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PHOENIX, AZ -- Ovide Bergeron, 87, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away December 11, 2000 at Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale after a lengthy illness. Ovide was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on May 24, 1913, the son of Joseph and Victoria Bergeron. Ovide served in the United States Army with the 345th Infantry from 1942 to 1945. During the European Theatre, Ovide participated in the Battles of the Ardennes and Rhineland. In 1956 Ovide married Ann Zyskowski of Negaunee, Michigan, and they moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1977 after his retirement.
Ovide is survived by a step- son, Jerry Zyskowski and his wife of Seattle Washington; his niece Nanette Palmer of Pennsylvania, three nephews: Mike Bergeron of Ishpeming, Michigan; Richard Sane and Bobby Bogart both of Florida. Ovide will be greatly missed by all of his family and many loving friends. Visitation will be held 8-9:00 A.M., Friday, December 15, 2000 at Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass for Ovide will be celebrated at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, on Friday, December 15th at 9:30 A.M. A brunch will be held immediately following the service in the Pope John Paul Room at St. Theresa.
Gertrude Ilene Mutka
Gertrude was employed by The University of California at Riverside. She worked at the dormitories for 18 years before retiring. She was liked by all and spent her leisure time bowling in two leagues till the age of 88. She also did a lot of traveling with a special niece Iona Bradley. They traveled to Finland, Europe & Australia.
Survivors include one son, Richard (Lorraine) Mutka of LaHabra, CA; 4 grandchildren, Jerry, Michael, Mitchell & Jean, all of California. She also leaves 10 great grandchildren, one brother, Paul (Donna) Rintala of Ishpeming, MI, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Waino in December 1972, 2 brothers, Frank and Charles Rintala, 5 sisters, Elma Mutka, Katheryn Lukkarinen, Mary Atherton, Wilma Peterson and Lillian Houvouras.
Funeral services were held at Olivewood Memorial Park in Riverside,
CA Nov. 29, 2000. Burial was at Olivewood Memorial Park.
MARQUETTE -- Viola Winters, 85 of 1867 M-28 East, Marquette, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at Marquette General Hospital, where she has been a patient since October.
Mrs. Winters was born December 5, 1915 in Trenton, NJ, to Michael and Josephine Gawryszewski. Since 1964 she and her husband spent the summers in Marquette and the winters in Pompano Beach, Fla. Her husband Orin passed away in 1977.
She is survived by a son, Carl Muller, Santa Clara, CA; two sisters, Angela Rutkowski and Helen Alexandrowicz, and a sister in law Eileen Deecan, all of Trenton, NJ.
Services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, December 16, 2000 in the Swanson Lundquist Funeral Home with Chaplain Leon Jarvis, from Marquette General Hospital officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 pm Friday. Burial will be made in Park Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the Viola Winters Nursing Endowment Fund, c/o
The NMU Development Fund, 1401 Presque Isle Ave,. Marquette, MI 49855.
Laura J. Sirtola
SOUTHGATE, MI -- Laura J. Sirtola, 82, of Southgate, MI died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000 at her home.
Mrs. Sirtola was born Sept. 21, 1918 in Republic to Peter & Anna Liisa (Lassila) Koskela, grew up in Negaunee and was a graduate of Negaunee High School, Class of 1934. She worked for many years as a data processor for the Ford Motor Company in the Detroit area.
She was a member of the Farmington Apostolic Lutheran Church and was a volunteer at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital for 10 years.
Surviving are her daughter, Arlene (Dr. Thomas) Kalis, Grosse Ile, MI, 1 grandson, Kyle Kalis, Grosse Ile, 2 sisters; Olga Honkala, Negaunee, Dorothy Ashley, Pinellas Park, Florida, several nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Axel who was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge during WWII, 6 sisters; Lydia, Helmi, Wilma, Mamie, Ruth & Edna, 3 brothers; Eino, Ann, & William.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday at the Apostolic Lutheran Church, U.S. 41 in West Ishpeming with Mr. Reuben Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Peter & Norman Honkala, Michael Halt, Thomas Prophet, John Etelamaki, & Ed Bentti.
Friends may call at the church from 12:00 noon until the time of services at 2:00 PM on Saturday.
The Koskey Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.
Arlene A. Wessman
L'ANSE -- Arlene A. Wessman died Wednesday December 13, 2000 at Marquette
General Hospital. She was 58. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will
be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse.
Emerilda Sundlie Pera
ISHPEMING -- Emerilda Sundlie Pera, age 100, formerly of 124 Excelsior St., Ishpeming died Wednesday evening, December 13, 2000 at the Bell Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She had resided in Woodland Assisted Living Community for the past 16 months.
