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Robert Byczek Sr.
IRON RIVER — Robert F. Byczek Sr., 65, of 202 Dobson Dr., Iron River died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at his home.
Mr. Byczek was born Feb. 8, 1935, in Stambaugh, son of the late Valenty and Anna (Wercinski) Petroski Byczek. He attended the Stambaugh schools.
He served with the U.S. Army National Guard for 38 years and also served as administrator for the Iron River National Guard for 27 years, retiring from both on Feb. 8, 1995.
He married the former Virginia (Dolly) Saxon on June 11, 1955, in Iron River and the couple recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
Bob learned the woodworking craft in Skokie, Ill., at Bruno's Woodcraft before he returned to Iron River in 1961. He was a dedicated craftsman and cabinet maker in his own business, Bob's Woodcraft.
He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River, Alfred Branchini American Legion Post 17 in Iron River, Honorary Citizen of Boys Town, past member of the Iron River Elks Lodge, former deputy sheriff of Iron County and former member of the Sheriff's Association.
He was an avid Packer fan and bowler. He enjoyed playing a good hand of cards with his friends, reading, snowmobiling and watching wildlife and spending endless hours with his family.
He was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Felix Petroski; two step-brothers, Edward and Chester Byczek, and three step-sisters, Frances Segebarth, Stasia Rae and Eleanore Sherlock.
She leaves his wife, Virginia "Dolly;" two sons, Robert (Kathleen) Byczek Jr. of Iron Mountain and Kris (Mona) Byczek of Iron River; two daughters, Debra (Luis) Caradonna of Iron River and Terri (Richard) Johnson of Iron River; three brothers, Chester (Vivian) Petroski of Wausau, Wis., Edward (Betty) Petroski of Skokie, Ill., and Leo Petroski of Midland, lower Michigan; four sisters, Lorraine (Edwin) Andre of Kenosha, Wis., Janice Petroski and Betty Johnson, both of Iron River, and Delores (Robert) Smith of Roseburg, Ore.; six grandchildren, Amy (Stephen) Madaski of Green Bay, Wis., Nina and Jessalynn Caradonna of Iron River, Adena Byczek of Manitowish Waters, Wis., Cory Johnson of Iron River and Hannah Grace Byczek of Iron Mountain, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River. A liturgical prayer service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River. Fr. Norman Clisch, pastor, will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River, where Detachment I Company B-107th Engineer Battalion of the National Guard will conduct military rites.
Pallbearers will be Robert Byczek Jr., Kris Byczek, Luis Caradonna, Richard Johnson, Stephen Madaski, Cory Johnson and Michael Johnson.
The family suggest memorials to the American Lung Association.
The Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River is in charge of arrangements.

Sheri L. Bornfleth
IRON MOUNTAIN — Sheri L. Bornfleth, 30, of Green Bay, Wis., formerly of Niagara, Wis., died Sunday morning, Oct. 1, 2000, in Marinette County due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born Oct. 21, 1969, the daughter of James and Sandra Bornfleth.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Esther Roudebush
IRON RIVER — Mrs. Esther I. Roudebush, 82, of Iron River passed away Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at her home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Rudolph Tedeschi
IRON MOUNTAIN — Rudolph A. Tedeschi, 75, of 901 Sixth St., Iron Mountain, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
Mr. Tedeschi was born June 27, 1925, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Nello "Fungo" and Colleena (Colavecchi) Tedeschi. He was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain.
He served with a U.S. Army Infantry Division during World War II in North Africa and in the Italian Campaigns.
Rudy married Carole Possi on Aug. 30, 1952. She preceded him in death in 1967. He married the former Genevieve Grondine Ryberg on Aug. 17, 1968.
Rudy had worked as a salesman for Ball & Christy Furniture for 30 years, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain and a life member of the Paisano Club.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
In addition to his first wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Theodore Tedeschi.
