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Florence Mining News
Frank Ottlinger
IRON MOUNTAIN — Frank M.”Dutch” Ottlinger, 89, loving husband of Carol Bouche Ottlinger of Iron Mountain, went to meet his Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at Florence Villa in Florence, Wis.
Frank married Carol on Aug. 30, 1958, in Iron Mountain.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Frank worked as a mechanic for Peninsula Beverage for 25 years. Following his retirement from Pepsi, he worked a Les-Cove Cabinets and Rocconi Ace Hardware. Dutch enjoyed building and flying gas operated model airplanes.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol, who cared for him in his long illness for five years; sons Ken (Joleen) Ottlinger of Kansas, Mike (Wanda) Ottlinger of Dearborn, lower Michigan, and Rallund Ottlinger of Munising; daughters Linae (Francis) Rittenhouse of Appleton, Wis. and Kim Marie (Jeff) Wierikko of Sheboygan, Wis.; grandchildren, Kevin and Keith Ottlinger of Kansas, Joshua (Amy) Chodak of Appleton, Danielle Wierikko of California, Paige LeAnna Weirikko of Sheboygan, Hayley DoBas of Sheboygan, Desiree Ottlinger of California and Wendy and Jennifer Ottlinger of Dearborn, lower Michigan; great- grandchildren, Joshua Jr. and Elijah of Appleton, Wis. and Connor of Dearborn, lower Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Kathryn (Bering) Ottlinger; his brothers, Pete and Nick Ottlinger; and a sister, Marie Thorsen.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11a.m. at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 11a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Keith Wall will officiate.
Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Frank “Dutch” Ottlinger online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Beatrice Neuens
KINGSFORD — Beatrice L. Neuens, 85, of Evergreen Heights Assisted Living in Kingsford, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
She was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Santa Rosa, Calif., daughter of the late James and Charlotte (Eickmeyer) Clark. Bea graduated from Santa Rosa High School.
She married Jacob Neuens on Jan. 20, 1940, in Aurora, Wis. He preceded her in death in 1950.
Bea worked as a secretary for Wisconsin-Michigan Power Co. for many years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was active in the altar society. Bea volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop in Florence for several years. She enjoyed gardening, camping, basket weaving and playing cards with friends.
Bea is survived by a daughter, Beverly (John) Whitley of Trenton, Mo.; two sons, Martin J. (Cindy) Neuens of Tucson, Ariz. and David L. Neuens of Castle Rock, Colo.; four grandchildren, Gerri Whitley of Chicago, Cara Whitley of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Tyson Neuens of Castle Rock, Colo. and Corey Neuens of Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Theodore Prosser Sr. and James Leland Clark.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora. Fr. Michael Betley will officiate.
Cremains will be interred in Quinnesec Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop of Florence or to a memorial which will be established in her memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Beatrice Neuens online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Donald Jenzake

FENCE, WIS. - Donald Paul Jenzake, 47, of Fence,Wis., found peace Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, after a stubborn battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
He is survived by his sisters, Linda and her children, Jennifer Lisiak (James Tomlinson), Carinda Lisiak, Keith Lisiak, Sonya (Dennis) Majewski and their daughters, Denya Molly and Amanda (Troy) Newmeister, Wanda Jo (Mike) Hibbard and their daughters, Brandi (Corey) Scheid and Faith Hibbard, Sandi (Jerry) Krumnow and her children, Jessica and Gregory Moehr. Also by other relatives and many friends.
He was the proud Godfather of Faith "Wiara" Hibbard.
Don was born in Milwaukee, the son of the late Leonard and Susan (Rabeigo) Jenzake. He joined the United States Army at the age of 17. After his career as a hot tar roofer in the city, he brought his construction skills to the country.
A private family service was held according to Don's wishes.
A special thanks to the staff at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain for their care and support.
Condolences may expressed to the family of Donald P. Jenzake online at tondinfuneralhome.com.
The family has entrusted the Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home with the arrangements.


Florence Mining News
Herbert Christesen

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP — Herbert J. Christesen, 90 of N3795 Bass Lake Road, Breitung Township, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, at ManorCare Health Systems in Kingsford.
He was born on Aug. 3, 1915, in Florence, Wis., son of the late Ellis and Elizabeth Christesen. Herbert graduated from Kingsford High School in 1933.
He was married to his wife, the former Ada Knudsen, in 1937. They spent 68 wedded years together. He was employed with the Hoyle/Newberg Construction Co. and Lakeshore Inc. until his retirement.
Herbert was member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. As a member through the years he served in various capacities. He was member of the council for many years, usher, and a member of the finance committee.
Gardening, lawn work and visiting with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his favorite pastimes.
Herbert was a devoted husband to his wife, Ada; father of three sons, Gerald, James (Noreen) and David (Carol), all of Iron Mountain; one daughter, Linda (Doug) Dodd of Norway; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Ellis (Norma) Christesen of Green Bay, Wis.; two sisters, Vivian (Joseph) Safranek of Waukesha, Wis. and Betty (Jerome) Molitor of West Village Lake, Calif. and many nieces and nephews.
Herbert was preceded in death by his brother, William, of Milwaukee.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. at the church. Rev. Stephen Cowen will officiate.
Burial will be at Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Herbert Christesen online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Bernice Colantonio

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bernice V. Colantonio, 89, of 1820 Mary’s Way, formerly of 504 Norway St. in Iron Mountain, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
She was born on Dec. 19, 1915, in Aurora, Wis., daughter of the late Axel and Anna (Carlson) Olson. She has been a lifelong resident of this area.
She married Louis Colantonio on April 27, 1935, in Iron Mountain. They celebrated 70 years of marriage together.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the United Methodist women’s organizations. Bernice enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking and baking. She loved to knit and was known for her rose garden. Bernice was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching bowling, golf and football.
She is survived by her husband, Louis; her son, Russell Colantonio of Iron Mountain; daughters, Jan (Gary) Pilon of Orlando, Fla. and Cheryl (Ben) Storey of Kirkland, Wash.; grandchildren, Scott, Kristie, Mark, Kelly, Stephen, Christopher and Matthew and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon in 1948 and by two brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Meredith Rupe will officiate.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park.
Memorials may be made in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Bernice Colantonio online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Orpha Blockland

