Obituaries

Paul E. Windy

HANCOCK — Paul Edward Windy, 58, of Hancock (Paavola Location), passed away at his home, with his wife by his side, on May 20, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on November 25, 1960, in Cass City, the fourth of six children of Joseph and Ruth (Bliss) Windy. Paul graduated ...

Linda Osmak

Linda Osmak, 67, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Langseth to officiate. Friends may call at the ...

Brian Edward Kemppainen

CALUMET — Brian Edward Kemppainen, 62, a resident of Calumet, passed away following a brief illness on March 15, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic Mine with Rev. Kathryn Salmi to officiate. Visitation ...

Clarence ‘Dan’ Kempainen

ATLANTIC MINE — Clarence “Dan” Kemppainen, 89, a resident of Atlantic Mine, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic Mine, with the Rev. Kathryn Salmi to ...

Michael K. Niemi

HANCOCK — Graveside services and Military Honors for Michael K. Niemi, 67, a resident of Hancock, who passed Monday, April 8, 2019, at home with his family by his side, will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in the Liminga Cemetery. To send condolences to Mike’s family please ...

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brunk

BARAGA — Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brunk, age 81 of Baraga, MI passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. Bede-way-ghezhi-gokwe (Bear Clan) “Coming of the storm”, was born on July 19, 1937 in Hayward, WI daughter of John and Alice (Brown) Kenosha. She ...

Neil Isaacson

AHMEEK — Neil Isaacson, 68, a resident of Ahmeek, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Burial with military honors will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Veterans Section at the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet. The Erickson Crowley ...

Doris Rowe

CALUMET — Doris Rowe, 85, a resident of Calumet passed away on Saturday May 18, 2019 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Alice ‘Kitti’ Frimodig

CALUMET – Alice “Kitti” Frimodig, 95, of Calumet, passed away on May 17, 2019, at Aspirus Hospital in Laurium, with her family at her bedside. Kitti was born on October 27, 1923 in Detroit, to Charles and Anna (Backman) Kitti. She attended Lincoln High School in Ferndale. She then ...

Arlene (Beaudoin) Saari

LAKE LINDEN – Arlene (Beaudoin) Saari, passed away on November 10, 2018. The graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden, with Fr. Joseph Boakye Yiadom to officiate. The Pearce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Jean ‘Barbie’ Hataaja

CALUMET – Barbara Jean (Barbie) Haataja, 78, of Centennial Heights, Calumet, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. She was born on September 24, 1940, the daughter of Uno and Elsie (Lindquist) Laplander. Barbie was united in marriage to Bruce E. Haataja in 1959, and they raised four ...

Gale Dorothy (Simonen) Buch

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Gale Dorothy (Simonen) Buch, 76, passed away peacefully in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, with family by her side, on April 22, 2019. She fought a long battle against diabetes induced kidney failure. Gale was born August 5, 1942, in Calumet, to the late Wilbert (Bill) and ...

Kurt Jay Kitti

TRAPROCK – Kurt Jay Kitti, 62, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at his home in Traprock Valley, surrounded by his family, after living with cancer for two years. He was born February 3, 1957, in Laurium, to Walt and Ina Kitti. A 1975 Calumet High School graduate, he spent ...

Margarite Jean Grahek

CALUMET – Margarite Jean Grahek, 92, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was born on November 6, 1926, in Calumet to Robert and Gena (Peterson) Renwick. She attended the Calumet Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1944. Later, she lived ...

Barbara J. Haataja

CALUMET — Barbara J. Haataja, 78, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet. Friends ...

Franciscan Fr. Cyprian Berens

CINCINNATI, OH — Franciscan Fr. Cyprian Berens, 95, OFM, former pastor of St. Paul the Apostle in Calumet, died on May 13, 2019, at St. Paul’s Archbishop Leibold Home for the Aged in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a friar for 76 years. He was born on January 26, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fr. ...

Joseph D. Carne

LOWER POINT MILLS — Joseph D. Carne, 73, a resident of Lower Point Mills, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, at his home. A graveside blessing for Joseph will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Forest Hill Cemetery of Houghton, with Fr. John Martignon to preside. To send ...

Wayne Charles Kostamo

PELKIE — Wayne Charles Kostamo, 59, of Pelkie, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at U.P. Health System, Marquette. He was born September 21, 1959, in L’Anse, the son of Carl and Eva (Tolonen) Kostamo. Wayne married Mary Rantanen on May 3, 1982, and they had one son, Wayne ...

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Mantta

OBENHOFF — Robert J. “Bob” Mantta, 57, of Obenhoff Road, passed away on March 14, 2019, at the Omega House in Houghton. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Liminga Cemetery. The Reverend Father John Martignon of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic ...

Carol Codere

LAKE LINDEN — Carol (Haataja) Codere, 78, of Lake Linden, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at UP Health Systems-Marquette. She was born on April 26, 1941, the daughter of Edward and Edna Haataja. She was a graduate of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School. She worked at the school food ...