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Margaret SPRIETZER

January 14, 1915 - May 20, 2015

Margaret Sprietzer, 100, of Gwinn, died Wednesday evening, May 20, 2015, at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. She was born January 14, 1915, on Drummond Island, Michigan, a daughter of the late George A. and Mary (Ruohomaki) Campbell. On April 9, 1931 she married Michael Sprietzer and after 67 years of marriage he preceded her in death in 1997. Margaret moved to Gwinn in 2005 from...
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Dominic Lee Gutzman Guerrero FRENCH

May 27, 2014 - May 18, 2015

Dominic Lee Gutzman Guerrero French, infant, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at home, following an illness. He was born May 27, 2014, in Marquette to Nathan French and Estephany Gutzman-Guerrero. His family will always remember him as a content baby who always smiled and loved to laugh. Dominic is also survived by his siblings, Keith & Gracie French and Amora Rae Gutzman Guerrero French;...
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Cynthia Louise RICHARD

April 27, 1960 - May 16, 2015

Cynthia Louise (Hokenson) Richard, 55, of Hancock, died Saturday afternoon, May 16, 2015, at the Portage Point Franklin House in Hancock following a lengthy illness. Cindy was born April 27, 1960, in Hancock, a daughter of the late George E. and Alice (Grace) Hokenson. She was raised in the area and attended Houghton High School. She was employed for many years as a certified nurse's aide. ...
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Robert J. FLOREK

July 29, 1935 - May 14, 2015

Robert J. Florek, 79, of Harvey, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, May 14, 2015 at his home in the loving presence of his wife. Robert was born on July 29, 1935 at Ripon, Wisconsin, a son of the late John W. and Agnes (Steeps) Florek and was a Ripon High School graduate. He then proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1957. Bob retired from Sundberg-Carlson and...
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James Vern FISHER

May 13, 2015

James V. "Jim" Fisher, 78, of Marquette and Green Valley, Arizona, the husband of Marlene Schwemin Fisher, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Green Valley. Local funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.
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Joyce French BERUBE

January 11, 1924 - May 12, 2015

Joyce French Berube of Marquette, MI passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 12, 2015. She was 91 years of age. Joyce was born January 11, 1924 in Lansing, MI. She was the second of three children born to Matt Walter French and Valeria May Savory. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1941. Joyce's singing talent was a guiding influence in her life. As a child she sang on the WJIM...
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Charles R. BLAKE, Sr.

May 9, 1952 - May 11, 2015

Charles R. Blake, Sr., 63, of Marquette died Monday afternoon, May 11, 2015 at UP Health System Marquette following a lengthy illness. Charles was born May 9, 1952 in Rock Hill, SC to Lillian and Harry Blake. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base during the Vietnam War. Charles met his future wife, Patricia Ellis, and after his discharge they were...
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Joseph M. YEADON

November 15, 1925 - May 10, 2015

Joseph "Bud" Yeadon, 89, of Harvey, died Sunday afternoon, May 10, 2015 at his home. He was born November 15, 1925 in Carlshend, a son of the late Franklin and Laura (Messier) Yeadon and had been a lifelong area resident. He married Leona Ames in Marquette on May 23, 1952 and she preceded him in death on August 13, 2008. Bud worked at the Minnesota Iron Range, the Tracey Mine, Ropes Gold...
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William Joseph CLEARY, Jr.

March 29, 1955 - May 9, 2015

William J. "Bill" Cleary, Jr., 60, of Marquette, passed away Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, at UP Health System- Marquette with his family at his side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Bill was born on March 29, 1955 in Marquette, a son of the late William J. and Ruth (Ranta) Cleary, Jr. He was a 1973 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. Bill served for six years in the...
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Barbara Kaye LAMOREAUX

April 9, 1960 - May 8, 2015

Barbara K. Lamoreaux, 55, of Marquette, died Friday afternoon, May 8, 2015 at U.P. Health System-Marquette after suffering a massive stroke. Her parents, sisters, hockey son, Michael, and dear friend Cindy were by her side. Barb grew up in Northern Michigan where she graduated from Charlevoix Public Schools in 1978. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, being outside, and making the...
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Mark Allen BETZ