CHANNING — Orpha M. Blockland, 77, of Channing, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.
She was born on March 8, 1928, in Oconto, Wis., the daughter of the late Richard and Marion (Forstel) Peterson.
Mrs. Blockland was a certified nurse’s aide at Florence Villa for more than 20 years. She was a longtime member of Grace Presbyterian Church and had a very strong faith. Orpha always liked to keep busy baking, especially pasties, cooking, canning, sewing, and embroidering.
Orpha married Bert Blockland in Iron Mountain on Feb. 1, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 28, 1985.
Orpha was a wonderful mother to Robert (Jayna) and Paul (Sandy), both of Channing, Ruth (Jerry) Leonard of Las Vegas, Nev., Marion (Rod) Johnson of Crystal Falls, and Naomi Blockland of Channing. She was the loving grandmother of Scott Blockland, Sean (Jessica) Blockland, Richard (Michelle) Blockland, Sherri Blockland, Dennis (Heather) Blockland, Kristina Blockland, Faith (John) Kuzak, Jason (Michelle) Johnson, and David Johnson. She is also survived by two sisters, Manette Devroy of Green Bay, Wis. and Marlene (Conrad) Kramer of Sagola; one brother, Richard (Betty) Peterson, nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Sagola.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at the church at11 a.m. Rev. David Anderson will officiate.
Burial will be in Channing Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Orpha Blockland online at www.tondinfuneralhome.com.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Herbert Krause
AURORA, Wis. — Herbert C. Krause, 69, of Aurora, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004.
He was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Peshtigo, Wis., son of the late Gustav and Emma (Gove) Krause. Herb lived most of his life in the Marinette-Menominee area. In 1999, he moved to Aurora and has been a resident there ever since.
He loved hunting and fishing, and enjoyed early American heritage and history. The past few years, Herb enjoyed traveling.
He is survived by two sons, Chad (Kerri) Krause of Seattle, Wash. and Edward Krause of Kenosha, Wis.; one daughter, Lori (Wayne) DeShambo of Marquette; his fiance’, Patricia Schaut of Aurora; one brother, Dale (Linda) Krause of Pembine, Wis.; one sister, Marion Kinney of Florida; three grandchildren, Cole and Kaylee Krause of Seattle and Stephanie DeShambo of Lansing.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at the Kingsford Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Homestead Fire Department.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Herbert C. Krause online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Kingsford Funeral Home of Kingsford with the arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Clarence Walstrom

QUINNESEC— Clarence E. Walstrom, 85, 1014 Lake Ave. of Quinnesec, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at his home.
He was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Charles and Anna (Swanson) Walstrom.
Mr. Walstrom served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. He was a welder at Lake Shore Inc.
Clarence picked pinecones to collect seeds for nurseries for more than 40 years. He also enjoyed using his metal detector and camping.
He married Laverne Corsi on July 13, 1946, in Florence, Wis.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Laverne; three sons, Terry (Virginia) of Green Bay, Wis., David of Iron Mountain and Robert (Phyllis) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four daughters, Patricia (Kevin) Whaley of Iron Mountain, Susan (Gerald) West of Niagara, Wis., Mindi (Carl) Hockberger of Iron River, and Elizabeth (Daniel) Franklin of Quinnesec; one sister, Helen Filliger of Las Vegas; 23 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by many brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home.
The Memorial talk will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. It will be given by Elder Brian Kleist.
Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
Condolences to the family of Clarence Walstrom may be expressed online at www.tondinfuneralhome.com.
The Tondin-Ross & Freeman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Carolyn J. Gould

FLORENCE, Wis. — On Jan. 1, 2006, Carolyn J. Gould, 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and to be reunited with many loved ones who have gone on before her. Her family expresses heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Florence Villa Nursing Center for their part in making the last four years of her life as comfortable and fulfilled as possible through their diligent, compassionate care.
Carolyn, first born of Oscar and Jennie Peterson, was born on March 10, 1914. Her sister, Margaret joined the family two years later. In 1921, the Petersons moved to Aurora, Wis., where CarolynÂ’s brother, Bob and sisters, June and Nancy were born. Caring for the needs of her family were always CarolynÂ’s foremost concern, so when she was 19 she moved to Winnetka, Ill., to work and help out the family. While there, she met Frank Gould. They were married May 4, 1937. Their marriage of 61 years resulted in many happy memories including the birth of their three children, Frank, Janice and Marcy.
Carolyn served the Lord in many ways. She was a wonderful homemaker, always making sure the needs for her family were met. She was a faithful member of the Winnetka Bible Church and after moving to Kingsford in 1990, she attended the Aurora Free Church and later the Homestead Baptist Church. She also attended weekly services at the Florence Villa. Over the years, her quiet ways of giving and encouraging others touched many lives and she will be greatly missed.
She leaves behind many who loved her dearly, including her dear sister, Nancy (Robert) Norris of Aurora, Wis.; a son, Frank (Karen) Gould of Annapolis, Md.; two daughters, Janice Gould of Kingsford and Marcy (Mark) Newell of Aurora; five grandchildren, Lisa (John) Binford, Brian (Ginger) Gould, Stephen (Kathryn) Gould, Dixie (Michael) Youngs and Scott (Jeanette) Newell; 12 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Adam, Christopher, John, Rebecca, Jack, Sarah, Brandon, Kyle, Mark, Benjamin, and Jackson; sister-in-law, Doris (Robert) Schneider of Elgin, Ill.; sister-in-law, Miriam Peterson of Rice Lake, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Homestead Baptist Church, located on Highway N in Homestead, Wis.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Bradley Moore.
Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.
Carolyn had a heart for missions and helped many missionaries over the years.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Missions Fund of the Homestead Baptist Church.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
LaVerne Anderson

AURORA, Wis. — LaVerne L. Anderson, 82, of 1930 Grandview Drive, Aurora, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
LaVerne was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late Roy and Gertrude (Basche) Grimord. She was a 1940 graduate of Iron Mountain High School and attended Dundons Business College.
She worked for several years at Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee.
LaVerne married Benjamin Anderson on Feb. 14, 1946, at Homestead Baptist Church.
She was a homemaker on the family farm in Homestead. From 1965-72, she was employed by the Northeast Wisconsin Community Action Agency. She helped bring several community housing projects to northern Wisconsin.
LaVerne was a member of the Homestead Baptist Church where she was involved with the Ladies Aid and later the Women’s Missions. She also served many years as the church treasurer and Sunday School superintendent.
She served several years on the Florence County Board of Education.
She was kind, often reaching out to help others.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Benjamin; two sons, Ken (Lynda) Anderson of Manitowoc, Wis., and James (Christine) Anderson of Kingsford; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Grimord of Brookfield, Wis.; son-in-law, Vaughn Francar of Hobart, Wis.; grandchildren Scott Francar of Green Bay, Wis., Kevin (Yvonne) Plekan of Appleton, Wis., Neil Plekan of Manitowoc, Joe Supa of East Kingsford, April Supa and Jacob Supa, both of Kingsford; great-grandchildren Daniel, Sara, Stephen, Stella, Sean, Emma, Zachary, Molly and Dennis; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Francar, in 1998, and her brother, Richard Grimord, in 2003.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Homestead Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday at the church. Rev. Brad Moore will officiate.
Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of LaVerne Anderson at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Florence Mining News
Virginia Chrisman

