Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan on September 15, 1998 · Page 2
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Ironwood, Michigan
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THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml — Tuesday, Sept. 15. 1998 Page 4 Obituaries Irene Porkka Irene Porkka, 79, of 207 E. Arch St., Ironwood, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at her home. The former Irene Martel! was bom May 22, 1919, in Montreal, Wis., the daughter of the late Fred and Anne (Shermer) Mar. tell. She attended Hurley schools and was employed in Waukegan, 111., for Fansteel and at Johns- Mansville Corp. She was also employed as a waitress in Detroit and was employed locally at the liansen Glove Factory and at Josephson's Nursing Home. She was a member of the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood and enjoyed flowers, cooking, traveling, camping and antiques. Irene ica» a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, titter, and friend to all and will be dearly misted by all who knew and loved her. She was married to Heino Kalla on Feb. 2, 1940 in Toledo, Ohio. She was then married to William Porkka on Oct. 6. 1973 in Ironwood. He preceded her in death on June 14, 1996. Survivors include two sons: Alan (Sharon) Kalla of Necedah, Wis., Robert Kalla, Ironwood; two daughters, SueAnn (Roger) Henning, Germantown, Wis., and Rebecca Kalla, Waukegan, 111.; 10 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren, four brothers: Delore Martell, Alamogordo, N.M.; Norman (Jean) Martell, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Edward Martell, Denver, Colo.; Eugene (Dorothy) Martell, Ironwood, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Lee Kalla in infancy on Dec. 3, 1941.. Jennie Ellsworth ' WAKEFIELD — Jennie V. Ellsworth, age 81, died Tuesday. Mrs. Ellsworth was born to the late Charles and Margaret (LeClair) Burns at Big Bay on June 12, 1917. She attended school at Big Bay. She was employed as a cook at the White Pine Inn, Fish, er's Cafe, Borseth's Cafe and the Bergland. Community Schools, retiring in 1977. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ramsay. Mrs. Ellsworth has lived in the Bergland area from 1952 to 1981 at which time she moved to Wakefield. She loved to sew and go shopping with her family and friends. She was married to George L. Ellsworth on, Jan 24, 1938 in Marquette. They were married for 49 years until his death on July 8, 1987. Mrs. Ellsworth is survived by four sons: Clifford (Diana) Ellsworth arid ; Robert Ellsworth, both of Wakefield, Charles (Darlene) Ellsworth of Ironwood, and . Leonard (Beverly) Ellsworth of L'Anse; three daughters: Mrs. Joan (Gary) Raymond of Mcrri- weather, Jcanettc Waller of Naples Fla., and Colleen Dement of IRENE PORKKA A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m.. at the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood, the Rev. Darryl Pepin celebrant. Interment will follow in' the Lakeview Cemetery in Saxon. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood, where liturgical services will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10 a.m., until Mass time in the St. Joseph Family Room at the church on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Regional Hospice Services, c/o the Grand View Hospital. Pallbearers will be Roger and Jason Henning, Guy and Mark Kalla, and William and James • Martell. McKeviU-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood is in charge of arrangements. West Monroe, La.; 26 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, four brothers, John, Victor, Frank and Forrest, one sister, Albena Fisher and six half-brothers and sisters preceded Mrs. Ellworth in death. Funeral services for .Mrs. Ellsworth will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ramsay, on Friday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Kevin Ader officiating. Visitation will be held at the Lakeside Memorial Chapel beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, and at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church beginning at 10 a.m., until the time of service. Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Cemutery, Bergland. •Jennie mas a loving, beautiful and generous Mom who will be sadly misited by her children. Pallbearers will bo Gary Raymond, Jr., Stephen Raymond, Ralph Kapu,stka, J.C. Raymond, Jim Gunderman and David Roberts. Lakeside Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangments. Louise Graham Louise Graham died June 30, 1998, a few weeks short of her 102nd birthday. Louise -was born on Jessieviile Hi!) in 1897, when only a footpath led from her home to the main road to Ironwood. In 1911 she married the late Sam Graham, also of Jessieviile, who was well known in the Upper Midwest .where he sold mining machinery for many years. Louise was especially known for her pleasant disposition and her cooking, Cornish pasties, saffron bread and seedy buns. Following Sam's retirement in 1958, the Grahams moved to Sun Kathleen Briskey MARENISCO _ Kathleen R. Briskey, age 73, died Sunday at Ironwood. Mrs. Briskey was born to the late James S. and Elizabeth (Cobb) Starkweather in Calderwood on Oct. 1, 1924. She attended school in Marenisco and lived there most of her .life. She was married to Harry Briskey in 1972 in Bergland. He preceded her in death in 1974. Mrs. Briskey is survived by one son, Michael Pikka, of Marenisco; two daughters, Sharon Obremski and Janeen LaBarge, both of Ironwood; special friend Sandra McDougali of South Carolina; many nieces and nephews and special niece, Nina; five grandchildren, David (Tanya), Kevin and Bryan Obremski, Lisa (Dennis) Svoke, and Robert LaBarge; Bruna McDevitt POCATELLO, Idaho — Bruna McDevitt was the beautiful, sweet daughter of a Wisconsin Italian iron miner (Bruno DeRosso) and a Swedish mother (Ellen Ross DeRosso), of Hurley. At the age of 3, probably secondary to the mumps virus, she contracted diabetes mellitus, which necessitated,daily insulin for the rest of her life. Times were hard during her youth. However, toiling in a grocery store, department store and as a maid, and supplemented by money from home, Bruna worked her way through Hurley High School and then earned a bachelor of science degree in medical technology from Marquette University. Upon graduation, she managed a medical laboratory before accompanying her husband West. Bruna was a Catholic wife, mother and housekeeper. She would accept no excuses for any member of the family being late for her delicious home-cooked meals, where often also sat, regardless of race, creed or color, one of her children's friends. Bruna was a rancher, hunter and fisherman and she taught Leon Joseph Daniels BRUCE CROSSING — Leon Joseph Daniels, 63, passed away Sept. 13, 1998, at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, where he was waiting for a heart transplant. He was born March 19, 1935 in Green, son of Allan and Mayme (Store) Daniels. He graduated from the Ontonagon Area High School in 1953 and worked for White Pine Copper. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, and operated Leon's Standard Service in Bruce Crossing. He worked for o car dealership, drove school bus for the E-TC District and worked at Ewen Building Supply. He was united in marriage on June 9, 1955 to Patricia Anderson. Leon was a member of the First Lutheran Church and its choir. He was a member of the American Legion Post 41 of Ewen, and a very avid E-TC Panther sports fan. Leon is survived by his wife, Patsy; daughters: Shcryl William J. Uerling .SAN JACINTO, Calif. — William J. Uerling, 67, died at home Sept. 14, 1998. He had been ill for about two year.s. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and a daughter, Teresa, nt home. He is also survived by one brother, Paul Uerling, and wife, Betty, of Marenisco; one siHter, Barbara Lillie, and her husband, Daniels, Midland; Diane (Bryan) Kuehnl, Ewen, Penny (Joe) Schmidt, Traverse City; four grandchildren: Heidi and Gregory Kuehnl and Danny and Jenny Schmidt; and five sisters, Joyce Ebcrhard, Lakeview, Mich., Katherine Eberhard, Sheridan, Mich., Irene Lobeck, Ontonagon, Dorothy Thebo, Barnhart, Mo., and Ruth Daniels, Bruce Crossing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Allan and Mayme Daniels, a sister Evelyn Everett, and brothers, Layton, Francis, Richard, Edward and an infant brother, James Henry, Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Ewen. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Kuzicj officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Ewen. The Cane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mike, of Rolla, Mo.; and one brother-in-law, Alpine Deichelbor, of South Carolina; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Naomi Uerling, of Marenisco, and one sister, Alice Deichelbor. Funeral and burial will be in California. City, Ariz., in I960. During the past few years, Louise resided in a nursing home in nearby Youngstown. Services will be held in the Methodist Church of Ironwood at 11 a.m., on Oct. 2, 1998. Following the services, luncheon will be served by the Methodist Ladies at noon in the church, where Louise was a member of the Circle. Louise is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Raymond E. Peterson of Sun City, Ariz., and a son, Joseph J. Graham, of Grand Junction, Colo., nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. as well as one great-grandson, Neil Obremski. Besides her parents and husband,'Mrs. Briskey was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Starkweather, and a sister, Virginia Bachand. Funeral services for Mrs. Briskey will be held at the Lakeside Memorial Chapel, Wakefield, on Wednesday, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Keith Rankin officiating. Visitation will be held at the Lakeside. Memorial Chapel today, beginning at 5 p.m. Burial will be in the Marenisco Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Tice, Leo Arnestad Jr., Don LaPrairie, Dennis Svoke, David Obremski and Robert LaBarge. Lakeside Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. her children, Sean (investment banking), Margretta (airlines), Charles (accounting), Mary (computers), Daniel (nuclear science), and James (mechanical engineering), to do the same. She was active in tole painting, cake decorating, gardening and quilting. Bruna McDevitt was a true environmentalist. Despite opposir tion from liberal politicians, she researched, then traveled alone without fanfare to the state capitol, where her testimony before a congressional committee single- handedly blocked the entry into Idaho of toxic chemical waste from the aluminum factories of Oregon and Washington, which was destined to be incinerated at the Inkom cement factory. Unfortunately, despite meticulous attention to diet and exercise, the ravages of diabetes finally caught up with Bruna. The. last few months, while her mind was brilliant and active to the end, she had to hopelessly watch as her body decayed before her eyes. Surrounded by her children, parents and sister, Bruna McDevitt died at home in the arms of her husband, Dr. Thomas J. McDevitt. Gov. Engler seeks to boost employment DETROIT (AP) '— Gov. John Engler plans to expand his welfare experiment that aims to find jobs for everyone on public assistance. The expansion of Project Zero is part of