Jan. 15, 2016
Ron Carrick, Sr.
Ronald Willard Carrick, Sr. of Bay Mills, Mich. died Jan. 15, 2016 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, Mich. after a lengthy illness. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on Dec. 20, 1946, the son of the late Levi “Bill” and Agnes Carrick.
Ron was a 1965 graduate of Brimley High School. He was retired from the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, having worked for over 20 years at Pendills Creek Fish Hatchery. He also worked at Wild Bluff Golf Course as a ranger and drove the Bay Mills Head Start bus. Ron loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He spent a lot of time at Camp Safe-For-Deer and Camp Wannabeer. He also enjoyed being at the “office,” with the Ho-Row and the Cozy Crew.
He is survived by his children, Karen Carrick and Ron (Lucy) Carrick Jr., both of Bay Mills; six grandchildren, Renae (Alex), Anna (Corie), R.J. (Christiana) and Dylan Carrick, and John W. and Katie Hutchinson; five step-grandchildren, Melissa, Samantha, Michaela and Mariah Pavlat and Savannah (Owen) McGrath; two step-great-grandchildren, Blake and Isla; six brothers, Don (his twin), Levi (Millie), Justin (Karen), Joe (Patty), Terry (Sue) and Lynn (Renee) Carrick; five sisters, Wanda (Mike) Perron, Cheryl (Ray) Baragwanath, Paula Carrick, Marcia (Tom) Malloy and Twyla (Norm) Ball; two sisters-in-law, Patti Harrison and Jody (Denny) Harrison; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Doc and Marcia Ladd; and his pride and joy — his 1957 “Heavy Chevy.”
Ron was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Linda Beryle, who died in 2010; his parents; mother and fathers-in-law, Mary and Glen Knapp and Burl Snorf; sister, Joyce McKiddie; brother Dale Carrick; sister-in-law Ellen Carrick; brother-in-law John Harrison; and great nephew, Jared Paul Baragwanath.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 19 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church with Father Joseph Boakye Yiadom as Celebrant.
Clark Bailey Newhouse assisted the family with arrangement and online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the EUP.
Jan. 11, 2016
Henry R. Saboo, of Salisbury, Mass., died at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Mass. on Jan. 11, 2016. He was born in Bay Mills Indian Community near Brimley, Mich. to the late Alex and Marion (Kay) Saboo. A graduate of Newburyport High School, Henry served a tour with the U.S. Marines in his early years. Henry was part of the American Indian Movement back in 1969 as part of the Alcatraz Proclamation and the Occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, which helped mold Indian Rights and the now reformed Bureau of Indian Affairs. He worked hard all of his life, doing construction, which he loved. He was always the person to be there and to help out any time of day or in any weather. He was also an avid Boston sports fan.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sharon (Childs) Saboo, who will miss him dearly; his daughter, Alicia Saboo and her life partner, Cynthia Paquette of Kennebunk, Maine; his two sons, Steven Saboo Sr. and his partner, Evelyn Harwood of Salisbury, Mass. and Russell Saboo and his wife, Priscilla Saboo of Amesbury, Mass.; grandchildren, Crystal Merrill, Steven Saboo Jr., Tiffany (Saboo) Poulin, Justin Saboo, Felicia Moore and Barbara Moore; great-grandchildren, Taylor Saboo, Cheyenne Saboo and Trinity Saboo; many nieces and nephews and his extended family in Michigan. He also leaves behind his close nephew, Joe Moisan and his wife, Mary of Amesbury, Mass., who have been there, along with his family, to care for him until the end; and George Christi, his best friend, whom he loved like a brother.
Service was provided by E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home of Amesbury. At Henry’s request, there were no calling hours. He will be cremated and buried at a future date with his wife at Bay Mills Indian Community.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in his name to the Pettengill House of Salisbury or to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.
