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Cheryl L. AVERY

May 3, 1956 - October 30, 2017

Cheryl L. Avery, 61, of Gwinn, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017. She was born on May 3, 1956 in Ishpeming, MI, to Connie and MaryLou (Liquia) Aderman. Cheryl married her first husband, Steven Juchemich, and together they had two sons, Eric and Trevor. She married Tommy Avery on May 20, 2006 in Sands, MI. Cheryl was a caregiver with...
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Ann K. DAVIS

March 28, 1936 - October 22, 2017

Ann Davis, 81, of Marquette, died peacefully Sunday evening, October 22, 2017 at her home in the presence of her loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Ann was born on March 28, 1936 in Marquette, a daughter of William and Corrine (Jacques) Clulo. She began studies toward a nursing degree at Mount Carmel Academy in Detroit and later...
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Robert J. WEBB

June 10, 1931 - October 19, 2017

Robert J. “Bob” Webb, 86, of Marquette, died peacefully Thursday afternoon, October 19, 2017 at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born on June 10, 1931 to Joseph and Bernadette (Beauchamp) Webb in Marquette. Bob was a proud father of 9 children and his life was enriched by many grandchildren, great...
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Catherine H. HAWKINS

October 5, 1921 - October 19, 2017

Catherine H. “Katie” Hawkins, 96, of Marquette, passed away Thursday afternoon, October 19, 2017 at the Norlite Nursing Center with her daughter at her side. Katie was born on October 5, 1921 in Helena, MT to the late John and Catherine (Lubowitz) Johnson. She was a 1939 graduate of Edison High School in Minneapolis, MN. Katie married Jack Hawkins on...
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Susan V. SHAW

December 28, 1946 - October 18, 2017

Susan V. Shaw, 70, of Gwinn, died Wednesday evening, October 18, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. Susan was born on December 28, 1946 in Gwinn, to the late John and Irene (Johnson) Barrett and was a Gwinn High School graduate. She formerly owned and operated a ceramic shop in Gwinn and resided in Montana for many years prior to...
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Cynthia Lynn WILKENS

June 2, 1951 - October 12, 2017

Cynthia Lynn Wilkens, 66, of Gwinn, died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at her home. A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7 pm at the Gwinn United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronald Fike officiating. The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com
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Talivaldis LAPINS

April 29, 1944 - October 11, 2017

Talivaldis L. Lapins, age 73, of Marquette, passed peacefully away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, due to stomach cancer. His wife was by his side and he was under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born April 29, 1944 in Riga, Latvia to Edgars and Enas Lapins. The family escaped from Latvia to Germany when the Russians invaded and were in a refugee...
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Barry Louis KURCZ

January 19, 1928 - October 8, 2017

Barry Louis Kurcz, age 89 of Marquette, entered eternal life at Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming on October 8, 2017. Barry was born January 19, 1928 in Iron Mountain, MI to Charles and Julia (Sabinski) Kurcz. Barry was the youngest of eight children. He received his early and high school education at Iron Mountain Junior High School and St. Lawrence...
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Barbara Mae BENSTROM

September 20, 1933 - October 6, 2017

Barbara M. Benstrom, 84, of Gwinn, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living surrounded by her family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Barbara was born September 20, 1933 in Great Falls, Montana, a daughter of the late Frank W. and Lucille M. (Cole) Karhi. On December 9, 1950 she married Daniel L. Benstrom in Great...
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Mary C. STAFFORD

October 7, 1930 - October 6, 2017

Mary Stafford, 86, of Marquette, passed away early Friday morning, October 6, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Marquette after an extended illness. Mary was born on October 7, 1930 in Baraga, MI to the late Dolphis and Rosanna (LaCosse) Carriere. She was a graduate of Champion High School. Mary retired from K & L Enterprises after many years of service with them. She was...
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David Bruce JOKELA

December 10, 1952 - October 2, 2017

David Bruce Jokela, December 10, 1952 to October 2, 2017, AKA Dr. Banner, Dr. Bruce Banner, & The Incredible Hulk. David was born in the Negaunee/Ishpeming area to the late William and Gladys Jokela. Not much is known about David’s earlier life but we’re sure he brought joy to everybody he met. David came to know his new family in 2010. This family welcomed...
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Rickey Michael TRYAN

