Obituaries

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 ...

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 ...

Donald ‘Don’ Maurice Elsing

CORNELL — Donald “Don” Maurice Elsing, 80, passed away from colon cancer on Dec. 27, 2017, at his home in Cornell, surrounded by those who treasured him. Don was born April 5, 1937, in Kendall, Wis., the son of Maurice and Dorothy (Hansen) Elsing. He was raised in Kendall and ...

Norman ‘Norm’ Boutilier

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Norman “Norm” Boutilier (Butler), 80, of Gladstone, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at home of an apparent heart attack. His wife, Sandy, is listed among the survivors. His complete obituary will be forthcoming. Norm’s family will receive friends ...

Mavis R. Wood

MANISTIQUE — Longtime Manistique resident Mavis R. Wood died peacefully in hospice care at her son Stephen’s home on Dec. 24, 2017, just 16 days shy of her 94th birthday. Mavis was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Dunklin County, Missouri. She grew up during the Depression in Flint, Mich., where she ...

Fern Catherine LeBrasseur

MUENSTER, Texas — Fern Catherine LeBrasseur, of Muenster, Texas, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2017, in North Texas Medical Center in Sherman. Survivors are her son, Jon LeBrasseur, and his wife, Monica, of Muenster, Texas, and daughter-in-law, Karen LeBrasseur of Middleton, Conn. Also ...

Robert Limon

ESCANABA — Robert Limon, 67, of Escanaba, passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Limon family.

James E. Noel

GLADSTONE — James E. Noel, 87, of 912 Michigan Ave., died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017. James was born the son of Thomas Lee and Lorraine (Counterman) Noel on Sept. 11, 1930, in Wells, Mich. He was raised and attended schools in ...

Clifford Martin Luft

MARQUETTE — Clifford Martin Luft, 79, of Marquette, died peacefully Tuesday evening, Dec. 26, 2017, after a brief illness at UP Health System-Marquette, surrounded by his family. Cliff was born on May 8, 1938, in Carney, Mich., one of 13 children born to Henry and Della (LeMay) Luft. He ...

Donald M. ‘Don’ Elsing

CORNELL — Donald M. ‘Don’ Elsing, 80, of Cornell, Mich., passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, 2017, at home. His wife, Phyllis, is listed among the survivors. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Skradski Family Funeral Homes. Please visit ...

Joan Sogard

ESCANABA — Joan Sogard, 83, of Escanaba, Mich., passed away peacefully on Tuesday Dec. 26, 2017, due to complications with Alzheimer’s disease. Our deepest gratitude to family, friends, and the staff at Cedar Hill (Bark River) and Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in Marquette for helping ...

Clifford Martin Luft

MARQUETTE — Clifford Martin Luft, 79, of Marquette, died peacefully Tuesday evening, Dec. 26, 2017, after a brief illness at UP Health System-Marquette, surrounded by his family. Cliff was born on May 8, 1938, in Carney, Mich., one of 13 children born to Henry and Della (LeMay) Luft. He ...

Eileen ‘Dorothy’ Brown

ESCANABA — Eileen “Dorothy” Brown, 90, of Escanaba, passed away Dec. 23, 2017, at the Christian Park Healthcare Center where she resided for the past nine years due to Alzheimer’s/ Dementia. Dorothy was born to Margaret (Derusha) and Lambert Allard on Sept. 22, 1927, in Escanaba. She ...

Mark A. Flagstadt

ESCANABA — Mark A. Flagstadt, 56, of Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at his home following a lengthy illness. Mark was born in Escanaba on Sept. 3, 1961, son of Alan and Joanne (DeLaire) Flagstadt. He graduated from high school in 1980 and attended Bay College. On Feb. ...

Mildred L. Szymczyk

ESCANABA, Mich. — Mildred L. Szymczyk, 91, of Escanaba, formerly of Chicago, passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Mildred was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Huntingdon,Tenn.,, the daughter of George and Martha Alice (Arnold) Arnold. Mildred grew up in Tennessee ...

Clifford M. Luft

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Clifford Martin Luft, 79, of Marquette, died peacefully Tuesday evening, Dec. 26, 2017, at UP Health System-Marquette, surrounded by his family. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.

James E. Noel

GLADSTONE, Mich. — James E. Noel, 87, of 912 Michigan Ave., died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017. James’s family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites ...

Dr. William A. LeMire III

ESCANABA — Dr. William A. LeMire III, 81, beloved husband of Nancy, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Christian Park in Escanaba. Dr. Bill was born on May 6, 1936, in Escanaba to William and Margaret (Halligan) LeMire. He graduated from Escanaba High School in 1954. He ...

John L. ‘JJ’ Johnson Sr.

ESCANABA, Mich. — John L.”JJ” Johnson Sr., 72, of 1028 Washington Ave., Escanaba, passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 24, 2017, at Upper Peninsula Health System from complications of a heart attack. John was born May 7, 1945, in Escanaba, Mich., the son of Ragnar and Ethyl (Beauchamp) ...

Eileen Brown

ESCANABA, Mich. — Eileen Brown, 90, passed away Dec. 23, 2017, at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. Services are pending and will be announced in a forthcoming obituary by the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you ...