Obituaries

Keith D. Laituri

ISHPEMING, MI – Keith D. Laituri, age 70, longtime Ishpeming Twp. resident passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette where he had been admitted earlier that day. Keith was born in Ishpeming April 1, 1948, son of the late Ruth E. (Saari) and Edwin E. Laituri. ...

Will Matthew ‘Willy’ Johnson

MARQUETTE, MI - Will Matthew “Willy” Johnson, age 22, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday afternoon, January 25, 2019, as the result of an automobile accident in St. Ignace. Willy’s nephew, Jacob Johnson, passed away the following day due to his injuries. Born June 7, 1996, in ...

Jacob W. Johnson

MARQUETTE, MI - Jacob W. “Jake” Johnson, 18, of Marquette, died Sunday, January 27, 2019 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in St. Ignace. Jake was born on December 4, 2000 in Marquette, a son of Carl Johnson III and ...

Hope Ann (Laviolette) Pool

MARQUETTE, MI - Hope Ann (Laviolette) Pool, 54, of Marquette, died peacefully, Saturday evening, February 2, 2019 at her home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. Hope was born on September 18, 1964 in Escanaba, an only daughter of Paul ...

Todd James Honch

MARQUETTE, MI - Todd James Honch, age 54, of Marquette, passed away Thursday evening, January 31, 2019, in the Intensive Care Unit at UP Health System - Marquette, with his parents at his side. Todd was born November 30, 1964, in Allegan, Michigan, only child of Dennis and Patricia ...

Karen June Tousignant

ISHPEMING, MI - Karen June Tousignant was born on October 24, 1934 in Ishpeming to Napoleon and Aili Garceau. She entered eternal life on February 2, 2019. She married Albert Tousignant in 1954; they had five children and she was a homemaker. She lived in Ishpeming most of her life except for ...

Mary Lauretta McGee

ALLOUEZ, WI - Mary Lauretta McGee, 82, Allouez, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Mary was born on February 1, 1937 in Marquette, MI the daughter of the now late John and Lauretta (Caderatte) Courtney. She graduated from Bishop Baraga High in Marquette with the class of ...

Sophie Marshall

RIO RANCHO, NM — Sophia Marshall, 46, beloved Wife and Mother, was called to her eternal resting place on Monday, January 28, 2019. She entered this world on April 20, 1972 in Los Alamos, NM, born to Jose Horacio and Cordelia Martinez. She is survived by her husband, Richard Marshall; son, ...

Teri Lee Newhouse

Teri Lee Newhouse, 51, of Ishpeming, died peacefully Thursday morning, January 31, 2019 at her home while under the loving care of her husband, Jeff and daughter, Ashley with the support of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born June 27, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of the late ...

Mary Collette VanDrese

BIG BAY, MI - Mary C. VanDrese, age 70, of Big Bay, entered eternal life Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Trillium Hospice House, Marquette, in the loving, comforting care of her husband, Trillium and UP Home Health and Hospice caregivers. Born January 18, 1949, in Marquette, a daughter of ...

Helmi M. Talbacka

ISHPEMING, MI - Helmi M. Talbacka, age 100 lifelong area resident passed away Sunday February 3, 2019 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility while in the loving care of family and staff at MCMCF. Helmi was born May 27, 1918 in Michigamme to Matt and Elizabeth (Sillanpaa) Lakso. She ...

William ‘Bill’ Saari, Sr.

Zachary, LA - William Walter Saari Sr., “Bill”, 77, a resident of Zachary, LA, died on Friday, February 1, 2019. He was retired, after working for Gulf States Utilities for over 18 years. He was a native of Republic, MI. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Colleen “Lolly” Saari; one ...

Bruce John Funk

MARQUETTE, MI — Bruce John Funk, 63, of Marquette, died January 29, 2019 at his home following a brief illness. He was born May 12, 1955 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the late Robert G. and Geraldine J. Funk. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Karen (Funk) Dagenais in ...

Linda S. (Bess) Kane

ESCANABA — Linda S. (Bess) Kane, 56, of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee following a brief illness. Linda is survived by daughters, Heather Kemp and Kelsey Kane; estranged husband, John Kane; brothers, Allen Bess, Jeffery Bess, Gardner ...

Woodrue Charles ‘Woody’ Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Woodrue Charles Johnson, “Woody” was born in Minneapolis, MN on July 5, 1924. In his lifetime he loved and cared for his wife of 58 years, Elinor Jane Davies Johnson and children, Alan Johnson (Pamela) Ocala FL and SaraJane Tompkins, Grand Marais MN. He is also ...

Nancy L. Sannar

LIVONIA, MI - Nancy L. Sannar (nee Kivisaari), longtime resident of Livonia passed away at age 83, on January 18, 2019. Nancy was born and raised on a farm in Palmer, Marquette County. Beloved wife of the late Alton Sannar (deceased 2001). Dear aunt of Peter Kivisaari & Patricia ...

Marilyn Ruth Dupuis

PLYMOUTH, MI - Marilyn Ruth Dupuis of Plymouth, died January 27, 2019. She was 87 years old. Marilyn was the beloved wife of the late Robert who died in 2009, loving mother of Michael (Mary) Dupuis, Mary (Rob) Sammel, and Ann (Andy) Provo. Proud grandmother of Ryan, Kevin, Matthew, Grant, ...

Todd James Honch

MARQUETTE, MI - Todd James Honch, age 54, of Marquette, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, in the Intensive Care Unit at UP Health System - Marquette, in the loving, comforting care of his parents. Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. A ...

Michael Warren Barrett

GWINN, MI - A gathering, honoring the life of Michael Warren Barrett, will be held at the Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services on Saturday, February 9, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. This will be an informal time for the sharing of memories, conversation, and dessert ...

Leslie Ruth Ewing

NASHVILLE, TN - MARQUETTE, MI - Leslie Ruth Ewing, age 94 entered eternal life Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Nashville, TN, in the loving care of her family. Honoring Leslie’s request, private family graveside services will be held in Marquette. The Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral Home and ...