Obituaries

Chad Richmond Little

SUOMI LOCATION, MI - Chad Richmond Little, 62, of County Road MM, Suomi Location, passed away at home Tuesday evening, April 9, 2019. Chad was born May 11, 1956 in Flint to Dallas E. and Arlene E. (Richmond) Little, graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of 1974 and was a lifelong Suomi ...

Jeffry Bond ‘Smitty’ Smith

CHEBOYGAN, WI - Jeffry Bond “Smitty” Smith, 67, of Cheboygan, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019 at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. A resident of the area for the past 2 1/2 years, moving from Marquette, Jeff was born January 13, 1952 in St. Angelo, Texas, the son of ...

Marilyn Ford

GEORGETOWN, KY - On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Marilyn Ford, loving mother of three children, passed away at the age of 97 at her home at Windsor Gardens, Georgetown, KY. Marilyn was born April 2, 1922 in Marquette, Michigan to Charles B. Alvord and Daisy (Bengry) Alvord. She received her ...

Marilyn Lempesis

MARQUETTE, MI - Marilyn Lempesis, 79, of Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, April 10, 2019 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in the loving presence of her family and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice. Marilyn was born on November 7, 1939 in ...

Maynard Jerome Robbins, Jr.

MUNISING, MI - Maynard Jerome Robbins, Jr., age 80, of Munising, died late Sunday morning, April 7, 2019 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Michigan. He was born in Munising, Michigan on September 3, 1938 to the late Maynard and Emma (Kaminsky) Robbins. Maynard graduated ...

Michael A. Boorsma

GWINN, MI - Michael A. Boorsma, 76, of Gwinn, passed away on Saturday morning, April 6, 2019 at UP Health System- Marquette. Michael was born on February 5, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Cornelius and Hulda (Oppegard) Boorsma. He was raised in Minneapolis and attended and graduated from ...

Ralph E. Uhl

ISHPEMING, MI - Ralph E. Uhl, age 79, of Ishpeming (Ely Twp.), passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette. Ralph was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 24, 1940, a son of the late Augusta (Voland) and Lawrence Uhl. While living in Detroit, he played minor league ...

Gordon J. Moyle

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI — Gordon James Moyle, 84, of North Road, Negaunee Township, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, April 6, 2019 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility with his loving family by his side and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Gordy was born ...

Rita K. VandeZande

MARQUETTE, MI — Rita Kathleen “Maggy” VandeZande, 81, of Marquette, died Tuesday morning, April 2, 2019 at her home, with her family by her side and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. She was born July 2, 1937 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Clarence and ...

Roy W. Mannikko

WATTON, MI - Roy W. Mannikko, age 94, of Watton, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Aspirus Hospital, Iron River, Michigan after a brief illness. Roy was born on April 29, 1924 in Sidnaw, Michigan to the late Aila Syrjala and Victor Manikko. He graduated from L’Anse High ...

Raymond O. Anderson

ISHPEMING, MI – Raymond O. Anderson, age 82, of 29902 Co Rd 581, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He had been under the loving care of his family, staff members at MCMCF and the Upper ...

Kay Ellen Anderson

ISHPEMING, MI - Kay Ellen Anderson, age 53, of 1560 Cypress St. Ishpeming (Cedar Hills Home), passed away Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at UP Health System Bell. Kay was born in Ishpeming, on January 3, 1966, a daughter of the late Margueritte Kay (Thibodeau) and Neil Warren Anderson. Kay ...

Earl J. Harrington

L’ANSE, MI - Earl John Harrington, age 96, of L’Anse, MI passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, MI. He was born in Hancock, MI on October 26, 1922 the son of the late John and Edna (Sibilsky) Harrington. Earl graduated from L’Anse High ...

Raymond O. Anderson

ISHPEMING, MI – Raymond O. Anderson, age 82, of 29902 Co Rd 581, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming while under the loving care of his family, staff members at MCMCF and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. The family will ...

Michael A. Boorsma

GWINN, MI - Michael A. Boorsma, 76, of Gwinn, passed away on Saturday morning, April 6, 2019 at UP Health System- Marquette. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Canale Gwinn Funeral Home.

Russell A. Kanerva

MARQUETTE, MI - Russell A. Kanerva, age 94, of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at U.P. Health System Marquette. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, April 12th at Grace Lutheran Church in Gwinn with Rev. Rell Spickerman officiating. Visitation will be held ...

James “Jake” Niemi

MARQUETTE, MI - James “Jake” Niemi, age 62, of Marquette, died early Saturday morning, April 6, 2019 at Medilodge in Munising following a courageous five-month battle with brain cancer. Jake’s completed obituary will be in a later edition of the Mining Journal and may be found at ...

Robert K. Trezona

SKANDIA, MI - Robert K. “Bob” Trezona, 59, of Skandia, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at UP Health System- Marquette. Bob was born on Eglin Air Force Base on August 21, 1959 in Fort Walton Beach, FL to the late Robert and Nancy (Brewer) Trezona. He graduated from Marquette Senior ...

Steven Hemmila

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI - Steven Arthur Hemmila, 59, of Cedar Lane, Negaunee Township, passed away at home early Sunday morning, March 31, 2019. Steve was born January 9, 1960 in Ishpeming to Arthur Wesley and Shirley Ann (Lund) Hemmila and graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of 1978. ...

Randy Joe ‘Diesel’ Wiertella

WAUSAU, WI - Randy Joe “Diesel” Wiertella, 44, a resident of Wausau, Wisconsin, passed away December 10, 2018. Randy was born August 30, 1974 in Manistique, Michigan, son of Dennis and Lynn (Matchinski) Wiertella. He was the ultimate protector, serving our country for over 14 years in ...