Obituaries

 


Bruce A. Brown, 61, of 1408 N. 23rd Street, Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Christian Park Health Care Center.  He was born on March 19, 1954 in Escanaba and was the son of Wilfred and Sylvia (Keupper) Brown. Bruce graduated from Escanaba High School in 1972 and then attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, MN. He worked at Marsden Maintenance Cleaning Services in Minneapolis, the Pioneer Metal Refinishing Company in Minneapolis and later at a Special Needs Foster Care Home in Bloomington, MN.  He moved back to Escanaba in 2013. Bruce enjoyed playing video and computer games and going to Minnesota Twins baseball games. Bruce A. Brown is survived by; his son Eric Brown of Menominee, WI, brother Duane Brown of Joliet, IL, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters; Barbara Brown and Norma Bushey.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Bruce A. Brown will follow at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lewis Hague officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. 

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Nila M. Pilot, 88, of 14681 S 15 Road, Rapid River, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. She was born on January 2, 1927 in Lennon, MI and was the daughter of Blake and Frances (Borden) Beemer. Nila married Harry Pilot in June of 1964.

Nila M. Pilot is survived by: husband, Harry Pilot, children; Cheri (Warren) Bogan of Charlevoix, MI, Darlene (Karl) Bambas of Florida, Victoria (Lyman) Porter of Allendale, MI, Patrica Glenn of Arkansas, Laurel Glow of Florida, Ron (Nancy Jo) Furlong of Rapid River, Rosemary Pilot of Florida, Kristen Card of Florida, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Onalee Nickerson of Owosso, Mich.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sons; Wayne Furlong and James Dumond, and brother Arnold Beemer.

Burial will take place in the spring of the year in the Trenary Cemetery.

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Elizabeth A. Zuehlkeage 85, of Escanaba, passed away on March 11, 2015 at the Bishop Noa Home.  She was born on February 27, 1930 in Rhinelander, WI and was the daughter of Merritt and Alda (Miller) Kasson.  On December 20, 1953, the former Elizabeth A. Kasson married Donald Zuehlke at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba, resided and raised their family in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Donald preceded her in death on May, 23, 1997.  In May of 1998, Liz returned to the Escanaba area.

Liz was a graduate of Escanaba High School Class of 1948.  Following high school, she furthered her education at the University of Wisconsin Stout and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Foods, Nutrition, and Institutional Management.  Liz completed her internship at Ancker Hospital in St. Paul, MN. She began her employment career at Deaconess Hospital in Milwaukee, WI as a Clinical Dietitian, then became a self-employed consultant for over twenty years.  

Elizabeth enjoyed her profession and worked with Nursing Homes, Headstart Programs, many hospitals, and colleges throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. She founded the Wisconsin Chapter of HIEFSS, Hospital Institution Educational Food Service Society known today as Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professional. She was a Wisconsin State Advisor for the organization and led several delegations to national conventions. She mentored many food service professionals throughout her career. 

In retirement Liz enjoyed; traveling, reading, attending seminars at Bay College, and cooking. She loved animals and was always willing to save one in need. 

Liz was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Escanaba Noon Kiwanis, Bay Sages, General Federation of Women’s Club, Players De Noc, YMCA, and the Delta County Historical Society where she served on the board of directors.   

Elizabeth A. Zuehlke is survived by: 

Sons:    David (Sharon) Zuehlke – Black Creek, WI
              Steven (Barbara) Zuehlke – Apple Valley, MN
              Charles (Tom Torres) Zuehlke – Bolingbrook, IL

Daughter:  Katherine Sandidge-Hendrickson – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

5 Grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, 2 step-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by; her husband Donald and parents Merritt and Alda.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Bishop Noa Home for their excellent care and compassion and the staff of Pacino’s Restaurant for the special service they provided each time she dined there.

A service celebrating the life of Elizabeth A. Zuehlke will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba with Rev. Scott White officiating.  A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the funeral service.  In compliance with Liz’s wishes, please do not send flowers but generously donate to the Elizabeth A. Zuehlke Educational Fund at Bishop Noa Home established in her memory.

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Alan Davidson, 79, of 1524 9th Avenue South, Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 24, 1935, in Escanaba, and was the son of James, Sr. and Esther (Stade) Davidson. Al graduated from Escanaba High School in 1953 and then served in the U.S. Air Force, during the Korean War, for four years until he was honorably discharged.

Returning to Escanaba he joined his father in the family business, Davidson Insurance Company. He owned and operated the insurance company until he sold the business. Al then worked for American Cyanamid Company in Escanaba until his retirement in 1993.

He married the former Judith Pepin on February 19, 1971, at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba. 

Al was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Escanaba Elks Lodge #354, Escanaba Country Club, Highland Golf Club, and the Escanaba Quarterback Club. In his sparetime he enjoyed golfing, bowling, and riding his motorcycle. Al was an avid Green Bay Packer and Detroit Red Wing fan.

Alan P. Davidson is survived by: his wife Judith, daughter Barbara Davidson of Williamston, MI, step-children; Don (Amber) Gallagher of Flat Rock, Donette Ostrander of Escanaba, Troy (Jessica) Gallagher of Escanaba, nine grandchildren; Ava, Krystal, Grizz, Scout, Lewis, Olivia, Sydney, Sam, and Wyatt, two great-grandchildren, sister Alicemae Laakso of Gladstone, brother Phillip (Ann) Davidson of Whitmore Lake, MI, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents James and Esther, he was preceded in death by his twin brother Paul and brothers, James, Jr. and Richard.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's Council services will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Alan P. Davidson will follow at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Scott White officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service in the church fellowship hall.  Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery.  Those wishing to offer a memoial in Al's honor are kindly asked to consider a donation to the First Presbyterian Church or the Escanaba Elks Lodge.

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Donald C. Bolm, 87, of 6436 K5 Road, Escanaba, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Marquette General Hospital from complications of  hip surgery. He was born on January 30, 1928 in Bark River  and was the son of Carl and Gertrude (Johnson) Bolm.

Don was raised in Bark River and attended school there. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from July 10, 1945 until his honorable discharged on February 3, 1949.

On December 1, 1951, Don married the former Helen Erickson in Bark River. He was employed for many years with Harnishfeger Corporation as a machinist until his retirement in 1983.

Don was a member of the Central United Methodist Church, and the woodcarving club. He enjoyed flower gardening, camping, fishing, traveling, and woodcarving.

Donald C. Bolm is survived by: wife Helen, daughter Suzanne (Dan) Closner of Marquette, grandchildren, Benjamin and Catherine Closner of Marquette, sisters; Violet (Glenn) Winston of Mequon, Wis., Leota Kastner of Mequon, Wis.; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers; Robert and Kenneth Bolm.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's services will be conducted at 2:45 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Donald C. Bolm will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Donna Minarick officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services at the Central United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Burial will take place in the Bark River Cemetery. Those wishing to offer a memorial are kindly asked to consider the Donald Bolm Scholarship Fund at Bay de Noc Community College. 


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William J. Gasman, age 87, of 2211 3rd Avenue South, Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Bishop Noa Home.  He was born on March 5, 1927 in Escanaba and was the son Raymond and Ethel (Spencer) Gasman.  Bill attended school in Escanaba and was a member of the graduating Class of 1945.  Following high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and served as a weather observer in the Philippines.  Bill was honorably discharged on January 22, 1946.  

After completing his tour of duty, Bill began his employment career with the Smith News Agency and later purchased the business and renamed it the Gasman News Agency.  He remained in the news industry until his retirement in 1995. 

William J. Gasman married the former Janet Nelson on September 24, 1960 in Escanaba. 

After his retirement, Bill and his wife Janet traveled all over the world on numerous vacations.  The couple enjoyed visiting, exploring, and meeting new people through their adventures.  

Bill was well-known for his joke telling and always had a pocket full of Tootsie Rolls to hand out to everyone he met.  He was a true people person. 

He is survived by: 

Wife:   Janet - Escanaba 

Son:     Mike (Kris) Gasman – Freedom, WI 

Grandchildren: Tony and Taylor 

Brother:  Tom (Donna) Gasman – Appleton, WI 

Several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by; son Kevin, sister, Mary Mullin, and brothers, Ray and Jim Gasman.
 

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba.   Funeral services celebrating the life of William J. Gasman will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Fran DeGroot and Rev. Dean Peterson officiating.  A luncheon will be served in the Anderson Funeral Home celebration area at the conclusion of the service.  Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.  Those wishing to offer a memorial in Bill’s honor are kindly asked to consider a donation to the Bishop Noa Home.

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Dorothy Edith Makosky, 95, of 1206 N. 18th St., Escanaba, has gone home to her eternal rest with God on her 95th birthday March 1, 2015. She was born on March 1, 1920 in Escanaba, Mich., and was the daughter of John and Ida Waterstradt. She grew up in Chicago, Ill., and moved back to Escanaba as a young woman.

The former Dorothy Waterstradt married Theodore "Barney" Makosky in 1936 and he preceded her in death on October 4, 2003. Dorothy was very active all of her life and enjoyed knitting, woodworking, crocheting, calligraphy, Chinese writing, cake decorating, drawing, and painting. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, helped out at the local library and the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba. Dorothy was a member of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church and served on the cleaning committee at the church for 30 years. She also was a member of the UW Extension Club, the CAA Fish Program, Bay Sages, and Triad. Dorothy enjoyed playing dart ball on the church dart ball team for over 25 years and was a Home Run Champion.

Dorothy Makosky is survived by daughters; Dolores Kirkpatrick of Escanaba, Donna Volpe of Escanaba, Evelyn (Ron) Nuoffer of West Bend, Wis. eight grandchildren; Bob, David, Warren, Wanda, Tammy, Valeri, Mike, and Jenn, 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sons; James, Warren, and Daniel Makosky, granddaughter Dawn (Kirkpatrick) Lancour, four sisters and two brothers.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Dorothy Makosky will follow at 4 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Doletzky officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of  the funeral services at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in the spring of the year.

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Katherine M. Paine, 91, of Gladstone, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. She was born on November 21, 1923 in Enderlin, N.D. and was the daughter of John and Glenn (Black) Paine. Katherine graduated from Gladstone High School in 1943. She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1944 and served for five years until she was honorably discharged. She then was employed as the secretary to the Commandant in the United Sates Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. until she retired in 1980. In 1980, she moved back to Gladstone and in 2012 moved to Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone.

Katherine was a member of the U.P. Detachment of the Marine Corps League, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul in Gladstone, and she received the Merchant Civil Service Award.

Katherine M. Paine is survived by; sisters, Janet Sue Paine of Green Bay, Wis., Mary Ann (Ted) Seely of Sun Set Beach, N.C.,  several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Betty Taft and brother, Jim Paine.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Katherine M. Paine will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Franklin Block officiating. Burial will take place in the Fernwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

The Paine family would like to extend a special thank you to Sherry Howes and family for the special love and support shown to Katherine since she returned to Gladstone.

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James Pfotenhauer, 68, of Cornell, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Dickinson County Hospital in Iron Mountain.  He was born on September 2, 1946 in Marquette and was the son of Merle and Dorothy (Shomin) Pfotenhauer. Jim graduated from Hudson, Wis., High School in 1963.  Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was employed at Mead Paper Company in Escanaba until his retirement in 2011. Jim furthered his education Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba and was a graduate of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

He attended New Life Assembly of God Church in Escanaba and had a great love for animals.

James M. Pfotenhauer is survived by; sister, Patricia Sanford of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of James M. Pfotenhauer will follow at 5 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jason Janich officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Delta Animal Shelter. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.  

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Lorna D. Javenkoski, 88, of 8775 Co. 513 T Road in Rapid River, Mich. (Maywood Shores), passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. She was born August 4, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wis., and was the daughter of Raleigh and Edith Felsinger. Lorna graduated from Custer High School in 1944 and then attended business school for two years. She worked for Kalmbach Publishing Company as a correspondent and later worked for Ken Cook Publishing Company for 10 years until her husband accepted a position at Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba. They moved to Maywood Shores in 1978. The former Lorna Felsinger married Carl William Javenkoski on Feb. 10, 1951 and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2012. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonington, Gladstone Child's Welfare Club, enjoyed her family and traveling.

Lorna D. Javenkoski is survived by: sons, Burton (Pam) Javenkoski of Sun Lakes, Ariz., William Javenkoski of Escanaba, Mark Javenkoski of Escanaba; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Carolyn Hansen of Virginia Beach, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Lorna Bewick, and sister, Darlene Felsinger.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Lorna D. Javenkoski will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonington with Rev. Diane Cloutier Srutowski officiating. Burial will take place in the spring of the year in Lakewood Cemetery in Stonington. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies Aid. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home or at the church the day of the service.

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Audrey L. Anderson88, of 2514 2nd Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Audrey was born Aug. 25, 1926, and was the daughter of Frank and Henrietta Sahn. She was 88 years old.

Before Audrey was born, her parents moved from Wisconsin. Over time they built a large dairy farm covering 450 acres in the Trenary area. Audrey graduated from Rapid River High School in 1944. Although she wanted to go to nursing school, her help was needed assisting her mother. It was on that farm that she was to meet her future husband, Donald Anderson. In his younger days, Don worked on many farms, especially during harvesting times.

They were married at Bethany Lutheran Church on June 5, 1948. They worked together to eventually form the Anderson Construction Company, one of the largest in the area. During these years, they also developed an industrial park along the highway just north of Escanaba. That park included a mall building and several other metal buildings which have since become retail businesses. Also included is Lake State Industries, which employs handicapped adults. Their donation to Lake State helped in the formation of the business.

Until they retired, Audrey was the bookkeeper for the business. In addition, she loved being a homemaker and especially enjoyed baking. Audrey was completely devoted to her family. When the weather permitted, her favorite pastime was spending time in her flower garden. When not working, Audrey and Don spent time at their cottage and traveled in their motorhome. Many winters were spent in Arizona visiting Audrey's sister, Elaine.

Together they formed the Donald and Audrey Anderson Foundation which will continue to benefit the community they loved so much. They were members of Bethany Lutheran Church.

Audrey is predeceased by her husband, Donald; her parents, Frank and Henrietta Sahn; three brothers, Ken, Clifford and Glenn Sahn. She is survived by a daughter, Karen; two granddaughters, Sarah and Hannah; a brother, Lloyd Sahn; a sister, Elaine Wilson; and several nieces and nephews. Audrey will be sadly missed by family and friends more than words can express.

Private services are being planned with entombment at Gardens of Rest cemetery.

It is the family's request that any memorials be made in care of Bethany Lutheran Church, Holy Name School, or a charity of choice. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

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Donald Pada, of 410 S. 30th St., Escanaba, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb.19, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 24, 1931 in Gladstone, the son of George Pada and Evelyn (Van De Weghe) Pada.

He grew up in Gladstone and attended Gladstone schools graduating in the class of 1950. He participated in sports playing fullback for the Gladstone Braves and was also on the track team.

