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Miscellaneous Houghton County, Michigan Obituaries

Elvie H. Willette, 82, of L'Anse died on Monday, April 12, 1999. She was born Oct. 6, 1916, in Calumet a daughter of Charles and Hulda Koskinen. She married Earl Willette on May 12, 1934, in L'Anse. He died May 21, 1990. Surviving are a son Claude of Sterling Heights, MI; a daughter Carol Madacey of L'Anse; three brothers, Wayne Koskinen of Clarkston, Wilbert of St. Marys, KS, and Willard of Rochester Hills; two sisters, Ellen Raymond of Baraga and Eva Kakkuri of Berkley. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 16, 1999, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L'Anse. Burial in the Baraga Cemetery.

Colleen M. Timmerman, 38, of Muskegon, formerly a resident of Baraga, died on Thursday, April 1, 1999. She was born October 25, 1960 in Hancock, a daughter of the late John and Rosella Cadeau. She is survived by her mother; a son Asa (Michael John)Carr of Muskegon; three brothers, John and Steve of Baraga, and Randy of L'Anse; two sisters, Gail Loosemore of L'Anse and Cheryl Taisto of Pelkie. Burial in the Baraga Cemetery.

John R. (Jack) Clisch, 66, of DeWitt, MI, died on Thursday, April 1, 1999. He was born Nov. 28, 1932 in Alston, a son of George and Nan (Pelto)Clisch. Jack was employed with the Michigan State Police from 1955-1975, retiring as Detective Sergeant. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Barbara; one daughter Debbie Politowski of Irvine, CA; two sons, Steve of East Lansing and Mike of Holt; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also surviving are two brothers, Bill and Roy both of Alston.

Norbert Spellich, 69, of Dollar Bay, died suddenly on April 1, 1999. He was born on February 6, 1930, in Dollar Bay. He was a veteran of the Korean War; having served in the Army. He was employed as an airline mechanic for American Airlines until his retirement. He married Phyllis Douvielle in 1995. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Elizabeth Gustafson of Elk Rapids, MN, Kathleen Hefner of Dearborn Heights; two sons, Steven and Thomas, both of Taylor; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one step son, William Aldreich of Cadillac; four sisters and two brothers.

Marion A. Snider, 73 of Calumet, passed away on April 1, 1999. The former Marion Stark was born on December 1, 1925, in Monroe, a daughter of the late Bernard and Gladys Stark. Surviving are three sons, Kevin Snider of Gaithersburg, MD; Kim Snider of Erie, Kendall Snider of Virginia Beach, VA; a daughter, Terri Weisman of Waterford, MI;and four grandchildren.

Bertha Ruotsala, 93, of Hancock, died on April 1, 1999. She was born on March 19, 1906, in Franklin Township, a daughter of the late John and Annie Peterie. She married William Ruotsala in 1925. He preceded her in death in 1969. She is survived by three sons, Lloyd of Hancock Canal, Richard of Atlantic Mine, Harry of Thousand Oakes, CA; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Spring burial will be in the Lakesid Cemetery in Hancock.

Luella J. Kero, of Alston, died unexpectedly on March 31, 1999. She was born Dec. 12, 1920 in Lake Linden, a daughter of teh late John and Lydia Minkkinen. In 1968, she married Byrnolf Kero in Calumet. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Melvin of Belleville, MI and Dennis of Brighton; a daughter, Ruth Helen Enszer of Saginaw; and two grandchildren.

Peter Nault, 81, of Dollar Bay, passed away on March 19, 1999, in Lake City, FL. He was born October 21, 1917, in Dollar Bay. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Army. Surviving are his wife; several stepchildren; two sisters, Mary Miron of east Tawas, MI, and Macdora Snell of Dollar Bay; six brothers, Albert of Hobart, IN, Gerald of Houghton, Robert of Dollar Bay, Henry of Union City, Elmer of Baton Rouge, LA, and George of Ferndale.

