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  • Anthony 'Tony' James Gutowski

    May 23, 2024

    HARTLAND, Wis. - Anthony "Tony" James Gutowski, 86, passed away after a brief hospitalization for a brain injury sustained during a fall at his home in Hartland, on Monday, May 13, 2024. He is survived directly by his wife of 62 years, Jacqueline (Jackee) Rae (nee Liimakka); their daughters, Lee and Lynn (David Randolph); their sons, Tony (Christine), Tom (Amy) and Tim (Jamie Rosman); and their seven grandchildren, Zoe Randolph, Benjamin Gutowski, Lucy Randolph, Jacek Gutowski, Ella Gutowski,...

  • Jeffrey P. Hendrickson

    May 23, 2024

    CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Jeffrey P. Hendrickson, 75, of Chocolay Township, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, May 13, 2024, working in his garden, doing what he loved. Jeff was born in Mt. Clemens, to Phillip A. and Ruth (Helmes) Hendrickson, the eldest of seven children. He grew up in Ironwood, attending the McKinley and Roosevelt Grade Schools and graduated in 1966 from Luther L. Wright High School. He attended Gogebic Community College in Ironwood for two years, majoring in bus...

  • Barbara Jean Josephs

    May 23, 2024

    WINCHESTER, Wis. - Barbara Jean Josephs, 84, of Winchester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Barbara Jean Jackson was born on March 25, 1940, to Reino and Vienna (Peltonen) Jackson in Iron Belt. She loved to go fishing with her father. The one thing she would talk about most was when her and a friend moved to Milwaukee and worked at a factory called Allen Bradley. On Oct. 7, 1989, Barbara married the love of her life John William Josephs. They were happily married for 35...

  • Michael George Toth

    May 23, 2024

    SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Michael George Toth, age 69 of Shakopee, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, May 13 at his residence. Originally from Ironwood, Michigan, Michael Toth sought broader horizons and relocated to the Twin Cities, where he found both career success and deep fulfillment. Starting his professional journey as a production manager at Data Card, Mike later discovered his true calling as a realtor. He thrived in this career and his passion for helping others find their dream homes was...

  • Mary Ann Rye

    May 23, 2024

    ROTHSCHILD, Wis. - Mary Ann Rye, 91, of Rothschild, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Mount View Care Center, surrounded by family. She was born on May 29, 1932, in Bessemer, Michigan, daughter of Angelo and Adalgisa (Montesi) Andrina. She married Harold Vincent Rye on Feb. 16, 1952, in Ironwood, Michigan, and relocated to San Antonio, Texas, while Harold served in the U.S. Army. She learned all about ants and scorpions and not to place pies on window sills. She was trained to start the...

  • Thomas H. Ruuttila

    May 23, 2024

    MARQUETTE, Mich. - Thomas H. Ruuttila, age 75, of Ontonagon passed away on May 12, 2024 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Tom was born in Ontonagon to Theodore and Pearl (Kemila) Ruuttila on October 18, 1948. He was raised on the family farm in Green, where he enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing and boating. Much of Tom's youth involved activities as a member of the Busy Bee 4H Club. Tom graduated from the Ontonagon High School in 1966. He worked for two years in Milwaukee,...

  • Carol Novascone

    May 23, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Carol Novascone, 69, of Ironwood, passed away at her home on Friday, May 10, 2024. Carol was born on June 27, 1954, to John and Doris (Nelson) McRae. She attended schools in Ironwood and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School. She was united in marriage on Sept. 29, 1979, to Dennis E. Novascone. She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. Carol always had a crochet or knitting project going and would always have a stockpile for you to go pick out...

  • Thomas J. Dersnah

    May 23, 2024

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. — Thomas J. Dersnah, 73, of Bruce Crossing, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, at his home. He was born on June 1, 1950, in Wakefield, a son of Stanley L. and Marjorie E. (Elsner) Dersnah. Tom married the love of his life, Roxane Berger, in Wausau, Wisconsin. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Tom especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Tom was an over-the-road truck driver for his entire working career. He retired in 2013. Tom is s...

