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Sara ENRIGHT

April 22, 2014

Sara "Sez" Enright, 81, of Marquette, went to be with the Lord Tuesday afternoon at her home surrounded by her loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.
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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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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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Stephen Samuel JOHNSON

October 23, 1924 - January 30, 2014

Stephen Samuel Johnson, age 89, of Marquette, passed on peacefully at the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans on Thursday, January 31, 2014 where he was a resident for the last several years. Born October 23, 1924 in Manistique, son of Gottfrid and Eva (Merrill) Johnson, Steve graduated from Manistique High School in 1942. He attended the University of Michigan before entering the United States...
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Ronald Jay VAN DEUREN

June 23, 1959 - January 23, 2014

Ronald Jay Van Deuren, 54, of Ishpeming, died Thursday evening, January 23, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital. He was born June 23, 1959, in Hammond, Indiana, a son of Richard and Ruth (Anderson) Van Deuren. Ronald worked as an airline mechanic for various companies in Miami, Florida and held a commercial pilot's license. Ronald and his family have resided in the area since 1997. He loved...
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William A. VOGELMANN

February 3, 1941 - January 23, 2014

William A. (Bill) Vogelmann drew his final breath at home with family by his side and entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Born on February 3, 1941 in Iron Mountain, MI he was preceded in death by his parents William and Violet (Lupini) Vogelmann. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, children Eric, Heidi (Dennis) Miron, Greta (Phil) Arnt,...
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Jean T. JACKSON

April 12, 1931 - January 22, 2014

Dr. Jean T. Jackson, 82, of Marquette, died Wednesday afternoon at Marquette General Hospital. She was born April 12, 1931, in Marquette, a daughter of the late Arthur and Kathleen (Coralie Olivier) Jackson. She was a 1948 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Dr. Jean attended Northern Michigan College of Education, the College of St. Teresa and Boston College. She was associated with the...
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Thomas PROM

September 14, 1944 - January 13, 2014

Thomas Prom, 69, of Little Lake, died Monday morning, January 13, 2014 at his home. He was born September 14, 1944, in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a son of Alvin and Bernice (Dippman) Prom. On December 17, 1966 he married Bernadette Brooks in Longpoke, CA. Tom made a career in civil engineering with the US Air Force retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1989 and he was a Vietnam Veteran. In 1996 he...
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Clarence J. L'HUILLIER

February 1, 1932 - January 5, 2014

Clarence J. "Cuddy" L'Huillier, 81, of Marquette, passed away early Sunday morning, January 5, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital. Cuddy was born on February 1, 1932 in Marquette, a son of the late Clarence J. and Helen (Connors) L'Huillier and was a lifelong Marquette resident. He was a 1950 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. On September 7, 1951, Cuddy began working for the L.S. & I...
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Ralph L. HEIDEMAN

April 18, 1937 - December 26, 2013

The Lord called Ralph to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, December 26, 2013, after a 37 year battle with Parkinson's disease. He had been residing at the Norlite Nursing Center for the past 17 years. Ralph was born to Ralph Sr. and Dorothy (Graves) in Houghton on April 18, 1937. The family later moved to Marquette, where Ralph graduated high school in 1955. He married Catherine Mayworm in 1957...
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Mary Lou Bourdage CROTHERS

August 20, 1932 - December 23, 2013

Mary Lou Bourdage Crothers, 81, of Marquette, passed away Monday afternoon, December 23, 2013 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in Marquette. Mary Lou was born on August 20, 1932 in Marquette to the late James Joseph and Adeline (Evers) Hudson and was a 1950 graduate of John D. Pierce High School. Mary Lou worked as a secretary at Vandenboom Elementary School until retiring in 1994. ...
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Leona C. Koepp ANTCLIFF

August 29, 1917 - December 22, 2013

Leona C. Koepp Antcliff, 96, of Marquette, passed away Sunday morning, December 22, 2013 at the Norlite Nursing Center where she had resided for the last five years. Leona was born on August 29, 1917 in the Cherry Creek area, a daughter of the late Emil and Anna (Rosin) Koepp. She lived in this area most of her life. In 1939, Leona married Orville Antcliff and together they had three...
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Eugene P. HARMON

