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Obituary: Arnold W. Pesola

TAPIOLA Arnold W. Pesola, 90, of Tapiola, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Lighthouse at Hancock. He was born April 3, 1927, in Houghton, Michigan, to Arvo and Lydia (Moilanen) Pesola and attended the John A. Doelle School. Arnold served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He …

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Obituary: George “yrjö” Richard Niskanen

Bootjack: George “yrjö” Richard Niskanen, 96, of Bootjack, passed away at the Lighthouse at Hubbell on January 9, 2018. George was born on the farm in Princess Point on February 5, 1921 and spent his entire life living in the Bootjack area. He completed 8th grade in the School House …

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Obituary: Adelard Joseph Lajimodiere, Jr.

Lake Linden: Adelard Joseph Lajimodiere, Jr., a 40 year resident of Houston, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.                 “Al” was born September 5, 1954, in Laurium, Michigan, to parents Marjorie (Moehrke) and Adelard Lajimodiere, Sr.  He attended St. Joseph Catholic …

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Obituary: Ruth Swift Campbell

Lakeland, FL A Celebration of Life for Ruth Swift Campbell, a resident of Lakeland, FL, and former Houghton resident who passed away January 10, 2018, in Lakeland Florida, at the age of 97, will be held 3:00 pm Saturday July 7, 2018, at the Portage Lake United Church in Houghton. …

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Obituary: Gladys Q. Dawson

Houghton: Gladys Q. Dawson, 93, of the Bluffs in Houghton, passed away on January 3, 2018 at PortagePointe in Hancock. She was born on September 3, 1924 in Trenton, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Joseph L. Quinty and Stella M. Ritter. Following high school graduation, she received her …

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Obituary: Sandra L. Vander Meulen

LAKE LINDEN Sandra L. Vander Meulen, 66, formerly of Lake Linden, died Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Bayside Village in L’Anse.  As requested, there will be no public services. Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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Obituary: Michael D. “Binky” Shiroda, Sr.

HURONTOWN Michael David “Binky” Shiroda, Sr., 71, a resident of Hurontown, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2018, at his home. He was born in Hancock, Michigan, on July 28, 1946, a son of the late Robert L. and Irene J. (Klarich) Shiroda. He grew in South Range and …

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Obituary: Jacob William Gleason

Jacob William Gleason, age 19 of Houghton, MI, formerly of Muskegon, MI passed away on January 7, 2018 in Niagara, WI. He was born December 17, 1998 in Muskegon, MI son of Karl Gleason and Amy Darcy. Jake last attended Iona High School in 2017 and received his High School …

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Obituary: Phyllis Elizabeth Koivu

Phyllis Elizabeth Koivu, 65, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Baraga Memorial Hospital in L’Anse, Michigan. Phyllis was born on March 20, 1952 in L’Anse, to Theodore and Lempi (Korpi) Carlson. Phyllis grew up in Nisula, Michigan.  She graduated from L’Anse Area High School in 1970 and went on to earn her LPN certificate from Gogebic Community College. After years of working as an LPN, she received …

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Obituary: Christine M. Wiitanen-Garza

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes: Christine M. Wiitanen-Garza, 52, a resident of Rockwood, MI and former Hancock resident passed away December 28, 2017, in Lower Michigan following a lengthy illness. She was raised in Hancock, MI, daughter of David C. Wiitanen and the late Helen (Schaaf) …

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