  • Nancy Lee Gutowski

    May 16, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Nancy Lee Gutowski, 87, of Bessemer, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, in Ironwood, with her loving family at her side. The former Nancy Buehler was born April 29, 1937, in Chelsea, Michigan, a daughter of the late William C. and Leona G. (Culhane) Buehler. On May 13, 1956, Nancy married the love of her life, Donald Wayne Gutowski, in Angola, Indiana. They were blessed with four children. Donald preceded her in death on Feb. 26,...

  • Richard 'Dick' Grenfell

    May 16, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Richard "Dick" Grenfell, of Ironwood, took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven with family by his side on a May morning. Dick was a lifelong resident of the area and was well liked in the community. As a child, he was introduced to the art of business at the local bakery-exchanging his sweeping skills for fresh donuts! He married the girl next door and the love of his life, Georgene. The wedding was at St. Ambrose Church, now known as Our Lady of Peace...

  • Richard A. 'Dick' Pikka

    May 16, 2024

    WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Richard A. "Dick" Pikka, 72, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024, at the Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Dick was born on Feb. 29, 1952, in Wakefield, a son of the late Herbert Tauno and Betty Irene (Stonelake) Pikka. He grew up on a hillside farm with his parents and brother, Dave. Dick attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 1970. During the winter months, he was employed as a lift operato...

  • David Daniel DeVowe

    May 16, 2024

    BUFFALO, Minn. - David Daniel DeVowe, 61, of Buffalo, Minnesota, the son of Jon David and Leona A. (Kananen) DeVowe, formerly of Bergland, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, after a long illness with cancer. David is survived by his father, Jon David; his stepmother, Ann; three sisters, Debra (Wally) Rankin, Lori (Mark) Niemi and Cathy (Larry) Moses; and several children, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, a niece and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leona, on...

  • June Marie Pauliot

    May 16, 2024

    FLORENCE, Wis. - June Marie Pauliot, 77, of Florence, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at her home, with her two daughters and a granddaughter by her side. She was born on September 14, 1946, in Stambaugh, Mich., to the late Walter and Bethel (Schultz) Clements. June, also known as "June Bug," grew up in Stambaugh, graduating from Stambaugh High School in 1965. After graduation, she moved to Milwaukee, where she got her certification as a nurse's aide. June later moved back to the Upper...

  • James 'Mugga' Magdziak

    May 16, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - James "Mugga" Magdziak, 67, of Ironwood, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. James was born on May 29, 1956, to Frank and Lillian (Gallo) Magdziak in Ironwood. He was employed at Action Floors in Mercer before retiring in 2018. Mugga enjoyed spending time at the camp, going hunting or fishing, and playing cribbage or Smear. He is survived by his brother, Joe (Karen) Magdziak of Ironwood; sister-in-law, Karen Magdziak of Lafayette, Indiana;...

  • Dorothy Anne Kusz

    May 9, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Dorothy "Dots" Anne Kusz, 96, of Ironwood, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood, with her family at her side. Dorothy was born on March 21, 1928, in Ironwood, a daughter of Clinton and Teresa Hagelin. On Nov. 18, 1948, Dorothy married John Kusz Sr. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ironwood. The late Rev. Frank Ronkowski officiated. Dorothy loved her family gatherings. Doors were always open and everyone was welcome. She was...

  • Nancy 'Sue' Hoeft

    May 9, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - A memorial service remembering Nancy "Sue" Hoeft, 86, of Bessemer, who died on Jan. 7, 2024, will be held on Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m., preceded by visitation at 9 a.m., at the Cornerstone Church, N10344 Mill St., in Ramsay, with the Rev. Todd Winkler and the Rev. Roy Speck officiating. A luncheon will be served at the fellowship hall immediately following the service. A committal service and interment will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer. Jerald Rocco, owner...

  • Kenneth 'Ken' Lauri Maki

    May 2, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Ken Maki, a resident of Hurley, and formerly of Kenosha, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2024, at the age of 89. Born on July 9, 1934, in Ironwood, Michigan, Ken lived a long and fulfilling life. Ken's work ethic was instilled on the family farm in North Ironwood, Michigan. After leaving the farm, he became a miner at the Newport Mine in Ironwood and took on other laboring jobs in the area. Upon moving to Kenosha, he dedicated 30 years to American Brass Corporation (later...

