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Obituaries

News obituary, birth announcement policy

The Alpena News does not accept any handwritten obituaries. Family members may submit typed obituaries, but must provide the name of the funeral home handling arrangements so the death can be verified. Basic information without a photo can be printed at no charge, but longer obituaries with ...

ROBERT JOSEPH GALLAGHER

Jan. 19, 1952 - May 18, 2024 Captain Robert Joseph Gallagher, 72, of Alpena, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Besser Senior Living Community surrounded by his family. Robert was born in St. Ignace on Jan. 19, 1952, to the late Daniel and Scharline (Sutton) Gallagher. Robert ...

CHARLES WILLIAM CROSS

Dec. 30, 1931 - May 6, 2024 Charles William Cross (Bill), age 92, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Medilodge of Alpena. Charles was born Dec. 30, 1931, in Ludington, to the late Ralph Sr. and Alice (Beadle) Cross in a commercial fishing family. On Nov. 26, 1952, he married Donna ...

KAREN GAE SPARKS

Jan. 11, 1955 - May 21, 2024 Karen Gae Sparks, 69, of Alpena, a beacon of warmth and kindness, passed away on May 21, 2024. Born on Jan. 11, 1955, in Alma. The daughter of the late Arthur and Darlene (Corder) Brooks, Karen grew up surrounded by a close-knit family who cherished her ...

JEANETTE FRANCES BUCZKOWSKI

June 6, 1942 - May 17, 2024 Jeanette Frances (Budnik) Buczkowski left her earthly dwelling to be with her heavenly family on May 17, 2024, while at the Primrose Assisted Living Center in Midland. She was the eighth of 16 children born to Theophilus and Antoinette (Strzelecki) Budnik on ...

FRANK M. WILLACKER

May 17, 2024 Frank M. Willacker, 69, passed away May 17, 2024, peacefully in his home with his little dog in his lap and family by his side. Born to Stanley and Betty Willacker, Frank retired from Ford Motor Company of Wixom in 2003 and relocated to Alpena. Frank loved hunting, fishing, ...