Doris M. Fisher
NEWBERRY Doris M. Fisher, 80 of Newberry, died Saturday evening February 23, 2002 at the Luce County Annex in Newberry. Funeral services will be held Thursday February 28, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with Fr. aul Karottenkunnel officiating. Interment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Dorothy M. Johnson
HARVEY Dorothy M. Johnson, 87, of 6047 US Highway 41 South, Harvey, entered eternal life late Sunday evening, February 24, 3003 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming, following a lengthy illness. She had been admitted to Mather on Friday. Arrangements will be announced by the Fassbender Funeral Home.
Frank A. Sarvello
ISHPEMING Frank Aloysius Sarvello, 83, of 102 Graham Street Ishpeming passed away Friday evening at his home following a lengthy illness.
Born December 31, 1918 in Ishpeming the son of Dominic and Concetta (Frustaglio) Sarvello he was a lifelong Ishpeming resident. A graduate of Ishpeming High School, Class of 1936. He played on the basketball and football teams for four years. After graduating he worked at his fathers tavern the Imperial Bar. Mr. Sarvello joined the Ishpeming Police force as a Patrolman in 1939. He married the former Mary Collicelli July 8, 1941 in St. Johns Catholic Church in Ishpeming. He joined the United States Army Air Corp and served as radio dispatcher during World War II. Rejoining the Police Department after the war he went on detatched service from the department to take a position with the State of Michigan as a License Examiner returning to the force after two years. Mr. Sarvello was promoted to Chief of the Ishpeming Police Department in 1958 and served at that position until his retirement in 1976. After retirement from the Police force he served on the advisory board for the Police Academy at Northern Michigan University and was Executive Director for the Ishpeming High Rise. Mr. Sarvello was a member of the St. Johns The Evangelist Catholic Church, Golden K Club, Ishpeming Elks, St. Roccos and St. Anthonys Society, was past Commander of the American Legion Post #58, the Police Chiefs Association of Michigan, sang in the St. Johns and and St. Pius Choirs, and was a member of Dr. Bertucci's Choral Club of Ishpeming. Mr. Sarvello was known as a hard working devoted family man who enjoyed singing and was active in his community. He married his second wife, the former Marie Austin, in March 1987.
He is survived by his wife Marie; 4 Daughters, Mrs. William (Concetta) Green of Rapid River, Mrs. Thomas (Aurelia) Tenerovicz of Cheboygan, Michigan, Mrs. Michael (Francesca) Cerruti of Salt Lake City and Mrs. Patrick (Patricia) Healey of Marquette; 2 Step Sons Robert (Diane) Austin Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Terry (Sabrina) Austin of Ishpeming; 4 Step Daughters Mrs. Edward (Joanne) Hakala of Negaunee, Fern Black of Harrisburg, Illinois, Mrs. James (Pauline) Price of Rockford, Illinois and Mrs. George (Susan) Amlott of Ishpeming; 12 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren; 22 Step Grandchildren; 24 Step Great Grandchildren and several Nieces and Nephews also survive. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his firt wife Mary in 1983; 4 Brothers Bruno, Philip, Salvatore and Peter; 3 Sisters Catherine Bertucci, Marion Tassone, and Minnie Yunek; 1 Great Grandson Bennett Green in 1998.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11 AM at St. Johns Catholic Church in Ishpeming with Msgr. Peter Oberto to officiate & Fr. David Sedlock & Deacon Wm J. Green (son-in-law) as co-celebrants. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette. The family will greet friends after the service in the KD Hall. The Racine Funeral Chapel of Ishpeming in handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Mr. Sarvello's name to the Lake Superior Hospice, 1414 West Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.
Irene Elizabeth Ross Miller
MARQUETTE -- Irene Elizabeth Ross Miller, aged 91, died at home February 23, 2002 in the presence of her family. She was born September 12, 1910 to W. Earl and Helena (Broomall) Ross in Boothwyn, PA. Her husband of 63 years, George W. Miller preceded her in death.
She is survived by her loving family, grateful to have been blessed by her warmth and intelligence for so many years: Son George Ross (Jane) Miller with grandchildren Angela Kristen and George Ross, and daughter Sarah Jane (Robert) Hettinger with grandchildren Maria Elizabeth Dozauer, and Christina Anne (James) Dozauer-Ray, and great grandson Tobias James Dozauer-Ray.
She lived in Highland Park, MI, Wauchula, FL, Flint, MI, Zanesville, OH, and Bay City, MI before coming to Marquette in 1979. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University and taught in Flint and Bay City. Irene was a longtime member of the American Association of University Women. She was a puppeteer and an active member of the book group. She was also a member of PEO chapter ES and the First United Methodist Church.
