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June V. Menard 
L'ANSE, MI -- June V. Menard 85, of L'anse passed away September 21, 2000 at the Bayside Village following an illness of several months. June was born in Pequaming, MI. June 19, 1915, daughter of the late Albert and Ruth (Johnson) Olson. A lifetime resident of L'Anse, she graduated from L'Anse High School in 1934. On April 6, 1935, she married Curtis C. Menard in Houghton, MI. Mrs. Menard worked with her husband Curt at their Coast to Coast hardware store in L'Anse for 27 years in addition to raising their family. For 11 years, she issued the state auto plates at the store. June also operated the J&R Restaurant in downtown L'Anse for over 11 years. June was an avid bridge player and was active for over 40 years in the local bridge club. She enjoyed traveling and and had visited all 50 states as well as 15 foreign countries. Mrs. Menard had been an active member of the Zeba Methodist Mission Church. 
Mrs. Menard is survived by her loving husband Curtis, sons Larry (Virginia) Menard of L'Anse; Curtis D. (Linda) Menard of Wasilla, Alaska; Philip "Ritchie" (Joyce) Menard of Pequaming and James Menard of Nome, Alaska; daughter Nancy Menard of Germantown, WI. 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, also surviving is her sister Inez Charron of L'Anse. She was preceded by a brother Harris Olson. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Menard will be held Monday, September 25, 2000 from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse at 11 a.m. with her pastor David Snyder officiating. Interment will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorials in her memory to the Zeba Methodist Mission Church Building fund. Envelopes will be available at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse who assisted the family with arrangements. 

Margaret Alma Gollinger 
MUNISING -- Margaret Alma Gollinger, age 95, formerly of 126 E. Onota Street, Munising, died at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette on September 17, 2000. Born August 20, 1905 in St. Charles, Ontario to Angus and Mary Josephine Gagnon, she immigrated with her family to Munising in 1910. Usually called Alma by those who knew and loved her, she attended Sacred Heart School and was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church for 90 years. Alma was a member of the church altar society, the senior choir, and the St. Vincent De Paul Society for many years. During WWII, and on into the late 50's, she worked for the Atlas Plywood Corporation. Alma was also known as a wonderful cook, homemaker and hostess. 
Though diminutive in stature and quiet and reserved in manner, she was a lady of great strength of character whose kindness, thoughtfulness and loyalty will be remembered by many. 
Her family includes Dalton Gollinger, deceased, whom she married on December 30, 1931. One daughter, Suzette (George) Truckey of Marquette and her beloved grandchildren. They are Mark (Jackie) Truckey of Dillon, CO, Ann (Robert) LaCosse of Duluth. MN, Mary (Daniel) Shaw of Duluth, MN, Paul (Keli) Truckey of Astoria, NY, Daniel (Leigh) Truckey of Sioux City, Iowa, Andrew (Stacey) Truckey of Duluth, MN, and Bruce Truckey of Eagan, MN. Extended family includes 9 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Aili Gagnon of Pensacola, FL. Besides her husband Dalton, who died in 1982, she was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Marie Dumas Campbell, Sr. Dorothea Gagnon, and Anna Gagnon, and brothers, Frank, Ernest, Albert, and Robert Gagnon. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 25, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Munising with burial at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising. Friends may call at the Bowerman Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Church or to the Alger County Historical Society in memory of Alma. 

William "Bill" Anderson
ISHPEMING - Mr. William "Bill" Anderson age 72 of Ishpeming passed away September 22, 2000 at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, Wisconsin after a courageous battle with leukemia. His family was at his side. 
He was born February 11, 1928 to Emanuel & Mildred (Strand) Anderson in Ishpeming. A life-long resident of Ishpeming, he was well known by many. He attended Ishpeming High School and was employed by Robbins, Inc for many years until he retired in 1993. 
Bill enjoyed fly-fishing, woodworking, many summer trips to Mackinac Island, and spending time with family and friends. 
He is survived by two sons; Dale of Menominee, MI and Scott of Green Bay, WI, as well as a very dear friend, Jan Fillinger of Milwaukee. His daughter in law Annette (Tommola) Anderson was also very special to him. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary who passed away in 1993. 
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at the United Evangelical Covenant Church with the Rev. Terry Cathcart officiating. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery. 
Family will recieve friends at the Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home on Monday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy donations can be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 600 Third Ave. New York, NY 10016. 
The family would like to thank those locally who cared for him at Bell Memorial Hospital as well as Dr. Joe Mazza, Marshfield Clinic, Dr. Jules Blank and Associates, and the top-notch, kind and compassionate care he received at St. Vincent Hospital IMCU in Green Bay. 

