Obituaries

 


Zack Wayne Lowe, 76, of 1920 2nd Ave. N., Escanaba, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Feb. 6, 1938, in Montgomery County, Maryland, and was the son of Zackie and Flora (Redman) Lowe.

Wayne was raised in Maryland and at the age of 14 began his employment career in the sheet metal industry where he remained until his retirement in 2011.

On June 24, 1960, Zack Wayne Lowe married the former Linda Aleshire in Damascus, Maryland.

In his spare time he enjoyed; fishing, going to yard sales, playing cards with family and friends, but his greatest joy was spending time with not only his two-legged family members but also with his faithful and loving four-legged companion Duke.

Wayne is survived by: wife, Linda of Escanaba; sons, Gary (Tracy) Lowe of Delaware and Donald (Lynn) Lowe of West Virginia; daughters, Patty Lowe of West Virginia, Teresa Lowe of Escanaba, Shannon (Lee) Maher of Maryland, Jennifer (Jason) Moulds of Escanaba; grandsons, Jaycee Lowe, Johnathan Lowe, Patrick Lynch, Thomas Lowe, Christopher Lowe, James Smith, Brian Smith, Cody Lowe, James Cushman, Michael Green, David Azadi, Kamran Azadi, Hunter Banks, and Hayden Moulds; granddaughters, Kathy Norris, Laura Russell, Alexis Lowe, Katie Lowe, Kara Lowe, Michelle Clevenger, Amber Lowe, Ashley Lowe, Angela Stewart, Deidre Lowe, Samantha Moulds, Braylin Keel-Moulds, Corrine Moulds, and Dakyla Moulds; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Edna Mulligan of Tennessee; furry best friend, Duke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dale on April 11, 2012, four brothers, and one sister.

A visitation will be held on Monday, April 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Zack Wayne Lowe will follow at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lewis Hague officiating.  

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Eli G. Constantino84, of 2722 South Hill Road, Gladstone, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.

He was born July 17, 1929 in Ogontz and was the son of Max and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Constantino. He graduated from Rapid River High School in 1948. Eli married the former Clara Bingham on Jan. 24, 1953, at the Congregational Church in Rapid River and she preceded in him in death on March 8, 2008. Eli and Clara raised their children and lived in Ogontz until they moved to Gladstone 10 years ago.

Eli ran the family farm in Ogontz, later worked construction and then was self-employed as a logger before going to work for Harnischfeger Corporation. After P & H closed Eli delivered lumber for Anderson Lumber Company in Rapid River. He was a member of Grace Church in Gladstone, the UAW Union, and the Gladstone and Rapid River Senior Center. Eli loved spending time with family, friends and his dog. He enjoyed playing cribbage, traveling, playing horseshoes and going to plays at Player de Noc in Escanaba. Eli also did volunteer work, as a transporter, at Bay Pines Detention Center

Eli G. Constantino is survived by: sons, Stanley (Sally) Constantino of Rapid River, Steven (Michelle Lamarque) Constantino of Rapid River; daughters, Rhonda Constantino of New London, Wis., Kelly (Anthony Mathias) Constantino of Rapid River, Karla Constantino of Golden Valley, Minn.; 15 grandchildren, Becki Smith, Aimee Carignan, Stanley Jr. (Spike) Constantino, Randy Constantino, Max Constantino, Alex Constantino, Geno Constantino, Heather Giesen, Kyle Giesen, Ethan Giesen, Vincent Jarvey, Nichole Jarvey, Ryan Jarvey, Larissa Wils and Dylan Constantino; 26 great-grandchildren; brother and sister in law, Jesse (Pat) Bingham of Nahma; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by daughters, Marsha and Maxine; sister Mary St. Aubin; brothers John, Richard, Ervin, Leslie, Mike and Dave Constantino; and great-grandchild, Kazyah Jarvey.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Grace Church in Gladstone.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Eli G. Constantino will follow at 4 p.m. with Dr. Stephen Patrick, pastor, officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services in the church fellowship hall.

Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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Robert Allen Thompson Sr., 93, of 12079 Boney Falls H Road, Cornell, Mich. (Boney Falls), passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 14, 1920, in Escanaba and was the son of Oral and Audrey (Shafer) Thompson Sr. He married the former Lucille Trottier in July of 1940 and she preceded him in death on March 27, 1988. Bob operated a dairy farm in Boney Falls for many years and in his later years raised beef cattle. He never really retired. Bob also drove milk truck for many years and had a milk route. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchhildren. Family was always first. Bob enjoyed helping others and lending a hand whenever he could.