He leaves his wife, Genevieve; three sons, Rudy "R.J." (Christine) Tedeschi of Kingsford, Robert Tedeschi of Iron Mountain, and David (Ona) Tedeschi of Norway; a step-daughter, Ragene (Bill) Henry of Marquette; two step-sons, Richard (Bonnie) Ryberg of Marquette and Michael (Sharon) Winters of Milwaukee; two sisters, Marjorie VanMieghem of Niagara, Wis., and and Norma (Ellis) Christesen of Green Bay, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Katherine Tedeschi of Green Bay, and 14 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Gale and Tom Tedeschi, Willie Grondine, Scott Johnson, Armidor and John Colavecchi.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dickinson County Hospice Program.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Peters
OCONTO, Wis. — Margaret "Peggy" Peters, 99, of 2029 Town Hall Road, Abrams, Wis., died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, Wis.
She was born Nov. 17, 1900, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Sarah Ann (Lloyd) Grenfell. She attended Washington and Hulst Schools and graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1918.
Her interests of early life were church work and Girl Scouts.
Peggy attended State College at Ypsilanti, lower Michigan, and graduated from there in 1920, as a honor teacher. At college she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
Her first teaching position was with Detroit Public Schools and she also taught English at night school to Russians. During that time she attended Wayne University for extra credits. Later Peggy taught in Highland Park, lower Michigan, and Iron Mountain until 1926.
At that time she married Forrest E. Peters who was employed by Levy's Store in Iron Mountain. Mr. Peters was employed later by Chrysler Corp. so his work took them to Texas.
They moved back to Abrams during the recession in 1929, and with Mr. Peter's parents they traveled back to Texas on to California for two months, Yosemite Park, Crater Lake and into the northwestern states, and home through Yellowstone Park and the Black Hills.
Later they opened a grocery store in Abrams which they operated for 20 years.
Mr. Peters passed away in 1957 so she taught school in Abrams for one year and later taught school for 14 years in Oconto, and attended St. Norbert College in Green Bay during the summer.
Peggy was a member of the Oconto First Presbyterian Church. As she grew older she joined the Methodist Church in Abrams.
After 1963, she retired and spent her time traveling to Hawaii, Europe and winter months at St. Petersburg, Fla. for 31 years.
She resided in Abrams for 70 years, where she enjoyed gardening, keeping house and driving during the summer and fall.
She leaves a niece, Jeanette (Norman) Miller of Iron Mountain; three nephews, Bud (Mia) Grenfell, Tom (Kay) Grenfell and David (Terry) Grenfell, all of Kingsford, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Llewelyn Tudar Grenfell.
Peggy made many friends during her life and will be dearly missed.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Abrams.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Rev. Fredrik Schulz will officiate.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
The Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian Roth
IRON RIVER — Lillian K. Roth, 79, of 103 Olson Loop Road, Iron River, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Clifford Kellett
CRYSTAL FALLS — Clifford H. Kellett, 72, of Crystal Falls died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

John McCabe
IRON MOUNTAIN — John “Jack” McCabe, 74, of Iron Mountain, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
He was born Dec. 21, 1925 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Stephen and Flora (Barber) McCabe. Jack was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School.
He served on a destroyer in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning from service, he graduated from Northern Michigan University and had worked with his father at McCabe Logging.
Jack was later a partner in Lake States Wood Treating Plant in Quinnesec for about 10 years before going to law school. From 1971-1974, Jack attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Texas. He practiced law in Florence, Wis. and had served as district attorney.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain, the Elks, Moose Lodge of Norway, Oak Crest Golf Course, the Dickinson County Bar Association, and the Michigan and Wisconsin Bar Association. He was an avid hunter.
He leaves his wife, Margie; two sons, John (Meg) McCabe of Chippewa Falls, Wis. and Paul (Tara) McCabe of Boston, Mass.; two daughters, Kristi (Richard) Celello of Iron Mountain and Karen Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Erin and Lindsey Celello, Paige McCabe, Kurtis Kandler and Ian McCabe; and two sisters, Marjorie Adamson of Juneau Beach, Fla. and Mary Joan McCabe of Chicago.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan McCabe in 1957 and two sisters, Marie Nadeau and Margaret LaJuenesse.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Norman Erickson, Rich Markwed, John Torreano, Steve Marek, Bob Flood Jr. and Tim Brooks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ernie Klimpen, Bob Flood Sr., George Boyce and George Sims.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital Dialysis Unit.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence Ambrosia
IRON MOUNTAIN — Clarence “Clary” Ambrosia, 80, of 512 E. Stanton St., Iron Mountain, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
He was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Anthony R. and Josephine (Ziller) Ambrosia. He was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain.
