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Obituaries

Nellie A. Maddock

ISHPEMING, MI - Nellie A. Maddock, age 94, lifelong Ishpeming resident, passed away, Sunday, January 12, 2020 at her home while in the loving care of her family and Lake Superior Life and Hospice. Nellie was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on September 15, 1925, a daughter of the late George ...

Rose Marie Aho

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI - Rose Marie Aho, age 83, of Marquette Township and formerly of Sand River, entered eternal life Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. Born December 21, 1936, in Marquette, a daughter of Herbert and Amelia (Czykoski) ...

Rhoda Jean Wills

MUNISING, MI - Rhoda Jean Wills, age 73, of Munising and formerly of Gwinn, died early Saturday morning, January 11, 2020 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan following an unexpected illness. She was born on December 25, 1946 in Danville, Illinois to John and Rosemary (Gunn) Cronk. ...

Frank F. Johnson

MARQUETTE, MI - Frank Ferdinand Johnson, age 84, of Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Norlite Nursing Center in the loving care of the staff that have taken care of him for the past four years. Born July 6, 1935, in Marquette, the son of Frank and Freda ...

Geraldine M. ‘Gerry’ Larsson

MARQUETTE, MI - Geraldine Mary “Gerry” Larsson, age 93 of Marquette entered eternal life Wednesday morning, January 15, 2020, at the Norlite Nursing Center. Born May 8, 1926 in Marquette, a daughter of John and Lillian (Pleau) Higgins, Gerry was a lifelong Marquette resident. While in ...

Kathy (Copley) & Michael Williams

KINCHELOE, MI - Kathy Lynn, 46, and Michael Lee Williams, 49, of Red Cedar Dr., Kincheloe, passed away Saturday night, January 11, 2020, at War Memorial Hospital, Sault Ste. Marie, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Kathy was born September 29, 1973, in Ishpeming, to ...

Dr. Gordon Drew Gill

MARQUETTE, MI - Dr. Gordon Drew Gill, 91, died on January 8, 2020 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Gordon was born in Ishpeming, MI on February 24, 1928 to George and Jane (Drew) Gill and lived there until 1950. He graduated from Ishpeming High School in 1946 and ...

Wilma Lee Ranta

FAYETTEVILLE, PA - Wilma Lee Miller, Ranta, 86, of Fayetteville, PA went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born February 1, 1933, in Zenith, WV, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Aaron Miller and Margaurite Vernon Miller. Wilma grew up ...

Edla Esther Lepola

MARQUETTE, MI – Edla Esther Lepola, age 92, of Marquette, entered eternal life early Monday morning, January 13, 2020, at Trillium Hospice House in Marquette. Born June 25, 1927, in Watton, a daughter of Jacob and Edla (Salo) Ketola, Esther was raised in Watton and graduated from L’Anse ...

Johnnie Lovern

NEGAUNEE, MI - Johnnie Lovern, 68, of Negaunee Township, passed away Saturday morning, January 11, 2020, at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, in Mequon, Wisconsin. Johnnie was born on June 17, 1951, in Montgomery County, Virginia, to the late Wiley and Dorothy (Cromer) ...

James Doyle Richards

GWINN, MI - James Doyle Richards, 60, of Gwinn, passed away Wednesday evening, January 8, 2020, at his residence with his loving family at his side and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Doyle was born on June 30, 1959, in Rockwood, Tennessee to James and Carolyn (West) ...

Phyllis M. Swanson

ISHPEMING, MI - Phyllis M. Swanson, age 87, lifelong area resident, passed away Saturday January 11, 2020 at the Eastwood Nursing Center while in the loving care of her family and nursing home staff. Phyllis was born in Mass City, MI on October 8, 1932, daughter of the late Edward Maloney ...

Ruth L. Kellan

NEGAUNEE, MI – Ruth L. (Kangas) Kellan, age 93, of Negaunee, entered eternal life Friday, January 10, 2020, at Mill Creek Assisted Living, in the loving, comforting care of her family and Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice. Born June 14, 1926, in Ishpeming, a daughter of Solomon and Elin ...

Joyce Arlene Koski

NEGAUNEE, MI - Joyce Arlene Koski, 80, formerly of 222 W Peck Street in Negaunee, MI died on Friday, January 10, 2020, as a patient at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. She fought a valiant battle for the past 13 years coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Joyce was born April 1, 1939, ...

Robert William Alperi

SOUTHERN PINES, NC - Robert William Alperi, 82, of Southern Pines, NC passed away peacefully on December 30, 2019, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Bob was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on January 4, 1937, to the late William and Gertrude Alperi. He graduated from ...

Evelyn Alice Keller

MARQUETTE, MI – Evelyn Alice Keller, age 99, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday morning, January 9, 2020, at the Norlite Nursing Center, in the loving, comforting care of her family. Born September 4, 1920, in Detroit, a daughter of Reuben and Myrtle (Seibert) Orr, Evelyn was ...

Leila Phyllis (Herrala) LaPin

WATERTOWN, WI - Leila Phyllis (Herrala) LaPin, 88, of Watertown, Wisconsin, went to live with Jesus in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 9. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Marquardt Manor where she had been residing. Leila was born July 14, 1931, in Ishpeming, Michigan, ...

Robert L. Richards

WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP, MI - Robert L. Richards, age 87, passed away January 8, 2020. Bob was born in Marquette, MI and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He graduated from Northern Michigan University, where he met the love of his life, Judy, and was a devoted high school math teacher. Beloved ...

Kimberlie Dawn Newton

FOWLERVILLE, MI - Kimberlie Dawn Newton, age 47, of Fowlerville, passed away at her home late Wednesday afternoon, December 18, 2019, while surrounded by her loving family. Born on December 5, 1972, in Ishpeming, she was the daughter of Clarence M. and Sherrie L. (Stanaway) ...

Laura B. Brann

NORTHGLENN, CO - Laura Belle Brann, 84, a resident of Avamere Transitional Care Nursing Home, went home to be with the Lord on November 20, 2019. Laura was born in Auburn, Maine on January 26, 1935. She was the first of three daughters born to Harold and Marguerite Arris Allard. Laura ...