Marla Elaine Fillman
January 6, 1947 – February 6, 2024

Lifelong Newberry resident, Marla “Lannie” Elaine Fillman, 77, died Tuesday evening February 6, 2024 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.

Born January 6, 1947 in Newberry, daughter of the late Lonzy and Viola (Thompson) Holbrook, Lannie was a graduate of Newberry High School.

Lannie was employed as a dietary aide at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital for several years until her retirement. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses and enjoyed fishing, gardening and crafts.

Lannie is preceded in death by her parents and several siblings.

Survivors include her loving children Missy (Don) Martin of Newberry, Todd (Chris Robinson) Keinonen of Newberry and Tracy Ruiz of Lansing; grandchildren Brittany (Dylan) Ordiway of Lansing, Tasha (Josh) Foster of Newberry, Dakota (Zach) Luft of Newberry and Iziqio Ruiz of Lansing; great-grandchildren Aari Ruiz-Ordiway of Lansing, Noah Ruiz-Ordiway of Lansing, Laynee Foster of Newberry, Emma Luft of Newberry and Wyatt Luft of Newberry.

Per her request, cremation services were accorded with no public services scheduled.

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Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Dolores M. Connolly
May 11, 1950 – February 7, 2024

Dolores “Dee” Marie Connolly, 73, of Gould City, died peacefully February 7, 2024 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 11, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late Harry Sr. and Mary Jeanne (Bolan) Dion, Dee was a graduate of Lawton High School and Parsons School of Business.

Dee met her husband, William Connolly, in 1985 and they were married on November 18, 1992 in St. Ignace.  Dee managed Connolly Plumbing and Heating and Dion Builders for several years until her retirement in 2014. In retirement, she assisted with managing Everhart Masonry and North Country Storage. Dee was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Curtis and enjoyed spending time with her people, flower and vegetable gardening, baking, hunting and nature.  She adored her grandchildren, dedicating her time, energy and wisdom to help raise them.  Dee was the matriarch and glue of her loving family.

In addition to her parents, Dee is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Harry (Irene) Dion, uncles Robert Dion and Donald Dion; aunt Frances Dion, step-sister Kitty Lynch, nephew Mark Arthur Dion and other family and friends.

Survivors include her loving husband, Bill, of Gould City; children Laura (Joel) Everhart of Gould City and Joe (Laura) Buchanan of Appleton, Wisconsin; grandchildren Ethan Everhart, Jayden Everhart, Eric Buchanan and Makena Buchanan; siblings Madonna Dion of Michigan City, Indiana, Harry Jr. (Lisa) Dion of Adrian, Gerard (Sue) Dion of Chelsea and Michael Dion of Savannah, Georgia; step-mother Patricia Dion of Ann Arbor, step-brother Chris Lynch, step-sister Alison Lynch-Jackson, God-daughter Kelly Peat; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Dee will be held Thursday February 15, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Curtis.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 pm at the church with Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating.

Memorials may be directed to Schoolcraft Memorial HomeCare and Hospice, 7870W US Highway 2, Manistique, Michigan 49854 in her loving memory.

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Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Judith Ann Freed
October 16, 1942 – January 27, 2024

Judith Ann Freed went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 27, 2024. She was born on October 16, 1942, one of seven children to parents John and Mary Scholtus, both of Newberry, MI. She was raised in Detroit, MI, and moved to Newberry at the age of twelve where she attended Newberry Schools. Judith graduated from Holt High School in 1982 and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Lansing Community College with an Associate Degree in Arts and a Certificate in Gerontology on June 17, 1987. She was a member of the National Honor Fraternity and graduated from Mt. Hope Bible Training Institute on June 1, 1992.

During her life she worked as a waitress, the Chamber of Commerce, in home day care, Mary Avenue Nursing Home in Lansing, MI, as an Activity Assistant and Director. Beyond that, Judy also helped her husband in his building business, painting, doing trim work, and choosing lighting and other fixtures. She enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren, sewing, decorating, crafts, reading, bible study, and going to Florida in the winter. Judy was an active member of Mt. Hope Church and volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher, the Champions Club Meal Connection, and as a funeral helper.

Judy is survived by her husband, Richard Freed; five sons, Richard (Julie) Freed, Jr., John (Angie) Freed, Daniel (Kristin) Freed, Marvin (Caryn) Freed, Timothy (Robin) Freed. She also leaves behind her 17 grandchildren of whom she spent many joyous hours with, Korrine (Justin) Wiseman, Kerri (Greg) Hulsebos, Adam (Jenni) Freed, Holly (Phil) Walker, Mathew (Keri Manuri) Freed, Jeremiah (Ariana) Freed, Bradley Freed, Kylie Freed, Cameron Freed, Emma Freed, Elizabeth Freed, Mason (Abigail) Freed, Madilyn (Carson) Kidder, Richard Freed, Michael Freed, Jonathan Thompson, Shayla Thompson, and 10 great grandchildren; along with her siblings, Ronald (Debbie) Scholtus, David Scholtus, Paul Scholtus, Patricia Scholtus, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, great granddaughter, Olivia Hulsebos, and her brothers, Robert Scholtus, and John Scholtus.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel. Visitation was from 10am – 12 noon, followed by funeral services. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hope Church in Lansing. To share memories or leave online condolences please visit


Roy Russell Holcomb
March 5, 1950 – January 30, 2024

Roy Russell Holcomb, 73, of Seney, died Tuesday morning January 30, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Born March 5, 1950 in Dewitt, son of the late Lyle and Janice (Hartz) Holcomb, Roy was a 1968 graduate of Laingsburg High School.

