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Obituary: Keith R. Suokas

Keith R. Suokas, 74 of Lake Linden passed away at his home on Monday, February 19, 2018. The son of Rudolph and Ruth (Tolksdorf) Suokas, Keith was born on March 28, 1943 in Trimountain, Michigan. He attended elementary school in Ripley and later transferred to the Lake Linden-Hubbell school system, …

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Obituary: Joyce Marie Tolksdorf

HOUGHTON – Joyce Marie (Saari) Tolksdorf, 84, of West Houghton passed away after a long and courageous battle facing numerous strokes and other ailments on June 26, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born in Hancock, Michigan, in August of 30, 1933, to Olaf Saari and Elizabeth Anna (Harry) …

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Obituary: John C. Stone

Houghton Canal                                                         John C. Stone, 82, a resident of the Houghton Canal, passed away Friday evening, June 22, 2018 at the UP-Health Portage Hospital. He was born on March 2, 1936, in Hancock, a son of the late Cyril and Verona (Manderfield) Stone.  John was raised in Houghton, attended St. Ignatius Catholic School, and was …

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Obituary: William Earl Apger

William Earl Apger, age 85, of Calumet passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. He was born on February 12, 1933 to Earl and Ruth (Holloway) Apger in Dearborn, Michigan. He attended local schools graduating in 1951. After high school he enlisted in the …

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Obituary: James R. Baakko

Hancock James R. Baakko, 83, a resident of Hancock passed away Wednesday morning June 20, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton. He was born on December 22, 1934, in Hancock, a son of the late John and Anna (Ollila) Baakko. James was raised in Sing Sing Location and was …

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Obituary: Charles E. “Chuck” Klingbeil

Houghton: Charles E. Klingbeil, 52, of 104 East South Avenue in Houghton, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 due to a heart condition. He was born in Hancock on November 2,1965 to the late Nancy A. Klingbeil (Lucchesi). He attended Houghton Schools and graduated from Houghton High School. He …

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Obituary: Mildred Harju

BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN Mildred Harju (nee Siira), 97, of Birmingham, and former South Range resident, died May 9, 2018, in Novi, Michigan. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range, with Pastor Elmer Liimatta to officiate. Arrangements …

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Obituary: Elvera Esther Koskela

STANTON TOWNSHIP Elvera Esther Koskela, of Stanton Township, passed away at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility on June 18, 2018. She was born December 19, 1928, in Quincy Township to Harold and Helen Eilola. Evie worked at Graduate School of Michigan Tech until she retired. She was married to …

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Obituary: Thatcher Markham

Houghton Canal Thatcher Alan Markham, 12, of the Houghton Canal, died unexpectedly Monday, June 18. He was born on November 12, 2005, in Hancock. God took home a wonderful, caring, loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He was soft-spoken yet carried a confidence that couldn’t go unnoticed. Making …

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Obituary: Anna Mae Miettinen

Anna Mae (Kemppa) Miettinen, 85, passed away on June 17, 2018, at Gardenview Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility, Calumet, MI, where she was a resident for the past 7 ½ years. Anna Mae was born on October 28, 1932, in Toivola, Michigan, and was the oldest child of Rudolph …

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