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Obituaries

Harold Erwin Kleinsmith

HIGGINS LAKE, Mich. — Harold Erwin Kleinsmith, 92 of Higgins Lake, Mich., passed away on Sunday, Jan.12, 2020, with his family by his side. Harold was born on Jan. 6, 1928 in Detroit, Mich. Harold was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jennie and Floyd Rice and by his ...

Eugene (Gene) K. Whitens

HERMANSVILLE — Eugene (Gene) K. Whitens, 85, Hermansville, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020 at Dickinson County Hospital in Iron Mountain. Gene, known to many as "Wheels," was born on Nov. 25, 1934, to the late William and Theresa (Arduin) Whitens. Gene was a lifelong resident of ...

Sidney ‘Pete’ B. McKenzie

ESCANABA — “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Sidney “Pete” B. McKenzie, 88, formerly from Camden, S.C., passed away peacefully at Hartman’s Adult Care Home in Escanaba on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, after a lengthy ...

Susann M. Binola

ESCANABA — Susann M. Binola, 72, of Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 15, 2020, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born on June 27, 1947, in Escanaba, daughter of Rolf and Edna (Hardy) Nelson. Susann attended Escanaba High School and later earned her LPN degree ...

Eugene ‘Wheels’ K. Whitens

HERMANSVILLE — Eugene “Wheels” K. Whitens, 85, of Hermansville, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020, at Dickinson County Hospital. Arrangements are scheduled for Tuesday and a full obituary will be forthcoming. The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Spalding are assisting the ...

Betty June Kirschner

POWERS — Betty June Kirschner, 92, of Powers, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Spalding.

Susann M. Binola

ESCANABA — Susann M. Binola, 72, of Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 15, 2020, at her home following a lengthy illness. A gathering to celebrate the life of Susann will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., ...

Sidney ‘Pete’ B. McKenzie

ESCANABA — Sidney “Pete” B. McKenzie, 88, formerly from Camden, South Carolina, passed away peacefully at Hartman’s Adult Care Home in Escanaba on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, after a lengthy illness. At this time arrangements are pending. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The ...

Charles Louis Brandt

WALTERBORO, S.C. — Charles Louis Brandt, 97, passed away at the Veterans’ Victory House in Walterboro, S.C., Jan. 9, 2020. Charlie was born on May 13, 1922, at St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba, to Frederick and Lucille Brandt. Charlie attended grade school at the Barr School in Escanaba and ...

Janet Ann (Pearson) Oseen

ESCANABA — Janet Ann (Pearson) Oseen, 86, of Escanaba, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. She was born on July 19, 1933, to John and Mary Pearson of Wells, Mich. She attended Wells grade school and graduated from Escanaba Area ...

Lola E. (Norman) Ness

ESCANABA — Lola E. (Norman) Ness, 94, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Jan. 12, 2020, at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born at home in Bark River, Mich., April 13, 1925, daughter of Henry and Mary (Andersson) Norman. At age five, she attended a four-room ...

Vernon L. Thunder Sr.

HANNAHVILLE— Vernon L. Thunder Sr., 59, of Hannahville and Escanaba, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, at Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. He was born in Escanaba on Nov. 29, 1960, son of Perry and Cecilia (McCullough) Thunder Sr. He was a life-long resident of Hannahville and ...

Janet A. Oseen

ESCANABA — Janet A. Oseen, 86, of Escanaba, passed away early Monday morning, Jan. 13, 2020, at Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Janet ...

Jack Froberg

RAPID RIVER — Jack Froberg, 85, of Rapid River, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the UP Health System in Marquette. Graveside services at the Rapid River Cemetery will take place in the summer of 2020. A complete obituary will be forthcoming and will be announced by the Skradski ...

Joyce M. Marenger

ESCANABA — Joyce M. Marenger, 90, of Escanaba, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Florence Health Services in Florence, Wis. She was born on Feb. 18, 1929, in Escanaba, Mich., daughter of the late John and Marian (Norden) Oseen. On Oct. 21, 1950, she married the late Kenneth ...

Lola E. (Norman) Ness

ESCANABA — Lola E. (Norman) Ness, 94, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Jan. 12, 2020, at her home with her loving family by her side. Visitation will be on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 322 S. Lincoln Rd., Escanaba. The funeral ...

Janet A. Oseen

ESCANABA — Janet A. Oseen, 86, of Escanaba, passed away early Monday morning, Jan. 13, 2020, at Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. Her husband, Raymond, preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 2008. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Anderson ...

Vernon L. Thunder

ESCANABA — Vernon L. Thunder, 59, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. Arrangements at this time are pending. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Thunder family.

Joyce M. Marenger

ESCANABA — Joyce M. Marenger, 90, Escanaba, passed away on Friday Jan. 10, 2020 at Florence Health Services in Florence, Wis. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Spalding.

Robert Max Danforth

GLADSTONE — After a valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Robert Max Danforth, 82, formerly of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 surrounded by his proud and loving blended family; his daughters, grandchildren, caregivers, and his dear friend, Jimmy. Robert ...