Miscellaneous Marquette County, Michigan Obituaries


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Carl Otto Leppanen 
HARVEY, MICHIGAN -- Carl Otto Leppanen, 82, of 1384 M-28 East, Harvey, died Wednesday morning at his home. 
Mr. Leppanen was born August 15, 1918 in Redridge, Michigan to the late Kalle and Elizabeth Susan (Viitala) Leppanen. On July 29, 1940, he married the former Martha E. Tienhaara in Hancock and they recently celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary together. 
Carl worked for 30 years with General Motors retiring in 1978. He then spent his free time fishing and hunting. He and his wife moved to Marquette in 1990. 
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha E. Leppanen of Harvey; two children, Carol (Kenneth) Morris of Englewood, CO and Carl F. Leppanen and his fiancé Dana of Santa Rosa, CA; four grandchildren, Kimberley Demarest of Buckley, WA, Kristen Morris of Seattle, WA, Justine McKee of North Fork, CA and Frank Leppanen of Los Angeles, CA; also surviving are three great grandchildren, a special niece, Elizabeth Heikka of Houghton and several other nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death besides his parents was one sister, Emma Pantti. 
Private funeral services will be held at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home with Rev. Chrys Levesque of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church officiating. Inurnment will take place at the Toivola Cemetery. 
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy might wish to consider Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Carl's memory, 555 Riverside Road, Marquette, MI 49855. 
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Florence M. Hruska 
MENOMINEE -- Florence M. Hruska, age 84 of 1408 27th Avenue, Menominee and the halfway location, Marquette County, Michigan passed away at home on Thursday, August 31, 2000 surrounded by her family. 
The former Florence M. Delsipee, daughter of the late Henry and Anna (Schumacher) Delsipee was born October 5, 1915 in Menominee. She graduated from Menominee High School in 1933. On September 2, 1939 she married Victor Hruska in Menominee. He preceded her in death on January 11, 1982. 
Florence worked at numerous places in Menominee and Marinette, including Signal Electric. She was an active member of Lodge Perun WFLA. She was an avid and creative seamstress, flower gardener and reader. During her retirement years she enjoyed world travel; having embarked on an African safari and an ocean voyage through the Panama Canal. 
She was preceded in death by 1 brother Lt. Harold Delsipee, who was fatally wounded during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. 
She is surivived by 2 daughters Mrs. Gary (Linda) Sherbinow and Hallie Hruska, both of Marquette, MI, and granddaughters; Carly Anne Beerman of Marquette, Atty. Jane (Patrick) Kamm of Merryville, IN, Victoria Callies of Minneapolis, MN and special caregiver, companion and granddaughter Anna Menor of Marquette, 1 brother- Ray (Helen) Delsipee of Menominee, 1 sister Ruth Coleman of Menominee, 1 sister-in-law Mary (Rudolph) Hruska, many nieces and nephews. 
Friends may call from 9 until 11 A.M. on Monday at Kell-Walker Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday at the funeral home with Fr. Patrick Wisneske officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. 
A memorial fund has been established for Lake Superior Hospice in Marquette, Michigan. 

Mary Micheau 
ESCANABA -- Mary Micheau, age 89, of Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba (Formerly of Fairview Manor in Gladstone) died Thursday evening August 31, 2000 at Christian Park following a lengthy illness. 
Mary was born November 27, 1910 in Gwinn, MI, the daughter of Jerome and Mary Armatti who immigrated to Gwinn from Italy. Mary was raised in Gwinn until she married Ervy Alex Micheau and they resided in Rock. They lived in Rock until 1958 when they moved into Fairview Manor in Gladstone. She had been a resident of Fairview until October of 1998 when she became ill and went into Christian Park. 
Mary was an active member of All Saints Church in Gladstone where she was a commissioned member of prayer and praise. Mary enjoyed helping people, playing cards, playing Bingo, walking, music and dancing. 
Survivors include 2 sons; Donald (Jean) Micheau of Soo Hill, MI and James (Lucy) Micheau of Milwaukee, WI, 2 brothers; Battista (Edith) Armatti of Gwinn, MI and Johnny Armatti of Gwinn, 3 sisters; Eda Doyen, Leda King and Rosie Storti all of Gwinn, 3 granddaughters; Shelly (Bruce) Nitka of Green Bay, WI, Carrie (Timothy) Johnson of Escanaba and Kelly (Gary) Hanson of Milwaukee, WI, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents Mary was preceded in death by her husband Ervy in 1971, 3 daughters; Mary Jean, Joyce and Jean and 2 brothers; Jimmy and Lawrence. 
Mary's family will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Parrish prayers will follow at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Micheau will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. at All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Arnold Grambow officiating. Luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be in Rapid River Cemetery in Rapid River. The Skradski Funeral Home of Gladstone and Escanaba is in charge of arrangements. 

