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Timothy F. Murray
HELPS — Timothy F. Murray, 53, of Helps, Mich., died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. 
Tim was born on March 9, 1948, in Escanaba, the son of June (Cousineau) Murray and the late Abel Murray. He was raised in Helps and graduated from Powers-Spalding High School in 1966. Tim enlisted in the Army, served two tours in the Vietnam War, and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star. 
He worked as a service officer for the federal government and spent several years in California and North Carolina before moving back to this area in 1991. He was a member of the Felch-Breen VFW Post. Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved to dance in his earlier years.
He is survived by: his mother, June Murray of Foster City; two daughters, Alisa (Darren) LaBelle and Brynn Murray; three brothers, Tom (Jean) Murray of Helps, Terry (Kathy) Murray of Foster City, and Dan Murray of Felch; three sisters, Mary (Dick) Edberg, Marilyn (Clayton) Dixon and Debbie (Dale) Dixon, all of Foster City; two grandchildren, Brayden and Jacob LaBelle; a special cousin and caregiver, Iris Hall; and many nieces (darlings) and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled for today from 4 to 8 p.m. (CST) at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Parish Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. (CST) today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (CST) Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Foster City. Rev. George Kuppayil will officiate. Burial will be in the Foster City Cemetery. 
The Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Agnes Pearl Trottier
IRON RIVER — Mrs. Agnes Pearl Trottier, 85, of 1204 2nd Ave., Iron River, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
She was born Dec. 13, 1915, in Brillion, Wis., the daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline (Von Drachek) Tikalsky, and attended school in Brillion.
She married John Trottier Nov. 22, 1947, in Iron Mountain. The couple moved to Iron River in 1949 to make their home. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.
She was employed by the Iron River Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide for 18 years, retiring in 1971. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 17, both in Iron River.
She was also preceded in death by: a brother, Edward; a sister, Rose; and a great-grandson, Ryan Anderson.
Survivors include: her husband, John; two sons, William (Geraldine) Trottier of Yorktown, Va. and Henry (Caroline) Trottier of Escanaba; a daughter, Darlene (Richard) Anderson of Iron River; a brother, Rudy Tikalsky of Effingham, Ill.; a sister, Lillian Wenzel of Brillion; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is being held today from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. (CST) at the funeral home with Rev. Norman Clisch, pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Stambaugh Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: James, Dana and Richard Anderson; Henry Trottier, II; and Tabitha and Edward Brunette.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Jacobs Funeral Home. 

Millicent Hutte
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mrs. Millicent Hutte, 84, of Green Bay, formerly of Brampton, died Wednesday morning at her son Tom’s residence in Green Bay following a lengthy illness. 
Her husband, Gordon, is listed among the survivors.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Parish prayers will be said at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Perkins with Rev. Emmett Norden and Rev. Gilbert Neurohr officiating. Luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall. 
A complete obituary will be in Friday’s Daily Press. 

Evelyn J. Smart
ESCANABA — Evelyn J. Smart, 90, of 2701 1st Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away Tuesday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Crawford Funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. with funeral services at 2 p.m. A complete obituary will be in Friday’s Daily Press. The Crawford Funeral Home of Escanaba is assisting with funeral arrangements. 

Edward E. Peyton
DENTON, Texas — Edward E. Peyton, 72, of Denton, Texas, died Nov. 26, 2001, at the Denton Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Gerou) Peyton, formerly of Perkins; a son, Kent (Beth) Peyton of Argyle, Texas; a daughter, Renee (Jerry) Ward of Edmond, Okla.; five grandchildren; and a sister, Anita McCartney of New Mexico.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Denton. Interment is at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. 

Gary L. ‘Bud’ Nieuwenkamp
RAPID RIVER — Gary L. “Bud” Nieuwenkamp died peacefully at his home in Rapid River on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, with his family at his side.
Bud was born to Wynand and Lois (Wickstrom) Nieuwenkamp on May 10, 1935. He was born in Escanaba and graduated from Gladstone High School in 1953. He lived in Gladstone and Rapid River throughout his life. 
Bud married MaryAnne Frantz on Nov. 30, 1957. He and MaryAnne have four children, Scott (Candy) Nieuwenkamp, Heidi (David) Shope, Troy Nieuwenkamp and Traci (Patrick) Muffler. Troy preceded his father and mother in death on Nov. 14, 1982. Bud’s father died in December, 1969, and his mother died in February, 1982. 
Bud was a cherished grandfather to six grandchildren: Kari and Jason Shope, Chelsea and Lindsea Nieuwenkamp and Troy and Philip Muffler.
Bud was in the Army, was in Korea and received an honorable discharge in August, 1954. Following his discharge from the Army, he worked as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance. He was a veneer log buyer for several companies and, at the time of his retirement, was a buyer for Cleveland Cliffs/Munising Forest Products.
Bud and MaryAnne enjoyed spending time at Camp 26 with their children, family and friends and later built a cottage at Round Lake in 1986. 
Bud is survived by his three children; six grandchildren; his sister, Rose Marie (Dolly) Bonno and her husband, Gerald; his brother-in-law, James (Sharon) Frantz; sister-in-law, Susan (Tom) Vogl; as well as several nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
Bud was a person who all will remember as someone who never forgot a story or a person. He had a great sense of humor and was great at telling stories. His recollection of people and events was unbelievable. He was a legend and will never be forgotten.
Bud was a member of the Rapid River Lions and the American Legion. He collected antiques and restored many vintage cars. Bud also hunted, but the good times spent in hunting camp was more fun to him than hunting. He loved to work in his garden, he made walking sticks, canned sauerkraut and made wine, but what he treasured most of all were his family and friends and the pleasure of having all of them around him. He loved people and all who knew him loved him. He was a friend to everyone. 
The family of Gary L. “Bud” Nieuwenkamp will receive friends on Tuesday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone from 2 to 6 p.m. Services celebrating Bud’s life will follow on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home with Deacon William Green officiating. Luncheon will follow at the St. Charles Church Parish Hall in Rapid River. Burial will be in the Rapid River Cemetery. 
The Skradski and Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Nieuwenkamp family. 

