Obituaries

Joan E. Martin

GLADSTONE — Joan E. Martin, 88, of Gladstone, Mich., passed away at Mill Creek Memory Care in Marquette, Mich. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Anderson Funeral Homes of Gladstone and Escanaba.

Marcus Wayne Messersmith

Marcus Wayne Messersmith

KAUKAUNA, Wis. — Marcus Wayne Messersmith, 38, of Kaukauna, died unexpectedly Thursday, June 8, 2017. He was born on March 30, 1979, in Amery, Wis., to Leslie and Nancy (Schultz) Messersmith. Marcus was a giving man with a big heart, sharing many smiles and laughs. When the opportunity ...

Ida Mae (DeKeyser) Zimmerman

Ida Mae (DeKeyser) Zimmerman

GLADSTONE — Ida Mae (DeKeyser) Zimmerman passed peacefully into eternal rest on May 8, 2017 at the age of 97. She was born Jan. 9, 1920, in Fredonia, Wis., to William and Elsie (Beno) DeKeyser, the fourth of eight children. Ida Mae graduated from Norway High School in Norway in 1937, and ...

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Max Eliott Larsen

ESCANABA — Max Eliott Larsen, 18, passed away the evening of May 5, 2017. Born July 20, 1998, in Green Bay, Wis., Max was a lifelong resident of Escanaba. A private memorial was held by the immediate family the afternoon of May 14, to honor Max and to recall the love and light he brought ...

David J. Tebear

BARK RIVER — David J. Tebear, 69, of Bark River, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at U.P. Health Systems in Marquette. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Tebear family.

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Francis ‘Frank’ ‘Johnny’ Kordish

MENOMINEE — Francis “Frank” “Johnny” Kordish, 69, of Menominee, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Bay Area Medical Center after a courageous four-year battle with multiple myeloma. Frank was born on May 20, 1948, in Munising to the late ...

Myrtle ‘Mert’ Helen Gustafson

MARQUETTE — Myrtle “Mert” Helen Gustafson, 86, of Marquette, passed away early Friday morning, June 9, 2017, at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Allo Coolman Funeral Home of Escanaba.

Arthur ‘Art’ LaFave

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Arthur “Art” LaFave, 63, of Janesville, Wis., formerly of Escanaba, passed away June 5, 2017 at home. Listed among survivors include his siblings, Theresa (Bill) Nelson and George (Judy) LaFave, all of Bark River. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The ...

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Gregory ‘Koontzie’ Koontz

CORNELL — Gregory “Koontzie” Koontz, 70, of Cornell, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor following a lengthy illness. Gregory was born May 6, 1947, in Flint, Mich., the son of John D. and Barbara Jean (Davis) Koontz. He graduated from ...

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Russell Raymond Romashko

ESCANABA — Russell Raymond Romashko, 80, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 6, 2017, at his home in Escanaba. Russell was born April 5, 1937, in Escanaba, the son of Andrew and Olga (Wajakowski) Romashko. He was raised in Escanaba and was a 1956 graduate of Escanaba High School. Following ...

Elvira J. Carlson

ESCANABA — Elvira J. Carlson, 86, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at Holy Family Church ...

Arthur ‘Art’ LaFave

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Arthur “Art” LaFave, 63, of Janesville, Wis., formerly of Escanaba, passed away June 5, 2017 at home. Listed among survivors include his siblings, Theresa (Bill) Nelson, and George (Judy) LaFave, all of Bark River. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The ...

David J. Tebear

BARK RIVER — David J. Tebear, 69, of Bark River, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at U.P. Health Systems in Marquette. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Tebear family.

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Mary Lou McGrath

ESCANABA — Mary Lou McGrath, 87, of 208 S. 17th St., Escanaba, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on June 22, 1929, in Escanaba, the youngest daughter of 10 siblings to Edward and Edna ...

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Elvira J. Carlson

ESCANABA — Elvira J. Carlson, 86, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. She was born on Aug. 28, 1930, in Florence, Wis., daughter of Joseph and Emma (Slater) Neuens. Elvira was raised in the Flat Rock Area and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic ...

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Michael Gene Willman

ETOWAH, Tenn. — Michael Gene Willman was born April 29, 1979, in Norway. He found eternal rest on May 9, 2017 in Etowah, Tenn. Michael was a lifelong native of Kingsford. He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and nephew and so much more. He enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, ...

Robert ‘Bobby’ A. Rae

ESCANABA — Robert “Bobby” A. Rae, 49, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday June 6, 2017, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Spalding.

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Keith Doone Kniffen

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Keith Doone Kniffen, of Charlotte, passed away June 5, 2017, at the age of 79. Keith was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., May 2, 1938, the son of Richard and Myra (Dimock) Kniffen. Keith was a 1957 graduate of Everett High School. Keith retired from GM in 1991 after 30 years ...

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Harry L. Burton

GERMFASK — Harry L. Burton, 76, of Germfask, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017, at St Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. He was born Dec. 23, 1940, to Tuff and Jane Burton. On July 12, 1963, he married Carolyn (Metcalf) Burton. They made their home in Germfask and raised their family ...

Gregory Koontz

CORNELL — Gregory Koontz, 70, of Cornell, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Michigan Medicine Facility in Ann Arbor. His wife, Charlene, is listed among those who survive him. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Skradski Funeral Home in ...