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John Bubloni Jr.

CHICAGO — John J. Bubloni Jr., 73, of Chicago, formerly of Vulcan, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at his home in Chicago.
He was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Vulcan, son of the late John and Doris (Anderson) Bubloni Sr.
John Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
He married Marian E. Leeman.
John was a retired brakeman for the Chicago & North Western Railroad.
He leaves his wife, Marian; sons, Alfred (Dee) Bubloni, Wayne Bubloni, Byron Bubloni, Warren Bubloni and Russell (Laura) Bubloni; daughters, Cheryl (Bob) Dymurski, Diane (Roger) Barnes and Sandra (Jeff) Braun; grandchildren, Andrew, Shawn, Candice, Brian, Shannon, Robert, Bradley, Keith, Mellisa, Kelsey, Jake, Johnny, and Ellen; great-grandchildren, Nicole, Brittney, Joey, Rebbeca, Zachery, Savannah, Marissa and Keith Jr.; a brother, Arthur (Rose) Bubloni; a sister, Ann “Dolly” (Raymond Cazzola) Broullire; his nieces and nephews, Roger (Roxanne) Cazzola, Jerry (Pat) Cazzola, Christen Cazzola, Dorothy Anderson and Tony (Char) Cazzola, and his great-nieces and great-nephews, Robyn, Trinity, Nicki, Amber, Tommy, Eddie, Anthony and Misty.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Miner Funeral Home in Norway.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Fr. William Callari of St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Norway Township Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Rainbow Hospice, 444 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Ill. 60068.

Robert Mitchell

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. — Robert E. Mitchell, 65, of 720 13th St., North, Wisconsin Rapids, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in Clermont, Fla.
He was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Randville, son of Thomas and Jeanette (Sexton) Mitchell.
He married Clarice Grismer on June 6, 1959, in Kingsford.
Mr. Mitchell was the owner of Bob’s Painting and Delivery, retiring in 1999.
He was a member of Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club.
He leaves his wife, Clarice; two daughters, Vickie (Leonard) Hovell of Galesville, Wis., and Kathleen Palmer of Wisconsin Rapids; two brothers, Leonard of Downey, Calif., and Alvia of Lovelock, Nev.; two sisters, Donna Gross and Phyllis Boursaw, both of Sagola; four grandchildren, Jason and Becky Hovell, Christiana (Dean) Ley, and Michelle Palmer and two great-grandsons, Christopher and Riley Ley.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, James and Virgil; two sisters, Ruby and Mary; and a grandson, Jeffrey Hovell.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Higgins Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Parish prayers services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Visitation will also be from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Fr. Andrew Karoblis will officiate.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. 

Jean Pivatto

CRYSTAL FALLS — Jean Pivatto, 81, of 210 N. 3rd St., Crystal Falls, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 21, 2001, at the Crystal Manor Nursing Home of Crystal Falls.
Jean was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Storm Lake, Iowa, daughter of the late LeRoy and Frances (Kutchell) Lewis.
Due to her father’s job working for the U.S. Postal Service, Jean traveled a lot in her youth and ended up in Crystal Falls. She graduated from Crystal Falls High School in 1937.
After high school, she went on to attend St. Scholastica College in Duluth, Minn. She returned to Crystal Falls after college and on May 25, 1942, she married her husband of 58 years, Etalo “Pete” Pivatto in Sarasota, Fla. She married her husband when he was on a 48 hour leave from the Army.
After the wedding, Jean returned again to Crystal Falls and moved in with Pete’s parents. She worked at the Pivatto Grocery Store as a clerk and at the Aldo Theater in Crystal Falls.
Jean loved to read and do arts and crafts. She was a member of the Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Crystal Falls.
She leaves her husband, Etalo Pivatto of Crystal Falls; two daughters, Terri Kalies of Crystal Falls and Suzi (Dr. Pat) Laughlin of Green Bay, Wis.; two sisters, Anita (Omer) Mullen of Orderville, Utah and Marie (Jerry) Strukel of Minneapolis; two grandchildren, Tiffany Laughlin of Minneapolis and Ryan Laughlin of Milwaukee; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bernard Lewis.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral Home. Rev. Elbert Dulworth will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.
The family is being served by the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls.

