelli, Rose was one of seven children. After WWII she married her sweetheart, George...
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Jean L. KINNEAR

April 26, 1946 - September 17, 2014

Jean L. Kinnear, 68, died quietly on Wednesday morning, September 17, 2014 of multiple myeloma at home in Marquette in the care of her partner, friends, and Lake Superior Hospice. Born in Rockbridge County, Virginia April 26, 1946, daughter of Horace and Frances (Davis) Kinnear, she grew up on the family farm near Lexington. Her legacy there is a Virginia Outdoors Foundation Conservation...
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Adam Paul FARNSWORTH

March 8, 1982 - September 16, 2014

Adam Paul Farnsworth, 32, of Marquette, died Tuesday evening, September 16, 2014 at his home. He was born March 8, 1982 in Marquette, a son of Steven Farnsworth and Kimberly Pleaugh. He was raised Gwinn and attended Gwinn Schools. Adam was employed at Potlach in security. In October 2012 Adam was severely injured in an automobile accident. He enjoyed spending time with his children and the...
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David Paul MENZE

January 14, 1956 - September 11, 2014

David Paul Menze, 58, of Gwinn, died Thursday morning, September 11, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a construction site accident. Dave was born on January 14, 1956, in Waukegan, Illinois, a son of Paul and Joan (Berandt) Menze. He was a 1974 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and had also attended Northern Michigan University. Dave was a part...
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Jean F. DAGENAIS

April 15, 1924 - September 9, 2014

Jean F. Dagenais, 90, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, September 9, 2014 at the Norlite Nursing Center where she had been a resident the past three years. Jean was born on April 15, 1924 in Marquette, a daughter of the late George and Evangeline (Anderson) Cain and was a lifelong Marquette resident. She was a graduate of the former Graveraet High School in Marquette. On September 18, 1948,...
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George Roy PETERSEN

March 10, 1927 - September 2, 2014

George Roy "Buck" Petersen, 87, passed away September 2, 2014, in Gwinn, Michigan. George was born March 10, 1927 in Madison, WI. He was raised in Madison by his grandparents and resided there most of his life. In 1982, he married his wife Wanda from Gordon, WI and they were married until her death in 2010, George was a lifetime member of the Operating Engineers, Local 139. Following his...
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Robert K. LEACH

February 27, 1937 - September 1, 2014

Robert K. Leach, 77, of Marquette, died Monday afternoon, September 1, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital following a lengthy illness. Bob was born on February 27, 1937 in Pontiac, Michigan, a son of the late Gilbert and Nina (Thompson) Leach. He graduated from Berkley High School and Ferris State University. Bob was employed for 36 years with the Michigan Employment Security Commission. ...
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Richard Frank HOEHNE

June 23, 1947 - August 27, 2014

Richard Frank Hoehne, 64, of Florence, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Michigan shortly after admittance. Richard was born on June 23, 1947 in Neenah, Wisconsin, a son of the late Frank F. and Dorothy E. (Boness) Hoehne and had attended Neenah area schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served 8 years overseas. Richard was...
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Cynthia Marie SQUIRES

August 2, 1969 - August 23, 2014

Cynthia Marie Squires, 45, of Gwinn, died Saturday morning as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She was born August 2, 1969, in Marquette, a daughter of Jerald Squires and Lynda Fagerberg and was raised in Gwinn. Cindy was employed as a waitress and bartender at various restaurants and bars in the area. She also operated her own business, Yooper Candle Co. Cindy enjoyed crafting and...
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Judith A. PALUDA

April 14, 1943 - August 20, 2014

Name: JUDITH PALUDA Dateline: Marquette, Michigan Judith A. Paluda, 71, of Marquette died peacefully Wednesday evening, August 20, 2014 at her home in the presence of her loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Judy was born on April 14, 1943 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Arnold and Frances (Cutler) O'Daniel and graduated from Jefferson High School in...
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Ervin L. BLACK

September 12, 1932 - August 18, 2014

Ervin L. Black, 81, of Gwinn, died Monday morning, August 18, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital. Ervin was born on September 12, 1932 at Loxley, Alabama. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He later spent his career with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as an equipment calibrator at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. In his younger years, Ervin...
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Letitia Ann DRURY