The family is most thankful for the support, comfort, and competence of the Lake Superior Hospice and its staff.
Memorials may be made to the Marquette County Humane Society or to any other Humane Society. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is assisting the family.
John D. Sharkey DDS
ONTONAGON -- John D. Sharkey DDS, born October 13, 1925, completed this journey on February 23, 2002. He graduated from University of Detroit Dental School and provided the community with his services as a dentist for over 30 years.
Dr. Sharkey is survived by his wife JoAnn and children Joseph (Dorothy), William, James, Susan (Thomas) Shaner, and Anne (Timothy) Scott. Grandchildren: Kyle, Chad, Jared, Jenna, Sharla, Zachary, McKenzie, and Jetta. Preceding him in death are daughter Patricia and granddaughter Natalie.
Dave enjoyed talking, reading, birdwatching and woodworking. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and camping with his family and friends throughout his life.
Dave stayed sober for over thirty years and helped others to achieve sobriety in A.A.
Dave has been cremated and upon his request, no services will be held. He would like you to always remember him through laughter with a smile on your face.
ISHPEMING Mae Johnson, age 102, formerly of 771 E. Empire St., Ishpeming passed away, Monday, February 25, 2002 at Woodland Assted Living under the loving care of her family & U.P. Home Health & Hospice. Funeral arrangments will be announced by the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home.
Maria S. Nummela
CHATHAM -- Maria S. Nummela, age 86, of 20285 Chapel Street, Detroit, Michigan, died of a sudden illness on Friday, February 22, 2002 in the emergency room of Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was born on September 1, 1915 in Marquette, Michigan to the late Theodore and Sandra (Korpi) Kivi. Maria attended Chatham and Eben School and she had worked at the Kiva Store, which her family had owned. On December 21, 1946, she married Toivo Nummela and in January of 1947, they moved to the Detroit area. Maria was a member of the Alger County Historical Society and the Finnish Center Association in Farmington Hills. She and Toivo frequently visited Chatham. Maria enjoyed baking, playing BINGO, and fishing with Toivo.
She is survived by her husband of over fifty-five years, Toivo of Redford, a sister, Ruth Compagnoni of Hazel Park, and a brother, Harold Kivi of Munising, and several nieces and nephews. Maris was preceded in death by a brother, Theodore Kivi and sisters, Ingrid Bolle and Kaino Anderson.
Friends may call at the Sion Lutheran Church on Thursday, February 28, 2002 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Pastor Paul Kelto will conduct the funeral at the church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Chatham.
Paul C. Lindholm
ISHPEMING- Paul C. Lindholm, age 53, of 59950 Co. Rd. 581, Ishpeming, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2002 at his home under the loving care of his family, friends and Lake Superior Hospice.
Paul was born in Ishpeming on June 27, 1948 to the late Byron A. and Leona C. (Schmeltz) Lindholm. Paul was a life long area resident. He graduated from Ishpeming High School, Class of 1966 and attended Northern Michigan University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1972.
Paul worked for 28 years as a computer operator for the former Bunny Bread- Taystee Bakery, now Earthgrains, retiring in November 2000. Paul was a member of the Good News Assembly of God Church, where he was involved with Honorbound, was a councilman for Light for the Lost and a Sunday School teacher. Paul enjoyed hunting, woodworking and spending time outdoors.
Paul is survived by four sisters, Lois (Bryan) Ogea of Champion, Lorraine (Thomas) Kevern of Gwinn, Ruth (Larry) Warner of Michigamme and Debra (Donald) Palomaki of Ishpeming; two brothers, Robert (Jean) Lindholm of Ishpeming and James (Amanda) Lindholm of Champion; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Byron A. in 1981 and his mother, Leona C. in 2001.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at the Good News Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Gerald Christensen to officiate. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00pm and on Wednesday at the Good News Assembly of God Church from 12:00 noon until the time of service.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Kevern, Steven Kevern, Braun Ogea, Bob Dingee, Bruce Nelson and Perky Nault.
Memorial considerations may be directed to WHWL Radio, 130 Carmen Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
Dorothy M. Johnson
HARVEY -- Dorothy M. Johnson, 87, of 6047 U.S. Highway 41 South, Harvey, entered eternal life late Sunday evening, February 24, 2002, at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming, following a lenghty illness. She had been admitted to Mather on Friday.
Dorothy was born November 20, 1914 in Gurley, a daughter of the late Alexander and Alice (Motto) Pepin. She was raised in the Lathrop area and on October 31, 1942 married Henry Johnson at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Gwinn. Dorothy had been a Marquette area resident since 1944. A homemaker, she was a member of St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey and the church's Altar Society.
