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Evelyn Ellen KESKIMAKI

March 22, 1924 - February 19, 2017

Evelyn Ellen Keskimaki, 92, of Gwinn, died peacefully Sunday morning, February 19, 2017 at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee. Evelyn was born on March 22, 1924 in Negaunee, a daughter of John and Ellen (Ihamaki) Ylinen and was a lifelong area resident. As a young woman, Evelyn worked as a telephone operator, a cook for the homeless, at a gas station, and as a nanny in Connecticut. Evelyn...
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Wayne Charles LINDBERG

February 4, 1953 - February 16, 2017

Wayne Charles Lindberg, 64, of Marshall, Michigan, formerly of Marquette, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, February 16, 2017 at his home in Marshall. Wayne was born on February 4, 1953 in Marquette, a son of Charles "Skip" and Shirley (Trepanier) Lindberg. He attended Marquette Public Schools, graduating from Marquette Senior High School in 1971. Following his graduation, Wayne...
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Patricia L. MacDONALD

March 17, 1930 - February 14, 2017

Patricia L. MacDonald, 86, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday morning, February 14, 2017 at her home with her loving family at her side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Pat was born on March 17, 1930 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, a daughter of the late George and Anna (Nordell) Trepanier and was a lifelong U.P. resident. She graduated from Marquette Public Schools. Pat married...
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Carrie Lynn CARLTON

December 20, 1959 - February 13, 2017

Carrie Lynn Carlton, 57, of Gwinn, passed away Monday morning, February 13, 2017 at her home in the presence of her loving family. Carrie was born on December 20, 1959 in Illinois, a daughter of the late Duane Carlton and Judith (Anderson) Greet. She was employed for several years with the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans as a cook. Survivors include three sons, Chad Carlton and Logan...
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Dwayne A. NOEL, Jr.

October 6, 1970 - February 7, 2017

Dwayne A. Noel, Jr., 46, of Gwinn, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017. He was born on October 6, 1970 in Escanaba, the son of Dwayne and Gayle (Hentz) Noel. He was a 1989 graduate of Escanaba High School. Dwayne married Tammy Weathers on October 5, 2015 in Sidney, Montana and shortly afterward, they moved back to Michigan to be closer to family. Dwayne loved NASCAR and drag racing. He...
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Terrence L. THOMAS

July 5, 1937 - February 5, 2017

Terrence Levi Thomas, 79, died Sunday evening, February 5, 2017. He joins his beloved wife of 56 years, Eleanor J. Thomas. A longtime resident of Gwinn, Terrence loved oldies and country music, reading, movies, bowling, feeding the deer and BINGO. He was born July 5, 1937 in Wellsville, New York, a son of the late Ernest and Ethel (Barnes) Thomas. Terrence served in the US Air Force,...
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Jane VANEVERA

February 1, 1947 - February 3, 2017

Jane VanEvera, 70, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Friday morning, February 3, 2017 at her home. A Gathering of Friends & Family will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Marquette. A Celebration of Jane's Life will be held later in the year and will be announced. The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at...
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Dean Louis LAJOYE

January 21, 1940 - February 3, 2017

Dean Louis LaJoye, 77, of Marquette, died Friday evening, February 3, 2017 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born January 21, 1940 in Baraga, Michigan, a son of the late Louis and Eileen (Goodreau) LaJoye and was a 1958 graduate of L'Anse High School. On November 25, 1961 he married Delores Clow at St. Joseph Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Dean was employed for 37 years as a...
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Christine G. OLSON

July 30, 1957 - January 23, 2017

Christine Gale Olson, 59, of Marquette passed away Monday afternoon, January 23, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Marquette, where she had been hospitalized several days. Christine was born on July 30, 1957 in Marquette, to George "Pete" and Verita (LaPorte) Rose and had been a lifelong Marquette resident. She was a 1975 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. Christine was a devoted,...
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Clyde Raymond ANDERSON, Jr.

October 14, 1953 - January 22, 2017

Clyde Raymond Anderson, Jr., 63, of Republic, died Sunday evening, January 22, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. He was born October 14, 1953 in Ishpeming, a son of Clyde R. and Jane C. (Lindala) Anderson, Sr. and was a 1971 graduate of Champion High School. Clyde's various jobs led him to live and work in communities throughout the country. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting &...
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Girard Roland ORVIS

November 4, 1959 - January 20, 2017

Girard R. Orvis, 57, of Iron River, MI passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming, Michigan. He was born November 4, 1959 in Milwaukee, a son of the late Roland and Elaine (Manikowski) Orvis. He graduated from Port Washington High in 1978 and was currently working for Aramark in Caspian, Michigan. Girard had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed spending...
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Gwendolyn Willow GORT

September 29, 2002 - January 20, 2017

Gwendolyn Willow Gort, 14, of Gwinn, returned to the stars from which she came at her home, while in the loving care of her parents, Friday, January 20, 2017. Born September 29, 2002, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, daughter of Timothy and Regina (Papaleo) Gort, "Gwenny Penny" touched the lives of so many people that it's difficult to truly know the size of her fan-base. Considered a diva by many,...
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Karl F. STENGLEIN

