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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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Pauline A. VICENZI

January 31, 1945 - May 8, 2016

Pauline A. "Polly" Vicenzi, 71, of Marquette, peacefully entered eternal life Sunday afternoon, May 8, 2016 at U.P. Health System- Marquette surrounded by her loving family, following a brief illness. Polly was born on January 31, 1945 in West Branch, Michigan, a daughter of the late Lyle and Vera (White) Wilcox and was a 1963 graduate of West Branch High School. She was a former member of Job's...
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Mary B. McHENRY

February 13, 1955 - May 7, 2016

Mary B. McHenry, 61, of Gwinn, passed away Saturday morning, May 7, 2016 at her home with her husband by her side. She was born February 13, 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a daughter of William and Gloria (Piper) Perron. Mary worked for several years as a claims processor for Blue Cross Blue Shield. She is survived by her husband, Dale McHenry; mother, Gloria Perron; brother, Ronnie Perron;...
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Diane L. MANKAMYER

February 5, 1943 - May 7, 2016

Diane L. Mankamyer, 73, of 310 Lost Creek Drive, Marquette Township, died on Saturday evening, May 7, 2016. Diane was born on February 5, 1943, in Akron, OH and was adopted by her paternal grandparents, Richard and Lucille Mankamyer. She was a 1961 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC. Diane later completed several courses at Northern Michigan University, where she worked for...
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Robert M. CLEARY

January 3, 1958 - April 25, 2016

Robert M. "Bob" Cleary, 58, of Ishpeming, formerly of Marquette, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at his home. Bob was born on January 3, 1958 in Marquette, a son of the late William J. and Ruth (Ranta) Cleary. He is survived by a sister, Paulette (Paul) Yelle of California; sister-in-law, Tess Cleary of Marquette; an aunt, Margaret (Perry) Jeanson of Marquette; also surviving are nieces and...
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Suzette Marie TRUCKEY

May 16, 1935 - April 25, 2016

Suzette Marie Truckey, 80, formerly of Marquette passed away peacefully on April 25, 2016 at the Solvay House Hospice in Duluth, Minnesota following a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease for many years. Suzette, better known as Sue, the only child of Dalton and Alma (Gagnon) Gollinger, was born in Munising on May 16, 1935. She graduated from Mather High School in 1953 and then received...
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Arthur L. COLE, Jr.

August 26, 1935 - April 17, 2016

Arthur L. Cole, 80, of Ishpeming, passed away peacefully, Sunday evening, April 17, 2016, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he had resided for the past two years. He was born August 26, 1935 in Stoneham, MA, a son of the late Arthur and Mildred (Sweet) Cole, Sr. Art served in the USAF for 20 years retiring as an inventory management supervisor in 1977 from the KI Sawyer AFB in Gwinn...
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George Vitalis CHICONSKY

December 18, 1924 - April 14, 2016

George Vitalis Chiconsky, 91, of Marquette, passed away Thursday morning, April 14, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born December 18, 1924, in Marquette, a son of the late Vitalis and Alfreda (Johnson) Chiconsky and was a lifelong area resident. George was a WWII veteran and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre while in the US Navy. On June 8, 1946 he married Elaine...
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Vence Everett CURTIS

May 7, 1928 - April 13, 2016

Vence Everett Curtis, 87, of Gwinn, formerly of Pontiac, Michigan, died peacefully at home, with his family by his side and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born May 7, 1928 in Hector, Arkansas, a son of the late Samuel H. and Myrtle (Rash) Curtis. On July 24, 1954 he married Emma Lee McCarty in Angola, Indiana and she preceded him in death on May 25, 2011. Vence was a WWII...
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Abel J. ALEXANDER, Jr.

December 24, 1926 - April 12, 2016

Abel J. Alexander, Jr., 89, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Tuesday morning, April 12, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born December 24, 1926 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, a son of the late Abel J. and Esther (DeJuliannie) Alexander. Abel was a US Army veteran serving from 1945 to 1947. He served as a warehouse foreman in Austria and earned a Victory Medal and Army of Occupation...
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Clayton E. PAYMENT

June 30, 1921 - April 10, 2016

Clayton E. Payment, 94, of Marquette, passed away peacefully, Sunday evening, April 10, 2016 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living with his loving family at his side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Clayton was born on June 30, 1921 at Baltimore, Maryland, a son of the late Thomas and Alice (Maleport) Payment. He was a 1939 graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School and then...
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Dorothy Ann COLLINS

August 29, 1930 - April 9, 2016

Dorothy Ann Collins, age 85, passed away on April 9, 2016. Her family was by her side. Dorothy had been under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Dorothy was born August 29, 1930 in Negaunee Michigan, the daughter of the late Henry and Alma (Kangas) Hill. She spent her early years in Michigan and Oregon, going to school and developing a serious passion for ice skating. During her High...
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Henry August ASCHAUER

