Obituaries

Paul Rudolph Tahtinen

PELKIE — Paul Rudolph Tahtinen, 89, of Pelkie, passed away on May 23, 2018, at his home. He was born January 23, 1929, in Baraga, son of Charles and Nelmi (Sysimetsa) Tahtinen. Rudy graduated from Baraga High School in 1947. In 1950, he married the love of his life, Ellen Saarinen of ...

Wesley Ernest Kangas

HOUGHTON — Wesley Ernest Kangas, 96, died May 23, 2018, at Aspirus Keweenaw in Laurium. A funeral will be held at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet on Saturday, May 26, 2018, with Pastor David Taivalkoski to officiate. Visitation will start Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. until ...

Peter Cattelino

HOUGHTON — Peter Cattelino, 100, of the Bluffs in Houghton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, January 3, 2018, at U.P. Health System-Portage Hospital in Hancock. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Bluffs 3rd floor ballroom with Pastor ...

Peter MacDonald

LAURIUM — Peter MacDonald, 68, a resident of Laurium, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. Burial with military rites will be held at the Lake View Cemetery in the Veterans Section on Friday, May 25, 2018, at 11 a.m.

Wesley Ernest Kangas

HOUGHTON — Wesley Ernest Kangas, 96, died May 23, 2018, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. He was born July 20, 1921, in Tapiola, son of John and Anna Kangas. He graduated from Calumet High School, Suomi College and Garwin College in Detroit. He worked as an accountant for nine years at ...

William S. Brotherton

HANCOCK — A celebration of life for William S. Brotherton, who passed away on March 29, 2018, will be held at the Ahmeek Park on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Edna Caldwell

HOUGHTON — Edna Caldwell, 90, a former resident of Houghton, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Lighthouse at Hubbell, where she had been a resident for the past three years. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting with the arrangements which will be announced at ...

Ernest R. Griff

CHASSELL — Ernest R. Griff, 91, a resident of Chassell, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at his home. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Peter Earl Kotila Sr.

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Peter Earl Kotila Sr., 93, was peacefully taken into the arms of our Heavenly Father on May 5, 2018. Earl was born on April 1, 1925, in Mirando, Texas, the third child of Olga Thorena Kotila (Shulstad) and Arthur Edward Kotila. As a very young child, the family moved to ...

Bruce I. Karsama

Bruce I. Karsama passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Arden Courts Memory Care Community in Bingham Farms, Michigan. He was born April 3, 1930, in Painesdale, to the late Senia and Isaac Karsama and was raised in Elo. Mr. Karsama served in the Army during the Korean War Era. After his ...

Beth L. Strom

IRON RIVER — On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Beth L. Strom, 65, passed away after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Beth was born on July 28, 1952, to Henry R. and Phyllis M. (Mills) Butler, who preceded her in death. She was the youngest of three, with a sister, Ruth Raymond, ...

Charlotte A. Olive

ANN ARBOR — Charlotte Ann (Coon) Olive, 81, formerly of Hancock and Ripley, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Ann Arbor. She died of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock at 11 a.m. on ...

Joseph Steven Moskwa

ONTONAGON — Joseph Steven Moskwa of Ontonagon and Red Wing, Minnesota, passed peacefully Saturday, May 19, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, following a brief illness. He was born July 26, 1929, to Joseph and Sophie (nee Mazurek) in Ontonagon, the oldest son of three ...

Lillian G. Tervonen

HURONTOWN — Lillian G. Tervonen, 86, a resident of Hurley, Wisconsin, and former Hurontown resident, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley, Wisconsin, where she had been a resident patient for the past two years. She was born on ...

Rhonda Ann Wisti

CHASSELL — Rhonda Ann Wisti passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 19, 2018. She was 56 years young. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was beautiful and kind. She was our rock. She is beloved beyond measure or words by her family. Rhonda leaves behind the love of her ...

Patricia ‘Patty’ A. Conrad

ISHPEMING — Patricia “Patty” A. Conrad, 57, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018, at her home, while in the loving care of her family and the U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Patty was born in Laurium, on March 21, 1961, to the late Lawrence and Elizabeth (Belanger) Ellenich. She worked as ...

Walter and Virginia Soumis

CHASSELL — Spring graveside services for Walter and Virginia Soumis, residents of Chassell, who passed away this past winter, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Chassell Cemetery with Fr. Ben Hasse to officiate and military honors for Walter will also be conducted. The ...

Bertha Ann (Jackovich) Smith

BERKLEY — Spring graveside services for Bertha Ann (Jackovich) Smith, 88, a resident of Berkley, who passed away February 10, 2018, will be held 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Forest Hill Cemetery of Houghton with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe ...

Carl Jarvela

CALUMET — Carl Jarvela, 93, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. He was born on February 3, 1925, in Allouez, a son of the late Charles and Annie (Sarja) Jarvela. He attended Calumet High School. He was a veteran ...

Gary Lee Worrall

CHASSELL — Spring graveside services for Gary Lee Worrall who passed away December 30, 2017, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Chassell Cemetery with Rev. Aaron Gehrke to officiate. A picnic lunch in Gary’s memory will follow at the Chassell Park. To view Gary’s ...