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Ronald Robert Fox
September 29, 1942 – September 19, 2022

Ronald Robert Fox, age 79 of Newberry, Michigan, passed away September 19, 2022, in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

He was born on September 29, 1942, to Charles Stanley Fox and Ruby Una Shoecraft.

Ronald served in the United States Marines from February 1, 1962, until January 31, 1965, serving in Vietnam.

Ron’s passions were fishing, family and karaoke. He is survived by his brother Dale (Inah) Fox, daughters Ronda Scovronski and Renee Fox, grandchildren Ashley Crosby, Melissa (Mike) Mesich, Autumn (Stephon) Scovronski, Travis (Liz) Gradl, Maranda (Tim) Gradl, Caitlin (Max) Gradl, several great grandchildren nieces and nephews.

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Ruby Fox, brothers and sisters Charles (Jack), Kenneth, George, Ellsworth, Lorraine, Joan and Mary Alice.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on October 1, 2022, at the American Legion in Newberry, Michigan with a prayer and Honor Guard at 3:30 p.m. A luncheon to follow. Interment will be at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry, Michigan later.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the American Legion in memory of Ron Fox.

 

Kenneth Lee Haggart
May 24, 1962 – August 26, 2022

Kenneth Lee Haggart, 60, of Fremont, MI, passed away peacefully in the belief of Eternal Life with his loving wife, Nancy, by his side at the Newaygo County Compassion Home on August 26, 2022, after a courageous battle with glioblastoma.

Kenny was born on May 24, 1962, in Escanaba, MI, to Ken and Laverne (Seronko) Haggart.  He attended Newberry High School.

He then attended Northern Michigan University and Central Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and two Master’s Degrees in English and History.

On June 16, 1984, Ken married the love of his life, Nancy Kujala, in Newberry.  Their greatest gifts to each other were their two beautiful daughters.

Kenny is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters Abigael Haggart (fiancé Ian Ketchum) and Anna (Jason) Fritsma; amazing grandchildren Aubree, Isaac, and a third grandbaby due in February 2023; parents Ken and Laverne Haggart of Newberry; and his favorite brother, Steve Haggart of Marquette. Also surviving are Kenny’s sisters and brothers-in-law, Marlene Clark, Lynda (Dennis) Burgess and Rich Kujala; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; special friends and travel companions, Zeke and Pam Zuchowski, Rick & Wendy St. Peters, and his brother-from-another-mother and golf partner, Jeff Sevigny.

He was preceded in death by his in-laws Kitty and Tom Kujala; grandparents Mildred and Walter Seronko and Helen and Kenneth Haggart; favorite uncles Charlie and Tom Seronko; and several aunts and uncles.

Ken’s favorite teams were the Minnesota Vikings, Wisconsin Badger Football, and Michigan State Spartan Basketball. He tried his best to tolerate Nancy’s favorite basketball team – the Duke Blue Devils.

In 1985, Ken began his career in education at Holton Public Schools as a social studies teacher and assistant varsity football coach. During this time the Holton Red Devils made it to several state playoffs and Ken was inducted into the Holton Athletic Hall of Fame on two separate occasions for his contributions to the football program.

As important as athletics were, academics were the priority. He was an outstanding coach and teacher who made learning fun. He coached basketball, wrestling, volleyball, played the coronet and guitar, and wrote and directed many theater productions and talent shows at HPS.

While teaching, Ken earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education Administration through Grand Valley State University to become Principal at Holton Middle School, then Fremont Middle School. Kenny became defensive coordinator for the Fremont Packers football team, making it to the state playoffs 7 times.

A lifelong learner, Kenny furthered his education with Education Specialist degrees and became Fremont Public Schools’ Superintendent. His 37-year calling as a dedicated educator came to a close as he retired in June 2022 due to his declining health.

He loved to spend time with family and friends at Lake Laverne in the U.P. The first Lake Laverne cabin was destroyed in the Duck Lake Fire, but Kenny and his friends built a new lodge in its place.

