Our Obituaries

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 D. Nickerson, 40, of Gwinn died unexpectedly Monday evening, April 17, 2017 at his home in the presence of his loving family. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Canale Gwinn Funeral Home.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Girard Roland ORVIS

November 4, 1959 - January 20, 2017

Girard R. Orvis, 57, of Iron River, MI passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming, Michigan. He was born November 4, 1959 in Milwaukee, a son of the late Roland and Elaine (Manikowski) Orvis. He graduated from Port Washington High in 1978 and was currently working for Aramark in Caspian, Michigan. Girard had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed spending...
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Gwendolyn Willow GORT

September 29, 2002 - January 20, 2017

Gwendolyn Willow Gort, 14, of Gwinn, returned to the stars from which she came at her home, while in the loving care of her parents, Friday, January 20, 2017. Born September 29, 2002, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, daughter of Timothy and Regina (Papaleo) Gort, "Gwenny Penny" touched the lives of so many people that it's difficult to truly know the size of her fan-base. Considered a diva by many,...
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Karl F. STENGLEIN

July 15, 1934 - January 19, 2017

Karl F. Stenglein, 82, of Au Train, died Thursday morning, January 19, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. He was born July 15, 1934 in Marquette, a son of the late Earl and Emma (Anderson) Stenglein. He was a US Army and Korean War veteran. Karl went to live and work out west for 10 years before returning to the area. He was employed for decades as a logger and woods worker. He enjoyed...
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John BRADY

January 4, 1930 - January 19, 2017

John "Jake" Brady, 87, of Marquette, passed away on Thursday morning, January 19, 2017 at UP Health System- Marquette. John was born on January 4, 1930 In Marquette to the late John and Ida (Vadnais) Brady and had been a lifelong Marquette resident. He attended Bishop Baraga High School. John was formerly employed at the former Dow Chemical Plant, Tonella & Rupp Furniture Store, Montgomery...
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Martin F. MAY

April 13, 1923 - January 13, 2017

Martin F. May, 93, of Marquette, formerly of Saginaw, died Friday afternoon, January 13, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he had resided since October of 2005. He moved to Marquette in 2004. Martin was born on April 13, 1923 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of Michael and Rosina (Topper) May. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Marines during World War II, seeing action at Iwo...
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Mary Eleanor RIVARD

June 17, 1942 - January 6, 2017

Mary Eleanor Rivard, 74 of Gwinn died peacefully, Friday evening, January 6, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family and under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. She was born June 17, 1942 in Negaunee, a daughter of the late John and Eleanor (Mitchell) Kirpatrick. She was raised in Crystal Falls and was a 1960 graduate of Crystal Falls High School. On June 11, 1960 she married James C....
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Earl E. BELL

June 17, 1934 - December 29, 2016

Earl E. Bell, 82, a lifelong Marquette resident, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 29, 2016 at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. Earl was born on June 17, 1934 in Marquette, to the late Earl and Amelia (Fitzpatrick) Bell. He was the co-founder of Bell Roofing Company in 1962, retiring from his work in 1985. On March 26, 1996, he married the former Beulah H. Tousignant in...
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Jack G. CHRISTENSON

June 7, 1946 - December 28, 2016

Jack Gemler Christenson, 70, of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born on June 7, 1946 in Erie, PA. He graduated from High School. Jack entered the Army in 1964, from Los Angeles, CA, during the Vietnam War and was discharged in 1968. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and...
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Becki R. MARJOMAKI

July 27, 1964 - December 16, 2016

Becki R. (Little) Marjomaki, 52, of Big Bay, passed away peacefully at her home on December 16, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and animals following a courageous 21-month long battle with cancer. Becki was born on July 27, 1964 in Marquette, daughter of Richard and Janice (Koepp) Little. She was a 1982 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. Becki grew up loving life, enjoyed caring...
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Veda May MACKO-KANERVA

November 6, 1930 - December 12, 2016

(Veda) May Macko-Kanerva went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 12, 2016. May was born on November 6, 1930 in Owosso, MI, a daughter of the late Stuart and Mildred (Henderson) Gilbert. She was raised in Park Hill, Ontario, Canada and later returned to Michigan. May married John Macko on August 6, 1948. John preceded her in death in 1999. On...
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Ann M. DAVIS

October 10, 1963 - December 12, 2016

Ann M. Davis, 53, of Gwinn died Monday, December 12, 2016 at UP Health System Marquette. She was born October 10, 1963 in Racine, Wisconsin to Bobby John and Mary Ann (Tienhara) Hantula. Ann was employed for years as a registered nurse at nursing homes and hospital settings. She was a member of Heritage Baptist Church and enjoyed caring for others through her work. She is survived by her...
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Gary Lee DUER

November 21, 1936 - December 12, 2016

Gary Lee Duer, "Slim," age 80, of Marquette, passed away Monday morning, December 12, 2016 at his home in the presence of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Slim was born on November 21, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a son of the late Lloyd and Myrtle (Anderson) Duer and resided in the Marquette area most of his life. He retired from Pellow Roofing in 1998...
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Robert L. Sligh

October 15, 1934 - December 10, 2016

Robert L. Sligh, 82, of Marquette, died peacefully Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with his wife by his side and also under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. He was born October 15, 1934 in Newberry, South Carolina and was raised there. Robert served in the US Air Force as a fuel specialist at various bases throughout the world including Thailand,...
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Margaret Ann MORGAN

October 28, 1919 - December 4, 2016

Margaret Ann Morgan, 97, most recently of Highlands Ranch, CO, passed away Sunday, December 4 after a brief stay at Serenity House Assisted Living, Centennial, CO. A lifelong resident of Marquette, MI, Margaret moved to Highlands Ranch in 2013 with her husband Glen with whom she enjoyed a full and loving life. Glen died this past February at Wind Crest Retirement Community in Highlands Ranch....
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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 May 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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Kenneth Arthur NEAULT

February 25, 1944 - November 28, 2016

Kenneth Arthur Neault, 74, of Marquette, died Monday afternoon, November 28, 2016 at his home. He was born February 25, 1944, in Marquette, a son of the late Arthur H. and Dorothy I. (Nesbitt) Neault and was a lifelong area resident. Ken was a 1962 graduate of Graveraet High School. He served for four years in the US Coast Guard and worked for many years on the iron ore boats sailing the...
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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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Maureen Anne PARIS

April 9, 1952 - November 23, 2016

Maureen Anne Paris, 64, of Scottsdale Arizona, peacefully entered eternal life on Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 at her home in the presence of her loving family and under the compassionate care of Hospice of the Valley. Maureen was diagnosed with Cancer in 2010. She was a strong woman. She was determined that cancer would not control her life. It didn't! She had quality of life for the...
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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. ...
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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...
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Robert Charles DONCKERS

February 5, 1958 - October 5, 2016

Robert Charles Donckers, 58, of Carson City, Nevada passed away on October 5, 2016 at the Renown Regional Medical Facility, Reno, Nevada after suffering a severe stroke while at work. Robert was born on February 5, 1958 at St. Mary's Hospital Marquette, MI. to the late Frank C. and Elizabeth (Betty) Donckers Jr. He attended both Marquette Parochial and Public schools, graduating from Marquette...
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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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