Emerilda was born November 6, 1900 in Champion, MI to the late Nelson & Mary Louise (D'Amour) Carriere. With the exception of a few years in Ishpeming, Negaunee, Lake Linden and several winters in Florida, she was a lifetime resident of Champion.
Emerilda was quite an entrepreneur. At age 17 she & her younger sister Violet managed a restaurant in the Champion Railroad Station. Their primary mission was to feed the many servicemen traveling through Champion during World War I. She operated a restaurant in Champion for 25 years. During that period she ran boarding houses in the Eastern part of the U.P. to accommodate men on various highway construction jobs. She fed and found housing for workers installing power lines and telephone lines in Marquette County. In addition, shortly after prohibition was repealed she opened a tavern in Champion and operated a dance hall called the Mariposa (now known as the Lillian Larson American Legion Post)- Greenwoods Location.
On December 26, 1920 she married Lars Sundlie of Ishpeming. Lars died in the Winkler Nursing Home of L'Anse, MI on April 15, 1965. On January 20, 1979 she married Joe Pera of Ellenton, FL. Joe died in Valenti Nursing Home in Ishpeming on November 25, 1998.
She was also preceded in death by daughter Lois Narhi, granddaughter Joanne Arsenault Hamel, son in law Donald Arsenault, daughter in law Sylvia Sundlie, 3 sisters & 2 brothers plus several nieces & nephews.
Emerilda is survived a daughter Opal Arsenault of Champion and son Lawrence Sundlie of Cape Canaveral FL, as well as 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Ishpeming.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 7:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2000 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. James Challancin officiating. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial considerations may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Champion.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home.
Lewis B. Ingalls
SKANDIA -- Lewis B. Ingalls, 82 of 269 Kreiger Dr., Skandia died early
Thursday morning Dec. 14, in his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced
by the Swanson Lundquist Funeral Home.
Robert L. Stephens
MARQUETTE -- Robert L. Stephens, 59, 316 Pine St. Apt. #107, Marquette,
was pronounced dead on arrival at Marquette General Hospital died on Wednesday,
Dec. 12, 2000. Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home
FALMOUTH, MA -- Michael (Mike) Elmhirst, age 52, of Falmouth, Massachusetts died Monday, December 11, 2000 after a long battle with cancer.
He is the son of the late Joe W. Elmhirst, and Mary Lou Elmhirst. He was a 1966 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School.
Mike served 5 years in the Navy as a Corpsman and graduated from college in Kansas City, Missouri. He spent his entire career in the Health Care Industry working in administrative positions across the country. He has resided in Falmouth, MA for the past 8 years and was employed by Cape Cod Health Care.
He is survived by his wife, Marjolign, 2 daughters, Carrie and Anneke, his mother, Mary Lou, a sister, Mary Kathleen Poissant and a brother, Joe (Diane) Elmhirst, and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 15, 2000 in Falmouth, MA. In
lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Bay Cliff
Jack W. Riekki
NEGAUNEE -- Jack W. Riekki, 60, of 98 Croix Street, Negaunee, died this past week. He was in ill health for the past year.
He was born in Ishpeming, May 23, 1940, to William and Ruth (Niemi) Riekki. He lived most of his life in the Negaunee area. He was a graduate of Negaunee High School and attended Northern Michigan University. Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. in 1985.
Surviving are two sons: Robb (Aimee) Riekki of Greenville, WI and Lee Riekki of St. Louis, MI, his mother Ruth Riekki of Casa Grande, AZ, one sister Marilyn (Ronald) Laitinen of Negaunee, two nephews David (Kathy) Laitinen of San Diego, CA and Ricky (Kelly) Laitinen of Marquette. He was preceded in death by his father William ÒBusterÓ Riekki in 1998.
In keeping with Jack's wishes, there will be no services.
The Perala Funeral Home is assisting the family
There will be no funeral services. A graveside service will be held in the spring in the Negaunee Cemetery.
The Sirard Funeral Home in Baraga is assisting the family.
Arlene A. Wessman
ZEBA -- Arlene A. Wessman, 58, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at Marquette General Hospital following a lengthy illness. Arlene was born in L'Anse, MI. March 30, 1942, daughter of the late Wilbur and Lillian (Bressette) LaFernier. She attended the L'Anse Schools and moved to Hazel Crest, IL., in 1962. She had recently returned to Zeba. Arlene married Peter Wessman in 1962 and they continued to live in Hazel Crest. She enjoyed cooking for her family and loved gambling, especially the slots. Locally, she was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.
