• Florence,  Niagara

    Gail Pullen

    Gail M. “Meldgaard” Pullen, 78, of Beecher, formerly of Racine, Wis. left to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, surrounded by her family after a long and courageous fight with cancer. She was born August 26, 1937, in Racine daughter of the late Jerome and Mae (Lemke) Meldgaard. Gail married Lee Pullen on November 26, 1960. She earned a BSN Degree from Duke University. Gail was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church, Niagara and had worked with many women’s organizations including P.E.O. One of her greatest joys came from her home in the forest where she fed many birds and other wildlife. The couple…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Billy Taff

    Billy H. Taff, 86, of Florence, on Thursday, December 10, 2015, as the clouds parted and the sun shined through, passed through to eternal life with his family by his side, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls. He was born April 30, 1929, in Florence, Wis., the tenth of eleven children to the late Percy and Zelphia (Bailey) Taff. Billy attended Florence Schools and like many young men at that time quit school to help his parents. It was the end of WWII and all four of his brothers had served in the U.S. Army, his brother Jack, losing his life for our country. In January, 1951,…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Mayford Dain

    Mayford A. Dain, 87, of Iron Mountain, passed away on December 10, 2015, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Waupaca, Wis. He was born September 18, 1928, in Kaukauna, Wis., son of the late Erwin and Anna May (Theisen) Dain. Mayford grew up in Manawa, Wis. and Delavan, Wis. and attended school there. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1946, until his honorable discharge in 1951. He married Mary Ziesman in 1950; she preceded him in death. Mayford worked for Hillshire Farms in New London, Wis. for 16 years and later for Storms Egg Farm in Manawa. He married Maryann Peterson in July of 1989, at…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Robert Musgrove

    Robert L. Musgrove, 50, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at his home. He was born December 9, 1964, in Lake Forest, Ill. son of the late Phillip and Patricia (Belleno) Musgrove. Bob grew up in Wanconda, Ill. and attended school there. He worked for the City of Highland Park as a Machine Operator for 15 years; he moved to Kingsford in 2007 and then to Aurora in 2014. Bob was employed by Superior Assets Management for 7 years and was a self-employed tradesman who could do a little bit of everything. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially spending time with his daughter, Joelynn and friends. Bob is…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Kenneth Held

    Kenneth R. Held, 69, of Pembine, passed away Wednesday, December 09, 2015, at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain. He was born July 14, 1946, in Slinger, Wis. son of the late Gilbert and Dorothy (Schuck) Held. Ken grew up in Slinger and served our country in the Vietnam War. He married Lynn Schmitt on August 24, 1990, in Slinger, Wis. Ken was employed by Tecumseh Power Products in Grafton, Wis. for 43 years before retiring. They moved to Pembine in 2009. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with his friends and especially the time he spent with his grandchildren. Ken is survived by his wife, Lynn; one son, Steve (Krystl)…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Evelyn Romagnoli

    Evelyn “Dolly” L. Romagnoli, 94, of Iron Mountain, passed away Friday, December 04, 2015, at Freeman Nursing Home, Kingsford. She was born July 27, 1921, in Chicago, Ill. daughter of the late Raymond and Loretta (Nelson) Kelly. Evelyn grew up in Dunbar, Wis. She married Donald Romagnoli in September, 1942; he preceded her in death in 1993. Evelyn lived between Iron Mountain and Dunbar while Donald was in the service. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, they resided in Bay City, Mich. and later Detroit before moving to Iron Mountain in 1953. She worked for Perfects Manufacturing Company in Kingsford and the Red Owl before retiring. She was a…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Alfio Cini

    Alfio G. Cini, 83, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay, Wis. He was born June 1, 1932, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Louis and Doris (Carollo) Cini, Sr. Alfio grew up in Iron Mountain and attended school there. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Army; he served with the Eleventh Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Milwaukee where he met and married Mary Ann Casey, in July of 1955, in Chisholm, Minn. The couple then made their home in Iron Mountain, where they celebrated 40 years of…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    John Wysocki

