Feb 28-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: February: Feb 28-02
Memorial dedication, February 2002    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Charlie Hopper

Charlie Hopper, Eagle River MI on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 07:02 am:

You are welcome to add names to this memorial. Honored friends this month include:

Cleopatra "Patty" Long
Helen Wiinamaki
Ruth Ristola
Jocelyn Taylor
Sam Tidwell
Donald Edwin Hoyt
Barb Opland
Linda Salter
John Kupari
Robert Simpson
Susan Simpson
Joe Berry
Ann Michetti
Tim Dudley
Joy Huhta
Bobby Nuottila
Sami Stieve
Martha (Hocking) Bryan
Elaine Hassig
John Hamilton Mueller Jr

Personal notes about some of these individuals: Pat Long was one of the oldest residents of Eagle River, our neighbor down the street, who lived a quiet life, raising a family along with Alan Long, who preceeded her several years ago. Helen Wiinamaki and Jocelyn Taylor were both residents at Still Waters, both "encouragers" whom we miss. Ruth Ristola and Sam Tidwell both befriended Pasty Central in its early days. Ruth was deeply devoted to the historical preservation of our area, and Sam strengthened our association with Michigan Tech staff and alumni. Also honored is Donald Hoyt, a family man from Pontiac, downstate, where my wife and I grew up, fell in love, and started our lives together.

May we, too, always be good neighbors, encouragers and contributors, and appreciate the gift of our families.
Kevin Musser, Mi on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 09:45 am:

We will all surely miss the contributions of Ruth Ristola to this area. She was always helpful and went to any length to support the preservation of the wonderful and colorful history of the Keweenaw area.

By Frank C, NE Illinois on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 10:08 am:

I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Ruth's passing! What happened?

We met her this past fall at the Ontonogan Cty. Historical Society http://www.ontonagonhistoricalsociety.org/ where she'd done an unbelievable job of organizing and displaying items there. She was a wealth of information on people and places "U.P.", and loved helping others on their family history.

By Naomi, East Lansing Michigan, Origanally Calumet/Laurium on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 10:09 am:

I want to add my longtime neighbor and friend Barb Opland~ Who passed away a week ago today~ Truely a Wonderful Lady~ Who will be Dearly Missed by all who knew her!

By Sandy, Monroe, MI on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 10:55 am:

I would like to add a beautiful soul to your list. Mrs. Linda Salter of the Monroe area left this world last Monday evening. Linda had been an art teacher at the school where I work until last spring. Breast cancer ravaged her body, but not her heart and mind. May her gentle spirit always be with us as her body and soul rest in peace.

And thank you for this thoughtful page. It does us good to remember those who have touched others lives and left their legacy of love.

By Kupari Family, MI on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 10:58 am:

In fond memory of John Kupari of Calumet, who passed away on Wednesday, February 6th.

By ywb/Richmond on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 11:04 am:

Robert Simpson
Susan Simpson
Joe Berry

By GLENN W. on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 12:06 pm:


By Linda L from Flint Michigan on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 12:09 pm:

I would like to add the name of Lower Penninsula resident Tim Dudley to the list of departed for February. He was truly a gentle soul and always had a friendly word and a smile. His sisters, daughter, grandchild and several friends will miss him sorely.

By P.T. MI on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 12:13 pm:

Sam Tidwell was great! My life took a different course so I never got to send him a red tie. I sure enjoyed my year of accounting with him at M.T.U.,however.

By Charles Kolka, Clarkston on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 12:15 pm:

I would like to add Joy Huhta, great aunt of Carol (Huhta) Kolka.

By dlp on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 12:44 pm:

The loss of Bobby Nuottila of Bootjack (formerly Calumet) was a blow to his many friends. Bobby's fun loving, gentle nature will be missed.

He was a good friend.


By Greta, Milwaukee on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 01:12 pm:

Samantha Rose Stieve, 2/3/2002 - a brave 4 year old who spent the last year of her life in Pittsburgh's Childrens Hospital waiting for double transplants that just didn't come thru. Fly with the angels, Sami.

By Bill Penprase on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 04:45 pm:

Martha (Hocking) Bryan went home to be with the Lord she loved this morning in Fort Myers, Florida. Martha, later known as Marty, was from Laurium, one of the Hillstrom girls; she married my friend Bud Hocking from Ahmeek and became the mother of 5 wonderful children. Had a great sense of humor and a big smile even when I was around. After Bud died at a relatively young age she married George Bryan and they moved to Florida. She led a real fine life.

By SharonS on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 05:58 pm:

Please add Elaine Hassig to the list. Elaine and her husband Dr. Walter have had a summer home in Copper Harbor for 35 years, and Elaine especially loved it there.

By Fr. Ambrose, Monastery on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 08:36 pm:

With the saints, O Lord, grant rest to the souls of your servants, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no sighing, but everlasting life. Kondak for the faithful departed (tone 8)

By A.P. & C.P., North Carolina on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 08:50 pm:

We add our prayers to those for Ruth Ristola's family. Ruth was a delightful, curious person with a passion for people, events, history and detail. She has passed those traits on to her children and grandchildren.

"Death is the veil which those who live call life: They sleep, and it is lifted."
P.B. Shelley

By Mike Mehrman, White Lake on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 10:31 pm:

I want to add an old friend John Hamilton Mueller Jr, passed 2/21/02, we will miss you, rest in peace.

