Sigrid Oysti Johnson
MARQUETTE -- Sigrid Oysti Johnson, age 92, of 1170 Woodland Ave., died Wednesday evening May 9, 2001 in the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming. She was born on December 10, 1908 in Trout Creek to Charles and Anna (Leinonen) Mattaa. Prior to retirement she was employed as a cook at Marquette General Hospital. She was a member of the Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church in Negaunee.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Helmer S. Oysti in 1971 and her second husband Tobias Johnson in 1989.
Sigrid is survived by a son Marvin (Ree) Oysti of Marquette. Two sisters Martha Maatta of Eagle River, WI and Aileen Skoff of Kingswood, Texas. She has four grandchildren, three step- grandchildren, ten great granchildren, and one great great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday morning May 14, 2001 in the Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church in Negaunee with Reverend D. Michael Carriere officiating. Burial will take place in Northland Chapel Gardens. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Oysti, Steve Schaffer, Wayne Johns, Paul Paulson, Mike Ludlum ad Tom Palmer.
Memorials to the church in her memory. The Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MARQUETTE -- Steve Mattson, formerly of Marquette, Michigan went to his everlasting resting place with our Lord and Savior on the morning of Monday, May 7, 2001. He is the son of David and Joyce Mattson, born in Norway, Michigan on July 12, 1954. He attended Marquette Senior High School and graduated in June of 1972. Steve completed his apprenticeship as an electrician and was a member of the Electrians union for many years. He currently was in business for himself as Wildcat Electric of Portland, Texas.
As a child, he was active in Boy Scouts and loved camping and being with his family. His love of cars, particularly Corvettes carried through his adulthood and he had a deep appreciation of the older models. Approximately twelve years ago, Steve underwent a kidney transplant and has said many times that each day from that point had been a gift from God and lived his life that way. If there was a joke or a prank to be played, Steve was behind it and no family member or loving friend was exempt from his humor.
Steve will continue to be an inspiration to us through our memories of his wonderful humor and zest for life. We must not limit ourselves by mourning his death, but, as Steve would want, celebrating his life.
He is survived by his fiance, Cindy Davis of Corpus Christi, Texas and his daughter Heidi of Pensacola, Florida, his parents Joyce and Dave Mattson of Fort Meyers, Florida, his grandmother, Alice Hollingsworth of Norway, Michigan, two sisters, Linda Jordan of Odessa, TX and Mary Mattson of Norway, MI and one brother Jim Mattson, of St. Louis Missouri as well as two grandsons, nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends and family.
Services are being held Saturday at the Lumbaugh Funeral Home, 500 Wildcat Drive, Portland, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation in Steve's name. Cards of sympathy can be sent to Cindy Davis, 422 Elm St., Portland, TX 78374.
William M. "Bill" Reynolds
MARQUETTE -- Graveside services for William M. "Bill" Reynolds, will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 12 at 3:00 pm at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr. Reynolds, 75, of 423 Hampton Street, Marquette, entered eternal life March 17, 2001, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. The Fassbender Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jeffrey Carl Wallner
ISHPEMING -- Jeffrey Carl Wallner age 46 of 602 N. 7th St. Ishpeming passed away suddenly, Thursday, May 10, 2001 at the Marquette General Hospital.
Jeffrey was born March 16, 1955 in Iron Mountain to the late Carl & Doris (Wright) Wallner. He graduated from Kingsford High School, class of 1973. Jeff worked 22 years for Standard Register Company, selling & servicing business equipment.
Jeff currently was serving as President of U.P. Whitetails of Marquette County, was a member of the Negaunee Rod & Gun Club, U.P. Hunter & Recreational Shooters, N.R.A., and the M.U.C.C. Jeff previously served as Scout Master of Troop 326 and was Cub Master for many years of Pack 329 of Ishpeming and a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. Jeff was an avid hunter who enjoyed the outdoors. His hobbies included making maple syrup, & bowling on the Twin City Dodge Bowling Team. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Ishpeming.
Jeff was a devoted husband & father. He enjoyed following his sons sporting events. He is survived by his wife whom he married May 5, 1979 Linda (Smith) Wallner of Ishpeming, 3 sons: Jason, Andrew and Steven all at home, a sister Vicki (Joe) Antonini of Spread Eagle, WI, father-in-law and mother-in- law Herbert & Jane Smith of Iron Mountain, 2 brothers-in-law Craig (Denise) Smith of Cornell and Tim (Mary) Smith of Iron Mountain, nieces & nephews Dr. Michael (Heather) Antonini of San Bemadio, CA, David (Shannon) Antonini and their children Nicholas & Nolan of Wausau, WI, Maria (Nick) Antonini and her daughter Victoria Grimm of Green Bay, WI, Mathew & Michael Smith of Cornell, Kristen & Tim Smith of Iron Mountain, & many cousins, aunts, uncles. He will be sadly missed by his special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Henry Smith.
