Obituaries

Timothy V. Pelto

RAPID RIVER, MI - Timothy V. Pelto, age 62, of Rapid River, MI, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba with his beloved wife, Dixie, at his side. He was born on July 18, 1955 in L’Anse, Michigan, the 4th son of the late John ...

Catherine ‘Cathy’ J. Starkey

MICHIGAMME, MI - Catherine “Cathy” J. Starkey, age 64, of 209 Mesnard St, Michigamme passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. Catherine was born July 31, 1952 in Ishpeming to Donald Skytta and Barbara (Heikkanen). She graduated from Champion High School, class of ...

Christine H. Dennison

RACINE, WI - Christine H. Dennison, age 73, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Racine, December 3, 1943 daughter of the late Lawrence and Florence “Irene” (Nee: Smith) Lalor. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry J. Westman, beloved aunts, ...

Shirley A. Toliver

GWINN - Shirley A. Toliver, age 63, of 210 W. Iron St., Apt A6, passed away on Friday July 21, 2017 at The Lighthouse at Ishpeming Health and Rehabilitation Center (Mather Nursing Center) shortly after her admittance. She hadh been under the care of the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. ...

Thomas J. Rushford

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI - Thomas Jay Rushford, age 69, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, at UP Health System Marquette. Born March 6, 1948, in Detroit, a son of Isaac and Catherine (Myers) Rushford, Tom’s family later moved to the Marquette area where he attended Marquette Senior High ...

Allan ‘Kalevi’ Chapman

ISHPEMING, MI - Allan “Kalevi” Chapman, of 204 Ready St, Ishpeming passed away on his 81st birthday, July 18, 2017 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility while in the loving care of his family and UP Home Health and Hospice. Allan was born July 18, 1936 in Negaunee to Mason ...

Carolyn T. Jenkins

NEGAUNEE, MI - Carolyn Therese ‘Carol’ Jenkins, 74, of E. North St., Ishpeming and longtime Negaunee resident passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette. Carol was born October 3, 1942 in Ishpeming to Peter and Vera (Rude) Ducas and was a lifelong area ...

Sally Jo Peters

LITTLE LAKE, MI - Sally Jo Peters, 65, of Little Lake, passed away in the loving care of her family and the MQT General ICU medical unit midnight July 17, 2017. Sally Jo was born September 28, 1951 in Berkley, MI to James and Loretta Force. She attended Berkley High School, Northern Michigan ...

Junior JD Piar

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI - Junior JD Piar, 86, of Highway M-35, Negaunee Township, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, July 19, 2017 with Kelly, Heidi, and Betty by his side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. JD was born December 22, 1930 in West Branch, Lower ...

Jere B. Stafford

MARQUETTE, MI - A private graveside service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery for Jere B. Stafford, 86, of Marquette, who passed away on April 16, 2017. Jere was the son of Leo and Marion (Bernard) Stafford, born in Marquette on June 13, 1930. He was a 1947 graduate of Bishop Baraga High ...

Laila I. Poirier

ISHPEMING, MI - Laila I. (Ellis) Poirier, 90 formerly of Ishpeming and more recently of Lost Creek in Marquette and briefly of Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee passed away July 18 in the Upper Peninsula Health System’s hospice suite surrounded in love by her family and under the wonderful ...

Amy Lyn Thompson

WESTMINSTER, CO - Amy Lyn Thompson, 43, of Westminster, CO, died suddenly on June 28th. We are awaiting toxicology results; currently cause of death is unknown. She is survived by her brother Eric Thompson of Merrilville, Indiana; her mother Marilyn McWhirter Thompson of La Porte, Indiana; ...

John ‘Walt’ LaPine Sr.

ROCK, MI - John Walter “Walt” LaPine Sr., age 78, of Rock passed away at home on Monday, July 17, 2017. John was born January 23, 1939 on Mackinac Island, the son of John and NaDeanne (Luckett) LaPine. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1961. He was ...

Evelyn A. Goulette

COLUMBUS, OH - Evelyn A. Goulette, former Negaunee resident, passed away Thursday evening, July 13, 2017 at the age of 92 at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor in Columbus, Ohio. Evelyn was born March 28, 1925 in Negaunee to John and Emma (Johnson) Sunne and graduated from Negaunee High School, ...

Helen V. (Jackson) Lepola

WATTON, MI - Helen V. (Jackson) Lepola of Watton, MI passed away July 15, 2017 at UP Health System Marquette after a lengthy illness. She went peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Einar and Elsie Impi (Manninen) Jackson on October 26, 1936 in Covington, MI. Helen ...

Leonard Charles Gauthier

MARQUETTE, MI - Leonard Charles “Len” Gauthier, age 74, of Marquette, and former Harvey area resident, entered eternal life Monday evening, July 17, 2017, in the Hospice Suite located at UP Health System- Marquette, in the loving, comforting care of his family. Born February 25, 1943 in ...

Margaret ‘Marge’ Shorkey

MARQUETTE, MI - Margaret “Marge” Shorkey, 94, of Marquette, died peacefully Sunday evening, July 16, 2017 with her loving family at her side, under the excellent care of the staff of Mill Creek Assisted Living and Lake Superior Hospice. Marge was born on September 16, 1922 in Marquette, ...

Lloyd S. Croschere, Jr.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI - Lloyd Stanley “Mole” Croschere, Jr., age 61, of Marquette Township, entered eternal life Monday morning, July 17, 2017, at the Norlite Nursing Center. Born May 15, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Lloyd S. and Elizabeth C. (King) Croschere, Sr., Lloyd was ...

Isabel Tonn-Haley

MARQUETTE, MI. - Isabel Tonn-Haley, 91, of Marquette, died peacefully Saturday morning, July 15, 2017 at her home. Isabel was born on September 20, 1925 in Escanaba, Michigan, daughter of the late Arthur and Sophia (Makosky) Hammerberg. She was a 1943 graduate of Escanaba High School and an ...

Florence Viena Elizabeth Matula

GREENVILLE, MI - With great sadness we report the passing of Florence Viena Elizabeth Matula on June 11, 2017 in Greenville, Michigan. Florence was born at her home in Sundell, Michigan on February 14, 1924 to Anna (Tarvudd) and Ade Karppinen, first generation Finnish emigrants. She attended ...