Apr 30-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: April: Apr 30-05
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:18 am:

Again we dedicate a beautiful Upper Michigan scene to the memory of friends and loved ones who have gone on, and we invite you to add to this honored list:

Keith "Kedo" Ahonen
Verna Clouthier
Michael James Hamm
Hal Hunter
Marie Louise MacDonald
Donald Pearce
Margaret Pini
Phillip W. Sladek
Martin Sotala
Roger Wolfe

Several of these names bring back some personal memories for me. Louise MacDonald (Poisson) was one of the first residents I came to know when I joined the Still Waters staff in 1993. When we first met, she said something in French, to which I replied: "Je veux un interprčte qui parle anglais" ...much to her delight. (It means, "I want an interpreter who speaks English"). Louise and I became good friends. She passed away this month at the age of 104. Another more recent Still Waters resident, Sharlena Kumbula, also went to her reward last Sunday at 89.

Martin Sotala was a gentleman who spent some time at Still Waters, not as a resident, but as our piano tuner. He was our "sour note" remover. I could always tell Martin had paid a visit whenever I sat down at the keyboard. He died at home on April 18, much too young at age 66.

Tell us about the special friend or relative whose memory you would like to honor.
By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:26 am:


By gw-houghton on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:28 am:

Beautiful, peaceful picture! God Bless all those who have passed on & gone home to God!

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:38 am:

A special word about Hal Hunter... He was a very special person to me, as is his wife, Frances, and their kids. It was a tragic loss yesterday when he passed away. My prayers, and I'm sure the rest of yours are with the family at this time, and may God bless them at this very rough time, and always.

By Walter Sands /Clinton Twp. on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 08:03 am:

Please remember the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrafice for our country this month.Charles G Wells Jr. 32,Eric L Toth 21,Kenneth L Ridgely 30,Garrywesley T Rimes 30,James A Sherrill 27,Ioasa F Tavae Jr. 29,Tenzin Dengkhim 19,Robbie D McNary 42,Kelly S Morris 42,Jeremiah C Kinchen 22,William D Richardson 33,Jeff S Kennedy 35, Javier J Garcia 25,Juan C Venegas 21,Glenn J Watkins 42,Stephen C Kennedy 35,Christopher W Dill 32,Kevin D Davis 41,Edward J Murphy 36,David Ayala 24,Clint J Prather 32,Edwin A Matoscolon 42,Charles R Sanders Jr. 29,Daniel J Freeman 20,Chrystal G Stout 23,Pendelton L Sykes 2nd. 25,David S Connolly 37,Barbaralien Banks 41,Romanes L Woodward 30,Stephen C High 45,Michael K Spivey 21,Sascha Struble 26,James S Lee 26,John W Miller 21,Casey M LaWare 19,Manuel Lopez 3ed. 20,Michael B Lindemuth 27,James C Edge 31,Aleina RamirezGonzales 33,Steven F Sirko 20,Arron M Hudson 20,joseph L Knott 21,Angelo L Lozada Jr.36,Tromaine K Toy Sr. 24,Randy L Stevens 21,Samantha w Huff 18,Tyler J Dickens 20,Steven W Thornton 46,Jacob M Pfister 27,Kevin S.K.Wessel 20,Gavin J Colburn 20,Robert A Guy 26,Anthony J Davis Jr. 22,Aaron A Kent 28,Gary W Waters Jr.31,Robert W DeFazio 21,Timmy J Millsap 39,kevin W Prince 22,Kelly M Cannan 21,Marty G Mortenson 22,Robert C White 3ed. 21,Allen C Johnson 31,David L Rice 22,Joseph Tremblay 24. 4 pending notification of next of kin, 1578 KIA,12147WIA.

By Barb, GR MI on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 08:10 am:

Uncle "Hal" Harold Braman, the sense of humor in our family. Master Gardner and Lover of everyone. We will truly and deeply miss you. You lived longer than anyone expected and died earlier than anyone liked. We love you and miss you.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 08:18 am:

Blessings to all.

By Nancy & Jerry, SC on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 08:22 am:

In loving memory of our dear friend, Wendell Maierle, who died on April 11.

By Tom - Romeo, MI on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 08:35 am:

William Welch -- April 23, 2005

Soldier, citizen, gentleman.

By Larry-IN on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 09:12 am:

My good boy dog Clark Kent passed April 22 2004.