Funeral services will be held 3:00p.m. E.S.T., Sunday, May 13, 2001 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home in Ishpeming with Pastor Steve Paradise to offciate. Burial will take place at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain at a later date.
Friends may call at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home in Ishpeming on Sunday 12:00 noon E. S.T. until the time of service.
Walter A. Anderson
CORNELL -- Walter A. Anderson, age 82, of 9838 Cty 426 E Road, Cornell, died on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at the family home. He was born on June 27, 1918 in Marquette and was the son of Andrew and Anna (Wirtanen) Anderson. On March 8, 1941 he married the former Mildred Oslund in Escanaba and on March 8th of this year, Walter and Mildred celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. He was an Army Veteran of WWII serving in the European Theater. Walter was a foreman with the EL&S Railroad retiring in 1972. He was a member of the Watson Bible Chapel and DAV of Escanaba. For eleven years he played slow-pitch softball for the American Legion Post #115 in Flat Rock and in his leisure time enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Norton and Roy Anderson.
Survivors include: his wife Mildred, of Cornell; 1 sister Gladys; and several neices and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba on Monday from noon to 2:00 pm. Funeral services for Walter A. Anderson will be held at 2:00 pm Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Lowell Fox and Dale Ecklid officiating. Burial will take place at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Delta County Veterans Council will hold military services at the cemetery immediately following the funeral service. The Anderson Funeral Home of Escanaba is assissting the family.
Clara Mary (Pinter) Jurinen
REDWOOD CITY, CA -- Clara Mary (Pinter) Jurinen died Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001 at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, California. Clara had been suffering from Alzheimer's for the past 3 1/2 years. She was 84.
Born to Matthew and Veronica Pinter of Lake Street, Munising, she was the eldest of four siblings, Matthew, Vera, John and Frances. Clara worked at the Munising Wood Products Company as a young girl.
Married in December of 1938 to Walter Jurinen, she was appointed "President & CEO" of Walt's Foods, a small grocery store they owned on the corner of Superior and Lynn Streets for 15 years. Clara went on to work for the Munising Co-op Store as a butcher.
Clara and Walter resided on Chocolay Street while raising their six children. They were active members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Clara belonged to the Sacred Heart Ladies Auxiliary Circle.
In 1975, after Walter passed away, Clara moved to Palo Alto, California. She was hired as a Sales Associate at Bullock's, a fine clothing store at Stanford Shopping Center where she became one of their top sales associates. After Bullock's closed their doors, Clara commuted daily on the train to San Francisco and worked at Understatements, a lingerie shop located in the Embarcadero.
Clara made friends wherever she went: customers, daily commuters on the train; she even befriended many homeless people in San Francisco, baking goodies for them on the holidays. Her cooking was wonderful and she enjoyed sharing it with family, friends, and helping feed those in need. She regularly baked for the AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital while also volunteering there, sharing her time and love with those who were dying. She was a humanitarian, loved dancing and a wonderful friend, mother and grandmother who is greatly missed.
Survived by her children: Marie Bridgham of Hillsborough, Calif., Veronica DeVore of Truckee, Calif., Janice Weiss of Wauwatosa, Wis., Walter Jurinen of Munising, Mich., and Sue Ann Curley of Redwood City, Calif.
Brother: John Pinter, Sister: Frances Pinter Weidmeyer, 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband Walter Jurinen, son John Jurinen, brother Matthew Pinter, sister Vera Pinter Curtis.
A service will be held at the Sacred Heart Church on Friday, May 18, 2001 at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Victoria H. "Vicky" Brown
MARQUETTE -- Victoria H. '"Vicky" Brown, 92, formerly of 316 Pine Street, Marquette, died Friday morning, May 11, 2001 at the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee.
Mrs. Brown was born September 16,1908 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Francis and Victoria (Osmianska) Rzemieniewski. She moved to this area in 1980 making her home at the Pine Ridge Apartments in Marquette.
Bingo was a favorite past time of Vicky as well as visiting with her friends and family. She also enjoyed supplying donuts for morning coffee at her apartment building.
