Florence County, Wisconsin Obituaries  

 

Florence Mining News
January 4, 2007
Laurence (Larry) E. Moller (1931 - 2007)

Laurence (Larry) E. Moller, 75, of Oshkosh formerly of Fence, passed away on Monday, Jan. 1 at Northpoint Medical and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on June 21, 1931 in Fence, the son of Charles and Pauline Veronica (Nichols) Moller. He married Helen Wynialowski in 1959, they divorced and she resides in Omro.
Larry attended Florence High School, where he was well known for his pitching skills. He remained a lifelong baseball fan. He was a Marine Corps veteran, who enjoyed playing pool, throwing horseshoes and tossing lawn darts during family gatherings. He worked as a truck driver for badger concrete of Oshkosh until 1967 and then PCS Sales of Omro for 27 years until his retirement in 1994.
Larry is survived a son Greg (Abby) Moller of Morristown, NJ. A daughter, Gloria (Brian) Easton of Oshkosh. A step-grandson, Jason (Quinn) and their children, Kaili and Brice of Oshkosh. Larry is also survived by three brothers, Keith (Mary) Moller of Manitowoc, Brian (Nancy) Moller of Whitwell, Tenn., Kenneth Moller of Fence, Two sisters in law, Delores Moller of Fence and Carol Moller of Two Rivers, and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Larry is also survived by his cherished “Second Family”, Missie and Kelly Robl, Haley and Blaine. Kim and Brad Benedict and family, all of Oshkosh. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Raymond and Jerome Moller, two sisters, Mary Brammer and Baby Veronica. Also by other beloved relatives.   Visitation will be Thursday Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka in Armstrong Creek. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at the church. Fr. David Schmidt will offer the Mass of the Christian burial. Burial will be in the Fence Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.   His daughter would like to thank his caregivers at Northpoint Medical and Rehabilitation, Dr. Steven Blaha and Aurora Hospice for their assistance in his final days.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Laurence Moller online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com   The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
January 4, 2007
Clarence E. Johnson (1920 - 2006)

Clarence E. Johnson, 86, of Florence passed away Sunday, Dec. 31 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Kinsgford.
He was born July 29, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Clarence and Angeline (Bianco) Johnson. He moved to Quinnesec, as a little child and remained there until 1967.   Clarence worked for Breitung Township School until the time of his retirement in 1982. He married Lois Peterson in 1967. After retiring in 1982, they made their home in Commonwealth. Clarence served in the US Army from Oct. 8, 1942 until 1945. One year and four months were spent in Europe, Battery A of the 348th Field Artillery Battalian of the 91st infantry division, also known as the “Powder River Division.” He qualified as Gun Crewman Medium Artillery Number 864. He was a member of the American Legion Post Number 211, Florence. Clarence loved to spend time with family and friends and also loved fishing, golfing, reading, and country music.   He is survived by his wife, Lois; one son, Jim (Carolyn) Johnson, Green Bay; three daughters, Peggy Olsen, Green Bay, Karen (Kim) Anderson, Green Bay, Janet (Allen) Kleiman, Bark River, Mich.; three sisters, Tess Castalaz, Norway, Mich., Joyce Jeneshek, Kingsford, Thelma Rodman, Quinnesec; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.   Besides his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by one brother, David; a daughter-in-law, Karen; one granddaughter, Brenda; and one son, Jack Nau.   Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence. A memorial service will be Saturday, 11 a.m. at the church, Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate. Burial will in the Commonwealth Cemetery in the spring.

Florence Mining News
January 4, 2007
Clarence E. Johnson (1920 - 2006)

Clarence E. Johnson, 86, of Florence passed away Sunday, Dec. 31 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Kinsgford.
He was born July 29, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Clarence and Angeline (Bianco) Johnson. He moved to Quinnesec, as a little child and remained there until 1967.   Clarence worked for Breitung Township School until the time of his retirement in 1982. He married Lois Peterson in 1967. After retiring in 1982, they made their home in Commonwealth. Clarence served in the US Army from Oct. 8, 1942 until 1945. One year and four months were spent in Europe, Battery A of the 348th Field Artillery Battalian of the 91st infantry division, also known as the “Powder River Division.” He qualified as Gun Crewman Medium Artillery Number 864. He was a member of the American Legion Post Number 211, Florence. Clarence loved to spend time with family and friends and also loved fishing, golfing, reading, and country music.   He is survived by his wife, Lois; one son, Jim (Carolyn) Johnson, Green Bay; three daughters, Peggy Olsen, Green Bay, Karen (Kim) Anderson, Green Bay, Janet (Allen) Kleiman, Bark River, Mich.; three sisters, Tess Castalaz, Norway, Mich., Joyce Jeneshek, Kingsford, Thelma Rodman, Quinnesec; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.   Besides his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by one brother, David; a daughter-in-law, Karen; one granddaughter, Brenda; and one son, Jack Nau.   Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence. A memorial service will be Saturday, 11 a.m. at the church, Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate. Burial will in the Commonwealth Cemetery in the spring.

Florence Mining News January 4, 2007
Norma J. Provencher (1925 - 2006)

Norma J. Provencher, 81, of Niagara, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital with her loving husband and children at her side. She fought a courageous battle following a series of complications.
She was born May 19, 1925, in Aurora, daughter of the late Camiel and Stephanie (VanGasse) VanPembrook. Norma married Edward Provencher on June 2, 1945 at Sacred Heart Church, Aurora. They spent 61 years of married life on the family farm.   Norma worked at The Daily News after graduating from high school. She later became a wife and full-time homemaker. Norma was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and was an avid gardener. Norma had a very positive attitude and outlook on life. She will be remembered for her wonderful smile and will be greatly missed by those whose lives she has touched.   She is survived by her husband, Edward; one son, Joseph (Lorraine) Provencher, Dunbar; four daughters, Betty (Jim) Morin, Niagara, Mary (Dick) VanLangendon, Green Bay, Patricia (Larry) Cowling, Lanse, Mich., Rosanne (Bruce) Freeman, Niagara; two sisters, Emily Anderson, Aurora, Ella Alfredson, Norway, Mich.; 15 grandchildren, Douglas (Laurie) Morin, Scott Morin, Steve (Tori) Morin, Dan Morin, Jeff (Nicole) VanLangendon, Greg (Ashley) VanLangendon, Robert Cowling, Matthew Cowling, Jane Freeman, Charlie Freeman, Darlene (Bob) Schuh, Edward (Kari) Provencher, Diane (Erik) Blosser, JoAnn (Seth) Thompson, Joseph Provencher; 15 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.   Besides her parents, Norma was preceded in death by six brothers, August, Theodore, Edmund, Adolph, Donald, Joseph VanPembrook; two sisters, Ann Neveau, Mary Ann Edlebeck; three grandchildren, Dennis Morin, Wendy Provencher, and Kevin Provencher.   Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 30 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Niagara. The Funeral Mass followed, Father Michael Betley officiated.   Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain in the spring.

Florence Mining News
December 28, 2006
Tioforio “Ralph” Galletto (1922 - 2006)

Tioforio “Ralph” Galletto, 84, of Amberg, passed away Monday, Dec. 18 at his home.
He was born March 11, 1922, in Ossining, NY, son of the late Gabriel and Veronica (Fuschini) Galletto.
After school, Ralph worked for CC Camps and the railroad. He moved to Chicago where he met his wife, Maude Pearl Ozborn. They lived in many areas and finally settled in Markham, Ill. Ralph attended Devry Institute and graduated with a two-year degree in electronics. He was employed by Sherwin Williams Chemical Co. in Chicago for over 25 years. While at Sherwin Williams, he became a Union Steward and later a Foreman, retiring in 1976. After retiring, they moved to Amberg, and he has resided there since. Ralph enjoyed fishing, bowling, and horseshoes and was an avid reader.
Survivors include four sons, James Louis Galletto, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Michael John Galletto, Amberg, Robert Gabriel (Irene) Galletto, Ill., Anthony Ralph (Josephine Anita) Galletto, Liberty Hill, TX.; one daughter, Alyce Eileen (James) Bava; two brothers, Luigino (Linda) Galletto, Pawling, N.Y., Gabriel (Laura) Galletto, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two sisters, Irene (George) Lambert, Ft. Valley Geona, Fla., Lucia Veteran, Lake Winola, Pa.; nine grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, step-children, step-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Marie Chiulli.
Visitation was Friday, Dec. 22 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at the church, Father Michael Betley officiatee. Burial will be in Amberg Cemetery in the spring.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to the Galletto family online at www.jacbosfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs Funeral Home Niagara Chapel is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
December 28, 2006
David Earl Bey (1948 - 2006)