August 18, 1955 - April 25, 2015

Mark Allen Betz, 59, entered eternal life Saturday Afternoon, April 25, 2015, at UP Health System Marquette due to complications of a brief illness. His children were at his side when he peacefully entered God's Kingdom. Born August 18, 1955, in Carson City, MI, son of Don L. and Joan (Martin) L. Betz. Mark was raised in Lower Michigan and eventually made his way up to God's Country, the Upper...
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Christine A. Ontto GARDNER

May 14, 1955 - April 22, 2015

Christine A. Ontto Gardner, 59, of Franklin, Wisconsin, and formerly of Gwinn died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee following a short illness. Christine was born on May 14, 1955 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Arthur G. and Ruth E. (Jacobson) Ontto, Sr. She was a 1973 graduate of Gwinn High School and received an associate's degree from Muskegon Business...
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Michael P. PAYMENT

April 7, 1955 - April 21, 2015

Michael P. Payment, 60, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 with his family by his side at UP Health System- Marquette. He had been battling esophageal cancer for two years. Mike was born on April 7, 1955, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a son of Clayton and Lois (Forrest) Payment. He moved to Marquette at the age of 11 and graduated from Marquette Senior High School with...
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Willard Z. KOSKI

December 28, 1948 - April 21, 2015

Willard Z. "Booya" Koski, 66, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015, at his home with his family at his side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Booya was born on December 28, 1948 in Marquette, a son of the late Willard R. and Virginia (L'Huillier) Koski and was a lifelong Marquette resident. He was a 1967 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. Booya was employed...
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Melvin George KEVERN

September 5, 1923 - April 18, 2015

Melvin "Muggs" George Kevern, 91, of Marquette, died Saturday morning, April 18, 2015, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born September 5, 1923, in Negaunee, a son of the late William and Anne (Healey) Kevern. He was a 1942 graduate of Negaunee High School and lifelong area resident. Melvin proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army. On June 5, 1947 he married Leona...
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Anna Linnea BOLM

June 26, 1929 - April 3, 2015

Anna Linnea "Lynn" Bolm, 85, of Casa Grande, AZ formally from Escanaba, MI returned to her heavenly home on April 3, 2015 with the devoted comfort of her loving husband near her side. Her devotion to her husband and family and her firm belief in God supported her during her last days in an assisted living facility and ultimately gave her peace. Linnea was born on June 26, 1929 in Ishpeming, MI...
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John T. BROWN

February 24, 1937 - March 30, 2015

John T. Brown, Jr., 78, of Gwinn, passed away with his wife and children by his side on March 30, 2015 at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, NC. He was born February 24, 1937 in Louisville, KY. He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Brown, Sr. and his mother, Georgia L. Brown. He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Ruth Brown and their five children and their spouses, Mark ...
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Russell L. WESTMAN

April 4, 1919 - March 30, 2015

Russell L. Westman, age 95, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 30, 2015 at his home in Little Lake where he lived for the past 89 years. Russell was born in Cedar River, MI on April 4, 1919. He moved to Little Lake with his grandparents, John and Mina (Jankowsky) in 1925 where John worked for the Stack Lumber Company. Russell was very active in the work of the Lord at the Little Lake...
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Linda M. DUNBAR

January 8, 1952 - March 26, 2015

Linda M. Dunbar (Hemming), 63, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Thursday morning, March 26, 2015, following a short illness, at her daughter's home, with her family by her side and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born January 8, 1952, in Kenosha, WI, a daughter of the late Ralph and Ann (Schmidt) Dunbar. Linda is survived by her children, Dawn (Gaylord) Hamm, Robert Couch, Owen...
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Lois Elaine GODELL

March 28, 1937 - March 24, 2015

Lois Elaine Godell of Marquette, Michigan, entered into eternal peace on March 24th, 2015. She was with her beloved daughter at her side at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Memory Care. She was under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Lois was born on Easter Sunday on March 28th, 1937 in Ishpeming, Michigan. She grew up on Pine Street across from the playground, which provided her...
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Dolores Marie FITZPATRICK

May 3, 1933 - March 23, 2015

Dolores Marie Fitzpatrick, 81, of Marquette, entered eternal life Monday, March 23, 2015, at her home, under the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Hospice following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Dolores married the love of her life, James Fitzpatrick on January 8, 1953. Together they raised and loved their three children unconditionally. Dolores worked at Vollworth's Meat...
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Julius Joseph TIZIANI

