Obituaries

Robert J. Shepich

ESCANABA — Robert J. Shepich, 75, of Escanaba, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Survivors include his wife, Susan. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the ...

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Michael ‘Kelly’ Henry Calouette

GLADSTONE — Michael “Kelly” Henry Calouette, 79, of Gladstone, passed Jan. 1, 2018. He was very vocal about the things he did not care for — politicians, hospitals, lawyers, and long, sappy obituaries topping the list. In his honor, we’ll try to keep this authentic to his real nature, ...

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Thomas S. McInerney

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Thomas S. McInerney, 68, of Milwaukee, Wis., passed away at his home Dec. 23, 2017. He was born June 23, 1949, in Escanaba, Mich., to his parents, Drs. Thomas and Edna McInerney, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Richard F. McInerney. ...

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David E. Rusch

ESCANABA — David E. Rusch, 76, of Ford River, passed away Jan. 1, 2018, in Escanaba. Dave was born in Marshfield, Wis., on Jan. 2, 1941, son of Hilton and Genevieve (Adkins) Rusch. He was raised in Wausau and enlisted in the Marines at the age of 17. He served from 1958 until his honorable ...

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Alice ‘Ione’ Schwalbach

BARK RIVER — Alice “Ione” Schwalbach, 81, 5101 I Road, Bark River, was reunited with the love of her life on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, surrounded by her loving family following a lengthy illness. She was born March 15, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to John and Alice (Stein) Wikstrom. She moved ...

Walter G. Smedberg II

ESCANABA — Walter G. Smedberg II, 78, of Escanaba, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Smedberg family. Please visit ...

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Dorothy V. (Williams) Wells-Boye

ESCANABA — Dorothy V. (Williams) Wells-Boye, 93, of 1330 N. 16th St., Escanaba, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at her home after a long illness with family by her side. She was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Daggett, Mich., the daughter of Phillip and Pearl Williams. Dorothy’s ...

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Robert Limon

ESCANABA — Robert Limon, of Escanaba, Mich., and formerly of Saginaw, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Christmas morning on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at Froedtert Hospital on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center grounds in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was 67 years old. Robert was born in Saginaw Mich., ...

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F. Robert ‘Bob’ Prins Jr.

GLADSTONE — F. Robert “Bob” Prins Jr., 64, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at home following a battle with cancer. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born Feb. 10, 1953, in Troy, N.Y., the son of Fred Robert and Betty Jean ...

Lester D. Monroe

GERMFASK — Lester D. Monroe, 80, of Long Point Rd., Germfask, died on Dec. 27, 2017, at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry. Born in Flint, Mich., on July 3, 1937, he was a son of the late Lester W. and Eilene (Hyde) Monroe. Lester graduated from high school and was self-employed from ...

Michael Henry Calouette

GLADSTONE — Michael Henry Calouette, 79, of 9454 Bay Shore Drive, Gladstone, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2018, at UP Health System – Marquette. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the ...

David E. Rusch

FORD RIVER — David E. Rusch, 76, of Ford River, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Escanaba. Services will be on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Rusch family.

A. Ione Schwalbach

BARK RIVER — A. Ione Schwalbach, 81, of Bark River, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at her home following a lengthy illness. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Schwalbach family.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Lewis

ESCANABA — Patricia “Pat” Lewis, 93, Escanaba, passed away on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Bishop Noa Home. She was born in Escanaba on March 16, 1924, the eldest daughter of William and Anna (Mulvaney) Shepeck. After graduating in 1942 from Escanaba High School and in 1945 from St. Joseph ...

Michael Henry Calouette

ESCANABA — Michael Henry Calouette, 79, of Escanaba, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2018, at U.P Health System - Marquette. Visitation and funeral services are being planned for later this week. The Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Calouette family and ...

F. Robert ‘Bob’ Prins Jr.

GLADSTONE — F. Robert “Bob” Prins Jr., 64, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at home following a battle with cancer. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the ...

Katherine Ann “Kathy” Farrell Tardiff

GLADSTONE — Katherine Ann “Kathy” Farrell Tardiff, 57, of Gladstone, passed away on Sunday morning, Dec. 31, 2017, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Among survivors include her husband, John Lee Tardiff Jr. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are ...

Lester G. “Fuzzy” LeGault

Lester G. “Fuzzy” LeGault

ESCANABA — Lester G. “Fuzzy” LeGault, 81, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Fuzzy was born in Escanaba on Sept. 15, 1936, son of Herbert and Rose (Martin) LeGault. He was a lifelong resident of Escanaba. He ...

Norman "Norm" Boutilier (Butler)

Norman “Norm” Boutilier (Butler)

GLADSTONE — Norman "Norm" Boutilier (Butler), 80, of Gladstone, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at home of an apparent heart attack. Norman was born Dec. 12, 1937 in Nahma the son of Gordon and Esther (Camps) Boutilier. He was raised in Gladstone, spending the ...

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Dan (Gobie) Gobert

RAPID RIVER — Dan (Gobie) Gobert, 67, of Rapid River, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette following a lengthy hard fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. Dan was born Jan. 18, 1950, in Escanaba, the ...