AURORA, Wis. — Virginia R. Chrisman, of Aurora, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at her home.
She was born in Milwaukee on Feb. 22, 1928, daughter of the late Benjamin and Catherine (Bradley) Isely. Virginia graduated from South Division High School in Milwaukee.
She married Edwin C. Chrisman on June 13, 1946, in Milwaukee and he preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2004. Virginia worked as a bookkeeper for many years.
She was member of American Martyrs Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, working crossword puzzles, bowling and playing golf.
Virginia is survived by her son, Ralph (George Chars) Chrisman of Milwaukee; daughters, Georgiann (Robert) Gelhar of Aurora and LeaAnn (Larry) Haralson of Fond du Lac, Wis.; a brother, Richard (Tina) Isely of New Holstein, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Frances Chrisman of Green Bay, Wis. and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Chrisman in 1998; a granddaughter, Brenda Gelhar Mattord in 2003; three brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the Kingsford Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. today at American Martyrs Church. Fr. Joseph Gouin offered the Mass of the Christian Burial.
Burial was in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.
Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Virginia Chrisman online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.

Iron Mountain Daily News
Evert Peterson

FLORENCE, Wis. — Evert E. Peterson, 94, of Kingsford, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at Florence Villa.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home.

Evert Peterson

KINGSFORD — Evert E. Peterson, 94, of 144 Maple St. in Kingsford, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at Florence Villa Nursing Home in Florence, Wis.

He was born March 17, 1912, in Aurora, Wis., son of the late Charles and Selma (Augustin) Peterson. Evert was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and “V” device.

He married Lucille VannAtter on Sept. 19, 1943, in North Carolina. She preceded him in death on Sept. 7, 1986.

Evert worked as a nursing assistant at the V.A. Hospital for 26 years until retiring in 1975. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Evert enjoyed camping, hunting, dancing and farming. He loved artwork and was an accomplished artist and painter. Evert was very handy with tools and could tackle any job or project successfully.

He is survived by his special friend and companion, Gladys Gassett of Florence, and her son, Robert “Bud” (Norma) Gassett of Chester, S.C. and several nieces and nephews.

Evert was preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer, Ernest and Enar, and three sisters, Ethel, Evelyn and Judith.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford.

Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Rev. Chad Ott will officiate.

Burial will be in Homestead-Aurora Cemetery in Aurora.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Evert Peterson online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Patricia Demko

FLORENCE, Wis. — Patricia Dorothy Demko, 77, of Florence, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain.

She was born March 15, 1929, in Chicago, 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 of Florence; one daughter Candy (Jerry) Becker, Sparta, Wis.; six grandchildren, Chrissy (Tim) Falton of West Bend, Wis., Nicholas Demko of Florence, Jeff (Jenny) Becker of Egan, Minn., Jenny (Jeff) Dzurick of Wausau, Wis., Brian (Erin Burke) Becker of Sparta and Eric Becker of Sparta; one sister Constance Maranto of Washington Island, Wis.; and one great-grandchild, Morgan Carol Becker.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek, Wis.

The funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Fr. Dave Schmidt will officiate.

Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Goodman, Wis.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Patricia’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Rose Anderson

CASPIAN — Rose L. Anderson, 62, Caspian, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at her home.

She was born April 16, 1944, in Stambaugh, the daughter of Ella Olson and was a lifelong resident of the area. She attended the local schools.

On July 1, 1961, she married James L. Anderson at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian, and the couple made their home in Caspian.

Rose was a bartender at Toti’s Bar in the Virgil Location, later at Pike’s Bar in Stambaugh, and retired from Mid City Bar in Caspian.

Rose was a collector of owls.

She is survived by a son, James (Kathy) Anderson of Iron River; a daughter, Terri (Brett) Hudson of Seattle; her mother, Ella Olson Bartsch of Florence, Wis.; two brothers; Dan and Rick McCoy of Florence; four sisters, Phyllis Novak, Linda McCoy, Sandy McCoy and Shirley Waite, all of Florence; four grandchildren; Ryan and Bradley Anderson and Joshua and Justin Hudson; and two great-granddaughters, Lexi Anderson and Josephine Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James on June 11, 2002, and a sister, Nora.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, with the Rev. Norman Clisch to officiate.

Interment will be in Stambaugh Cemetery in Iron River.

Funeral Arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Frank Demko

FENCE, Wis. — Frank D. Demko, 92, of Fence, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

He was born on Oct. 31, 1914, in Goodman, Wis., son of the late Stephen and Tecla “Tillie” (Mazur) Demko. He served in the United States Army during World War II.

He married the former Florence Sadowski in 1939 in Chicago.

Frank worked as a farmer his entire life, and up until this year he was cutting his own firewood. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Frank is survived by his wife, Florence Demko; a son, Robert (Lauren) Demko of Aurora, Wis.; sisters, Mary Bacon of Three Lakes, Wis. and Ann Legerski of Florence, Wis.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Nelson in 2005, and seven brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kingsford Funeral Home.

The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate.

Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Goodman.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Frank Demko online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Kingsford Funeral Home of Kingsford with the funeral arrangements.


Iron Mountain Daily News
George Weber

AURORA, Wis. — George G. Weber, 82, of Aurora passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

He was born on June 10, 1924, in Aurora. He was the first born of six children to parents John and Gerta (Roos) Weber.

George attended grade school at the Golden Rule School in Aurora and graduated from Kingsford High School in 1942.

By trade, he was a carpenter starting his career in 1948 at the V.A. Medical Center with Proksch Construction. At the end of that project, he joined Nat Bolognesi House Builders. From there he transferred to Marinette to work with Noah Poquette building schools and the jail. When K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base was first conceived, the prospects of employment looked reassuring, and he renewed a position with Proksch Construction as a foreman and later as a project superintendent. In all, about seven years was spent at Sawyer, then 30 years throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. He retired on July 1, 1988.

Among other endeavors George was so proud of, was being the Aurora town supervisor from 1977-1980 and Aurora town board chairman from 1981-2004. He also served on the Wisconsin Towns Association for 24 years and the Florence Economic Development. George worked very hard to make Aurora a good place to live. His family could not have been more proud of him and his accomplishments.

George was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Florence County Lions Club. He had the friendship and respect of many people. Of his hobbies, he enjoyed woodworking the most. George got great joy in making special gifts from wood for his children and grandchildren.

George leaves his wife of 63 years Deloris “Dee”; his children, Kay (Jack) Wedin, Mary (Larry Hoya) Raketich, and Rose (Gary Vandeville) Schneider; grandchildren, Kevin (Dawn) Wedin, Kirt (Jennifer) Wedin, Bobbie (Steve) Povolo, Toni (Joe) Scarp, Kevin (Karen) Raketich, Michael (Amy) Raketich, Eric (Michelle) Schneider, and Amanda Holzbauer; a brother, Edward (Betty) Weber; sisters, Margaret (Ron) Olson, Janet (Harry) Lucas, and Doris Brown; a sister-in-law, Gerri Weber; 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Weber.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kingsford Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home and at 12 noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora. Fr. Michael Betley will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kevin and Kirt Wedin, Eric Schneider, Michael Raketich, Steve Povolo, and Jon Olson.

