Ronald Jay Ware
January 5, 1965 – September 25, 2023

Ronald Jay Ware, 58, of Newberry, died Monday afternoon September 25, 2023 at My Michigan Medical Center in Sault Ste. Marie.

Born January 5, 1965 in Flint, son of Ronald and Kay (Cregar) Ware, Ron was a 1983 graduate of Peck High School.

In 1983, Ron enlisted in the United States Navy serving for 24 years until his honorable discharge and retirement on March 31, 2007, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Following his honorable discharge, Ron resided in Prosperity, South Carolina, moving to Newberry in 2015. Ron was employed at the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point for two years and recently as a sales associate at Foster’s Ace Hardware.

Ron was a life member of the American Legion Post #74, the National Rifle Association, enjoyed woodworking and reminiscing of his time in the United States Navy.

Survivors include his loving wife, the former Tian Bedenbaugh, whom he married September 30, 1993 at Brookings Beach on Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico; parents Ronald and Kay of Millington; children Renae (Daryl) Walter of Burleson, Texas, Stanley J. Ware of San Diego, California and James Ware of South Carolina; grandchildren Carmen (Drake) Summers, Dustin Summers and Isaac Bozeman; sister Debbie Klauka of Maryland.

Per his request, cremation services were accorded. A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Ron will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to Tunnels to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306 ( or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 (support. in his loving memory.

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


Robert Leslie Eddy

June 10, 1940 – September 26, 2023

Longtime Newberry resident, Robert Leslie Eddy, 83, died Tuesday evening September 26, 2023 at his residence.

Born June 10, 1940 in Newberry, son of the late Leslie and Pauline (Keltz) Eddy, Bob married the former Louise Crow on February 12, 1961 in Kalamazoo. They moved to the Newberry area in 1968 where he was employed as a trucker driver and also owning Bub’s Bar in McMillan for several years until his retirement.

Bob was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Newberry Elks Lodge #1705 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3701. Bob and Louise enjoyed camping for 20+ years at the Big Lake Campground where many lifelong friends were made. As an Eddy family tradition spanning generations, Bob also served as Santa Claus for Christmas holiday events in the community for several years.

In addition to his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his wife Louise on April 16, 2022; infant son Robert Leslie Eddy Jr.; siblings Barbara (Ray) Simmons, Sally (Clarence) Burke, Kimball (Judith) Eddy and Joan (Bill) Karlson; brothers-in-law Dennis Stucke and Tommy Smith; son-in-law Stephen Masich.

Survivors include his loving daughters Mindy Masich of Newberry and Missy (Andy) Evans of Cheboygan; grandchildren Michelle (Rudy Mendoza) Masich, Rob (Kara Lyke) Masich, and Miranda (Mike Peters) Masich; great grandchildren Tyler Masich, Hailey Mendoza, and Aaliyah Masich; sisters D. Marie Smith of Newberry and Judith Stucke of Lomira, Wisconsin; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Per his request, cremation services were accorded. A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Bob will be held Saturday October 28, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the American Legion Post #74 in Newberry.

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Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Janice Ruth Pershinske
May 22, 1940 – September 29, 2023

Janice Ruth Pershinske, 83, of Engadine, went to be with the Lord on Friday evening September 29, 2023 in the presence of her loving family and the care of North Woods Home Care and Hospice.

Jan was born in Manistique, Michigan on May 22, 1940, daughter of the late William T. Rushford and Edna D. Zenker. Jan graduated from Engadine High School in 1957 as Valedictorian of her class. She then enrolled at Eastern Michigan University for one year and then transferred to Michigan State University. She completed her college career in 1961 with a BS Degree in Home Economics and Child Development. In later years, she earned her Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University.

She taught all of her adult life in at least ten school districts including California. Jan completed her teaching career at Manistique. Jan’s education and degrees allowed her to teach any level from preschool to college. Her career included nine years with Michigan Social Services, working with the Child Protection Department.

