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Obituaries

Karie Lynn Reese

MARQUETTE, MI - Karie Lynn Reese, 49, of Marquette, passed away from natural causes Friday morning, March 27, 2020 at her home. Karie was the wife of Jason Reese having shared 25 years of marriage together. They were married on July 7, 1994 in Marquette. Karie was born on April 21, 1970 in ...

William B. Demmon

PRINCETON, MI - William “Bill” Bernard Demmon, 70, of Princeton, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, March 31, 2020 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, with family present. Bill was born on February 26, 1950, to Leonard and Theresa (Savard) Demmon in Alma, Michigan. He grew up ...

Eleanore L. Nesbitt

MARQUETTE, MI – Eleanore L. Nesbitt, age 82, of Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at home, in the loving, comforting care of her family. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. Honoring her request, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of ...

Peter B. Shelafoe

MARQUETTE, MI - Peter B Shelafoe, age 84, entered eternal life Thursday April 2, 2020 at UP Health System Marquette. Arrangements will be announced by the Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral & Cremation Services where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswans onhansen.com

Matthew Allen Koivuniemi

MESA, AZ - SUNDELL, MI - Matthew Allen Koivuniemi, age 49, formerly of Sundell, entered eternal life Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Mesa, Arizona, in the loving, comforting care of his family. Matt was born November 23, 1970 in Marquette, a son of Harold and Clara (Hoff) Koivuniemi, Sr. ...

Peter B. “Pete” Shelafoe

MARQUETTE, MI – Peter B. “Pete” Shelafoe, age 84, of Marquette, walked on into eternal life on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at UP Health System – Marquette. Born July 20, 1935, in Baraga, a son of Benjamin Joseph and Ada (Sipe) Shelafoe, Pete was raised in Baraga until the age of ten. When ...

Eleanore L. Nesbitt

MARQUETTE, MI - Eleanore L. Nesbitt, age 82, of Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at home, in the loving, comforting care of her family. Born July 15, 1937, in Marquette, a daughter of Raymond and Vivian (Gunville) Burch, Eleanore was raised in Marquette and attended ...

Wendy (Olson) Cornish

LAWTON, MI - Wendy (Olson) Cornish died peacefully at her lake home on April 2nd, in the presence of her beloved family – husband Pete, son Jason, daughter Laura and son-in-law Aaron, accompanied by the two family dogs, Jake and Mack. Over her lengthy illness, she received hundreds of notes ...

James E. Rajala

NEGAUNEE, MI - James E. Rajala, age 71, of 712 Everett St. Negaunee and longtime resident of 14517 Old M-28, Covington, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 while in the loving care of his family and U.P. Home Health and Hospice. James was born in Covington on April 28, 1948, son of the ...

Susan L. Kinnunen

ISHPEMING MI - Susan L. Kinnunen, age 63, longtime resident of 211 S. Main St. Apt 3, Ishpeming passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 after a yearlong battle with cancer in the loving care of her family and nursing home staff at The Lighthouse at Ishpeming Health & Rehabilitation ...

M. Joy Sleeper

NEWBERRY, MI - M. Joy Sleeper, 96, of Newberry passed away peacefully Monday afternoon April 1, 2020 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Born March 1, 1924 in East Lansing, daughter of the late Ingwald and Clara (Hooper) Wangberg, Joy was a 1942 graduate and Salutatorian of ...

Thomas L. “Tom” DesRochers

PELKIE, MI - Thomas L. “Tom” DesRochers, age 82, of Pelkie, MI passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse. Funeral arrangements for Tom are incomplete and will be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse. Tom’s obituary may also be ...

Walter “Elmer”Rantanen

MUNISING, MI - Walter “Elmer” Rantanen, age 87, of Munising, died Thursday evening, April 2, 2020 at Medilodge of Munising. Complete arrangements will be announced by the Bowerman Funeral Home. www.bowermanfuneralhome.net

Nelda “June” Nellist

GWINN, MI - Nelda “June” Nellist, 79, of Gwinn, died Friday morning, April 3, 2020 at her home, with family by her side and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home.

Paul J. Marietti

ISHPEMING, MI - Paul J. Marietti, age 88, longtime Ishpeming area resident, passed away on Friday April 3, 2020 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Following Paul’s wishes, burial will take place Northland Chapel Gardens in Negaunee. Paul’s family will hold a memorial service at ...

Judith Gay (Hunt) Frazier

NAUBINWAY, MI - Judith Gay (Hunt) Frazier, 74 of Naubinway, passed away Thursday morning April 2, 2020 at Hospice of the EUP in Sault Ste. Marie. Per request, cremation services were accorded with no public services scheduled. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhom e.com. ...

John F. “JD” Dursema

MARQUETTE, MI – , age 75, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the Norlite Nursing Center. Born October 25, 1944, in Muskegon, a son of Ned and Esther (Anderson) Dursema, John was raised in Muskegon where he graduated from Muskegon High School, Class of 1962. He ...

Gloria Bigelow

GWINN, MI. - Gloria Jane Bigelow, 80, of Gwinn, died peacefully Sunday evening, March 29, 2020 at her home, surrounded by family and under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. She was born October 11, 1939, in Allentown, PA, the only child of Joseph and Martha (Lucas) Haas. She attended ...

Matthew Allen Koivuniemi

SUNDELL, MI – Matthew Allen Koivuniemi, age 49, formerly of Sundell, entered eternal life Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Mesa, Arizona, in the loving, comforting care of his family. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. Graveside services at Pine Grove Cemetery in Chatham will be held at ...

Garwood (Gar) Maunula

SHELBYVILLE, TN - Garwood (Gar) Maunula passed away peacefully on March 27, 2020, at his home, in Shelbyville, TN, with his family by his side. Gar was born on July 11, 1938, in Ishpeming, Michigan to Arvid and Bernice Maunula. Gar graduated from Gwinn High School (MI) class of 1956. In ...