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John E. Tarro

WAKEFIELD, Mich. – John E. Tarro, 90, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully Monday, June 3, 2019, with his dear family by his side.

John was born on Jan. 1, 1929, in Wakefield, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Bugni) Tarro. He attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 1946.

John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a private first class on Oct. 30, 1952.

On Sept. 27, 1969, John was united in marriage to Elaine Armata Hendrickson at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield.

He was a lifetime member of the Wakefield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9084 and the U.P. Trappers Association. John was a member of the Wakefield American Legion Geroux Post 11 and the Gogebic Range Beagle Club.

His hobbies included trapping, fishing, hunting and running his beagle, Buster. He took a great deal of pride in his garden, especially growing delicious tomatoes and cucumbers.

John absolutely loved going to his cottage, enjoyed many happy hours at the casino and always attended his grandchildren's sporting events.

He worked at the Sunday Lake Mine until its closure and then later was employed for many years at White Pine Copper Company.

John is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; two sons, John (Josh) Tarro, Atlanta, Ga., and Jim (Amy) Tarro, Wakefield; two stepchildren, Dan (Chris) Hendrickson, Negaunee, and Jean (Kris) Koski, Wakefield; two grandchildren, Nick and Julia Tarro; five step-grandchildren, Brad (Jackie) Koski, Kim Koski, Trina (Brian) Bilgreen, Scott (Melissa) Hendrickson and Todd (Jen) Hendrickson; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James K. Tarro, Wakefield, and Joe (Arlene) Tarro, Germantown, Wis .; a sister, Mary Raica, Marquette; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday, June 11, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield, with the honor guard beginning at 10:15 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dominic Agyapong, celebrant.

A Rite of Committal and interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, with a military graveside service under the auspices of American Legion Post 11 and VFW Post 9084 Honor Guard, assisted by the U.P. Funeral Honors Team.

A luncheon will follow at the Wakefield VFW Post 9084.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at

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