    John A. Wyscoki, 81, of Quinnesec passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home, Niagara. He was born September 6, 1934, in Goodman, Wis., son of the late John and Anastasia (Renkas) Wysocki. John grew up in Goodman. He married Joann Harriet Bawiec on September 15, 1956, in Milwaukee, Wis. They resided in Milwaukee, Port Washington, Wis., Fence, Wis. Homestead, Wis. and in 2008, moved to Quinnesec. While living in Milwaukee, John worked in maintenance at a plastic plant; he later worked in Laona, Wis. Homestead and the last position he held was in Armstrong Creek, Wis. at CTS Veneer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, the outdoors…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Zachary DeCremer

    Zachary John DeCremer, 18, of Niagara, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015, unexpectedly at his home. He was born September 25, 1997, in Iron Mountain, son of Guy and Janet (Westrich) DeCremer. Zac grew up in Niagara and was a senior at Niagara High School. He enjoyed playing soccer, football and running track. Zac was proud to be a member of the wrestling team that made it to the state tournaments three years in a row. At the age of three, he started going to hunting camp with his dad where he loved camping, fishing and four-wheeling. He also enjoyed playing computer games, such as, “World of Warcraft”. Zac liked…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Alessandro Carubini

    Sandro “Alessandro” Carubini, 56, of Iron Mountain, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at his home. He was born May 6, 1959, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Mario and Delfina (Dezi) Carubini. Sandro grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1977. He worked for Lakeshore Corporation and the Niagara Paper Mill until its closing; Sandro continued his career with the Verso Paper Mill in Escanaba, where he was presently working. Sandro enjoyed gardening, cooking, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, the Green Bay Packers and especially the time he spent with his family and friends. Most recently, Sandro traveled to Italy to visit…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    William Schintgen

    William E. Schintgen, 94, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home, Niagara. He was born January 12, 1921, in Niagara, son of the late Henry and Ann (VanPembrook) Schintgen. Bill grew up in Niagara and graduated from Niagara High School, Class of 1938. He married Esther Pancheri and she preceded him in death in 1962. Bill worked as an Equipment Operator for the Niagara Paper Mill for many years before retiring. He married Betty Martin and they owned and operated Shanks Bar in Niagara for many years. She preceded him in death on October 20, 2013. He was an active member of St. Margaret…

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    Bernard Knutson

    Bernard “Chummy” Lloyd Knutson, Jr. age 93, of Niagara, passed away Monday, November 16, 2015, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette after a brief illness. He was born September 23, 1922, in Niagara, to Bernard and Cynthia (Perkins) Knutson. Chummy graduated from Niagara High School, Class of 1940. He married the girl who lived across the street and his high school sweetheart, Joyce Laurent on January 6, 1945. Chummy and Joyce were life-long residents of Niagara and members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942, and served as a flight navigator during WWII. Chummy continued his service to the country in the…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Dale Duff

    Dale E. Duff, 79, of Iron Mountain, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015, at Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay. He was born December 6, 1935, in Duluth, Minn. son of the late Loren and Hazel (Wheeler) Duff. Dale grew up in Duluth and graduated from Denfield High School, Class of 1954. He married Joanne Tucker; she preceded him in death in 1982. Dale worked for the Electrical Supply House as a salesman and later for the Crane Company, both in Duluth. In 1965, Dale relocated to Iron Mountain where he became a salesman for Wittock Supply/U.P. Electric. In 1987, he purchased Wittock Supply/U.P. Electric with his two partners, George Anderson…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Arlene Altobelli

    Arlene L. Altobelli, 84, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at Evergreen Assisted Living, Kingsford. She was born August 14, 1931, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Mike and Louise (Vespa) Costa. Arlene grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1949. She married Americo “Mudd” Altobelli on May 6, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on October 20, 2012. Over the years, Arlene worked as a prep-cook at the Chippewa Club and Big Boy. After retiring, Mudd and Arlene enjoyed time spent in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they wintered for 13 years.…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Patricia Swiss