Bruno Simeoni

CRYSTAL FALLS — Bruno Simeoni, 85, of 126 High St., Crystal Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at his home.
Bruno was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Crystal Falls, son of the late Frank and Maria (Carlotto) Simeoni.
He grew up in Crystal Falls and attended school at Crystal Falls High School, graduating in 1934. After graduating, he went to work delivering groceries for the Pivatto Grocery Store. In February 1942, Bruno was drafted into the U.S. Army and fought in the South Pacific. After he left the Army in October 1945, he went to work for the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier and did so until he retired in 1978.
He married his wife of 55 years, the former Stella Bryson, in Crystal Falls on Jan. 26, 1946.
Bruno liked to hunt, fish and do crossword puzzles. He was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Crystal Falls.
He leaves his wife, Stella Simeoni of Crystal Falls; a son, Mark (Susie) Simeoni of Crystal Falls; two daughters, Peggy (Bob) Bortolameolli of Marquette and Sally (Pierre) Gendron of Coon Rapids, Minn.; one brother, Larry Simeoni of Crystal Falls; two sisters, Cecelia Campana of Crystal Falls and Inez Vargo of Detroit; six grandchildren, Rick, Julie and Rob Bortolameolli, Michael Simeoni, Christi Pletcher and Carrie Gendron; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Kathryn “Rena” Dalpra and Marian “Honey” Grattan.
Private family visitation and services will be held.
The family is being served by the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls.

Richard Litersky

IRON MOUNTAIN — Richard A. Litersky, 58, of W8007 Dawns Lake Road, Breitung Township, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 1, 1942, in Two Rivers, Wis., son of Berniece (LeClair) and the late Nicholas Litersky.
He had been a resident of the area for more than 20 years. Mr. Litersky served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve.
He married the former Cherry Kampo on Nov. 21, 1987, in Kingsford and was currently working as an Autocad engineer for Cable Constructors of Iron Mountain.
Mr. Litersky was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. the Instrumentation, Systems, Automation (ISA) Society and attended First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain.
He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening, and canoeing. He especially loved his family.
He leaves his wife, Cherry; his mother, Berniece Schwahert of Two Rivers, Wis.; a son, Bryan (Jessica Kerkela) Litersky of Lansing; a daughter, Lisa (Mark) Anderson of Little Chute, Wis.; a brother, Ronald (Lori) Litersky of Two Rivers, Wis.; three sisters, Maryann (Gene) Hieptas of Appleton, Wis., Joan (Mike) Sindelar of Chicago and Susan (Scott) Kozlowski of Two Rivers, Wis.; two grandchildren, Ashley Sheldon and Nicolas Litersky; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. Bruce Linscheid will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory at First Covenant Church.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Kwiatkowski

IRON MOUNTAIN — Joseph Kwiatkowski, 62, of Iron Mountain, formerly of Clearing, Ill., died Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2001.
He was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Keystone, W.V., son of Josephine and the late Joseph Kwiatkowski.
Joseph was a retired Chicago police officer. After his retirement, he and his wife, Arlene, moved to Iron Mountain three years ago.
He leaves his wife, Arlene (Mikolajewski) Kwiatkowski; three daughters, Kim (Lawrence) Thompson of Midlothian, Ill., Wendy (Tim Foley) Kwiatkowski of Midlothian, Ill., and Jodi (Mark) McLawhorn of Evergreen Park, Ill.; a stepson, Daniel Otto; a stepdaughter, Laura (Brian) Katauskas; three grandchildren, Manuel Cordova, Candice McLawhorn and Jonathan McLawhorn and his mother, Josephine Kwiatkowski of Bridgeview, Ill.
Visitation and funeral services were held today, Feb. 22, at the Bacvar & Son Funeral Home in Crestwood, Ill.
Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Ill.
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain was in charge of local arrangements.