Engler's re-election agenda and would take effect in October, the Detroit Free Press reported today. It would add 23 Project Zero sites to the current 12, and would increase the Family , Independence Agency's budget for the program from $5 million to $8 million. Engler was to announce the expansion at a news conference today. New sites include Genesee, St. Clair, Calhoun, Lake, Mason, Occana, Leelanau, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Barry, Eaton, Newaygo, Ionia, Montcalm and Mecosta counties; the cities of Hamtramck, Lincoln Park and Taylor; and four Detroit neighborhoods. The experiment, which began in 1996, is being extended one more year instead of implemented statewide because there's more to learn, said Karen Smith, FIA spokeswoman. "The common problems, the common themes continue to be transportation and child care and the availability of each," Smith told the paper. Project Zero sites' results vary greatly. In Barry County, 90 percent of welfare recipients required to work had jobs in July. of For H3 yciirs, we and olhcrs were blessed with (he love of Sylvia Cnrpenudo. !n her firm I dnys nrid in Ihe days following her recent dc.Tln we were blessed willi the cnre and generosity of mnny kind people. We her family, express our heartfelt thanks (o our dear friends, neighbors and relatives who gave so generously to case our bereavement. We extend a special thank you to the Caring Care Givers, the Gogebic Medical Care Facility employees, the Frick-Zclmski Funeral Home staff, the pallbearers, the organist, the ladies of Sharon Lutheran Church who served the lunch, the V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Reverend Mike Ashman of Sharon Lutheran Church for his comforting words, support, and prayers. Your kindness will never be forgotten. The Family of Sylvia Carpenedo £itt£e ffMand Qlfi U.S. 2 Kimbali.WI 561-4360 Open: Wednesday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — We Have An Assortment Of Many New Items — Table Runners • Finnish Books & Dictionaries • Napkins Greeting Cards • Refrigerator Magnets • Sauna Supplies • Mugs T-Shirts & Sweatshirts •Homemade Rag Carpets BALL CANDLES A**ort*<> Cokxi Gifts for All Occasions frttalaOcrystal ' I « I A- H 0 Jennifer Lahti, left, and her mother Alyce Plulchak won the Big Spruce Ladies Invitational at Bruce Crossing. The Wyandotte Hills duo edged Big Spruce golfers Teka Kemppainen, third from left, and Bonnie Maki in ,the two-woman scramble. Both teams tied at 75 after 18 holes. The Lahti-Plutchak team took the title by one stroke in sudden death. Wakefield plans build ing strategy By PAMELA DAVENPORT Globe Staff Writer WAKEFIELD — What began Monday as a decision about the location of a new city garage in Wakefield became a new directive regarding two other city facilities. Wakefield City Council voted unanimously to accept a three- phase project presented by Mayor Steve Lischalk that would include renovating Old City Hall. The first phase of the project would be building a new city garage. Based on a recommendation of the building and site committee which included council members Kay Koruga and John Ozzello, the council approved building the garage behind the electric shop-mausoleum north of Old U.S. 2 and west of the cemetery. Koruga said she preferred to keep the garage in town to "dress up the city" but Ozzello was concerned about getting the heavy equipment out of the city for liability reasons. Other reasons for the choice included the location's proximity to existing utilities and the cost to extend natural gas to the site. The new salt shed will be constructed near the garage. The second phase of Lischalk's proposal will include turning the old garage into a library with city offices all on the ground floor. The current library is so small there is no room for new books, Lischalk said. It has only 1,200 square feet as compared to 3,000 square feet at the garage, according to Larry Anderson, city supervisor. . Koruga was concerned the garage would smell like gas and oil after "years and years and years" of being used to house heavy equipment but she was told there are cleaning materials that can take away the smell. When Phase III is complete, the - City Hall would be renovated. "I don't like leaving an empty building," Lischalk said, but Mike Smolcich, a member of the .audience, compared renovating City Hall to "shoeing a dead horse." The council directed City Manager John Siira to ; put together specifications for the three-phase project. Market holds steady today NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow industrials edged higher to extend a two-session rally, but most stocks pulled back today during one of the laziest sessions in weeks. At noon on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 7.98 at 7,953.33 after meandering between an early 63- point deficit and a 30-point gain. The Dow gained a combined 330 points on Friday and Monday for 'its first two-session winning streak in three weeks. The gains put the Dow a shade above this., year's starting point of r,90«;2^ ( ' but still left the blue-chip average about 1,400 points, or 15 percent, below the July 17 peak at 9,337.97. Broader stock indicators also pulled back today after rallying for two sessions amid hopes tMe Federal Reserve will cut interest rates to counter a global economic slowdown. New Releases Now in Stock! CDs at the Lowest Prices Ronnie's Mam Street, Ironwood 932-3901 Make the gift as meaningful as the Occasion l/10ct. TW Reg. J329 l/5ct. TW l/3ct. TW l/2ct. TW 3/4ct. TW 1 Ct. TW Reg. S499 Reg. 5669 Reg. $999 Reg. SI499 Reg. SI999 S299 S399 $599 S899 S1199 JEWELRY 110 E. Aurora a. 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