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Articles from the June 1, 2023 edition


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  • 'Honor their memory'

    Jun 1, 2023

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD - Ironwood honored those who died serving their country with its annual Memorial Day observance Monday. The day started with a parade that went from the Memorial Building to the Veterans Monument at the Post Office, where wreaths were placed, to Riverside Cemetery, where a ceremony was held. Six percent of the total population has served in the military; that number rises to 10% for Gogebic and Iron counties, Lt. Col. David Manki, U.S. Army...

  • Ironwood graduates encouraged to 'embrace every opportunity'

    Jun 1, 2023

    By MEGAN HUGHES [email protected] IRONWOOD — Twenty-nine students graduated from Luther L. Wright High School at its 132nd commencement ceremony Friday evening. The ceremony featured speeches from members of faculty and the school board, as well as musical performances by the high school band and Accent! choir. The ceremony began with a presentation of the colors by the JROTC and a processional walk, including representatives of the upcoming classes each holding a flag for the classes 2024-2035. The final students to enter were the...

  • Bessemer remembers those who served

    Jun 1, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] BESSEMER — Jim Tannheimer was the guest speaker at Memorial Day services at Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer Monday morning. Tannheimer grew up in Yale Location, graduated from Bessemer high school and joined the U.S. Air Force. He credited John Frello, now the Gogebic County veterans service officer and a fellow Yale lad, for helping him decide to join the military. He retired 25 years later as a command chief master sergeant after spending much of his service recruiting others to join in...

  • Marenisco honors its veterans

    Jun 1, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] MARENISCO — A Memorial Day service drew a long string of folks along the stone wall surrounding the Marenisco Township Cemetery. Amidst mild temperatures, American Legion Post 523 Commander John Zorich and Chaplain Bruce Mahler shared the presentation of the service. Mahler said that members of the U.S. Armed Services have come from corners rich and poor, black and white, male and female, and from every ethnicity. “Their one common characteristic is that they all took an oath to die for America,...

  • Delores Ann Williams (Biwashikwe)

    Jun 1, 2023

    WATERSMEET, Mich. - Delores Ann Williams (Biwashikwe), 77, of Watersmeet, peacefully started her journey with her family beside her in the physical world on May 21, 2023, at Villa Maria Rehabilitation Center in Hurley, Wisconsin. She was born on Feb. 27, 1946, in Watersmeet, daughter of the late Joe and Jessie (McGeshick) Pete. Delores is survived by her children, James (Toni) Williams Jr., Jeanie Williams, Vickie Williams and Kenneth Pete; and siblings, Gary Pete, Joe Pete Jr. and Sharon Pete.... Full story

  • Linda C. Montonati

    Jun 1, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. — Linda C. Montonati passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, just one week after her husband, Peter J. Montonati. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, she attended Pius X High School. After high school, she studied computer science where she was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1966, the CIA was installing their first database computers and was recruiting for their new electronic records department. In 1968, she was trapped for several days inside her apartment during the DC riots after the assassinat... Full story

  • Peter J. Montonati

    Jun 1, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. — Peter J. Montonati passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Born March 26, 1939, to Peter Montonati and Lucy (Tuoro) Montonati, Peter was the eldest of three siblings. While attending Bessemer Schools and Gogebic Community College Peter helped his father run the family auto repair business, eventually taking over the business. He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He enjoyed owning Harley-Davidson motorcycles and distinctive automobiles. He met Linda (Cavosie) Wall in 1982, and they married in 1988.... Full story

  • Laila M. Whitfield

    Jun 1, 2023

    GLADSTONE, Mich. - Laila M. Whitfield, 95, of Gladstone and a former Marquette resident, died in her sleep on May 2, 2023, at her home in Lakeview Assisted Living, with family by her bedside. Laila was born on Dec. 1, 1927, the first child of Abel and Lempi (Niemi) Tassava, in Ironwood. She attended the Ironwood public schools, graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1945, and then from the Cook County School of Nursing in Chicago as a registered nurse in 1949. She married Martin J.... Full story

  • Mary Hendrickson Polite

    Jun 1, 2023

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Mary Hendrickson Polite, of Prescott, passed away on May 15, 2023, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on July 6, 1949, in Ironwood, Michigan, and was the daughter of William T. and Lou G. Hendrickson. Mary graduated from St. Ambrose High School as Valedictorian of her class, and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Michigan University. She had resided in Arizona since the 1970s and is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Polite, the love of her... Full story

  • Helen Marie Lawver

    Jun 1, 2023

    Helen Marie Lawver (nee Semo) entered eternal life May 18, 2023. One of 12 children born to John and Mary Semo, she was born on March, 28, 1929, in Ironwood, Michigan. She was married to Benone Lawver on April 7, 1945, and they celebrated 50 years of marriage together. Their marriage was blessed with three beautiful daughters, Joyce A. (John) Marks of Sussex, Wisconsin; Molly K. (Kevin) Allmendinger of Lecanto, Florida; and Renee M. (DJ) Smidl of Ironwood. They were blessed with nine grandchildr... Full story

  • Clayton 'Bud' Raymond

    Jun 1, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. — Clayton Eugene “Bud” Raymond, 93, of Hurley, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023. Clayton is survived by three children, Daniel Raymond, Christopher Raymond and Nancy Skoviera; and his life partner, Linda Brunell. Per Clayton’s wishes, no services are scheduled. Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, Michigan, is assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences or to share a memory, please go to lakesidememorialchapel.com.... Full story

  • Michael 'Mike' Mesich

    Jun 1, 2023

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Michael Clement “Mike” Mesich, 94, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Montreal, Wisconsin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 9, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 108 S. Marquette St., in Ironwood, with the Rev. Brian Gerber, celebrant. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood. In lieu of flowers or for those desiring memorial contributions may be... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 1, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, June 1 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Mercer Health and Wellness, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Mercer Community Center. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m.,... Full story

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