July 15, 1934 - January 19, 2017

Karl F. Stenglein, 82, of Au Train, died Thursday morning, January 19, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. He was born July 15, 1934 in Marquette, a son of the late Earl and Emma (Anderson) Stenglein. He was a US Army and Korean War veteran. Karl went to live and work out west for 10 years before returning to the area. He was employed for decades as a logger and woods worker. He enjoyed...
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John BRADY

January 4, 1930 - January 19, 2017

John "Jake" Brady, 87, of Marquette, passed away on Thursday morning, January 19, 2017 at UP Health System- Marquette. John was born on January 4, 1930 In Marquette to the late John and Ida (Vadnais) Brady and had been a lifelong Marquette resident. He attended Bishop Baraga High School. John was formerly employed at the former Dow Chemical Plant, Tonella & Rupp Furniture Store, Montgomery...
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Ralph David MACKEY

April 17, 1945 - January 15, 2017

Ralph David Mackey, 71, of Gwinn, died Sunday morning, January 15, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. A Celebration of Ralph's Life will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the KI Sawyer Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the family in care of the Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home, PO Box 1176, Gwinn, MI 49841. Ralph's obituary may...
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Rebecca Rae LEE

March 11, 1966 - January 15, 2017

Rebecca Rae (Norman) Lee, 50, of Skandia, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at her home. She was born March 11, 1966 in Gwinn, Michigan, a daughter of Gilbert L. and Stella (Rock) Norman. She was a 1984 graduate of Gwinn High School and was a lifelong area resident. Rebecca married Edward Lee on May 7, 2007. She worked a variety of jobs throughout her life. She provided home care to numerous...
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Martin F. MAY

April 13, 1923 - January 13, 2017

Martin F. May, 93, of Marquette, formerly of Saginaw, died Friday afternoon, January 13, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he had resided since October of 2005. He moved to Marquette in 2004. Martin was born on April 13, 1923 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of Michael and Rosina (Topper) May. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Marines during World War II, seeing action at Iwo...
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Mary Eleanor RIVARD

June 17, 1942 - January 6, 2017

Mary Eleanor Rivard, 74 of Gwinn died peacefully, Friday evening, January 6, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born June 17, 1942 in Negaunee, a daughter of the late John and Eleanor (Mitchell) Kirpatrick. She was raised in Crystal Falls and was a 1960 graduate of Crystal Falls High School. On June 11, 1960 she married James C....
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Marinette Francine MILLER

February 14, 1955 - January 1, 2017

Marinette Francine Miller of Gwinn, died Sunday morning, January 1, 2017 at the Brookridge Heights Memory Care Unit while also under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born in Villeneuve les Cerfs, France. Marinette married Maurice Miller in Rochefort Surmer, France on February 14, 1955. The couple traveled around the world during his service in the US Air Force. She had been a...
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Anthony J. AMATO

August 16, 1984 - December 31, 2016

Anthony J. Amato, 32, of Gwinn, died Saturday, December 31, 2016 at his home. He was born August 16, 1984 in Manchester, Connecticut. He was raised in Gwinn and attended the Gwinn Schools and NMU. Anthony had a passion for cooking and worked at Lattitudes and Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery. He was most recently employed at Adult Learning Systems. His interests included backpacking, camping,...
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Earl E. BELL

June 17, 1934 - December 29, 2016

Earl E. Bell, 82, a lifelong Marquette resident, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 29, 2016 at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. Earl was born on June 17, 1934 in Marquette, to the late Earl and Amelia (Fitzpatrick) Bell. He was the co-founder of Bell Roofing Company in 1962, retiring from his work in 1985. On March 26, 1996, he married the former Beulah H. Tousignant in...
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Jack G. CHRISTENSON

June 7, 1946 - December 28, 2016

Jack Gemler Christenson, 70, of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born on June 7, 1946 in Erie, PA. He graduated from High School. Jack entered the Army in 1964, from Los Angeles, CA, during the Vietnam War and was discharged in 1968. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and...
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Becki R. MARJOMAKI

July 27, 1964 - December 16, 2016

Becki R. (Little) Marjomaki, 52, of Big Bay, passed away peacefully at her home on December 16, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and animals following a courageous 21-month long battle with cancer. Becki was born on July 27, 1964 in Marquette, daughter of Richard and Janice (Koepp) Little. She was a 1982 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. Becki grew up loving life, enjoyed caring...
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Ann M. DAVIS

October 10, 1963 - December 12, 2016

Ann M. Davis, 53, of Gwinn died Monday, December 12, 2016 at UP Health System Marquette. She was born October 10, 1963 in Racine, Wisconsin to Bobby John and Mary Ann (Tienhara) Hantula. Ann was employed for years as a registered nurse at nursing homes and hospital settings. She was a member of Heritage Baptist Church and enjoyed caring for others through her work. She is survived by her...
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Gary Lee DUER

November 21, 1936 - December 12, 2016

Gary Lee Duer, "Slim," age 80, of Marquette, passed away Monday morning, December 12, 2016 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Slim was born on November 21, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a son of the late Lloyd and Myrtle (Anderson) Duer and resided in the Marquette area most of his life. He retired from Pellow Roofing in 1998...
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Robert L. Sligh