Lennagene Stratton 
MARQUETTE -- Lennagene Stratton, 82, of 1540 W. Ridge Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday morning, September 23, 2000, at the Norlite Nursing Center following a lengthy illness. 
She was born December 27, 1917 in Homer, MI, the daughter of Don and Kathryn (Whitcomb) Rossman, and attended the Homer High School. She received her degrees from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University, obtaining her Master's Degree in education from Michigan State University. 
She taught in rural schools in Hillsdale and Calhoun Counties and served as supervisor of rural teachers in St. Clair County for several years. Following World War II she moved to Japan to teach the children of the US occupational forces. Later she became principal of the Palms Elementary School in St. Clair County. 
In 1957 she married Robert E. Stratton in Marysville, MI. The couple moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1975, residing in Negaunee, Rockland, and Marquette. 
Survivors include: Her husband, Robert E. Stratton. A sister: Priscilla Osborn of Defiance, OH. A brother: Darwin (Emmagene) Rossman of Charlottesville, VA. Several nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Edward Rossman. 
At the request of the deceased there will be no visitation or funeral services. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in the future. The Fassbender Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Clayton D. "Pee Wee" St. Martin
MUNISING -- Clayton D. "Pee Wee" St. Martin, 79, of N 7502 Carmondy Road, Munising died at his home on Thursday, September 21, 2000 following a year of declining health. 
Mr. St. Martin was born in Munising on January 2, 1921. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Irene (Benalt) St. Martin and brother George "Toogs." Also preceding in death were his wife Ruth Laituri in 1967 and his second wife Joyce (Bernard) Sandel in 1994. 
Survivors include his children Paula (Dale) Brandt, Ledyard, IA; Jim St. Martin, Kennewick, WA; Tom (Brenda) St. Martin, Munising. Grandchildren, Stephanie (Steve) Zishka; Alexandria, MN; Sarah (Chad) Teachout, Dallas TX; Cody Brandt, Ledyard, IA; Luke and Lynn St. Martin, Munising. Also Aunt Henrietta (Speck) LaCombe, a stepsister and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 
Mr. St. Martin attended Munising Public Schools. In the late 1930's he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Pori. Upon entering the U.S. Marine Corps on July 1, 1942, he was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific area during World War II. He participated in action at Anguar, Palau Islands and was honorably discharged in October 1945. Pee Wee began employment with the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad in May 1952 and retired as a train conductor in December,1977. 
Pee Wee was a member of the American Legion, Disabled Veterans, the V.F.W., Munising Moose Lodge, V.V.A., and the Marine Corps League. 
Honoring Mr. St. Martin's wishes, there will be no services. The family wishes to thank Pastor Kurt Kovanen for his support. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at c/o Tom St. Martin, E9420 Stone Street, Munising, MI 49862. 
Because Pee Wee was very proud of his grandchildren's success in school the family suggests memorials me made to the Alger Regional Community Foundation's Excellence in Education endowment Fund (P.O. Box 39, Munising, MI 49862), or a charity of th donor's choice. 

Steven James Raisanen 
ISHPEMING -- Steven James Raisanen, age 44 left us to be with the Lord on Saturday September 23, 2000 after being comatose for 19 1/2 years. He resided at the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. 
Steven was born on February 15, 1956 in Ishpeming to Jeanette (Wiitala) and the late Donald Raisanen. He grew up in the Green Creek Location and graduated from the National Mine High School in 1974. He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church. 
Steven loved fishing, hunting and tinkering with cars. He was a boy & man of free spirit and loved life to the fullest in his younger years. He will be sadly missed by many. 
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Jeanette (Raisanen) & Warren Luoma, 2 daughters, Jamie Raisanen and April (Jason) Laakso both of Ishpeming, a grandson Jacob Laakso of Ishpeming, 2 brothers, Michael Raisanen & Mark (Leslee) Raisanen both of Ishpeming, 2 sisters, Ann Marie (Gary) Poirer of Ishpeming and (M)Sgt. Dawn Raisanen and her husband MSgt. Keith Moses of Oklahoma City, OK; 2 step-brothers, 3 aunts, Barbara Raisanen of Ishpeming, Joyce Claveau of Flint and Joyce Delongchamp of Texas; 2 uncles, Richard (Molly) Raisanen of AL & Emilio (Corrine) Baldini of CA; 3 great aunts, Bertha Milimaki and Vivian Ferrari both of Waukegan, IL and Lillian Luhtala of AZ and his Godparents Robert & Edith Maki of Ishpeming along with many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Donald in 1989, and a sister Jeannette, grandparents, aunts & uncles. 
Funeral services will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday Sept. 26, 2000 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Virginia Eggert to officiate. Inurnment will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home from 4 until 6 PM on Tuesday. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike, Mark and Brian Raisanen, Jason Laakso, and Gary Poirer. 