Robert Allen Thompson Sr. is survived by: children; Sue (Tim) Gagan of Cornell, Corrinne (Jim) Barron of Cornell, Elizabeth Thompson (John Davis) of Cornell, Robert (Cheryl) Thompson Jr. of Cornell; nine grandchildren; Corie Berrigan, Tony (Lori) Berrigan, Stacey Carpenter, Amanda (Karl) Seibert - Soderman, Kelly (Shawn) Henderson, Kris (Ashley) Kommes, Robin (Nathan) Aho, Michelle Gagan, and Andrea Harvel; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers Oral, and Barney Thompson.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Johnson of Christ the King Lutheran Church officiating.

A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services at the Cornell Township Hall. Entombment will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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Betty Lou Bartlett, 68, of 14690 Autumn Lane, Rock, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Sept. 10, 1945, in Escanaba, Mich., and was the daughter of Maini and Signe (Erickson) Halmeoja. Betty graduated from Rock High School Class of  1963.

The former Betty Halmeoja married Bruce Bartlett on June 8, 1963. Betty was employed in sales in the insurance industry and later worked with her husband Bruce at U.P. Tractor, Inc. Betty enjoyed the outdoors, camping, flower gardening, traveling, and crocheting. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Betty Bartlett is survived by: husband, Bruce; sons, Alan (Christine) Bartlett of Theresa, Wis., Kevin (Renell) Bartlett of Bonduel, Wis. and Dale Bartlett of Rock; seven grandchildren; sisters, Judy Johnson of Rock, Karen Halmeoja of Tucson, Ariz.; brother, James (Cheryl) Halmeoja of Rapid River; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters; Kathleen Lehto, and Helen Prokop.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Betty Bartlett will follow at 4 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services at the Faith Lutheran Church in Rock in the fellowship hall.. Burial will take place in the Rock Cemetery. 

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Albert E. "Gus" Nelson, Jr., 64, of 1900 Ludington St., in Escanaba, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home. He was born on March 11, 1930, in Escanaba, and was the son of Albert and Catherine (Stone) Nelson, Sr. Gus attended school in Escanaba and later lived in Milwaukee. He moved back to Escanaba and was employed in the roofing industry. Gus was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Albert "Gus" Nelson is survived by his daughter Amanda Nelson, of Watersmeet, Mich, son, Anthony Jackson of Milwaukee, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, brother, Curtis Nelson of Flat Rock, sisters; Henrietta Nelson of Gladstone, Loretta Vanne of Two Rivers, Wis., Stella Johnson of Escanaba, Rowena Nelson of Escanaba, Donna Ward of Escanaba, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Brian Nelson and sisters; Alberta, Dolly, Arlene, and Mona.

Private family visitation was held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Closing remarks by the family and a Native American Indian send off was held in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel.

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Wallace "Wally" Johnson, 89, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away on Sunday night, March 30, 2014, at Casa De La Luz. He was born in Escanaba on June 16, 1924, to Alex and Hilda (Carlson) Johnson and was raised in Escanaba. On June 30, 1975, Wallace married Elaine Sarasin in Escanaba and they made their home in the area until he retired them moved out to Tucson, Ariz.

He worked at Harnischfeger as a truck driver until he retired in 1980.

His family remembers his enjoyment of camping, traveling, favorite place to eat was In and Out Burgers. Was a member of the St. Odilia Catholic Church.

Wallace "Wally" Johnson's survivors include, a son, Dan Johnson of Escanaba; two daughters, Vicki Johnson of Escanaba, and Donna (Jim) Bougie of Tucson; two grandchildren, Amanda Sanders of Goose Creek, S.C., and Joe (Nicole) Bougie of Oakdale, Minn.; and five great-grandchildren, David, Kaelyn, Anthony, Kaitlyn, and Makayla; also numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Wallace was preceeded in death by four brothers; Verner, Walford, Walter, Willard "Gigs" and three sisters; Engla Scheuren, Rose Picard, and Mildred DuFour; grandson, Doug Bougie.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Rick Couriour officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Verna Cecilia Murray, 89, of 1214 S. 15th. St., Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2014, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Escanaba and was the daughter of Matthew and Josephine (Miller) Decker. Verna graduated from Escanaba High School and then attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her teaching degree. She taught school in Wisconsin for a few years.

