|David Scott Turenne
MARQUETTE -- David Scott Turenne age 39, of 1707 W. Fair Ave. died
Friday morning August 18, 2000 at his home. He was born on January 14,
1961 in Marquette to Joseph and Joyce (Ernstedt) Turenne. He was a 1979
graduate of the Marquette Senior High School and a 1983 graduate of Northern
Michigan University. For the past sixteen and half years he had been employed
as a math and history teacher for the Marquette Area Public Schools He
began teaching at the Bothwell Middle School and was presently teaching
at the Marquette Senior High Scool. Dave loved his students and sports.
He had served as a volunteer for Little League Baseball. He was an Assistant
District Administrator for District Eleven serving as an Umpire Consultant.
He was both a coach and umpire for American Legion Baseball. He coached
both boys and girls high school basketball. He was an historian when it
came to fooball statistics. He had served on the Executive Council of the
MEA and Social Studies Curriculum Committee.
He was prededed in death by his mother Joyce in 1982.
He is survived by his father and step mother Joseph and Pearl (Fleury)
Turenne of Marquette. His maternal grandmother Marie Ernstedt of Marquette.
Step brothers Robert and Mark Fleury of Marquette. 3 Step sisters Julie
Fleury Beauchamp and Barbara Fleury Glass both of Marquette and Michelle
Fleury Ries of Fond du Lac, WI. and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home from 4 until
8 P.M. on Monday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday August
22, 2000 in the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend David Mair officiating.
Friends may call at the church from 10 AM until time of services. Burial
will take place in Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Steve Ritenour, Mark Carlson, Tom Seeze, Jon Peterson,
Jim Finkeiner, Randy Blum, Mark and Robert Flury.
Memorials are requested to the David S. Turenne Memorial Scholarship
Eugene R. Larson III
DULUTH, Minnesota -- Eugene R. Larson III, 35, a former native of Marquette,
MI, who for the past several years resided with his wife Naomi in Duluth,
Minnesota entered eternal life on August 17, 2000. He was laid to rest
at Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth.
Born April 13, 1965, the son of Eugene R. Larson II and the late Audrey
M. Fisk, he is survived by his son, Christopher E. Larson; three sisters:
Paris Larson, Ericka Lemoyne (Scott: two nephews, Dustin & Braiden),
and Aron; grandmother Emily M. Young & several aunts, uncles, &
"No eye has seen,
No ear has heard,
No mind has conceived
What God has prepared for these who loved him."
-- 1 Corinthians 3:1
Herbert R. Weza
MARQUETTE -- Herbert R. Weza, age 91 of 1301 Northrop, Marquette, died
on Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at his home following a brief illness. He
was born on March 4, 1909 in Ontonagon, Michigan to the late Frank and
Hattie (Huzzy) Weza. Herb married Onota Jacobson in 1938, and she preceded
him in death in 1992. He retired from Northern Michigan University as a
custodian and was a member of St. Michael Church in Marquette. Herb enjoyed
playing cribbage and BINGO.
He is survived by his daughter, Rosemary Kay Weza of Marquette, 2 grandsons,
Richard and Jeffrey Weza of Tacoma, Washington, a sister, Gertrude Coburn
of Billingham, MA, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Herb was
also preceded in death by a son, Eugene, in 1961, and 16 other brothers
Friends may call at St. Michael's Church in Marquette on Tuesday, August
22, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral at 11:00 a.m. The funeral will
be conducted by Rev. Msrg. Jed Patrick. Interment will be at the Maple
Grove Cemetery in Munising on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30.
Roger M. Nelson
NEWBERRY -- Roger M. Nelson, 72, of Newberry, died Friday August 18,
2000 at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at 11:00 am
at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newberry with Pastor LaVonne Stephenson
officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.
Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home on Monday August 21st
from 4-8 pm and also at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am until time
Donella F. "Donna" Bisbee
HARVEY Graveside inurnment services for Donella F. "Donna" Bisbee
will be held on Wednesday, August 23, at 2 pm in the Memorial Garden of
the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Harvey with Pastor Chrys LeVesque
officiating. A Marquette area resident for over 30 years, Donna entered
eternal life on June 4, 2000.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Earl Arthur McIntyre
NEENAH, WI -- Born September 13, 1906 in Appleton, Wisconsin, Mr. McIntyre
graduated from Waupun, Wisconsin High School in 1925. He received a bachelor's
degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1929. He worked
in the newspaper business in Chadwick and Harvard, Illinois, until World
McIntyre served 39 months as a military intelligence officer in the
South Pacific, and still suffers an occassional flare-up of malaria picked
up during the Guadalcanal campaign. He remained in the Army Reserves after
the war and retired as a Major in 1961.
After World War II he was offered a job teaching journalism and advertsing
at Michigan State University, Lansing, and also managed to pick up his
Master's degree in advertising and management from Medill School of Journalism
at Northwestern University in 1952. During his 10 years at Michigan State,
McIntyre was assistant to the head of the University's Journalism Department.
He left Michigan State in 1956 for Florida State University's journalism
School in Tallahassee, but fell victim to the system when the state legislature
abolished that program. He then became director of advertising and promotion
for the Florida Development Commission. He helped form the Florida Magazine
Association while there, served as executive director of the organization
for several years, and then for the next 10 years conducted the group's
annual magazine contest and workshop. He is a lifetime member of the Florida
McIntyre was named as associate professor of journalism at the University
od South Carolina in 1961, where he also served as secretary-manager of
the South Carolina Press Association and an executive director of the State
Scholastic Press Association. He was elected president of the Advertising
Club in Columbia and was later presented the Advertising Federation of
America Printers Ink Silver Medal Award "In recognition of his outstanding
contribution to advertising".
McIntyre was named director of communications at Northern Michigan
University, Marquette, in 1965, a position he held until going to Virginia
Commonwealth University, Richmond, in 1972. At Northern Michigan he supervised
the University News Bureau, Athletic New Bureau (including radio), all
official student publications, the university editor's office, the university
lecture-concert series and special public relations projects.
