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.
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. – . Funeral services celebrating the life of Ruth Violet Miller will follow at 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.
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.
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.
Guy Henry Burket, 52, of Cornell, passed away at his home in Cornell. He was born Aug. 12, 1961, in Waterford, Mich., and was the son of Henry and Barbara (Hess) Burket. Guy attended Escanaba High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. He did factory work in Wisconsin before moving back to this area working in small engine repair. Guy enjoyed the outdoors, snowmobiling, helping friends and fishing, even though he did not care to eat fish. Guy loved his daughter, his new granddaughter and his cats. Guy was loved by many and will be missed.
Guy Henry Burket is survived by: mother, Barbara (Dennis) Deacon of Escanaba; daughter, Amanda Burket (Robert Murray) of Escanaba; grandchild, Savannah Grace; stepson, Norman Larson of Lower Michigan; brothers, Rick (Suzie) Burket of North Carolina and Brad Burket of Escanaba; sister, Kathy Saari of West Bend, Wis.; former wife, Mary Myers of Escanaba; niece and nephews, Ashly and Ryan Saari and Josh Burket; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Burket.Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Guy H. Burket will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Swillum officiating. A luncheon will follow the funeral service in the church fellowship hall.
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.
Thomas A. Swenson, age 73, of E980 Johnson Road, Trenary, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. His wife Yvonne is listed among the survivors. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Bernice "Bee" Lambert, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Jan. 24, 1923. Raised in Escanaba, Bernice graduated from Escanaba High School in 1941. The former Bernice Derouin married Robert Lambert on Sept. 4, 1948, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 1984. she was employed as an office manager at Riverside Auto Sales until her retirement. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, where she volunteered her services. Bernice enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing Bridge, and especially spending time with her family.
Her survivors include: daughters, Sandi Lambert (Edmond Desmond), of Belle Terre, N.Y., and Carol Lambert, of Concord, Mass.; and son, Gary Lambert (Cheryl) of Escanaba. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.A private family visitation and funeral services will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba with Rev. Dean Peterson officiating. Entombment will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Bethany Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.
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.
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 (Eastern). Funeral services celebrating the life of Cheryl Lynn Roberts will follow at (Eastern) with Coach Bill Hill of Gwinn officiating. A luncheon will be served in the township hall at the conclusion of the funeral service.
James F. Almonroederhas 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 EscanabaHigh 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 NorthernMichiganUniversity 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 IntermediateSchool District as a vocational counselor. During that time Jim earned his master’s degree in counseling from NorthernMichiganUniversity. He retired from the ISD in 1995. He then worked at the EscanabaCivicCenter 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:
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 Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 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 HolyCrossCemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the Gladstone Baseball Boosters.
Vivian V. Hoffman, age 97, of Gladstone formerly Grand Rapids, MI passed away Tuesday February 11, 2014 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. She was born December 24, 1916 in Tampa, FL and was the daughter of William and Louisa Miller. Vivian and her family moved from Florida to Michigan when she was a young child. She graduated from CrestonHigh School in Grand Rapids with the class of 1934. The former Vivian Miller married Peter Hoffman on December 31, 1940 in Grand Rapids and he preceded her in death on December 18, 1976. Vivian was employed for 25 years at the Herpolsheimer Department Store in Grand Rapids until her retirement. After her retirement she helped care for her grandchildren when her daughter returned to work. Vivian was a volunteer at KentCommunityHospital and was an active in her church. Prior to losing her sight she enjoyed reading, knitting, word puzzles, playing cards and lunching with friends.
Vivian V. Hoffman is survived by:
Daughter- Linda (David) Pipe of Gladstone
Two Grandchildren- Jennifer Pipe of Woodbridge, VA Ryan (Jessica) Pipe of Grand haven, MI
Two Great Grandchildren- Adrianna and Garrett
Sisters- Velma Fogarty of Charlotte, NC Ann Churchhill of Grand Rapids, MI
Brother- Calvin (Ardith) Miller of Grand Rapids, MI
Several Nieces and Nephews
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by infant daughter Carole Jean , and infant brother , and brother Philip Miller.
Visitation will be held from to Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Van Strien Funeral Chapel in Grand Rapids, MI. Funeral services celebrating the life of Vivian V. Hoffman will be celebrated at in the Van Strien Funeral Chapel with Pastor Brad Cochrane officiating. Burial will take place in the FairPlainsCemetery in Grand Rapids, MI.
William James Whitehead, age 67, of Escanaba passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home in Two Rivers, WI. He was born March 29, 1946 in Escanaba, Michigan and was the son of William and Mabel (Jeffreys) Whitehead. Bill served in the U.S. Army, as a helicopter gunner, during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged after he was wounded in a helicopter crash, receiving a Purple Heart from the U.S. Army. Throughout his working years he was employed at the Railroad and later as an over the road truck driver. He married the former Donna Moran on May 18, 1985 in Escanaba. William James Whitehead is survived by: Wife- Donna Children- Lisa Moran (Mwanga) Williams of Chicago
Erica (Adam) Ritchie of Rhinelander, WI
Eric (Jennifer) Moran of Escanaba
Carmen Whitehead of Manitowoc, WI
Maria Joy Whitehead of Escanaba
Several Nieces and Nephews
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brother Larry Smith and sisters Virginia Dawson and Holly Whitehead.
Visitation will be held from to Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta CountyVeterans services will be conducted at Friday in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of William James Whitehead will follow at with Deacon Terry Saunders from St. Anne Catholic Church officiating. Burial will take place in the LakeviewCemetery. A luncheon will be held following the funeral services at the St. Anne Catholic Church fellowship hall. If you would like to forward a personal and private message to the family please do so here:email@example.com
Leone U. Olson, formerly of Hibbing, MN, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, surrounded by her family, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.