January 6, 1959 - August 13, 2014

Letitia Ann "Tisha" Drury, 55, of Marquette, died Wednesday morning, August 13, 2014 at her home surrounded by immediate and Wright Street family. Tisha was born January 6, 1959 in Madrid, Spain. She was a 1977 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and attended college in Traverse City at Northwestern Michigan College and in Marquette at Northern Michigan University. Tisha's family,...
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Marjorie Edith LEFFLER

October 2, 1920 - August 12, 2014

Marjorie Edith Leffler, 93, of Ishpeming, died Tuesday afternoon, August 12, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital. Marjorie was born on October 2, 1920 in Ishpeming, a daughter of the late John and Edith (Kelly) Garrett and was a lifelong Ishpeming resident. She was a 1938 graduate of Ishpeming High School and the Area Training Center at NMU. Marjorie worked 15 ½ years at NMU in the...
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Kevin James FURR

March 21, 1966 - August 8, 2014

Kevin James "Papa Furr" Furr, 48, of Marquette, died unexpectedly, Friday evening, August 8, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital following a brief illness. He was born March 21, 1966 in Gwinn, a son of Murphy S. and Shirley A. (Walstrom) Furr and raised in Harvey. Kevin was employed as a laborer at Atsalasis Brothers in Roseville, MI until a debilitating injury at work left him partially...
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Vivian NORTH

August 5, 1926 - August 7, 2014

Vivian North, 88, of Shingleton, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at home, with her family by her side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born August 5, 1926, in Gwinn, a daughter of the late Elias and Alma (Soukkamaki) Roos. Vivian married Harold Dean North on June 11, 1945 in Munising and he preceded her in death in 2009. She is survived by four children, Mary Allison...
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Robert PERLBERG

January 27, 1929 - August 5, 2014

Robert Perlberg, 85, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital after a brief illness. Bob was born on January 27, 1929 in Ironwood, Michigan, a son of the late Fred and Theresa (Soraruf) Perlberg. He was a 1947 graduate of St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood. Following high school graduation, Bob proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1949...
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Olive G. OLIVIER

August 14, 1924 - August 1, 2014

Olive G. Olivier, 89, lifelong resident, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Norlite Nursing Center where she had been a resident since January. She was born August 14, 1924 to John and Eva Peterson. She graduated from Graveraet High School in 1942 and went to work as a bookkeeper at the Vogue store in Marquette. She was the longest standing member of the Grace United Method Church. ...
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Paul David NYQUIST

May 18, 1962 - July 28, 2014

Paul David Nyquist, 52, of Marquette, died Monday morning, July 28, 2014 at his home in the loving care of his family. Paul was born on May 18, 1962 in Escanaba and was a 1980 graduate of Escanaba High School. He also graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Paul was previously employed in Social Services over many years. He is most...
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Juanita Blanche ALLEN

June 28, 1914 - July 25, 2014

Juanita Blanche Allen died July 25, 2014, at the age of 100, at Marquette County Medical Care Facility, in Ishpeming, with her beloved daughter, Karen, at her side. Constantly tending to her needs was the amazing and extremely caring staff at the facility. Born June 28, 1914, in Springfield, IL, Juanita had a long and interesting life. She had a definite flair for cooking and presenting food....
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Nelson SHELLENBARGER

September 10, 1938 - July 23, 2014

Nelson Shellenbarger, 75, passed away July 23, 2014, in Marquette. Nelson was born September 10, 1938 in West Branch, MI to Jess and Elvira Shellenbarger. Nelson is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jacquey; three children, Barry Shellenbarger of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Jennifer Gostomski of Marquette and Suzanne Wilkowski of Fenton, MI; two brothers, Perry and Arnold of Hale, MI; and ten...
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Norbert Paul LaCOSSE

January 19, 1926 - July 21, 2014

Rev. Norbert Paul LaCosse, 88, of Marquette, died Monday afternoon, July 21, 2014 at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. Fr. LaCosse was born on January 19, 1926 in Marquette to the late Archie and Vitalie (Greenleaf) LaCosse. He was a 1943 graduate of Graveraet High School. He attended St. John's Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Wisconsin and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of...
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Thomas J. FOUCHARD

January 21, 1930 - July 21, 2014

Thomas Fouchard, 84, of Marquette, died peacefully Monday evening, July 21, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Tom was born on January 21, 1930 in Manistique, Michigan, a son of the late Frank and Helen (Morin) Fouchard. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years and previously by Cliffs Dow Chemical Company and Bunny Bread. ...
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John Roscoe JENEROU

