Obituaries

James ‘Jim’ Herrala

NEGAUNEE, MI - On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Jim Herrala, age 41, peacefully passed away surrounded by family and friends, after a brief illness. Jim was known for his kind, loving nature, his big bear hugs, always thinking of others and his sense of humor. To honor Jim’s big heart, please ...

Richard P. Tessmer

GWINN, MI - Richard Paul Tessmer, 48, of Gwinn, passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 13, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. Rich was born June 20, 1969 in La Grange, Illinois to Alfred Paul and Monica Jane (O’Mara) Tessmer and grew up in Bolingbrook where he graduated from Bolingbrook ...

Robert Earl Mills, II

EAST TAWAS, MI - Robert Earl Mills, II, age 78, of East Tawas, Michigan former resident of Newberry, Michigan died on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Tendercare Nursing Home with his loving wife, Donna and fur baby Chloe at his side. He was born the son of Robert and Velva (nee Couts) Mills, ...

Douglas Cameron

NEGAUNEE, MI - Douglas Morley Cameron, age 72, of Negaunee, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Born February 25, 1945, in Pontiac, Michigan, son of William Alexander and Nellie Maude Cameron, Douglas ...

Beverly Tufnell

AUTRAIN, MI - Beverly “Bev” A. Tufnell, age 79 of AuTrain, died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at her home under the loving care of her family and North Woods Home Hospice. She was born on April 10, 1938 in Manistique to Ernest and Goldie (Sample) Steinhoff. Bev married Wayne Tufnell on ...

Barbara Mae Post

NOBLESVILLE, IN – Graveside committal services for Barbara Mae (Hillberg) Post, will be held at the Park Cemetery on Friday, October 20, at 11:00 am with Rev. Greg Heikkala officiating. A reception will follow in the reception room located at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home. Mrs. Post, ...

June M. Mense (nee) Wester

ST CHARLES, IL - June M. Mense (nee) Wester, age 85, of St. Charles, died Monday, September 25, 2017 at Season’s Hospice in Naperville. Funeral Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee on Thursday, October 19th at 10:00 a.m. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be ...

Richard P. Tessmer

GWINN, MI. - Richard Paul Tessmer, 48, of Gwinn, passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 13, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.

Ellen M. Bannister

OSHKOSH, WI - Ellen Mae Bannister, a long-time Perkins resident, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Bethel Home in Oshkosh, Wis. She was 93. Ellen was born Sept. 3, 1924, on the family farm in Ensign, Mich. Her parents were Helga (Albertsen) Stenlund and Peter Stenlund. As a teenager, Ellen played ...

Talivaldis Lapins

MARQUETTE, MI - Talivaldis L. Lapins, age 73, of Marquette, passed peacefully away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, due to stomach cancer. His wife was by his side and he was under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. He was born April 29, 1944 in Riga, Latvia to Edgars and Enas ...

Barry Kurcz

MARQUETTE, MI. - Barry Louis Kurcz, age 89 of Marquette, entered eternal life at Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming on October 8, 2017. Barry was born January 19, 1928 in Iron Mountain, MI to Charles and Julia (Sabinski) Kurcz. Barry was the youngest of eight children. He ...

Rickie ‘Rick’ Joseph Ake

MUNISING, MI - Rickie (Rick) Joseph Ake passed away Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at UP Health Systems Marquette from an unexpected and brief illness. He was born Oct. 4, 1954 to Charles (Stub) and Marie Ake in Munising MI. Rick was employed at Timber Products sawmill for the last 41 years as a ...

Julia Sophia Powers

MARQUETTE, MI - Julia Sophia Powers, age 101, passed away peacefully at the Norlite Nursing Center on October 10, 2017. Julia was born on November 14, 1915 in Bisbee, AZ, a daughter of Finnish immigrants Henry and Senia (Huhtala) Lampi. Her family moved to Kiva, MI in 1917 and to Marquette in ...

Allan L. LeRoy

ISHPEMING, MI - Allan L. LeRoy, age 85 of 730 Cooper Lake Rd Ishpeming passed away Saturday September 30, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he has been a resident since January. Allan was born March 28, 1932 in Stephenson, MI to Elmer and Madge (Buckingham) LeRoy. He ...

James Ronald Dupras

RIFLE, CO. - James Ronald Dupras went to meet his Lord Jesus on October 8, 2017. He was born on March 17, 1936 to Arthur and Agnes Dupras in Marquette, Michigan, St. Patrick’s Baby. James served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married the light and love of his life, Aleah ...

June M. Mense (nee) Wester

ST CHARLES, IL - June M. Mense (nee) Wester, age 85, of St. Charles, died Monday, September 25, 2017 at Season’s Hospice in Naperville. She was born June 19, 1932 in Negaunee, Michigan. She was the daughter of Helga (Hill) and Nicholas Wester. June graduated from Negaunee High School in ...

William A. ‘Billy’ Fossmo

PALMER, MI - William Allen ‘Billy’ Fossmo, 61, longtime Palmer resident, passed away peacefully Friday morning, September 22, 2017 at the Cornerstone Adult Foster Care Facility in Bloomingdale, MI. Honoring Billy’s wishes, graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, Oct. 13th ...

Mary Teresa Murray

MARQUETTE, MI - Mary Teresa Murray, 83, lifelong Marquette resident, entered into eternal rest July 6, 2017. A memorial mass to remember Mary will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette at 1:00 PM with visitation in the Bishop’s Room starting at noon. The ...

Mary Stafford

MARQUETTE, MI - Mary Stafford, 86, of Marquette, passed away early Friday morning, October 6, 2017 at U.P. Health System - Marquette after an extended illness. Mary was born on October 7, 1930 in Baraga, MI to the late Dolphis and Rosanna (LaCosse) Carriere. She was a graduate of Champion ...

Mary Teresa Murray

MARQUETTE, MI - Mary Teresa Murray, 83, lifelong Marquette resident, entered into eternal rest July 6, 2017. A memorial mass to remember Mary will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette at 1:00 PM with visitation in the Bishop’s Room starting at ...