Dec 31-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: December: Dec 31-08
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Photo by Deb Simons

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 06:42 am:

Where has the year gone? The months seem to fly by so fast and now we come to the end of the year besides. Today we reserve this page for remembering those that have left us and we wish to keep in our hearts:

Rene "Monk" Adams
Ben Durocher
William "Bill" Gregg, Jr.
William "The Senator" Hodge
Esther Intermill
William "Bill" Neber
Ernie Niederer
Our servicemen and women who have given their all

Just a note about today's sunset photo... Deb Simons took this picture the day her Dad, Ben Durocher, passed away. On their way UP North to be with her family, she noticed the sun setting through her side mirror, so they stopped to capture what she calls her Dad's sunset. Thanks for sharing it with us, Deb.

Please feel free to add the names of loved ones and friends that you'd like to keep in remembrance.
jbuck (Jbuck) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 06:49 am:

With love and much fondness for Keith Johnson, the best Dad in the whole world, and great photographer of sunsets

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 07:18 am:

Remembering my dad, Ben Durocher, who died so suddenly this month. I still feel the world's largest void possible. I don't want it to go away, but I also don't want it to continue to hurt this much.

Thank you for sharing my picture, Mary. Of course, there are tears in my eyes as I type this. I remember that moment so vividly. The sun all of a sudden was shining in my eyes through the mirror, and I thought of my dad immediately. I had to stop and try to capture my dad setting. It was so hard and yet, in a way, comforting. Thank you pasty for starting the sunset tradition. It gave me a little bit of comfort on that awful day.

By DEAN SCHWARTZ SR. (Lulu) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 07:33 am:

This year the loss of my sister-in-laws, Carol Smith, Deborah Cogan, cousin Ken Horiski, and Mrs. Clarisse Wright. Mrs. Wright passed Dec.21,2008 she was 92.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 07:52 am:

I most fondly remember Irene Koponen who was such a kind and warm-hearted part of my childhood. Wonderful memories!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 07:59 am:

Great picture Deb!! I share your hurt for your dad's passing as well. My dad passed on 20 years ago, still seems so recent.

By Brian Thomas (Bttc) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:33 am:

Remembering my wonderful Uncle Adolph Aittama! He was a good man with a heart of gold we sure will miss him!

By Walter M Sands (Wsands) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:36 am:

Please Remenber The Servicemen And Women Who Have Made The Ultimate Sacrafice For Our Country This Month.Robert J Yllescas 31,Solomon T Sam 31,John J Savage 26,Coleman J Meadows 3ed 19,Jonathan W Dean 25,Coleman W Hinkefent 19,Thomas Reilly Jr.19,Christopher G Smith 28,Stephen M Okray 21,Stephen G Zapasnik 19,John P pryor 42,Joshua D Seitz 19,Charlea P Gaffney Jr.42,Robert L Johnson 21,Tony J Gonzales 20. Killed 4,848. Wounded 33,538.

By Joanne Sherrick (Shedoesnails) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:37 am:

Remembering my Dad who passed away 18 years ago.
Dad was a truck driver and lost his life in a accident.When I was a little girl my favorite song was "roll on" by Alabama. Now when I hear that song It so reminds me of him.
Deb,The pain you are feeling will get better,but never truelly goes away.You keep listening with your heart and you will continue to feel his love all around you.

By June A. Peterson (Jap) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:48 am:

In loving memory of Carole Curtin who passed away on December 10, 2002. She is still missed by many.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:55 am:

Remembering my Dad who died peacefully in his own bed Christmas morning, December 25, 2003. It seemed fitting for a man who sought-after The Truth.

By Reid Johnson (Reidj) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 09:11 am:

Remembering the recent loss of friend and actor, Randy Godwin.
Known to some as Ranger Tom in "Escanaba in Da Moonlight".

By Laurie B. (Ratherberiding) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 09:19 am:

Remembering my father-in-law, George Bashaw (Pappy), who has been gone from us since 22 Dec. 1989. He was a good man and loved his family.