Mrs. Wessman is survived by her husband Peter, son Peter Mark Wessman of Zeba; 3 daughters; Petrinia (Lee) Mello, of Markham, IL., Patricia (John) Sipple of Loveland, CO., and Anita (David) Martin of Thorton, IL., 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She is also survived by 5 brothers; Earl LaFernier of Hawesville, KY., John of Zeba, Michael (Susan) of L'Anse, Patrick of L'Anse and Harry LaFernier of Baraga; 8 sisters, Sybil LaFernier of L'Anse, Georgia (Robert) Douglas of Hawesville, KY., Margaret (John) Vanover of Hawesville, KY., Marcia (Dennis) Wentland of MN., Becky (Ralph) Decker of Hawesville, KY., Cosie LaFernier of Zeba, Angela (Gerald) Friisvall of Hawesville, KY., Rosie (Chris) Landreaux of New Orleans, LA., step-sister Ann Dotson of Gwinn, MI., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son and step-mother, Lois LaFernier.
Funeral services honoring her life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday December 17, from the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel with Father George K. Joseph officiating. Spring burial will take place in the Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Skandia, MI.
The family will receive friends at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel,
L'Anse, Saturday evening, December 16, from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Sunday
for one hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction
of the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse.
Lewis B. Ingalls Sr.
SKANDIA -- Lewis B. Ingalls Sr, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, in his Skandia home in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice.
Born Aug. 9, 1918 in Central Lake, Lewis was a son of Byron and Hazel (Brown) Ingalls, and was raised in the eastern Upper Peninsula. As a young man he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps camps and other lumber camps. He also worked on the iron ore boats and sailed the Great Lakes for Pickens and Mather from 1937<\!-> 1939. Lewis served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre in Holland and Germany and was battery commander of the 379th Field Artillery Company- 102nd Infantry Division. For his service he earned the the Bronze Star, and several other medals. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After returning from the war, he began a sawmill in Sand River, which he moved to Skandia in 1948. Lewis owned and operated the Ingalls Lumber Company in Skandia until his retirement in 1985.
A charter member of the Skandia Fire Department, Lewis also was a member of the Skandia Lions Club and the Marquette Lodge 101 Free and Accepted Masons and Francis M. Moore Consistory. He organized and managed the first Babe Ruth baseball team in Skandia and was involved in youth baseball for many years. In 1989, he received the Skandia/ West Branch Citizen of the Year Award "in appreciation for all the contributions and services rendered over many years to the residents of Skandia and West Branch Townships." He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and working in his beautiful garden, the bounty from which he shared with many.
Lewis is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor (Burling) Ingalls, whom he married on July 14, 1943; four sons, Lewis (Sandra) Ingalls Jr. of Huntsville, AL, Wayne (Candy) Ingalls of Eben, Dale (Nina) Ingalls of Skandia and Mark (Louise) Ingalls of Gwinn; two daughters, Carol (John) Foress and Betsy (Paul) Koski, both of Gwinn; his sister Geneva (George) Keeble of Oscoda; eight grandchildren, Jill Ingalls and Susan (Jeffrey) Bowen of Huntsville, AL, Amy (Matthew) Kierzek of Appleton, WI, John Foress Jr., Daniel (Nicole Vandenboom) Foress, both of Hilbert, WI, Laura (Donald Tressedder) Ingalls of Negaunee and Becky Ingalls and Katie Ingalls, both of Gwinn; four great grandchildren, Thomas John Foress, Quynn Foress and Hunter Vandenboom of Hilbert, WI., and Allison Kierzek, of Appleton, WI., and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and his step mother, Georgia Burlew.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Skandia. The funeral will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Chad Christensen officiating. Grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. VFW services will be conducted just prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Swanson-Lundquist Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made to Emanuel Lutheran
Church or Lake Superior Hospice.
Lucille Cecelia Moyle
HANCOCK -- Lucille Cecelia Moyle, 89, a former Calumet resident passed away Saturday evening at the Portage Pointe Long Term Unit in Hancock where she was a resident for the past 4 years.
The former Lucille Michel was born on Nov. 22, 1911 in Hubbell, Michigan a daughter of the late Lucille & Goudias Michael and attended the St. Cecelia's Convent & Lake Linden High School. Since 1939 she made her home on a dairy farm on M-26, Laurium before entering the Portage Long Term Unit in Hancock. She and her husband Dick owned & operated the Moyle farm for over 45 years.
On April 9, 1927 she married David (Dick) Moyle Sr. in Hubbell & he passed away on Sept. 30, 1983. Lucille was a member of the Laurium United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau Association & active 4<\!->H leader for many years. She was well loved & respected by her family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband David (Dick), a son Thomas & 3 grandsons.
