Obituaries

Ralph Bregar

LAURIUM — Ralph Bregar, 86, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Our Lady of Mercy. Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

Marion Alice Brown

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Marion Alice Brown, 84, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2018, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family and her beloved dogs. She was born to William and Hilda (Lantto) Wisti in a log cabin in Chassell. She graduated from Chassell ...

John M. ‘Jack’ LaBelle

CALUMET — John M. “Jack” LaBelle, 84, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center. Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

Wilbert E. Leino

WALLACE — Wilbert E. Leino, 89, of Wallace, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Bay Area Medical Center. He was born on May 17, 1929, in Covington, to the late Eino and Helmi (Mattson) Leino. On May 7, 1977, he married Sharon Brown at the Summer Place in Chassell. Wilbert ...

Anne Lasio McEvoy

COLUMBIA, Mary. — Anne Lasio McEvoy passed away from cancer complications on July 7, 2018, at the Gilchrist Hospice, near her home in Columbia, Maryland. “Girl” Lasio was born in the Trimountain Hospital on October 18, 1939. She was a 1957 Calumet High School graduate and trumpeter in ...

Helen Lorraine (Kiviniemi) Liimatta

PAINESDALE — Helen Lorraine (Kiviniemi) Liimatta, 83, passed away peacefully at the Lighthouse of Hancock, on Monday, September 3, 2018. She was born on March 4, 1935, in Newtown Location, Hancock, and grew up in Painesdale. She was a 1954 graduate of Jeffers High School. In June 1955, ...

Sean L. Lake

L’ANSE — Sean L. Lake, 21, of L’Anse, died Saturday morning, September 1, 2018, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born on May 14, 1997, in Grand Rapids, the son of Amy Kraft-Lake. He was raised in L’Anse, attended the Baraga, L’Anse, and Marquette High Schools, and ...

Fredrick L. Mathes

HANCOCK — Fredrick L. Mathes, 65, a resident of the Quincy House in Hancock, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 5, 2018, at home, following a short illness. Fred was born on August 20, 1953, the son of the late Donald and Juanita (LaBelle) Mathes. He was raised in L’Anse, then ...

Ruth M. Bakalars

BELLINGHAM, Mass. — Ruth M. Bakalars, 83, a long term resident of Franklin, Massachusetts, and more recently, of Bellingham, Massachusetts, died peacefully, with her family at her bedside, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, following a fierce and exhaustive battle with multiple illnesses. She ...

Donald Kirk Horton

COPPER HARBOR — Donald Kirk Horton, 68, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Copper Harbor and all its visitors lost someone special. Donald Kirk Horton, or as everyone called him, “Horton,” grew up in the area, graduating from Calumet High School in 1968, but experienced much more ...

Henry M. ‘Hank’ Orr

BERLIN, N.H. — Henry M. “Hank” Orr, 82, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, September 1, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 5, 1936, the son of Harry and Helen (Murns) Orr. Henry spent his early years in New York, and attended school there. Following high ...

William F. ‘Bill’ Degowski

COPPER HARBOR — William F. “Bill” Degowski, 64, a resident of Copper Harbor, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was born on May 10, 1954, in Detroit, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Kozlowski) Degowski. He attended the local Detroit area schools, and graduated with the ...

Fredrick L. Mathes

HANCOCK — Fredrick L. Mathes, 65, a resident of the Quincy House in Hancock, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 5, 2018, at home, following a short illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be ...

Ellen Louise Hocking

HANCOCK — Ellen Louise Hocking, RN, 82, of Hancock, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the Woodland Haven Unit of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. She was born in Calumet on August 25, 1936, a daughter of the late Edward and Edna (Hoog) Beiswanger. She was ...

David Lawrence ‘Dog’ Distel

ONTONAGON — David Lawrence “Dog” Distel, 74, passed away peacefully in his cherished Ontonagon home, with his wife, Lynn, and her daughter, Kirsten, by his side, on September 1, 2018. David was born on January 21, 1944, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to Lawrence and Maryann Distel. His ...

Henry E. Fredd

HANCOCK — Henry E. Fredd, 96, a lifelong resident of Hancock, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where he had been a resident for the past year. Henry was born on March 20, 1922, in Hancock, the son of the late Victor and Anna ...

Margaret Helen Jones (Meyers)

CALUMET — Margaret Helen Jones (Meyers), 84, lost a short battle with cancer on Friday, August 31, 2018, surrounded by her family. She graced the world with her presence on October 19, 1933, when she became the daughter of Carl and Helen Meyers of Calumet, and little sister to Maryann ...

Sean L. Lake

L’ANSE — Sean L. Lake, 21, of L’Anse, died Saturday morning, September 1, 2018, as a result of an automobile accident. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the L’Anse Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. in the church ...

William F. ‘Bill’ Degowski

COPPER HARBOR —William F. “Bill” Degowski, 64, a resident of Copper Harbor, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Helen L. Liimatta

PAINESDALE — Helen L. Liimatta, 83, a former resident of Painesdale, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018, at the Lighthouse at Hancock, where she had been a patient for the past year. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.