Obituaries

Marianne Sophie Kilpela

FULTON - Marianne Sophie Kilpela, 79, passed away unexpectedly in a housefire on Friday, December 16, 2016. She was born on April 1, 1937, in Hamtramck, to William and Florence (Bardal) Trembley. Marianne loved her Avon jewelry and nail polish. In her free time, she enjoyed going to the ...

Norman Kilpela

FULTON - Norman Kilpela, 73, a resident of Fulton, passed away unexpectedly in a house fire on Friday, December 16, 2016. He was born on August 27, 1943, in Fulton to Urho and Alice (Cardinal) Kilpela. Norman attended the local schools and at a young age he and his siblings went off to work ...

Shirley M. (Carl) Kukkonen

CHASSELL - Shirley M. (Carl) Kukkonen, 94, a former Hancock, resident and current resident of Chassell and Phoenix, Arizona, passed away in Arizona on December 15, 2016, of natural causes. Born on February 8, 1922, in the Finnish community of Duluth Minnesota, she was the daughter of Gust and ...

Donald “Don” Janovsky

Donald "Don" Janovsky, 85, of the Green Acres Rd., Houghton, died Sunday, December 18, 2016, at UP Health System-Marquette.  Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Alfred John Frederick Gunnari

MOHAWK — Alfred John Frederick Gunnari, 75, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Alfred was born to John and Helen (Anderson) Gunnari on October 6, 1941 in Ahmeek. On October 22, 1966, he was united in marriage to Arlene Hakala in Mount Clemens. He worked for ...

Esther M. Bunker

Esther M. Bunker, 93, of Baraga, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at Bayside Village, L’Anse. She was born April 22, 1923 in Painesdale, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Kanta) Uusitalo. She attended school in Nisula and resided in the local area for most of her life, ...

Godspeed John Glenn, genuine American hero

If you were old enough to tie your shoes Feb. 20, 1962, then you almost surely remember Marine Col. John H. Glenn Jr. entering the history books by becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. During that flight, Americans, watching on their black-and-white television sets, held their ...

Robert “Bob” Spurr

WATERLOO, Indiana — Robert “Bob” Spurr, 68, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at his home in rural Waterloo, Indiana. He was born December 19, 1947, in Calumet. Bob worked for BAE Systems in Fort Wayne for 40 years, retiring in 2009. He is survived by his wife, ...

Shirley (Carl) Kukkonen

Shirley (Carl) Kukkonen, 94, a former Hancock and Chassell resident and currently of Phoenix,AZ, passed away Thursday morning December 15, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be ...

Kenneth B. Tebbe

Kenneth B. Tebbe, 76, a resident of Bay City, and former Toivola resident, died Monday, December 12, 2016, in Bay City. Arrangements are being handled by Antila Funeral Service, Inc.  A full obituary will be released at a later date.

Martha “Mardi” Mae Dakota

Martha "Mardi" Mae Dakota, 78, of Baraga, MI walked on, Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse.

Raymond Elmer Jolgren

Raymond Elmer Jolgren, 99, of Pelkie, MI passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse.

Alfred Gunnari

Alfred Gunnari, 75, of Mohawk passed away at home on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.

Esther M. Bunker

Esther M. Bunker, 93, of Baraga passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Bayside Village, L'Anse. Funeral arrangements for Esther are incomplete and will be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse. Esther's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at ...

Edwin J. “Jack” Reynolds

ONTONAGON - Edwin J. “Jack”  Reynolds,  passed away on December 8, 2016, at Aspirus L.T.C. in Ontonagon. Jack was born in Ontonagon on January 4, 1927, the son of John and Violet (Penegor) Reynolds. He attended school in Rockland and was a graduate of Roger Clark. He was the ...

William Eugene Emery

ZEBA - William Eugene Emery, 80, of Zeba, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016, at his home. He was born March 4, 1936, in L’Anse, son of William Emery and Margaret (Schofield) Sipe. In 1954, Gene graduated from Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. He was in the U.S. Air Force from ...

Barbara J. Podner

HOUGHTON - Barbara J. Podner, 67, a resident of Arbor Green, in Houghton and former South Range and Iron River resident, died unexpectedly due to an apparent heart attack at her home on Thursday, December 8, 2016. She was born on June 21, 1949, in Hancock, a daughter of the late Henry and ...

Reuben J. “Becca” Anderson

BETSY - Reuben J. “Becca” Anderson, 84, a former resident of Betsy/Mohawk, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. He was born on August 26, 1932, in Gay, to John and Ellen (Lyytikainen) Anderson. He attended the Lake Linden ...

William Emery

William Emery, age 80 of Zeba, MI passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home.

Dennis H. Royce

EAGLE HARBOR — Dennis H. Royce, 87, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. He was born in Antigo, Wisconsin and married Geraldine Jurmu on August 27, 1955. Dennis served in the United States Air Force for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his ...