Margaret V. Hewitt
NEGAUNEE -- Margaret V. Hewitt, 88, of Negaunee, MI and formerly of 409 Leonard St., Ironwood, died Wednesday morning, May 16, 2001, at Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming, MI.
The former Margaret Shifra was born June 24, 1912, in Clarksburg, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kniska) Shifra, and attended Ironwood schools. She did private babysitting in the area, worked in a cranberry factory in Manitowish Waters, Wis., and was employed at the True-Flight Feather Factory in Mercer, Wis. She also was employed as a laundress at the Mt. Zion Motel and at Josephson's Nursing Home in Ironwood, retiring in 1971.
Margaret was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Ironwood, a former member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and belonged to the Ironwood Area Senior Citizens. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and doing crossword puzzles.
She was married to William Hewitt on Oct. 26, 1935 in Ironwood. He preceded her in death Dec. 23, 1990.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Oddo, Glendale AZ, Virginia (Ken) Bluse, Spooner, Wis., and Darlene (Jim) Veiht, Negaunee; 13 grandchildren, 14 great - grandchildren, and 3 great great -grandchildren; a brother, John Shifra, of Watersmeet, MI;
a sister, Irene Scaggs, of Carol Stream, ILL; a son-in-law, Chris Pertile, Ironwood, brothers and sisters-in-law, Irene Borrow, Mt. Clemens, MI, Jack Hewitt, St. John's, AZ, Gerald and Vienna Hewitt and Donald and Irene Hewitt, all of Ironwood, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Margaret was preceded in death by a daughter, Lorraine Pertile, April 26, 2000, three brothers, Steve in infancy, Joseph, and Edward Shifra, and three sisters, Ann Shifra in infancy, Matilda Begalle, and Mary Semenak.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 22, at
11 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood, with the Rev. James M. Roetzer, celebrant.
Lunch will be served in the parish hall immediately following the Rite of Committal held in the
St. Joseph Family Room at the church.
Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood. Visitation will be in the St. Joseph Family Room at the church from 10 a m. until Mass time on Tuesday, May 22. Pallbearers will be Chad Wright, Brandon, Justin, and Jordan Bluse, Dustin Veiht, Michael Remilong, and Scott Lotterman.
McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Inc., Ironwood, is in charge of arrangements.
Warren J. Beld
OMAHA, NE -- Warren J. Beld, 54, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly from Gwinn & Coopersville, Michigan, gave up his fight for life Monday, May 14, 2001.
He is survived by his daughter Megan of Illinois, brothers and sisters, Sandi (Steve) Kuiper of Lamont, Janice ( Daniel) Boes of Mishawaka, IN, Ginnie Beld and Tom Beld of Grand Rapids, MI.
At Warren's request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Ottawa Center Chapel, Coopersville.
NEWBERRY -- Wesley Hutchinson, 80 of Newberry, died Wednesday evening May 16, 2001 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Sault Ste. Marie. Funeral services will be held Monday May 21, 2001 at 3:00 pm at the Tahquamenon Baptist Church in Newberry with Pastor Mike Fontaine officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry. Friends may call at the church on Monday May 21st from 1-3pm. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Walter Robert Kallio
RICHMOND, VA -- Walter Robert (Bob) Kallio, 82, of Chatham, passed from this life on April 25, 2001, at Westport Convalescent Center, 7300 Forest Ave. #106, Richmond VA 23226.
He served with the US Army during WWII in the South Pacific and awarded a Bronze Star. Retired after 32 years from US Steel, as a Machinist Tool & Die-Maker.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dolly O. Mattila Kallio, of Kipling, who resides at Westport in Richmond VA; son David of Richmond VA; daughter of Sharyn and husband Nick Gemelos of Midlothian, VA; sister Martha Ferguson of Marquette, and a brother Leslie Kallio of Escanaba. Four grandchildren Laurel and husband Jeff Jacobson; Brian and wife Laura Kallio; Katherine Kallio; Tammy and husband Tom Sotos. Three great-grandchildren Anna, Jeron and Genevieve; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pastor Bruns of Christ the King Lutheran Church conducted a Memorial Service at Westport on April 29 in Richmond VA.