Marie Bernadine Killian, 43, of Mass City, died on March 31, 1999. Marie was born August 30, 1955 in Virginia, MN, a daughter of Camillus and Katherine Killian. She graduated from Cherry High School in Minnesota, St. Cloud State College, and Marquette University with a masters degree in special education. At the present she taught special education in Ontonagon. She was a devoted mother and teacher and will be profoundly missed. She is survived by a daughter, Cami Rose, and a son, Nicholas James; her mother, Katherine; six brothers, Gerald, John, Douglas, Richard, James and Michael; four sisters, Shelia German, Bette Linder, Annella Collier, and Camille Jones.

Donna M. Potter, 92, of Ewen, passed away on March 27, 1999.

William Howard Bergh, 85, of Copper Harbor, died on March 28, 1999, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana. He was born on Nov. 23, 1913, in Bete Grise, a son of the late William and Ida Bergh. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Corps having served during World War II. He married Phyllis E. York in 1962. Surviving are his vife, two daughters, Martha A. Lantz of Mishawaka, and Lois J. Waldron of Coopersville; six grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Bergh of Caro, MI.

Irma S. Eskola, 87, of Calumet, passed away on March 29, 1999. she was born on April 8, 1911, in South Range, a daughter of Josua and Henna (Lassila)Asiala. She married Tom Eskola on August 6, 1938. Tom preceded her in death in February of 1998. Irma is survived by a brother, Carlo Asiala of South Range.

Bernice DeForge, 72, a former Painesdale resident, passed away on March 29, 1999. The former Bernice Paquette was born on April 30, 1926, in Lake Linden. She married Roy Nelson in 1945. He died in 1987. In 1992 she married Albert DeForge who preceded her in death in 1996. Bernice was employed by Burrough's Corporation in Detroit until her retirement. Surviving are a step-daughter, RoseAnn Lindgren, of Misery Bay; two stepsons, Russell DeForge of South Range, and Daniel of Atlantic Mine; ten grandchildren; and three sisters, Grace Edimiller and Doreen Ambertey, both of California, and Gladys Fante of Cadillac.

Paul R. Saari, 75, of Painesdale, passed away on Friday, March 26, 1999. He was born on Sept. 7, 1923, in Chassell, a son of the late Nels Peter and Selma (Ruohonen)Saari. Mr. Saari worked in the woods; on the Great Lakes; and at the Star Bakery. He was also a driver salesman for the Copper Country Dairy. Surviving are his wife, Mabel, of Painesdale; two daughters; Paula Sylvestr of Negaunee, and Amy Saari of Gwinn; a son, Alan Saari of Green Bay, Wyoming; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Toivo E. Franti, 78, of Covington, died on March 25, 1999. He was born on September 9, 1920, in Covington, a son of the late Henry T. and Fiina (Helberg)Franti. Toivo was employed at the Celotex Corporation in L'Anse for many years, retiring in 1985. He is survived by a brother, William Franti of Watton; three sisters, Elsie Kantola, Aileen Johnson, and Laina partanen, all of Negaunee; two sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Burial in the Covington Cemetery.

Rose Dakota Hovinen, 77, of L'Anse, died on March 24, 1999. She was born on April 27, 1921, in Zeba, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Curtis)Dakota. She is survived by a son, Fred of Baraga; a daughter, Kathy Dean of L'Anse; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and a special friend, John Vuk, of L'Anse. Burial will be in the Pinery Cemetery in L'Anse.

Reuben O. Waara, 76, of Ahmeek, died at his home of an apparent heart attack on March 23, 1999. He was born December 1, 1922 in Ahmeek, son of August and Hilja (Eirckson)Waara. He married Jeanette Trudell in 1953. Surviving are his wife, Jeanette, and daughter, Jeanine Horn of Waupun, WI. Spring burial in the Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek.