Surviving are: 3 Sons: David "Jocko" (Mary Jane) Moyle of Laurium, Donald (Ethel) Moyle of Laurium, Gordon (Mary Rose) Moyle of Negaunee; 5 Daughters: Mrs. Merle (Norman) Audette of Silver City, Mrs. Alice (Ronald) Ziemnick of Bootjack, Mrs. Mary (Ben) Leiker of Bootjack, Mrs. Janet (Michael) Dudenas of Eagle River, Mrs. Margaret (Vernon) Axford of Calumet; A Daughter-in-law: Lorraine (Thomas) Moyle of Lake Linden; 37 Grandchildren, 78 Great Grandchildren, & 2 Great Great Grandchildren; A Sister: Melba (William) Andreini of Cypress Manor Nursing Home in Hancock; 2 Sisters-in-law: Katherine (Lawrence) Michel of Our Lady of Mercy Nursing Home in Hubbell, Liz (Raymond) Moyle of Lake Linden; and several nieces, nephews & cousins.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday in the Laurium United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Brown to officiate. Spring burial to be in the Lake View Cemetery.
The Erickson Crowley Funeral Home of Calumet assisted the family with arrangements.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family suggests memorials be given to the Laurium United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Kearsarge Street. Laurium.
Robert L. Stephens
MARQUETTE -- Robert L. Stephens, 59, 316 Pine St. Apt. #107, Marquette, was pronounced dead on arrival at Marquette General Hospital died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2000. He suffered a heart attack Wednesday morning in his car at his apartment parking lot.
Robert was born July 20, 1941 in Ishpeming to Earl E. & Caroline P. (Grevious) Stephens and was a graduate of Ishpeming High School, Class of 1959. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War having served in Germany. He worked for The Dayton Steel Company in Dayton, OH until retiring because of medical problems and was a Marquette resident for the past 12 years. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at camp.
Surviving are 4 sisters; Carol (Melvin) Johnson, Negaunee, Pauline (Philip) Johnson, Ishpeming, Sharon (Thomas) Guideback, Negaunee, Bonnie (Herbert) Stine, Dayton, OH, 2 brothers; Thomas (Ruth) Stephens, Union, OH, William (Megan) Stephens, Englewood, OH, several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Earl 'Bud' Stephens.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday at the Koskey Funeral Home, Negaunee with Rev. Laurel Halvorson- Bernard, pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church of Negaunee officiating. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Koskey Funeral Home from 11:00 AM until the time of services at noon on Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Monday, December 18, 2000 at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie, with Rev. Paul Marin, Pastor of Hope Fellowship in Houghton to officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 18, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie.
The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.
Margaret I. Hogback
SOUTH RANGE -- Margaret I. Hogback, a former resident of the Rangetown Apartments in South Range, passed away early Friday morning, December 15, 2000, at the Mather Nursing Home in Ishpeming, where she has been a resident patient since July 26, 2000. Prior to that she had been a resident of the Stillwaters Community Elders Home in Calumet for the past 3 years.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 18, 2000, at 11 AM in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock, with Paul Isaacson to officiate. Spring burial to be in the Liminga Cemetery.
Friends may call on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, from 6 to 9 PM at the funeral home in Hancock.
Ellen Marie Kuisti
Ishpeming - Ellen Marie Kuisti, age 83, formerly of 150 W. Superior St. Ishpeming died on Friday, December 15, 2000 at the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming where she had been a resident for the past 2 1/2years.
Ellen was born July 26, 1917 in Ishpeming to the late Napoleon & Ilene (Kaijala) Garceau and was a lifelong resident. She worked at the H.W. Gossard Co. as a seamstress for several years prior to her marriage to Daniel Kuisti who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include three sisters - Karen Tousignant and Edna (Robert) Bonovich both of Ishpeming, and Martha Lindstrom of Negaunee; two brothers - Clifford (Mildred) Garceau of Humboldt and Melvin Garceau of Ishpeming; an aunt Ellen Nordeen of Gwinn and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her husband Daniel, a son Daniel, two brothers - John & Kenneth Garceau and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday December 18, 2000 at the Bethel Lutheran Church with the Rev's. C. Bruce Ulstad & Lauri O. Maki to officiate. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Bethel Lutheran Church from 10:00 AM until the time of services on Monday.
Memorials may be directed to the Bethel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
The Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eugene "Gene" Selden
L'ANSE, MI -- Eugene "Gene" Selden, of L'Anse, died at Marquette General Hospital December 15, 2000. Mr. Selden was 69. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6 P.M. at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. The family will greet friends from 4 P.M. until time of service. A complete obituary will appear in Monday's paper. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse is serving the family.
