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Obituaries

Laurie Ann Hill Leece

MARQUETTE, MI - Laurie Ann Hill Leece, age 65 of Marquette, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 19, 2018, with her faithful dogs Layla and Finn by her side. The eldest daughter of Dorothy A. (Cameron) and Edwin G. Hill, Laurie was born in Traverse City, Michigan on December ...

Miriam Ulvinen Hoover

PALM SPRINGS, CA - After a life well lived for 104 years, Miriam Ulvinen Hoover passed away at her home in Palm Springs on March 6th, 2018. Miriam was born in Humboldt, MI on November 1, 1913, the daughter of Liisa Justina and Tuomas Ulvinen. She grew up with eight sisters and three ...

Randall (Randy) Todd Sinnaeve

UTICA, MI - Randy Sinnaeve, 57, Utica, Mi., formerly of Gwinn Mi., passed away unexpectedly Feb. 14, 2018. Surviving are his daughter Sarah Sinnaeve, Utica MI, parents Harold and Gloria Sinnaeve of Marquette, MI, brothers Bryan (Suki) Sinnaeve, Kansas City, KS, Darren (Shirra) Sinnaeve, ...

Leo Angelo Portale

AVON LAKE, OH - Leo Angelo Portale, 79 of Avon Lake, OH, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 8, 2018 while surrounded by family. He was born January 20, 1939 to parents Angelo and Alice (nee Nault) Portale in Ishpeming, MI. Leo literally married the girl next door Constance ...

Mary Eileen (McGann) Coleman

SPOKANE, WA - Mary Eileen (McGann) Coleman was born August 7, 1926 in Marquette, Michigan and passed away peacefully on February 25, 2018 in Olympia, Washington. The second of four children of Edmund and Lillian McGann, Eileen grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She married ...

Leo Angelo Portale

AVON LAKE, OH - Leo Angelo Portale, 79 of Avon Lake, OH, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 8, 2018 while surrounded by family. He was born January 20, 1939 to parents Angelo and Alice (nee Nault) Portale in Ishpeming, MI. Leo literally married the girl next door Constance ...

Mary Edwards

ENGADINE, MI - Lifelong Engadine resident, Mary Ruth Edwards, 83, died Tuesday March 6, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Family and friends may call at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Naubinway on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 7:00 pm. A Mass of ...

Bruce ‘Bruno’ Beauchaine

NEGAUNEE, MI - Bruce Clair ‘Bruno’ Beauchaine, 74, of County Road, Negaunee, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, March 8, 2018 at his home in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. Bruno was born October 2, 1943 in Ishpeming to Alfred and Lempi (Alongo) ...

James ‘Jim’ A. Kipling

ISHPEMING, MI - James “Jim” A. Kipling, age 62, lifelong Ishpeming area resident passed away Wednesday March 7, 2018 at the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI while in the loving care of his family and hospital staff. The Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home is assisting the family with ...

Eric D. Collins

ISHPEMING, MI - Eric D. Collins, age 46 of 685 Amanda Lane Ishpeming passed away Monday March 5, 2018. Eric was born January 13, 1972 in Ishpeming to Nancy (Kari) and Bruce Collins. Eric was a 1991 graduate of Westwood High School. At age 14 Eric started working at Jim’s West Gate IGA as ...

Patricia Louise Sanford Brown

CHELSEA, MI - Patricia Louise Sanford Brown, age 86, died Monday, February 26, 2018 at Chelsea Community Hospital. She was born December 13, 1931 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Leonard Holbrook & Thelma Elizabeth (Haite) Sanford. Patricia attended Lansing public schools, ...

Judith ‘Judy’ J. Mariani

IRON RIVER, MI - Judith “Judy” J. Mariani, age 93, of Iron River, MI, passed away on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at the U.P. Health System in Marquette, Michigan. She was born May 17, 1924 in Iron Mountain, MI, the daughter of the late Carlo and Clara (Carlevato) Porta. She attended the ...

Mary M. Stiritz

GWINN, MI – Mary M. Stiritz, age 65, of 17 W. Johnson Lake Rd., Gwinn passed away on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at her home while in the loving arms of her family. Mari began her war with breast cancer 16 years ago and fought it with sisu ‘til her last breath. She will be forever missed by ...

Betty Jane Smith

MARQUETTE, MI - Betty Jane Smith, age 89, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Norlite Nursing Center in the loving care of her family, and care givers at Lake Superior Hospice. Arrangements will be announced by the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home where ...

Bruce ‘Bruno’ Beauchaine

NEGAUNEE, MI - Bruce Claire ‘Bruno’ Beauchaine, 74, of County Road, Negaunee, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, March 8, 2018 at his home in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. Arrangements will be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.

Norman “Norm” Pelto

MARQUETTE/NORTH PORT, FL - Norman “Norm” Pelto, age 82, of Marquette/North Port, Florida, died in Sarasota, Florida, on February 27, 2018, at the age of 82. He bravely fought Parkinson’s disease for 30 years, while continuing to live his life to the fullest. He will be remembered for his ...

William “Bill” Jackson

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - William “Bill” Jackson passed away peacefully on March 1st, 2018 in Scottsdale, at the age of 81. Bill is survived by his children, Alan (Maureen) Jackson, Victoria (Marc) Wolf and Eric (Kerry) Jackson. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Gloria Jussila ...

Marie Louise Tiernan

MUNISING, MI - Marie Louise Tiernan, age 95, of Munising, died Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the MediLodge of Munising. She was born in Munising, Michigan on October 13, 1922 to the late William A. and Ida B. (Sylvester) Cox, Sr. Louise graduated from Wm. G. Mather High School in the class of ...

Eric D. Collins

ISHPEMING, MI - Eric D. Collins, age 46 of 685 Amanda Lane Ishpeming passed away Monday March 5, 2018. Eric’s family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Hope Free Lutheran Church in Ishpeming Twp. where Eric’s funeral service will be ...

Geraldine A. LaForest

ISHPEMING, MI – Geraldine A. LaForest, age 94, longtime Ishpeming Twp. resident passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Mill Creek Senior Living Community, Memory Care Unit in Marquette while under the loving care of staff members and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Gerre ...