Paul Arthur Michelin

Paul Arthur Michelin, 83, of Newberry died peacefully with his wife, Lois, at his bedside on September 2, 2020, at Newberry Assisted Living Community. He was a man of deep faith and conviction who lived a life of service to his family, church, and community. His kindness and service began early as Paul was born July 29, 1937, the oldest of six children to Arthur and Aline (Couture) Michelin in Cheboygan, Michigan. He graduated from Cheboygan Catholic High School and Michigan Tech University. At Michigan Tech he met Lois Bergmann and they were married in 1960.  As husband to Lois for 60 years and father to four children, he supported the family as a civil engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation for 37 years and as a loving, giving, caring model of consideration and respect for others. Paul offered his loyal service to many community groups and could be found doing the essential jobs behind the scenes at St. Gregory Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the school, sports boosters and little league. He was a T-Ball coach, a pancake flipper at the logging museum, a volunteer in prison ministry, a dishwasher at many community events, a Eucharistic minister, an altar server, a track meet timer, an umpire, a pasty maker, a lector, and a visitor to the homebound to whom he brought communion. He was a member of the Newberry Country Club and B.P.O.E. His love of sports started early in his life when he was the state of Michigan speed skating champion. He was an avid follower of the Newberry Indians, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions as well as all sports his children and family members were involved in. He was a tireless walker, a golfer, an ice skater, and a snow shoveler. Paul lived beyond The Golden Rule and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his loving wife, Lois; children Ann (Dr. Stephen) Piereson of Ishpeming, Dr. David (Lucinda) Michelin of Traverse City,  Dr. Sara Michelin of Charlevoix, and Dr. Maria Michelin of Marietta, GA; grandchildren Mary (Dr. Robert) Lentz, Rachel (Matthew) White, Dr. Alexandra Michelin,  Dr. Erika Michelin, Jessie Michelin, Elle Barrett, Abigail Barrett, and Lucien Michelin; great grandson Henry Lentz and great granddaughter White due in December; siblings Dr. Robert Michelin, Peter (Linda) Michelin, Mary Zelenock, Louise (David) Smolarek, and Joseph (Janet) Michelin; brothers-in-law Doug (Louise) Bergmann, Jack (Sherrel) Bergmann, and Kenneth (Sue) Bergmann; sisters-in-law Susan Bergmann, Sheryl Bergmann, Eileen Bergmann, and Claire Bergmann; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Paul is preceded in death by his sisters-in-law Doris Michelin and Diana Bergmann, and his brothers-in-law Michael Zelenock, Bruce Bergmann, Charles Bergmann and James Bergmann. Due to the present gathering restrictions due to COVID 19, a friends and family gathering and liturgical prayer service will take place at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Newberry on Sunday, September 20, 2020, starting at 6 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 21, 2020, at 10 am at the church with Fr. Marty Flynn officiating.  Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Home Cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required. Memorials may be directed to St. Gregory Catholic Church, 212 West Harrie Street, Newberry, Michigan 49868 the Tahquamenon Education Foundation, P.O. Box 482, Newberry, MI 49868, Luce County Community Resource and Recreation Center, 111 West Helen Street, Newberry, MI 49868 or the Tahquamenon Logging Museum, P.O. Box 254, Newberry, MI 49868 in his memory. Condolences may be expressed at Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Elaine B. Sampsell