HHarry Bottger

IRON MOUNTAIN — Harry R. Bottger, 94, of 119 W. Fleshiem St., Iron Mountain, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
He was born Sept. 30, 1906, in Crystal Falls, son of the late William and Bertha (Underhaalden) Bottger. He graduated from Crystal Falls High School in 1926.
He then attended Ferris Institute College of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, lower Michigan. After graduating, he moved to Iron Mountain in 1929 and had been a resident ever since.
He married the former Kathryn Welcher on June 26, 1937. She preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 1997.
Harry was employed at Cudlip’s Drug Store for 26 years before he purchased it from the Cudlip family in 1955. He owned and operated it until his retirement in 1974.
Harry was a member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain, Michigan State Pharmaceutical Association, Golden Club of Ferris University, Knights of Columbus, Baraga Council 1585, and United Commercial Travelers (UCT). He was a past member and director of the U.P. Pharmacist Association. He was the oldest, retired pharmacist in Michigan.
He leaves a daughter, Gretchen Unrein (Terry Faull) of Iron Mountain; two grandsons and five great-grandchildren, Jas Bettiga of Iron Mountain and his children, Seth Unrein, Coty and Tanner Bettiga, Josh (Michelle) Unrein of Kingsford and their children, Takarra and Darian Unrein, and many nieces, nephews and all his friends at ManorCare.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Otto and Karl Bottger.
A memorial service will be held in June. Time and place will be announced at a later date.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Marion Buchanan

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Marion P. (Prehn) Buchanan, 75, a resident of St. John’s Home, formerly a long time resident of Wauwatosa, found peace after a very long illness on Monday, Feb. 19, 2001.
Marion was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, Wauwatosa Junior Women’s Club and 20th Century Topic Club.
She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Boyd Buchanan for over 40 years.
Marvelous mother of Joseph Randolph (Leslie Wakefield) Buchanan of Miami, Fla., Judy (Thomas James) Fritsch of Wauwatosa and Barbara Buchanan (Richard Frank) Bruno of Harding Township, N.J. Loving and cherished “Sweetsy” of Peter, Andrew and Tom (6) Fritsch, Katie and Tommy (7) Buchanan and Matthew Bruno. She will be further remembered and missed by her sister, Joyce (Dale) Clark of Ashland, Wis., and twin sisters, LuAnn and JoAnn; sisters-in-law, Jane Buchanan and Elizabeth MacRae, both of Elm Grove; a brother-in-law, William Buchanan of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; special cousin, Louise Schmidt, other relatives, Richard Bruno’s children and friends.
Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. today at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Wauwatosa.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial was in Wauwatosa Cemetery.
Memorials made in her name to St. John’s Home, MS Society or the Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church will be deeply appreciated by the family.
The Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Wauwatosa is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa Langsford