Onerva S. Overmark 
L'ANSE -- Onerva S. Overmark, died Thursday, August 31, 2000, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. Mrs. Overmark was born July 7, 1925 in Aura, MI to the late William and Aini (Maki) Lampinen. She attended the local schools and was a lifetime resident of the area. She married Matt Overmark in L'Anse on July 15, 1948. He preceded her in death in 1984. Mrs. Overmark was a member of the United Methodist Church of L'Anse, and the Baragaland Senior Citizens. 
Mrs. Overmark is survived by her son Roger of L'Anse, 1 niece and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 3, 2000 from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel at 4:00 p.m. Michael Lepisto will officiate and interment will take place in the Herman Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. 

Stephen D. Stoll, Sr. 
NEGAUNEE -- Stephen D. Stoll, Sr., age 58, of 1003 Owaissa St., Negaunee died at 12:10 PM on Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 at the Emergency Room of Marquette General Hospital following a 6 week illness. 
Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home. 

Dolores A. Kokkila 
ISHPEMING -- Dolores A. Kokkila, age 70, of 111 Bluff St. Ishpeming died Saturday September 2, at the Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming. 
Dolores was born January 6, 1930 in Ishpeming to the late Matt & Mildred (Danielson) Kokkila. She was a life long area resident. 
Dolly attended the National Mine Schools and was a talented artist. She was a loving, quiet, gentle person and a joy to her friends and family. She worked at the Robbins Flooring Mill retiring in 1992. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church. 
Survivors include 1 brother Wally Kokkila, of Longmont, CO, nieces Marge Pearson of Ishpeming, & Charlotte Arellano of Thornton, CO, nephews Rich Farley of Ishpeming & David Kokkila of Colorado Springs, CO. Several Great nieces & nephews and 2 Great Great nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister Annette Farley. 
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday September 5, 2000 at 7 P.M. at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with Rev. Laurie Maki to officiate. Friends may call at the Funeral Home from 6 P.M. Tuesday until the time of services. Burial will be in the Ishpeming cemetery. 

Loretta C. Krummi 
SIDNAW -- Loretta C. Krummi, 87, of Sidnaw, died Monday September 4, 2000 at Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. She was born on August 28, 1913 in Ontonagon, daughter of of the late Oliver and Mae (Rheame) Wakeford and married Edwin Krummi in 1956. 
Survivors include her husband Edwin of Sidnaw, two daughters, Darlene Griffin of Redford, MI and Dr. Karen Erickson of N. Oxford, MA, four grandchildren and four great granchildren. Also a sister Isabelle Hardes of Sidnaw and three stepbrothers, Joseph, George and Fredrick all of Sidnaw. She was preceded in death by a brother Randolph and a stepbrother Clifford. 
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, September 7 at the Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing with the Rev. Thomas Valayathil officiating. Interment will be in Sidnaw Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday for an hour before service. 

Walter E. "Wally" Wirkula 
Marquette Walter E. "Wally" Wirkula age 88, of 520 Summit St. died early Sunday morning September 3rd in his home. He was born on July 8, 1912 in Marquette to Charles and Amanda (Passo) Wirkula and was a life long resident of Marquette. 
He retired in 1975 with 33 years of employment as an engineer for the D.S.S. & A. Railroad and later with the Soo Line Railroad. He later worked for the Huron Mountain Railroad at the Island. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, the Michigan Sheriff's Association, and the United Transportation Union. Wally loved to go for a ride around the Island and meet his friends at K-Mart for coffee and conversation. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Abby in 1994. 
Survivors include 2 daughters Judith Johnson of Kenosha, WI and Laurel Jean (Steve) Sexton of Green Bay, WI. A son Allan (Donna Lee) Wirkula of Sands. His sister Tina Gatsos of Alhambra, Ca., nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 
Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM on Wednesday September 6th. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM in the funeral home with Reverend Nancy Amacher officiating. Burial will take place in Park Cemetery. 
His grandsons Bryan Marshall, Paul Steady, Darryl Wirkula and Kenneth Wirkula will serve as pallbearers. 
Memorials in his memory to Messiah Lutheran Church. 

Alfred E. Glaser 
NORTHVILLE, MI -- Alfred E. Glaser, 95, of Northville, Michigan died July 15 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. He was born April 28, 1905 in Muhlhausen, Germany to Ernest and Minnie (Ochs) Glaser. 
Mr. Glaser lived in Northville since 1930 and was self-employed. He received his training as a tool and die specialist in Germany. His employments included the Stinson Aircraft Co. of Northville until the company's move to Tenessee and various companies in the Detroit metro area, including Chrysler Motors. Mr. Glaser was owner and operator of Glaser Engineering until his retirement in 1970. He was a member of the German Edelweiss Club. 
Mr. Glaser is survived by a daughter, Dolores La Faive of Neaunee; four grandchildren, Lucy La Faive, Susan La Faive, Fran Sterling and Al La Faive; and three great-grandchildren, Melissa Sterling, Monica La Faive and Matoska Waltz. 
Mr. Glaser was preceded in death by his wife, Erna in January 1990. Private funeral services were held by the family. 

