Obituaries

Kathleen Spagnotti

AHMEEK — Kathleen Spagnotti, 56, of Ahmeek, passed away at her home on November 17, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018, in section C-2, at the Lake View Cemetery with Deacon Art Stancher to officiate.

John H. Dault

L’ANSE — John H. Dault, 60, of L’Anse, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, after being recently diagnosed with cancer, he was called to be at home with the Lord. He was born June 15, 1958, in L’Anse, son of Homer and Phyllis (Gauthier) Dault. John graduated from L’Anse High School ...

William Earl Apger

CALUMET — William Earl Apger, 85, of Calumet, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. He was born on February 12, 1933, to Earl and Ruth (Holloway) Apger in Dearborn. He attended local schools graduating in 1951. After high school, he enlisted in ...

Margaret 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. A luncheon will follow the mass in the parish hall, followed ...

Nora Ann Taylor

RICE LAKE — Nora Ann Taylor, 45, of Rice Lake Road and St. Charles, passed away on June 23, 2018. The Pearce Funeral home in Lake Linden is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Norman E. Lund

HOUGHTON — Rev. Norman E. Lund, 93, retired missionary, and resident of the Bluff Senior Living Community in Houghton, passed away Tuesday evening, June 26, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton following a lengthy illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family ...

Charles E. Klingbeil

HOUGHTON — Charles E. Klingbeil, 52, of 104 East South Avenue in Houghton, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, due to a heart condition. He was born in Hancock, on November 2, 1965, to the late Nancy A. Klingbeil (Lucchesi). He attended Houghton Schools and graduated from Houghton High ...

Joyce Marie Tolksdorf

HOUGHTON — Joyce Marie (Saari) Tolksdorf, 84, of West Houghton, passed away after a long and courageous battle facing numerous strokes and other ailments on June 26, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born in Hancock, on August 30, 1933, to Olaf Saari and Elizabeth Anna (Harry) ...

Thomas J. Parrish

DOLLAR BAY — Thomas J. Parrish, 69, a resident of Dollar Bay, passed away Thursday morning, June 14, 2018, at UP-Health Portage following a short illness. He was born on September 2, 1948, in Manistique, a son of the late Wesley and Eleanor (Fox) Parrish. Tom was raised in Cooks, and had ...

John C. Stone

HOUGHTON CANAL — John C. Stone, 82, a resident of the Houghton Canal, passed away Friday evening, June 22, 2018, at the UP-Health Portage Hospital. He was born on March 2, 1936, in Hancock, a son of the late Cyril and Verona (Manderfield) Stone. John was raised in Houghton, attended St. ...

Elvera Esther Eilola

STANTON TOWNSHIP — Elvera Esther Eilola, of Stanton Township, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on June 18, 2018. She was born December 19, 1928, in Quincy Township, to Harold and Helen Eilola. Evie worked at Graduate School of Michigan Tech until she retired. She ...

Douglas M. Schubert

EAGLE HARBOR — Douglas M. Schubert, 79, of Eagle Harbor, and longtime resident of Green Bay, Wisconsin, passed peacefully on June 20, 2018, in his home. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in June of 1939, to Anton and Sylvia (Rubringer) Schubert. After graduating from Palatine High ...

James R. Baakko

HANCOCK — James R. Baakko, 83, a resident of Hancock, passed away Wednesday morning, June 20, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton. He was born on December 22, 1934, in Hancock, a son of the late John and Anna (Ollila) Baakko. James was raised in Sing Sing Location, and was a graduate of ...

William Earl Apger

CALUMET — William Earl Apger, 85, of Calumet, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Richard P. Kordes

AHMEEK — Richard P. Kordes, formerly of Ahmeek, passed away June 13, 2017. Friends of Richard are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate his life on Friday, June 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s by the Sea Church in Eagle Harbor. To view the full obituary please visit, ...

Ronald A. Laitinen

MECHANICSVILLE — Ronald A. Laitinen, 81, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Davisburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 8, 2018. He was the son of the late Art and Irene Laitinen of Hancock. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a ...

Thatcher Alan Markham

HOUGHTON CANAL — Thatcher Alan Markham, 12, of the Houghton Canal, died unexpectedly Monday, June 18, 2018. He was born on November 12, 2005, in Hancock. God took home a wonderful, caring, loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He was soft-spoken yet carried a ...

Anna Mae (Kemppa) Miettinen

CALUMET — Anna Mae (Kemppa) Miettinen, 85, passed away on June 17, 2018, at Gardenview Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility, Calumet, where she was a resident for the past seven and a half years. Anna Mae was born on October 28, 1932, in Toivola, and was the oldest child of Rudolph ...

Elvera ‘Evie’ Koskela

ATLANTIC MINE — Elvera “Evie” Koskela, 89, of Atlantic Mine, and former Liminga resident, died Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 30, 2018, at Zion Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock. Visitation ...

Mildred Harju

BIRMINGHAM — Mildred Harju (nee Siira), 97, of Birmingham, and former South Range resident, died May 9, 2018, in Novi. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range, with Pastor Elmer Liimatta to ...