He entered the US Army in August of 1952 and was stationed in California. After his time there he married his high school sweetheart Betty (Betsy) Belanger from Escanaba. They then moved to England when he received orders to Upper Heyford A.F. Base. During the three years they lived there, Linda, their first child, was born. They then lived in Washington state and then in France for another three years. They enjoyed many trips to London and Paris during this time. Also during this time he played football for the U.S. Army team, the LaRochelle Rams. He was an avid participant and viewer of most sports, football and baseball being his favorites. He then left the army for a short time and when he reenlisted received orders for Korea where he spent a year. On his return the family moved to Ft. Bragg, N.C., where their second child, Sean, was born. Soon after they returned to Europe, where they lived for three years and welcomed another son, James, born in Germany. After returning to the United States he was stationed at the Warren, Mich., tank arsenal where he was sent on many trips to demonstrate amphibious vehicles to people around the world. He spent one year in Vietnam during the conflict and received the Bronze Star for heroic action when he and another soldier volunteered to rescue two men trapped behind enemy lines. After he returned he went to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, before once again going to Germany. He retired after 20 years of service to his country in April 1975.

When he returned to Escanaba he attended Bay College for two years and also taught classes in the technology department. Afterwards he worked at Bark River Culvert for 15 years and then Rapid River Rustic for a few years. During his time at Rapid River Rustic he and his special nephew, Don Fyhr, built the log cabin of his dreams in Stonington with the help of his sons and other relatives. His great joy was hunting and fishing, watching the Green Bay Packers, the Tigers, and the Red Wings. He was usually on a bowling team most of this time and was a past member of the Wells Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by nieces and nephews Barry and Judy Fyhr, Joe Needham, sister-in-law Mary Needham and brother in laws.

Survivors are his wife, Betsy; his sister, Eileen Engstrom of Gladstone; his three children, Linda (Clifford) Parr in Quincy, Mich., Sean, (Maria Elena) Pada in Williamsburg Va., and James Pada in Williamsburg Va.; his grandchilden, Kellen Parr in Grand Rapids Mich., Emily (Chuck) Fortenbacher in Grand Rapids, Mich., Lindsey Walker in Willimsburg, Va., Madeline, William, and Ayla Pada in Virginia; nieces and nephews, Don Fyhr in Gladstone, Kathy Fyhr in Escanaba, and Janice Rabitoy in Sheboygan, Wis.; sister-in-law, Ila Stanley, Christine Acosta in L.A., California, Debbie Van der Puil in Oregon.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Donald Pada will be held at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Terry Saunders officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the Anderson Funeral Home fellowship area. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery.

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James L. Dubord, 82, of 5388 18th  Road, Escanaba, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on Feb. 1, 1933 in Escanaba and was the son of Thomas and Eva (Provo) Dubord. Jim attended Escanaba High School and married the former Jean MacKenzie on June 17, 1950 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Escanaba. He owned and operated Jim Dubord Cleaning Services and also delivered papers for the Escanaba Daily Press in the outlying areas. Jim later went to work for Michigan Bell and retired from AT&T in 1986. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, served in the National Guard, and enjoyed camping. Jim loved to tell stories, play jokes on his grandchildren, and he was the one in the family that everyone came to. Family was extremely important to him and he had a nickname for every one of  his grandchildren.

James L. Dubord is survived by; his wife, Jean, four sons; James I. (Donna) Dubord of Stevens Lake, Thomas (Mary) Dubord of Escanaba, Gary (Sue) Dubord of Escanaba, Chuck (Lila) Dubord of Wells, four daughters; Sue (Bob) Rowley of Escanaba, Cindy (Dave) Revis of Escanaba, Patty Carlson of Escanaba, Amy (John) Collingwood of Wells, 27 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother George Dubord, sister;, Leona Borden, Dorothy Hansen, and Stella Brazeau, grandson, Bobbie Rowley, granddaughter Tina Jones, and nephew Robert J. Dubord.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Liturgical prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral mass in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.


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Theresa Lee Johnson, 55, of 415 South 4th Street, Gladstone, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at her home. She was born on April 6, 1959 in Escanaba, MI. In 1977, Theresa graduated from Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, FL. Throughout the years, she was employed as a waitress.  In 2008, Theresa returned to the area and made her home in Gladstone.

Theresa Lee Johnson is survived by: her mother Sonia Joyce of Lake Worth, FL, son Justin Johnson of Portage, WI,  granddaughter Harmony Marie Johnson of Portage, WI,  brothers; William (Kathy) Johnson of Pardeeville, WI, Dennis Hall of Nashville, TN,  sisters; Cheryl Anderson of Munising, Lisa Hall of West Palm Beach, FL,  several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at a later date with spring burial in the Forest Home Cemetery, Watson.


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Bernice Alice Nelson, age 83, of 524 South 18th St., Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at her home following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born on July 2, 1931 in Sturgeon Bay, WI and was the daughter of Allen and Alice (Flemal) Tweedy. Alice graduated from Escanaba High School in 1948.

The former Bernice Alice Tweedy married Leif L. Nelson, Jr. on Sept. 19, 1953, and he preceded her in death on May 23, 1989.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and had a great love for animals.

Bernice Alice Nelson is survived by three daughters; Bonnie (William) Strem of Escanaba, Judy Nelson of Escanaba, Sandy Nelson (Tom Nall) of Aurora, CO, daughter-in-law Barbara Nelson of Escanaba, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son Allen Nelson and brother James Tweedy.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. The family of Bernice Alice Nelson would like to thank OSF Hospital, OSF Hospice, and the Green Bay Oncology Department for all the great care given to Alice over the past few months.

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Barbara Leedy, 66, of 14058 Cty Rd SA, Cornell (Watson), passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015 at Marquette General Hospital. She was born on February 9, 1949 in Lawrence, MI and was the daughter of Willard and Hazel (Whelan) Buskirk. 

On December 17, 1982 Barbara married William Leedy. For many years she was employed as a schoolbus driver with the Coloma Public Schools in Coloma, MI and in 1999 Barbara moved to Watson.

She is survived by:

Husband: William - Watson

Sons: Michael Harper - Watson
           Robert (Alison) Harper - Coloma, MI
           Brian (Susan) Leedy - California

Daughters: Tracy (Jason) Spaulding - Coloma, MI
                     Lana Leedy - Montana

7 Grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Hazel.

Private family services celebrating Barbara's life were held.

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Walter N. Pakulski, 86, of 1401 N. 23rd St., Escanaba, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. He was born on June 1, 1928, in Pulaski, Wis., and was the son of John and Monica (Tengowski) Pakulski. Walter graduated from Pulaski High School in 1935. He was employed with the Village of Pulaski for many years in the Public Works Department before working for 20 years with the Kimberly Clark Paper Company, traveling all over the United States, as a pipe fitter until his retirement in 1988. On July 25, 1970, Walter married the former Irene Erickson at First Lutheran Church in Gladstone and she preceded him in death on April 25, 2012. Walter and Irene moved to Schaeffer in 1988 and then to Escanaba in 2000.

Walter N. Pakulski is survived by daughters; Rose (Steve) Overly of Green Bay, Wis., Laverne Picard of Escanaba, and June Pearson of Escanaba, son James (Shuhua) Pearson of Escanaba, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, sister Josephine Gruenwald of Chicago, Ill and brother-in-law Rod Olejniczak of Green Bay, Wis. as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister Cathy Olejniczak.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Walter N. Pakulski will follow at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Johnson from Christ the King Lutheran Church officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of  the funeral service in the Anderson Funeral Home fellowship area.  Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Christian Park Health Care Center staff for all the wonderful care they gave to Walter. 


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Lillian Rose Johnson, age 92, of 7972 Co 426 M.5 Road, Gladstone, passed away Friday afternoon February 6, 2015 at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba. She was born on January 28, 1923 in Wilson, MI and was the daughter of John and Esther (Myrvall) LaFave. Lillian attended school in Wilson and later graduated from Gladstone High School.

On October 29, 1940, the former Lillian Rose LaFave married Gordon L. Johnson in Spaulding, MI and he preceded her in death on March 29, 1985.

Lillian was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and was proud to be a Born-Again Christian. She spent many years raising her children, working on the family farm, and was well-known for her seamstress work. She especially enjoyed baking, crafting, sewing, and growing her own vegetables. Since the 1950's, Lillian shared her vegetables with many at the farmer's market.

She is survived by:

Son: Roderick Johnson - Gladstone

Daughters: Shirley (William) Benson - Gladstone
                     Susan (Kenneth) Hubbard - South Carolina

22 Grandchildren, 44 Great-Grandchildren, 35 Great-Great Grandchildren

Sister: Elmie (Leonard) Dombrowski - Hyde

Friend of the Family: Jean Johnson - Gladstone

In addition to her parents and husband Gordon, she was preceded in death by grandson Jeffrey Hubbard, great-grandson Daniel Pfiester, brothers; Charles and Arliss LaFave, and sisters; Gladys Kositzky, Mae Chelmecki, and Beda Thinglum.

A visitation will take place on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of Lillian Rose Johnson will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James Cousineau officiating. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the funeral service in the Anderson Funeral Home Fellowship Area. Burial will be in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
Those wishing to offer a memorial in Lillian's honor are kindly asked to direct their gift to the family.

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Doug Wescott, 85, of Gladstone, passed away on Jan. 29, 2015.   Memorial funeral services will take place in the spring. 

A full obituary will be forthcoming.

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Richard N. Knoke, 76, passed away in Los Angeles, Calif. He married the former Barbara Costley of Escanaba in 1970 and she preceded him in death in 1984. Burial will take place in the spring of the year in Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba. 
 
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Wilbert H. Westerberg, 89, former Escanaba resident, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Meadow Lane Adult Foster Care in Pinckney, Mich. He was born on Sept. 18, 1925, in Escanaba, Mich., and was the son of David and Agnes (Sjoquist) Westerberg. Wilbert graduated from Escanaba High School in 1943 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in World War II from Dec. 10, 1943, until he was honorably discharged on May 9, 1946. He attended one year of college at Michigan State University, sailed on the Great Lakes on an ore carrier, and later worked for the Detroit Railroad. In 1955, Wilbert started his 32 year career with General Motors as an electrician until his retirement in 1987. Wilbert married the former Mary Helen Costley on May 11, 1957 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba and she preceded him in death on June 19, 1970. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, the V.F.W., American Legion, and the United Auto Workers Union.

Wilbert Herman Westerberg is survived by his sons; Mark (Judith) Westerberg of Pinckney, Mich., James Westerberg of Ypsilanti, Mich.; daughter, Susan (Dan) Applegate of Ypsilanti, Mich., grandchildren; Nicole, Patrick, Matthew, Zach, John, Nicolas, Jacob, and Michael, sisters; Carol Hinich of Rosemont, IL and Betty Lundgaard of Indianapolis, IN.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters; Ellen Johnson, Laverne Peterson, Marion Olson, and Mildred Crnich, brothers; Roy, Carl, and Clyde Westerberg.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's services will be conducted at 6 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Wilbert Herman Westerberg will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. Erik Heskin officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the Bethany Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the V.F.W. or American Legion.

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Melinda (Larson) Nye, 63, former Escanaba resident, passed away Jan. 20, 2015, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. after an extended illness. She was born on April 15, 1951 in Escanaba and was the daughter of Nelse and Ethel (Christienson) Larson. Melinda graduated from Escanaba High School in 1969 and then attended and graduated from Michigan Tech University with her engineering degree. It was at Michigan Tech she met her future husband David Nye. Melinda and David were married at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Escanaba. Melinda was employed as a civil engineer.

Melinda (Larson) Nye is survived by her husband, David Nye of Killen, Alabama; son, Seth Nye (Kelle) of New Albany, Ohio; daughters, Sarah Myrick (Jonathan) of Birmingham, Ala., Carly Nye (Joseph) of Huntsville, Ala.; sister, Katherine "Kitty" (Charles) Olsen of Escanaba, Estelle "Ellie" Miron of Escanaba; grandchildren, Catherine, Jacob, Eli, and Caroline Myrick; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son, Christopher Nye; brother, Thomas Larson; and brother-in-law, Chuck Miron.

Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba.

Burial services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery with Father Eric Olson from St. Joseph and St. Patrick's Catholic Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James Cancer Center Research, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221, Reference No. 313545. 

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Frank M. Doerner, 62, of Hermansville, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at his home in Hermansville. Listed among the survivors is his mother Justine Doerner.  A full obituary is forthcoming.

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Katherine Elizabeth Baur, 74, of 1401 N. 23rd St., Escanaba, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Marquette General Hospital.  She was born on October 7, 1940 in Covington, Mich., and was the daughter of Verner and Julia (Saarinen) Eskel. Kathy grew up on the family farm in Covington and graduated from L'Anse High School in 1958. She was employed at Riverside Auto in Escanaba for many years as the bookkeeper and later at the Cedar River Lumber Company as a secretary and bookkeeper for 23 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Escanaba Eagles and Amvets.  In her sparetime she enjoyed completing fill-in puzzles, crocheting, and knitting. Kathy was an avid bowler and was fond of camping, fishing, and golfing. She took second place in the State of Michigan .22 rifle shoot in 1957.  She also and enjoyed shooting archery. Kathy had a great love for her family and grandchildren.

Katherine Elizabeth Baur is survived by: husband Steven, son Henry V. (Connie) Auge of Escanaba, daughter Carol (Frank) Shepeck of Marquette, stepsons; Brian Baur of Escanaba, Charles (Deanna) Baur of Holland, Mich.,grandchildren; Eric Shepeck, Tara (Mike) Druding, Steven Auge, and Henry L. Auge, three great-grandchildren; Emily, Caitin, and Ally, brother Allen (LuLu) Eskel of Covington, Mich, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters; Helen Bishop and Karen Sands.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Katherine Elizabeth Baur will follow at 4 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Judy Kincaid officiating. Burial will take place in the Covington Cemetery in Covington, Mich. 

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Jerry Allen Herod, 69, of 14321 Nahma Shores in Nahma, Mich. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at his home. He was born on Jan. 15, 1945 in Detroit, Mich., and was the son of Allen Dewitt and Nettie (Dabbs) Herod. Jerry graduated from South Eastern High School in 1963. He then served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from July of 1965 until he was honorably discharged in October of 1968. He was employed for 10 years at Ken Brown Inc. Chrysler Dealership in Detroit as a certified master mechanic and then he was employed as the service director for 26 years at Northwestern Dodge in Ferndale until his retirement in 2004. Jerry married the former Gloria Legault on Sept. 30, 1972, at the Congregational Church in Isabella. In 2004, after Jerry's retirements, Jerry and Gloria moved to Nahma. Jerry's retirement job was working for the Indian Lake State Park Campground in the summertime. He was a former member of the Grace United Church in Fraser; Mich.

Jerry Allen Herod is survived by his wife Gloria, son Todd (Nicole) Herod of Las Vegas, Nev., daughter Jamie Herod of Las Vegas, Nev., grandson, Andrew Herod; sister, Judy Herod of Harrison Township, Mich., brothers; Ross Herod of Warren, Mich., Ken Herod of Warren, Mich., and Michael (Jeanne) Herod of New Baltimore, Mich., sister-in-law Chris Herod of LasVegas, Nev., many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers; David and Ronald Herod.Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's services will be conducted at 6 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Jerry Allen Herod will follow at 6:15 p.m. with Rev. Elizabeth Hill officiating. Burial will take place in the Moss Lake Cemetery. Those wishing to offer a memorial in Jerry's honor are asked to consider a donation to the family for a memorial to be determined at a later date.

