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Mafalda Rihtarshich
SUN CITY, Ariz. — Mafalda Rihtarschich, 86, of Sun City, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, in Sun City.
She was a lifetime resident of Iron Mountain and a retired employee of the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
She leaves her husband, Joseph Rihtarshich; four brothers, Fred (Dorothy) Jafolla, Oliver (Mary) Jafolla, Guido (Ceil) Jafolla and Joseph (Elaina) Jafolla; two daughters, Geri (Jug) Brault and Margaret (Gary) Lantagne; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granchild; and many nieces and nephews, all of who she held dear in her heart.

Audrey Jackson 
CRYSTAL FALLS Ñ Audrey Jackson, 81, of 720 Wisconsin Ave., Crystal Falls, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River. 
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30 at the funeral home.
Rev. Elbert Dullsworth will officiate. The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Nordman
IRON MOUNTAIN Ñ Arthur Edward Nordman, 87, of Quinnesec died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. 
He was born Dec. 18, 1912, in Iron River, son of the late Edward and Hannah (Larson) Nordman. He graduated from Quinnesec High School. Art married Viola Swanson on Oct. 20, 1934, in Quinnesec. He served as an aviation engineer with the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946, including 34 months in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. Art worked for Breitung Township Schools for 44 years before retiring in June, 1975. He was custodian at the Quinnesec school for 25 years and was named maintenance supervisor of the school system in 1956. Art was a charter member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Quinnesec, where he made the Baptismal font, cross and pulpit. He was an avid woodcraftsman, making many presents for family and friends. 
He leaves his wife, Viola; two sisters, Ethelyn (Harry) Swanson of Quinnesec and Bette Reihma of North Port, Fla., and many nieces and nephews. 
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond, and a sister, Helga. 
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Quinnesec. 
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Rev. James Holmberg will officiate. 
Burial will be in Quinnesec Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Ireland, Kevin Ireland, Gene Ireland, Rob Forstrom, Steve Swanson and Myke Forstrom. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church in Quinnesec in memory of Arthur Nordman. 
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Olivanti
IRON MOUNTAIN Ñ Joan K. Olivanti, 69, of Downers Grove, Ill., formerly of the Iron Mountain area, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Edwards Hospital in Naperville, Ill. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

