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Obituary: James Dean “Jam” Turriff

James Dean “Jam” Turriff, age 31, of L’Anse, MI passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born on Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas on June 20, 1987 the son of Dean Turriff and Amy Velmer. Jam graduated from Baraga High School …

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Obituary: Kyrie Calvin Loonsfoot

Kyrie Calvin Loonsfoot, son of Tiara Drift and Brett Loonsfoot passed away November 21, 2018 at UP Health System, Portage, Hancock, MI. Kyrie is survived by his loving parents, Tiara Drift and Brett Loonsfoot, sisters Kayah, Kiana and Khloe Loonsfoot, grandparents Frances Drift, Erin Loonsfoot and Norman Schjoth. Numerous aunts, …

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Obituary: Eileen M. Christina

Tamarack City: Eileen M. Christina, 93, of Tamarack City, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on December 8, 2018. Eileen was born on March 24, 1925, a daughter of Peter and Mary (Miron) Neveau. She was a graduate of Dollar Bay High School. She was well known …

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Obituary: Rodney F. “Rod” Mattila

STANTON TOWNSHIP Rodney F. “Rod” Mattila, 62, a resident of the Houghton Canal Road, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday evening, December 5, 2018, with his loving family by his side. He was born August 3, 1956, in Calumet, a son of Frederick and Mary Lou (Eckloff) Mattila, and …

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Obituary: Verna Lynn Funke

Verna Lynn Funke, 67, of L’Anse, died Monday morning, December 3, 2018, at her home following an illness. She was born August 21, 1951 in L’Anse, a daughter of the late Alec and Gertrude (Tolonen) Maki. She was raised in L’Anse and was a 1969 graduate of L’Anse High School. …

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Obituary: Diane Gertcher

Dollar Bay Diane Gertcher, 79, a resident of Dollar Bay, passed away Tuesday December 4, 2018, at the UP – Health Marquette Hospital shortly after being admitted. She was born on May 19, 1939, in Laurium, MI, a daughter of the late Leslie and Martha (Heikkala) Oksanen. Diane was raised …

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Obituary: Matthew J. Banovetz

LAURIUM — Matthew J. Banovetz, 79, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Lighthouse at Hubbell. He was born in Calumet on June 1, 1939, a son of Matthew and Agnes Banovetz and attended Sacred Heart School. Matt was employed in numerous jobs in the local area and …

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Obituary: Susan Grant

November 28, 2018 Calumet Susan Grant, 54, a resident of Calumet passed away at U.P. Health System Marquette on November 28, 2018. She was born on July 27, 1964 in Royal Oak, MI a daughter of the late Jerome and Darlene (Schmidlin) Hitlunen. She graduated from Kimball High School in …

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Obituary: Mary “Frankie” Verville

Mary “Frankie” Verville, 98, long time resident of Hancock, passed away early Friday morning at Portage Pointe Nursing Home. She joins her husband of over 60 years, and her eldest daughter Patty to be with our Lord. She was born in Calumet, on March 9, 1920, the daughter of Joseph …

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Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Moore

On Friday, November 30, 2018, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Blohm Moore, age 91, passed away at The Lighthouse of Hancock, MI. Betty was born in 1927 to Charles and Mamie Leppanen Miettunen. She was raised in Marquette and attended Messiah Lutheran Church. She graduated from Graveraet High School in 1945 and received …

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