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Robert "Bob" Dunstone, 81, of 1118 S. 20th St., Escanaba, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on Feb. 20, 1933 in Lake Linden and was the son of J. Lincoln and Helvi (Kangas) Dunstone. Bob grew up in Marquette and spent his summers in Houghton developing his love for the outdoors with his beloved Aunt Aini and Uncle Adolph Daavettila. He graduated from Marquette High School in 1951 and then attended Michigan Tech in Houghton. Bob sailed on the ore boats until he was called by his country to serve in the U.S. Army as a tank mechanic during the Korean War. After he was honorably discharged, Bob attended Northern Michigan University on the G.I. Bill. Bob met classmate Joanne Hoyer, of Hancock Mich., and married her on Aug. 30, 1958 in Hancock, Mich. After Bob and Joanne graduated from NMU with a bachelor's in teaching, they taught for one year in Davison, Mich., then returned to the U.P. for good. In Escanaba, "Mr. D" remained teaching history, woodshop, and Michigan Rec at the junior high until his retirement in 1987. One of his proudest accomplishments at the junior high was the inception and implementation of the Hunter and Boating Safety Class, allowing kids to be safe in the outdoors he loved. Bob also worked summers for the City of Escanaba Police Department and Delta County Sheriff's Department. Included in his duties as a deputy on the water were enforcing the laws of Great Lakes he had loved. He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge 354, Tri Mu Faternity, Escanaba Eagles Club, Escanaba Fan Club, Escanaba Lions Club serving as past president, and he served on the board of directors for Wildlife Unlimited. Bob enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and going to his grandchildren's sporting events.

Robert "Bob" Dunstone is survived by wife Joanne, son Robert (Sara) Dunstone of Cedarburg, Wis., daughter Connie Jo Dunstone-Hillesheim of Escanaba, five grandchildren; Trevin Hillesheim of Green Bay, Wis., Christopher Hillesheim of Franklin Wis., Quinlan Hillesheim of Escanaba, and Lincoln and Margeaux Dunstone of Cedarburg, Wis.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Masonic services will be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert "Bob" Dunstone will follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Dean Peterson officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. Those wishing to offer a memorial in Bob's honor are kindly asked to consider a donation to the Robert Dunstone scholarship fund to be established at the Escanaba High School.

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Richard "Dick" Gustaf Moberg, 90, formerly of Isabella and Rapid River, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Illinois. He was born on March 19, 1924, in Isabella, Mich., and was the son of Gustaf and Hazel (King) Moberg. Dick graduated from Nahma High School in 1938 and worked in the camps in Upper Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from June 11, 1943, until he was honorably discharged on Feb. 3, 1945. Dick married the former Patricia Ann Lavelle in 1946 and she preceded him in death in 1994. Dick worked for Brunette Refrigeration and later for Gustaf A. Larson Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Company as a salesman until his retirement in 1994. He moved to Oak Lawn, Ill., in 1995. Dick was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Isabella, life member of the VFW, and was an extremely gifted and talented man. He was a "Jack of All Trades" and could fix or do anything.

Richard 'Dick' Moberg is survived by; his wife Dorothy of Oak Lawn, IL, sons; David (Karen) Moberg of Rapid River, Dennis (Cheryl) Moberg of Gladstone, Michael (Mandy) Moberg of Rock, and Joseph (Janet) Moberg of Rapid River, stepdaughter Deborah Carso of Oak Lawn, IL; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, brother Alfred (Ruth Ann) Moberg of Florida, sisters; Patsy Ann (Earl) Daggett of Florida, and Hazel Thomas of Texas, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death byhis son Jon Paul, daughter Ann Marie, and brothers; John, Roger, Emmanuel, and Eugene Moberg. Delta County Veteran's services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Isabella. Funeral services celebrating the life of Richard "Dick" Moberg will follow the veterans services with Rev. David Hueter officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Richard "Dick" Moberg family. A potluck dinner will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services at the Nahma Community Center in Nahma. For luncheon details, call Naomi at (906)-644-2319.

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Jerry O. Miller, 77, of 1007 North 16th St., Escanaba, passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. He was born on Dec. 3, 1937, in Cooks, MI and was the son of Edward and Leona (Popour) Miller.

Jerry grew up in Cooks and graduated from Cooks High School in 1956. He married the former Ann Clayton on Jan. 10, 1959 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba.

He was employed in construction work, logging work for Don Casperson Logging, and H.R. Nelson Logging.  Jerry later worked at the Island Resort and Casino in guest services in the transportation department. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone, served in the National Guard, and was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He served as an elder for the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indian Tribe and was a representative of unit IV for the Michigan Indian Elder Association.

Jerry also enjoyed cutting fire wood, hunting, trapping, and the outdoors. He was an avid Packer, Red Wing, and Tiger fan. Jerry was a coach in the Gladstone Little League program and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Jerry O. Miller is survived by his wife Ann, children; Ronald O. Miller of Escanaba, Daniel R. (Lauri) Miller of Gladstone, Jerry A. (Cherie) Miller of Escanaba, Wendy A. (Steven) Bratonia of Gladstone, grandchildren; Ryan, Amy, Danielle, Jamison, Annabelle, and Hannah, great-grandchildren; Jaxson and Lance III; brother George (Charlotte) Miller of Republic, Mo., sisters; Glenda (Walter) Godfrey of Gladstone, Sheila Starnes (Larry VanEffen) of Gladstone, Nina Suter of Escanaba, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Ernest "Pete" Miller  and sister Marilyn Miller.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Memorial funeral services celebrating the life of Jerry O. Miller will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stephen Gauger officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services in the church fellowship hall.


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Kenneth W. Ketola, 88, of 1006 Bass Lake Lane, Gwinn, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce.

Funeral services are being planned for the spring of next year at Grace Lutheran Church in Gwinn.  A full obituary will be forthcoming.


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Richard Cyril Porath, 90, formerly of Escanaba, most recently residing at Woodland Village in Suring, Wis., passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. He was born on Dec. 20, 1924, in Green Bay, Wis., and was the son of Richard C. and Rose (Presse) Porath. Cyril attended school in Escanaba and drove truck for NuWay Cleaner and also set bowling pins at the bowling alley above the Delft Theater. He entered the U.S. Army, during World War II on March 11, 1943. Cyril received a Ribbon with Five Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and a Distinguished Unit Citation per WD GO No. 44/45. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 15, 1945. Cyril was employed at Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba and later opened and operated his own television repair business. He was known in this area as Mr. TV. He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, enjoyed traveling, riding his motorcycle and taking pictures. In April of 2014, he traveled to Washington D.C. with fellow veterans on the Honor Flight out of Escanaba.

Richard Cyril Porath is survived by four sisters; Alta Martin of Rapid River, Edna Oslund of Kingsford, Dorothy (Paul) Drefs of Escanaba, Betty (Wm. Gary) Hahn of Cornell; sister-in-law; Raeburn Ruatti of Escanaba, brother-in-law; Sam Poquette of Escanaba, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin brothers; Wren and Glen; twin sisters; Evelyn and Elaine, brother Harold, brother-in-laws; Robert Martin and David Oslund, and sister-in-law, Nancy Porath.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2:45 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veterans Services will be conducted at 2:45 p.m.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Richard Cyril Porath will follow at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Erik Heskin officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the Anderson Funeral Home fellowship area.  Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery

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Barbara Piquette, 80, of 2415 South 21st St., Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Christian Park Village in Escanaba.

She was born on May 5, 1934, in Iron Mountain, and was the daughter of John and Georgina Neumeier. Barbara graduated from Iron Mountain High School and then attended Northern Michigan University, receiving her bachelor's degree in teaching. She later received her master's degree in education.

She taught school in many different school districts, but her longest ten-year was at Old Jefferson and New Jefferson schools teaching second grade. Barbara also taught summer school.

She was a member of the Retired Teacher's Association and the Escanaba Country Club.

Barbara enjoyed golfing, bowling in the retired teacher's bowling league, playing cribbage and bridge, and exploring on her computer.

Barbara Piquette is survived by; her son David Piquette of Escanaba, brother William Neumeier of Iron Mountain, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Michael Piquette in 1979.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara Piquette will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Laura Woodworth officiating. 

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 My mother, Judy Hall, passed away on Nov. 30, 2014 at the age of 62.

On July 18, 1952, Judy entered this world as a fighter, having been born to Lenore (Blake) and Robert "Bud" Hall as a preemie. Without the benefit of today's technology, she credited the nuns of the Order of St. Francis and their loving hands for helping her survive her first delicate weeks of life. She and her siblings, James, Diane, and Roger grew up in Escanaba and attended area schools.

Judy was a consummate writer, having found great joy and challenge in writing several adapted screenplays in her life - the first one, "In Search of the Lindbergh Baby" based on the book by Theon Wright, took her over a decade to write, while she worked full-time at Lake Superior Press in Marquette, Mich. and was simultaneously raising me as a single parent.

Besides the role of being "best mom ever", Judy also spent many years providing care to her mother, Lenore, who has dementia. She conducted her additional roles in life as a sister, cousin, wife, aunt, and friend with great compassion.

Judy found great joy in watching the sunrise over Little Bay de Noc every morning with a cup of tea, to the sound of her Corinthian bell wind chime. Recently as we watched it together, she told me, "Every sunrise is different, and a daily gift from the universe that many people don't take time to appreciate." Her relationship with spirituality was intensely personal and often present in her thoughts and actions.

Her surviving immediate circle of family and friends are her mother, Lenore; brothers, James (Darlene) Hall, Roger (Diane) Hall; cousins, Julie McGovern, Susan (Rich) Parlato, Reg Carter; niece, Johanna (Justin) Butler; nephews, Chris Berry and Zach Berry; brother-in-law, Myron Berry; my best friend since the third grade, Carissa Hosking (whom Judy was known lovingly as "her other mother"); her close friends, Dyna Wood and Sally Mosher; the Marquette Ladies Who Lunch; and me (Angela Ketzner); in addition to countless others to whom hold her memory in their hearts with great affection.

Memorials can be sent to Anderson Funeral Home to help cover the expense of  her last wishes, but other ways you can pay tribute would be to appreciate a sunrise, to exit the world a fighter, to listen to "Hey Jude" and sing the John Lennon part at the top of your lungs, to know that you, dear reader, are blessed with the choice to give and receive great compassion with everyone you meet on your journey.

Private family services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home. 

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Hawaina G. Johnson, 88, of 5902 County 513 T Road, Rapid River (Stonington), passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. She was born on Aug. 2, 1926, in Stonington, and was the daughter of Hans and Selma (Leadman) Lorenson. The former Hawaina G. Lorenson married Arnold F. Johnson on July 9, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonington, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1990. Hawaina was employed as an assistant cook for the Rapid River Schools until her retirement in 1987.

Hawaina was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, serving on the church council; a member of the Rapid River Senior Citizens Center, serving on the board for four terms; a member of the Rapid River American Legion Post #301 Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Hawaina was a person who loved to visit with others, and loved to spend time with family and friends.  She enjoyed living on the Stonington Peninsula.

Hawaina G. Johnson is survived by her children; Naomi Johnson of Gladstone, Janice Leksich of South Haven, Mich., Daren John of Stonington, grandchildren; Stephanie (Ryan) Leksich-Gibbs and Matthew and Danielle Leksich, sister Rose Carlson of Escanaba, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son Galen Johnson, sisters; Evelyn Kolli and Pearl Larsen, brother Wallace Lorenson, and son-in-law Robert Leksich.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Rapid River Auxillary memorial service will take place at 1 p.m., Friday. Funeral services celebrating the life of Hawaina G. Johnson will follow at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Diane Srutowski officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service in the Calvary Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Rapid River. Burial will be in the Lakewood Cemetery in Stonington.

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Peggy E. Gularski, 64, of Escanaba, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. Private funeral services are planned.  A complete obituary is forthcoming.

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June A. Wahl, 70, of W5496 1st St., Hermansville, Mich., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Dickinson County Hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich. She was born on June 17, 1944, in Trenton, Mich. and was the daughter of Ernest and Vivian (Barnett) Macilwain. June enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting with others.

June A. Wahl is survived by: children; Tammy Cain of Hermansville, Vivian Barnes of Hermansville, Christopher Wahl of Hermansville; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sister, Beth Curylo of Rapid River; several nieces and nephews.

Private family funeral services are were held at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials can be directed to the family. 


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Jean Marie Bialik, 92, of 76 Tipperary, Gladstone, passed away Tuesday evening November 18, 2014 at the Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. She was born on July 2, 1922 in London, Ontario Canada and was the daughter of James and Ellen (Flannery) Ward. As a young child, Jean and her family moved to the Detroit area where she resided until 2006 when she relocated to Gladstone to be near her son Paul and his family.

On April 12, 1947 the former Jean Marie Ward married Dr. Michael Henry Bialik in Detroit and recently celebrated 67 years of marriage. Shortly after the couple married, they moved to Japan where Michael was an Army doctor during the occupation of Japan after WWII. Following a two-year tour in Japan, they returned stateside and resided in Dearborn Heights, MI.

Jean was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends, especially her three granddaughters.

She was a devout Catholic her entire life and was an active member of St. Anselm's in Dearborn Heights where she served on the alter guild. She also volunteered at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI for many years.

Jean is survived by:

Husband: Dr. Michael Bialik - Gladstone

Sons: Michael Blake - Gladstone
           Paul (Pamela) Bialik - Gladstone

Granddaughters: Kristen Bialik
                               Kayla (Evan) Lindell
                               Jenna Bialik

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother William Ward, and sisters; Patricia Check and Mary Anne Soma.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Jean Marie Bialik will follow at 12:30 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church with Father Jamie Ziminski officiating.  Burial will take place in the Fernwood Cemetery, Gladstone.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Jean’s honor to either the Escanaba Salvation Army or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, MI.


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Deborah Jean Seaquist,  66, of Stonington, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette. She was born on Aug. 17, 1948, in Hanover, N.H., and was the daughter of O.H. and Elizabeth (Land) Faircloth. Debbie graduated from North Miami High School in 1966 and attended and graduated from Hollywood Memorial College with her degree in nursing. She was most recently employed at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. The former Deborah Faircloth married Verner Seaquist on July 6, 1976, in Escanaba. Debbie and Vern lived in Illinois and Florida before moving back to Stonington in 2005. Debbie enjoyed life to the fullest and always thought of others first. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonington, the Stonington Booster Club, Gladstone Yacht Club, the Rapid River American Legion Post 301 Auxiliary, and was a trustee for Bay de Noc Township. Debbie loved boating, walking, snowshoeing, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

Deborah Seaquist is survived by her husband, Vern; daughter, Kristin (Todd) Sherwood of Crystal Lake, Ill.; three grandchildren, Sean, Riley and Courtney; sister; Catherine (Peter) Powanda of North Miami, Fla.; brother, Joseph (Debbie) Faircloth of Miami, Fla.; several nieces and nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Verner "Vernie" Jan Seaquist Jr., on April 13, 1991.Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Deborah Seaquist will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel Rev. Diane Srutowski officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakewood Cemetery in Stonington. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the burial at the Stonington Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Delta County Cancer Alliance or Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Georgiana Lauris Taylor, 84, passed away peacefully on Nov. 16, 2014, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba, Mich.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1930, in Manistique, Mich., the daughter of Lauritz and Melba (Davidson) Drevdahl.