January 18, 1931 - March 23, 2015

Julius Joseph Tiziani (Tiz) age 84 passed away on March 23rd, 2015 at his home at 1511 Lynn St., Marquette, MI following a lengthy illness in the loving care of his family. Julius was born in Ironwood, MI, on January 18th, 1931 to Julius Antoine and Mary (Pertile) Tiziani. He was the middle child of three who grew up in Ironwood and attended St. Ambrose Catholic School. When he was going...
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Doris Eleanor LACHANCE

July 23, 1928 - March 21, 2015

Doris "Eleanor" LaChance (Branam), age 86, of 216 Ingals Rd. Skandia, died Saturday afternoon, March 21, 2015 at Upper Peninsula Health System in the care of family and Lake Superior Hospice. Eleanor was born on July 23, 1928 in Kalkaska, to the late Otis and Rachel Branam. She was married to Joseph Anthony "Tony" LaChance in Munising on September 6, 1947. Eleanor spent her early years as a...
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Dorothy A. HILL

August 28, 1926 - March 20, 2015

Dorothy Ann Hill, age 88, of Marquette, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the first day of spring, March 20, 2015. She was lovingly cared for by her daughter-in-law, Deirdre, for the last several years of her life and was able to remain in her own home. Dorothy was born to Duncan and Dorothy Cameron in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 28, 1926. Dorothy married the love of her life, Edwin...
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Martin Thomas OLIVIER

June 4, 1950 - March 17, 2015

Martin Thomas "Marty" Olivier, 64, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning at his home in the loving presence of his family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. He had been ill for a very short period of time. Marty was born on June 4, 1950 in Marquette, a son of the late Thomas W. and Jean (Flanigan) Olivier and was a 1968 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Marty worked as a...
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Gail Ann BURKE

May 26, 1946 - March 16, 2015

Gail Ann Burke, 68, of Marquette, died Monday morning, March 16, 2015 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. Gail was born on May 26, 1946 in Orfordville, Wisconsin, a daughter of the late John and Wilda (Stuart) Worden. She received her undergraduate degree from UW Whitewater and did post graduate studies at Northern Michigan University. Gail previously taught art at Sun...
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Paul Andrew RIIS

March 29, 1940 - March 15, 2015

Col. Paul Andrew Riis, Ret, RCAF, 74, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2015 of natural causes with his loving wife by his side. Paul was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 29, 1940 the son of Florence (Paulson) and Viggo Riis. He had 35 years of distinguished service in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), rising to the rank of Colonel. In 1961, while stationed at K.I. Sawyer Air...
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Donna M. TREGEMBO

May 27, 1935 - March 10, 2015

Donna M. Tregembo, 79, of Skandia, passed away Tuesday evening, March 10, 2015 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home. She was born May 27, 1935, in Marquette, a daughter of the late Theodore and Ruth (Johnson) McMaster. On February 15, 1954 she married William V. Tregembo in Albuquerque,...
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Nettie M. PROVOST

February 21, 1926 - March 7, 2015

Nettie M. Provost, 89, 1530 W. Ridge St., Marquette, entered eternal life on March 7, 2015, with her family at her side in the Hospice Suite at UP Health System Marquette. She was born to Joseph and Edith Ellen (Argall) Collick on February 21, 1926, in Ironwood, and the family later moved to Ishpeming, where she attended school. Nettie married Frederick (Fritz) Koski in 1942 and after his death...
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Ross George JANDRON

December 4, 1956 - March 6, 2015

Ross G. Jandron, 58, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Marquette, died Friday afternoon, March 6, 2015, at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas. Ross was born on December 4, 1956 in Marquette and graduated from Marquette Senior High School. He was formerly employed at the Marquette City Marina. He retired from Walmart and moved to Las Vegas in 2014. Ross enjoyed camping, fishing, and Elvis Presley...
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Jim GODELL

December 17, 1934 - March 6, 2015

Jim Godell, age 80, of Marquette, Michigan, died peacefully after a long, well-fought battle with cancer on March 6th, 2015 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Facility while under the care of the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. He passed surrounded in love and compassion with his wife and daughter at his side. Jim was born in Baraga, Michigan on December 17th, 1934. He was the...
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Linda Berggreen LAKE

September 24, 1947 - March 5, 2015

Linda Berggreen Lake, 67, of Gwinn, died peacefully Thursday morning, March 5, 2015 at her home in the presence of her loving family. Linda valiantly fought ovarian cancer and an auto immune disease, Dermatomyocytis for more than three years having been given amazing support by the staff on Hematology-Oncology at the Medical Center and such tender loving care from her own nurse and aide friends...
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Lewis Ernest PETERS