A very special thank you to George’s nephew, “Little Jon” for all the time he spent with Uncle George. We know how much he appreciated the rides out to the plains and to the hunting camp. You had a very special place in his heart that will never be forgotten.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of George Weber online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Kingsford Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.

Iron Mountain Daily News
Laurel Schmalz

FLORENCE, Wis. — Laurel (Freistrom-Rosen) Schmalz, 76, of Florence, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain.

She was born April 16, 1930, in Kaukauna, Wis., daughter of the late Roy and Blanche (McDowell) Freistrom.

She married Sid Rosen in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1964. She later married Frank Schmalz and they resided in Spread Eagle, Wis.

Laurel enjoyed many hobbies, including, sewing, crocheting, knitting, art work, and especially her casino bus trips where she was able to visit with many friends.

Survivors include two sons, Dan (Rita) Rosen of Spread Eagle, Wis. and Bruce (Jacqueline) Rosen of Iron Mountain; one daughter, Karen Rosen of Iron Mountain; one step-daughter, Sue Lindeman of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Louise Rosen of Bedford, N.H.; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; special friends, Phyllis Novak and family, Otto and Ellie Ghere, and Tricia Perron.

Besides her parents and husband, Sid, she was preceded in death by one son, Aaron Rosen, and two brothers, Dean and Lee Freistrom.

Private family services were held.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to the Schmalz family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Richard Johnson

FENCE, Wis. — Richard A. Johnson, 51, of Fence, passed away Sunday, Dec.10, 2006, at his home.

Visitation will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home in Florence.

Burial will take place in Fence Cemetery in Fence in the spring.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to the Johnson family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Florence Demko

FENCE, Wis. — Florence Demko, 86, of Fence, died Saturday, Dec.16, 2006, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

She was born June 20, 1920, in Armstrong Creek, Wis., daughter of the late Stanley and Lottie (Kempa) Sadowski.

She married Frank Demko in Chicago in 1939 and he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 2006.

Florence was a member of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. She enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband.

Florence is survived by a son, Robert (Lauren) Demko of Aurora; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson and two sisters, Joyce Gallardo and Stella Swift.

Florence was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Nelson in 2005; four brothers, Charlie, John, Joe, and Raymond Sadowski; and three sisters, Helen Sadowski, Mary Renkas and Lillian Millan.

Private family services will be held.

Burial will be in the Glennwood Cemetery in Goodman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Family Ties Adult Day Care Center, 800 Crystal Lake Blvd., Iron Mountain, Michigan, 49801

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Florence Demko online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Diana Scalcucci

IRON RIVER — Diana “Dina” Scalcucci, 81, of Iron River, passed away on Thursday evening, Dec. 21, 2006, at the Iron River Care Center in Iron River.

She was born on April 13, 1925, in Iron River, the daughter of the late Frank and Zelinda (Paolucci) Silvestrini. She was a lifelong resident of the area, and attended the Iron River Schools, graduating with the Class of 1943.

She married Leonard “Bob” Scalcucci on June 10, 1947, at St. Agnes Catholic Church of Iron River. The couple made their home in Iron River, celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary in 1996.

Dina worked with her husband at their business “Riverside Bar and Pizzeria.” They served footlong hot dogs, Friday fish fry, and their own famous pizza. They were later joined in business by Dina’s brother, Nello Silvestrini.

In 1971, Dina and Bob started and pioneered the first “frozen” pizza. They owned and operated “Dina Mia Kitchens” in Iron River and restaurants in Rhinelander and Florence, Wis. Dina was secretary/treasurer of the business until the couple retired in 1991. The business is now operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Peter Saving.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church of Iron River, St. Agnes Altar Society, St. Agnes Choir for more than 55 years, the Italian Ladies Society, the Iron River Country Club, and a former member of the Carrie Jacobs Bond Musicale and the 20th Century Women’s Club.

Dina enjoyed cooking and golfing, and the highlight of her life was her husband, family, and grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda (Peter) Saving of Iron River, Denise (Dr. Kent) Towsley of Tulsa, Okla. and Gina (Joseph) Orlich of Portage, Ind.; six grandchildren, Dr. Allegra and Griffin Saving, Blake and Matthew Towsley and Christopher and Alexis Orlich; her best friend and sister-in-law, Margaret Scalcucci; and nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob on Sept. 2, 1996; one brother, Nello Silvestrini; and three sisters, Margaret Peterson, Yolanda Spagnoli, and Idia Malinowski Omdahl.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 26, from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church of Iron River with her nephew, Rev. Dino Silvestrini and Rev. Norman Clish, concelebrant to offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

The Italian Ladies will form an honor guard at the funeral.

Pallbearers will be Peter Saving, Dr. Kent Towsley, Joseph Orlich, Blake and Matthew Towsley, and Griffin Saving.

Honary Pallbearer will be Christopher Orlich.

Interment will be in the Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River.

The family suggest memorials to West Iron County Education Foundation.

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Helen Lehto

IRON MOUNTAIN — Helen E. Lehto, 89, of Iron Mountain, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Florence Villa Nursing Home in Florence, Wis.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2007, at the church.

A complete obituary will appear in The Daily News on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Frances Beitzel

FLORENCE, Wis. — Frances M. Beitzel, 97, of Florence, passed away Thursday, Dec, 21, 2006, at Florence Villa Nursing Home.

Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 28, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in 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.


Iron Mountain Daily News
Daniel Nick

SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. — Daniel C. Nick, 51, of 5028 Tall Pines Road in Spread Eagle, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

He was born on Aug. 27, 1955, in Milwaukee, son of the late Frederick and Georgia (Mueller) Nick. Dan graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 1973.

While growing up, Dan enjoyed spending summers with his family at their home in Spread Eagle, and has resided there for the past 23 years. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Dan is survived by his brother, Frederick (Sam) Nick of Wauwatosa, Wis.; his special life companion, Florence “Cookie” Liddle of Commonwealth, Wis.; nieces and nephews, Frederick, Zachary and Kaitlyn; and many friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

A memorial service will follow at 12 noon at the funeral home. Rev. Stephen Cowen will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory. Condolences may be expressed to the family of Dan Nick online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

Iron Mountain Daily News
William Veraghen

KINGSFORD — William “Jack” Veraghen, 75, of 440 Case St., Kingsford, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s followed by a series of complications. His loving wife and children were at his side.

