Obituaries

Irene Violet Kallio

EDINA, MN - 1928-2019. With sorrow, and with joy, we announce the peaceful death of our beloved mother Irene on March 16, 2019, in Edina, Minnesota. Irene’s Family Tree DNA showed her to be 99% Finnish, so it was fitting that she passed away on St. Urho’s Day. Irene was predeceased by her ...

Martin Waananen

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI - Martin “Marty” Waananen, 92, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Freeman’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford. Marty was born on September 2, 1926, in Kiva, Michigan (the Upper Peninsula) and was the youngest of six children ...

Joseph A. Henson

ISHPEMING, MI - Joseph A. Henson, age 40, lifelong Ishpeming area resident passed away on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette while in the loving care of his family and hospital staff. Joe was born in Ishpeming on July 15, 1978, son of Mark and Gale (Olgren) Henson. He ...

Betty W. Harkness

MCMILLAN, MI - Lifelong McMillan resident, Betty W. Harkness, 92, died Thursday afternoon March 21, 2019 at Maple Ridge AFC Home in Lakefield Township. Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry on Monday March 25, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Funeral services will follow at ...

Mary L. Paris

NEGAUNEE, MI - Mary L. Paris, 89, of Oak St., Negaunee, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2019, at the Eastwood Nursing Center with her loving family at her side. Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.

Scott Wayne Fulsher

NEGAUNEE, MI - Scott Wayne Fulsher, age 62, of 160 Neejee Road, Negaunee, MI, passed away at 9:30 AM, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his home while in the loving care of his family and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Scott was born in Marquette on May 13, 1956, a son of the late ...

Arthur Allen Varty, Jr.

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI - Arthur Allen Varty, Jr., age 48, of Powell Township, entered eternal life Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at UP Health System - Bell. Born May 20, 1970, in Marquette, a son of Arthur “Pete” and Constance (Fraley) Varty, Sr., Art was raised in Marquette and graduated from ...

Neil H. Lemire

GWINN, MI - Neil H. Lemire, age 81, of Gwinn, entered eternal life Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at his residence, under the care of his family and Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice. Honoring Neil’s request, no public services will be held. Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation ...

Frank P. Raisanen

RICHMOND TOWNSHIP, MI - Frank Paul ‘Frankie’ Raisanen, 66, of Co. Rd. 565, Richmond Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 20, 2019 at the Trillium House, Marquette under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.

James Richard Johnson

HARVEY, MI - James Richard Johnson, age 77, of Harvey, peacefully entered eternal life Friday, March 15, 2019 at U.P. Health System - Marquette, with his children by his side. Born July 8, 1941, in Marquette, a son of John J. and Martha H. (Mukari) Johnson, Jim was a lifelong area resident. ...

Rev. John A. Roy

CHAMPION, MI – Rev. John A. Roy, former pastor at the Good News Assembly of God, age 75, passed away on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at his home, while under the loving care of his family. John was born in St. John, North Dakota on February 20, 1944, son of the late Dorothy (Rardon) and John F. ...

Ilva Franchini

MARQUETTE, MI - Ilva Franchini 96 passed away at Trillium House on Saturday evening March 16, 2019. She was born in Novi di Modena, Italy on August 25, 1922 and grew up on a farm with her parents Nino and Malvina and her sister and three brothers. After surviving World War ll as an active ...

Wayne W. ‘Waynomaki’ Johnson

NEGAUNEE, MI - Wayne W. “Waynomaki” Johnson, age 73, of 36 County Road 510 Negaunee Twp., passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 while in the loving care of his family and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice at his home. Wayne was born in Salt Lake City, UT on December 3, 1945, ...

Martin ‘Marty’ John Kovarik

GWINN, MI - Martin “Marty” John Kovarik passed away on March 10th in Gwinn, MI at the age of 64. Marty loved the outdoors, and was highly involved in Boy Scouts and other outdoors education programs. He was a successful journalist and photographer for several local and national ...

James L. Germain

GWINN, MI - James Lee Germain, 60, of Gwinn, died peacefully Thursday morning, March 14, 2019 at his home while under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. He was born August 29, 1958 in Marquette, a son of the late Hector and Viola (Young) Germain and was a lifelong area ...

Arthur Alan Varty

MARQUETTE, MI - Arthur Alan Varty, age 48, entered eternal life Tuesday March 19, 2019 at U.P. Health System Bell. Arrangements will be announced by the Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral & Cremation Services where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswansonhansen.com

R. Thomas ‘Tom’ Peters, Jr.

MARQUETTE, MI - R. Thomas “Tom” Peters, Jr., age 86, of Marquette, entered eternal life Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at home, in the loving, comforting care of his family. Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. A complete obituary and arrangements ...

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Paul DeRoche

LIMESTONE, MI - Bernard “Bernie” Paul DeRoche, age 66, of Limestone, died following a brief illness on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2019 at UPHS Marquette. He was born in Marquette, Michigan on October 2, 1952 to the late Bernard and Shirley (Boucher) DeRoche. Growing up in Marquette, ...

Jacob Stieler

WEST BRANCH TOWNSHIP, MI - Jacob Stieler, age 17, of West Branch Township, entered eternal life Saturday, March 16, 2019, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family. Born September 28, 2001, in Marquette, a son of Kenneth and Erin (Weaver) Stieler, Jacob was raised in the West ...

Rosamond Marie Bianco

L’ANSE, MI - Rosamond Marie Bianco, age 89 of L’Anse, MI passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 16, 1929 in Copper City, MI daughter of Albert and Rose (Schmidlin) Rolof. Rosamond graduated from L’Anse High School in 1947. While ...