Anna Fornetti
IRON MOUNTAIN — Anna C. Fornetti, 99, of Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara, formerly of 110 W. Main St., Iron Mountain, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home.
She was born July 4, 1901, in Crystal Falls, daughter of the late Adam and Mary (Koval) Manko. She moved to Iron Mountain with her parents when she was 6-years-old from Crystal Falls.
Mrs. Fornetti worked at the sewing factory in Iron Mountain.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, crocheting and babysitting.
She married James Fornetti on Jan. 31, 1921, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death in 1955.
She leaves two sons, George (Angela) of Iron Mountain and Donald (Dorothy) of Kingsford; six grandchildren, Trudy (David) DeGroot of Iron Mountain, Mary Lou (Pat) Gingras of Champion, Marquette County, James (Winnie) Fornetti of Iron Mountain, Susan Fornetti of Milwaukee, Timm (Mary) Fornetti of Iron Mountain and Steven Fornetti of Fowlerville, lower Michigan; five great-grandchildren, Heather (Eric) Hiatt, Tara DeGroot, Daniel and Matthew Fornetti, and Brooke Fornetti, and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by seven brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Willard Thoune Sr.
IRON MOUNTAIN — Willard J. Thoune Sr., 59, of Ralph died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.
He was born July 12, 1941, in Hardwood, son of the late Arthur and Anna (Dellies) Thoune. He graduated from Felch High School.
He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord, Calif., Fort Lewis, Wash., and in Alaska.
Mr. Thoune was a logger. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He leaves his close companion and special friend, Evelyn Phyilliaere of Ralph; a daughter, Penny (Richard) Skogman of Foster City; three sons, Willard (Andy) Thoune Jr. of Gwinn, Mike (Deana) Thoune and James (Yvonne) Thoune, both of Felch; a brother, Harold (Eleanor) Thoune of Bark River; four sisters, Lucille Cooper of Iron Mountain, Mary Ellen (Ernie) Wickman of Felch, Alice LaHuellier of Marquette, and Evelyn (Gene) Ellis of Indiana; 10 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, David, Louis, Eddie and Joseph Thoune, and a sister, Annabelle Peronto.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Parish prayers will be recited at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Visitation will also be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Foster City.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Fr. George Kuppayil will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Foster City Cemetery. The Felch-Breen Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post will accord graveside military rites.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Simonson
PEMBINE, Wis. — Edward B. Simonson, 63, of W-7263 Craine Lane, Pembine, died of multiple organ failure due to chronic renal disease on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Medical Center in Milwaukee, with his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter by his side.
He was born on Sept. 20, 1936, in Felch, son of the late John and Edla (Mattson) Simonson. He was a graduate of Felch High School and attended Michigan State University.
Ed served with the United States Army during 1956 to 1957.
He worked many years as a sheet metal journeyman for several private companies, including Overly, August Winter and Bergstrom Paper Company in the Fox Cities area and the International Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 18, retiring in 1987.
In his youth, he was an avid baseball player and was the pitcher for several fastpitch hardball leagues in Neenah, Wis. He also enjoyed bowling and darts.
Ed spent the last 11 years in Pembine, Wis. He loved trout fishing, deer hunting, woodcrafting, nature and his two Irish setters, Nifty Lady and Burgundy Sage.
Ed received the gift of life twice in the form of kidney transplants that allowed him to live an additional 10 years. As a result, he was able to meet and enjoy the light of his life, his granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John "Herbert" Simonson, Paul "Ragnar" Simonson, and Holgar "Maurice" Simonson.
He leaves a daughter, Jill (Kelly) Rousseau of Menasha, Wis.; a son, Chad Simonson of Appleton, Wis.; a brother, Art (June) Simonson of Roscoe, Ill.; two sisters, Martha "Marcie" (Leonard) Erickson of Escanaba, and Darlene (Robert) Grunlund of Norway, and a granddaughter, Jordan Olivia Rousseau.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan. Rev. Jay Dahlvang will officiate.
Burial will be in Felch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.
A special thank you to the Veterans Administration doctors and medical staff who took care of my dad in his final weeks, Dr. Kannagaanti, who showed tremendous compassion in being honest with me about dad's condition as his body deteriorated and most notable, the palliative care unit which made dad's final days as comfortable as possible. He died with minimal pain, large doses of compassion and peace filled the room. I have no doubt he made the right choice in those last moments to follow Jesus and as a result, entered heaven. The palliative care staff was extremely responsive to dad's needs, managing his pain and even shaving his face for him when he arrived at the unit. I will be eternally grateful for the care he received while there. I pray that eventually every hospital in the nation will provide this service.
I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide, I said "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord" And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah. Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not reach him. Thou art my hiding place; Thou dost preserve me from trouble; Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:5-7
Evil shall slay the wicked; and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants; and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned. Psalm 34:21-26
"For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies" declares the Lord God. "Therefore, repent and Live." Ezekiel 18:32
For those of you who are believes: Continue spreading the Good News to anyone who will listen. It is the highest form of compassion. If I had not told my dad, he could have missed heaven and would now be in hell, suffering eternally.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Norman Audette
ONTONAGON — Norman Benedict Audette of Silver City, Ontonagon County, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at the Jacobetti Veteran's Home in Marquette, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Hubbell, Houghton County.
Mr. Audette served proudly in the U.S. Navy from September 1944 through September 1947 during World War II, and also from December 1950 through October 1951 during the Korea War. During World War II, he served on the destroyer USS Remey DD-688, assigned primarily to the South Pacific Theater. The Remey engaged the enemy on numerous occasions earning 10 battle stars.
Mr. Audette was very active in the White Pine Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 4359, where he was a charter member. He was also a charter member of St. Jude's Catholic Church in White Pine, an early member of the White Pine Knights of Columbus Council 9751, and has served on the White Pine Board of Education.
Mr. Audette was hired as the first electrician for White Pine Copper Company in 1952 and retired in 1979, as an electrical supervisor. He worked several years as an IBEW Local 219 electrician throughout the U.P. and in several states.
During his lifetime at Silver City, he and his family built the Union River Campground which he and his wife owned and operated for 35 years. He enjoyed cross country skiing and hunting near his home and campground on Union Bay, and he loved taking friends and family out fishing on Lake Superior as captain of his boat, Lucky Lady.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Merle Moyle Audette; six children, Norman Jon (Susan) Audette of Sagola, Maureen (George) Heaton of Marquette, Fay (Gordon) Bush of Rockford, Daniel (Debra) Audette of Marquette, Betsy (Gordon) Pekuri of Escanaba, and Steven (Lori) of Las Vegas, Nev.; 12 grandchildren, Jeff Heaton, Carrie Sankey, Melanie Heaton Kinney, Rebecca Bush, Jason Audette, Daniel J. Audette, Jenny Richardson, Jennifer Audette, Diana Audette, Kevin Audette, Michael Audette, and Jack Audette; two great-grandchildren, Grace Heaton and Norman Heaton; two step-grandchildren, Josh Pekuri and Eli Pekuri; his mother, Isabell Audette of Hubbell; two sisters, M. June Aho of Hubbell and Madelyn (Paul) Saladin of White Pine; a brother, Gervase (Lorraine) Audette of Naples, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gervase, and grandson, Erik Daniel Bush.
Visitation will be held at St. Jude's Catholic Church in White Pine on Sunday. The family will greet relatives and friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. which will be followed by a prayer service at 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church. The family will receive visitors at 10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Audette's grandchildren.
Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery in Ontonagon.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Catholic Church Building Fund are preferred.