The former Verna C. Decker married Rodger T. Murray on July 26, 1952, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2013. Verna was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and taught CCD at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, Escanaba Women's Club, Lake Bluff Golf and Country Club, and enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, golfing, gardening and reading.

Verna Cecilia Murray is survived by: son, Michael (Janine) Murray of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; daughter, JoAnne Murray of Ohio; grandchildren, Zachary, Alexander and Benjamin (Fierra) and their child Lila; great-grandchild, Lila; sisters, Rita Loose of Yuma, Ariz., and Madelyn (Jay) Carwile of Wichita, Kan.; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Decker.

Private family visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Anne Catholic Church with Father Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral mass in the St. Anne Catholic Church fellowship hall.

Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

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Steven M. Hurkman, Sr., age 61, of 236 Co Rd SK, Arnold, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at his home.  He was born on August 28, 1952 in Escanaba and was the son of James and Genevieve (Jensen) Hurkmans, Sr.  Steve attended school in Gwinn and was a graduate of Gwinn High School.  He was a lifelong resident of Arnold.

Steve “Hurky” Hurkman was known by most for his sense of humor.  He was a very talented artist.  Throughout his life he drew pictures and created hand-crafted specialty wood products.  He also had a great knack for operating equipment, which he did for most of his life.

Steve was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  He also enjoyed camping with Jack and then later in life with Sue.

His greatest loves and best friends were his family.  The joy and laughter spent with his grandchildren were his most cherished moments.

Through the “Gift of Life”, Steve received a heart transplant in 2005 that gave him the opportunity to meet and love all of his grandchildren.  Our special thanks go out to all of the caregivers Steve has had in Gwinn, Marquette, Escanaba, and Madison.

He is survived by:

Sons:     Steven (Misha) Hurkman, Jr. – Escanaba
  
            Jason (Beth) Hurkman – Escanaba

Daughter:     Kristina Hurkman – Escanaba

Grandchildren:     Jayden, Savannah, Blake, Deanna, Dayton, Reagan,
                              Ashlyn, Mason, Dredyn, and Malachi

Sister:     Tina (Roger) Hiironen – Northland

Brother:     Dale (Carol) Jensen - Ralph

Step-Mother:     Bonnie Hurkmans - Marquette

Step-Sisters:     Pam and Suzi

Step-Brothers:     Jim (Brenda) Owens
    
                          Danny Owens

Special Friend:     Sue Zorza

Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends

Steve was preceded in death by: his parents, brothers; James, Jr. and Randy, infant sister Sharon, grandparents, step-sister Kathy Tyni, and best friend Jack “Jr.” Reynolds.

A visitation will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Steven M. Hurkman will follow at Noon with Father Fran DeGroot officiating.  A luncheon will be served at St. Anne Catholic Church in the fellowship hall at the conclusion of the funeral service.   

“Steve is the strongest man we have ever known and he will be deeply missed.  We wish you peace brother.”

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Crawford B. Perkins85, of Curtis, Mich., former Escanaba resident, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique, Mich. He was born on Nov. 25, 1928, in Germfask, Mich., and was the son of Crawford C. and Edith (Norton) Perkins. Crawford graduated from high school and then attended Northern Michigan University.

He married the former Mary Nicholas on Sept. 10, 1949, in Escanaba and she preceded him in death on May 16, 1999. Crawford was employed as a truck driver for Clairmont Transfer Company in Escanaba, logging over a million and a half miles without an accident. After Clairmont closed he worked for various other trucking companies until his retirement.

Crawford B. Perkins is survived by: son, John (Kathy) Perkins of Escanaba; daughters, Ellen (Ron) Osterhout of Curtis, Mich., Mary (Bill) Flath of Gladstone, Nancy (Michael) McKnight of Escanaba; three grandchildren, Susan (Dave) Doan, Diane (Jim) Robinson and Steven (Hannah) Perkins; three great-grandchildren, Ryan, Logan and Claire; brother, William (Jacquie) Perkins of Curtis; sister, Alice Feneley of Curtis, Mich.; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded by sons William and Dennis, and brother Edward, and sister Edith.

