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Obituaries

Donna Jean Whitesall

JACKSON — Donna Jean Whitesall, 78, of Jackson, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on March 21, 2020. Donna was born in Hancock, on November 7, 1941, to Charles and Ethel Coon. She was married on September 20, 1975 to Terry Whitesall, and he survives. She was an amazing ...

Dorothy Beaudoin

LAKE LINDEN — Dorothy Beaudoin, 86, of Lake Linden, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on March 22, 2020. She was born on July 10, 1933, in Allouez, a daughter of Reuben and Ina (Soivio) Bammert. She graduated from Calumet High School in 1951.She worked raising ...

Helen Elizabeth Holmbo

HANCOCK — Helen Elizabeth Holmbo, 89, of Hancock, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Canal View Houghton County. She was born October 15, 1930, in Detroit. It was recorded on her birth certificate Helen Elizabeth to be known as Betty. Betty was raised by her ...

Edward C. ‘Velu’ Heikkila

CALUMET — Edward C “Velu” Heikkila, 91, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully at his home, with his wife of 61 years by his side, on Saturday morning, March 21, 2020. He was born on January 1, 1929 in Raymbaultown, a son of the late Matt & Jennie (Koski) Heikkila. He ...

Francis P. Younggren

COVINGTON — Francis P. Younggren, age 89, of Covington, MI passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at his son’s home with his family by his side. Funeral services for Francis are tentatively scheduled for May of 2020 and will announced at that time. Francis’s complete obituary may be ...

Wilho Knuuti

ISLE ROYALE LOCATION — Wilho Knuuti, 86, a resident of Isle Royale Location passed Sunday evening March 22, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. The Memorial Chapel and Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Edward Heikkila

CALUMET — Edward “Velu” Heikkila, 91, a resident of Calumet passed away peacefully at his home with his wife of 61 years by his side on Saturday morning March 21, 2020. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Dorothy Beaudoin

LAKE LINDEN — Dorothy Beaudoin, 86, of Lake Linden, passed away at her home, on March 22, 2020. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced by The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden.

‘Willie’ Alfred William Johnson

HOUGHTON — “Willie” Alfred William Johnson, 88, passed away on March 16, 2020, at UP Health Portage Hospital. Willie was born on June 29, 1931, in Laurium, the son of the late Ralph and Aleda Johnson, who’s family lived at Highway Location and then in Bruce Crossing, as ...

Gary O. Kamppinen

CALUMET — Gary O. Kamppinen, 65, a resident of Calumet, passed away unexpectedly, on March 19, 2020 at U.P. Health System Marquette. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Richard H. Trudgeon

SOUTH RANGE — Richard H. Trudgeon, Jr., 64, of South Range, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. At Richard’s request, there will be no public services. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range. Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View ...

Elaine Marie Ottmann

LAKE LINDEN — Elaine Marie Ottmann (Bissonette), 79, passed away on March 17, 2020, in Wisconsin. Spring Burial will be at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden. The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden is in charge of arrangements.

William ‘Bill’ LaBine

ONTONAGON — William “Bill” LaBine, 90, of Ontonagon, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2020 at Omega House in Houghton. He was born in Ashland, Wisconsin on January 16, 1930, to William and Beatrice (Hill) LaBine. He graduated from Ontonagon High School with the Class of 1948. During ...

Helen Elaine Salani

HANCOCK — Helen Elaine Salani, 87, a longtime resident of Hancock, passed away peacefully at her home, early on Saturday morning, March 14, 2020. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Church of the Resurrection for family members, only due to ...

Duane William Andler

CALUMET — Duane William Andler, 75, of Calumet, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2020 at the Omega House surrounded by his family and extended family. He was born on July 5, 1944, in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of the late Lillian (Laine) and Fred Andler. He attended Duluth Central High ...

Sylvia I. Pesola

TAPIOLA — Sylvia I. Pesola, 88, of Tapiola, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Lighthouse at Hancock. She was born June 14, 1931, in Painesdale, to Henry and Hilda (Heikkinen) Tuohimaa, and attended the Painesdale and Tapiola schools. Sylvia married Arnold Pesola on June 25, ...

Alfred Johnson

HOUGHTON — Alfred “Willie” Johnson, 88, a well-known former businessman, passed away Monday, March 16, 2020, at UP Health Portage Hospital in Hancock, following a lengthy illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements, ...

David F. Pini

BOOTJACK — David F. Pini, 77, passed away on March 13, 2020. The Mass of Christian Burial that had been planned for Saturday has been postponed and the new date will be announced by The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden. Online condolences may be left at pearcefuneralhome.com.

Peter A. Wilberding

WAYNESBORO, Penn. — ­ Peter A. Wilberding, 78, passed away on March 2, 2020, at Quincy Village Skilled Care Center in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. The Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home of Greencastle, PA is assisting the family.

David F. Pini

BOOTJACK — David F. Pini, 77, passed away on March 13, 2020 at the Lighthouse at Hancock, where he was a patient for approximately two months. He was the son of Eugene and Margaret (Mongeau) Pini; he was born in Lake Linden on September 8, 1942. He attended and graduated from Lake ...