Obituaries

Wesley S. Harjala

HANCOCK — Wesley S. Harjala, 88, a resident of Hancock, passed away suddenly Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the UP Health System– Portage Hospital. He was born on October 14, 1928, in Gay, a son of the late John and Viola (Haltunen) Harjala. Wesley was raised in Copper City and graduated ...

Chester C. Finch

EAGLE HARBOR —Chester C. Finch, a former resident of Eagle Harbor Township, passed away on May 15, 2017, at the age of 96. Chet was a former teacher at Calumet High School and was married to Rita Finch for more than 60 years. Rita passed on in March of 2005. He was born in Alden on ...

Gordon L. Schaaf

HANCOCK — Gordon L. Schaaf, 89, of Hancock, passed away on Sunday evening, April 9, 2017 at U.P. Health System-Portage in Hancock. Graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017. The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock is ...

Anthony Bonini

QUINCY HILL — Anthony P. Bonini, 69, of Franklin Township on Quincy Hill, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock.

Rose D. Hesse Phelan

BROWNSTOWN - Rose D. Hesse Phelan, 77, a former area resident and frequent Copper Country visitor, passed away on February 15, 2017 in Brownstown, Michigan. Graveside services are tentatively planned for 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Lake Linden. The ...

Michael J. Jutila

DOLLAR BAY — Michael J. Jutila, 62, a resident of Dollar Bay and area businessman unexpectedly passed away Saturday May 13, 2017, at UP Health - Marquette. Funeral Services for Michael will be held 7 pm Thursday May 18, 2017, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock with Rev. Peter ...

Brenhilde Alice Homola

HANCOCK — Brenhilde Alice Homola, 87, a resident of Hancock passed away Sunday May 14, 2017, at UP Health - Portage Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services for Alice will be held 11 Friday May 19, 2017, at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock. Friends may call on ...

Mary Tuisku

HANCOCK — Mary J. Tuisku, 70, Hancock City Council member and former mayor, died at her home on Sunday night, May 14, 2017 of an apparent heart attack. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock.

John J. Pastore

SOUTH RANGE — John J. Pastore Sr., 69, a resident of South Range, died unexpectedly in Marquette on Thursday, May 11, 2017. He was born May 27, 1947, in Hancock, son of the late Joseph and Kathryn (Gorsche) Pastore. He attended the Adams Township schools and was a 1965 graduate of the ...

Chester Finch

EAGLE HARBOR - Chester Finch, 96, a former resident of Eagle Harbor Township passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Lighthouse of Hubbell. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Nancy Ann Stein

L'ANSE — Nancy Ann Stein, age 72, of L'Anse, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at Bayside Village, L'Anse. Private family services will be held. Nancy's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.reidfuneralservicechapel.com. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, ...

Marvin R. Waisanen

LAURIUM — Marvin R. Waisanen, 78, of Laurium, passed away at U.P. Health System-Marquette on Saturday morning, May 13, 2017. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock.

Myrna Oja

MADISON HEIGHTS — Myrna Oja, 79, was called home to her Savior, Jesus Christ on May 10, 2017. Myrna was a church organist for many years at The First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills. She cherished the time with her family and the summer days in Lac La Belle in the ...

Joel W. Kunnari, Sr.

HUBBELL — Joel Kunnari, Sr., 77, of Hubbell, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on May 11, 2017. He was born on March 6, 1940, in Swedetown, a son of Melvin and Alice (Ollila) Kunnari. He was a graduate of Calumet High School. He continued his education at ...

LeRoy O. “Lee” Sterbenz

WOODSIDE — LeRoy O. “Lee” Sterbenz, 77, a resident of Woodside, passed away at home on May 9, 2017, following a short illness. Lee was born on February 18, 1940, in Baraga, a son of the late Joseph and Marie (Ross) Sterbenz. Besides his parents, Lee was also preceded in death by a ...

David Roche Murphy

LAURIUM — A memorial service for David Roche Murphy, 74, who died Friday, March 10, 2017, will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Calumet on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. A private family burial will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Eagle Harbor on a later date.

Della St. John

A graveside service for Della St. John will be held at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Bryan Lundquist to officiate. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.

John J. Pastore

SOUTH RANGE — John J. Pastore, 69, a resident of South Range, died unexpectedly at UP Health System-Marquette on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Joel Kunnari, Sr.

HUBBELL — Joel Kunnari, Sr., 77, of Hubbell, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on May 11, 2017. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced by the Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden.

Katharine Maloney

Katharine Maloney, 71, passed away surrounded by her family on May 3, 2017. She was the loving sister of Paulette Maloney and Mary (Max) Curtis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Maloney; her brother, Daniel Maloney; her maternal grandparents, John and Nellie Simmons; ...