  • Antoinette M. Pertile

    May 2, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Antoinette M. (Rigoni) Pertile, 86, of Ironwood, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024. Antoinette was born on May 10, 1937, in Ironwood, a daughter of Matthew and Lena (Vescovi) Rigoni. She attended St. Ambrose High School and graduated in 1955. On May 18, 1957, Antoinette was united in marriage to Anton Pertile. Antoinette was a devout Catholic and was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. She was a kind and generous person who loved to bake, sew and...

  • Dennis R. Thomas

    May 2, 2024

    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - Dennis R. Thomas, 74, of Wisconsin Rapids, a former resident of Hurley, and Ironwood, Michigan, passed away on March 28, 2024. He peacefully departed at his home, surrounded by his wife of 52 years and his loyal companion and dog, Joey, after bravely battling chronic illness. Dennis was born on April 29, 1949, in Ironwood, to Charles G. Thomas of Hurley and Lucille Barnecott of Ironwood, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ch...

  • Dolly Lucille Cook

    May 2, 2024

    IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. - Dolly Lucille Cook, 73, the love of our lives, our "Clerk," if you will, transcended the bonds of Earth to join friends and family that passed before her, into the ages, on Saturday morning, April 27, 2024. She passed in her home, in the care of her family and Arcadia Home Care, after a long battle with dementia and multiple other health problems. Dementia is a crushing disease for the afflicted, family and friends, as well as caregivers, consider giving to the cause of...

  • Kathleen M. 'Kay' Tenlen

    May 2, 2024

    MONTREAL, Wis. - Kathleen "Kay" Mary Tenlen, age 97, of Montreal, passed away on March 31, 2024, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan. Fiercely independent and able she lived in her home until a brief illness before her passing. The former Kathleen Mary Hanley was born on June 20, 1926, to John and Margaret Hanley in Ironwood. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood. On May 23, 1953, she married Ronald Tenlen at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Ironwood. Together, they...

  • Joyce Elaine Reid

    May 2, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. - Joyce Elaine Reid, age 85, of Ironwood, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born on Dec. 29, 1938, in Ironwood, to Emil and Bertha (Kivi) Siirila. She was a graduate of Ironwood's Luther L. Wright High School and spent most of her working years as owner and operator of Joy-C's Café, a beloved downtown Ironwood restaurant enjoyed by many locals and the occasional tourist brave enough to leave the U.S. 2 highway. Throughout the...

  • Milton G. Teige

    May 2, 2024

    IRONWOOD, Mich. — Milton G. Teige, 82, of Ironwood, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, after a brief illness. He was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. Milton is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Debbie; five children, Mike, Chris, Scott, Lisa Westeen (Nathan) and Shawn; eight grandchildren, Alison, Rachel, Melissa, Dominic, Delwyn, Braelyn, Arianna and Carolanne; three great-grandchildren; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary; his mother-in-law; t...

  • Kathryn M. Reardon

    Apr 25, 2024

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Kathryn M. Reardon 82, of Springfield, Illinois, formerly of Decatur, passed away at 10:16 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Centennial Pointe Senior Living in Springfield. Kathy was born March 12, 1942, in Ironwood, Michigan, the daughter of John J. and Jean P. (Parent) Gorrilla. Kathy attended St. Ambrose Catholic School and graduated in 1960. She went on to obtain her bachelor's degree in speech pathology from Northern Michigan University. Kathy married George W. Reardon,...

  • Bette L. Rigoni

    Apr 25, 2024

    EWEN, Mich. - Bette L. (Toomey) Rigoni, 79, of Ewen, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, with her loving family at her side. Bette was born on Oct. 14, 1944, in Bessemer Township, a daughter of William and Yaga (Smolich) Toomey. She attended Bergland High School and graduated in 1962. Bette continued her education at Gogebic Community College. For many years, she was a dedicated licensed practical nurse. On Oct. 6, 1962, Bette was united in marriage to...

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