Obituaries

Marvin R. Allen

CALUMET — Marvin R. Allen, 90, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Omega House in Houghton. He was born on January 7, 1929, to Cephas and Edna (Jackson) Allen. Marvin spent his childhood on the family farm in Gratiot County during the Great Depression. In 1946, ...

Paul ‘Grandpa Camo’ Gerard

HOUGHTON — Paul “Grandpa Camo” Gerard, 72, of Houghton and formerly of Gladstone, passed peacefully from life on earth to life eternal in Hancock Saturday, May 4, 2019. Visitation will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 48544 Main Street, ...

John L. Lowther

HOUGHTON — John L. Lowther, Professor Emeritus and long-time faculty member at Michigan Technological University passed away May 9, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility from complications following a stroke. He was born September 5, 1943, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Ory ...

Michael William Hill

KEARSARGE — Michael William Hill, 85, of Kearsarge, passed away Thursday morning, May 9, 2019 at Medilodge of Sault Ste. Marie. Michael was born on April 26, 1934, in Kearsarge, to the late Harry and Viola (Koopikka) Hill. He was a graduate of Calumet High School. He served in the United ...

Charles D. Kilpela

SOUTH RANGE — Charles D. Kilpela, 56, of South Range, died at The Lighthouse at Hancock Health Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 8, 1962, to the late George and Esther Kilpela. He graduated from Baraga High School in ...

Mary A. Malmberg

CHASSELL — Mary Adelle Malmberg, 86, of Chassell, passed on May 9, 2019 in Sebring, Florida. Mary was born of Catholic faith in 1932 in Wakefield, to parents H. Robert and H. Ruth (Cadman) Charron. She was a resident of Michigan where she taught school after obtaining a master’s degree in ...

Jon-Eric Thorston Stenson

NORTH PORT, Fla. — Jon-Eric Thorston (”Joe”) Stenson, 86, of North Port, Florida, died at his home in Northport, Florida, after a long illness. Jon-Eric was born on February 21, 1933, in Baraga, the son of the late Theodore and Isabelle (Swanson) Stenson. An infant sister, Linnea, ...

Carol Codere

LAKE LINDEN — Carol Codere, 78, of Lake Linden, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at UP Health Systems-Marquette. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced by the Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden.

Marvin Allen

CALUMET — Marvin Allen, 90, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Omega House in Houghton. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Paul ‘Grandpa Camo’ Gerard

HOUGHTON — Paul “Grandpa Camo” Gerard, 72, of Houghton and formerly of Gladstone, passed peacefully from life on earth to life eternal in Hancock on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Paul Francis Gerard was born in Hancock, September 11, 1946, to Nick and Rachel Gerard of L’Anse where he grew ...

Gail M. Laajala

Houghton — Gail M. Laajala, 73, a former resident of Heritage Manor in Houghton, passed away Friday morning, May 10, 2019, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a short illness. She was born on January 8, 1946, in Hancock, MI, a daughter of the late Alfred and Irene (Olive) Brey. Gail ...

Calvin E. Ojanen

LIVONIA — Calvin E. Ojanen passed away peacefully at his home in Livonia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Born August 28, 1926, in Chassell, Calvin was proud of his Finnish heritage and growing up in the rugged upper peninsula of Michigan. He served as an Army drill sergeant in WWII. Thanks to ...

Gail M. Laajala

HOUGHTON — Gail M. Laajala, 73, a former resident of Heritage Manor in Houghton, passed away Friday morning, May 10, 2019, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a short illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which ...

John Lowther

HOUGHTON — John Lowther, 75, a resident of Houghton, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements which are incomplete and will be announced at ...

Wilson A. Alder

HOUGHTON — Wilson A. Alder, 66, a resident of Houghton, passed away at this home following a short illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Ezra ‘Esh’ Carl Haataja

MOHAWK — Ezra “Esh” Carl Haataja, 93, a resident of Mohawk, and more recently the Bluffs and Omega House, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Ezra was born on June 3, 1925, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Vayrynen) Haataja. He attended Calumet High School, graduating with the Class of ...

John M. Hosking

HANCOCK — John M. Hosking, 67, a resident of Hancock, passed away early Sunday morning, May 5, 2019 at home. John was born October 18, 1951, in Hancock, a son of the late Archie and Gladys (Mattson) Hosking. He was a 1969 graduate of Hancock Central High School and attended Michigan ...

Shirley M. Zerbst

HANCOCK — Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Sister, Shirley M. Zerbst, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the age of 79. She was born July 15, 1939, in Southfield, to the late Charles and Anna (Binoniemi) Kempainen. As a young child, her family had ...

John M. Hosking

HANCOCK – John M. Hosking, 67, a resident of Hancock, passed away early Sunday morning, May 5, 2019. Visitation will be Monday, May 13, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock followed by a celebration of John’s life at 6:30 p.m. at the Monte Carlo in ...

Robert Godell

WATTON – Robert Godell, 97, of Watton, entered into his eternal rest on March 19, 2019, at his home. A graveside committal service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Covington Cemetery. The Jacobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.