Jack was born on Nov. 19, 1931, in Kingsford, son of the late William Veraghen and Tillie Powell. He lived lived in the area for his entire life.

Jack married the former Marie Voris on March 8, 1952, in Kingsford. He worked for the Markell Co. as a roofer for 37 years, retiring in 1987.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his 4-wheeler “wheelie,” and spending time at his camp in Felch. He was very involved in his grandchildren’s sports and school activities.

Jack was a quiet, honest and hard-working man who enjoyed all of the simple pleasures in life; his garden, his dogs, and watching the birds come to his bird feeders. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, fishing buddies and all those who loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie; a son, Danny (Jean) Veraghen of Green Bay, Wis.; three daughters, Debbie (John) Ellis of Iron Mountain, Danette (John) Quick of Sagola and Diane Brey (Ken Raska) of Green Bay; a brother, Fred (Cindy) Powell of Iron Mountain; a sister, Vivian “Bebo” Powell of Jonesboro, Ark.; two sisters-in-law, Bessie Simpson of Florence Villa Nursing Home, and Martha Powell of Kingsford; 15 grandchildren, Jamie (Kathi) Ellis, Jeremy Ellis, Kelli (Nick) Vardigan, Staci (Ron) Laakonen, April, Sara, Mikky, Summer and Chad Veraghen, Amy (Jim) Stanchina, Casey and Jenna Faccio, Katie Brey, and Brad and Brianne Hazelwood; a step-grandson, Lincoln Quick; eight great-grandchildren, Hailey and Hanna Ellis, Kayla Laakonen, Damian and Bryce Veraghen, Kamen Cabana, Kali Stanchina, and Kaile Faccio; and several nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Lee Veraghen; three brothers, William “Peany,” Ellery, and Lloyd “Buck” Powell; three sisters, Agnes Jackson, Evelyn Paquin and Eunice Schinderle and his favorite little dog, Mindy Lou.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. David Anderson will officiate.

Burial will be in Quinnesec Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of William “Jack” Veraghen online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

Florence Mining  News
February 14, 2007

Sydney Rosholt Peterson, 73, of Niagara, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 11 at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio, with his family by his side.

He was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Wausau, the son of the late Raymond G. and Stella A. (Syvertson) Peterson of Wittenberg.

On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1955, he was united in marriage to Nancy Lou Timm, daughter of the late Edward and Hilda (Schroeder) Timm, in Birnamwood.

Sydney is survived by his wife, Nancy; five children, Lucy (Darrell Ortivez) Lopez, Niagara, Jill (Donald) Mongold, Manassas, Va., Timothy Peterson, Crivitz, Cheryl (Kris Schaefer) Peterson, St. Paul, Minn., and Candy (Joe and Mary Milquette Family) Peterson, Crooked Lake. He also leaves four grandchildren, Lisa Lou Lopez (special friend, Joel Bougie) and Caprice Ortivez, both of Milwaukee, Elliott and Regan Mongold, Manassas, Va. In addition he is survived by three sisters, Carol (Willys) Folsom, Wittenberg, Priscilla (Merritt) Wilkins, Spring Valley, Fla., Sylvia Griggs, Bogota, Columbia, South America, along with their children and grandchildren.

Sydney graduated from Wittenberg High School in 1952, and served two years in the United States Army stationed at Fort Caron in Colorado Springs, Colo. As a child, Sydney began his life work in the footsteps of his father in the telephone business, at the Wittenberg Telephone Company and subsequently, the Niagara Telephone Company, where he became President, Manager, and Owner. He has been regularly committed to the Wittenberg Telephone Company where he has been President and Owner since 1972. Having never retired, both companies continued to be Sydney's avid livelihood that he enjoyed up to the present day.

Sydney was an active person not only in the telecommunications industry but was a member of many organizations, boards, and committees both local and national. These include: Former President of the Niagara Businessmen's Association, Former President of the Niagara TV Coop, Board of Directors for Maryhill Manor, Niagara Lions Club Member, Florence County Business Association, Marinette County Business and Industry Association, Wisconsin State Telephone Association, United States Telephone Association, Board of Directors for Locally-Owned Telephone Association, American Station Wagon Owners Association, and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church committees.

Sydney had many interests and hobbies such as traveling and spending time with his family and friends, but one of his most passionate pastimes was polka music. He played accordion and concertina with numerous bands and musicians throughout his life including the Amidon Follies, the Jammers Accordion and Concertina Club of the Wausau area and was a founding member of the North Eastern Wisconsin Concertina, Accordion, and Buttonbox (NEWCABB) club.

Sydney also petitioned and testified in Washington DC for various causes he considered important, such as: telecommunications policies, mental health issues, postal rates, and estate taxes.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford. Funeral Services will be Thursday, 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. Chad Ott will officiate.
A visitation will also be held Saturday, Feb. 17 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wittenberg. Funeral Services will be held Saturday 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be Saturday, Feb. 17, at Bethany Cemetery in Wittenberg.

Memorials can be made to: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 420 W. Breitung Avenue, Kingsford, MI 49802; Maryhill Manor, 501 Madison Avenue, Niagara, WI 54151; Homme Home of Wittenberg, 604 S. Webb Street, Wittenberg, WI 54499; and Redeemer Lutheran Church, W18205 College Avenue, Wittenberg, WI 54499.

Honorary Pallbearers include: Carleton Benz, Herb Handt Jr., Joe Milquette, Ray Pilon, Walter Pivinski, Bruce Reuber, Reuben Schmidt, Clarence and James Timm, and Eugene Woznicki. Thursdays Service Pallbearers include: Darrell Ortivez, Don Mongold, Kris Schaefer, Joel Bougie, Jack and Kyle VanOrder. Saturdays Service Pallbearers include: Robert, Dennis, James and John Rew, Robert Timm, and Matthew Preus.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Sydney’s family online at www.jacobsfunerhomes.com.
The Jacobs Funeral Home Niagara Chapel is serving the family.

Sydney leaves behind a large group of family and friends who mourn his passing but will always remember his enthusiasm for life, his easy-going optimistic nature, his happy days with polka music on the accordion, his unique sense of humor, his devotion to his wife Nancy and all their children and grandchildren, and his all-inclusive friendship and generosity.

Florence Mining  News
February 14, 2007

David J. “Bricks” Brickner, 48, of Sheboygan, died Friday, Feb. 9. He was stricken with an apparent heart attack while participating in a snowmobile memorial run in memory of “Little Ray” in Forest County, Wisconsin.

Dave was born May 2, 1958 in Laona to Raymond Jr. and Donna (Sukow) Brickner.

The Brickner family moved to Sheboygan in his youth, where he attended Bethlehem Lutheran School and South High School.

Dave was proprietor of Brick’s Log Cabin, located on Union Ave. in Sheboygan, since 1994.