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN (Charlotte61) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 09:51 am:

Remembering Deb's dad, Ben Durocher, and my godmother, Velma Atkinson who left us this year. Also, remembering my son, Andy, who left us April 2, 1999.

By robert (Robze) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 09:53 am:


By David S. (Yooperdfs) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:07 am:

Remembering my Auntie Maxine Sandretto. She was a grand lady, an inspiration of strength. Through thirty years of health problems she held her head up with a positive attitude. She was admired and is missed by all.

By David Soumis (Davesou) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:11 am:

Debs dad, Ben Durocher..and Deb, I'm really sorry I couldn't get up there in person to see you. I'm really really sorry for your loss. I hadn't seen your dad for quite a few years, and remember many great times we had as kids, especially.

Also, a memory of Esther Intermill. She was a teacher I had in Chassell, and also a family friend. There was no doubt she was one of the strictest teachers in the school, but also one of the best.

By Linda Rowe (Lindar) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:14 am:

In loving memory of my nephew Daniel Schmitt, who was taken from us in an accident on December 29, 2007. We love and miss you so much Dan. You are always in our hearts.

By Mel, MN (Mehollop) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:22 am:

In memory of Janet Cecil - 'Grams' - who left 9 years ago today. Our New Years will always hold a moment of silence for you.

I may only be a granddaughter in-law, and knew her only for a very short time, but she was a wonderfully fun lady.

By Donna (Donna) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:29 am:

Remembering my Grandma, Cecelia Warner, who passed in 96...miss you so much....And Carole Curtin...what a beautiful soul too...We all have been so fortunate to have such beautiful and loving folks in our lives....Blessings!

Have a magical New Year everyone.

By Thomas D. Dessellier (Tomd) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:30 am:

In loving memory of my Father Francis (Gideye)Dessellier and mother Lillian Dessellier who passed away in 2000 and 2001. I still have very fond memories of my parents and miss them. Also, Mavis R. Pietiela(Kallio)a dear freind who passed away suddenly after I had just made contact with her after 40 year void. She will be missed and was to young to die.
Also to all of our brave men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.

Thomas Dessellier
LLHS class of 1960

By jean shellabarger (Jms) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:34 am:

in memory of Christian Kujan. He loved vacationing in the UP. Today would have been his 29th birthday.

By Phil Kuusisto (Pkuusisto) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:48 am:

Remembering our parents, Norman and Helen Pooley, Ed and Sophie Kuusisto, Karen Kuusisto, Janet Trasti, Lyle Pooley, our good buddy Nitz Kumpula and our brother in law and friend, Wayne Hartmann. We love and miss you all so much and you are always in our hearts.

By Candy Goulette (Cagoulet) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 11:18 am:

Remembering my mother-in-law, Marie Goulette, who passed away Dec. 14, 2003, and my dad, Doc Meier, who left us on Jan 5, 2007. Lots to remember as we end this year and look forward to next. We're grateful for the time we had with you both. Deb, the hurt dims some, but the missing never goes away. There will always be something to remind you of him.

By Susan Michel White (Goody) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 12:08 pm:

Remembering my dad, Lawrence Michel who died Dec 14, 1997, sister Barbara Luttinen on Dec 9, 1998, sister Margaret Schutz on Dec 4, 2007, and most recently my cousin Jim Marinelli who passed away on Dec 25, 2008.

By Just me (Jaby) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 12:26 pm:

remembering Dan Byykkonen who left much too suddenly in 2008 and is deeply missed......"weeping may remain for a night but JOY comes in the morning"

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 01:36 pm:

In Rememberance of my Father Julius J. (Red) Brunk who died on this morning in 1998. Ten years you have been gone, and I still remember your last words to me. 'Please forgive me for always being so hard on you and the boys'.. I have forgiven you Pop.

