Obituaries

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

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.

Helen E. Kinner

IRON RIVER — Helen E. Kinner, 90, of Iron River, passed away surrounded by her family Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Aspirus Iron River Hospital. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., with ...

Thomas Edwards

AURORA, Wis. — Thomas Edwards, 90, of Aurora, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

Joyce A. Wolf

BARK RIVER — Joyce A. Wolf, 80, of Bark River, passed away peacefully in the morning hours of Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Northwoods Place in Escanaba. A memorial Mass to honor the life of Joyce A. Wolf will be conducted at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bark River in the spring. Joyce ...

Rudy Rihtarshich

Rudy Rihtarshich

IRON MOUNTAIN — Rudy Rihtarshich, 94, of Iron Mountain, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at ManorCare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford. He was born Dec. 28, 1923, son of the late Jacob and Hanna (Lusner) Rihtarshich. Rudy was a skilled carpenter who built many area buildings as ...

Sister Mary Carmela

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sister Mary Carmela of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D, (Elizabeth Musick), 98, a member of the Carmelite Community, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain. Sister Mary Carmela was born July 6, 1919, in Calumet, daughter of the late Frank ...

George O. Rowell Sr.

MAHTOMEDI, Minn. — George O. Rowell Sr., 79, of Kingsford, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Mahtomedi. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. ...

Rudy Rihtarshich

KINGSFORD — Rudy Rihtarshich, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford. The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.

Elizabeth J. Kinsella

Elizabeth J. Kinsella

NIAGARA, Wis. — Elizabeth J. Kinsella, 75, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Maryhill Manor, Niagara. She was born Jan. 20, 1943, in Norway, daughter of the late Walter and Jeanette (Roeland-Krenn) Franz. Elizabeth was a lifelong resident of Niagara and graduated from Niagara ...

George O. Rowell Sr.

George O. Rowell Sr.

KINGSFORD — George O. Rowell Sr., 79, of Kingsford, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Mahtomedi, Minn. He was born June 3, 1938, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Hosea and Edith (Munday) Rowell. George married Audrey Schneider on March 19, 1960, and they spent more than 53 wonderful ...

Elizabeth J. Kinsella

NIAGARA, Wis. — Elizabeth J. Kinsella, 75, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Maryhill Manor, Niagara. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobs Funeral Home-Niagara Chapel, Niagara.

James G. Eisenstein

IRON MOUNTAIN — James G. Eisenstein, 22, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain. In accordance with James' wishes, private family services will be held. You may light a candle in remembrance of James or leave a ...

June L. Reed

MT. DORA, Fla. — June L. Reed, 92, passed away Dec. 27, 2017. A long term resident of Mt. Dora, June was an active member of P.E.O., supporting an all women’s university: Cottey College in Missouri. She was also involved in Women’s Circles in the Methodist Church. She was born to ...

Dennis Hoelzer

BATAVIA, Ill. — Dennis Keith Hoelzer, 64, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at his home in Batavia, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Feb.4, 1953, in Franklin Park, Ill., and was the son of the late William and Eleanor Hoelzer. Denny was married to Mary, ...

Donald J. Stacho

IRON MOUNTAIN — Donald J. Stacho, 68, of Iron Mountain, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.