He is a past president of the Marquette Kiwanis Club, a past director
of Big Brothers, a past president of the Upper Peninsula Boy Scouts, and
second vice president and director of the Marquette Community Chest. At
Virginia Commonwealth University, where he went to be a visiting professor
of journalism for an academic year, he stayed in teaching until 1975. He
was a consultant to the Virginia Press Association and Old Dominion Chapter
of the Public Relations Society of America. At that time he was asked to
become VCU's first full time Sports Information Director. He stayed in
the athletic department until 1986. Since then he had been working in the
VCU police department handling the switchboard and the lost-found department.
He retired from there in 1995. He gave much of his spare time to community
service through the Hanover Social Services, the Virginia Home for Boys,
the Henrico Juvenile Center, the Beaumont Training Center and other like
Mr. McIntyre is a Methodist, a past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern
Star, a member of the Masons, and a 50 year member of both organizations.
He is a lifetime member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma
Delta Chi; the American Academy of Professors of Advertising, and Kappa
Alpha Mu photographic fraternity.
Mr. McIntyre is survived by a sister, Blanche, Neenah and several nephews
and a niece. His parents, a brother, Gordon, former managing editor of
the Post Crescent, and a sister, Charlotte, a Post Crescent reporter, preceded
him in death.
His ashes will be entombed in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum, Greenlawn
Memorial Park, Neenah, Wisconsin.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 4:00
p.m. at Neenah's Westgor Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Twichell officiating.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or Foundation formed
at any of the universities where he worked, or to the Virginia Home for
Boys in Richmond.
John Edward Niemi
ROCK -- John Edward Niemi, 86, of Rock, Michigan passed away Saturday
at Roubal Nursing Home in Stephenson, MI. He was born Sept. 20, 1913 in
Rock and was the son of Oscar and Hulda (Huhtala) Niemi. He lived on the
family homestead in Rock for over 80 years. He attended the old Conner's
Speer School and later the Rock School. He was a woodsman and operated
a small diary farm. On July 13, 1948 he married the former Ida Ketola of
West Rock. She preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 1990. John was employed
as a construction worker until his retirement in 1979. He enjoyed fishing,
playing cards and woods work. John Edward Niemi is survived by: One daughter,
Cyndi (Scott) Hacker of Rock, one grandson, John (Julie) Hacker of Rock,
three great grandchildren, one sister, Helen Lampi of Rock, two nephews
Henry Lampi of Escanaba, Charles Lampi of Rock, two neices, Dorothy (Don)
Kievit of Holland, MI., Linda (Ron) Budkis of Gladstone and several cousins.
The family will receive friends at the Rock Senior Center in Rock,
MI., on Thursday from 1:30 to 2:00 P.M. Memorial funeral services for John
Edward Niemi will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at the Rock Senior Center
with Mrs. Ahti Waak officiating. A lunch will follow. Memorials can be
directed to the Rock Senior Center. The Anderson Funeral Home of Gladstone
and Escanaba are in charge of the arrangements.
Mary J. Niemi
MARQUETTE -- Mary J. Niemi, age 71, of Marquette, passed away Monday,
August 28, 2000 at her home.
She was born September 5, 1928 in Hamtramck, MI, daughter of the late
Sophie and Stanley Buc. She grew up in Hamtramck and graduated from St.
Florian High School. She married Melvin Niemi in April 1957 in Hamtramck.
They lived in Crystal Falls from 1964 until 1976 when they moved to Republic,
and then in 1988 she moved to Marquette. She enjoyed taking walks and Bingo.
Mary was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and was active in the
She is survived by a son Mark Niemi of Pine Plains, NY, a daughter
Marlene (Chris) Johnson of Neenah, WI, and one brother Chester (Phyllis)
Buc of Warren, MI.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband Melvin on May 2, 1987, her
son Michael, brothers John, Frank, and Walter Buc, and sister Julie Paluszewski.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, September 1 at 10 a.m. at St.
Michael Catholic Church in Marquette. Graveside services will be held on
Friday at 3 p.m. at Covington Cemetery. Fr. James Roetzer will officiate.
The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is in charge of arrangements.
Michael A. Niemi
MARQUETTE -- Michael A. Niemi, age 40, of Marquette, passed away Monday,
August 28, 2000 at his home.
He was born February 26, 1960 in Royal Oak, MI, son of the late Melvin
and Mary Niemi. Michael lived in Crystal Falls from 1964 until 1976 when
he moved to Republic. He graduated from Republic-Michigamme High School
in 1978. He enjoyed computers, writing books, inventing games and going
to the library.
Michael is survived by a brother Mark Niemi of Pine Plains, NY, a sister
Marlene (Chris) Johnson of Neenah, WI and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, September 1, at 10 a.m. at
St. Michael Catholic Church in Marquette. Graveside services will be held
on Friday at 3 p.m. at Covington Cemetery. Fr. James Roetzer will officiate.
The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is in charge of arrangements.
William R. Koski
KALAMAZOO -- William's life began in Diorite, MI (Upper Peninsula)
January 7, 1914, the son of Eric and Lydia (Oja) Koski. He grew up in that
area and in 1932 graduated from Ishpeming High School, where he was a member
of the National Honor Society. After graduation, William went to work in
the Civilian Conservation Corps, and then as a Fuller Brush Salesman. He
served his country in WWII in the United States Army 252nd Coast Artillery
in South Carolina. After the war, William came to the Kalamazoo area, again
as the Fuller Brush salesman and later went to work at the Kalamazoo Paper
Company, now Georgia-Pacific, from where he retired in 1977. During William's
first job as a brush salesman, he met a young lady named Caroline "Lena"
Pacic, and that meeting lead to a fifty eight-year marriage, a daughter
and grandson. William was an avid Detroit Tiger's fan, listening in on
the radio, he was a fisherman in many of the area lakes, and he used to
have large gardens, and was known to have pumpkin vines that overtook a
great deal of his yard. William was very caring and loving to his wife
and family. They include his wife Caroline of Kalamazoo, his daughter Carol
Dean and her husband Jim of Kalamazoo, a grandson Jeffrey Dean of Kalamazoo,
and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. William died August 18,
2000 at Rose Arbor Hospice. He follows in death a brother and 2 sisters.
His family met friends on Thursday August 24, 2000 from 5:30 until his
Celebration of Life Service at 6:30 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall
and Gren Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel. Memorials may be made in William's
name to the Rose Arbor Hospice. Please share a memory of William with his
family at the chapel or on line at www.rdmg.com
Alice Mae Arola
REPUBLIC -- Alice Mae Arola, age 75, of 210 Pine St. Republic died
Monday August 21, 2000 at her home in Republic following a short illness.
