Obituaries

 






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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