Dec 31-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: December: Dec 31-09
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Photo by Joe Kirkish

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 07:50 am:

Carrying on a tradition that started over ten years ago here at Pasty Central, we remember friends and loved ones that have passed on before us:

Anthony "Tony" Bukovich
David T. Halkola
Lorraine Harty
William "Bill" Karinen
Violet "Vi" Morin
Servicemen and women that gave their all

As the year ends, we sit back and remember the many that left us this year. We invite you to add the names of folks you'd like to remember here, too. Special thanks to Joe Kirkish for the beautiful sunset on Great Sand Bay, with which to reflect and remember this last day of 2009.
Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:03 am:

To Rhonda, a high school friend, may God be with you now in helping with your loss of your son Aaron, age 24, who passed on the day after Christmas of last week.

By Walter M Sands (Wsands) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:05 am:

Please Remember The Servicemen And Women Who Have Died This Month In The Service Of Our Country.Derrick D Gwaltney 21,Jonathan A taylor 22,Kennith R Nicholas Jr. 28,Elijah J Rao 26,Xhacob Latorre 21,Dennis J Hansen 31,Ralph Anthony Webb Frietas 23,Jaiciae L Pauley 29,Jhanner A Tello 29,Anthony C Campbell Jr.35,Serge Kropov 21,Albert D Ware 27,Omar G Roebuck 23,David H gutierrez 35,Jason M Johnston 24.Killed 5308. Wounded 36350.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:09 am:

Good morning! I'm remembering my father, Ben Durocher, who passed away one year ago this December. I can hardly believe it's been a year already. I miss him so much!!!!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:11 am:

Oh yeah, and Great Sand Bay was one of his favorite places in the world, so it's fitting that this sunset is the photo for this month.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:13 am:

In loving memory of Rick, our cousin, who went home to be with his Lord on the 19th.

Rick, you were taken from us way too soon, but we know you are rejoicing with the Lord, free from pain. For that we are so thankful! What a glad reunion that must have been!

By Greta Armata (Gretania) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:23 am:

In remembrance of John Hiddleson who passed away Dec 22 and Shirley Sisko Harkins who passed away Dec 28th. May they rest in the arms of the Lord.

By Richard J. (Dick_fl) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:39 am:

I remember my best friend and soul mate, my sister Martha DeGraw on December 16, 2009. Also my brother-in-law Ken Haug on December 14, 2009 and my aunt Marion Marks December 18, 2009. Three close family members in 5 days.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

By J T (Jtinchicago) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 09:10 am:

I have and always will remember Prof. David Halkola of MTU. He was one of the most understanding people that I have known in the teaching profession. He was missed when he retired from MTU as he is missed by all now.


By Nancy Trump (Zinna) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 09:15 am:

Remembering my sister in law who passed away on December 18th this year Barbara Diane Trump. She was never married and was loved by all the family. Everyone have a good New Year!

By Vicky P (Vickyp) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 09:24 am:

Remembering my brother David Pranger who would have turned 50 today. Cancer took him from us much too soon the day after his 42nd birthday, January 1, 2002. Rest in peace Dave.

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 09:32 am:

My brother Michael Brunk who passed Christmas day 2005. And my daughter Odette's cat Cannibus Rex 1994-2009. He was 15 and her companion and was there for her entire adult life. He was in failing health this past year and she laid him to rest 12/26/09.

By Phil Kuusisto (Pkuusisto) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 09:38 am:

We remember our parents, Norman and Helen Pooley,
Ed and Sophie Kuusisto, Aunt Lyle Pooley, Janet Trasti, Karen Kuusisto, our good buddy Nitz Kumpula, our dear little Annie Kuusisto, our nephew "The Chief" Churchill, our niece Bailey Hartmann and our brother in law and friend Wayne Hartmann. We love and miss you all so much.

By Therese (Therese) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 09:39 am:

My friend's doberman, Greta, a quiet and friendly dog who loved people, and who went to dog heaven this week.

By Therese (Therese) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 09:41 am:

... and of course my mother, Dolores, who died a year ago, and her slightly-younger sister Cleta who followed her two months later. Another grand reunion in heaven with their brother Bill and the rest of the Schneiders, Carsons and Gradys.

By Ray Laakaniemi (Rlaakan) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 10:12 am:

If it is the same person, I can remember Tony Bukovich as an outstanding "hardball" pitcher in the 1950s.

By Rob (Robze) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 10:13 am:


By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 10:53 am:

I forgot to mention my Father, Commander Julius J. Brunk USCG Ret. who died on this day 1998.

By Tom Russell (Trussel5) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 12:06 pm:

Remembering my mother Elizabeth Mattingly Russell, who would have been 84 this month. She passed away in 2006. Her seven children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren miss her very much.

By sltebbe (Sltebbe) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 01:06 pm:

Rory Lindgren
He passed into the great beyond Christmas Day...
He was my friend...

