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    Dennis ‘Denzo’ Fraki

    Dennis ‘Denzo’ Fraki May 29, 2019 HOUGHTON — Graveside services for Dennis “Denzo” Fraki, who passed away March 11, 2019, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Atlantic Mine Cemetery with Pastor Elmer Liimatta to officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Copper Country Veteran’s …

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    Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Alison Haro (Smith)

    Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Alison Haro (Smith) May 29, 2019 PHOENIX, Arizona — Elizabeth Alison Haro (Smith), 94, was born on May 7, 1925, in Port Huron, and died peacefully on May 12, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona. She grew up in Yale, and graduated from Yale High School and the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in history (social …

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    Margaret A. Benda

    Margaret A. Benda May 29, 2019 CALUMET — Margaret A. Benda, 88, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully at her home, on Friday, May 24, 2019. She was born on December 2, 1930, in Calumet, to Gustav and Lempi (Aittima) Junttila, where she grew up in Raymbaultown. She attended the local schools and graduated from …

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    Robert Jerry Sorvala

    Robert Jerry Sorvala May 29, 2019 JACOBSVILLE — Robert Jerry Sorvala, 80, of Jacobsville, passed away on March 24, 2019. He suffered from emphysema and pulmonary fibroses. He was born on May 3, 1939, in Jacobsville, to Waino and Ida Huhta Sorvala. He was a 50 year member of the IBEW Electricians Union. He was also a builder …

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    Frank Chiles Praeger

    Frank Chiles Praeger May 29, 2019 HOUGHTON — Frank Chiles Praeger, 85, of Houghton, died on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Omega House in Houghton. Complete arrangements will be announced later from the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock.

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    Daniel Joseph Reilly

    Daniel Joseph Reilly May 29, 2019 BOOTJACK — Daniel Joseph Reilly, 64, a resident of Bootjack and Laurium, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019, with family by his side, at Aspirus Keweenaw hospital, following a valiant battle with colon cancer. Dan was born on October 30, 1954, in Laurium, a son of Joseph and Barbara …

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    Clarice Marie Karry

    Clarice Marie Karry May 29, 2019 HANCOCK — Clarice Marie Karry, 60, of Hancock, died at her home on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Graveside services for Clarice will be held at 10 a.m. in Section 11 of Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock on Friday, May 31, 2019, with Rev. Fr. William Ssozi of the Church of the Resurrection to …

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    Carson Lee Looper

    Carson Lee Looper May 28, 2019 MOHAWK — Carson Lee Looper, infant son of Andrew Looper and Kaylee Allen passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Aspirus Laurium Hospital shortly after being admitted. He was born on March 7, 2019, in Laurium and during the short time he was with us he brought joy to everyone that could …

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    Daniel J. Reilly

    Daniel J. Reilly May 28, 2019 CALUMET — Daniel J. Reilly, 64, a resident of Calumet passed away on Saturday morning May 25, 2019 at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

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    Joyce L. Leppanen

    Joyce L. Leppanen May 28, 2019 WINONA — Joyce L. Leppanen, 88, a former resident of Winona, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital where she had been a resident in the long-term care unit. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements …

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    Mary Ann Junttonen

    Mary Ann Junttonen May 28, 2019 PAINESDALE — Mary Ann Junttonen, 76, of Painesdale, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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    Benedict “Benny” Sager

    Benedict “Benny” Sager May 28, 2019 AHMEEK — Benedict “Benny” Sager, 77, a resident of Ahmeek passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on Friday, May 24, 2019. He was born on April 23, 1942 in Ahmeek a son of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Lloyd) Sager. He attended the local schools. Ben is preceded in …

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    Ronald “Roop” Messner

    Ronald “Roop” Messner May 28, 2019 HUBBELL — Ronald “Roop” Messner, 82, of Hubbell, passed away at his home on May 26, 2019, with his family by his side. He was born on November 28, 1936, a son of Floyd and Jenny Messner. He was a graduate of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked at …

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    Margaret Benda

    Margaret Benda May 25, 2019 CALUMET — Margaret Benda, 88, a resident of Calumet, passed away at her home on Friday, May 24, 2019. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family.

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    Eugene ‘Gene’ Albin Jarvi

    Eugene ‘Gene’ Albin Jarvi May 24, 2019 SOUTH LYON — Gene Jarvi, 81, of South Lyon, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 19, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born to the late Seth and Ruth (Rajaniemi) Jarvi on July 22, 1937. Gene was born in Kearsarge and attended school there before moving to Detroit, where he attended Cass …

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    Rita Marie (Skoviak) Saari

    Rita Marie (Skoviak) Saari May 24, 2019 WHITE PINE — Rita Marie (Skoviak) Saari, 71, of White Pine, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family, on Monday, May 20, 2019, to the arms of her Heavenly Father. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the White Pine Community Methodist …

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    Doris I. Rowe

    Doris I. Rowe May 24, 2019 CALUMET — Doris I. Rowe, 85, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. She was born on July 19, 1933, in Woodland Location, to Reuben and Thelma (Laitinen) Waara. She attended the local schools, and graduated from Calumet High …

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    Virginia F. ‘Ginny’ Anderson

    Virginia F. ‘Ginny’ Anderson May 24, 2019 HOUGHTON — Virginia F. “Ginny” Anderson, 73, a longtime resident of Houghton, passed away on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. She was born on November 17, 1945, in Hancock, to the late John and Florence (McCarthy) Anderson, and she …

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    John J. Bodi

    John J. Bodi May 24, 2019 HOUGHTON — John J. Bodi, a resident of the Bluffs in Houghton since 2012, passed away on December 21, 2018. Graveside services with the Copper Country Veterans Association conducting military honors, will be held in Section 2 of Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 3 …

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    Emil Papke

    Emil Papke May 24, 2019 PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Emil Papke, 86, a resident of Portage Township, passed away on Tuesday evening, May 14, 2019, at the UP – Health Marquette Hospital, following a short illness. He was born in September of 1932, to Paul and Pearl (Spearman) Papke. He attended the Doelle School for a few …

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    Sharon R. Immonen

    Sharon R. Immonen May 24, 2019 ALBION — Graveside services for Sharon R. Immonen, 76, of Albion, who passed away December 6, 2018, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Toivola Cemetery, with Fr. John Matignon to officiate. Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, …

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    Paul Edward Windy

    Paul Edward Windy May 24, 2019 PAAVOLA LOCATION — Paul Edward Windy, 58, of Paavola Location, passed away at home with his wife by his side, on May 20, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time from the OáNeill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock.