October 11, 1929 - December 19, 2013

Eugene P. Harmon, 84, of Gwinn, died Thursday morning, December 19, 2013 at his home, with his family by his side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born October 11, 1929, in Santa Ana, California, a son of the late Gale and Vivian Belle (Smith) Harmon. Following Gene's 8 year enlistment with the US Army, he joined the US Air Force and retired in 1971 as a Tech Sgt. He was a...
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Donald Wayne SWENOR

December 9, 2013

Donald Wayne Swenor, died peacefully at his home in Gwinn on December 9, 2013 with his family at his side. He was born February 28, 1943 to Alice M. (Vadnais) and Adolph Swenor in Marquette. He attended the Marquette Public Schools. He worked for Harvey Oil for a number of years. While working for Harvey Oil, Don was always available to deliver oil fuel to his customers, no matter what kind...
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Ruth Ann KELLNER

February 21, 1920 - December 9, 2013

Ruth Ann (Eva) Kellner (Nettleton) of Marquette, MI passed away peacefully on December 9, 2013 at Norlite Nursing Center where she had resided for the past nine months of her wonderful 93 years. Ruth was the fifth child born to Egbert and Ada (Whirry) Nettleton on the family dairy farm in Marinette, WI, February 21, 1920. Ada passed away when Ruth was just four years old and Egbert went on to...
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Emily Mae MAGEE

December 3, 2013 - December 4, 2013

Emily Mae Magee, one day-old infant daughter of Sara Magee and Dillon Renaud of Gwinn and Little Lake, passed away in the loving arms of her mother at Marquette General Hospital on Wednesday, December 4th. Emily was born on Tuesday, December 3rd at Marquette General Hospital. Surviving besides her parents are maternal grandparents, Marcia and Patrick Magee of Gwinn; paternal grandparents,...
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Mary Dominica DALLAS

May 3, 1927 - December 1, 2013

Mary Dominica Dallas, 86, formerly of Marquette, died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming. Mary was born on May 3, 1927 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Daniel and Albina (Belvidere) Dallas and lived in Marquette most of her life. She was very proud of her doll collection and was an avid Bingo player. Survivors include one nephew, Mark Dallas of Ishpeming...
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Yvonne L. LILLY

March 16, 1939 - November 27, 2013

Yvonne L. Lilly, 74, of Gwinn, passed away with her family by her side Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital. She was born March 16, 1939, in Ishpeming, a daughter of the late Vedo C. and Margaret (VanDeWeghe) Heric. Yvonne was a 1957 graduate of Gwinn High School. On June 24, 1961 she married Lansford O. Lilly. During his military service in the US Marine Corp., they...
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Wendy S. EVANS-YORK

November 13, 1968 - November 26, 2013

Wendy S. Evans-York, 45, of Marquette died peacefully Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Marquette General Hospital surrounded by family. Wendy was born November 13, 1968, in LaPeer, Michigan, a daughter of John and Sue (Davis) Deckrow. She was a graduate of Deckerville High School, received a Bachelor's degree from U of M and earned a Master's degree from Michigan State University. Wendy was...
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Henry WILLIAMS

September 28, 1939 - November 26, 2013

Henry "Bud" Williams, 74, of Marquette, died Tuesday evening, November 26, 2013 at his home in the presence of his loving family. Bud was born September 28, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska to the late Henry and Clare (Menzies) Williams. He grew up in Omaha, attended the city's Catholic Schools system and graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 1957. He graduated from the University of Nebraska...
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Don R. SHELDON

July 4, 1944 - November 24, 2013

Don R. Sheldon, 69, of Marquette, died Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013 at Marquette General Hospital following a short illness. Don was born on July 4, 1944 in Marquette, a son of the late William James and Viola (Gentz) Sheldon. He attended local Catholic Schools and graduated from Graveraet High School in 1963. Following graduation, Don enlisted in the Coast Guard for four years. ...
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Jeanette Elizabeth TEMPLE

December 26, 1926 - November 21, 2013

Jeanette Temple, 86, of Gwinn, rejoined her husband, the love of her life, on November 21, 2013. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois. Rev. Tom Packard will be offiating. A complete obituary will soon appear. The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com
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Thomas E. NORMAND