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 03:41 pm:

With the 1st decade of the 21st Century (and 3rd millenium) closing in about 8 1/2 hours, I want to remember my family members and pets that left in the last 10 years:

Boxer dog, Duke (2000-12-30)
Mother, Susan Baird (2002-04-22)
Cousin, John Way (2002-08-27)
Aunt, Mary Way (2002-10-27)
Boxer dog, Matty (2007-06-22)
Aunt, Mrs. Ellie Way (2009-01-28)
Boxer dog, Trooper (2009-09-26)

And Pastor Phil Douglas (Oct. 2009)

By Jim Nicholas (Jimn) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 03:54 pm:


By Jeffrey P. Carlson (Dlineman) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 04:03 pm:

My wife's Dad, Mr. Glen E. Bergstrom. Passed on Christmas Day Morning in his sleep. He was 89. So he got to spend Christmas with his wife Alice (both lived in Iron River from 1985 to 2004)and their daughter Karen Nan Bergstrom Vlamis.

By Nate (Nalwine) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 04:14 pm:

hello All, I have a question that I hope someone on here can answer. What are the current conditions in Skanee? I'm assuming we can drive into Skanee--but is the road open as far as McComb Corner? We were planning on a winter camping trip into Sylvania, but logistics are causing us to eye either the Keeweenaw or Huon Mountain area. If we can get our truck as far as McComb Corner then we would be able to have faster access to the Huron River and more time to explore that part of the Hurons. Otherwise I think it adds another 5 miles to the snowshoe and with the amount of time we have for our adventure--it might not be quite enough.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 04:31 pm:

Honoring and remembering Rusty Gates, who passed on this month from lung cancer at the age of 54.

Rusty, an expert fly fisherman, founded the Anglers of the Au Sable in 1987 to protect the River and all the critters around it from various threats. Every year he hosted a Au Sable River clean-up and hauled an incredible amount of stuff from the watery depths.

By Scott D. (Pooch) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 04:32 pm:

Remembering all of my family and friends who have passed on this past decade:

Dad, Donald (Poochie) Dennis 02-08-01
Mom, Nicole (Nicki) Dennis 04-18-04
Grandma, Margaret Young 11-10-09
Uncle, Tim Young
Uncle, Bobby Dennis
Uncle, Tommy Dennis
Friend, Joe Johnson
Friend, Greg Fallon
Friend, John Fallon
Friend, Doc White
Our dog, Ziggy 12-31-04

And all other friends and family that have gone prior to this decade, may you all rest in peace and God bless your souls. Rest assured we will all meet again someday.

By Anita Marsy-Bosley (Anitamb) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 05:19 pm:

Remembering my mom, Lori Marsy, who passed away December
16, 2001. I love you mom, you are always in my heart.

By Karen D Powers (Kareninoshkosh) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 07:04 pm:

In loving memory of William "The Senator" Hodge who died last year and in memory of Esther Intermill who left us in 1998.

By DEAN SCHWARTZ SR. (Lulu) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 07:06 pm:

Being the last day of the month and of 2009. we remember and honor them who have passed. The Schwartz family has welcomed a new member this morning. Emmett Gerard Schwartz joined us at 1:05 A.M. , he weighed in at 9 lb-2.5 oz, and is 21 in long. my nephew and his bride Mike & Beth Schwartz welcome's Emmett in this wonderful world.

By mark d olson (Mdolson) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:22 pm:

in memory of David Koski, Coach and Educator from White Pine who passed away this week.

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:50 pm:

Remembering my dad who passed away 6 yrs ago, Dec 6 and 9 yrs for my mother, Betty Ravasz, Nov 18.

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 08:52 pm:

I left out the name of my dad, John Ravasz, in my post.

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 10:33 pm:

Was this the same Tony Bukovich that played hockey back in the 40s and 50s? And had a bar on Sheldon Ave near the bridge?

By Robert - CO (Halork) on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 11:52 pm:

In memory of my Dad, Charlie "Bert" Halonen, who passed away December 10, 2009. Reunited with my Mom after 27 years. I will always think of him especially on Christmas Eve, singing the bass part to Silent Night during the Christmas Eve candlelight service. Sleep in heavenly peace.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, January 1, 2010 - 12:00 am:

Happy New Year, everybody.

By David J. Whitten (Djwhitten) on Friday, January 1, 2010 - 08:44 am:

Oliver Bjorn, 97, of Allouez, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2009, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock where he was a resident for the past six years.

By Marylyn Hoffman (Marylyn) on Friday, January 1, 2010 - 09:21 pm:

Happy New Year To All!
Remembering Bob, Vi & Bill.

By JoDee Roman (Jodee) on Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 04:03 pm:

In memory of my Mom, Judy Kivela, who passed away 17 years ago this month. This location at Great Sand Bay is one of my favorite spots in the Keweenaw!! What a beautiful sunset!! Thanks for sharing.

By Yooper in MN (Yooper_in_mn) on Monday, January 4, 2010 - 08:05 am:

In memory of my grandfathers, Tapio and Mala. Also in memory of Ray Wiig, Lee Sjoholm, Gina Maki, Bob Maki, Beth Forslund, and Brynn Pieschel Cooper.

By Jim Taylor (Jimoh) on Monday, January 4, 2010 - 10:09 am:

We had the privilege of living across the street from Dave and Vi Halkola for three years. Dave was pure class, as a neighbor, friend and honorary Grandfather to our daughters. I remember using my snow blower for the first time. Dave came down his steps and I asked him who did his snow. He said “The man who lived in your house always did my snow.” I plowed and scooped for him for three winters and always had a cup of coffee and good conversation waiting when I got to the top of his stairs. We feel very blessed to have known such a wonderful man.

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