John W. Outinen, 79, of Houghton, died on March 23, 1999, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Iron Mountain. He was born January 27, 1920, in Painesdale, a son of the late Emil and Tyyne Outinen. In 1953 he married marian A. Schweitzer. She preceded him in death on April 24, 1998. John worked as a hardwood lumber inspector for the Pennegor Sawmill and later for the Laakaniemi Sawmill prior to his retirement. Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Outinen of Calumet; a son-in-law, Jim "Willy" Williams of Houghton; two grandsons, Jeffrey Outinen and Jordan Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Spring burial in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range.

Helen A. Hyrkas, 90, of Tapiola, passed away on March 23, 1999. She was born on October 4, 1908, in Trimountain, a daughter of the late Victor and Ida (Partanen)Storhok. In 1934, she married Eino Hyrkas. He preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter, Jane Cotter of Ukiah, CA; two grandchildren, Sherril Radke and Roger Hyrkas, both of Tapiola; and four great-grandchildren. Burial will be in the Elo Cemetery.

Bernard "Ben" LaFernier, 77, of Baraga Township, died unexpectedly on March 22, 1999. He was born on October 7, 1921, in Keweenaw Bay, a son of Walter and Helen (Wesala)LaFernier. He was employed by the Soli Saw Mill in Baraga for 15 years, and by Baraga Village as an equipment operator for 17 years. He retired in 1984. Surviving are his wife, Virginia (Kunick); two sons, Bernard and Jerry of Baraga; a daughter, Kathy Manning of Baraga; ten grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; special nephew, Harry LaFernier of Baraga, a brother, Earl of Keweenaw Bay and a sister, Mildred Cadeau of Baraga.

Leo M. McGlue, 81, of L'Anse, died on March 17, 1999. He was born on May 3, 1917, a son of William and Phoebe (Roberts)McGlue. He graduated from the L'Anse High School in 1934. McGlue had been married to Winnie Auge, later to Hope Warren, and later to Eileen Simonich, all deceased. Surviving are two sons, Timothy of St. Vincent DesBois, France, and Tom of Stockton,CA; a daughter, Marisa McGlue of Lansing; a brother, Gerald of L'Anse; two sisters, Kathleen Kokko and Eileen Selden, both of Ft. Bragg, CA; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Donald J. Londberg, 72, of Skanee, died on Sunday, March 14, 1999, at Mary's Hospital in Duluth, after a long illness. He was born August 30, 1926, in Skanee, a son of the late Oscar K and Laura (Melin)Londberg. He was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Dredge Gaillard for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1981. He is survived by two sisters, Eileen Hollebon of North Cape May, NJ and Virginia Bianchi of Chassell; a brother, John W. of Westland, MI; and nieces and nephews and cousins.

Robert D. Francis, of Escanaba, died on March 22, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born September 27, 1927, in Chassell, son of John and Eugena Francis. mr. Francis worked as a salesman in the Houghton Montgomery Wards Store, and then joined UPPCO in 1958 where he worked until his retirement. He married Joan Parent on July 31, 1954 in Lake Linden. Survivors include his wife; two daughter, Sherry (Gary)Seehafer of Escanaba, and Roberta Francis of Green Bay, WII; a son, Dean (Kim)Francis of Escanaba; three grandchildren; a brother, Ray Francis of Durand, IL; a sister, Donna (Bill)Burke of Rockford, IL.

Irene M. Charette, 93, of L'Anse, died on Saturday, March 20. 1999. She was born May 30, 1905 in Pequaming, a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Charron)Homier. She is survived by her children, Walter Charette of Dallas, TX, Raymond (Alvera)Charette of Burneyville, OK, and Bonnie Michels of L'Anse; twelve grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister Mable Foy fo L'Anse, and nieces, nephews, cousins.

Eino E. Nevala, 89, of South Range, died on March 20, 1999. He was born February 13, 1910, in Centennial Heights, a son of the late John and Sofia (Touvila)Nevala. In 1961, he married Ida C. Sorvala in Chassell. Surviving are his wife; three sisters, Edna Heikkinen of Tapiola, Ruth Outinen of Baraga, and Melba Riutta of Southgate.