Internment will be on Saturday, May 26, 11am at Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells with Pastor Schmidt of First Lutheran Church. Following the service a Reception and Potluck Luncheon will be held at Gladstone Senior Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gladstone Senior Center or First Lutheran Church Building Fund, Gladstone.
Albert J. Savola Jr.
MARQUETTE -- Albert J. Savola, Jr., 72, of 1739 Fitch Ave., died Thursday, May 17, 2001 in his home.
He was born August 21, 1928 in Marquette to Albert and Laura (Simmons) Savola and had lived in this area all his life. He was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Prior to retiring in 1990 he worked as a plumber for Levine Brothers Plumbing and Heating. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 414/506, American Legion Jopling Post 44 and 40 & 8, and a former member of the Marquette Barber Shop Choir. He was an avid Detroit sports fan, an avid conversationalist and also enjoyed gardening and cooking. He will be missed for his story telling. Today would be Al and Mary's anniversary but now they are together again dancing to the "Tennessee Waltz."
Albert is survived by two daughters, Susan (Gary) Dauphinais of Marquette and Laura (Robert) Adamczyk of Negaunee Twp.; a son Steve (Betsy) Savola of Marquette; his step-mother Ellen Savola; three sisters, Sharyn Fleming, Suzie Kissiah and Pam Runyon; three brothers, Richard Martin and Stanley and Marvin Savola; six grandchildren, Chris, Kevin, Chad, Jeffrey, Matt and Ali; two great-grandchildren Jessica and Rachel; and several neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his bride Mary in 1991, his parents and a brother John.
American Legion services will be held at 7:00 pm Monday May 21, 2001 in the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home, followed by a service of remembrance. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm on Monday. Burial will be made in Holy Cross Cemetery with Mike Schneider, Paul Rosenberger, Thomas Hogan, Dennis Knight, Walter "Chick" Koski and Bruce "Buzz" Tiseo serving as pallbearers.
Louis E. Picard
L'ANSE -- Louis E. Picard Sr., 65, of L'Anse, was taken into the arms of the Lord May 18, 2001 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Louis was born into life September 19, 1935 in L'Anse, son of the late Charles and Nora (Demmery) Picard. He was a lifetime area resident and attended L'Anse schools. Louis served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Japan. He was most recently Supervisor of the Commodity Food warehouse in Zeba. Louis was a member of the Blessed Kateri Catholic Church, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, VFW Post 3897, and L'Anse Ojibwa Senior Citizens. He was a former Tribal Council member and member of HUD.
On January 4, 1960, he married the former Gerlinda Bleich in Waukegan, IL. Louis enjoyed many leisure activities including hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, boating, 31 and bingo.
Louis is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Gerlinda (Linda); 4 daughters, Karen Curtis of Zeba, Lori Picard of L'Anse, Sharon (John) Misegan of Marquette and Rose Picard of L'Anse; 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Fanchon Boyette of Milwaukee, WI, Lorraine (Richard) Francis of L'Anse and Lillian (Steve) Verbanac, also of L'Anse. Numerous neices, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded by a son Louis Jr., brother Dr. Charles Picard, sister Helene Welsh and a son-in-law Bob Curtis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am Monday from the Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, Assinins, with Father Greg Heikkila, celebrant. Mr. Picard's grandsons will be casket bearers and interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, L'Anse. The family will recieve friends at the church Sunday, May 20, 2001 from 6 until 9 pm. Area veterans will conduct military rites at 7 pm followed by Native American ceremonies and rosary services. The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse, assisted the family with arrangements.
L'ANSE - Saimi "Grandma" Haara, 90, of L'Anse, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2001 at Bayside Village in L'Anse where she has been a resident-patient since February of 1998.