Dorothy is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and a special friend, Jeanette Little of Beaver Grove.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Johnson in 1994; and three sisters, Pearl Perkins, Eleanor Rice, and Lucille Carlson.
Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A parish prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning, March 1, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey with Rev. Guy Thoren, pastor, as celebrant. Friends may also call at the church on Friday one hour to the mass. A reception for family and friends will follow in the church fellowship hall. Entombment will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.
Neal G. Sperhake
PROSSER , WA -- Neal G. Sperhake, born February 20, 1920, son of Otto and Stella Sperhake, died peacefully at the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice on Saturday, February 23, 2002.
Mr. Sperhake was a native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and had resided in the Tri-Cities for the past year. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in forestry. He was a retired forester and a registered land surveyor who worked across the great forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula for nearly forty years, Mr. Sperhake also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and Japan during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Pauline Sperhake. Survivors include two sons, Kurt Sperhake of Ft. Myers, Florida and Mike Sperhake of Tampa, Florida, one daughter Karol Krohn of Richland, and six grandchildren.
A memorial service and scattering of ashes will be conducted in the forests near Marquette, Michigan this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made either to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice in Kenewick, WA or to the Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA. Meyer Funeral Home, Prosser, WA is entrusted with arrangements.
Nina Lorraine Sanderson
MARQUETTE -- Nina Lorraine Sanderson, 92, formerly of 1509 Lynn St., died February 25, 2002 at the Eastwood Nursing Center where she had been a resident since 1999.
Born June 18, 1909 in Hubbell, MI to Edith and Herman Raduchel, she graduated from Lake Linden High School and attended Northern Michigan University (then called Normal College), receiving a life certificate in teaching in 1929. She taught in the Houghton System for seven years, and married Sam Sanderson in 1936. In 1965 she recieved a bachelor's degree and then taught at Vandenboom School for 17 years. Nina was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Marquette General Hospital Auxiliary, Association of Retired School Personnel and the Marquette County Historical Society. She traveled around the world and loved playing bridge.
Survivors include two daughters, Loraine (Gary) Gutzman and Linda (Ken) Bullock, both of Marquette; four grandchildren, Carrie (Steve) Snowaert of Marquette, Keith (Lisa) Gutzman of Charleston, WV, Paula Love of Marquette and Lisa (Jason) Wandahsega of Wilson, MI; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, in 1963, and her sister, Ethel (Wm) Male in 1988.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2002 in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ross Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at the church at 11:30am on Thursday. The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Jack E. Payne
MARQUETTE -- Jack E. Payne, 75, of 905 W. Magnetic St., died Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at Marquette General Hospital following a two year illness.
Born September 26, 1926 in Indianapolis, IN to Wayne and Violetta Payne, he received a bachelor's degree from Franklin College in Franklin, IN and a master of arts degree from Butler College in Butler, IN. He was a veteran of World War II where he served with the U.S. Army. He taught school and coached high school basketball at South Port Indiana from 1949-1956 and then moved to Marquette where he taught and coached high school baseball in the Marquette Public Schools until retiring in 1982. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Survivors include his wife, the former Phyllis Paidrick, whom he married in 1954; a daughter, Kathryn Gilliam of Coral Springs, FL; a son, Randall (Julie) Payne of Manistee, MI; six grandchildren, Jaclyn, Kristan, Kelly, Lindsey, Jeffrey and Zachary; and two great grandchildren, Nicole and Taylor. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, March 1, 2002 in the Messiah Lutheran Church with Rev. Nancy Amacher and Rev. Tim Bernard officiating. Visitation will begin at the church at 10:00am on Friday. The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials can be made to Messiah Lutheran Church or the Marquette County Humane Society.
John "Vern" Strickland
L'ANSE John "Vern" Strickland, age 83, of L'Anse, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m., at the L'Anse Baptist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Rev. Larry Saunders will officiate. Burial will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is assisting the family. Friends may leave a memorial tribute on Strickland's obituary page at...
ISHPEMING - Mae Johnson, age 102, formerly of 771 E. Empire St. Ishpeming, passed away Monday, February 25, 2002 at Woodland Assisted Living under the loving care of her family & U.P. Home Health & Hospice.
Mae was born May 26, 1899 in Cheboygan, MI to the late Walter & Jenny (Leskie) Tucker. She attended the Ishpeming Public Schools, before working at the H.W. Gossard Company.
Mae was a midwife in her younger years, and was a licensed practical nurse for the Bell Memorial Hospital from 1952-1969. She went back to work as a nurse in 1974-1975. Mae was a member of the United Presbyterian Church & the Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing BINGO and was an avid dancer.