He had an adventurous nature, and would enjoy exploring the north woods in his car or on his snowmobile. Many happy times were also spent with family and friends riding Harleys.

Dave worshiped at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He was a member of Duck’s Unlimited, Sheboygan Tavern League, and a sponsor of the Eastern Stock Car Association as well as other events.

Survivors include a son, Jacob; his parents, Raymond Jr. and Donna Brickner of Laona, Wisconsin; three brothers, Berthold (Kris) Brickner of Milwaukee, Raymond (Debbie) Brickner III of Cleveland, WI and Tim (Terri) Brickner of Whitelaw, Wisconsin; nieces and nephews including, Tammy (Scott) Brickner-Dexter, Tina (Dennis) Videtic and Emma Brickner; a great-niece, Isabella Dexter and a great-nephew, Dylan Videtic; and other family members and friends including Mike Fischer.

Dave was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; and will be warmly welcomed into heaven by his nephew, Raymond Brickner IV, “Little Ray”.

Funeral services will be held Friday 10 a.m. at Ballhorn Funeral Chapels. Rev. James L. Hartman, Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Mark’s Cemetery in the Town of Mosel. A time of visitation and support will be held at Ballhorn Chapels on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

Dave will always be remembered for his humor and the joy he received in telling a good story, and his eagerness to reach out to help others, young and old. Dave and his “big heart” will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.


Florence Mining  News
February 14, 2007

Jerry J. Pearson, 60, of Aurora, died Weds. Feb. 7, 2007 at the Beverly Living Center in Florence. He was born on March 22, 1946 in Aurora, the son of the late Holden and Christine (Schneider) Pearson.
Jerry served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Jerry was very proud of his service to our country. 

Jerry had a big heart and was very generous. He loved giving to others. In his younger years he enjoyed woodcarving and clock/watch making. 

He is survived by his sister Dolly Baiochhi of Wadsworth, Ill., his “adopted family” Tom and Kathi Krans of Aurora, many aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members, and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother Roger Pearson and his sister Verna Kocek.

A military graveside service will be held in the spring at the Homestead-Pembine Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Jerry J. Pearson online at www.tondinfuneralhome.com. 
The Tondin-Ross and Freeman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florence Mining  News
February 7, 2007

Arlene D. Lenz, 63 of the town of Hull, Marathon County, died peacefully at her home with her family by her side, under the loving care of Ministry Hospice. A memorial service was held Thursday Feb. 1 at Peace Lutheran Church, Edgar. The Rev. Jeff Tarrus officiated. Sarah Lemmer provided music for congregational hymns. Interment of ashes was in the church cemetery. A time of fellowship and luncheon will follow the service. Hansen Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mrs. Lenz was born Dec. 19, 1943 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, the daughter of Earl and Mary (Whaley) Bush. She attended Florence County schools.
The former Arlene Bush was united in holy marriage to Gerald L. Lenz on Jan. 9, 1965 at St John’s Lutheran Church in the town of Wein.
Arlene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. In addition to being a homemaker she enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, reading and gardening. She especially cherished the time she could spend with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Lenz was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.
Arlene is lovingly survived by her husband, Gerald Lenz, Colby, children, Ronald Lenz, Colby, Deborah Lenz, Abbotsford, Joan (Joseph) Berg, Stetsonville, John (Cynthia) Lenz, Dorchester and Jill Lenz, Colby. Three grandchildren, Kimberly, Lauren and Madyson. Two sisters, Mildred (Joseph) Wiegan, Rib Mountain and Florence Glick of Indiana further survive Arlene.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Arlene’s name may consider the Peace Lutheran Church – Ramp Fund. 

Peshtigo Times - 1/31/2007
Peter Glenn Church

A Funeral Mass was held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 27 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Armstrong Creek, for Peter Glenn Church, 44, of Goodman. He died Wednesday, Jan. 24 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Fr. David Schmidt officiated and burial was at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the Aurora Homestead Cemetery, Aurora. Messar Funeral Home of Wausaukee assisted the family.

The son of Gordon and Helen (Czech) Church was born Nov. 17, 1962 in Iron Mountain, Mi. He married the former Jackie Milan in Armstrong Creek on Dec. 26, 1988 and was employed for an underground utility company as a construction supervisor. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife survives, along with his parents; two sons and a daughter, Peter jr., Dillon and Amanda, at home; three brothers, Joe (friend, Debbie) and Jon, both of Aurora and Gerard (Linda) of Homestead; six sisters, Juanita (friend, David Buress) of Lawrence, Kan., Mrs. Raymond (Kathryn) Mianecki of Green Bay, Mrs. William (Marilyn) Vassar of Aurora, Mrs. David (Patricia) Menapace of Iron Mountain, Mrs. Andrew (Frances) Herman and Veronica Church, both of Niagara. He is further survived by aunts and uncles, Clifford Church of Aurora, William (Florence) Church of Fence and Marge DeClark of Kingsford, Mi.; his father-in-law, Joseph A. Milan of Armstrong Creek; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph Milan, jr., Mrs. Ed (Sherrill) Phillion, Matt (Betsy) Milan, Dan (Jody) Milan, Mrs. Gary (Me-Chille) Klatt, Mrs. Cliff (Kathy) Moberg, Bob (Jill) Milan and Mike (Amy) Milan and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Andy and Mary Czech; his paternal grandparents, Glen and Gertrude Church; an aunt, Charlotte Church and two uncles, Roger Church and Gary DeClark.

Peshtigo Times - 1/26/2005

Robert H. Despins

Memorial services for Robert H. Despins, 80, of Iron Mountain, Mich., were held at noon on Friday, Jan. 21, at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Mueller officiated with burial in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

He died on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Born in Iron Mountain on Nov. 22, 1924, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leo (Cecelia Micheau) Despins, he was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1943 and from Dundon's Business College with a degree in accounting. An army veteran of World War II, he married the former Eleanor Clements on April 23, 1949, at the First Methodist Church in Iron Mountain. He had worked there for the VA Hospital for 32 years, retiring in 1981. A member of the Pine Grove Country Club for 50 years, he enjoyed golfing and was also a member of the Iron Mountain Elks Lodge, The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Friends of the Forest, and was active in Special Olympics participating in Special Kids Camp at Lost Lake in Tipler.

Survivors include three sons, David (Lori) Despins of Marinette, John (Valerie) Despins of Westerville, Ohio, and Brian Despins of Iron Mountain; one daughter, Mary Despins, Iron Mountain; two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Floyd (Marion) Olson of Kingsford, Leo "Joe" (Luella) Despins, Iron Mountain, Thomas (Lona) Despins of Superior and Carol Ryan of Beaver Dam; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert George Despins; and two brothers, James and Alan Despins.

A memorial fund has been established.