Alice was born February 7, 1925 in Republic, the daughter of John C.
and Elvira (Gjers) Johnson. She was a graduate of the Republic High School,
Class of 1942. She worked as secretary for a short period at Arola Bottling
Works in Republic, and later as a bus driver for the Republic Michigamme
Alice was a member of the Republic United Methodist Church, where she
was involved with the United Methodist Women.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Earl Melvin Arola of Republic;
3 daughters - Connie (Dennis) Valenti of Republic, Toni (Jim) Carey of
Channing and Wanda (Dave) Holsworth of Republic; 8 grandchildren - Necole
(Brian) Cherovsky and Cory Valenti of Green Bay, WI, Ryan, Linsay and Erin
Carey of Channing and Amber, Wade & Courtney Holsworth of Republic;
along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister Elaine Jackola and a brother
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, August 24, 2000
at the Republic United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Stevens to officiate.
Burial will be in Northland Chapel Gardens.
Friends may call at the Republic United Methodist Church from 11:00
am until 1:00 pm on Thursday.
Pallbearers will be Dennis & Cory Valenti, Jim & Ryan Carey,
Dave Holsworth and Brian Cherovsky.
Memorials may be directed to the Republic United Methodist Church.
The Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Colleen E. Vuk
L'ANSE -- Colleen E. Vuk, 41, a life-long resident of L'Anse, passed
away on Monday, August 21, 2000 at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital
in L'Anse following a courageous battle against cancer.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, August 26, 2000 at
the United Lutheran Church in L'Anse with Rev. Michael Laakko to officiate.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services on Saturday
at the church. Burial will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery. The Jacobson
Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.
Hannah M. Pierson
McMILLAN -- Hannah M. Pierson, 94, of McMillan, died Tuesday morning
August 22, 2000 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry.
Funeral services will be held Friday August 25, 2000 at 1:00 pm Kingdom
Hall of Jehovah Witness in Newberry with Aron Thomas officiating. Interment
will follow at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.
Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home on Thursday August 24th
from 5-8 pm. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Dennis Ralph LaMere
NEGAUNEE -- Dennis Ralph LaMere, age 54, of 389 North Road, Negaunee
Township died at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000 at his home following
a several month illness.
Dennis was born Feb. 1, 1946 in Negaunee to Wilfred Ralph & Shirley
Rose (Sandberg) LaMere and was a life long area resident. He was a graduate
of Negaunee High School, Class of 1964 and earned Bachelor & Masters
Degrees in education from Northern Michigan University. He taught for the
N.I.C.E. School District as an elementary school teacher for 27 years,
retiring in 1995.
Dennis was a member of the Negaunee Rod & Gun Club and the Michigan
Education Association. He was well known for raising his 'LaMere's Dead
River Beagles'. His hobbies included hunting & fishing. He loved the
Dead River Basin and spending time at his camp there. He was a proud father
& grandfather. His proudest accomplishment was the number of children
whose lives he touched in his teaching career with the help of his beloved
Surviving are his wife, Jill, his son Ryan LaMere, Negaunee & fiancee
Michelle Argall of Ishpeming, his daughter, Michelle (Dan) Roth, Negaunee,
his step-father, Bill Taylor, Negaunee, 3 grandchildren; Courtney, Katelyn
& Alex Roth, a brother, Billy (Debbie) Taylor, Negaunee, a sister,
Patty (John) Guertin, Escanaba, several nieces & nephews. He was preceded
in death by his parents.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday at the Koskey
Funeral Home with Rev. D. Michael Carriere officiating. The family will
greet friends and relatives from 11:00 AM until the time of services at
noon on Saturday.
Memorials may be directed to the Excellence in Education Endowment
Fund in Dennis's memory.
Taisto A. Johnson
KIVA -- Taisto Alex Johnson, age 85, of H-44 Road, Kiva, died on Tuesday
evening, August 22, 2000 at his home. He was born on June 12, 1915 in Marquette,
MI to the late Alex and Hilma (Siivonen) Johnson. At the age of five, Taisto
and his family moved to Kiva and at 17, he started to haul logs and Munising
timber to iron ore mines in Negaunee, Ishpeming and North Lake. He logged
for a total of forty years. He built and operated a Standard gas station
and grocery on U.S. 41 in Kiva for twenty-five years. Taisto served in
the Pacific Theater in the U.S. Army during WWII. He served from 1942-1947
with the Army Engineers and earned three Battle Stars. After returning
from the Army, he built a truck stop and restaurant at the gas station.
Taisto also farmed beef and potatoes for seven years. After retiring from
logging, he worked construction for Linburg Construction for seventeen
summer seasons and winter seasons at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. Later
on, he started to sell farm tractors and had a welding shop for fifteen
years. Taisto went to all of the dances and he also enjoyed snowmobiling
and motorcycling. He was also a life member of the V.F.W. Post #9714 in
He is survived by a sister- Ingrid Erickson of Marquette, a niece-
Shirley Ann Hytinen of Lansing, great nephews- Curtis Hytinen of Limestone,
John Hytinen od Escanaba, Mark Hytinen of Detroit, a great-niece- Aletta
Hytinen of Warren and a brother-in-law- William Kraft of Lansing. Besides
his parents, Taisto was preceded in death by a sister, Imbe Kraft, and
a nephew, Edward Hytinen.
No public services will be held at this time.
Minnie A. Perry
MANISTIQUE -- Minnie A. Perry, 85 of Country Club Drive, Indian Lake,
Manistique, passed away 9:00 a.m. Aug. 24 at her home following a brief
Minnie was born Nov. 19, 1914 in Volney, New York, the daughter of
Mabel and William Hartman. She married Loren Perry Feb. 17, 1935 in Saginaw,
MI. They moved to AuTrain, MI in 1945 where they owned and operated Perry's
Riverside Resort until 1963. They spent winters in Harlingen, TX where
they enjoyed square and round dancing. In 1995 they moved to Indian Lake,
Manistique. Minnie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of
Manistique and the Hiawatha Goodwill Club.
She is survived by her husband Loren, one son, Burnell (Mary) Perry,
Panama City, FL, two daughters, Eileen (Jim) Wood, Hot Springs, AR, and
Carole (Neil) Grossnickle, Manistique, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren
and 3 great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister,
four brothers and granddaughter Kim.
