Obituaries

 


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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Viola E. Williams, 83, passed away in West Bloomfield, Mich. She was born on Dec. 9, 1930, in Eben Junction, Mich. She was a school teacher for over 30 years and enjoyed spending her summers on the Stonington Peninsula.

Viola is survived by; husband Robert Williams, son, Robert M. (Lennie) Williams, 4 grandchildren, sister, Julia Salo, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons; David and Dan.

Graveside committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Lakewood Cemetery in Stonington with Rev. Leslie Neimi 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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Jay W. Herrick, 35, of 314 South 10th Street, Escanaba, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Jay was born on January 11, 1979 in Escanaba and was the son of Harley and Susan (Lehto) Herrick. He was a graduate of Escanaba High School. Following graduation, Jay began his career as a laborer and was known for his handywork.

He is survived by:

Sister: Julie (Craig) Nelson - Escanaba

Brother: Jimmy Herrick - Gladstone

Several aunts, uncles, and cousins

He was preceded in death by his parents Harley and Susan.

A private family funeral graveside service will take place at the Rock Cemetery.

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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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Jean R. Vanlerberghe, 94, of 1703 6th Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Bishop Noa Home. She was born on April 10, 1920, in Escanaba, and was the daughter of Peter and Signa (Anderson) Bichler.

Jean graduated from Escanaba High School in 1936 and the attended Cloverland Commercial College in Escanaba receiving her stenographer certificate. The former Jean Bichler married Ernest Vanlerberghe on July 5, 1941, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba and Ernie preceded her in death on April 19, 2012. Jean was employed with the U.S. Postal Service as a secretary for the postal inspector until her retirement in 1981.

She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and enjoyed going to their cottage at Round Lake.

Jean was an avid bowler and competed in many mixed double tournaments with her husband Ernie and she assisted him as being secretary for the Escanaba Bowling Association and the director and past president for the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan State Bowling Association.  Jean loved to spend time with her family and family was the most important thing in her life.

Jean R. Vanlerberghe is survived by a daughter, Susan Montesi of Midland, Mich.; son, Steven (Kathryn) Vanlerberghe of Schaeffer; three grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Montesi, Aimee (Scott) Stachowiak, Dana (Karen) VanEnkevort; 11 great-grandchildren, Michael, Evan, Abigail, Sean, Brendan, Lydia, Lauren, Deric, Devin, Alexa and Gabriel; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Sandra Noblet; sister, Marion Rosemeyer; and brother, Robert (Jim) Bichler.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Jean R. Vanlerberghe will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. Erik D. Heskin officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. 

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Verna Cecilia Murray of 1214 S. 15th. St., Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2014, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born on Feb. 20, 1925, in Escanaba and was the daughter of Matthew and Josephine (Miller) Decker. Verna graduated from Escanaba High School and then attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her teaching degree. She taught school in Wisconsin for a few years. The former Verna C. Decker married Rodger T. Murray on July 26, 1952, and she preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2013. Verna was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and taught CCD at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She was a member of the League of Women's Voters, Escanaba Women's Club, Lake Bluff Golf and Country Club, and enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, golfing, gardening and reading.

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

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

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Verna C. Murray will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Eric Olson officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

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Patricia L. McCauley, 89, died peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2014. Pat, "Peggy" was born in Gladstone, Mich., the ninth of 10 children born to Alexius and Rose (Sureth) McCauley. Pat graduated from Gladstone High School in 1943 and went on to earn her bachelors degree and become a registered nurse. It was this vocation of caregiver that guided her entire life. During her earlier years as a nurse, she cared for the community of Gladstone and tended to soldiers returning from World War II.

She later moved to Lansing and began a long and dedicated career at Sparrow Hospital where she was as an integral part of establishing and leading the development of the IV unit at the hospital.

Her greatest strengths and joys were seen through the loyal and loving care she gave to her family, unselfishly attending to their needs. She was at their side when her mother, brothers, sister, niece, and nephew died. Although she never had children of her own, she played a significant role in the lives of her nieces and nephews.

