Obituaries

Timothy J. Gerdeen

HOUGHTON — Timothy J. Gerdeen, 51, of Houghton, died July 11, 2018, at UP Health System-Marquette. Tim was born on November 27, 1966, in Columbus, Ohio, and lived most of his life in Houghton. He was a 1985 graduate of Houghton High School, and a 1990 graduate of Michigan Tech, where he ...

Verna E. Helminen Daavettila

LAURIUM — Verna E. Helminen Daavettila, 85, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Omega House in Houghton. She was most recently a resident of Laurium and Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care. She was born on March 20, 1933, in Highway Location, to Gust and Cecilia (Kaukinen) ...

Mary M. Marino

DODGEVILLE — Mary M. Marino, 88, former resident of Dodgeville, passed away Saturday evening, July 14, 2018, at The Light House at Hancock Health & Rehab, where she had been a resident patient for the past nine years. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the ...

Anne Lasio McEvoy

COLUMBIA, Mary. — Lassie comes home. Anne Lasio McEvoy, 78, passed away from cancer complications on July 7, 2018, at Gilchrist Hospice, near her home in Columbia, Maryland. She was born in the Laurium Hospital, on October 18, 1939. A 1957 Calumet High School graduate, she always ...

David J. Keranen

KRONENWETTER, Wis. — David J. Keranen, 66, of Kronenwetter, Wisconsin, unexpectedly passed away on July 10, 2018, at his home. Dave was born to Wilbert and Delores (Anttila) Keranen on January 20, 1952, in Michigan, where he grew up. He married Connie Maatta on September 1, 1979, and ...

Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Gerdeen

HOUGHTON — Timothy J. “Tim” Gerdeen, 51, of Canal Rd., Houghton, died Wednesday evening, July 11, 2018, at UP Health System-Marquette. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock, with the Rev. Mike Klenner to ...

Kristy Marie Wirkula

GWINN — Kristy Marie Wirkula, 56, of Gwinn, died Wednesday evening, July 11, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family and under the care of U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced by the Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home.

Clarence William ‘Chris’ Little

LAKE LINDEN — Clarence William “Chris” Little, 76, of Lake Linden, passed away on January 25, 2018. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden. The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden is in ...

Brian Keith Klobuchar

STEVENSVILLE, Mont. — Brian Keith Klobuchar, 55, died as a result of a motorcycle accident on July 7, 2018, in Stevensville, Montana. Brian was born on July 1, 1963, to Francis (”Frunzo”) Klobuchar of Kearsarge, and Karen Klobuchar of Stevensville, Montana. He worked at the Houghton ...

John R. Pietila

CALUMET — Our loving father, John R. Pietila, 86, passed away in his Calumet home on Saturday, February 10, 2018. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at the Lake View Cemetery in Section T.

Lois Marie Tembreull

L’ANSE — Lois Marie Tembreull, 87, of L’Anse, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018, at Omega House in Houghton. A lifelong resident of L’Anse, Lois was born on May 28, 1931, to the late Earl and Mildred (Sands) Daust. She graduated from L’Anse High School in 1949, and married John ...

Janet M. Wentela

ISHPEMING — Janet M. Wentela, 88, formerly of York Street in Ishpeming, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Janet was born on August 17, 1929, in Ishpeming, to Gust Holm and Myrtle (Carlson) Holm. She graduated from Ishpeming High School ...

Norman E. Harris

TAPIOLA — Norman E. Harris, 79, of Tapiola and formerly of Painesdale, died Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Omega House following a lengthy illness. He was born December 17, 1938, in Hancock, to Gordon and Mabel (Dodge) Harris. Norman was raised by his mother, Mabel, and step-father, Harold ...

Caleb L. Dorvinen

ATLANTIC MINE — Caleb L. Dorvinen, 19, a resident of Atlantic Mine, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at home. He was born on July 29, 1998, in Hancock, son of David Dorvinen and Cindy (Beauchamp) Dorvinen. Caleb was raised in Atlantic Mine, and was a graduate of Houghton ...

Ernest Andrew Kipina

HOUGHTON — Ernest Andrew “Ernie” Kipina, a resident of Superior Road, Houghton, passed away on December 26, 2017, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, following a brief illness. Ernie is survived by his wife, Miriam; son, Paul (Beth) of Oswego, Illinois; daughter, Ann of Chicago; and nieces and ...

Paul J. McKinstry

CALUMET — Paul J. McKinstry, 82, a resident of Calumet, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton. He was born on April 5, 1936, in Laurium, to James and Bernice (Stetter) McKinstry. He attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated with the Class of ...

Robert W. ‘Bobby’ Nelson

HANCOCK — Robert W. "Bobby" Nelson, 60, of Hancock, died July 1, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Donald Kauppila

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Donald Kauppila passed away on October 8, 2017, after a brief illness. Please join his family for a memorial service and celebration of his life on July 7, 2018, at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Copper City Community Hall, down the street from his boyhood home.

John H. Pyykkonen

CHASSELL — Graveside services for John H. Pyykkonen, 77, a resident of Chassell, who passed away November 3, 2017, at the Omega House in Houghton, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2018, at the Chassell Cemetery with Rev. Soren Schmidt to officiate. To view John’s obituary or to ...

Norman E. Harris

TAPIOLA — Norman E. Harris, 79, of Tapiola and formerly of Painesdale, died July 1, 2018, at the Omega House. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for July 12, 2018, at the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range. A full obituary will be released at a later time. Arrangements are ...