April 10, 1932 - March 4, 2015

Dr. Lewis Ernest Peters, 82, of Marquette, died peacefully Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015, at Brookridge Heights Memory Care while under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born April 10, 1932, in Evanston, Illinois, a son of the late Lewis Ernest and Evelyn (Tehle) Peters, Sr. Lew married Katherine Kay Vielmetti in 1980 at the Marygrove Retreat Center in Garden, Michigan. He joined...
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John Evald CARLSON

March 14, 1936 - March 2, 2015

John Evald Carlson, 78, of Marquette, died Monday evening, March 2, 2015 at Cypress Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hancock after a 2 year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. John was born to Swedish immigrant parents, Albert and Helga (Johanson) Carlson on March 14, 1936 in St. Paul, MN. After graduating from St. Paul Johnson High School he joined the U.S. Army stationed in Stuttgart,...
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Norbert William COCHART

December 25, 1932 - March 2, 2015

Norbert "Tiny" William Cochart, 82, of Marquette, died peacefully Tuesday evening, March 2, 2015, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming and was also under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born December 25, 1932, in Algoma, Wisconsin, a son of the late William and Myrtle (Jandrain) Cochart. On June 7, 1968 he married Janet Lee Grobar in Marquette. Tiny was...
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Sara Elizabeth MULDER

January 5, 1933 - March 1, 2015

Sara Elizabeth (Pruitt) Mulder passed away on Sunday, March 1st at the Upper Peninsula Health System of Marquette. She fought a long and brave battle against cancer for almost 7 years. Sara was born on January 5, 1933 in Glencoe, AL to Charles and Erma Pruitt. She married Donald Kenneth Mulder on April 17, 1954. Don and Sara shared 51 years together and traveled extensively as Don served...
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Charlotte Louise TACCOLINI

August 16, 1935 - February 24, 2015

Charlotte Taccolini, someone who selflessly spent her entire life caring for the needs of others, joined her beloved son, Bobby, in heaven February 24, 2015 after courageously enduring ten years with Alzheimer's disease. She knew she was loved and had the constant support of her husband, Fred, by her side. She passed away peacefully at home. Char was born in Cadillac, MI on August 16, 1935. ...
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Bruce G. BUREAU

August 23, 1932 - February 22, 2015

Bruce G. Bureau, 82, of Ishpeming, died Sunday morning, February 22, 2015, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Bruce was born August 23, 1932, in Munising, to Cecile "Sis" and George "Soup" Bureau. He was raised in Marquette, attended St. John's Elementary and Bishop Baraga High School. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Army, stationed in Livorno (Leghorn) Italy. Discharged in 1954...
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Cody William REVORD

September 16, 1997 - February 19, 2015

Cody William Revord, 17, of Marquette, died Thursday morning, February 19, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. He put up a valiant struggle from injuries sustained in an accident doing what he loved best, snowboarding. Cody entered this world fighting for his life on September 16, 1997 in Marquette and through his determination and strong will, he overcame a variety of struggles to become...
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Alice Marie LINKSWILER

July 10, 1920 - February 16, 2015

Alice M. Linkswiler, 94, of Big Bay, passed away early Monday morning, February 16, 2015, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Alice was born on July 10, 1920 at Lovells, Michigan to the former Mary Elizabeth Young. She moved to Big Bay in 1936 from Pontiac, Michigan and was a longtime member of Community Presbyterian Church of Big...
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Nellie Giotto GABALL

August 25, 1918 - February 15, 2015

Nellie "Nell" Giotto Gaball, 96, of Marquette, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, February 15, 2015, at her daughter's home in Sun Lakes, AZ. Nell was born August 25, 1918, in Negaunee, the third oldest of Italian-American immigrant parents Peter and Rosina (Posmon) Giotto. She attended the first three grades in the Buffalo Hill School, where she learned to speak English and when the...
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Bernice A. JACKSON

August 9, 1923 - February 13, 2015

Bernice A Jackson, 91, of Marquette, went to her Lord February 13, 2015 at her son's home surrounded by her family and Lake Superior Hospice. She resided at her son's home for the last 11 years of her life. Bernice was born August 9, 1923 in Painesdale, Michigan, a little mining town and the family moved to a small farm in Ontonagon where she spent most of her childhood. Bernice graduated...
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William MUSOLF

