Obituaries

Steven Johnson

FULTON — Steven Johnson, 28, a resident of Fulton, unexpectedly passed away at home. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Aloysius H. Britz

SUN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — Aloysius H. Britz, 88, a resident of Sun Tan Valley, Arizona, and former Houghton resident, passed away Thursday March 7, 2019, at the Banner Baywood Heart Hospital, in Mesa, Arizona. He was born on November 21, 1930, in Hancock, a son of the late Aloysius N. and ...

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Fitz

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Robert J. “Bob” Fitz, 86, of Sandusky, Ohio, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, March 14, 2019, in the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness. Bob was born on the family farm on May 19, 1932, in Sandusky, Ohio, the son of James Francis ...

Kathryn ‘Katy’ Komula

CHASSELL — A Mass of Christian Burial for Kathryn “Katy” Komula, 101, of Chassell, who died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Lighthouse of Hancock, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Chassell with Fr. Dustin Larson to officiate. Spring ...

Madelyn T. Saladin

WHITE PINE — Madelyn Saladin, 87, of White Pine, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born in Hubbell, to Gervase and Isabelle Audette. She graduated from Lake Linden High School and began working as a beautician. She married Paul Saladin on June 20, 1953. ...

Lillian Joy Saari

IRVINE, Calif. — Lillian Joy Saari was born in Springfield, Vermont, on New Year’s Day, 1939, to Helvi and Arvid Kalinen. Lillian became another Alzheimer victim on March 14, 2019. After spending a frolicking childhood on a dairy farm on top of Finn Hill in southern Vermont with five ...

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Mantta

OBENHOFF — Robert J. “Bob” Mantta, 57, of Obenhoff Road, passed away on Thursday evening, March 14, 2019 at the Omega House in Houghton. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Range with Rev. Father ...

Dennis E. Fraki

HOUGHTON — Dennis E. Fraki, 68, of Houghton and former Atlantic Mine resident, passed away unexpectedly at his home on March 11, 2019. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Kathryn ‘Katy’ Komula

CHASSELL — Kathryn “Katy” Komula, 101, a resident of Chassell, passed away Wednesday evening, March 13, 2019, at the LightHouse of Hancock, where she had been a resident patient for the past year. A Mass of Christian Burial for Katy will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, at St. ...

Jack A. Kujansuu

CHASSELL — Jack A. Kujansuu, 71, of Pike River Road, Chassell, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019, at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was born August 30, 1947, the son of Urho and Ida Kujansuu, both of whom preceded him in death. Jack is survived by his wife, Susan; numerous ...

Marvin A. Koski

ATLANTIC MINE — Marvin A. Koski, 86, of Atlantic Mine, died Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. Arrangements will be announced at a later time by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Thomas R. Thornton

DOLLAR BAY — Thomas R. Thornton, 87, of Dollar Bay, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Portage Pointe in Hancock. He was born on December 17, 1931, in Hancock, to the late Patrick M. and Violet D. (King) Thornton. He was a graduate of Houghton High School and then earned his Bachelor ...

Walfred M. ‘Wally’ Sullivan

L’ANSE — Walfred M. “Wally” Sullivan, 71, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was born in L’Anse, on July 11, 1947, the son of the late Walfred and Betty Jane (Connor) Sullivan. Wally graduated from Baraga High School. He married the former ...

Ethel A. Brunet

L’ANSE — Ethel A. Brunet, 80, of L’Anse, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Bayside Village, L’Anse, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Calumet, on May 16, 1938, the daughter of the late Percy and Anna (St Amour) Roberts. Ethel attended school in Calumet. She ...

Thomas R. Thornton

DOLLAR BAY — Thomas R. Thornton, 87, of Dollar Bay, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Portage Pointe in Hancock. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock.

Arnold V. ‘Red’ Laitinen

RIPLEY — Arnold V. “Red” Laitinen, 94, a longtime resident of Ripley, passed away on Thursday morning, March 7, 2019, at the Omega House in Houghton. He was born in Bootjack on April 3, 1924, a son of the late Edward and Ida (Mantta) Laitinen. After attending schools in Bootjack and ...

March is Reading Month, but read every day of year

March is National Reading Month and was created in 1998 to celebrate the March 2 birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss. The National Education Association (NEA) explained it wanted to create an excitement around reading: "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to ...

Aloysius H. Britz

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — Aloysius H. Britz, 88, a resident of San Tan Valley, Arizona, and former Houghton resident, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Banner Baywood Heart Hospital, in Mesa, Arizona. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family ...

William ‘Bill’ C. Lake Sr.

PULASKI, Wis. — William “Bill” C. Lake, Sr., died unexpectedly on Monday, March 4, 2019, in Pulaski, Wisconsin. The son of Walter and Esther (Lantow) Lake, was born on December 14, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio, and he grew up on a farm in Marshall. Bill was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Marine ...

Bradley Steven Curtin

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Bradley Steven Curtin, 58, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, passed away March 3, 2019, at his home. Brad was born April 28, 1960, in Laurium. He was the beloved son of E. Gary Curtin and Mary Lou Studer-Curtin. Brad moved to Escanaba with his family in 1964 where he attended ...