Survivors include one son, Robert (Judith) Brown of Marquette; five grandchildren, Richard (Debra) Brown of Green Bay, Wl, Neal Brown of Hampton, VA, James Brown of Marquette, Joy Reddoor of Fairfax, VA and David (Karen) Brown of Gurnee, IL; two great grandchildren, Brigitte Brown of Marquette and Robert Reddoor of Fairfax, VA; a sister-in-law, Laura Rzemieniewski of Pittsburg, PA; also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Brown in 1973; also four brothers, Joseph, John, Frank and Anthony Rzemieniewski.
Mrs. Brown's family wishes to thank the Eastwood Nursing Center staff for their compassionate care of Victoria as well as all the help and support they have given her family.
A memorial service and burial will take place at the Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Marquette County Humane Society.
The Canale Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Alvera I. Marsh
BAY CITY, MICHIGAN -- The Lord took her peacefully at her home early Tuesday morning, May 15, 2001 at her residence. Age 71 years. The daughter of the late Leo and Maida Wegener was born February 28, 1930 in Monitor Township. She was a member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband: Glenn W. Marsh of fifty three years whom she married in 1948. Also surviving ar her children: Ronald Marsh of Essexville, MI, Kim Marsh of Marquette, MI, Sandy (Dave) Royal, Wayne (Debbie) Marsh and Kenneth (Julie) Marsh all of Bay City, MI, nine grandchildren, one brother: Bob and Jeanie Wegener, her sisters: Shirley and Bob Heinz, Lorna Sinicki, Janet and Jimmy Webb, Cathy and Jack Roush, many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will take place Friday, May 18, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Rev. Paul E. Schaewe with private intermnet in Home Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. on Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Mrs. Marsh will be taken to the church on Friday to lie in state from 10:00 a.m. and until the time of services. Memorial Envelopes for St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church General Fund or V.N.A. Hospice will be available at the funeral home.
Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. of Bay City, Michigan, is assisting the family.
Carol J. McCaul
EASTLAKE, OHIO -- Former Newberry resident, Carol J. McCaul, 67, of Eastlake, Ohio, died Monday, May 14, 2001 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 18, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with Fr. Tom Schmied officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home on Friday from 2 - 4 p.m.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Elmi J. Kurin
ISHPEMING -- Elmi J. Kurin, age 80, longtime Ishpeming resident passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where she has resided since October 2000.
Elmi was born July 4, 1920 in Republic to the late John & Johanna (Koskilla) Koski. She graduated from Republic High School, Class of 1938.
Elmi is survived by three children: Carl (Ann) Kurin of Federal Way, WA, Randy (Gail) Kurin of Ishpeming and Kristine (Bill) Laaninen of Seattle, WA, a sister Esther Hendrickson of Republic, four grandchildren, Kevin Kurin of Seattle, WA, Carol Kurin of Bellingham, WA, Curtis Kurin of Elgin, IL and Randy Kurin- U.S.A.F., Minot N.D., several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Oscar Kurin in 1981, 4 brothers Elmer, Eddie, Emil and Edwin Koski and a sister Eini Kurin.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2001 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Virginia Eggert officiating. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home Friday 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Esther L. Gordon
CURTIS -- Esther L. Gordon, 84, of Curtis, died Tuesday evening May 15, 2001 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry.
Funeral services will held Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Curtis Community Church with Pastor Jack Kolbe officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Harry "Mickey" Schmidt
NEWBERRY -- Harry "Mickey" Schmidt, 76, of Newberry, died early Wednesday morning May 16, 2001 at his residence under the loving care of his wife and R.P. Hicks Hospice.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the Newberry United Methodist Church with Pastor Peter Bartlett officiating. Inurnment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisiting the family.
Maxine E. "Becky" Elder
RAPID RIVER -- Maxine E. "Becky" Elder, age 79, of 6320 Mirons Lane; Rapid River (Bay de Noc Twp.) and former Escanaba and Florida resident died Tuesday evening, May 15, 2001, at the home of her daughter, "Marty" Larson in the Rapid River area. She was born March 11, 1922 in Almont, MI, the daughter of Earl Greenman and the former Myrle Beam and was raised in Almont. She was a graduate of the Almont High School. When residing in Escanaba, she studied at the Escanaba Beauty Academy and later became an instructor there until her retirement.
"Becky" enjoyed traveling and square dancing in her leisure. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Elder, in 1987.
