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Lucille DeDecker
NORWAY — Lucille M. DeDecker, 87, of Norway died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
Lucille was born Jan. 20, 1913, in Waucedah, daughter of the late John and Marie Louise (Servant) Poquette. She graduated from Norway High School in 1931.
She married John J. DeDecker on June 17, 1935, in Norway. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1981.
Lucille owned and operated DeDecker’s Bar for 25 years.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway and sang in the choir for many years.
She was also an avid bingo player and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She leaves a daughter, Mary Lou Lupini of Iron Mountain; four grandsons, Michael (Janet) Lupini of Colorado, Steve (Heidi) Lupini of Connecticut, John (Renee) Lupini of Iron Mountain and Robert (Lynn) Lupini of Battle Creek, lower Michigan; six great-grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Anthony, Emily, Casey and Taylor Lupini; nieces and nephews and a special sister-in-law, Carolyn DeDecker of Norway.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Dennis, Howard, Earl, Tallie and Robert Poquette, and a sister, Beatrice Larkin.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at Miner Funeral Home in Norway.
Prayers will be at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Mark McQuesten will officiate.
Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Memorial Hospice Inc.

Marion Stauber
NORWAY — Marion H. Stauber, 81, of Norway died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at Florence Villa Nursing Home in Florence, Wis.
She was born Feb. 22, 1919, in Park Falls, Wis., daughter of the late Leo and Josephine (Koenig) Huth.
She married Joseph “Bud” Stauber on June 1, 1944, in Park Falls.
Marion was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Norway, where she took care of the flowers for many years, was a member of St. Mary’s Altar Society and was a eucharistic minister at the church.
She volunteered at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain for over 25 years, was a member of Norway Hospital Auxiliary and was an avid supporter of Holy Spirit School and coordinator of the pasty sales for many years.
She leaves her husband, Joseph “Bud;” four daughters, Jean Stauber of Norway, Margaret “Peg” Stauber of Norway, Mary Jo Stauber of Northumberland, Pa., and Janet (George) Godlewski of Northumberland; two grandsons, Aaron Godlewski and Matthew Godlewski; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Anderson of Kingsford and Eleanor Reinecke of Ripon, Wis., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Wright.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Mark McQuesten will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Archdiocese of Milwaukee, c/o Theresa Johanek, Administrator, Special Persons Summer Camp or St. Coletta School for the Developmentally Disabled.

Betty Moore
IRON RIVER — Betty Ann Moore, 67, of 617 East First St., Caspian, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.
She was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Detroit, daughter of the late Samuel and Anna Marie (Tavalin) Strange. She grew up in Detroit and attended Cody High School. She later graduated from Bear Lake High School.
On June 9, 1951, she married Raymond Moore Sr. and the couple resided in the Clawson and Livonia areas. They moved to Wellston, lower Michigan, in February of 1984 and Mrs. Moore worked as a cashier at the Dublin General Store.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1988 and Betty moved to Caspian in 1990, where she had since resided. 
She was currently employed by Community Services as a cook and server at the Alpha Senior Citizens Center.
Betty enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working with children. She also enjoyed writing children’s books.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Sam Strange.
She leaves a daughter, Terry (Edward) Moskwa of Madison Heights, lower Michigan; four sons, Raymond (Susan) Moore of Interlochen, lower Michigan, David (Erika) Moore of Cadillac, lower Michigan, Rick (Kathy) Moore of Crystal Falls, and Jim Moore of Caspian; a sister, Judy (Richard) Bemis of Redford, lower Michigan; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Fr. Norm Clisch, pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River, will officiate.
Burial and graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Dublin Cemetery in Dublin, lower Michigan.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Betty Moore Memorial Fund.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mark Druschke
IRON MOUNTAIN — Mark Thomas Druschke, 44, of 1103 River Ave., Iron Mountain, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
He was born June 11, 1956, in Milwaukee. He graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1975 and had lived in Iron Mountain since 1977.
Mark owned Total Fitness Health Club in Iron Mountain and worked as a Prudential Insurance Co. agent.
He was a member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain and the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 of Iron Mountain.
He was an avid golfer, card player and Packer fan.
Mark was a devoted husband and father.
He married the former Karen Geszvain on Sept. 6, 1992, in Genesee Depot, Wis.
He leaves his wife, Karen; a son, Vincent Thomas at Home; a daughter, Nicole Jean of Detroit; his parents, Thomas and Patricia Druschke of Elkhorn, Wis.; a brother, David of Los Angeles, Calif., three sisters, Patti (Scott) Christensen of Elkhorn, Wis., Caroline (Rick) Bauman of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Lindsey Druschke of Elkhorn, Wis.; his grandfather, Harold Druschke of Milwaukee; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Phyllis Geszvain of Genesee Depot, Wis., many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Druschke.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Parish prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 9:40 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Fr. Dan Zaloga will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
Pallbearers will be George Robinson, Robert Wicklund, Douglas Drexler, Peter Jensen, Conrad Christensen and Rick Bauman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Mark’s children college funds.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

