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Roger F. “Duke” Duschene

Roger F. “Duke” Duschene, age 82, of Baraga, passed away at his home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Roger was born in Baraga on April 11, 1935 the son of the late George and Sarah (Shalifoe) Duschene He graduated from Baraga High School …

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Judith G. “Judy” VanderZanden

Judith G. “Judy” VanderZanden, age 75, of L’Anse passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Bayside Village, L’Anse with her family by her side. She was born in L’Anse on June 4, 1942, the daughter of the late Byron and Beulah (Winnega) Carkeek. Judy graduated from L’Anse High School in …

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Genevieve “Yoohs” Ponnikas

NEGAUNEE – Genevieve (Yoohs) Ponnikas, 84, a former resident of the Copper Country, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, from a brief illness and complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Genevieve was under hospice care at Eastwood Nursing Center, where she had been a resident since May of this year.  At …

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Merlyn “Pinky” Rastello

Merlyn Joseph “Pinky” Rastello went home to be with the Lord on August 24th after a brief illness.   He was surrounded by his family members and died peacefully.  He was born February 10th, 1924 in Laurium, Michigan, the son of Joseph and Agnes (Slusarzyk) Rastello.   He graduated from Sacred Heart …

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Jean Kirkish

Jean (Daniel) Kirkish, 78, a resident of Houghton passed away early Sunday morning August 20, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on February 5, 1939, in Norway, MI, a daughter of the late Frank and Ethel (Erickson) Bergen.  Jean was a graduate of …

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Viola “Dolly” Johnson

Viola “Dolly” Johnson, 76 former resident of Traprock Valley and Otter Lake went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning August 20, 2017 at Portage Pointe where she had been a resident for the past four years. She was born on November 22, 1940 in Esko, Minnesota a …

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Lincoln Thomas Rogers

Chassell Lincoln Thomas Rogers, infant son of Crystal Rogers went to the Lord early Wednesday morning August 16, 2017, while on vacation with his mother. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Houghton are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

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Tage Phillip Seppanen

Freeland, MI Our beautiful baby boy Tage Phillip Seppanen entered eternal peace in Heaven on Saturday, August 12th 2017, at six weeks old. Tage was born on June 29th, 2017 and was the delight and joy of his parents, siblings, and everyone who was lucky enough to love him during …

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Helen A. Ala

Helen A. Ala, age 89, of Baraga, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at Shulstad Leisure Living in Baraga, Michigan with her family by her side. She was born in L’Anse on March 31, 1928, the daughter of the late Henry and Josephine (Kleindienst) Paris. Helen graduated from L’Anse High …

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John R Karvola

John R Karvola, age 71, of Florida Location, passed away at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital on Sunday, August 13, 2017. John was born in Laurium to Raymond and Agnes (Sterk) Karvola on February 25, 1946. He attended Calumet High School and graduated with the class of 1964. He served in the …

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