Obituaries

Dorothy M. Inch

MARQUETTE, MI - Dorothy May Inch, age 96, lifelong Marquette resident, entered eternal life July 23, 2017, at her home, in the loving care of her family and caregivers of Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Born December 6, 1920, in Marquette, a daughter of Albert and Emma (Clement) ...

Dr. Betty Jean Hill

MARQUETTE, MI - Dr. Betty Jean Hill, age 79, of Marquette, passed peacefully on Sunday, July 23, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Born November 27, 1937, daughter of Azarius and Evelyn (Herring) Parsons, Betty was raised in Ishpeming and graduated from the Ishpeming High School, class ...

Alta M. Bryan-Giansanti

MUNISING / ESCANABA, MI - Alta M. Bryan-Giansanti, age 94 of Munising and formerly of Escanaba, died Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Tendercare Health Center in Munising. Complete arrangements will be announced by the Bowerman Funeral Home. www.bowermanfuneralhome.net

Randy Michael Vadnais

WETMORE, MI - Randy Michael Vadnais, age 64, of Wetmore, died unexpectedly at his home early Monday morning, July 24, 2017 following a three-year illness. Complete arrangements will be announced by the Bowerman Funeral Home and may be found at www.bowermanfuneralhome.net

Robert J. Lyons

ISHPEMING, MI – Robert J. Lyons, age 60, of 235 Houghton St., Ishpeming, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at his home in Ishpeming. He had been in ill health the past several months. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday July 31, 2017 at the Negaunee Cemetery ...

Nicholas A. Gualazzi, Sr.

MARQUETTE, MI - Nicholas A. Gualazzi, Sr., 90, of Marquette, died Monday morning, July 24, 2017 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in the comfort of his loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Canale-Tonella Funeral ...

Darryl D. Montagna

MARQUETTE, MI - Darryl “Deets” D. Montagna, 83, of Marquette, died peacefully Sunday evening, July 23, 2017, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.

Aune R. Henschel

NEWBERRY, MI - Aune R. Henschel, age 90, of Newberry died peacefully on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Golden Leaves Living Center with family and staff by her side. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newberry with Pastor ...

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 ...

Dorothy M. Inch

MARQUETTE, MI - Dorothy May Inch, age 96, lifelong Marquette resident, entered eternal life on July 23, 2017 at her home in the loving care of her family and caregivers of Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Honoring Dorothy’s wishes no public services will be held. A complete ...

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Essenburg

GWINN, MI - Robert J. “Bob” Essenburg, age 76, of Gwinn, entered eternal life on Friday, July 21, 2017 at UP Health Systems Marquette, in the loving care of his family. The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at www. ...

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 ...