David Earl Bey, 58, Popple River was called home to the Lord on Tuesday morning Dec. 19, at the Veteran's Hospital in Iron Mountain. Born in Laona, Feb. 29, 1948 to Duane and Margaret (Sullivan) Bey. He married Dawn Dollar Nov. 10, 1973 in Long Lake.
David was proud to have served in the U.S. Army and his favorite tour was the three years spent at Fort Richardson, Ala. David enjoyed hunting (pheasant hunting in particular), fishing, walking and visiting family and friends. He loved spending time in his garden and working around the house and in his yard. David worked as a machinist at Triumph Twist Drill in Rhinelander for many years until their closing. He was currently employed at the Potawatomi Community Center in Crandon in the maintenance department. David is survived by his parents, Duane and Margaret Bey of Newald, his wife, Dawn, and his daughter, Christy, and two brothers, Francis (Kathy) of Newald and Ron (Darlene) of Lincoln Montana, mother-in-law, Joy Nowak, of Long Lake and brothers and sisters in law Jack (Sherry) McCraw of Long Lake and John (Carla) North of Sevierville, Tenn. and many special nieces and nephews and other beloved family members and friends.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Weber-Hill Funeral Home in Crandon, where Father Ralph Gillis will be officiating services at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22.


Florence Mining News
December 28, 2006
Frances M. Beitzel (1909 - 2006)

Frances M. Beitzel, 97, of Florence, passed away Thursday, Dec. 21, at Florence Villa Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 13, 1909, in Commonwealth, daughter of the late Edward and Emma (Erickson) Peterson. She grew up in Commonwealth and graduated from Florence High School in 1927.
After graduating, she left for Milwaukee and worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Her last job before retiring was with the Divine Savior School System as a cook, “Soup’s on!” was the familiar cry of Mrs. Murphy-Beitzel.
In 1935, she married Henry Murphy and they made their home in Milwaukee. They were married 34 years until the time of his death in 1969. She met and married Lester Beitzel in 1973. At the time of his retirement, they moved to Holiday, Fla. He preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1983.
Fran was a wonderful homemaker and loved to travel, she enjoyed many wonderful trips. Fran was blessed with family that loved her and with many wonderful friends in her life. She lived in Florida for 22 years, returning back home in 1996.
Survivors include two sisters, LaVerne Bach, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Lois (Clarence) Johnson, Florence; three step-children, John (Amanda) Beitzel, Wash., Judy (Jack) Bray, Redlands, Calif., Peter (Mary) Beitzel, Wauwatosa; many nieces, nephews; several step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren; and special friend Chris James, Crystal Falls.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Fran was preceded in death by one brother, Bennett Peterson; one nephew, Jack Nau; and a dear sister-in-law, Catherine Peterson.
Visitation will be today (Thursday, Dec. 28) from noon to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Florence. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. at the church, Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Commonwealth Cemetery.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Fran’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
December 20, 2006
Stanley A. Neargarth (1983 - 2006)

Stanley A. Neargarth, 23, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Harrison County, Miss.
He was born Jan. 4, 1983, in Neenah, son of Joe and Sandy (Jankowski) Neargarth. He lived in Rhinelander, Pembine, and Iron Mountain, before moving to Niagara in 1993. As a young boy, he worked along with his father, learning the carpentry trade. Stanley graduated in 2001 from Niagara High School.
After school, Stanley began to travel with several bands including: Toby Keith, Brooks and Dunn, and Waylon Jennings working security, as a stagehand, and a lighting technician. After a year and a half, he moved back to Niagara and worked with the family wood shop and other carpentry jobs. In September 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit, Stanley, along with his father and brother, Levi, moved to Gulf Port, Miss. They have been helping remodel and rebuild the area since then. Stanley enjoyed boating, fishing, snowmobiling, four wheeling, and go-carting.
Stanley is survived by his parents, Joe and Sandy Neargarth, Niagara; one sister, Sammi Neargarth, Niagara; maternal grandparents, Stanley (Jolyne) Jankowski, Rhinelander; four uncles, James (Debra) Jankowski, Escanaba, Mich., Earl (Mary) Neargarth, Blue Springs, Mo., Robert (Kay) Neargarth, Ingleside, Ill., Robert Wood, Crivitz; three aunts, Fran Wood, Crivitz, Meg (Wayne) Duris, Milwaukee, Doris Neargarth, Marinette; one step-uncle, Robert (Alexandra) Jeka, Chesterton, Ind.; and three step-aunts, Donna Ovanek, Merrillville, Ind., Vicki (David) Ruder, Merrillville, Ind., Toni (Tom) Christian, Sagola, Mich.; and several cousins.
Stanley was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Levi (Hulda) Neargarth and maternal grandmother, Alice Fatla Jakowski.
Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 16 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. The funeral mass was held at the church, Fr. Michael Betley officiated. Burial was in the Niagara Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Stanley’s memory.


Florence Mining News
December 20, 2006
Dolores R. Halada (1927 - 2006)

Mrs. Dolores R. Halada, 79, of Long Lake, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14 at Florence Villa, Florence.
She was born on Feb. 17, 1927 in Green Bay.
At the age of 8, she moved with her family, Collin and Emily (Hynek) Murray, to Newald and attended the Newald schools.
She married Raymond Halada on April 10, 1944 at St. Leonard's Catholic Church, Laona and the couple made their home in Long Lake. During WWII, she lived in Kansas while her husband was in the service, and worked at the Army Air Force Factory, sewing fabric for B-52 bombers.
She and her husband ran the Northern Live Bait Shop for over 30 years, and she was known for hand sorting her minnows for many of the regular customers that she served through out the years.
She crocheted and was an avid gardener, greatly enjoying her flower garden. Even with her walker, she raked her yard and did her own yard work. She was an avid listener of "telephone time" on WIKB radio station, and her grandchildren were the highlight of her life.
She was a member of St. Norbert's Catholic Church of Long Lake.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 1987, one brother, Bernard, and two sisters, Jacquelyn and Janet.
She is survived by one son, Robert (Pamela) Halada, Pelican Lake; three daughters, Mary Jane (Paul) Flak, Bryant; Jean Marie (Thomas) Alanen, Mass City; Gladys Faye (John) Wetenkamp, Long Lake; one brother, John (Germaine) Murray, Laona; three sisters, Betty Werth, Newald; LaVerne Murgola, Milwaukee; Elaine(Orville) Albrecht, Newald; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Private visitation and services will be held at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River with Rev. John Cerkas to officiate.
Interment will be held in Long Lake Cemetery, Long Lake.
Funeral arrangements are by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River.

Florence Mining News
December 20, 2006
Jack C. Vassar (1942 - 2006)

Jack C. Vassar, 64, of Florence, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, at Florence Villa Nursing Home in Florence.
He was born Jan. 5, 1942, in Florence, son of the late Volney and Lillian (Nelson) Vassar. Jack lived in Beloit. and worked for Consolidated Filling Station. In 1974, he returned to Florence where he worked as a caretaker for both Woodlawn and Commonwealth Cemeteries. After working at the cemeteries he worked with Ed Leffler cutting pulp. Jack’s hobbies included hunting and fishing.
Survivors include one brother Volney Vassar, Florence; four sisters Shirley (Russell) Peterson, Appleton, Lois Ducharme, Mean, Ark., Valeria Fraumeni, Iron Mountain, Linda (Morris) Erickson, Alton, N.H.; one half-brother, Reynolds Makela, Iron River; one granddaughter, Tasha Marie Vassar, Beloit; two special nephews, Volney Ponchaud, Scott Vassar; and many other special nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Jack was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Vassar; three sisters, Edna Woods, Nell Hogan, Marion Anderson; and one daughter, Brenda Vercher.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home in Florence. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in the spring.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to the Vassar family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.


