Obituaries

Dorothy ‘Dotti’ Baril

LAKE LINDEN — Dorothy “Dotti” Baril, 75, of Post Road, Lake Linden, passed away unexpectedly, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, on January 12, 2019. She was born on September 2, 1943, in San Francisco, California, a daughter of Byron and Juanita (Powell) O’Neill. Dorothy received a ...

Frederick Williamson

OREGON, Wis. — Frederick Oscar Williamson, 86, of Saginaw, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Oregon, Wisconsin. Fred was born in Laurium, on January 4, 1932, to the late Ellen (Swanson) ...

John Thomas Mayo (Zeb)

GREENLAND — John Thomas Mayo (Zeb), 76, of Greenland, passed away unexpectedly at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. He was born on November 12, 1942, at the L’Anse Hospital, to Richard and Elma (Koskinen) Mayo. John married Patrice Tahtinen in 1975, and they had ...

George R. ‘Ron’ Arntsen

MARQUETTE — George R. “Ron” Arntsen, 81, of Marquette, passed away early Thursday morning, January 3, 2019 at U.P. Health System-Marquette as the result of a stroke with his loving by wife by his side. Ron was born on August 2, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late George and ...

William Glenn Marlor

HOUGHTON — William Glenn Marlor, 92, passed away January 5, 2019, at the American House assisted living home in Jenison. Glenn was born January 25, 1926, to the late William Marlor and Fay (McPhail) Marlor in Houghton. He attended the Ripley School and graduated from Hancock High ...

Pauline Despot

CALUMET — Pauline Despot, 97, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Lighthouse at Hubbell. She was born in Calumet, on October 2, 1921, a daughter of Ugo and Lena Cherubini. She was married to Joseph Despot in 1943. He preceded her in death in 2003. Pauline was an active ...

Floreen Reed Powell Harvey

WAUPACA Wis. — Floreen Reed Powell Harvey, 93, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, at her home, with her kitties and daughter by her side. She loved her family and all the creatures of nature. She worked as a registered nurse at the Waupaca Riverside Hospital and at the Wisconsin ...

Gerald R. Ollanketo

HANCOCK — Gerald R. Ollanketo Sr., 75, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. He was born on July 22, 1943, in Hancock, to Isaac and Mildred (Hendrickson) Ollanketo. He attended the local schools. He then moved with his ...

Kirk Allen LaCasse

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Kirk Allen LaCasse, 27, died suddenly in Goodyear, Arizona, on December 29, 2018. Kirk is survived by his parents, Peter, Sr and Dawn LaCasse of Ontonagon; a brother, Peter, Jr (Ashley) LaCasse of Biloxi, Mississippi; a sister, Monica LaCasse of Loveland, Colorado; ...

Norman Koski

HANCOCK — Norman Koski, 80, of Hancock, passed away at his home, on Wednesday evening, January 9, 2019. The Ryan Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Emelia ‘Lee’ Niemitalo

SOUTH RANGE — Emelia “Lee” Niemitalo, 94, of South Range, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, with family and friends by her side. She was born on July 28, 1924, in Painesdale, the daughter of Basilio and Carmela (Masini) ...

Mary (Medved) Hoganson

CALUMET — Mary (Medved) Hoganson, 92, a resident of Temple Street in Calumet, passed away at her home on Monday evening, January 7, 2019. Mary was born on August 30, 1926, in Calumet, a daughter of the late Michael and Margaret (Zunich) Medved. She graduated from Calumet High School with ...

Audrey Virginia Harjala

TRAPROCK VALLEY — Audrey Virginia (Maki) Harjala, 76, a resident of Traprock Valley, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock and is now gone home to be with her Lord. She was born on November 26, 1942 in ...

Earl G. Nelson

BALTIC — Earl G. Nelson, 79, a resident of Baltic, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock following a lengthy illness. He was born on December 13, 1939, in Baltic, a son of the late Gunnar and Nancy (Kovala) Nelson. Earl was raised ...

Frank G. McDaniel Jr.

HOUGHTON — Frank G. McDaniel Jr., 54, of Houghton, passed away at the University of Wisconsin of Madison Hospital on Friday, January 4, 2019. He was born on January 22, 1964 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He leaves behind his wife, Jane; his son, Frank III; his daughter, Samantha; his grand ...

Barbara Jane Johnson

HANCOCK — Barbara Jane Johnson, 80, born August 14, 1938, in Hancock, passed away in Yarmouth Port, Mass, on Veteran’s Day, 2018. She honored her late husband, Stuart Bracken who served in the army and her father, Walter Johnson, who served in the Navy. Barb graduated from Hancock Central ...

Emelia ‘Lee’ Niemitalo

SOUTH RANGE — Emelia “Lee” Niemitalo, 94, of South Range, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, with family and friends by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019, at Holy ...

Maiken Gertraude Ehlers

COPPER HARBOR — Maiken Gertraude Ehlers, 90, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018, at the Ohio Living Cape May retirement community in Wilmington, Ohio. Maiken was born May 26, 1928, to the late Georg and Louisa (Hankel) Krause, in Delitzsch, in the Leipzig area of Saxony, Germany. ...

Sharon (Hamel) Palosaari

AHMEEK — Sharon (Hamel) Palosaari, 71, a resident of Ahmeek, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the Omega House, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her husband, Donald; son, Dan (Robin) of Lake Linden; grandchildren, Mya and Dustin; father, Walter Hamel of Imlay City; ...

Thomas A. Ferkovich

GREENFIELD — Thomas A. Ferkovich, 75, died Wednesday, January, 2, 2019. You can see the obituary or send condolences to informedchoice.org. The Informed Choice (Kraus) Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.