Obituaries

James K. Kerkela

KINGSFORD — James K. Kerkela, 76, of Kingsford, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. A ...

David Lawrence Pearson

BEECHWOOD — David Lawrence Pearson, 60, of Beechwood, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Iron River. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Beechwood Township Hall. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow. Private interment ...

Josephine L. Bracket

CASPIAN — Josephine L. Bracket, 100, of Caspian, formerly of Ironwood, joined our Lord in Heaven on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Crystal Falls.

ANN K. MINDOK

Ann K. Mindok

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ann K. Mindok, 104, of Iron Mountain, died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at her home. She was born March 14, 1913, in Ironwood, daughter of the late George and Anna (Skoviera) Hronkin. Ann attended schools in Crystal Falls. She moved to Chicago to work as a nanny and then ...

James K. Kerkela

KINGSFORD — James K. Kerkela, 76, of Kingsford, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

NORMA DITZ

Norma Ditz

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Norma Zambon Sullivan Ditz, 99, passed away peacefully in Fredericksburg, on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Survivors include her children, Kathleen Sullivan (George Fish) and J. Michael Sullivan; step-children, Ann Flugge (Perry), Edward L. Ditz lll (Martha) and Robert Ditz ...

Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson

ESCANABA — Janet H. (Platteter) Johnson, 99, died peacefully on Feb. 11, 2018, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Janet was born in Stratford, Wis. on Dec. 18, 1918, daughter of James J. Platteter and Teresa (Hayes) Platteter. The family moved to Kingsford in 1927. Janet graduated from ...

Wesley Thomas Edwards

IRON MOUNTAIN — Wesley Thomas “Tom” Edwards, 90, of Aurora, Wis., passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash ...

Wayne C. Forstrom

VULCAN — Wayne C. Forstrom, 64, of Madison, Wis., passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. He was born on April 15, 1953, in Madison, the son of Harry Forstrom and Irene (Ciula) Forstrom, formerly of Vulcan. Wayne is survived by his ...

Ann K. Mindok

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ann K. Mindok, 104, of Iron Mountain, died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

Gordon Bell

VULCAN — Gordon Bell, 82, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at the Macon Valley Nursing & Rehab Center in Franklin. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Townson-Rose Funeral Home of Murphy, N.C.

Marvin W. Melchiori

Marvin W. Melchiori

CASPIAN — Marvin W. Melchiori, 89, of Caspian, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls. He was born April 17, 1928, in Stambaugh, the son of the late William "Bull" and Irene (Sperberg) Melchiori. He attended the Stambaugh Schools, ...

Wayne C. Forstrom

VULCAN — Wayne C. Forstrom, 64, of Madison, Wis., passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison. He was born on April 15, 1953, in Madison, the son of Harry Forstrom and Irene (Ciula) Forstrom, formerly of Vulcan. Wayne is survived by his brother, Dennis ...

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

KINGSFORD — Robert Palmer was born on Feb. 25, 1949, to Hazel and Richard Palmer in Hinsdale, Ill. He lived in the Chicagoland area until moving to the Upper Peninsula with his bride Carol and newborn daughter, Heather, in 1978 to begin a life in "the woods." He loved working in the woods and ...

Franklin L. Sparapani

NIAGARA, Wis. — Franklin L. Sparapani, 77, formerly of Niagara, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, Fla., with family by his side. He was born Nov. 7, 1940, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Arthur and Cecelia (Criel) Sparapani. Frank grew up in Quinnesec and ...

Jack Watt

Jack B. Watt

IRON RIVER — Jack "Scotty" B. Watt, 90, of Iron River, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1927, in Iron River, son of the late William J. and Anna (Monahan) Watt. He attended Iron River Schools, graduating with the Class of 1945. Scotty was honorably ...

Jaimen Lou Johnson

Jaimen Lou Johnson

DE PERE, Wis. — Jaimen Lou Johnson began his journey into this world on Oct. 7, 2017. His journey into the spirit world began on Feb. 10, 2018. We are very saddened by our little one's unexpected passing but know in our hearts he is at peace and in a better place. His short presence on this ...

Tom Edwards

Wesley Thomas Edwards

AURORA, Wis. — Wesley Thomas "Tom" Edwards, 90, of Aurora, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. He was born April 7, 1927, in Aurora, son of the late Wesley and Myrtle (Bolander) Edwards. Tom graduated from Kingsford ...

Robert Palmer

SAGOLA — Robert Palmer, of Sagola, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joan M. Jacobs

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Joan M. Jacobs, 67, former resident of Iron Mountain, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, Ohio. Cremation will take place at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory in Sandusky. There will be no services at this time.