Alice Ann Bartlett
Angela "Angie" Carlson
LIMESTONE -- Angela Stella Maris "Angie" Carlson, 83, of Limestone,
entered eternal life early Sunday morning, December 17, 2000, at the Munising
Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She had been hospitalized
since December 10. Angie was born April 24, 1917 in Munising, a daughter
of the late David and Estella (LaPorte) LeVeque, was raised in Munising,
and was a 1935 graduate of the Mather High School. Following graduation,
she worked for a time at the Munising Woodenware and the Munising Paper
Mill. She attended beauty college, later owning and operating Angie's Beauty
Shop in Munising for several years. On March 11, 1950 she married Richard
J. Carlson in Munising, and the couple set about establishing their home
and raising a family. For a time, Angie operated her business out of her
home, until 1955 when the family moved to the Limestone area where her
husband was engaged in farming. As a homemaker, she enjoyed baking, knitting,
crocheting, playing cards, especially Smear, and in her later years took
great pleasure in frequenting the Casino and its nickel machines. Following
her husband's death in July of 1991, Angie went to live with her daughter
and son-in-law, Bernadine and David Qualmann in Limestone. She was a member
of the Trenary United Methodist Church, the Trenary Senior Citizens, and
the Winters Birthday Club. A loving mother and proud grandmother, she is
survived by: two daughters, Bernadine (David) Qualmann of Limestone, and
Kathleen (Earl) Weissgerber of Menominee; two sons, Lloyd (Patricia) Carlson
of Phoenix, AZ, and Lawrence Carlson of Norman, OK; her grandchildren,
Larry (Emilie) Qualmann, Jeff (Sandy) Qualmann, Mark Carlson, Melissa Owen,
Bromley Carlson, and Jarrod Carlson; several great-grandchildren, nieces,
and nephews; and her canine and feline companions, Pooper and Kitters.
In addition to her parents and husband, Angie was preceded in death by
two sisters, Bernadine and Mary LeVeque; and brothers, Lloyd, Kenneth,
Eustace, Modest, David, and Lawrence LeVeque. At Angie' s request, no public
services will be scheduled. A private celebration of her life will be held
in the spring at the convenience of the family. The Fassbender Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Jean Rice
ISHPEMING -- Betty Jean Rice, 56, 111 Bluff St., Apt. #609, Ishpeming, died at 4:30 AM on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000 at Bell Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for 5 days.
Betty was born July 15, 1944 in Negaunee to Albert & Margaret (O'Dette) Rice, attended the Negaunee Schools and was a life long area resident. Her hobbies included crotcheting and furbee dolls.
Surviving are 2 brothers; Joseph (Roberta) Rice & Donald (Rose) Rice both of Negaunee, 3 sisters; Patricia Berry, Marquette, Darlene Bazinette & Alice (Carlo) Ward, both of Ishpeming, several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers; Albert 'Box' Rice, & Gary Rice, 4 sisters; Margaret Bernadette Hoglund, Carmen Collins, Viola Raihala, Joann Anderson, and her special friend, Vernon 'Snapper' Sillanpaa.
Graveside services at the Negaunee Cemetery will be held in the spring.
The Koskey Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Eugene R. "Gene" Selden
L'ANSE -- Eugen R. "Gene" Selden, 69, of L'Anse passed away December 15, 2000 at Marquette General Hospital. He was born in L'Anse on July 31, 1931, son of the late Russell and Winifred (Berg) Selden. He attended schools in L'Anse. He served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954. He sailed for the G.L. Wilson Company as a ship watchman. He then worked for the L'Anse Village and retired in 1994. Eugene was a VFW L'Anse Post life member. Gene enjoyed snowmobiling and being with his friends. He was a loyal and avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Red Wings.
Mr. Selden is survived by his daughter, Debra Selden of Floriday; brothers, William "Bill" Selden of Skanee and Robert Selden of Brandenton, Florida; sister, Pat Miller of L'Anse, numerous nieces and nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews, and special friend Ilene Selden of Calif. He was preceded in death by a half brother Russell, 1 niece and 1 nephew.
Funeral serivces for Mr. Selden will be Tuesday, December 19, at 6 p.m.
at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. Pastor David Snyder will
officiate and spring burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 4 p.m. until time of the
service. The area veterans will honor Mr. Selden at a service at 5:30.
Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon following the services
in the Harrington Gathering Room at the funeral home. The Reid Funeral
Service and Chapel, L'Anse assisted the family with arrangements.