IRON MOUNTAIN — Theresa C. Langsford, 88, of Kingswood Apartments in Kingsford, formerly of N4639 M-95, Twin Falls, Breitung Township, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 7, 1912, in Arnoldstein, Austria, daughter of the late Peter and Julia (Furlan) Lamprecht.
Theresa came to Iron Mountain at 2 years of age and grew up on Smith Street on Iron Mountain’s North Side. She attended Iron Mountain schools as a child, Dundon Business School and graduated from North Dickinson Adult Education with the class of 1995.
She married Robert J. Langsford on Oct. 15, 1932, in Iron Mountain, and they celebrated their 50th anniversary together in 1982. Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1983.
Mrs. Langsford worked for 18 years as a cook for the Breitung Township Schools. She was the head cook at Kingsford Junior High when she retired.
Theresa entered canning and baked goods for more than 35 years in the U.P. State Fair in Escanaba and the Dickinson County Fair in Norway. She had attained many awards for her breads and pasties. In 1975, she was honored as Dickinson County’s Homemaker of the Year.
She was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain, and a member of the I.C. Church Guild. Theresa was also a member of the Twin Falls 500 card club for more than 45 years.
In August 1988, she traveled, with her daughter to Austria to visit her brother, George, and see her birthplace. This trip also included a visit to the Vatican.
Theresa loved her flower garden and watching deer in her yard. She had a green thumb for houseplants, especially her gorgeous Christmas cactus.
Mrs. Langsford is survived by two sons, Robert (Carole) Langsford of Iron Mountain and Roy (Fran) Langsford of Trenton, lower Michigan; a daughter, Terese (William) Higgins of Kingsford; nine grandchildren, Robert Langsford of Munising, Karen (Bruce) Powers, Steve (Gina) Langsford, and Gary (Lisa) Langsford, all of Iron Mountain, Kerry (Monica) Langsford of Roseville, Minn., Karla (Tim) Beaudry of Canton, lower Michigan, Kolleen (Mike) Clark of Wyandotte, lower Michigan, Sean (Jennifer) Hudson of Kingsford and Paul Hudson of Green Bay, Wis.; 13 great-grandchildren, Christopher Powers, Carlo and Maria Langsford, Katelyn, Samantha and Alexa Langsford, James and Paul Langsford, Kylie Beaudry, Sheldon Clark, Jaeden and Jaron Hudson, and Taylor Hudson; two step-grandchildren, James and Pam Higgins of Wausau, Wis. and Kelly and James Snitgen of Green Bay; three step-great-grandchildren, Eric, Evan and Jacob; a sister, Mary Winters of Iron Mountain; two brothers-in-law, Louis Povolo of Kingsford and Jack Forstrom of Morgan Hill, Calif; and a sister-in-law, Helmi Rice of Florence, Wis.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristen Marie Langsford; a half-brother, George Furlan; two brothers, Peter Lamprecht and Louis Lamprecht; and three sisters, Freda Schmitt, Elsie Forstrom and Gertrude Povolo.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate.
Burial will follow in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Robert Langsford, Steve Langsford, Gary Langsford, Kerry Langsford, Sean Hudson and Paul Hudson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
The family is being served by Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

Pamela A. Coughlin

OKEMOS — Pamela A. Coughlin, 40, beloved fiance, daughter, sister, and friend, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, after a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 12, 1960, in San Diego, Calif., the daughter of Eugene and Virginia Coughlin of Iron Mountain.
Pamela owned and operated Gina’s Hallmark, formerly known as Jones Hallmark, in East Lansing for more than 20 years. She had just proudly moved into her spacious and redesigned new store in East Lansing. 
She saw all the employees of Gina’s Hallmark as her family and she looked to them with love, respect and heartfelt appreciation. Pamela personified the very nature of her business, warmly greeting, embracing and caringly touching the hearts of others. She was kind and gentle being, yet an astute business woman. 
She had the gifted ability to make others feel special. She was always the fixer and the helper. Pamela for instance, would leave Valentine’s Day cards in her store for one week after the holiday to help the forgetful. Pamela was loved and respected by everyone who knew her.
She was a 1978 graduate of Kingsford High School, and a 1982 graduate of Michigan State University. She was a loyal and true fan of all MSU sports.
She is survived by her parents, Eugene and Virginia Coughlin; her fiance, Jaime Vela, and his son, Jordan; two brothers, Stephen (Michelle) Coughlin, and their son, Jacob, and Christopher (Traci) Coughlin, and their daughter, Reagan; two sons, Aaron and Evan; two uncles, Dr. J. Christopher (Linda) Philips and Paul (Marta) Coughlin, and their two sons, Christopher and Patrick; and her beloved pet cats, Max, Tonkie and Chanel.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern time) Sunday in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing.
Funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Student Parish, 327 M.A.C., with viewing from 10 a.m. until Mass time at the church. Fr. Mark J. Inglot will preside. 
The rite of committal will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kirsten DeLong Philips Endowed Scholarship, University Advancement, University of Detroit Mercy, P.O. Box 19900, Detroit, MI 48219 or a charity of one’s choice.