Georgiana married Stanley Taylor of Milan, Mich., on July 8, 1950. They both worked for Chrysler Corporation and G.T. Products in Ann Arbor until their retirement. She and Stanley settled in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., in July of 1993.

Stanley preceded her in death on March 27, 2004. Georgiana returned to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in April 2008.

She is survived by daughters, Deborah (Ralph) Bedogne of Escanaba, Terri (Cary) Tripp of Whitmore Lake and son, Thomas (Ronda) Taylor of Marquette; five grandchildren, Jorrie (Spike) Houle, Sontino (Anna) Bedogne, Lewis and Jillian Tripp, and Traci Taylor; four great-grandchildren, Dominic and Stella Bedogne, Waylon and Merle Houle; sister, Jean (Jim) Dutcher of Paw Paw, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home of Escanaba. The family will have a celebration of life for Georgiana Taylor in the spring of 2015 in Milan, Mich.

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Paris Vaune Tavonatti-Wartick, 53, of 322 Lake Shore Drive, Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. She was born on Jan. 11, 1961, in Kalamazoo, Mich., and was the daughter of Theodore and Anna (Nordquist) Tavonatti. Paris graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1979 and then attended Bay College. She was employed with the U.S. Postal Service working as a letter carrier in Iron Mountain and later as a supervisor at the Escanaba Post Office.

Paris married Brian Wartick on Sept. 14, 2002, in Iron Mountain. She was a member of the Fisherman's Landing Church and most recently the Ford River Community Chapel. Paris taught vacation bible school at church and was active with the youth ministries. She painted a mural at the Ford River Chapel of the Tree of  Eternal Life. She developed the U.P. Christian Ministry Program online.

She was an accomplished artist and entered her work in the Grand Rapids Art Prize. Paris wrote poetry, loved riding horses, and was a loving mother. She will be remembered for her love of art, poetry, and family.

Paris is survived by: husband, Brian; children, Alexa Swanson of Kingsford, Nicholas Stanchina of Norway, Zachary Otis of Houghton, Peyton Otis of Norway; three grandchildren, Alaina, Vandan, and Haven; brothers, Robbie (Kathy) Centeio of Portage, Wis., Darren Tavonatti of Kingsford; sisters, Mia Tavonatti of Santa Ana, Calif., Tara Tavonatti of Orange, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Paris Vaune Tavonatti-Wartick will follow at noon in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jay Gilchrist officiating.

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David W. Laakso, 85, passed away peacefully at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone on Friday, Nov. 14. He was born on Nov. 7, 1929, in Wakefield, to Alfred and Sofia Laakso. He joined the Army Air Corps at age 17 and served from 1947-1950. He attended Northern Michigan University, where he met Alicemae Davidson of Escanaba, whom he married in 1953.

David and Alicemae moved to Merrill, Mich., where he taught music for five years, before moving to Escanaba in 1959 where for 25 years David was the junior high band director. His bands won innumerable awards, and performed concerts with guest soloists such as Doc Severinsen and Rafael Mendez. His teaching ability and mentorship of young musicians led many of his students to pursue musical careers, and he instilled a lifelong love of music in countless others.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Escanaba, where he served as clerk of the Session.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Alicemae; sister, Leona Hill of Wakefield; daughter, Susan Curran of Cape Haze, Fla.; son, William (Jeanne Beauchamp) Laakso of Green Bay, Wis.; and four grandchildren, Olivia (Curran) Macaulay (Glenn) of Toronto, Graham Curran of Sarnia, Ontario, and Maria and Sam Laakso of Green Bay, Wis.

The family would like to thank OSF Hospice, Dr. Charles Olsen, and the staff at Lakeview Assisted Living, who took such wonderful care of David during his illnesses.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of David W. Laakso will follow at 11 a.m. Rev. Scott White officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service in the church fellowship hall. Those wishing to offer a memorial in David's honor are kindly asked to consider donations to OSF Hospice or the First Presbyterian Church of Escanaba.

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John LaPalm,  93, of 813 South 17th St., Escanaba, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Escanaba. He was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Escanaba, and was the son of Alphonse and Justine (Chounard) LaPalm. He grew up on the family farm in Danforth and lived there until he moved to Escanaba in 1975.

John attended St. Joseph's Catholic High School and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from Sept. 8, 1942 until he was honorably discharged on Dec. 24, 1945. He married the former Jean Johnson on June 16, 1951, in Channing, Mich. John was employed at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad for over 30 years as a rail car dumper until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the V.F.W. and Amvets and he was privileged to be on the first Honor Flight for veterans out of Escanaba. John also enjoyed gardening, bowling, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

John A. LaPalm is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters, Jeanette (Roy) Johnson of Escanaba, Jody (Jim) Profit of Escanaba, Joanne (Steve) Sullivan of Escanaba, Joy (Lee) Doepke of Bark River; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, John and James LaPalm; three grandsons, John, Abe and Ben Johnson; three brothers, Leo, Bill and Francis; and three sisters, Evelyn, Dorothy and Tillie.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's services will be conducted at 2:45 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services celebrating the life of John A. LaPalm will be held at 3 p.m. with Rev. Judy Kincaid officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services at the Immanuel Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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Daniel Sanville60, of White Bear Lake, Minn., succumbed to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, On Nov. 11, 2014. He died peacefully in his own home and in his own bed with his wife Kathy by his side.

He was born on Aug. 20, 1954, in Escanaba, and was the son of Gordon and Marcella (Derouin) Sanville. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his two sons, Christopher and Andrew of White Bear Lake, Minn.; and his two sisters, Sandy (Greg) Nelsen of Chesterton, Ind., and Brenda (Bob) Leckie of Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Dan was well known for his love of the outdoors and Nordic skiing. He grew up in Escanaba, where his family often visited and in the winter went skiing on trails made by the U.S Forest Service. In his 20s, Dan hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Three decades later he relived part of that journey with both of his sons, Christopher and Andrew. Dan loved the Sierras and part of him never left that high country.

In the winter, Dan loved to ski, racing the American Birkiebeiner with friends and family a total of 19 times and being made an honorary member of the Birch Leggings Society. In the summers, he enjoyed kayaking around the Apostle Islands. To his friends, Dan was known for his quiet sense of humor and the lastingness of the bonds he formed. To his sons, he was known for his dumb jokes, his kindness and his strength.

In his professional life, Dan was an engineer, graduating from Michigan Tech with a degree in geological engineering in 1982. He started his career working for Shell Western Exploration and Production, Inc., in Houston, Texas, where he met his wife, Kathy. They moved to Minnesota in 1986, and except for a two-year period in Colorado, have lived in White Bear Lake since that time. Dan retired from his active career at Johnson Controls in 2013.

Those wishing to offer a memorial in Dan's honor may direct their donation to The White Bear Lake Education Foundation Nordic Ski Scholarship or the ALS Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba or at the church the day of the funeral.

Visitation will be held from 11 to noon, Saturday, Nov. 15, at the St. Anne Catholic Church in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church will Father Fran DeGroot officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. A luncheon will be served following the burial services.

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Stephen J. Piche, 59, of 8822 M.5 Road, Gladstone, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital. He was born on June 7, 1955, in Escanaba, and was the son of Robert and Elaine (Fugere) Piche. Steve graduated from Escanaba High School in 1973.  Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army and later with the Army National Guard until his honorable discharged on Oct. 17, 1991.

On Dec. 4, 1998, Steve married the former Maxine Branstrom in Escanaba. He was employed at Cloverland Manufacturing, Sayklly's Candy Factory, Mel's Lawn and Garden Center, and most recently at McDonald's in Gladstone. Steve was of the Catholic faith, enjoyed making trails behind his house, watching birds, loved the outdoors, tinkering in his garage, bonfires, and his cats.

Stephen J. Piche is survived by his wife Maxine, sons; Daniel Piche of Lower Michigan, Christopher "C.J." (fiance Katie) Piche of Marquette, Nathaniel "Nate" Piche of Boston, Mass., daughters; Jennifer (Josh) King of Bark River and Kristina (Jeff) Hansen of Gladstone; four grandchildren; Natalie and John Hansen, and Laila and Garrett King, uncle and aunt, Tom and Joan Fugere of Escanaba.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Elaine Piche.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Delta County veteran's services will be conducted at 4:45 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Stephen J. Piche will follow at 5 p.m. with Father Emmett Norden officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services at the Evangelical Covenant Church fellowship hall in Gladstone. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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Gordon Sanville, 84, of Gladstone, formerly of Cornell, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at his home in Gladstone. He is now dancing in heaven with his beloved wife Toots.

He was born on July 19, 1930, in Escanaba, and was the son of Archie and Maude (Michau) Sanville. Gordy married the former Marcella Derouin on Oct. 19, 1952, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 1973. He then raised his 8-year-old daughter Brenda along with his mother, Grama Sanville. Gordy was an upbeat and positive person and let that show every day of his life. As a young man he went on the boats for several years sailing the Great Lakes and then came home and entered the U.S. Army serving from 1950 until 1952 as a paratrooper in the Korean War. Gordy worked in the construction industry as a heavy equipment operator. He later incorporated the operation of equipment into the family logging operation from 1978 until present. He managed to keep his operators card update with needed hours maintaining his time with the Sanville family logging business. Gordy's knowledge of machinery made him the go to guy for whatever was needed. He was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church and a 55-year member of the Operating Engineers Union. Gordy enjoyed family, friends little children, golfing and taking his grandchildren to country fairs.

Gordon L. Sanville is survived by two daughters, Sandy (Greg) Nelsen of Chesterton, Ind., and Brenda (Bob) Leckie of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; one son, Dan (Kathy) Sanville of White Bear Lake, Minn.; five grandsons, Justen (Anna) Nelsen, Christopher Sanville, Andrew Sanville, Michael Leckie, and John Leckie; one granddaughter, Marcella (Christian) Fillippo; one great-grandson,Norman Nelsen; two brothers, Alan (Shirley) Sanville of Escanaba and Mike (Linda) Sanville of Cornell; one sister, Norma Haring of Cornell; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers; Roy, Archie Jr., Richard, Robert, and Ronald and sister, Milicent Wiest.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's services will be conducted at 1 p.m., in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral with funeral services celebrating the life of Gordon Sanville to follow at 2 p.m. with Father Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service at the Calvary Baptist Church in Escanaba. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.  Those wishing to offer a memorial in Gordy's honor may direct their donation to the Delta County Cancer Alliance or the ALS Foundation.

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William "Bill" Moore, of Cornell (Boney Falls area), passed away Thursday, October 30th at the Mather Nursing Home in Ishpeming.  He was well-known for his Saturday morning "The Outspoken Sportsman" radio show.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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Nancy L. Laundre, 78, of Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. God took the most loving, giving, beautiful woman home, and she is now dancing in heaven with her beloved husband, John.

She was born on July 16, 1936, in Escanaba and was the daughter of Chester and Charlotte (Nygaard) Severinsen. Nancy graduated from Escanaba High School in 1954. The former Nancy Severinsen married John Laundre on Oct. 17, 1964 in Escanaba, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 2005. Nancy was employed at the Nabisco National Bisket Company in Escanaba and later at the MFC First National Bank until her retirement. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, a member of the Women's Circle at church, the prayer shawl knitting group at church, the Tin Lizzie Red Hat Group, and the Escanaba Elk's Lodge #354 auxiliary. Nancy also enjoyed her grandchildren's activities, crocheting, and her weekend getaways to Green Bay.

Nancy L. Laundre is survived by daughters, Tina (Ward) Chase of Gladstone and Tracy Laundre of De Pere, Wis.; grandchildren, First Lieutenant Lyndsay (Chike) Springer, U.S. Army of Fairbanks, Alaska, Jacob Chase of Gladstone; sisters, Carol Marenger of Escanaba, Joan (Lawrence) Murray of Bark River; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Kane of Escanaba; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Israel Marenger.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Nancy L. Laundre will held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Scott White officiating. A dinner 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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Joanne Priester, 83, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born on Aug. 4, 1931, in Escanaba, Mich., and was the daughter of James and Mary (Sorby) Rae. The former Joanne Rae married Donald Priester on Dec. 23, 1950, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Escanaba and he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 2000. Joanne was employed at the Buckbee Label Company in Escanaba and later was an Avon representative. When she and her husband retired, they lived in Arizona for eight years until they moved back to Escanaba in 1993.

Joanne was diagnosed with polio at age 9, but she never let that slow her down. Despite her handicap, she was an extremely determined dynamic lady.

She was a member of the St. Anne Catholic Church and her faith was very important to her. Joanne enjoyed cooking, collecting angles, babysitting her grandchildren, and shopping on the Radio Results Network shopping show.

Joanne Priester is survived by: daughters, Mary (Maurice) Boomer of Escanaba, Ruthi Barber of Naples, Fla., Shirl St.Germain of Marco Island, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Fish, Sherri VanBroklyn, Tammy Stewart, Sarah Barber, Christy LaPalme, Peter St.Germain, Jonathan Barber and Courtney Rode; three great-grandchildren, Toni, Caden and Cullen; two great-great-grandchildren, Zayden and Zandee; brother, Don (Sally) Rae of Escanaba; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Joanne Priester will follow at 1 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Fran DeGroot of St. Anne Catholic Church officiating.

A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of  the funeral service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

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Helen Catherine McDonnell, age 94, life-long resident of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Families Manor in Twin Lake, MI near the home of her son John.  She was born on November 17, 1919 in Escanaba and was the daughter of Hans B. and Lydia (Petersen) Bonefeld.  Helen attended school in Escanaba and was a member of the graduating Class of 1938. 

The former Helen Catherine Bonefeld married John W. McDonnell in Escanaba and he preceded her in death on May 21, 1991.  

Helen was a strong and loving woman with a deep dedication to her family and business, Bonefeld Furniture.  She co-owned and managed the company at a time when women were not prominent in the business world.  Helen was a gentle, kind woman who always put her family first.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and was able to meet her first great-grandchild this spring.

In her spare time, Helen enjoyed playing the game of Bridge and was an avid reader.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba, Elks Lodge #354 Lady Elk, Escanaba DDA, and General Federation of Women’s Club.

Helen is survived by:

Daughter: Jane (Steve) Turner – Milwaukee, WI

Son: John (Martha) McDonnell - Muskegon, MI

Grandchildren: Jennifer and Laurel

Great-Grandchild:  Soren

Many nieces, nephews, and extended family

In addition to her parents and husband John, she was preceded in death by; son Tom, and brother George Bonefeld

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Helen Catherine McDonnell will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Scott White officiating.  A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the service.  Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.  Those wishing to offer a memorial in Helen’s honor are kindly asked to consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.  