Isabelle J. "Sis" Donovan
L'ANSE - Isabelle J. "Sis" Donovan, of L'Anse passed away Friday December 15, 2000 at Marquette General Hospital, following a short illness. She was born in L'Anse to the late Royden and Isabelle (O'Toole) Ellico. Sis was a graduate of L'Anse High School and was a graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Hancock. She worked at Wm. Beumont Hospital in Royal Oak until her retirement, returning to L'Anse in 1973. She married William Donovan April 11, 1953 in L'Anse. He preceded her in death
in 1998. Sis was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Prayer Group, and several bridge clubs. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxilary and the Michigan Nursing Association.
Mrs. Donovan is survived by a son Timothy Donovan of Carbondale, CO. and daughter Kathleen Donovan of Iron Mountain; a sister Roberta (Jim) Slawick of Forest Lake, MN. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded by 3 brothers, Robert, Pat, and Roy, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday December 19, at
11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L'Anse. Father Greg Heikkala
will be the Celebrant and Spring burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Reid
Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. A rosary service will be held at 7
p.m. followd by a parish prayer service at 7:15 p.m. In lieu of other expressions
of sympathy, the family suggests memorial to the Sacred Heart Catholic
School. Envelopes will be available at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel
L'Anse, who assisted the family with service arrangements.
Linnea D. Bergh
MARQUETTE -- Linnea D. Bergh, 97, of 105 E. Fairbanks St., died December 15, 2000 at the Mather Nursing Center.
She was born July 31, 1903 in Marquette to Joseph and Hilma (Larson) Anderson and was a life long resident. Linnea was a 1920 graduate of Froebel High School and attended Augustana College. In 1928 she married Dr. Hjalmer Bergh and he preceded her in death in 1985. She was a life time member of Messiah Lutheran Church where she was active in the Lutheran Church in America (now ELCA), sang in the choir and taught in the Sunday school program for many years.
Linnea is survived by two daughters; Karen Bergh and Nancy McCombie, both of Marquette; six grandchildren, Erik Bergh, Thomas McCombie, Michael McCombie, Kristine Ounan, Diana Warfield, and Beth Bergh, and 12 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Daniel Bergh in 1986 and a sister Alida Boyer.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 20, 2000 in the Messiah Lutheran Church with Rev. Nancy Amacher and Rev. Tim Bernard officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery with George, Bruce, and Dan Collins, Erik Bergh, Thomas McCombie and Robert Thomsen acting as pallbearers. Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday and at the church after 10:00 AM on Wednesday.
The family has requested that memorials be made to Messiah Lutheran
L'ANSE -- Ted Kaurala, 85. died Monday, December 18, 2000, at Baraga
County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Mr. Kaurala had been a patient
there for several months. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Kaurala are incomplete
and will be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse.
Victor H. Jeffreys
ISHPEMING -- Victor H. Jeffreys age 83 of 241 Douglas St., Ishpeming died Sunday, December 17, 2000 at the Bell Memorial Hospital.
Victor was born September 16, 1917 in Detroit AL. Victor & his wife wife, Rosa has been residing in Ishpeming at his daughters Opal Giroux house since August 2000.
Victor is survived by his wife Rosa, of Ishpeming, a daughter Opal (Joseph) Giroux of Ishpeming, son Hollis (Willow) Jeffreys of Brooklyn, MI, a brothers, 3 sisters, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son.
Funeral services will be held in Hamilton AL at Hamilton & Hackleburg Funeral Home on Friday, December 22, 2000. Burial will be in the Coopers Cemetery. Local arrangements are being handled by the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home.
Arthur G. Gable
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. at the Beaulieu Funeral home in Newberry with Forrest Rank presiding. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. with a Masonic memorial service to be conducted at 4:30 p.m.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Bertha Elizabeth Vercoe
ISHPEMING -- Bertha Elizabeth Vercoe age 84 of 711 N. 1st St. Ishpeming died Monday, December 18, 2000 at the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility where she resided for the past 2 years.
Bertha was born January 20, 1916 in Gwinn to the late William & Lempi Vertanen. She lived in North Lake & Negaunee prior to moving to Ishpeming. She worked at the H.W. Gossard Company as a seamstress for several years and also worked at a pharmaceutical company in Waukegan, IL.
Bertha was a charter member of the Hope Free Lutheran Church, and was a Sunday School teacher in North Lake for 20 years.
Bertha is survived by her husband of 66 years Gordon Vercoe of Ishpeming, 2 children: Janet (David) Helsius or Trout Creek, MI and Gordon (Nancy) Vercoe Jr. of Ishpeming, a sister Sylvia Pezzotti of Negaunee, a brother Jerry (Nina) Vertanen of Jackson, TN, 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, and a brother Wilho and a brother Arne.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2000 at the Hope Free Lutheran Church in Ishpeming with the Rev. Michael Burke officiating. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hope Free Lutheran Church on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren & great grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home.
