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Jean I. Guthrie


HURLEY, Wis. — Jean I. Guthrie, 91, of Ironwood, Mich., died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley.

She was born Oct. 20, 1921, in Sand Coulee, Mont., the daughter of the late Ronald and Evelyn (Morrill) Guthrie, and came to Ironwood in 1925, where she graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1939. She then attended Woodward Business College in Ironwood and was employed as a secretary in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Jean entered the U.S. Navy (WAVES) on Nov. 4, 1943, serving stateside during World War II, and was honorably discharged as a yeoman third class on March 1, 1946. Following her discharge, she was employed as a secretary with the U.S. Graves Registration Department in Paris for one year, and in secretarial work for Otis Elevator Co. in New Jersey. She then lived in Kenosha for many years, returning to Ironwood in 1990. In her younger years, she was an excellent artist.

Surviving are two sisters, Marian (Tom) Wasley and Gael Anderson, both of Ironwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and committal will be held Tuesday, July 23, at 2 p.m., in Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood, with the Rev. Kurt Kovanen officiating.

Full military honors will follow, accorded by the Ironwood American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard.

Jean’s obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to her family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.


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