October 15, 1934 - December 10, 2016

Robert L. Sligh, 82, of Marquette, died peacefully Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with his wife by his side and also under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born October 15, 1934 in Newberry, South Carolina and was raised there. Robert served in the US Air Force as a fuel specialist at various bases throughout the world including Thailand,...
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Margaret Ann MORGAN

October 28, 1919 - December 4, 2016

Margaret Ann Morgan, 97, most recently of Highlands Ranch, CO, passed away Sunday, December 4 after a brief stay at Serenity House Assisted Living, Centennial, CO. A lifelong resident of Marquette, MI, Margaret moved to Highlands Ranch in 2013 with her husband Glen with whom she enjoyed a full and loving life. Glen died this past February at Wind Crest Retirement Community in Highlands Ranch....
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Richard L. HARBICK

May 31, 1930 - December 3, 2016

Richard L. "Dick" Harbick, 86, of Marquette, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, December 3, 2016 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living with his loving family at his side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Dick was born on May 31, 1930 in Shawano, Wisconsin, a son of the late Leonard and Della (LeMay) Harbick and was a 1948 graduate of Manistique High School and a 1957...
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Kenneth Arthur NEAULT

February 25, 1944 - November 28, 2016

Kenneth Arthur Neault, 74, of Marquette, died Monday afternoon, November 28, 2016 at his home. He was born February 25, 1944, in Marquette, a son of the late Arthur H. and Dorothy I. (Nesbitt) Neault and was a lifelong area resident. Ken was a 1962 graduate of Graveraet High School. He served for four years in the US Coast Guard and worked for many years on the iron ore boats sailing the...
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Joseph M. PIETRO

March 30, 1924 - November 26, 2016

Commander Joseph M. Pietro, U.S. Navy Retired, 92, of Ishpeming, filed his final flight plan Saturday afternoon, November 26, 2016 at his home. Joe was born on March 30, 1924 in Negaunee, Michigan, a son of the late John and Agnes Pietro and was a graduate of National Mine High School. He completed a four year college degree. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy as a...
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George W. TRUCKEY

February 2, 1933 - November 26, 2016

George W. Truckey, 83, of Marquette, passed away Saturday evening, November 26, 2016 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. He was born February 2, 1933, in Marquette to the late Willard and Siiri (Piirto) Truckey. He attended St. Lawrence Seminary in Wisconsin for three years before graduating from Bishop Baraga High School of Marquette in 1950. He was employed as...
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Irene M. GAGER

December 21, 1956 - November 24, 2016

Irene M. Gager, 59, of Marquette, died Thursday afternoon, November 24, 2016 at UP Health System in Marquette. She was born December 21, 1956, in Hancock, Michigan, daughter of the late Ora and Gladys (Lundquist) Endress. Irene was adopted by the Endresses soon after birth following a brief stay at the former Holy Family Orphanage in Marquette. At the age of 50, Irene found and reconnected...
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Maureen Anne PARIS

April 9, 1952 - November 23, 2016

Maureen Anne Paris, 64, of Scottsdale Arizona, peacefully entered eternal life on Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 at her home in the presence of her loving family and under the compassionate care of Hospice of the Valley. Maureen was diagnosed with Cancer in 2010. She was a strong woman. She was determined that cancer would not control her life. It didn't! She had quality of life for the...
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Ivan T. SOYRING

August 21, 1942 - November 20, 2016

Ivan T. Soyring, 74, of Gwinn, passed away Sunday morning, November 20, 2016 at his residence in the comfort of his family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Ivan was born on August 21, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Theodore and Lenore (Pilon) Soyring and was a nearly lifelong resident of Gwinn where he attended Gwinn High School. He served in the Army National...
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Gloria Marie HOLM

November 7, 1930 - November 13, 2016

Gloria M. Holm, 86, of Marquette, died peacefully Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee. Gloria was born on November 7, 1930 in Ishpeming, a daughter of the late Louis and Clara (LaForest) Delorenzi and was a long-time resident of Ishpeming. She graduated from Negaunee High School in 1948. Gloria moved to Lake Street in South Marquette in the early 1970's where...
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Ward W. DEWITT

March 20, 1937 - November 11, 2016

Ward W. Dewitt, 79, of Marquette, died Friday morning, November 11, 2016 at his home. He was born March 20, 1937 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, a son of the late Chester and Margaret (Clegg) Dewitt. Ward worked as a barber in Newberry before moving to Marquette where he opened Queen City Barber Shop in 1971 and had operated the business up until his passing. He was an avid Detroit Tigers & Lions fan...
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Helen P. McCRACKEN

March 19, 1917 - November 10, 2016

Helen P. McCracken, 99, of Marquette, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, November 10, 2016 at Teal Lake Assisted Living in Negaunee with her family at her side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Helen was born on March 19, 1917 in Palmer, Michigan, a daughter of Clinton and Jennie (Rex) Grigg and was a 1934 graduate of Ishpeming High School. Helen attended St. Luke's Hospital...
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Scott P. ENGMAN

