EBEN JUNCTION - Howard Maki, 84, of Eben Junction, passed away at Select Specialty Covenant Hospital in Saginaw on Dec. 10, 2013, following complications from cancer treatment. He was born on June 27, 1929, in Marquette, to the late Matt and Laina Maki. He graduated from John D. Pierce High School in Marquette in 1948. In 1956, he married Carol Durand and they were married four years before she preceded him in death. After working at a department store for many years, he began his education at Northern Michigan University. Early in his schooling, Howard married Florence (Hautamaki) Elson on Aug. 3, 1963. They both continued to work and Howard graduated with a degree in social work in 1966. Howard then moved to Iron Mountain where he worked as a social worker in child welfare for the State of Michigan for 24 years until his retirement in 1991. He and his wife Florence later relocated to her family homestead/farm in Eben Junction.