Florence Mining News
December 20, 2006
Levi C. Neargarth (1983 - 2006)

Levi C. Neargarth, 23, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Harrison County, Miss.
He was born Jan. 4, 1983, in Neenah, son of Joe and Sandy (Jankowski) Neargarth. He lived in Rhinelander, Pembine, and Iron Mountain, before moving to Niagara in 1993. As a young boy, he worked along with his father, learning the carpentry trade. Levi graduated in 2001 from Niagara High School.
After school, Levi began to travel with several bands including: Toby Keith, Brooks and Dunn, and Waylon Jennings working security, as a stage hand, and a lighting technician. After a year and a half, he moved back to Niagara and worked with the family wood shop and other carpentry jobs. In September 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit, Levi, along with his father and brother, Stanley, moved to Gulf Port, Miss. They had been helping remodel and rebuild the area since then. Levi enjoyed boating, fishing, snowmobiling, four wheeling, and go-carting.
Levi is survived by his parents, Joe and Sandy Neargarth, Niagara; one sister, Sammi Neargarth, Niagara; maternal grandparents, Stanley (Jolyne) Jankowski, Rhinelander; four uncles, James (Debra) Jankowski, Escanaba, Mich., Earl (Mary) Neargarth, Blue Springs, Mo., Robert (Kay) Neargarth, Ingleside, Ill., Bob Wood, Crivitz; three aunts, Fran Wood, Crivitz, Meg (Wayne) Duris, Milwaukee, Doris Neargarth, Marinette; one step-uncle, Robert (Alexandra) Jeka, Chesterton, Ind.; and three step-aunts, Donna Ovanek, Merrillville, Ind., Vicki (David) Ruder, Merrillville, Ind., Toni (Tom) Christian, Sagola, Mich.; and several cousins.
Levi was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Levi (Hulda) Neargarth and maternal grandmother, Alice Fatla Jakowski.
Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 16 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. The funeral mass was held at the church, Fr. Michael Betley officiated. Burial was in the Niagara Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Levi’s memory.

Florence Mining News
November 29, 2006
Stanley F. Dzik (1917 - 2006)

Stanley F. Dzik, 89, of Niagara, died Thursday, Nov. 23 at Oak Crest Assisted Living in Norway.
He was born on Feb. 22, 1917 in Niagara, the son of the late Joseph and Apolonia (Trznadel) Dzik.   Stanley graduated from Niagara High School in 1936. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army.   He worked at the Niagara Paper Mill in Niagara for 35 years, retiring in 1980.   Stanley enjoyed sports especially the White Sox and the Packers, fishing, and listening to the radio. He liked cars and going for drives, and went every day for coffee with friends.   He is survived by his sister-in-law Rose Dzik of Norway; nieces Joyce (Arvo) Eilau of Iron Mountain, Susan (Lee) Ringblom of Green Bay; nephew Paul (Lori) Dzik of Norway; great nephews Jason (Anna) Ringblom and Jeff Ringblom and Tony Dzik; many friends.   Stanley was preceded in death by his twin brothers, Ted and Edmund Dzik.   Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at St. Anthony’s Church in Niagara.   A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church with Fr. Michael Betley presiding.   Interment will be held in the Niagara Cemetery.   Arrangements announced by the Miner-Ortman Funeral Home in Norway (906) 563-5700.

Florence Mining News
November 22, 2006
Alden J. "Buck" Herman (1921 - 2006)

Alden J. "Buck" Herman, 85, of Aurora, died Sun. Nov. 19, 2006, at Manor Care Health Services.  He was born on May 15, 1921, in Norway, the son of the late Joseph and Alma (Neveau) Herman.
Buck was part of the Greatest Generation, enlisting the Army Air Corps on Sept. 30, 1940.
He served in the Army Air Corps, which after World War II became the U.S. Air Force, until his retirement on July 1, 1968.  Buck served in World War II in the European Theater, in the Korean Conflict, and during Vietnam.  He was an aircraft mechanic on the B-17 Bomber and a military instructor.  He achieved the rank of E-9 Chief Master Sergeant.
Alden was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the VFW, and Oak Crest Golf Course.
He married Margaret Haas on Sept. 28, 1943, in Karney, Neb.
He is survived by his wife Margaret, two sons Craig (Kelly) Herman of Green Bay and David (Stacy) Herman of Oklahoma City, Okla., one brother Jim Herman of Milwaukee, one sister Joyce Osby of Escanaba, three grandchildren Amy Covelli, Andrea Schaeffer, and Matthew Herman, and four great grandchildren Crystal, Roman, Ryan, and Kara.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Herman, and three sisters, Betty Steeno, Shirley Larsh, and Fern Larson.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral Home.  Father Michael Betley will officiate.  Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.
Condolences to the family of Alden J. "Buck" Herman can be expressed online at www.tondinfuneralhome.com. The Tondin-Ross and Freeman Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florence Mining News
November 22, 2006
Robert F. McNabb (1925 - 2006)

Robert F. McNabb, 81, formerly of Florence, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, at Evergreen Assisted Living in Kingsford.
Robert was born Oct. 12, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Robert and Dorothy (Dora) McNabb. He married Viola Trudell in 1961, she preceded him in death in 2004.
Robert served in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged. He lived in the Detroit area and worked for many years for the Detroit News. After retiring, he resided in the Detroit area until 1998 at which time he moved to Florence. Robert was an avid reader.
Robert is survived by two stepsons, Fred (Kathy) Ashcraft and John (Mary) Ashcraft all of Lower Michigan. One brother, James (Helen) McNabb of Florida, seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family services were held. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Florence, Wisconsin.
Friend may leave condolences and tributes to Robert’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
November 8, 2006
Patricia Dorothy Demko (1929 - 2006)

Patricia Dorothy Demko, 77, of Florence, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain.
She was born March 15, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of the late Michael and Charlotte (Schraub) Mondry. She married Stanley Demko, Nov. 5, 1949, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1981.   Patricia was raised in Chicago and graduated from Resurrection High School in Chicago in 1947. She and her husband Stanley lived in Chicago until 1962, when they moved to Mundelein, Ill., and they resided there until 1976, when they retired to Florence County. Patricia was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church. Some of the things she enjoyed were animals, gardening, music and crocheting.
Survivors include one son, Mike (Carol) Demko, Florence; one daughter Candy (Jerry) Becker, Sparta; six grandchildren, Chrissy (Tim) Falton, West Bend, Nicholas Demko, Florence, Jeff (Jenny) Becker, Egan, Minn., Jenny (Jeff) Dzurick, Wausau, Brian (Erin Burke) Becker, Sparta, Eric Becker, Sparta; and one sister Constance Maranto, Washington Island, one great grandchild, Morgan Carol Becker.   Visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek. The Funeral Mass was Saturday, 11 a.m. at the church. Fr. Dave Schmidt officiated. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Goodman.


Florence Mining News
November 1, 2006
Sharon A. Freeberg (1939 - 2006)

Sharon A. Freeberg, 67 of Homestead, died Sunday, Oct. 29 at Dickinson Co. Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain. She was born on Sept. 5, 1939 in Kingsford, daughter of the late Leonard and Lottie (Davis) Wood. She attended Kingsford Schools before moving to Detroit as a young child. Upon her return to Kingsford she worked as a waitress and bartender. She married Gary Freeberg on June 19, 1965, and together they resided in this area for a brief time before moving to the Fox Valley area. She then devoted her time to being a housewife, and mother. After about 20 years in the Valley they returned to this area and have resided in Homestead since 1988.
Sharon was a very loving and caring individual and never forgot anyone’s birthday or anniversary. She loved making floral arrangements and decorating her home for all seasons and holiday’s. Reading and working in her flowerbeds was a major passion to Sharon. She loved watching the birds and animals in her back yard and collected hummingbird figurines and sun catchers.   Sharon is survived by her husband, Gary, a brother Clark (Patricia) Wood of Deltona, Fla., a sister, Helen Marheine of Kimberly, in-laws, Vance (Frances) Freeberg of Homestead, Ernest (Kim) Freeberg of Iron Mountain, Patricia Wood and Marilyn Wood of Iron Mountain, Vivian Wood of Spread Eagle, Joseph Groleau of Iron Mountain, and numerous nieces and nephews   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donya Joyce Dobinski, brothers, Lyle, Marvin, and Floyd Wood, sisters Delores Trulock, Joyce Groleau, and in laws, Karl and Ardith Freeberg, brother in-laws, Larry Marheine, John Trulock   Visitation will be today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kingsford Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. David Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.   Condolences may be expressed to the family of Sharon Freeberg online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.   The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Kingsford Funeral Home of Kingsford with the funeral arrangements.  