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Elaine Dorothy Johnson, age 87, of 1914 7th Avenue South, Escanaba, passed away Thursday evening, October 22, 2014 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. She was born on June 20, 1927 in Hermansville, MI and was the daughter of Andrew Albert and Mabel Ellen (Johnson) Lindquist.  Elaine attended school in Escanaba and was a member of the graduating Class of 1947. 

On June 11, 1949, the former Elaine Dorothy Lindquist married H. Lloyd Johnson in Escanaba and he preceded her in death on October 13, 2013. 

Elaine spent her life dedicated to her family.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother of nine children, nineteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.  For many years she was involved as a Cub Scout leader.  Elaine enjoyed camping, photography, baking and was especially known for her cake decorating, but her greatest joy in life was spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba.

She is survived by:

9 Children:        Joanne Johnson – Detroit
                           Jean (Louie) Balduc – Ironwood
                           Ronald (Sherri) Johnson – Danforth
                           Judith Johnson – Escanaba

                          Janet Johnson – Silver Spring, MD
                          Gary (Susan) Johnson – Cornell
                          Stephen (Dawn) Johnson – Danforth
                          William (Lulu) Johnson – Danforth
                          Jennifer (Christopher) Engstrom - Marquette

19 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:              Patricia Rudenberg – Gladstone
                           Marian Tibergein – Muskegon, MI
                           Nancy (Richard) Bartol – Manitowoc, WI

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents and husband Lloyd, she was preceded in death by her brother Clayton Lindquist and sisters Gladys Lindquist and Betty Thorbjornsen.      

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Elaine Dorothy Johnson will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Donna Minarik officiating.  A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the service.  Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.  Those wishing to offer a memorial in Elaine’s honor are kindly asked to consider the Central United Methodist Church Radio Broadcast fund or the local Cub Scouts.


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Joseph Wos, age 100, of 5510 I Road, Escanaba (Hyde), passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on October 11, 1914 in Zolynia, Poland and was the son of Julian and Katerena (Karakula) Wos.  Joseph graduated from high school in Poland.  He was a farmer by trade, and served in the Polish Army from 1939 until his capture by the Germans and was held as a prisoner of war for six years until the end of Word War II.  While he was detained as a prisoner, he worked as a farm laborer for the Germans.

Joseph was a displaced person following the war and with the help of government agencies, he immigrated to the United States in 1950 to work on the Katherine Zajkoski farm.  The Zajkoski Family had also immigrated from Poland and here he met his wife of 53 years, Mary Zajkoski. 

Joseph and Mary were united in marriage on September 19, 1950.  Together the couple settled in Hyde and raised three children.  Joseph became a United States citizen in 1953 and worked on his farm in Hyde until retirement in 1976.  His wife, Mary, preceded him in death in August of 2003.

Joseph is survived by:

Daughters: Irene Wos – Lansing, MI
                     Lorraine Wos (Steve) – Lansing, MI

Son: Richard (Cathy) Wos – Hyde

Grandchildren:   Richard Wos – Escanaba
                             Megan Wos – Hyde
                             Whitney Wos (Kevin) - Gladstone

A visitation will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba.  A closing service celebrating the life of Joseph Wos will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel.  Entombment will take place in the Gardens of Rest Mausoleum.

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Anna L. Sholander, 99, of Escanaba, left this earth and went home to her Lord Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born on Sept. 29, 1915, in Felch, Mich., and was the daughter of Edward and Ida (Sandberg) Branback. During high school, Anna played basketball, excelled in German, and was a member of the Glee Club (chorale). Anna graduated from Felch High School in 1933. After high school she worked as a nanny and waitress/bartender in Crystal Falls.

The former Anna Branback married Ruben H. "Bud" Sholander on May 13, 1939. Together they loved to dance. He preceded her in death on June 4, 1994. Anna loved to sing and had an amazing memory. She was a member of the Christ the King Lutheran Church, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Lutheran Church Women.

Anna L. Sholander is survived by: daughter, Jean Arkens of Escanaba; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters; Milly Bonetti, Leona Starnes, Beatrice Cootware, Edith Bouchey, and Ellen Rode, brothers; Rudy Branback, and Bernard "Ben" Branback.

Private family funeral services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba with Rev. Chris Johnson officiating. Burial will take place in the Felch Cemetery. 

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Robert E. Lohfink, of 68650 Co Rd 426, Northland (Felch, 49831) passed away October 10, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital. He was born on July 2, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI the only child of Walter and Ione (Johnson) Lohfink.

In 1954 Bob joined the National Guard, moved to Escanaba and began working at Northern Rebuilders. A few years later he began his employment career with Coyne Chevrolet working there for fifty-four years until his retirement.

On July 27, 1956, Robert married the former Joanne Roberts and the couple recently celebrated fifty-seven years of marriage.

For thirty-eight years Bob was the Constable for Wells Township of Marquette County and was also Fire Chief for thirty-two years. He served on the Wells Township Board and was the past Secretary Treasurer of the U.P. Fire Chief Association.

Bob is survived by:

Wife: Joanne

Sons: Keith (Luann) Lohfink – Northland
           Robert (Lori) Lohfink – Northland

Daughters: Laura (Michael) Sargent – Northland
                     Dawn (Todd) Johnson – Kingsford
                     Jodi Lohfink - Northland

Grandchildren: Isaac (Jenn), Jason (Kate), Lee
                           MaryEllen (Luke), and Scott (Aimee)

Great-Grandchildren: Thomas, Dustin, Kenny, Hannah, Joanna, Peyton, and Jack

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Scott in 1980, and granddaughter Jessica in 1980.

Private funeral services will take place at the Northland Cemetery with Father Fran DeGroot officiating. 

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Marlene J. Casey, age 78, of 6428 North 5th Street, Wells, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born on February 25, 1936 in Escanaba and was the daughter of Charles and Ida (Olstrom) Anderson. Marlene graduated from Escanaba High School.

On June 23, 1956, the former Marlene J. Anderson married Lawrence Casey at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wells, MI. The couple shared their special day with William and Joanne Berro celebrating a double wedding.

Following her marriage, Marlene was a busy wife and mother; and took great pride in being a homemaker. She was a self-acclaimed bookkeeper, with a knack of keeping everything at home organized. In her spare time, she enjoyed all sorts of crafting from sewing to woodworking. Marlene’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She also had a tremendous love for animals, especially dogs. Marlene was a member of St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church.

She is survived by:

Husband: Lawrence

Daughter: Cindy (Glenn) Wangerin – Escanaba

Son: Scott Casey – Wells

Grandchildren: Mellissa, Angie, Ashley, and Abby

Great-Grandchildren: Case and Haley

Sisters: Betty Fudala – Ford River
              Elaine Chapla – Gladstone

Nieces and nephews

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by; her five sisters Edna, Verna, Goldie, June, Beatrice and brother Everett.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Marlene J. Casey will follow at 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Eric Olson officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

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Helen J. (Nyquist) Cook, 86, of Escanaba, went home to the Lord on Oct. 6, 2014, where she is now at peace and free of pain. She was born on May 15, 1928, in Escanaba, and was the daughter of Carl and Gladys (Crebo) Johnson. The former Helen Johnson married Clyde Nyquist on Feb. 1, 1946, and they resided and raised their children in Escanaba. Clyde preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1985. Helen was employed at the Fair Store in Escanaba and made many friends during her time there. Her friends and family could always count on a card from her, whether it was for a birthday, get well, sympathy or some other occasion. Helen was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church. She loved animals, plants, and flowers and took great pride in her yard. On Dec. 23, 1999, Helen married Harold Robert (Cookie) Cook and began a very joyful journey with him. She spent the rest of her life happy doing many things with Bob.

Helen J. (Nyquist) Cook is survived by: husband, Harold Robert Cook; three daughters, Rev. Kris (John) Ertl of Cedarburg, Wis., Janice Koschkee of Green Bay, Wis., and Becki Nyquist of Abilene, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Patricia Kositzky, Jason Koschkee, Eric Erdmann, Cristi Menard, Patrick, Hubnik, Kelli Frappier and Kerri Koschkee; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and first husband, Clyde, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Verne and Paul Johnson; sister, Ruth Maycunich; and one grandchild.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Helen J. Cook will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. Erik Heskin officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service in the church fellowship area. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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Laverne J. Woodson, age 82, of Escanaba, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at her home in Escanaba. She was born on Sept. 13, 1932, and was the daughter of Joseph and Nellie Khollman. The former Laverne Khollman married Chester Woodson on Dec. 22, 1952, and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1992.

Laverne Joyce Woodson is survived by; sister, Agnes Bougie of Escanaba, nieces; Linda Dionne, and Marsha Cody, nephew, Wayne (Maureen) Bougie, Lester (Sue) Cody, and Tony (Arlene) Cody, and grandchildren; Jennifer, Cindy, Chris, Bryan, and Nikki.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by; son Daniel Woodson, daughter Tina Woodson, brothers; Alfred, Fred, Henry, Thomas, and Ralph Khollman, and sisters; Loretta Cody, Bernice Dawson, and Josephine Fugere.  

Mass of Christian Burial for Laverne Joyce Woodson will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at St. Anne's Catholic Church with Father Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall.  Burial will take place in the Calvary Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio.

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Jack Beck, age 87, life-long Escanaba resident passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Born on March 28, 1927, Jack was the youngest of five children of Frank (F.O.) and Anna Beck. His siblings (Thelma, Arol, Allan, and Paul) preceded him in death. Many of his lifelong friends and interests were formed through sports and athletics which began at an early age. His football (Escanaba High School, class of 1944) and especially baseball prowess placed him on dozens of sandlot baseball diamonds throughout the Upper Peninsula. Jack’s baseball talents allowed him to try out for two major league organizations (Cincinnati Redlegs and Brooklyn Dodgers). WWII interrupted his aspirations, and he served our country aboard Merchant Marine ships which supplied troops in the Mediterranean region. After the war, while resuming his baseball career, Jack met the daughter of the opposing team’s coach and soon afterward married Elizabeth Henne of Marquette.

Jack and Bette raised five children who all survive: Mike (Connie) in Grand Haven, MI, Nancy (Jon Kreple) in Holland, MI, Janet Stupak in Holyoke, MA, Bill (Susan) in Atlanta, GA, Tom (Diane) in Madison, WI. They are extremely proud of the love they shared with their 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren who are frequent guests in their beach front home on Portage Point.

Jack followed his father's footsteps into the grocery business at Skandia Co-op which was located in the current Beck building on Ludington Street. His personality and drive led him to Gladstone where he established Beck’s Super Value (now Gladstone Super Value). After moving his family back to Escanaba, he began a long and successful career in sales with the Allstate Insurance Company, where his extraordinary memory for names served him well.
 
A kind, generous, caring man, and community leader extraordinaire, Jack gave countless volunteer hours to the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, Delta County Community Foundation, and as an usher at Central United Methodist church. He was a 50-year member of Kiwanis, and held the position of Lt. Governor. Jack excelled at raising funds which supported the many beneficiaries of the club.
 
Founder of the Escanaba Quarterback Club (president for 18 years), Jack was instrumental in establishing many scholarships at Escanaba High School, honoring the legacy of George Ruwitch, Carl Nordberg, and Jerry Cvengros. He spearheaded the drive to celebrate 100 years of Escanaba football, which raised $188,000 for the Fieldhouse at the Athletic Field. He proudly wrote a book titled, 100 Years of Escanaba Football, as well as giving the Escanaba Historical Museum much for their displays, where his extraordinary memory was called upon often. 
 
Jack was head of the Finance Committee and very involved in last year's Escanaba Sesquicentennial Celebration, which included an "All Class" Reunion. Since his own graduation from Escanaba in 1944, he organized every reunion of his graduating class.
 
In addition to giving back to the Escanaba community, Jack's interests included working crosswords, playing bridge and stamp collecting, including formation of the Stamp Club. He also enjoyed bowling in area leagues, and was a member of a U.P. Championship Team.
 
Jack shared his love of baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers with his family. His stories about being invited to Brooklyn Dodgers’ training camp and his visits to 23 major league ballparks provided many wonderful moments. The Green Bay Packers were his team, and as a season ticket holder for 53 years he and Bette enjoyed the friendships and fun that came along. Jack will be remembered for his extraordinary memory, the common denominator which constantly amazed his family and friends.

A reception will be held from 2pm – 4pm at Central United Methodist Church, with a memorial service to follow in the sanctuary. The family asks those wishing to make donations to direct them to the Escanaba High School Class of 1944 Scholarship Fund or the Golden K Kiwanis Club through the Bay Collegede Program.

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Vivian L. Bizeau, age 103, formerly of Fairview Manor in Gladstone passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. She was born on May 15, 1911, the oldest of nine children, and was the daughter of  Lewis and Viola (Clark) Bizeau. Vivian worked for Control Company of Milwaukee, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, building electrical equipment until her retirement in 1973. She moved to Florida after her retirement for 33 years. In April of 2004 she relocated to Gladstone and in January of 2013 she moved to Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. She was a faithful member of Grace Church in Gladstone.

Vivian L. Bizeau is survived by:

Several nieces, nephews, and cousins

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers; Louis, Orville, Lyle, Leonard, Glenn, Thomas, and Robert and her sister Margaret.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Vivian L. Bizeau will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Cuthbertson from Grace Church officiating. Burial will take place in the Fernwood Cemetery

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Robert L. “Bob” Seymour, age 84, of 1620 Willow Creek Road, Escanaba, (formerly of Bark River) passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Christian Park Village. He was born on September 9, 1930 in Whitney, MI and was the son of Homer and Mary (Liss) Seymour, Sr. Bob attended school in Escanaba and was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School.

Bob enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. During his time spent in the military, he was a catcher on the Air Force baseball team traveling around the world playing against other bases. Bob was honorably discharged. Following his tenure in the armed forces, he lived in Green Bay, WI and was employed as a typewriter repairman.

Robert L. Seymour married the former Bernadine Mary Grzybowski on June 4, 1960 at St. George Catholic Church in Bark River, MI. Bob and Bernadine resided in Green Bay until 1964 when they returned to Bark River owning and operating Seymour Vending Service. In 1985, he opened Bob’s Quik Stop in Bark River and remained in the business until his retirement.

Following his retirement, Bob and Bernadine purchased a home in El Jobean, FL where they enjoyed spending winters with family and friends.

Bob was an active member of the Bark River Lions Club as well as an involved individual in the Bark River community. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cutting firewood on his property in Whitney, and sitting around a bonfire. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Bob is survived by:

Son: Michael (Shayla) Seymour – Perronville, MI

Daughter: Lisa (Rob) Welch – Perronville, MI


Grandchildren: Andrew, Nathan, Scott, and Samantha Seymour
                           Jacob, Joshua, Jessica, and Jonathan Welch

Sister: Evelyn Potvin – Escanaba

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Bernadine on June 29, 2013, and brother Homer Seymour, Jr.

A private burial service will take place at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery with Father Darryl J. Pepin officiating.