June 26, 1969 - November 9, 2016

Scott P. Engman, 47, of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 at UP Health System- Marquette. Scott was born on June 26, 1969 in Hancock to Dennis and Judith (Hokenson) Engman and was a 1989 graduate of Dollar Bay High School. Scott was formerly employed as a certified nurse's aide at the Hancock Medical Care Facility until he came disabled where he had always wanted...
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Austin C. HAUTAMAKI

February 9, 1950 - November 4, 2016

Austin Cecil "Ozzie" Hautamaki, 66, of Marquette, died Friday morning, November 4, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans while also under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Ozzie was born on February 9, 1950 in Munising, a son of the late Eino Samuel and Ethel Ruth (Higby) Hautamaki and grew up on the family farm in Eben Junction. He was a 1968 graduate of William G. Mather High...
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Jeannie Margaret CARLSON

April 27, 1960 - November 3, 2016

Jeannie Margaret Carlson, 56, of Marquette, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, November 3, 2016 at her home. Jeannie was born on April 27, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of the late Rev. Robert and Mary Lee Colpitts. Jeannie was a talented musician and artist who also enjoyed listening to music as well as playing the flute. She played in small ensembles at various local...
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Steven J. NESBITT

September 17, 1950 - October 27, 2016

Steven J. "Steve" Nesbitt, 66, of Republic, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, October 27, 2016 at his residence. Steve was born on September 17, 1950 in Marquette, a son of the late Robert J. Nesbitt (Ellie) and Margaret A. "Peggy" (Rushford) Nesbitt. He graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1968. Steve spanned an eclectic career including working for the family owned pizza...
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Ruth Helen WARNER

August 2, 1930 - October 25, 2016

Ruth Helen (Salo) Warner, 86, of Munising, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Ruth was born August 2, 1930 in Escanaba to parents John and Ina Salo. She was a member of the Mather High School (Munising) class of 1948. Ruth married Kenneth William Warner on September 4, 1950, and their son Rex Franklin Warner...
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Donald W. ROSE

June 22, 1924 - October 24, 2016

Donald W. Rose, 92, of Sault Ste. Marie, MI passed away on Monday afternoon, October 24, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette with his family at his side. Don was born June 22, 1924 in Manistique, MI to the late Royal and Lillian (O'Neil) Rose. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 on the USS Bath. He married Louise Dillabough on June 11, 1945 in Battle Creek, MI. After...
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Daniel Louis BENSTROM

April 25, 1930 - October 21, 2016

Daniel Louis Benstrom, 86, of Gwinn, died peacefully Friday morning, October 21, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he had been a resident since May of 2016. Dan was born on April 25, 1930 in Bruce Crossing, Michigan to the late Norman and Aileen (Bessen) Benstrom. He attended grade school at Painesville and was a 1948 graduate of Ewen High School. In June of 1948, Dan...
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Philip L. WHITE

October 16, 1934 - October 19, 2016

Philip L. White, 82 of Marquette went to his eternal reward on October 19, 2016. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol; brother, Arthur; and a son, Glen. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (DePetro) White; sons, Steve (Pamela) White and Scott (Jill) White; daughter, Laurie (Brian) Tuck; grandchildren, Zachary (Erin) White, Bradley White, Carrie (Corey) Pastor, Christie White,...
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David S. BARTO

July 2, 1933 - October 17, 2016

David S. Barto, 83, of Marquette, passed away early Monday morning, October 17, 2016 at UP Health System-Marquette with his loving wife and family at his side. David was born on July 2, 1933 in Ironwood, Michigan to the late Stanley and Rose (Forte) Barto. He attended Montreal Elementary and the Roosevelt School in Montreal, Wisconsin. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Hurley,...
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David William POTTER

June 23, 1941 - October 15, 2016

David William Potter, 75, of Chesterfield, MI, died October 15, 2016 at UP Health System Marquette. Beloved husband & companion to Liz and father to Kevin (Paula) and Liz's son, Rob (Lisa) and grandfather to Alex, Tyler, Ella and Anna. Brother to Coral (Ed), Mike (Donna) and Denise (Eric) and loving uncle and friend of many. Preceded in death by his loving wife and high school sweetheart,...
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Larry J. HEISKANEN

July 22, 1948 - October 13, 2016

Larry J. Heiskanen, 68, of Marquette, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, October 13, 2016 at U.P. Health System-Marquette from an apparent heart attack. Larry was born on July 22, 1948 in Marquette to Henry and Ruth (Maki) Heiskanen and was a lifelong area resident. A 1966 graduate of Negaunee High School, Larry also attended Northern Michigan University, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor...
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Selma Esther KARJALA

May 21, 1921 - October 8, 2016

Our loving mother, Selma (Sally) Esther Karjala, 95, of Gwinn, Michigan peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born May 21, 1921 in Hancock, Michigan, the 6th of 12 children of Charles (Kalle) and Ulriika Lantto. She graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1941 and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Hancock in 1945. She was...
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Edward A. SATHER

May 7, 1942 - October 7, 2016

Edward A. "Ed" Sather, 74, of Gwinn, passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday morning, October 7, 2016. Ed was born on May 7, 1942 in Ishpeming to the late Orville and Emma (Willette) Sather and had been a lifelong Gwinn resident. He was a 1960 graduate of Gwinn High School where he lettered in track and was the vice president of his senior class. Ed served two tours of duty during the...
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Robert Charles DONCKERS