Marie L. Westman
LITTLE LAKE -- Marie L. Westman, 77, of 449 Sorensen, went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 14, 2000 at the Desert Life Care Center in Tucson, AZ, following a long illness.
She was born December 19, 1922 in Perkins, MI, to Joseph and Victorine (LaBresh) LaChance and had lived in Little Lake for 60 years. Marie and her husband Russell have been active in the work of the Lord at the Little Lake Gospel Chapel. She will be remembered for many things; among them her smiles, hand crafted items, making beautiful wedding cakes, her generosity to others and her love for flowers. She filled her home with love and happiness.
Marie is survived by her husband Russell, who she married in 1940; three daughters; Dorothy (Bill) Sather of Gwinn, Lois (Keith) Olive of Bartlesville, OK and Debbie (Eberhard) Hoehl of Lafayette, LA, two sons; Russell A. (Shirley) Westman of Little Lake and Ron (Tami) Westman of Swartz Creek, MI, four sisters, Emma (Charlie) Delmont of Little Lake, Delphine Tucker of Tacoma, WA, Elaine (Stephen) Oman of Gladstone and Delores Rife of Green Bay, WI, four brothers, Delore LaChance of Gladstone, Joseph (Eleanor) LaChance of Little Lake, Wilfred (Vivian) LaChance of Yuma, AZ and Zeph (Marlene) LaChance of Saginaw, MI; 13 grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) Simila, Laura (Matt) Rose, Julie (Reid) Miller, Connie (Ron) Hill, Russell A. (Carolyn) Westman, Jr., Steven (Amy) Westman, Brandon Westman, Reagan Hoehl, Joseph Hoehl, Ron Westman, Marie Westman, Jason Westman, and Mara Joy Westman, and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers David, Elmer and Albert and sisters Bertha and Helen.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 21, 2000
at the Little Lake Gospel Chapel with Rev. Ronald Libey officiating. Burial
will be in the Gwinn Cemetery with her grandsons acting as pallbearers.
Visitation will begin at the chapel at 11:00 AM Thursday. The Swanson-
Lundquist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie J. Flateau
NEGAUNEE -- Marjorie J. Flateau, 75, of 98 Croix St., Negaunee died at 2:48 PM on Monday, December 18, 2000 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where she had been a patient for 1 month.
Local arrangements are being handled by the Koskey Funeral Home.
Norma M. Hakala
SHEBOYGAN, WI -- Norma M. Hakala, 64, of N7272 Clover Lane, Sheboygan, passed away at her residence on Saturday, December 16, 2000 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 5, 1936 in Negaunee, MI, a daughter of the late Hjalmer and Martha (Herrela) Orquist. Norma was a graduate of Painesdale High School, class of 1955.
Howard W. Hakala and Norma M. Orquist were united in marriage on June 4, 1960 in Painesdale, Michigan. She had been employed by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Houghton, MI. Norma and Howard moved to Sheboygan in 1968. She was a member of St. Pauls Evangelical Church in Howards Grove.
Survivors include her husband, Howard; a son, Randall (Debra) of Clintonville, WI; two daughters, Lynn (Scott) Piscitello of Abilene, TX and Lori Hakala (special friend Jeff Diefenthaler) of Newton, WI; five grandchildren, Bradley Schuelke, Joshua and Justin Hakala, Lauren and Lindsey Piscitello. She is further survived by two sisters, Joyce (Leonard) Reed and Nancy Orquist, both of Green Bay.
A service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church, N7311 State Highway 32, Howards Grove. Reverend Kristian Taves, pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at the church at the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Norma M. Hakala.
The Zimmer Funeral Home of Howards Grove is assisting the family.
Marjorie J. Flateau
Marjorie was born Dec. 14, 1925 in Detroit to Emil & Hilma (Kanainen) Samuelson. She worked as a secretary for the Ford Motor Company for many years. She was a Negaunee resident for the past 2 years coming from Dearborn and was a former member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dearborn.
Surviving are 2 brothers; Dale Samuelson and William Holm, both of Negaunee, several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her 1st husband, James Wade, her 2nd husband, Melvin Flateau, and her parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, Dec. 22, 2000 at the Howe- Peterson Funeral Home in Taylor, MI. Burial will be in Glen Eden Cemetery in Farmington. Pallbearers will be; William, Robert, Raymond, & Keith Sturgeon, & Lee Flateau.
Visitation will be at the Howe- Peterson Funeral Home in Taylor from 5-9 PM on Thursday.
Local arrangements are being handled by the Koskey Funeral Home.