Visitation will be at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique
from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 26, 2000. Funeral
services will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Donna J. Lindberg officiating.
Burial will be in the Hiawatha Township Cemetery at Manistique.
Mrs. Helen Benton Bennett
GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA -- Mrs. Helen Benton Bennett of Bennett Lane,
Gainesville, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 22,
Mrs. Bennett retired in 1987 following a thirty-plus year career as
a senior home economist for the Hall County Extension Service. She began
as an assistant home economist immediately after graduating with honors
from the University of Georgia. She spent half of her career working with
the 4-H Program and the other half heading up the Adult Program. She was
noted for her newspaper columns and radio programs, which were referred
to as "Helen's Hints." During her service as Home Economist she served
as Chariman of the Hall County Nutrition Committee as well as the Georgia
House Economists Association for Area L. Her peers recognized Mrs. Bennett
with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension
Home Economist in 1973. As a part of her serivce as a Home Economist she
co-sponsored scores of Ladies Day Programs with the Jackson EMC, and conducted
the Weight Off Wisely program, the Quilters Guild, and hundreds of sewing
and cannning classes. She was active in the Hall County Homemakers Council,
4-H, Nutrition, and various health care programs co-sponsored with local
hospitals and the health department. Mrs. Bennett was active in the Pilot
Club, honored as Pilot of the Year in 1979, serving as Pilot President
in 1982-83. Her memberships included Northeast Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary,
the Azalea Garden Club, the Wednesday Morning Study Club. She was a member
of the Air Line Baptist Church, serving as President of the Women's Missionary
Union, and as a Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bennett attended Tift College
and earned a B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Georgia. She
taught at the elementary level at Lyman Hall and Lanier Schools.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Bennett was the daughter of Samuel
Nathaniel and Bertha Whitworth Benton of Colbert, Georgia. Her husband,
Osee Vinson Bennett, and two brothers, Joe D. Benton and Walter N. Benton
precede her in death. Her survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law;
Carolyn B. and Burns O. Severson, Marquette, MI; Cathryn B. and James Carroll
Smith, Gainesville; two grandsons; Burns O. Severson IV, Marquette, MI
and Nicholas Bennett Smith, Gainesville, two sisters-in-law and several
nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 26, 2000
at the Air Line Baptist Church with Rev. Bradley Elliott officiating. Interment
will be in the Air Line Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive
friends Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Little Davenport Funeral Home.
The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions
be made to the Air Line Baptist Church, 3368 White Sulphur Rd., Gainesville,
GA 30501 or a favorite charity of your choice.
For more information see legacy.com.
Little Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, GA.
Edward E. (Bud) Jeanson
MARQUETTE -- Edward E. (Bud) Jeanson, 84, of 1526 Presque Isle Ave.,
entered eternal life Friday morning, August 25, 2000 at the family home
where he was born on June 22,1916. He was in the loving care of his family
and U.P. Home Health and Hospice.
Mr. Jeanson was born in Marquette to the late Elmer and Mary (Dillon)
Jeanson. He was a graduate of John D. Pierce High School in 1934. As a
youth in the 1930's, he played hockey for the Wild Geese and the Marquette
Millionaires. Since that time, he has always been a great hockey fan. Bud
was employed by Carroll Motor Supply in Marquette in the early 1940's and
was transferred to the Munising store in 1948. While in Munising, he owned
and operated "Bud's Park and Eat" drive-in restaurant. He and his family
moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL and lived there from 1958-1968. They returned
to Marquette and he resumed working for Carroll Motor Supply and retired
in 1984, and continued working part time for the company until 1992. Bud
was an avid historian and made several donations to the Marquette Historical
Society and Northern Michigan University. He attended the First United
Methodist Church in Marquette for the past twenty years.
A devoted, loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived
by his son, Perry E.(Margaret) Jeanson, grandson, Michael (Lindsey) Paulos,
special friend of 25 years, Martha Wareham, niece, Betty Frei, grandniece,
Dr. Julia Frei, grandnephew, Frank Frei, niece, Lisa (Paul) Nyquist, and
niece, Debbie Peldo. Also surviving are several other nieces and nephews
out of state. In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by
his wife, Hazel (Perry) Jeanson, and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 28, 2000
in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Steven Rhoades officiating.
Burial will take place in Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM
- 6:00 PM Sunday, August 27, 2000 at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home
and also at the church after 12:00 PM on Monday.
Memorial considerations may be directed to: Newborn Intensive Care
Unit, Marquette General Hospital, attention Dr. Julia Frei, Neonatologist,
Ellen K. Puska
HANCOCK -- Ellen K. Puska, 87, a former resident of Hancock, passed
away Thursday evening, August 24, 2000, at the Ontonagon Memorial Hospital
Long Term Care Unit, in Ontonagon, where she had been a patient since September
The former Ellen Moilanen was born April 9, 1913, in the Salo District,
a daughter of the late Jacob and Kaisa reeta (Luukkonen) Moilanen, and
attended the Salo school. She later resided in Hancock, for most of her
lifetime, moving to Kentucky in 1997.
Ellen had worked at Lake Superior Fishery in Hancock, and also for
the former Suomi College of Hancock for 11 years. Her husband, Olaf E.
Puska, preceded her in death in 1990. She was a member of the Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church of Hancock. Also preceeding her in death were her parents;
2 daughters, Ruth Taylor & Ellen Yvonne Plichta; 1 grand daughter,
Ruth Ann Miller; 1 sister, Ida; and 3 brothers, Toivo, Waino, and Henry.
Surviving are; 1 son, Edwin (Corrine) Puska of Marquette, 2 daughters;
Jean (Andy) Kruk of Erlanger, Kentucky Diana (Robert) LeVeque of Ontonagon,
16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 1 sister, Ann Todd of Madison
Heights, MI., numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 28, 2000 at 1 P.M. in
the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock, with Revs. Peter Gunderson &
Jimalee Jones to officiate. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in
Hancock. Friends may call on Monday from 12 noon until time of services
at the church.
In lieu of expressions of sympathy the family suggests memorials to
be given to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock. The Memorial Chapel
Funeral Home of Hancock, is serving the family.