September 4, 1943 - July 17, 2014

John R. Jenerou, 70, of Gwinn, passed away Thursday morning, July 17, 2014 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 25th at 2 p.m. at Upper Room Church of God in Sands Township with Pastor Jeff DuFour presiding. Burial will take place in Hiawatha Cemetery in Manistique. Memorials are preferred to the family. The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is...
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Roberta Marie WELLS

January 12, 1942 - July 16, 2014

Roberta Marie "Bunny" Wells, 72, of Marquette, died Wednesday afternoon at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette with family members present. She was born January 12, 1942, in Newberry, a daughter of the late Charles John and Mary Elizabeth (Stoykovich) Pum. Bunny was a 1960 graduate of Newberry High School and graduated from the Sarasota Technical School where she received a certificate in...
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Robert Edgar SMITH

April 25, 1945 - July 15, 2014

Robert Edgar Smith, 69, of Gwinn, died Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born on April 25, 1945 in Munising, Michigan, to Edgar Smith and Rhoda (McGahan) Smith. He worked on his parent's farm until he enlisted in the US Army at the age of eighteen. He served two tours in Vietnam, volunteering for his second...
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Gary E. DEMARS

April 26, 1943 - July 14, 2014

Gary E. Demars, 71, of Gwinn, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital. A memorial pot-luck luncheon will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Gwinn Senior Center. The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com
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Clark Wayne HARTING

December 7, 1934 - July 12, 2014

Clark Wayne Harting, 79, of Mass City, died Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Mr. Harting was born on December 7, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of the late Francis Valentine and Olga (Stueber) Harting. He was employed for many years in the construction trades, retiring as a construction superintendent. In his free time, Mr. Harting...
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Irving M. WAGNER

January 5, 1933 - July 6, 2014

Irving M. Wagner, 81, of Marquette, died Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack at home. Irving was born on January 5, 1933 in Antigo, Wisconsin to the late Irvin and Evangeline (Fisher) Wagner and was a 1951 graduate of Antigo High School. He then attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point for two years. From 1953...
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Max H. MUELLE

May 9, 1929 - July 6, 2014

Max H. Muelle, 85, of Marquette Township, died Sunday morning, July 6, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital. Max was born on May 9, 1929 in Marquette, a son of the late Hugo and Catherine (Schwemin) Muelle and was a lifelong Marquette resident. He was a graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. He and his late father, Hugo, formerly owned and operated Meadow Brook Nursery in Marquette Township for...
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Arthur C. BOWER

January 1, 1951 - June 28, 2014

Arthur C. Bower, 63, of Munising, died Saturday morning, June 28, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of Northwoods Home Care & Hospice. He was born January 1, 1951, in Munising. He was a 1970 graduate of Munising High School and a lifelong resident of the town. On August 1, 1970, Art married Bonnie LaPorte in Manistique. He was a veteran of the Navy and served during...
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Carmena Annunciation GUALAZZI

March 25, 1927 - June 25, 2014

Carmena Annunciation Gualazzi , age 87 of 1302 North Bay Court , Marquette, was called home to the Lord on June 25, 2014 in the care of her loving family and Lake Superior Hospice. Carmena was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on March 25, 1927 to Biaggio and Rose Fazi. Nick and Carmen grew up across the street from each other in the Soo and were childhood sweethearts. After attending Soo...
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Ginger A. RUTGERS

September 17, 1941 - June 15, 2014

Ginger A (Pilon) Rutgers, age 72, of 620 Brookston Court and a resident of Marquette Michigan for 32 years entered eternal life Sunday, June 15, 2014 after a courageous battle with ALS and under the loving care of her family and U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Ginger was born September 17, 1941 in Wyandotte, Michigan to the late Archibald and Kathleen (Forton) Pilon.Ginger graduated from...
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Marie Agnes RUECKER

June 18, 1919 - June 13, 2014

Marie A. Ruecker, 94, formerly of 102 E. Magnetic Street, Marquette, died at 9:15 a.m. June 13, 2014 at her son's home in Orlando, Florida. She would have celebrated her 95th birthday on June 18, 2014. She had been residing in Orlando, FL since 2000. Marie was born on June 18, 1919, in Marquette, the daughter of Otillia and Joseph (Bittner) Gravelle. She was preceded in death by her husband...
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Fay Russell HODGE

