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“I coached freshman football at Marquette high school with Justin back in the 90's. he was so full of life!! loved to talk football and Wrestling. I...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Paul Perry

“Gosh it seems like yesterday, Justin in high school at HHS. Always a sense of humor and joking around. Lots of laughs hanging out by the lockers and...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Robbi

“Dear ElRite, Fox, Skendzel and Cram families, We are so sorry for your loss. Justin's positive attitude always inspired us. We will always remember...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Liz Beckman

“Justin spoke to many of my health classes at NMU over the years. His candor about his life, willingness to answer the students' questions and...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Barb Coleman

“So sorry for your loss. I didn't know him, but he as if he was a good kind man. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Toby Schilhab

“Dear Lisa and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Justin was a great guy and will be sadly missed. Our hearts and sympathy go out to you. We...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Judy and Mike Hoffman

“He was one of a kind, out going & liked to party out at Camp 1 & Camp 2. We sure did have some good memories. Forever missed & never forgotton. ...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Tj

“Elite family, so saddened to hear of Justin's passing. With heavy heart I send to all my deepest symphaty. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Sue McLean Turner

“Deepest sympathy to Lisa and the elite family. Justin was always down to earth. He was very nice to everyone. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Uuro - Ishpeming, MI

“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of you loved one - our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Frank & Elaine Story

“Dear Lisa and Family, My heart goes out to you on the loss of Justin. I know he is going to be sorely missed. I'm so glad he was able to go to...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy Pesola

“Justin spoke to many of my health classes at NMU over the years. His candor about his life, willingness to answer the students' questions and...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Barb Coleman - Marquette, MI


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 handicap and live an independent life. While attending Northern Michigan University, he enjoyed coaching football at both Marquette Senior High School and NMU. After graduating with a degree in criminal justice, Justin was an active participant with the "Think First" program, sharing with young adults the consequences of the decisions one makes in life. While making his home in Marquette, Justin strongly advocated for handicap accessibility in public areas. He also loved to travel. Justin is survived by his parents Richard and Rosemarie ElRite; sisters, Kelly (John) Fox and Melissa (Larry) Skendzel; brothers, Jason (Kim) ElRite and Mark ElRite; he is also survived by nephews and nieces, Michael and Justin Fox, Jackson and Daniel ElRite, Kate, Adam, and John Skendzel, and Jeremy, Matthew and Emily ElRite. Also sharing in his loss is Justin's committed partner and significant other of 17 years, Lisa Cram, and her family, Bruce and Victoria Cram, Bruce Jr. (Amy); nephews, Wil and Keagan, Jessica (Tina); and niece, Lily. Justin leaves behind his beloved service animal, Hazel, and is now reunited with his first service animal, Ellie Mae. His passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts, and he will never be replaced or forgotten. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4 pm at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home with Rev. Leon Jarvis officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to UPAWS. Memories of Justin may be shared at canalefuneral.com