Dorothy I. Salbashian, 68, of L'Anse, passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 1999. She was born June 30, 1930, in Baraga, a daughter of the late Henry and Elma Tauriainen. She grew up in Baraga and graduated from the Baraga High School in 1947. On July 10, 1948, she married Casper Salbashian in Nisula. He preceded her in death in 1980. She had been employed at Soumi College in Hancock. She was a partner in the Shuttle Crafts with Paul Lahti in L'anse. For several years she owned and operated the Westwind Restaurant in Baraga. Surviving are two sons, Dennis (Monica)Salbashian of Alston, and Duane (Marilyn) of San Mateo, CA; four daughters, Cheryl (Robert)Johnson of Holland, Cindy(Gary)Koehler of Brandon, WI, Debbie(Ray)Hanson of L'Anse and Claudia(Mike)Sanko of Great Bend, KS; nineteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Tauriainen of Oscoda; two sisters, Mildred Pesonen of Hamburg, and Charlotte Lithgow of Detroit.

Dorothy E. Johnson, 86, of Houghton, passed away on March 19. 1999. She was born on April 2, 1912, in Salo, MI, a daughter of the late Alfred and Hilda (Pikkarinen)Harmala. In 1932, she married Raymond M. Johnson. He prededed her in death in 1983. Surviving are two sons, John (LaVerne)of Houghton and Bill (Nancy)Johnson of Hancock; a daughter, Verna(Frank)McGibbon of Detroit; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Eleanora F. Delene, 88, of Covington passed away on March 19, 1999. She was born on November 7, 1910 with her twin brother, Elmer, to Emil and Lena Miller in Bloomer, WI. She married Clovis Delene in 1935. Surviving are her three children, Richard (Nancy), Linda of Lawton, and Stuart of Watton, MI; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four sisters.

Margaret E. Bukema, 74, of Ahmeek, died on March 18, 1999. She was born on May 17, 1924, a daughter of the late Sophie and Albert Hiltunen. In 1945, she married John Bukema and he passed away on March 10, 1986. Surviving are three sons, Gordon of Mohawk, Donald of Calumet, and Charles at home; two grandsons; a great-grandson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Josephine Swed, 98, of Dollar Bay, died on March 18, 1999. She was born on May 7, 1900 in Dollar Bay, a daughter of the late Victor and Alrika Swed. Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

John J. Lanyon, 79, of Laurium passed away on March 18,1999. He was born on May 28, 1919, a son of the late Gladys and Albert Lanyon. He was a veteran having served with the US Army during World War II in the 82nd Airborne Division in Northern Africa and Europ. In 1947, he married Eva Juntunen, she passed away in 1995. Surviving are a daughter, Janet Dippel of Troy, ; a son, john A. Lanyon of Hubbell; two grandchildren; tow step-grandchldren; two sisters, Betty James of Calumet and Grace Thayer of Burt Lake; two brothers, Earl of Dearborn, and sidney of Marine City,.

George Wesa, 89, of Ironwood, died on March 17, 1999. He was born April 2, 1909, in Painesdale to Emil and Amanda (Juntinen)Wesa. He married Antonia Pintar in 1932. He is survived by his wife, a son, George of Ironwood; four daughters, marlene Vuorenmaa of Ironwood, Theresa Bracket of Caspian, Elizabeth Freese of Ironwood, and Sylvia Minkin of White Pine; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother Emil Wesa of St. Louis, MO.

Weldon Dix, 93, of Lake Linden died on March 16, 1999. He was born in Calumet on October 16, 1905, a son of the late Nicholas R. and Maria Ann Dix. He was a well known musician. He played the violin, guitar, clarinet and saxophone. He married the former Edna Briere who preceded him in death. On May 10, 1968, he married the former Evelyn Racine Daigle and she preceded him in death in 1992. Surviving are two stepdaughters, Gloria Hart of Grosse Pointe Woods, and Betty Anderson of California.