February 23, 1921 - April 5, 2016

Henry August Aschauer, 95, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. He was born February 23, 1921, in Springfield, Illinois, a son of the late Dr. Henry and Eva (Reisch) Aschauer. Henry attended Marquette University earning a Bachelor's degree. He worked for many years in the insurance industry until his retirement in...
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Elizabeth Jean TAIRA

July 24, 1955 - April 4, 2016

Elizabeth "Sue" Jean Taira, 60, of L'Anse, died Monday afternoon, April 4, 2016, at the Cypress Manor Health & Rehab Center in Hancock, Michigan following a lengthy illness. She was born July 24, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, a daughter of the late Marshall and Mary (Sadowski) Taira. Sue moved to the L'Anse area in 2008 and had resided there since. She worked various jobs through the years, but...
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Michael S. PAP

July 24, 1920 - April 1, 2016

Dr. Michael S Pap, 95, entered eternal life on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he had resided since November 2008. Michael was born July 24, 1920 near Uzhorod, Carpatho-Ukraine. He earned his Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in 1948 and worked as legal counselor for the International Refugee Organization until 1949 when he made his way to America...
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Paul L. WUORENMAA

September 23, 1924 - March 30, 2016

Paul L. Wuorenmaa, 91, of Ishpeming, died peacefully Wednesday evening, March 30, 2016 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility with his family by his side. He was born September 23, 1924 in Ishpeming, the youngest of 10 children to the late John and Josephine (Plukka) Wuorenmaa and was a lifelong area resident. Paul was a WWII veteran having served in the US Army Air Corp with the 24th...
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Evelyn K. SMITH

November 7, 1930 - March 20, 2016

Evelyn K. (Evie) Smith, 85, of Marquette entered eternal life Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee where she resided a short while. Evie was born In Munising, Michigan on November 7, 1930. She had eight siblings and often spoke of the wonderful times they shared. She was very involved with her family and so enjoyed spending time with her siblings, nieces & nephews....
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Melanie J. CHICONSKY

August 29, 1953 - March 20, 2016

Melanie J. Chiconsky, 62, of Marquette, passed away Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2016, at her home from complications of bulbar onset ALS. Her loving and devoted husband was by her side and she was under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Melanie was born on August 29, 1953 in Iron River, Michigan, a daughter of the late Joseph "Toots" and Amelia (Shepich) Stanchina. She was raised in Iron...
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Brenda Dawn SAVOLA

April 13, 1947 - March 18, 2016

Brenda Dawn Savola, 68, of Gwinn, died peacefully Friday morning, March 18, 2016, at her home, with her family. She was born April 13, 1947 in Mancelona, Michigan, a daughter of the late William and Clara (Webb) Bowman. Brenda moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1968 residing in Palmer. In 1988 she married Earl Robert Savola in Munising. Brenda enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren,...
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Cheryl L. PEIFFER

July 26, 1962 - March 14, 2016

Cheryl L. Peiffer, 53, of Gwinn, passed away Monday afternoon, March 14, 2016 at UP Health System- Marquette with her family by her side. She was born July 26, 1962, in Lynn, Massachusetts, a daughter of Leonard and Gladys (Thorner) Saindon and was a 1980 graduate of Lynn Classical High School. Cheryl was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving as an inventory specialist and was stationed at...
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Carolyn Jo DORAN

March 3, 1950 - March 13, 2016

C. Jo Doran, born Carolyn Maltas of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, passed away on March 13, 2016 after a long struggle with breast cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Jule (Worfel) Maltas; her son, Brandon Edward Suggitt; her husband, Thomas James Doran; and her brother-in-law, Nelson Lyle Shellenbarger. Born in 1950 to Jule Loreen and Harold Joseph Maltas, Jo spent the...
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Eugene Terrance LaCHAPPELLE

August 17, 1928 - March 10, 2016

Eugene Terrance LaChappelle, 87, of Big Bay, died peacefully, Thursday evening, March 10, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans while also under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born August 17, 1928 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, a son of the late Archie and Marie (Gardipee) LaChappelle and was raised in Niagara, WI. Eugene joined the Merchant Marines during WWII, at an early...
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Tammy Sue CONSTANCE

September 18, 1960 - March 7, 2016

Tammy Sue Constance, 55, of Marquette, died Monday afternoon, March 7, 2016 at UP Health System Marquette following a brief illness. She was born September 18, 1960 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Robert and Nancy (Brewer) Trezona. She was a 1979 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and was a lifelong area resident. Tammy married Benjamin Constance on October 15, 1983 in Marquette. ...
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Kimberly D. PLEAUGH