He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Fortune Lake before entering the U.S. Navy in December of 1939. In his six and a half years of service, he became a veteran of World War II. His service and medals awarded included the American Defense, one star, American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, five stars, Philippine Liberation, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal.
He and his brother, Raphael L. Ambrosia, were shipmates on the battleship U.S.S. Maryland during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship was heavily damaged in the attack, but both survived.
Upon returning from the service he finished high school, graduating in 1952.
Clary was one of the first employees hired at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain. He worked there as an operating engineer until his retirement in 1975.
He married the former Carmen Paoletti on Sept. 14, 1974, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
Mr. Ambrosia was a good family man.
He enjoyed gardening, playing cards and was an avid sports fan, especially football and the 50-year Bimb-Phil-Clar Club.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain, American Legion in Iron Mountain, 50-year member of United Commercial Travelers (UCT), National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), U.S.S. Maryland Survivors Club, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and a life time member of the Paisano Club.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Raphael L. and Anthony W. Ambrosia; a nephew, Michael R. Paoletti, and an infant sister, Marion Elizabeth Ambrosia.
He leaves his wife, Carmen; a sister, Irene (Ralph) Verley of Arlington Heights, Ill.; a brother, Albert (Janet) Ambrosia of Iron Mountain; two brothers-in-law, Nick M. (Marlene) Paoletti II of Green Bay, Wis., and Raphael N. Paoletti of Iron Mountain; nieces and nephews, Raphael M. Ambrosia, Albert E. Ambrosia, William R. Verley, Teresa (Verley) Reed, Lisa (Ambrosia) Gudenschwager, Richard Ambrosia, James A. Ambrosia, Jeffrey L. Ambrosia, Ann Marie Paoletti, Nick M. Paoletti III, and Linda (Paoletti) Campbell.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
The funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Nick Paoletti III, Craig Campbell, Albert E. Ambrosia, Raphael M. Ambrosia, Jeffrey Ambrosia, William Verley and Eric Gudenschwager.
Honorary pallbearers will be William “Bimbo” Constantini and Phil Crispigna.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Lloyd Fredlund
STAMBAUGH — Lloyd K. Fredlund, 86, formerly of Mineral Hills, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Life Path Hospice in Tampa, Fla.
He leaves his wife, Julia; sons, DeWayne of Ketchikan, Alaska, Raymond of Mukwonago, Wis., and Donald, Curtis and Stephen, all of Tampa; a daughter, Carren Anderson of Tampa; a sister, Doris Shipp of Orlando, Fla., 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Langenberg Funeral Home, Stambaugh Chapel.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Clemence Isaacson
IRON MOUNTAIN — Clemence “Clem” Isaacson, 82, of Metropolitan died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at his home.
He was born April 16, 1918, in Felch, son of the late Emil and Mary (Johnson) Isaacson.
Clem worked as a dock man for the Teamsters in Milwaukee until his retirement in 1980, and then moved back to the Metropolitan area.
He married Vera Bourn on March 24, 1962, in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death on June 27, 1998.
Clem was a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Felch-Breen Post and the Eastern Dickinson County Sportsmans Club.
He was an avid sports fan, including the Packers and North Dickinson sports and booster club. He had a love for farm animals, especially horses.
He leaves two brothers, Glen (Elsie) Isaacson of Livonia, lower Michigan, and Alvin Isaacson of Sussex, Wis.; five sisters, Jeanette (Orin) Thykesen of Vancouver, Wash., Clarine (Wilber) Bergemann of Milwaukee, Virginia Vick of Hales Corner, Wis., Betty Johnson of Seattle, Wash., and Fern Isaacson of Iron Mountain; a sister-in-law, Norma Isaacson of Iron Mountain, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Leander, Arnold, Mervin, and infant brother, Liman Isaacson, and a sister, Eleanor Isaacson.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Felch Mountain Bible Chapel. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Rev. Bruce Tanner will officiate.
