Obituaries

Fred M. Kirchhoff

MICHIGAMME, MI — Fred M. Kirchhoff, age 74, o Michigamme, entered eternal life Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. Born September 21, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Frederick and Vieno (Heino) Kirchhoff, Fred was raised in Chicago. He enlisted in ...

Cathy Peterson-White

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL — Cathy Peterson-White passed away peacefully at her home in Saint Petersburg, FL, on Saturday, Jan 27th. She was born Sep 22, 1957 raised in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She was the fifth of seven children with four brothers, & two sisters. She ...

Christine Smith

GRAND MARAIS, MI — Christine B. Smith, 76, a longtime resident of Grand Marais, died on Wednesday January 31, 2018 surrounded by her family at home. In keeping with her wishes, cremation services have already been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring. Condolences may ...

George ‘Jug’ Johns

MUNISING, MI - George “Jug” Johns, age 83, of Munising, died following a brief illness on Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018 at UPHS Marquette. He was born in Munising on October 26, 1934 to George and Edna (Parr) Johns. Jug was raised in Munising and joined the U.S. Air Force in ...

Lori Ann MacGugan

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI - Lori Ann MacGugan, age 48, of Sands Township, left us to join her beloved mother in heaven on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Born January 16, 1970, in Marquette, a daughter of David and the late Gretchen (Gregorich) Thompson, Lori was raised in South Marquette and was a ...

James ‘Jim’ F. Marra

ISHPEMING TWP, MI -James “Jim” F. Marra, age 75 of 500 Peterson Ave. Ishpeming passed away at his home on Wednesday January 31, 2018. Jim was born October 2, 1942 in Ishpeming to the late Frank and Mae (Paquette) Marra. He graduated from Ishpeming High School, class of 1960 and began his ...

Robert ‘Bob’ Francis Fosmoe

ISHPEMING, MI - Robert “Bob” Francis Fosmoe, age 81, longtime Ishpeming resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Lighthouse at Ishpeming Health and Rehabilitation Center where he had resided since October of 2011. Bob was born July 22, 1936 in Ishpeming the son of ...

William Ostwald

MARQUETTE, MI - William Ostwald, former hockey player and retired Marquette Area Public Schools administrator (affectionately known as Dr. O.) died peacefully at his home on January 29, 2018, at the age of 73 in the loving care of his family. Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on April 11, ...

Michael James Sundell

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI - Michael James Sundell, 61, of Sands Township, passed away Tuesday morning, January 30, 2018 at UP Health System-Marquette. He was born August 19, 1956 in Negaunee, a son of the late Donald and Delores (Ribardy) Sundell. He was a 1974 graduate of Negaunee High School, ...

Amy Lynn Benson

MUNISING, MI - Amy Lynn Benson, age 32, of Muskegon and formerly of Munising, died unexpectedly at her home on January 15, 2018. She was born and raised in Munising and graduated from Negaunee High School in 2004. Amy was a talented bartender and worked at different bars throughout her ...

Annie Lehtinen

NEGAUNEE, MI - Annie (Luisa) Lehtinen, 93, lifelong Negaunee resident, died Monday afternoon, January 29, 2018 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Annie was born September 11, 1924 in Negaunee to Peter and Maria (Barzan) Luisa and graduated from Negaunee St. Paul High School, Class ...

Donald L. Kero

NEGAUNEE, MI - Donald L. Kero, age 89 longtime Negaunee resident passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center in Menasha, WI. Don was born March 21, 1928 in Negaunee to Matt and Jennie (Miller) Kero. He graduated from Negaunee High School, class of 1945 and ...

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Sweitzer

GLADSTONE, MI - Lawrence “Larry” Sweitzer, age 60, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. Larry was born August 18, 1957 in Dearborn, MI., the son of Robert and Gerda (Johnson) Sweitzer. Larry married Patricia Lane on October 17, 1988 in ...

Lillian Martha Anttila

LIMESTONE, MI - Lillian Martha Anttila, age 93, of Limestone, died late Monday morning, January 29, 2018 at the Tendercare Health Center in Munising. She was born on May 8, 1924 in Gwinn, Michigan, one of eight children to Finnish immigrants Isaac and Kustava (Hakkola) Laakso. Lillian grew ...

Joseph Stanley Levandoski Jr.

MARQUETTE, MI - Joseph Stanley Levandoski, Jr., age 83, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, in the loving care of his family. Born April 10, 1934, in Gwinn, Michigan to Joseph and Josephine (Tousignant) Levandoski. Joe ...

Raymond Pajula

MARQUETTE, MI – “The greatest good a man can do is to cultivate himself in order that he may be of greater use to humanity”. Marshall Field A man who exemplifies these words was Raymond Pajula of Marquette and longtime Ishpeming resident and business owner. Ray passed away on January ...

Marian Louise (Wallenstein) Maki

MARQUETTE, MI - Marian Louise Maki, age 85, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the Norlite Nursing Center, in the loving care of her family and caregivers of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. Born April 18, 1932, in Marquette, a daughter of Gunnard and Hazel ...

Teresa Rae Pellonpaa

MARQUETTE, MI - Teresa Rae Pellonpaa, age 51, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday morning, January 26, 2018, at UP Health System-Marquette. Born April 20, 1966, in Marquette, a daughter of Terrance and Darlene (Hanson) Greenleaf, Teresa was raised in Harvey and graduated from Marquette ...

Michael Alan Rouffa

WEST BRANCH TOWNSHIP, MI - Michael Alan Rouffa, age 68, of West Branch Township, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his wife. Born July 8, 1949, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a son of Albert and Bertha (Bluestein) Rouffa, Mike attended ...

Clyde A. Wills

OSHKOSH, WI - ­Clyde Arthur Wills, of Oshkosh, Wis., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Evergreen in Oshkosh.  He was 95. Clyde is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Helen Wills; his children, Thomas Wills (Carol) of Tucson, Ariz., James Wills of Oshkosh, David ...