July 3, 1930 - February 9, 2015

Billy Musolf, 84, went to heaven on February. 9, 2015. He took along his bowling balls and golf clubs, and will be starting a couple new leagues. Sadly for us left behind, we no longer will be able to enjoy his dilly beans, raspberry jam, and other canned goodies, but we are sure he has found the perfect spot to plant his garden. Born in Marquette on July 3, 1930, he was honorably discharged...
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Irene M. MITCHELL

January 26, 1945 - February 7, 2015

Irene "Renee" Mitchell of Princeton, passed away Saturday evening, February 7, 2015 at home surrounded by loving family and under the wonderful care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Renee was born on January 26, 1945 in Newport, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Viola Zaloumis. On December 13, 1969 she married the love of her life, Boyne D. Mitchell. In January 1970,...
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James R. DeCORTE

September 6, 1946 - February 6, 2015

James DeCorte, 68, of Marquette, died Friday afternoon in the hospice suite at UP Health System Marquette with his loving family at his side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. He was born September 6, 1946, in Saginaw, Michigan, a son of Ralston and Leona (Pomerville) DeCorte. Jim was employed as a welder/fabricator for Lakeshore Inc., but spent most of his working years with...
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Eleanor Julia THOMAS

May 6, 1944 - February 5, 2015

Eleanor Julia Thomas, beloved wife and mother, died Thursday, February 5, 2015. A longtime resident of Gwinn, Eleanor was a voracious reader, loved flowers, enjoyed backyard wildlife, and was devoted to her family, friends and pets. Eleanor was born May 6, 1994 in Belmont, New York to Ivan and Florence Pendleton. It was in Belmont that she met and married her husband and partner for life,...
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William J. CONNORS

April 3, 1923 - February 4, 2015

William "Bill" Connors, 91, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday evening, February 4, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Bill was born on April 3, 1923 in Marquette, a son of the late Edward J. and Eva (Laramie) Connors and was a lifelong Marquette resident. Bill graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in 1941 and then proudly served his...
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Fred Parke BERRY

August 2, 1920 - February 1, 2015

Lt. Col. Fred P. Berry, born August 1920, died quietly in his home on Sunday, February 1, 2015. He was an Army veteran of 22 years and a professor at Northern Michigan University for 25 years. Fred had been a resident of Marquette since 1964. He is survived by his wife, Brunhilde Berry. There will be no services. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be...
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Dave CHASE

December 27, 1940 - January 28, 2015

Dave Chase, 74, of Gwinn, died Wednesday afternoon, January 28, 2015, at his home. He was born December 27, 1940, in Portland, Maine, a son of the late Louis D. and Agnes H. (Violette) Chase, Sr. Dave served 20 years in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and retired in 1980 while stationed at KI Sawyer AFB before working for Northrop Aircraft also on the base. He is survived by his...
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Lucylle Veronica OIEN

December 29, 1917 - January 27, 2015

Lucylle Veronica Oien, 97, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Tuesday morning, January 27, 2015, at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee. She was born December 29, 1917, in Princeton Location, a daughter of the late Charles and Marguerite (Fountain) Boogren and was a lifelong area resident. On February 14, 1942 she married Glenn Oien and he preceded her in death on December 18, 1962. Following...
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Sarah Louise HAWES

June 2, 1923 - January 26, 2015

SARAH LOUISE HAWES June 2, 1923 - January 26, 2015 Amherst, MA., Professor Emeritus Sarah Louise Hawes, age 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts on January 26, 2015. She was the daughter of Charles Pender Hawes and Catherine McGrath Hawes of Marquette, Michigan and the devoted sister of Catherine Marie Hawes also of Marquette, Michigan -- all of whom predeceased her. ...
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Stanley John MENI

March 7, 1951 - January 26, 2015

Stanley John Meni, 63, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully, January 26, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. A celebration of Stanley's life will be held at a later date. Interment will take place in the Gwinn Cemetery in the spring. The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com
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Frank R. YOUNG

February 17, 1933 - January 26, 2015

I was born in Shawano, Wisconsin on February 17, 1933 and immediately joined my parents, my twelve year old brother and my nine year old sister at our home on a nearby Indian reservation. We lived there for two years before moving to Green Bay for the next three years. The next stop was Marquette, Michigan where I attended public school, graduating from Graveraet High with many life-long...
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Thorin Brandt BROOKS