Eva V. Weber
GLADSTONE — Eva V. Weber, 86, of Gladstone, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at the Oak Ridge Gardens Nursing Center in Menasha, Wis., surrounded by family.
Eva was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Stambaugh, Mich., the daughter of Alex and Ellen (Carlson) Westerlund, was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Iron River, and was raised in Stambaugh. She was confirmed in Swedish Mission Church in 1930 and was a 1935 graduate of the Stambaugh High School. 
After she relocated to Gladstone, she met her future husband, Charles Edward Weber, and they were married Jan. 19, 1936, at the Memorial United Methodist Church. Charles died Jan. 22, 1960. 
Eva was employed for a period of time at the Log Cabin in Gladstone, Marco’s Restaurant in Escanaba, and Wally’s Tavern in Gladstone. In February of 1967, she enrolled at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba and later received her degree in nursing as a licensed practical nurse and was engaged in private nursing duty. She later was employed for the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba for a few years. 
In 1977, Eva became a “foster grandmother” with the Foster Grandparent Program and enjoyed 19 years with the kindergarten children at Gladstone’s Cameron School. 
Eva Weber was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Gladstone and was a member of its church choir. In her leisure, she enjoyed playing “Bingo,” but the pride and joy of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they all loved and respected her. She will be sadly missed by all her family.
Eva’s survivors include: four sons, Allen (Judy) Weber of Summerville, S.C., Robert (Shirlee) Weber of Neenah, Wis., Dennis (Karen) Weber of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mark (Debbie) Weber of Gladstone; three daughters, Maureen (Robert) Tardiff of Gladstone, and Christine (William) Cobb and Michelle (Peter) Cousineau of Neenah, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Sharon and Lisa Ellen Weber. 
The family of Eva V. Weber will receive friends on Thursday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone from 2 to 5 p.m. Services celebrating her life will follow at 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home with Rev. Jonathan Schmidt of the First Lutheran Church officiating. Luncheon will follow services at the First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Escanaba. 
The Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Weber family. 

Astrid I. Nelson
THOMPSON — Astrid I. Nelson, 91, of Thompson, died Aug. 24, 2003, at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.
She was born Aug. 16, 1912, in Manistique, daughter of the late Emil and Tillie (Mattson) Nelson and attended Manistique area schools. 
She worked and lived most of her life in Chicago, Ill.
She is survived by: her nephews, Francis Frain, Douglas Nelson, Phil Nelson, James Anderson, and Jack Stoor; and nieces, Carol Dybevik, Joan Nelson-Warringer, Kathe Solwold, Trudy Dalton and Bridget Burke.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Gunhild Stoor, Ingrid Anderson, Evelyn Nelson; and her brother, Arvid Nelson.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. David Hueter officiating. 
Burial will be held in the Fairview Cemetery in Manistique. Arrangements are being handled by the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique.  

Katherine M. Abenstein
ATLANTA, Ga. — Katherine M. Abenstein, of Atlanta, Ga., died at the age of 90 in Atlanta. She was the daughter of Henry and Anna Abenstein.
Services will take place later in the week in Escanaba. Arrangements are in care of the Allo Funeral Homes. 