Mae is survived by 5 children: James A Johnson of Negaunee, Betty Grenfell of Lansing, MI, Joyce (Kenneth) Maki of Salt Lake City, UT, Dona (Ray) Lenten of Ishpeming and Marie LaLonde of Ishpeming, 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews. Mae was preceded in death by her husband James 1970, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and a great grandson Jeff Emanuelson.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the United Presbyterian Church in Ishpeming with the Rev. William Payne officiating. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call at the United Presbyterian Church on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorial considerations may be directed to the United Presbyterian Church of Ishpeming or U.P. Home Health & Hospice.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home.
Quintin J. Penka
TULSA, OK CM Sgt. Quintin J. Penka (retired USAF) passed away at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday, February 24, 2002 after a yearlong struggle with cancer.
Quintin "Joe" had a 25-year career in the Air Force taking he and his family all over the world. After retiring from the Air Force he continued traveling within the United States during his 15-year tenure with General Electric Aircraft Engine Business Group. In August 2000 he joined BizJet International Sales and Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma to manage the development of their CF34 Program.
He was born on May 10, 1941 to Joseph Penka and Adolphine Quint Penka in Larned, Kansas. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Larned High School joining the USAF upon graduation. He is preceeded in death by his mother, Adolphine Penka Durler and his fathers, Joseph Penka and John J. Durler, Sr. all from Larned, Kansas.
He married the former Susan A. Dupras of Marquette, Michigan on September 21, 1963 in Marquette. He is survived by his wife Susan and their three children: Michelle M. Gower and husband Todd of Alamogordo, New Mexico; Todd J. Penka of Vineland, New Jersey; and Patrick J. Penka and wife Tracey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has six grandchildren: Jacob, John and Megan Gower; Sara Penka; and Devin and Courtney Penka. He is also survived by one brother, Nathan F. Penka of Las Vegas, Nevada and his aunt, Lydia Quint Dreiling Salina, Kansas.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beckwith Mortuary, Larned, Kansas 620-285-2121. Visitation will be held at Beckwith Mortuary on Wednesday, February 27th with evening Vigil and Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heath Catholic Church, Larned, Kansas on Thursday, February 28th at 10:30 a.m. Internment with full military honors will be at the Larned Cemetery following the Mass. The family asks that bequests be made to: Saint Francis Hospice, 6600 South Yale #350, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74136 or Sacred Heart Endowment Fund, 527 West 12th Street, Larned, Kansas 67550.
Ralph A. Gervasi
ISHPEMING Ralph A. Gervasi, age 72 of 106 W. EIy St. lshpeming, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at the Marquette General Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks.
Ralph was born May 11, 1929 in Chicago, IL to the late Dominic & Elizabeth (Galle) Gervasi. Ralph was 6 months old when his family moved to Italy where he was raised in Simbario, Italy until age 19 when he returned to Chicago.
Ralph moved to Ishpeming in 1954 when he started working for Inland Steel at the North Lake Mine. In 1957 he and his wife Catherine started their first restaurant, The Coffee Pot until 1962. They later sold the restaurant and he started working construction for Bechtel Inc. Ralph went back in the restaurant business when he opened Ralph's Pizza in 1967. Ralph was the owner of Club Roma Restaurant for a period of 5 years, 1975-1980. In 1971 he started the family business, Ralph's Italian Deli, which was
located on Lake St in Ishpeming. He retired in 1995 from Ralph's Italian Deli's current location, located on U.S. Hwy 41 in Ishpeming, which is still owned & operated by the Gervasi family.
Ralph was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, & St. Rocco/ St. Anthony Society. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time at camp.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 50 years, Catherine (Barbuto) Gervasi of Ishpeming, 5 children; Dominic (Mary) Gervasi, Bruno (Debbie) Gervasi, Elizabeth (Larry) Roberts, Mary Gervasi all of Ishpeming, and Catherine (Rolfe) Lindberg of Seattle, WA, a brother Bruno Gervasi of Chicago, 8 grandchildren: Cathy Gervasi, Ralph & Beth Roberts, Christina & Tony Gervasi, Nicolette, Bianca & Lucas Lindberg, 3 step grandchildren Nate Trudgeon, Amber (Jason) Kutchie and Adam O'Brien, 4 step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, an aunt, Rose Galle of Italy, a close first cousin Jenny (Vito) Vilona, along with numerous other cousins. Ralph was preceded in death by his father Dominic 1940, his mother Elizabeth 1991 and a sister Catherine 1945.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00am Saturday, March 2, 2002 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor Peter Oberto officiating. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday, March 1, 2002 from 5:00-8:00p.m. at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home where a parish wake service will be held at 5:15pm.