August 29, 1958 - February 25, 2016

Kimberly D. Pleaugh, 57, of Marquette, passed away in her sleep at her residence on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Kim was born on August 29, 1958 in Marquette and was a 1976 graduate of Gwinn High School. Kim loved to garden and was known for her pies and homemade soups. In her earlier years she was employed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. As a teenager, Kim was involved in...
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Glen F. MORGAN

February 11, 1919 - February 24, 2016

Glen Frank Morgan, 97, of Highlands Ranch, CO and formerly of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at his home in Highlands Ranch surrounded by his loving family. Glen enjoyed a full and loving life with his wife Margaret. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage on January 12, 2016. Born on February 11, 1919 in Stambaugh, MI, Glen was a graduate of Graveraet High School...
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Kim Marie EMARD

September 30, 1962 - February 23, 2016

Kim Marie (Danko) Emard, 53, of Marquette, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at her home, with her children by her side and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Kim was born September 30, 1962 in Manistique to George J. and Sally E. (Anderson) Danko. She graduated from Manistique High School in 1979. She worked for Marquette General Hospital in the dietary department and...
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Gerald Eugene PELFREE

June 8, 1937 - February 19, 2016

Gerald Eugene Pelfree died Friday, Feb 19, 2016 at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Marquette, MI. Gerald (Jerry) was born on June 8, 1937 in Bloomington, IN, a son of the late Harless and Lovie Pelfree. He joined the military on Nov 22, 1955 and on Jan 19, 1973 he retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Fire Protection Aircraft Rescue Specialist. His career in the military took him to Galena...
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John T. VEIHT

March 16, 1921 - February 18, 2016

John T. 'Jack' Veiht, 94, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 18, 2016 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living with his loving family at his side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Jack was born on March 16, 1921 in Shakopee, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and Louise (Mahowald) Veiht. He was a 1937 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School and then attended two...
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Alexander Cameron McPHEE

February 25, 1934 - February 17, 2016

Alexander Cameron McPhee passed away in his home, surrounded by loved ones on February 17, 2016. Al was born February 25, 1934 to Alexander (Sandy) McPhee and Jessie Rankine in Falkirk, Scotland. On May 17, 1958 he married Isobel Baird in Saline, Michigan. He is survived by his loving wife, Isobel; a brother, Rankine McPhee; sister, Moira Sinclair; and their families in Scotland. He is also...
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Thelma J. OCTALUK

October 30, 1934 - February 16, 2016

Thelma J. "T.J." Octaluk, 81, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday morning, February 16, 2016 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. T.J. was born on October 30, 1934 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Edward F. and Naomi B. (Doughtry) Sullivan. She was a graduate of Harlandale High School in San Antonio, Texas and had resided in this area for over 40 years,...
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Robert Froling WILSON

November 6, 1930 - February 13, 2016

Robert Froling Wilson, 85, of Marquette, passed away Saturday evening February 13, 2016 at Alpine View Lodge in Alpine, California after an illness of over a year. His loving wife and daughter were at his side. Robert had been under hospice care since October 1, 2015. Bob was born on November 6, 1930 in Marquette, a son of the late Lowell and Abby (Froling) Wilson and was a lifelong Marquette...
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Catherine GRADY

November 20, 1935 - February 13, 2016

Catherine "Kay" Grady, 80, of Marquette, passed away Saturday morning, February 13, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Kay was born November 20, 1935 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Howard and Alverna (LaMora) Reynolds and was a lifelong Marquette resident. She was a 1953 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. On January 2, 1954, Kay...
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Elwin L. BELL

October 7, 1927 - February 9, 2016

Elwin L. Bell, 88, of Marquette, entered eternal life Tuesday morning, February 9, 2016 at U.P. Health System-Marquette in the loving care of his family. Elwin was born on October 7, 1927 in Marquette to Elwin W. and Ruth (O'Neill) Bell and was a lifelong Marquette resident. He attended Marquette Public Schools completing 11th grade and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy on November 6, 1945...
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Brenda BARNHART

May 17, 1951 - February 7, 2016

Brenda Coleen Barnhart, 64, of Marquette died Sunday afternoon, February 7, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona after a lengthy battle with Lymphoma. She was born May 17, 1951 in Laurium, MI, the daughter of the late Robert and Evelyn (Codere) Buzzo. She was a graduate of Lake Linden-Hubble High School in 1969. On September 20, 1969 she married Paul Barnhart of Hancock. In 1979 they moved from Hancock...
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Brenda BARNHART

February 7, 2016

Brenda Barnhart, 64, of Harvey, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Phoenix, Arizona in the loving care of her family. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.
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Bruce David EDDY

August 13, 1938 - February 7, 2016

Bruce David Eddy, 77, of Marquette, passed into eternal life under the exceptional care of Lake Superior Hospice while surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 13, 1938 in Detroit, a son of the late Leroy and Ruth (Larabell) Eddy. On February 17, 1962 he married Kathleen Carrigan in Hazel Park, Michigan. Bruce worked a variety of jobs overcoming several obstacles in his life to...
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Harold E. ST.ARNAULD