James Palmer
GREEN BAY, Wis. — James E. Palmer, 91, of Green Bay died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at a nursing home in Green Bay.
He was born April 12, 1909, in Oelwein, Iowa, son of the late Ernest and Sarah (Grim) Palmer.
James served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He married the former Mary Zoromski on March 17, 1941, in Jackson, lower Michigan.
He spent many years in the Iron Mountain area when he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad.
James was employed for many years by C.M.S.T.P.&P. Railroad.
He was as member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Works.
He also was a member of N.E.W. Daylite Lodge #360 and a perpetual member of Theodore Roosevelt Lodge No. 322, Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Scottish Rites Bodies, Valley of Green Bay; Beja Shrine Temple, AAONMS; Green Bay Shrine Club and the Vets of Valor.
He was a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (retired), U.S. Power Squadron and the Milwaukee Road Historical Association.
In accordance with James’ wishes, no services were held.
Internment was in Fort Howard Mausoleum.
The Lyndahl Funeral Home of Green Bay was in charge of arrangements.

Arlene Gordon
NIAGARA, Wis. — Arlene D. Gordon, 72, of 1201 Grant St., Niagara, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
She was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Niagara, daughter of the late Earl and Julia (Eckberg) Rouse. She was a graduate of Niagara High School and had been a resident of Niagara her entire life.
She married Francis Gordon on Feb. 5, 1951. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1970.
Arlene was a librarian for the Niagara Public Library.
She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara.
Arlene enjoyed her entire family and was an avid Packer fan.
She leaves a son, Mark (Dorinda Sauld) Gordon of Withee, Wis.; three daughters, Pamela (Bob) Kitowski of Stevens Point, Wis., Denise (Joe) Binish of Green Bay, Wis., and Sandy (Jay) Goudreau of Iron Mountain; a brother, Orville (Norma) Rouse of Lansing; a sister, Joanne (Alvin) Dunlap of Niagara, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Goudreau, Nick, Kelly, and Tony Kitowski, and BriAnne and Alyssa Gordon; two great-grandchildren, Joshua Goudreau and Damien Kitowski, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, James Rouse.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Fr. Mike Bentley will officiate.
Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Robert White Sr.
NIAGARA, Wis. — Robert E. White Sr., 69, of 401 Robinson St., Niagara, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel.

Marion Stauber
NORWAY — Marion H. Stauber, 81, of Norway died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at Florence Villa Nursing Home in Florence, Wis.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Mark McQuesten will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Archdiocese of Milwaukee, c/o Theresa Johanek, Administrator, Special Persons Summer Camp or St. Coletta School for the Developmentally Disabled.

James Tappy
IRON MOUNTAIN — James Tappy, 69, of W-8232 Sunset Drive, Iron Mountain, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