Helga Irene Jarvenpaa Niemi 
ATLANTA, GA -- Helga Irene Jarvenpaa Niemi passed away peacefully on July 16, 2000 at the home of her eldest grandchild, where she had lived for nearly three years. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Eric Victor Niemi, a well-known painting contractor and local artist, and her daughter, Joyce Irene Niemi Malsack, formerly of Iron Mountain, and leaves three grandchildren and five great- grandchildren and and their families; Claudia (Mrs. Peter) Booth, Christina, Truman and Scott of Atlanta, GA, Thomas (Ofelia) Malsack, Eric and Jesse of Marquette, MI and Pamela (Mrs. Bruce) Wilson, also of Atlanta. Irene remained alert, active and self sufficient to the end. She would have been ninety-five on August 7, 2000. A gifted seamstress and cook, she was an artist in her own right, and had been the bookkeeper for her husband's business. She was also an avid reader of lover of the Finnish people and culture of her roots. Well-loved by all who knew her, she was joyful, amiable, kind and generous in nature and always ready with hospitality and help for those in need. A service of thanksgiving for her life is being celebrated at St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 10 AM Friday, September 8th, followed by burial of the cremains at the Northland Chapel Garden at 12 noon. 

J. Mayo
L'ANSE, MI -- Jason "Jay" J. Mayo, 29, of L'Anse died suddenly Tuesday, September 5, 2000 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Jay was born in L'Anse April 16, 1971, the son of Robert Paul Sr. and Dorothy (Waara) Mayo. He was a lifetime resident of Baraga County, and graduated from the Baraga High School in 1989. He was employed as a welder for the Massie Manufacturing Co. in Baraga. He also received his certificate in A/C and refrigeration. Jay was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the Baraga County "Snow Drifters" Club. His love was snowmobiling, ATVs, hunting, fishing and animal farming. 
Jay is survived by his parents Robert Paul and Dorothy Mayo of Baraga, 3 brothers; Timothy (Diane) of Baraga, Scott (Popcorn), Robert Jr. (Brenda) both of Baraga, 2 sisters; Dawn (John) Kemppainen of L'Anse and Susie Lawrence of Baraga. Jay is also survived by his special friend Suzie Lindmann and Christopher, Dollcie and Kiki of L'Anse. Other family members surviving are aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his great aunt Helen Harju Ylitalo. He was preceded by grandparents, 3 uncles and 1 aunt. 
Funeral services for Mr. Mayo will be Friday, September 8, 2000 at 3 p.m. from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse with Judy Mattson officiating. Interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Reid Funeral Services and Chapel from 11 a.m. until time of services on Friday. 

Joanne Audrey Chillman 
SAN DIEGO, CA -- Joanne Audrey Chillman, age 69, died at her home in San Diego, CA on August 22, 2000 after battling cancer for 16 months. Joanne was born February 3, 1931 in Ishpeming to the late Frans and Fanny (Kauppila) Lammi. She was a graduate of Ishpeming High School in 1949. 
Joanne married David William Chillman in 1951 and lived throughout the United States while David pursued a career in the U.S. Navy. During his 22 year career, they lived in South Carolina, Virginia, Rhode Island, and finally settled in San Diego. 
Joanne is survived by her 3 children, David, Peggy and Susan, 4 grandchildren, Jennifer, Jared, Justin and Jeffrey, and sisters Dorothy (Henry) Rundman of Ishpeming and Edna Crumbaker of Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband David in August 1982 and her sister Ruth Bartenan in March 2000. 
A memorial service was held at her church, Clairmont Lutheran, on August 26. She was laid to rest next to her husband at Fort Rosecrans Memorial Cemetery in San Diego on August 28, 2000. 

Richard Bonner 
ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI -- Richard Bonner, age 78. Beloved husband of the late Caroline. Dear father of Connie Rempala, Barbara (Robert) Arczynski of Ishpeming, and Amy (Paul) Darbonne. 
Richard is survived by 6 loving grandchildren. Dear friend of Trudy Miel. Brother of Gwen Shepherd and Howard. 
Services were held August 31, 2000 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. 