Burial will be in Felch Cemetery. The Felch-Breen VFW Post will conduct military graveside services.
Pallbearers will be Roger, Mark, and Arnie Isaacson, Gordie Yaeger, Dennis Stanford and Rob Nord.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Clemence Isaacson memory for the North Dickinson Booster Club.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Violet Cota
BARK RIVER — Violet M. Cota, 91, of Wilson, Menominee County, formerly of Iron Mountain, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Central time) Monday at Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bark River.
Burial will be in Bark River Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Home in Bark River is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Bean
IRON MOUNTAIN — Mary E. Bean, of Iron Mountain died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at her home.
She was born Feb. 11, 1911, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late John and Mary (Kattnig) Schinderle. She lived many years in Manitowoc, Wis., where she worked at Schuette's Department Store and Montgomery Wards. She also lived in California before moving back to Iron Mountain.
She married Harrison Bean Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1982.
She leaves a brother, Alfred Schinderle of Kingsford; two sisters, Irene Schinderle and Joanna Schinderle, both of Iron Mountain; a son, Harrison (Jane) Bean Jr. of Apple Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Betty (Bob) Kummer of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three nieces, Kay Votaw of LaFayette, Colo., Mary Ann Wyble of Kingsford, and Jean Williamson of Satellite Beach, Fla.; a nephew, David Johnson of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Veronica Schinderle and Eleanor Polglase, and two brothers, John and Albert Schinderle.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Tondin-Ross & Freeman 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 Manitowoc, Wis.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Bernard Cook
IRON MOUNTAIN — Bernard H. Cook, 84, of Iron Mountain died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Hyland Nursing Home in Iron Mountain.
Bernard was born April 25, 1916, in Gould City, Mackinac County, son of the late Frank and Mary Jane (Garret) Cook.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
He married Nina Reid on Feb. 21, 1943, in Manistique.
Bernard worked with the Michigan Employment Security Commission throughout the Upper Peninsula. In 1964, he transferred to Iron Mountain and retired in 1981.
He was a lifelong member of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Elks Lodge 700, Iron Mountain-Kingsford Lions Club, and the Norway Moose Lodge 1474. He was also a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
Bernard loved to fish and was a very good cook.
He leaves his wife, Nina Cook of Iron Mountain; a daughter, Lynn (Ronald) Deloria of Iron Mountain; four grandchildren, Wendy (Scott) Gustafson of Bridgman, lower Michigan, Jeffrey Wehner of Green Bay, Wis., Tori Wehner of Iron Mountain and Erin Deloria of Iron Mountain; two great-grandchildren, Emmaleigh Merle Gustafson, and Trever Wehner and a sister, Catherine Brawley of Manistique, Schoolcraft County.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Francis Cook.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Fr. Raymond Valerio will officiate.
Burial will follow in Dickinson County Memorial Gardens in Breitung Township.
The Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Battye
CASPIAN — Edward Battye, 91, of 12 Baltic Ave., Caspian, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at the Iron River Care Center.
He was born Sept. 22, 1909, in Quinnesec, son of the late Benjamin and Mary (Hughes) Battye. He moved to Gaastra as a child with his parents and attended the former Palatka School.
Mr. Battye first worked on his father’s farm. He then became employed as an iron miner for the Verona Mining Co. in its local mines until they closed. He later worked as a pipefitter for the Bechtel Co. and also did private handyman work.
Active in community affairs, he served over 30 years on the Caspian City Commission with 22 years as mayor.
Mr. Battye was a member of the Caspian Cable TV Corp., Caspian Housing Commission, Caspian Sewer and Water Board, Stambaugh Cemetery Association Board and Caspian Progressive Men. He was also a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and had served as an altar attendant.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially deer hunting.
He married the former Angeline Anesi on Dec. 23, 1931, in Gaastra. The couple then made their home in Caspian.
He was preceded in death by three sons, Gerald (Diane), Gary (Irene), and Merton Battye; three brothers, Byron, Bill, and Merton Battye and four sisters, Luella Applin, Mary Ellen Salmela, Marion Poltrock, and Rhoda Mae Battye.
