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Articles from the December 1, 2022 edition


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  • Bessemer council OKs water project

    Dec 1, 2022

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer City Council voted on Monday evening to approve preliminary work in relation to a new $2 million project for water system improvements. The project was proposed by Darren Pionk, project manager for C2AE, a design and engineering firm that has overseen various city projects. “This is the project plan that we submitted last year to EGLE,” said Pionk of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. “It works out to be a 75% grant-funded...

  • Stoked for the season

    Dec 1, 2022

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER TOWNSHIP - Skiers and snowboarders flocked to Black River Basin last weekend as Snowriver Mountain Resort opened the site on Thanksgiving Day - the first to open in the region for the season. Sunshine and temperatures in the mid-40s made for spring-like skiing, with a steady flow of activity at the Bessemer Township site while The Globe visited on Friday. Josh Johnson of Bessemer was helping his son, Jack, 4, as he continued to improve his...

  • Julie FlemingSmith

    Dec 1, 2022

    FOLEY, Ala. — Julie FlemingSmith passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Foley, on Sept. 23, 2022. She was born on Dec. 7, 1958. She was a 1977 graduate of Ewen-Trout Creek High School. She played first clarinet in the band and lettered in track four years. She held the high jump record for many years and was voted best musician in her class. Julie met and married the love of her life, Jimmy Smith, in Colorado. Jimmy passed away in 2007 and Julie moved to Foley, where her parents spent the winter, to be closer to family. She was a... Full story

  • Nathan Wayne Mattila

    Dec 1, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Nathan Wayne Mattila passed from this earth, at the age of 55, to be with his dear Father in heaven for eternity on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. He was blessed to be at home with his cherished wife and children by his side in his final moments. He was an inspiration to many, as his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shone brightly in his day to day life. Nate was born Oct. 3, 1967, in Vancouver, Washington, the fifth child of Robert and Sandra Mattila. He grew up in Brush... Full story

  • Sherry Fay (Risku) Kapugia

    Dec 1, 2022

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Sherry Fay (Risku) Kapugia, 78, of Wakefield, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Sherry was born in Bessemer, to John (Bill) and Feimi (Fay) (Leppala) Risku, on Feb. 4, 1944. She married Curt Matthew Kapugia on March 18, 1966. They shared 53 wonderful years of marriage together. Sherry had an infectious laugh that would light up a room. She was a Jill of many talents. She loved picking rocks, buttons, sewing, painting, traveling, motorcycling, rummaging for special treasures and watching her grandson, Trevor, grow up.... Full story

  • Branden Richard Colassaco

    Dec 1, 2022

    MARKESAN, Wis. - Branden Richard Colassaco left us on Nov. 10, 2022, at the age of 44. He was reunited with his parents, Uncle Charlie, Uncle Butchy, Aunt Sharon, Grandma Violet, Grandpa John, and Aunt Patty in heaven. To honor our dearly loved Branden, a memorial service was held on Nov. 18, with visitation at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Funeral and Cremation Services, at 181 S. Main St., in Markesan. The luncheon was held at 1 p.m. at N3152 Oak Road in Markesan. Anyone... Full story

  • Donna Marie Eifolla

    Dec 1, 2022

    MARSHFIELD, Wis. - Donna Marie Eifolla, 67, of Saxon, passed away on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at the Marshfield Medical Center. She was born to Norbert J. and Mayona (Rowe) Buinowski on April 17, 1955, in Bessemer Township, Michigan. She attended Sleight and Holy Trinity-St. Michael's grade schools and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, in 1973. She furthered her education at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood where she earned her LPN degree. Then she went on to... Full story

  • Eric Kenneth Matusewic

    Dec 1, 2022

    RIDGECREST, Calif. - Eric Kenneth Matusewic has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 40. Eric was born on May 2, 1982, in Burlington, Vermont, to Michael Matusewic and Catherine Liberty. He spent most of his childhood in Hurley, Wisconsin, and graduated from Hurley High School in 2001 where he excelled in football, wrestling, tennis and was homecoming king his senior year. He entered the U.S. Navy in May 2006 as an aviation electronics technician. During Operation Enduring Freedom, he served... Full story

  • Carolyn Dianne Niemi

    Dec 1, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Carolyn Dianne Niemi, 81, of Ironwood, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, is assisting the family.... Full story

  • Angeline Virginia 'Angie' Wilson

    Dec 1, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Angeline Virginia "Angie" Wilson left this life to be with her loved ones on Nov. 18, 2022. She was born on May 21, 1928, to John and Anna Conedera in Milwaukee. As a young girl, the family moved to Berkeley, California. She attended school there, graduating from Berkeley High in 1945. In 1946, she moved to Gogebic County to begin her life. She lived with relatives for a short time. Angie worked as a telephone operator for a while, but she really didn't care for it. Her passion was cooking and baking. She worked as a baker... Full story

  • John W. Gerry

    Dec 1, 2022

    HURLEY, Wis. - John W. Gerry, 99, a longtime resident of South Carey, died peacefully on Nov. 23, 2022, at Villa Maria nursing home in Hurley. John was born in Hurley, on Oct. 25, 1923, to John and Freda (Kemp) Gerry. He attended the Cary school and J.E. Murphy high school, graduating with the class of 1942. After graduation, he worked for a short time for the Pickens-Mathers mining company at the Cary mine until he was drafted during World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Service in April... Full story

  • Darlene Annette Kangas Perlberg

    Dec 1, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Darlene Annette Kangas Perlberg, 84, of Ironwood, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, is assisting the family.... Full story

  • Patricia A. DiLuna

    Dec 1, 2022

    HURLEY, Wis. - Patricia A. DiLuna, 90, Hurley, passed away peacefully at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, Michigan, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Pat, or Patsy, as she was known to her friends, was born in Hurley on June 7, 1932, to Hjalmar and Ethel (Cameron) Pickera. She grew up in Cary Location and South Carey, enjoying a carefree, adventurous childhood. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Hurley, with the class of 1950. Pat was predeceased by her brothers, Jerry and Robert; and... Full story

  • Audrey Genevieve Skoviera

    Dec 1, 2022

    CHASKA, Minn. - Audrey Genevieve Skoviera, age 91, of Ironwood, Michigan, died peacefully with loving family by her side Nov. 21, 2022, at Auburn Manor in Chaska, Minnesota. Audrey was born June 5, 1931, in Montreal, Wisconsin, to Axel and Genevieve (Shea) Maxinoski. On Nov. 14, 1953, she married her best friend and love of her life, Steve Emery Skoviera. They shared their lives and love together for 63 wonderful years. Her hobbies included jigsaw and crossword puzzles, knitting and card games.... Full story

  • James C. Dennis

    Dec 1, 2022

    MONTREAL, Wis. – James C. Dennis, 90, of Montreal, went to be with the Lord, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at his home, with his family by his side. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, Michigan, is assisting the family.... Full story

  • Ralph Richard Wirtanen

    Dec 1, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Ralph Richard Wirtanen, 69, of Ironwood, died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, after suffering a fatal heart attack. Ralph was born in Bessemer Township, on Dec. 17, 1952, to T. R. and Siiri H. (Johnson) Wirtanen. He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School and attended Gogebic Community College and Northern Michigan University. He was an insurance agent for years, and at the time of his death he was employed by different companies as a merchandiser. Ralph was a member of St.... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 1, 2022

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Dec. 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., Wat... Full story

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