• Saginaw

    Lois Martha Coulson

    Passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Covenant Medical Center. Lois M. Rahn, daughter of the late Fred and Emma Rahn, was born on September 16, 1924. She married Raymond C. Coulson on April 4, …

  • Alpena,  Hillman

    Norman Buchler

    Norman Buchler Norman Arnold Buchler, 84, of Rogers City passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at his home. Norman was born February 9, 1935 in Montmorency County to the late Norman and Ida (Walter) Buchler. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church – Royston. Surviving are his brother, Howard (Donna) Buchler; sisters, Violet Asberry, Geraldine Drewniak; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Buchler was preceded in death by his three brothers, Harold, Arthur, Gordon; and sister, Dorothy… No…

  • Alpena,  Hillman

    Dolores Connon

    Dolores Connon Dolores Marie Connon, 74, of Lachine passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Dolores Marie Kuivinen was born September 9, 1944 in Lewiston, Michigan to the late George and Naomi (Couchon) Kuivinen. On August 23, 1985, she married Gerald Connon. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2013. Dolores worked as a bookkeeper at Don’s Tractor for 20 years, retiring in 2018. She enjoyed putting puzzles together, sewing, crocheting, and spending time…

  • Boyne City,  Cheboygan,  Indian River

    Richard Wirtel

    Richard James “Rich” Wirtel, age 73, of Wolverine passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 at his home. He was born May 1, 1945 in Wyandotte, MI, the son of Casmier and Elvira (Smelter) Wirtel. On November 29, 1998 in San Diego, CA, Rich married Laura Darin who survives. Rich had owned and operated R.J. Transportation in Grosse Ile for several years before going to work for Michigan Foundation Company out of Trenton, MI. Upon his retirement in 2007, he and Laura moved to their home in…

  • Flint

    Johnnie C. Gibbs

    GIBBS, Mr. Johnnie -age 95, of Flint, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at McLaren-Flint. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. View full obituary

  • Houghton

    Elaine Anuta

    Elaine Anuta March 20, 2019 WHITE BEAR TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Olga “Elaine” Anuta, 88, of White Bear Township, Minnesota, passed away on March 16, 2019. Elaine was born on April 12, 1930, to the late Harold and Ingrid (Suksi) Wiitala in Misery Bay. Elaine is preceded in death by her brothers, Howard and Harold; as …

  • Houghton

    Brian E. Kemppainen

    Brian E. Kemppainen March 20, 2019 CALUMET — Brian Edward Kemppainen, 62, a resident of Calumet, passed away following a brief illness on March 15, 2019, at the Omega House with family by his side. He was born October 18, 1956, in Detroit, a son of the late Jerleen (Fleury) and Clarence Kemppainen. Brian was a 1975 graduate …

  • Houghton

    Steven B. Johnson

    Steven B. Johnson March 20, 2019 FULTON — Steven B. Johnson, 28, a resident of Fulton, passed away of natural causes, March 17, 2019. He was born on November 1, 1990, in Hancock, a son of Charles and Julie (Haataja) Johnson. Steven was a graduate of the Hancock High School with the Class of 2009. He received his …

  • Houghton

    Patricia Gail Neese

    Patricia Gail Neese March 20, 2019 SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — Patricia Gail Neese, 82, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, passed from this life Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Glen Oaks Health & Rehab after an extended illness surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Neese will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March …

  • Houghton

    Clara E. Shute (Claire)

    Clara E. Shute (Claire) March 20, 2019 CALUMET — Clara E. Shute (Claire), 94, of Calumet, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born in Calumet, to William Dwyer and Mina (Echlin) Dwyer on January 23, 1925. She attended the Calumet schools and worked for many years in lady’s fashion sales at …

  • Ishpeming

    Wayne W. Johnson

    Negaunee – Wayne W. “Waynomaki” Johnson, age 73, of 36 County Road 510 Negaunee Twp., passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 while in the View full obituary