Jan. 3, 2016
Dale Andrew Murphy, 67, of Brimley, Mich. died Jan. 3, 2016 at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Dale was born on Aug. 30, 1948 in Bradford, Pa. to the late Dawson and Jessie (Wilcox) Murphy. He graduated from Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Fla. On March 25, 1968, Dale married Kathleen “Edna” Parish in Denver, Colo. Dale joined the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was given the task of civil engineer/construction worker, while in Vietnam. After many more years of service, he was discharged from Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii. He was employed by IGT Gaming out of Reno, Nev., where he worked as a slot technician serving all of the Upper Peninsula and most of Lower Michigan.
Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was also a fan of Green Bay Packer football and NASCAR (following Casey Kane). What he loved most was spending time with his family.
Dale is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Rob) Pomeroy of Brimley; a son, Kevin (Erica) Murphy of Brimley; and six grandchildren, Michael, Connor, Renee and Brandon Pomeroy and Donovan and Jenna Murphy.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Kathleen “Edna” Murphy.
Services have taken place with the assistance of C.S. Mulder Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left online at
Dec. 31, 2015
LaVerne L. Bidelman of Whitefish Point, Mich. died Dec. 31, 2015 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He was born May 20, 1929 in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Harry and Vera Bidelman. LaVerne was a commercial fisherman and captain of the “LaBelle” at Browns Fisheries. In his later years, he loved telling stories of his days on Lake Superior.
He is survived by his wife, the former Phoebe Mae Monosso; three daughters, Ella Ruth Brown, Elizabeth Lynn Couturier and Patricia Ann Boege; a sister, Maxine Bolyea; five grandchildren, Christopher Couturier, Scott Severance, Robin Severance Lopez, Catherine Brown and Thomas Brown; and two great-grandchildren, Megan Parish and Trace Lopez.
LaVerne is predeceased by a granddaughter, Debbie (Brown) Parish.
Services have taken place. Final resting place will be in Whitefish Point Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com.
Dec. 26, 2015
Helen Irene (Schwiderson) Coullard, age 87, of Pickford, Mich., died Dec. 26, 2015 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. She was born July 31, 1928 in Muskegon Heights, Mich. to William and Bessie (Griffes) Schwiderson.
Helen grew up in Brimley. She met Eugene “Ernest” Coullard and they married on Oct.4, 1947 in Sault Ste. Marie. She worked at the A & P Store for over 30 years. She then owned and operated Kelden Store in Kelden, Mich. She closed her store in November of 1988 and started working at Kinross Co-op, where she worked for over 12 years.
Helen was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Barbeau, Mich. She enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables, cooking, baking, knitting, crocheting, and reupholstering furniture.
She is survived by her son, Donald (Rachelle) Coullard of Dafter, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Janet Coullard of Pickford, Mich.; four grandchildren, Anthony (Rhonda) Coullard, Leo Coullard, Angelique Coullard and Louis Coullard; four great-grandchildren, Jessica Coullard, Phillip Coullard, David Coullard and Johnathan Coullard; six sisters, Pearl (Chuck) Maniaci of Brighton, Mich., Sarah (Dennis) Nesseth of Brimley, Leota Campbell of Sault Ste. Marie, Bessie Krata of Sault Ste. Marie, Jeanette (Bill) Compo of Minnesota and Kay (Michael) McCarthy of Eau Clare, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Schwiderson; two brothers, Emory (Judy) Schwiderson of Pickford, William (Laurie) Schwiderson of Brimley, Melvin (Mary) Schwiderson of Brimley, John (Shirley) Schwiderson of Lake, Mich., Lester (Linda) Schwiderson of Omar, Mich., and Albert (Cathy) Schwiderson of Au Gres, Mich.
Helen is preceded in death by her son, Dale Coullard; brother, Frank Schwiderson; and brother-in-law, Ray Campbell.
Interment will be at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church.R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rgalerfuneralhome.com.
Dec. 25, 2015
John Edward Whitworth, 85, of Brimley, Mich. died Dec. 24, 2015 at his home. He was born July 13, 1930 in Hickman County, Tenn. to the late Edward and Nellie (Brake) Whitworth.
