History explored in Resthaven tour

Presenters during the 11th annual cemetery walking tour at Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River were, from left, Bob Weeks, assistant; Darla Sprague; Betty Petroski; Linda Saving; Gary Pisoni; Monica Fiorazo; Allyce Westphal; Cheryl Spencer; Dale Safford, coordinator; Chris Shamion; Kim Stafford Benson and Jan Melstrom. Not pictured is Fred Jacobs.

IRON RIVER – A group of 49 people took part in the 11th annual walking tour of a cemetery in west Iron County, which was held this year at Resthaven Cemetery.

Participants came from Crystal Falls, Iron Mountain, downstate Cheboygan, Green Bay and St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, as well as from the local area.

Dale Safford, West Iron County’s “Cemetery Lady,” shared facts about the cemetery and stories of several people who are buried there, and also honored headstones that were the most unique, most well-tended, and most beautiful, as well as mentioning several people who lived to be over 100 years old.

Also contributing were local residents who shared information about family members or other people who are buried in the cemetery:

— Betty Petroski, who spoke about Ottawa Lake farmer Olaf Waino.

— Kim Stafford Benson, who talked about “Banjo Pete” Peterson.

— Allyce Westphal, who covered her great-uncle, businessman Matt Toti.

— Linda Saving, who spoke about her father, Dina Mia founder Bob Scalcucci.

— Monica Fiorazo, who reported on her father “Casey” Olan.

— Darla Sprague, who covered her mother, Ohio native Verda Barnhart.

— Chris Shamion, who talked about her in-laws, Stanley and Margaret Shamion.

— Cheryl Spencer, who reported on her parents Stanley and Gerturde Zielinski.

— Gary Pisoni, who talked about his parents Leo and Mary Pisoni.

— Fred Jacobs, who covered his great-grandparents, Julius and Annie Turoski.

— Jan Melstrom, who reported on her father Joseph Grant.

— Dale Safford, coordinator, who spoke about 14 additional people buried in the cemetery.

The tour was sponsored by the Iron County Museum and the Iron County Genealogical Society.

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