Obituaries

Jane N. Empson

GLADSTONE — Jane N. Empson, 101, of Gladstone, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at Lakeview Assisted Living Center in Gladstone. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of ...

Juanita Megenuph

WILSON — Juanita Megenuph, 64, of Wilson, passed away at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Megenuph family.

Mary Ann Vrancic

ESCANABA — Mary Ann Vrancic, of Escanaba, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at the Lighthouse at Ishpeming Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Among survivors are her husband, John. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family.

Joseph (Joe) Mileski

ESCANABA — Joseph (Joe) Mileski was born on Aug. 16, 1948, to Lillian (Rose) and Clarence Mileski. He was raised in “Northtown” and treasured his childhood memories. He graduated from Escanaba High School in 1966. In 1971, he graduated from Central Michigan University. He began his ...

Jeffery Paul Pepin

GLADSTONE — Jeffery Paul Pepin, 54, of Gladstone, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. He is survived by his mother, Linda Creel; sisters, Polly and Beth (Craig); niece, Nora; nephews, Peter, Rich (Amber), Corky (Sarah) and Andy; former wife and continued best friend, Theresa; ...

Mary Ann Vrancic

ESCANABA — Mary Ann Vrancic, of Escanaba, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at the Lighthouse at Ishpeming Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Among survivors include her husband, John. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family.

Leslie A. Kallio

SOO HILL — Leslie A. Kallio, 94, of Soo Hill, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Emmons Adult Care Home in Bark River. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Leslie will follow ...

Edward Allan Closs

ESCANABA — Edward Allan Closs, 61, of Escanaba, passed away at home on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Edward was born Jan. 19, 1956, in Escanaba, the son of Clarence and Marilyn (Kurth) Closs. He was a United States Navy veteran having served for over 16 years. His duty stations included the USS ...

Willis P. ‘Willie’ Hartenburg

RAPID RIVER — Willis P. “Willie” Hartenburg, 89, of Rapid River, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 17, 2017, at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba where he currently was residing. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in ...

Mary Westerberg

ESCANABA — Mary Westerberg, 72, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Hospital. Among survivors include her husband, C. David Westerberg. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Westerberg family.

Juanita Megenuph

WILSON — Juanita Megenuph, 64, of Wilson, passed away at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Megenuph family.

Sharon Lee Clausen

GLADSTONE — Sharon Lee Clausen, born on July 5, 1945 to parents Blaine and Jayne (Cole) Clausen, has taken her gypsy spirit to be with our Lord and savior. Sharon had a special heart. She always had time for a "quick" cup of coffee and a great listening ear. Sharon was a prayer warrior and ...

Jodi L. Peterson

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Jodi L. Peterson, age 55 of Big Rapids formerly of Bark River, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. She was born Nov. 11, 1961 in Escanaba, the daughter of Harold and Mary (Richer) Peterson. Jodi graduated from Bark River-Harris High School in 1980. She then ...

Joseph ‘Joe’ Mileski

ESCANABA — Joseph “Joe” Mileski, age 68, of 112 1st Ave. South in Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Marywood Nursing Care Center in Livonia, Mich. Listed among the survivors is his wife, Pam; and sons, Andy, Peter, and Charlie. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 ...

Leslie A. Kallio

SOO HILL — Leslie A. Kallio, age 94, of Soo Hill, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Emmons Adult Care Home in Bark River. He was born on Jan. 12, 1923 in Kipling, the son of Walter and Alma (Hill) Kallio. Leslie grew up in the Chatham area and graduated from Eben High School in 1941. ...

Willis P. ‘Willie’ Hartenburg

RAPID RIVER — Willis P. "Willie" Hartenburg, 89, of Rapid River, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba where he currently was residing. Willie was born July 30, 1927 in Midland County, Mich. the son of Carl and Blanche (Wing) Hartenburg. He was ...

Edward Allan Closs

ESCANABA — Edward Allan Closs, age 61, of ­Escanaba passed away on ­Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. His wife, Susan is listed among those who survive him. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military ...

Carston J. ‘CJ’ Norelius

ESCANABA — Carston J. “CJ” Norelius, 86, former chiropractor of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Hospital. CJ was born on Aug. 20, 1930, in Barron, Wis., the son of Otto and Lillian (Fahlgren) Norelius. He graduated from Barron High School in 1948. That ...

Walter Thomas Eagle Sr.

ESCANABA, Mich. — Walter Thomas Eagle Sr., 69, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, 2017, at his home in Escanaba with his loving wife, Lorraine, by his side. Walter is lovingly remembered by his wife, Lorraine (Stoltz) Eagle; children; Tina (Rob) Nelson, Lori (Dave) Weyant and ...

Sharon Lee Clausen

GLADSTONE — Sharon Lee Clausen, 71, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The family will receive friends on Monday, Feb. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. A complete obituary will be ...