Obituaries

Donald ‘Punky’ Clarence Richer

MESA, AZ - Donald Richer, 85, of Mesa passed away on February 12, 2017. He was born on December 16, 1931 in Marquette, Michigan. He is survived by his four children Scott Richer (Susan), Bob Richer, David Richer, and Katie Shutay; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; many ...

Mary A. Johnson

MARQUETTE, MI - Mary Arbutus Johnson, age 88, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday morning, February 24, 2017, in the loving, comforting care of her family. Mary passed at her son’s home, across the street from the home where she was born and in the house where she had, years ...

Daniel P. Kangas

ISHPEMING, MI. - Daniel P. Kangas, age 56, of 605 Lakeshore Dr., Apt 2, Ishpeming passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Marquette Co Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming where he had been a resident for the past day. Daniel was born April 10, 1960 in Ishpeming the son of the late ...

Gerald F. Drazkowski

MARQUETTE, MI - Gerald F. Drazkowski, 67, long-time resident of Marquette passed away on February 21, 2017, after a long battle with oral cancer. He was born November 9, 1949, in Bessemer, Michigan, where he lived until he graduated from A. D. Johnston High School in 1967. He attended ...

Rita M. Calcaterra

MARQUETTE, MI - Rita Marie Calcaterra, 83, went home to be with her Lord on February 23, 2017 at Mill Creek Memory Care Facility in the loving and gentle care of her family, dear friend Geri Nault, and caring staff of Lake Superior Hospice and Mill Creek Memory Care. Rita, daughter of Roy ...

Dorothy H. Jarvi

NEGAUNEE, MI - Dorothy Hope Jarvi, 99, of 98 Croix St., and formerly of Buffalo Road, Negaunee, entered eternal life late Wednesday evening, February 22, 2017 at UP Health System – Marquette. Dorothy was born March 23, 1917 in Negaunee to John and Sandra (Kallioinen) Penhale, was a ...

Alice J. Helwig

MARQUETTE, MI - Alice Joan Helwig, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday morning, February 23, 2017, in the loving, comforting care of her daughter and UP Home Health and Hospice. Born in Calumet, a daughter of Werner and Ann (Bjerk) Isola, Alice was raised in Calumet and graduated with ...

Betty I. Palmer

SAGINAW, MI - Betty I. Palmer of Saginaw, age 95, died on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at HealthSource in Saginaw. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 AM Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Saints Charles and Helena Catholic Church in Clio. Rev. Fr. Kenneth Coughlin officiating. Cremation to ...

Rita M. Calcaterra

MARQUETTE, MI - Rita M. Calcaterra, age 83, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Mill Creek Assisted Living in the loving care of her family, caregivers of Mill Creek and Lake Superior Hospice. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family where ...

Dorothy H. Jarvi

NEGAUNEE, MI - Dorothy Hope Jarvi, 99, of 98 Croix St., and formerly of Buffalo Road, Negaunee, entered eternal life late Wednesday evening, February 22, 2017 at UP Health System – Marquette. Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.

Patrick W. Sullivan

GWINN, MI — Patrick William Sullivan, 61 of Gwinn, died Tuesday morning, February 21, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He was born February 19, 1956 in San Francisco, California, a son of the late Charles and Jacqueline (Phelps) Sullivan. Patrick served in the US Marine ...

Marian L. Benson

ISHPEMING, MI — Marian L. Benson, age 94, former resident of Clarksburg passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where she had resided for more than 11 years. Marian was born on August 24, 1922 in Humboldt, MI to the late Arthur and Lempi ...

Jill Diane Baker

MARQUETTE, MI — Jill Diane Baker, age 65, passed away unexpectedly of heart complications at her home on Tuesday, February 21st. She was born on April 7th, 1951 in Marquette. She was a lifelong resident of Marquette and devoted most of her life to Hospice and caring for people. Jill ...

Ronald Teachout

SKANDIA, MI — Ronald Teachout 58, passed away Friday February 17, 2017 at the Mather Nursing Home surrounded by his loving wife Roxanne and family. Ron was born September 28, 1958 in Flint to John and Beverly. Upon completion of his Automotive degree he also earned an ASE certified Master ...

Sgt. Justin W. Swajanen

MUNISING, MI — Sgt. Justin W. Swajanen of the United States Marine Corps, age 25, of Munising, died on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born on September 1, 1991 in Marquette, Michigan to Carol Swajanen. Justin attended school in Munising, Michigan. He ...

Margaret E. O’Donnell

MARQUETTE, MI — Margaret Eileen O’Donnell, age 73, of Marquette, entered eternal life Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at UP Health System - Marquette, in the loving, comforting care of her family. Born October 21, 1943, in Marquette, a daughter of Charles L. and Eva (LaPointe) Ingison, ...

Bobby Warren Henry

KINGSFORD, MI - Bobby Warren Henry 89, of Kingsford, completed his journey to heaven on February 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born in Kingsford, Michigan, son of William and Helen Henry on August 6, 1927. He married Geraldine “Geri” Hayden on August 30, 1947 and they ...

Dagnie ‘Ellen’ Dolkey

ISHPEMING, MI – Dagnie “Ellen” Dolkey, age 87, longtime Ishpeming Twp. resident passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming where she had been a resident since this past July. Ellen was born June 11, 1929 in Watton, MI the daughter ...

Evelyn E. Keskimaki

GWINN, MI - Evelyn Ellen Keskimaki, 92, of Gwinn, died peacefully Sunday morning, February 19, 2017 at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee. Evelyn was born on March 22, 1924 in Negaunee, a daughter of John and Ellen (Ihamaki) Ylinen and was a lifelong area resident. As a young woman, ...

Ronald Teachout

SKANDIA, MI - Ronald Teachout 58, passed away Friday February 17, 2017 at the Mather Nursing Home surrounded by his loving wife Roxanne and family. Ron was born September 28, 1958 in Flint to John and Beverly. Upon completion of his Automotive degree he also earned an ASE certified Master ...