  • L'Anse

    Robert Godell

    Robert Godell Robert Evert Godell, age 97 of Watton, MI passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home. Robert Evert Godell, age 97 of Watton, MI passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home. View   Send Flowers

  • Marquette

    R. Thomas ‘Tom’ Peters, Jr.

    R. Thomas ‘Tom’ Peters, Jr. March 20, 2019 MARQUETTE, MI – R. Thomas “Tom” Peters, Jr., age 86, of Marquette, entered eternal life Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at home, in the loving, comforting care of his family. Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. A complete obituary and arrangements …

  • Marquette

    Arthur Alan Varty

    Arthur Alan Varty March 20, 2019 MARQUETTE, MI – Arthur Alan Varty, age 48, entered eternal life Tuesday March 19, 2019 at U.P. Health System Bell. Arrangements will be announced by the Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral & Cremation Services where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswansonhansen.com

  • Marquette

    Martin ‘Marty’ John Kovarik

    Martin ‘Marty’ John Kovarik March 20, 2019 GWINN, MI – Martin “Marty” John Kovarik passed away on March 10th in Gwinn, MI at the age of 64. Marty loved the outdoors, and was highly involved in Boy Scouts and other outdoors education programs. He was a successful journalist and photographer for several local and national …

  • Marquette

    Wayne W. ‘Waynomaki’ Johnson

    Wayne W. ‘Waynomaki’ Johnson March 20, 2019 NEGAUNEE, MI – Wayne W. “Waynomaki” Johnson, age 73, of 36 County Road 510 Negaunee Twp., passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 while in the loving care of his family and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice at his home. Wayne was born in Salt Lake City, UT on December 3, 1945, …

  • Saginaw

    Patricia C. Kinasz

    Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Covenant Hospital surrounded by her family. Age 77 years. Patricia was born March 29, 1941 in …

  • Leland

    ANN MARIE (ALLMAN) SCHMITTLING

      Ann Marie (Allman) Schmittling lived exceptionally from January 10, 1954 to February 26, 2019. She was an incredible mother to Emily Kate (Kohler), Benjamin Thomas and Maggie Rose (Stafford) and an amazing grandmother to Audrey Rose (12), Hayden Paul (10), Eliza Ann (8), Levi Joseph (5) and Matilda Frances (3). Ann was also a cherished wife, deeply in love with Paul for over 44 years. Ann was known for her bright gaptoothed smile, loving heart, brilliant sense of humor and the countless lives she touched. Ann was a people person and thrived off of the connections and the stories of the people who came into her life. Her philosophy…

  • Leland

    MARIAN STRICKLAND GYR

      Marian Strickland Gyr died Saturday March 9th at the age of 97. She was born in 1921 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest of three siblings. She told stories of living through the depression, of her father’s stress at keeping a business solvent during those years. She joined the Marines during World War II and worked on airplanes in California for the war effort. On the GI bill she went to grad school at the University of Geneva in Switzerland where she met fellow student John Gyr. They married in 1948 back in Cincinnati and within a dozen years had six sons. Marian returned to teaching grade school in the…

  • Leland

    Marcia E. Tuthill

    Marcia E. Tuthill died March 2 in Oak Park Heights, Minn. She was 83. Marcia is survived by her children: Carey (Fred) Idema; Howard B. (Lisa) Tuthill III; Tracy (Jamie) Engels; Libbie Tuthill; daughter-in-law Melissa Thrill; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard and son, Clayton. A private celebration of the life of both Marcia and Howard will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the Leelanau Conservancy.