Ronald Dalby 
REPUBLIC -- Ronald Dalby age 79 of Rt. 1 Box 52C Republic died Tuesday, September 5, 2000, at Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming. 
Ronald was born April 26, 1921 in Detroit to the late Arthur & Edith (Riall) Dalby. He worked as a tool & die maker in the family business for several years. Ronald enjoyed woodcarving, painting & photography. 
Ronald is survived by a daughter Gillian (Doug) Barry of Republic, 2 sons; Robert (Arlene) Dalby of Chula Vista, CA, and Richard (Gail) Dalby of New Haven, CT, a brother Arthur (Marjorie) Dalby of Florence, OR, 5 grandchildren; Matthew & Zachary Barry, Robert D. Jr, Dina-Monique & Kamille Dalby. Ronald was preceded in death by his wife Martina 1980. 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00a.m. Monday, September 11, 2000 at Sparks-Griffin Lake Orion Chapel. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery. 
Friends may call on Monday from 10:00a.m. until the time of service at Sparks-Griffin Lake Orion Chapel. 

Ruth M. (Ivey) Hansen 
MARQUETTE -- Ruth Marion (Ivey) Hansen, age 65 of 755 Lost Creek Rd. Marquette died Thursday, September 7, 2000, at her home after a 3 months illness. 
Ruth was born January 11, 1935, in Trout Creek to the Late Armi & Mary (Kainnanen) Parkkonen. She has resided in the Ishpeming area most of her life. 
She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Ishpeming. She worked at the J.J. Newberry Store for 19 years and at K Mart for 22 years. 
Survivors include her husband Edward, daughter Betty Kevern (John) Carlton of Ishpeming, 2 step daughters Phyllis Ivey (Donald) Salo of Champion, Kathy (Terry) Sleeter of Marquette, 2 step sons Bruce (Silke) Hansen of Berlin Germany, Scott (Marilyn) Hansen of Republic. 2 Brothers William (Rena) Parkkonen of Ishpeming, Arthur (Ellen) Parkkonen of Ishpeming, 4 Sisters Lorraine (George) Hancock, Marjorie (Roger) Dodge & Sharon (Fred) Rivers all of Ishpeming & Mary Louise (Bernie) Nicikowski of Racine, WI. Grandchildren Ruth Carlton, serving in the U.S. Navy Virginia Beach, VA., Daniel (Juile) Salo of Escanaba, William Salo of Minneapolis, Shawn Salo of Champion, Justin & Jamie Sleeter of Marquette, Jonathan, Jacob & Joshua all of Republic & Christopher Hansen of Berlin, Germany, 1 Great Grandson Ethan Salo along with several Nieces & Nephews. She was preceded in death by her first Husband Wayne Don Ivey in 1987 and 3 Brothers John, Donald & George Parkkonen. 
Funeral Services will be at 3 P.M. on Saturday, September 9, 2000, at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with Revs. Bruce Hatch & Michael Quayle to officiate. 
Friends may call at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home from noon on Saturday until the time of services. 
Honorary Pallbearers will be nephews Steven & David Dodge, Paul Parkkonen, Mark Kogutewitz, Ron Ivey, Peter, Bill & Tom Depetro. 
Burial will be in Northland Chapel Gardens. 

Harry L. Paquin 
GRAND RAPIDS -- Former Rexton resident, Harry L. Paquin, 84, of Grand Rapids, died Saturday morning September 9, 2000 at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday September 13, 2000 at 2:00 pm at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with Pastor Robert Norris officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Rexton. 
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until time of services on Wednesday. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family. 

Polly S. Bergh 
NEWBERRY -- Polly S. Bergh, 75, of Newberry, died Sunday morning September 10, 2000 at her residence under the loving care of her family and North Woods Home Health and Hospice. 
Born June 9, 1925 in Ontonagon, daughter of the late John & Alice (Parker) Stevens, Mrs. Bergh was a 1943 graduate of Ontonagon High School and also a 1946 graduate of Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL. A resident of Newberry since 1965, Polly was employed at the former Newberry Regional Mental Health Center as a Registered Nurse and also was the Administrator of the Luce County Annex for several years until her retirement. In 1973, she received the Citizen of the Year Award for her dedicated work at the Luce County Annex. Polly was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and her interests included reading. 
Besides her parents, Polly is preceded in death by her daughters, Patricia, Barbara and Dana. Survivors include her husband, Newman Bergh of Newberry, whom she married May 24, 1947 in Ontonagon; four children John (Judy) of Bonduel, WI, Gail (Ron) Schultz of Traverse City, Dave (Laurie) of Newberry and Beth (Rob) Reynolds of Baraga; also ten grandchildren. 
At request, cremation services will take place. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday September 12, 2000 at 11:00 am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newberry with Pastor LaVonne Stephenson officiating. 
Those who wish may contribute to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or North Woods Home Health and Hospice in memory of Polly S. Bergh. 
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family. 