Helen Carter 
KENTON-- Helen Carter, 77, former resident of Iron River and Kenton, Michigan passed away on Monday, September 25, 2000 at Marquette General Hospital. She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, Robert Carter of Kenton, Michigan. Her children are Barbara (John) Kushwara, Scott Carter, Mark Carter, and Linda (Peter) Lassing. Grandchildren are Heather, Shannon, Jason, Chad, Brian, Kyle, Ashley, and Larissa. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Clint. 
Helen was a retired employee of Milwaukee County General Hospital who moved to Kenton with her husband Robert in 1985. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and she was a charter member of the Sunset Circle in Iron River. Helen was past First Lady and secretary of the Northern Michigan unit of the Airstream Travel Group. 
Helen was born on June 2, 1923 in Mikana, Wisconsin, daughter of Henry and Martha Ertel. 
She spent her last years in her home on the Stoney Creek in Kenton, surrounded by her family and friends, while traveling with her husband to Florida in the wintertime. 
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2:00 pm, at Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing, Michigan. 
The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Shriner's Childrens' Hospitals, in care of the Marquette Ahmed Temple. 

Patti J. Nickerson-Manning 
RICHMOND TWP. - Patti J. Nickerson-Manning, age 40 of Richmond Twp., died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000 at her home. 
Patti was born September 9, 1960 in Petosky, MI to Ella (Cairns) and the late Robert Densmore. She moved to this area in 1965 and resided here since. Patti had worked at the Richmond Township Club a bartender. Patti worked tirelessly to ban hybrid wolf-dog breeding & ownership, and most recently had such law passed in the State of Michigan, which she dedicated to the memory of her daughter Angie Nickerson, who was killed in a wolf-dog attack in 1989. 
Survivors include 2 sons, Jason (Trecia Arnaiz) Nickerson of Ishpeming, and Jessi Nickerson of Greene, ME; a daughter, Samantha Manning of Palmer, her mother Ella Alderton of National Mine, 4 sisters, Elaine (Steve) Anderson of Ishpeming, Marsha (Richard) Fraser of Ishpeming, Penny (Dean) Carlson of Ishpeming and Tami (Mike) Daily of National Mine, 2 brothers, Fred VanLuven of National Mine and Mike Alderton of Ishpeming, a grandson Matthew Dylan Nickerson of Ishpeming, a step sister Sandy (Greg) LeClair of National Mine, an uncle George (Betty) Cairns of Sault Ste. Marie, MI., along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter Angie Nickerson in 1989, her father Robert Densmore and her step-father Fred Alderton. 
Funeral services will be held at 7:00PM on Wednesday September 27, 2000 at th Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. D. Michael Carriere to officiate. Inurnment will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home from 4 until 7PM on Wednesday. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Johnson, Jack Katajamaki, Kenny St. Aubin, Dale Nickerson, Andrew Wrenn and Hans Pergande. 
A luncheon will follow the service at the Lil Larson American Legion Post, Greenwood Location. 

