Obituaries

James ‘Jim’ L. Christner

HOUGHTON — James “Jim” L. Christner, 80, a resident of Houghton, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, as a result of injuries due to an automobile accident. He was born October 26, 1938, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Frank and Ruth (Heckman) Christner. Jim was a veteran of ...

Robert ‘Bob’ Whipple

SOUTH RANGE — A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Whipple, a resident of South Range, who passed away on October 30, 2018, will held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the V.F.W. Lounge in South Range. Military rites will be conducted by Ranger Post 6165 V.F.W. of South ...

Shirley Rosenberger

MOHAWK — Shirley Rosenberger, 80, peacefully passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019, with Don, her husband of 63 years, at her side, at the Lighthouse at Hancock. Shirley was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on May 14, 1939, to Eleanor (Fountaine) and Harold Cook. She lived in Waukegan for the ...

Willis J. Fontaine

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — Willis J. Fontaine, 77, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and former Houghton resident, passed away at home, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Will was born on January 10, 1942, in Lake Linden, to his parents, Raymond and Annabelle Fontaine. Will graduated from Lake Linden High ...

Sandra Jean Massoglia

Sandra Jean (Coppo) Massoglia passed away on Wednesday July 3, 2019. She was married to John “Jack” on March 22, 1958. She is survived by her husband Jack, daughters Susie (Tim) Jukuri, Patti (Doug Guy), & Mary Kay (Marty Grigg), grandchildren Julie (John) Raymond, Valerie (Brian) ...

Michael Joseph Hirzel

BARAGA – Michael Joseph Hirzel, 61, of Baraga, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at U.P. Health System, Marquette, with his family at his side. He was born May 4, 1958, in Grand Rapids, son of Frank and Patricia (Bouchard) Hirzel. In 1976 Mike graduated from Catholic Central High School ...

Francis Hammes, Sr.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Francis Hammes, Sr., 81, Green Bay, passed away with his loving family by his side, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. He was born on May 3, 1938, in Calumet, to the late Jerome and Catherine (Krajacic) Hammes. Francis was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in ...

Ruth Leonard Freyberger

HOUGHTON – Ruth Leonard Freyberger, 95, the only child of Dr. Ralph D. and Florence E. Leonard, passed away peacefully at home, on the evening of July 2, 2019, surrounded by her family. Ruth was born and raised in Melrose, Massachusetts, and spent her summers in Friendship, Maine. She ...

Sandra Massoglia

CALUMET - Sandra Massoglia, 78, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the Houghton County medical care facility in Hancock. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral home in Calumet.

David F. Chimino

HOUGHTON - David F. Chimino, 93, of Houghton, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Omega House in Houghton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later from the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home of Hancock.

Charles Stephen Burger

DOLLAR BAY — Charles Stephen Burger’s Memorial Service is on April 14, 2019. Charles Stephen Burger (Charlie) joined his beloved wife of 66 years in Heaven. Norma and he are now eternally rejoicing together in the love of our Heavenly Father. Charles was born on April 23, 1926, and was ...

David A. Niemi

APPLETON, Wis. — David A. Niemi, 70, of Appleton, Wisconsin, passed away on June 29, 2019, after a recent diagnosis of cancer. He died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Dave was born on March 20, 1949, in Laurium. His parents were Carl and Elsa (Kytta) Niemi. He was a 1967 graduate ...

Gerald R. Ollanketo, Sr.

CALUMET — Gerald R. Ollanketo Sr., 75, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Lake View Cemetery in the Veterans ...

Ruth M. Hauring

HANCOCK — Ruth M. Hauring, 89, a former resident of Arbor Green, Houghton, passed away on May 28, 2019, at the Lighthouse at Hancock. She was born on August 12, 1929, in Laurium, a daughter of the late Isaac and Esther (Manninen) Niemi. Ruth married Robert Hauring on June 10, 1948, in ...

Ruth L. Freyberger

HOUGHTON ­ — Ruth L. Freyberger, 95, a resident of the Bluffs Senior Living Community in Houghton, passed away Tuesday evening, on July 2, 2019. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Brunolf A. Alaniva

ORLANDO, Fla. — Brunolf A. Alaniva, former Copper Country resident, passed away in Orlando, Florida. A graveside service with Military Honors will be conducted by the Copper Country Veterans Association on Friday, July 5, 2019, at 11 a.m., at the Liminga Cemetery. Local arrangements are ...

Bob Kolkka

LAKE LINDEN — Bob Kolkka, 64, passed peacefully among friends and family, on Easter Sunday, April 2, 2019. Bob succumbed to aspiration pneumonia as a result of Parkinson’s Disease. Bob was born on August 27, 1954, to the late Mabel and Richard Kolkka in Chickopee, Massachusetts. Bob grew ...

Dorothy Geraldine Oikarinen

HANCOCK — Dorothy Geraldine Oikarinen, 93, passed away on June 30, 2019, at Portage Pointe, where she had been a resident for the last four months. Dorothy was born on March 24, 1926, in Franklin Township, to the late Waino and Hannah (Harju) Helbacka. She was the eldest of five children, ...

Evelyn Dorothy Timm

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A graveside service for Evelyn Dorothy Timm, 85, who passed away February 2, 2019, will be held at 1 p.m. on July 8, 2019, at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton. To send condolences to Evelyn’s family, please visit plowefuenralhome.com. The Memorial Chapel & ...

Evelyn Manzini

CALUMET — Evelyn Manzini, 93, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Chandler, Arizona. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, a daughter of William and Corrine Cornelius. She was married to Clarence Lamerand. The couple had two sons, Richard and James. He died in 1950. She was ...