November 21, 1924 - February 7, 2016

Harold E. St. Arnauld, 91, of Marquette, passed away Sunday morning, February 7, 2016 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Memory Care with his family by his side and under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Harold was born on November 21, 1924 in Iron Mountain, a son of the late Louis and Alma (Larsen) St. Arnauld. He received a degree in Personnel Management from Ripon College in...
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Fredrick L. JOHNSON

May 3, 1943 - February 4, 2016

Fredrick Lyle Johnson, 72, of Marquette, was taken to Heaven on February 4, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital-Milwaukee-West Allis in Milwaukee. Fred was born on May 3, 1943 in Marquette to the late Lyle and Frances (Barbiere) Johnson. He was employed by The Mining Journal and Norlite Nursing Center. He also served in the Marquette National Guard. Fred was an avid fisherman and hunter and...
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Patricia Mary TERNUS

December 5, 1924 - February 3, 2016

Patricia "Pat" Mary Ternus, 91, of Marquette, died peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Memory Care Unit while under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born December 5, 1924 in Chugwater, Wyoming, the eldest of five children born to Edmund F. and Agnes L. Green. Patty and her family moved from Chugwater to Omaha, Nebraska in 1934,...
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Betty A. HALTERMAN

July 4, 1933 - February 1, 2016

Betty A. Halterman, 82, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Monday evening, February 1, 2016 at her daughter's home in the presence of her family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Betty was born on July 4, 1933 in Montreal, Canada, a daughter of the late Frederick and Edith (Clarke) Jones. On February 14, 1961, Betty married Bruce Stedman Wightman in Las Vegas, Nevada and he preceded her...
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Betty J. BARBER

September 2, 1913 - January 30, 2016

Betty J. Barber, 102, of Marquette, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 30, 2016 surrounded by her family at UP Health System- Marquette. Betty was born on September 2, 1913 in Marquette and was a lifelong Upper Peninsula resident. Betty was formerly employed as a secretary to the Dean of the School of Arts and Science at Northern Michigan University, retiring from there in 1978. She was...
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Patricia DIXON

December 27, 1922 - January 29, 2016

Patricia Kepler "Pat" Dixon, 93, of Marquette, passed away Friday morning, January 29, 2016 at her home in the presence of her loving niece and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Pat was born on December 27, 1922 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Eugene and Pearl (Bruno) Kepler and had lived here most of her life. She was a 1940 graduate of Graveraet High School and a 1964...
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Joseph F. BRZEZINSKI

May 16, 1963 - January 18, 2016

Dr. Joseph F. Brzezinski, 52, of Marquette, entered eternal life Monday morning, January 18, 2016 at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. Joe was born on May 16, 1963 in Detroit, a son of Philip and Catherine (Hill) Brzezinski. He grew up in Marlette, MI where he graduated from Marlette High School in 1981. He was a 1985 graduate of Alma College...
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Michael Allan KETO

October 26, 1950 - January 17, 2016

Michael Allan "Bar Stool" Keto, 65, of Marquette, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, January 17, 2016 at his residence due to an ongoing heart condition. Mike was born on October 26, 1950 in Marquette to Theodore "Ted" and Jeanette (Cooney) Keto and had been a lifelong Marquette resident. He was a 1968 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and in 1969; Mike enlisted with the U.S....
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Margaret Catherine GAUTHIER

January 26, 1923 - January 16, 2016

Margaret Catherine Gauthier, 92, of 1664 Westman Road, Little Lake, died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at OSF Hospital in Escanaba leaving her children at her bedside to be greeted in heaven with open arms by the love of her life and husband Robert Gauthier. Margaret was born on January 26, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to the late John Roy and Barbara (Grimes) Roy. After a difficult childhood, her...
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Mildred HART

July 5, 1923 - January 15, 2016

Mildred Delores (Perry) Hart, 92, of Gwinn, passed away Friday evening, January 15, 2016 surrounded by her family and under the care of UP Home Health and Hospice at UP Health System Marquette. Mildred was born on July 5, 1923 in Munising to the late Edward and Gertrude (Roberts) Perry. She married Philip R. Hart in Munising on July 5, 1947. Philip and Mildred lived in the Negaunee and Gwinn...
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Linda K. Cole OPPERMAN

February 13, 1972 - January 13, 2016

Linda K. Cole Opperman, 43, of Gwinn, died early Wednesday morning January 13, 2016 at her home. She was born February 13, 1972 on Ramstein AFB, Germany, a daughter of James R. and Mary K. (Kolb) Cole. In her youth, Linda lived in various places while her father served in the US Air Force, finally settling in Gwinn. She was a 1991 graduate of Gwinn High School and completed the cosmetology...
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Ronald Joseph DEITER