May 5, 1926 - June 7, 2014

Fay Russell Hodge, 88, of Marquette, passed away early Saturday morning, June 7, 2014, at Tendercare Health Center in Munising. He was born May 5, 1926, in Eagle River, Wisconsin, a son of the late Bertie A. and Milicent (Jude) Hodge. On September 5, 1953 he married Madeline Laverne Whitson in Lovelock, Nevada. Fay was employed for many years with the Robbins Water Department in California and...
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Aaron Joseph ARMATTI

October 17, 1973 - June 6, 2014

Aaron Joseph Armatti, 41, of Gwinn, died unexpectedly Friday evening, June 6, 2014 at his residence in Gwinn. Aaron Joe was born on October 17, 1973 in Ishpeming and was a 1992 graduate of Gwinn High School. He previously co-owned and operated Superior Trucking in Florida and Aaron's Septic in Gwinn. He was also employed by Armatti Trucking in Gwinn. Aaron Joe enjoyed hunting and fishing....
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Patricia Ann REVORD

July 7, 1947 - May 22, 2014

Patricia Ann Revord, 66, of Marquette, died early Thursday morning, May 22, 2014 at her home after a short illness in the loving presence of her family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Patricia was born on July 7, 1947 in Marquette, Michigan, a daughter of the late Raymond Edgerton and Elizabeth (Wallenslager) Alton. Patricia, to her family and all those who knew her well was...
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Ann Carol MARCHANT

May 22, 1935 - May 19, 2014

Ann Carol Marchant, 78, of Marquette, passed away Monday evening, May 19, 2014 at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee, where she had resided over the last 16 months. Ann was born on May 22, 1935 in Lansing, Michigan, a daughter of the late Guy A. and Abigail (Umbarger) Britton. She was a 1952 graduate of Sexton High School in Lansing. Due to her husband's service in the military, Ann...
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James Andrew STEVENS, Jr.

July 26, 1933 - May 11, 2014

James (Jim) Andrew Stevens Jr. entered eternal life on Mother's Day, May 11, 2014. with his wife of 53 years, Carol Stevens at his side. His health had been declining for several months, and had undergone extensive medical testing, treatment, and surgery both in the local area and at the Mayo Clinic. In his final days, the staff at the J.D. Jacobetti Home for Veterans provided exemplary care...
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Joseph James PIERCE

November 19, 1958 - May 4, 2014

Joseph James Pierce, 55, of Gwinn, died Sunday evening, May 4, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital. He was born November 19, 1958, in Garden City, Michigan, a son of the late Joseph R. and Elsie May (Pierce) Pierce. Joseph was first employed at a fence company in Mt. Pleasant, worked various jobs over the years and most recently was employed as an auto mechanic. He will be remembered as a ...
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Patricia Jackovich DUROCHER

October 12, 1950 - April 29, 2014

Patricia "Patti" Durocher, 63, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at her winter home in Tavares, FL under the expert care of Cornerstone Hospice of Central Florida. Patti was born October 12, 1950 in Marquette to the late Albert and Katherine (Stefantz) Jackovich and was a 1968 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Patti worked for Lake States Construction in the early 70's,...
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Thomas Joseph TAYLOR

February 10, 1934 - April 27, 2014

Thomas Joseph Taylor of Marquette, MI left this world peacefully Sunday morning at the age of 80. In his last days, Tom was surrounded in his home by all of his children and many grandchildren. Tom was a devout Catholic and member of the St. Peter's Cathedral, participating in Eucharistic Adoration and attending mass frequently. Tom was born February 10, 1934 in Newberry, MI, the son of Pat and...
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Terue Shimizu MICK

July 20, 1931 - April 22, 2014

Terue Shimizu Mick, passed away peacefully at her home of 57 years on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Terue was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Richard Earl Mick, her parents, one sister, four brothers, and brother-in-law, Howard H. Mick. Terue was born on July 20, 1931 in Kiryu, Japan. Upon graduating from high school, she completed a degree as a dressmaker and certified nurse's aide...
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Sara Jane ENRIGHT

July 21, 1932 - April 22, 2014

Sara Jane "Sez" Enright, 81, of Marquette, entered eternal life at home in the loving care of her family and Upper Peninsula Hospice on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Sara was born on July 21, 1932 in Marquette and on June 15, 1951, she was married to Leo M. "Mick" Enright. Sez was employed by Bell Telephone, Wallace Nurses' Residence, bookkeeper for E&S Plumbing and Heating, and worked in the...
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Bonita Lee HAELTERMAN