July 17, 1951 - September 22, 2017

On Friday, September 22nd, after a valiant battle with colon cancer, Rickey Michael Tryan passed away in the arms of his loving God and family at the age of 66. Rickey was born on July 17, 1951 in Escanaba, MI, a son of Kenneth and June (Weissert) Tryan. He was one of 7 brothers. Rickey joined the navy at 23 and did two tours in Vietnam. He then graduated from Sonoma...
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Nancy GIULIANI

August 29, 1925 - September 22, 2017

Nancy Giuliani, 92, of Marquette, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at U.P. Health System- Marquette with her family at her side. Nancy was born on August 29, 1925 and had been a lifelong Upper Peninsula resident. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Michigan University in 1964. Nancy taught at the former Fisher Elementary School for 20...
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Elode VEIHT

March 29, 1923 - September 21, 2017

Elode Veiht, 94, of Marquette, passed away Thursday morning, September 21, 2017 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living surrounded by her family and under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Elode was born on March 29, 1923 in Marinette, Wisconsin, a daughter of the late William and Clyrinda (Payment) Valind. She graduated from Gladstone High School in 1941. ...
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Teresa Ann WILDER

November 20, 1965 - September 17, 2017

Teresa Ann Wilder, 51, died peacefully Sunday morning, September 17, 2017 at her camp in Little Lake, in the presence of her family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born November 20, 1965 in Marquette, a daughter of the late John and Carol (Walls) Verran. She was a 1984 graduate of Negaunee High School and lifelong area resident. Teresa...
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Gregory LaBONTE

March 22, 1961 - September 16, 2017

Greg “LABO” LaBonte, 56, of Marquette, was taken from us way too soon on Saturday, September 16, 2017 while roaming the great north woods on his ATV. Greg was born on March 22, 1961 in Marquette, son of Shirley Rasmussen LaBonte and the late Bernard R.W. LaBonte. He graduated class of 1979, Marquette Senior High School and earned an Associate&rsquo...
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George Everett COPHER

September 25, 1937 - September 14, 2017

George E. Copher, 79, of Gwinn, passed away on Thursday afternoon, September 14, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with his family at his side. George was born September 25, 1937 in Winchester, OH, to the late John and Opal (Rogers) Copher. He married the former Barbara MacDougall-Niemi on January 1, 1984 at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. ...
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Michael S. ROSE

March 14, 1958 - September 11, 2017

Michael Rose, 59, of Marquette, died peacefully in his sleep from natural causes on Monday, September 11, 2017. The Rose family will greet relatives and friends on Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home where a memorial service will be conducted in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers&...
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Wayne F. ROBINSON

April 25, 1931 - September 11, 2017

Wayne F. Robinson, 86, of Gwinn, died Monday morning, September 11, 2017 at his residence in the care of his loving wife and U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Wayne was born on April 25, 1931 in Sands Township, Michigan to Jack and Ferral Robinson. Following high school graduation, Wayne was employed with the L.S.&I. Railroad for a short time prior to enlisting...
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Robin A. McCOLLUM

June 25, 1941 - September 2, 2017

Robin A. (Radcliffe) McCollum, 76, of Munising, passed away on Saturday evening, September 2, 2017, in the loving care of her daughter, Julie and North Woods Hospice, surrounded by her loving family. Robin was born June 25, 1941 in Munising to the late Bob and Gladys Radcliffe. She graduated from Mather High School in 1959. On December 19, 1960 she...
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Mary KNAUSS

September 16, 1931 - August 25, 2017

Mary Knauss, 85, of Marquette, died peacefully Friday, August 25, 2017 at her residence. Mary was born on September 16, 1931 in Ishpeming, Michigan to the late Albert and Eugenia (Mitchell) Goodney and was the valedictorian of the 1949 graduating class of Ishpeming High School. Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University and...
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Gloria J. BELLOWS

November 23, 1931 - August 20, 2017

Gloria J. Bellows, 85, of Marquette, passed away Sunday morning, August 20, 2017 at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee where she was a patient a short while. Gloria was born on November 23, 1931 at Bruce Crossing to the late Harold and Olga (Asikainen) Kopsi. She was a graduate of Paynesville High School and had attended Northern Michigan University. Gloria was...
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Judith Ann SPENCER

May 1, 1943 - August 18, 2017

Judith Ann Spencer, age 74, Marquette resident, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017. Judy was born May 1, 1943 in Ishpeming to John Hudson and Olive Margaret (Phillips) Spencer. Judy graduated from Ishpeming High School, class of 1961, then received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Therapy and a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Michigan...
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Eliza Madeline GORT

