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Obituary: David P. Butkovich

Hurontown David P. Butkovich, 79, a resident of Hurontown passed away Friday morning January 18, 2019, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. He was born on February 4, 1939, in Dodgeville, a son of the late Peter and Lucille (Philpott) Butkovich. David attended the St. Ignatius Loyola …

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Obituary: Bonnie Jean (Champion) Kukkonen

Hancock Bonnie Jean (Champion) Kukkonen of Hancock went home to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 15, 2019. She died unexpectedly in Bali, Indonesia of a massive heart attack. She was born in Ironwood, Michigan a daughter of the late Bill and Jean Champion and graduated from Luther …

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Obituary: James McKinstry

James McKinstry, 53, a resident of Laurium passed away following a short illness on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Omega House in Houghton. He was born on April 23, 1965 to Paul and Mavis (Wickstrom) McKinstry in Laurium. He attended the local schools and graduated from Calumet High School …

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Obituary: Susan Luella Lemonds

Susan Luella Lemonds, age 65, formerly of Baraga, MI passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at The Lighthouse at Ishpeming Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ishpeming, MI. Funeral arrangements for Susan are incomplete and will be announced by the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, MI.

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Obituary: Evelyn E. Leikala

Fairport, OH Evelyn E. (Alanen) Leikala age 91 of Fairport Ohio and former Redridge resident died November 26, 2018, at home in Fairport, OH. She was Born September 26, 1927, in Redridge, MI, a daughter of Reino and Eleanor (Junttonen) Alanen. Surviving are her children-grandchildren-great grandchildren and sister Violet Moehrke. …

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Obituary: David Uno Haapala

David Uno Haapala, age 71 of L’Anse, MI passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at his home. He was born May 13, 1947 in Ironwood, MI son of Uno and Hulda (Korsman). David grew up in the western U.P., and received his high school diploma from Ontonagon. In the …

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Obituary: Erik Roy Salmela

Erik Roy Salmela passed away at his home on January 11, 2019 at age 51. He was born November 25, 1967 in Calumet, MI and grew up in Milwaukee, WI. In 1997 he moved back to the Copper country where as a child had spent many summers with his grandparents …

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Obituary: Henry VerBerkmoes, Jr.

Lake Linden: Henry VerBerkmoes, Jr., 87, a resident of Lake Linden, Michigan, passed away January 15, 2019, at The Lighthouse of Hancock. Henry was born June 1, 1931 to Henry Sr. and Grace VerBerkmoes in Grand Haven, Michigan. Henry’s wife of 63 years, Vickie, preceded him in death on October …

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Obituary: Hank Clow

L’Anse: Hank Clow took his final nap at his beloved Aura home on January 8, 2019 surrounded by his immediate family. He was born in Laconia, NH on September 27, 1932 to Stephen and Jean (Park) Clow. Although most of his 86 years were spent away from New Hampshire, he …

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Obituary: Timothy Watchorn

Timothy Watchorn, age 56 of Sault Ste Marie, MI passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Omega House in Houghton, MI. He was born June 12, 1962 in Sault Ste Marie, MI son of James and Alice (Carlson) Watchorn. Tim grew up in Sault Ste Marie. He played …

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