March 27, 1943 - January 12, 2016

Ronald Joseph Deiter, 73, of Marquette, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2016. He was born March 27, 1943 in Escanaba, a son of the late Harold E. and Eunice E. (Clement) Deiter. Ron was raised in Gaastra and was a 1961 graduate of Stambaugh High School. On June 19, 1971 he married Susan Aho in the First Lutheran Church in Crystal Falls. Ron...
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Elizabeth P. GAUTHIER

November 26, 1952 - January 9, 2016

Elizabeth "Betsy" Gauthier, 63, of Little Lake, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Betsy was born on November 26, 1952 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Theodore and Blanche (Crinklaw) Sharkey from Little Lake and lived in the Little Lake area all of her life. Betsy worked for...
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Joyce Marie BEAUCHAMP

April 4, 1924 - January 9, 2016

Joyce Marie (Ellsworth) Beauchamp, age 91, of Marquette and formerly of Deerton, passed away on Saturday morning, January 9, 2016 at Brookridge Heights. Mrs. Beauchamp was born on April 4, 1924 in Marquette to the late John and Sarah K. (O'Neill) Ellsworth. A 1941 graduate of Graveraet High School, she received a diploma of nursing from Mercy College in Detroit in 1945. In 1946, she married...
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Lois E. Jacobson THURSTON

January 30, 1936 - January 6, 2016

Lois E. Jacobson Thurston, 79, of Princeton, died Wednesday morning, January 6, 2016 at her home. She was born January 30, 1936, in Princeton, a daughter of the late Onnie and Senja (Maki) Ketola and was a lifelong area resident. Lois worked as a clerk at the Princeton Post Office and bartender at the Gwinn VFW Post 5670. She also worked for at time at Porky's Party Store and Gwinn Floral. ...
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Wayne E. KERN

June 25, 1944 - January 5, 2016

Wayne E. Kern, 71, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday morning, January 5, 2016 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. A private graveside service will take place at a later date at the Park Cemetery. The family is pleased to greet relatives and friends at their home in Harvey. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is serving the Kern family where...
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John Scott SONAGLIA

February 8, 1956 - January 3, 2016

John S. Sonaglia, 59, of Marquette, passed away Sunday morning, January 3, 2016 at his family home as a result of a home fire. John was born on February 8, 1956 in Marquette, a son of the late Paul and Janet (Guilland) Sonaglia and had been a Marquette resident most of his life. He was a graduate of Marquette Senior High School and had attended Northern Michigan University. John began his...
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Wolfgang Hans Hermann ANDEL

July 7, 1952 - January 3, 2016

Wolfgang Hans Hermann Andel, 63, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, January 3, 2016. He had been ill for the past nine months. Wolfgang was born on July 7, 1952 in Darmstadt, West Germany, a son of the late Hans Josef and Waultraud (Klug) Andel. He served for eight years in Giessen, Germany with the German Army, serving as an LPN nurse in a field hospital. Prior...
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William M. FOWLER

June 27, 1935 - December 30, 2015

William M. Fowler, 80, of Gwinn, died peacefully, December 30, 2015, at his home, with his loving family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born June 27, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, a son of the late Everett and Augusta (Van Wassenhove) Fowler and raised there. William served in the US Army from 1955 to 1960. As an adult, William lived in various places and worked a...
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William M. FOWLER

June 27, 1935 - December 30, 2015

William M. Fowler, 80, of Gwinn, died peacefully, December 30, 2015, at his home, with his loving family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born June 27, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, a son of the late Everett and Augusta (Van Wassenhove) Fowler and raised there. William served in the US Army from 1955 to 1960. As an adult, William lived in various places and worked a...
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Dixie Lee LOWDEN

April 14, 1948 - December 23, 2015

Dixie Lee Lowden, age 67, of Little Lake, passed away on December 23, 2015 in her home after a very long struggle with cancer. She was under the loving care of her family and U.P. Home Health and Hospice at the time of her death. She was born on April 14, 1948 in Negaunee to Reno and Ella Hiisala. Dixie lived in the Upper Peninsula for the majority of her life where she was a bartender...
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Mark Andrew WELTER

June 2, 1965 - December 21, 2015

Mark Andrew Welter, 50, of Marquette, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015. Mark was born on June 2, 1965 in State College, PA, the fifth and youngest child of Raymond Francis and Patricia (Hanneman) Welter. He attended William Allen Senior High School in Allentown, PA and moved to Southern California after graduation. He was an U.S. Armed Forces Veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine...
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Kevin Jon SAARI