Along the way, many years were spent with the Adult Education Program and Senior Citizens. She traveled extensively with the senior citizens which included trips to New Orleans, New York City, Toronto and Branson, Missouri.

She loved to travel, sew, garden and operate the greenhouse for Engadine Feed and Supply, Inc. Her many skills included writing weekly articles for local newspapers. Many years were spent participating with the Michigan Farm Bureau and Luce-West Mackinac-Schoolcraft County Farm Bureau.

Jan married Richard F. Pershinkse on July 27, 1963. They have four children: Michele (Tim) Dolehanty, Keven (Linda) Pershinske, Deren (Loralee) Pershinske, Reyen Pershinske, and special daughter-in-law Beth Pershinske. They have ten grandchildren: Nichole, Katelyn, Quiana, Brenden, Jessica, Andrew, Deven, Elsee, Aeden and Emelia. They have three great grandchildren: Emily, Maxwell and Sophie.

Jan was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond and Fred. Surviving siblings include Russell Rushford, Ronald Rushford, Jane (Leroy) Stefanich, Jeanne Matchinske and Julie (Robert) Freeman. Jan has many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will take place Thursday October 5, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and also Friday October 6, 2023 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Engadine. Funeral services celebrating the life of Janice will follow at 1:00 pm at the church with Pastor Kyle Kuehl officiating. Interment will take place at the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials and donations may be made to the Jan Pershinke Family Scholarship Endowment. Funds will be utilized by the Engadine Consolidated Schools and they may be mailed to HSC Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 295, Engadine, Michigan 49827.

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


Donald Schummer
December 22, 1931 – September 22, 2023

Donald H. Schummer, 91, passed away peacefully at his home in Naples, Florida on Friday, September 22, 2023, surrounded by his loving wife, family & friends.

Don was born December 22, 1931 in Bemidji, Minnesota to the late Frank and Mabel Schummer. The family moved to Flint, Michigan where Don graduated from Flint Central High School. He worked for Buick Motors for a short time after graduation before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps on February 28, 1951. He served in Korea during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 27, 1954 attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and recipient of the Korean Service Medal w/2*, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Service Medal during his time of service.

He was very proud to have served his country.

Don joined the Michigan State Police in 1955. During his 38-year career he served at Clinton, Marquette, Ypsilanti, Brighton, and spent many years in Newberry as Post Commander. His final post assignment was in Caro where he retired in 1993. He never used a day of sick leave during his career at MSP. While in Newberry, Don was involved in many community activities and was instrumental in getting the Tahquamenon Falls Little League started.

Don later moved to Naples, Florida. He married the former Linda Richards in 1985 and they made their home in Naples and spent the summers at their cabin on North Manistique Lake where they enjoyed spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Don enjoyed the outdoors, especially the time he spent with his family at their hunting camp in Newberry, and all the family gatherings at their summer cabin. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting outside on the porch watching the birds. He loved his family beyond all else.

Don was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naples, Florida, the Newberry Elks Lodge #1705, Newberry American Legion Post #74, Golden Gate VFW Post #7721 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Naples, Florida.

Besides his parents, Don is preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy, Betty, and Eleanor, his brother Dan, stepson Kent Richards and mother-in-law Esther Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, siblings Lucille of Winter Park, Florida and Richard Schummer of Swartz Creek, Michigan; children Dave (Jackie) Schummer, Darlene (Butch) Kisro, Darrell (Terese) Schummer, Dawn (Jim) Mills all of Newberry, and Randy Richards of Naples, Florida, fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Newberry on Friday October 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm with Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. A gathering of family and friends will take place at the church one hour prior to the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Home Cemetery with full military honors rendered by the United States Marine Corp. and the American Legion Post #74.

Memorials may be directed to the Tahquamenon Sports Boosters, PO Box 299, Newberry, MI 49868 in his loving memory.

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Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.