Obituaries

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 ...

Ronald John Raisanen

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Ronald John Raisanen, 80, of Chillicothe, died at 1:03 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017, in Grant Medical Center, Columbus following an extended illness. He was born August 23, 1937, in Laurium, to the late Eino and Bertha Makkonen Raisanen. Ronald is survived by ...

Remi Seed Gavaldon Olsson

Remi Seed Gavaldon Olsson, 21, passed away December 23, 2017, in Fraser, Colorado. Remi was born in Topanga Canyon, California, June 21, 1996, to Tamara and PJ Olsson. A few years later Remi would become a big brother to Bella and Sofia Olsson, who he never stopped hugging and always brought ...

David Andrew Soderblom

HARRISON — David Andrew Soderblom, 81, a resident of Harrison, passed away peacefully December 30, 2017. Beloved spouse of fifty-seven years to the late Ann. Loving father of Deb (Bryan) and Denise (Ed). Cherished grandfather of David (Jenni), Rachel, Nathan, Judi, Rose and Dorothy. Dave ...

Francis H. ‘Frannie’ Marcotte

HUBBELL — Francis H. “Frannie” Marcotte, 90, resident of Hubbell, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on January 2, 2018, following a long illness. He was born May 13, 1927, a son of Henry and Melvina (Rock) Marcotte. He attended St. Cecilia School in Hubbell. At age 16, ...

Billie Rae Miller

Billie Rae Miller, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, giving birth to her daughter, Eris Miller. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.

Paul R. Freshwater

EAGLE HARBOR — Paul R. Freshwater, 76, passed away at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital on December 31, 2017. Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

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. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at ...