She was born on August 29, 1910 a daughter to the late Henry and Kate (Heikkinen) Keranen in Askel and attended the Askel School. Saimi married Einar Haara on August 29, 1938 in Pelkie and they moved to L'Anse in 1951. He preceded her in death on January 5, 1966. Her grandchildren will remember Grandma Haara as a very loving grandmother who was always there for them. Mrs. Haara attended the Grace Free Lutheran Church in Pelkie.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, 2 brothers, Henry and Kaarlo Keranen and 3 sisters, Laila Maki, Helen Lantto and Veino Neimi.
Surviving are 2 sons, Melvin (Darlene) Haara of Gold Canyon, AZ and Marvin (Sandy) Haara of Hutchinson, MN; a daughter, Marlene (Loren) Thomas of Baraga; 8 grandsons, David, Gabe, John, Jim, Jeff, John, Jay and Kurt; 5 granddaughters, Amy, Karen, Katherine, Rox and Becky; 4 great-grandsons, Luke, Phillip, Robert and Alex; 4 great-granddaughters, Grace, Paige, Ashley and Hailey; several neices, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Mrs. Haara will be held 11 am, Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Pelkie with Pastor Dean Franz to officiate.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 21, 2001 from 6 to 8 pm at the Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery.
The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.
Linda M. Bradley
BREITUNG TWP . -- Linda M. Bradley, 53 of N3408 Quinnesec-Lk., Antoine Rd., Breitung Twp. died Friday, May 18, 2001 at Dickinson Co. Memorial Hospital. She was born January20, 1948 in Munising, MI. Linda has been a resident of this area for the past 6 years coming from Munising. She has worked as a caregiver in several area convelascent homes, most recently Victorian Pines. Linda was preceded in death by her mother, father and son. She enjoyed crafts, knitting, ceramics and fishing. She loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Durl, a son David of Iron Mtn., 2 daughters, Robin (Douglas) Matchett of Iron Mtn., and Lori (Michael) DeFiore of Iron Mtn., 1 brother, William (Bonnie) Mercier of Munising, 1 sister, Elizabeth (Stanley) Boyer of Flint, 7 grandchildren, Faith Matzen, Nicole Matzen, Harley, Olivia and Justin DeFiore, Levi and Steven Matchett, her paternal mother in law Irma Brown of Manistique, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. A special friend Delores Reed of Munising.
Visitation will be held from 11-1:00pm Wednesday May 23 at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Pastor Randy St. John will officiate. The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.
Selima E. Huempfner
MARQUETTE -- Selima E. Huempfner, 86, of 222 South Fifth Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday morning, May 19, 2001, at the home of her daughter in Conway, following a lengthy illness. She died in the care and comfort of her family and the caregivers of Hospice. Selima was born June 9, 1914 in Marquette, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Croschere) Balmes, and was a 1932 graduate of the Graveraet High School. A lifelong Marquette resident, she had worked at the Piqua Handle Company, later known as Munising Wood Products, for 25 years, retiring in 1961. Selima was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Survivors include: her daughter, Patricia (Jerome) Bates of Conway; a granddaughter, Cynthia (Larry) McGonigal of Canton; grandson, Brian (Judith) Bates of Petoskey; and a great-granddaughter, Rachelle Bates of Petoskey; two brothers, Herman (Beverly) Balmes of Ishpeming and Robert Balmes of Marquette; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Selima was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Arthur H. Huempfner, Sr in 1992; two brothers, William and Frank Balmes; and four sisters, Agnes Kornetsky, Louise Brassard, Mabel Peura, and Helen Paronto. Friends may call at St. Michael Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 22, beginning at 11:00 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon Tuesday in St. Michael Church with Rev. Msgr. Jed Patrick, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be directed to local hospice organizations. The Fassbender Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frances M. Beaudry
MARQUETTE -- Frances M. Beaudry, 98, formerly of Marquette, died on Friday morning, May 18, 2001 at the Freeman Convalescent Home in Kingsford, Michigan where she had been a resident for the past eight years.