January 2, 2015 - January 22, 2015

Thorin Brandt Brooks, infant son of Michael & Rachael (Pomeroy) Brooks, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the University of Michigan Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born January 2, 2015. He is survived by a sister, Keeli Brooks; brother, Gavin Pomeroy; grandparents, Jim & Linda Pomeroy and Mike & Denise Brooks; aunts and uncles, James Pomeroy, James Brooks, Karen (Cheyenne)...
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Christine Kay RAVEN-GLASS

November 3, 1970 - January 14, 2015

Christine Kay Raven-Glass, 44, of Munising, died Wednesday morning, January 14, 2015 at UP Health System Marquette, following a lengthy illness. She was born November 3, 1970, in Marquette, a daughter of Richard and Mary (Morin) Raven. Christine was a 1988 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and lifelong area resident. She loved knitting, making blankets, reading and doing nails. She...
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Raymond Oren HAVNEN

May 4, 1939 - January 13, 2015

Raymond Oren Havnen, 75, of Gwinn, died peacefully Tuesday morning, January 13, 2015 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born May 4, 1939 in Greendale, WI, a son of Oren and Helen (Hanson) Havnen. He was a graduate of Greendale High School and earned a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in jet engines. On November 15, 1958 he married Betty Lou Steele at the former...
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Daniel Patrick FELTNER

May 16, 1988 - January 12, 2015

Daniel Patrick Feltner, 26, of Marquette, was called home to his lord and savior on Monday, January 12, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Dan was born on May 16, 1988 in Marquette and had attended Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University. He was formerly employed as a nursing assistant at Mill Creek Assisted Living in Marquette. He attended Messiah Lutheran...
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Evelyn M. MESSIER

February 19, 1925 - January 12, 2015

Evelyn M. Messier, 89, of Beaver Grove, entered eternal life, Monday evening, January 12, 2015 at the Norlite Nursing Center in the loving care of her family. Evelyn was born February 19, 1925 in Harvey, the daughter of Eugene H. and Eva (Sicotte) Blondeau. A lifelong area resident, if you ever drove down Little Lake Road you probably saw Evelyn mowing her grass or shoveling snow as recent as...
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Corinne Emily WESTMAN

September 12, 1952 - January 9, 2015

Corinne Emily Westman, 62, of Gwinn, died peacefully on Friday, January 9, 2015, at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee, where she had resided for the past four months. With her family by her side, she was also under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born September 12, 1952, in Norway, Michigan, a daughter of Armand & Myrtle (Thomas) Gasbarro. She was a 1970 graduate of Gwinn...
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Everett A. SENOBE

May 3, 1912 - January 7, 2015

Everett A. Senobe, 102, of Marquette, died Wednesday morning, January 7, 2015 at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee where he resided since 2010. He was born May 3, 1912, in Negaunee, a son of the late Axel and Lillian (Young) Senobe. Everett was a 1930 graduate of Negaunee High School and a lifelong area resident. He married Philomene Vashaw in 1938 and she preceded him in death in 1989. He...
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Hilda Lucille RASMUSSEN

August 19, 1924 - January 7, 2015

Hilda Lucille Rasmussen, age 90 and a long-time member of the Marquette community, passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. James L. Rasmussen in 1978, and is survived by her daughter Ms. Amy Rasmussen of San Jose, CA; son, Dr. Lewis Rasmussen and granddaughter, Ms. Caitlin...
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Esther Alberta RUMAN

December 9, 1919 - January 6, 2015

Esther Alberta Ruman of Brookridge Heights Assisted Living, passed away early Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the age of 95, under the loving care of family, Brookridge Heights caregivers and Lake Superior Hospice. Esther was born Dec. 9, 1919 to Albert Oliver and Manda Olina Evenson Hinseth at their farm home west of Irene, SD and was baptized Jan. 11, 1920, on her mother's birthday. After...
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Mary H. GILBERTSON

July 7, 1954 - January 5, 2015

Following a wonderful visit with her soon to be 92 year old Mother and her Brother Gerry's family, Mary passed away suddenly in the home she grew up in on the shore of Lake Independence. Mary was a Yooper Girl and adventurer. She loved Canoeing and Dog Sledding and camping summer or winter. She loved digging in the dirt with her Garden tools and growing things. Mary loved dancing. Reading and...
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Marilyn A. PAVLOSKI