February 5, 1958 - October 5, 2016

Robert Charles Donckers, 58, of Carson City, Nevada passed away on October 5, 2016 at the Renown Regional Medical Facility, Reno, Nevada after suffering a severe stroke while at work. Robert was born on February 5, 1958 at St. Mary's Hospital Marquette, MI. to the late Frank C. and Elizabeth (Betty) Donckers Jr. He attended both Marquette Parochial and Public schools, graduating from Marquette...
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Robert C. DONCKERS

October 5, 2016

Robert C. Donckers, 58, of Carson City, Nevada and formerly of Marquette, passed away at Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nevada on October 5, 2016, after suffering a severe stroke while at work. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced along with a complete obituary by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.
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Roland Orville ROSIN, Jr.

January 15, 1958 - October 3, 2016

Roland Orville, "Rolo" AKA "Tiny" Rosin, Jr., 58, of Marquette, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 03, 2016. He was born January 15, 1958, in Marquette, a son of Roland O. and Ruth (Shorkey) Sr. and was a lifelong area resident. Roland worked for many years as a certified Subaru automotive mechanic at Hornbogen's and Paul King Subaru. His leisure activities included racing...
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Betty E. DESCHAINE

January 5, 1922 - October 2, 2016

Betty E. (Demaray) Deschaine, 94, joyfully went to be with our Lord and Savior on October 2, 2016. She had been a resident of Norlite Nursing Center for a year. Betty was born on January 5, 1922 in Cadillac, MI to Ora (Capt.) and Gladys (Head) Demaray. She moved to Marquette at an early age as her father was a Captain of the Michigan State Police and was assigned to the U.P. Betty...
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Wallace H. Dorie

September 12, 1923 - September 28, 2016

Wallace H. Dorie, 93, of Kenton, Michigan died peacefully, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born September 12, 1923 in Marquette, a son of the late Wilfred and Philomena (King) Dorie. Wallace graduated from Graveraet High School in 1941. He worked for the Marquette Bakery until his induction in the US Army in 1943. He served in the South Pacific...
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Carrie A. ZENTI

October 28, 1969 - September 22, 2016

Carrie A. Zenti, 46, of Gwinn, died peacefully Thursday evening, September 22, 2016, at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee. Carrie was born on October 28, 1969 in Escanaba to Peter and Elizabeth (Olson) Zenti and was a Gwinn High School graduate. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Michigan State University and a K-12 Art Teaching Certification from the University...
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Shirley L. HENDRICKSON

February 4, 1931 - September 18, 2016

Shirley L. Hendrickson, 85, of Marquette, died peacefully, Sunday afternoon, September 18, 2016 at the Norlite Nursing Center. A lifelong area resident, Shirley was born on February 4, 1931 in Marquette, one of five children born to Charles and Agnes (Lidbom) Smyth. She attended Marquette schools and graduated from the former Graveraet High School in 1948. On August 2, 1952, Shirley married...
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Cheryl BRESSETTE

February 1, 1955 - September 9, 2016

Cheryl Bressette, 61, of Ishpeming, died Friday afternoon, September 9, 2016 at her home in the presence of her loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Cheryl was born on February 1, 1955 in Marquette, a daughter of Clifford and Seraphine (Papin) Bressette and had been a lifelong area resident. She was a 1973 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and had attended...
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Kenneth D. LaFAYETTE

March 7, 1934 - September 7, 2016

Kenneth D. LaFayette, 82 of Marquette, died peacefully, Wednesday morning, September 7, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. Ken was born on March, 7, 1934 in Marquette, a son of the late Louis and Ida (Johnson) LaFayette and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1952 graduate of Graveraet High School. Ken proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1954-56 during the end of...
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Roger Michael STOTT

February 2, 1943 - September 5, 2016

Roger Michael "Smokey" Stott, 73, of CR 510 Negaunee died Monday, September 5, 2016 while under U.P. Home & Hospice Care and attended by his loving family. He was born February 2, 1943 in Virginia, MN to the late Roy G. & Martha (Maki) Stott. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. in 1961; attended Montgomery College, in MD and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves. In...
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Ruth H. Balmes WILLIAMS

December 17, 1917 - August 30, 2016

Ruth Balmes Williams passed away August 30, 2016 at home in the presence of her loving family. She left earth to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior. Ruth was born on December 19, 1917 in Republic, Michigan, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Makela. She graduated from Ishpeming High School in 1935 and then attended Northern Michigan Teachers College. She was a homemaker in the following years...
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Richard K. CLEARY

September 8, 1953 - August 27, 2016

Richard K. "Dick" Cleary, 62, of Marquette, a dear husband, father, papa, brother and friend, left us too soon on Saturday August 27, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dick was born in Hancock, Michigan on September 8, 1953 to the late Richard G. and Kay Jane (Jamison) Cleary. He grew up in Ontonagon and spent much of his time at the Porcupine Mountains State Park, where his...
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Rodney R. SMITH