Private family visitation and funeral service were held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Burial will take place in the spring of the year at Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba. 

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Marilyn J. Mylander, 84, formerly of Wells, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the Sunny View Adult Foster Care in Gladstone following a lengthy illness.

Marilyn was born in Escanaba, Mich., Jan. 10, 1930, the daughter of Ernest and Matilda (Buckland) Ericksen. She graduated from Escanaba High School in 1948. She lived in Escanaba most of her life.

Marilyn married Marvin Mylander at Calvary Baptist Church in Escanaba on Sept. 23, 1950 and he preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 2005.

Marilyn is survived by five children, two sons, Dan (Kathy) Mylander of Escanaba and Doug (Sherri) Mylander of Greer, S.C., three daughters, Debbie (Mick) VanEffen of Gladstone, Donna (Brent) Papineau and Diane Lancour, all of Escanaba. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and one more due any day.

Marilyn was a sweet, loving, compassionate, caring and sharing wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed most being with family, playing games and spending time with her family and friends.

Marilyn attended Calvary Baptist Church of Escanaba, she was an active member, deaconess, choir member and was a member of one of the churches favorite trios of years past with Marilyn, Marvel Goodman and Ruth Campbell.

Marilyn was preceded in death by; husband Marvin, infant son David, and parents Ernest and Tillie Ericksen.

A visitation will take place at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba on Friday, March 28, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.   Funeral services celebrating Marilyn's life will follow at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Swillum officiating.  A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the service in the church Fireside Room. 

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Barbara A. Helgemo77, of 4514 Danforth Road, Escanaba, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. She was born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Escanaba. The former Barbara Milkovich married Richard Helgemo on June 27, 1953, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Escanaba and he preceded her in death on July 16, 2000.

Barbara was co-owner of 5 Corners Grocery Store in Danforth with her mother for 20 years and also did catering for many years.  She enjoyed going to camp, traveling to Las Vegas, going to casinos, and playing bingo.  She was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and taught CCD for many years.  Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Barbara A. Helgemo is survived by: daughters, Jean Helgemo (Randy Mackie) of Escanaba and Dianne (Timothy) Rich of Wyoming, Mich.; son, James Helgemo (Sue Koch) of Escanaba; five grandchildren, Chad (Amanda) Rich, John (Carla) Rich, Brian (Kelli Meyers) Helgemo, Lisa Helgemo, and Scott Helgemo; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Richard, she was preceded in death by great-grandson Richard James Rich.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara A. Helgemo will follow at 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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Elizabeth Josephine (Bloomer) Muehlhaus, age 86, residing at 321 South 13th Street, Escanaba, passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family and loved ones on Friday afternoon, March 21, 2014 from cancer. 

She was born on February 8, 1928 in Dinklage, Germany and was the daughter of Otto and Elizabeth (Sudkamp) Bloomer. 

Elizabeth married Johannes (Hans) Muehlhaus on September 19, 1950.  In July of 1952, they moved from Germany  to Escanaba, and in 1957 she received her U.S. citizenship. 

Among gardening, Elizabeth had her hands in many things.  She started working at St. Francis Hospital in the nursery helping mothers and infants and for many years was the baker in the hospital kitchen. She modeled for the Fair Store, worked at the neighborhood church, and won a gardening award for the best yard.

Elizabeth will be remembered most for her kindness and giving heart.  She touched the hearts and lives of so many with her brilliant light and spirit brought forward from her passion for God.  She saw beauty in everything, but the closest to her heart was watching and being involved in her grandchildren’s lives.

She was a member of St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Eilzabeth is survived by: her brother Hans (Christa) Bloomer, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and sisters-in-law in Germany.  Sons; Joseph (Barb) Muehlhaus, John (Betty) Muehlhaus of Escanaba, daughters; Gabriele Carignan of Gladstone, Mary (Russell) Perler of Sandpoint, ID.  Eleven grandchildren; Johannes Simmons, Natalie Simmons, Lee (Amy) Carignan, Jennifer (Matt) Stratton, Adam Muehlhaus, Corene Muehlhaus, Pam (Jeff) Jenkins, Karen (Jeremiah) Ansell, Katie Gurlea, Kyle Perler, and Bryce Perler, fifteen great-grandchildren, and very special friends Diana Lynn Nolde, and Mike Martin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by; her husband Hans on November 6, 1994, and four brothers in Germany; Jope, Otto, Berndt, and Verner. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba.  A Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Elizabeth Josephine Muehlhaus will follow at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Eric Olson officiating.  A meal will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the Mass.  Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Home. 