August 18, 1932 - November 18, 2013

Thomas E. Normand, 81, of Marquette, died peacefully Monday evening, November 18, 2013 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Tom was born on August 18, 1932 in Marquette to the late Henry and Edna (Dobbs) Normand, Sr. He resided in California for 45 years prior to returning to Marquette in 1995. Tom served four years in the U.S....
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Duane Keith ROSS

November 27, 1943 - November 5, 2013

Duane Keith Ross, 69, of Ishpeming, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at his home. He was born November 27, 1943, in Munising, a son of the late Frank and Doris (Whitman) Ross. Duane was raised in Flint and returned to the Upper Peninsula in 1971 with his family. On March 1, 1969 he married Patsy Bowen in Flint. Duane worked for many years as a tour bus driver and school bus...
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Leander M. BAUMANN

January 18, 1920 - November 4, 2013

Leander M. "Tiger" Baumann, 93 years of age, entered eternal life November 4, 2013. Tiger was born January 18, 1920 to Michael and Ann Baumann in Marathon, Wisconsin and graduated from Marathon High School. He entered the Army Air Corps in October 1940, served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He retired from the US Air Force as a Master Sargent In 1962. Following...
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Dolly Lorraine BLONDEAU

October 24, 1941 - November 4, 2013

Dolly L. Blondeau, 72, formerly of 580 Cox Avenue, Marquette, died Monday evening, November 4, 2013 at the Norlite Nursing Center. Dolly was born on October 24, 1941 in Chocolay Township and was a lifelong area resident. She was employed at the former Morgan Heights for 14 years in their kitchen. Dolly also previously operated an in-home day care at her residence in Negaunee Township. ...
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Rachel Lynn PETERSON

July 20, 1984 - October 25, 2013

Rachel Lynn Peterson, 29, of Bark River, Michigan, died Friday morning, October 25, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Marquette and grew up in Little Lake and attended the Gwinn Schools. She enjoyed cooking with her father and watching movies. Rachel is survived by her parents, Charles J. Peterson, Sr. of Bark River, MI and Regina (Tom Meurer)...
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Raymond R. LYNCH

May 21, 1933 - October 15, 2013

Raymond R. Lynch, 80, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday morning, October 15, 2013 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in the presence of his loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice and the exemplary caregivers at Jacobetti. Ray was born on May 21, 1933 in Gary, Indiana, a son of the late Grant and Catherine (Roberts) Lynch. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy...
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Rayond R. Lynch

May 21, 1933 - October 15, 2013

Raymond R. Lynch, 80, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday morning, October 15, 2013 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in the presence of his loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice and the exemplary caregivers at Jacobetti. Ray was born on May 21, 1933 in Gary, Indiana, a son of the late Grant and Catherine (Roberts) Lynch. He proudly served his country with the U.S....
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Martha E. Leppanen

January 15, 1919 - October 13, 2013

Martha E. Leppanen, 94, of Marquette, died Sunday evening, October 13, 2013, at the Superior Health Haven in Munising. She was born January 15, 1919, in Winona, MI, a daughter of Victor and Ida Sophia (Kivioja) Tienhaara. On July 29, 1939 she married Carl Otto Leppanen in Hancock, MI and he preceded her in death on August 30, 2000. Martha had lived in the Marquette area since 1990. She...
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Martha E. Leppanen

January 15, 1919 - October 13, 2013

Martha E. Leppanen, 94, of Marquette, died Sunday evening, October 13, 2013, at the Superior Health Haven in Munising. She was born January 15, 1919, in Winona, MI, a daughter of Victor and Ida Sophia (Kivioja) Tienhaara. On July 29, 1939 she married Carl Otto Leppanen in Hancock, MI and he preceded her in death on August 30, 2000. Martha had lived in the Marquette area since 1990. ...
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William Henry Desormier

July 2, 1926 - October 7, 2013

William Henry "Yellow Dog Bill" Desormier, age 87, of Marquette entered eternal life on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he resided since January 2011. Bill was born July 2, 1926, in Marquette to Henry and Anna (Prosen) Desormier and was a lifelong Marquette resident. He graduated in 1944 from Graveraet High School and was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. Following...
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William Henry Desormier