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Marvel E. Goodmanage 93, of 943 Sheridan Road passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Christian Park Village in Escanaba. She was born on October 20, 1920 in Little Lake, MI and was the daughter of John and Signe (Buckland) Sheedlo. The former Marvel Sheedlo married Allen Goodman in 1945 and he preceded her in death on October 12, 1958. Marvel started her working career at Harnishfeger Corporation in Escanaba. She attended the Escanaba Beauty School and during that time she worked at the Highland Golf Club in the kitchen. Marvel opened Marvel’s Beauty Shop and was still working into her mid 80’s. She was a very active member of the Calvary Baptist Church, taught Sunday school, and sang in the church choir. Marvel sang in a quartet, a trio, and also sang at many weddings and funerals.  She had a great love for music. She also enjoyed cooking and was a beloved aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Marvel Eleanor Goodman is survived by:

Brothers- William Sheedlo of Escanaba
                  Harold (Jill) Sheedlo of Escanaba

Sisters- Patricia Nelson of Escanaba
              Maxine (John) Jaeger of Escanaba
              Margaret Quigley of Green Bay, WI

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by baby sister Muriel, and brother Ronald.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Marvel Eleanor Goodman will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Swillum officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services at  Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. 

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Royce H. "Gus" Gustafson, 86, of 10678 U.S. 2, Rapid River, Mich. (Ensign), passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.  He was born on October 4, 1927 in Nahma, MI and was the son of Harold and Ellen (Anderson) Gustafson.  Royce graduated from Rapid River High School in 1945. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII as an air traffic controller at Sheppard Field, TX until he was honorably discharged. Royce married the former Alice E. Gustafson on September 4, 1953 at Bethel Evangelical Church in Gladstone. Soon after their marriage, Royce and Alice moved to Tecumseh, MI where Royce worked for a forest product company. They then moved to Wells, MI and Royce worked at Cully’s Service Station. Rapid River (Ensign) soon became their lifelong home where they raised their family. Royce found his workplace home at Town and Country Motors where everyone knew him as “Gus”. He grew into a knowledgeable and certified transmission mechanic, moved on to be service manager for the service department during the 70’s and finished his long career as a car salesman retiring in 1991.

Royce was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapid River, American Legion Post 301, the Gladstone Swedish Club, Ducks Unlimited, and the Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and spending time with his wife Alice of 61 years, children, and grandchildren.

Royce H. “Gus” Gustafson is survived by:

Wife- Alice

Son- Dennis Gustafson of Rapid River

Daughter- Sandra (Bruce) Deneau of Rapid River

Six Grandchildren- BreAnne (Greg) Gendron, Justin (Nicole) Gustafson, Janna Deneau,
                                 Reba (Richie) Roman, Jillian Deneau, Randi Lynn Gustafson

Five Great-Grandchildren

Sister- Betty (Richard) Smith of Kokomo, IN 

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Lois Baldwin.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Royce H. “Gus” Gustafson will follow at 3:00 p.m. in at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stephen Gauger officiating. Burial and American Legion services, conducted by the Rapid River American Legion Post #301, will be held at the Rapid River Cemetery following the funeral services. A luncheon will be served at the Calvary Lutheran Church at the conclusion of the cemetery services.  

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Veronica Therese Goymerac LaCasse, 99, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the Lutheran Home, Monroe, where she has resided the past 13 years.

Veronica was born Aug. 18, 1915, in Croatia, Yugoslavia. She is the daughter of Mary and John Goymerac. After arriving in America the family settled in Wells and later moved to Escanaba. On Feb. 23, 1940, she married Romeo LaCasse. They had two children, John and MaryAnne. Veronica loved being a mother. She took great pleasure in cooking and baking sweets that she could share with her family and friends.

She enjoyed working in her garden, playing cards, walking, listening to music and dancing. She was very active in many charity events at her church, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Escanaba, Mich. After her husband Romeo passed away, she began to work  a teachers aide at Webster Elementary. Later she worked for the John Anthony family.

Veronica is survived by her daughter, MaryAnne LaCasse Beauchamp (John) of Sterling Heights, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Romeo, an employee of the Escanaba Area Public Schools; her son, Fr. John P. LaCasse, priest at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ida, Mich.; three brothers, George, Nicholas, Paul Goymerac; and her sister, Elizabeth Anne Goymerac.

Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday Oct., 1, at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Escanaba with Father Rick Courier of St. Thomas Catholic Church officiating. 



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Linda Susan Isetts, 66, of 6505 I Road, Escanaba (Riverland), passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 at her home following a seven-year battle with cancer. She was born on August 26, 1948 in Gladstone and was the daughter of Richard and Cleo (Bonifas) Hermes. Linda was a graduate of Garden High School.

On August 27, 1994 she married William Isetts in Ford River.

For many years Linda was employed at Northern Michigan Bank and State Bank of Escanaba She was the treasurer of Vets Inc. in Escanaba, and involved in Native American Pow Wow’s. She loved horseback riding, and was an avid hunter.

Linda was well-known as “Jingles the Clown”. She and her husband, “Billie the Clown”, were active members of Clowns Around the World traveling with various mission teams entertaining children abroad. They also were very active locally as clowns for the U.P. State Fair, local churches, and businesses.

Linda was a member of New Life Assembly of God church, an active member of Wildlife Unlimited, and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

She is survived by:

Husband: William

Daughter: Heather (Doug) Bonno - El Paso, TX

Son: Michael Riegle - Escanaba

Grandchildren: Lexi and Ethan Bonno, Stevie Rae Cornew

Sisters: Tricia Tatrow - Escanaba
              Beth Williams - Sun City, AZ

Stepson: Troy (Traci) Isetts - Bark River

Step-Grandchildren: Troy, Jr., Kandi, and Jade Isetts

Many nieces, nephews, and cousins

She was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Cleo Hermes.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at New Life Assembly of God from Noon - 2:00 p.m.. Funeral services celebrating the life of Linda Susan Isetts will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Robert Derheim and Deacon Mike LeBeau officiating. A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall.

Those wishing to offer a memorial in Linda’s honor are kindly asked to direct their donation to the family.


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Janice Marie Minthorn, 73, of Escanaba, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Christian Park Heath Care Center in Escanaba. She was born on July 30, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., and was the daughter of Bert and Betty Brundle. Janice married Roger Minthorn on Sept. 14, 1991, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 2012. Janice graduated from high school and went on to work as a teacher's aide, secretary, and later as a homemaker. She enjoyed playing pool, fishing, writing poetry, playing the piano, and watching the Detroit Tigers and the Green Bay Packers on television.

Janice Marie Minthorn is survived by: four sons; Allan (Renee) Oldenburg of Escanaba, Daniel Oldenburg of Escanaba, Ed Oldenburg of Milford, Mich., Eric Minthorn of Manistique; one daughter, Tara Minthorn of Escanaba; 15 grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother, Gary Brundle.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Escanaba Eagles Auxiliary services will be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Janice Marie Minthorn will follow at 4:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Judy Kincaid officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of  the funeral service in the Immanuel Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. 
 

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Gertrude "Trudy" Skinner, age 80, of Gladstone passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014 in Marquette.  Trudy was born in Nurnberg, Germany, on June 14, 1934. She was preceeded in death by her husband and love of her life of 50 years, William J. Skinner, and a brother, Mumford Bauer. Trudy and Bill met in Germany where he was stationed and lived in Dayton and Chillicothe, Ohio before settling on Lake Bluff in Gladstone in 1972. 

She is survived by a daughter, Sabrina (Thomas) Zoppa of Grand Rapids, MI and a son, Todd (Angel) Skinner of Gladstone and six grandchildren:  Arin Mulvaney of Chicago, IL, Ian Mulvaney of Mesa, AZ and Jacob (Natalie) Mulvaney of Kalamazoo MI and William and Angelia Skinner of Gladstone.  She is also survived by two sisters, Sonja Murphy of Colorado, and Ursula Erdl of Nurnburg, Germany.

She was an active member of many ladies clubs and enjoyed crafts, golfing, bowling, and bridge. Trudy was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wells. She had an unforgettable zest for life and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.  Thanks to the caring staff of Brookridge Memory Care in Marquette for their support of and dedication to their residents. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Gertrude “Trudy” Skinner will follow at 12:00 noon in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Rick Courier officiating. Burial will take place in the Fernwood Cemetery

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Janet Lorraine Lokar, age 85, former Escanaba resident passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at Lake Orion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Orion, MI. She was born on January 1, 1929 in Hancock, MI and was the daughter of Adrien and Lucille (Gatien) Lavigne. Janet graduated from Lake Linden-Hubbell High School in 1947. She worked at Gartner’s Department Store in Hancock for many years. The former Janet Lavigne married Ralph Lokar on June 18, 1955 in Lake Linden, MI and he preceded her in death on May 9, 1971. Janet later moved to Florida and worked for the Walgreen Drug Company retiring in 1996. Following her retirement, in 2003 she moved to Escanaba and resided at the West Highland Apartments.  In 2007, Janet relocated to Rochester, MI to be closer to her son.   She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Calumet.

Janet Lorraine Lokar is survived by:

Son:  Kevin (Susan) Lokar of Rochester, MI

Daughter-in-Law:  Helen Lokar of Escanaba

Grandchildren:  Andrew Lokar of Escanaba
                            Jennifer Lokar of Rochester, MI
                            Ryan Lokar of Rochester, MI

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son Brian in 2006, and two grandsons.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet, MI with Father Abraham Mupparathara of St. Paul’s Catholic Church officiating. 
 

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Kathryn Ann Bonifas, 64, of 407 South 14th St., Escanaba, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital. She was born on July 6, 1950, in Escanaba, Mich., and was the daughter of John and Lorraine (King) Froberg. Kathy attanded school in Escanaba and was a member of the graduating Class of 1967. During her working years, she was employed at Kobasic Market in Escanaba. Kathy was a member of St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church and enjoyed collecting jewelry and purses.

Kathryn Ann Bonifas is survived by: son, Michael (Hannah) Bonifas; two grandchildren, Trenton and Jackson; mother, Lorraine Froberg of Escanaba; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, John Froberg, she was preceded in death by her brother, Eric Froberg.The family will received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Kathryn Ann Bonifas will follow at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Eric Olson from St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. 

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Frank Fudala Jr., 73, of Ford River, Mich., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital due to a short illness. He was born on Sept. 1, 1941, in Escanaba and was the son of Frank and Lilly (Hullman) Fudala Sr. For a few years Frank moved to Manistique years and then returned to Escanaba to live with his father and stepmother Betty. He attended school in Ford River and Escanaba. Frank began his employement career with the Escanaba Dairy and later drove milk truck until the company closed. He then worked at Bancroft Dairy, and later for the Bosk Corporation and Midwest Fabricators.

Frank Fudala Jr. is survived by: daughter, Debbie (Rick) Malone of Ford River; son, Darryl Fudala of Gladstone; grandchildren, Hunter, Landen, and Jaden; significant friend, Terry Odell of Ford River; mother, Lilly Huddleston of Sun City, Ariz.; stepmother, Betty Fudala of Ford River; brother, Larry "Butch" (Lynn) Fudala of Escanaba; sister, Grace Miller of Sun City, Ariz.; several stepsisters and brothers, pets, Bozo and Gismo, and several nieces and nephews.

Private family funeral services will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Memorials may be directed to the Delta County Animal Shelter. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.


 
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Heather Diane Batchelor, age 32, of 206 Stephenson Avenue, Escanaba passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at her home. She was born on February 20, 1981 in Escanaba and was the daughter of William and Doris (Rabitoy) Kern. Heather attended school in Escanaba and was a member of the graduating Class of 1999.  Following high school Heather worked at the Escanaba Steam Laundry, she then was employed by the Escanaba Wal-Mart,  and for the past ten years at Miss Dig in Gladstone.

On August 20, 2012, Heather married Kallay Randall Batchelor.  

Heather was a devoted mother to her children.  She enjoyed going to the casino, planning parties, and recently started running and competed in The Warrior Dash. She was a creative person and loved to be around people.

Heather Diane Batchelor is survived by: 

Son:  Kallay Randall Batchelor, Jr.

Daughter:  Kyra Diane Batchelor

Mother:  Doris Kern of Escanaba

Father:  William (Janet) Kern of Escanaba

Brother:  William Christopher Kern of Escanaba

Sisters:  Shelly Cretens of Escanaba
               Jacquelyn Randall of Fond du Lac, WI
               Nicole Caswell of Grand Rapids, MI 

Special people in her life:  Niece Valine Cretens, friends; Shannon Gagne, Steve Olsen,
                                              Mary Lindquist Groos and Nicole Dickerson Brown.

Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews

In addition to her grandparents, she was preceded in death by her sister Tracy Lynn Kern and her 2nd father Stanley Sandielus.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Heather Diane Batchelor will follow at 5:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Alan Lobsinger from the Escanaba Pentecostal Church officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services at the Escanaba Civic Center.

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Dorothy E. Olson, 97, of E5185 Hwy. M-35, Escanaba, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born on Sept. 28, 1916, in Escanaba, Mich., and was the daughter of John and Jennie (Linden) Wicklander. Dorothy graduated from Escanaba High School in 1934.

The former Dorothy Wicklander married Harold Olson on March 9, 1939, in Escanaba and he preceded her in death on June 18, 2000. Dorothy was employed in the newborn nursery department at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. She was a member of the Central Methodist Church, the Charity Circle and Loving Fingers Quilters at Central Methodist, was a 4-H leader and enjoyed her flowers, knitting, and doing crafts.

She was also a member of the R.C. Hathaway Order of the Eastern Star and the Phoebe Rebecca Lodge where she served as Past Noble Grand Club Member.

Dorothy E. Olson is survived by: son, Charles H.J. Olson of Las Vegas, Nev.; son-in-law, James Jorgensen of Kewaunee, Wis.; five grandchildren, Edward (Gussie) Jorgensen, Lynn (Chris) Lyon, Andrew (Deb) Jorgensen, Garnet Olson-Miller and Sheryl Olson; nine grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; brother-in-law, Raymond (Dorothy) Olson of Escanaba; special friends, Sherman and Sharon Martin of Ford River; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Constance "Connie" Jorgensen, and one step-grandson.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Dorothy E. Olson will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Central Methodist Church with Rev. Donna Minarik officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery.  

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Dennis Lee Willett, 72, of 4537 I I Road, Garden, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique. He was born Jan. 23, 1942, in Antioch, Ill., and was the son of Ray and Elvina (Teckert) Willett. Dennis married the former Lois Clark on May 23, 1972, in Antioch, Ill. He was the owner and operator of Dennys Trucking and Excavating until his retirement. He and his wife moved to Garden in September of 2013.

Dennis Lee Willett is survived by: wife, Lois; four children, many grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by son, Dennis Jr., and seven brothers and sisters.

Private family funeral services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone.  

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Ernest G. Nelson, 87, of Rock, Mich., passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. He was born on March 2, 1927, in Rock, Mich., and was the son of Fred and Frieda (Bloomquist) Nelson. Ernest graduated from Rock High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Ernest was employed at the Rock Cheese Factory and later worked construction all over the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin until his retirement. He was a member of the Great Lakes Church of God, Carpenters Local Union 1832 and enjoyed gardening and having coffee with his friends.

