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Articles from the December 15, 2022 edition


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  • Sharon Anderson

    Dec 15, 2022

    IRONWOOD — Sharon Anderson, 78, of Ironwood, passed away on Dec. 10, 2022, with her family by her side. A complete obituary will follow. The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Sharon's legacy of life. You can leave condolences or a tribute at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.... Full story

  • Olive Marie Johnson

    Dec 15, 2022

    IRONWOOD — Olive Marie Johnson, 91, of Ironwood, passed away on December 9, 2022, with her family by her side. A complete obituary will follow. The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Marie's legacy of life. You can leave condolences or a tribute at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.... Full story

  • June Ann Beck

    Dec 15, 2022

    PORTAGE, Mich. - June Ann Beck, 84, of Portage, formerly of Marshall, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 in Portage. She was born on Oct. 28, 1938, to Charles and Verda (Baughman) Adams in Bedford Township in downstate Monroe County. She graduated from Marshall High School with the class of 1958. June met David Beck at the Midway Roller Rink in Battle Creek. They knew it was meant to be, and were married on June 14, 1958. Sadly, David passed away on June 29, 2021. June started her career as... Full story

  • Bill J. Besonen

    Dec 15, 2022

    TROUT CREEK, Mich. - Bill J. Besonen, age 74 of Trout Creek, passed away at his home on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Bill was born in Trout Creek on Jan. 7, 1948, the son of the late Eino and Elsie (Nuutinen) Besonen. He graduated from Trout Creek High School in 1966. He attended Michigan Tech University and Northern Michigan University where he received a master's degree in education. Bill had been employed at Jeffers High School and Ontonagon High School where he taught physics, math and computer... Full story

  • Harold Erickson

    Dec 15, 2022

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Harold Erickson, cherished husband, father and grandfather passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. He would have been 83 in just one month. Harold was born in Bessemer, Michigan, on Sunday, Dec. 24, 1939, the fourth of seven sons born to Walter and Viola (Jacobson) Erickson. He graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer in 1958, and began the hard work of logging and roofing in the local area. On Saturday, April 11, 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce (... Full story

  • Carole Ann Hanneman

    Dec 15, 2022

    SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. - Carole Ann Hanneman (nee Kurpewski), age 74, of Sun City West, passed away on Nov. 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family after a valiant battle with cancer. Carole was born on Jan. 4, 1948, in Ironwood, Michigan, to Joseph and Helen (DeFelice) Kurpewski. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1966, and attended Gogebic Community College. She moved to the Milwaukee area and met the love of her life, Enfreid "Fred" Hanneman, with whom she celebrated 50 years... Full story

  • Joyce Marie McDonald

    Dec 15, 2022

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Joyce Marie McDonald, 94, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Joyce was born on March 30, 1928, in Trout Creek, a daughter of John and Lillian (Ojala) Maki. She graduated from Trout Creek High School in 1946. On June 1, 1946, Joyce married William McDonald, who preceded her in death in 2016, after 70 years of marriage. Joyce worked at the Hanson Glove Factory in Ironwood for several years and then was a retail clerk at Stern & Field until her... Full story

  • Dale E. Sain

    Dec 15, 2022

    WAUSAU, Wis. — Dale E. Sain, 91, of Ewen, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Funeral services and burial will take place this spring. A full obituary will run at a later date. Cane Funeral Home-Bruce Crossing Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.... Full story

  • Richard John 'Rick' Schacht

    Dec 15, 2022

    IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. - Richard John "Rick" Schacht, age 75, of Watersmeet, passed away with his wife by his side on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, following a long battle with cancer. He married Barbara Zaremba on June 28, 1968, in Geneva, Illinois. Rick was born April 17, 1947. He was a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968. During his service he was a chief cook and earned many honors. Prior to retirement, Rick and his... Full story

  • Trail 2 rerouted from Ramsay to Wakefield

    P.J. Glisson|Dec 15, 2022

    RAMSAY - A rerouting of snowmobile Trail 2 between Ramsay and Wakefield was expected to be complete today, with a ribbon cutting set for Saturday at 10 a.m. The event will take place in Ramsay where the trail crosses South Verona Road, between Railroad Street and the point where Main Street becomes Horseshoe Bend. "We're pretty pumped," said Steve Hamilton, president of the Gogebic Range Trail Authority, on Monday. "We're all pretty happy." Hamilton said the nearly 4-mile rerouting - which was... Full story

  • Ironwood City Commission OKs Zoning Ordinance update

    Larry Holcombe|Dec 15, 2022

    IRONWOOD – The Ironwood City Commission passed a resolution Monday updating the city’s Zoning Ordinance through a series of amendments. Community Development Director Tom Bergman said the update was a longtime coming, something they had been working on for a number of years. He said the Planning Commission held public hearings in December 2021 and July 2022 on the matter. “The City Commission and Planning Commission met multiple times to hold workshops on specific aspects, specifically the general provisions in regards to medical...

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 15, 2022

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Dec. 15 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