February 26, 2010 - August 13, 2017

Eliza Madeline Gort, 7, of Gwinn - under the guidance of the waning moon and the peak of the Perseids meteor showers - crossed the rainbow bridge to reunite with her sisters Gwendolyn Willow and Gabrielle Sophia, while in the loving care of her parents and her sister, Violet, Sunday, August 13, 2017. Born February 26, 2010, in Grand Rapids, Michigan,...
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Mark Andrew PENNELL

June 8, 1964 - August 9, 2017

Mark Andrew “ Marcus” Pennell died peacefully of apparent heart failure in his home. He was 53. Mark was born June 8, 1964 to Arthur and Phyllis Pennell, the youngest of five children. He graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1982 and moved to Florence, Wisconsin. He received an Associate Degree in Radiography from Lakeshore Technical College in 2005 and was...
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Connie GOODNO

August 25, 1951 - August 3, 2017

Connie Jean Goodno, 65, of Gwinn, went to be with Our Lord and Savior Thursday, August 3, 2017 peacefully, while in her sleep. A celebration of Connie’s life will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Silver Creek Church in Harvey with a lunch to follow. The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be...
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Robert M. PELL

January 24, 1948 - August 2, 2017

Robert “Bob” Michael Pell, 69, of Gwinn, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, August 2, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with his niece at his side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born January 24, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of the late Nathan and Martha (Genter) Pell. Robert served in the US Army and was...
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Helga D. TURNER

March 8, 1942 - July 26, 2017

Helga D. Turner, 75, of Gwinn, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at her home. Helga was born on March 8, 1942 in Stuttgart, Germany to the late Karl and Anna (Stickel) Dietrich. She grew up in Stuttgart and moved to Southern California in 1968. She had resided in Gwinn for the last 20 years. Helga enjoyed needlepoint, quilting and was an avid reader. She...
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Albert HEINZ

May 28, 1926 - July 26, 2017

Albert Heinz, 91, of Gwinn, formerly of Lombard, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Albert was born on May 28, 1926 in Burlington, Wisconsin, to the late Conrad and Mary Heinz. He proudly served his country with...
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Justin David ELRITE

October 3, 1967 - July 26, 2017

Justin David ElRite, son of Richard and Rosemarie ElRite, born on October 3, 1967 in Hancock, MI passed away on July 26, 2017, from bladder cancer. He attended Houghton Public Schools, graduating in 1986. During his senior year, Justin experienced a life-changing spinal cord injury leaving him a quadriplegic. His positive attitude allowed him to overcome this...
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Nicholas Azio GUALAZZI, Sr.

December 6, 1926 - July 24, 2017

Nicholas Azio Gualazzi, age 90 1901 Division Street, Marquette passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2017 with his loving family at his side and in the care of Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Nick was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on December 6, 1926 to Adolpho and Rose (Paris) Gualazzi. He proudly served his country during World War II- first with...
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Darryl MONTAGNA

January 20, 1934 - July 23, 2017

Darryl “Deets” D. Montagna, 83, of Marquette, died peacefully Sunday evening, July 23, 2017, at his home. He was born January 20, 1934 in Marquette, a son of the late Antonio and Mayme (Parker) Montagna and was a lifelong area resident. Deets served as a sailor in the US Navy and was a Korean War veteran. He worked as an electrician and was a...
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Sally Jo PETERS

September 28, 1951 - July 17, 2017

Sally Jo Peters, 65, of Little Lake, passed away in the loving care of her family and the MQT General ICU medical unit midnight July 17, 2017. Sally Jo was born September 28, 1951 in Berkley, MI to James and Loretta Force. She attended Berkley High School, Northern Michigan University and the School of Cosmetology. Sally worked as the stylist at the Grand Hotel on...
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Margaret I. SHORKEY

September 16, 1922 - July 16, 2017

Margaret “Marge” Shorkey, 94, of Marquette, died peacefully Sunday evening, July 16, 2017 with her loving family at her side, under the excellent care of the staff of Mill Creek Assisted Living and Lake Superior Hospice. Marge was born on September 16, 1922 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Lee and Mary (Elliott) McGinley and was a lifelong...
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Isabel E. TONN-HALEY

September 20, 1925 - July 15, 2017

Isabel Tonn-Haley, 91, of Marquette, died peacefully Saturday morning, July 15, 2017 at her home. Isabel was born on September 20, 1925 in Escanaba, Michigan, daughter of the late Arthur and Sophia (Makosky) Hammerberg. She was a 1943 graduate of Escanaba High School and an NMU graduate with a teaching certificate. Isabel taught school from 1945-1983 mostly...
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Kathleen Mary LONGTINE