Leone was born on Oct. 24, 1923, in Clara City, Minn., the daughter of Joe and Clara Ulferts. She graduated from Clara City High School in 1941 and went on to attend St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., graduating with a degree in physical education in 1945. Leone taught gym/health/science in Annandale, Minn., for two years.
On June 7, 1947, Leone married Henry (Heinie) Olson in Clara City, Minn. She and Heinie moved to Deer River in 1948 where Leone taught phyed for five years until her first son Wade was born.
In 1954, Leone and Heinie moved to Hibbing, Minn., where she took on the role of housewife and mother. Leone taught evening exercise classes for 10 years. She taught Sunday school, along with Vacation Bible School for many years at Grace Lutheran Church. Leone was active in her church guild, Bible study, and the church library which was her passion and favorite past time.
Leone is survived by sons, Wade (Dianne Eskra), Cedar Falls, Iowa, Blake (Debra Peloquin), Gladstone, Kent (Karen Motzko), Burnsville, Minn. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Eric (Laura) Olson, Denver, Colo., Sarah Olson, Moorhead, Minn., Laura (Jason) LaFave, Lake Geneva, Wis., Rachel (Jesse) Henkle, Grundy Center, Iowa, Beccy (Grant) Adams, MPLS, Minn., Bethany (Nolan) Hovland, Wilton, Iowa, Ben and Jacob Olson, Burnsville, Minn.; five great-grandchildren, Owen and Landon LaFave, Raya Henkle, Adelaide and Louis Adams along with baby Olson and baby Henkle due in June. Leone is also survived by one sister, Joanie Mills of Carlisle, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Heinie; brothers, Raymond, Russell, Wayne; and sisters, Clara, Fernie, Ruthie, Pearl, Roma and Hazel.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Leone U. Olson will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church in Hibbing, Minn., with the Rev. Tim Yearyean officiating. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service.
Mary M. Sandborn, 93, of 2916 3rd. Ave. S., Escanaba, formerly of the Lansing, Mich., area passed away at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 18, 1920, in Portland, Mich., and was the daughter of William and Nora (Bates) Young. Mary graduated from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant with her teaching degree and later from Michigan State University with her master's degree in special education. She was employed as a special education teacher for over 25 years until her retirement. The former Mary Young married Bill Sandborn on June 17, 1944, at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Portland, Mich., and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2001. Mary was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Portland; Mich.
Mary M. Sandborn is survived by her son, Michael Sandborn of Eagle, Mich.; daughters, Susan (Ray) Cheatham of Fallon, Mo., Pamela (Joe) Mileski of Escanaba, Patricia (Duane) Smith of Marenisco, Mich., Cynthia (Stephen) Fabiano of Portland, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; sister, JoAnn Sheehan of Lansing, Mich.; several nieces and nephews.
A private family celebration of life service will be held in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Portland, Mich.
George Nelson Semmens, 90, of 1616 9th Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. He was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and was the son of Fred and Katherine (Hoover) Semmens. George graduated from Tenafly High School in Tenafly, N.J., in 1941 and then he attended the New York State College of Forestry (Syracuse University) in Syracuse, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 800th Engineer Forestry Company from Dec. 15, 1942 until he was honorably discharged on Dec. 24, 1945.
After the war George returned to college and graduated in 1949 and accepted a job with the U.S. Forest Service in Columbus, Ohio. In October of 1952 George married the former Martha "Petey" Bogert and they settled in Laona, Wis., where George continued his employment with the U.S. Forest Service. They later lived in Park Falls, Wis.; Mio, Mich.; Isabella, Minn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Escanaba, Mich.; Athens, Ohio; Warren, Pa.; and Missoula, Mont. George retired in 1979 and they moved back to Escanaba. He attended the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba.
George was also a member of the Escanaba Golden "K" Kiwanis Club and Bay Sages. He started his own forestry business and ventured into taking inventories in local cemeteries. George eventually served as manager of a local cemetery for 12 years. Family was extremely important to George and he enjoyed traveling, the outdoors and wildlife. He was voted recycler of the year in 2008 by Lake State Industries and was active in the Escanaba Main Street Program.
George Semmens is survived by: wife, Martha "Petey" Semmens; daughters, Holly (Larry) Wilson of Airdrie, AB Canada, and Laurie (Dave) Ostrowski of Superior, Wis.; sons, Kenneth (Beth) Semmens of Morgantown, W.V., and Frederick Semmens of Escanaba; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 31, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County veterans services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of George Nelson Semmens will be held at noon Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott White officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the West Ford River Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial can be directed to the Parkinson Foundation.
Donald Anderson, long-time resident of Escanaba, passed away on Jan. 21, 2014, at the age of 90. He was born on May 2, 1923, to Aldric and Hannah (Olson) Anderson.
As Don grew up he worked on local farms, I Stephenson Lumber Co., and the Great Western Ore Docks. Later he became a foreman for E. Arnzten Construction and eventually took over the business. He called it Don Anderson Construction. In addition to building projects around town, he became the general contractor for Mead Paper Company. He also built his own industrial park along the highway just north of Escanaba. Although he retired at age 65, he continued his rental and construction sales business. Don was a charter and oldest living member of the local Carpenter's Union.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Audrey L. (Sahn); his daughter, Karen; and two grand-daughters, Sarah and Hannah. Others include a brother, Wallace; two sisters, Mildred Leisner and Ruth Nelson; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Private family funeral services celebrating the life of Donald Anderson will be held in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dean Peterson from Bethany Lutheran Church officiating. Entombment will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make any memorials to Bethany Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.