Feb 28-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: February: Feb 28-03
In Memory    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donn de Yampert
February 2003    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donn de Yampert

Toivo from Toivola on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:00 am:

You are welcome to add your thoughts this month to honor the memory of a special person who is no longer with us, except in spirit.

Along with the peaceful scene with the Cross, included is the beautiful sunrise by Donn de Yampert also, which Charlie posted earlier this month, after the loss of the Columbia crew.

Fondly remembered:

Fran Basara
Hazel Belanger
Bob Forsberg
Waino Rantamaki
Fred Rogers

By monk,wis. on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 04:13 am:

nick schuh

By Therese from Harbor Springs, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:12 am:

We remember Mary Seaman, a very special lady on Drummond Island who walked with the Lord every day of her life and now walks beside him in Heaven. She is greatly missed.

By yooperwannbe/richmond on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:22 am:

Robert Simpson
Susan Simpson
Suzanne Spruytte
Joe Berry
John "Mr Bud" Vargo

By RCW $ BAY on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:42 am:

Theodore Wetton 95 year old

By Mike B, Pittsburgh, wishin I was still in the Yoop on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 07:22 am:

Thank you, Toivo, for the mention of Fred "Mister" Rogers in this month's rememberances. He passed yesterday morning after a short and very private battle with stomach cancer. I don't think there are many on this board, or in this country for that matter, who don't have a childhood memory of Mister Roger's Neighborhood.

He was born in a small Pennsylvania town called Latrobe and lived in Pittsburgh until his death. He is an icon in the Pittsburgh area and will be remembered fondly and missed terribly.

By me on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 07:28 am:

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. Thank You.

By steve, virginia on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:18 am:

the picture of the sunrise should remind us all of who is in control!!!!! all of this has been created by the LORD for us to enjoy and be good stewards of, so lets thank HIM everyday for all we have..and our loved ones..those still here and those that have gone on before us....
lets also be in prayer for our guys and gals in the persian gulf!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Gerald Cronenworth on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:20 am:

George (Gubs) Cronenworth

By Carl K. on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:31 am:

Norma Kiilunen Holmboe, Alaska

By Mister Rogers's Neighbor, Lake Linden on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:46 am:

Whenever I see a gentleman wearing a cardigan sweater, I will be reminded of Mister Rogers, and sometimes when I hang my coat in the hall closet, I will think of Mister Rogers. With these thoughts, I will remember what he taught me. I sincerely thank you, Mister Rogers.

By A friend in CA on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 09:28 am:

Sherry Shaltz, a woman who loved to laugh.
An informal gathering will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Friday, February 28, 2003) at the Gladstone American Legion in Gladstone to celebrate her life.

By Jim, Lower Mi. on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 09:33 am:

Not trying to change the subject of whom we remember on this day, but would like to add something here for those who believe in prayer. Don't know how many of you know of this, but there is a presidential prayer team you can join by going to "presidentialprayerteam.org". He and our troops need all the prayer they can get. Thank you.

By April, Katy, TX on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 09:46 am:

Cecil Stevenson, 91, married for 72 years.

By Betty, Houston on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:22 am:

Stephanie Revitte

By S.Clark, Metro Detroit on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:35 am:

It was so nice to see someone mention John Vargo. Without "Bud" as we knew him, Bay Cliff Health Camp would not be what it is today. So many wonderful people helping so many children with special needs. Bay Cliff has seen and dealt with almost every kind of handicap over it's many years. He made Bay Cliff a place that all the people could feel so normal (if there is such a thing). The success stories from Bay Cliff abound, yet no matter how sad some individual outcomes were over the years, the winning helpful spirt and the rewarding smiles will never be forgotten. Let's not also forget his dedication to Junior Hockey. This man was truly a fine example that we should all follow.

By Ann Fisher, Illinois on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:42 am:

Wow! The cemetery in the snow needs to somehow make it on next year's calendar--although I know there are already so many good contenders. November maybe, for All Soul's Day?

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:49 am:

Dan Pfankuch of Menominee, MI. H.S. graduating class of 1946.

