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Obituaries

Gene A. Gasparas

CRYSTAL FALLS — Gene A. Gasparas, 72, of Crystal Falls, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain. The family has ...

Terri Ann Johnson

IRON RIVER — Terri Ann Johnson, 57, of Iron River, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at the Aspirus Iron River Hospital. Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, ...

Barbara A. Cologna

POWERS — Barbara A. Cologna, 80, of Powers, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2018, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers, with her family by her side. A complete obituary will be forthcoming. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Cologna Family.

Michael G. Pancheri

KENOSHA, Wis. — Michael G. Pancheri, 65, of Kenosha, passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born in Iron Mountain, on June 3, 1953, he was the son of the late Gerald and Margaret (Jansen) Pancheri. Michael was employed by the City of ...

Geralyn M. “Geri” Patterson

IRON MOUNTAIN — Geralyn M. “Geri” Patterson, 63, of Iron Mountain, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain.

Jonathan Mitchell

IRON MOUNTAIN — Jonathan Mitchell, 25, Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, Africa, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 in Togo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

Lillian M. Schneider

NIAGARA, Wis. — Lillian M. Schneider, 95, of Niagara, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara. She was born June 15, 1923, in St. Cloud, Minn., daughter of the late John and Florentine (Hartmann) Hockert. Lillian married Herman Schneider on Oct. 27, 1956, in St. ...

Judge V. Robert Payant

IRON MOUNTAIN — Judge V. Robert Payant, retired president of the National Judicial College, died on Sept. 4, 2018, after a short illness at his home in Milwaukee, surrounded by his loving family. Robert, known to his friends as Bob, was born in Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula of ...

Lillian M. Schneider

NIAGARA, Wis. — Lillian M. Schneider, 95, of Niagara, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Maryhill Manor, Niagara. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jacobs Funeral Home-Niagara Chapel.

Rev. Paul Arthur Schiska

SCHAFFER — Rev. Paul Arthur Schiska, 92, of Schaffer, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River. He was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Norway, son of John and Ida (Deehr) Schiska. He was raised in Norway and attended Norway Public Schools. After high ...

Riley J. Starnes

NORWAY — Riley J. Starnes, 20, died unexpectedly, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. A service for Riley will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at St. Barbara Church in Vulcan, with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating. A celebration of Riley’s life will follow at 3 p.m. at St. Barbara Church Parish ...

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 ...