    Felch, Michigan: Patricia M. Swiss, 75, of Felch, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015, peacefully at her home surrounded by family. She was born September 10, 1940, in Petoskey, Mich. daughter of the late John and Elsie (Darrow) Gokee. Pat grew up in Harbor Springs, Mich. and graduated from Harbor Springs High School, Class of 1959. She married Raymond Swiss on July 31, 1959; they resided in Kalamazoo, Mich. He preceded her in death May 9, 2014. In 1970, they moved back home to Emmett County to raise their family. They moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1998, to be closer to their grandchildren. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, cooking, canning…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    William Pestor

    Florence, Wisconsin: William T. Pestor, Jr., 30, of Florence, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at his home in Florence. He was born September 11, 1985, in Waukesha, Wis., son of William and Kay (Larsen) Pestor, Sr. William grew up in Eagle, Wis. and at age twelve, moved to Florence where he graduated from Florence High School, Class of 2004. He received his welding certificate from the Dickinson Iron Technical Center in Kingsford. William worked for Boss Snow Plow and Systems Control until 2014. He then went to work for Ed Neuens Sanitation and Excavating Company where he was currently employed. William was an active member of the Florence…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Wilma McDonnell

    Wilma Henrietta McDonnell (nee Roche), 85, passed away, Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain, surrounded by the love of family. She was a resident at the Golden Living Center, Florence, since 2009, after moving there from Royal Oak, Mich. following a serious stroke. Wilma was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Her family moved to Detroit, where she began school; she later moved to Royal Oak, graduating from Royal Oak High School (Dondero), Class of 1949. She married postal letter carrier, John “Mack” McDonnell, at the Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church; he preceded her in death in 2005. When her husband re-entered the Navy,…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Winifred Hoffman

    Winifred “Winnie” I. Hoffman, 89, of Iron Mountain, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at Manorcare Health Services, Kingsford. She was born September 10, 1926, in Norway, Mich. daughter of the late Lorenzo and Eunice (Hammill) Gerard. Winnie grew up in Norway. She married Irving Hoffman in December of 1963, in Iron Mountain. They resided in Iron Mountain; Winnie worked at Colenso’s Clothing store as their buyer for over 25 years, before retiring. She was an active volunteer for the Dickinson County Cancer Society. Winnie loved spending time with her grandson and family. She is survived by one son, Rodney (Cynthia) Gordon, Iron Mountain; two brothers, David (Karen) Anderson, Iron…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Sophie Jacobsen

    Sophie T. Jacobsen, 99, of Fern, Wis. passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015, peacefully at her son’s home in Orangeville, Pennsylvania where she had resided for the past 10 years. She was born January 1, 1916, in Niagara, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Sylvester and Margaret (Bal) Kososki. Sophie graduated from Niagara High School, Class of 1934. She married Vern Jacobsen on May 27, 1939, in Bound Brook, NJ. He preceded her in death on November 7, 2003. They lived in New Jersey for forty years before moving back to Fern in 1979. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Florence and the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Masonic Lodge…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Lyle Hamilton

    Lyle W. Hamilton, Jr., 59, of Crystal Falls, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2015, at the Golden Living Center Florence. He was born December 3, 1955, in Colorado Springs, Colo. son of the late Lyle and Margaret (Rogers) Hamilton, Sr. Lyle grew up in Iron River, Mich. and attended school there. He worked for Markell Roofing, Vassar Roofing and most recently with Shamian Logging. Lyle enjoyed fishing and fixing things; he was a talented handyman. He is survived by one brother, Jerry Hamilton, Crystal Falls and one sister, Sondra Certo, Dunbar, Wis. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Cindy Walker. In accordance with…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Michael Thompson

    Michael Lynn Thompson, age 72, of Norway Michigan lost his two year battle with leukemia on October 23, 2015, at the Oscar G. Johnson Veteran’s Hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich. Michael was born on September 24, 1943, to the late Marquis and Sylvia (White) Thompson in San Rafael, California. His family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he grew up., He enlisted in the Marine Corp. right after high school. At the age of 28 he met the love of his life, Colleen Sullivan and they married March 24, 1974. Together they raised a son and daughter. He was proud to serve his beloved country as a Master Sergeant in the…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Shirley Mierzejewski