Ken lived his life to the fullest every day. He loved to play guitar, lead songs around the firepit at Lake Laverne, and make people laugh.  He was notorious for a number of impromptu performances in public places.

Kenny loved to spend as much time as he could visiting the family cabin. Kenny, our personal angel, will be watching over all of us at Lake Laverne. The “Big Dog” will be waiting to enjoy visitors. The Haggarts are planning to have a stage built in memory of their son.

Ken had an unwavering faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, then served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael Catholic Church. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree.

 

Ernest Wesley Bowler
April 23, 1939 – September 20, 2022

Ernest Wesley Bowler, age 83, died on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

Born April 23, 1939 in Newberry, Michigan, Ernest went to Michigan State University. He worked and retired from the Center of Forensic Psychiatry Hospital as the ground maintenance supervisor.

On November 30, 1957 he married his loving wife, Dawn Darlene Bowler, of 64 years, and together they had 3 children: Evan Bowler, Lynn (Louis) Hicks, and Randy Bowler (who preceded him in death).

Ernest not only was a loving husband and father, but also grandfather to Ashley Bowler, Amber (Chris) Miracle, Cheryl (David) Boeve, and Wesley Bowler.

He enjoyed spending his time hunting and fishing, building flower stands, bird houses and squirrel feeders for his wife. He enjoyed watching football and the Detroit Tigers, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, whom he loved to spoil. Ernest made everyone laugh with his jokes and sarcasm. He will be missed deeply by all.

Per request, cremation services were accorded. A small memorial service will take place at a later date with immediate family.

 

Steven J. Plummer
July 30, 1979 – September 22, 2022

Born July 30, 1979, Steven J. Plummer, also known as “Steve-O”, 43, passed away peacefully at home with his love by his side September 22, 2022.

Steve was known “Up North” as a hillbilly transplant, and there was no mistaking that he was from Kentucky marked by his southern drawl for which he was proud. He and his fiancé, Ashley, have happily called the UP their home for the last seven years, in which time he accumulated many friends that were like family, there was no one he could not talk to and make laugh.

He will be remembered for his kindness, quick wit, and fantastic sense of humor. He loved cooking and was passionate and proud of what he put on the table.

A true patriot, he supported our military and had a special spot in his heart for the Marine Corp.

Steve leaves behind his soul mate and life partner, Ashley Brock, and his son whom he adored, Dustin Plummer.

A Celebration of Life will take place at Pine Stump Cook Shack and Eatery from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022.

 

Dolly Lee Fox
January 16, 1935 – September 18, 2022

Former Newberry resident, Dolly Lee Fox, 87, of Marquette, died Sunday morning September 18, 2022 at the residence of her daughter, Gail McCormick, and the care of Lake Superior Hospice.

Born January 16, 1935 in Stanton, Kentucky, daughter of the late Howard and Retha (Baber) Belcher, Dolly moved the Newberry area as a child.

Dolly married Charles McNamara on January 31, 1953 in Newberry and was a devoted homemaker raising her family.  Following the death of Charles on October 19, 1979, Dolly married Kenneth Fox on November 21, 1981 in Bay City.  Dolly resided in Alpena serving as secretary in her husband’s business, K & J Roofing and Siding, for several years until his retirement and moving back to Newberry.  Following Kenneth’s death on June 26, 2012, Dolly continued to reside in Newberry eventually moving to Marquette.

During her lifetime, Dolly was a volunteer for Headstart in Newberry.  She enjoyed canning, cooking, quilting, flower gardening and bowling.  Thanksgiving and Christmas were her favorite holidays spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Charles and Kenneth, Dolly is preceded in death by her son Bob McNamara, grandson Noah McNamara and siblings Andy Belcher, Bonnie Sackett, Midge Mogg, Bethel Whalen and Don Belcher.