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Lois Mae McPherson, age 71, of 1212 Dakota Ave., Gladstone, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at her home in Gladstone. She was born on May 28, 1942, in Escanaba, Mich., and was the daughter of Oscar Rudolph and Verna (Brotherton) Anderson. She graduated from Gladstone High School in 1960 and then attended Augustana Nursing School.

The former Lois Anderson married James McPherson on Oct. 21, 1961 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Over the years Lois had a day care for children, worked at the Rapid River Ranger Station in Rapid River for the U.S. Forest Service, and most recently was the night manager for the Econo Lodge Motel in Escanaba until her retirement in 2011. Lois was a member of the First Lutheran Church, was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, enjoyed car rides, getting together with friends, and spending time on her computer and Facebook.

Lois Mae McPherson is survived by: husband James, sons; Matthew (Marie) McPherson of Davis, Calif., and William (Mary) McPherson of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; three grandchildren; Sam, Amanda, and Steven and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Peterson.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Lois Mae McPherson will follow at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Peggy Rose officiating. Burial will take place in the Fernwood Cemetery. 

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James R. Niemela, 73, of 2832 West Maple Ridge Road, Rock, Mich., passed away Friday March 14, 2014, at his home in Rock. He was born on July 29, 1940, in Negaunee, Mich., and was the son of Reino and Toini (Linjala) Niemela. Jim graduated from Rock High School in 1958 and then attended Northern Michigan University for two years. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged. Jim was employed as a sheet metal worker for 43 years until his retirement in 2001.

On Oct. 8, 1994, He married the former Debra Couillard Sinwelski at Faith Lutheran Church in Rock. Jim was a member of the Rock American Legion Post 559, Rock 4-H and the Sheet Workers Union Local 7. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

James Richard Niemela is survived by: wife, Debra; mother, Toini Niemela of Escanaba; daughters, Heather (Joel) Jacobs of Hayward, Calif., and Shawn (Richard) Hatch of Cornville, Ariz.; son, Scott (Lisa) Niemela of Cedar City, Utah; stepdaughters, Christine Sinwelski of Homewood, Ill., and Lisa Sinwelski of Posen, Ill.; stepson, Gary (Karen) Couillard of Daytona Beach, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol (Gary) Melette of Joshua Tree, Calif., and Joanne (Dave) Amis of Gladstone; brothers, Al (Mary) Niemela of L'Anse, Mich., and Tom (Sandy) Niemela of Iron Mountain, Mich.; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Reino Niemela, on March 11, 1989.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Rock Lions club in Rock. American Legion services will be conducted by the Rock American Legion Post 559 at 4 p.m. Thursday. A luncheon will be served following the American Legion services. Burial will take place in the Rock Cemetery. 

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Daniel (Danny) Norbert Baker, age 53, of North Bluff Foster Care Home in Gladstone, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. Danny was born on 22, 1960, in Escanaba. Danny loved his job at Lake State Industries, was a very hard worker, and was always looking for ways to help. He loved country music, karaoke, basketball, wrestling in Special Olympics, rides on the snowmobile, and four-wheeling. He was a great dancer and had a wonderful sense of humor. Danny knew just the right words to make Gayle smile, "Thanks!, Better! and when he would sign "I love you back."

Daniel is survived by his devoted and loving guardian of 35 years, Gayle (Gary) Rogers of Gladstone; and their children, Jill Samuels, Daniel Rogers, Russell Rogers, and Megan Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Violet Baker of Escanaba.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 16, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Daniel N. Baker will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stephen Patrick officiating.

Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. 

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Judith Ann Ibarra, 52, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill. She was born on Feb. 27, 1962, in Chicago, and was the daughter of Frank and Marcie (Harrison) Ibarra. Judy graduated from Wisconsin Academy in Columbus, Wis., in 1980 after which she lived and worked in the Chicago area. Judith Ann Ibarra is survived by her husband, Manuel Vargas of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; parents, Frank and Marcie Ibarra of Escanaba; sisters, Linda Ibarra of Salem, Ore.; niece and nephew, Marisol and Rick Ibarra, Janis (Steve) Valenti of Loma Linda, Calif., Justin and Bridgit Wagner and Michael Valenti; great-nieces Amaya Miles and XZaria Rose (who both lived with Judy); several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Sunday, March 16, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Judith Ann Ibarra will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Nels Thompson officiating.