Peter Dragieff
IRON RIVER — Peter A. Dragieff, 84, of 408 Amber St., Iron River, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at his home.
He was born Feb. 6, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Peter and Mary (Hohol) Dragieff. He attended the Iron River schools and graduated from Iron River High School. He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II.
He married the former June Ponchaud on April 15, 1950, in Hartford, Conn. She preceded him in death on April 2, 1997.
Mr. Dragieff was an electrician employed by the Hanna Mining Co. for over 30 years, retiring in 1974.
Mr. Dragieff was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River and former member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Stambaugh.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Mattioli.
He leaves a son, James Dragieff of Detroit; a daughter, Susan Dragieff of Oak Creek, Wis.; a sister, Ann Dragieff of Iron River, and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River. Fr. Norman Clisch, pastor, will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
The West Side Veterans Council will accord military rites at graveside.
Burial will be in Stambaugh Cemetery.
The Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River is in charge of arrangements.
 

Frank Marsden
IRON MOUNTAIN — Frank H. Marsden, 87, of 1300 Michigan Ave., Iron Mountain, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
Mr. Marsden was born April 15, 1913, in Superior, Wis., son of the late Florence and Margaret (Harsen) Marsden.
He married Thelma Barr on Jan. 5, 1940, in Detroit.
Frank worked for the Detroit News for 30 years, retiring in 1975.
He and his wife moved to Iron Mountain after his retirement and had been residents since that time.
Frank worked for several years as a custodian at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford and also worked at the Dickinson County Library.
Frank was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Iron Mountain and a former trustee of the church.
He enjoyed fishing and was a collector of model railroads.
He leaves his wife, Thelma; two sons, Gary Alan (Carol Kier) Marsden of Iron Mountain and Glen Ellis Marsden of Kingsford; three brothers, George Marsden of Marysville, lower Michigan, Robert (Mary) Marsden of Arcadia, lower Michigan, and Alger (Joyce) Marsden of Algonac, lower Michigan; two sisters, Margaret Marsden of Algonac and Dorothy Diem of St. Claire, lower Michigan; three grandchildren, Holly (Steve) Stuff of Oconomowoc, Wis., Mark Marsden of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Dawn Marsden of Iron Mountain; two step-grandchildren, Stephenie (Jim) Golden of Quinnesec and Stacy (Ricky) Thatcher of Grand Forks, N.D. and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Judy (Wagner) Marsden; a brother, Charles Marsden, and a sister, Isabelle Marsden.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Rev. Michael March will officiate.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dickinson County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Strauss
SPALDING — Henry George Strauss, 84, of W-6010 U.S. 2, Hermansville, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain, following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 16, 1916, in Daggett, son of the late Frank and Mary (Hoffman) Strauss. He was raised in the Daggett area. He resided in Wichita, Kan., for nine years and made Hermansville his home for the past 38 years.
He married the former Elizabeth Boman on Aug. 19, 1944, in Frederick, Olka.
Mr. Strauss served with the 253rd 2nd Army Air Corps Unit during World War II from 1942 to 1945 and received the American Theater, Victory and Good Conduct Medals.
While living in Wichita, he was employed at Boeing Aircraft and later worked construction and was self-employed in forest products.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 340 in Hermansville.
He enjoyed mechanics, wood working and home construction.
He leaves his wife, Beth; two daughters, Suzi (Frank) Haluska of Spalding and Janice (Earl) Mitchell of Schaumburg, Ill.; two sons, Bruce (Theresa) Strauss and Mark (Jolene) Strauss. both of Hermansville; three sisters, Hanah Bauer of Hardwood, Mary Almquist of Galveston, Ind., and Louise Johnson of Hermansville; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Strauss and Selma Strauss, both of Hermansville; five grandchildren, Brian Mitchell, Tom and Craig Strauss, Sarah and Jeffrey Strauss; a step-granddaughter, Rebecca Mitchell and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Ann Ebidan, Elizabeth Lucas and Martha Helgren, and three brothers, John, Frank and William.
Friends may call after 1:30 p.m. today at the Allo Funeral Home in Spalding.
American Legion Rites will be conducted at 2:30 p.m.
Services celebrating the life of Henry George Strauss will be at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Rev. Jean Larson will officiate.
Burial with military rites will be held at the Stephenson Cemetery.
The Allo Funeral Home in Spalding is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Rowell
IRON MOUNTAIN — Robert E. Rowell, 80, of Hermansville died today, Sept. 25, 2000, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

