Obituaries

James Patrick Strong, MD

ONTONAGON, MI - August 16, 1935 - January 6, 2018 - James Patrick Strong, MD, FAAFP (Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians), 82, died on January 6, 2018, at the Ontonagon, Michigan Aspirus Long Term Care Unit after a lengthy illness. The oldest of four children, Jim was born on ...

Gary Tamminen

MARQUETTE, MI - Gary A. Tamminen, age 57, died peacefully on January 13, 2018 at home in Marquette, MI following a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and beloved dogs. Gary was born in St. Paul, MN in 1960, and moved to Marquette, MI in 1979, graduating a year ...

Albert A. Ikkala

CHATHAM, MI - Albert A. Ikkala, age 97, of Chatham, died early Saturday morning, January 13, 2018 at the Rennes East Health Center in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. He was born in Marquette, Michigan to Henry and Helmi (Jokinen) Ikkala. Growing up, Albert helped on the family farm. Al went to Eben ...

Luana R. King

IRON RIVER, MI - Luana R. King, age 68, of Iron River, MI, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2017 at the Aspirus Iron River Hospital. She was born on February 15, 1949 in Marinette, WI, the daughter of the late Harold and June (Cherny) Bernardy. She attended and graduated from the Iron ...

Sandra (Lemire) Smith

RAPID RIVER, MI - Sandra Lee Smith, 75, of Rapid River, passed away peacefully Friday evening, January 12, 2018 at her son’s home in Negaunee. She was in the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Hospice. Sandra was born March 24, 1942 in Marquette to Howard and Bernice ...

Gregory ‘Havs’ Allen Haverkate

MUNISING, MI - Gregory “Havs” Allen Haverkate, age 54, of Munising, died on Saturday evening, January 13, 2018 at his home following a lengthy battle with multiple cancers. Complete arrangement will be announced by the Bowerman Funeral Home and may be found at bowermanfuneralhome.net.

Rabecca ‘Becky’ Phillipson

AUTRAIN, MI - Rabecca “Becky” Phillipson, age 46, of AuTrain, died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018 in Marquette, Michigan. She was born on September 21, 1971 in Columbus, Wisconsin to Wilbur and Susan (Buss) Stark. Becky grew up in Waterloo and attended Waterloo ...

Donna M. Johnson

NEGAUNEE, MI - Donna Mae Johnson, 86, of Maas St., Negaunee, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, January 11, 2018 at the Eastwood Nursing Center with her loving family at her side. Donna was born September 17, 1931 in Marquette to William and Anna (Anderson) McEachern and graduated from ...

Patricia A. Johnson

NEWBERRY, MI - Patricia A. Johnson, 79, of Newberry, died Friday evening January 12, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry on Wednesday January 17, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated ...

James C. Mackey

REPUBLIC, MI – James C. Mackey, age 88, longtime Republic resident, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming where he had been a resident since October 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the ...

William Joseph ‘Jody’ Burns

BIG BAY, MI – A Celebration of Life, honoring the life of William Joseph “Jody” Burns, will be held at the Lumberjack Tavern in Big Bay on Saturday, January 20, beginning at 1:00 pm. Jody, age 61, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2017. Condolences may be expressed online at ...

Irma Sylvia Alanko

ISHPEMING, MI - Irma Alanko died peacefully at Teal Lake Senior Living Community with family and hospice on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the age of 89. She had been a resident there since October, 2017. Irma was born in Ishpeming to John and Selma (Haavisto) Isaacson, the youngest of 13 ...

Sandra (Lemire) Smith

RAPID RIVER — Sandra Lee Smith, 75, of Rapid River, passed away peacefully Friday evening, January 12, 2018 at her son’s home in Negaunee. She was in the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Hospice. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16th at the ...

Albert Ikkala

CHATHAM — Albert Ikkala, age 97, of Chatham, died early Saturday morning, January 13, 2018 at the Rennes Health Center in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Services will be held at the Sion Lutheran Church on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pastor Paul ...

Rabecca Phillipson

AuTRAIN — Rabecca “Becky” Phillipson, age 46, of AuTrain, died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018 in Marquette. Visitation will be held at the Bowerman Funeral Home in Munising on Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 ...

Phyllis Brock

MUNISING, MI - Phyllis Marie Brock, age 68, of Munising, died following a brief and unexpected illness on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at UPHS Marquette. She was born in Manistique, Michigan to the late Philip “Bear” and Loretta (Deloria) Maynard. Phyllis grew up in Munising and ...

Betty Niemisto

NEGAUNEE, MI - Betty J. Niemisto, 94, lifelong Negaunee resident, passed away Wednesday evening, January 10, 2018 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in the loving care of her family and UP Home Health and Hospice. Betty was born September 30, 1923 in Negaunee to John and Agnes ...

Rabecca “Becky” Phillipson

AUTRAIN, MI - Rabecca “Becky” Phillipson, age 46, of AuTrain, died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018. Complete arrangements will be announced by the Bowerman Funeral Home. bowermanfuneralhome.net

The Rev. George A. Luciani

CHELSEA, MI - Rev. George A. Luciani passed away peacefully after a long illness on January 10, 2018 at his home in the Chelsea Retirement Community with his wife and family at his side. George was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan on July 18th, 1935. As a teenager he answered God’s call ...

Gertrude Gochanour

COLD WATER, MI - Gertrude (Gert) S. Gochanour, 84, of Coldwater, formerly of Marquette, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Coldwater at the Community Health Center surrounded by her family. Gert was born September 22, 1933 in Three Oaks, MI to Eber & Anna ...