September 12, 1966 - July 7, 2017

Kathleen Mary Longtine, 50, of Skandia, died Friday morning, July 7, 2017 at her home. Visitation will be held at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm. A memorial service will be held at 4 pm followed by a luncheon in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the family. A complete...
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Kenneth Wayne COURTRIGHT

November 12, 1937 - July 7, 2017

Kenneth Wayne Courtright of Gwinn, aged 79, passed away peacefully after a 16 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, with his wife at his side. Ken was born November 12, 1937 to Carroll and Maxine (Reeve) Courtright at the rural family farm near Albion, Michigan (the home later declared a &ldquo...
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Robert M. LARSON

August 28, 1923 - July 6, 2017

Robert “Bob” M. Larson, 93, of Marquette, died Thursday morning, July 6, 2017 at UP Health System-Marquette. He was born August 28, 1923 in Marquette, a son of the late Robert G. and Florence (Quilliam) Larson and was a lifelong area resident. Robert married Henrietta I. Pringle in Marquette on May 1, 1946. He was employed as a carpenter in his...
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Henrietta Marie ENGLUND

June 18, 1936 - June 27, 2017

Henrietta M. “Hank” Englund, 81, of Marquette, died early Tuesday morning, June 27, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming where she had been a patient a short while. She was under the thoughtful care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Hank was born on June 18, 1936 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Alvin and Armine (Connors)...
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Edward Louis BUYS

February 21, 1935 - June 21, 2017

Edward L. Buys, 82, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in the comforting presence of his family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Ed was born on February 21, 1935 in Marquette to the late Alphonse and Alvina (Juenemann) Buys and had been a lifelong Marquette resident. He was a 1953 graduate of...
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Cal ZORZA

January 4, 1933 - June 21, 2017

Cal “Sweede” Zorza, 84, of Marquette, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit with is loving family at his side. Cal was born on January 4, 1933 in Marquette, one of 13 children born to Angelo and Matilda (Pantti) Zorza and was a lifelong Marquette resident. For several years, Cal managed the Miracle Market on Third Street...
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Carol A. McGLYNN

December 13, 1935 - June 21, 2017

Carol A. McGlynn, 81, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017 with her loving family at her side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Carol was born on December 13, 1935 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Clarence and Ann (Johnson) Specker and was a lifelong area resident. She was a graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Carol...
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Dolores Evelyn ZINSKI

December 7, 1930 - June 14, 2017

Dolores Evelyn Zinski, 86, of Marquette, passed away peacefully at her residence Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017 in the comfort of her loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Dolores was born on December 7, 1930 in Hancock, MI, a daughter of the late William and Aino (Ollila) Johnson and step-daughter of the late Sally Johnson. She was...
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Susan Reyes SCHUMACHER

June 8, 2017

Susan Reyes Schumacher, known by friends and family as “Honey”, and “Nene”, age 55, passed away June 8, 2017, in Marquette. Susan was born in Sipocot, Camarines Sur, Philippines to the late Oscar Reyes and Felicisima Vasquez Reyes. From an early age, Susan proved to be talented. She loved to sing, dance, play music, and,...
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Beverly E. MAYHEW

May 23, 1932 - June 7, 2017

Beverly E. Mayhew, 85, of Prior Lake, MN, and formerly of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 7, 2017 in the presence of her family at New Perspective Senior Living in Prior Lake. Beverly was born on May 23, 1932 in Wells, MI to the late Walter and Saimi (Maki) Nelson. She was a 1951 graduate of Graveraet High School. Beverly worked for two...
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Laura Lenore CAMPBELL

December 30, 1933 - June 4, 2017

Laura L. Campbell, 83, of Marquette walked on Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 at Norlite Nursing Center in the presence of her loving family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Laura was born on December 30, 1933 in Gros Cap, Michigan to the late Lawrence and Virginia (Hill) Corp. She attended the Gros Cap school and later attend the Ursiline Academy, an all...
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Daryl Theadore PRUDOM

July 19, 1927 - June 4, 2017

Daryl Theadore Prudom died peacefully at home on Sunday, June 4, 2017. He was born on July 19, 1927 in Princeton, Michigan to Carl and Lottie (Booker) Prudom. Daryl graduated from Gwinn High School in 1945 and enlisted in the armed forces to serve his country. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Okinawa, North China and Japan from...
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Donald V. ERKKILA, Sr.