John was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Camp Lucas in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He married his first wife, Ellen Abbott, on Oct. 8, 1955 and his second wife, Arbutus (Ball) Turley on Sept. 17, 1982.
He was a lifetime member of the D.A.V. and attended the Salvation Army Church. John was a very social person who never met a stranger. He enjoyed his hobby farm, gardening, and raising chickens and loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He had a passion for old cars. John was retired from the Corp of Engineers and later drove bus for Bay Mills Resort & Casinos. He never forgot his decedent’s birthdays and he always had something special for them. John never missed a Detroit Tigers or Detroit Red Wings game.
John is survived by his wife, Arbutus Whitworth; his children, Jeffery Whitworth of Sault Ste. Marie, Steven (Nancy) Whitworth of Sault Ste. Marie, Christene (Michael) Fountain of Dafter, Mich., Herb (Bridget) Turley of Mishawaka, Ind. and Bob (Wanita) Turley of Brimley; eight grandchildren, who called him “Papa John” — Noreen, Cal (Katie), Carlie (Frank), Tara (Jeff), David (Val), Shauna (Will), Courtney (Shawn) and Herbie; and 12 great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Makenna, Evelyn, Rayna, Brayden, Drew, Zachery, Alex, Payton, Chase, Isaiah and Cullen. John is also survived by his sister, Callie “Sissy” Lynn of Parsons, Tenn.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ellen Whitworth; six brothers; and two sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Hospice of the EUP or Salvation Army. Condolences may be left on line at www.csmulder.com.
Dec. 14, 2015
William “Bill” Thorne
William Henry Thorne, 84, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. died Dec. 14, 2015 at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Bill was born on Feb. 4, 1932 in Sault Ste. Marie to the late Edward and Henrietta (Thompson) Thorne.
He graduated from Sault Area High School with the class of 1950. Later, he continued his education, receiving a bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State University in 1996. Bill was best known as a radio broadcaster. He worked in radio for over 68 years and met many famous people including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and President Richard Nixon, to name a few. Bill was also given many awards over the years, some of which were from the American Broadcasting Association, as well as Mr. Deejay USA in Nashville, Tenn. on July 26, 1959 at the Grand Ole Opry, and the Lighthouse 2002 award from LSSU in recognition of past and continued support for the university. Bill had one of the longest running radio programs in “Hymn Time,” airing from 1957 until his death.
Bill enjoyed going to local hockey games and following the Red Wings. He loved listening to his brother-in-law, Bill Crawford, as the “Voice of the Lakers.” He was a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, Salvation Army and a past member of both the Rotary Club and the Elks Club.
Bill is survived by his wife, Constance (Crawford) Thorne, whom he married on Feb. 17, 1968 at First Baptist Church in Sault Ste. Marie; four sons, Daniel (Kris) Thorne, Edward (Mike Wendlowsky) Thorne and John (Marcey) Thorne, all of Sault Ste. Marie and Steve Hollingsworth of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Julie (Wally) Bazinau, Rebecca (Jordan) Veit, Chelsey Thorne and Harrison Thorne; five great grandchildren, Taylor Pitko and Grace, Eden, Elijah and Josie Veit; and several nieces.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Shirley (Charlie) Williams.
Memorials may be left to the War Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Center in Bill’s name. Condolences may be left online at
Dec. 13, 2015
Jared Paul Baragwanath, 19, of Brimley, Mich. died Dec. 13, 2015. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on May 9, 1996 to Paul Bryan and Laura Ann (May) Baragwanath of Bay Mills Indian Community, Brimley, Mich.
Jared graduated from Brimley Area High School and attended Bay Mills Community College. He had recently been accepted to start with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) training program, beginning January 2016.
Jared had a contagiously happy personality, which infected everyone he came into contact with. He loved his family, his friends, his home in the Upper Peninsula and animals, especially his dog Max. He was always kind and helpful to others, a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.