By Naomi,East Lansing MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:32 am:

In Memory of Brad Waara&Jason Krans-Forever in our hearts
~Fly with the Angels~

By E.L. Nelson Arizona on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:34 am:

I would to remember my Uncle Richard (Rigu) Jylha.
He was a great man and many wonderful childhood memories were made by going to visit Rigu and Josie in Champion, Michigan. Peace to all.

By Juka in the UP on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:37 am:

Let us remember George Stipanovich
Norman Rapson
Viola Koski
George was from Copper City...a great Sportsman and supporter of many
worthwhile causes. He was an avid REDWINGS fan. He also loved baseball
and played in the OLDTIMERS league into his late eighties. A lot of folks were
the benefactors of his culinary efforts at numerous community, church and
civic events.
Norm grew up in Ahmeek...remember him and Theresa Chopp (his wife) as two of
the best skaters at the old Ahmeek Ice rink in the village...also baseball player
and golfer . (in the late thirties--early forties--one of the best).
Viola Erickson Koski , a "pillar" in the village of Ahmeek who actively participated
and supported community events on the north end.

By Gina, Hubbell, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:49 am:

In Memory of Rosemary Elaine Forget, Lawrence Forget, George Ozanich, Peter Starika, Joseph Foley.

By yooperwannabe/richmond on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:58 am:

To S. Clark,
You must be a former staff member. Your kind words about Bud brought tears to my eyes. Even though it has been 26 years since my first summer working camp, the Bay Cliff Spirit burns very strongly in my heart. I can tell you have it also. Those of us lucky to have known this wonderful man and all he did for his causes are truely blessed. He is finally home with Ann.
His rewards will be plentiful. May we all carry on a bit of what we learned from him, and the world will be a better place.
God Bless

By Gina, Hubbell on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 12:04 pm:

In Memory of George Stevens.

By karen on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 12:26 pm:

loving thoughts and memories of my brother richard fountaine...

By David Cloutier - Colorado on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 12:28 pm:

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Bud Vargo. As a student at Northern in the 1970's I had many friends who worked at Bay Cliff during the summer and through them I was lucky enough to meet Bud. He was indeed a wonderful man and a great inspiration to everyone who's lives he touched. Rarely has any one done more to help so many people. His efforts made the world a better place. His legacy will be remembered and will inspire future generations to carry on in his footsteps....

By Juka in the UP on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 12:47 pm:

(to revise my above message)..
George, Norman and Viola passed away in the past week.

By Brian, TC on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 12:48 pm:

In todays world of strife & uncertainty...why can't our news services focus more on the good things and people of this world. Isn't that what our Lord would rather see. This Mr. Vargo sounds like a man that truly embodied the ways and spirit of Jesus. If we all focused on the wonderful things people do...make that our common way of thinking....wouldn't this short lifetime be so much better. Forget all these stupid reality shows and look at a simple but stunning picture of a lovingly placed headstone in a field of beautiful serene...quiet...snow. That's reality folks. A reminder that we are here to live for Christ. So that we can join him someday in eternity!

By Brian, TC on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 12:51 pm:

By the way...if you couldn't tell...I love that picture!

By Duff, Westland on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 12:53 pm:

I would like to add my uncle, George Kowalski to your list of remembrances. He was a great man who lost a short battle with cancer. We miss him terribly...

By wil michaelson plymouth mi. on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 01:47 pm:

In remembrance ellen angman from trap rock valley passed away last year in her 90's she lived in the same house for some 70 yrs.i spent many hard working days on the farm with her side by side

By Jan, Edmonds, WA on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 02:21 pm:

This image brings back loving memories & thoughts of our dear friend, Dave Hill, originally from Ontonagon. He passed away almost 3 years ago (March 20, 2000) from a long battle with cancer. He loved this view of Houghton!

By jerry mi on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 02:31 pm:

to cescil tomlinson from lake linden altho i am a troll i spent time with him and his family he left behind many friends i spent a lot of time at the maple leaf bar when he owned it all the times at camp on rice lake we miss you

By FC MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 02:40 pm:

In loving memory of Roxanne Raffaelli Collins who passed away in a car accident. Memorial services were on Tuesday. Age 38 - She loved the sunshine. The sun is shining bright today and so are you Roxie in our memories.

