Obituaries

Walter Andrew Hulkkonen

MARTINSBURG, W.V. — On Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018, the Lord ushered Walter Andrew Hulkkonen, 65, from this world into His. Walter died suddenly after a brief illness in Martinsburg, West Virginia, where he lived for the last four years. Walter was born in Detroit, on December 19, ...

Signe E. Bakkila

CHASSELL — Signe E. Bakkila, 90, a resident of Chassell, passed away Tuesday morning, March 27, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton where she had been residing for the past month. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell are assisting the family with the arrangements which ...

David W. Sereno

HANCOCK — David W. Sereno, 59, formerly of Ontonagon, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Lighthouse at Hancock where he resided for the past four years. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the Pearce Funeral Home of Lake Linden.

Hilma Myrtle Pickel (Suojanen)

KEMPNER, Texas — Hilma Myrtle Pickel (Suojanen), 87, passed away on March 22, 2018, in Kempner, Texas. She is survived by her son, James; one grandson, James (Kayla); and one great- grandson, Cameron James. She is also survived by one brother, Harry; her sisters, Kathryn and Virginia; and ...

Steven George Loosemore

HOUGHTON — Steven George Loosemore, 70, of Houghton, passed away at U.P. Health System Marquette on Sunday, March 25, 2018, after a difficult struggle with esophageal cancer. Steve was born in 1947 in Hancock, son of Wesley and Helmi (Wayrynen) Loosemore. He graduated from Berkley High ...

Floyd D. LaRue

ATLANTIC MINE — Floyd D. LaRue, 90, a resident of Atlantic Mine, died Sunday, March 25, 2018, at his home with family by his side. There will be no public services. Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Robert Leo (Rob) Roy

HANCOCK - Robert Leo (Rob) Roy passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility with his family by his side. He was born on July 24, 1933, in Hancock, a son of Leo and Dorothy Roy. Rob graduated from St. Joseph-St. Patrick School, Hancock High School in ...

Sever ‘Elmer’ Dixon

LAKE LINDEN - Sever “Elmer” Dixon, 87, a resident of Bootjack Road, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Gene E. Bykkonen

MOHAWK — Gene E. Bykkonen, 76, a resident of Mohawk, passed away on March 20, 2018. Gene was a long time employee of the Keweenaw County Road Commission. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Beaulah Bykkonen; and a brother, Garnet. He is survived by several cousins. A ...

Robert L. Roy

HANCOCK — Robert L. Roy, 84, a resident of Hancock, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility where he had been a resident for a short time. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements which ...

Alvin W. Gagnon, Sr.

ATLANTIC MINE — Alvin W. Gagnon Sr., 93, a resident of Atlantic Mine, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Houghton is assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Audrey Fay (Koskiniemi) Carlson

LAC LA BELLE — Audrey Fay (Koskiniemi) Carlson, of Lac La Belle, left her loved ones on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was born in Detroit, on August 1, 1943, daughter of the late Harold and Edith (Niemi) Koskiniemi. She lived in the Copper Country most of her life except for four years in ...

Francis Cloutier

LAURIUM — Funeral Mass for Francis Cloutier will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Fr. Abraham Mupparathara to officiate. Visitation will be on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ryan Funeral Home with parish prayers ...

Gene Edward Byykkonen

MOHAWK — Gene Edward Byykkonen, 76, passed away in Mohawk, on March 20, 2018. Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

Louis A. LeClaire

ALSTON — Louis A. LeClaire, 69, of Alston, Michigan, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. He was born in Hancock, May 1, 1948, the son of the late Louis and Ethyl (Schumacher) LeClaire. Louis attended Sacred Heart Catholic School ...

Mary Lou Maki

HOUGHTON — Mary Lou Maki, 79, a former resident of Houghton, passed away Friday evening, March 16, 2018, at the Medora House of Portage Pointe in Hancock, where she had been a resident. She was born on October 29, 1938, in Detroit, a daughter of the late Lillian (McLean) Adams. As a child ...

Ruth Kauppi

HOWELL — Ruth Kauppi, 80, died on March 19, 2018, in Howell. Ruth was born in Detroit on November 24, 1937. She was raised in Hancock and was a graduate of Hancock High School. Ruth later attended Highland Park General Hospital School of nursing, receiving her Nursing degree in ...

Gladys Dooley Roman

LAURIUM — Gladys Dooley Roman, 93, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton. Her death was due to congestive heart failure. The former Gladys Alcala was born July 5, 1924, in Kansas. She was the daughter of Manuel and Francis (Figueroa) Alcala. She married ...

Gloria A. Galer

L'ANSE — Gloria A. Galer, 71, of L'Anse and formerly of Ontonagon, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Bayside Village in L'Anse. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L'Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements. Gloria's complete obituary may be viewed and condolence sent to the ...

Thomas Lee Roth

L'ANSE — Thomas Lee Roth, 61, of L'Anse, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse.