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Obituary: William Vertanen

As received from the Jacobson Funeral Home: Our much loved, William Andrew Vertanen, left this world on Sunday, October 3, 2021 he was 74 years old. Billy was born to William and Louise Vertanen of Keweenaw Bay on April 16,1947. He grew up on the family farm on the shores …

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Obituary: Elaine LaFernier

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: Elaine S. LaFernier, 75, a resident of Hancock passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 29, 2021.She was born on January 3, 1946, in Askel, MI, a daughter of the late Waino and Hilma (Moilanen) Juntunen. Elaine was raised in Askel and …

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Obituary: Joan Heikkila

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home: Joan Heikkila, 76, a resident of Fulton passed away peacefully on Sunday October 3, 2021 at the Omega House in Houghton. She was born on December 21, 1944 in Laurium to John and Eleanor (Puhek) Buckett. She attended the local schools …

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Obituary: Karl Kahkonen

As received from the Jacobson Funeral Home: Karl Robert Kahkonen, age 73 of L’Anse, MI passed away on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at his home. He was born November 26, 1947 in L’Anse, MI son o f Waino and Marie (Brunet) Kahkonen. Karl graduated from L’Anse High School in 1966. …

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Obituary; Elanie LeFernier

Hancock      Elaine S. LaFernier, 75, a resident of Hancock passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 29, 2021.      The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time. 

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Obituary; Kenneth Huhtasaari

Kenneth Arne Oscar Huhtasaari, age 87 of Askel, MI passed away on Thursday, September 30th, 2021 at his home. He was born June 10, 1934 in Elo, MI son of Arne and Anna (Heikkinen) Huhtasaari. Kenneth attended the John A Doelle School in Tapiola and then school in Detroit. He …

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Obituary: Patricia Ann Melcher

Patricia Ann “Pat” Melcher, 90 of Hancock, MI, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 20, 2021. Pat was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, to Gertrude and Howard Pfeifer on April 6, 1931. After a happy childhood surrounded by an extensive family, she graduated from Beaver Falls High School …

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Obituary: Barbara Reilly

Barbara Amelia Reilly, 89, went to be with the Lord and reunite with her husband Joseph, and her five boys on Monday, September 27, 2021.Barb was raised on the Mattila family farm in Traprock Valley. Her parents appreciated her willingness to help with the many challenging chores a farm requires. …

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Obituary: Frances Mueller

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home: Frances Erjavac Mueller, 103, a former resident of Ahmeek passed away on Friday September 17, 2021 at Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care. She was born on March 9, 1918 in Ahmeek to John and Antonia (Severinski) Erjavac. She attended the …

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Obituary: Edith Maki

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: Edith I. (Edward) Maki, 71, a resident of Franklin Township, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium following a short illness.She was born on December 9, 1949, in Elk River, MN, a daughter of …

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