Obituaries

Richard Louis Crane

HURONTOWN — Richard Louis Crane, 80, of Hurontown, died at home on July 12, of an apparent heart attack. He was born the son of Richard Crane, Sr. and Margaret Sardish on May 5, 1939. Richard grew up on a dairy farm with his grandparents, Louis and Caroline Sardish, in Menominee ...

Paul Niemi

CALUMET — Paul Niemi, 91, a resident of Lake Worth, Florida, passed away on June 2, 2019. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Lakeview Cemetary Section 75. Lunch will follow at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church (next to the cemetary).

Maureen Kupari

RICE LAKE ROAD — Maureen Kupari, 75, a resident of Rice Lake Road, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019, at her home. She was born on May 7, 1944, in Maryland to Ward and Maxine (Peterson) Fleharty. She attended the local schools. Maureen loved animals, but she held a special place in her ...

Margaret P. Rothenberger

DODGEVILLE — Margaret P. Rothenberger, 63, a resident of Dodgeville, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the UP Health - Portage Hospital, following a brief illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be ...

G. Michael West

CALUMET — G. Michael West, 72, a resident of Calumet passed away on Tuesday July 16, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Irene L. Byykkonen

ISHPEMING — Irene L. Byykkonen, age 88, of 1735 Iris St. Ishpeming, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at UP Health System Bell in Ishpeming. Irene was born in Chassell, on January 24, 1931, a daughter of the late William B. Kohtala and Selma (Puumala) Kohtala. Irene was a graduate of ...

Tina Strack

SOUTH RANGE/MISERY BAY — Tina A. Strack, 52, a well-known resident of South Range/Misery Bay and owner of Tina’s Katalina passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital with her family by her side. She was born on July 18th, 1965, in Hancock, a daughter of the late Sam ...

Royce Earl Johannes “John” Juntunen

INDIAN RIVER — Royce Earl Johannes "John" Juntunen, 85, a previous resident of Tapiola, passed away on December 11th, 2019 at his home in Indian River, surrounded by his loving family. There will be a family memorial on July 17, 2019.

Richard Hanner

WEIDMAN — Richard Hanner, 75, passed away July 14, 2019. He was born August 17, 1943, in Laurium, to the late Adirian and Lorraine Hanner of Hubble. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janet, and three brother; Pat (Carol) Hanner of Plymouth, Paul (Judy) Hanner of Howell, and Bill ...

Barbara Jane Johnson

HANCOCK — A memorial service for Barbara Jane Johnson, a former Hancock resident, and past resident of Montreal, Quebec, and who passed away in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, on Veteran’s Day of 2018, will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of ...

Wayne Charles Cross

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Wayne Charles Cross, age 65, passed away July 2, 2019, at UP Health System Marquette, in the loving, comforting care of his family. A memorial service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 205 Bridge Street, Houghton, on Sunday July 28th, 2019, at four p.m. ...

Royce Earl Johanes Juntunen

INDIAN RIVER — Royce Earl Johanes "John" Juntunen, 85, a previous resident of Calumet, passed away on December 11th, 2019 at his home in Indian River, surrounded by his loving family. There will be a family memorial on July 17, 2019.

Tina Strack

SOUTH RANGE/ MISERY BAY — Tina (Pete) Strack, 53, a resident of South Range and Misery Bay, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Aspirius Wasau Hospital, following a short illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with he arrangements which will ...

Joseph A. Podner

ATLANTIC MINE — Joseph A. Podner, 94, a resident of Atlantic Mine, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock where he had been a resident for the past month. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Houghton are assisting the ...

Bonnie Joyal

DOLLAR BAY — Bonnie Joyal, 84, a resident of Dollar Bay, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, following a short illness. She was born on March 11, 1935, in Detroit, the daughter of the late Royce and Dorothy (Baer) Weideman. She ...

Thelma Mae Cockrell

CALUMET — Thelma Mae Cockrell, 88, of Calumet, formerly of Beaverdam, Ohio, passed away, with family at her side, in Laurium, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Thelma was born on April 19, 1931, to Harold Cadillac Sidebottom and Della Edith Sidebottom in Wyandotte. Thelma spent more than 50 years ...

David James Gregorich

BIG PINEY, Wyo. — David James Gregorich, (Porkchop) (Pippo) passed away May 23, 2019, after a long recovery from a ranch accident in 2011. He was born on November 30, 1949, to Eleanor and Joseph Gregorich in Laurium. David lived the majority of his life in Big Piney, Wyoming, and worked as ...

Richard L. Crane

HURONTOWN — Richard L. Crane, 80, a resident of Hurontown, passed away Friday morning, July 12, 2019, at home following an apparent heart attack. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Robert E. Rippa

MOHAWK — Robert E. Rippa, 88, a resident of Mohawk, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. He was born on April 25, 1931, in Winona, a son of Yalmer and Evelynn Riippa. On September 18, 1954, he married Patricia Hodges. Robert was ...

Davin F. Chimino

HOUGHTON — David F. Chimino, 93, of Houghton, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, at the Omega House in Houghton. David was born in Atlantic Mine, on February 18, 1926, the son of the late John and Amelia (Ciucci) Chimino. Following graduation from Jeffers High School in 1943, he graduated ...