Florence Mining News
October 25, 2006
Duane George Tober (1927 - 2006)

Duane George Tober, 79, of Florence, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Bellin Advanced Care in Green Bay.
He was born June 11, 1927, in Rhinelander, son of the late Marvin and Esther (Bruso) Tober. He married Diane Huberty July 23, 1966, in Milwaukee. She survives.
Duane attended Rhinelander schools and graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1944. He joined the United States Air Force during World War II. He attended Lawrence College and in 1951 received his degree in music. Duane played in many bands throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. He taught instrumental music in different Wisconsin schools from 1951 until 1976. In 1976, he along with his wife Diane, purchased the Keyes Lake Trading Post in Florence and operated the business until they retired in 2001. He loved to fly fish, listen to music and was an avid reader.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; one brother, Keith (Marilyn) Tober; one sister, Karen Tober both of Rhinelander; brother in law, Don (Marilyn) Huberty of Campbellsport, four nieces, Mary (Rich) Huberty, Mickey (Brian) Beaster, Bridget (David) Schlaefer and Shannon Huberty; one nephew, Bob Tober; three great nieces, Dorothy and Bridget Schlaefer and Amy (Chris) Theel, and one great nephew, Jeff Beaster.
At the request of the family there will be no visitation or funeral services.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Duane’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
October 11, 2006
Chester Mathison (1914 - 2006)

Chester Mathison, 92, of Niagara, died Mon. Oct. 2 at Florence Villa Nursing Home. He was born on July 27, 1914 in Laona, son of the late John and Helen (Yakel) Mathison.
Chester lived in Pentoga, spending his early years in the lumber camps and attending the Lansing School for the Blind as a child.
He married the former Veronica Alsteen on July 28, 1945, and she preceded him in death in 1978. He lived in Niagara since 1947 and worked in maintenance for the Village of Niagara from 1947 to 1971. He was last employed by the Village of Niagara as the sexton at the cemetery. He enjoyed listening to tape recorded books provided to him by special library services. He had a very good memory and provided a wealth of information about his family for those who were interested. In spite of his problems with his sight, he lived alone and was proud of his ability to do so.
Chester is survived by his sister in-law, Gladys Mathison and several nieces and nephews
Special nephew, Dale McNamee
He is also survived by a special friend, Ida Scott of Iron Mountain, who helped him continue to live the independent life he desired in his last years.
Good friends Dawn and Neil Johnson, Harold and Grace Kinziger
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lorretta McNamee, Lourella Goldstein and Theresa Clemo, and two brothers Bert and Ralph Mathison
There will be a graveside service on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Niagara Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Rev. David Anderson to officiate.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Chester Mathison online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
A special thanks to Loving Caring Hands Inc., and the Florence Villa Nursing Home.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
September 27, 2006
Ernest Howard Soderberg (1921 - 2006)

Ernest Howard Soderberg, age 85, passed away Sept. 17, 2006 in Livonia, Mich.
He was the beloved husband of Joyce (Champion) for 54 years. Dear father of Carol (Matthew) Young, Marilyn (Roger) Case, Donna (Richard) Seibert, Julie (Dennis) Wendt, Randy (Karen) Soderberg and Jane (Kevin) Payne. He had 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Ernest was a World War II veteran and retired as chief zookeeper at the Detroit Zoological Park after 32 years.
A Celebration of Life was held for Ernest at Covenant Community Church with interment in Parkview Cemetery.

Florence Mining News
September 13, 2006
Faye Darlene Biller (d. 2006)

Faye Darlene Biller, a very loving mother, wife and grandmother, she loved to help the elderly and anyone in need. She loved animals and everybody whom she came across. She loved to pull practical jokes on people. She cherished her children and grandchildren. She had a love for life. She was very ill for many years, fighting diabetes. A homemaker, she died at 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at her home. She was 58, a native of Fence, Wis., and a resident of Baton Rouge for the past 16 years.
Visitation was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 14 and a religious service in the chapel conducted by the Rev. Glen Miers. Interment was in Knox Family Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Larry Roppolo; daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Jose Vazquez and Brandy and Colin Clement; son, Joey Roppolo; grandchildren, Kent Lewis, Kimberly Jones, Kaitlyn Jones and Gracie Clement; sisters, Betty O'Neal and Melissa Newman; and brothers, William, Robert and Brad Biller.
Memorial donations may be made to The Dorothy Johnson Account in memory of Faye Biller, c/o Neighbors Federal Credit Union, 13336 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818, attention, Niya.

Florence Mining News
August 23, 2006
Dennis “Denny” N. Garland (1950 - 2006)

Dennis “Denny” N. Garland, 56, Wausau, died Tuesday, Aug. 15 at his home.
He was born June 19, 1950 in Bangor, ME, son of the late Winton and Alyce (Nixon) Garland. On Sept. 2, 1978, he married Rosemary Rampanelli at Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain, Mich. She survives.
He served in the United States Navy during the Vietman War. Denny was currently employed as a salesman for Fred Mueller Buick Pontiac GMC Truck, Inc, Wausau.
Among his many interests, he enjoyed being outdoors and working in his garden, visiting Fish Camp in the Keweenaw Pennisula, Mich. and most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Denny was also an avid Packer fan.
Survivors include, his wife, Rose Garland, Wausau; two daughters, Lisa (Peter) Matz, Eau Claire and Lori Garland, Wausau; two sisters, Marge (Bob) Meyers, Wausedah, Mich. and Kelley Johnson, Florence, Wis.; and one brother, Jim (Marsha) Garland, Marysville, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and relatives.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, John Brodersen and Merlin Johnson.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Christian Assembly-Assemblies of God, Wausau. Rev. Dennis Romine will officiate. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Montgomery Plant Post No. 10, Wausau. Friends may call Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.
Online condolences at www.petersonkraemer.com

Florence Mining News
August 23, 2006
Patricia Criel (1947 - 2006)

Patricia Criel, 59, of Ontario, formerly of Goodman, passed away Saturday Aug. 19 at the Florence Villa Nursing Home in Florence.
Patricia was born on Feb. 7, 1947 in Goodman, daughter of the late Raymond and Carol Klatt. She resided in Ontario for many years until moving back recently due to her health and to be closer to her family and friends.
She is survived by, one son, John (Jill) Criel of Armstrong Creek, one daughter Candee Criel of Tomah, one sister, Carol (Carl) Adams of Watersmeet, Mich., five grandchildren, Blake, Brooke, Brandon, Cameron and Dillon.
esides her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by one sister, Kathy Nelson.
Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Goodman. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Goodman, Wisconsin.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Patty's family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs Funeral Homes, Niagara Chapel is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
August 23, 2006
John Sebert (1936 - 2006)

John Sebert of Tipler, died Monday, Aug. 14, at the Iron County Community Hospital of Iron River, Mich.
He was born Sept. 28, 1936, in Berlin, son of the late Jack and Evelynn (Kaatz) Sebert.
John loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed riding his John Deere. He loved people and could entertain everyone around him with his wonderful stories. John was a people person and had a passion for selling cars as an automotive executive. His most important passion was his loving family.
Loving husband and survived by his wife Kathleen (Metropulos) Sebert and best father to John Jr., Dawn and Jeannie. He was grandfather of four and great grandfather to seven. Best friend to thousands. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter; Jeannnie Sebert, a brother; Kenneth Sebert, and a sister; MaryLynn Sebert.
A celebration of his life was held at his home in Tipler Aug. 19.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to John’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
August 16, 2006
Christine L. Barker (1966 - 2006)

Christine L. Barker, 39, of Tipler passed away Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Iron County Community Hospital, Iron River, Mich. She was born Sept. 2, 1966 in Stambaugh, Mich.
She was the daughter of Evert and Edwina (Martin) Ritchie and was a life long resident of the Tipler and Long Lake area. She attended the Florence schools and graduated in 1985.
She married Craig Barker on Dec. 7, 1985 in Tipler where the couple made their home. Christine was an avid camper and enjoyed fishing, hunting, sewing, crafting and tending to her flowers.
She is survived by her husband, Craig; parents, Evert and Edwina Ritchie, Long Lake; two sons, Joseph and Christopher; two daughters, Sarah and Kayle, all of the family home; six brothers, James (Lisa) Ritchie, Long Lake, Rockford (Kaylene) Ritchie, Goodman, Michael (Luwana) Ritchie, Long Lake, Mark (Barb) Ritchie, Long Lake, Brian (Kim) Ritchie, Long Lake, Jonathan (Leia) Ritchie, Long Lake; two sisters, Wanda (Dennis) Schwind, Wauseon, OH and Loretta (Roger) Montambo, Iron River, Mich. Also numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation is today from noon to 2 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, Mich.
Funeral Services are today at 2 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, Mich. with Pastor Buddy Barker, brother-in-law to officiate.
Interment will be at Martin Cemetery in Tipler. Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, Mich.

