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Obituaries

Raymond Arthur Watters

ISHPEMING, MI - Raymond Arthur Watters, age 90, Ishpeming Township resident passed away on Sunday November 17, 2019 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Ray had been a resident there for the past year. Ray was born in Ishpeming on December 8, 1928, the son of the late Sam and ...

Elaine Norma Saari

HOUGHTON, MI - Elaine Norma Saari, 91, died at the Omega House on Sunday, November 17, after a lengthy illness. She was the daughter of Jacob (Jack) and Jennie Laakso of West Ishpeming. She was a graduate of the Ishpeming High School and was employed at JC Penney of Ishpeming after her ...

William ‘Bula’ Hill, Jr.

NEGAUNEE, MI - William ‘Bula’ Hill, Jr., 87, of Sunset Drive, Negaunee, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, November 15, 2019, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Bula was born March 8, 1932, to William and Toini (Wertanen) Hill, Sr., and graduated from Negaunee High ...

Neil Hamilton Black

ISHPEMING, MI - Neil Hamilton Black, age 89, former Ishpeming resident passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019, with his family by his side at Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. Neil was born on January 27, 1930, in Walkerville (Windsor) Ontario to Duncan and Margaret (Todd) Black. At age ...

Keith V. Holmquist

MENOMINEE, MI - Keith V. Holmquist, 82, of Menominee, MI died Tuesday evening, November 12, 2019, at Rennes Health Center-East in Peshtigo, WI. He was born February 1, 1937 in Trenary, Michigan to Carl and Kathleen (Kiser) Holmquist. He graduated from Trenary High School in 1955. He went on ...

Alan Paul Musolf

MARQUETTE, MI - Alan Paul Musolf, age 67, of Marquette, walked away from life on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Alan was born April 28, 1952, in Marquette, to John and Olga Musolf. He attended John D. Pierce School and graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1970. He continued his ...

Elizabeth Miriam Buytaert

TRAVERSE CITY - Elizabeth Miriam Buytaert, age 99, a resident of Traverse City since 2013, passed away in her sleep on Friday, November 8, 2019, at Bay Ridge Assisted Living Center. Elizabeth was born on June 29, 1920, in Ishpeming, Michigan to John and Lisa Josephine Wuorenmaa. She was a ...

Ronald P. Haring

MARQUETTE, MI - Ronald Paul Haring, 68, of Marquette, passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 8, 2019, at The Lighthouse at Ishpeming while under the care of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. He fought the hard fight against cancer for six years. Ron had a love for cars, ...

Susie Chang Hanson

MARQUETTE, MI - Susie Chang Hanson, born Hsiu-Chu Chang, 68, of Marquette, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at her residence. Susie was born on September 22, 1951 in Taipei, Taiwan. On March 31, 1975, she married Gregory Hanson in Taipei. She and Greg moved to Marquette in the ...

Carl Franklin Firley

PALM CITY, FL - Carl Franklin Firley of Palm City, FL passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois and was raised in Brookfield, IL where he graduated from Riverside Brookfield High school and joined the United States Army. He ...

Scott W. Patrick

ISHPEMING, MI - Scott W. Patrick, age 54, longtime Ishpeming resident passed away in his sleep on Friday, November 15, 2019. A Celebration of Scott’s life will be held from 12:30PM – 4:00PM on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home where family will greet ...

Molly Gail Kus

MARQUETTE, MI - Molly Gail Kus, age 40, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday morning, November 14, 2019, at her home, in the loving, comforting care of her family and caregivers of Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Born November 16, 1978, in Marquette, the daughter of Randy and ...

Debra L. Maki

CHATHAM, MI - Debra L. Maki, age 68, of Chatham, died on Tuesday morning, November 12, 2019 at Medilodge in Munising, Michigan following a brief illness. She was born in Marquette, Michigan on July 29, 1951 to the late Bernie and Arlene (Laakso) Maki. Debra grew up in Chatham with her family ...

Rita Marie Vallier

ROCK, MI - Rita Marie Vallier, 71, of Rock, died peacefully, Monday afternoon, November 11, 2019 at home, surrounded by family and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. She was born September 19, 1948 in Ishpeming, a daughter of the late Raymond and Merle (Maase) Juidici. ...

Michael H. MacLachlan

CHAMPION, MI - Michael H. MacLachlan, 75, of Champion, passed away Saturday morning, November 9, 2019, at his home. Mike was born on May 14, 1944 at Bay City, Michigan, a son of the late Howard and Helen (Mahoney) MacLachlan and was a 1962 graduate of Handy High School in Bay City. ...

Denise M. Becotte

ISHPEMING, MI - Denise M. Becotte, age 58, of 318 W. Canda St. Ishpeming, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette surrounded by family and friends due to a battle with a recent illness. Denise was born in Ishpeming on June 28, 1961, daughter of Thomas Becotte ...

Nancy Jill Toyra

MARQUETTE, MI - Nancy Jill Toyra, a very young 82 years of age, entered eternal life unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona. She passed in the loving, comforting care of her family. Born March 18, 1936 in Florence, Wisconsin, Nancy ...

Sharon Jean Anderson

ISHPEMING, MI - Sharon Jean Anderson, age 74, of 211 N. Third St. Ishpeming, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 at her home in Ishpeming. Sharon was born in Gwinn, MI on November 1, 1945 daughter of the late Emma (Furaitar) and Jerry Westman. She grew up in Humboldt Twp., and was a ...

Juanita M. Robinson

MARQUETTE, MI - Juanita M. Robinson, 75, of Marquette, passed away early Thursday morning, November 7, 2019 at Medilodge in Munising. Juanita was born on May 9, 1944 in Detroit, a daughter of the late Freeman and Alida (Elliott) Beer. She attended John D. Pierce High School through the 8th ...

James Russell Loman

COVINGTON, MI — James Russell Loman, age 93, of Baraga, MI, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, MI. Jim was born on July 30, 1926, in Baraga, and was the son of Clyde and Eleanor (Swanson) Loman. Jim graduated from Baraga High School in 1944 and was ...