August 4, 1928 - June 3, 2017

Donald V. “Pops” Erkkila, Sr., 88, of Chatham, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday night, June 3, 2017 at the Tendercare Health Center in Munising. Donald was born on August 4, 1928 in Forsyth Township to the late John V. and Hilia (Leppanen) Erkkila. Donald was strong willed and very independent. He was a voracious reader&...
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Steven Kit ENNISS

July 24, 1946 - June 1, 2017

Steven “Kit” Enniss, 70, of Gwinn, Michigan, left us today, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He died in the loving presence of his wife and family, while under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Kit was born in Draper, Utah. He excelled in sports in his youth and was an avid fan of all sports throughout his life. He graduated from...
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Donald J. BIANCHI, Sr.

June 1, 2017

On Thursday, 1 June, 2017, Donald J. Bianchi, Sr. 63 of Gwinn, Michigan, surrounded by family at home, left this life and rode his Harley into heaven after a brief illness. Born in Stambaugh, MI he found his way to Sands Township, Michigan and married his wife and best friend of 38 years. Together they raised three awesome, but modest and humble children...
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Patricia Lynn WILSON

August 30, 1951 - May 28, 2017

Patricia Lynn Wilson, 65, Negaunee, entered eternal life on Sunday, May 28, 2017, surrounded by her family after one day in U.P. Health System- Marquette following a brief illness. Pat was born on August 30, 1951 in Flint, MI to the late James C. and Marilyn E. (Reed) Jones. She graduated from Flushing High School. After graduation she moved to the Upper...
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Benjamin Robert CONSTANCE

April 21, 1955 - May 28, 2017

Benjamin R. “Ben” Constance, 62, of Marquette, died unexpectedly in his sleep Sunday, May 28, 2017 at his residence. Ben was born on April 21, 1955 in Marquette, one of five children born to Bob and Dorothy Constance. He was a 1973 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. On October 15, 1983 he married the former Tammy Trezona in Marquette. Ben...
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William Howard PARENT

February 6, 1927 - May 25, 2017

William Howard Parent, 90, of Marquette, died Thursday afternoon, May 25, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Marquette. William was born on February 6, 1927 in Marquette, a son of the late William and Leah (Goodreau) Parent. He proudly served his country with both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. At his request, no services will be held. The Canale-Tonella Funeral...
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Robert T. HAINSTOCK

August 25, 1936 - May 25, 2017

Robert T. Hainstock, 80, of Marquette, died peacefully, Thursday morning, May 25, 2017, at his home, with his family by his side and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Robert was born on August 25, 1936 in Empire, Michigan, one of 10 children born to the late William and Alice (Voice) Hainstock. He was a 1954 graduate of Benzonia High School...
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Dennis Albert GERMAIN

January 13, 1948 - May 22, 2017

Dennis Albert Germain, 69, of Sands Township, died Monday afternoon, May 22, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Marquette. He was born January 13, 1948 in Escanaba, a son of the late Hector and Viola (Young) Germain. Dennis served in the US Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He worked in a warehouse in Ishpeming and then in distribution at Marquette Bottle Works for several...
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Ellen G. ALANEN

March 17, 1933 - May 18, 2017

Ellen G. Alanen, 84, of Marquette, died Thursday morning, May 18, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Marquette after a short illness. Ellen was born on March 17, 1933 in Mass City, Michigan, a daughter of the late John and Helmi (Martin) Kulppi and was a 1951 graduate of Mass High School. Ellen was formerly employed by Michigan Consolidated Gas Company in Detroit,...
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Tommy C. AVERY

February 25, 1954 - May 6, 2017

Tommy C. Avery, 63, of Gwinn passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, May 6, 2017. Arrangements have been entrusted to and will be announced by the Canale Gwinn Funeral Home.
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Rose Marie ANDERSON

July 9, 1931 - May 4, 2017

Rose M. Anderson, 85, of Gwinn, died peacefully Thursday evening, May 4, 2017 at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. Rose was born on July 9, 1931 in Gwinn at the family home to the late George and Josephine (Yannone) D’Angelo and had been a lifelong Gwinn area resident. She was a 1949 graduate of Gwinn High School. Following graduation, Rose attended...
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Richard Edward LAFAVE