February 21, 1966 - December 20, 2015

Kevin J. Saari, 49, of Waupun, Wisconsin, formerly of Marquette, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Manor Care in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he was a patient for several months. Kevin was born on February 21, 1966 in Hancock, Michigan and graduated from Marquette Senior High School. He was employed for 20 years by Quad Graphics in Fond du Lac and in his spare time, enjoyed wood crafting...
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Derek John KOEPP

June 7, 1990 - December 19, 2015

Derek John "Doot" "DJ" Koepp, 25, of Marquette, died Saturday, December 19, 2015 at UP Health System Marquette. He was born June 7, 1990 in Marquette, a son of Kevin and Melissa (Copley-Filizetti) Koepp. He graduated from MSHS with honors in 2008 and attended NMU earning Dean's List honors. Derek was employed for 9 years as a tire technician at Pomps Tire in Marquette. Derek had many loves...
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Melvin Jan MATULEWICZ

February 6, 1947 - December 11, 2015

Melvin Jan Matulewicz, age 68, passed away peacefully, Friday morning, December 11, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mel was born February 6, 1947, in Hamtramck, Michigan to the late John S. and Mary (Krosnowski) Matulewicz. Mel graduated from Roseville High School in 1965 and attended Macomb Community College in Roseville before transferring to Northern Michigan University...
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L. Wallace BRUCE

March 12, 1929 - December 11, 2015

L. Wallace Bruce was born into eternal life Friday afternoon, December 11, 2015 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in Marquette with his loving family at his side. He was born on March 27, 1929 in Marquette to the late Leo and Katherine (Konwinski) Bruce. L. Wallace "Wally" graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in Marquette. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1952 with a B...
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Elizabeth Ann BEAULIEU

April 28, 1941 - December 9, 2015

Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu, 74, of Gwinn, formerly of Craig, Colorado, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. She was born April 28, 1941 in Shreveport, Louisiana, a daughter of the late Temple H. and Marguerite (Blackburn) Murray. Elizabeth was raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated as a Delta Gamma with a Bachelor's degree in Drama from Southern Methodist University. She...
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Marjorie F. ENWRIGHT

June 7, 1927 - December 9, 2015

Marjorie F. Enwright, 88, of Marquette, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, December 9, 2015 at Brookridge Heights with her loving family at her side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Marge was born on June 7, 1927 in Negaunee, one of 10 children born to the late Morgan and Myrtle (Hawke) Quinn and was an area resident most of her life. She was a 1945 graduate of...
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William G. BRAZIER

February 26, 1939 - December 8, 2015

William G. Brazier, 76, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday evening, December 8, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Bill was born on February 26, 1939 in Pontiac, Michigan, a son of the late William I. and Thelma (Maddix) Brazier. He was a 1956 graduate of Royal Oak Dondero High School. He then attended the General Motors Institute,...
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William E. RULE

April 1, 1925 - December 7, 2015

William E. "Willie" Rule, 90, of Marquette, died peacefully Monday afternoon, December 7, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Willie was born on April 1, 1925 in Negaunee, a son of the late John D. and Lempi (Lahti) Rule. He was a 1943 graduate of Negaunee High School and then proudly served his country during World War II with the U.S. Navy...
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Rose Mary ZENTI

February 5, 1919 - December 7, 2015

Rose Mary Zenti was born February 5, 1919 in upstate New York in the village of Clayton, later moving to Watertown, where she lived for 16 years. Her parents were Joseph Peter Farmer and Teresa M. Swift who were both teachers. Her father in later years worked for the New York Central Railroad. Rose Mary attended Nazareth College and studied harp at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New...
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Dakota Wayne NAVARRE

August 27, 1993 - December 3, 2015

Dakota W. Navarre, 22, of Gwinn, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, December 3, 2015 at his home. He was born August 27, 1993 in Detroit, Michigan, a son of William J. and Shawn (Carney) Navarre. Dakota attended the Gwinn and Marquette Schools. He also attended the welding trade school at NMU. He was a helpful grandson to his grandparents and loved the outdoors and music. Dakota is...
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Brett R. LUNNEY

August 12, 1977 - December 3, 2015

Brett R, Lunney, age 38, born on August 12, 1977, of Green Bay, WI, formerly of Marquette, died unexpectedly on December 3, 2015 in Green Bay. "Gronk," as he was fondly known by those close to him, was a gentle soul who is now at peace. Brett was caring and helped anyone in need, often giving until he had nothing himself. With a laugh that could be heard above all others and a quick wit that...
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Sharon Ann STENGLEIN

April 30, 1934 - December 2, 2015

Sharon Ann Stenglein, 81, of Marquette, was granted her angel wings on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family while under the wonderful care of her son, Pete. Sharon was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on April 30, 1934, the daughter of the late William and Hazel (Brown) Alderton. Sharon graduated from Ishpeming High School, class of 1952. Over the years, she worked...
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Frederick G. BLANCK