Alvar A. Ahola
WATTON -- Alvar A. Ahola, 81, died Saturday, August 26, 2000 at the
Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, following a lengthy illness.
Alvar was born in Covington, MI. August 17, 1919, the son of Emil and Hilda
(Sillinpaa) Ahola. He attended the local schools and was a lifetime resident
of the area. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed
in Europe. After his discharge, Alvar was employed as a bricklayer and
cement finisher for construction companies. On April 20, 1948 he married
the former Lillian Norman in Calumet. Alvar was a member of the Trinity
Lutheran Church in Covington, a life member of the Covington VFW Post #8945,
served several terms as trustee on the Covington Township Board, was a
former Commander of the VFW Post #8945 and was a private pilot. His athletic
ability gained him the Michigan State Middleweight Weightlifters Championship
title for 3 years in a row. He was a tireless worker for the community
and his church, singing in the church choir and helping in local projects.
Mr. Ahola is survived by his wife Lillian, 4 sons, Howard (Judi) of
Chesapeake, VA., Alden (Laurie) of Sidnaw, Robert of L'Anse and Karl of
Watton, 2 daughters, Linda (James) Dougovito of L'Anse and Lois Ahola of
Baraga. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 6 step-children, 1 great
grandchild and 7 step great grandchildren, a sister Hilma Thiede of Hurley,
WI. Numerous nices, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by hs
parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
Funeral services for Mr. Ahola will be held Wednesday August 30, 2000
at 11 a.m. from the Trinity Lutheran Church, Covington. Pastor Mark Reinsch
will officiate and interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. at
the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse and 1 hour before the service
at the Church on Wednesday. Area veterans will accord military honors under
the leadership of the V.F.W. Covington Post #8945 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel. The family suggests memorials in
Alvar's memory to the Trinity Lutheran Church or to the Covington Township
Ambulance Fund. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse is assisting
the family with arrangements.
B.E. "Brownie" Brown
GRAND MARAIS -- B.E. " Brownie" Brown, 72, died at his home in Grand
Marais on August 26, 2000. He had been a resident of Grand Marais since
"Brownie" was born on August 15, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Dorrell
L. & Marie A. (Sell) Brown. He was educated in the Toledo School systm.
He entered the Army Aircorp in 1946 serving until 1948. He was married
to the former Lois Sellers in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, on October 2, 1948.
Brownie was employed at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company until his
retirement in the early 1970's and was a proud member of the NRA. Brownie
loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed his trout fishing.
Survivors included his wife Lois of Grand Marais; sons L.A. (Denise)
of Gwinn, and Jeffrey of Manchester, MI. Daughter Carolyn Johnston of Rives
Junction, MI; Sister, Rose Marie Brown of Reed City; 1/2 sister Wilma Hintz
of Holland, OH and 1/2 brother Dorrell of AZ. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren
and 3 great grandchildren.
According to his wishes, cremation services were accorded. Beaulieu
Funeral Home of Newberry assisted the family with arrangements.
Gilbert W. Larson
GLADSTONE -- Gilbert Walter Larson, 88, of 712 Montana Avenue, Gladstone,
died Friday, August 25, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility. He was born
in Rock, Michigan on February 13, 1912, and was the son of the late Charles
L. and Bertha (Johnson) Larson of Rock. He was a 1929 graduate of Rock
High School where he excelled in football, baseball, basketball and track.
He attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he played
baseball for the North Central Cardinals after which he attended Western
Michigan University. In 1932 and 1933, he became certified by the Michigan
High School Athletic Association as a sports official in football and basketball.
He became a conservation officer for the Michigan Department of Conservation
in 1937 and worked in this capacity until his retirement in 1967, During
this time, he was stationed in various areas including Ewen, Marquette,
Gwinn, Trenary, Gladstone and Chatham. He was also a free-lance outdoor
writer and had many articles and photographs published in various magazines
He served as a technical sergeant with the Army's 1002nd Engineers'
Forestry Battalion in the Philippines during World War II.
On September 21, 1940, he married Esther Marie Nyberg at the Mission
Covenant Church in Gladstone. She preceded him in death on March 5, 1987.
Gilbert was a member of the Rock Lions Club, the State Employee Retirees
Association, and the United Evangelical Covenant Church of Delta County.
He was known for his humor and storytelling along with his enjoyment
of woodworking, reading, writing, gardening, photography and watching college
and professional sports. In addition to his wife and his parents, he was
preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Jr. and Robert, and one sister,
Gilbert is survived by one daughter, Mary Ellen (James) Hund of Hastings,
one son Gary (Judy) Larson of Gladstone, a sister-in-law, June Larson of
Harrison, two brothers-in-law, Carl (Florence) Nyberg and Lloyd (Adeline)
Nyberg of Gladstone, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many
nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral
Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. at the Skradski
Funeral Home with Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Fernwood
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association
or the United Evangelical Covenant Church. Envelopes will be available
at the Skradski Funeral Home. A light supper will be served at the Covenant
Church following services.
William Joseph Sharkey
NADEAU -- William Joseph Sharkey, age 67 of Nadeau died unexpectedly
Friday, August 25, 2000 at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.
William was born January 14, 1933 in Birch Creek, Michigan to the late
William Casper and Mae (St. Aubin) Sharkey. He served 15 years in the US
Air Force retiring in 1970. He was a member of St. Brunos Catholic Church
where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the
Carney Nadeau American Legion Post. His hobby was making pottery, and he
also enjoyed computers and old cars. He was a jack of all trades and inventor.
On September 6, 1958 he married the former Barbara Mottard in Nadeau.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Nadeau, 1 son, William Louis of
Green Bay, WI., 2 daughter, Renee (Gerald) Morcom of Ishpeming, MI., Angie
(Dennis) Hansen of Nadeau, 1 granddaughter, Kendra Mae, 2 sisters, Grace
(Arnold) Buck of Marinette, WI., Theresa Charlier of Nadeau, and 1 brother
Richard (Mary Ann) Sharkey of DePere, WI.
Visitation will be held Monday after 4:00 PM at the Anderson Diehm
Funeral Home in Stephenson. A Veteran Service will be held at 6:00 PM,
and a Parish Rosary at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held
at 10:00 AM on Tuesday at St. Brunos Catholic Church in Nadeau. He will
lie in state in the church from 9:00 AM until the service hour. Father
Ray Hoefgen will officiate, and burial will be in the Nadeau Twp. Cemetery.