Florence Mining News
August 16, 2006
Hartley E. Anderson (1919 - 2006)

Hartley E. Anderson, age 87, of Aurora, Wisconsin, passed away Friday, Aug. 11, at Dickinson County Hospital in Iron Mountain.
He was born May 23, 1919, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Richard and Freda (Pearson) Anderson.
Hartley was proud of his army service as a messenger in the 56th Signal Battalion during World War II, and of his participation in the landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day.
On April 12, 1947, he married Marcia Penno at the First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. They were blessed with 59 years of marriage.
Hartley was employed as a sheet metal worker until his retirement in 1981 from Branz Mechanical Co.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marcia, two devoted daughters and sons-in-law; Kathy (Joe) Pluff and Karen (Dennis) Saunders; one special grandson, Ric Stream, and two very special great-grandchildren; Richard and Melinda Johnson and their mother; Brenda Stream, all of whom he loved very much. Also surviving him are two brothers; Benjamin and Ray Anderson, two sisters and brothers-in-law; Vivian (Dean) Melin and Vernice (Hank) Olson, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Laverne Anderson and Marion Anderson.
Hartley loved his home in the country and enjoyed the many visits made by family and friends. He will be sadly missed.
His family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Loewen and his nursing staff for their loving care and support, and to the doctors and nurses at Dickinson County Hospital for making his stay comfortable.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the church. Florence VFW Post 3635 will offer a veterans memorial service Tuesday, at 1 p.m. at the Aurora-Homestead Cemetery. Pastor Jim Chinery will officiate.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Hartley's family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
July 6, 2006
Ron Wilson (1950 - 2006)

Ron Wilson, 55, born Sept. 15, 1950, from Spread Eagle, passed away June 28 in Madison.
Ron is survived by his sister, Andrea Carpenter and his nephew Jesse Carpenter; his brother Brian Tousignant and son Ralph Shipman. Also several good friends and many loving relatives.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Wilson and Elvie Miller.
Memorial will be held at Everett’s Back Inn on Saturday, July 8 at 3 p.m.

Florence Mining News
July 6, 2006
Mrs. Theresa Rose Puckett (1933 - 2006)

Mrs. Theresa Rose Puckett, 73, of Kenosha passed away Tuesday, June 27, at Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh.
She was born on Feb. 19, 1933, in Kenosha.
The daughter of the late Salvatore and Ursala (Ruffato) Conforti attended the Kenosha schools.
She married Arthur Cecial Puckett on May 7, 1954, in Kenosha and the couple made their home there. He preceded her in death in 1991.
She was a member of the Soul Harbor Pentecostal Church of God in Kenosha. She was an avid collector of porcelain dolls, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the love of her life.
She was also preceded in death by five brothers; Angelo (Sonia), Frank, Mike (Toni), Joseph, and Louis, and two sisters; Isabella Nemeth and an infant sister Margaret.
She is survived by one daughter, Debra Ann (Ralph) Sinclair, Nelma; one son, David Arthur (Diana) Puckett, Omro; three brothers Tony (Laura) Conforti, Kenosha, John (Millie) Conforti, Kenosha, Leo Conforti, Kenosha; two sisters, Lucy Kausalik, Kenosha, Margaret Boardwine, Orlando Park. Five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews
Funeral services were Friday, June 30 at the Bethel Pentecostal Church in Long Lake. Rev. Sandy Ritchie and Rev. Bob Schroeder officiated.
Pallbearers were William Miracle, Thomas Puckett, Arthur Siewert, Roy Siewert, Joey Garcia, and Ervin Hughes Jr.
Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Alvin.
The family suggests memorials to Bethel Pentecostal Church, Long Lake. Funeral arrangements were by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, Mich.

Florence Mining News
June 21, 2006
Fern E. Hafk (1921 - 2006)

Fern E. Hafk, 84, formerly of Spread Eagle, passed away Tuesday, May 30 at the Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was preceeded in death by her husband Lionel "Lefty" Hafk, one sister Ardelle (Alex) Celani and her parents George and Athene Hoey. She is survived by her four children Chyrll (Tom) Matthews, Scottsdale, Ariz., Michael Cafferata, New Orleans, LA, Thomas (Donna) Cafferata, Crown Point, Ind. and Caryn (Fred) Fox, Spread Eagle, four grandchildren Christine (Bryan) Munce, Beth (Tony) Quiroz, Paul Cafferata, and Catherine Cafferata. One Grandaughter Brooklynn Quiroz and many nieces and nephews. Condolences can be expressed by giving a donation to you local hospice.

Florence Mining News
June 14, 2006
Donald L. “Ding” McLain (1930 - 2006)

Donald L. “Ding” McLain, 75, of Armstrong Creek passed away Sunday, June 4, surrounded by his family at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
Don was born Dec. 25, 1930 in Goodman, son of the late Bertram and Marie (Wickstrom) McLain. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Don lived in Green Bay for about 20 years where he worked in real estate and insurance until returning to the area. He was a former member of the Armstrong Creek VFW Post 7444. Don was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed reading, baseball and old western movies. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by one son, Tim (Debbie) McLain of Fence; eight daughters, Barb (George) Mazur of Manitowoc, Sharon McLain (Norm Mountjoy) of Waupaca, Sue (Frank) Nichols of Fence, Terry (Bob) Triphahn of St. Clair, Mo., Chris McLain of Green Bay, Julie (Jeff) Johnson of Escanaba, Diane (Garry) Vanderlin of Norway and Mary McLain (Jack) of Little Chute; 19 grandchildren, Jennifer (Joel), Katie, Jed, Abe, David, LeighAnn, Ben, Jake, Jessie, Adam, Zach, Nathan, Amy, Sarah, Sally (Jody) Danielle, Nicole, Sam and Kaitlin; 11 great grandchildren, Dylan, Ben, Noah, Bryson, Allyah, Allesha, Antoinette, Kaliah, Trevor, Eric and Katie; one sister, Colleen (Pete) Kasakaitas of Goodman; two brothers, Lloyd (Lois) McLain of Aurora and Loren (Gloria) McLain of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother-in-law, Irvin “Zinnie” Campbell of Green Bay; his former wife, Florence Church and several nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by a sister, Fern Campbell and three brothers, Sid, Roger and Ken McLain.
Visitation was on Wednesday, June 7 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek. A memorial service followed at the church. Fr. David Schmidt officiated. Burial was in Fence Cemetery. The Armstrong Creek VFW Post 7444 conducted military graveside honors.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Donald McLain online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
June 7, 2006
George Toppe (1909 - 2006)

George Toppe, 96, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Florence, passed away Thursday, June 1 at Columbia Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.
George was born in Waterloo on June 05, 1909 to the late Emil and Alvina Toppe. He graduated from the Waterloo High School where he played football and basketball. He married Jessie E. Cizek on Dec. 13, 1932. On Dec. 13 they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.
George retired from the Quality Biscuit Company as an accountant and moved to Florence and operated a potato farm. Upon retiring from the potato farm, he and his wife Jessie moved to Bradenton, Fla. in 1987 and they became Florida residents at that time. They spent six months in their Florida home and six months in their new home in Florence, which overlooked their potato farm, which they had operated for the past 25 years. He enjoyed operating his short wave radio out of both locations. He enjoyed keeping in touch with his many friends and family by computer also, and became quite adept as a computer operator, sending messages and pictures back and forth to family and friends on a daily basis. He was a shortwave (ham) operator since 1927 under the call letters of 9ANW. He received his shortwave license the year he graduated from high school in Waterloo and enjoyed ham radio all these years up to his present age of 96. He would have been 97 on June 5. He was in daily contact with his many friends all over the world. His present call letters were W9QFL, which he held since 1936. Ham radio had been a very rewarding and enjoyable part of his life as it had given him many lifelong friends.
He is survived by his wife Jessie (nee) Cizek, two daughters, Janet (Charlie) Salbashian, Greenfield, and Joan (Kenneth) Sturm, Bradenton, Fla., five Grandchildren, Pamella (Michael) Radaj, Jeri (Rick) Davis, Teri (Paul) Meacham, Judy Phelps, Julie Sturm-Smeester, eight great grandchildren, Jessica (Matt) Owens, Nicole, Ryan, Joshua and David Meacham, Jennifer and Ryan Phelps and Rickie Davis, and two great great grandchildren, Kylie and Tyler Owens, by many nieces, nephews and many other family members and friends.
Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Stark (nee) Toppe.
Visitation will be today, Wednesday June 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Florence. Funeral Services will be noon at the church. Pastor Paul Meitner will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Oak Creek.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to George's family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
June 7, 2006
Douglas E. “Doug” Dewey (1931 - 2006)

Douglas E. “Doug” Dewey of Elm Grove was born to Eternal Life May 16 at the age of 74 years. Beloved and devoted husband of Nancy (nee Bechthold). Loving father of Walter (Londa) of Madison, Jean (Sheamus) McFadden of Pewaukee, John (Maureen) of Manhattan Beach, Calif. and Ann Dewey of Jefferson. He was a proud grandpa of Kristin, Carlton, Meghan, Madison, Murphy, Mia, Ian, Sheamus, Erin and Abigail. He will be further remembered and dearly missed by his mother Violet Dewey; his brother Daniel; and cousins Albert (Joan) Wehde and Elizabeth (Richard) Berry; sister-in-law Ellen and brother-in-law Ned (Helen) Bechthold; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
Visitation was at St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 20. It was followed by a reception for family and friends. The private inurnment was located at Wisconsin Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name will be sent to St. Colletta, W4955 Highway 18, Jefferson, Wis., 53549, to specifically aid the handicapped individuals who will soon be displaced, due to lack of funding.