March 3, 1944 - November 29, 2015

Frederick G. Blanck, age 71, of Gwinn, passed away in his home, Sunday, November 29, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer with his family at his side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Fred was born on March 3, 1944, a son of the late John Elmer and Winnie (Dyni) Blanck. He was a resident of Gwinn for his 71 years. He graduated from Gwinn High School in 1962 and then joined the U.S....
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Jessica Claire DRUMMOND

September 13, 1993 - November 26, 2015

Jessica Claire Drummond, 22, and her unborn child, were tragically taken from us on November 26, 2015. She was born in Marquette on September 13, 1993 to Don and Tammy (Turner) Drummond and graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 2011. Jessica attended Northern Michigan University, receiving an Associates' Degree in Criminal Justice in 2015. She truly enjoyed working with her...
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Raymond L. VONCK, Jr.

July 14, 1930 - November 25, 2015

Raymond L. "Ray" Vonck, Jr., 85, of Marquette, died peacefully Wednesday morning, November 25, 2015 at U.P. Health System-Marquette surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on July 14, 1930 in Marquette to the late Ray A. and Fannie (Halso) Vonck. He was a 1948 graduate of Graveraet High School and also attended Northern Michigan University. Ray owned and operated Dresseler & Sons...
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Robert L. JOHNSON

February 9, 1946 - November 21, 2015

Robert L. "BoJo" Johnson, 69, of Breitung Township, passed away Saturday afternoon, November 21, 2015 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette with his family at his side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. A celebration of BoJo's life will be held in early summer of 2016. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral...
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Dianne Maria HENNINK

January 1, 1951 - November 12, 2015

Dianne Maria (Capaldi, Hemstock) Hennink, 64, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 12, 2015, at her daughter's home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. A long time U.P. resident, Dianne was born January 1, 1951 in Trenton, NJ, was raised in Eastern Pennsylvania and was the cherished daughter of Anthony and Harriet (Taylor) Capaldi. Dianne earned...
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Pamela Sue JOHNSON

September 9, 1966 - November 12, 2015

Pamela Sue Johnson, 49, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully at home, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, November 12, 2015, surrounded by her family and friends and under the expert care of Lake Superior Hospice. Pam was born on September 9, 1966 to Bradley and Karen (Evenson) Johnson in Marquette, Michigan. She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning, Guam...
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Yachiyo OSWALD

January 4, 1932 - November 6, 2015

Yachiyo Oswald, 83, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Friday morning, November 6, 2015, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. She was born January 4, 1932 in Fukuoka in the Kyushu province of Japan, a daughter of the late Shinichi and Hasuno Yamazaki. On August 15, 1957 she married Donald L. Oswald in Tokyo, Japan. Yachiyo was employed as a cook at the NCO Club at KI Sawyer...
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Linda Marie BOOGREN

August 13, 1951 - November 2, 2015

Linda Marie Boogren, 64, of Gwinn, died unexpectedly Monday evening, November 2, 2015 at her home. Linda was born on August 13, 1951 in Ishpeming, Michigan, a daughter of the late Charles and Angeline (Suardini) Boogren. She was raised in Gwinn, graduated from Gwinn High School in 1969 and spent her entire life in the Gwinn area. Linda enjoyed bike riding, photography, emailing her friends...
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Donna Mary CHASE

August 31, 1941 - November 2, 2015

Donna Mary Chase, 74, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Monday morning, November 2, 2015, at her home, with her family by her side and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born August 31, 1941 in Danforth, Maine, a daughter of the late Walter and Edith (Craig) Lee. On December 30, 1963 she married Louis David Chase in Orington, Maine and he preceded her in death on January 28, 2015. ...
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Joan Catherine NYSTROM

April 15, 1934 - November 1, 2015

Joan Catherine Nystrom, 81, of Marquette, died Sunday evening, November 1, 2015, at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee where she had resided a short while. Joan was born on April 15, 1934 in Pelkie, Michigan, a daughter of the late Harry and Esther (Ecklund) Whitmarsh and resided on the Ecklund farm until the age of five. The family then moved to Escanaba for a short while, finally...
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Geraldine M. BENGRY

November 16, 1928 - November 1, 2015

Geraldine M. "Gerry" Bengry, 86, of Marquette, passed away Sunday evening, November 1, 2015 at UP Health System-Marquette. Gerry was born on November 16, 1928 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Gentz) McNerney and was a lifelong Marquette resident. Gerry came from a very musical family. As a young child, Gerry along with her sister, Shirley, sang at the Delft Theater,...
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John Wayne WRIGHT

February 19, 1951 - October 30, 2015

John W. Wright, 64, of Gwinn, died Friday afternoon, October 30, 2015, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor following a lengthy illness. He was born February 19, 1951 in Midland, Michigan, a son of the late Wayne and Margaret (Schulert) Wright. On August 7, 1971 he married Linda Anderson in Midland. John graduated Magna Cum Lade in 1976 from NMU with a Bachelor's degree in...
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Joseph E. FRIEDGEN