  • Leland

    JACOB MARK HELLER

      Jacob Mark Heller (Jake), 29, of Traverse City went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 10, 2019. Jake was born on May 18, 1989 in Traverse City to Tom and Melissa Heller. Jake graduated from Kalkaska High School in 2008. Jake was an amazing young man whose life was way too short. He made so many friends because of his outgoing personality and magnetic smile that would light up a room. Everyone was drawn to Jake, especially kids because of that big smile and kind heart. His special connection with kids made him a favorite uncle to his niece and nephew. We will never forget his…

  • Leland

    DAVID ERIC WARD

    David Eric Ward, a Leland summer resident for many years, died February 28th at his home in West River, Maryland. David was born in London, England, August 19, 1940 just at the beginning of the Blitz bombing of London. His father Henry George Ward was career Army and his mother Erna Walkling Ward worked in munitions during the war. David studied Electrical Engineering, and worked for the British ministry of aviation testing jet engines, then was sales director for a large London-based corporation that produced electronic medical and production instrumentation. He was proud of having been involved in the early days of computers, and to the end of his life,…

  • Traverse City

    WEBERMAN, Patricia Dec 17, 1946 – Mar 19, 2019

    MESICK [mdash] Patricia Anne Weberman, 72, of Mesick, died on March 19, 2019 at her home with her family after a battle with lung cancer. She was born on Dec. 17, 1946 to Royal and Geraldine Polhamus in Detroit. Patricia is survived by her husband, Joel Weberman; her son, Patrick Marody and daughter-in-law, Lisa Marody; her son, Brian Marody and daughter-in-law, Dominque Marody; her daughter, Michelle Siev and son-in-law, Chhay Siev; and eight grandchildren, Cooper, Asia, McKenna, Genevieve, Easton, Jack, Jessa and Gibson. She is also survived by her sister, Judith Douglass; brother, Joel Polhamus; and her sister-in-law, Julia Polhamus. Patricia was preceded in death by her brothers, Melvin Polhamus…

  • Traverse City

    GYR, Marian Oct 11, 1921 – Mar 9, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Marian Strickland Gyr died Saturday March 9 at the age of 97. She was born to William Strickland and Adelaide Fisher Strickland in 1921 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest of three siblings. She told stories of living through the Depression, of her father’s stress at keeping a business solvent during those years. She joined the U.S. Marines during World War II and worked on airplanes in California for the war effort. On the GI bill she went to grad school at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where she met fellow student John Gyr. They married in 1948 back in Cincinnati and within a dozen years had…

  • Traverse City

    SMITH, Betty Feb 25, 1937 – Mar 16, 2019

    TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Betty Jean Smith, 82, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. She was born Feb. 25, 1937 to Harris and Jean Basch. Betty was formerly married to Richard Kamalo, and they shared five daughters together, Christine Laub, Pamela Roop, Corene Kamalo, Terry Selby and Patty Colegrove. A second marriage to Gerald Smith gave Betty a daughter, Inza Haycraft, and she gained four more daughters, Tammy Smith, Angela Ruata, Kathleen DeVries and Yvette Hukill. Betty prided herself as a mother of 10 daughters and posted to everyone she encountered how blessed she was to have the girls. Betty enjoyed…

  • Houghton Lake

    Gail Marie (Lyons) Decker

      Gail Marie (Lyons) Decker, 74, of Higgins Lake, died March 14, 2019, in Grayling. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the near future. Memorial contributions can be made to the Higgins Lake Foundation. She was born Dec. 8, 1944, in Midland, the seventh child born to Estle and Theresa (Mesh) Lyons. She graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1966. She married James Decker, also from Midland, and they were married for 38 years. They traveled to various naval bases before settling back in Midland to manage the family business, Decker’s Lounge. In 1981, the Deckers moved to Higgins Lake…

  • Allegan

    Michael Kent Stephenson, 71

    Michael Kent Stephenson, 71, of Allegan passed away March 16, 2019, after a struggle with cancer. Michael was born on Aug. 16, 1947, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Charles and Marjorie (Rouch) Stephenson. He was joined in matrimony to Kathleen (Karban) Stephenson on July 26, 1975.  Michael served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971 at Ft. Bliss, Texas. He later worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture in the weights and measures department for 30 years.  Michael was an avid hunter and took many trips to the state of Wyoming and to Kalkaska, Mich. He took pride in caring for the grounds at Blessed Sacrament church in Allegan…