John Meitz
IRON RIVER — John E. Meitz, 72, of 630 Wisconsin Highway 139, Tipler, Wis., died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at his home.
He was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Chicago, the son of the late John and Rose Meitz. He grew up and graduated from high school in Chicago prior to entering the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during World War II and following his honorable discharge returned to Chicago.
He had been employed by Levy Inks, the city of Chicago and Preston Trucking Co.
He married the former Dorothy Droysen in 1951 and following his retirement in 1986, the couple fulfilled their long held wish of moving to Tipler. Dorothy preceded him in death on March 4, 1990. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rose, and by a brother, Billy.
He is survived by a daughter, Elaine (Ben) Schumacher of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Earnest (Josephine) Meitz of New Berlin, Wis. and their children, Rose, Mike, John and Eddie; a granddaughter, Miriam (Randy) Flores; a grandson, Ben Paul Schumacher; and three great-grandsons, Ryan, Russell, and Romeo Flores.
Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Langenberg Funeral Home, Iron River Chapel.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Thomas Mackey, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Iron River, will officiate.
Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery in Tipler.
The family suggests that memorials can be made to the building fund at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The Langenberg Funeral Home, Iron River Chapel, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Elvera Nelson

STAMBAUGH — Elvera Nelson, 88, of 141 Baumgartner Road, Stambaugh Township, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
She was born July 25, 1912, in Iron River, daughter of the late Alfred and Suzanna Larson. She grew up in Iron River and attended the former Pioneer School in Stambaugh Township.
She had also helped her father at the former Nolingberg Bakery in Iron River.
On June 6, 1934, she married Serge Nelson in Chicago, where the couple made their home. They also lived in Indiana prior to returning to Iron River in 1972.
Mrs. Nelson was a member of Grace Covenant Church.
She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Anna, and three brothers, Carl, Evert and Arvid Larson.
She is survived by her husband, Serge; two sons, Melvin Nelson of Gary, Ind., and Floyd (Jacqueline) Nelson of Porter, Ind., and three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Covenant Church of Iron River. Rev. Douglas Cederberg, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in the Stambaugh Cemetery.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Patrick Ray

NORWAY — Patrick R. Ray, 74, of Norway died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Norway, son of the late John and Mary (Conley) Ray.
Patrick served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He married Mary Jane Poupore on May 17, 1952, at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford.
Patrick worked for Pressed Steel Tank Co. in Milwaukee and then returned to Norway and worked for the city for 31 years in the light department and also set up the TV cable system in Norway.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway, International Brotherhood Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union, Norvulet Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4581 and Hall-DeWinter Post 145 American Legion.
He leaves his wife, Mary Jane; a son, James (Bernadette) Ray of Mid West City, Olka.; a daughter, Joanne (Anthony) Costantino of Ashland, Ore.; four grandsons, Anthony (Kristi) Ray, Corey, Colin and Mason Costantino; two brothers, Robert Ray of Norway and Joseph Ray of Kingsford; four sisters, Patricia Carlotto of Green Bay, Wis., Dorothy Faull of Norway, Irene McCarthy of Kingsford and Genevieve Maracini of Iron Mountain, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara Ann Ray; a grandson, Matthew Ray and a brother, Francis Ray.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Miner Funeral Home of Norway. Parish prayers will be recited at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and Mass will be at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Mark McQuesten will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery.

Elmer Falk

IRON RIVER — Elmer R. Falk, 91, of Iron River, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
He was born May 20, 1909, in Iron River, son of the late Henry and Amanda (Gustafson) Falk. He was a lifelong resident and attended the Iron River schools.
He married the former Dorothy Owens on Aug. 3, 1935, in Crystal Falls and the couple made their home in Iron River. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1985. She preceded him in death on Oct. 3, 1994.
Mr. Falk was employed by the Cleveland-Cliffs Mining Co. for 43 years. He worked at the Spiecs Mine until it closed in 1955 and then he worked for Mather B Mine in Ishpeming, retiring in 1970.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Iron River, where he served as deacon.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Falk and three sisters, Esther, Ruth and Edna.
He leaves his son, William (Patty) Falk of Norway; a daughter, Edna Mae (Joseph) Sabol of Caspian; a brother, Orville (Katherine) Falk of California; a grandson, Michael (Julie) Falk of Norway; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Iron River.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. Michael Rucinski will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River is in charge of arranegments.