August 27, 2016

Rodney "Rod" R. Smith, 85, of Marquette entered eternal life on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee where he received excellent and compassionate care since becoming a resident in March. Rod was born in Old Mission, Michigan. He often reminisced about his childhood with his "Sister Sue" and his parents. Rod was a very hard worker (he even purchased a car for...
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John C. RACINE

December 14, 1935 - August 22, 2016

John C. Racine, 80, of Marquette, died Monday morning, August 22, 2016 at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital in Bay City, Michigan. He was born December 14, 1935 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a son of the late Clarence and Mary (Kind) Racine. He was a 1954 graduate of Graveraet High School and was a lifelong area resident. John married Nancy Paquin in St. Ignace on October 3, 1959. He was employed...
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John Thomas COLANTONIO

March 26, 1932 - August 21, 2016

John Thomas Colantonio, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, 84, of Marquette, died peacefully, stopping at the Rainbow Bridge to pick up his beloved Ben and continued his journey home on Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2016, at his home, in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. John was born on March 26, 1932 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, a son of the late...
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Charles J. DOWNS

December 22, 1915 - August 20, 2016

Charles James Downs, age 100, longtime Marquette resident, entered eternal life on August 20, 2016 at Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Charlie was born in Marquette, Michigan on December 22, 1915 to Timothy and Rachel (Beaudry) Downs. He graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in 1933. Charlie worked for Beyer's Brothers General Contracting as their bookkeeper after high school. He...
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Lowell Alexander LaMORA

July 5, 1921 - August 20, 2016

Lowell Alexander LaMora, 95, of Marquette, died Saturday afternoon, August 20, 2016 in the Hospice Suite at UP Health System Marquette while under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born July 5, 1921 in Marquette, a son of the late Frank T. and Emily (Bordeau) LaMora and was a lifelong area resident. Lowell served in the US Army and was a WWII veteran. He was employed with Marquette...
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Nancy D. LARSON

August 15, 2016 - August 15, 2016

Nancy D. Larson, 77, formerly of National Mine, Ishpeming and Gwinn, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Our Lady of Mercy Health and Rehab in Hubbell, Michigan. Nancy was born on December 10, 1938 in Ishpeming, a daughter of the late Andrew and Gladys (Paull) Larson and was a lifelong area resident. She was very involved with The Salvation Army for many years. Surviving are numerous...
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Karen I. Bielawski

October 26, 1938 - August 11, 2016

Karen I. Bielawski, 77, of Marquette, passed away Thursday morning, August 11, 2016 at Mill Creek Assisted Living in Marquette with her loving family at her side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Karen was born on October 26, 1938 in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, a daughter of Frank and Orel (Parker) Keith. She had resided in Marquette since 2013. For many years, Karen was employed at...
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Willard E. HAUTAMAKI

May 22, 1943 - August 11, 2016

Willard E. Hautamaki, 73, of Marquette, passed away Thursday morning, August 11, 2016 at his residence. Willard was born on May 22, 1943 in Munising, Michigan, a son of the late Eino and Ethel (Higby) Hautamaki. He was a graduate of Eben High School and later proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. Willard worked as a carpenter all of his life, both in the union trades and also self...
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Catherine Laura SHUDRA

August 10, 2016

Catherine Laura Shudra, 64, of Ishpeming, passed away Wednesday night, August 10, 2016 at UP Health System- Marquette. She was surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Laura had a giving spirit. She spent her life raising her four children while actively pursuing her PhD in counseling to be able to help others in need. She worked for Florida Public Schools as...
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Patricia Marie TAYLOR

June 29, 1937 - July 31, 2016

Patricia Marie Taylor, age 79 of 1612 Gray St., Marquette, passed away July 31, 2016 at UP Health System-Marquette Emergency Room of an aortic aneurysm. Born to Leonardo and Mary Asunta Velenzia Vicario on June 29, 1937, she graduated from Ishpeming High School class of 1955. Patricia continued her education at NMU while struggling to raise her children. Former past president of the American...
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Patrick Neil CHAPMAN

August 25, 1950 - July 28, 2016

Beloved father, grandfather, brother, friend and Muslim brother, Patrick Neil Chapman passed away on July 28, 2016 at the age of 65 at Mather Nursing Center where he was for rehabilitation services. Patrick was a kind hearted, spiritual Muslim and family man that left behind a large family. He has two brothers, Michael Chapman, 69 of Lansing and Thomas Chapman, 68 of Big Bay; a sister,...
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Jane Elizabeth ROBERT

January 18, 1942 - July 28, 2016

Jane E. Robert, 74, passed away Thursday morning, July 28, 2016 at U.P. Health System-Marquette after a brief illness. Jane was born on January 18, 1942 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Leo and Loretta (Bureau) Robert and had been a lifelong area resident. She attended Marquette Public Schools. Jane was formerly employed by Forsberg Flowers in Marquette. In her free time, she loved...
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Mary Ellen BELMORE

December 16, 1920 - July 26, 2016

Mary Ellen Belmore, 95, entered eternal life July 26, 2016 at UP Health System Marquette after a lengthy illness. Born to James and Mary (Graff) Fagan, she graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in the class of 1938. Mary Ellen worked for Cohodas Brothers early in her life then married Benjamin Belmore and moved to Camden, New Jersey where her first son, Richard was born. They moved back to...
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Jeanette Evelyn DesJARDINS