Florence Mining News
June 7, 2006
Mr. Rockford "Rocky" Smith (1940 - 2006)

Mr. Rockford "Rocky" Smith, 66, Tipler, passed away Tuesday, May 30 at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1940 in Tipler.
The son of Raymond and Louise (Reinke) Smith was a life long resident. He attended the Tipler school and Florence High school.
Rocky worked with his father in logging for many years. In 1985 he purchased Tipler Lumber Company and operated the company until failing health forced retirement in 2001. He married Doreen Rosenow Nov. 2, 1999 in Tipler where the couple resided. Rocky loved his work. He enjoyed lawn work and trap shooting. He was active in the community serving as Tipler Town Chairman for 13 years, the Florence County Board and for 25 years served on the Forest Transit Commission.
He was a member of the Iron River Elks Lodge #1671, and MI- Tipler Pool League.
He was preceded in death by his father and brothers Blaine and Ronald. Survived by his wife Doreen; mother Louise Smith, Blackwell; daughter Brenda Brooks and friend Don Schultz, Green Bay; son Brian (Geri) Smith, Montgomery, Alabama; step-son Wesley Ditzler, Bristol; three brothers Riley (Madeline) Smith Long Lake, Randy (Mary) Smith, North Pole, Alaska, Rayne (Pam) Smith, Pulaski; four sisters Roxanne (Pat) Brewer, Cavour, Rhonda (Tom) Gayhart, Westminster, MD Ronetta (Gene) Clapsaddle, Tipler, Raeleen (Randy) Werth, Newald; two grandchildren Tyler and Haley Smith, Sturgeon Bay; mother-in-law and step father-in-law Wanda (Glenard) Roth, Nelma; father-in-law and step mother-in-law Richard (Delia) Rosenow, Alvin; sister-in-law Dana Poikenen, Kenosha; aunts, uncles, cousins and special nurse and care giver Rhonda Weronke, Care giver, mother-in-law Wanda Roth, close friends Christine Hansen and Kathy Sebert.
Visitation was Friday, June 2 at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River.
On Friday June 2 at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River Rev. Sandy Ritchie officiated. Interment was at Martin Cemetery in Tipler. Pallbearers were Jim Martin, Herman Foss, Randy Worth, Gene Clapsaddle, Glenard Roth and Richard Rosenow.
Arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River.

Florence Mining News
June 7, 2006
Mrs. Ilona Collins (1916 - 2006)

Mrs. Ilona Collins, 90, Tipler, passed away Friday night June 2 at the Florence Villa Nursing Home, Florence.
She was born on April 19, 1916, in Negaunee, Mich., the daughter of the late Jack Jacob and Mary (Annelin) Sara. She moved to Stambaugh from Negaunee as a child with her parents and attended the Stambaugh Schools. She married Willard Collins on April 27, 1938, in Alpha, Mich., and the couple resided in Tipler. He preceded her death on Feb. 18, 1979. She was a member of the Maple Grove Baptist Church.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Eugene and Elbert; a stepdaughter, Shirley; five brothers Jack Jacob Sara, Bill Sara, Leo, Bruno and Edmund Matson, two sisters, Lila and Julia.
She is survived by one son, Paul (Lisa) Collins, Green Bay; three daughters Joyce Gayhart, Coss Bay, Ore.,
Thetma (Carl) Johnson, Madison, Tammy (James) Parker, Woodward, Okla.; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Visitation was on Tuesday June 6 at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River.
Graveside services followed at Martin Cemetery, Tipler with the Rev. Paul Collins’s son officiating. Interment was at Martin Cemetery, Tipler.
Arrangements were by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Florence Mining News
May 31, 2006
Kenneth E. Peronto (1924 - 2006)

Kenneth E. Peronto, 82, of Hardwood, Mich., passed away Thursday, May 18 at Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
Ken married his wife Leatrice on Sept. 27, 1946, in Foster City. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2003. They resided in Iron Mountain for a few years before moving to Hardwood in 1952. Ken received two purple hearts while serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945. He worked for Clairmont Transfer for 33 years, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Mission Covenant Church in Foster City, and the Felch-Breen American Legion Post 4803 of Felch. Ken loved hunting deer and turkey, and was an avid Packer fan.
He is survived by two sons, James (Bonnie) Peronto of Fond Du Lac, Kurt (Dawn) Peronto of Hardwood, Mich; two sisters Opal Larson of Aurora, and Mildred Carlson of Escanaba; four grandchildren, Jim (Angela) Peronto of Anchorage, Alaska, Ryan Peronto of Waupun, Christopher (Jessica Wahlstrom) Peronto of Iron Mountain, Shannon (Charles) Cowling of Hardwood; and four great grandchildren, Savannah, Hunter, Trinity, and Dylan.
Besides his parents and his wife Leatrice, Ken was preceded by one grandson Steven Peronto, three brothers Lyle, Russell, and Milton Peronto.
Visitation was Sunday, May 21, at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The Felch-Breen American Legion Post 4803 offered Veteran’s services Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services were Sunday at the funeral home. Larry Neargarth will officiate. Burial will be in Foster City Cemetery. Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Kenneth’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
May 31, 2006
John T. Strutz Jr. (1947 - 2006)

John T. Strutz Jr., 58, of Merriman, passed away Saturday, May 27 at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain.
He was born Oct. 18, 1947, in Iron Mountain, son of John and Elsie (Peterson) Strutz. On Dec. 20, 1969, he married Ann Pouliot, in Aurora.
He attended Kingsford Schools and graduated in 1965. He joined the U. S. Air Force.
John and Ann lived in Aurora for awhile then moved to Merriman in 1974. He worked for Grede Foundry from 1970 through 1993. He then went to work for Stora Enso in 1993 until the present. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, working around the yard and helping others.
Survivors include his wife Ann; mother Elsie Strutz, Merriman; three sons, Shane (Lisa) Strutz, Columbia, Maryland, Chad (Lisa) Strutz, Kingsford, Clint (Heidi) Strutz, Iron Mountain; four brothers, Bruce (Cindy) Strutz, Merriman, Gary Strutz, Milwaukee, Jim (Gayle) Strutz, Quinnesec, Terry (Laura) Strutz, Green Bay; three sisters, Judy (Lawrence) Tappy, Merriman, Karyn (Jack) Carlson, Sagola Twp., Charlene (Dennis) Liebergen, Niagara; six grandchildren, Amber, Sierra, Jacob, Caleb, Hannah, Emma, and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his father John Strutz.
There will be no visitation or funeral services per John's request.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to John's family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
May 24, 2006
Agnes Doyle (1922 - 2006)

Agnes Doyle, 84, Pulaski died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday morning, May 17 at San Luis Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Green Bay. Agnes lived with Alzheimer’s Disease, with courage and grace.
The daughter of the late August and Clara (Konkel) Kuchnowski was born Jan. 22, 1922 in Milwaukee. During WWII she served as a proud member of the WAC (Women’s Army Corp). She was stationed at Camp Ellis, Ill. where she met her brother John and his best friend Philip Doyle when the men returned from New Guinea. Phil and Agnes were married on Sept. 12, 1945. The couple lived in Pulaski and had a cottage on Emily Lake. After Phil’s death in 1978, Agnes worked for the Pulaski Community School District in the area of food service.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law and one daughter and son-in-law, Tom and Pat Doyle, Appleton, Dick and Doreen Doyle, Pulaski, Patti and Norb Sojka, Oneida, Dan and Chris Doyle, Wabeno, nine grandchildren, Marc (Dorothy) Doyle, Joe and Jeff Sojka, Andy and Sarah Doyle, Bob, Emily, Willie, and Paula Doyle, three step-grandchildren, Tim (Marcy) Doyle, Patrick Doyle, Kristin and Brad Van Schyndel, four step great-grandchildren, Brady Doyle, Lauren, Quinn, and Kate Van Schyndel, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband Phil, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Mary Doyle, three brothers and two sisters, a brother-in-law, Fred Doyle, and a sister-in-law, Mary (Raymond) Marnocha. Friends may call at Marnocha Funeral Home, Pulaski from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Closing Prayer Service at 8 p.m. Visitation continues after 9 a.m. Saturday at Assumption B.V.M. Church, Pulaski. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski, O.F.M. presiding with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Florence.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.marnochafuneralhome.com

