Obituaries

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Michael J. ‘Mike’ Soper Jr.

FLAT ROCK — Michael J. “Mike” Soper Jr., 62, of Gladstone (Flat Rock), passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at home of natural causes. He was born on Dec. 27, 1954, in Escanaba, son of Michael J. and Elvera (Gauthier) Soper Sr. Mike lived all of his life in the Flat Rock ...

Angela M. Mauhar

ESCANABA — Angela M. Mauhar, 88, of the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba (formerly of Escanaba and Ensign), passed away Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2017, at the Christian Park Health Care Center. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at the Rapid ...

Donald L. ‘Don’ Pellegrini

ESCANABA — Donald L. “Don” Pellegrini, 83, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Hospital. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and ...

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Anita M. Lehtinen

NEGAUNEE — Anita Miriam Lehtinen, 87, of Co. Rd. MQ, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility with her loving family at her side. Anita was born June 28, 1929, in Pyhajoki, Finland, to Carl and Anna (Saari) Kestila and moved to the Rock ...

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Anne B. Merle

ENSIGN — Anne B. Merle, 91, of Ensign, passed away Thursday June 22, 2017, at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba. Anne was born April 7, 1926, in Ensign, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Mauher) Merle and she was first generation American. She was raised in Ensign and attended the Ensign ...

Ruth Ilona (Kangas) Connor

L’ANSE — Ruth Ilona (Kangas) Connor, 90, of L’Anse, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Bayside Village, L’Anse. She was born in Wakefield on Feb. 12, 1927, the daughter of the late John and Ella (Linn) Kangas. She attended school in Wakefield and graduated in 1944. Ruth then went ...

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Michael J. ‘Mike’ Soper Jr.

FLAT ROCK — Michael J. “Mike” Soper Jr., 62, of Gladstone (Flat Rock), passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at home of natural causes. He was born on Dec. 27, 1954, in Escanaba, son of Michael J. and Elvera (Gauthier) Soper Sr. Mike lived all of his life in the Flat Rock ...

Betty Jean Tryan

ESCANABA — Betty Jean Tryan, 91, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Christian Park Village in Escanaba. She was born on Jan. 26, 1926, in Escanaba, the daughter of the late August and Lena (Ambeau) VanEffen. On Dec. 2, 1944 she married the late Louis Tryan in ...

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Donald L. ‘Don’ Pellegrini

ESCANABA — Donald L. “Don” Pellegrini, 83, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Hospital. He was born April 23, 1934, in Norway, Mich., son of Cipriano and Mary (Calcaterra) Pellegrini. Don was raised in the Norway-Vulcan area, graduating high school in ...

Richard Sandstrom

GLADSTONE — Richard Sandstrom, 86, of Gladstone, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. Graveside services are scheduled to take place Monday, July 3, at 1 p.m. at Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone with a luncheon to follow at Covenant Church in Gladstone. ...

Mary C. Bratonia

GLADSTONE — Mary C. Bratonia, 68, of Gladstone, passed away Sunday morning, June 25, 2017 at the Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis. following a lengthy illness with leukemia. Her husband Dennis is listed among the survivors. A complete obituary will appear on ...

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Gene M. Jones

ESCANABA — Gene M. Jones, 94, of 2916 3rd. Ave. S., Apartment No. 6, passed away Friday morning, June 23, 2017, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. He was born on Aug. 2, 1922 in Escanaba, the son of John and Anna (Lippold) Jones. Gene grew up in Escanaba and was a member of the 1940 Escanaba ...

Joyce L. Severinsen

ESCANABA — Joyce L. Severinsen, 87, of 4728 17th Road, Escanaba, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday morning, June 23, 2017, at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass ...

Larry J. Pare

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Larry J. Pare, 57, of Brampton, passed away Wednesday evening, June 21, 2017, at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee surrounded by his family. Larry’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 28, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in ...

Betty Jean Tryan

ESCANABA — Betty Jean Tryan, 91, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Christian Park Village in Escanaba. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Spalding.

Donald L. Pellegrini

ESCANABA — Donald L. Pellegrini, 83, of Escanaba, passed away Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Hospital. Listed among survivors include his wife, Patricia. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Pellegrini family.

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Matt Jacob Maki III

CHATHAM — Matt Jacob Maki III, 66, of Chatham, died Friday morning, June 23, 2017, at his home under the loving care of his family and North Woods Hospice. He was born in Munising on Nov. 4, 1950, to the late Matt and Madelon (Hinkson) Maki. Matt started school in Munising and when the family ...

Joyce L. Severinsen

Joyce L. Severinsen

ESCANABA — Joyce L. Severinsen, age 87, of 4728 17th Road in Escanaba, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday morning, June 23, 2017 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. She was born on Aug. 25, 1929 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of Irving and Adeline (Cattelan) Schuls. Joyce ...

Gene M. Jones

ESCANABA — Gene M. Jones, age 94, of 1504 South 13th St. in Escanaba, passed away Friday morning, June 23 at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 27 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military Honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. in ...

Richard Sandstrom

GLADSTONE — Richard Sandstrom, age 86, of Gladstone, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. Graveside services are scheduled to take place Monday, July 3 at 1 p.m. at Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone, with a luncheon to follow at the Covenant Church in ...