Obituaries

Alta A. Babbitt

GRAYLING, Mich. — Alta A. Babbitt, 88, of Grayling, Mich., formerly of Escanaba, passed away Sunday morning, March 18, 2018, at The Brook of Grayling Retirement Community. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and ...

Rita Gasparick

BARK RIVER — Rita Gasparick, 58, of Bark River, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico. Visitation for Rita will be held Monday, March 26, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River with parish prayers recited at 7 p.m. Visitation will ...

Cheryl Ann Halmeoja

RAPID RIVER — Cheryl Ann Halmeoja, 67, of Rapid River, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at UP Health System in Marquette. Listed amongst the survivors is her husband, James Halmeoja. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of ...

Scott Alan Anderson

GLADSTONE — Scott Alan Anderson, 33, passed away peacefully from complications of pneumonia on March 8, 2018 at his home in Gladstone. Scott was born September 27, 1984 in Gladstone. He was the fourth child born to Robert "Bob" and Judy (Berg) Anderson. He attended Gladstone schools and ...

Edgar A. “Socko” Larche

ESCANABA — Edgar A. “Socko” Larche, 87, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. Visitation will be on Monday, March 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba. Veteran services will take place at 3 ...

Sherri Robinson

BRANDENTON, Fla. — Sherri Robinson, age 55, of Bradenton, Fla. and former resident of Gladstone, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at her home in Florida. Sherri was born May 13, 1962, in Escanaba, the daughter of Everett and Bonnie (Cole) Robinson. She was raised in Gladstone and was a ...

Wendy Balenger

ESCANABA — Wendy Balenger, 53, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. She is now waiting at the top of heaven’s highest hill with her beloved Wally. She was born on Aug. 18, 1964. She was the daughter of Agnes Lavign and James Gerou. Wendy was a hard worker who spent the last ...

Mark R. Backlund

ESCANABA — Mark R. Backlund, 58, of Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, March 12, 2018. He was born on Dec. 6, 1959, in Escanaba, the son of Russell and Elaine (Hamelin) Backlund. Mark attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, later Holy Name Catholic School, and graduated from Escanaba ...

Sherri Robinson

BRADENTON, Fla. — Sherri Robinson, 55, of Bradenton, Fla., and former resident of Gladstone, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at her home in Florida. Visitation for Sherri, as well as for her brother Michael who passed away on March 8, 2018, will be held on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at ...

Edgar A. ‘Socko’ Larche

ESCANABA — Edgar A. “Socko” Larche, 87, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. He was born on Dec. 22, 1930 in Dollar Bay, Mich., son of Arthur J. and Laura M. (Miron) Larche. Socko was born, raised and attended school in Dollar ...

Wendy J. Balenger

ESCANABA — Wendy J. Balenger, 53, of Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Spalding.

Marjorie Ann Kozlowski

SCHAFFER — Marjorie Ann Kozlowski, 93, of Schaffer, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018, at U.P. Health Systems in Marquette. Marjorie was born on May 6, 1924, in Michigan City, Ind.., to Fardine and Anna (Stozek) Derouin. Her family returned to Escanaba when she was two years old. She ...

Emily Sue Reid

REXTON — Emily Sue Reid, 35 of Rexton, died unexpectedly and went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 8, 2018. She was born on Aug. 10, 1982, in Manistique to Dean and Debra (Butkovich) Reid. She graduated from Engadine High School with the class of 2000. Emily lived in Gladstone a few ...

Mark R. Backlund

ESCANABA — Mark R. Backlund, 58, of Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone.

Edgar ‘Socko’ Larche

ESCANABA — Edgar “Socko” Larche, 87, of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba. The Mass of Christian Burial will ...

Loretta C. Iverson

ESCANABA — Loretta C. Iverson, 91, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday morning, March 8, 2018, at Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. Memorial graveside services are being planned for the spring of the year in Limestone Township Cemetery. The Anderson Funeral Homes are assisting ...

Josephine A. Lucas

ESCANABA — Josephine A. Lucas, 88, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday evening, March 8, 2018, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. Private funeral services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Anderson Funeral Homes are assisted the Lucas family and online ...

Michael Scott Robinson

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Michael Scott Robinson, 53, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 8, 2018, at his residence in Gladstone. Mike was born Feb. 22, 1965, in Escanaba, the son of Everett and Bonnie (Cole) Robinson. He was raised in Gladstone and was a graduate of Gladstone High School. ...

Myron W. Lorenson

NEENAH, Wis. — Myron W. Lorenson, age 92, of Neenah, Wis. passed away on March 7, 2018 at home. He was born on May 3rd 1925 in Stonington, Mich., the son of Arthur and Mabel (Johnson) Lorenson. Myron spent all of his youth years in Stonington and was a confirmed and lifelong member of ...

Helen Marie Miller

POWERS — Helen Marie Miller, 94, of Powers, passed away early Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Cedar Grove, Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. She was born in Bark River on May 29, 1923, the daughter of Myrtle (Allen) and Archie McLeod. Helen attended Sunnyside School. On February 28, ...