May 4, 2017

Richard E. “Chic” LaFave was born September 7, 1928 in Little Lake, Michigan to Ernest and Gladys (Lamirand) LaFave. He attended grade schools in various towns throughout the Upper Peninsula while his father worked as a lumberjack. In 1941, his family moved to Maple Street in Gwinn where he met and fell in love with Gloria Jean Koski, whom he later married on July 26...
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Norma Ann St. ARNAULD

July 31, 1926 - May 3, 2017

Norma Ann St. Arnauld, 90, of Marquette, passed away Wednesday evening, May 3, 2017 at Brookridge Heights Memory Care with her loving family at her side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Norma was born on July 31, 1926 in Iron Mountain to the late Americo and Catherine (Challancin) Sonaglia. Over the years she was employed in Milwaukee at Reynolds...
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Kenneth Charles SCHELLHASE

November 12, 1940 - May 2, 2017

Kenneth Charles Schellhase, 76, passed away on May 2, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer in the care of his beloved wife, Dorothy Eleanor (“Ellie”) Schellhase and his stepdaughter, Kerry Johnson. He was assisted in his journey with compassion by Lake Superior Hospice, his special caregiver Darlene Weisinger, and Barbara Wheeler of Arcadia Home Care....
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Orville T. MITCHELL

August 4, 1978 - April 27, 2017

Orville Mitchell, 38, passed away Thursday afternoon, April 27, 2017 in Greenwood, IN. Orville was born on August 4, 1978. He was the son of Michael and Julie Mitchell. Orville had a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and was self-employed. He joined the Navy, serving from 1996 until November 20, 2000. He was honorably discharged on January 7, 2005. ...
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Robert E. WILSON, Sr.

June 12, 1951 - April 25, 2017

Robert E. “Bob” Wilson, Sr., 65, of County Road 565, Negaunee, entered eternal life on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his home in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. He had fought a courageous battle with brain cancer for close to two years, never letting it get him down. Bob was born to the late Robert and Elizabeth (Iery) Wilson on...
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Lyn A. SOUTH

April 23, 2017

Lyn South (nee Phillips) passed away on April 23, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Philip (Tabitha); brother-in-law, Melvin (Pamela) South; nephew, Gary Supanich; nieces, Jennifer (Steve) Brozzo, Melanie South and Bethany South; and special friend, Kristie (Danara) Warwick. Lyn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Michael;...
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Matthew D. NICKERSON

September 25, 1976 - April 17, 2017

Matthew Nickerson was born September 25, 1976 and died on April 17, 2017 at the age of 40. He was more than a special baby and quadriplegic man. Since childhood, his personality was all smiles and sunshine. He became a Brea, California poster baby and received a proclamation from the mayor for helping to raise more than $100,000 for early prevention classes for babies with...
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Norma MINCHEFF

February 21, 1926 - April 17, 2017

Norma Mincheff, 91, of Marquette, passed away Monday morning, April 17, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. Norma was born on February 21, 1926 in Stambaugh, Michigan, a daughter of Albert and Caroline (Peterson) Stromberg. She graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1944 and was married on July 22nd that same year to John Mincheff...
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Jere B. STAFFORD

June 13, 1930 - April 16, 2017

A private graveside service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery for Jere B. Stafford, 86, of Marquette, who passed away on April 16, 2017. Jere was the son of Leo and Marion (Bernard) Stafford, born in Marquette on June 13, 1930. He was a 1947 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Jere is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Catherine Stafford; two sons,...
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Roy E. TROTTIER

April 15, 2017

Roy Elmer Trottier, 87, of Gwinn, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his home. He was born January 8, 1930 in Marenisco Township, Michigan, a son of Romeo and Anna (Cichon) Trottier. Roy served in the US Navy and was a Korean War veteran. He worked as a welder and with sheet metal for many years and was last employed as the manager of the sheet metal & welding...
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Elna E. MUELLE

August 20, 1926 - April 15, 2017

Elna E. Muelle, 90, of Marquette, passed away the morning of Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Brookridge Heights Memory Care in Marquette. Elna was born August 28, 1926 in Marquette, daughter of Oscar and Esther (Sweder) Anderson and was a 1943 graduate of Graveraet High School in Marquette. Elna was a Registered Nurse having received her training at the Augustana School...
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Forrest C. HILL

