Obituaries

Cheryl L. (Wayne) Hackman

SOUTH RANGE — Cheryl L. (Wayne) Hackman, 61, a resident of South Range, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at UP Health – Marquette Hospital, following a short illness. She was born on February 9, 1957, in South Range, the daughter of the late John and Florence (Pidgeon) ...

Edward Koepel

LAKE LINDEN — Edward Koepel, 84, of Lake Linden, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton. Ed, the eldest child of Louis and Helen Koepel, was born on August 5, 1934, at St. Joseph Hospital in Hancock. Ed was a 1952 graduate of Lake Linden-Hubbell ...

Gloria A. Karvonen

ATLANTIC MINE — Gloria A. Karvonen, 87, of Atlantic Mine, died Thursday, August 23, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock. Visitation ...

Lesley E. ‘Les’ Hinkle

CROSS PLAINS, Wisc. — Lesley E. "Les" Hinkle, 56, of Cross Plains, Wisconsin, formerly of Hancock, passed away on Friday August 24, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin. The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock is assisting with the funeral arrangements, which are still incomplete.

Stephen Alfred Johnson

L’ANSE — Stephen Alfred Johnson, 69, of L’Anse, passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Omega House in Houghton. He was born on June 11, 1949, in Pontiac, the son of Theodore and Anne (Zivicnyak) Johnson. In 1967, Stephen graduated from Brother Rice High School in ...

Clayton E. Rautio

BENSON, N.C. — Clayton E. Rautio, a resident of Benson, North Carolina, passed away on July 28, 2018. He was born in Houghton, on May 18, 1934, to the late Wayne and Gertrude Timonen Rautio. As a child, Clayton attended the Onnela and Redridge schools. He was a graduate of Houghton High ...

Edward Koepel

LAKE LINDEN — Edward Koepel, 84, of Lake Linden, passed away at The Omega House in Houghton, on August 24, 2018. The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden is in charge of arrangements.

Joy Sandell Liljegren

ALLOUEZ — Joy Sandell Liljegren, 80, of Allouez, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Joy was born on February 10, 1938, to Florence (Mehl) and Sexton Sandell in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Presbyterian St. Luke’s Nursing School in Chicago in 1958. ...

Wilho A. Michaelson

CALUMET — Wilho A. Michaelson, 92, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, August 20, 2018. He was born on May 13, 1926, in Finlayson, Minnesota, to Emil and Anna Michaelson, and raised in Traprock Valley. He attended the local schools, at the ...

Clayton F. Tuovila

LAURIUM — Clayton F. Tuovila, 85, a lifelong resident of Laurium, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the Lighthouse of Hubbell. He was born on April 16, 1933, in Laurium, to Alfred and Lulu (Body) Tuovila. He attended the local schools. Following school, Clayton ...

Joshua Craig Peterson

CALUMET — Joshua Craig Peterson, 47, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018. He was born on May 28, 1971, in Aberdeen, Washington, the son of Paul and Betty (Malgren) Peterson. Josh graduated with honors from Elma High School, in Elma, Washington. Josh was a ...

Joy Liljegren

ALLOUEZ — Joy Liljegren, 80, a resident of 5 Mile Point Road, in Allouez, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The funeral service will be held at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home on Friday, August 24, 2018, at 11 a.m. with ...

William ‘Bill’ Saaranen

ELK RIVER, Minn. — William “Bill” Saaranen, 79, died Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Guardian Angels Nursing Home, in Elk River, Minnesota. Bill was born to William and Ida Saaranen, deep in the heavily wooded Upper Peninsula community of Nisula, in 1939. A proud “yooper,” Bill ...

Donald H. Talberg

FOLEY — Donald H. Talberg, 90, passed away August 19, 2018, at the Foley Nursing Center. He was born on November 26, 1927, in Ramey, Minnesota, to Roy and Lois (Fleck) Talberg. He married Bernice Davis in 1945, and she preceded him in death. He served honorably in the U.S. Army from ...

James R. Greene

DULUTH, Minn. — James R. Greene, 67, born June 2, 1951, in Duluth, Minnesota, passed away early Thursday morning, August 16, 2018, in Sedona, Arizona, from a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife, Judith (Suvanto) Greene, originally from Hancock; daughter, Jennifer (Greene) Tynuv; ...

Lois E. Usitalo

OSKAR — Lois E. Usitalo, 86, a former resident of Oskar, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Woodland Haven of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where she had been a resident for the past three years. She was born on October 23, 1931, in Hancock, the daughter of ...

Clayton Tuovila

LAURIUM — Clayton Tuovila, 85, a former resident of Laurium, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the Lighthouse of Hubbell. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Joy Liljegren

EAGLE RIVER — Joy Liljegren, 80, a resident of 5 Mile Point Road, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Lois E. Usitalo

HOUGHTON — Lois E. Usitalo, 86, a former resident of Houghton, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at the Woodland Heaven of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where she had been a resident for the past three years. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock ...

Cheryl L. (Wayne) Hackman

SOUTH RANGE — Cheryl L. (Wayne) Hackman, 61, a resident of South Range, passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at UP Health - Marquette Hospital, following a short illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be ...