Robert Alan Koch 
GRAND HAVEN -- Mr. Robert Alan Koch, age 59, of Grand Haven died Monday, September 25, 2000. He was born on December 8, 1940, in Detroit, MI to Donald and Helen Baptie (Webster) Koch. Robert was a graduate of the University of Michigan with a masters degree in marine biology. He worked for the Indiana DNR, Great Lakes Fish Management Division, from 1970 to 1985. The following 4 years he was the regional director for Ducks Unlimited (D.U.) in Northern Indiana. In 1989 he came to work for D.U. in Southwestern Michigan and was named senior regional director in recognition of his outstanding achievements. He was a major sponsor of D.U. and had partially completed the steps toward becoming a Sponsor in Perpetuity. Mr. Koch was a devoted father and outdoors man, he greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing, his Ducks Unlimited associates and most of all, his family. 
Survivors include his daughter Suzanne (Mike) Beckstrom of Marquette, MI; his son Jeffrey (Angela) Koch of Chicago, IL; two granddaughters, Kaitlin Ann Beckstrom (5 yrs.) and Brittany Koch (3 Mo.); one sister Judith (Richard) Wilcox of Muskegon, MI; and a brother Douglas (Marcia) Koch of Houston, TX; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Alan Koch, age 59 will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2000, 11:00 am at Christ Community Church in Spring Lake with Rev. Richard Rhem officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Clock Funeral Home, Grand Haven and also one hour prior to the service at the church. 
Memorial: Ducks Unlimited 
Clock Funeral Home 
16777 Lincoln St. 
Grand Haven, MI 49417 

Michael P. Wirtanen
ISHPEMING -- Michael P. Wirtanen, age 40, of 118 Bessemer St. Ishpeming died unexpectedly Friday, September 22, 2000 at his hunting camp. 
Michael was born March 30, 1960 in Ishpeming. He graduated from Ishpeming High School and after graduating from Northern Michigan University- Criminal Justice Program was employed by the Marquette Co. Sheriff's Department. While a deputy at the sheriff's department he was active with the Marquette Co. Search & Rescue and received a citation from Sheriff Maino for saving someone's life in a very dangerous situation. Michael had worked at Sawyer Lumber Co. He was unemployed for the past 1 year due to health problems. 
Michael's hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapping and being with family & friends at camp. He was an avid HAM radio operator making many friends around the world. 
Michael is survived by his wife, whom he married July 23, 1988, Laurie (Bartle) Wirtanen, 3 children Anthony, Dustin & Hunter Wirtanen, his mother Nancy (Ron) Milkey, his father John (Kay) Wirtanen, a sister Kristen (Kevin) LeSage, a brother John Wirtanen all of Ishpeming and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins. 
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2000 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Ishpeming with Fr. Lawrence Gauthier as celebrant. 
The family will receive friends following the service at the K/D Hall at St. John's Church. 
Arrangements are being handled by the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. 

Diane Spencer 
CLARKSBURG -- Diane Spencer, age 60 of 1015 Co.Rd. CKL, Champion, (Clarksburg Location), left us to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000 at her home under the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Hospice after a courageous year long battle with cancer. 
Diane was born Jan. 17, 1940 in Negaunee to Lloyd and Ethel (Delarye) Spencer, was a life long area resident, and was a homemaker. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have had her touch their lives. 
Surviving are her son, Alan (Laurie) Heikkinen, Ishpeming, a daughter, Nancy Hooper, Clarksburg Location, 2 sisters; Ruth (James) King, Marquette, Susan (Ralph) Quayle, Ishpeming, 3 brothers; Sherman Spencer, Ishpeming, Frank (Norma) Spencer, Ishpeming, Paul (Carol) Spencer, Negaunee, 3 grandsons; Chad Heikkinen, Madison, WI, Troy & Raymond Heikkinen, Ishpeming, her former husband, Wesley Heikkinen, Bull Head City, AZ and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother 'Junior' Spencer, sisters Mavis Herringa, Barbara Quayle & Donna Jean Johnson. 
Honoring Diane's request, there will be no services or visitation. 
The Koskey Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Elda M. Watson 
CLINTON -- Elda M. Watson, 74 of Clinton, Missouri, died Wednesday evening September 27, 2000 at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, MO. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 2, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with Harry Metzler officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, October 1st from 5-8 p.m. 
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family. 

Rhoda M. Matchinski 
ENGADINE -- Rhoda M. Matchinski, 74 of Engadine, died Thursday morning September 28, 2000 at the Luce County Annex in Newberry. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 30th at 4:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Engadine with Rev. John Walker officiating. Inurnment will take place at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Engadine. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. 
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family. 

Hildegard Johnssen 
SIDNAW -- Hildegard Johnssen, age 93, of Sidnaw, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2000, at Marquette General Hospital. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Sidnaw United Methodist Church. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Burial will be in the Sidnaw Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is in charge of arrangements.


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