By Tom Lundstrom (Tjlundstrom) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 01:46 pm:

Remembering my mother and dad, Shirley and Martti Lundstrom, who died this fall. Mom had been ill the last year and died on 7 October. My dad died suddenly of a heart attack on 7 December. They had known each other since Kindergarten in Republic, Michigan back in 1927, and will hopefully meet and continue their love affair in the hereafter. Though they had lived in various areas of the United States and Canada, they were always happiest when back in the Upper Peninsula at Eagle Harbor. Both my sisters, Susan and Diane, and I will miss their love, friendship, and guidance.

By theresa (Up4evr) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 01:54 pm:

Rembering all of the Pini family that has passed. Another year gone by without them. We keep them in our prayers and think of them always.

By Lenore Giannunzio (Lgiannunzio) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 02:43 pm:

Remembering my strong grandfather, Jerome Stankevich, who died 12/26/2008. Thanks grandpa for hanging on long enough for all of your children and many grandchildren to reminisce and tell you we love you. We'll miss your spirit, your wonderful vegetables and many other things about you.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 03:10 pm:

Remembering my Grandmas good friend Chuck Morris who we lost right after Thanksgiving in a car accident. He brought her so much happiness and we will all miss him.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 03:22 pm:

Remembering my grandma Julia Du Long born on Jan one eighteen seventy eight,

By Therese (Therese) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 04:46 pm:

Remembering my Mom's sister Cleta Grady who died on Long Island on December 19, less than two month's after Mom. Cleta was funny, strong, stylish and independent. They are reunited in Heaven along with their parents, husbands and children who went before them.

By Cheryl Rozman (Cotton) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 05:23 pm:

Remembering my sister Jan Cundy Miller who lost her life to domestic violence on March 30,1974. Also my father Ransom Cundy who passed away on November 10,1975 on the Fitzgerald after grieving terribly for 18 months of Jan's death. And remembering my Mom Betty Ewen Beaudoin who passed away on October 28,1990. They were my only family then & I have loving memories of each one of them. God bless them & keep them in his care.

Deb, I feel your grief & understand how you're feeling right now. Your Dad is close to you though not in person but in memory. Take care kid :)

By Jackie Ogden (Jackieo) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:14 pm:

Remembering my husband Randy Ogden who is sooo missed!

By Connie, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO (Connie8792) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:33 pm:

In remembrance of all of the service members who have made the ultimate sacrafice.

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:02 pm:

Remembering Mimi's Dad, John Eric Karpinen, from Calumet, who died on Christmas Day, 1982. Also my Dad, Robert Arthur Holster originally from Paavola, died Oct. 22, 1997.

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:15 pm:

In Memory of my dad, John Ravasz, who passed away 5 yrs ago, Dec 6 and mom, Betty Ravasz, 8 yrs ago, Nov 18.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 11:08 pm:

In memory of my Dad, who died 3 days before Christmas in 1995. May he rest in Peace with Jesus.

By Chad Johnson (Chadj) on Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 06:13 am:

In memory of my grandma Shirley Poirier who passed away on December 17, 1978. Even though it has been 30 years since she's been away, and I was only a little boy then, I still think of her often. She had a big heart and showed so much love for her family.

By Lori Houle (Runnerlori) on Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 09:00 pm:

Miss you so much Mom... Miss you too Dad. First Christmas without you...but now the two of you are together and that gives me comfort. My world will never be the same with you gone. Sometimes I wonder how I can do it, but I remember how much you taught me and showed me and I know I'll be okay. Your memories give me strength, I just really wish I had your arms around me, once more...

By Stephanie (Stefani13) on Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 05:25 pm:

Mike Markov

By Yooper in MN (Yooper_in_mn) on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 08:24 am:

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

By Stephanie (Stefani13) on Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 08:07 am:

Niles Weisbrodt 01/07/09

By Lin Bailey (Baileys) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 07:08 pm:

Bea (Rossberg) Dix who passed away on her 84th birthday on Dec 4 2008. Hancock class of 1942. Miss you lots Mom!

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