Iron Mountain Daily News
2/15/2007

Albert Grell

FLORENCE, Wis. — Albert A. Grell, 89, of Florence, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

He was born June 23, 1917, in Florence, son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Gammey) Grell. He married Patricia Richards on June 30, 1941, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence.

Albert was a lifelong resident of Florence and graduated from Florence High School in 1935. Albert served in the U.S. Army during World War II stationed in the Aleutian Islands and Philippines. Upon being honorably discharged from the service, Albert received numerous medals for valor, including the bronze star with two oak leaf clusters.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Florence, the church building committee, the American Legion Post No. 211 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3635 of Florence, as well as the Knights of Columbus.

Albert worked as a logger for Goodman Lumber Co. and Louisiana Pacific, retiring in 1982. He was an avid hunter and trout fisherman and enjoyed spending time outdoors with his wife and grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three sons, Robert (LeAnna) Grell of Sun City West, Ariz., Richard (Marie) Grell of Florence, Michael (Lori) Grell of Snohomish, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Lois Grell of Florence; 11 grandchildren, Lori (Troy) Hall, Terri Grell, Robert (Mary) Grell, Anthony (Maureen) Grell, Steve (Stephanie) Grell, Travis (Jennifer) Grell, Tim (Shannon) Grell, Michael Grell, Frank (Amy) Renzoni, Mark (Tina) Renzoni, and Torin Miller; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Albert was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Grell.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence.

Prayers will be recited at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church of Florence. Fr. Michael Betley will officiate.

Burial will be in the spring at St. Mary Cemetery in Commonwealth, Wis.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Albert’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com

The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.

Green Bay Press Gazette
Posted January 26, 2007

Smith, Mrs. Louise

Mrs. Louise Smith, 87, Tipler, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at Nu-Roc Community Heathcare, Blackwell, Wis. Born Sept. 14, 1919 "Bates" Iron River, Mich., the daughter of the late John and Viola (Wilke) Reinke attended the Iron River, Michigan schools. Louise married Raymond Smith June 20, 1939, in Iron River and the couple made their home in Tipler, Wis. They celebrated their 43rd Wedding Anniversary. Raymond preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1982. Louise enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, and playing cards. The most important thing to her was her family and friends. She was a member of the Maple Grove Baptist Church, Tipler, Wis., and the Ladies Aide of Tipler.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, Blaine, Ronald, Rockford, three brothers, Harold Reinke, Tony Casagranda and Daniel Casagranda, a sister, Helen Foucault and great-granddaughter, Tonya Rae Gorr.

She is survived by sons, Riley (Madeline) Smith, Long Lake, Wis.; Randy (Mary) Smith, North Pole, Alaska; Rayne (Pam) Smith, Pulaski, Wis.; daughters, Roxanne (Pat) Brewer, Cavour, Wis.; Rhonda (Tom) Gayhart, Westminster, Md.; Ronetta (Gene) Clapsaddle, Tipler, Wis.; Raeleen (Randy) Werth, Newald, Wis.; brothers, Joe (Fran) Casagranda, Caspian, Mich.; Pete (Colleen) Casagranda, Beloit, Wis.; sisters, Rose Marie Ferguson, Vulcan, Mich.; Ruth Pretto, Loretto, Mich.; Chloe (Bill) Peterson, Chicago, Ill.; sister-in-law, Eiko Casagranda, Crystal Falls, Mich.; 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; special friends, Edna Howell and Josie Alsteen; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, Mich. Funeral Service, Monday Jan. 29, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the Maple Grove Baptist Church, Tipler, Wis., with Pastor Jason Heath to officiate. Interment Martin Cemetery, Tipler, Wis. Funeral Arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron River, Mich.


Florence Mining News
January 24, 2007

Virginia “Ginny” A. Huffman of Appleton passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2. She was born on Jan. 12, 1941, on Oshkosh to the late August and Vila A. (Tews) Juedes. Ginny graduated from Omro High School and UW-Oshkosh in 1964 with a Bachelors in Music Education Degree. On July 4, 1965, she married James Huffman, he preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1988. Ginny will be remembered for her love of music, playing the trumpet, and being an avid Packers fan.

Survivors include her brothers: Daniel B. Juedes Sr. and August Juedes Sr.; a sister, Sharon V. Pongratz; sister-in-law, Mary Taylor; mother-in-law, Elaine Huffman; sisters-in-law: Kathy (Rod) Wendt and Pam Huffman; brother-in-law, Tom (Judy) Huffman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends including lifelong friend Joanne (Daggett) Johnson.

Ginny was also preceded in death by her father-in-law, Bill Huffman.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Leon Knitt officiating. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 1 p.m. Saturday until the time of the service. Ginny will be laid to rest next to her husband at Riverside Cemetery in Appleton.
A memorial fund has been established.

The Jacobs-Lunholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.


Florence Mining News
January 24, 2007

Virginia C. Campbell, 90, Wausau, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau.
She was born June 2, 1916, in Racine, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Wiley O. and Jennie C. (Matson) Puckett. She married Kenneth L. Campbell on Dec. 10, 1937, at the Methodist Church in Wausau. He preceded her in death on June 8, 1998.

Virginia was a homemaker and full time Mom all her life.

Survivors include her children, Richard (Laurie) Campbell, King George, Va.; Charlotte Hagenbucher, Wausau; Karen (Darryl) Erickson, Grand View, Iowa; Bruce (Dianne) Campbell, Crystal Falls, Mich. and Lake Tomahawk, Scott (Kelly) Campbell, Wausau; Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth Campbell, an infant daughter Mary Virginia, a brother Donald Puckett, sisters, Gloria M. Puckett, Dorothy Wiesman-Litzer and Jeannette Olson.

Funeral Services were Saturday, Jan. 20, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. The Rev. Darryl Erickson officiated. Burial was in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation was Saturday at the funeral home.

The Jacobs Lundholm Funeral Home is serving the family.


Florence Mining News
February 21, 2007

William J. Person, 82, of 208 Lane Ave. Kingsford, died Friday, Feb. 16 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

William was born Jan. 20, 1925 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Oscar and Leona (Manley) Person. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1943 and was a lifelong resident of the area. William was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII serving with the 791st squadron of the 467th bomber group and obtaining the rank of sergeant. He was wounded over Lille, France on Aug. 3, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Caterpillar Club because of an emergency parachute jump he made over England from the crippled B-24. William married Dorothy Eckelaert on June 7, 1947 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Iron Mountain. William worked at the Niagara Paper Mill for 39 years, retiring in 1987. William and Dorothy lived on Lake Elwood in Florence for many years until moving to Kingsford three years ago. They enjoyed traveling and spent 15 winters at Feather Rock mobile home park in Valrico, FL. William was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, a 50 year member of the Florence Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the Florence VFW and the Disabled American Veterans in Iron Mountain. He enjoyed spending time with his family and summers at Lake Elwood.

