Article Image Alt Text

Obituaries 1-23-2019

Wilfred Villeneuve
IRON RIVER — Wilfred “Billy” William Villeneuve, age 75, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.     Private services will be held. Condolences may be expressed to the family of Wilfred “Billy” William Villeneuve online at Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home, Inc. of Iron River.

Florence Reinke
CRYSTAL FALLS — Florence M. “Babe’s” Reinke, age 79, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at Florence Health Services, Florence, Wis. Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at United Lutheran Church, Crystal Falls. A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Pastor Dave Johnson will officiate. You may leave a condolence or tribute for Florence’s family online at The family has chosen the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Crystal Falls, Mich., to honor Florence’s legacy of life.

Leonard Kaye
ALPENA — Leonard Rodney Kaye, age 73, surrounded by family and friends, passed away to his heavenly home on Jan. 10, 2019. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Word of Life Church. McWilliams Funeral Home has been entrusted with Rod’s care. Online condolences may be registered at

Eloise Joan Pirolo
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Eloise Joan Pirolo, 87, died Jan. 14, 2019, from Alzheimer’s disease, at home in Maple Grove. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Silvercreek chapel, Maple Grove, with a reception that followed. Arrangements with Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel

Virginia Gard
MESA, Ariz. — Virginia Mae Gard, age 86, known to her friends and family as “Mae”, passed away peacefully on Dec. 20, 2018, in Mesa. Mae was born in Michigan at the family home on Gilbert Lake in Crystal Falls Township, in 1932. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Casagranda) Alexa.

David Eckola
EAST HAMPTON, Conn. — David A. Eckola, 65, husband of the late Linda (Bourez) Eckola, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at his home. The family has entrusted Biega Funeral Home in Middletown, with the arrangements. A gathering of friends and family was held, at the Eagles Club in Middletown.

Christine Vora
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Christine Vora, 72, passed away on Jan. 16, 2019.  A private memorial service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the National Kidney Foundation.

Ralph Lowden
KOKOMO, Ind. — Ralph James Lowden, 88, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Wellbrooke of Kokomo. He was born April 25, 1930, in Caspian, to Ralph and Dorothy Lowden.     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Kokomo with Rev. Fr. Matthew Arbuckle the celebrating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Friends are invited to visit with the family an hour prior to the service on Friday and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory in Kokomo where the Rosary will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Messages of condolence may be left online at

  To view full obituaries, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.