Robert H. Townsend
GWINN -- Robert H. Townsend, 59, of 840 Horseshoe Lake Road, Gwinn, died at his home Tuesday.
There will be no services at this time. Mr. Townsend's family would like to thank his neighbors for their kind assistance.
The Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Ted A. Kaurala
L'ANSE -- Ted A. Kaurala, 85, passed away Monday, December 18, 2000 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Mr. Kaurala had been a patient there for several months. Mr. Kaurala was born in Tapiola, son of the late Henry and Serfia (Andun) Kaurala. He attended the Tapiola and Doelli schools and was a lifetime resident of the Tapiola area. Ted worked as a lumberjack for various area loggers.
Mr. Kaurala is survived by 3 sisters, Sigrid Gerzetich of Hancock, Vera Snell of Chrystal Falls, and Sylvia Jestila of L'Anse; numerous nieces. He was preceded by 2 brothers and 6 sisters.
A family memorial service for Ted will be held at a later date. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, assisted the family with arrangements.
Dorothy "Dot" (Benson) Royea
She was born on February 17, 1928 in Negaunee, Michigan, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Adolph and Anna Benson. She graduated from Negaunee High School. On December 17, 1949, she married Robert L. Royea at St. Paul's Church in Negaunee.
The family moved to Fond du Lac in 1965. She worked at Canvas Products and then Giddings & Lewis until her retirement in 1976.
Family was the heart of her existence. Dorothy enjoyed playing cards and looked forward to weekly card games with grandson, Joe. She also loved watching her grandchildren's sports, traveling, and spending time with her family.
She was a member of the Lady Elks, the Elks Afternoon Bridge Marathon and the G & L Ladies Retired Luncheon Group.
Throughout 24 years of serious illness she repeatedly "beat the odds" and enjoyed life to the fullest.
Survivors include her husband, Bob, two daughters, Sandi (Bob) Roehrig of St. Peter, Cheri (Jim) Basler of Apple Valley, MN, one son, Robert (Kelli) of Pleasanton, CA. 8 Grandchildren, Joe, Rocky and Mike Braun, Adam and Dan Basler, and Perri, Alex and Spencer Royea, 1 great grandchild, Kylie Rose and one sister Donna (Ruben) Champion of Ishpeming, MI, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and one son-in-law.
Services: A "Celebration of Dorothy's Life" Service will be held at 4:00 PM Friday, December 22, 2000 at the Shrine of Rest Mausoleum in Fond du Lac. Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the family.
To those I Love and Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You musn't tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess How must you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, But now it's time I traveled on alone. So grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear All of my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and say "Welcome Home".
Frank R. Farmer
GLADSTONE -- Frank R. Farmer, age 63, of 9774 River J.5 Lane, Cornell died unexpectedly on Monday at home of an apparent heart attack.
Frank was born in Merrill, Illinois on January 8, 1937, the son of Loyal Farmer and Opal (Jackson) Farmer and was raised in Detroit. He married the former Joan Michael on April 21, 1957 in Detroit and they resided in Detroit until 1969. Frank and Joan then moved to Rock, MI, where they owned and operated the Rock IGA grocery store, and in 1977 purchased a second business, U.P. Realty, in which they also owned and operated until 1980. Frank then proceeded to work at Superior Cars until he retired in 1999.
Frank, well known in Rock as a community leader, was past President of the Rock Lions Club, coached baseball for the Rock Little League, and was a volunteer for the Rock Volunteer Fire Department.
His hobbies included: Working on antique cars, hunting, and wildlife.
Frank was preceded in death by his father, Loyal Farmer, 2 brothers; Chuck and David Farmer and 1 sister, JoAnn Elliot.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Farmer, Cornell, mother, Opal (Boyd) Harrington, Clearwater, FL., 2 sons; Frank (Darlene) Farmer of Flushing, MI and Raymond (Lynn) Farmer of Howard, WI, 4 daughters; Yvonne (Robert) Leaf, Neagunee, MI, Kathy (Jeff) Gudwer, Gladstone, Sharon (Frank) Bridges, Whidbey Island, WA, and Debbie (John) Pajnich, Rapid River, 4 sisters; Jean (Vee) Trichel, FL, Margie Harrington, MI, Faye Beven, FL, and Shirlene Harrington, OH, 19 grandchildren; Jesse, Ryan, Audrey, Rachael, Rebeckeh, Kim, Jeff, Amanda, Michael, Krystal, Jana, Jayson, Ashley, Alicia, Alexus, Matt, Anna, Alex, and Riley, 2 uncles and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Lepisto of the Rock Bible Chapel officiating. Luncheon will follow at First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Burial will take place on Saturday at the Fernwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family, envelopes will be available at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone and Escabana.