Obituaries

Francis Arling Roberts

HURONTOWN – Francis “Fuzzy” Roberts, 91, of Hurontown, passed away March 27, 2017, at Woodland Haven, where he had been a resident for nearly 4 years. He was born January 15, 1926, in Mason, to parents, Arling and Maude Sincock Roberts. He attended the local schools, leaving Houghton ...

Ricky Gene Ayers Jr.

CHASSELL – Ricky Gene Ayers Jr., 41, passed away on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, at UP Health System - Marquette. The family has chosen to have a private gathering to remember Ricky. Please visit fassbenderfuneralhome.com to express your condolences online.

Catherine “Kay” Hendrickson

Catherine “Kay” Hendrickson, age 91, of Gladstone passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 ...

Dave Preston

LIVONIA – Dave Preston, 58, of Livonia, Michigan passed away on March 25, 2017. He was a cherished son of Jack and Judy Preston of Lac La Belle; loving father of Chelsie (Chuck) Spencer, and Marissa Preston; proud soon-to-be grandpa of Baby Boy Spencer; dearest brother of Karen (Brian) ...

Billy Heikkinen

MOHAWK – Billy Heikkinen, 42, a resident of Mohawk, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. He was born on March 4, 1975, in Laurium. He graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1994. He was also active in the ROTC at Calumet High School. He was ...

Francis A. “Fuzzy” Roberts

HURONTOWN – Francis A. "Fuzzy" Roberts, 91, a former resident of Hurontown, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. Arrangements are still incomplete and will be announced later from the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock.

Bonnie Faye (Knapp) Kirschner

ESCANABA – Bonnie Faye (Knapp) Kirschner, 49, of Escanaba passed away while surrounded by family on March 23, 2017, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, following a brief illness. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the KBIC Zeba Hall in ...

Ruth S. Karpinen

Ruth S. Karpinen, 87, a resident of the Bluffs, Houghton, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, March 26, 2017. A graveside service will be held in June with the date to be announced in June along with a full obituary. Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain ...

Christina M. Peterson

MANITOWOC, Wisc. - Christina M. Peterson, 69, a resident of Manitowoc, passed away peacefully at her home while surrounded by loved ones on Monday, March 20, 2017, following her courageous battle with cancer. Chris was born on February 12, 1948, in Detroit to the late Clayton and Gladys ...

Marilyn Ann Ross

CHASSELL - Marilyn Ann Ross, 67, went to heaven on the morning of February 9th, 2017, in Arizona, with her family by her side. She was born in Gary, Indiana, on May 31, 1949. While on vacation with her family at Sunrise Cabins in Houghton, she ended up meeting her love, Christopher Ross. ...

Miriam Elaine Schroff

ROYAL OAK - Miriam Elaine Schroff, 94, formerly of Royal Oak, passed away on March 15, 2017, in Marietta, Georgia. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald; loving mother of Susan Beller, Ruth Ann (Phillip) Sonke and Paul (Michelle) Schroff; proud grandmother of Andrea (John) Mazuchowski, ...

Raymond Gerald Nelson

CALUMET - Raymond Gerald Nelson, 78, of Calumet and a resident of Houghton County Medical Care Facility, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. He was born on August 22, 1938, the son of the late Elwood and Mary (Tapani) Nelson. Raymond worked the majority of his career with the local ...

Barbara J Belisle

HOOVER, Alab. - Barbara J. Belisle, a resident of the Galleria Woods Brookdale Retirement Community in Hoover, Alabama, passed away on March 19, 2017. Barbara was born in Oneco Township, Michigan, on May 22, 1940, to parents Matt Koski and Ida Rinkinen Koski (both deceased.) She was a ...

Billy Heikkinen

MOHAWK — Billy Heikkinen, 42, a resident of Mohawk, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. He was born on March 4, 1975, in Laurium. He graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1994. He was also active in the ROTC at Calumet High School. He was ...

Jeanne Laux

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jeanne Laux, 91, passed away at a senior home with family and friends at her side on March 18, 2017. She was born on May 7, 1925, to the late Felix and Agnus DuMonthier. She grew up in Hubbell and graduated from Lake Linden High School. She will be sorely missed.

Barbara (Burkman) Patterson

LANGLEY, British Colombia – Barbara (Burkman) Patterson passed away on February 4, 2017 in Langley, British Columbia. She is survived by three children, Robert (Shannon) Patterson of Calgary, Alberta; Nancy Cameron of Langley, British Columbia; Jason (May) Patterson of North Vancouver, ...

Gerald E. Kotila

HOUGHTON/ HANCOCK – Gerald E. Kotila, 83, a resident of the Bluffs Senior Living Community and former Hancock resident, passed away at UP–Health System Portage Hospital on Tuesday March 14, 2017, where he had been a patient for the past day. He was born on October 4, 1933, in Ripley, a ...

Patricia A. Weege

Patricia “Pat” Weege, beloved wife, mother, mother–in–law and grandmother, passed peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, March 19, 2017. She was born in Oconto, Wisconsin, on June 25 to Herb and Ruby (Deimer) Telford. Pat attended Lincoln School and graduated from Oconto High ...

Ross A. Seppala

LAKE LINDEN – Ross A. Seppala, 49, of New Franken, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2017, after fighting a long battle with dystonia. He was born January 25, 1968, in Laurium, a son of Darlene (Rheault) Hughes and Bill Seppala. Ross graduated from the Lake ...

Joel Robert Mattila

CALUMET – Joel Robert Mattila was called home to be with our Lord on March 18, 2017. He was born July 20, 1943, to the late Robert of Ferndale and Dorothy Mattila of Phillipsville, formerly of Ferndale, Michigan. Joel attended Ferndale area schools in Lower Michigan, prior to moving to ...