Survivors include her children Gail (Roy) McCormick of Marquette, Bill (Amy) McNamara of Newberry, Jayne (Dan) Sturgeon of Newberry, Shelly (Steve Nayback) of Newberry and Jamie (Jennifer) McNamara of Alpena; step-daughters Tammy Newingham of Kingsford and Sherri Fox of Iron Mountain; 20 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Bonnie McNamara of Millington; siblings Joanne Block of Anderson, California, Shirley Dunkeld of Mt. Pleasant; Albert “Butch” Belcher of Livonia, Gerald “Jerry” (Debbie) Belcher of Romulus, Ronald (Darlene) Belcher of Brighton and Charles (Cathy) Belcher of Wixom.

Per request, cremation services were according. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 12:00 noon at the American Legion Post #74 in Newberry. Interment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery.

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

 

Rodney Lee Kisro
December 7, 1953 – September 18, 2022

Former Newberry resident Rodney Lee Kisro, 68, of Weidman, died Sunday evening, September 18, 2022 at McLaren Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant.

Born December 7, 1953 in Manistique, son of the late Gustave and Julia (Freytag) Kisro, Rodney was a 1972 graduate of Newberry High School and attended Lake Superior State University.

Rodney was employed with the United States Postal Service in Newberry, serving as Postmaster in the surrounding areas until his retirement.  He was a member of Newberry Eagles, Newberry Elks Lodge, American Legion Post #74 and served of the Village Council of Newberry.  Rodney was an avid fan of Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Following his retirement, Rodney enjoyed spending time at his lake residence and on his pontoon on The Lake of the Hills.

In addition to his parents, Rodney is preceded in death by his niece Aleta Kay Kisro.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Winter-Kisro, of Weidman; step-son Ronald Dartt; step-daughters Katherine Dartt and Elinor (Keith) Fletcher; grandson Chase M. Prandine; siblings Duane (Kerry) Kisro of Newberry, Byron Kisro of Newberry and Carolyn Kisro of Marquette; nephew and nieces Dennis (Jaynie) Kisro, Donna Bultema, Deanna Kisro, Gustave Kisro, Maria Kisro, Kali (Cody) Lee.

A gathering of family and friends will take place Monday September 26, 2022 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry.  Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Kyle Kuehl, of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating.  Interment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

Christine L. Monck
May 18, 1932 – September 19, 2022

Longtime Newberry resident, Christine Lorraine Monck, 90, died Monday evening September 19, 2022 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.

Born May 18, 1932 in Melstrand, daughter of the late Vern and Florence (Groh) McPherson, Christine was a 1950 graduate of Newberry High School.

Christine married Jack Gooseberry in October of 1956 in Newberry.  Christine started her employment career working the coffee and soda counter at McNabs Drug Store for 16 years and later as a dental assistant for Dr. Ernest LaRoue for over 30 years until her retirement.

Christine was member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses and volunteer for the Tahquamenon Area Senior Citizens, Luce County Historical Society and the Luce County Logging Museum.  Her hobbies included hosting card games at her house with her many friends, swimming while spending time with her family at the lake and also well known for her baking, especially her sheet cakes,

Later in life following the death of her husband Jack on November 18, 1992, Christine met her second love of her life, Robert Monck, whom she married November 11, 1995.  Robert preceded her in death on March 31, 2014.

Also preceding in death is her brother Fred McPherson, sisters-in-law Patsy McPherson and Rosetta McPherson; brother-in-law Burt Clement.

Survivors include her children Susan Bradley of Silver City, New Mexico, Jackie (Dave) Timmerman of Lake Odessa and Bill (Sue) Gooseberry of Negaunee; step-children Jeff (Kate) Monck of Green Bay, Wisconsin and Lorie (John) Hemphill of Peshtigo, Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; siblings Loretta Clement of Marquette, Walt McPherson of Kingsley and Sam McPherson of Engadine; brother-in-law Jim (Ardeane) Monck of Portage; several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will take place Friday September 23, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Christine will follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Aron Thomas presiding.  Interment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Tahquamenon Area Senior Citizens in her loving memory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.