On July 29, 1976, Roy married the former Vickie Lee Matt in Ypsilanti and, in 1977, his employment as a construction technician allowed him the opportunity to move to the Upper Peninsula with his wife and he never looked back.  Roy was employed with the Michigan Department of Transportation for 34 years until his retirement in 2002.  Following his retirement from MDOT, Roy continued employment for Schoolcraft and Mackinac counties.

Roy formerly served as a board trustee/president of the Tahquamenon Area School district and board trustee of the EUP Intermediate School district.

Roy enjoyed traveling the local highways. He had friends anywhere he went and was well known at many local restaurants and businesses as he loved breakfast and the company of the local staff. A few of his favorites were the Jolly Inn, the Helmer House, and the Triangle Restaurant. A devout Detroit Lions fan, he enjoyed watching football on Sundays and cheering his team on. He enjoyed fishing, especially with his granddaughters and enjoyed hunting the U.P. There was truly nothing Roy enjoyed more than time with his girls. He seldom missed any event they were a part of including sports, and during games he was a fan of every kid on the court. He would travel to any game, with no regard to distance. Roy, along with his late wife Vickie adopted many animals from local shelters. He was a lifelong lover of animals and always had at least one traveling with him in his truck at all times.

In addition to his parents, Roy is preceded in death by his wife Vickie on January 28, 2021, brother-in-law Kristopher Gray, brother-in-law Richard Miller, brother-in-law Alan Matt and most recently his sister Ethel Newkirk on December 26, 2023.

Survivors include his loving sons Josh (Jennifer Rasberry) Holcomb of Catlin, Illinois, Jake (Nickie) Holcomb of Lakefield and Adam (Ashley) Holcomb of Germfask; granddaughters Ava, Jocelyn and Brooke; brothers Ronald (Sandy) Holcomb of Lansing, Michigan and Roger (Grace) Holcomb of Haslett, Michigan; several nieces and nephews; beloved dog “Biscuit”.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Roy was held Saturday February 3, 2024 at the Lakefield Township Hall.

Memorials may be directed to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter, 6091W US Highway 2, Manistique, MI 49854 or to the Engadine Sports Boosters, W13930 Melville Street, Engadine, MI 49827 in his loving memory.

Condolences may be expressed at  Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Terry Harold Stark
February 5, 1949 – February 9, 2024

Former longtime Newberry resident, Terry Harold Stark, 75, died Friday afternoon, February 9, 2024 at his residence in Kingsley in the presence of his loving family and Munson Healthcare Hospice.

Born February 5, 1949 in Midland, son of the late Harold and Martha (Sanborn) Stark, Terry was a graduate of Newberry High School.  In 1971, Terry married the former Margaret Palmer at St. Brigit’s Catholic Church in Midland and made Newberry their home, raising three children.

Terry was employed with the Department of Natural Resources for over 40 years serving in the capacity of survey technician, wildland firefighter and deputy conservation officer until his retirement.

Terry was active in the community formerly serving on the Newberry Fire Department for 15 years, member and board trustee of the Luce County Ambulance Corp serving as a first responder and rescue chief, member of the Luce County Emergency Management Coordinator/911 Director, trustee and former chair member of the Luce County Board of Commissioners, president of the Tahquamenon Falls Little League and much more.  Terry also enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family at their camp.

Terry was a longtime member of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Newberry and currently a member of St. Mary of Hannah Catholic Church in Kingsley, where he has resided since 2020.

In addition to his parents, Terry is preceded in death by his wife Margaret on February 7, 2009.

Survivors include his loving children Jeremy (Amanda) Stark of Kincheloe, Sarah (Bachir) Asmine of Corona, California and Christopher (Jessica) Stark of Kingsley; grandchildren Dillon, Hailey, Sofia, Lelia, Zahra, Nora, Eric, Allison and Madilyn; great-granddaughter Alannah; siblings Oliver (Mary) Town of Midland, Daniel (Darlene) Stark of Midland and Susan Stark of Texas; several nieces, nephews and godchildren.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Terry will be held Friday February 16, 2024 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Newberry.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2:00 pm at the church with Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating.  Rite of Committal will take place at Forest Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or at in his loving memory.

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Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.