September 15, 1932 - October 22, 2015

Joseph E. Friedgen 84, of Marquette, passed away Thursday evening, October 22, 2015 at Bayonet Regional Hospital in Hudson, Florida where he had been a patient for three days after suffering a heart attack. Joe was born on September 15, 1931 in Gladstone, Michigan, a son of the late Joseph P. and Jessie (Thorbahn) Friedgen. He was raised in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School in...
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Jeanne B. CAREY

July 7, 1928 - October 20, 2015

Jeanne B. Carey, 87, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday afternoon, October 20, 2015, at her daughter's home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born July 7, 1928, in Muskegon, Michigan, a daughter of the late John and Lillian (Carlson) Ryan. On April 12, 1947, she married Albert J. Carey in Muskegon and he preceded her in death on December 7, 2004. ...
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Karen Loree DeYOUNG

June 12, 1956 - October 17, 2015

Karen Loree DeYoung, 59, of Little Lake, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Karen was a loving wife and mother, and an adoring grandmother. She was revered and respected by many friends and family members for her quick wit, deep wisdom, and steady faith. She was born June 12, 1956 in Lansing, the daughter of Lewis and Wanda (White) Eberhart, and was a 1974 graduate of...
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Joseph William MORRISON

September 8, 1920 - October 14, 2015

Joseph William Morrison, 95, of Harvey, died on October 14th, 2015 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born September 8, 1920 in Marquette, a son of the late Leonard and Anna (Price) Morrison. Joe was a 1938 graduate of Marquette High School and resided most of his life at his beloved Rock Cut house in Harvey. He built his own 9 hole golf course and ski run equipped with a tow...
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Vonnie GERMAN

September 16, 1938 - October 13, 2015

Vonnie German, 77, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at UP Health System- Marquette surrounded by her family. She was born on September 16, 1938 at Fordland, Missouri, a daughter of the late Everett and Glee (McGee) Burks. Vonnie worked as a civil servant at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base and had lived in this area for over 30 years. Vonnie loved walking, hiking,...
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Lorraine Hase DUER

May 29, 1951 - October 12, 2015

Lorraine H. "Candy" Hase Duer, 64, of Marquette, died Monday, October 12, 2015 at her residence. Candy was born on May 29, 1951 in Munising to the late Donald and Lorraine (Lukowski) Hase and had been a lifelong area resident. She had attended William G. Mather High School in Munising. Candy formerly tended bar for many local establishments prior to becoming employed at the former Bunny...
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Darrin Lee YOUNG

July 18, 1968 - October 7, 2015

Darrin Lee Young, 47, of Marquette, died Wednesday afternoon, October 7, 2015 at his home of natural causes. Darrin was born on July 18, 1968 in Marquette and graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1986. After graduation, he worked 10 years for his brother, Brian at A1 hauling. Darrin then started his own business, Four Seasons Maintenance 15 years ago. His family was the most...
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Eileen J. LEPPANEN

July 19, 1923 - October 7, 2015

Eileen J. Leppanen passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Norlite Nursing Center. She was born in Marquette to Frank and Agnes (Yungbluth) Lyons on July 19, 1923. She married Albert Leppanen in 1946 and they lived on West Fair Avenue since then. She worked in Detroit during World War II and also as a cosmetologist and as a cook at MSHS and at halfway houses in Marquette. She was a...
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Richard K. GORSKI

April 20, 1923 - October 6, 2015

Richard K. "Mike" Gorski, 92, of Marquette, passed away early Tuesday morning, October 6, 2015 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Mike was born on April 20, 1923 at Green Bay, Wisconsin, a son of the late John and Martha (Kenney) Gorski. He proudly served his country during World War II where he was a decorated U.S. Army veteran. He received a...
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Lori A. SATHER

April 21, 1958 - October 5, 2015

Lori "Sam" Sather, 57, of Gwinn, died Monday afternoon, October 5, 2015, at home with her family by her side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born April 21, 1958 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a daughter of Hank and Evelyn (Garceau) Normand and was a lifelong area resident. On October 20, 2013 she married Aaron Sather in Gwinn. Her oldest son Justin officiated the marriage...
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Janet I. DeMARINIS

November 30, 1930 - September 29, 2015

Janet I. DeMarinis, 84, formerly of Marquette, died Tuesday afternoon, September 29, 2015 at the Sharon Richardson Hospice House in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She had moved to Sheboygan five years ago to live closer to her daughter. Janet was born on November 30, 1930 in Marquette, Michigan, a daughter of the late Cecil and Oline (Hoff) McCoy. On September 5, 1953, Janet married Nicholas P....
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