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Richard L. HARBICK

May 31, 1930 - December 3, 2016

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

March 30, 1924 - November 26, 2016

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

February 2, 1933 - November 26, 2016

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

December 21, 1956 - November 24, 2016

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

August 21, 1942 - November 20, 2016

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

November 7, 1930 - November 13, 2016

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

March 20, 1937 - November 11, 2016

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

March 19, 1917 - November 10, 2016

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

June 26, 1969 - November 9, 2016

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

February 9, 1950 - November 4, 2016

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

April 27, 1960 - November 3, 2016

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

September 17, 1950 - October 27, 2016

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

August 2, 1930 - October 25, 2016

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

June 22, 1924 - October 24, 2016

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

April 25, 1930 - October 21, 2016

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

October 16, 1934 - October 19, 2016

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

July 2, 1933 - October 17, 2016

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

June 23, 1941 - October 15, 2016

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

July 22, 1948 - October 13, 2016

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

May 21, 1921 - October 8, 2016

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

May 7, 1942 - October 7, 2016

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

October 5, 2016

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

January 15, 1958 - October 3, 2016

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

January 5, 1922 - October 2, 2016

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

September 12, 1923 - September 28, 2016

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

October 28, 1969 - September 22, 2016

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

February 4, 1931 - September 18, 2016

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

February 1, 1955 - September 9, 2016

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

March 7, 1934 - September 7, 2016

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

February 2, 1943 - September 5, 2016

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

December 17, 1917 - August 30, 2016

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

September 8, 1953 - August 27, 2016

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

August 27, 2016

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

December 14, 1935 - August 22, 2016

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

March 26, 1932 - August 21, 2016

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

December 22, 1915 - August 20, 2016

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

July 5, 1921 - August 20, 2016

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

August 15, 2016 - August 15, 2016

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

October 26, 1938 - August 11, 2016

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

May 22, 1943 - August 11, 2016

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

August 10, 2016

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

June 29, 1937 - July 31, 2016

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

August 25, 1950 - July 28, 2016

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

January 18, 1942 - July 28, 2016

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

December 16, 1920 - July 26, 2016

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

December 21, 1920 - July 25, 2016

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

July 20, 2016

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

March 10, 1931 - July 9, 2016

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

June 14, 1922 - July 9, 2016

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

March 1, 1988 - July 8, 2016

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

July 17, 1924 - July 2, 2016

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

April 11, 1929 - June 23, 2016

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

November 14, 1926 - June 21, 2016

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

July 8, 1954 - June 16, 2016

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

May 17, 1959 - June 13, 2016

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

November 10, 1927 - June 10, 2016

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

November 16, 1961 - June 5, 2016

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

October 22, 1970 - June 5, 2016

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

September 3, 1944 - June 3, 2016

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

November 14, 1930 - May 31, 2016

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

August 19, 1941 - May 28, 2016

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

November 6, 1932 - May 27, 2016

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

September 29, 1944 - May 21, 2016

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

January 7, 1924 - May 20, 2016

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

November 18, 1948 - May 19, 2016

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

February 9, 1935 - May 19, 2016

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

November 10, 1932 - May 14, 2016

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

October 25, 1922 - May 12, 2016

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

September 14, 1971 - May 10, 2016

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

December 28, 1987 - May 10, 2016

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