Charles Elden Wedge

December 14, 1934 – December 10, 2021

Charles Elden Wedge, 86, of Engadine, died Friday evening December 10, 2021 at U.P Health Systems-Marquette.

Born December 14, 1934 in Birmingham, Michigan, son of the late Floyd and Emma (Hanifan) Wedge, Charles was employed in the maintenance department at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac for several years until his retirement.

A resident of Engadine for over 20 years,  Charles enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his siblings Jerry Wedge and Judy Carney.

Survivors include his wife, the former Charlotte Kurtz, of Engadine; sons John Wedge of Lake Orion, Michigan and Charles Wedge of Missouri; seven grandchildren; siblings Bill Wedge of Midvale, Utah and Pamela Glasgow of Georgetown, Deleware; nieces and nephews; caregiver Lissa Tann of Curtis.

Per request, cremation services were accorded.  Interment will take place at the Walton Junction Cemetery in Fife Lake, Michigan.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Lorraine Frances Kelly

May 8, 1933 – January 6, 2022

Longtime Curtis resident, Lorraine Frances Kelly, 88, died Thursday morning January 6, 2022 at Golden Leaves Living Center in Newberry.

Born May 8, 1933 in Gould City, daughter of the late Frank and Florence (McNeill) Lowry, Lorraine was a 1951 graduate of Newberry High School.

On October 3, 1952, Lorraine married George W. “Captn. Bill” Kelly at Selfridge Air Force Base in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.  While residing in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and summers in Curtis, Lorraine was a devoted homemaker raising her family and enjoyed cooking and baking.  She was well known for her wonderful smile, her welcoming personality and loved by all.

In addition to her parents, Frank and Florence, Lorraine is preceded in death by her husband George “Captn. Bill” Kelly on January 7, 2020 and siblings Robert Lowry, Donna Mae Gehrett, Mark Lowry and James Lowry.

Survivors include her loving children Debra (Roland) Morawski of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Curtis (Beverly) Kelly of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Patricia Kelly of Curtis and Brenda Kelly of Curtis; grandchildren Shane Morawski and Megan Morawski (a.k.a. my nuisance); great grandson Gavin Cuff.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Lorraine will take place in the summer of 2022 at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis.

Memorials may be directed to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter, 6091W U.S. Highway 2, Manistique, Michigan 49854 in her loving memory.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Kimberlee Marie Smith-Bushey

September 10, 1957 – December 29, 2021

Kimberlee Marie Smith-Bushey 64, of Curtis, formerly of Midland, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the Bay McLaren Medical Center.  She was born September 10, 1957, in Midland, daughter of the late Larry and Bonnie (McDonald) Smith.  Kimberlee was a graduate of Bullock Creek High School and is the owner-operator of Kim’s Tally Ho in Curtis.  She is survived by her brother Rick (Tina Mechem) Smith of Midland, sister Cindy (Mike) Hlavacek of Midland, her step-father John Goulette of Bay City, and by her fur babies Titan, Tanner, and Ella. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Todd Lumbert on August 16, 2013.

A memorial service will take place in the summer of 2022 at a time and place to be determined. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Luce County Pet Pals, P.O. Box 525, Newberry, MI 49868.

Lyle Lloyd Jenks II

October 15, 1947 – January 6, 2022

Lyle “Bud” Lloyd Jenks, II of Greenville, Wisconsin passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the age of 74. Bud died peacefully with his beloved wife Sally and their children by his side. Bud was born in Lansing, Michigan on October 15, 1947, to father Lyle Lloyd Jenks, I, and mother Alvena (Wagner) Jenks. Bud graduated from Menasha High School in 1965. He was drafted into military service in 1967, proudly serving the Army in Germany through 1969.

After a fateful blind date, four months of dating turned into 52 years of love as he united in marriage with Sally (Fermanich) Jenks in 1970. Bud’s family passed on the gift of faith to him through his baptism. He grew and relied upon this throughout his life, staying an active member of Shepherd of the Hills Church, studying The Word of God, and passing on the promise of Jesus’ resurrection to his family and friends.

After retiring in 2012 following 30 years with Georgia Pacific, Bud transformed his long term passions into daily enjoyment. A Yooper at heart, he took his fond memories of hunting on the family farm in Engadine, Michigan, and translated them into researching homesteading and off the grid living. He turned his skills from working in the family marina shop and tinkering with cars into a knowledge of computers that rivaled those fifty years younger. Learning cooking recipes at the elbow of his mom and aunts, he used his always well-supplied pantry to keep family and friends happily well fed. Finally, Bud grew his endless love for his five children into the title of being “The World’s Best Grandpa”, keeping his four grandkids well stocked with not only sweet treats, but with the same wisdom and advice he shared with his children. Dad never sent a text to his kids, even a grocery list, without saying “Luv U, Dad”.

Bud was preceded in death by his father and mother Lyle and Alvena, and his father and mother-in-law, Victor and Hildegarde (Hooyman) Fermanich. He is survived by his wife Sally (Fermanich) Jenks; children Scott (Renee) Jenks, Rebecca Jenks, Katie (Steve) Zurawski, Emily Jenks, and Eric Jenks; grandchildren Lucas, Aubrey and Jacoby Zurawski, and Rose Jenks.

Family and friends may gather at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, N1615 Meadowview Dr., Greenville on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 beginning at 9:00am until 10:45am. A service will follow at 11:00am. Military Honors immediately following the service. Masks are encouraged.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Bud’s name to the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation at


Wilburt (Wiley) Fox

April 22, 1941 – January 7, 2022

Wilburt (Wiley) Banner Fox, 80 of Coon Rapids, MN, passed away on January 7th, 2022 at the VA Maplewood Care Center.

Born on April 22nd 1941 to the late Glen and Odessa Fox in Sault Ste Marie, MI. Wiley was raised in Hulbert, MI and graduated from Newberry High School, MI in 1959. Wiley met Connie Clark in Newberry, the love of his life and was married for sixty two (62) years. Shortly after their marriage Wiley joined the United States Air Force and served eight (8) years. While in the service he developed a passion for Electronics and Computers skills and moved to Coon Rapids, MN where he worked for SPERRY UNIVAC and CONVERTEC Corporation and retired in 2005.

After retiring Wiley and Connie Fox spent their winters at Gulf Shores, Alabama. Wiley was best known for his sense of humor, his size of 6 feet 5 inches and 280 lbs. A great niece once called him a ‘Big Teddy Bear’. He was a gentle man and never met a stranger. His ability to communicate with any one made him likeable to everyone. A good teacher of board games, card games and cribbage he enjoyed playing it and keeping score. He loved playing golf with his friends and brother and always looked forward to playing it every chance he got.

Wiley was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws Ai and Cleffie, Sisters in law Penny and Jackie Clark all from Newberry, MI.

Wiley Fox is survived by his loving wife Connie, beloved daughter Raven (Steve) Shortell of Hudson, WI, Brothers, Shel (Shelly) Fox and Terry (Laura) Fox, Sisters Alviria (Raju) Narasimhan and Alberta (Richard) Hull, Sister in law Dorie (Homer) Melton and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Per his wishes he was cremated and no services were held. A private family interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN in the spring/summer with full military honors.

Any memorial contributions should be directed to American Heart Association or an Animal Shelter of your choosing.