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Obituaries

Robert William Ruonavaara

KALISPELL, Mont. — Robert William Ruonavaara, 101, of Kalispell, Montana, passed away in the early hours on January 13, 2018. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home of Kalispell, Montana and The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock, are caring for the family.

Leon (Lee) D. Olmsted

SIDNAW — Leon (Lee) D. Olmsted, 73, a resident of Sidnaw, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Bayside Village, L'Anse. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, Michigan, assisted the family with the arrangements.

James Patrick Strong, MD

8/16/1935 - 1/6/2018 James Patrick Strong, MD, FAAFP (Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians), 82, died on January 6, 2018, at the Ontonagon Aspirus Long Term Care Unit after a lengthy illness. The oldest of four children, Jim was born on August 16, 1935, in Milwaukee, ...

Agnes M. Hilgers

HOUGHTON — Agnes M. Hilgers, 90, of Jacker Avenue in Houghton, passed away on Thursday morning, January 11, 2018 at U.P. Health System-Portage Hospital in Hancock. She was born in her family home in Houghton on December 14, 1927, a daughter of the late John and Bertha (Bleise) ...

Carol Eileen Fisher

HANCOCK — Carol Eileen Fisher of Hancock passed away on December 20, 2017, at the age of 71 at the Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, after a short fight against complications of metastatic esophageal adenocarcinoma. Carol had worked for many years in several hospitals and as ...

Sharon J. Muotka

PAHRUMP — Sharon J. Muotka passed away December 28, 2017, in Pahrump. She was born April 3, 1946, in Ontonagon. She had been a Pahrump resident since 1998. Sharon was preceded in death by a son, Randy Thyrion. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Arnold; children, Ken (Micaela) ...

Andrew Lockhart

ONTONAGON — Andrew Lockhart, 75, Ontonagon, died January 12, 2018, at the Aspirus Long Term Care facility in Ontonagon after a prolonged illness. Born Thomas Andrew Lockhart III on October 15, 1942, at Ontonagon, he was a son of the late Thomas A. and Genevieve M. (Dowd) Lockhart. He was ...

Lois Mae Wanhala

CALUMET — Lois Mae Wanhala, 80, a resident of Calumet passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at PortagePointe. She was born on January 17, 1937, in Hancock to Russell and Pearl (Jandika) Etelmaki. She attended Dollar Bay High School. Lois loved crafting. She was also an avid bingo ...

Melinda Sue Donovan

RIPLEY — Melinda Sue Donovan, 54, a resident of Ripley, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Baltic, with family and friends by her side following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born January 12, 1963, in Hancock, a daughter to Richard and Barbara ...

Michael Frisk

CALUMET — Michael Frisk, 65, of Calumet passed away on January 13, 2018. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Daniel M. ‘Dan’ DeRosier

PAINESDALE — Daniel M. "Dan" DeRosier, 60, of Painesdale, died Saturday, January 13, 2018, at UP Health System-Marquette with family by his side. Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Helen M. Obst

HOUGHTON — Helen M. Obst, 90, a former resident of the Douglass House in Houghton, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Medora House of Portage Pointe in Hancock where she had been a resident of the past two years. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are ...

Melinda Sue Donovan

RIPLEY — Melinda Sue Donovan, 54, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at her daughter's home in Baltic, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Mountain View Mortuary in ...

Andrew Lockhart

Ontonagon — Andrew Lockhart, 75, a resident of Ontonagon passed away at the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Long Term Care Unit where he had been a patient for the past two weeks. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements which will be ...

Arnold W. Pesola

TAPIOLA — Arnold W. Pesola, 90, of Tapiola, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Lighthouse at Hancock. He was born April 3, 1927, in Houghton to Arvo and Lydia (Moilanen) Pesola and attended the John A. Doelle School. Arnold served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He ...

George ‘yrjo’ Richard Niskanen

BOOTJACK — George “yrjo” Richard Niskanen, 96, of Bootjack, passed away at the Lighthouse at Hubbell on January 9, 2018. George was born on the farm in Princess Point on February 5, 1921, and spent his entire life living in the Bootjack area. He completed eighth grade in the School ...

Jack Keith McIntyre

L’ANSE — Jack Keith McIntyre, 75, of L’Anse, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 21, 1942 in Cadillac, Michigan, son of Roy and Mary (Ross) McIntyre. Jack grew up in L’Anse and Ironwood, where he attended school. He was ...

Rev. George A. Luciani

CHELSEA — Rev. George A. Luciani passed away peacefully after a long illness on January 10, 2018, at his home in the Chelsea Retirement Community with his wife and family at his side. George was born in Iron Mountain, on July 18, 1935. As a teenager he answered God’s call to the ...

Ruth Kaarlela

KEWEENAW BAY — Ruth Kaarlela was born in Keweenaw Bay, to Robert and Mary Kaarlela on September 22, 1919. She passed peacefully on January 8, 2018, in Novi. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from the University of ...

Adelard Joseph Lajimodiere Jr.

HOUSTON, Texas - Adelard Joseph Lajimodiere Jr., 63, of Houston, Texas and originally of Lake Linden, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. ...