Audrey Jackson
CRYSTAL FALLS — Audrey Jackson, 81, of 730 Wisconsin Ave., Crystal Falls, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
Audrey was born July 20, 1919, in Aurora, Ill., daughter of the late Eugene and Grace (Furnifer) Frazier.
She grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School. After graduating, she moved to Pontiac, lower Michigan where she went to work for her sister, Doris as a nanny before she married her husband, Irving E. Jackson on Aug. 7, 1937. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 1999.
The couple lived in Pontiac for a short time and moved to Crystal Falls in 1938. Mrs. Jackson occasionally worked in different factories or as a cleaning person for the old Crystal Falls Hotel.
She loved flowers, cooking, baking, but most of all, her children. She was a very loving and caring person who will be sadly missed by her friends and family. God has called her home.
She leaves her three daughters, Kathy (Victor) Koivisto of Ironwood, Joyce Grismer of Arletta, Calif., and Barbara (John) Rodgers of Grants Pass, Ore.; a son, Richard Dean Jackson of Crystal Falls; a sister, Doris Brand of Baker, Fla.; a brother, Donald (Judy) Frazier of Deltona, Fla.; three grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irving; a brother, Lawrence Frazier and a sister, Grace.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Rev. Elbert Dulworth will officiate.
The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie Peters
MARINETTE, Wis. — Elsie A. Peters, 90, of 831 Pine Beach Road, Marinette, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Luther Home.
She was born April 29, 1910, in Marinette, daughter of the late Fred and Mary (Blum) Walk.
She was first married to Raymond Michaelis. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1933. In 1945, she married Ernest H. Peters and he preceded her in death on July 29, 1992.
Mrs. Peters was a member of Peace United Church of Christ, Women's Guild of the church, Marinette County Historical Society and the AMVETS Auxiliary.
She leaves a daughter, Jean (Kenneth) Hiatt of Iron Mountain; two grandsons, Lynn "Butch" and Michael; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold G. Walk and Edward F. Walk, both of Marinette, and a sister, Marion Boland of Marinette.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home of Marinette. The AMVETS Auxiliary conducted services at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. Rev. Donald Wardersee officiated.
Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery.
The Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home of Marinette was in charge of arrangements.

Walter Rahoi
IRON MOUNTAIN — Walter J. Rahoi, 83, of 712 West A St., Iron Mountain, died today, Sept. 26, 2000, at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

Nancy Takala
CRYSTAL FALLS — Nancy Takala, 76, of 400 Superior Ave., Crystal Falls, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Crystal Manor Nursing Home in Crystal Falls.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Rev. Michael Rucinski will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.
The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Richard McBride
CRYSTAL FALLS — Richard McBride, 52, of 509 Adams St., Crystal Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
There will be no visitation.
Private services will be held with Rev. Dr. John Linna, pastor of United Lutheran Church, Crystal Falls, officiating.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Russell Gould
NORWAY — Russell A. Gould, 51, of Norway died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.
He was born Sept. 16, 1949, in Norway, son of the late Lester and Elaine (Larson) Gould. He graduated from Norway High School in 1968.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam War, with a special landing force which operated off the coast of Vietnam to the DMZ.
He leaves a sister, Leila Carlson of Norway; two brothers, Perry Gould of Norway and Richard Gould of Waucedah, and many nieces and nephews.
He wasalso preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Dillon and Donna Peterson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Miner Funeral Home in Norway.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Rev. John Voelker of Bethany Lutheran Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery.

