Obituaries

Timothy James Leary

ADRIAN, Mich. — Timothy James Leary, 71, of Adrian, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at his home. He was born May 10, 1946, to Harold and Elizabeth (Dubou) Leary. He moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1984 and resided there for over 30 years. During that time Tim owned and operated Amazing ...

Mary Shepeck

EVANSTON, Ill. — Mary Shepeck, 85, of Evanston, passed away, peacefully, on Feb. 4, 2018. Mary was born in Escanaba, Mich., the daughter of William and Anna nee Mulvaney Shepeck. After graduating from Northwestern University, Mary began her lifelong career as a physical therapist, throughout ...

Bills might stop the next Larry Nassar

It shouldn’t take a law and the threat of prison to make us stand up for kids. But if that is what it takes, passing that law has to be the Michigan Legislature’s first priority. In the wake of Larry Nassar’s horrific crimes against more than 250 women and girls, three state ...

Janet H. (Platteter) Johnson

ESCANABA, Mich. — Janet H. (Platteter) Johnson, 99, died peacefully on Feb. 11, 2018, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba, Mich. Janet was born in Stratford, Wis., on Dec. 18, 1918, daughter of James J. Platteter and Teresa (Hayes) Platteter. The family moved to Kingsford, Mich., in 1927. ...

Michael S. Johnson

BOISE, Idaho — Michael S. Johnson, 49, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at home following a lengthy illness. Michael was born on May 20, 1968, and grew up in Escanaba, Mich. He was the son of Ralph and the late Barbara (VanEffen) Johnson. He ...

Earl R. Reno

GLADSTONE — Earl R. Reno, 89, of Gladstone, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2018, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Earl was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Escanaba, the son of Earl S. and (Irene) LaBlanc Reno. He was raised in Escanaba and graduated from the Escanaba High School in 1946. ...

Lorraine Oslund

ESCANABA — Lorraine Oslund, 90, of Groos, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Northwoods Place in Escanaba. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, ...

Paul G. Hough Sr.

MANISTIQUE — Paul G. Hough Sr., 85, of Manistique, Mich., passed away on Feb. 11, 2018, at the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique. He was born Dec. 9, 1932 in Manistique, Mich., the son of Arthur and Lillian (Martin) Hough and attended Manistique area schools. Paul was a proud ...

Lester D. ‘Hummer’ Millette

ESCANABA — Lester D. “Hummer” Millette, 79, of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Hospital. Lester was born in Escanaba on Jan. 21, 1939, son of Edmund and Florence (Dagenais) Millette. He was a lifelong resident of Escanaba, graduating from Escanaba ...

Janet Helen Johnson

ESCANABA, Mich. — Janet Helen Johnson, 99, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Her daughter, Janice Tolfa, is listed among the surviving family. Family will receive friends on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home ...

Sharon Frances ‘Sissy Wah-Poo’ Philemon

WILSON — Sharon Frances “Sissy Wah-Poo” Philemon, 60, of Wilson, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at home with her loving family by her side. Sharon was born in Hannahville on Sept. 5, 1957, daughter of, Henry “Hank” and Lena (Meshigaud) Philemon Sr. She received her GED in 1991 ...

Dennis Naylor

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Dennis Naylor, 71, of Gladstone, passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family. Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita “Lu” Naylor (Jacobson), December 2016. Service are pending at this time and will be announced in a forthcoming ...

Michael S. Johnson

BOISE, Idaho — Michael S. Johnson, 49, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at home following a lengthy illness. Visitation and funeral services are being planned for Saturday, Feb. 17, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. A complete obituary will ...

Kathleen ‘Polly’ Freeborn

BRAMPTON, Mich. — Kathleen “Polly” Freeborn, 67, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2018, at her home in Brampton. Polly was born Sept. 21, 1950, in Escanaba, the daughter of Wallace and Kathryn (Boyle) Chroge. She was raised in Gladstone and graduated from Gladstone High School. On ...

Leonard H. Mackie

ESCANABA — Leonard H. Mackie, 93, of Escanaba, passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Escanaba. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The ...

Lester D. ‘Hummer’ Millette

ESCANABA — Lester D. “Hummer” Millette, 79, of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Hospital. Among survivors include his wife, Elsie, and four children, Anthony (Traci), Timothy (Jennifer Hahn) and Todd (Julie) of Escanaba and Marcia (Beau) Boden of ...

Sharon Philemon

HANNAHVILLE — Sharon Philemon, 60, of Hannahville, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at her home. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Philemon family.

David R. Guay, ‘Gator’

OMRO, Wis. — David R. Guay, “Gator” 61, of Omro, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at Theda Care Regional Medical Center in Neenah. Dave was born in Escanaba, Mich., on June 25, 1956, the son of Francis L. and Geraldine E. Bink Guay. He married Gail VanOudenhoven on June 18, 1983, in St ...

Jayme Lee Oman

ESCANABA, Mich. — On Feb. 5, 2018, Jayme Lee Oman, 32, went to be with the Lord. May his tender heart and troubled mind find peace in death that couldn’t be found in life. He was born in Escanaba, Mich., on Sept. 14, 1985, to Jeffrey Oman and Katherine Farrell. Jayme was raised in the ...

Anthony John Schomin Jr.

ESCANABA — Anthony John Schomin Jr., of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at his home surrounded by loving family. Tony was born May 24, 1950, in Escanaba, to Anthony “Ben” and Patricia (Wagner) Schomin Sr. Tony was a proud 1968 graduate of Holy Name High School. He ...