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    Doris M. Hammerstrom

    Doris M. Hammerstrom May 24, 2019 FARMINGTON — Doris M. Hammerstrom, 91, a former resident of Farmington, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Franklin House at Portage Pointe in Hancock, where she had been a resident patient. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the …

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    James Stevens

    James Stevens May 24, 2019 LAKE LINDEN — James Stevens, 87 of Lake Linden, passed away on May 20, 2019, at The Green Tree of Hubbell. There will be no public services. The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden is in charge of arrangements.

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    Michael J. “Mike” Koski

    Michael J. “Mike” Koski May 24, 2019 ATLANTIC MINE — Michael J.”Mike” Koski, 75, of Atlantic Mine, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at The Lighthouse at Hancock. Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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    Virginia F. Anderson

    Virginia F. Anderson May 24, 2019 HOUGHTON — Virginia F. Anderson, 73, a longtime resident of Houghton, passed away on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock.

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    Frank Story

    Frank Story May 23, 2019 DOLLAR BAY — A memorial service will be held for Frank Story, 87, a former resident of Hancock & Dollar Bay, who died December 8, 2018, in Eustis, Florida. Services will be held at Saints Peter & Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton on Saturday June 1, 2019, with Rev Aaron Gehrke …

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    Paul E. Windy

    Paul E. Windy May 23, 2019 HANCOCK — Paul Edward Windy, 58, of Hancock (Paavola Location), passed away at his home, with his wife by his side, on May 20, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on November 25, 1960, in Cass City, the fourth of six children of Joseph and Ruth (Bliss) Windy. Paul graduated …

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    Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brunk

    Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brunk May 20, 2019 BARAGA — Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brunk, age 81 of Baraga, MI passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. Bede-way-ghezhi-gokwe (Bear Clan) “Coming of the storm”, was born on July 19, 1937 in Hayward, WI daughter of John and Alice (Brown) Kenosha. She …

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    Clarence ‘Dan’ Kempainen

    Clarence ‘Dan’ Kempainen May 20, 2019 ATLANTIC MINE — Clarence “Dan” Kemppainen, 89, a resident of Atlantic Mine, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic Mine, with the Rev. Kathryn Salmi to …

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    Doris Rowe

    Doris Rowe May 20, 2019 CALUMET — Doris Rowe, 85, a resident of Calumet passed away on Saturday May 18, 2019 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

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    Brian Edward Kemppainen

    Brian Edward Kemppainen May 20, 2019 CALUMET — Brian Edward Kemppainen, 62, a resident of Calumet, passed away following a brief illness on March 15, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic Mine with Rev. Kathryn Salmi to officiate. Visitation …

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    Barbara Jean ‘Barbie’ Hataaja

    Barbara Jean ‘Barbie’ Hataaja May 18, 2019 CALUMET – Barbara Jean (Barbie) Haataja, 78, of Centennial Heights, Calumet, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. She was born on September 24, 1940, the daughter of Uno and Elsie (Lindquist) Laplander. Barbie was united in marriage to Bruce E. Haataja in 1959, and they raised four …

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    Margarite Jean Grahek

    Margarite Jean Grahek May 18, 2019 CALUMET – Margarite Jean Grahek, 92, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was born on November 6, 1926, in Calumet to Robert and Gena (Peterson) Renwick. She attended the Calumet Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1944. Later, she lived …

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    Kurt Jay Kitti

    Kurt Jay Kitti May 18, 2019 TRAPROCK – Kurt Jay Kitti, 62, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at his home in Traprock Valley, surrounded by his family, after living with cancer for two years. He was born February 3, 1957, in Laurium, to Walt and Ina Kitti. A 1975 Calumet High School graduate, he spent …

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    Gale Dorothy (Simonen) Buch

    Gale Dorothy (Simonen) Buch May 18, 2019 FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Gale Dorothy (Simonen) Buch, 76, passed away peacefully in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, with family by her side, on April 22, 2019. She fought a long battle against diabetes induced kidney failure. Gale was born August 5, 1942, in Calumet, to the late Wilbert (Bill) and …

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    Alice ‘Kitti’ Frimodig

    Alice ‘Kitti’ Frimodig May 18, 2019 CALUMET – Alice “Kitti” Frimodig, 95, of Calumet, passed away on May 17, 2019, at Aspirus Hospital in Laurium, with her family at her bedside. Kitti was born on October 27, 1923 in Detroit, to Charles and Anna (Backman) Kitti. She attended Lincoln High School in Ferndale. She then …

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    Arlene (Beaudoin) Saari

    Arlene (Beaudoin) Saari May 18, 2019 LAKE LINDEN – Arlene (Beaudoin) Saari, passed away on November 10, 2018. The graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden, with Fr. Joseph Boakye Yiadom to officiate. The Pearce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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    Barbara J. Haataja

    Barbara J. Haataja May 17, 2019 CALUMET — Barbara J. Haataja, 78, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet. Friends …