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Obituaries

Charlotte (Sherry) Anne Hellman

CARPENTERSVILLE, Illi. - Charlotte (Sherry) Anne Hellman, 73, beloved late wife of Gerry Hellman, passed away on December 31, 2016, in Carpentersville, Illinois. She was born on August 26, 1943, in Michigan, where she met in high school and married her husband, Gerry, in December ...

James Harrison Geiger

CALUMET - James Harrison Geiger, 87, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He was born on December 29, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to Clarence and Mae (Kingston) Geiger. He attended Calumet High School, ...

Grace Mary Langen

GRAND RAPIDS - Grace Mary (Galetto) Langen, is now at peace and with her heavenly Father. Her mind is restored and renewed, her joy is complete. Grace was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula town of Laurium on January 23, 1928. She died in Ann Arbor on January 7, 2017, just shy of her 89th ...

Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen

Gladys M. (David) Wiitanen, 82, a resident of Hancock passed away Thursday evening January 12, 2017, at the Omega House in Houghton following a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Gladys will be held 12 noon Tuesday January 17, 2017, at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock with Rev. DJ ...

Gene (Butch) Kipina

CALUMET - Gene (Butch) Kipina, 77, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully at home on January 12, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer, with family by his side. He was born on the family farm in Allouez on July 4, 1939, to John and Gladys Kipina. He attended the Calumet Public ...

Andrew “Antti” Wayne Heikkinen

ELO – Andrew “Antti” Wayne Heikkinen, 62, of Elo, passed away peacefully at home, on Monday, January 9, 2017, with family by his side, after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born in Hancock, on July 23, 1954, a son of Andrew E. and Ruth G. (Blum) Heikkinen. Andrew loved ...

Gene Kipina

Gene Kipina, 77, a resident of Calumet passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday morning January 12, 2017. Arrangements Will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.

Richard Bruce Francois

Richard Bruce Francois, 86, of L'Anse, died peacefully Wednesday evening, January 11, 2017 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.  Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobson Funeral Home.

Lena Kate Sundberg

AHMEEK – Lena Kate Sundberg, 91, a resident of Ahmeek, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017, at U.P. Health System–Portage in Hancock. She was born on May 17, 1925, in Ahmeek to John and Anna (Calcio) Vairus. She attended the Ahmeek Schools. Lena was a good homemaker and loved her ...

Ruth Emily Lorenz

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Heaven has another angel, as our beloved Ruthie passed away peacefully at home on December 21, 2016. By her side were her lifelong sweetheart of 60 plus years, Bill, along with her children and grandchildren. Ruthie was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the third child of ...

Sherwood J. Rintala

Sherwood J. Rintala, 79, a resident of the Houghton Canal area, died Friday, January 6, 2017, at UP Health System–Marquette.  Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Andrew W. Heikkinen

Andrew W. Heikkinen, 62, of Elo, died Monday, January 9, 2017, at the home of his sister.  Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Esther Ruth Sikkema

GAY ROAD – Esther Ruth Sikkema, 72, of Gay Road, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 8, 2017. She was born on November 20, 1944, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Gerrit and Dora Brus. She attended school downstate and attended beauty school. She owned her own ...

Jean N. Clark

CALUMET – Jean N. Clark, 88, a resident of Calumet, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, January 7, 2017. She was born on January 31, 1928, in Calumet, to Wilho and Elvira (Waara) Mackey. She attended the local schools. Jean loved to spend time in the kitchen ...

Marc T. Kanasty

PELKIE – Marc Thomas (Schefke) Kanasty, 54, of Pelkie, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017, at U P Health System in Marquette, from health complications. Marc was born on May 19, 1962, in Ferndale, the son of Judy (Russell) and Ken Kanasty of Troy and the late Ronald Schefke. Marc grew ...

James E. Shilling

HANCOCK – S.G.M. James E. Shilling, U.S.A. (RET) left us peacefully on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at home in Hancock. He had been living with cancer for the last five years and fought every battle with bravery, humor and physical and mental strength that kept us strong and set the tone for ...

Lena Sundberg

Lena Sundberg, 91, a resident of Ahmeek, passed away on Monday January 9, 2017 at U.P. Health System Portage. Arrangements will be announced by the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

Charlotte M. “Char” Castle

GLADSTONE - Charlotte M. “Char” Castle, 96, of Gladstone, passed away Tuesday evening, January 3, 2017, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Char was born on December 3, 1920, in Dollar Bay, the daughter of John and Delia (Harper) Cane. Char was raised in Ontonagon and was a 1939 ...

S.G.M. James E. Shilling

HANCOCK - S.G.M. James E. Shilling, U.S.A. (RET) left us peacefully on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at home in Hancock. He had been living with cancer for the last five years and fought every battle with bravery, humor and physical and mental strength that kept us strong and set the tone for ...

Calvin N. Waisanen

HOUGHTON – Dr. Calvin North Waisanen, DDS, 72, of Houghton, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born on November 26, 1944, in Hancock, the son of Dr. Carl and Dora (Koski) Waisanen. Calvin graduated from Dollar Bay High School ...