By keri, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 02:52 pm:

Darren Kelly
Vic Salmi
Timothy Leveque

By Aaron, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:02 pm:

In loving memory,
Paul Rice, Watertown, WI
Audry Hunter, Cedar Springs, MI

By mary-Lake Linden on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:03 pm:

I would like to remember Irving and Florida Dulong, Reuben and Val Dulong, Walter and Norma (Kivela) Dulong, Eugene, Dorothy and Alan Desjardin, Ralph Geshel, Nelda Wakeham, Ruth Wakeham, Kenny Kus, Rena and Maurice Olson, Paul Willmer, Carl Willmer, Meagan Brogan, Larry Hosang, Marilyn Demars, Paul Pini, Irene Pini and Nancy Dumonthier and Veronica DeRoche. All these were faithful to God in their daily lives and were always helping others as God wants us to. Pray for Them.

By JN,MN on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:24 pm:

In Memory of Pearl Moberg, TC, 3 months short of 101 and reaching out to encourage others almost to the moment of her homegoing to be with her Lord.

By CD, IN on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:35 pm:

In memory of Andy DeBroka, who died to young at age 34 on April 2, 1999. Missed by Mom Charlotte, Dad Jim, and brother Erik.

By John Kaleita Keweenaw County, Michigan on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:45 pm:

In memory of the Hermit of Delaware,
Joseph Plautz, who died on November 24, 1977.

By Star, currently in NM on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 04:10 pm:

I don't mean to speak ill of the dead, and I'm sure Bud Vargo was a very nice, well-meaning man. But as an, er, inmate of Bay Cliff Health Camp in the mid '80s when I was 15, I have to disagree with the above statement that it was a wonderful place, where we were made to feel "normal". As a mildly handicapped teen, I was made to feel anything BUT normal. Normal is a 15 y.o. showering once a day - we were allowed one A WEEK. I love to read - campers WERE NOT allowed in the library. Our letters home were read, and if we complained in them - they were NOT sent. For the 7 weeks I was there, I felt like a second class citizen. I just wanted to tell my experience, so people don't get carried away with the idea that Bay Cliff is a great experience. Unless Bay Cliff has radically changed the way they do business, especially with older campers, since I was there, it falls way short of the wonderful place I'm sure the founder intended it to be.

By Anon on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 04:25 pm:

Veronica DeRoche

By eleanor kiilunen L.L. MI. on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 04:55 pm:

In memory of my brother, George De Marois, who passed away March 10, 1998. He was in the Logging business. I'll never forget the time he came down to our shop with a new logging truck. He insisted that I take it for a ride. Well, to please him I did. I had to shift umpteen times to get rolling and by that time I was almost to the Maple Leaf. I decided to turn around there so I had to shift umpteen times to stop. Then to get going, it was shift, shift, shift and I finally made it back. There he was with a big grin on his face, as tho he gave me a million dollars. WHEW!!I miss you George. Don't saw all the trees down in heaven.

By joseph butala michigan on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 04:55 pm:

In memory of our daughter, Lynn Marie(Butala)Saari,memories are all we have now.Age 41,12-01-02.missed very much,by all.

By w.sands on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 05:17 pm:

In memory of my brother James Sands,loving husband,father, and brother .

By Sandy, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:14 pm:

In memory of Bill Clay, my father. And in honor of all those who posted here today, who cherish the memories of those gone before them. May they find comfort and peace in the arms of our Lord. My prayers today are for you and the MTU students traveling home for break. God grant all a safe journey and happy homecoming...on earth and in heaven.

By J.B. michigan on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:22 pm:

In memory also of my sister Nancy Butala who passed away in may of 2002,memories are what we have,to keep in our hearts, forever.

By DJB-MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:36 pm:


By eleanor k L.L. mi. on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 07:27 pm:

In memory of the following deceased members of the former Copper Country Snow Cat Club:
Garfield Rowe, Howie & Ione Delf,Fran De Mars, Bruce & Bunny Armstrong,Larry & Tyne Harju,Clarence & Gladys Codere,Archie & Julia Jolly,Fritz & Aurelia Rintala,Kenny Kus,Laura & Parky,Bob Codere,Bob Baril, Millie Plante,Bill& Bernice Lahrman, Pete & Johanna Plute,Clyde Miller

By Shirley, Lake Linden, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:01 pm:

In memory of my husband, Robert Hall, who passed away 14 years ago today.