June 14, 1947 - April 19, 2014

Bonita "Bonnie" Lee Haelterman, 66, of Munising, formerly of Marquette, died Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital. She was born June 14, 1947, in Norway, Michigan, a daughter of the late Tauno and Gloria (Karki Saarela. Bonnie served as a volunteer at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans and enjoyed the simple things in life like bowling, time with her grandchildren,...
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Elizabeth A. PANGRAZZI

September 17, 1934 - April 12, 2014

Elizabeth "Betty" A. Pangrazzi, 79, of Marquette, died Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. She was born September 17, 1934, in Calumet, a daughter of the late John and Elsie (Johnson) Niemela. She was raised on the family farm and was a graduate of Dollar Bay High School. Betty married Donald H. Pascoe in 1956 in Calumet and he...
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Gregory James SMITH

November 6, 1955 - April 11, 2014

Dr. Gregory James Smith, 58, passed away on April 11, 2014, while on business in Beijing, China. Greg was working in China on the effects of avian influenza and the effects of global climate change. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Kathy Hart, with whom he spent 27 wonderful years of marriage together. Both Greg and Kathy were born and raised in Marquette, Michigan, where they attended the...
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Elmer Willard ANDERSON

October 4, 1930 - April 3, 2014

Elmer Willard Anderson, 83, of Munising, passed away at his home, Thursday, April 3, 2014, with his family by his side. He was born October 4, 1930, in Manistique, a son of Elmer & Astrid Anderson. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. Elmer worked at Munising Plywood, then Kimberly Clark Corp. where he retired as a foreman in 1990. He married...
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Anthony Robert WILLIAMS

February 2, 1948 - March 29, 2014

Anthony Robert "Tony" Williams, 66, of Marquette, died Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Tony was born on February 2, 1948 at Hialeah, Florida, to Dorothy "Ginger" Zimmick and Tony Leslie Williams and was a 1967 graduate of Whittemore-Prescott High School in Whittemore, Michigan. He earned a BS in Science Education...
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Susan H. NESBIT

October 22, 1930 - March 29, 2014

Susan H. Nesbit, 83, of Marquette, died Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014 at her home in the loving presence of her family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Susan was born on October 22, 1930 at Regina Saskatchewan Canada. She was a wonderful homemaker and great cook, a prolific reader and was passionate about politics. Susan is survived by her husband of 63 years, Don...
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Alfreda R. HENRY

August 17, 1934 - March 28, 2014

Alfreda Henry was born on August 17, 1934. She was born in the Bronx, New York City, to Alfonzo and Dorothy Jackson. She loved New York. She stayed and completed her baccalaureate degree at Hunter College in 1955 and went on to achieve her masters degree at New York University in 1957. Alfreda met Richard Henry, Sr. in New York. They were wed on August 31, 1957. Richard chose a military...
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Mary Krosnowski MATULEWICZ

July 22, 1918 - March 27, 2014

Mary (Krosnowski) Matulewicz, age 95, formerly of Roseville, Michigan, passed away Thursday morning, March 27, 2014 at Mill Creek Memory Care Community where she had been a resident since February 20, 2014. Mary was born July 22, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio, to Polish immigrants Frank and Bernice (Tyjenski) Krosnowski. They later moved to Hamtramck, Michigan. As a young woman, Mary worked at the...
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Patrick C. LaVALLEY

August 8, 1959 - March 26, 2014

Patrick C. "Pat" LaValley, 54, of Newberry, formerly of Marquette, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital following a brief illness. Pat was born on August 8, 1959 in Marquette to Charles R. and Marilyn (Haara) LaValley. He was a graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School and worked in the woods, and for a sawmill for many years. In his free time, Pat loved to draw. ...
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Sharon Anne Conroy MARION

November 29, 1951 - March 24, 2014

Sharon Anne Conroy Marion, 62, of Lake Independence, died peacefully at home on Monday March 24th surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Sharon was born November 29, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan to James and Isabelle Conroy. She graduated from Berkley High School in Berkley. She then attended Northern Michigan University where she had her exposure to the U.P. ...
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Joanne Carros CEDERNA

