Obituaries

Eleanor C. Sauvola

HOUGHTON/CHASSELL — Eleanor C. Sauvola, 79, a resident of Houghton and former Chassell resident, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 28, 1939, in Chassell, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Cecilia (Beauchamp) ...

Gerald Ollanketo

LAURIUM — Gerald Ollanketo, 75, a resident of Laurium, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Sharon Palosaari

AHMEEK — Sharon Palosaari, 71, a resident of Ahmeek, passed away at the Omega House on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.

Earl G. Nelson

BALTIC — Earl G. Nelson, 79, a resident of Baltic, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, following a lengthy illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be ...

Robert R. ‘Bob’ Massie

BARAGA — Robert R. “Bob” Massie, 72, of Baraga, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, in L’Anse, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Hancock, on August 4, 1946, the son of the late Raphael and Frances (Hilgers) Massie. Bob graduated ...

Donna Schaaf Currier

HOUGHTON — Donna Schaaf Currier, 52, of Gulfport, Mississippi, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. She was employed as an assistant manager of Walmart in Wiggins and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where her work ethics proved she was a hardworking lady. Donna was a very creative ...

Eva ‘Elaine’ McKenzie

HANCOCK — Eva “Elaine” McKenzie had a glorious run of her 101 years. She was born Eva “Elaine” Thompson in Blythedale, Missouri, on July 11, 1917, and grew up in Eagleville, Missouri, on the Iowa border with her older sister, Neva and her younger sister, Mary. Tragically, their ...

Roy Isaacson

IRONWOOD — Roy Isaacson, 76, passed away on November 14, 2018, at Westgate Nursing Home in Ironwood. Although he battled Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for several years, he lived a rich and rewarding life. His final days were spent surrounded by his family and the loving caregivers at ...

Paul A. Abb

HURONTOWN — Paul A. Abb, 81, a resident of Hurontown, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where he had been a resident for the past three months. He was born on September 11, 1937, in Houghton, a son of the late Joseph and Marie ...

Roy Isaacson

IRONWOOD — Roy Isaacson, 76, passed away on November 14, 2018, at Westgate Nursing Home in Ironwood. Although he battled Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for several years, he lived a rich and rewarding life. His final days were spent surrounded by his family and the loving caregivers at ...

Eva E. McKenzie

HANCOCK — Eva E. McKenzie, 101, a resident of the Pewabic House at Portage Pointe, passed away Thursday morning, December 27, 2018. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Timothy P. Durocher

KINGSFORD — Timothy P. Durocher, 62, of Kingsford, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital with his loving wife by his side. The family has entrusted Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

Eleanor ‘Cookie’ Johnson

HOUGHTON — Eleanor “Cookie” Johnson, 76, a resident of Houghton for many years, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at the Mayo Clinic-St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, where she had been a patient for the past two and a half weeks. She was born on August 30, 1942, in ...

Dominic J. Zubiena

CALUMET — Dominic J. Zubiena, 90, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family, on December 25, 2018. He was born in Raymbaultown, on March 9, 1928, a son of John and Angeline (Cerretto) Zubiena. He attended the Calumet Public Schools and worked at the Vienna Bakery in ...

William ‘Willie’ Garnell

HANCOCK — William “Willie” Garnell, 65, a resident of Hancock, passed away at UP Health System-Marquette, on December 22, 2018, after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side. Willie was born on April 23, 1953, in Hancock. He was raised on the Garnell Farm in Stanton ...

Richard B. Michel

LAKE LINDEN — Richard B. Michel, 72, loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018. Richard was born on August 16, 1946, to Raymond and Loretta (Poisson) Michel in Laurium, the youngest of two children. He graduated from Lake Linden Hubbell High ...

Paul A. Abb

HURONTOWN — Paul A. Abb, 81 a resident of Hurontown, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where he had been a resident for the past three months. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Houghton are assisting the family ...

Eva E. McKenzie

HANCOCK — Eva E. McKenzie,101, a resident of the Pewabic House at Portage Pointe, passed away Thursday morning, December 27, 2018. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Jennifer Joyal

HOUGHTON — A memorial service for Jennifer Joyal, 46, a resident of the Portage House in Houghton, who passed away December 14, 2018, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock, with Pastor Brian Knight to officiate. Spring burial will ...

John J. Bodi

John J. Bodi, 91, passed away in Marquette at UP Health hospital on Friday, December 21, 2018. He was born in Hancock in 1927 to Edna and George Bodi. In 1953 he married Clare Kapsh. He grew up speaking Finnish, and because he was called Jussi at home, at school he went by his middle name ...