Marion M. Kuopus, 63, of Boston Location, died on March 16, 1999, at her home of an apparent heart attack. She was born on June 20, 1935. She married Paul Kuopus in 1953. He preceded her in death in 1969. Marion then married Wesley Liimatta in 1970, Wesley died in 1989. Surviving are three sons, Paul of Boston Location, Kurt of BenLamond, CA, and Kevin of Muskegon; a sister Violet Parkkila of Calumet and 13 grandchildren.

Grace M. Corrigan, 45, of Lake Linden, died on March 15, 1999. She was born in Laurium on August 19, 1953, a daughter of Weldon and Janet DuLong. She married Lawrence Corrigan on April 8, 1972. Surviving are a son, Lawrence (Jodi)Jr. of Lake Linden; two daughters, Melanie (John)Narhi of Lake Linden, and Melissa Corrigan of Lake Linden; four grandchildren; two brothers, Robert DuLong of Green Bay, and James DuLong of Hubbell; six sisters, Sharon (James)Murphy of Laurium, Patricia(Dean)Paananen of Dollar Bay, Nancy(Francis) Bessnen of Lake Linden, Janet Hendrickson of Hubbell, Charlene Klein of Sheboygan, WI, Jacquelyn Huuki of Houghton.

Ruth Miller, 88, of Hurontown, passed away on March 14, 1999. The former Ruth Johnson was born February 17, 1911 in Chassell. She married James F. Miller in 1934. He preceded her in death in 1987. Surviving are a son, James F. Miller; five grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and a brother, Paul Johnson of Chassell.

Mildred McAdam, 79, a former resident of Hurontown, passed away on March 14, 1999. She was born in Hurontown on December 17, 1919, a daughter of the late Jacob and Maria Lindala. On June 25, 1938, she married David W. McAdam. Mildred was employed by F.W. Wollworth and JC Penney stores in Houghton. She was also a self-employed seamstress. Surviving are a son, David (Mary)of Hurontown; a daughter, Mary Anne (David)Elack of Phoenix; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Marie A. Whitman, 80, of L'Anse, died on March 15, 1999. She was born on Sept. 28, 1918, in Ripley, MI, a daughter of the late Frank and Marie Wagner. On July 16, 1951, she married John (Jack)Whitman. He preceded her in death in 1987. She was employed by the Baraga county Probate Court for ten years and the Michigan Department of Social Services for 24 years as a social worker, retiring in 1979. She is survived by a sister, Cecilia Whittington of Mukwonago, WI and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gary Van Haecke, 59, of L'Anse died on March 14, 1999. He was born on Oct. 26, 1939, in Libertyville, IL, a son of the late Camiel J. nad Helen (Autio)Van Haecke. He was a 1957 graduate of L'Anse High School and then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. For 25 years he had been employed by UP Power in Baraga County. Surviving are two sons, Jesse Van Haecke and Camiel Van Haecke, both of L'Anse; a daughter, Candace Collins, of L'Anse; his mother Helen; seven grandchildren; a sister, Ann Marie (Dale)Mitchell of Memphis, TN, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Floyd Myers, 54, of Kenton, died on March 8, 1999. He was born on August 24, 1944, in Trout Creek to Douglas F and Viola M. (Dutcher)Myers. Myers is survived by his wife Hattie; his mother and step-father Viola and Wesley Carlisle, Sr. of Winston, OR; a brother George(Becky)Wierichs of Blue River, Or; and two sisters, Rosalind Risley of Winston, OR, and Ruth (Jim)Oberg of Caspian.

Norman A. Roth, Jr.,38, of Skanee, died suddenly on March 8, 1999. He was born June 28, 1960, in Highland park, MI, a son of the late Norman A. Sr. and Wyonne (Diestler)Roth. Locally he worked at the Bears' Den Restaruant in Baraga. He is survived by two brothers, Thomas of L'Anse and Timothy of Warren, MI; two sisters, Diane Roth of L'Anse and Dawn Miller of Skanee.

Donald J. Londberg, of Skanee, died on March 14, 1999 after a short illenss.