June 10, 1949 - April 14, 2017

Forrest C. Hill, 67, of McFarland, died peacefully Friday, April 14, 2017, at his home, with his family by his side and under the care of UP Health System Home Care & Hospice. He was born June 10, 1949 in Highland Park, Michigan a son of the late Herman O. and Laura J. (Perham) Hill and was raised in the Upper Peninsula. On May 1, 1971 he married...
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Claire Marie MALVASIO

January 29, 1918 - April 12, 2017

Claire Malvasio, 99, of Marquette, passed in peace and dignity Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017 surrounded by family and the compassionate staff at Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. Claire was born on January 29, 1918 in Marquette to the late Jacob and Elizabeth (LaValley) Coppens and was a 1936 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. On September 5&...
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John J. BLEMBERG

January 20, 1918 - April 4, 2017

John J. Blemberg, 99, of 1513 Lincoln Ave., died peacefully Tuesday morning April 4, 2017 with family by his side. He was born on January 20, 1918 in Marquette, the son of late John F. and Elizabeth S. (VanPaar) Blemberg, and was a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Bishop Baraga High School and a member of St. Peters Cathedral. John was employed as a switchman...
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Ronald E. BANNAN

August 8, 1946 - March 26, 2017

Ronald E. Bannan, 70, of Marquette, passed away early Sunday morning March 26, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with his family members at his side. Ron was born on August 8, 1946 to the late Thomas and Frances (Miluches) Bannan at St. Mary’s Hospital in Marquette. Ron lived most of his life in Marquette, in his youth he was an excellent athlete and in...
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William B. CONLEY

June 10, 1944 - March 25, 2017

William B. Conley, 72, of Gwinn, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, March 25, 2017 at his residence.  Bill was born on June 10, 1944 in Rogers City, Michigan to the late William L. and Clara (Reiger) Conley.  He spent a career spanning 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1986 as a Master Sargent.  Bill was a member of the Upper Peninsula Scale Model Club, enjoyed reading...
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Ruth C. ROSIN

September 19, 1929 - March 23, 2017

Ruth C. Rosin, 87, of Marquette, passed away Thursday morning, March 23, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming with her family at her side and under the care of UP Home Health and Hospice. Ruth was born on September 19, 1929 in Marquette to the late George and Saimi (Tyrvonen) Shorkey and was a lifelong area resident.  She worked for many years as in-home child care...
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Christina Cynthia Antilla DEPKON

November 19, 1963 - March 22, 2017

Christina Cynthia Antilla Depkon was born on November 19, 1963 and passed away on March 22, 2017 after a sudden illness. "A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:4).With her beautiful smile, outgoing personality, and love of sparkle and color, Christy lit up the lives of all who knew her. She was full of life and laughter. She was both an...
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Orval LINDEMAN

August 3, 1947 - March 22, 2017

Orval O. “Oakie” Lindeman, 69, of Gwinn, died Wednesday morning, March 22, 2017 at UP Health System- Marquette.  Oakie was born on August 3, 1947 in Stronach, Michigan to the late Leonard and Mildred (Leavitt) Lindeman. He was a 1965 graduate of Manistee High School.He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he spent his career, retiring from active military in 1985 as a fire...
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Ronald Wade ERICKSON

March 3, 1943 - March 19, 2017

Ronald W. Erickson, 74, of Greenland, MI, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia on March 19, 2017 with his sister Jill by his side. Ron was in Gardenview in Calumet for seven months and went to the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans on December 16, 2016. All the workers enjoyed Ron for his smile and easy going ways. Ron was born March 3, 1943 at his home in...
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June Shelly DOWNING

June 6, 1927 - March 18, 2017

June Shelly Downing, 89, of Gwinn, died peacefully, Saturday evening, March 18, 2017, at her home in the presence of her family and under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. June was born on June 6, 1927 in Minersville, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Sherman) Allan. She moved to Gwinn in 1978 where she and her late husband purchased the Family Tavern, which...
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Leonard Herbert FLUETTE

May 14, 1932 - March 18, 2017

Leonard H. Fluette, 84, of Marquette, died peacefully, Saturday morning, March 18, 2017, at his home. He was born May 14, 1932 in Marquette, the son of the late Leonard and Irene (Silversteen) Fluette. He was a 1949 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School and was a lifelong area resident. On November 28, 1951 he married Arlene "Tillie" Richards at St. Peters Cathedral. Early in his career,...
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Frank TRAMP