He leaves his wife, Angeline; 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.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel. Parish rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. today at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian. Fr. Otto Sartorelli, pastor, celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial was in Stambaugh Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Richard J. and James Battye, Paul Green, Randy Hegstrom, Wilson Mills, and Richard Frighetto.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Clarice Garrett
GAASTRA — Clarice Garrett, 88, of Gaastra died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at the Westwood Health Care Center in St. Louis Park, Minn.
She was born May 20, 1912, in Gaastra, daughter of the late Gay and Edna (Lund) Gallup.
A lifelong resident, she attended the Gaastra School and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1930.
She married Harold Bengry later that year and the couple continued to make their home in Gaastra. He preceded her in death in 1954. She later married Stanley Garrett in 1973 and he died in 1982.
She had worked for the Pickands-Mather Mining Company in its local office housekeeping department. She had also worked at the Iron County Medical Care Facility and for George Polich at a former gift shop he operated in Gaastra.
She had resided with her sons in Minnesota for the past eight years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Iron River and the Presbyterian women’s organization. She had also been a member of the former Presbyterian churches in Gaastra and Stambaugh.
She also was preceded in death by a son, William; a sister, Jeanette Eckerberg, and two brothers, Norman and Harold Gallup.
She is survived by three sons, David (Eileen) Bengry of St. Louis Park, Minn., Larry (Phyllis) Bengry of Bloomington, Minn., and Donald (Nola) Bengry of Andover, Minn.; one daughter, Gladys (Richard) Margoni of Cocoa, Fla., and 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 15, at First Presbyterian Church of Iron River.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church. Rev. Clayton Parcels will officiate.
Burial will be in the Stambaugh Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren Bruce, Jennifer and Jeremy Bengry, Rory and Rourk Scott and Kay Harkema.
Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters Pamela Davidson, Christine Otranto, Carolyn Margoni, and Elizabeth and Karen Bengry.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Rachel Kangas
IRON RIVER — Rachel I. Kangas, 89, of 2683 Lake Ottawa Road, Stambaugh Township, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Crystal Manor Nursing Home in Crystal Falls.
She was born Dec. 17, 1910, in Jacobstad, Finland, daughter of the late Waino and Impi (Kallio) Auvinen. She came to the United States at the age of four with her mother, arriving in Crystal Falls where her father had previously moved in order to work in the iron ore mines.
The family moved to Caspian where Rachel attended grade school prior to moving to a family farm in Beechwood.
On Oct. 24, 1928, she married Everett Kangas of the Lake Ottawa area, Iron County, where the couple made their home. They moved to Chicago in 1956, where Rachel worked as a nurse at Grant Hospital caring for premature babies. Upon retirement in 1971, the couple returned to their Lake Ottawa home.
Her husband of 62 years preceded her in death on June 15, 1990.
Active in community affairs, she had been a volunteer at the Iron County Museum since 1966 and had been a member of the Iron County Historical Society. She served on the advisory board of the Iron County Council on Aging, the Iron County Elections Board, had served three years as chairman of the Iron County Democratic Party and had served on the Iron River Centennial Committee
She had also been a volunteer at the Stambaugh Senior Citizens Center and with the Iron County Fair, served as secretary of the Sportsmen’s Club for eight years and had been a member of the Mother’s Club. In 1982, she was recognized as Woman of the Year in Iron County.
Her written articles and poetry were frequently published in both Finnish and English newspapers. Her most recent submission was to the Crystal View newspaper in September of this year, using her pen name “Scarlett O’Hara.” She was a familiar voice on WIKB’s telephone time.
Rachel was an avid bird watcher and nature lover as well as being extremely devoted to family and friends. In 1999, she was honored at a family reunion of over 100 friends and relatives. All those who knew her were touched by her wisdom, love and insight.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Auvinen, and by two sisters in early childhood.