July 2, 1926 - October 7, 2013

William Henry "Yellow Dog Bill" Desormier, age 87, of Marquette entered eternal life on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he resided since January 2011. Bill was born July 2, 1926, in Marquette to Henry and Anna (Prosen) Desormier and was a lifelong Marquette resident. He graduated in 1944 from Graveraet High School and was a WWII U.S. Army veteran....
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Harold R. Anderson

November 15, 1927 - October 4, 2013

Harold R. Anderson, enjoying his retirement in Marquette Michigan, died October 4, 2013 at the age of 85, surrounded by his wife Helen and family, comforted by his faith. He was born at his family home in Ferndale, Michigan on November 15, 1927. He worked his way through school to earn an engineering degree from Michigan Technological University in 1950 and served two years in the U.S. Army...
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Harold R. Anderson

November 15, 1927 - October 4, 2013

Harold R. Anderson, enjoying his retirement in Marquette Michigan, died October 4, 2013 at the age of 85, surrounded by his wife Helen and family, comforted by his faith. He was born at his family home in Ferndale, Michigan on November 15, 1927. He worked his way through school to earn an engineering degree from Michigan Technological University in 1950 and served two years in the U.S. Army...
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Robin Justina Shepherd

September 14, 1971 - September 29, 2013

Robin Justina Shepherd, 42, of Gwinn, passed away Sunday morning, September 29, 2013, at home, with her family by her side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born September 14, 1971, in Royal Oak, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Savalox) Shepherd. Robin grew up in Saline, Michigan and was a 1989 graduate of Saline High School. She was employed in retail sales as...
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Robin Justina Shepherd

September 14, 1971 - September 29, 2013

Robin Justina Shepherd, 42, of Gwinn, passed away Sunday morning, September 29, 2013, at home, with her family by her side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born September 14, 1971, in Royal Oak, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Savalox) Shepherd. Robin grew up in Saline, Michigan and was a 1989 graduate of Saline High School. She was employed in retail sales...
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Richard A. Bessolo

February 28, 1931 - September 28, 2013

Richard A. "Dick" Bessolo, 82, of Marquette, died Saturday morning, September 28, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dick was born on February 28, 1931 in Ahmeek, Michigan to Phillip and Viola (Whitford) Bessolo. He graduated from Calumet High School in 1949. After a brief stint working for Plymouth...
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Elizabeth L. Donckers

June 26, 1921 - September 25, 2013

Elizabeth "Betty" Louise Donckers, 92, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday morning, September 25, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. She was born June 26, 1921 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Mathias and Aurora (Poirier) Anderson. She was a 1939 graduate of Graveraet High School and lifelong area resident. Betty served in the US Navy and was a WWII veteran. On October 1,...
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Elizabeth L. Donckers

June 26, 1921 - September 25, 2013

Elizabeth "Betty" Louise Donckers, 92, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday morning, September 25, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. She was born June 26, 1921 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Mathias and Aurora (Poirier) Anderson. She was a 1939 graduate of Graveraet High School and lifelong area resident. Betty served in the US Navy and was a WWII veteran. On October...
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Debora Joan Lee

October 18, 1958 - September 24, 2013

Debora Joan Lee, 54, of Marquette, died Tuesday afternoon, September 24, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital. She was born October 18, 1958, in L'Anse, a daughter of George and Vivian (Paquette) Lee. She was a 1976 graduate of L'Anse High School and earned an Associate's Degree in nursing from Michigan Tech University. Debora loved her dogs through the years, Tanner, Bud, Dell, Rocky, Sassy...
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Debora Joan Lee

October 18, 1958 - September 24, 2013

Debora Joan Lee, 54, of Marquette, died Tuesday afternoon, September 24, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital. She was born October 18, 1958, in L'Anse, a daughter of George and Vivian (Paquette) Lee. She was a 1976 graduate of L'Anse High School and earned an Associate's Degree in nursing from Michigan Tech University. Debora loved her dogs through the years, Tanner, Bud, Dell, Rocky,...
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Fred D. Potvin