March 17, 2017

Frank Tramp, 83, of Marquette, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Marquette. Frank was born on June 4, 1933 in Iron Mountain, a son of the late George and Bertha (Johnson) Tramp. He had lived in Marquette since 1943. On April 13, 1963, Frank married the former Helen Todd at First Presbyterian Church in Marquette. Having honorably served his country with the U.S. Air Force...
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Everett R. SETTER

January 22, 1934 - March 15, 2017

Everett R. "Red" Setter died peacefully on March 15, 2017 at the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Born January 22, 1934 in Little Lake, Red was the oldest son of Everett and Violet (Sarasin) Setter. He grew up on the farm with his parents and siblings until he joined the Navy after high school. Red retired from working as a union construction laborer for many years. Red's...
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Pauline M. AHO

January 8, 1929 - March 13, 2017

Pauline M. Aho, 88, of Gwinn, passed away early Monday morning, March 13, 2017 at UP Health System- Marquette. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ironwood, MI in the spring or early summer of 2017. Burial will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Iron Belt, WI. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Canale-Tonella Funeral Home where memories of Pauline may...
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Mary A. DENSMORE

June 28, 1940 - March 11, 2017

Mary A. Densmore, 76, of Marquette, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, March 11, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Marquette. Mary was born on June 28, 1940 in Erie, Michigan, a daughter of the late Jackson and Ester (Fuller) Sexton and was a graduate of North Central High School in Pioneer, Ohio. On October 3, 1959, she married Edward Lewis Densmore in Waldron, Michigan. In her youth, Mary was a...
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Reginald S. ROUSSEAU

December 15, 1943 - March 5, 2017

Reginald S. Rousseau, 73, of Sault Ste. Marie, MI died peacefully Sunday morning, March 5, 2017 at his daughter's home in Marquette. He was born December 15, 1943 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, a son of the late George and Laura Rousseau and was a lifelong area resident. On December 12, 1965 he married Lynne Kobes in Brimley, Michigan and she preceded him in death on March 20, 2015. Reginald...
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Esther KETOLA

December 31, 1926 - March 2, 2017

Esther Ketola, 90, of Gwinn, died peacefully Thursday, March 2, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. She was born December 31, 1926 in Negaunee, a daughter of the late Alexander and Beda (Johnson) Carlson and was a lifelong area resident. Esther was employed as a supervisor for H.W. Gossard in Ishpeming. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Gwinn and in her spare time enjoyed sewing and...
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Brian David PELTO

May 25, 1959 - March 2, 2017

Brian David "Bernie" Pelto, 57, of Marquette, passed away peacefully at his home Thursday afternoon, March 2, 2017 in the comfort of his loving family, surrounded by friends, and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Brian was born on May 25, 1959 in Marquette to Bern and Dona (Remillard) Pelto and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1977 graduate of Marquette Senior High School...
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Donald C. HOLMI

October 2, 1951 - February 26, 2017

Donald C. Holmi, 65, of Gwinn died Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. He was born October 2, 1951 in Ishpeming, a son of the late Emil and Irene (Pelkie) Holmi. On October 4, 1969 he married Sharlene St. Aubin at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Gwinn. The couple had made their home in Illinois for 30 years prior to returning to Gwinn...
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Amy Lynn ROSEMERGY

August 20, 1965 - February 26, 2017

Amy Lynn Rosemergy, 51, of Marquette, passed away at her residence Sunday evening, February 26, 2017 with her loving family at her side. Amy was born on August 20, 1965 in Calumet, one of three children born to William and Joan (Perrault) Rosemergy. She was a 1983 graduate of Calumet High School. Amy formerly attended Madonna University in Livonia and later graduated from Northern Michigan...
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Barbara Rae LETTS

December 30, 1936 - February 26, 2017

Barbara Rae Letts died Sunday afternoon, February 26th 2017 in her home surrounded by her family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. She was born on December 30, 1936 in Marquette to the late Howard and Florence "Flo" (Westberg) Bolduc. Barbara lived a long and happy life. Along with her husband John, she raised five children and was grandmother to seven more. She taught those...
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Evelyn Ellen KESKIMAKI

March 22, 1924 - February 19, 2017

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

February 4, 1953 - February 16, 2017

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

March 17, 1930 - February 14, 2017

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

December 20, 1959 - February 13, 2017

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

October 6, 1970 - February 7, 2017

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

July 5, 1937 - February 5, 2017

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

February 1, 1947 - February 3, 2017

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

January 21, 1940 - February 3, 2017

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

July 30, 1957 - January 23, 2017

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

October 14, 1953 - January 22, 2017

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