Survivors include: 1 daughter, Marty (Dan) Larson of Rapid River area, 1 brother, Duane Greenman of Marlette, MI, 1 sister Betty Jean (Jack) Colton of Arizona, 3 grandchildren, Jean Hallinen, Jody Larson, and Dan Larson. 2 great- grandchildren, Andrew Hallinen and Jennifer Hallinen of Marquette, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Robert, and her parents, she was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Earl Jr., Raymond and William Greenman.
Graveside services will be held in lower Michigan at a future date. The Skradski Funeral Home of Delta County are in care of the arrangements.
Noel C. Burns
BIG BAY -- Graveside services for Noel C. Burns will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, May 18 at the Powell Township Cemetery in Big Bay, MI. Mr. Burns, 63, of 100 Deutsch Street, Big Bay, entered eternal life March 30, 2001. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family.
Louis P. Blondeau
NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP -- Louis P. Blondeau, 77, of 107 Midway Drive, Negaunee Township, entered eternal life early Thursday morning, May 17, 2001, at his home following a month and a half illness. He was born March 2, 1924 in Chocolay Township, a son of the late Peter and Josephine (Dupras) Blondeau. Louis resided in various places in Marquette County, residing at his Midway Drive location for the past 27 years. He served in the US Army during World War II, having been involved in the battles and campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received the Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one silver battle star, and three Overseas Service Bars, and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Tec 5. Throughout his lifetime, Louis had worked at a variety of jobs. He worked as a logger and drove logging truck for his father's saw mill. As a young man he had worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps camps and also worked for many years on the railroad and as a carpenter. Following his retirement, he sharpened saws as a hobby and operated Blondeau's Saw Shop from his home. On June 11, 1976 he married Dolly Lorraine Beaudin in Marquette. Louis loved camping with his wife in their motorhome, going to camp,
riding his bike, spending time with his "camp buddies", spending time with his nieces and nephews, and reading Western biographies. He was a member of the Carpenter's Local #958 for 40 years, serving as president for 18 years. A devoted and loving husband, proud grandfather, brother, and friend, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dolly; two sons, Ken (Kathy) Blondeau of Marquette and Paul (Pam) Blondeau of Skandia; three daughters, Marie (Kerry) Hyde of Jenison, Angie (Ted) Blanchard of Lansing, and Sue Ann Blondeau of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren, Jason, Lindsay and Matt Blondeau, Kristine Hyde, and Barbra Blanchard; one step-grandson, Jammie DesJardins; a brother, Leonard (Lois) Blondeau of Skandia; sister, Dorothy Carrier of Marquette; aunt, Ella Belmore of Marquette; uncle, Russell Voce of Harvey; and several special nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Louis was preceded in death by a grandson, Bryan Peter Blondeau. Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 12 Noon. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Saturday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Msgr. Jed Patrick officiating. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandson, Matt Blondeau; sons-in-law, Kerry Hyde and Ted Blanchard; and nephew, Larry Blondeau. Louis had a very special gift, in that he had compassion for everyone and everything. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to express their appreciation to Lake Superior Hospice and caregiver, Pat Mair, for the care and compassion they extended to Louis and his family.
Lucille A. Belpedio
ISHPEMING -- Lucille A. Belpedio, age 80 of 307 W. Division St. Ishpeming passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at the Bell Memorial Hospital.
Lucille was born February 8, 1921 in Iron Mountain, MI to the late William & Mary (Pipp) Beitel. Lucille has lived in the Ishpeming area for the past 50 years where she was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Women's Auxiliary of the V.F.W. Post #4573. Lucille enjoyed playing BINGO and bowling in the Ishpeming Housewives League.
Lucille is survived by a daughter, Dr. Carla Narrett and her husband Dr. Rick Ott of West Orange, NJ, a son Dr. Peter (Jocelyn) Belpedio of Marquette, 2 grandchildren Craig & Lauren Belpedio, 2 sister Violet Hiltz of Plymouth, MI and LaVerne (Robert) Gorman of Farmington Hills, MI, a brother Donald Beitel of Tucson, AZ and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter in 1998, a brother William Beitel and sisters Marie Kelly and Louisa Felicia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2001 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Peter Oberto officiating. Inurnment will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday (Today) at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home, where a parish wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Immediately following the funeral service, a luncheon will be held at the Ishpeming V.F.W. Post #4573 at 310 Bank St. Ishpeming.
Memorial contributions in Lucille's Memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.