April 21, 1928 - September 23, 2013

Fred D. Potvin, 85, of 149 Lakewood Lane, Harvey, died peacefully at his home on Monday, September 23, 2013 in the presence of his loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Fred was born on April 21, 1928 in Gladstone to Douglas and Alda (Smythe) Potvin. As an infant Fred moved with his family to Iron Mountain where he lived until the age of six, at which time his family moved...
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Donald Charles Hill

February 15, 1926 - September 23, 2013

Donald Charles Hill, 87, died peacefully, Monday, September 23, 2013, at home in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. He was a son of Earl and Alma Hill, born on February 15, 1926 and raised in Detroit. In 1950 he established Great Lakes Lithography which he sold in 1980, when he and his wife moved to Hessel, Michigan where they owned and operated Hills Marina until 1995...
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Fred D. Potvin

April 21, 1928 - September 23, 2013

Fred D. Potvin, 85, of 149 Lakewood Lane, Harvey, died peacefully at his home on Monday, September 23, 2013 in the presence of his loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Fred was born on April 21, 1928 in Gladstone to Douglas and Alda (Smythe) Potvin. As an infant Fred moved with his family to Iron Mountain where he lived until the age of six, at which time his family...
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Donald Charles Hill

February 15, 1926 - September 23, 2013

Donald Charles Hill, 87, died peacefully, Monday, September 23, 2013, at home in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. He was a son of Earl and Alma Hill, born on February 15, 1926 and raised in Detroit. In 1950 he established Great Lakes Lithography which he sold in 1980, when he and his wife moved to Hessel, Michigan where they owned and operated Hills Marina until 1995...
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Sandra Marie Christian

February 25, 1944 - September 19, 2013

Sandra Hart Christian, 69, of Marquette, Michigan died Thursday, September 19, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family and in the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 25, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen Hart. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell A. Christian, to whom she was married 35 years. Sandra graduated from...
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Sandra Marie Christian

February 25, 1944 - September 19, 2013

Sandra Hart Christian, 69, of Marquette, Michigan died Thursday, September 19, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family and in the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 25, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen Hart. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell A. Christian, to whom she was married 35 years. Sandra graduated from...
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Ruth E. Lambert

November 22, 1921 - September 18, 2013

Ruth E. Lambert, 91, of Marquette, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, September 18, 2013, at her home in the presence of her dedicated caregivers. She was also under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Ruth was born on November 22, 1921 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Arthur R. and Clara E. (King) Carlson and was a lifelong area resident. She was a graduate of Mercy College in...
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Ruth E. Lambert

November 22, 1921 - September 18, 2013

Ruth E. Lambert, 91, of Marquette, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, September 18, 2013, at her home in the presence of her dedicated caregivers. She was also under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Ruth was born on November 22, 1921 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Arthur R. and Clara E. (King) Carlson and was a lifelong area resident. She was a graduate of Mercy...
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Thomas Dean Enright

December 29, 1955 - September 15, 2013

Thomas Dean Enright, 57, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at his home from natural causes. Tom was born to Sara J. "Sez" (Armstrong) and Leo M. "Mickey" Enright in Marquette on December 29, 1955. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Tom had been employed as a heavy equipment operator by Enright Construction and A. Lindberg & Sons. He had also spent several years...
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Thomas Dean Enright

December 29, 1955 - September 15, 2013

Thomas Dean Enright, 57, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at his home from natural causes. Tom was born to Sara J. "Sez" (Armstrong) and Leo M. "Mickey" Enright in Marquette on December 29, 1955. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Tom had been employed as a heavy equipment operator by Enright Construction and A. Lindberg & Sons. He had also spent several...
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William R. Niemisto

July 6, 1924 - September 9, 2013

William R. Niemisto, 89, of Gwinn, died Monday evening, September 9, 2013, at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming. William Rudolph Niemisto (Rudy) had a full and great life. As a young man he served our country in World War II seeing some of the biggest battles in the Pacific Ocean at Iwo Jima. He served as the radio service man on the Navy clipper USS Highlander. After the war, Rudy lived...
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William R. Niemisto

July 6, 1924 - September 9, 2013

William R. Niemisto, 89, of Gwinn, died Monday evening, September 9, 2013, at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming. William Rudolph Niemisto (Rudy) had a full and great life. As a young man he served our country in World War II seeing some of the biggest battles in the Pacific Ocean at Iwo Jima. He served as the radio service man on the Navy clipper USS Highlander. After the war, Rudy...
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Marie Louise Young