Ernest S. "Ernie" Lancour
MARQUETTE -- Ernest S. "Ernie" Lancour, 76, of 607 Norwood Street,
Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday evening, August 27, 2000, at his
home following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 18, 1924 in Perkins, a son of the late Ferdinand and
Mathilda (Beauchamp) Lancour, and was raised in Perkins. At age l7 he moved
to Marquette where he worked driving truck and school bus. He enlisted
in the US Navy, but was discharged soon after due to ill health.
Ernie worked at Lake Shore, Inc as a machinist and fabricator for over
30 years, retiring in 1982 due to disability. On June 7, 1947 he married
the former Treasa Mae Christensen in Marquette, and she preceded him in
death in 1986. Following her death, Ernie moved to Perkins where he resided
for seven years. He then returned to Marquette, later residing with his
daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Ronald Goodreau, for the past two
Ernie was very devoted to his family, especially enjoying time spent
with his grandchildren. He was an avid outdoor sportsman, enjoying hunting
and fishing, and was very skilled at carpentry work. He was a member of
St. Peter Cathedral and the Perkins American Legion Post.
Survivors include: His daughters Christina (Ronald) Goodreau of Marquette,
Cheryl (Stanley) Williams of Leslie, Brenda (Rhett) Dulany and Sandra (David)
Zinski of Marquette. 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a sister,
Mabel Chaulklin of Burlington, WI. Several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Treasa, Ernie was preceded in
death by brothers Lawrence Sr, Edward, Paul, John, Raymond, Ferdinand "Junior",
Earl and Eugene Lancour, two sisters
Sr. Alphonsine Lancour and his infant sister Lillian Lancour and his
devoted canine companion Chum.
Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to
8 pm where a parish prayer service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will
also be held on Wednesday, August 30, at St. Peter Cathedral beginning
at l0 am with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 am with Rev. Msgr.
Louis Cappo and Rev. Frank Lenz, con-celebrating.
Entombment will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Ernie's grandsons, Scott Goodreau, Ken Williams,
Jeff Zinski, Christopher Zinski, Jonathan Zinski and Dan Dulany.
Honorary Escorts will be granddaughters, Wendy Wager, Carrie Voris,
Tina Goodreau, Michelle Newman, Jackie Dulany, and great-grandchildren,
Michael, Nicole, and Shelly Wager, and Alexis Newman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Hemodialysis Unit
at Marquette General Hospital, 580 W. College Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.
Walter S. Johnson
BARAGA -- Walter S. Johnson, 86, a life-long resident of Pelkie &
Baraga, died on Saturday, August 26, 2000 at the Baraga County Memorial
Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.
He was born on June 16, 1914 in Pelkie a son of the Emil & Liisa
(Toppari) Johnson. Walter attended the Wallin School and was a 1933 graduate
of Baraga High School. Mr. Johnson was a WWII veteran serving in the U.S.
Army Air Corps in the European Theater as an airplane mechanic. Walter
worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Baraga County Road Commission
for 30 years, retiring in 1976. He married the former Ruth Clish on September
29, 1973 in Baraga and they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.
Walter was an avid deer hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga,
V.F.W. Post #7646 of Alston, the American Post #444 of Baraga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-son John R. Clish, 5
brothers, Emil, Fabian, Waino, Francis, and Arvo, 1 sister, Lempi.
Surviving are his wife Ruth, a step-son, Richard Clish of Detroit,
a step-daughter, Marilyn (Steve) Talaga of Negaunee, a step-daughter-in-law,
Kathie Clish of Dearborn, 3 brothers, Toivo, Edward and Wiljo Johnson of
Pelkie, 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by
3 nieces and 1 nephew.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, September 2, 2000
at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Baraga with Pastor Judy Mattson to
officiate. Friends may call on Friday from 6 to 8 pm at the Jacobson Funeral
Home in L'Anse and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Military graveside services will be rendered by the Alston V.F.W., Baraga
American Legion and the Copper County Veterans Association at the Baraga
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to the
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 211 State St., Baraga, MI 49908 in memory of
Walter Johnson. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is handling the arrangements.
Elaine Marie "Dolly" Rutter
MARQUETTE -- Elaine Marie "Dolly" Rutter, 84, of 1810 Elm St., passed
into spirit Sunday, August 27, 2000 at the Norlite Nursing Center where
she had been a resident since January.
She was born December 4, 1915 in Forest Lake, MI to Toivo and Hazel
(Sorenson) Aho, was a 1932 graduate of John D. Pierce High School, where
she was also a cheerleader, and a 1936 graduate of Northern Normal Teachers
College. She taught kindergarten for many years in the Gwinn, Alpena, Dearborn
and Lansing school systems, retiring in 1973. During World War II, she
worked as a foreman - "Rosie the Riveter" at Abram's Aerial Instruments
in Lansing. Dolly was always an active church member. She sang alongside
her husband Don in church choirs, and on-stage to the Big Band music that
moved their souls and their feet. They cut a mean rug. Everyday for the
last seven months, Don sat beside her bed at Norlite and, touching her
face and holding her hand, sang her the songs she loved. She was a cub
scout den mother, a member of many women's clubs and organizations, and
was a dedicated volunteer for the VFW in Englewood, FL. Dolly also found
great joy in visiting residents of nursing homes. She loved spending time
with family and friends and adored meeting new people. She was a former
member of Messiah Lutheran Church, and attended Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Dolly loved to laugh and was a great story and joke teller. Since moving
back to this area in 1995, the highlight of her day was to ride around
the island, where she loved to watch folks feed the deer... especially
She is survived by her husband Donald, the love of her life, whom she
married at Messiah Lutheran Church on December 25,1945, two daughters,
Suzanne Kensington (Richard Huey) of Marquette, and Jan Newlove of Dallas,
TX, a son Roger Rutter (Joy) of Ossipee, NH, a sister Joan Anderson (Charles)
of Fremont, MI, a brother Gordon Aho of Marquette, grandchildren Andrew
Gregg and Jamie Nelson of Chicago, IL, Martina Easley and Derek Wilson
of Columbus, OH, Amanda, Brenton and Haley Rutter of Ossipee, NH, Timmy
and Joel Bovee of Ossipee, NH; and great grandchildren Francesca, Camille
and Caroline Hucy of Nyack, NY.
