Obituaries

Jeanette Baumgart

BAUMGART, Jeanette E., 83, of Alpena died Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bannan Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

ALVIN A. GAPCZYNSKI

Alvin A. Gapczynski, age 93, of Alpena, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. On May 26, 1924, Alvin was born to the late Anthony and Martha (Skiba) Gapczynski in Alpena, Mich. He served in the United States Air Force under the Coast Artillery ...

ROSE MATILDA SHAFTO

Rose Matilda (Riharb) Shafto, 92, of Rogers City, died July 4, 2017, at Rogers City Tendercare. She was born July 10, 1924, in Pontiac, the fifth of six children of John and Johanna (VanOasterhout) Riharb. She graduated from St. Fredrick Catholic High School in Pontiac in 1943. Rose ...

Chad Arlt

ARLT, Chad, 39, of Alpena died at home on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Arrangements are being handled through the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home and are incomplete at this time. Complete obituary information will be announced by the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home in a future edition of The News.

Lloyd Michaud

MICHAUD, Lloyd E., 86, of Mikado died Sunday, July 2, 2017, at his home. He is survived by five children, Sylvia Gay (Richard) Weir of Port Charlotte, Fla., Katherine (Robert) Goddard of Harrisville, Brenda Fowler of Mikado, Lloyd Jr. (Kimberly) of Farmington, Utah, and Sharon (Scott) Hiser ...

ELIZABETH E. WILLIS

Elizabeth “Betsy” Willis, age 76, of Alpena passed away suddenly of a stroke on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Betsy was born on March 12, 1940, to the late Carl and Evelyn (Driver) Penney in Newport News, Va. She graduated from the University of ...

DANIEL THOMAS HUNT

Daniel Thomas Hunt, Jr., 7, of Hillman passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena following a house fire. Daniel was born on Sept. 11, 2009 in Alpena to Daniel and Nicole (Costa) Hunt and had finished the first grade at Hillman Elementary School. He enjoyed ...

ROBERT J. MURPHY

Robert J. “Bob Murphy Sr., 68, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, surrounded by his family. On Nov. 1, 1948, Robert was born in Alpena, Mich., to the late James and Norma (Spicer) Murphy. He married Diane ...

Thomas Ronayne

RONAYNE, Thomas N., 73, of Spruce, died Friday, June 30, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Diane; three sons Nicholas, Jason, and David; one grandson, Jason Jr.; one great-grandson; his step-daughter, Lisa Tyrrell; and one sister, Kathy (Tom) ...

Catherine Evans

EVANS, Catherine Elizabeth, 71, died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Kalamazoo. She is survived by her husband, Stony; four children, Jeff Turske, Jack (Anouk) Turske, Angela Strouse and Amy McNee; eight grandchildren, Isabella, Justin, Joshua, Nicholas, Alexis, Matthew, Sierra and ...

ROBERT J. MURPHY

Robert J. “Bob Murphy Sr., 68, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, surrounded by his family. On Nov. 1, 1948, Robert was born in Alpena, Mich., to the late James and Norma (Spicer) Murphy. He married Diane ...

BERNARD L. PINGER

Bernard L. Pinger, 97, of Alpena, Mich., died Friday June 30, 2017. Bernard was born Feb. 11, 1920, in Keithsburg, Ill., to John and Justine Pinger. Later in life Bernard went on to serve in the 1693rd Co CCC Camp from 1935-1939 and also served four years with the U.S. Navy during WWII. On ...

DONNA JANE TOWLERTON

Donna "Mickey" Jane (Flanders) Towlerton, age 90 on June 26, went to be reunited with the love of her life, Arthur Towlerton who proceeded her in death nine months prior (Sept. 24, 2016). They had 73 years of dating and marriage; she was a devoted wife, mother, grand/great ...

ELIZABETH E. WILLIS

Elizabeth “Betsy” Willis, age 76, of Alpena passed away suddenly of a stroke on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Betsy was born on March 12, 1940, to the late Carl and Evelyn (Driver) Penney in Newport News, Va. She graduated from the University of ...

Robert Murphy

MURPHY, Robert J. Sr., 68, died peacefully after an extended illness on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Diane; son Thomas (Samantha) Murphy of Alpena, Mich.; granddaughter Lilith; sister Carolyn (Norman) ...

Elfrieda Randall

RANDALL, Elfrieda, 98, of Alpena died Wednesday, June 28, 2017. She is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Gene) Reimann, Karen Bromund. Per her wishes she has been taken for cremation with a memorial service to be announced at a later date.

EDWARD LEE CHERKOIAN

Edward Lee Cherkoian, 72, of Hubbard Lake passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at his home. Edward was born on Jan. 30, 1945, in Detroit to the late Edward H. and Lillian M. (McMackon) Cherkoian. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On Dec. 21, 1979, he married ...

Makowski, Donald and Rita

Graveside memorial service for Donald V. Makowski and Rita M. Makowski will take place on Saturday, July 1, at 2:30 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Rogers City.

PATRICK POKORSKI

Patrick Pokorski, 62, of Alpena passed away with his son, Ross, on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at their home. Patrick was born in Dearborn on April 26, 1955, to the late Theodore and Rose (Woszczyna) Pokorski. On June 26, 1976, he married the former Karen Shriner. He as an active member of ...

ROSS PATRICK POKORSKI

Ross Patrick Pokorski, 27, of Alpena passed away with his father, Patrick, on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at their home. Ross was born in Royal Oak on May 11, 1990, to Patrick and Karen (Shriner) Pokorski. Ross was an EMT and first responder for Alpena Township and Presque Isle Township ...