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Obituary: Gordon R. Wiitanen

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: Gordon R. “Sarge” Wiitanen, 94, a resident of the Houghton Canal and former Petoskey resident, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Canal View – Houghton County following a lengthy illness. He was loved and appreciated by so many and …

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Obituary: James Laplander

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: James H.E. (Jim) Laplander, 88, a resident of Woodside Lane in Dollar Bay, went peacefully home to his Savior with his family by his side Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at his son’s home in Lower Michigan following a lifelong battle …

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Obituary: Martin “Marty” Bessolo

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home: Martin “Marty” Bessolo, 58, a resident of Calumet passed away on Sunday December 20, 2020 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Due to complications from to Covid-19. He was born on July 26, 1962 in Laurium to Gordon and Enid (Koopikka) Bessolo. He …

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Obituary: Kiril Spiroff

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: Kiril “Bud” Spiroff, 90, a resident of Chassell, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Mission Point of Hancock, following a lengthy illness.He was born on May 20, 1930, in Anaconda, MT, son of the late Kiril and Marguerite (Benson) …

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Obituary: Trudy Anderson

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home: Trudy Anderson, 59, a resident of Calumet passed away on Sunday December 20, 2020 at U.P. Health System Portage. She was born on June 3,1961 a daughter to Marvin and Betty (Isaacson) Berg. She graduated from Calumet High School with the …

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Obituary: Katherine Steiger

As received from the Pearce Funeral Home: Lake Linden: Katherine Steiger, 90, passed away at Canal View-Houghton County on December 21, 2020. She was born on October 23, 1930, a daughter of Carl and Lillian Katherine (Laity) Steiger. She graduated from high school in Grosse Pointe. She worked for J. …

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Obituary: Vernon W. Kangas

As received from the Ryan Funeral Home: Calumet – Vernon W. Kangas age 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday December 19th, 2020 with his family by his side. Vernon was born on June 1, 1935 in Mohawk, Michigan to Eli and Aurora (Waara) Kangas, the sixth of twelve children. He …

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Obituary: Gordon Franklin Stubenrauch

As received from the Pearce Funeral Home: Gordon Franklin Stubenrauch, 84, of Bootjack, passed away at the home of his daughter on December 18, 2020.  He was born on October 24, 1936, in Mohawk, MI, a son of Henry S. and Augusta (Gerhardt) Stubenrauch.  He attended the Mohawk School and …

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Obituary: David M. Tuohimaa

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: David M. Tuohimaa, 76, of Tapiola, passed away at his home on Friday, December 18th, 2020. He was born in Trimountain, MI on March 10, 1944 to Henry and Hilda (Heikkinen) Tuohimaa and attended Doelle Schools. On June 15, 1963 …

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Obituary: Chadwick A. Kuivanen

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: Chadwick Arnold Kuivanen, 82, of Tapiola, Michigan, a faithful and willing servant of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, was called to his heavenly home on Friday, December 18, 2020 after a short illness at the Wausau Aspirus Hospital. Chadwick …

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