Rudolph Mahlberg
BURLINGAME, Calif. — Former Iron Mountain resident Rudolph Theodore “Rudy” Mahlberg, 90, of 1040 El Camino Real, Burlingame, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame. 
He was born on Jan. 27, 1910, in Milwaukee, the youngest child of the late Jacob and Helene Mahlberg. He had one sister and six brothers, all of whom preceded him in death. He grew up in Milwaukee and in the early 1930s as a young man moved to Iron Mountain, where he worked as a salesperson for the Blatz Brewery.
On Dec. 31, 1935, he married Therese Calcaterra of Iron Mountain. 
Although he resided in several different cities during his lifetime, Rudy’s heart was always in Iron Mountain, which he truly considered his home. He and Joe Masty (formerly of Iron Mountain, now deceased) operated the M & M News on Stephenson Avenue from the late 1930s until Rudy left the business in 1956 to change his career to sales.
In 1956, the Mahlbergs moved to Milwaukee, where Rudy and his brother Albert successfully sold janitorial supplies to businesses. In 1966, they moved to California, where he managed Fernmar Management, a property management firm in Menlo Park, for his brother-in-law, Ralph Calcaterra, also formerly of Iron Mountain. Rudy was Fernmar’s office manager until retiring at the age of 87 in 1997.
Rudy loved to spend time with his family and his wife, Therese. Throughout his life, he was completely devoted to his work and to supporting his family’s personal, educational, and professional endeavors.
He enjoyed gourmet food and was an enthusiastic Giants baseball and 49ers (reformed Packers) football fan, having attended games for many years. Until four years ago, he and Therese enjoyed traveling extensively. He was a lifetime member of the Iron Mountain Elks Club, a charter member of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Rotary Club, and was an active Mason. 
Rudy is survived by his loving wife, Therese, of Burlingame; daughters Patricia (Paul) Erickson of Munising and Gretchen Ross of San Jose, Calf.; grandchildren Kristine Erickson of Traverse City, Hans (Sara) Erickson of Schenectady, N.Y., Brian Ross of Santa Cruz, Calf., and Rebecca Ross of San Jose; a great-granddaughter, Samantha Erickson of Schenectady, and many fond nieces and nephews. 
The immediate family will hold a private service in his memory.

James Tappy
IRON MOUNTAIN — James A. Tappy, 69, of W-8232 Sunset Drive, Iron Mountain, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at his home.
He was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Niagara, Wis., son of the late Joseph and Erna (Heuring) Tappy.
Mr. Tappy worked at the Niagara Paper Mill for 39 years.
He enjoyed hunting, going to camp, gardening and caring for his yard. Jim was an avid high school sports fan.
He married Sharon Kallenbach on Sept. 17, 1976, in Iron Mountain.
He leaves his wife, Sharon; five sons, David (Tutti) Tappy of Portland, Ore., Daniel (Susan) Tappy of Iron Mountain, Dennis (Joan) Tappy of Kingsford, Terrance (Peggy) Ouradnik of Iron Mountain, and James Ouradnik Jr. of Kingsford; two daughters, Lynn (Brian) Smith of Milwaukee and Kathy (Rodney) Charette of Kingsford; two brothers, Art (Lola) Tappy of Niagara, Wis., and Lawrence (Judy) Tappy of Iron Mountain; a sister, Lillian Carr of Green Bay, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Darlene, in 1973; a grandson, Mark Tappy; two brothers, Joe and George Tappy, and a sister, Lucille Hohol.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Rev. Bruce Linscheid will officiate.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

