Margaret Naomi Burton
February 12, 1938 – May 21, 2024

Longtime Newberry resident, Margaret Naomi Burton, 86, died Tuesday morning, May 21, 2024 at her residence in the presence of her loving family and the care of North Woods Hospice.

Born February 12, 1938 in Vanceburg, Kentucky, daughter of the late Chester and Olive (Butler) Lewis, Naomi moved to the Upper Peninsula in her youth and eventually settled in Newberry.

On July 13, 1957, she married Garland R. Burton in Paradise and made Newberry their home.

Naomi was a devoted homemaker raising her family, an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed camping and cooking at the American Legion and the V.F.W. Posts.

In addition to her parents, Naomi is preceded in death by her husband Garland on December 11, 1990 and ten siblings.

Survivors include her children Sally (Greg) Johnson of Cedar Springs, Michigan, Mason (Nancy) Burton of St. Johns, Michigan. Albert (Jenny) Burton of Auburn, Kentucky and Kathy Burton of Newberry; ten grandchildren fourteen great-grandchildren; siblings Caroline Galloway of Ohio, Virginia Waitner of Manistee, Michigan and Homer Lewis of Wellston, Michigan; numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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


Sandra Sue Blakely
June 8, 1955 – May 15, 2024

Sandra Sue Blakely, 68, of Newberry, died Wednesday evening, May 15, 2024 at McLaren Hospital-Flint surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 8, 1955 in Pontiac, daughter of the late Clarence and Marie (Paquin) Bellant, Sandy was employed as a cook as Shirley’s Cafe for several years and also was a day care provider for many friends and family in Newberry.  Sandy was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Sandy was an amazing gardener in her backyard and supplied kids in Newberry pumpkins from her annual pumpkin patch.  Sandy also enjoyed camping throughout the years.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who truly enjoyed being with her grand babies and family.  She was affectionately referred as the “block Mom” as she was a Mom and Grandma to many kids all over Newberry.  She had a huge, caring, giving, selfless heart.

In addition to her parents, Sandy is preceded in death by her siblings Wayne Bellant, Janice Bellant and Charles Bellant; nephew Bruce Bellant.

Survivors include her loving husband, Mark, of Newberry; children Michelle Carson of Newberry and Charles (Melissa) Carson of Newberry; grandchildren Paige (Lenny) Maguire, Kelsey Carson and Devin Carson; great-grandchildren Emalyn Maguire and Mason Maguire; siblings John Bellant of Waterford and Carol (Gordon) Elkans of Fenton; sister-in-law Rosanna Bellant of Clarkston; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 11:00 am at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Danny Paul Antilla
December 10, 1967 – May 21, 2024

Danny Paul Antilla, 56, of Newberry, passed away Tuesday afternoon May 21, 2024 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital after three year illness with ALS.

Born December 10, 1967 in Laurium, son of the late Clayton and Margaret (Murphy) Antilla, Danny was a 1986 graduate of Calumet High School and a 1992 graduate of Northern Michigan University in Marquette earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education.  After college, he worked for Houghton High School as an English as a Second Language teacher as well as a girls’ basketball, track and football coach.

On April 21, 2005, Danny married the former Cheryl Paulson in Las Vegas, Nevada.   A resident of Newberry since 1995, he finished his career with the Michigan Department of Corrections, working as a Program Coordinator for 25 years until his retirement in 2022.

Danny enjoyed bowling in his younger years and was an avid golfer and fisherman. He loved fishing for Splake with longtime friend, then brother-in-law, Marko. He spent much of his free time fishing for Walleye on Big Manistique Lake, once bringing home a huge 26.5” 6.5lb walleye. He was an avid sports fan and loved rooting for his Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Detroit Red Wings and Green Bay Packers.

In addition to his parents, Danny is preceded in death by his sister Cindy Milhelich.

Survivors include his loving wife, Cheryl, of Newberry; children Jeremy (Ashley) Hattula of Calumet, Mandy (Bob) Kumpula and Greg Hattula all of Green Bay, Wisconsin; grandchildren Haylie, Quinn, James, Charlotte, Brynn and Braylon; siblings Robert Antilla and Clayton Antilla both of Calumet, Tina (Al) Grabig of Suamico, Wisconsin and Karen (Steve) Brown of Surprise, Arizona; brothers-in-law Mark (Julie) Paulson of Calumet, Bruce (Connie) Paulson of Calumet and Michael Milhelich of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin;  many loving nieces and nephews.

Per his request, cremation services were accorded.  A celebration of life will be announced and held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to ALS Foundation, University of Michigan Pranger ALS Clinic or the Gleason Team Foundation for ALS in Dan’s loving memory.

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