Obituaries

Linnell ‘L.J.’ Johnson

GULLIVER, MI - Linnell “L.J.” Johnson, 72, of Gulliver, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on September 21, 2017 at the U.P. Health System Hospital in Marquette, Michigan. He was born August 13, 1945 in Marquette, Michigan, the son of Glen and Florence “Sally” (Chartier) Johnson and ...

Marvin J. Brewall

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI - Marvin Joseph Brewall, age 92, of Marquette Township, and former Harvey resident, entered eternal life Friday morning, September 22, 2017, at the Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Fassbender Funeral Home ...

William A. Fossmo

PALMER, MI - William Allen Fossmo, 61, longtime Palmer resident, passed away peacefully Friday morning, September 22, 2017 at the Cornerstone Adult Foster Care Facility in Bloomingdale, MI. Arrangements will be announced by Koskey Funeral Home.

Richard M. ‘Dickie Bird’ Beauprey

SIDNAW, MI - Richard M. Beauprey “Dickie Bird”, age 60, of Sidnaw, passed away at his home on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Richard’s complete obituary and funeral arrangements may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.reidfuneralservice chapel.com The Reid Funeral ...

Helmi L. ‘Lillie’ Ritz

GWINN, MI. - Helmi Lillian ‘Lillie’ Ritz, 91, of N. Maple St., Gwinn, and former Ann Arbor, MI and Florida resident, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, September 22, 2017 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Facility with her loving sister and niece at her side and under the care of ...

Priscilla Lydon (nee Kopeski-Jandron)

MEDWAY, MA - Priscilla started her life as the tomboyish older daughter of Edward and Rita Kopeski. She was the older sister to Paula (Leonaud) Boutin and Wayne Kopeski. You may have all heard the stories of her determination and drive to succeed in every goal that she set for herself. In High ...

Frederick W. “Ted” Boesler, Jr.

MARQUETTE, MI - Frederick W. “Ted” Boesler, Jr., age 85, of Marquette, entered eternal life Monday, September 18, 2017, at the Lighthouse of Ishpeming. Born October 24, 1931, in Houghton, a son of Frederick William and Zoria (Demarse) Boesler, Ted was raised in Marquette and graduated ...

Leeta M. “Mitzi” Hutchens

MARQUETTE, MI - Leeta Mae “Mitzi” (Frances) Hutchens, age 90, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Norlite Nursing Center, in the loving care of her family. She had resided at Norlite since September 10, 2010. Mitzi was born November 11, 1926, in ...

Elizabeth C. Tasson

ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP, MI - Elizabeth C. Tasson, age 97, of 2000 Woodland Drive passed away on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee. Elizabeth was in the loving care of her family, staff members at Eastwood and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and ...

Anna Mae Johnson

ASHBURN, VA - Anna Mae Johnson, 58, of Ashburn, VA, died in the morning light of Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Inova Loudoun Hospital following complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Anna Mae was born on August 28, 1959, in Ishpeming, MI to the late Emma ...

Judith Ann Maki

MARQUETTE, MI - Judith Ann (Peterson) Maki, age 78, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in the loving care of her family. Judy was born January 13, 1939, in Marquette, to Carl and Violet (Key) Peterson and was a lifelong ...

Greg “Labo” LaBonte

MARQUETTE, MI - Greg “LABO” LaBonte, 56, of Marquette, was taken from us way too soon on Saturday, September 16, 2017 while roaming the great north woods on his ATV. Greg was born on March 22, 1961 in Marquette, son of Shirley Rasmussen LaBonte and the late Bernard R.W. LaBonte. He ...

Paul J. Meli Jr.

JUSTIN, TX - Paul J. Meli Jr., 70 years old of Justin, TX (formerly Negaunee, MI) passed away peacefully from Alzheimer’s Disease on Thursday September 14, 2017. At the time of his passing, Paul had his loving wife and children at his side and was under the care of Trio Hospice and Longmeadow ...

Janet K. Fassbender

ELMHURST, IL - Janet K. Fassbender of Elmhurst, Illinois, passed away June 8, 2017, in Elmhurst. She was a graduate of Bishop Baraga High School and Northern Michigan University. Janet taught in the Elementary grades in the Chicago area during her entire teaching career. She retired from ...

John R. “Jack” Nelson

HARVEY, MI - Lt Col. John Raymond “Jack” Nelson, Ret., age 78, entered eternal life Thursday, September 14, 2017, at UP Health System - Marquette, in the loving, comforting care of his wife and children. Jack was born March 8, 1939, in Willow River, Minnesota, the oldest son of Raymond ...

Jacqueline Marie Pauls

ISHPEMING, MI – Jacqueline Marie Pauls, age 55, of 3745 Co Rd PBH in National Mine, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 16, 2017 at her home while in the loving care of her family, caregivers and the Lake Superior Hospice. Jackie was born June 5, 1962 in Ishpeming the daughter of ...

Robert N. Hanson

MESA, AZ - Robert Nelton Hanson, former Dean of the Business School at Northern Michigan University, passed away on September 7, 2017. Robert was born on October 30, 1930 in Tyro township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, to Henry N. and Pearl (Davidson) Hanson. He was baptized and ...

George E. Copher

GWINN, MI - George E. Copher, 79, of Gwinn, passed away on Thursday afternoon, September 14, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with his family at his side. George was born September 25, 1937 in Winchester, OH, to the late John and Opal (Rogers) Copher. He married the former ...

Paul Cazzanigi

CENTENNIAL, CO - Paul Cazzanigi, 79, passed away Sept. 10, 2017. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial, CO. Burial service will be held in Gwinn, Michigan sometime in June 2018.

Michael Rose

MARQUETTE, MI - Michael Rose, 59, of Marquette, died peacefully at home from natural causes on Monday, September 11, 2017. He was born March 14, 1958 in Marquette, Michigan. Mike graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended college for a short while. He played hockey for ...