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Obituaries

Michael Fisher

SKANDIA — Michael Fisher, 61, a resident of Skandia, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday July 9, 2020. He was born on April 13, 1959, in Mohawk, to Gordon and Dolores (Englund) Fisher. He attended the local schools and graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of ...

Mildred Verna (Corbeil) Neph

KEARSARGE — Millie Verna (Corbeil) Neph, 83, of Kearsarge, was born on August 23, 1936, in No. 4 location. She passed away on July 13, 2020, at Canal View in Houghton County, where she had been a resident since November of 2015. She was the daughter of Emery and Gladys (Somero) Corbeil and ...

Wayne ‘Kaki’ Niemi

MASS CITY — Wayne “Kaki” Niemi, 83, of Mass City, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020, at the Omega House in Houghton, following a courageous battle with cancer. Wayne was born in Lake Mine to Richard and Martha Niemi, on April 3, 1937. He attended school in Mass city and graduated in ...

Margaret Sorochman

LAKE LINDEN — Margaret Sorochman, a former Lake Linden resident, who passed away on February 9, 2020, will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock, with Pastor Howard to officiate. Following the service, family and friends are invited to ...

Robert Zimmerman

HOUGHTON CANAL — A graveside service and blessing for Robert B. Zimmerman, 76, a resident of Houghton Canal, who passed away March 12, 2020, will be held at noon, on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in the Lakeside Cemetery of Hancock, with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. To view Bob’s complete ...

Robert B. Zimmerman

HOUGHTON CANAL — A graveside service and blessing for Robert B. Zimmerman, 76, a resident of Houghton Canal, who passed away on March 12, 2020, will be held at 12 p.m., noon, on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the Lakeside Cemetery of Hancock, with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. To view ...

Joseph Boulton

CALUMET — Joseph Boulton 68 a resident of Calumet passed away at his home on Friday July 10, 2020. He was born on September 13, 1951 in Highland Park, Michigan, a son of the late William and Eleanore (MacArthur) Boulton. He graduated from Redford Union High School in 1970. Joe was ...

Eileen ‘Judy’ Austin

CHASSELL — Eileen “Judy” Austin, 88, a resident of Chassell, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at home following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 5, 1932, in Chassell, a daughter of the late Edmond and Maud (Schannenk) Friday. Judy was a graduate of the Chassell High School ...

Michael Fisher

SKANDIA — Michael Fisher, 61, a resident of Skandia passed away at his home on Thursday July 9, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.

Joseph Boulton

CALUMET — Joseph Boulton, 68, a resident of Calumet passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by the erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.

Garfield ‘Jake’ and Carole Baranowski

CALUMET — Funeral services scheduled for Sunday, July 12, 2020 for Garfield “Jake” and Carole Baranowski at the Ryan Funeral Home have been postponed indefinitely.

James E. Murphy

HANCOCK — James E. Murphy, 83, of Hancock, passed away peacefully, at his home, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer, on July 7, 2020. He was born October 18, 1936, a son of Hal F. and Harriet G. (LeCrone) Murphy. He excelled in high school football and basketball, ...

Vincent J. ‘Vinny’ Kastar

LAKE LINDEN — ­Vincent J. “Vinny” Kastar, 55, of Lake Linden and formerly of Trimountain, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020, at UP Health System-Portage. He had been a resident patient at Canal View Houghton County since March 2019. Vinny was born April 18, 1965, in Hancock, a son of ...

Eileen ‘Judy’ Austin

CHASSELL — Eileen “Judy” Austin, 88, a resident of Chassell, passed away on Thursday July 9, 2020, at her home, following a lengthy illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Chassell is assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be announced at a later time.

Kenneth Arthur Kauppila

WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Kenneth Arthur Kauppila, 81, of Woodstock, Illinois, passed away on June 28, 2020, at home. Ken was born on April 6, 1939 to Waino and Anna Kauppila (Waara) in Laurium, the eleventh of twelve children. He married the love of his life, Ardene Vrabel on May 29, 1976, in ...

James E. Murphy

HANCOCK — James E. Murphy, 83, of Hancock, passed away peacefully, at his home, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer, on July 7, 2020. He was born October 18, 1936, a son of Hal F. and Harriet G. (LeCrone) Murphy. He excelled in high school football and basketball, ...

Ruth E. Normand

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Ruth E. Normand, 83, of Portage Township, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at the home of her daughter with her family by her side. She was born on August 6, 1936, in Nisula, a daughter of the late John and Selma (Leskela) Lindrus. After attending the Alston ...

Vincent J. ‘Vinny’ Kaster

LAKE LINDEN — Vincent J.”Vinny” Kaster, 55, of Lake Linden and formerly of Trimountain, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020, at UP Health System-Portage. He had been a resident patient at Canal View Houghton County since March 2019. Vinny was born April 18, 1965, in Hancock, a son of ...

Thomas ‘Tom’ Charles Wiinamaki

FLINT — Thomas “Tom” Charles Wiinamaki, 83, of Flint, formerly of Swartz Creek, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 8497 Miller Road, Swartz Creek. Pastor Bart Muller will be officiating. Burial ...

Anita (Johnson) Buckland

HOUGHTON — Anita “Joan” (Johnson) Buckland, 88, passed away early Monday morning, June 29, 2020, at the Canal View Medical Care facility in Hancock, Michigan, surrounded by her loving family. Joan was born on January 11, 1932, to parents Earl and Lillian (Swanson) Johnson in Escanaba, ...