Olive Moline
IRON MOUNTAIN — Olive H. Moline, 94, of Iron Mountain, formerly of Spread Eagle, Wis., died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Hyland Nursing Home in Iron Mountain.
Mrs. Moline was born March 4, 1906, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Adolph and Amanda (Anderson) Wallin. She was a graduate of Iron Mountain High School and spent from 1940 to 1970 in the Detroit area. She returned to this area in 1970.
Mrs. Moline was the bookkeeper for A.J. Sackim Co. for many years and also worked as a bookkeeper at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, retiring in 1970.
She was an active member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain and belonged to the Ruth Circle of the church. She was also a member of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Women's Club, loved to play the piano and enjoyed spending time with her friends playing cards and games.
She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Alvin Westrin, in 1985; her husband, Ernest Moline, in 1994; three sisters, Hartha Moroni, Elsie Mates and Myrtle Petersen, and a brother, Walter Wallin.
She leaves a son, Charles (Sandra) Westrin of Ann Arbor, lower Michigan; a sister, Marian Carlson of Iron Mountain; three grandsons, Charles, Robert and David Westrin of Ann Arbor; two nephews, Robert Petersen of Portage, lower Michigan, and David Russell of Grosse Pointe, lower Michigan, and two nieces, Janice Nickel of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Jane Stried of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. Rev. Stephen Cowen will officiate.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
A memorial will be established in her memory at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Johnson
IRON MOUNTAIN — Irene I. Johnson, 87, formerly of 304 Dickinson Blvd., Kingsford, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Hyland Nursing Home in Iron Mountain.
Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 14, 1913 in Ishpeming. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Lydia (Hautala) Lindell and had been a resident of the area her entire life.
She was a 1933 graduate of Kingsford High School. She had been married to Walter Johnson for 62 years.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, the circle of the church and sewed each week with the Church quilters.
She loved to garden, plant flowers and especially loved cooking and taking care of her family.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Mamie Stenfors.
She leaves her husband, Walter; a daughter, Alice (Henry) Nehmer of Jackson, lower Michigan; three grandchildren, Bethany (Shannon) Krutch of Jackson, CareyLynn (Mark) Flaugher of Chelsea, lower Michigan and Rebecca (fiance’ Charles Emmons) Nehmer of Jackson; four great-grandchildren, Christian and Cayla Krutsch and Ethan and Michelle Flaugher of Chelsea; a brother-in-law, Calvin Johnson of Iron Mountain; and a sister-in-law, Laura Selina of California.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the church. Rev. Stephen Cowen will officiate. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Melstrom
IRON RIVER — Earl Melstrom, 86, of 626 W. Boyington, Iron River, died Tuesday night, Sept. 26, 2000, at The Gardens in Kingman Nursing Care Center in Kingman, Ariz.
He was born Aug. 29, 1914 in Iron River, son of the late Hjalmer and Anna (Soderquist) Melstrom. He graduated from Iron River High School in 1932.
Mr. Melstrom attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, lower Michigan, where he graduated in 1936 with a degree in pharmacy.
He first worked at the former Hammerberg Drug Store in Crystal Falls. He married the former Ruth Clark on Dec. 28, 1938 and the couple made their home in Iron River.
In 1940, he established the Melstrom Walgreen Agency Drug Store in Iron River, which he owned and operated until he sold it to Jim Sapletal in 1967.
He then served as the administrator of Iron County General Hospital, overseeing the building of the hospital complex at Ice Lake.
Mr. Melstrom had been a member of First Presbyterian Church in Iron River and a charter member of the Iron River Elks Lodge. He was a former member of the Iron County Golden K Kiwanis Club, the Iron River Service Club and the Iron River Country Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth on Oct. 26, 1992. He was also preceded in death by a twin brother, Everet and two other brothers, Lester and Elmer Melstrom.
He leaves a daughter, Marty Wilson of Iron River; a son, Clark Melstrom of Kingman, Ariz.; a sister, Irene Contardi of Iron River; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The Langenberg Funeral Home - Iron River Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bartley King
IRON RIVER — Bartley King, 81, of 601 Stambaugh Ave., Iron River, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at the Iron County General Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Langenberg Funeral Home — Stambaugh Chapel.

Albert Stimac
IRON MOUNTAIN — Albert Anton Stimac, 88, of 1504 W. Ludington St., Iron Mountain died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Freeman’s Convalescent Home in Kingsford.
He was born Feb. 29, 1912 in Atlantic Mine (Houghton County), son of the late Joseph and Theresa (Zagar) Stimac.
Mr. Stimac served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a quartermaster and was stationed at Fort Custer and Battle Creek. He worked at the Carmelite Monastery for 50 years.
He was a member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain and loved hunting and woodcarving.
He leaves two sisters, Dani Lavigne of Trenton, lower Michigan and Rose Gasparach of Iron Mountain; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Steve and Joseph and three sisters, Mary Chapman, Annie Stimac and Lucille Mulry.
Visitation will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Carmelite Monastery. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the monastery. Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Thomas Harrison
CRYSTAL FALLS — Dr. Thomas Harrison, 83, of 127 Iron St., Crystal Falls, died today, Sept. 29, 2000, at the Iron County General Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel.


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