By mi on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:09 pm:

In memory of Edsel and Nellie Petrelius who passed away within 3 weeks of each other this past Jan. & Feb. Two very nice people dearly missed by their family.

By Greta, Milwaukee on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:09 pm:

In memory of my grandfather, C. Arthur Anderson. He would have been 99 on Feb 17. He worked as a surveyor for Pickands Mather and Detroit & Northern. Was very at home tramping about in the woods. Earned nickname of Ole Grizz after several encounters with bears, staring them down. Only person I ever knew who liked to eat the trout roe in the spring.

By Doug and Becky from NC on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 08:21 pm:

In memory of Tony Grusser of Big Bay, MI

By B on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:03 pm:

Stan Kestie...
A gifted, kind, whimsical gentleman.
And Bob Forsberg, which I see was already mentioned.
These are the two friends I lost during this month of February...It's been tough.

By Catherine--Holland, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:13 pm:

Which cemetary is that?

Ruth Ristola of Ontonagon, who has been gone just one year.

By Alex Tiensivu on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:26 pm:

I think it's awesome that this conference takes time each month to remember those who have gone. What a wonderful thing to do!

By Tina, Howell, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:27 pm:

I was wondering the same thing. Is it Liminga cemetary?

In memory of my dad, Frank Morin, what a treasure he was!

By www.deyampert.com on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:34 pm:

Liminga cemetary is correct. I admire it everytime that I drive over to Freda to do more photography. I finally recognized that I admired it and did something about it. I hoped to be respectful.

By Ken from da UP on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:36 pm:

Gina, Hubbell, I was saddened to hear of George Ozanich's passing. When I was a kid with a Model-A, I tuned up his Model-A that he used as a tractor. He and his wife were SO nice to me. We were neighbors in Tamarack. He was a Jewel Tea man or Watkins salesman. This was in the late 50s.

Let's remember March 3, 03 at 3:03 pm to stop and pray for our country, leaders and our Armed Forces. If 2 million people go to Mecca to pray to Allah we should be able to get a few million Christians to pray here and abroad at that time. In scripture the number 3 represents the Holy Trinity...someone has thought of calling for a day of fasting and prayer for our country, March 3, '03. Simply put, 03-03-03. We could make 03-03-03 God's Day. These numbers won't happen again for 1000 years. 03-03-03-03-03

By Tina, Howell, MI on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 11:51 pm:

Thank you Donn, for the beautiful cemetary picture. I haven't been by there during the winter in years. Keep the Freda pictures coming. Personally, the smokestack is my favorite thing to photograph!

By Arlene, IL on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 12:02 am:

In memory of Margaret Simonson,
beautiful wife of my Uncle Kenny

By L. Az on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 12:25 am:

to Anna & John Baakko
Virginia & Mose Archambeau

By Judy Brown-Kurnik, Chesaning MI on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 12:31 am:

Donn's photo has been in my thoughts all day. My husband is buried in a cemetary much like this one near Mio. May God comfort and bless each of us as we remember.

By Scott M on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 01:57 am:

I would like to add my great aunt Lucille Edward who passed away a couple weeks ago. She was a very special lady in my life. I will miss her alot. Also my grandparents Albert and Lou Payne of Lake Linden. Although they have been gone for several years there's not a day goes by that I dont think of them. Thank you for this wonderful website.

By A. Graham Skarr on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 07:59 am:

In memory of George & Flora Graham, my loving grandparents, and George and Marie Halkola, my dear "adopted grandparents" (all of Lake Linden).

By J&M, Clawson MI on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 12:38 pm:

Antha Mary Drewek died February 15, 2003 at the age of 83, just 2 weeks before her 84th birthday. She was a sweet loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother,great grandmother and, a great friend to all. She will be missed so much.

By Proud Yooper - MI on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 12:47 pm:

Donn: Thanks for the photo of the Liminga Cemetery. It looks different in the winter. We have family buried there and have had our plot some 25+ years. Hoping not to occupy it for atleast 50 more. Ha!

