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Obituary: Ryan Bessolo

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home:

Ryan Bessolo, 32, a resident of Calumet passed away due to heart complications on Tuesday April 5, 2022 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, MI. Ryan was an organ and tissue donor through Michigan Gift of Life.

Ryan was born on June 24, 1989, in Hancock, MI, to Michael and Laurel (Butkovich) Bessolo. He grew up in the copper country and attended Calumet schools. He graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 2007. After high school Ryan attended Finlandia University, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He then furthered his education by obtaining a master’s degree in 2018 from Western Governors University.

Ryan started as a CNA at the Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center and worked his way up through the ranks to become an RN and Supervisor of the Emergency Room and the ICU services at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. He enjoyed teaching others his trade and he taught as an Assistant Professor in Nursing at Finlandia University and as an Adjunct Professor at Gogebic Community College. Nursing was his passion, but he also loved just helping people in need.

Ryan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, travelling, and spending time in Eagle River at the cottage.

Ryan is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Bill and Ruth Butkovich, his paternal grandfather Gordon Bessolo, his uncles Bruce Butkovich, Marty Bessolo, and his dog, Lucky,

He is survived by:
His parents: Michael and Laurel Bessolo of Calumet
His sister: Amy (Eric) Kemppainen of Alston
His nephew and niece: Connor and McKayla
His paternal grandmother: Enid (Carl O’Brien) Bessolo of Ahmeek
His aunts and uncles: Dianne (Ted) Johnson of Ripley
David (Pat) Butkovich of Ocoee, FL
Mary Kane Butkovich of AuGres
Mary Kay (Dan) Short of Kingsford
Marcy (Eric) Hermanson of Ahmeek
Lora Bessolo of Calumet
Along with numerous cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held for Ryan on Friday April 8, 2022, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home and Saturday April 9, 2022, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday April 9, 2022, at 12:00pm at the Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday June 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home is assisting the Family with arrangements.

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