Obituaries

Jordan Scott Vassar

IRON RIVER — Jordan Scott Vassar, 23, of Iron River, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at the Calvary Church in Iron River. Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Rose Wenzel

VULCAN — Rose Ann Wenzel, 89, of Vulcan, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at ManorCare in Kingsford. She was born on May 9, 1929, in Vulcan the daughter of the late Michael and Rose Opolka. Rose married Thadeus “Keppo” Baranski of June 30, 1951, at St. Barbara Church in Vulcan. He ...

Charles J. “Chuck” Smeester

KINGSFORD — Charles J. "Chuck" Smeester, 92, resident of ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford, is face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ as of Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Amberg Cemetery in Amberg, Wis. Rev. Darryl Ditmer will ...

Harry W. Smith

GAASTRA — Harry W. Smith, 88, of Gaastra, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at the Aspirus Iron River Hospital. A graveside service at Bates Township Cemetery will be held at a later date. The West Side Veterans will accord Military Rites at the graveside. Funeral arrangements by ...

Joanne Marie (Verrette) Backhaus

IRON MOUNTAIN — Joanne Marie (Verrette) Backhaus, 71, born Oct. 22, 1946, in Iron Mountain, was born into eternal life after a short battle with Bile Duct Cancer. She passed peacefully with her husband of 42 years, William W. Backhaus by her side. They were longtime residents of Genesee ...

Riley Starnes

NORWAY — Riley J. Starnes, age 20, died unexpectedly, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. He was born on June 3, 1998, in Iron Mountain, the son of Brian Starnes and Carrie Haferkorn. Riley attended Norway Schools, where he enjoyed playing football which was his passion. He loved his family, enjoyed ...

Warren Grismer

KINGSFORD — Warren “Buddy” Taylor Grismer, 75, of Kingsford, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Warren was born Sept. 6, 1942, in Kingsford, the son of Harvey and Janet Grismer. He graduated from Kingsford High School, Class of 1960. Warren enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after ...

Gerald L. Pozza

IRON MOUNTAIN — Gerald L. Pozza, 67, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at his home. Visitation will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. A time of remembrance and sharing will take place after the ...

Marie H. DeMuri

IRON MOUNTAIN — Marie H. DeMuri, known by everyone near and dear to her as Nona, 94, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral ...

Marie H. DeMuri

IRON MOUNTAIN — Marie H. DeMuri, known by everyone near and dear to her as Nona, 94, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis. She was born May 9, 1924, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Ignatz and Lena (Schwenner) Warmuth. Marie ...

John R. Murray

KINGSFORD — John R. Murray, 81, of Shasta, Calif., formerly of Kingsford, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Shasta Regional Medical Center. John was born and raised in Kingsford. He was an avid outdoorsman and spend much of his youth hunting and fishing on the Fence River and in the ...

Maxine Borga Harden

LAKELAND, Fla. — Maxine Borga Harden, 87, of Lakeland, passed away Aug. 17, 2018, in Lakeland, Fla. She was born in Marquette on March 28, 1931, to Alford and Jane Smith. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on July 21, 1953, in New York City. Maxine married Emmitt (Joe) Borga ...

Anna Milligan

VULCAN — Anna L. Milligan, 90, of Vulcan, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis. She was born May 25, 1928, in Detroit, the daughter of the late Paul and Alma (Sizemore) Tiffany. Anna graduated from Detroit’s East Commerce High School in 1945 and received a ...

Arling Christensen

PEMBINE, Wis. — Arling Christensen, of Pembine, passed away on Aug. 24, 2018, at Lakewood Assisted Living in Lakewood, Wis., after a long illness. Arling is the son of the late Hildegard (Brusewitz) and Russell Christensen. He was born Jan. 27, 1940, in Oconto County Wis. He farmed for most ...

Colleen M. Osier

NIAGARA, Wis. — Colleen M. Osier, 65, of Niagara, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, with her husband at her side. She was born March 8, 1953, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Kenneth and M. Elaine (Vigneau) Osier. Colleen grew up in Niagara ...

Susan E. (Leppiaho) Halls

CRYSTAL FALLS — Susan E. "Ailie" (Leppiaho) Halls, 95, of Crystal Falls, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Christian Park Health Care Center, Escanaba. She was born June 25, 1923, in Crystal Falls, daughter of the late John and Hilma (Norback) Leppiaho. Ailie spent most of her life in ...

Yesmina Veronica McAdams

IRON RIVER — Yesmina Veronica McAdams peacefully passed in her home on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. She was surrounded by her husband and all her children. Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Cornerstone Bible Church, with a public viewing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Upon Veronica's ...

Marie H. DeMuri

IRON MOUNTAIN — Marie H. DeMuri, 94, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate ...

William G. “Buddy” Weier

FLORENCE, Wis. — William G. "Buddy" Weier, 57, of Florence, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones. A celebration of Buddy's life will take place Saturday, Sept. 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Northern Lites, Florence. You may light a candle in remembrance ...

Randall J. Champagne

NORWAY — Randall J. Champagne, 76, of Norway, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Iron Mountain. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. ...