By steve ristola,minnesota on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 12:56 pm:

Nice picture of the Liminga cemetary where my mother Ruth Ristola along with her parents Uno and Helmi Loukinen are buried.All of her family miss them all

By CHS Remembers on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 03:36 pm:

In memory of Jill Outinen&Wendy Wickstrom ,Both gone way too young!

By D. Furton on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 04:58 pm:

I pause to remember John Heikkinen of Toivola, my dad. He taught me to love the UP and our special home there. He came from a loving family, and as we watch that generation pass, one by one, into eternity, we are all grateful for the heritage we are left with. God Bless the Copper Country!

By dm on Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 05:33 pm:

In Memory of the Waara & Harjala......Maki & Harju Families. Had they not immigrated to the Keweenaw from Finland I would not have a heritage.
My Grandparents

By Gary, Colorado on Sunday, March 2, 2003 - 02:14 pm:

I also have ancestors buried in the Liminga Cemetary. And, Donn, you have indeed given the cemetary and those buried there the respect they deserve. I vagely remember hearing of a story that took place in the cemetary years ago. Seems that a buck deer standing in the cemetary had gotten a sheet of newspaper caught in his antlers and was trying to shake it free in the darkness of a night long ago. To the people who happened by, this sight (with some imagination fueled by the location) at first looked like a ghost dancing around until they dared get a closer look to discover the truth. I'm not sure if this is a true story, but it sounds good.

By www.deyampert.com on Sunday, March 2, 2003 - 05:22 pm:

Thank you,

By Lois K, Illinois on Sunday, March 2, 2003 - 06:03 pm:

In memory of Margaret Simonson. She was a loving wife, mother and caretaker. She was my sister-in-law and took good care of my brother Kenny for many years while he was ailing. We will miss her terribly as we always had a good and pleasant vist with her when we came of the UP. She will be buried in the Liminga cemetary in the Spring.

By Roger Johnson on Friday, March 7, 2003 - 12:30 pm:

Henry Pietila,passed in 1970, my Grandfather, who taught me how to spit and swear. He raised one heck of a daughter, my mom and 7 other aunts and uncles.

By Fern Dewey Wisconsin on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 10:45 pm:

O Great Spirit, let your winds be gentle, your skies be heavy, Let there be a blanket of fresh snow to track "The Antlered One" as did my Father-In-Law.
And grant that I find him with antlers like tree branches, wide & mighty.Grant that my hands be steady, My aim be true, My drag be short.
But most of all O Great Spirit,
Grant that my children, and their children, have the wisdom to preserve your work:
In the Sturgeon Hole, Indian Lake, The River, and The Garden. So that one day they too can hunt & fish in the Footsteps of their GrandFather Sherman "Sherm at the Lake" Dewey.
I Love You Dad
I Miss you

By Jill Kesti, Perry, Mi on Monday, July 7, 2003 - 04:01 pm:

In Fond Memory of Crystal Petaja.
I will always remember when Crystal made that gorgeous watercolor with the poem Hotel California flowing throughout. My own art lives on with inspiration from her memory. May we all touch someone as she did.

By Edwin Wakeham on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 12:26 pm:

IN LOVING MEMORY of my sister, Norma L. Guzek, who passed away in July of 1969 at the age of 26 due to a tragic car accident......also, IN LOVING MEMORY of my mother, Irene L. Wakeham, who passed away November 1991. This picture brings back so many memories. Although they are no longer with us, their memories and spirits live in our hearts forever. I frequently visit their gravesites at the Liminga cemetery..... what a beautiful and peaceful place they are buried, although we know they have gone on to Heaven to be with our Lord.

By Eric Ylitalo on Sunday, October 31, 2004 - 10:44 pm:

In Memory of my brother, Thomas Paul Ylitalo, who died 10 years ago, at the age of 6, on February 26, 1993.

By jaime,Mi on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 04:03 pm:

In loving memory of a dear friend..Uriah Sutinen. Taken home on April 22 1997. He was 16. I'll see you when I get there. Life goes on. I miss ya Riah!

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