Obituaries

Robert L. Britton

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Robert L. Britton, 58, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, at his home in Gladstone. A memorial gathering will be planned at the convenience of Bob’s family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be ...

Raymond R. Thorbjornsen

GLADSTONE — Raymond R. Thorbjornsen, 94, of 5720 Pine 0.25 St., Gladstone, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River. Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the ...

William Glenn Schmidt

ESCANABA — William Glenn Schmidt, 67, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Schmidt family.

Mary J. Hatch

LECANTO, Fla. — Mary J. Hatch, 63, Inverness, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at the Vistas In-Patient Hospice Health Care Unit in Lecanto, Florida due to a lengthy illness. She was born on May 13, 1955, in Escanaba, Mich., the daughter of Bernard, Sr. and Eleanor ...

Carolyn A. Klein

ST. JOHNS, Mich. — Carolyn A. Klein died Friday, March 1, 2019, at the age of 83. She was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Escanaba, Mich., the daughter of the late Joseph and Palmyra (Povolo) Sefcik. Carolyn was a PROUD Yooper being born and raised there. Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula had ...

Lucy ‘Lu’ M. Pearce

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Lucy “Lu” M. Pearce, 94, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Escanaba, Mich., passed away on Friday morning, March 1, 2019, at Vitas Hospice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Anderson Funeral Home in ...

Darrell D. Rajala

GLADSTONE — Darrell D. Rajala, 82, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Trillium House in Marquette. Graveside funeral services are being planned for the spring of the year in the Rock Cemetery. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Anderson Funeral Homes are ...

Raymond R. Thorbjornsen

GLADSTONE — Raymond R. Thorbjornsen, 94, of 5720 Pine 0.25 St., Gladstone, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River. Visitation and funeral services are being planned for Sunday, March 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. The Anderson Funeral ...

Bert A. Wieciech

WHITNEY — Bert A. Wieciech, 98, of Whitney, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at his home. He was born on May 27, 1920, in Perronville, Mich., son of Lawrence and Katherine (Syslo) Wieciech. Bert graduated from Harris High School in 1940 and attended Bay de Noc Community College. Bert ...

Katherine J. ‘Joyce’ Ayotte

ESCANABA — Katherine J. “Joyce” Ayotte, 93, Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. She was born March 13, 1925, in Escanaba, daughter of the late John and Lena (Vincent) Krebs. She married the late Anthony “Jock” Ayotte in ...

Margaret ‘Helen’ Jackson

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Margaret “Helen” Jackson, 95, of Gladstone, passed away with family Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Helen was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Pittsford, Mich., the daughter of Samuel and Murtel (Hampshire) Wise. She worked as a machinist for Pegasus Tool And Dye for many years. She ...

Richard D. Benson (Froggy)

POWERS — Richard D. Benson (Froggy), 86, of N16009 Spring Road, Powers, Mich., passed away at his home Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Richard was born March 8, 1932, in Nadeau, Mich., to the late Andrew and Hanna (Christiansen) Benson. He graduated in 1951 from Powers-Spalding High School and ...

Robert Anderson Clouse

RAPID RIVER — Robert Anderson Clouse, 77, of Rapid River, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at home with his loving wife by his side following a long illness of Parkinson’s disease. He was born on Oct. 23, 1941, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Percy and Agnes (Anderson) Clouse. At a young ...

Julius P. Haelterman

HERMANSVILLE — Julius P. Haelterman, 98, of Hermansville, passed away on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2019, at Evergreen Meadows Assisted Living in Norway, Mich. He was born on June 27, 1920, in Norway, son of Omer and Hortense (Smith) Haelterman. Julius served in the U.S. Army during ...

Mary L. ‘Koko’ LaFond

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Mary L. “Koko” LaFond, 88, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, March 1, 2019, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Koko was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Gladstone, Mich., the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Rabitoy) Bratonia. She attended Gladstone ...

Katherine J. ‘Joyce’ Ayotte

ESCANABA — Katherine J. “Joyce” Ayotte, 93, of Escanaba, Passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. A full obituary will be forthcoming. The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Delta and Menominee counties are assisting the family.

Lucy M. Pearce

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Lucy M. Pearce, 94, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and previously a resident of Coral Springs, Fla., and Escanaba, Mich., passed away on Friday morning, March 1, 2019, at Vitas Hospice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Visitation and funeral services are being planned for Friday, March ...

Darrell D. Rajala

GLADSTONE — Darrell D. Rajala, 82, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Trillium House in Marquette. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone.

Raymond R. Thorbjornsen

GLADSTONE — Raymond R. Thorbjornsen, 94, of 5720 Pine 0.25 St., Gladstone, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone.

Bert A. Wieciech

BARK RIVER — Bert A. Wieciech, 98, of Bark River (Whitney), passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019, at his home. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. The funeral service will take place at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. ...