Dorothy W. Harrison 
ARVADA, CO -- Funeral services were held on August 23, at the Exempler Lutheran Home in Arvada, CO. for Dorothy (Wright) Harrison. She was born in Marquette, MI on Sept. 21, 1911 to William and Flossie Wright. She was a graduate of Northern Michigan College and taught in several schools. She was married to Robert Harrison in July of 1939. While in Marquette she was a member of St. Pauls Church, the Marquette Golf and Country Club and several local groups. She was known for her collection of women's hats, which she showed to many groups. They moved to Colorado in 1951 where Mr. Harrison was employed by Dow Chemical Co. In Colorado she was a member of the Rolling Hills Country Club and was known as "The Hat Lady" and again showed them to groups throughout the state. Her husband preceded her in death in 1974. 
She is survived by a son, Donald (Jacque) of Golden, CO., a daughter Anne of New York, a granddaughter Julie, and a brother William Wright of Negaunee. 

Emma A. Biber 
McMILLIAN --Emma A. Biber, 66, of McMillian, died Sunday, September 10, 2000 at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with Pastor Paul Williams officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Thursday. 
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family. 

Robert Lee "Bob" Riker, Jr. 
FISHERS, INDIANA -- Robert Lee "Bob" Riker, Jr., age 56, of Fishers, Indiana, died September, 10, 2000. He was a machinist for Major Tool & Machine Co. for 5 years. 
Survivors include his wife, Barbara A. Abell Riker, his parents, Robert L. Riker, Sr. & Frances Pauline Warfield Riker, sons; Craig Alan Riker and Gregory Scott (Melissa) Riker, a sister, Susie Standerford and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Michael Don Riker. 
Funeral services will be held on September 14, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be September 13, 2000 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Ellsworth L. "Sonny" Darcy 
BARAGA, MI -- Ellsworth L. "Sonny" Darcy, 82, of Baraga, died suddenly at his home Tuesday, September 12, 2000. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Darcy are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. 

Bruno N. Nardi 
Ishpeming- Bruno N. Nardi, age 71 of 604 N. Fourth St., Ishpeming died Wednesday September 13th, 2000 at the Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming. Bruno was born May 23rd, 1929 in Ishpeming to the late Bruno and Concetta (Tassone) Nardi and was a lifelong Ishpeming resident. 
Bruno worked for C.C.I. Co. as a mechanic for several years and also at the Wawonowin Golf Club. He was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church of Ishpeming. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Am Vets. 
Survivors include 1 brother Francis (Shirley) Nardi of Ishpeming, 5 sisters; Rose Collick of Ishpeming, Patricia Burkman of Marquette, Clara (James) Guthrie of Ishpeming, Nancy (Byron) Hewitt & Teresa (Melvin) Leivo both of Palmer, special friend Marlene Stone of Ishpeming and her children Jon, Sandi & Steven along with several nieces & nephews. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 15, 2000 at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Rev. Lawrence Gauthier to officiate. 
Friends may call at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home from 5 until 8pm on Thursday where a parish wake service will be held at 7:00 P.M. 
Pallbearers will Clinton Collick, Mark Hewitt, Terry Leivo, Michael Nardi, Richard Burkman & Jon Stone. 
Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery. 

Geraldine V. Balongue 
HOUGHTON LAKE, MI -- Geraldine V. Balongue, age 95, of Houghton Lake, MI, formerly of L'Anse, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at King Nursing Centre in Houghton Lake. 
The funeral mass will be on Monday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in L'Anse. Fr. Greg Heikkala will officiate. Burial will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is in charge of arrangements. 

James N. Richmond 
NEWBERRY -- James N. Richmond, 85, of Newberry, died Thursday morning September 14, 2000 at the Luce County Annex in Newberry. 
Born October 27, 1914 in Ortonville, MI, son of the late Ward & Sylvia (Payne) Richmond, James was a 1932 graduate of Newberry High School, member of the 1932 Newberry High School state golf championship team and attended Michigan State University in East Lansing. A veteran of the Armed Forces, he served in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1946. James was employed as a sales representative at the Chevrolet Garage and later as an insurance agent with Prudential Insurance. He continued employment with Tahquamenon Area Schools as a paraprofessional in the special education department until his retirement in 1985. James attended the First Presbyterian Church and was a member of both the American Legion Post #74 and B.P.O.E. #1705. He enjoyed playing bridge, woodcarving, basketweaving, hunting and fishing. 
Besides his parents, James is preceded in death by two sons James and Michael. Survivors include his wife, the former Anges "Aggie" Kerr of Newberry, whom he married December 26, 1939 in Newberry; sons Daniel "Boomer" (Sandy) of Newberry and Scott of Chicago, IL; daughter Kathleen (Dr. Gregg) Hanert of Fairview; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. 
At his request, cremation services will take place with no public services to be scheduled. 
Those who wish may contribute to the Luce County Annex or the Tahquamenon Education Foundation in memory of James N. Richmond. 
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry assisted the family. 