Waino Lahti

IRON RIVER — Waino Lahti, 91, formerly of Bates Township, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, in Tucson, Ariz., where he had lived for the past nine years.
He was born Dec. 10, 1909, in Calumet, son of the late Waino and Augusta (Kari) Lahti. He lived in California for many years where he was employed as a heavy construction project manager.
Mr. Lahti married the former Beatrix Van Schoick. Following his retirement, the couple made their home on Noren Road in Bates Township. Mrs. Lahti preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 1988.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Litwiler of Santa Rosa, Calif.
There will be no visitation. 
Private burial will take place in the Bates Cemetery.
The Langenberg Funeral Home — Stambaugh Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Angeline Battye

STAMBAUGH — Angeline Battye, 88, of 12 Baltic Ave., Caspian, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Iron County General Hospital.
The former Angeline Anesi was born Oct. 8, 1912, in Crystal Falls. She grew up in Mansfield Township and graduated from Crystal Falls High School.
On Dec. 23, 1931, she married Edward Battye in Gaastra and the couple made their home in Caspian. For the past three years she had been a resident of the Iron River Care Center. Mr. Battye preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2000.
She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, Gerald (Diane), Gary (Irene) and Merton Battye; two brothers, John and Frank Anesi and by four sisters, Lodevine, Mary Sundquist, Katie Clements and Rose Zdravecky.
She leaves two sons, Robert (Sandra) Battye of Iron River and Richard (Michelle) Battye of Elmhurst, Ill.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
A private funeral Mass will be held at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian at a later date
Burial will be in Stambaugh Cemetery.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Irene Maki

IRON RIVER — Mrs. Irene (Norina) A. Maki, 83, of Iron River passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
Mrs. Maki was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Caspian, daughter of the late James and Francesca (Caravita) Talerico, and was a lifelong resident. She attended Caspian and Stambaugh schools and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1937.
She married Onnie Maki in 1937 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1956.
Mrs. Maki was a bookkeeper for Selin’s Furniture Store in Iron River from 1956 to the present time.
She was devoted to her family and enjoyed making Italian foods.
She was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church of Caspian and St. Anne’s Society.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Pat and Dominic Talerico, and four sisters, Pancrazia Cirello, Rose Meneguzzo, Jenny Pauluzzi and Carmella Wills.
She leaves her daughter, Sharon Stockero of Caspian; a brother, James (Bev) Talerico of Iron River; two sisters-in-law, Joy Talerico and Ruth Talerico, both of Iron River; two grandchildren, George (Shari) Stockero Jr. and Geoffry (Laurie) Stockero; two great-grandsons, Zachary and Drew Stockero, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church of Caspian. Rev. Fr. Otto Sartorelli, pastor, will offer the Mass of Christian burial.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.
Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River is in charge of arrangements.

James LaCoy

KINGSFORD — James F. LaCoy, 84, of 1811 Woodward Ave., Kingsford, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 19, 1916, in Wausaukee, Wis., son of the late James and Mary Jane (Lenerville) LaCoy. He was raised in this area and was a 1935 graduate of Kingsford High School.
Mr. LaCoy worked as a mortician for several years and as an engineer for the Union-Pacific Railroad. He also sold real estate in Wyoming. He owned and operated LaCoy’s Oil and Gas Leasing Co. in the Rocky Mountain states until his retirement in 1979.
Mr. LaCoy married the former Mildred Harcourt-Cooze in 1956. He and his wife returned to this area in 1982 coming from Cheyenne, Wyo.
He leaves his wife, Mildred; a son, J. Randall LaCoy of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a daughter, GayLee (Roy) Guckenburg of Mt. Pleasant, Utah; a brother, Robert (Marie) LaCoy of Dacula, Ga.; three sisters, Jane Poupore of Iron Mountain, Mary Paulich of East Kingsford and Lorraine LaCoy of West Bend, Wis.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Parish prayers will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home and at 11 a.m. at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Joseph Gouin will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Julia Sivula

DAGGETT — Julia Rose Sivula, 102, was ushered peacefully into the presence of her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001.
The former Julia Witrick was born Nov. 29, 1898, in Nathan, daughter of the late Ulrich and Bertha (Sohr) Witrick.
In May 1927, she married Matthew Sivula in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death in 1961.
Before her marriage, she worked as a home nurse. As her children were born, she became a devoted mother and housewife.
Mrs. Sivula was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the ladies aide. She was a life member of Carney-Nadeau Legion Auxiliary. Gardening was her favorite pastime. Her greatest love was her family and grandchildren.
She leaves one daughter, Lorraine (Kermit) Rasmussen of Norway; two sons, Richard (Irene) of Pocatello, Idaho and John (Yvonne) of Daggett; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Emma Gustafson of Stephenson.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers.
Funeral services were held Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Rev. Leonard Pankow officiated. Burial was in the Nadeau Township Cemetery.
The Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
“She loved and lived her Christian convictions. Those that knew her, loved her.”