Franklin "Bud" Elkins, 82, of Mohawk passed away on March 12, 1999. He was born on Nov. 23, 1916, in Seattle, a son of Frank and Edith Elkins. He married Elaine Hatala on Sept 14, 1940. Bud is survived by his daughter Carole Hayes of Brighton; two grandsons, Ken Jr. Hayes, of Pickney, and Kevin Hayes of Perry; a granddaughter and two great granddaughters.

John Henry Tambellini, 51, of Laurium, died on March 12, 1999. He was born on Jan 4, 1948, a son of John and Katherine Tambellini . He served with the United States Marine Corps. John was owner and operator of the Daisy Steam Clean in Palos Hills, IL for 15 years. He married Jacqueline Plahetks in 1971. Surviving are his wife; his mother, Katherine Ryne f Zion, IL; three sisters, Cheryl Klotz of Carol Stream, IL, Janet Walski, of Bartlett, IL, and Kim Kunce, of Lockport, IL; and nieces, nephews, and aunt.

Julia Duchemin, 88, of Ontonagon, died following an apparent heart attack at home. She was born in Lake Linden on August 6, 1910, a daughter of the late David and Clara Duchemin. Surviving are one sister-in-law, Gladys Duchemin of Pennsylvania and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mary A. Harrington, 87, of L'Anse, died on March 12, 1999. She was a must loved and respected school teacher in the L'Anse School System for many years. She was born on Feb 6, 1912, in Baltic, MI, a daughter of the late Daniel and Annie Harrington. She was an English teacher in the L'Anse School System from 1945 to 1960, and a Guidance Director from 1964 until her retiremnet in 1974.

John Richard Beck, 77, of Chassell, died at his home following a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born on June 17, 1921, in Chassell, a son of Elmer and Julian Beck. On August 19, 1959, he married Jeanne Poisson of Chassell. John is survived by his wife; three children, John Jr. of Norway, Gary Beck of Chassell; Julian Beavers of Howell.

John Michael Siira, 76, of Ironwood, passed away on March 10. 1999. He was born on April 17, 1922, in South Range, a son of the late Jacob and Ida Siira. In 1943, he married Gladys Dyni. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in 1998. John was an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and retired in 1982 after 33 years. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Arlene Sarkela of Silver City, N.M., Carole Wiedeman of Schofield, WI, Joan Minkin, of Ironwood; a son, John of Wakefield; a sister Lillian Tervonen of Houghton; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jack C. Utecht, 59, of Saline, died suddenly on March 8, 1999. He was born on January 16, 1940, in Hancock, the son of Charles J. and Sally Utecht. He married Linda Liikala in 1976. He is survived by his wife, a son, Jack C.; a daughter, Michelle Savela; and six granddchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Maxine Montgomery of Indianapolis, IN; a brother Charles S. of Houghton; and sister-in-law, Annick Utecht of Las Vegas.

Arthur W. Raisanen, 79, of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away on March 8, 1999. He was born July 10, 1919, in Baltic. He is survived by a sister, Marian Treloar of Sault Ste. Marie, and four nephews.

Wendell J. Francis, 68, of Lake Linden passed away on March 9, 1999, following an apparent heart attack. He was born in Lake Linden on August 26, 1930, a son of the late John and Rose Mary Francis. Wendell was employed by Interlake Steamship Company as an oiler and sailed on the Great Lakes until he retired in 1990. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Marines in Korea.

Rose T. Renaldi, 76, of Sigsbee Street in Hancock, died on March 8, 1999. She was born on June 4, 1922 in Hancock, a daughter of the late John B. and Maria Balconi. In 1945, she married James Renaldi. He preceded her in death in 1996. She is survived by a brother, Charles of Hancock; three sisters, Perene Wills and Eleanor Chaput of Milwaukee, and Virginia Massoglia of Laurium.

Sennie Vedder, 70, of Tapiola, died on February 22, 1999, at McAllen Medical Center, in Texas. She was born on October 30, 1928, in Painesdale, a daughter of William and Maria Niemela. Surviving are her husband Werner, a son Fred, a grandson, Erik; a granddaughter Nichole, of Mayfield, KS, and four sisters.

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