May 17, 1918 - September 6, 2013

Marie Louise (Frisk)Young, 95, of Beaver Grove, went into God's loving arms on Friday, September 6, 2013 with her loving and amazing family by her side at her son's home. Marie was born in Houghton, Michigan on May 17, 1918 to Otto E. and Ethel (Luneau) Frisk and was raised on Rail Street in Michigamme. She graduated from Northern Normal School and taught in Eben and Michigamme. Marie...
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Marie Louise (Frisk) Young

May 17, 1918 - September 6, 2013

Marie Louise (Frisk)Young, 95, of Beaver Grove, went into God's loving arms on Friday, September 6, 2013 with her loving and amazing family by her side at her son's home. Marie was born in Houghton, Michigan on May 17, 1918 to Otto E. and Ethel (Luneau) Frisk and was raised on Rail Street in Michigamme. She graduated from Northern Normal School and taught in Eben and Michigamme. Marie...
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Ovid York

June 4, 1926 - September 3, 2013

Ovid York, 87, of Gwinn, died early Tuesday morning at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming. He was born June 4, 1926 to Carl and Bea (Storey) York in Ferndale, Michigan. The family relocated to South Haven, MI, where Ovid graduated from high school. He and a friend then hitch-hiked west, working as a well driller on ranches in Colorado and in a boat yard in Seattle, Washington. It was a...
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Ovid York

June 4, 1926 - September 3, 2013

Ovid York, 87, of Gwinn, died early Tuesday morning at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming. He was born June 4, 1926 to Carl and Bea (Storey) York in Ferndale, Michigan. The family relocated to South Haven, MI, where Ovid graduated from high school. He and a friend then hitch-hiked west, working as a well driller on ranches in Colorado and in a boat yard in Seattle, Washington. It was...
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Loraine B. Washburn

September 11, 1916 - September 2, 2013

Loraine B. Washburn, 96, of Marquette, died Monday morning, September 2, 2013 at Mill Creek Assisted Living under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Mrs. Washburn was born on September 11, 1916 in Menominee, Michigan to the late Frank and Clara (Holsbach) Kreuz and was a 1934 graduate of Menominee High School. In 1938, Loraine graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She...
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Loraine B. Washburn

September 11, 1916 - September 2, 2013

Loraine B. Washburn, 96, of Marquette, died Monday morning, September 2, 2013 at Mill Creek Assisted Living under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Mrs. Washburn was born on September 11, 1916 in Menominee, Michigan to the late Frank and Clara (Holsbach) Kreuz and was a 1934 graduate of Menominee High School. In 1938, Loraine graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She...
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R. Douglas Marceau

July 17, 1936 - August 27, 2013

R. Douglas Marceau, 77 of Gwinn, died Tuesday morning, August 27, 2013 at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Doug was born on July 17, 1936 at Diorite Location, a son of the late Albert and Winifred (Milden) Marceau and was a 1954 graduate of Graveraet High School. In 1959 Doug was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in Korea. After returning from...
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James H. Letts

November 24, 1944 - August 27, 2013

James H. Letts, 68, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, August 27, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital. He was born November 24, 1944, in Marquette, a son of the late Jim Letts and Betty (Arnett) Lambert. Jim attended Graveraet High School and was a 1962 graduate. On October 21, 1967, he married Mary Lou Jackovich in St. Peter Cathedral. Jim worked as a drywaller in construction and for the...
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R. Douglas Marceau

July 17, 1936 - August 27, 2013

R. Douglas Marceau, 77 of Gwinn, died Tuesday morning, August 27, 2013 at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Doug was born on July 17, 1936 at Diorite Location, a son of the late Albert and Winifred (Milden) Marceau and was a 1954 graduate of Graveraet High School. In 1959 Doug was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in Korea. After returning...
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James H. Letts