He was a pet winner in 2001 Eineri contest with his sister Lois,(Dalmations) a great pal who taught me alot, and is deeply missed to this day. His sister passed 4 months later from "heartbreak" and I miss them both.
We rescued Harvey who now mans watch at the home & yard keeping all "chippys" at a distance, but my dear pals of 9 years are still a part of my heart. They are together as they liked in a single urn on the mantle, warmed by the fire as always.

By Karl from Cadillac on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 09:17 am:

In memory of my Dad, John Raasio who passed away 16 years ago this month, and my dog Jake who passed on April 4th this year. Both were great friends who taught me alot about life and enjoying the little things of life. I miss you both.

By jAPEi on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 09:33 am:

Very,,,v e r y beautiful picture.. .

Also I here in Finland want salute Yours all loveds persons as a remembrance.

I think all them my relatives there Michigan areas, which I can't more ever meet.. .and I
at the same time rejoice all persons those who
yet are there!

By Jim Pykonen/Vancouver, Wa on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 10:02 am:

A perfect picture to salute those that have gone before us.

By cam,mi on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 10:17 am:

In memory of a dear friend who passed away 3 years ago yesterday. Still miss always good person to many Pat Richards

By jon/mn on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 10:28 am:

My prayers to those that have passed away this month....

By Ron Syria, GA on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 11:01 am:

In memory of Margo Syria, my Wife, Partner, and Best Friend for 43 years. She lost he battle with cancer on January 6, 2005. I miss you, Hon.

By Mich on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 11:03 am:

In memory of Evelyn Weis whose birthday was in april/She loved the C.C.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 11:34 am:

Margaret Pini was a very special lady and also my Aunt. She raised 13 children, while helping Uncle Gene run their dairy farm for 46 years. Lots of memories of baling hay and the feasts she would serve! Rest in peace Aunty Margaret...say Hi to Uncle Gene and my Dad! :->

By Flo, Redford, Mi on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 12:03 pm:

Remembering my beloved husband, Wayne, who left this earth April 23, 2004. He lives on in the hearts and memories of his family and friends.
I love you, Bunky!

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 12:46 pm:

Remembering Don and Betty Rogers, my Mom and Dad.
Dad would have been 89 on April 12 and Mom 84 on April 23. Also, my Grandma Wilma Welcome. She would have been 105 today. This month marks the 6th anniversay of the death of my dear son, Andy DeBroka. He died much to young at the age of 34. I love and miss all of you.

By Shirley, Downstate MI on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 01:06 pm:

Nancy & Jerry in SC - I saw your post regarding Wendell Maierle, who was married to my cousin, Sharon. Was saddened to hear the news. Have lost contact with her. Is she still living in Florida?

By Patsy,Calumet on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 01:27 pm:

Also in rememberance of Pat Richards..neighbor..team-mate..friend

By sek on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 01:47 pm:

Albert Hyrkas who was known for his "squeaky" cheese and delicious jams and jellies died last week.

By Don.S MI. on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 02:11 pm:

In memory of Judith A MacDonald. Who Lost Her battle with cancer. March 17th 2005 we will miss her dear'ly.( God BLESS US ALL.)

By Cheryl,IL on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 03:41 pm:

In memory of my Dad and hero, Michael Sorocinsky. His kindness to others was an example I will always try to follow. In memory of all of our loved ones, let us perform an act of kindness to someone in need.

By Marie - Mohawk on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 04:52 pm:

Shirley - downstate MI - I too am a cousin of Sharon Maierle. Do have her email address if you are interested. They are still in FL. you can email me. Hope to hear from you.

By Karen... on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 04:55 pm:

David Bowman, Milford, Michigan.

By Russ E. St. Clair county MI on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 05:34 pm:

My dad James R. Emmons who tragically left us April 27 1967. And my stepdad Jack Diener who passed away April 13 1994.

Also neighbor Marge Evans who left us a year ago in April.

By Ken, Kalamazoo, MI on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 06:46 pm:

Al Sopjes, my father, who passed away 2 weeks ago today on April 16. Also, my mother, Connie Sopjes, who passed away 3 years ago this past Wednesday, April 27.

By FLYINDAMOONEY on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 06:58 pm:

Now that is an appropriate "wow" picture. Thank you. In memory of Lu Kidd, a great lady gone 7 months and my wife Linda is still devastated. It is a huge change..........Thanks to all of you

By Gary, CO on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:02 pm:

I would like to add 14 year old Nick Gaucher who lost his three year battle with osteosarcoma this month. He was the son of my friend and fellow firefighter Paul. Nick wanted to be a firefighter like his father. He certainly passed the courage, bravery, and strength tests during the last three years.