A luncheon will be served following the funeral services at the Wells Township Hall in Wells, Mich. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. 

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Vivian Marie Platias, 76, of 14990 U.S. 41, Rapid River (Osier), passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at her home in Rapid River. She was born Nov. 8, 1937, in Traunik, Mich.

The former Vivian Yokeum married John Platias. Together they owned and operated many restaurants and motels in this area and also in many different locations in the United States. John preceded her in death on July 15, 1999. Vivian moved to Osier in 2005 to be closer to family.

Vivian Marie Platias is survived by: children, Jim (Mary) Platias of Rapid River, Tina (Robert) Silva of Elizabeth Town, Ky., Nick (Shauna) Platias of Deerton, Mich., Marina Platias (Ray LaPrairie) of Rapid River; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Jerry Yokeum of Anderson, S.C., Terry Yokeum of Cadillac, Mich., Pat Yokeum of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ted Yokeum of Alabama; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by sisters, Sandra Kelly and Eunice Pelletier, and brothers, Tom, Jim and Jack Yokeum.

Private family visitation was held Monday, March 10, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services and burial services will take place in the spring of the year at the Family Cemetery in Osier.

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Ruth Violet Miller, age 102, of 1401 North 23rd Street, Escanaba, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on July 6, 1911 in Stonington, MI and was the daughter of Engwald and Julia (Erickson) Thorsen.  Ruth attended the Central School in Stonington, MI.

During WWII, Ruth worked at the Escanaba Paper Company.  Following the war, she began her employment career at Marble Arms as a shipping clerk and remained there for twenty-seven years until her retirement. 

On April 9. 1960, the former Ruth Violet Thorsen married Joseph J. Miller and he preceded her in death on September 18, 2005.

Ruth had a great love for her family.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother.

She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church.


Ruth is survived by:

Daughter:  Betty Erickson - Gladstone

9 Grandchildren:  Linda Erickson, Bonnie (Pete) DeMay, Cindy (Scott) Mitchell,
                               Connie (Ernest) Hadel,
Debbie (Robert) Gierke, Diane (Terry) Deloria,
                               Dale Norden, Darrell Norden, and 
David (Wendy) Norden

26 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren

Sister:   Hazel (Everett) Mattson - Brookfield, WI

She was preceded in death by: her parents Engwald and Julia, husband Joseph, son Gilbert, brothers; Elmer, Stanley, Ernest, and Wally Thorsen.

A visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Christ the King Lutheran Church from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Ruth Violet Miller will follow at Noon with Rev. Chris Johnson officiating.  A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the funeral service.  Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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Barbara Kristine Johnson, 66, of 2640 Lake Shore Drive, Escanaba, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 28, 1947, in Escanaba and was the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Erickson) VanEffen Sr. Barb graduated from Escanaba High School Class of 1965.

On June 17, 1967, the former Barbara VanEffen married her high school sweet heart Ralph Johnson at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Barb's greatest love was for her family and raising their two children. Later Barb worked at Hardees in Escanaba. She was a friend to everyone. When you met her, she touched you in a very special way. Family and friends were everything to her. She had a great sense of humor, a zest for life, and she kept that loving spirit even in her last days in the hospital. Barb was a lifelong and active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed gardening (hosting two garden walks at her home), and entertaining family and friends.

Barbara Kristine Johnson is survived by: husband, Ralph; son, Michael (Sheri) Johnson of Appleton; daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Dallaire of Fitchburg, Ma.; three grandchildren, Nathan, McKenna and Logan; sisters, Meredith Erickson of Traverse City, Mich., Debbie (Dennis) Renken of Escanaba; twin brother, Robert (Lin) VanEffen of Escanaba; brother, Rick (Diane) VanEffen of Gladstone; several nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara Kristine Johnson will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Judy Kincaid officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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John L. Venerable, 65, of 1606 North 20th St., Escanaba, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.

He was born April 4, 1948, in Chicago, Ill., and was the son of James and Dorothy (Miron) Venerable. He grew up in Chicago and moved to Escanaba in 1980.

