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Obituaries

Kacie Fostermerk

BOISE, ID - Kacie Fostermerk, 42 years old of Boise, Idaho (originally of West Ishpeming, MI) peacefully passed away with family and friends at her side, on August 25th 2019 in Boise, Idaho. She was born in Marquette, Michigan on June 7th 1977. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula and graduated ...

Samuel Fredrick (Sam) Champion

NATIONAL MINE, MI - Samuel Fredrick (Sam) Champion, age 84, lifelong National Mine resident passed away Tuesday, September 10th, at Marquette County Medical Care Facility while in the loving care of his family. Samuel was born in National Mine, on March 4, 1935, a son of the late Ruth ...

Terry Thomas

CHANNING, MI - Terry Thomas passed away in his home Sunday evening, September 8, 2019. He is survived by his brothers, Gene Thomas, Loy (Ruth) Thomas, Dwayne Thomas; daughter, Sherry Thomas (Louis) Bryson; sons, Loyd (Michelle) Thomas, TeJay (Rachel) Thomas, Michael (Karen) Thomas; ...

Diane J. Reidy

ISHPEMING, MI - Diane J. Reidy, age 60, longtime Ishpeming area resident, passed away on Tuesday September 10, 2019 at The Lighthouse at Ishpeming Health and Rehabilitation center while in the loving care of her husband and nursing home staff. Diane was born on February 25, 1959 in L’Anse, ...

Carolyn M. Ciullo

MARQUETTE, MI – Carolyn M. Ciullo, age 85, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming, in the loving, comforting care of her family. Born February 20, 1934, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Charles and ...

Lois Jule Ayotte

ISHPEMING, MI - Lois Jule Ayotte, age 88, a longtime Ishpeming resident and recent resident of the Teal Lake Senior Living Community, passed away on Sunday, September 8th surrounded in love with her family while praying the Hail Mary at the Marquette County Medical Facility in Ishpeming. Born ...

Robert ‘Bob’ E. Meyer

ESCANABA, MI - Robert “Bob” E. Meyer, age 92, of Escanaba, passed away peacefully at the family cottage on Lake Michigamme on Saturday, August 24, 2019. He and his twin brother were born on January 4, 1927, in Menominee, MI, the sons of the late Theodore and Lydia (Schneider) Meyer. Bob ...

Muriel Ann Zirkle

MARQUETTE, MI - Muriel Ann Zirkle, age 68, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday evening, September 8, 2019, at Trillium Hospice House, in the loving, comforting care of her family, Lake Superior Hospice and Trillium staff. Born December 13, 1950, in Marquette, a daughter of Howard C. and ...

Mark A. ‘Grizzly Bear’ Hamel

CHAMPION, MI - Mark A. “Grizzly Bear” Hamel, age 65, of 745 Co. Rd. AI, Champion went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 6, 2019 while undergoing treatment at the UPMC-Passavant hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Mark was born in Ishpeming on July 23, 1954 son of Patricia M. (Duhame) and ...

Lawrence F. ‘Bert’ ‘Chub’ Bertocchi

GWINN, MI - Lawrence F. “Bert” “Chub” Bertocchi, 85, of Gwinn, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, September 4, 2019 at his home under the care of his loving family and Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. Bert was born on July 4, 1934 in Negaunee, a son of the late Lorenzo and ...

Jeanette Ann Lindberg

ISHPEMING, MI - Jeanette Ann Lindberg, age 88, longtime resident of Ishpeming, MI ended her earthly journey on Monday, September 9, 2019 while a resident at the Mill Creek Senior Living Community in Marquette. Jeanette was born May 29, 1931 the daughter of Wayne and Edith (Jacobs) Moilanen ...

Clara Sue Campbell

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI - Clara Sue Campbell, age 78, of Chocolay Township, entered eternal life Friday, September 6, 2019, at her home, in the loving care of her family and caregivers of Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Clara was born March 2, 1941 in Munising, a daughter of Paul and ...

Rita M. Maki

ISHPEMING, MI - Rita M. Maki, lifelong Ishpeming area resident, passed away on Monday September 9, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette while in the loving care of her family and hospital staff. Rita was born in Ishpeming on September 7, 1951, daughter of the late Reino and Anna (Leiviska) ...

Marlene Ruth Barto

GWINN, MI - Marlene Ruth Barto, age 78, of Gwinn, entered eternal life on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Trillium Hospice House in the loving care of her family. A daughter of Chester and Myrtle (Contois) Babcock, Marlene was born in Ishpeming on August 5, 1941. She was raised in ...

Mary Boogren

GWINN/WARREN, MI - Mary Louise Boogren, 93, of Warren, and former Gwinn resident, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, September 4, 2019 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Utica. Mary was born March 7, 1926 in Princeton to Burt and Giovanna (Polini) Columbo and graduated from Gwinn High ...

Norman E. “Sarge” Kemp

ISHPEMING, MI - Norman E. “Sarge” Kemp, age 70, longtime Ishpeming and Republic area resident, passed away on Friday September 6, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette while in the loving care of his family and friends. Norman was born in Ishpeming on July 23, 1949, son of the late Eugene ...

William Thomas Richards

CHICAGO, IL - William Thomas Richards 78, passed away on September 3, 2019. Beloved husband to Karen Richards, nee Wigg of 57 years, loving father of Christine and William Jr. adoring uncle to Kate Richards (Adam Barker) and Olivia Richards and great uncle to Miles and William Barker, and ...

Robert Anson Peters

LOS ANGELES, CA - Robert Anson Peters, 89 of Los Angeles, California, died June 19, 2019 at his home in Los Angeles. Robert was born on April 2, 1930 in Iron Mountain, MI, a son of the late Cary and Donna (McCracken) Peters. He graduated from high school in Oakland, California and soon ...

Francis R. Higgins

TEMPE, AZ – Francis R. Higgins, age 84, of Tempe, Arizona, and former Marquette resident, entered eternal life April 17, 2019, in Tempe. Graveside committal services will be held at the Park Cemetery on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:00 am. Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and ...

Darrell Wesley ‘Peanut’ DesJardins

ALPENA, MI - Darrell Wesley “Peanut” DesJardins, 66, of Alpena and Munising passed away Friday, August 30, at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Alpena surrounding by his family following a brief illness. He was born fifth of 11 children to Lewis and Edith (Nybeck) DesJardins on June 20, ...