William is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy; three daughters, Catherine (Thomas) Bornfleth of Green Bay, Rhonda (Wesley) Peters of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jaye (Dr. Jeffrey) Carroll of Berlin, two sons, Kurt (Ramona) Person of Spread Eagle and Ross (Katie) Person of Hobe Sound, Fla.; brother-in-law, Jack (Sandy) Eckelaert of Sun City, Fla.; sister-in-law, Dru (Norman) Meidl of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, Chad (Brenda) Bornfleth, Jon (Ellisha) Bornfleth, Amanda (Steve) Sheedy, Joshua (Rebecca) Thomas, Kelly and Nathan Thomas, Dana (Victor) Laws, Katie and Ryan Carroll, Brad, Kyle and Zachary Person, and Cody Person; three great grandsons, Micah and Caleb Bornfleth and Austin Laws; four step-grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Leona Person; a brother, Halvar; a sister-in-law, Grace Person and a son-in-law, Frank “Bo” Thomas.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7, p.m. on Friday at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home. The Florence Masonic Lodge will conduct memorial services at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Fr. Charles Piper will officiate. Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery.

The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will conduct military graveside honors.

Pallbearers will be William’s grandsons.

A memorial has been established at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of William Person online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful staff at the V.A. Hospital 6th floor for their kind and compassionate care.


Florence Mining News
February 21, 2007

David D. Hertig, 46, a Wisconsin State Trooper, Menomonie, formerly of Niagara, passed away on Feb. 13, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital at 10:30 a.m.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1960, in Iron Mountain, the son of Donald and Marilyn (Leonard) Hertig. David graduated from Niagara High School in 1979 and from Northwest Technical College with a degree in accounting.

David was a dedicated Wisconsin State Trooper for 18 years. He was very proud of his work and knew the importance of it. He worked at Newton on Interstate 43, Highways 441, and 41 while living in Green Bay. He also worked in Marinette and Oconto counties (out of the Wausau District) and lived in Crivitz. He then went to work in the Northwest region of Menomonie and Eau Claire, living in Menomonie. He was a certified state firearms instructor and professional communication skills instructor. He taught the State Troopers and the county and city police officers firearm safety at the state training facility in Tomah.

David had a passion for guns and hunting. He enjoyed hunting deer, elk, pheasant, and partridge. He went on many hunting trips to one of his favorite places, the Rocky Mountains. He also enjoyed horseback riding and making saddles.

David is survived by his father, Donald Hertig, Niagara; his sisters, Denise (Dan) Duke, Sobieski, and Dani (Mike) Poquette, Iron Mountain; his niece Casey Poquette, and his nephews, Josh Poquette, Aaron, Colin, and Ian Duke; his uncle, Harold (Sharon) Hertig; and many cousins.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Hertig, in 2002.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Premiere Center in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be at noon Saturday at the Premiere Center. Rev. David Snyder will officiate and The Wisconsin State Patrol Honors System will have an Honor Guard. Burial will be in the Niagara Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

Don't take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows we need them here.

Condolences to the family of David Hertig can be expressed online at www.tondinfuneralhome.com.

The Tondin-Ross and Freeman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Florence Mining News
February 21, 2007

Albanna D. Sartori, 103, passed away Friday Feb. 16, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara.

Albanna was born on Jan. 22, 1904, in Norway, daughter of the late John and Parmelia (Pariseua) Chamberlain. She married Arthur Cardinal, he preceded her in death. Albanna later married Dominic Sartori, and he preceded her in death. She resided all of her life in Niagara.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women, Dart Ball League, where she belonged for many years, along with her sisters and daughter. She especially enjoyed a friendly game of Polish Poker with her sister Elizabeth, unless she lost. Albanna worked many years at the Kimberly Clark Cafeteria and enjoyed visiting with all the people that would come in.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Cardinal, Kenneth (Joyce) Cardinal, one daughter, Aileen (Wayne) Lowis, all of Niagara; one brother, George Chamberlain of Auburn Hills, Mich., one sister, Elizabeth Cudnohufsky of Victorian Pines, 19 grandchildren, many great- and great-great-grandchildren and a special goddaughter, LaVerne Quick of Kingsford, Mich.

Besides her husbands and parents, Albanna was preceded in death by a son and daughter at birth, five brothers, Harry, Andrew, John, Fred, Joseph; three sisters, Margaret, Marie, Blanche, and one grandson, Darryl Cardinal.

Albanna would like the memory of her to be a happy one. She’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. She’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. She’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that she leaves when life is done.

Visitation was held Tuesday Feb. 20 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women offered a memorial service at the church. The Funeral Mass was at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Betley officiated. Burial was in the Niagara Cemetery.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Albanna’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com

The Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel is serving the family.


Florence Mining News
February 21, 2007

Priscilla A. “Percy” Porter, 95, of Florence, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Beverly Living Center in Florence.

Priscilla was born on May 6, 1911, in Channing, Mich., daughter of the late William and Laura (Robichaud) Porter.

Percy was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Florence, the Altar Society, Young at Heart, volunteered at the Florence Villa for many years, active in the V.F.W. Auxiliary, and she enjoyed playing cards. She worked as a factory worker and climbed the Buck-eye tower, well into her 70's to fire watch for the Wisconsin DNR in Florence. Percy helped build the Florence community by selling one ticket at a time.

Percy is survived by many nieces, nephews, a special friend Claire Landry, as well as other close friends.
Besides her parents, Percy was preceded in death by, one brother, John “Burnell” Porter, and one sister, Beulah Strand.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Florence. The Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Betley will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Commonwealth.
Percy’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Florence Villa for their many years of caring and attention that was given to her.

Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Priscilla’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.
The Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence is serving the family.


Florence Mining News
February 21, 2007

Doris Mae Kelsey, 84, former resident of Athelstane and Florence, died Friday, Feb. 16 at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. She was born March 3, 1922 in Athelstane, the daughter of Elmer and Selma (Lundberg) Hutchens. In May of 1965, she married Rolin Kelsey in Florence where she lived for 30 years before coming to Crivitz in 1996. Doris was employed as a bookkeeper for the DNR for 20 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Society of the Church and loved music, for both the piano and organ.

She is survived by on sister: Alice (Richard) Hanson of Racine, and several nieces and nephews, two stepsons, Duane (Linda) Kelsey, and Alvin (Jeannie) Kelsey, two stepdaughters, Barbara (Mike) Taylor, and Susan (Joe) Gazza, 16 step grandchildren, and 18 step great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Lyle, Stan, and Bud Hutchens, and her stepdaughter Arlene Phillips.

Visitation was held at Messar Funeral Home in Wausaukee on Tuesday, Feb. 20 with funeral services that followed. Rev. Rick Marcy officiated. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery in Athelstane.