A celebration of Dolly's life will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, September
1, 2000 in the Messiah Lutheran Church with Rev. Nancy Amacher officiating.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dolly was a devoted teacher who valued education and dearly loved all
the children who were entrusted to her care. Her family and friends will
miss her greatly, but are warmed in knowing that her spirit left the building
for Home only after she had completed her lesson plan.
Friends wishing to contribute to a memorial project honoring Dolly
at Presque Isle may send donations c/o Donald Rutter,1810 Elm St., Marquette,
Robert "Nutzy" E. Anderson
ISHPEMING -- Robert "Nutzy" E. Anderson Sr., age 74 of 106 Angeline
St. Ishpeming died Monday, August 28, 2000 at his home.
Robert was born September 18, 1925 in lshpeming to the late Andrew
& Hilgur (Carlson) Anderson. He served in the U.S. Navy during World
Robert worked fot the C.C.I. Mining Company working at all the local
mines, retiring as a service truck driver from the Tilden Mine in 1984.
He was a charter member of the American Legion Lillian Larson Post #114,
and a member of the V.F.W. of Negaunee and a former Cub Master of the Boy
Scouts of America Robert enjoyed the outdoors.
Robert is survived by 5 children; Bonnie (Dennis) Bowers of Marquette,
Robert E. Anderson Jr. of Ishpeming, Vicky (Michael) Cowling of Republic,
Richard Anderson of lshpeming and Kurt Anderson of lshpeming, a sister
Elizabeth Charboutet, step brother Robert (Virginia) LaForest, sister in
law Denise Anderson all of lshpeming, 9 grandchildren, & 5 great grandchildren,
several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Rose,
and 2 brothers Philmore & Kenneth.
A memorial service will be held at 7:00P.M. Friday September l, 2000
at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Ilene Mattson to officiate.
Friends may call at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday from 6:00p.m.
until the time of service.
Arrangements are being handled by the BJork & Zhulkie Funeral Home.
Vernon J. Paquet
MARQUETTE -- Vernon J. Paquet, 93, of 1901 Division St., Brookridge
Heights, died Sunday, August 27, 2000 at home, following a two month illness.
He was born June 12,1907 in Marinette, Wl to the late Joseph and Theresa
(Harding) Paquet and had lived in this area the past 20 years, and periodically
since 1941. He was a graduate of Escanaba High School and attended the
University of Michigan and Jordan College on a football scholarship. He
served with Patton's 5th Army during World War II and was awarded the EAME
Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. While he worked
at number of jobs throughout his lifetime, he spent over 40 years in federal
employment, retiring in 1972 from his position as a Special Investigator
for the U.S. Department of Labor. He attended the Catholic Church and was
a member of American Legion Post #44 and the V.F.W.
Vernon was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth and a son, Phillip
James (Mike). He is survived by three sons, Bud of Tucson, AZ, Dennis (Lois)
of Marquette and Terry (Debbie) of Eaton Rapids, MI, a sister, Elizabeth
Hemes of Waukesha, Wl,12 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and one
great great grandchild.
Mr. Paquet was the beloved patriarch of the Paquet family and will
be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Since moving to Brookridge
Heights a year ago, the management, staff and residents of Brookridge became
his extended "family." He always had a bowl of candy on his table for visitors
to enjoy and was known as "The Candy Man". He delighted in this nickname.
At Vernon's request, there will be no visitation, no services and no burial.
He will be cremated. However, the family wishes to name as Honorary Pallbearers
the Brookridge staff members who took such loving care of him: Director
Paula and her team, Helen, Marilyn, Charlotte, Brenda, Pam, Aryn, Debbie,
Penny, Jamie, Patti, Jodi, Lori, Rob, Bobbi, Peggy, Ann, Mavis, Jane, Paul,
Linda, Emil, Audrey, Linda, Kelly, Jackie, Mark and Cassie. We also wish
to thank Dr. Hoenke for his many kindnesses.
When leaving a family member's home, Vernon was fond of saying "And
Joseph put on his coat of many colors and said - who's going my way?" Now
we know the answer to that question, Dad/Grandpa. The answer for all eternity
is Mom/Grandma Bess. Although we wish you were both here, we are glad you
are reunited and we wish you a safe and peaceful journey. The Swanson-Lundquist
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dixie Lee Smail
ISHPEMING -- Dixie Lee Smail, age 52, of 160 Hillcrest St., Ishpeming
died Wednesday morning, August 30, 2000 at the Hillcrest Adult Care Facility.
Dixie was born January 2, 1948 in Ishpeming to the late Hugh & Dixie
Carol (Tippett) Smail.
She worked at the Marquette County Work Center from 1982 until her
retirement in 1993. She was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Ishpeming,
and was active in the Special Olympics until 1992.
Survivors include Dawne & Lowell Smail of Ishpeming, Roxie Walker,
Melody Visser, Irene Vicary, godfather Dewey Tippett and godmother Marjorie
Hodgins, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 2, 2000 at 12 noon
at the Grace Episcopal Church in Ishpeming with the Rev. Virginia Peacock
Friends may call at the Grace Episcopal Church from 11 a.m. until noon
Saturday. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
The Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard "Boo" "Gummer" Robinson
MARQUETTE -- Richard "Boo" Gummer" Robinson, 60, of 501 Albert St.,
died Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at Marquette General Hospital where he had
been a patient the past five days.
He was born December 17,1939 in Marquette to Richard and Ruth (Christensen)
Robinson and was a life long resident. He was a member of the 1957 graduating
class of Graveraet High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. For
the past 28 years he worked as a heavy equipment operator for C.C.I.; prior
to that he worked for Railway Express for ten years. He was a member of
St. Paul's Episcopal Church and United Steelworkers Local 4950. For many
years he coached baseball teams including t-ball, little league and major
league teams, and he was an avid golfer and Philadelphia Flyers fan.