October 21, 1956 - March 11, 2014

Joanne Carros Cederna, 57, of Cumberland, Maine, formerly of Marquette, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 11, 2014 after a yearlong battle with breast cancer. She was born in Binghamton, New York on October 21, 1956 and spent her formative years in Pontiac, Michigan. Joanne later relocated to the Marquette area where she attended Graveraet Junior High School and...
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Sylvia E. STEVENSON

March 1, 1920 - March 8, 2014

Sylvia E. Stevenson, 94, of Munising, died Saturday afternoon, March 8, 2014, at the Tendercare Health Center in Munising. She was born March 1, 1920, in Newberry, a daughter of the late Peter and Gertrude (Molly) Fleck. On June 16, 1951 she married Murray Stevenson and he preceded her in death in 1994. Sylvia worked in Detroit as a "Rosie Riveter" on airplane wings during WWII. Later,...
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Ira W. HUTCHISON

October 19, 1943 - March 7, 2014

Ira Walter Hutchison "crossed the River" about 4:30 a.m. Friday and into the wide-welcoming arms of his God and those who had made that life-giving journey earlier, including his beloved wife, Barbara. He was blessed with a peaceful end to his earthy life at home with his family, friends and dogs at his bedside. Outside, the March air was dry and still, stars were bright and Christmas lights...
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James Donald TILLISON

March 31, 1928 - March 2, 2014

James Donald "Mayo" Tillison, 85, of Marquette passed away early Sunday morning, March 2, 2014 at his home of 49 years after a brief illness. Don was born in Sault Ste. Marie, MI on March 31, 1928, the son of William and Catherine Tillison. He was an active member of St. Louis the King parish. In 2012, thanks to research done by his daughter, Cheryl, Don discovered he was Native American. He...
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Cynthia DAVIS

August 27, 1960 - March 1, 2014

Cynthia Davis, 53, of Gwinn, died Saturday evening, March 1, 2014 shortly after admittance to Marquette General Hospital. Cynthia was born on August 27, 1960 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, a daughter of Theodore and Helen (Leroy) Libick. She was a graduate of Gwinn High School and was formerly employed in the family restaurant, Helen's Iron Skillet in Gwinn. Cynthia was an avid Harley Davidson...
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Terry Lynn DUPRAS

August 13, 1950 - February 28, 2014

Terry Lynn Dupras, 63, of Marquette, passed away Friday morning, February 28, 2014 at Hillcrest Group Home in Ishpeming under the care of Hillcrest caregivers and U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Terry was born on August 13, 1950 in Marquette to Donald E. and Virginia J. (DeMarinis) Dupras and was a lifelong Marquette resident. Terry attended special education classes and was active in Special...
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Lawrence K. CARMACK

September 6, 1957 - February 26, 2014

Lawrence K. "Larry" Carmack, 56, of Harvey, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home. He was born September 6, 1957, in Pontiac, Michigan, a son of Virgil Lee and Margaret Patricia (Sprietzer) Carmack. He was raised in Detroit and was a 1975 graduate of Holy Redeemer High School and later served in the US Air Force. Lawrence was employed with the Ford Motor Company for 25 years. He held...
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Rose J. THOMPSON

February 12, 1921 - February 25, 2014

Rose J. "Betty" Thompson, 93, of Marquette, died Tuesday evening, February 25, 2014 under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Rose was born on February 12, 1921 in Marquette, a daughter of the late George and Rose (Stenglein) Beaudry and was a lifelong area resident. She was a 1938 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Rose was employed for 10 years with Blue Cross, Blue Shield of...
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Louis R. PIASECKI

August 7, 1916 - February 22, 2014

Louis "Louie" R. Piasecki, 97, of Marquette, died Saturday evening, February 22, 2014, at the Norlite Nursing Center, where he had resided since September 2013. He was born August 7, 1916, in Marquette, a son of the late Andrew and Agnes (Nowaczyk) Piasecki. Louie was a WWII veteran, serving in the US Army in the Central Europe Air Offensive. On January 19, 1946 he married Josephine Klander...
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Theodore HANSON

December 16, 1922 - February 18, 2014

Theodore "Ted" Hanson, 91, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday evening, February 18, 2014 shortly after admittance to Marquette General Hospital. Ted was born on December 16, 1922 on the family homestead in West Branch Township to the late Axel and Anna (Shaw) Hanson and was a lifelong Marquette County resident. Ted was employed for 36 years with the Marquette Board of Light and Power, retiring...
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