Rose Mary Froblom
IRON RIVER — Rose Mary Froblom, 63, of 109 Silver Pointe Lane, Iron River Township, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at her home on Silver Lake.
She was born Jan. 7, 1937, in Crystal Falls, daughter of John and Katherine (Rondon) Schiavo. She grew up in Crystal Falls and graduated from high School in 1954.
She moved to Chicago and worked as a secretary for Koffer Insurance Co.
She returned to Crystal Falls and married Charles Froblom on Sept. 26, 1964. The couple lived in Stambaugh for a short time before moving to their permanent residence on Silver Lake in Iron River.
She enjoyed painting, pontoon rides, cooking, the outdoors and especially her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, John P. Schiavo.
She leaves her husband, Charles Froblom of Iron River; her mother, Katherine (Rondon) Schiavo of Crystal Falls; a son, Ronnie (Andrea) Froblom of Iron River; four daughters, Susie (Steve) Maurer of Las Vegas, Nev., Sally Samis of Marquette, Tammy (Harry) Weng of Ishpeming, and Terry (John) Howard of Georgetown, Maine; two brothers, Donald Schiavo of Camp Lake, Wis., and Larry (Sue) Schiavo of Amasa; a sister, Rita (Bob) Leanna of Amasa; two grandchildren, John (Amy) Samis of South Dakota, and Alysa Froblom of Iron River and a great-grandchild, Taylor Samis of South Dakota.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert White Sr.
NIAGARA, Wis. — Robert E. White Sr., 69, of 401 Robinson St., Niagara, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
He was born June 23, 1931, in Beecher, Wis., son of the late Aaron Everett and Minne (Groy) White.
He married Mildred Mellott on Jan. 20, 1951, in Sterling, Ill.
In 1966, his farm won the “Outstanding Young Farmer in Marinette County” award.
He became Town of Dunbar supervisor in 1971, serving to 1974; was elected to the County Board of Dunbar and Goodman district in 1974 and the Wisconsin County Forestry Association in 1978, holding both posts until 1982. In 1985, Robert was elected the 100th chairman of the Town of Dunbar, serving until 1987.
He leaves his wife, Mildred; four sons, Robert White Jr. and wife, Susan, of Sun Prairie, Wis., Ray (Elsie) White of Niagara, Larry (Diane) White of Dunbar and Terry (Wanda) White of Clyde, Texas; three sisters, Betty Kelly of Pembine, Wis., Doris (John) Steele of Pembine and Linda (Dale) Krause of Pembine, Wis., 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Private graveside services will be in Dunbar Cemetery in Dunbar.
The Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Urick
HERMANSVILLE — Mary A. Urick, 86, of Rte. 1, Hermansville, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
She was born Dec. 31, 1913, in Melrose Park, Ill., the daughter of the late George and Pauline (Zahuniar) Urick Sr. and raised in Hermansville and resided in Chicago for 29 years.
Miss Urick was employed by American Can Company for 29 years in Chicago and, upon retiring, returned to Hermansville.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing and loved to cook. She was a member of the St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Hermansville and the Hermansville American Legion Post 340 Auxiliary.
Miss Urick is survived by two brothers, Joseph and Frank Urick of Hermansville, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Mach and Josephine Tomich; and two brothers, John and George.
Visitation will be Monday at St. John Neumann Church in Hermansville after 11 a.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Vichich officiating.
Burial will be in the Meyer Township Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of the Allo Funeral Home. 

Edward Warner
CRYSTAL FALLS — Edward Warner, 88, formerly of Norway, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at Crystal Manor Nursing Home in Crystal Falls, where he had resided for a number of years.
Mr. Warner was born April 22, 1912, in Norway, the son of the late Edwin and Augusta (Johnson) Warner.
Mr. Warner worked for the Rialto Theater in Norway.
He leaves a brother, Irving (Charlotte) Warner of Norway; a sister-in-law, Irene Warner of Norway, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, George and Edlore Warner, and a sister, Edna Pozza.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Miner Funeral Home of Norway. Rev. John Voelker of Bethany Lutheran Church will officiate.
Burial will be in the Norway Township Cemetery.

Alice Kanska
IRON MOUNTAIN — Alice L. Kanska, 72, of 725 Withworth Ave., Kingsford, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, at her home.
She was born Sept. 21, 1928, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Joseph and Ruth (Westin) Querio. She attended the Iron Mountain schools and graduated in 1946.
Alice married Gerald Kanska in 1948 at First Methodist Church in Iron Mountain.
She was a very loving wife, mother, sister and friend. She belonged to the Tri-City Duplicate Bridge Club and was a former member of the Pine Mountain Duplicate Bridge Club.
She loved reading, crossword puzzles, game shows, and especially enjoyed life.
She leaves her husband, Gerald; two daughters, Peggy (Patrick) Barkley of Raleigh, N.C., and Sally (Ron) Osterberg of Aurora, Wis.; two sisters, Marjorie (Eugene) Stephens of Iron Mountain and Jeanette Granquist of Iron Mountain; a brother, Bernard (Judi) Querio of Iron Mountain, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Loretta VanNess.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Rev. Bill Seitz will officiate.
Burial will be at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.

John Rohde
IRON RIVER — John Rohde, 46, of 337 W. Sunset Lake Road, Iron River, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, Wis.
He was born April 12, 1954 in West Bend, Wis., son of Harold and Audrey (Okern) Rohde. He graduated from the Ozaukee County High School in Port Washington, Wis.
Mr. Rohde moved to the local area in 1979 and had most recently been employed as the plant manager for Northeastern products until he retired because of ill health.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed bear and bobcat hunting. He had been a member of the U.P. Trappers Association and the U.P. Bear Houndsman Association.
He leaves his three daughters, Fawn Rohde, Sarah Lambert and Jessica Merritt, all of Iron River; his parents, Harold and Audrey Rohde of Iron River; a brother, James Rohde of Iron River and two grandchildren, Hannah Gunderman and Austin Merritt, both of Iron River.
Visitation will be held Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Langenberg Funeral Home — Iron River Chapel. Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
The Langenberg Funeral Home — Iron River Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Walter Javoroski
IRON RIVER — Walter Javoroski, 92, of Iron River died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at the Iron River Care Center in Iron River.
Memorial services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River. Fr. Norman Clisch will officiate.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River is in charge of arrangements.

