Margaret Ann Covert
August 2, 1951 – December 10, 2021

Margaret Ann Covert, 70, passed away in Marquette, Michigan on Friday, December 10, 2021 after a 12 year health battle.

Margaret was born on August 2, 1951, to the late Joseph and Irene Trombley. She graduated from Central Michigan University where she earned her degree in education. She taught at Richmond Public School for 35 years. She was a passionate teacher and loved her students. She enjoyed her retirement at her beautiful home that she and her husband Tom built on the lake, in Curtis, Michigan where she loved to host family and friends. Margaret volunteered her time wherever it was needed, especially as a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and the Curtis Women’s Club. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting, and playing cards. She treasured the time she spent with her three beautiful grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. She was devoted to St. Timothy Catholic Church in Curtis, Michigan where she attended mass and bible studies.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband Thomas Covert of Curtis, MI; daughter Andrea (Tim) Stafford of Grand Rapids, MI; son, Adam (Andrea) Covert of Marquette, MI; grandchildren Elizabeth and William Stafford, and Mari Covert.

She is also survived by her sister Catherine Gulvezan of Bloomfield Hills, MI.

A celebration of life will be held in Curtis, Michigan in the summer of 2022.

Please help celebrate the life of a woman who truly loved everyone.

In memory, contributions can be made to: Curtis Women’s Club, P.O. Box 24, Curtis, MI 49820 or Curtis Library, N. 9220 Portage Avenue, Curtis, MI 49820.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at

John (Jack) Neff Jr.
September 27, 1942 – December 15, 2021

John Lowell Neff Jr. (Jack) passed away with family present in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan on Wednesday December 15, 2021. John touched many through his employment with the Village of Newberry as a City Police Officer/Chief and as the owner of Neff’s Auto Body where he was known for excellent service.  Born September 27, 1942, John served in the Navy as an aircraft mechanic and returned to Newberry to serve the community as a police officer. John and Kathleen were school sweethearts and married on March 16, 1962.  Kathy accompanied him to Florida for his military career.

John was a strong, hardworking man who loved his work and his family. His wardrobe was basic black and included boots and a cigar! He loved to plow snow, listen to loud music, cruise around Round Lake, watch his wife open Christmas gifts because he didn’t want any gifts and would go to any antique show she wanted. He built a log cabin from scratch one summer and restored a 1957 Ford with a retractable hard top. There was nothing he couldn’t do!

John is survived by two daughters Lorna Bricco (Tony) of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan- grandchildren Lindsay Bricco (Jason Bawks) of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, Melissa Bricco of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and Kyle Bricco of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan; daughter Diana Neff of Ishpeming, Michigan- grandchildren David Neff, Cassandra O’Leary and Michael Carter; great grandchildren Sophia and Bentley O’Leary and Rhett Bricco; sisters Jean Knauf (Bill) of Newberry, Michigan/Cape Coral, Florida and Mary Whitehead (Graham) of Fort Wayne, Indiana; brother-in-law Ken Nelson (Alice) of Newberry, Michigan and sister-in-law Phyllis Neff of Newberry.

Jack is preceded in death by the love of his life Kathleen Neff; mother-in-law Edna Nelson; mother and father Florence and John Neff Sr.; brother Jim Neff.

He enjoyed his senior companion Emery, his cousins Bill and Donna Mott, his neighbor Dennis Guilliard, his Pastor Kyle Kuehl of Trinity Lutheran Church in Newberry and many other family and friends who checked in with him. Thank you to all.

Per his request, cremation services were accorded with no public services scheduled at this time.

Donations may be made in his name to Trinity Lutheran Church of Newberry or the Chippewa County Animal Shelter in his memory.

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Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.


Lisa Potter
November 26, 1974 – December 16, 2021

Lisa Potter passed away peacefully on the morning of December 16, 2021, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah, WI.  Lisa was the loving wife of Rick Potter, they were married April 4, 2016, in Tomah where they made their home.

Born November 26, 1974, in Escanaba MI she is the daughter of Linda (Jack) White of Germfask, MI and Albert Brock of Manistique, MI.  Lisa attended elementary school in Germfask, she graduated from High School in Newberry, MI. After high school she enlisted in the United States Navy, where she served honorably for 4 years.  Upon returning from the Navy, she attended college at Northern Michigan University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.

Lisa enjoyed spending time with and FaceTiming with her daughters and grandsons.   She had the ability to find things funny and enjoyed making people laugh.  She had a good eye for home and garden design.  Her cat Penelope provided companionship and unconditional love.

Lisa was preceded in death by her father-in-law Wayne Kopydlowski of Genoa, WI on November 14, 2021, Maternal grandparents Robert and Marion Jack and Paternal grandparents Roy and Mildred Brock.

Survivors include her loving husband Rick, her parents, mother-in-law Patricia Kopydlowski of Genoa, her daughter Hannah (Cordell) Strait of McConnellsburg, PA, daughter Olivia Rile of Germfask, stepdaughter Tatyana LaRock of Green Bay, WI.  Grandsons Shade and Sam Strait.  Siblings Karen Gonzalez of West Allis, WI, Paul (Kathy) Brock of Newberry, Amy (Tom) Gorey of Ewa Beach, HI.  David (Christine) Brock of Germfask.  Half-sisters Kelly Brock and Casey Brock of Manistique.  Sisters-in-law Tamara (Seth Lapalm) Kopydlowski of Milwaukee, WI, Amanda Kopydlowski and Samantha Kopydlowski of Genoa.  Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held in Germfask in the Spring.  In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to veteran’s organizations in her name.

The Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at


Raymond Ignatius Archambeau
February 5, 1924 – December 14, 2021

Raymond Ignatius Archambeau, 97 of Engadine, left this world on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. He was born in St. Ignace, Michigan on February 5, 1924 to Goldie (nee Varnes) and Alsem Archambeau.  His siblings included Lucille Glenn, Clara Delphine Archambeau, Laura Drefs, Veronica Ross, Barbara Edgar, Kathleen Kujala, and Carl Archambeau.

Raymond was drafted into the United States Army on January 22, 1943 and completed his basic training at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. He served with the 391 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Unit and went overseas on February 28, 1944.  Raymond took part in the invasion of Normandy and landed on Omaha Beach on the second day of the D-Day Invasion on June 7, 1944.  He fought through Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland.  He rose to the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged from the United States Army at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on December 3, 1945. He was awarded the following decorations: Victory Metal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four battle stars and the Good Conduct Medal.

After discharge from the service, he went to work at Michigan Pole and Tie of Newberry, Michigan. He spent most of his working years driving a local milk truck, with his last employer being The Rudyard Cheese Company.

He married the former Julia Drefs on November 1, 1950.  They were married 60 years and parted only in death when Julia died on January 31, 2010.

Raymond and Julia lived in several places but ultimately put down roots on his wife’s family farm in Engadine, Michigan with their three children, Debra Ann (James) Chrusciel, James Raymond (Mary) Archambeau and David Carl (Kathy) Archambeau.

Raymond was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his children, several siblings, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, three sisters, his wife and one beloved great grandson.

He was an Elder in the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  His hobbies included photography, reading, model airplane construction, journaling, hunting, fishing, and farming.  He was a weather spotter for the local news, attended flight instruction. He was a self-taught guitarist who would occasionally entertain his family by preforming original songs, or old French songs from his youth and other jaunty tunes.   Raymond was his family’s “raconteur”, which is a French word for someone who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.

Per Raymond’s request, cremation services were accorded.  Raymond will be interned next to his wife at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery on a later date in 2022 with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Post #290 and the United States Army Honor Guard.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.