December 21, 1920 - July 25, 2016

Jeanette Evelyn DesJardins, 95, of Marquette, passed to the Hands of the Lord Monday morning, July 25, 2016, in the presence of her family and the angels at Norlite Nursing Center. Jeanette was born on December 21, 1920 in Marquette to the late John F. and Mabel F. (L'Huillier) Cooney and was a lifelong area resident. She was a 1939 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Jeanette was formerly...
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Wayne Charles AMUNDSEN

July 20, 2016

Wayne Charles Amundsen, 82, of Marquette, passed away from cardiac arrest on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Marquette Michigan. Wayne was born in Chicago, Illinois to Cecelia (Kuczma) and Olaf Amundsen. He graduated from Tuley High School in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa from 1954-56 and returned home and married his high school sweetheart, Janet Rogers in 1957. They lived in...
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Richard Alex RUSSELL

March 10, 1931 - July 9, 2016

Richard Alex Russell, 85, of Rock, died Saturday morning, July 9, 2016, at the Mill Creek Assisted Living Facility in Marquette. He was born in Daggett, Michigan on March 10, 1931, a son of Alex and Amanda (Carlson) Russell. He grew up in Northland and attended the Gwinn Schools. In 1955 he married Leona (Guntly Perkins). Richard worked for the Marquette County Road Commission in Skandia...
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Agnes C. GREEN

June 14, 1922 - July 9, 2016

Agnes Clara (Parent) Green, of Marquette, passed away Saturday morning, July 9, 2016 at the Norlite Nursing Center shortly following her 94th birthday. She was born on June 14, 1922 to William and Leah (Goodreau) Parent in Marquette. As part of a large family, she busied herself helping with her siblings and working at the family grocery store in her early years. She married Robert G. Green on...
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John Thomas NOBLE

March 1, 1988 - July 8, 2016

John Thomas Noble, 28, of Marquette, died Friday morning, July 8, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin as the result of an accident. John was born on March 1, 1988 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a son of Jack and Lynne Noble. He was a graduate of North Star Academy in Marquette and attended the NMU School of Welding. He was employed by Iron Workers Local No. 8. John shared a beautiful light everywhere...
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Paul E. OLIVIER

July 17, 1924 - July 2, 2016

Paul E. Olivier, 91, a lifelong resident, died peacefully Saturday morning, July 2, 2016 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of UP Home Health and Hospice. Born in 1924 to George and Gertrude Olivier, he graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in 1941. He attended a year of college before going into the service and was a World War II Army Air Corp. veteran. ...
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Audrey Ann WUORENMAA

April 11, 1929 - June 23, 2016

Audrey Ann Wuorenmaa, 87, of Ishpeming, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 23, 2016, at UP Health System Bell. She was born April 11, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, a daughter of the late James and Esther (Hill) Morrall. The family moved to Champion during the great depression for work and later returned to Detroit. Years later, she returned to the UP to settle in Ishpeming. On April 2, 1949...
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John C. MINGAY

November 14, 1926 - June 21, 2016

John C. "Jack" Mingay, 89, of Marquette, died early Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016 at U.P. Health System-Marquette surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born on November 14, 1926 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a son of the late Charles J. and Belle (Harris) Mingay and was a 1944 graduate of Sault High School. Jack proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. After his...
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Timothy James McQUADE

July 8, 1954 - June 16, 2016

Timothy James McQuade, 61, of Big Bay, died unexpectedly, following an illness, at his home, Thursday, June 16, 2016. A Celebration of Tim's Life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m. at W3475 Lighthouse Road, Big Bay. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com
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John R. ELLMAN

May 17, 1959 - June 13, 2016

John R. Ellman, 57, of Gwinn, died Monday, June 13, 2016 at his home. John was born on May 17, 1959 in Ishpeming, one of eight children born to John W. and Elaine M. (Ketola) Ellman. He attended the Gwinn Schools system. John worked at numerous jobs over the years, most of them as a handyman and scrapper in the scrap metal industry. In his free time he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and...
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Donald James FAUGHT

November 10, 1927 - June 10, 2016

Donald James Faught, 88, a resident of the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette, died peacefully, Friday evening, June 10, 2016, following a lengthy illness. He was born November 10, 1927, in Alma, Michigan, a son of the late Earl W. and Mattie J. (Garrity) Faught. In 1944, as a sophomore at Alma High School, he was a member of the undefeated track team, competing in the quarter mile. In1946 he...
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Richard W. PALM

November 16, 1961 - June 5, 2016

Richard W. "Richie" Palm, 54, of Gwinn and formerly of Negaunee, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016. A lifelong Marquette County resident, Richie was born on November 16, 1961 in Ishpeming and was a Negaunee High School graduate. He was employed in the family business, The Honda Shop of Marquette for many years as a small engine mechanic. On September 23, 1983, Richie married the former...
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Albertine Marie MITCHELL