John Kreski
IRON RIVER — John Michael Kreski, 50, of Ypsilanti and Sunset Lake, Iron River, died in his sleep Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, at his home on Sunset Lake.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Fr. Otto Sartorelli will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the West Side Veterans Council.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River is in charge of arrangements.

Walter Poquette
ESCANABA — Walter J. Poquette, 86, of 3601 Gijik Road, Escanaba, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at his home, following a brief illness with cancer.
Walter was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Escanaba, son of Trefle J. and Amanda Rose (Gunville) Poquette. He was raised in Escanaba and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for nine years from 1933 to 1942, when he was called to serve in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1943 during World War II.
He returned to Escanaba and married the former Lydia Parr on Feb. 14, 1948, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Escanaba. They had resided at 1218 North 22nd Street for 29 years and moved to the south side and resided for 18 years before moving to W. Creek Road.
Walter was employed by Chevrolet Motor Division for 40 years as a parts and sales manager for Elmer Beaudry Chevrolet from 1946 to 1948, Bracket Chevrolet from 1948 to 1955, Earl Larey Chevrolet from 1955 to 1960 and Coyne Chevrolet from 1961 to 1976.
He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Escanaba, Escanaba Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and Amvets.
Walter was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time at his camp in Hardwood until his health prevented him from doing so.
He leaves a son, Donald (Debbie) Poquette of Escanaba; three daughters, Patricia (Tony) Bean of Hancock, Barbara Poquette of Escanaba and Beverly Jean Poquette of Escanaba; a brother, Leonard Joseph Poquette of Baldwin, lower Michigan and five granddaughters, Holly, Krystal and Kelly Jo Poquette of Escanaba, Heather and Heidi Bean of Hancock.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia on Oct. 9, 1982, and a sister, Sister Therese Poquette, O.S.F., on Nov. 7, 1997.
Walter’s family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Central time) Monday at Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military rites will follow at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mass of Christian Burial services will be at noon Monday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Escanaba. Fr. Tom Schmide will officiate. Luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells Township.
The Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home of Escanaba and Gladstone is in charge of arrangements.

Elona Peterson
CRYSTAL FALLS — Elona A. Peterson, 87, of Crystal Falls died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls Township.
She was born March 1, 1913, in Crystal Falls, daughter of the late Samuel and Elona (Kortisaari) Maki. She had been a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Crystal Falls High School in 1931.
She married Albert Smithson and he preceded her in death in 1947. She later married Rubert Peterson and he preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1970.
In her earlier years, Mrs. Peterson had worked at the Crystal Falls Bakery, the former Swan Lake and Osterby’s Grocery Stores, and in the housekeeping department at Crystal Falls Community Hospital.
She was a member of United Lutheran Church in Crystal Falls, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Esther Circle of the church.
Mrs. Peterson had served as the Crystal Falls Township clerk for several years and had also served on the Iron County Election Board.
She had been a Cub Scout leader and participated in the 4-H program and the Crystal Falls home extension program.
She had also been a former member of the local TOPS Club.
Mrs. Peterson enjoyed playing scrabble, traveling, and in her younger years bowling.
Her family was most important to her and she enjoyed family activities and times together.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanette Stealy; a grandson, Gene Ross; two brothers, John and Aarne Maki and four sisters, Martha Maki, Ilmi Lloyd, Ines Puotinen and Tynie Peltonen.
She leaves two sons, Tom (Sherry) Smithson of Green Bay, Wis., and Donald (Camille) Peterson of Iron Mountain; three daughters, Pearl (Arnold) Ross of Crystal Falls, Evelyn (Joe) Kudwa of Crystal Falls and Anita (Dan) Stockham of Gladstone; a brother, Waino Maki of Florence, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at United Lutheran Church in Crystal Falls.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Rev. Dr. John Linna, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to United Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Iron River Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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