Obituaries

William ‘Willie’ Garnell

HANCOCK — William “Willie” Garnell, 65, a resident of Hancock, passed away at UP Health System-Marquette, on December 22, 2018, after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side. Willie was born on April 23, 1953, in Hancock. He was raised on the Garnell Farm in Stanton ...

Richard B. Michel

LAKE LINDEN — Richard B. Michel, 72, loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018. Richard was born on August 16, 1946, to Raymond and Loretta (Poisson) Michel in Laurium, the youngest of two children. He graduated from Lake Linden Hubbell High ...

Paul A. Abb

HURONTOWN — Paul A. Abb, 81 a resident of Hurontown, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where he had been a resident for the past three months. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Houghton are assisting the family ...

Eva E. McKenzie

HANCOCK — Eva E. McKenzie,101, a resident of the Pewabic House at Portage Pointe, passed away Thursday morning, December 27, 2018. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Jennifer Joyal

HOUGHTON — A memorial service for Jennifer Joyal, 46, a resident of the Portage House in Houghton, who passed away December 14, 2018, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock, with Pastor Brian Knight to officiate. Spring burial will ...

John J. Bodi

John J. Bodi, 91, passed away in Marquette at UP Health hospital on Friday, December 21, 2018. He was born in Hancock in 1927 to Edna and George Bodi. In 1953 he married Clare Kapsh. He grew up speaking Finnish, and because he was called Jussi at home, at school he went by his middle name ...

William ‘Willie’ Garnell

William “Willie” Garnell, a resident of Hancock, passed away at UP Health System-Marquette, on December 22, 2018, at the age of 65, after a brief illness. His loving family was by his side. Willie was born on April 23, 1953, in Hancock. He was raised on the Garnell Farm in Stanton ...

Kevin J. Koski

MARQUETTE — Kevin J. Koski, age 64, died on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Trillium Hospice House in Marquette, following a short battle with cancer. He was born on January 4, 1954, in Detroit, to Benhart and Viola (Kempainen) Koski. He and his twin brother, Keith, were the youngest of ...

Ruth Sylvia Larson

Ruth Sylvia Larson, 89, a former resident of Atlantic Mine and Arbor Green in Houghton, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. She was born on December 27, 1928, in Paavolaand, raised in Laurium, a daughter of the late Jacob and Martha ...

Dominic Zubiena

CALUMET — Dominic Zubiena, 90, passed away at home on December 25, 2018. The Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

Eleanor ‘Cookie’ Johnson

HOUGHTON — Eleanor "Cookie" Johnson, 76, a resident of Houghton, passed away Tuesday December 25, 2018, at Mayo-St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, where she had been a patient for the past two and a half weeks. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes is assisting the family ...

Ruth Sylvia Larson

ATLANTIC MINE - Ruth Sylvia Larson, 89, a former resident of Atlantic Mine and Arbor Green in Houghton, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 26, 2018, at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in ...

Margaret (Kestner) Keating

HOUGHTON — Margaret (Kestner) Keating, 86, passed away on December 12, 2018 with her loving son, Jay, by her side. Margaret was born June 16, 1932, in Houghton, to loving parents, Steve and Molly (Marzene) Kestner and was raised in Houghton with her siblings, Bob, Paul, Harold, Helen, Ray ...

Nancy M. (Churne) Hiltunen

CALUMET ­ Nancy (Cherne) Hiltunen, 74, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on December 15, 2018, at The Omega House of Houghton, where she resided for the last two months of her life. Nancy was born on February 24, 1944, to her mother and father; Willard Cherne and Josephine Cor, in Adams ...

James F. Rivest

TAMARACK CITY — James F. Rivest, 68, of Tamarack City, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, with his family by his side. He was born August 1, 1950, at Keweenaw Memorial Hospital in Laurium, to Gertrude and the late Fran Rivest. Jim graduated from Dollar Bay High School with the ...

Margaret Mattila

MOHAWK — Margaret Mattila, 87, a former resident of Mohawk, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Portage Pointe in Hancock. She was born on January 7, 1931, in Calumet, to Carl and Anna (Rompainen) Lundin. She attended the local schools and graduated from Calumet High ...

Mary Antoinette Bertie

L’ANSE — Mary Antoinette Bertie, 88, of L’Anse, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, in L’Anse. She was born in Copper City, on June 13, 1930, the daughter of the late John and Agnes (Stimac) ...

David Hoekstra

HOLLAND — David Hoekstra, 57, of Holland, passed away on December 15, 2018, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Shirley Ann (Kivela) Gleason

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Shirley Ann (Kivela) Gleason, 81, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on December 13, 2018. She was born in Calumet, on November 24, 1937, she was proud of her Yooper heritage and Finnish roots. She cherished her life on Bumbletown hill and the surrounding ...

Peter R. Morin

BARAGA — Peter R. Morin, 68, of Baraga, died Monday, December 17, 2018 at U.P. Health System Marquette. He was born November 28, 1950 in Bay City, son of Elzior and Elizabeth (James) Morin. Peter was raised in California. He was in the US Army serving during Vietnam. After the service ...