Raymond Bertie

ELY, Minn. — Raymond Joseph Bertie, 76, of Babbitt, Minn., died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Fort Myers, Fla.
He was born April 20, 1924, at Norway Hospital in Norway, son of the late Joseph and Burnett Bertie. He attended Vulcan High School.
He married Elaine Juntilla on Feb. 5, 1948.
He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.
He attended Michigan College of Mining and Technology in Houghton, receiving a bachelor of science degree in mining and metallurgical engineering.
He worked for Oglby Norton Company as a mining engineer at the Montreal Mine in Montreal, Wis.
He moved to Babbitt in 1951 to work for Reserve Mining Company on the development and construction of the Babbitt Mine and Crusher. He also worked as chief mining engineer, assistant mine superintendent, mine superintendent and as an assistant mine manager.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Bertie, and a stepfather, Charles Robbins.
He leaves his wife, Elaine of Babbitt and North Fort Myers; two sisters, Burnett (David) Hojnacki of Duluth, Minn., and Eileen (Paul) Gottwald of Springstead, Wis.; three sons, Dennis (Sharon) Bertie of Silver Bay, Minn., Gerald (Mary) Bertie of Eagan, Minn., and Joseph (Jerri) Bertie of Apple Valley, Minn.; three daughters, Eileen Ray of Carrolton, Texas, Karen Bertie (Joe Radke) of Superior, Wis., and Ann Marie Fiega of Apple Valley; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and five step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at St. Pius 10th Catholic Church in Babbitt.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the church.
Burial will be in the spring at Norway Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely is in charge of arrangements.

Bruce Kalinoski
NIAGARA, Wis. — Bruce G. Kalinoski, 48, of Escanaba, formerly of Niagara, Wis., died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Mr. Kalinoski was born March 25, 1952, in Superior, Wis., son of Pauline (Rozowski) and the late Chester Kalinoski.
He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Mr. Kalinoski worked for Abex Corp. in Superior for several years. From 1984 to 1994 he worked for Niagara of Wisconsin (Stora-Enso Niagara) and from 1994 to 1998 he worked for Great Lakes Pulp and Fiber Co. in Menominee. Since 1998 he had been a supplies manager and purchaser for the Mead Paper Corp. in Escanaba.
Bruce enjoyed running and ran in numerous marathons. He also enjoyed kayaking, swimming, hunting and fishing.
He was involved in the mentoring program through the Gladstone Schools.
He leaves his mother, Pauline Kalinoski of Superior, Wis.; two daughters, Sarah (Donald) Menya of Hopkins, Minn., and Amanda Kalinoski of Niagara; a brother, Alan (Vonnie) Kalinoski of Superior; two sisters, Christine Kalinoski of Superior and Denise (Edward) Kramer of Burleson, Texas, and his former wife and dear friend, Deborah (Bodin) Kalinoski of Niagara.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Rev. David Anderson will officiate.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Superior.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Patrick Ray
NORWAY — Patrick R. Ray, 74, of Norway died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Miner Funeral Home of Norway. Parish prayers will be recited at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and Mass will be at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Mark McQuesten will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery.