    Shirley A. Mierzejewski, 87, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015, peacefully at her son-in-law’s home in Pembine, Wis. She was born December 27, 1927, in Niagara, daughter of the late John and Melvina (Larsch) Chartier. Shirley grew up and attended school in Niagara. She married Edward Mierzejewski in 1944, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Niagara. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2005. They were lifelong residents of Niagara. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Shirley enjoyed cooking and especially spending time with her grandchildren and family. She is survived by two sons, Gary Mierzejeweski, Montreal, Wis. and Richard Mierzejewski, Niagara; five daughters, Judy…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Geneva Mongrain

    Geneva E. Mongrain, 97, of Iron Mountain passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain. She was born March 16, 1918, in Hardwood, Mich. daughter of the late Richard and Eva (Robinette) Barcome. Geneva grew up in Hardwood and graduated from Felch High School, Class of 1938. She married Leonce Mongrain on December 8, 1942, in Detroit, Mich. He preceded her in death in 1981. They resided in Livonia, Mich. for 23 years. She worked as a Tool and Dye Maker during WWII. Geneva and Leonce moved to Iron Mountain in 1976. She babysat for many families in the area. Geneva was a member of…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Phyllis Coleman

    Phyllis M. Coleman, 96, of Florence, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Golden Living Center, Florence. She was born June 13, 1919, in Burlington, Iowa, daughter of the late Oscar and Eva (Tiedman) Hartman. Phillis grew up in Florence and graduated from Florence High School. She married Reuben Coleman in Iron Mountain, Mich. on January 27, 1940; he preceded her in death in 1988. Phyllis worked at Florence Public Schools as the secretary to the Superintendent. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Florence. She enjoyed her beautiful flower garden and was well known in the area for the flowers that she grew. Phyllis had a…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Edwin Wierzbicki

    Edwin J. Wierzbicki, 87, of Newell, S.D. passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015, at his home. He was born June 1, 1928, in Three Lakes, Wis. son of the late Joseph and Martha (Kochewski) Wierzbicki. Ed moved to Goodman, Wis., when he was about two years of age. He moved to South Dakota in 1949, and worked in dirt construction for over 65 years. Ed built many dams and roads in Western, South Dakota. He loved his work and passed it on to his sons. Ed had a great affinity for nature and a special gift for nurturing animals, wild and domestic. Ed loved Polka music and kidding around with…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Lewis Leslie

    Lewis L. Leslie, 66, of Quinnesec, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at his home. He was born March 28, 1949, in Crystal Falls, Mich. son of the late Leslie and Gertrude (Richer) Leslie. Lewie grew up in Norway and graduated from Norway High School, Class of 1968. He married Mary Gill on January 31, 1970, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Quinnesec, where he played Christ in the “Passion Play”. Lewie worked for Peninsula Beverage Company, Wittock Supply Company, Carlson and Goulette Plumbing and Heating and later was self-employed as a master plumber. He was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Quinnesec, until its closing. Lewie was…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    James Waldo

    James Walter Waldo, 63, known as “six footer” by friends, in Crystal Falls, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015, at Aspirus Iron River Hospital. He was born August 20, 1952, in Crystal Falls, son of the late John and Theresa (Maki) Hermanson. Jim married his high school sweetheart, Joann Mlinarcik on September 30, 1972, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Crystal Falls. He worked for the Pine River Lumber Company and the Ned Lake Land and Timber Company, before working as a self-employed logger for over 25 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, picking berries and mushrooms, ice fishing and woodworking. Jim is survived by his wife Joann; one brother, Alan “Butch”…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Gerald Jossens

    Gerald John “Jerry” Jossens, 83, of Norway, Mich., passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Hospital, Iron Mountain. He was born March 1, 1932, in Norway, son of the late Phillip and Mamie (Ahleck) Jossens. Jerry grew up in Norway and graduated from Norway High School, Class of 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955, until being honorably discharged in 1957. Jerry worked at the Niagara Paper Mill for over thirty years before retiring. He enjoyed mowing and taking excellent care of his lawn and the lawn at the church, hunting and especially making his own homemade wine. Jerry is survived by his…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Albert Meress