November 24, 1944 - August 27, 2013

James H. Letts, 68, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, August 27, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital. He was born November 24, 1944, in Marquette, a son of the late Jim Letts and Betty (Arnett) Lambert. Jim attended Graveraet High School and was a 1962 graduate. On October 21, 1967, he married Mary Lou Jackovich in St. Peter Cathedral. Jim worked as a drywaller in construction and for...
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Elaine G. Ruelle

March 16, 1924 - August 22, 2013

Elaine G. Ruelle, 89, of Gwinn, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2013 while visiting her son in Lower Michigan. She was born March 16, 1924 in Hancock, and was a daughter of the late Wilfred and Augusta (Brohn) Verville. She was a 1942 Hancock High School graduate. On October 9, 1948 she married John J. Ruelle, Jr. at St. Joseph Church in Hancock. John preceded her in death on May 26, 2009. ...
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Elaine G. Ruelle

March 16, 1924 - August 22, 2013

Elaine G. Ruelle, 89, of Gwinn, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2013 while visiting her son in Lower Michigan. She was born March 16, 1924 in Hancock, and was a daughter of the late Wilfred and Augusta (Brohn) Verville. She was a 1942 Hancock High School graduate. On October 9, 1948 she married John J. Ruelle, Jr. at St. Joseph Church in Hancock. John preceded her in death on May 26, 2009...
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Elwyn G. Runstrom

March 16, 1938 - August 18, 2013

Elwyn G. "Butch" Runstrom, 75, of Gwinn, entered eternal life Sunday evening, August 18, 2013 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Butch was born on March 16, 1938 in Ironwood, Michigan, a son of the late Carl Ludwig and Alphild (Coleman) Runstrom. He was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School in 1956 and then entered the Air...
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Elwyn G. "Butch" Runstrom

March 16, 1938 - August 18, 2013

Elwyn G. "Butch" Runstrom, 75, of Gwinn, entered eternal life Sunday evening, August 18, 2013 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Butch was born on March 16, 1938 in Ironwood, Michigan, a son of the late Carl Ludwig and Alphild (Coleman) Runstrom. He was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School in 1956 and then entered the...
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Jeanine A. Willard

April 29, 1938 - August 12, 2013

Jeanine A. Willard, age 75, entered eternal life Monday, August 12, 2013 at her son's home while in the loving care of her son and daughter-in-law, and Lake Superior Hospice. Jeanine was born April 29, 1938, in Niagara, Wisconsin, the daughter of George and Adrianna (Betters) LeBeau. Jeanine grew up in Niagara. She raised her family in Lansing, Michigan where she attended Lansing Community...
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Jeanine A. Willard

April 29, 1938 - August 12, 2013

Jeanine A. Willard, age 75, entered eternal life Monday, August 12, 2013 at her son's home while in the loving care of her son and daughter-in-law, and Lake Superior Hospice. Jeanine was born April 29, 1938, in Niagara, Wisconsin, the daughter of George and Adrianna (Betters) LeBeau. Jeanine grew up in Niagara. She raised her family in Lansing, Michigan where she attended Lansing Community...
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Mary D. Berry

July 10, 1921 - August 10, 2013

Mary D. Berry, of 2025 Orchard Street, born July 10, 1921 and died August 10, 2013. She was the daughter of August and Loretta DeMarinis. Mary moved from Marquette in 1946 when she married William "Bill" Berry. They moved to Big Rapids, MI where Bill was earning his degree in finance and Mary worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. Bill's job promotions had them living in many parts of the...
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Mary D. Berry

July 10, 1921 - August 10, 2013

Mary D. Berry, of 2025 Orchard Street, born July 10, 1921 and died August 10, 2013. She was the daughter of August and Loretta DeMarinis. Mary moved from Marquette in 1946 when she married William "Bill" Berry. They moved to Big Rapids, MI where Bill was earning his degree in finance and Mary worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. Bill's job promotions had them living in many parts of...
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Judith A. Fowler

August 21, 1938 - July 23, 2013

Judy Fowler (8/21/1938 - 7/23/2013) passed away Tuesday, July 23 at 8:48 am at Marquette County Medical Care Facility at the age of 74. She is survived by her sons Eric (Sheri) Kromberg (55), Tim Rousseau (47), Mark (Brenda) Rousseau (43), Todd (Tammy Smith) Rousseau (41); her grandsons, Anthony Thompson-Rousseau and Fineas Rousseau; her granddaughters, Stephanie Lee Rousseau and Hailee Sue...
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Judith A. Fowler