Charles Mitchell
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Charles A. Mitchell, 84, of Scottsdale, a long-time Upper Peninsula business and community leader, died on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, following a brief illness.
He was born May 29, 1916, to H. John and Beatrice Mary (Uren) Mitchell in Cornishtown, Negaunee. He graduated from Negaunee High School where he proudly served as vice president of his graduating class of 1934.
After attending Northern Michigan University, he married J. Elaine Tislove on Dec. 5, 1936, in Republic.
Chas began his 30-year career with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1947 in Marquette, retiring in 1977 as the Ishpeming District manager, (serving most of the U.P.). He served on the board of directors of the Miners’ First National Bank of Ishpeming and Bay Cliff Health Camp. He was also a past president of the Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure as president, he was instrumental in forming the Ishpeming Diplomats. He was a member of the Rotary Club and Odd Fellows.
Chas was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Ishpeming, where he served in several leadership roles. He was an active fundraiser for a number of causes including Northern Michigan University, Bay Cliff Health Camp, and Israel Bonds. He was the chairman of some of the largest fundraisers ever held in the U.P. honoring long-time banker and close friend, Sam M. Cohodas.
Among his many hobbies and interests, one of his favorite activities was picking blueberries at his summer home near Gwinn and delivering many quarts of berries to friends and associates throughout the U.P.
Chas also enjoyed golf at the Wawonowin Golf Club in Ishpeming and dancing, especially the waltz, with his beautiful wife of 64 years.
He leaves his wife, J. Elaine (Tislove) Mitchell of Scottsdale; son, Charles (Marilyn) Mitchell Jr. of Green Valley, Ariz., and Castle Rock Lake, Wis., twin sons, Steve (Suzie) Mitchell of West Bloomfield, lower Michigan, and Dr. Peter (Rebecca) Mitchell of Albion, lower Michigan; grandchildren, Cynthia (Richard) Potter of DeForest, Wis., Melissa (Charles) Goldman of Hingham, Maine, Stephanie Mitchell of Charleston, S.C., Justin Singer of West Bloomfield, and Peter J.E. Mitchell of Albion; great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Jacob Goldman of Hingham, and Nicholas Potter of DeForest; sister, Florence Campbell of Negaunee; sister-in-law, Margaret Mitchell of Negaunee, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mae Young, Ivy Bath and Eleanor Kirkpatrick, and three brothers, W. John Mitchell, George Mitchell and Archie Mitchell.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday at Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home in Ishpeming and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist church. Rev. Bruce C. Hatch and Scott Harmon will preside.
Burial will be in Ishpeming Cemetery.
A luncheon will follow at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming.
Pallbearers will be Archie Mitchell, Boosta Stanaway, Allan Nelson, Joe Pietro, Douglas Mood, Ernie Piirto, James Smith and Rudy Maki.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to either the Mitchell United Methodist Church Endowment Fund in honor of Charles A. Mitchell, 207 Teal Lake Ave., Negaunee, MI 49866 or the Charles A. and Joan Elaine Mitchell Scholarship Fund at Albion College, Office of the President, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224.
The Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home of Ishpeming is in charge of arrangements.

Julia Lambert
IRON MOUNTAIN — Julia J. Lambert, 96, of 1820 Mary’s Way, formerly of 513 Waverly St., Kingsford, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at her home.
She was born Dec. 8, 1904, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late John and Mary (Steiner) Lacni.
Mrs. Lambert worked at Pine Grove Country Club for over 25 years, retiring in 1992.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto, in 1972; her son, Robert Lambert; two grandsons, Stephen Lambert and Philip Ponzio; five sisters and four brothers.
Mrs. Lambert was a member of St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford, the Church Guild and a former member of the Daughters of Isabella.
She enjoyed knitting, gardening and traveling.
She leaves a son, Lewis (Sandra) Lambert of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, LaVern (Joseph) Bauer of Hendersonville, N.C., and Sharon (Raymond) Ponzio of Niagara, Wis.; two sisters, Agnes (Angelo) Colombo of Nashville, Tenn., and Virginia Suggs of Iron Mountain; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Lambert of McHenry, Ill; 11 grandchildren, Linda Dubois, Susan Stonecipher, Michael, Julie and Peter Bauer, Vicky Duffey, Doro Lambert, Darcia Johnson, Derric Lambert, Anne Marie Ponzio and Christina Ponzio; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Parish prayers will be offered at 7:45 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Paul Nomellini, pastor, will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Anne Marie Ponzio, Christina Ponzio, Julie Bauer, Vicky Duffey, Peter and Michael Bauer and Russell Ponzio.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory to St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


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