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    Donald B. Lema

    CHASSELL — Donald B. Lema, 86, a resident of Chassell passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020, at UP Health – Portage Hospital shortly after being admitted. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a …

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    Estelle M. Halborg

    IRON MOUNTAIN — Estelle M. Halborg, 80, of Iron Mountain, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at her home. She was born September 18, 1939 in Chassell, daughter of the late Eino and Esther (Maki) Kemppainen. Estelle graduated from Hancock High School in 1957. She …

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    Marlene Kathryn Allen

    KENTON — Marlene Kathryn Allen, 84, of Kenton, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020, at her son’s home in Kenton with her family by her side. Marlene was born on November 2, 1935, in Iron River, daughter of Donald and Eleanore (Dooley) McRae. She grew up in Beechwood, and graduated …

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    Donna Mae Frusti

    LAURIUM — On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Donna Mae Frusti (nee James) passed away at U.P. Health System Marquette, following a short illness and lovingly surrounded by her family, at the age of 80. Donna was born on March 6, 1939, in Allouez, to William and Laura (nee Simmons) James. She …

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    Paul Adams

    BARAGA — Paul Adams, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday January 4, 2020 at Omega House in Houghton, from long-term heart disease and recently-diagnosed acute myelogenous leukemia. In the last week of his life he was surrounded by family and friends, many of which traveled long distances …

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    William H. Sleeman

    CHASSELL — William H. Sleeman, 78, a resident of Chassell, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on March 11, 1941, in Trimountain, a son of the late Henry and Lillian (Spiegal) Sleeman. William was raised in Trimountain and was a …

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    Agnes Louise Draves

    LAKE LINDEN — Agnes Louise Draves, 95, of Lake Linden, passed away at home on January 12, 2020, with family by her side. She was born on April 29, 1924, in Detroit, a daughter of August and Caroline Bushe. She was married to Robert H. Draves on November 9, 1946. He passed away on August …

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    Jeffrey Robert Paavo

    It is with saddened hearts that we share this news. ATLANTIC MINE — Jeffrey Robert Paavo, 51, former resident of Atlantic Mine, unexpectedly passed on November 12, 2019. He was an employee of Festival Foods for several years. Jeffrey was born on January 26, 1968 in Dearborn, Michigan, and …

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    Donna M. Frusti

    LAURIUM — Donna M. Frusti, a resident of Laurium, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at U. P. Health System Marquette. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

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    Margaret Helen Mills

    HANCOCK — Margaret Helen (Pyburn) Mills, 83, a resident at Pewabic House PortagePointe, died on January 8, 2019, surrounded by her family. Margaret is survived by her sons, Owen P. Mills (Susan) and John V. Mills of Hancock; her grandson, Brandon M. Mills (Laura Beth); and great grandson, …

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    Eileen A. Swank

    CHICAGO, Ill./EAGLE RIVER — Born March 7, 1939 – January 9, 2020. Retired Jury Commissioner of Cook County, Illinois, Eileen A. Swank. Loving wife of 50 years to retired Chicago, Illinois Police Court Sergeant, James L. Swank Jr., late of 2008. She was the daughter of late Joseph and Eileen …

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    George P. McGrath

    DANVILLE, CA — On December 7, 2019, George Patrick McGrath, 66, passed away from an unforeseen sudden heart attack. He was an amazing person, devoted husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to so many. George lived in Danville, California for 30 years. Upon his recent …

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    Hubert J. Marchand

    SHEBOYGAN, Wisc. — Hubert J. Marchand, 93, of Sheboygan, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Hub was born on June 28, 1926, in Lake Linden, to Eugene and Evilina (Decareau) Marchand. He attended Lake Linden High School. At 15 years old he left to find employment, working as a farmhand …

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    SSgt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kmieciak

    FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Ssgt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kmieciak, 74, died on November 12, 2019. Jerry was born on October 2, 1945, and was raised in the Keweenaw. In 1964, he joined the armed forces and was assigned to the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. He was wounded in 1968 and was later …

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    Michael H. Pyhtila

    SOUTH RANGE — Michael H. Pyhtila, 55, a resident of South Range, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020, at the Lighthouse of Hancock, where he had been a patient since this past December, following a lengthy illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with …

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    Carol A. Geshel

    CALUMET — Carol A. Geshel, 78, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Wednesday morning January 8, 2020 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. She was born on September 12, 1941, to the late Edward and Antonia Ozanich. She attended and graduated from Calumet High School. In 1973, she …

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    Donald Oscar Hermanson

    OSKAR BAY — Donald Oscar Hermanson, 78, of Oskar Bay, died on January 7, 2020, at the Omega House of Houghton. He was born in Hancock as the son of the late Harold and Martha (Ruohonen) Hermanson. Don will be remembered as an avid storyteller, videographer, outdoorsman, musician, and …

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    Mary E. Stokes

    ST. JOHN, Ind. — Mary E. Stokes, (nee Fretter), 83, late of St. John, Indiana, formerly of Park Forest, Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, passed away on November 8, 2019. She was the beloved wife of Roger Stokes for 60 years, and loving mother of Nancy (Fred) Curtis, Jill …

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    Shirley J. Drake

    HANCOCK — Shirley J. Drake, 89, a resident at Canal View~Houghton County, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock is assisting with the arrangements which are still incomplete.

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    Anthony Michael McKasy

    BARAGA — Anthony Michael McKasy, 76, of Baraga, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at U.P. Health System in Marquette. He was born on October 5, 1943, in St. Paul, Minnesota, son of George and Eleanor (Friedmann) McKasy. Tony graduated from Benilde High School in St. Louis Park, …

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    Eva Marie Sevald

    Washington, UT — Eva Marie Sevald (Thomas), 37, passed away unexpectedly and far too soon on Friday, January 3, 2020, in St. George, Utah. She was born on July 21, 1982, on Moody AFB in Valdosta, Georgia, to Harold and Carol Thomas (Anthony). Roughly seven years later, after her father …

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    Martha E. Hill

    CHASSELL — Martha E. Hill, 82, a former resident of Chassell, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Franklin House of Portage Pointe in Hancock. A memorial service for Martha will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell with Rev. …

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    Donald O. Hermanson

    STANTON TOWNSHIP — Donald O. Hermanson, 78, a resident of Houghton Canal Road passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 7, 2020, at the Omega House in Houghton. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

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    Jean Clare LaRoux Boggio

    RAYMBAULTOWN — Jean Clare LaRoux Boggio passed away on December 27, 2019. She was born January 1, 1943 in Hubbell to Norbert Sr. and Clara (Senglaub) LaRoux. On June 1, 1968 she was married to Dominic James Boggio at Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk, by Rev. Robert Langseth. For 51 years, …