As a life-long member of the Catholic Church, she lived a life true to the basic values of its teachings: take care of those in need. She will be remembered as a strong and independent woman who found her calling as a caregiver to the many fortunate people who crossed her path.

She is survived by her youngest brother John "Mike" McCauley, and his wife Beverly of Lansing, Mich.; nephews, William Goulding and James Goulding (Linda) of Lansing, Mich., Alexius Lex of Chicago, Ill.; nieces, Lorraine Vendeville of Depere, Wis., Janice Flynn of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Kathleen McCauley of Holyoke, Ma.

Services will be held Friday, May 9. Visitation will be held at 3:30 p.m. with a funeral service at 4:30 p.m. at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48917. She will return home to Gladstone, Mich., with burial on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Fernwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following: Sparrow Foundation: www.sparrowfoundation.org

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Roberta (Bobbie) Molloy Knuth, 64, former Escanaba resident, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Fishers, Ind. She was born on Feb. 6, 1950, in Escanaba, Mich., and was the daughter of Robert and Amelia (Swed) Molloy. Roberta loved to travel, often sharing stories about her adventures and the friends she'd made in Morocco, Japan, Hawaii, Maine, Florida, Washington, and most of the states inbetween. She enjoyed writing letters, visiting new churches, and finding the Lord in nature. She was a loving mother and daughter who devoted her life to caring for others.

Roberta E. Knuth is survived by: daughter, Teri (Steve) Stringfield of Fishers, Ind.; son, Jim (Lisa) Knuth of Bark River, Mich.; six grandchildren, Julia, Stephen, Veronica, Luke, Robert, Mason, and Trey; sister, Esther (Leonard) Sauls of Jacksonville, Fla.; aunt, Ellen Molloy of Escanaba; uncle, Leonard Swed of Chicago, Ill.; one nephew and numerous cousins.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Roberta Molloy -Knuth will follow at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Fran DeGroot from St. Anne Catholic Church officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

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Frances M. Anderson, age 78, of 6782 M Road in Escanaba passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. She was born on November 9, 1935 in Garnet, Michigan and was the daughter of Clarence and Beatrice (Shirk) Barber. The family moved to Gladstone in 1942 and Fran graduated from Gladstone High School in 1953. The former Frances Barber married Wallace Anderson on July 14, 1956 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Fran was employed for several years at the Gladstone State Bank. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church and the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Fran enjoyed knitting, crocheting, canning, and attending horse pulling events.

Frances M. Anderson is survived by:

Husband:  Wallace

Son:  John (Cris) Anderson - Rapid River

Grandchildren:  Patrick (Jackie) Anderson - Gainesville, GA
                            Carrie (Andy) Poquette - Greenville, WI

Great-Grandchildren:  Anisa, Riley, Ella, and Cailen

Sister:  Shirley Fink - Hurst, TX

Several Nieces and Nephews

Visitation will be held from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Frances M. Anderson will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. Dean Peterson officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conculsion of the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery.

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Donald W. Swanson88, of 5094 18th Road, Escanaba (Soo Hill), passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1925 in Escanaba and was the son of John and Emma (Mattson) Swanson. Don attended school in Escanaba and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving from Dec. 15, 1942 until he was honorably discharged and receiving his Good Conduct Medal on Feb. 18, 1946.

Following the war, Don returned to Escanaba and was employed at the ore docks and then was employed with the State of Michigan as a warehouse foreman at the Federal Surplus Warehouse in Escanaba for 24 years until his retirement on Jan. 31, 1981.

Don married the former Mary Krassick on Nov. 28, 1953 in Escanaba, and she preceded him in death in July of 1998.

He enjoyed fly fishing, blueberry picking, gardening, and he took private airplane flight lessons.

Donald W. Swanson is survived by his daughter Barbara (Gary) Laajala of Escanaba and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters; Audrey Olson, and Gwendolyn Maziaraz, and brothers; Carol, Robert, Norman, Adrian, and Kenneth Swanson.

Private visitation was held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's services were held Friday afternoon at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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