Obituaries

Eileen M. Christina

TAMARACK CITY — Eileen M. Christina, 93, of Tamarack City, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on December 8, 2018. Eileen was born on March 24, 1925, a daughter of Peter and Mary (Miron) Neveau. She was a graduate of Dollar Bay High School. She was well known in the ...

Jeffrey Ruona

CALUMET — Jeffrey Ruona, 56, a resident of Calumet, passed away on November 29, 2018. He was born July 10, 1962, in Detroit, a son of the late Rudolph and Eva Ruona. Jeff enjoyed fishing, listening to “classic” rock and the Detroit Red Wings. He will be remembered for his love of ...

Eileen M. Christina

TAMARACK CITY —Eileen M. Christina, 93, of Tamarack City, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on December 8, 2018. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced by the Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden.

Dorothy Moilanen

MASON — Dorothy Moilanen, 94, formerly of Mason, passed away at her residence in Venice, Florida on Sunday morning, December 9, 2018. The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock is assisting her family with the arrangements.

Sharon Rose Immonen

ALBION — Sharon Rose Immonen, 76, of Albion, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018, in Kalamazoo, under the loving care of her family. She was born January 3, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Paul and Rosalie (Hester) Beatty. She married Richard W. Immonen, on February 16, ...

Diane Gertcher

DOLLAR BAY – Diane Gertcher, 79, a resident of Dollar Bay, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the UP – Health Marquette Hospital, shortly after being admitted. She was born on May 19, 1939, in Laurium, a daughter of the late Leslie and Martha (Heikkala) Oksanen. Diane was raised in ...

Rodney F. ‘Rod’ Mattila

STANTON TOWNSHIP – Rodney F. “Rod” Mattila, 62, a resident of the Houghton Canal Road, passed away peacefully at his home, Wednesday evening, December 5, 2018, with his loving family by his side. He was born August 3, 1956, in Calumet, a son of Frederick and Mary Lou (Eckloff) Mattila, ...

Daniel G. Mihelich

CALUMET — Daniel G. Mihelich, 75, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, formerly from Calumet, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018. A memorial service will be announced this summer.

Verna Lynn Funke

L’ANSE — Verna Lynn Funke, 67, of L’Anse, died Monday morning, December 3, 2018, at her home following an illness. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Jacobson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. A luncheon ...

Daniel G. Mihelich

CALUMET — Daniel G. Mihelich, 75, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, formerly from Calumet, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018. A memorial service will be announced this summer.

Diane Gertcher

DOLLAR BAY — Diane Gertcher, 79, a resident of Dollar Bay, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the UP - Health Marquette Hospital shortly after being admitted. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be ...

Matthew J. Banovetz

LAURIUM — Matthew J. Banovetz, 79, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Lighthouse at Hubbell. He was born in Calumet on June 1, 1939, a son of Matthew and Agnes Banovetz and attended Sacred Heart School. Matt was employed in numerous jobs in the local area and served in the ...

Joyce Ann Kestner

Joyce Ann Kestner, 84, went to be with the Lord peacefully at home, with her loving husband and kids by her side, on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Joyce is survived by her husband, Paul of 65 years; children, Paula Kestner-Blair, Mike (Mechas) Kestner, Tom (Diane) Kestner, Kathy (Mark) Meyer, ...

Norma Jean O’Brien

DOLLAR BAY — Norma Jean O’Brien, 86, died peacefully on November 28, 2018, at Omega House in Houghton. She was born on July 8, 1932, in Laurium. Norma was the daughter of the late Victor and Martha Johnson, and granddaughter of Swedish and Finnish immigrants to the Copper Country. The ...

Patricia A. Anderson

HOUGHTON — Patricia A. Anderson, 82, a resident of Houghton, went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, December 2, 2018, shortly after being admitted to the UP Health Portage Hospital. She was born on September 18, 1936, in Houghton. She was the daughter of the late Eugene and Helen ...

Lydia M. Chiomenti

CALUMET — Lydia M. Chiomenti, 95, a resident of Calumet, passed away on November 30, 2018, at Portage Pointe in Hancock. She was born on January 11, 1923, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, to Vidal and Carmen Medina. Her family moved from Puerto Rico to New York, where she attended local ...

Gayle E. Yeshe

BARK RIVER — Gayle E. Yeshe, 76, of Bark River, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River. She was born on November 3, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter to Gaylord and Mary (Smith) Chapin. Gayle was raised and graduated high school in Hibbing, ...

Joyce Ann Kestner

Joyce Ann Kestner, 94, went to be with the Lord peacefully at home, with her loving husband and kids by her side, on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Joyce is survived by her husband, Paul of 65 years; children, Paula Kestner-Blair, Mike (Mechas) Kestner, Tom (Diane) Kestner, Kathy (Mark) Meyer, ...

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Blohm Moore

CALUMET — On Friday, November 30, 2018, Elizabeth “Betty” Blohm Moore, 91, passed away at The Lighthouse of Hancock. Betty was born in 1927 to Charles and Mamie Leppanen Miettunen. She was raised in Marquette and attended Messiah Lutheran Church. She graduated from Graveraet High ...

Joseph James Ziolkowski

CALUMET — Joseph James Ziolkowski, 66, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. Ryan Funeral Home is assisting the family.