    Albert R. Meress, Jr. 83, of Florence, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer, on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Golden Living Center, Florence. He was born May 15, 1932, in Detroit, Mich. the only child of the late Albert and Irene (Dreary) Meress, Sr. Al grew up in Detroit and graduated from Southeastern High School. He served in the United States Airforce, during the Korean-Vietnam War, from 1952, until being honorably discharged in 1956. Al worked for the U.S. Postal Service, as a Mail Carrier for many years. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by one Aunt, Liliane Dreary, St. Claire…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Maycel Sweig

    Maycel M. Sweig, 89, of Niagara, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara. She was born July 12, 1926, in Pembine, Wis. daughter of the late Chester and Margaret (Rogers) Wilson. Maycel grew up in Pembine and graduated from Pembine High School, Class of 1943. She married Clarence Sweig on September 28, 1946, in Pembine; he preceded her in death on February 16, 2001. Maycel was a homemaker for 22 years before going to work at the Niagara Post Office where she worked for 20 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women, and a…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    George Skogg

    George Alan Skogg, 83, of Iron Mountain, passed away suddenly, Saturday September 26, 2015, at Hyland Nursing Home, Iron Mountain. He was born March 29, 1932, in Duluth, Minn., son of the late Albin and Hildur (Johnson) Skogg. George grew up in Duluth and graduated from Denfeld High School, Class of 1950. He showed an interest in music as early as nine months old. That interest grew as he learned to play piano and sing. George was involved in numerous choral groups, operettas, theatrical productions and barbershop quartets. In high school he was Argan in “The Imaginary Invalid” and Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” One of George’s most memorable experiences…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Albert Holst

    Albert J. Holst, Jr., 83, of Goodman, passed away unexpectedly, September 30, 2015, in Oconto Falls, Wis. He was born January 1, 1932, in Half Day, Ill., son of the late, Albert and Viola (Foote) Holst, Sr. Al resided for a few years in Illinois then moved to Union Grove, Wis. where he graduated from High School. He married Bonnie Earle on December 10, 1960, in Burlington, Wis. They resided in Burlington until 2002, at which time they moved to Goodman. Al hauled milk in the Union Grove area for a few years, prior to going to work for Albert Trostel’s limited in Lake Geneva, Wis. He started out as…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Dorothy Christesen

    Dorothy “Dottie” L. Christesen, 89, of Destin, Fla. passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the Mattie Kelly Destin Healthcare Rehabilitation Center in Destin, following a long illness She was born May 12, 1926 in Paris, Tex. daughter of the late William and Marie (Martin) Hadden. Dottie grew up in Paris and graduated from Paris High School. Following high school, Dottie worked at the Baker Shoe Store in Houston, Tex. She met her future husband, Russell Christesen, a former resident of Florence, Wis., while he was stationed at nearby Ellington Field in Texas, following his tour of duty overseas during World War II. They were married in Houston, on July…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    Margaret Gunville

    Margaret K. Gunville, 80, of Niagara, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home, Niagara. She was born December 30, 1934, in Iron Mountain, Mich. daughter of the late Walter and Margaret (Kessler) Baumler. Peg grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1953. She married Donald Gunville on September 22, 1956, at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. They resided a few years, in Iron Mountain, before making Niagara their home. Peg worked at the First National Bank of Niagara, for over 20 years, as a Teller. She was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church;…

  • Florence,  Niagara

    David Phelps

    David A. Phelps, David A. Phelps, 71, of Iron Mountain, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain. He was born May 19, 1944, in Milwaukee, Wis., son of Gordon and Olive (Gussert) Phelps. Dave served in the United States Army from 1962 until being honorably discharged in 1965. He enjoyed playing cards, scenic car rides with Cousin Johnny and going to the casino. Dave is survived by his mother, Olive (Hal) Schlag; one son, Keith (April) Phelps; one daughter, Kris (Kenneth) Sutton; one sister, Rosemary; four brothers, Jerry, Lenny, Kurt and Bill; one grandson, Jeremy Phelps and many loving relatives; dear friend of Rick…