By Helen in Hubbell on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:11 pm:

..Virgina Radeka......left Hubbell yesterday. She was a really great lady who I enjoyed taking care of for awhile. She has an awesome family that will miss her allot. If you ever had the privilage of going into her house you would be in awe at all her families pictures....then out back of the kitchen you would find,drawings and papers, that all her grandchildren have done since they were very young taped all over the walls.Virgina's husband died when he was young and left her with small children to care for. She did an amazing job.....her children are kind wonderful hard working people, just like their mama. Virgina's Children and grandchildren were her pride and joy, not to mention the sparkle in her eyes.

To know Virgina was to love her.

My heart and prayers are with each of you family members ......xoxoxoxo Helen

By Dar Manton MI on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:25 pm:

Remembering our dear friend and brother in law, Wayne Hartmann. You are missed so much by all your family and friends.

By Sherri, Da UP on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 08:14 pm:

My dad Richard Brandt, who passed away April 12, 2005. He is greatly missed.

By Susan, Fl on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 11:35 pm:

My dad Jerry, who died of acute leukemia (11 days!) 20 years ago this month...far too young at 57. You're missed as much now as then. I love you, Dad.

By JoAnne Liimatta Mn. on Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 12:11 am:

My Mom, Catherine Belisle passed away 10 years ago on May 9th. My Dad, Phil Belisle passed away on May 12th of 1964. I miss them both so much.
I love you Mom and Dad.

By L. Hart, Santa Catalina Island, CA on Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 01:31 am:

I am very sad to see Verna Clouthier's name on this list. I have many happy memories of being the recipient of warm hospitality in her home in Lake Linden, and also post-sauna goodies and laughs in their cabin across the street from Gitche Gumee camp in Eagle River many years ago. I send my love and sympathy to all the family, dear friends of mine from my youth. I had hoped to visit Verna on my trip North this coming July; I will sorely miss having that visit.

By Beverly, San Jose on Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 04:33 am:

What a beautiful picture chosen for today. Who is the photographer?

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 06:53 am:


Each "Big Picture" has a mouseover which usually shows the photographer's name. Today's photo was taken by Joyce Tormala.

When the Pasty Cam started over 7 years ago, virtually all of the daily pictures were taken by Jonathan Hopper, my son, who had just discovered digital photography. Then I tried my hand, occassionally adding a shot or two, and Daryl Laitila joined our full time staff, providing even more local scenes. As the site began to gain a regular following of folks desiring a daily reminder of the U.P., others joined in with their handiwork: Dan Urbanski, Steve Brimm, Charlie Eshbach, Joe Kirkish to name a few. Then we started seeing more beautiful daily pictures from a second wave of talent, like Rick Anderson, Don de Yampert, Z-Man, Peg Riemer, Jon Jacobson and others. Finally, when we added the Guest Gallery in 2003, a virtually army of photographers was added - now approaching 300 in number, with over 20,000 photos uploaded. I spent some time last night browsing through the albums and slideshows... What a treasury of virtual tours of the U.P.! Joyce Tormala is among that crop of artist individuals who share the beauty with us.

Each month when we have our final-day memorial, I think of Dan Urbanski, whose passing last summer was a profound loss to the Pasty Central family. It is encouraging every month to welcome so many new faces who are becoming a part of this daily journey.

Dan Urbanski

By A friend of grandma Jan's on Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 08:54 am:

In memory of Tayen Elizabeth Angel Gauthier, a sweet little baby who never got the chance to experience life. She is safe in the arms of Jesus.

By Beverly, San Jose on Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 09:15 pm:

Thank you Charlie. I guess I did not see Joyce's name below the picture. Joyce, this picture is incredible. Thank you for letting us all enjoy your talent in photography and being in the right place at the right time. The colors are gorgeous with the setting sun's reflection on the water and framed by the branches of nature.

By just a friend on Monday, May 2, 2005 - 06:44 am:

So sorry to hear about your loss Pucko

By Yooper in MN on Monday, May 2, 2005 - 09:22 am:

In memory of my grandfathers, Tapio and Mala. And in memory of family friend Ray Wiig.

By Pam Hancock MI on Monday, May 2, 2005 - 11:14 am:

In memory of my dad, Bill Givens and Roger Wolff, another great guy!

By A DAUGHTER OF GRANDMA JAN'S AND A MOTHER TO TAYEN on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 03:16 pm:


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