August 21, 1938 - July 23, 2013

Judy Fowler (8/21/1938 - 7/23/2013) passed away Tuesday, July 23 at 8:48 am at Marquette County Medical Care Facility at the age of 74. She is survived by her sons Eric (Sheri) Kromberg (55), Tim Rousseau (47), Mark (Brenda) Rousseau (43), Todd (Tammy Smith) Rousseau (41); her grandsons, Anthony Thompson-Rousseau and Fineas Rousseau; her granddaughters, Stephanie Lee Rousseau and Hailee Sue...
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Frank A. Verley

December 18, 1933 - July 12, 2013

Frank A. Verley of Marquette, Michigan entered his eternal rest on Friday morning July 12, 2013 at age of 79 in his home after a long battle with cancer. Frank was born Frank Alwin Verley on December 18, 1933 in Kingston, Jamaica to Louise P. and Albert C. Verley. His pursuit of higher education led him to Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, University of Connecticut where he...
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Roy R. Matson

March 27, 1931 - July 12, 2013

Roy R. Matson, of Marquette, retired from life on July 12, 2013 at Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he lived for the last 13 months. Roy was born on March 27, 1931 to Vern and Minnie (Arglander) Matson in Chassell, MI. Roy's early life was spent living in the Big Bay and Marquette lighthouses where his father was keeper. Roy retired as Captain from the Marquette City Police...
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Frank A. Verley

December 18, 1933 - July 12, 2013

Frank A. Verley of Marquette, Michigan entered his eternal rest on Friday morning July 12, 2013 at age of 79 in his home after a long battle with cancer. Frank was born Frank Alwin Verley on December 18, 1933 in Kingston, Jamaica to Louise P. and Albert C. Verley. His pursuit of higher education led him to Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, University of Connecticut where he...
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Roy R. Matson

March 27, 1931 - July 12, 2013

Roy R. Matson, of Marquette, retired from life on July 12, 2013 at Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he lived for the last 13 months. Roy was born on March 27, 1931 to Vern and Minnie (Arglander) Matson in Chassell, MI. Roy's early life was spent living in the Big Bay and Marquette lighthouses where his father was keeper. Roy retired as Captain from the Marquette City Police...
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Charles R. Harwood

April 27, 1939 - July 7, 2013

Charles R. "Chuck" Harwood, 74, of Marquette, passed away Sunday morning, July 7, 2013 under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Chuck was born on April 27, 1939 in Highland Park, Michigan to the late William and Edna (Killen) Harwood. He had lived in the Marquette area over the last 40years, moving there from Sault Ste. Marie. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served with the Sea Bees. ...
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Charles R. "Chuck" Harwood

April 27, 1939 - July 7, 2013

Charles R. "Chuck" Harwood, 74, of Marquette, passed away Sunday morning, July 7, 2013 under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Chuck was born on April 27, 1939 in Highland Park, Michigan to the late William and Edna (Killen) Harwood. He had lived in the Marquette area over the last 40years, moving there from Sault Ste. Marie. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served with the Sea Bees. ...
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Melvin R. Daley

January 31, 1941 - July 6, 2013

Melvin R. Daley, 72, of Marquette, died Saturday afternoon, July 6, 2013 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Melvin was born on January 31, 1941 at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to the late Renaldo and Alice (Streeter) Daley. He was a 1959 graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member for many...
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Melvin R. Daley

January 31, 1941 - July 6, 2013

Melvin R. Daley, 72, of Marquette, died Saturday afternoon, July 6, 2013 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Melvin was born on January 31, 1941 at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to the late Renaldo and Alice (Streeter) Daley. He was a 1959 graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member for...
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Theodore M. Gawry

January 16, 1932 - July 3, 2013

Theodore M. "Ted" Gawry, 81, also affectionately known by family & special friends as "Toggo", of Marquette, died Wednesday morning, July 3, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. He was born January 16, 1932, in Iron River, a son of the late Teofil and Mary (Kotowfki) Gawrylczyk. Ted was raised in Iron River and attended Iron River High School where he played basketball...
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