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Obituaries

Elizabeth ‘Joan’ Sundstrom

GLADSTONE — Elizabeth “Joan” Sundstrom, 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, March 5, 2019, at Lakeview Assisted Living Facility in Gladstone. Joan’s daughter Julie is listed among the surviving family. Joan’s family will receive guests on Tuesday, March 12, from 1:30 to ...

Raymond R. Thorbjornsen

GLADSTONE — Raymond R. Thorbjornsen, 94, of 5720 Pine 0.25 St., Gladstone, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River, surrounded by family. He was born on Dec. 13, 1924, in Escanaba, the son of Fredrik and Jennette (Tapingten) Thorbjornsen. Ray grew up and ...

Bradley Steven Curtin

GREEN BAY — Bradley Steven Curtin, 58, of Green Bay, passed away March 3, 2019 at his home. Brad was born April 28, 1960, in Laurium, Mich. He was the beloved son of E. Gary Curtin and Mary Lou Studer-Curtin. Brad moved to Escanaba with his family in 1964 where he attended Lemmer School and ...

Traffic stop leads to meth arrest

ESCANABA — A Wisconsin man was arraigned in Delta County District Court on meth charges Wednesday. Jason Anthony Myers, 25, of Menasha, Wis. was charged with one count of controlled substance - possession of meth/ecstasy - second offense, a 40-year felony with a maximum fine of ...

Lucy ‘Lu’ M. Pearce

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Lucy “Lu” M. Pearce, a94, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and previously a resident of Coral Springs, Fla., and Escanaba, Mich., passed away on Friday morning, March 1, 2019, at Vitas Hospice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lu was born on June 7, 1924, in Garden, Mich., the ...

Mary J. (Ammel) Hatch

LECANTO, Fla. — Mary J. (Ammel) Hatch, 63, Inverness,Fla., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Vistas In-Patient Hospice Health Care Unit in Lecanto, Fla., due to a lengthy illness. She was born on May 13, 1955, in Escanaba, Mich., the daughter of Bernard Sr. and Eleanor ...

Robert L. Britton

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Robert L. Britton, 58, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, at his home in Gladstone. A memorial gathering will be planned at the convenience of Bob’s family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be ...

Raymond R. Thorbjornsen

GLADSTONE — Raymond R. Thorbjornsen, 94, of 5720 Pine 0.25 St., Gladstone, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River. Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the ...

William Glenn Schmidt

ESCANABA — William Glenn Schmidt, 67, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home. Arrangements at this time are incomplete. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Schmidt family.

Mary J. Hatch

LECANTO, Fla. — Mary J. Hatch, 63, Inverness, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at the Vistas In-Patient Hospice Health Care Unit in Lecanto, Florida due to a lengthy illness. She was born on May 13, 1955, in Escanaba, Mich., the daughter of Bernard, Sr. and Eleanor ...

Carolyn A. Klein

ST. JOHNS, Mich. — Carolyn A. Klein died Friday, March 1, 2019, at the age of 83. She was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Escanaba, Mich., the daughter of the late Joseph and Palmyra (Povolo) Sefcik. Carolyn was a PROUD Yooper being born and raised there. Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula had ...

Lucy ‘Lu’ M. Pearce

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Lucy “Lu” M. Pearce, 94, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Escanaba, Mich., passed away on Friday morning, March 1, 2019, at Vitas Hospice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Anderson Funeral Home in ...

Darrell D. Rajala

GLADSTONE — Darrell D. Rajala, 82, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Trillium House in Marquette. Graveside funeral services are being planned for the spring of the year in the Rock Cemetery. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Anderson Funeral Homes are ...

Raymond R. Thorbjornsen

GLADSTONE — Raymond R. Thorbjornsen, 94, of 5720 Pine 0.25 St., Gladstone, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River. Visitation and funeral services are being planned for Sunday, March 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. The Anderson Funeral ...

Bert A. Wieciech

WHITNEY — Bert A. Wieciech, 98, of Whitney, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at his home. He was born on May 27, 1920, in Perronville, Mich., son of Lawrence and Katherine (Syslo) Wieciech. Bert graduated from Harris High School in 1940 and attended Bay de Noc Community College. Bert ...

Katherine J. ‘Joyce’ Ayotte

ESCANABA — Katherine J. “Joyce” Ayotte, 93, Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. She was born March 13, 1925, in Escanaba, daughter of the late John and Lena (Vincent) Krebs. She married the late Anthony “Jock” Ayotte in ...

Margaret ‘Helen’ Jackson

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Margaret “Helen” Jackson, 95, of Gladstone, passed away with family Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Helen was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Pittsford, Mich., the daughter of Samuel and Murtel (Hampshire) Wise. She worked as a machinist for Pegasus Tool And Dye for many years. She ...

Richard D. Benson (Froggy)

POWERS — Richard D. Benson (Froggy), 86, of N16009 Spring Road, Powers, Mich., passed away at his home Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Richard was born March 8, 1932, in Nadeau, Mich., to the late Andrew and Hanna (Christiansen) Benson. He graduated in 1951 from Powers-Spalding High School and ...

Robert Anderson Clouse

RAPID RIVER — Robert Anderson Clouse, 77, of Rapid River, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at home with his loving wife by his side following a long illness of Parkinson’s disease. He was born on Oct. 23, 1941, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Percy and Agnes (Anderson) Clouse. At a young ...

Julius P. Haelterman

HERMANSVILLE — Julius P. Haelterman, 98, of Hermansville, passed away on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2019, at Evergreen Meadows Assisted Living in Norway, Mich. He was born on June 27, 1920, in Norway, son of Omer and Hortense (Smith) Haelterman. Julius served in the U.S. Army during ...