Obituaries

Martin R. Raffaelli

SOUTH RANGE — Martin R. Raffaelli, 97, a long-time resident of South Range, died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving children, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where he had been a resident for the past eleven years. He was born on October 10, ...

Walter L. Morris

HOUGHTON — Walter L. Morris, 88, a resident of the Bluffs in Houghton and a former long-time resident of Ames, Iowa and Sioux City, Iowa, died Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Omega House. He was born on April 8, 1928, in West Union, Iowa, a son of the late Edward and Neva (Freed) ...

Eugene A. “Tooter” Olson

L’ANSE —Eugene A. "Tooter" Olson, age 69, of L'Anse passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Ellen Marie Orr

CHASSELL — Ellen Marie Orr, 80, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Portage Health System. Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Ryan Funeral Home of Calumet is serving the family.

Dale G. LeClaire

FORT WORTH, Texas Dale Girard “Bo” LeClaire, 72, of Fort Worth, Texas, died unexpectedly, at his home on January 15, 2017. Dale was born on February 8, 1944, in Baraga, the son of Clifford and Loretta LeClaire. Dale attended Baraga schools and started working at a young ...

Robert Harvey Destrampe

GREENDALE, Wis. – Robert Harvey Destrampe, 86, born into eternal life on January 15, 2017. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 6060 West Loomis Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. Robert ...

Gene “Butch” Kipina

Gene “Butch” Kipina, 77, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully at home on January 12, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer with family by his side. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Siskiwit Reception Hall on Pine Street in ...

Dale Girard “Bo” LeClaire

Dale Girard “Bo” LeClaire, 72 of Fort Worth, Texas died unexpectedly at his home on January 15, 2017. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobson Funeral Home.

Paul F. Cloutier

LAURIUM – Paul F. Cloutier, 66, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at his home. He was born in Laurium on March 25, 1950, a son of Frances and Violet Cloutier. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and was a graduate of the Calumet High School Class of 1968. He attended both ...

Francis Lide

HOUGHTON – Francis Lide passed away at the Omega House in Houghton on Sunday, January 15, 2017, after suffering multiple complications after a urinary tract infection. Francis Pugh Lide, Jr. known to friends and associates as Frank, was born in 1930, as the fourth of six children to ...

Mary Alice Bertucci

HANCOCK – Mary Alice Bertucci, 99, formerly of Missouri, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. The O'Neill–Dennis Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Gerard H. “Henry” Tangen, Jr.

BARAGA – Gerard H. “Henry” Tangen, Jr., 88, of Baraga, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Bayside Village, L’Anse. Henry was born in Baraga on October 26, 1928, the son of the late Gerard H. and Catherine (Martin) Tangen, Sr. Henry graduated from Baraga High School in ...

Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen

HANCOCK – Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen, 82, a resident of Hancock, passed away on Thursday evening, January 12, 2017, at the Omega House in Houghton, following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 9, 1934, in Misery Bay, a daughter of the late Charles and Pearl (Spiegel) Kemppa. Gladys ...

Paul F. Cloutier

LAURIUM – Paul F. Cloutier, 66, passed away at his home on Saturday evening, January 14, 2017. Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

Charlotte (Sherry) Anne Hellman

CARPENTERSVILLE, Illi. - Charlotte (Sherry) Anne Hellman, 73, beloved late wife of Gerry Hellman, passed away on December 31, 2016, in Carpentersville, Illinois. She was born on August 26, 1943, in Michigan, where she met in high school and married her husband, Gerry, in December ...

James Harrison Geiger

CALUMET - James Harrison Geiger, 87, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He was born on December 29, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to Clarence and Mae (Kingston) Geiger. He attended Calumet High School, ...

Grace Mary Langen

GRAND RAPIDS - Grace Mary (Galetto) Langen, is now at peace and with her heavenly Father. Her mind is restored and renewed, her joy is complete. Grace was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula town of Laurium on January 23, 1928. She died in Ann Arbor on January 7, 2017, just shy of her 89th ...

Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen

Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen, 82, a resident of Hancock passed away Thursday evening January 12, 2017, at the Omega House in Houghton following a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Gladys will be held 12 noon Tuesday January 17, 2017, at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock with Rev. DJ ...

Richard Bruce Francois

L’ANSE — Richard Bruce Francois, 86, of L’Anse, died peacefully, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Richard Bruce Francois was born April 26, 1930, in Appleton Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Gladys Francois. While still young his family moved to ...

James Charles Cloutier

LANSING — James Charles Cloutier, 63, died on January 11, 2017, in Lansing. Jim is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jane; his children, Lory, Ben, Sarah (Graham Schmidt) and Nell (Noah Bronstein); and his brothers and sisters. Jim was born on March 5, 1953, in Laurium. He served in the ...