She leaves a son, Jack (Kathy) Kangas of Iron River; three daughters, Betty (Edward) Petroski of Skokie, Ill., Joyce Kirkpatrick of Palatine, Ill., and Faye (Larry) Ballinger of Iron River; a sister, Jennie Maki of Ann Arbor, lower Michigan; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a constellation of dear friends and acquaintances.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Rev. Kim Beckmann and Rev. Fred Kinsey, pastors of Trinity Lutheran Church in Iron River, will officiate.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.
Pallbearers will be Glenn, Jay and Norman Petroski, Timm Ballinger, Curt Edin and Joe Kangas.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Iron County Museum and Historical Society.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Esther Poirier
IRON MOUNTAIN — Esther E. Poirier, 96, of 603 Fairbanks St., Iron Mountain, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls Township.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

Ceasar Schiavo
CRYSTAL FALLS — Ceasar Schiavo, 84, of 638 N. 6th St., Crystal Falls, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
Mr. Schiavo was born June 11, 1916, in Crystal Falls, son of the late Peter and Elizabeth (Pedranzan) Schiavo. He grew up in Crystal Falls and attended the Crystal Falls schools.
He married Bernice Byng on April 4, 1934, in Crystal Falls. She preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 1992.
Mr. Schiavo worked for Ira Odgers Drilling Co. from 1941 to 1953, worked at the Bristol Mine until 1969 and then worked for Slivensky Builders before retiring.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to camp, gardening and his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Byng, and four brothers, Carmello, Clarence, Lawrence and John P. Schiavo.
He is survived by two sons, Bernard (Merle) Schiavo of Crystal Falls and Eugene (Marjorie) Schiavo of Kingsford; two brothers, Albino Schiavo of Chicago and Peter Schiavo of Virginia; six sisters, Ida (Garfield) Nelson of Crystal Falls, Angeline (George) Mindock of Crystal Falls, Carmen Korpi of Crystal Falls, Olga (John) Cocco of Carney, Menominee County, Veronica (Frank) Malecha of Mt. Prospect, Ill., and Annie Smith of New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Gregg (Wendy) Schiavo, Jon (Mary) Schiavo, Jeffrey (Jackie) Schiavo, Julie (Mark) Aho, Daniel Schiavo, Gina (Gary) Hoaglund and Elizabeth (Jon) Lorenzoni; 13 great-grandchildren, Danielle Hoaglund, Casey Hoaglund, Alex Lorenzoni, Olivia Lorenzoni, Brian Schiavo, Brett Schiavo, Adam Schiavo, Kevin Schiavo, Nicholas Schiavo, Benjamin Schiavo, Madeline Schiavo, Christina Aho and Ross Aho, and a special friend, June Sundquist.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at United Lutheran Church of Crystal Falls.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today at United Lutheran Church of Crystal Falls. Rev. John Linna, pastor, officiated.
Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.
Serving as pallbearers were Gregg Schiavo, Jon Schiavo, Jeffrey Schiavo, Mark Aho, Gary Hoaglund and Jon Lorenzoni.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Adelide Timm
CRYSTAL FALLS — Adelide Valantine Timm, 90, of 1523 W. U.S. 2, Crystal Falls, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls Township.
There will be no public visitation.
Private family services were held.
Burial will be at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy, lower Michigan.
The Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Kreger
ESCANABA — Paul B. Kreger, 74, of 2000 Sixth Ave., South, Escanaba, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
He was born July 3, 1926, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Albinus and Lucille (Pasco) Kreger. He graduated from Kingsford High School in 1943.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. During the war he received the Purple Heart.
He then attended the Iowa State University, receiving his forestry degree.
After graduation he worked in forestry and later worked for Mead Paper Company in the forestry department until his retirement.
Mr. Kreger was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Escanaba, Amvets, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Mead Paper Retiree’s Club.
He leaves his wife, the former LaVerne DeClark, who he married on Oct. 11, 1947, in Aurora, Wis.; a son, James Kreger of Escanaba; a daughter, Cathy Kreger of Escanaba; two brothers, Alan Wayne Kreger of Tucson, Ariz., and Warren Kreger of Lebanon, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Herscher, and a brother, Donald Kreger.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Escanaba. Fr. Michael Steber will officiate.
Burial will be in Aurora-Homestead Cemetery.
The Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba is in charge of arrangements.


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