Florence Mining News
May 24, 2006
Harlin F. Stoveken (1934 - 2006)

Harlin F. Stoveken, 71, of Pembine passed away Tuesday, May 16 at ManorCare Health Service in Kingsford.
He was born Oct. 16, 1934, in Pembine, son of the late Joyce and Jeanette (Mattison) Stoveken. He married Rita French, May 25, 1974, in Pembine.
Harlin was a lifelong resident of Pembine, graduating from Pembine High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He was employed at Kremlin Mining Company (ISP), and worked there for over 40 years, retiring in 1996. Harlin enjoyed gardening, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Norway.
Survivors include his wife, Rita; one daughter Sara (Will) Niven, Dunbar; one brother Neal Stoveken, Milwaukee; two sisters Margaret (Tom Davey) Kleivo, Waterford, Norma (Milt) Shallock, Iron Mountain; and two grandchildren Andrew and Samuel at home in Dunbar.
Besides his parents, Harlin was preceded in death by a brother John Stoveken.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor E. R. Crider will officiate. Burial will be in Pembine Cemetery.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Harlin’s family online at wwwjacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
May 17, 2006
William John Beauchamp (1935 - 2006)

William John Beauchamp, 71, Livingston County area resident for over 40 years, died Sunday, May 14. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Aurora, son of William John and Elsie (Ahlstrand) Beauchamp, Sr. William was an Army Reserve Command Specialist; an electrical engineer for Ford Motor Company (retired); founder and owner of Village and Country Soft Water-Kinetico Dealer and top salesman in the country for Kinetico Dealership; inventor of K-Life potassium chloride to replace salt in water softeners and very active in Deerfield Township.
William traveled all over the world and was an invitational guest of the Chinese Government for world trade. Survived by wife, Rebecca A. (Ellis); also children, Mark (Anthony), Billy (Lynn), John (Sherri), Patricia (Art), Shawn (Tatiana), Jerrad (Leslie), Chet (Kirsten), Chuck (Kristy) and Victoria; grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah, Chelsea, Brandon, Jonathan and Jacquelyn, Jacob and Erika, Sadie, Sydnie and Sophia, Casimir, Emma and Grace Clarice; brothers, Marvin, Marshall and Michael, sister, Shereyl; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church; Father Gregg A. Pleiness, celebrant. Burial in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday 12 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with scripture service 7 p.m. at MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell (517) 546-2800. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church or Lewy Body Dementia Association, P.O. Box 481429, Atlanta, GA 31145-9429. Visit online guestbook www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com

Florence Mining News
May 10, 2006
Audrey Marie Bailey (1934 -2006)

Audrey Marie Bailey made her home warm and loving as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and best friend. She died April 18, 2006 at the age of 71. She was born Oct. 14, 1934 to Frederick and Margaret Sternhagen in Florence.
Audrey and Neil were married June 13, 1953 in Florence. She was a huge Seahawk and Mariner’s fan. She loved her dogs, flowers, rock and bottle hunting and also enjoyed camping. Her sister Marion Hughes precedes her in death. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Neil Bailey of Enumclaw, sons Fred Bailey of Kent, Wash., Randy (Marguerite) Bailey of Gig Harbor, Wash.; daughters, Becky (Keith) Yale of Browns Point, Wash., Marguerite (Jeff) Baines of Enumclaw, Wash. and Nancy (John) Kawasaki of Granite Falls, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brother Lloyd (Arlene) Sternhagen of Neenah; sisters, Winnie Mindel of Neenah, Joyce (Wally) Wilhelmi of Florence and Nita (Louis) Derocher of Menominee; brother-in-law Clayton Hughes of Menasha. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley.

Florence Mining News
April 19, 2006
Margie K. Voelker (1944 -2006)

Margie K. Voelker, 61, of Spread Eagle died Friday April 14, 2006 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain. She was born on August 18, 1944 in New Berlin, Wis. the daughter of the late William and Iola (Schmitz) Schmitz.
Margie owned Girl Friday Office Help and had worked at T.G. United. She was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she was in the Creative Kindness group. She enjoyed camping and volunteering for the American Cancer Society.
She married Wayne Voelker on Aug. 17, 1985 in Green Bay.
Margie is survived by her husband Wayne, eight children Master Sgt. Russell Erickson of Hanau Army Base, Germany, Heidi Erickson of Florence, Wesley (Pam) Erickson of Anchorage, Alaska, David (Lisa) Erickson of Iron Mountain, Barbara Voelker of Athelstane, Michelle (Dale) Finder of Goodman, Kelly (Mike) Blohm of Wausaukee, and Karmen Voelker of Kiel, Wis., one brother Edward (Laura) Scmitz of Muskego, Wis., two sisters Ilamay Fredericks of New Berlin, Wis. and Karen Lang of Milwaukee, 18 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sat. April 29 from noon-1 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Florence. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the church on Sat. April 29. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery in Harmony, Wis..
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Margie K. Voelker online at www.tondinfuneralhome.com
The Tondin-Ross and Freeman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florence Mining News
April 19, 2006
William Chylek (1929 - 2006)

William Chylek, 76, of Neva, Wis. passed away on April 14 at his residence. He was born on August 16, 1929 in Florence, Wis. His father was John Chylek and mother was Agnes Chylek.
He worked at the Department of Natural Resources as a fire control and Tower Man.
He was a life member of the Langlade County Historical Society and life member of WFLA Lodge # 333. He also was a member of St. Wencel’s Catholic Church in Neva. He graduated of Antigo High School in the class of 1947.
He has three sisters and two brothers. His twin sister, Carmen Bullington, Chicago, Ill.; John Chylek, Escanaba, Mich.; Elizabeth Kron, Escanaba, Mich.; August Chylek, South Holland, Ill.; Lillian Sieh, North Branch, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes, sister, Rose Greenberg, sister-in-law, Marilyn Chylek brothers-in-law, Roy Kron and Waldon Sieh, and niece, Meribeth Seih.
He is survived by special friend, Dolores Wojan and many nieces and nephews.
His funeral service was held on Tuesday at St. Wendel’s Catholic Church, Neva. Officiating was Father Jeremiah Worman. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Florence.
Visitation was on Monday at Strasser-Roller Funeral Home, Antigo and Tuesday at St. Wencel’s.
Bill was interested in Langlade County history and politics and served on the County Board for the Town of Neva. He was a kind compassionate person always willing to give a helping hand.

Florence Mining News
April 12, 2006
Reed Joseph Richer (1925 - 2006)

Reed Joseph Richer, 80, of Iron Mountain, passed away Thursday, April 06, 2006, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Iron Mountain.
He was born April 15, 1925, in Escanaba, Mich., son of the late Eldridge and Tecla (Heim) Richer. He married Isabelle Cousineau. She preceded him in death in January of 1981.
Reed was a Veteran of WWII having served in the United States Navy. For many years he owned and operated the Hide-a-Way Bar in Aurora, Wis. He was an avid golfer.
Survivors include, one step-son, Richard (Elaine) Meinecke, Florence; one daughter, Sandy Rosell, Kingsford; two brothers, James (Patricia) Richer, Sparta, Wis., Neil (Debra) Richer, Randville; two sisters, Gertrude Leslie, Norway, Annette Wasik, Racine, Wis.; two grandchildren, Michael and Nicole; three step-grandchildren, Debra, Carrie and Daniel; seven step- great grandchildren; and four step-great great grandchildren.
Besides his parents and wife Isabelle Richer, Reed was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ann Adamski and Patricia Curty.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 8, 2006, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Reed’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is serving the family.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
April 5, 2006
Henry Peterson (1923 - 2006)

Henry Peterson, 83, St. Petersburg, Florida died March 19 at the hospital.
Henry was born Jan. 28, 1923 in Aurora. He moved to Jackson, Mich. and was employed by the Good Year Company.
In April 1946 he married Deloris Guerin. They came back to the farm for 12 years, then moved to Jackson, Mich. and he was employed by Clark Equipment Co. Since 1991 Henry and Deloris have resided in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Henry enjoyed reading, his family and traveling in the United States.
He is survived by his wife, Deloris; one son, Scott, of Wixon Mich.; two daughters, Helen and Dana of Florida; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one sister, Laverne Pearson, of Aurora.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Vera Peterson, and two sisters, Ethel Weiss and Alice Giblin.
The Reeses Funeral Home of St. Petersburg was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
April 5, 2006
Ronald George McMullen (1925 - 2006)