Ernest G. Nelson is survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother; Carl, Albert and Clarence Nelson, sisters; Lillian Nelson and Annie Branstrom. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Ernest G. Nelson will follow at 6 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with John Blanchard officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Gladstone. Burial will take place in the Rock Cemetery. The family would like to thank Christian Park Health Care Center for their excellent care they gave for Ernest. 

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Doris M. Gustafson, age 91, of Escanaba, passed away August 4, 2014 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. She was born on August 5, 1922 in Washburn, WI and was the daughter of Enok and Edith (Wickstrom) Ekholm. Doris graduated from high school and then from Stout College (now Stout State University) in Menomonie, WI with a teaching degree. Doris was a Home Economics Teacher for 32 years, teaching at the Gladstone Public Schools for four years and then at the Escanaba Jr. High School for 28 years until her retirement.

The former Doris Ekholm married Elmer Swanson in 1948 and he preceded her in death.  She then  married Jack Kivela and he preceded her in death in 1991. In 1997, she married Rudy Gustafson and he preceded her in death in 2004.

Doris was a charter member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, a member of the Escanaba Elks Club, and the Escanaba Country Club where she was the first women elected to the Board of Directors. She also enjoyed playing bridge, golf, sewing, needle work, quilting, and having lunch with friends. Doris lived in Escanaba from 1948 until 2012 when she moved to Peshtigo to be closer to family.

Doris M. Gustafson is survived by:

Sisters:  Amy Adams of Rhinelander, WI
               Leone Edquist of Marinette, WI
               Shirley Ericksen of Ashland, WI
               Lois Carr of Naples, FL

Brother:  Harley (Jackie) Ekholm Port St. Lucie West, FL

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her three husbands. 

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm (E.S.T.) Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Doris M. Gustafson will follow at 2:30 pm (E.S.T.) in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Johnson and Rev. Scott Ehle officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the Christ the King Lutheran Church following the burial.   

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Esther I. Spring, age 78, Rapid River, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at the home of her daughter in Boyne City, MI. She was born on December 24, 1935 in Ensign and was the daughter of Oscar and Elaine (Johnson) Olson. The former Esther Olson married Alfred O. Groleau in 1956 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River.  In 1969, she married Clayton A. Spring in Depew, N.Y. and he preceded her in death in 1995. Esther was employed during her working years as a file clerk for Western Electric and later with the Depew School System until her retirement. She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River and the Rapid River Senior Citizens Center

Esther I. Spring is survived by:

Children:  Lois Groleau (Jim) of East Jordon, MI
                  Cathy (Louis) Gabriel of Rapid River, MI
                  Pam Swain (Chuck) of Punxsutawney, PA
                  Charlene (Joel) Scheitler of Boyne City, MI

9 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:  Karen (Jeffrey) Mirate of Prairie du Sac, WI
               Ruth Mason of Mason, MI
               Regina (Jim) Sterwald of Gwinn, MI

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by; her husband Clayton Spring, sister Vivian Olson, and brothers David and Paul Olson.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River. Funeral services celebrating the life of Esther I. Spring will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. William Rafuse officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Rapid River Cemetery.

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June Melanie Westerberg, age 53, of E4916 M-35 in Escanaba passed away Sunday morning July 27, 2014 at her home in Escanaba surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 1, 1960 in Escanaba and was the daughter of Sam and Gay Mills. June atttended school in Escanaba and was a member of the graduating Class of 1978. The former June Mills married Tom Westerberg on September 12, 1987 at Calvary Baptist Church in Escanaba. June was employed throughout the years at; Jo-Ann Fabrics, K-Mart, Menard’s, Fran’s Mobile, and most recently at U.P. Ophthalmology. She was a member of Grace Church,.  Her greatest love was being with family, friends, and spending time with her children. 

June Melanie Westerberg is survived by:

Husband:  Thomas Richard Westerberg

Children:  Thomas Riley Westerberg of Rapid River
                  Mallory June Westerberg of Escanaba
                  Maxwell Paul Westerberg of Escanaba

Parents:  Sam and Gay Mills of Gladstone

Sister:  Michelle (Clinton Van, Jr.) Marenger of Cornell

Twin Sister:  Joy (Steve) McKnight of Gladstone

Brother:  Michael Mills of Hyde

Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins

She was preceded in death by her sister Linda Moniowczak.  

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Grace Church in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of June M. Westerberg will follow at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Stephen Patrick officiating. A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Suzanne B. Hendrickson, age 87, of Lake Shore Drive in Escanaba passed away Monday morning July 28, 2014 at her home. She was born on July 21, 1927 in Chicago, IL. Suzanne was employed as a accounting clerk for Allis-Chalmers.

Suzanne B. Hendrickson is survived by:

Sons:  Richard and Neal Hendrickson

Private family visitation and funeral services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. 

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Leon Laverne Hayes, age 86, of Traverse City, MI passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette. He was born on September 1, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan and was the son of Leonard and Olive (Wilkinson) Hayes. On May 10, 1968 he married Jacqueline (Jackie) Anne Rogers.

Leon worked as an electrician for Ford Motor Co. then later at the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital where he retired after 17 years.

Following his retirement, Leon and Jackie traveled around the United States in their 5th wheel. Then parked the 5th wheel in Clermont Florida and made that their winter home. Leon worked part-time at Disney World in the security department and loved meeting and talking to people from all over the world, especially the children that were so excited to see Mickey Mouse. His summers where spent in Gulliver, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. In Gulliver Leon and Jackie volunteered as tour guides for the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse.

Leon was best known for his gift of telling stories. He even acquired the nickname of “Gabby Hayes”. His favorite saying was “That reminds me of a story” Leon would tell stories and jokes for hours to family and friends.

Leon is survived by:

Wife:  Jacqueline Anne (Rogers) Hayes

Children: Jeanne (Daniel) Spencer, Carole (Dale) Kropp,
                William (Rose) Javor, Linda (Don) Reuille, Michael Cramer

Grandchildren: Matthew Spencer, Brian Spencer, Meagen Spencer,
                           Jacob Spencer, Brandon Mikowski, Brittany Castle,
                           Naomi Javor, Sabrina Javor, Ryan Reuille, Renee Schoeff,
                           Kristi Cramer, Casey Cramer

5 Great-Grandchildren

Many nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, Leon was preceded in death by his brothers; Leonard Hayes, Lawrence Hayes, sister, Avonda (Hayes) Rehs, Nephew David Rehs, and Niece Carol (Rehs) Schultz

There will be a celebration of life open house for friends and family on August 9th at the Kropp residence, 9813 Cedar Run Road Traverse City, MI from 2-5 p.m.

There will also be a memorial gathering at the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver MI on August 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with a luncheon to follow.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Lions Hearing Center of Michigan by going to their website at http://www.lhcmi.org/ or the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in care of Gulliver Historical Society Gulliver MI 49840.

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Evelyn M Kivela, age 87, of Rock passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Christian Park Health Center in Escanaba. She was born on June 22, 1927 in Gwinn and was the daughter of Charles Valeen and Lillian (Lund) Peltonen.   Evelyn attended and graduated in 1945 from school in Rock where she was valedictorian, a cheerleader, and played on the Girls Basketball teams.  On December 1, 1945 the former Evelyn Valeen married her high school sweetheart, Eino Kivela.   They moved for a short time to Chicago where Evelyn worked for the US government, typing out War Bonds, but returned to Rock in 1946.  Evelyn went to work for the Rock Cooperative Credit Union as their bookkeeper.  She also drove one of the Rock School busses for several years.  Her favorite activities were sewing (at one point she estimated that she had sewn over 300 sets of her famous day-of-the-week dishtowels to give as gifts), bowling (she and her team traveled many miles for various tournaments), baking (the best apple and blueberry pies you could get!) quilting, antiquing, and collecting!  (she collected everything from dishes, to stamps, to coins, to matchbook covers!)  Evelyn had been a member of the Rock Auxilliary for many years.   She was also very involved in the Rock Senior Center and was even highlighted in one of their monthly newsletters.  They lived there, their entire lives, until Eino became ill and moved to the Jacobetti VA Home where he passed away in 2012. 

Evelyn is survived by 4 daughters;  June Ferris of Plymouth, MN,  Jean Garrick of Apple Valley, MN,  Debra Peterson of Osseo, MN, and  Renee Depuydt of Rockford, MI and sisters; Lois Nolen, of Las Vegas, NV and Ginny Macey of Cheyenne, WY.   She is also survived by 4 granddaughters; Kelly, Lyndsay, Lauren, and Mallory, 2 grandsons; Cory and JR, as well as 6 great-grandchildren; Drew, Quinn, Chipper, Dillon, Alex, and Keira.

In addition to her parents and husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by her brothers, Eino, Valeen, and Mike Peltonen.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Evelyn Kivela will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stephen Gauger officiating. A luncheon will be served at the Faith Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Rock, immediately following the service. Burial will take place in the Rock Cemetery.

The family would like to give a thanks to the staff at Christian Park  for all they have done to help care for Evelyn during the last three months, and a special thanks to Linda Maki and Dorothy Athanas for all they have done over the past years. 

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George Douglas White, age 67, of Harbor Tower Apartments in Escanaba passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home in Escanaba. Doug was a minister for Oak Seed Ministries in Escanaba; MI. George Douglas White is survived by three Daughters- Jessica, Rebekan, and Angela White. Funeral services celebrating the life of George Douglas White will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday in Fennville, MI. Burial will take place in the V.A. Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI.  

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John A. (Bert) LaLonde, age 78, of 3744 9th Lane, Bark River, MI (Ford River) entered eternal life on Monday, July 21, 2014 at All About Life Rehabilitation Center in Fond Du Lac, WI. He was on born April 4, 1936 in Garden Township, MI and was the son Fred and Agnes LaLonde. John was a proud veteran and served in the U.S. Army for over ten years. He loved to play Cribbage and watch his hummingbirds when they came back in the spring. He also enjoyed working outside with his backhoe and dump truck.

John A. (Bert) LaLonde is survived by:

Children:  John (Laura) LaLonde of DePere, WI
                  Lynda (Rick) Zimmer of Appleton, WI

Sisters:  Ann Plourde of Escanaba
               Eva Brown of Cornell

Brother:  Francis “Butch” LaLonde of Cornell

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Edward LaLonde and sister Marie “Betty” LaMarche.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran’s services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of John A. (Bert) LaLonde will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Alfred Schubert officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the burial at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wells.

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Carol A. Aho, age 66, of Escanaba passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. She was born on June 23, 1948 in Escanaba and was the daughter of Gordon and Clarona (Flemel) Micheau. Carol attended school in Powers, moved and worked at Big Boy in Milwaukee and later graduated from Escanaba High School. She was employed at Northern Michigan Veneer Company in Gladstone and at the Terrace Bay Inn in Gladstone in housekeeping. The former Carol Micheau married Ronald Aho on August 26, 1969 in Iron Mountain, MI and he preceded her in death on January 24, 2009. Carol was a member of the Escanaba Eagles Club Auxiliary and enjoyed camping, the outdoors, flowers, and was a homemaker. 


Carol A. Aho is survived by:

Brothers and Sisters:
Fred (Myrtle) Brousseau of Escanaba,
 
Roger Brousseau of Escanaba
Gloria Hoida of
Mesa, AZ,  
Stephen (
Lynn Hills) Micheau of Mesa, AZ
Connie (Joe) Kobasic of Escanaba

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Leonard (Len) Brousseau.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Eagle Auxiliary services will take place at 2:00 p.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of Carol A. Aho will follow the Eagle’s service in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Emmett Norden officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services at the Escanaba Eagles Hall. The family would like to give a special thank you to Sherri Brousseau and Jodi Kobasic and family for caring for Carol in a very special way. 

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Mary Arbour, age 88, of Escanaba passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at Christian Park Village in Escanaba. She was born on May 29, 1926 in Escanaba and was the daughter of Elmer and Henrietta (Vandewiele) St.Martin. Mary attended school in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1945. On August 23, 1947, the former Mary St.Martin married Kenneth Arbour at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Escanaba and together the couple made their home in Bay View. Kenneth preceded her in death on December 27, 1993. Mary and Kenneth owned and operated Vagn’s Diner, Arbour’s Restaurant, and Sports Unlimited. Later, Mary worked at Sayklly’s and at the Terrace Bay Inn as a bookkeeper and hostess. In her younger years, she could be found volunteering many hours at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church doing bookkeeping and teaching CCD classes. Mary was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, the ladies guild, and did housekeeping and bookkeeping for Father Frieberger. She also was a member of the Holy Name School Scholarship Board, the Escanaba American Legion Auxiliary, and the Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed swimming and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary Arbour is survived by:

Daughters:  Mary J. (Tom) Pendergast of Escanaba
                      Nancy (Albin) Hansen of Escanaba

Grandchildren:  Jeffery (Charlotte) Meyer, Tammy (John) Talbacka, Rob ((Karen) Hansen,
                           Alycia (Justin) Chernick, and Christine (Nathan) Gitchell

Great-Grandchildren:  Jeffery and Tim Meyer, Natalie Talbacka,
                                      Abigail Hansen, Luke and Stella Chernick

Sisters:  Louise Boddy of Escanaba
               Helen Finn of Milwaukee

Sisters-in-law:  Sandy St.Martin of Charles Town, West Virginia
                           Mary St.Martin of Knoxville, TN
                           Katherine Cartwright of Green Bay, WI

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Kenneth, Jr., brothers; Frank, John, and Robert St.Martin.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Liturgical Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Mary Arbour will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wells with Father Emmett Norden officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the St. Anthony Catholic Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the charity of your choice.

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Kristine Jean Racicot, 58, of 2015 12th Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette. She was born on Aug. 17, 1955, in Escanaba and was the daughter of Raymond and Janet (Pearson) Oseen. Kristine attended school in Escanaba and was a member of the graduating Class of 1973.

On Sept. 14, 1985, the former Kristine Jean Oseen married Joe Racicot at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Escanaba.

Kristine was employed by the Escanaba School District working in the cafeteria. She was an active member of the Escanaba Fan Club and was awarded the distinguished "Bud Stegath" award for her dedicated volunteerism.

In her spare time, Kristine enjoyed shopping, rummaging, bowling, Bunco, and country league pool playing for the Perronville Pub, but her greatest love in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by: husband, Joe of Escanaba; sons, Tim (Sarah) of Escanaba and Adam (Rebecca) of Escanaba; granddaughters, Haven and Mirabella; mother, Janet Oseen of Escanaba; mother-in-law, Regina Racicot of Escanaba; sisters, Nancy (Dan) Young of Escanaba, and Barb (Steve) DeRoeck of Sartell, Minn.; brother, Gregg Oseen of Escanaba; nieces, nephews, great neighbors and friends.

She was preceded death by her father, Raymond Oseen.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Kristine Jean Racicot will follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Lippart officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral service at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.  

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Doreen Louise (Good) Bartoszek passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 2:17 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, MI.

Doreen was born on July 25, 1930 in Escanaba. and was the oldest of nine children born to Chester and Helen (Sundquist) Good. She was raised on the “Good Farm” in Harris, Michigan, graduated from Harris High School in 1948, and then went on to study Home Economics at Northern Michigan University.