Lyla V. Moore 
MUNISING -- Lyla Verna Moore, age 81, of 815 W. Munising Avenue and formerly of AuTrain, died onWednesday, September 13, 2000 at 10:15 a.m. at the Superior Health Haven in Munising. She was born on July 26, 1919 in Lewiston, Montana to the late Bert and Minnie (Bair) Robinson. Lyla graduated from North Branch High School in Flint, Michigan in 1937 and on June 29, 1940 she married Kenneth William Moore. She was a homemaker for twenty-two years as she and Ken raised their seven children. After her youngest was in school, Lyla went to work for Cummings Forncrook as an office worker. In 1973, they moved to AuTrain after Ken retired, and Lyla went to work for Avery's Color Studio. She also worked as a cook in the AuTrain Senior Citizen Center and with the AuTrain Township Fire Department Auxiliary. Lyla was a member of the Women of the Moose, and she loved to play BINGO and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, and tatting. 
She is survived by her seven children - Don (Kathy) Moore of Montrose, Michigan, Dale (Phyllis) Moore of Mt. Moris, MI, Janet Sigsby of MI, Dean Moore of Londenderry, NH, Gerald (Judy) Moore of Mt. Morris, MI, Jeff (Connie) Moore of AuTrain, and Sue Trombly of Christmas; 16 grandchildren; 7 great- grandchildren; sisters - Wanda (Ken) Mudge of Salem, OR and Donna (Pete) Bierlein of Gladwin, MI; and brother Russ (Mary) Robinson of South Carolina. Besides her parents, Lyla was preceded in death by her husband, Ken on November 22, 1985, a grandson, Dennis Moore on June 1, 1991, and five brothers. 
Friends may call at the Bowerman Funeral Home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00. The funeral will be conducted at the Bowerman Funeral Chapel by Pastors Mary Beth and Kurt V. Kovanen on Saturday, September 16, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Serenity Pines Cemetery in AuTrain and she will be escorted hy her grandchildren. 

Ellsworth L. "Sonny" Darcy 
BARAGA -- Ellsworth L. "Sonny" Darcy, 82, died suddenly at his home Tuesday, September 
12, 2000. Sonny was born in Baraga November 11, 1917, the son of Joseph J. and Evelyn (Bohmier) Darcy. He attended school in Baraga and was a life time resident. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Staff Sargent. Following his discharge, Sonny worked for the Northwoods Lumber Company, and later was employed by the Pettibone Corp. In 1959, he formed the Baraga Manufacturing Company. In 1980, he sold the business to Baraga Products Corporation. Sonny served several terms on the Baraga Village Council and had served on the Baraga Township board of review. In 1941, he married the former Eleanor Rabideaux in Findley, Ohio. She preceded him in death in 1980. 
Sonny was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Baraga, American Legion Foucault-Funke Post 444 in Baraga, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles L'Anse Post 2287. In addition, Sonny had been a member of the South Paw Bowling League, had hunted big game in the Rockies and Alaska and was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed berry picking and reading. 
Mr. Darcy is survived by 2 sons, Thomas (Val) Darcy of Baraga and Francis (Shirley) Darcy of Indian Lake, Ohio; 4 daughters, Barbara J. (Clyde) Swartz of Baraga; Victory A. (Mike) Mieko of L'Anse and Fort Pierce, FL.: Sandra (Daniel) Pittsley of Baraga, and Anne M. (Jim) Miller of White Lake, MI. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 31 great- grandchildren, sister Pearl Fallon of Iron Mountain, 2 aunt's, sister- in-law Gloria Darcy, brother- in-law Ruben Hansen. Several nieces and nephews, and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Larry Joe, brothers Joseph and Charles and a sister Louella.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Mr. Darcy at 4 p.m. on Friday September 15, 2000 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Baraga. Fr.George Joseph will be the celebrant and interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. His grandchildren will honor him as casket bearers. A family and friends visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. Baraga County veterans will accord military honors at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral Chapel under the direction of American Legion Post 444. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel of L'Anse assisted the family with final arrangements. 