John married the former Renee Krupski on Jan. 6, 1984, in Escanaba. John was employed as a Daily Press carrier for 20 years until his retirement in 2012. He loved life and animals, enjoyed gardening, going to the casino, and watching old movies.

John enjoyed people and was a very social person.

John L. Venerable is survived by his wife, Renee; children, Dawn Venerable, of Escanaba, Paul (Sonia) Krupski, of Escanaba, Laurie Ketcham (Craig LaRose), of Escanaba; seven grandchildren, Lewis (Heather), Joshua, Stephanie, Brianne, Steven, Trevor and Amber; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Mike Dziergas; sister, Sharon Skrobania; and grandson, Justin Lamb.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Closing remarks performed by the family, will follow at 4 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will take place in the Perkins Cemetery.

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Scott Patrick Allis, 48, of 405 S. 17th St., Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. He was born May 5, 1965, in Escanaba and was the son of Don and Patricia (Hultquist) Allis. Scott graduated from Escanaba High School in 1983 and then attended Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba and then graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in business administration.

Scott started working at the Flap Jack Shack in Escanaba in 1986 and remained their, working for many different owners, and currently serving as the night manager for Drifter's Family Restaurant. Scott enjoyed bowling, playing English darts, playing video games, reading and listening to music.

Scott Allis is survived by: parents, Don and Patricia Allis of Escanaba; brother, Steven Allis of Iron Mountain, Mich.; uncle and aunt, Terry (Rosalind) Allis of Escanaba; several cousins.
Private family visitation and funeral services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home with Rev. Scott White officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the Dialysis Center in Escanaba. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home. 

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William Graham Mather, 96, of E4685 Hwy. M-35, Escanaba (Ford River), passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. He was born Dec. 12, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was the son of William and Elizabeth (Graham) Mather. Bill graduated from Escanaba High School in 1934, Michigan Technology University with a bachelor's degree in 1938, Stephens Institute of Technology with a master's degree in 1949.

He married the former Lillian Schmit, of Wells, on June 28, 1941, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2011. Bill was employed with United States Steel Company in Chicago, Ill., for 41 years as a metallurgical engineer until his retirement in 1980. In 1981 Bill and his wife Lil moved back to Ford River. Since 1963 Bill joined and remained an active and dedicated member of the Lions Clubs International. He also followed in his father's footsteps joining the Masonic Lodge, becoming Worshipful Master of the lodge and also being active in the Scottish Rite. He was a community supporter holding memberships in the Delta County Historical Society, the Delta Shrine Club, Bonifas Fine Arts Center, the Michigan Tech Huskies Club, the Michigan Tech Alumni Association, the Highland Golf Club, Bay de Noc Community College Foundation, Bay Sages, Friends of the Escanaba Library, and the U.S. Steel Retirees. Bill was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church. He also was a devoted husband and a respected friend of many. Bill was a quiet man with a wry wit and generous nature.

William G. Mather is survived by: daughter, Marcia (Allen) Montgomery of Columbia, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Mary Schmit of Atlanta, Ga., Ruth Schmit of Daytona Beach, Fla.; nieces, Barbara VanDusseldorp, Judy Baker, Bron Gayna Schmit and Andrea Sullivan; nephew, Michael Motyko.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sister, Elizabeth Kintziger, and nephew, Ted Schmit.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of William G. Mather will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Scott White officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the West Ford River Cemetery.


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Cheryl Lynn Roberts, age 66, of 52232 Co. Road 426, Arnold, MI passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at her home in Arnold of an apparent heart attack.  She was born on September 27, 1947 in Marquette and was the daughter of Matthew and Betty (McMaster) Whitelaw.  Cheryl attended Bishop Baraga High School and after high school she began her employment career as a nurse’s aid working in various Marquette area nursing homes. 

In 1965, Cheryl married Robert Dillinger, then married Dennis McCleod, and on June 7, 1985 she married James E. Roberts, Jr. in Northland.

Cheryl and Jim resided in South Carolina for most of the last 20 years where they were foster parents to over 100 children over 18 years.  Twice the couple was named South Carolina's “Foster Parents of the Year”.  Cheryl was a caring, supportive, and loving, foster mother and took great pride in helping children in need. Prior to retiring from Foster Parenting, Cheryl & Jim adopted the two children that they received as newborns out of the hospital.