Mrs. Beaudry was born on October 16, 1902 in Marquette, a daughter of the late Harry and Catherine (Musolf) Anderson. She attended school in Marquette. As a young woman, Frances worked for the Bell Telephone Company in Marquette and in later years was employed as a beauty operator and also worked for the former Fries Bakery.
Frances married Phillip Johnson. He preceded her in death 25 years after their marriage. She later married Charles Beaudry and he preceded her in death in 1988.
She is survived by two stepdaughters, Dorothy (Leroy) Quilliam and Gerry (Edward) Kukuk, both of Iron Mountain, MI. She also leaves several nieces and nephews; step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death besides her parents and two husbands were three sisters, Mary Knight, Ann Menard and Veronica Leffler Wanberg; also two brothers, John and Frank Anderson.
"Grandma" dearly loved her nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was kind and gentle, treating her stepdaughters and their husbands as if they were her own. She was a great cook and will always be remembered for her wonderful homemade pies. Her family, friends and those who cared for her at the nursing home will sadly miss her.
Visitation will be on Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EDT at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette where a parish prayer service will be recited at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter Cathedral where Frances was a lifelong member. The Rev. Fr. Thomas Ettolil will officiate with interment to follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette. Members of Frances' family will act as her honorary escorts.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Freeman Convalescent Home Activities Fund, 1805 Pyle Drive, Kingsford, MI 49802.
Helen E. Phillips
NEGAUNEE -- Helen E. Phillips, 85 formerly of 100 Karhi Road, Negaunee died Saturday, May 19, 2001 at Heartland House in Wautoma, WI where she had resided since January, 2001.
Mrs. Phillips was born Sept. 27, 1915 in Ishpeming to Richard & Emma Anderson and was a graduate of Ishpeming in High School, Class of 1934. She married Joseph C. Phillips on May 4, 1935 in Negaunee. The couple lived in Negaunee for 65 years before moving to Wautoma. Helen was an active member of the Negaunee Male Chorus Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband Joseph C. Phillips, Wautoma, one daughter, Kristine Kaski, Neshkoro, WI, three grandchildren, Joseph (Jennifer) Kaski, Cedar Hills, TX, Jeffrey Kaski, Oshkosh, WI, Kristine (David) Zedler, Pottsboro, TX, one brother, Jack (Charlotte) Anderson, Ishpeming, several nieces, nephews, in-laws & friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Joseph Clayton Phillips, Jr., two brothers, William & Robert Anderson, one sister, Dorothy Piirto.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 7, 2001 at the Koskey Funeral Home. Rev. Virginia Peacock, Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Negaunee will officiate. Interment will be in the Negaunee Cemetery.
Lauri J. Mustamaa
MARQUETTE -- Lauri J. Mustamaa, 86, of 605 Norwood St., died Monday, May 21, 2001 at Marquette General Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
He was born February 23, 1915 in the Black River Location Humboldt Twp. to the late Victor and Maria (Plukka) Mustamaa, and had lived in Marquette since 1954. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served with the U.S. Army in the European Theater. Prior to retiring he was employed as a truck driver for Forest Products and was also employed by the Republic Michigamme School District as a bus driver and custodian for 16 years. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, American Legion Jopling Post #44 of Marquette and the MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel). In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid baseball fan.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Elvie Pesola, a son Larry of Marquette, a brother Elmer of Detroit, a sister Laila Maze of Republic, a stepsister, a stepbrother and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers; John, George, Arne, Karlo and Eino and a sister Aileen Aho.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 23, 2001 in the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home with Rev. James Fogle of St. Mark's Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will begin at the funeral home at 10:00 AM on Wednesday. Burial will be in Northland Chapland Gardens.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Rev. William R. Kulju
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA -- Rev. William R. Kulju, Servant of the Lord, passed away on May 8th in the Cape Coral Hospital in Fort Meyers, FL. He was born in Ishpeming, MI to John and Marie Kulju, and attended the Ishpeming Schools. He received his GED in Marquette, MI and his Bachelor's from Capitol University, OH. He graduated from The Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH. He was ordained as a pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming.