Gordon A. Newland
BRIMLEY -- Gordon A. Newland, 67, of Brimley passed away at his home Tuesday afternoon, September 12. He spent his lifetime serving others as a husband, father, grandfather, and teacher. He was born October 4, 1932 in L'Anse, Michigan and was the son of Graydon and Marceline (Deschaine) Newland. Gordon served in the United States Air Force and was a Korean War veteran. He then went on to serve as a teacher in the Litchfield and Brimley school districts. He became Brimley High School Principal then Superintendent from 1963-1967. Mr. Newland then spent five years as the Executive Director of the Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency. He returned to the Brimley school district as a teacher, principal, and superintendent from 1974-1984. Gordon moved back to his childhood home to become Superintendent of L'Anse Area Schools from 1984-1988 before retiring from education. He spent his last twelve years serving as the Chippewa County Controller. 
Newland served on the St. Francis Xavier Church Board, Lions Club, American Legion, Hiawatha Behavioral Mental Health Authority, MI Association of County Administrators, Sewell Avery Executive Committee, Chippewa County Remonumentation Board, UP Commission for Area Progress Board of Directors, Northern Michigan Civil Rights Advisory Committee, War Memorial Hospital Board, Baraga County Memorial Hospital Board, Head Start Board of Directors, Michigan Association of School Administrators and School Boards, UP Catholic Social Service Board, EUP Regional Planning Commissions, Brimley Zoo Keeper, Chippewa County Housing, Parks and Recreation, and Planning Commissions, United Way Fund, Superior Township Board and Volunteer Fireman, Brimley Board of Education, Whitefish Bay Medical and Dental Clinic, UP Rural Health Commission, and the Bay Mills Indian Community Economic Development Board. 
Gordon is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marian; children Gordon C. (Vicki) Newland of Bay Mills, MI, Laura (Scott) VanSumeren of Grand Blanc, MI, Linda Newland of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Gary (Kerri) Newland of Marlette, MI and Gregory (Melissa) Newland of Caro, MI; Grandchildren, Bryan, Holly, Robert, Nicole, Matthew, Ashley, Cody, Andrew and Jennifer; and sister Marcella (Clayton) Auger of L'Anse, MI. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Catherine; his parents; and sister, Donna Blood. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14th, 2 until 4 PM & 6 until 9 PM with Prayers at 8:00 PM at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home and on Friday, September 15th 9:30 until 11 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church. Funeral services will be Friday, September 15th, 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brimley with Father Jeff Johnson celebrating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in L'Anse, MI on Saturday, September 16th at 10:30 AM. 
At his request, the family has asked that donations be made to the Gordon A. Newland Family Scholarship Fund for Brimley Area Schools in lieu of flowers. 
Arrangements by Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home; 113 Maple; Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 632-8221. 

Kimberly K. Stilson 
NEWBERRY -- Kimberly K. Stilson, 40 of Newberry, died Wednesday morning September 13, 2000 at her residence under the loving care of her family and R.P. Hicks Hospice. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday September 16th at 10:00 am at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with Pastors Patrick McNeil and Harry Fisher officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday September 15th from 5-8 pm. Beaulieu Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Lena Wright 
SANDS TOWNSHIP- Lena Wright, 85, of 100 Taylor road, Sands Township, the mother of Nancy Daggitt, died Monday evening at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where she resided since June 16th, 2000. There will be no services. Inurnment will take place at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens Cemetery in Sault Ste. Marie. The Canale-Tonale Funeral Home in Marquette is assisting the family. 

Marion F. Cutler 
BARAGA ­ Marion F. Cutler, age 93, resident of Bayside Village, formerly of Baraga, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at Bayside Village in L'Anse. 
The funeral service will be on Friday, September 15th, at 11am at Sirard Funeral Home. The visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Baraga Cemetery. A reader from the Christian Science Church in Houghton will officiate. The Sirard Funeral Home in Baraga is in charge of arrangements. 

Wanda A. Kahman 
ISHPEMING ­ Wanda A. Kahman age 85 of Ishpeming formerly of Cleveland, OH died Saturday, September 9, 2000 at the Bell Memorial Hospital. 
Wanda moved to Ishpeming in 1995 to live with her son Russell Kahman, the owner of Northland Pride Fish Hatchery. Wanda was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church while residing in Ishpeming. 
Wanda is survived by a son, Russell Kahman of Ishpeming, two grandchildren Linda & Michael, a great grandson, Michael Jr., and a sister Martha Szczepanski. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mel. 
Funeral services were held on Thursday September 14, 2000 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cleveland with burial in the Calvary Cemetery. 
Arrangements were handled by the Komorowski Funeral Home, Cleveland, OH. 

Jeanette A. Tauriainen 
BARAGA ­ Jeanette A. Tauriainen, 75, passed away at Bayside Village in L'Anse Thursday, September 14, 2000 . She had been a resident there for several weeks. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Tauriainen are incomplete and will be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. 