February 21, 1935 - January 5, 2015

Marilyn A. "Wink" Pavloski, 79, of Marquette, passed away Monday morning, January 5, 2015 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Marilyn was born on February 21, 1935 in Escanaba, a daughter of the late Joseph and Jessie (Thorban) Friedgen. She was a graduate of the Escanaba High School, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Michigan University and...
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James A. OLIVIER

July 27, 1927 - December 31, 2014

James A. Olivier, 87, of Gwinn, passed away December 31, 2014 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home For Veterans in Marquette with his loving family by his side. Jim was born on July 27, 1927 in Marquette to the late Arthur and Emily (Paquette) Olivier and has been a lifelong Marquette resident. He is preceded in death in 2011 by his beloved wife of 62 years, Barbara (Vinge) Olivier, whom he married on...
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Ragene Ruth HENRY

May 17, 1947 - December 27, 2014

Ragene R. Henry, 67, completed her journey to heaven on December 27, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at her home at 697 County Road 480, in Marquette, MI. Ragene was born in Norway, Michigan, daughter of Clarence and Genevieve Ryberg on May 17, 1947. She married William (Bill) Henry on December 20, 1969 and they had two children, Chad and Ryan. She was a graduate of Kingsford High School...
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Florence N. BARRINGTON

May 19, 1924 - December 27, 2014

Florence Nielsen Barrington, died peacefully with loving family at her bedside on December 27th, 2014 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in Marquette. Born May 19, 1924 in West Bend, Wisconsin to Florence and C.I. (Chester) Nielsen. Pre-deceased by husband Robert Barrington, brothers Chet and William and sister, Marjorie. Florence, affectionately known as "Shatzie" to family, graduated...
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Shirley P. TERPENING

October 8, 1925 - December 23, 2014

Shirley P. Terpening, 89, of Marquette, died Tuesday afternoon, December 23, 2014 at her home in the loving care of her family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born October 8, 1925, in Caseville, Michigan, a daughter of the late Cecil and Unita (Kinkle) Shuart. Shirley had resided in the Marquette area since 1974. She was a member of the Church of Christ and her church...
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Ilean Marie MENHENNICK

July 23, 1926 - December 20, 2014

Ilean Marie Menhennick passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 under the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Hospice and caregivers. Ilean was born July 23, 1926 to Martha (Radtke) and Raymond Dupras on the family farm in Mangum. She was a graduate of Graveraet High School. While in high school she worked at the Kelly Hardware Co. in Marquette and upon graduation worked as an operator at...
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Kathryn KOHL

August 12, 1955 - December 18, 2014

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

February 1, 1960 - December 17, 2014

Brad Mitchell Straub February 1, 1960 – December 17, 2014 Memorial service to be announced in spring. Brad Straub, born February 1, 1960 in Springfield, Ohio, died December 17 in his home in Negaunee, Michigan. Brad was a gifted musician and visual artist. An oboe student of Edward Bloedow in Toledo, Ohio, he received a full scholarship at age 16 to study at New England Conservatory...
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Jacqueline Mary TURAUSKY

March 10, 1939 - December 17, 2014

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

February 21, 1941 - December 15, 2014

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

May 15, 1940 - December 15, 2014

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

February 27, 1942 - December 13, 2014

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

November 19, 1922 - December 9, 2014

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

February 21, 1933 - December 8, 2014

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

November 22, 1953 - December 5, 2014

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

November 2, 1940 - December 5, 2014

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

August 14, 1928 - December 5, 2014

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

November 25, 1932 - December 3, 2014

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

May 21, 1959 - November 30, 2014

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

October 5, 1948 - November 26, 2014

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

September 5, 1942 - November 25, 2014

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

March 11, 1936 - November 24, 2014

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

August 5, 1926 - November 24, 2014

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

August 26, 1950 - November 23, 2014

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

October 24, 1918 - November 17, 2014

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

July 26, 1936 - November 16, 2014

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

October 2, 1931 - November 14, 2014

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

April 10, 1938 - November 11, 2014

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

April 25, 1926 - November 7, 2014

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

June 3, 1983 - November 4, 2014

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

August 7, 1928 - October 29, 2014

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

January 14, 1946 - October 26, 2014

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

October 27, 1953 - October 25, 2014

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

October 23, 2014

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

August 20, 1930 - October 23, 2014

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

September 5, 1923 - October 19, 2014

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

November 26, 1934 - October 17, 2014

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