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Obituaries

Margaret Helen (Laplander) Hosking

ESCANABA — The book of Margaret Helen (Laplander) Hosking, 94, in the great library of life, began June 8, 1926 and is filled with fresh raspberries from the garden and homemade jam. Eating more strawberries than she picked. Petunias. Bluebirds. Come Back to Sorrento and What a Friend We Have ...

Eva A. ‘Eve’ Mouilso

ALPENA — Eva A. “Eve” Mouilso, 90, of Alpena, Michigan, passed away peacefully of natural causes on April 27, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. Eva was born April 10, 1930, in Toivola, a daughter of the late Evert and Aina (Lantto) Toro, and graduated from Hancock Central High School. She ...

Charles Bonini

BOOTJACK — Charles Bonini, 88, of Bootjack, passed away at his home, with his family by his side, on June 16, 2020. Charlie was born on March 4, 1932, in Hancock, son of the late James and Stella Pearl (Gale) Bonini. Charlie married Paulette Bonini (Cleckner) on October 7, 1967, they ...

Norma E. Heikkinen

SOUTH RANGE — Norma E. Heikkinen, 67, of South Range, passed away at the home of her daughter on June 17, 2020, after a recent diagnosis of cancer. Arrangements will be announced by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Kathleen M. Johnson

HANCOCK — Kathleen “Kathy” M. Johnson, 74, a resident of Hancock, passed away on Thursday morning June 18, 2020, at the Omega House in Houghton, following a battle with cancer. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with he arrangements, which ...

Joseph C. Jakovic

HOUGHTON — Joseph C. Jakovic, 95 a former Houghton resident, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Canal View--Houghton County, following a short illness. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Houghton is assisting the family with the arrangements, which will be announced at ...

John ‘Jocko’ Witting

CHASSELL — John “Jocko” Witting, 81, of Chassell, passed away at his winter residence in Vero Beach, Florida, on May 1, 2020. Graveside memorial services will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at section 11 of Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock. The Copper Country Veterans ...

Vernon Bell Watwood Jr. (Pap)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Vernon Bell Watwood Jr. (Pap) died suddenly in Tucson, Arizona, on June 4, 2020. He taught Civil Engineering and was chairman of the department for a number of years at Michigan Tech University from 1973 to 1999. He was born in Opelika, Alabama, in 1935. After graduating ...

Judith M. Maki

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP — Judith Minetta Maki, 79, of Negaunee Township, entered eternal life on Monday, June 15, 2020, at home, in the loving, comforting care of her family. Born January 1, 1941, in Houghton, a daughter of Rudolph and Gertrude (Koistala) Daavettila, Judy was raised in Houghton ...

Raymond W. Kauppila

MARQUETTE — Raymond William Kauppila, 91, most recently of 1600 Mill Creek Court, Marquette, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, while in the loving care of family and the Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. He was formerly of 424 W. Ridge St., Marquette; and longtime Hancock ...

William ‘Willie’ Alfred Johnson

HOUGHTON — A graveside service for “Willie” Alfred William Johnson, 88, who passed away on March 16, 2020 at UP Health Portage Hospital, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at the Hill Side Cemetery of Bruce Crossing, with Pastor Jesse Aho to officiate. To view ...

Charles Bonini

BOOTJACK — Charles Bonini, 88, of Bootjack, passed away at his home on June 16, 2020. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced by The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden. Online condolences may be left at pearcefuneralhome.com.

Darrell J. Latvala ‘Laff’

In loving memory of “The Old Man” aka “The Dad” aka “Pops” aka “Laff” - Father, brother, uncle, friend. Loving, loyal to the end. Our spirits some day will meet again. You’ll live on earth in each of us till then.” CALUMET — Darrell James Latvala, “Laff,” 57, passed ...

Dennis Raymond Jolgren

PELKIE — Dennis Raymond Jolgren, 69, of Pelkie, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Ann Arbor, after a six month battle with leukemia. He was born December 12, 1950, in Detroit, to Raymond and Lillian (Autio) Jolgren. Dennis was a mopar (dodge) connoisseur, he enjoyed talking to anyone ...

Harold A. Kangas

HOUGHTON — Graveside Services with Military Honors conducted by Chassell VFW Post No. 6507 for Harold A. Kangas, 86, a resident of the Bluffs Senior Living Community in Houghton and former Chassell resident, who passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Canal View - Houghton County, will be ...

Cheryl ‘Sherry’ Saarinen

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Cheryl “Sherry” Saarinen, 71, of Franklin Township, passed away on Sunday morning, June 14, 2020, at U.P. Health System - Marquette Hospital, after a short illness. She was born in Hancock on April 3, 1949, to the late Frank and Phyllis (turovaara) Kyro. She attended ...

Robert ‘Bob’ Bonini

BALTIC — A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Robert “Bob” Bonini, 67, of Baltic, who died on April 30, 2020 will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020, at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Range. There will be no visitation prior to the funeral mass. Arrangements are being ...

Sara Ann Lowther

DECATUR Ga./HOUGHTON — Sara Ann Lowther, a former Houghton resident, passed away in Decatur, Georgia, on May 26, 2020. She was a scientist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service with the rank of ...

Vernon Bell Watwood Jr.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Vernon Bell Watwood Jr. (Pap) died suddenly in Tucson, Arizona, on June 4, 2020. He taught Civil Engineering and was chairman of the department for a number of years at Michigan Tech University from 1973 to 1999. He was born in Opelika, Alabama, in 1935. After graduating ...

Donald S. Manninen

LIVONIA — Donald S. Manninen, 91, a resident of Livonia, and former Copper Country resident, went home to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. He was born on March 15, 1929, in Dodgeville, a son of the late John and Kustaava (Kaarlela) Manninen. Don was a graduate of Houghton ...