Obituaries

James Robert Watchorn Jr.

James Robert Watchorn Jr. age 56 of Baraga, MI passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse.

Paul Maronen

Paul Maronen, age 90, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on December 22, 2016. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gerald J. Jalkanen

Gerald J. Jalkanen, 60, a resident of Houghton passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at his home. A full obituary will be released at a later date. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.

Frank C. Jackovich

Frank C. Jackovich, 89, a resident of Dodgeville, passed away Thursday December 22, 2016, shortly after being admitted to UP Health Portage Hospital in Hancock. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Houghton is assisting the family with the arrangements which will be ...

Christopher Reilly

CALUMET – Christopher Reilly 51, passed away on Thursday December 22nd.  Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

Gerald J. Jalkanen

Gerald J. Jalkanen, 60, a resident of Houghton passed away unexpectedly Thursday December 22, 2016, at his home.      The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Carol Lynn (Fraki) Bennetts

CALUMET - Carol Lynn (Fraki) Bennetts, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, with family by her side, at the Omega House. She was a lifelong resident of Calumet and Laurium. Carol was born on June 19, 1940 to Martha and Ben Fraki in Laurium. She attended the Calumet schools and ...

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Perla

KINGSFORD - Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Perla, 54, of Kingsford, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, unexpectedly at her home. She was born on July 31, 1962, in Hancock, a daughter of Donald and Elaine (Ylitalo) Juntunen. Betty attended Houghton High School and graduated with the class ...

Edna Margaret Van Wert

Edna Margaret Van Wert, age 90 of L'Anse, MI passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bayside Village in L'Anse. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse.

Donald W. “Don” Janovsky

HOUGHTON - Donald W. “Don” Janovsky, 85, a resident of the Green Acres Road in Houghton, died Sunday, December 18, 2016, at UP Health System-Marquette. Don was born April 17, 1931, in Phillips, Wisconsin, a son of the late William and Esther (McMullen) Janovsky. During WWII, the family ...

John “Jack” Winquist

KEARSARGE - John “Jack” Winquist, 82, of Kearsarge, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. John was born to Edwin and Elizabeth (Mehner) Winquist on September 20, 1934, in Kearsarge. He attended Calumet High School, graduating with the class of 1953. ...

Ronald K. Heikkinen

ATLANTIC MINE - Ronald K. Heikkinen, 82, of Flushing, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Ron was born on July 12, 1934, in Atliantic Mine, the son of Emil and Helia (Rautio) Heikkinen. He married Barbara Bleau on August 31, 1956. Ron and Barb have four children, Gerald (deceased), ...

Donna Jaaskelainen

MOHAWK - Donna Jaaskelainen, 58, a resident of Mohawk, passed away suddenly on December 17, 2016, at home surrounded by her family. Donna was the heart and soul of her family. She is survived by her parents, Gordon and Virginia Jaaskelainen; and her sister, Gayl. Donna is preceded in ...

Wilfred E. Archer

Wilfred E. Archer, 90, a resident of Quincy Hill passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at home. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Raymond Elmer Jolgren

PELKIE - Raymond Elmer Jolgren, 99, of Pelkie, died on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at home, three days short of his 100th birthday. He was born on December 17, 1916, in Hancock, a son of Emil and Hilda (Lexson) Jolgren of Pelkie. Raymond moved to Detroit as a young man and worked at Ford ...

William Edsel Orr

ROCKLEDGE - Surrounded by his loving family, William Orr, 84, passed away in hospice care in  Rockledge on December 1, 2016. Born February 19, 1932, in Calumet, Bill relocated to the Detroit area after serving in the U.S. Army. There he began his career as an electronic technician for ...

Charles Henry Heikkinen

Charles Henry Heikkinen, age 87, a resident of Calumet passed away peacefully on Friday November 18, 2016 at Delaware House in Portage Pointe. Funeral services will be held on Thursday December 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm at the Calumet United Methodist Church with Pastor Jayme Palaszeski to ...

John Winquist

John Winquist, age 82, of Kearsarge passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.

Deborah Susan Wanttaja

CALUMET – Deborah Susan Wanttaja (McLean), born on May 22, 1952, in Detroit, to Glenn and Ivy Wanttaja, passed away at her home in Calumet, on December 3, 2016. Debbie, as she preferred to be called, graduated with a B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University in 1974 and worked at ...

Kenneth Bernard Tebbe

TOIVOLA - Kenneth Bernard Tebbe, 76, a resident of Bay City and Toivola, died Monday, December 12, 2016, in Bay City. Ken was born in Detroit, on July 15, 1940.  He grew up in Toivola and was a 1960 graduate of the Jeffers High School in Painesdale. After graduating high school, Ken served ...