October 22, 1970 - June 5, 2016

Albertine Marie "Tina" Mitchell, 45, of Princeton, passed away Sunday morning, June 5, 2016 at UP Health System- Marquette after a brief illness. Tina was born October 22, 1970 in Marquette, MI. She was the daughter of Boyne Mitchell and the late Renee Mitchell. Tina worked several years as a cosmetologist and loved the art of creating a new hairstyle or color. In order to spend more time...
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Patrick John ARMATTI

September 3, 1944 - June 3, 2016

Patrick John Armatti, 71, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Friday morning, June 3, 2016 at his home, with his family by his side and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice following a lengthy illness. He was born September 3, 1944, in Marquette, a son of Battista and Edith (Storti) Armatti. He was a Gwinn High School graduate and a lifelong area resident. Pat served in the US Navy as a landing...
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Lucille M. ONTTO

November 14, 1930 - May 31, 2016

Lucille M. Ontto, 85, of Gwinn, passed away Tuesday evening, May 31, 2016 at the home of her daughter in Appleton, Wisconsin. Lucille was born on November 14, 1930 in Lathrop, Michigan, a daughter of the late Thorval and Janey (Tappenden) Hansen and attended Rock High School. On February 24, 1951, Lucille married Leonard K. Ontto in Gladstone and together they raised their daughter, Cheryl in...
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Cora Ida LEMIEUX

August 19, 1941 - May 28, 2016

Cora Ida Lemieux, 74, of Marquette, died peacefully Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Mill Creek Assisted Living Facility in Marquette while under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born August 19, 1941 in Sands Township, Michigan, a daughter of the late Lee and Bernice (Jensen) Tolman. Cora married Francis J. Lemieux, Sr. and through his career as a US Navy officer the couple and their...
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V. Kay HODGINS

November 6, 1932 - May 27, 2016

Verle Kay Hodgins, (Swenor, nee Malmgren), 83, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming, surrounded by her loving family. Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Dementia in 2012. We were fortunate that she was so full of life and had a fantastic sense of humor; she knew her children, grandchildren and friends and loved spending time visiting...
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Geraldine HOSKING

September 29, 1944 - May 21, 2016

Geraldine "Gerry" Hosking, 71, of Negaunee, passed away Saturday evening, May 21, 2016 with her fiancé and daughter by her side and family and friends close by. She was under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Gerry was born in Detroit on September 29, 1944, a daughter of the late Edwin and Dorothy (Smith) Hosking and was a 1962 graduate of Brighton High School. Gerry graduated from...
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Robert John BEAUCHAMP

January 7, 1924 - May 20, 2016

Robert John Beauchamp, 92, of Marquette, died peacefully Friday morning, May 20, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born January 7, 1924, in Whitney, Michigan, the son of the late Homer and Amanda (Morin) Beauchamp. He was a 1942 graduate of Kingsford High School and attended Ferris State University for three...
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Connie M. OJANIEMI

November 18, 1948 - May 19, 2016

Connie M. Ojaniemi, 67, of Beaver Grove, passed away Thursday morning, May 19, 2016 at her home. Connie was born on November 18, 1948 in Crystal Falls, MI, to the late Wallace and Verle (Greenland) Routheaux. She married Larry Ojaniemi, Jr. on November 18, 1966 in Ontonagon, MI. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Harvey and was also active in the Senior Center. Connie...
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Shirley W. ORTEZ

February 9, 1935 - May 19, 2016

Shirley W. Ortez, 81, of Ishpeming, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, May 19, 2016 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memories of Shirley may be shared at canalefuneral.com.
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Ronald Franklin GUIDEBECK

November 10, 1932 - May 14, 2016

Ronald Franklin Guidebeck, 83, of Big Bay, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at UP Health System -Marquette following a brief illness. Ron was born on November 10, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, a son of the late Theodore and Florence (Sharp) Guidebeck. He worked as an underground miner for many years including the Tracy Mine, the Tilden Mine as well as other mines owned and operated by...
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Anna Mae COLLINS

October 25, 1922 - May 12, 2016

Anna "Mae" Collins, 93, of Ishpeming, died peacefully, Thursday morning, May 12, 2016 at the Mather Nursing Center. She was born October 25, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late William E. and Anna Maria (Tausand) Freeman. On January 25, 1958 she married George Collins in Baraga, Michigan. Anna Mae was a member of the Ishpeming VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Bethany Lutheran...
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Staci Lyn FORTIN

September 14, 1971 - May 10, 2016

Staci Lyn Fortin, age 44, beloved and cherished daughter of Colleen Pascoe, passed away May 9, 2016 in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. Staci was born September 14, 1971 to Allen Wm. Fortin Sr. and Colleen (Fitzpatrick-Fortin) Pascoe. She grew up in Marquette and graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1989. She attended cosmetology school, Northern Michigan University for computer programming...
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Zachary R. HOLMES

December 28, 1987 - May 10, 2016

Zachary R. Holmes, 28, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Marquette. Zach was born on December 28, 1987 in Marquette and was a 2006 graduate of Gwinn High School. He was formerly employed at ACN in Gwinn and as a clerk at Cenex and Lowe's. In his free time, Zach enjoyed hanging out with his dog, Benji, fishing and going to the beach. A very sociable person, Zach was always...
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