Surviving Jared are his parents, Paul and Laura Baragwanath; grandparents, Ray and Cheryl (Carrick) Baragwanath of Bay Mills Indian Community and Joseph W. May Sr. of Auburn, N.J., three sisters, Ashli K. Baragwanath of Bay Mills Indian Community, Lyndi Browning (Adam Vincent) of Evansville, Ind. and Amie R. Baragwanath (Jayson Aikens) of Sault Ste. Marie; seven uncles, Mike (Linda) Baragwanath of Bay Mills Indian Community, Joe Baragwanath of Bay Mills Indian Community, John (Angel) Baragwanath of Bay Mills Indian Community, Matt Baragwanath of Bay Mills Indian Community, Joseph W. (Lisa) May Jr. of New Braunfels, Texas, Christian Scott of Auburn, N.J., and James Scott of Little Birch, W.Va.; four aunts, Christi (Bryant Bannon) Baragwanath of Panama City Beach, Fla, Nikki (Billy Bernier) Rivers of Bay Mills Indian Community, Deborah (Frank) Baginsky of Pedricktown, N.J. and Carrie (Nick) Baragwanath of Auburn, N.J. Jared is also survived by numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wilber E. and Louise (Evans) Murphy.
Memorial contributions may be left to a scholarship to be established in Jared’s honor. Hovie Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
November 27, 2015
Dennis Joseph Hallesy
Dennis Joseph Hallesy, 76, of Brimley, Michigan passed away on Friday Nov. 27, 2015. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on April 4, 1939 to the late Thomas and Gertrude Hallesy.
"Denny" graduated from Loretto High School in 1957 and later joined the U. S. Army for three years. He married Maureen McCarron in 1963. He retired from Lake Superior University maintenance department and enjoyed his retirement from then on with his family and friends. In Denny's younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he has always enjoyed playing cards with his family and his buddies. He was a great guy who loved people and he would do anything he could for anybody. He had a great sense of humor and was a lot of fun to be around.
Denny is survived by his wife Maureen Hallesy of Brimley, Michigan, son's Tom from Brimley, Kevin (Barb) from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Gordon (Danielle) Hallesy of Germany; Daughter's Lori Hallesy of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Mary Locke of Hilo, Hawaii. Also surviving is his sister Colleen (Phil) Vincenzetti of Indiana, a brother Robert (Beverly) Hallesy of Illinois, ten Grandchildren, several Great Grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Denny was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Gertrude Hallesy, brothers Thomas, Fred, and Patrick; and a Grand-daughter Cory Ann Hallesy.
Visitation will be held 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home. Services will be held 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Piche officiating. Final resting place will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens. Online Condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com.
November 25, 2015
Marcia Grace Lewis
Marcia Grace Lewis, 71, of Brimley, Mich. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at War Memorial Hospital.
Marcia was born on April 18, 1944, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan the daughter of the late Melbourne and Josephine (Kinsley) Parish. On December 23, 1988, she married Bennie Lewis, Sr. in Port Huron, Michigan. She enjoyed cats, dogs, and horses, as well as going “up north” to go camping and look for agates. Marcia collected roosters along with other things. She was a lifelong caregiver and she truly loved helping others. Marcia was a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.
Marcia is survived by two daughters: Sherrie Wagner and Charlotte Loonsfoot both of Baraga, Michigan; ten grandchildren: Duane, Christie, Jason, Patricia, William, Adrian, Shawna, Christian, Virgil, and Robert; and many great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother: Stuart (Vicki) Parish of Moran, MI; a sister: Tammy (Allen) Sabb of Port Huron, MI and three very close family friends: Teyana Teeple and Clayton Johns both of Brimley, MI and Patricia Spears of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Marcia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Bennie Lewis, Sr.; a daughter: Cindy Paquin; and a brother: Gary Parish.
A pipe ceremony was held at the Migizi Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 at the Migizi Cultural Center with Pipecarrier Bucko Teeple officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to help with funeral expenses. C.S. Mulder Funeral Home and Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left online at