By Charlie and Edie Hopper, Eagle River on Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 10:44 pm:

Bill -

Edie and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Martha (Hocking) Bryan. Martha was one of Edie's favorite counsellors at Gitche Gumee, and George, who preceeded her in 2000, was another spiritual leader we both admired.

Our sympathies to the Hocking and Bryan children and grand children, who have graced these pages on occasion with thoughtful words. A wonderful family with roots here in the Copper Country.

By Betty - AZ on Friday, March 1, 2002 - 01:55 am:

Our sympathies to the Hocking children too. I remember every summer going 'up home' from Royal Oak when I was growing up. My dad, Bill Paull, would always make sure we would go the store to see 'Bud' and then to the house to see Martha and family. Such a great family. I still have memories of that. At last Martha is at home with our Lord where she has wanted to be even tho her family will miss her.

By Martha G., Pekin, Il. on Friday, March 1, 2002 - 03:23 am:

I was saddened to note the home-going of Martha Hocking Bryan. Growing up with the Hocking family at First Baptist Church,Calumet, Martha was always an encouragement. We purchased our Wedding Ring set from Bud Hocking in 1958, and I went to school with John. I visit this web site daily, and love to read of all the folks up there.

By Kimberlee, Michigan on Friday, March 1, 2002 - 12:07 pm:

I wanted to say good bye to my Great Aunt Elma Attonen who passed in the beginning of February. She was a very private person but will be greatly missed. Love you Always.

By Kathleen O'Brien in MD on Friday, March 1, 2002 - 01:53 pm:

Mrs. Long was a real sweetie. She always had enough time to visit with you. I remember a few treats, too, she gave out to us. She was one of my favorite reasons for visiting Eagle River every summer. She was always kind to us children. Our noise and rambunctiousness never seemed to phase her. Surprise her maybe- but she seemed to quietly take in the joyful noise we brought with us each summer. I know I will miss her when next I visit. My condolences to her family and friends.....

By Donna on Saturday, March 2, 2002 - 07:30 am:

I would like to add Noel Poisson. I didn't know him real well, but I remember as a kid, walking past Noel's home with my friend that lived near him, he would be sitting outside, and always made the time to converse with the kids from the neighborhood. He always made us feel special. He was a good man.

By will michaelson on Saturday, March 2, 2002 - 08:33 am:

Ididn't see Ellen angman's name of the list of the deceased, she passed away in february, she lived in trap rock on the farm where she resided for over 70 years. I was her neighbor back in the thirties she will be missed by many

By L. Hart, Santa Catalina Island, CA on Saturday, March 2, 2002 - 08:30 pm:

Dr. John W. Alexander, president emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, left us on February 18, to join the Lord he loved and served faithfully. "Dr. A" was a tenured, full professor and chairman of the geography department at the
U. of Wisconsin when he gave that up to serve as president of IVCF, encouraging Christian students and faculty on secular university & college campuses. It was my privilege to work as his assistant for eight years in the mid-70's and early 80's. Hundreds of us attended a memorial service Saturday, February 23, in Madison, Wis.to honor this true gentleman and educator. He has graduated to Heaven "magna cum laude".

By L. Hart, Avalon, CA on Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 10:42 pm:

P.S. to above: Dr. Alexander loved the U.P. and led many camps at Cedar Campus (eastern end) and has been a speaker at IVCF conferences at Gitche Gumee (in Keweenaw).

By P. McWatters, MI on Monday, March 4, 2002 - 06:36 pm:

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers for Ruth Ristola's family. I am her niece, and we greatly appreciate it. She is in a better place, but will be missed.

By Erin ,MI on Tuesday, March 5, 2002 - 01:04 pm:

My Uncle "Woody" Charles Finger Jr died 2/28/01. He is and will continue to be missed for a long time. Thanks for the chance to remember our loved ones on pastycentral!

By T. McWatters, FL on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 02:48 am:

I am so thankful to have been able to be with family after the loss of Aunt Ruth. Her life was a ministry that touched so many. She will be greatly missed. Her legacy goes on in her family and the many lives she influenced. I was honored to be a part of her funeral services. I know God will use this sad time to minister to many. He makes no mistakes. I pray God's comfort and wisdom for Steve, Catherine & Family.
Love you guys.

By steve ristola;mn on Friday, March 8, 2002 - 08:01 pm:

I would like to thank charlie for honoring our request about putting my mother's name at the end of the month.I' also would like to thank everybody for posting a note on this forum.Much appreciated.....steve

By John Garland on Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 05:33 pm:

In memory of Rose (DelAcqua) Garland of Calumet.

By Becky Hocking Anderson on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 - 08:49 pm:

Just a note of thanks for all the kind words regarding Martha Hocking Bryan. I was proud to have her as my mother and we Hocking girls miss her terribly. But we wouldn't ask her to return for all the money in the world. We can only imagine what she is experiencing in the presence of Jesus. And we are grateful to have our memories and the hope of seeing her again some day. Believe me, she is dancing now!! Thanks, Charlie and Edie for remembering her at this site. She loved you both very much.

By Angela C. on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 12:11 am:

My dear mother Lynette Gregoire. She will be missed!

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