Obituaries

Gladys Q. Dawson

HOUGHTON — Gladys Q. Dawson, 93, of the Bluffs in Houghton, passed away on January 3, 2018, at PortagePointe in Hancock. She was born on September 3, 1924, in Trenton, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Joseph L. Quinty and Stella M. Ritter. Following high school graduation, she ...

Allen P. Olson

FULTON — Allen P. Olson, 55, a resident of Fulton passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was born on March 24, 1962, in Hancock to Carl and Ethel (Huuki) Olson. He attended Jeffers High School and graduated with the Class of 1980. Following high school, he began ...

Christine M. Wiitanen-Garza

ROCKWOOD — Christine M. Wiitanen-Garza, 52, a resident of Rockwood and former Hancock resident, passed away December 28, 2017, in Lower Michigan following a lengthy illness. She was raised in Hancock, daughter of David C. Wiitanen and the late Helen (Schaaf) Wiitanen. She was a graduate ...

Patricia M. Kinnee

PELKIE — Patricia M. Kinnee, 80, a former resident of Pelkie passed away Sunday evening, December 31, 2017, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock where she had been a resident for the past three years. She was born on February 9, 1937, in Keshena, Wisconsin, a daughter of ...

Roy S. Wakeham

HANCOCK — Roy S. Wakeham, 77, a resident of Hancock passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the UP-Health Portage Hospital in Hancock shortly after been admitted. Funeral services for Roy will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock with ...

Martha Schuck

CALUMET — Martha Schuck, 68, a resident of Calumet passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Lighthouse of Hancock. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Hellen A. Keskimaki

CHATHAM — Hellen A. Keskimaki, 93, of Chatham, died early Saturday morning, January 6, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. Complete arrangements will be announced by the Bowerman Funeral Home in Munising bowermanfuneralhome.net.

Phyllis Elizabeth Koivu

L'ANSE — Phyllis Elizabeth Koivu, 65, of L'Anse, died Sunday morning, January 7, 2018, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobson Funeral Home.

Irene Elizabeth (Taskila) Forsell

We are saddened to announce that our dear mother Irene Elizabeth (Taskila) Forsell passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018, in Rockford, Michigan. Irene was born on May 29, 1926, in Stanton Township. She graduated from Painsdale/Jeffers High School in 1944, and married Harold Leonard ...

Margaret “Peggy” (Caspary) Gasperich

DODGEVILLE — A memorial service for Margaret “Peggy” (Caspary) Gasperich who passed away on December 12, 2017, at The Lighthouse in Hancock will be held on July 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Houghton, followed by interment in the Forest Hill Cemetery. Peggy was ...

Paul Ross Freshwater

EAGLE HARBOR — Paul Ross Freshwater of Eagle Harbor, and Avila Beach, California, passed away on December 31, 2017, at Aspirus Hospital in Laurium, at age 76 after eight rich years with donated kidneys. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, on August 16, 1941, to Fayne and Lillian (Ross) ...

Peter Cattelino

HOUGHTON — Peter Cattelino, 100, a resident of The Bluffs Senior Living Community of Houghton, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2018, at UP Health System-Portage Hospital in Hancock. He was born on December 20, 1917, in Gile, Wisconsin, the son of Italian immigrants, Giuseppe Cattelino ...

Ellen C. Laitinen

HOUGHTON — Ellen C. Laitinen, 88, a resident of the Bluffs Senior Living Community in Houghton, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 2, 1929, in South Range, a daughter of the late Albin and Katri (Pyykkonen) Laitinen. Ellen was a graduate ...

Steven C. Kela

DOLLAR BAY — Steven C. Kela, 64, passed away on January 3, 2018, at his home in Dollar Bay. He was born to Arthur and Arlene (Linja) Kela on March 15, 1953, in Hancock. As he requested, cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. "Remember me as I ...

Barbara Alice Newman

CALUMET — Barbara Alice Newman, 40, of Calumet died peacefully at Aspirus Wausau following a severe asthmatic episode. Barb was born August 21, 1977, just before her twin sister and life-long co-conspirator Carol Janckila to Virginia (Cuber) and Gordon Newman in Calumet. Barbara grew up ...

Margaret C. Ricchi

HANCOCK — Margaret C. Ricchi, 87, of Hancock, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, at PortagePointe of U.P. Health System-Portage. She was born in Hancock on October 28, 1930, to the late John and Catherine (Bresnahan) Long. She was married to Benedict “Ben” Ricchi on July 5, 1951, ...

Steven C. Kela

DOLLAR BAY — Steven C. Kela, 64, passed away on January 3, 2018, at his home in Dollar Bay. He was born to Arthur and Arlene (Linja) Kela on March 15, 1963, in Hancock. As he requested cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. “Remember me as ...

Peter Cattelino

HOUGHTON — Peter Cattelino, 100, of the Bluffs in Houghton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, January 3, 2018, at U.P. Health System-Portage Hospital in Hancock. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock.

Joyce Verna (Dory) Sample

Joyce Verna (Dory) Sample died peacefully under hospice care and with her son at her side in the early morning hours of December 31, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. She was 89 years old, having lived a full life. She died on the Feast of the Holy Family, which seemed appropriate since family was ...

Gary Lee Worrall

CHASSELL — Gary Lee Worrall, 75, of Chassell, man of God and Barb’s best friend and husband, died on December 30, 2017, at UPHS-Marquette, where he was air-lifted after suffering a massive stroke on December 22, 2017. He was born to Hazel (Epkey) and Richard Worrall in St. John’s on ...