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Obituary: Norman Koski


Norman C. Koski, age 80, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Norman was born in Detroit, a son of Pearl Peurasaari and Ernest Koski on August 18, 1938.  He was a graduate of Calumet High School class of 1956 and was a graduate of Suomi (Finlandia) College class of 1958.

Norman was a man of many talents, but his two passions in life were sports and radio.  He was the general manager of the Portage Lake Flyers hockey team and was one of the owners of WCCY Radio–the first local all country radio station.

He was best known as the voice of high school sports during the many years of announcing local hockey and football games.  He retired from radio due to ill health but remained an avid sports fan until his death.

Norman was a very proud member of the Baraga National Guard.

Norman is survived by his wife Corinne (Blau) of Hancock, his son Stephen of Oakdale, MN, his daughter Kathleen of Hancock, his granddaughter Madisyn Wright of Hancock, and grandson Giles of Lionel Lake, MN.  He is also survived by sisters-in-law Patricia (Gerald) Tuovila of Laurium, Suzanne (Robert) Mikesch of Hancock, Joan (Dennis) Polzien of Calumet, brother-in-law Jay (Sheila) Blau of Beria, Ohio, and brothers Gary Peurasaari of Wisconsin and Douglas and Kurt Peurasaari of Calumet.  He was preceded in death by son Christopher.

“Mr. Norm” was loved by many in our community.  He combined his love for people, his knowledge of sports, his radio experience and his sense of humor into a longstanding career as the voice of local sports for over 30 years.

The family extends a heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers by so many.  Cremation is being handled by the Ryan Funeral Home.  Arrangements for a memorial service will be held at a future date.

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