Peter Eugene Puska Sr. 
ROYAL OAK, MI -- Peter Eugene Pusk Sr., 46 years walked with our Lord on September 15, 2000 at 4:05 at the Beaumont Hospital iin Royal Oak, Michigan. 
Pete was born June 10, 1954 in Hancock, MI where he was raised. He was in the US Marine Corp for 2 years. He lived in the Ishpeming area for many years before moving to Ohio and then the Detroit area, where he resided at the time of his death. Pete is survived by four sons whom he adored, William (Sandy) Puska of Ohio, Peter Puska Jr., of Ishpeming, Harley and Blaine Puska of Detroit. Four grandchildren, Cody, Danielle, Matthew and Alexander all of Ohio and God Son Adam Johnson of Ishpeming. 
Pete is also survived by six sisters, Martha (Gordon) Kyllonen, Margie (Willard) Dooley, Dodie (Butchie) Laplander, Adele (Mike) Destrampe, Gloria (Ryan) Routsala, Laura (Mark) Patterson, and a brother, Patrick Puska. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Guy Puska and Elaine Dahlman, and one sister Judy Zieber. 
Pete had a love for life and a passion for Harley Davidsons. He was a free spirit who will be forever missed by all of his family and friends. 
Visitation will be at The Memorial Chapel in Hancock, Michigan on Sunday, September 17, 2000 from 4:00-8:00 with Special Veterans Services at 7:00pm. Funeral services will be Monday September 18, 2000 at 11:00 am at the Memorial Chapel with visitation from 10:00am until time of service. 

Remy Florek Sr. 
KINGSFORD -- Remy Florek Sr., 78, of 945 Hoadley Ave., Kingsford, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain. 
He was born May 11, 1922 in Brainerd, Minn., son of the late Andrew and Agnes (Kurkowski) Florek. 
Remy married Lucille G. Vincent in 1942, in Park Rapids, Minn. They moved back to Kingsford and have been residents of the Upper Peninsula for more than 50 years. 
Remy was a seaman in the U.S. Navy and a Merchant Marine. He also worked as a logger and a carpenter. Remy enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing, and the fall was his favorite time of year. 
He leaves his wife, Lucille; his sons, Ronald (Rose) Florek of Marquette and Remy Jr. (Tina) Florek of Norway; his daughters, Trish (Joe) Archuleta of Colorado, Sharon (Bob) Maxon of Gladstone and Geneive Maynard Florek of Kingsford; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a brother, Melvin (Katie) Florek of Coon Rapids, Minn., and a sister, Irene Filla of Wyoming, Minn. 
He was also preceded in death by a son, Jerome Florek and three brothers, William, Donald, and Sylvester Florek. 
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Joesph Gouin will officiate. 
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Virginia M. Keese 
Ishpeming- Virginia M. Keese age 81 of 350 S. Pine St. Ishpeming died Thursday, September 14, 2000 at her residence. Virginia was born May 27, 1919 in Eveleth, MN to the late William J. & Nora H. (Cullen) Keese. She was a long time Ishpeming resident. 
Virginia is survived by two half sisters Edith Ann (John) Suihkonen of Hibbing, MN, and Kathleen (Jerry) Sines of Viroqua, WI, 2 aunts Genevieve Nelson of Ishpeming and Orissa Anderson former Ishpeming resident, several nieces nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a half sister Billy Lu Sater. A graveside memorial service will be held at the Ishpeming Cemetery at a later date. 
Arrangements are being handled by the Bjork & Zhulkie funeral home. 

Albert C. Clickner 
HATBORO -- Albert C. Clickner, 53, of Hatboro, died in Arbington Memorial Hospital on September 13, 2000, ending a two year battle with cancer. 
Mr. Clickner was born in the village of Newberry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he learned his life-long love of hunting and fishing. He left home to serve in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany at the height of the cold war. Romance brought him to Delaware Valley, as he followed his future wife, Sarah Minehart, to her home in Philadelphia after they met while he was on leave in California where she was teaching at the time. 
Mr. Clickner earned an Associate Degree at Glassboro State College (Rowan). He was employed for 23 years on the staff of Kansas Beef Industries in the Food Distribution Center, more recently operated by Quaker Valley Meats, where he was known for his reliability as he was never late or absent from work and put in long hours up until his illness struck. 
Throughout his life he pursued his boyhood enthusiasm for hunting and fishing, often spending weekends in the Pocono region. Although not from the area, Mr. Clickner became a devoted, long-suffering sports fan of area teams. 
He was preceded in death by his father William in July of 1999. 
Survivors include his Wife of 30 years Sarah of Hatboro, PA, son John, and daughter Kiersten of Arcata, CA, mother Donna Clickner of Newberry, brothers Claude of Germfask, Jim of Hawley, PA and Wally of Newberry, sisters Etta Bohannon of Newberry and Peg Butkovich of Engadine. 
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday September 16th at St. Vincent's in Germantown, PA. Rite of Committal services will be held Wednesday September 20th, 2000 at 11 a.m. at forest home cemetery in Newberry with Sharon Baker of St. Gregory's Catholic Church presiding. 
Those who wish may contribute to R.P. Hicks Hospice in memory of Albert C. Clickner.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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