Ronald George McMullen, age 80, of Florence, passed away Friday, March 31, 2006 at his home with his family at his side.
He was born Nov. 16, 1925 in Manitowoc, the 14th child of the late Oliver and Lillian (Peterson) McMullen. He was married to Lorraine Bruhel in 1948. She preceded him in death in 1966. He married Rita (Trama-Sjoberg) in 1969.
Ron resided at Faye Lake from 1927 to 1942 when he entered the United States Marine Corps at the young age of 17. He was involved in 3 battles, Majuro, Atoll and The Marshall Islands. After returning from the war, he worked for the Tobin Mine in Crystal Falls, Mich. and then went to Iron River, Mich. and worked on sinking the shaft for the Homer-Waucedah Mine until 1963, when he went into contracting.
Ron was very civic minded and was a Little League coach for many years, worked on getting the lights on the Florence football field and was very instrumental in getting the Florence Medical Center built in Florence. He sat on the board from the time it was built until it was sold. He supervised the building of the Florence Natural Resource Center and the remodeling of the Florence County Courthouse. He was a master of his trade, building many places in the area. His last piece of art was Lakeside Bed & Breakfast, which he and his wife, Rita, ran with love and pride. He loved sitting with family and friends telling stories of long ago, some true and many tales, but told with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.
Ron was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He loved spending time on the rivers and out at Chateau Ridge with his friends.
His family and grandchildren were his "Pot of Gold.”
Ron is survived by his wife, Rita; his children, Linda (Bob) Viste of Waupaca, Michael O. McMullen of Hancock, Mich., Pam Counter of Spread Eagle, Nancy St. Germaine of Lac du Flambeau, Sandra McMullen of Sister Bay, Paul McMullen of Atlanta, Ga.; and grandchildren Ty (Angela) Counter and children Cade and Mia, Erik (Lindsey) Viste and children Emillia and Cole, Jeny (Dan) Shanoski and Tristen, Sarah Nayes and Brionna and Kenzie; Andrew, Alex, Ellie and Anna Viste, Seth Nayes, Jessie Ambrosia and Gabe McMullen, four sisters, Delores (Mike) Duginske, Kay Bjerke, Dorothy (Lee) Beyersdorff, Shirley Askelund; a sister-in-law, Georgia McMullen; and a special godchild, Brad Izzo.
Beside his parents and wife, Lorraine, Ron was preceded by brothers Walter, Donald, and Oliver McMullen; and sisters Sylvia Auman, Vivian McMullen, Lillian Wells, Martha Gehlhoff, Thelma McMullen and Lola Gusky.
Visitation was Monday, April 3, 2006, 2-5 p.m. at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence. The VFW Post 3635 offered a Veteran's Memorial Service at 4:45 p.m. Funeral Service was 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Doug Johnson officiated. Burial will be in Commonwealth Cemetery, Commonwealth.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Ronald's family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Florence Mining News
March 22, 2006
Elsa M. Dabb (1916 - 2006)

Elsa M. Dabb, 89, of Kingsford, Mich. went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 17, 2006. She was born on October 22, 1916 in Quinnesec, Mich., daughter of the late Alexander and Ingeborg (Halverson) Forstrom.
Elsa was a lifelong resident of Kingsford. She married Edward Dabb on February 28, 1934, and he preceded her in death on April 25, 1959. Elsa worked as a cook for the Breitung Twp. Schools for 29 years and retired in 1988. Elsa loved children and enjoyed her work as a cook for the school.
She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons: Donald (Rose) Dabb of Aurora and Wayne (Jennie) Dabb of Vulcan, Mich.; a daughter, Nancy (Ron) Hulce of Norway, Mich.; three brothers, Robert and Jack Forstrom of Morgan Hills, Calif. and David (Lucille) Forstrom of Iron Mountain; two sisters, Olga Nunnamacker of San Jose, Calif. and Nancy Dinapoli of Santa Cruz, Calif.; fifteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and three great- great grandchildren.
Elsa was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Clarence and Erik Forstrom.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kingsford Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home. Rev. Ron Wolfe will officiate. Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Elsa M. Dabb online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
March 22, 2006
Ellen J. Hayward (1917 - 2006)

Ellen J. Hayward, 88, of Commonwealth, died Wednesday March 15, 2006 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich. She was born on Sept. 23, 1917, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Alexander and Clara (Kallas) Wood.
Ellen received her teacher certificate from County Normal. She taught at a one-room schoolhouse in Stephenson Township.
She married Raymond Hayward on June 6, 1942 in Stephenson. He preceded her in death in 1994. Together the couple ran the family farm in Stephenson prior to owning and operating Northern Products Manufacturing Company which is most remembered for its sawmill.
Ellen was a member of Aurora Free Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, bird watching, gardening, and crocheting. An avid sports fan, her favorite teams were the Chicago Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, and the Florence Bobcats.
She is survived by four daughters: Sandra (Jim) Campbell of Commonwealth, Bonnie (Dennis) Daneels of Roscoe, Ill., Jean (David) Walker of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Wendy (Dan) Zoeller of Commonwealth; one brother, Alexander (Lorraine) Wood, Jr. of Stephenson; nine grandchildren, Jim Campbell, Ray Campbell, Mary Ellen Daneels, Peter Daneels, Anne Marie Daneels Smith, David Walker, Wendy Walker Duffey, Sandra Zoeller and Bill Zoeller; 12 great grandchildren Matthew and Emily Campbell, Michael, Charis, and Gabriel Campbell, Alex, Jacob, Jessica and Alaina Smith, Josiah Daneels, John "Jack" Duffey, and Davy Walker, and many nieces and nephews.
Ellen was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.
Visitation was Sunday, March 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home and Mon. from 9 to 10 a.m. at Aurora Free Church. Funeral services were Monday at 10 a.m. at the church. Rev. Karl Utzat officiated. Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aurora Free Church or Rise International for building a school/church/hospital building in Angola.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Ellen Hayward online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
January 10, 2007
Lorraine Arletta Salczenko Neuens (1938 - 2007)

Lorraine Arletta Salczenko Neuens, 68, was received into eternal life on Sunday, Jan. 7 following a brief stay at Florence Villa.
Lorraine was born on Nov. 22, 1938, to Edward and Katherine Thomas in Fence. In July 1955 she married Fred Salczenko of Chicago. He preceded her in death in November of 1962. She was married to Norman (Butch) Neuens from 1965 to 1998. She moved to Appleton in 2000 and resided there until the time of her death.
Survivors include her nine children: Fred (Donnette Thayer) Salczenko of Aurora, Paul (Ayse Certel) Salczenko of Callaway, Robert (Lisa Tauscheck) Salczenko of Iron Mountain, Gloria (Paul) Cameron of Appleton, Jeffrey (Dayana Gonzalez Diaz) Salczenko of League City, TX., Dawn (Andy) Lassila of Kingsford, Norman Neuens, Jr. of Aurora, Scott (Roxanne Zigman) Neuens of Aurora, and William (Amy Bates) Neuens of Kingsford; 22 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by sisters Vern Moddie, Doris Schuirmann, Betty Janczewski, and brothers Pat and Walter Thomas.
She was preceded in death by her sisters Marion Muress and Ruth Olive as well as her brother Bill Thomas.
Lorraine found her greatest joy in creating floral arrangements for all occasion’s weddings, anniversaries, craft shows and for many years did all the corsages for the Florence High School graduations as she operated Lorraine’s floral in her home as well as inside the Neuens Lawn and Garden Center in Iron Mountain. Even up to this past December she was creating corsages for others in spite of not being able to see her creations as her sight was failing.
She faithfully read “Our Daily Bread” and her radio was tuned to WRVM as she gave God the glory in all she did. She was active in area Christian Women’s organizations, Rural Bible Crusades and for many years was a member of Maranatha Assembly of God in Kingsford and later at Fox Valley Christian Fellowship in Kimberly. She also enjoyed her children and grandchildren and treasured their visits.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Maranatha Assembly of God in Kingsford, Michigan. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. at the church. Rev. David Wilton and Rev. Terry Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in the Fence Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her eldest grandsons: Michael Salczenko, Zachariah Cameron, Timothy Fayas, Ryan Fayas, Scott Neuens, Dustin Lassila, Tyler Neuens, and Bill Neuens Jr.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Lorraine’s name.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Lorraine Salczenko Neuens online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.