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Obituaries

Estelle M. Halborg

IRON MOUNTAIN — Estelle M. Halborg, 80, of Iron Mountain, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at her home. She was born September 18, 1939 in Chassell, daughter of the late Eino and Esther (Maki) Kemppainen. Estelle graduated from Hancock High School in 1957. She ...

Marlene Kathryn Allen

KENTON — Marlene Kathryn Allen, 84, of Kenton, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020, at her son’s home in Kenton with her family by her side. Marlene was born on November 2, 1935, in Iron River, daughter of Donald and Eleanore (Dooley) McRae. She grew up in Beechwood, and graduated ...

Paul Adams

BARAGA — Paul Adams, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday January 4, 2020 at Omega House in Houghton, from long-term heart disease and recently-diagnosed acute myelogenous leukemia. In the last week of his life he was surrounded by family and friends, many of which traveled long distances ...

Donna Mae Frusti

LAURIUM — On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Donna Mae Frusti (nee James) passed away at U.P. Health System Marquette, following a short illness and lovingly surrounded by her family, at the age of 80. Donna was born on March 6, 1939, in Allouez, to William and Laura (nee Simmons) James. She ...

SSgt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kmieciak

FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Ssgt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kmieciak, 74, died on November 12, 2019. Jerry was born on October 2, 1945, and was raised in the Keweenaw. In 1964, he joined the armed forces and was assigned to the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. He was wounded in 1968 and was later ...

William H. Sleeman

CHASSELL — William H. Sleeman, 78, a resident of Chassell, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on March 11, 1941, in Trimountain, a son of the late Henry and Lillian (Spiegal) Sleeman. William was raised in Trimountain and was a ...

Agnes Louise Draves

LAKE LINDEN — Agnes Louise Draves, 95, of Lake Linden, passed away at home on January 12, 2020, with family by her side. She was born on April 29, 1924, in Detroit, a daughter of August and Caroline Bushe. She was married to Robert H. Draves on November 9, 1946. He passed away on August ...

Jeffrey Robert Paavo

It is with saddened hearts that we share this news. ATLANTIC MINE — Jeffrey Robert Paavo, 51, former resident of Atlantic Mine, unexpectedly passed on November 12, 2019. He was an employee of Festival Foods for several years. Jeffrey was born on January 26, 1968 in Dearborn, Michigan, and ...

Donna M. Frusti

LAURIUM — Donna M. Frusti, a resident of Laurium, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at U. P. Health System Marquette. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Michael H. Pyhtila

SOUTH RANGE — Michael H. Pyhtila, 55, a resident of South Range, passed away Friday January 10, 2020, at the Lighthouse of Hancock where he had been a patient since this past December following a lengthy illness. He was born on July 8, 1964, in Waukegan, IL, a son of Glenn and Shirley ...

Eileen A. Swank

CHICAGO, Ill./EAGLE RIVER — Born March 7, 1939 - January 9, 2020. Retired Jury Commissioner of Cook County, Illinois, Eileen A. Swank. Loving wife of 50 years to retired Chicago, Illinois Police Court Sergeant, James L. Swank Jr., late of 2008. She was the daughter of late Joseph and Eileen ...

George P. McGrath

DANVILLE, CA — On December 7, 2019, George Patrick McGrath, 66, passed away from an unforeseen sudden heart attack. He was an amazing person, devoted husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to so many. George lived in Danville, California for 30 years. Upon his recent ...

Hubert J. Marchand

SHEBOYGAN, Wisc. — Hubert J. Marchand, 93, of Sheboygan, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Hub was born on June 28, 1926, in Lake Linden, to Eugene and Evilina (Decareau) Marchand. He attended Lake Linden High School. At 15 years old he left to find employment, working as a farmhand ...

SSgt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kmieciak

FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Ssgt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kmieciak, 74, died on November 12, 2019. Jerry was born on October 2, 1945, and was raised in the Keweenaw. In 1964, he joined the armed forces and was assigned to the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. He was wounded in 1968 and was later ...

Margaret Helen Mills

HANCOCK — Margaret Helen (Pyburn) Mills, 83, a resident at Pewabic House PortagePointe, died on January 8, 2019, surrounded by her family. Margaret is survived by her sons, Owen P. Mills (Susan) and John V. Mills of Hancock; her grandson, Brandon M. Mills (Laura Beth); and great grandson, ...

Michael H. Pyhtila

SOUTH RANGE — Michael H. Pyhtila, 55, a resident of South Range, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020, at the Lighthouse of Hancock, where he had been a patient since this past December, following a lengthy illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with ...

Carol A. Geshel

CALUMET — Carol A. Geshel, 78, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Wednesday morning January 8, 2020 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. She was born on September 12, 1941, to the late Edward and Antonia Ozanich. She attended and graduated from Calumet High School. In 1973, she ...

Donald Oscar Hermanson

OSKAR BAY — Donald Oscar Hermanson, 78, of Oskar Bay, died on January 7, 2020, at the Omega House of Houghton. He was born in Hancock as the son of the late Harold and Martha (Ruohonen) Hermanson. Don will be remembered as an avid storyteller, videographer, outdoorsman, musician, and ...

Martha E. Hill

CHASSELL — Martha E. Hill, 82, a former resident of Chassell, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the Franklin House of Portage Pointe in Hancock. She was born on February 20, 1937, in Humbolt Township, a daughter of the late William and Helvi (Lakanen) Mattila. Martha was a graduate ...

Mary E. Stokes

ST. JOHN, Ind. — Mary E. Stokes, (nee Fretter), 83, late of St. John, Indiana, formerly of Park Forest, Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, passed away on November 8, 2019. She was the beloved wife of Roger Stokes for 60 years, and loving mother of Nancy (Fred) Curtis, Jill ...