Being native “Yoopers”, in the fall of 2013, Cheryl & Jim where called back home looking forward to retiring on the Roberts Homestead in Arnold.

Her greatest joy in life were; her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, animal lover, and a passionate deer hunter.

Cheryl is survived by:

Husband:  James - Arnold

Daughter:  Vicki Hall – Monks Corner, SC
                      Children – Kadie, Jeremy, Jesse, and Sara
                      Great-Grandchild – Jaycee

Son:  Kenny (Michelle) Dillinger - Houghton, MI
            Children – Cody, Taylor, Sydney, and Madison

Son:  Chad Dillinger - Whitewater, WI
 
            Children – Faith and Brandon

Son:   Army MSG  Michael (Jennifer) Dillinger - Fort Lewis, WA
 
            Children – Sophie and Lily

Daughter:  Fawn (Jim) Hall - Goose Creek, SC
        
            Children – Brooke and Hailey

Son:  Jimmy McCleod - Goose Creek, SC

Son:  Anthony Roberts - Arnold

Daughter:   Kerri Roberts - Arnold

Sisters:   Mary (Leigh) Brinker - Kinross
              Shelia (Mike) Holmes - Arnold
              Debbie Mohrman - Marquette
              Lisa (Paul) Withey - Park Falls, WI

Brothers-in-Law:  Dean (Cheri) Roberts – Gwinn
                             Jeff Roberts - Arnold
                             John (Barb) Roberts - Arnold
                             Gerald (Debbie) Roberts – Gwinn
                             Ron Kangas - Gwinn

Sisters-in-Law:  Connie (Paul) Williams - Mountain Grove, MO
                          Jacqueline (Rodger) Cole – Northland
                          Inez (Tony) Gustafson - Foster City

Many Nieces, Nephews, Friends, and Neighbors

Cheryl was preceded in death by; her parents, sister Robin Kangas, brother Jimmy Whitelaw, and grandchildren Kadie and River Major.

A visitation will be held at the Wells Township Hall in Arnold on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern).  Funeral services celebrating the life of Cheryl Lynn Roberts will follow at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) with Coach Bill Hill of Gwinn officiating.  A luncheon will be served in the township hall at the conclusion of the funeral service. 

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James F. Almonroeder has walked off the 18th green having played the game well under par on Thursday February 13, 2014 in St. George, Utah.  He was born on  May 5, 1945 in Escanaba, MI and was the son of Gus and Julie (Pryal) Almonroeder. Jim was a member of the 1957 Little League team that went to Williamsport, PA. Jim was an outstanding athlete lettering in many varsity sports graduating from Escanaba High School in 1963. After graduation Jim worked in Milwaukee for a short time and then served in the U.S. Army for two years. He attended Northern Michigan University receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in education. Jim taught Physical Education in the Gladstone School System. Jim married the former Kathleen Frederick on January 19, 1973 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Escanaba. He later worked for the Intermediate School District as a vocational counselor. During that time Jim earned his master’s degree in counseling from Northern Michigan University. He retired from the ISD in 1995. He then worked at the Escanaba Civic Center running the youth programs for 12 years. Jim was a member of the St. Joseph and St. Patrick Catholic Church, a life member of the Escanaba Elk’s Lodge #354, the Terrace Bluff Country Club, Delta Pool League and the Escanaba Quarterback Club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling to many major golfing events and traveling to spend time with his grandchildren. Jim was an avid Detroit Lions fan and liked to watch college football. He loved to work on his golf course at his home and hosted the Firecracker Open Golf Tournament on the 4th of July every year. James F. Almonroeder is survived by:

Wife- Kathy

Daughters- Renee (Jeremy) DeWitt of Neenah, WI

Jenny (Bob) Farnes of Lehi, Utah

Sons- Brad (Kim) Almonroeder of Birmingham, MI

Kurt (Special Friend Kelly Bintner) Almonroeder of Lawton, OK

Four Grandchildren- Collin, Carter and Kayla Farnes and Graham Almonroeder

Brother- Tom (Donna) Almonroeder of Iron River, MI

Sister- Nancy (Tim) Farrell of Perronville

Barb (Jude) Collins of Manistique, MI

Mary (Jerry) Williams of Columbia, SC

Joan (Jim) Swanson of Waukesha, WI

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Anne Almonroeder.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Eric Olson officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the Gladstone Baseball Boosters.

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