Karen Sue Howard


January 2, 2018

WHITE PINE, Mich. — Karen Sue Howard, 73, of White Pine, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at her home in White Pine.

She was born in Ontonagon on Dec. 1, 1944, to William Picotte and Ellen (Carlson) Steed. She was a graduate of White Pine High School with the class of 1963.

Karen owned and operated the “Weekly Bulletin” and went on to purchase Mac’s Bar and Lounge in 1991 and changed the name to Roxey’s Bar and Grill after her beloved doberman, Roxey. After many years of owning and operating Roxey’s, she retired.

Karen enjoyed going to the casino, playing cards with her family, crocheting, knitting, reading, working on jigsaw puzzles and one year, she knitted 200 golf club covers. Karen was well known to her family as being a wonderful cook. She lived up to her “SIGN” which sat behind her bar.

She is survived by her 3 daughters; Wendy (Gary) Gouin, of White Pine, Machel (Mike) Borsum, of Dollar Bay, and Jo Ellen (Ben Mayer) Howard, of Ontonagon; nine grandchildren, Dillon, Chase, Page Marie, Tayler, Sabrina, Nikoli, Daymin, Dustin and Adelaide; two brothers, Donald (Jeanette) Picotte and Ronald (Kristin) Picotte; four sisters, Sandra (Andy) Aubrey, Kriss Steed, Candy Steed and Lisa (Aaron) Gray; as well as several nieces and nephews, and beloved friend, Lynn Distel.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, “Pops;” her sister, Jeanene Behnke, and brothers, Douglas Picotte and Michael Steed; her nephew, Michael Aubrey; her dear friend, Ray Sokol; and beloved doberman, Roxey.

To Missy LeGault, there are no words to express our gratitude with the loving care and compassion you showed to our Mother.

A celebration of Karen’s life will be announced at a later date.

The Cane Funeral Home of Ontonagon is assisting the family with arrangements.


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