William served 5 years as pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cardington, OH, 18 years at Zion Lutheran Church in Valley City, OH, and was serving at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, FL to the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joyce (Darling) Kulju, two sisters, Irene Vadnais, Ethel Hill, one brother, Hugo.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Sandy Rinella, Nancy Casey, and Chari Carfi, 2 sons William and John, 13 grandchildren, 3 sisters, Anna Kulju, Ruth Tobin, Alice Bolme, 1 brother, John, a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on May 26, 2001 in Florida.
Sophia Katy O'Neill
ST. CLAIR SHORES -- Sophia Katy O'Neill, age 86, a resident of St. Clair Shores, died on Saturday, May 19th, 2001 at St. John Hospital in Detroit. She was born on February 28, 2001 in Charlevoix, MI.
She is survived by her husband Lee O'Neill & the late Paul Harthorn. Surviving are her children Lee (Marlene), Don (Judith), Earle (Diane), Paulette (Fred) Marshall, Maryann (Dwayne) Waldrop, Syrie (Stanley) Hirth, Peggy (Dave) Jankow, Kristine (Dave) Capponi, Susan and Phillip (Peggy). She is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, sister of Kay Cummings, Libby De Young and Agnes Sulak.
Private funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 22 at The Kaul Funeral Home, St. Clair Shores, Michigan. For additional information contact the funeral home at (810) 775-2424. Memorials honoring the memory of Mrs. O'Neill may be directed to the Charlevoix United Methodist Church, 104 State Street, Charlevoix 49720.
Andrea M. Anderson
ISHPEMING -- Andrea M. Anderson, age 94, of 29500 Co. Rd. 581, Ishpeming, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at the Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming where she had been a patient for the past 4 days.
Andrea was born June 5, 1906 in Ishpeming the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Mullins) Johnson. She recieved her teaching certificate from Northern Normal College (N.M.U.) and worked as a teacher at the Pleasant Prairie School in the Green Creek Location. Later she worked as a cook at the National Mine School and the Tilden Twp. Senior Center. She was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church.
Survivors include 3 sons - Robert (Mary) Anderson of Saginaw, Raymond (Judy) Anderson of Ishpeming and Louis (Lorraine) Anderson of Gladstone; 10 grandchildren - Anne Beckett, Kathy Carlson, Pat, Mark, Mike, Al, Jim, Jeff, Louie and Dan Anderson; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and several neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Otto Anderson in 1981 and a brother Robert "Sonny" Johnson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Peter Oberto to officiate. Burial will be in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Friends may call at the St. John's Catholic Church from 9:00 am until the time of services on Thursday.
Pallbearers will be Andrea's grandsons.
The Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Andrew Joseph "Joedy" Riopelle
FENTON, MI -- Andrew Joseph"Joedy" Riopelle, 83, of Fenton, entered eternal life Friday, May 18, 2001, in Fenton. He died unexpectedly the evening prior to his 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
He was born and raised in Marquette, a son of the late Andrew and Sadie (Shea) Riopelle, and had lived in the Livonia area most of his life. Following retirement, he moved to Fenton. He had several close relatives in this area and visited Marquette often. Survivors include: his wife Mary Kay; his children, Josette (Ed) Pinardi, Lisabeth (Kent) Tyrrell, and Kristine (Shawn) Beeson, grandchildren, Drew Tyrrell and Kira Rose Beeson; brother, Don Riopelle of Marquette; and a sister, Donna (Jim) Brindel of Marquette. In addition to his parents, Joedy was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Hawes, Helen Guidebeck Flugstad, and Rita O'Donnell. Funeral services and burial were held in Fenton.