In October 1949, Doreen married Thomas Bartoszek, who passed away on January 15, 2010. Throughout their 60-year marriage, they lived in Perronville, where they owned and operated the Red Owl grocery store.

Doreen was a skilled seamstress. As a 4-H leader, she taught sewing and knitting to girls in the Perronville community. She also taught adult education courses in the Bishop Sewing Technique and spent many years judging sewing and knitting projects at the Dickinson County Fair. She was an excellent cook and outstanding baker, making Swedish recipes handed down from her mother. Doreen expressed her love of beauty and nature in the warm and charming décor of her home and her carefully tended garden, sharing her “garden tour” with family and friends.

For ten years of her retirement, Doreen wintered with her husband, Tom, in El Jobean, Florida in the Vizcaya Lake Community. She enjoyed golfing, community events, storytelling, and visits with neighbors and family.

Doreen was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River, the American Legion Auxiliary, Highland Golf Club, and Bark River Ladies Bridge Club.

Doreen’s friends, many of whom she had known all her life, were very important to her. She was always curious and asked many questions, often with a smile. She loved her family, was known as the “family historian,” and expressed her love through food preparation and attention to details of each event and homecoming. We will all dearly miss being welcomed home by her.

Doreen was preceded in death by: her parents, brother James Good, and sister Lois (Good) Anderson. She is survived by sisters and brothers: Jean McDonough, Escanaba; Janet (Lee) Hanson, Port Huron, Michigan; William (Joann) Good, Harris; Arthur (Dee) Good, Overland Park, Kansas; Karen (Barry) Berquist, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and, Bonnie (Robert) Barr of Skandia.

She is survived by four daughters: Janet Bartoszek (Jeffrey) Usow of Chicago, Illinois, Lynn Bartoszek of Port Charlotte, Florida, Beth Bartoszek of Evanston, Illinois, and Joan Bartoszek Feather of  Bay Village, Ohio.

She is also survived by three grandchildren: Katherine Feather of Columbia, South Carolina, Hillary Feather of Akron, Ohio and Sophia Usow of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Doreen L. Bartoszek will follow at 5 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Paul Strom officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services at  in Bark River. Burial will take place in the Harris Township Cemetery in Perronville, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Doreen and Thomas Bartoszek Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Bark River-Harris School District.  

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Cora Elizabeth Froberg, age 96, of Ford River Township passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. She was born on March 30, 1918 in Grand Rapids, MI and was the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Hayward) Guntley. Elizabeth grew up in Lathrop, MI and graduated from Rock High School in 1935. In 1936 she attended Cloverland Commercial College in Escanaba for secretarial training. She later enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1938. Her college education was interrupted by events of World War II and marriage. After her children were raised and on their own, she resumed her college education earning her B.A. degree cum laude from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI in 1976. Elizabeth married Arnold W. Froberg of Gladstone, MI in 1952. The family moved to Grand Rapids where they lived and worked for 23 years. Elizabeth followed a career of a legal secretary. Upon the death of her husband Arnold in 1975, she returned to the Upper Peninsula in 1976, residing in Ford River Township. Elizabeth was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. One of her most significant church activities included representing First Lutheran in an ecumenical ministry at the Delta County Jail whereby she took her turn bringing Sunday morning worship services to the jail inmates. She also participated in the Stephen Ministry program at First Lutheran Church for over 20 years, and in the church’s Transformational Ministry. The most precious legacy she leaves is love of God and faith in His promises, and love of family. Elizabeth was also interested in her community. She spent about 20 years as a volunteer in the Laubach Literacy program teaching adults to read and write. Elizabeth was a member of the Bonifas Art Center, enjoyed painting, playing golf, maintaining family history, and was a member of the Michigan Federation of Business and Professional Women.  Cora Elizabeth Froberg is survived by:

Daughte:  Carol (Froberg) VanBennekom of Grand Rapids, MI

Sons:  Stefan Froberg of Bark River, MI
            Walter (Polly) Veldman of Ontonagon, MI

Four Grandchildren, Nine Great-Grandchildren

Several Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by grandson Steele Veldman and sister and brother-in-law Esther and Albert Chipman.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Cora Elizabeth Froberg will follow at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Gladstone with Rev. Peggy Rose officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conculsion of the funeral services in the First Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. Memorials can be directed to the First Lutheran Church 

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Eileen A. Jaeger, age 82, of Watson, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at Emmons Adult Care Home in Bark River, MI. She was born December 2, 1931 in Escanaba, MI and was the daughter of Theodore and Mayme (Kellonemi) Peippo. Eileen grew up in Watson and graduated from Gwinn High School in 1949. The former Eileen Peippo married William Jaeger June 17, 1950 at the Watson Bible Chapel and he preceded her in death on December 7, 2005.  Eileen received her LNP from Bay de Noc Community College in 1976, she then continued her studies and graduated from Lake Superior State with her RN in 1978, and then was proud to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She was employed in private duty nursing and later at St. Francis Hospital in the OB/Nursery Department until her retirement in 1994. Eileen was a life-member of the Watson Bible Chapel, enjoyed traveling, cooking, knitting, and making quilts. She was proud of her Finnish heritage and was a member of the American Finnish Society.

Eileen A. Jaeger is survived by:

Sons:  William (Tammy) Jaeger of Webberville, MI
            Paul (Jennifer) Jaeger of Byron Center, MI

Daughters:  Linda (Mike) Sanville of Cornell
                      Barb (Dan) Doran of Traverse City, MI

Grandchildren:  Doug (Kelly) Sanville, Michael (Missy) Sanville, Andy (Rachael) Jaeger,
                            Adam (Jenni) Jaeger, Jacob, Lyndsey and Emily Jaeger

Great-Grandchildren:  Kennedy, Cooper, Connor, Carter, Adelynn, Ellie, Eli, and Farrah

Sister:  Lenore Usher of Watson

Brother:  Ronald (JoAnn) Peippo of Escanaba

Several Nieces and Nephews

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. During the visitation hours, a luncheon will be served in the Anderson Funeral Home fellowship area. Funeral services celebrating the life of Eileen A. Jaeger will follow at 6:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bruce Tanner officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of  Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial can be directed to the Watson Bible Chapel. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.  

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Donald Wendell Lundberg, 51, of Vicksburg, Mich., (former Rapid River resident) passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, from injuries sustained from an automobile accident in Elwood, Ill.

He was born on August 17, 1962 in Cook County, IL and was the son of Donald and Joyce (Witherow) Lundberg.  Donald graduated from Rapid River High School in 1980.  After graduation, he then served in the U.S. Army for eleven years.  While stationed in Germany, he met his current wife Renea (Evans) and they were married in Illinois on August 19, 1994 exactly two years after their first date.  The couple resided in Springfield, IL, for thirteen years and then moved to Vicksburg, MI. 

He was not only a devoted father and grandfather, but he was loved and respected by his peers that surrounded him.  His family was the center of his world.  He enjoyed fishing and going on fishing trips with his friends.  Donald loved to listen to music and was often seen with headphones in his ears.  His 1970 Ford Mustang Coup was a cherished hobby of restoration.

Donald was employed in a civilian military position which he customized electronics on jets and airplanes.   

Donald Wendell Lundberg was preceded in death by his father Donald Wendell Lundberg.  He is survived by his wife, Renea of Vicksburg, MI, his children; Kristina Lundberg of Battle Creek, MI, Bryan Lundberg, of Battle Creek, MI, Katherine Lundberg of Vicksburg, MI, and Joycelyn Lundberg of Vicksburg, MI.  Donald had two grandchildren; Ellie and Jeremiah.  Additionally, he is survived by his mother Joyce Lundberg (Ronald Clayton) and four siblings, Wendy (Mark) Holzenkamp of Rapid River, Paul (Renee) Lundberg of Gladstone, Ginger Linsmeyer of Green Bay, MI, Michelle (Mark) Bourdeau of Havelock, NC and several nieces and nephews.

The Family will receive friends from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Donald Wendell Lundberg will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Stephen Gauger officiating.  Burial will take place at the Rapid River Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Rapid River American Legion Post #301.  A luncheon will be served at the Calvary Lutheran Church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the burial.

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Joseph Roberts, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy.  Private family funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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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, and his favorite place to eat was "In and Out Burgers". He was member of the St. Odilia Catholic Church.

Wallace "Wally" Johnson's survivors include, son, Dan Johnson of Escanaba; daughters; Vicki Johnson of Escanaba, and Donna (Jim) Bougie of Tucson, grandchildren; Amanda Sanders of Goose Creek, S.C., and Joe (Nicole) Bougie of Oakdale, Minn., 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 brothers; Verner, Walford, Walter, and Willard "Gigs" and 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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MaryJo (Sehl) Good, 52, of Traverse City, Mich., died Saturday, June 14, 2014.

MaryJo was born June 25, 1961, in Gaylord, Mich.

She married Robert Allen Good on July 28, 2007, in Traverse City.

MaryJo is survived by her husband, Robert Allen Good; children, Candy (Jonathan) Campeau and Kenneth Sehl of Traverse City, and Samuel Good of Iowa; four grandchildren; parents; grandmother; four sisters; father and mother-in-law, William and JoAnn Good of Bark River.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City. The family will greet friends starting at noon.

The Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the family with local arrangements. Memorials may be made to the MaryJo Good family. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home. 

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Gary A. Harnish,  72, of 1401 N. 23rd St., Escanaba, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. He was born on Dec. 3, 1941, in Hazel Park, Mich., and was the son of Alfred and Frances (Oldenburg) Harnish. Gary graduated from Hazel Park High School in 1960. He married the former Gloria Bailey on Dec. 22, 1961, in Royal Oak; Mich.

Gary served in the U.S. Army from 1961 until he was honorably discharged in 1968. He was employed Michigan Bell Telephone Company and worked on installing the new telephone system in Delta County. He retired from Michigan Bell on Dec. 4, 1994. Gary was a member of the Communication Workers of America, was a Boy Scout leader, and enjoyed helping others. Gary loved to draw and do calligraphy and enjoyed cooking and camping with family and friends. He belonged to a camping club. Gary was a member of the Troy Baptist Church in Troy, the Faith Baptist church in Royal Oak and the Free Methodist Church in Ferndale, Mich.

Gary Alan Harnish is survived by: wife, Gloria Harnish; son, Scott Alan (Jennifer) Harnish of Shelby Township, Mich.; grandson, Keate Alan Harnish; sister, Nancy (Jim) Pate of Barkley, Mich.; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Harnish, and niece, Paula Pate.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veterans Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Gary Alan Harnish will follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Art Radlicki from the Silver Winds Church officiating.   

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Grant L. Sovey, 86, of 6351 S. 2nd St., Wells, Mich., passed away, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. He was born on Oct. 10, 1927, in Escanaba and was the son of Grover and Matilda Sovey. Grant graduated from Escanaba High School in 1946. He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II until he was honorably discharged on Dec. 27, 1947.

He married the former Betty Sundeliues on Dec. 30, 1950, in Milwaukee, Wis. Grant was employed all of his working years with Mead Paper Company in Escanaba as a paper operator until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, horseshoes, and playing baseball. Grant was an avid Detriot Tigers and Detroit Red Wing fan.

Grant L. Sovey is survived by: wife, Betty; daughters, Christine (Duane) Myers of Green Bay, Wis., Susan Jones of Escanaba, Laurie (Mark) McGovern of Marquette, Sandra (Joseph) DeMars of Wells, Tammy Sovey of Escanaba; son, Michael Sovey of Wells; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Gilbert Sovey.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veterans services will be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Hme Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Grant L. Sovey will follow at 4 p.m. with Father Emmett Norden officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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James E. Force, 87, of 312 Dakota Ave., Gladstone, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Northwoods Assisted Living in Escanaba. He was born on Jan. 29, 1927, in Detroit, and was the son of Lee and Anna (Rapp) Force.

Jim graduated from Lincoln High School and sailed on the Great Lakes working as a cook on the boats. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. Jim married the former Marion Goodman on Nov. 21, 1946, in Ferndale, Mich., and she preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 2004.

He was employed for 31 years with Michigan Bell and later with A.T.&T. as the motor pool supervisor for entire U.P. until his retirement in 1992. Jim was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church, the V.F.W. and the American Legion. He enjoyed golfing, camping, woodworking and was a scout leader for many years.

James E. Force is survived by sons; Dennis (Patricia) Force of Richmond, Mich., Gary (Arnita) Force of Oil City, Penn., three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, cousins; Jane Bolander-Gray of Menominee, Helen (Bob) Cook of Escanaba.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by grandchild, Lisa Force.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 8, at the United Methodist Church in Gladstone. Delta County Veterans Services will be conducted at noon. Funeral services celebrating the life of James E. Force will follow with Rev. Elizabeth Hill officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Memorial United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home or at the church the day of the service. 

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Steven James Neeley, 62, of 6337 S. 9th St., Wells, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his home in Wells surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 10, 1951, in Kendallville, Ind., and was the son of Orville and Alma (Hurt) Neeley. Steve was employed as a master upholster until his retirement. He married the former Barbara Locke in 2007 and they moved from Irons, Mich., to the Upper Peninsula in 2009.

Steven James Neeley is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Chaz and Trista; special nephew/son, Daniel; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; stepchildren, Sue, Coleen, Joe and Annette; six step-grandchildren; one great-step-grandchild; eight foster children; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Jonna; and brothers Duane and Kenneth.

Private family visitation and funeral services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba.

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Carlton "Culty" Peter Johnson, 95, of 1029 N. 18th St., Escanaba, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.

He was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Marquette and was the son of Charles and Gretchen (Younger) Johnson. Culty graduated from Escanaba High School in 1938. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy serving during World War II from Dec. 4, 1941, until he was honorably discharged on Nov. 13, 1945. Culty received a World War II Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and a Navy Good Conduct Medal.

On Sept. 17, 1946, Culty married the former Frances Fay in Brooklyn, N.Y., and she preceded him in death on April 8, 2000. Culty was employed as a foreman at Harnischfeger Corporation until his retirement. Culty loved all facets of music. He was an accomplished drummer and singer. As a young child he played in Michigan and neighboring states with his father, Charles, and sister Leone. He was a member of several local groups including his father's orchestra (The Wolverines), the Carlton Johnson Orchestra and many other local bands including the Escanaba City Band. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping, and hunting. Culty loved to spend time with his family and friends and he had a humorous quick wit.

Carlton (Culty) Johnson is survived by his sons; Richard (Edna) Johnson of Bark River, Carlton Johnson of Denver, Colo. daughters; Linda (August) Peters of Escanaba, Judy Johnson of Escanaba, sister, Fran (Don) Alsteen of Niagara, Wis. six grandchildren; Mara (Brandon) Deace, Jennifer (Bob) Knight, Robert Brown, Ryan Brown, Brittany Johnson, and Allie Johnson, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters; Leone and Margie, and grandson, Richard (Ricky) Johnson.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of Carlton (Culty) Johnson will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the St. Thomas Catholic Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Carlton Johnson memorial fund for a memorial to be set up in Culty's name.

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