Elaine B. Sampsell of McMillan MI, entered into eternal life on Sunday August 30th at The Robins Nest in Newberry, MI surrounded by her family. Elaine was born in Watersmeet MI on November 20th 1936 to the late Edward and Bessie Dellies. It was there she met her husband Wilbur (Googs) Sampsell. They married on December 23rd, 1954. The couple traveled for several years and finally made their home and raised their family in McMillan. Elaine was employed at the HNJH system for over 30 years until her retirement in 1997. She enjoyed traveling, camping, snowmobiling, spending time with her grandchildren, watching hockey, the Detroit Tigers and taking walks. She was an avid reader and loved game shows. She will always be remembered by her family for her love of baking. Her grandchildren always knew they could go to grandma’s house for a special treat.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Googs on May, 2 2017, son Edward, brothers Richard Dellies and Oliver Dellies, sisters Lola Thomas and Laura Junti. Elaine is survived by her daughters Roxanne (Bart) Pope, Lynn (Philip) Brow; grandchildren Nikki (PJ) Costa, Jessica (Allan) Macaulay, Stephanie Kilburn, James (Jennie) Kilburn; great-grandchildren John Anthony, Emily, Joel, Grayson, Elaina, Cole, Emerson and Sarah; sisters Arlene Norris and Bessie Parrett; sisters-in-law Betty Burton and Donna Bond;­­ as well as several nieces and nephews. Per her request, cremation services were accorded. A gathering of family and friends will take place at the East Lakefield cemetery on Saturday September 12, 2020 at 2PM. The family would like to express their deepest thanks and gratitude to the staff at The Robins Nest for the wonderful care Elaine received while she resided there. They would also like to thank the staff of Northwoods Home Health Care and Hospice.

 Monica Jean Shigwadja

Monica Jean Shigwadja, 52, of Newberry, died Monday morning August 24, 2020 at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. Born November 7, 1967 in Muncie, Indiana, daughter of Donald and Linda Joan (Fullheart) Ratliff, Monica was raised in Gulfport on the Mississippi gulf coast.  In addition to being a homemaker, Monica was formerly employed in residential construction and also on the pipeline. Monica loved the ocean, sea shells, lighthouses, music and all people as her door was always opened to family and friends. Survivors include her father Donald Ratliff of Newberry; sister Martha Ratliff of Newberry; nieces and nephews Jamie Cutten, Story Wheeler and Donald Ratliff; in-laws Cliff and Kim Shigwadja of Newberry; uncles and cousins she loved dearly and friends she considered family. Per her request, cremation services were accorded.  Monica will be fondly remembered by her family and friends with a gathering celebrating her life at a later date. Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Carla Jean Flasch

Following many years of declining health Carla Jean Flasch passed away on 1st day of September, 2020 at the cabin that she helped build on the East Branch of the Fence River.  It was a very special place in her life. Carla had been under the compassionate care of Baraga County Memorial Hospital, Baraga County Home Care and Hospice. Carla was born in Newberry Michigan on April 24, 1948 to late parents Carl E. Hummelgard and Vienna L. (Williams) Hummelgard. Carla attended the Newberry School system and graduated in 1966.  She continued her studies at the Cosmetology School in Sault St. Marie and became State Licensed. Through her years she worked a variety of jobs with her last position as Archivist at the US National Ski and Snowboard Museum in Ishpeming, Michigan.  She found this to be very interesting and rewarding work. For nearly thirty years Carla served the community as a Michigan DNR Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor. She managed and filed, with the State, all of the official paper work for the classes she worked.  Most importantly she hand wrote every Student Certificate of Completion that was issued at the end of the class.  Hundreds of local students carry the Certificate written by her. Good times were dinner and a movie, a weekend of camping and the annual family camping get together. Quiet time activities such as counted cross stitch, adult pattern coloring and a good book on her Kindle were quickly set aside when a game of canasta was offered. Carla was proceeded in death by her parents, Carl and Vienna (Williams) Hummelgard, her sister Lynn  (Shelly) Fox; two brothers at infancy and infant daughter Erica Lynn Flasch.  She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert Flasch of Spurr Township , daughter Kristina (Everett)  Bailey of Lilburn, GA; son Eric R. Flasch of Juneau, WI; sister Gail (Gus) Fillman of Escanaba; several nieces and nephews. A Rite of Committal service will be held Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry with Fr. Frank Ricca officiating. Condolences may be expressed at Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.