Richard is survived by his wife, the former Alice Duhame, who he married
in September of 1965, two daughters, Robin Robinson (Donald Johnson) and
Tracy (John) VanAbel, both of Marquette, twin sons Richard and Robert Robinson,
both of Marquette, his mother Ruth Robinson of Marquette, two sisters,
Diana Kahler of Hilo, Hawaii, and Molly (Edwin) Myler of Carlshend, MI
and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 31, 2000 from 5 to 7:00PM at the
Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home. Private services will be held at a later
date, with burial to take place in Park Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
William L. Kujala
NEGAUNEE -- William L. Kujala, age 60, of 237 U.S. 41, Negaunee Township
died Tuesday, August 29, 2000 from injuries sustained in a truck accident
on U.S. 41 near Koski Korners in Humboldt Township.
Bill was born Aug. 8, 1940 in Ishpeming to Jalmer & Lillian (Jutila)
Kujala, was a graduate of Negaunee High School, Class of 1959 and was a
lifelong area resident. He served for 4 years in the U.S. Navy and was
stationed in Puerto Rico with the Hurricane Hunter Unit. He was a self-employed
trucker for many years and had been employed by Associated Constructors
for the past 5 years.
Mr. Kujala attended Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church, was a member
of the Negaunee Elks Lodge #1116, and the Teamsters Local #328. He was
an avid hunter and fisherman.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Berger) whom he married May 6, 1972,
his son, Robert Kujala, Negaunee, his daughter, Susan Kujala, Negaunee
& fiancee, Trey Luce of Mesquite, TX, 1 brother, Leslie (Carol) Kujala,
Turner Falls, MA, 2 sisters; Ruth (Ward) Rutledge and Marlene (Reuven)
Romback, both of Negaunee, his father-in-law, Robert Berger, Big Bay, a
sister-in-law, Carol Fraley, Marquette, 3 aunts, several nieces, nephews,
& cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother,
Richard, a brother-in-law, Gary Fraley, and mother-in-law, Mary Berger.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday at Eastwood Apostolic
Lutheran Church, Negaunee with Rev. D. Michael Carriere officiating. Burial
will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Craig, Tim &
Keith Romback, Steve Rutledge & Ken Peterson, & David Savolainen.
Friends may call at the Koskey Funeral Home from 5-8 tonight (Thursday).
The Negaunee Elks will conduct Lodge Rites there at 6:30 PM.
Annabell M. Olson
CURTIS -- Annabell M. Olson, formerly of Curtis, died Wednesday August
30, 2000 at Covenant Health Care in Saginaw.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 2,
2000 at 12:00 noon at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Curtis with Fr.
George Maki officiating. Rite of Committal will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church on Saturday September 2nd, from 10:00am
until time of services.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Douglas Charles McGee
MARQUETTE -- Douglas Charles McGee, age 76, of Marquette an Port Richey,
Florida, died peacefully at 7:16 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at
the Marquette General Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on
June 15, 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario to the late Robert and Hannah (Chadwich)
McGee. Doug graduated from Cass Tech High School in Detriot. He enlisted
into the U.S. Army on October 27, 1942 in Detroit, MI. He took accelerated
courses in engineering at Johns Hopkins University. After almost two years,
the program was disbanded and Doug was transferred to infantry. He served
with the 84th Infantry Division (The Rail Splitters) in the European Theater.
"On November 18, 1944, his company was attacking Geilenkirchen. After capturing
two German soldiers his company moved forward. Two of the four platoons
were seperated by German tanks. As dawn lit the area, his platoon found
themselves within 200 yards of a German bunker. After an intense day of
firing, with some of the platoon dead, many wounded, and with very little
ammunition, the Captain of the platoon surrendered and Doug was taken to
a work camp in Neubrandenburg. After many months in the camp, Doug and
seven other soldiers escaped during a march. They waited three days in
the edge of a forest until Russian troops came through. Instead of waiting
for the month that the Russian troops told them it would take to send them
back to the American line, they walked, hitched and biked almost 200 miles
to the Elbe River where they were reunited with the American troops."
He was awarded a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantry
Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Prisoner of War Badge. After returning
home, Doug married Helen Elizabeth Lintula on February 11, 1944. Doug worked
as a journeyman electrician with Local 58 in the Detroit area and later
with the Local 1070 in the Upper Peninsula. He retired in 1986. Doug was
a member of the American Ex-Prisoner of War Organization, where he served
as Treasurer of his Chapter in Port Richey, and also of the Disabled American
He is survived by his wife of over fifty-six years, Helen McGee of
Marquette; their three children- Alicia Matthes of Grand Rapids, Duane
(Sylvia) McGee of Tustin, MI, and Pat (Jackie) McGee of Eben; 11 grandchildren-
John Matthes, Angela Weaver, Heather Davis, Jason, Ryan, Beau, Justin,
Adam, Scott, Brooke, and Casey McGee; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother-
Bill McGee of Alaska.
Friends may call at the Bowerman Funeral Home on Friday evening from
5:00 until 8:00. The funeral will be conducted on Saturday, September 2,
2000 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Paul Kelto officiating.
Following the funeral, interment will take place at the Pine Grove Cemetery
in Chatham where the Alger County Veterans Council and Honor Guard will
conduct graveside services. Memorials may be made to the WWII Memorial
in memory of Doug. Memorial information will be available at the funeral
Kenneth R. Mattila
REPUBLIC -- Kenneth R. Mattila, age 69, of Republic passed away on
Wednesday, August 30, 2000. He died unexpectedly at home doing what he
He was born December 14, 1930 in Ishpeming to the late John M. &
Sanna (Niemi) Mattila. He was a graduate of the Republic High School and
attended Northern Michigan University. He served 4 years in the United
States Air Force. He worked for the C.C.I. Co. as a welder at the Empire
Mine, retiring after 35 years with the Company. He was a family man who
enjoyed many hobbies, such as farming, logging, fishing and hunting. He
was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church of Republic.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen of Republic; 2 daughters-
SuAnn (Duane) Ambuehl and Alison (Jon) Kangas and a son John Mattila all
of Republic; 3 grandchildren- Shannon Ambuehl of Tampa, FL and Elizabeth
and Zachary Kangas of Republic; a brother Henry (Rachael) Mattila of Republic;
a sister Gertrude Holtgard of Marquette; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, September
2, 2000 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic with the Rev. Lance Roberts
to officiate. Burial will be in the Republic Cemetery.
Friends may call from 10:00 AM until the time of services on Saturday
at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic.
Pallbearers will be Jack Mattila, Bob Kaukola, Bob Hill, Conrad Holtgard,
Kurt Rieman & George Zaio.
The Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.