Judith D. ‘Judy’ Belcher 
GLADSTONE -- Judith D. “Judy” Belcher, 57, of 807 Michigan Ave., Gladstone, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Marquette General Hospital. 
Judy was born the daughter of Russell and Virginia (Czachowski) Rietesel on Feb. 21, 1946, in Chicago. She was a 1964 graduate of Lane Tech High School in Chicago and on Feb. 19, 1966, married Jerome “Jay” Belcher in Chicago at St. John Berchmans Church. 
Judy was employed for Carson Pirie Scott Department Store in the Chicago Loop before her marriage until 1970. She and her husband, Jay, relocated to Gladstone in October of 1992 from Illinois.
While being a full-time homemaker for her family, Judy also enjoyed housekeeping for other people, especially for senior citizens, whom she became so fond of and whom she enjoyed visiting with. Her clients also looked forward to her visits and were appreciative of her kindness.
Judy was an active member of All Saints Church and had previously served on the Parish Council. She had a strong artistic side and was very talented with many types of arts and craft work, including clay sculpture, that many people enjoyed. 
Judy will be remembered as a person who genuinely enjoyed helping anyone and who was a most loving and wonderfully kind wife and mother.
In addition to her husband, Jay, Judy leaves to survive a loving son, Tyler, at home; her mother, Virginia Rietesel, of Escanaba; a sister, Jackie (“Skippy”) Marker of Melrose Park, Ill.; a special local uncle, Henry Chase, of Ford River Township; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Russell Rietesel.
The family of Judy Belcher will receive friends on Tuesday at All Saints Church in Gladstone from 6 to 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Judy’s life will follow on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church with Rev. Fr. Arnold Grambow officiating. Luncheon will follow services in the Parish Fellowship Hall. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Envelopes will be available at All Saints Church or the Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes of Delta County, who are assisting the Belcher family. 

Mae M. Chelmecki 
DAGGETT — Mae M. Chelmecki, of Daggett, died Sunday afternoon at the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers following a brief illness. She was 82.
Mrs. Chelmecki is survived by her husband, John, and three children.
Funeral arrangements are pending and in the care of the Allo Funeral Homes.Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes of Delta County, who are assisting the Belcher family.

Charlotte F. Johnson
GLADSTONE — Charlotte F. Johnson, 86, of 5526 25th Road, Gladstone (Brampton Township), died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2003, at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba where she was a patient since April 2002.
Charlotte was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Ensign, the daughter of John and Pearl (Eagle) Caswell. She was raised in the Rapid River and Escanaba areas and attended the Escanaba school system. She later relocated to the Brampton area where she has resided since.
Charlotte married Verner Johnson Aug. 10, 1935, in Gladstone in the Lutheran faith. Verner preceded her in death April 19, 1994.
In addition to being a full-time homemaker, she was employed for a period of time for Sibole Nursery in Brampton and later as a cook for Oja Rest Haven in Brampton Township. 
Charlotte was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone and was a member of the church’s “Sewing Circle” and “Charity Circle.” She was a very social person and had a smile for everyone. Charlotte also enjoyed cooking and baking and loved to have people at her home for coffee and luncheon. Her loving family, however, was the most important aspect of her life and she enjoyed being around each and every one of them.
Survivors include: a son, Nolan (Barbara) Johnson of Goose Neck Lake, Minn.; a daughter, Geri (Charles) George of Brampton; a brother, Nolan (Evelyn) Caswell of Rapid River; four sisters, Margurette Beauchamp of Wisconsin, June Nelson of the Chaison area, Betty (Don) Hendrickson of Gladstone, and Helen Belongie of the Chaison area; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Tammy) George, Kelly (David) Hartner, Robert “R.J.” (Kelly) Johnson, and Jean (Dan) Leach; nine great-grandchildren, Dan and Andy George, Hannah and Nicholas Hartner, Zachary and Emma Johnson, Issac, Elijah, and Josiah Leach; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Verner, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Jack Caswell and infant brother, Robert; and by two great-grandsons, Justin and Jason George. 
The family of Charlotte F. Johnson will receive friends on Sunday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone from 3 to 6 p.m. Funeral services for Charlotte will follow on Monday at the First Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jonathan Schmidt officiating. Luncheon will follow services at the First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. 
Burial will be in the Rapid River Cemetery. The Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Johnson family.  

Eva V. Weber
GLADSTONE — Eva V. Weber, 86, of Gladstone, died Thursday evening at the Oak Ridge Gardens Nursing Center in Menasha, Wis. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. Eva was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Gladstone. 
Services are tentatively scheduled for later in the coming week and further details will be forthcoming from the Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes of Delta County who are assisting the Weber family. 

Tillie Sanek 
EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. — Tillie Sanek of Evergreen Park, Ill., passed away Aug. 21, 2003. 
She was the beloved wife of the late Edward; loving mother of Ralph Sanek; dear grandmother of Donald Adams-Sanek; and fond sister of Helen Polishak, Mildred Bajenski, the late Catherine Polishak, and the late John and Edward Polishak. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 25, at 8:30 a.m. at Kosary Funeral Home, 9837 South Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park, Ill., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Simon Church. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery.  

Harvey Asp
MANISTIQUE — Harvey Asp, 75, of Asp Road, Manistique, died unexpectedly on Aug. 22, 2003, at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgiana, in 1973.
Listed among local survivors are his son, Alan (Bev) Asp and a daughter, Julie (Gary) Schuetter.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A graveside prayer service will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Manistique on Tuesday.


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