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Obituaries

Renate Kauppila

GWINN, MI - Renate Kauppila, age 78, of Gwinn passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette following a year long battle with lung cancer. Renate was born in Frankenheim, Germany on November 17, 1940 daughter of the late Karoline (Stetler) and Gottfried Dietzel. She ...

Shirley Mae Kirkens

HARVEY, MI — Shirley Mae Kirkens, age 85, of Harvey, entered eternal life Monday, October 14, 2019, at her home, in the loving, comforting care of her family and caregivers of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice. Born September 12, 1934, in Escanaba, a daughter of Cecil and Monica (McManus) ...

Ronald ‘Ron’ M. Hughes

ESCANABA, MI - Ronald “Ron” M. Hughes, 60, of Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 10, 2019 while working in Grand Rapids, MI. Ron was born at St. Francis Hospital on April 18, 1959. He was the 7th of ten children and grew up in the small town of Gladstone, MI where he ...

Jack Stanley Carberry

MUNISING, MI - Jack Stanley Carberry, 94, of Munising, died Friday afternoon, October 11, 2019 at UP Health System-Marquette. He was born May 22, 1925 in Munising, a son of the late Elson and Madeline (Weir) Carberry, Sr. He was a 1943 graduate of Mather High School in Munising and was a ...

Marcia Gayle (MacNeil) Prato

SHERWOOD, WI / MUNISING, MI - Marcia Gayle (MacNeil) Prato passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, October 10, 2019 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Marcy was born in Marquette, MI on March 3, 1943 to William and Margaret (Chapman) MacNeil; lived and attended high school in Munising, MI and ...

Lloyd M. Helt

MARQUETTE, MI – A Mass of Christian Burial for Lloyd M. Helt will be celebrated on Monday, October 21, (Lloyd’s birthday) at St. Peter Cathedral, at 10:00 am. The family will greet guests at a reception at the American Legion beginning at 12:30 pm. Interment, with veterans honors, will be ...

Joseph Ernie Ranger

MARQUETTE, MI - Joseph Ernie Ranger, age 93, of Marquette, and former Detroit resident, entered eternal life Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Facility, in the loving, comforting care of his family, Brookridge and UP Home Health and Hospice caregivers. Fassbender ...

Marilyn Barr

NEGAUNEE, MI - Marilyn Barr, 80, of Negaunee Township, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, October 15, 2019 at Mill Creek Assisted Living while in the care of her loving family and UP Home Health and Hospice. Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.

Michael E. Fraser

ISHPEMING TWP., MI - Michael E. Fraser, age 77, Ishpeming Township resident passed away unexpectedly Tuesday October 15, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home.

Pentti W. ‘Ben’ Saari

KENOSHA, WI - 1930-2019. Pentti William “Ben” Saari, 89, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Froedtert Kenosha Hospital. Born in Kauhava, Finland, on January 31, 1930, he was the son of the late Jack and Anna (Koivisto) Saarimaki. After graduating school in ...

Dr. Steven Norman Gervae

ONTONAGON, MI - Steve was born in Ishpeming, MI to Norman and Mary (Linna) Gervae. He spent his early childhood on a remote farm in Iron River, MI with his Finnish immigrant grandparents, while his father was away at the war. Steve then grew up and went to school in Negaunee, where he met his ...

Mark Alan Chrisman

MARQUETTE, MI - Mark Alan Chrisman, 62, of Marquette, died Monday morning, October 7, 2019 at the Norlite Nursing Center. He was born May 8, 1957 in Royal Oak, MI, a son of the late John & Shirley Chrisman. He was a graduate of NMU and worked as a police officer in Eagle River, ...

Renate Kauppila

GWINN, MI - Renate Kauppila, age 78, of Gwinn passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette following a year long battle with lung cancer. Renate’s family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Bethel Lutheran ...

Shirley Kirkens

HARVEY, MI - Shirley Kirkens, age 85 of Harvey, entered eternal life Monday October 14, 2019 at her home in the loving care of her family and caregivers at Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. arrangements will be announced by the Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral & Cremation Services ...

Jack Stanley Carberry

MUNISING, MI - Jack Stanley Carberry, 94, of Munising, died Friday afternoon, October 11, 2019 at UP Health System-Marquette. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.

James Lowell Swenor II

ALPHA, MI – On October 11, 2019, James “Jimmer” L. Swenor II of Alpha, formerly of Marquette, joined his family and friends in Heaven while under the exceptional care of the Oscar Johnson VA facility. A legend was born on February 27, 1955, (Apparently 100 years too late, since he ...

Robert Joseph Reinert, Jr.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI - Robert Joseph Reinert, Jr., age 71, of Marquette Township, entered eternal life Saturday morning, October 12, 2019, at home, in the loving, comforting care of his family and caregivers of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice. Born January 5, 1948, in Dayton, Ohio, a ...

Donald T. Langlois

MARQUETTE, MI - Donald T. “Donne“ Langlois, age 62, of Marquette, passed away Friday evening, October 11, 2019, at Trillium Hospice House from complications of COPD. He passed in the loving, comforting care of his family, daughter, Jennifer; son, Kristopher; sister and brother-in-law, Liz ...

Ernie John Harsila

ISHPEMING, MI - Ernie John Harsila, a.k.a. “The Dude”, age 79, long time Ishpeming resident passed away, Friday, October 11, 2019, at UP Health System Marquette where he had been a patient for the past month. Ernie was born in Negaunee, on March 16, 1940, a son of the late Aili (Salo) ...

Amy Bazinette

NEGAUNEE, MI - Amy Sue Bazinette, 35, of Negaunee, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at her home. Amy Sue, ‘Papoose’ as her Grandpa Lammie called her, was born June 11, 1984, in Marquette, to Vigil and Susan (Lammie) Bazinette and graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of ...