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   Wakefield News (Newspaper) - December 30, 1976, Wakefield, Michigan                                EDITOR'S COLUMN As we approach the end of 1976 a backward look at some of the major highlights, as they affected the Wakefield area, seems in order. 1976 from an economic viewpoint was a rather slow cne for the Wakefield area. In the latter part of 1975, the White Fine Coppei Mine cut back on its production of copper periodically, resulting in layoffs for large numbers of employees. While Copper production did not improve substantially during 1976 White Pine did recall about 700 employees which improved the employment picture some what. In Dec, 1976, While Pine announced a proposed merger with Louisiana Land Development Company. Kimberly-Clark in Marenisco clcsed its sawmill this fall which was another blow to our area as a goodly number of Wakefield residents were employed there. The Kimerbly-Clark mill was purchased by Louisiana Pacific in the latter part of the year, and hiring has begun once more. The biggest blow to Wakefield's economy however, was the destruction by fire of the Connor Sawmill north of Thomaston in October. A decision as to whether Connor's will rebuild at their former site has not yet been made. It is our hope that the Connor Forest Industries will continue to operate in the Wakefield area, and that the overall economic picture will show improvement for the coming year. In May. 1976. the tranquil waters of Sunday Lake claimed the lives of two Wakefield youths with a tragic dcuble drowning. The victims of the accident were Robert Ozzello, age 11, and Steven Lee Boggs, age 19. The Ozzello boy and his cousin Todd Ozzello were on the lake in a boat when the craft capsized. Fishing on the nearby shore, Boggs and a friend Earl Saltzberry, became aware of the boys plight and with total disregard for - their own personal safety went to their aid. Saltzberry managed to pull Todd ashore while Boggs went for the other lad and himself became a victim. In these days of non-involvement and the anti-hero attitude, Boggs and Saltzberry chose to become involved. They did not have to become involved, as they did not know the two lads out there in the water, but they went to their aid and became true heroes. At this writing both have been recommended for the Carnegie Life-saving medaL The final story of the year was our Bicentennial celebration. Plans began shortly after the 4th of July celebraiipn of 1975 under the Chairmanship of John "Chum" Ozzello, abely assisted by Donald Wake-vainen who took charge of the many activities held to raise funds for the event which was to be held over the 4th of July 1976. Civic organizations and private individuals formed committees to take charge of the many events that were to take place. When the final wsek arrived, all was in readiness. Beautiful weather, together with the return of thousands of former residents who participated in all of the festivities made it one of the best celebrations ever to be held in Wakefield. The community spirit developed during the preparations for our Bicentennial has continued. These energetic citizens are embarked on projects to improve the trailer park at Sunday Lake during 1977 as well as ether civic improvments. The staff at the Wakefield News wishes everyone a Happy and Pros-cerous New Year. Michigan Lottery 12-23-76- Michigan 17-426 Winter Wonderland Game: 306658, 5S303, 322 Wakefield Area Snowfall This week 112 inches One year ago 85 inches THE WAKEFIELD NEWS VOLUME 64, NUMBER 11 THE WAKEFIELD NEWS   THURSDAY. DECEMBER 30,1976 SUBCRIPTION RATE: $6.00 PER YEAR Al Wacker's Entertained Guests and Relatives For the Holiday Professor Norman Niemi and son Craig. Cincinnati,, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nestor Niemi and his sister and brother in law, Mr. and Mrs. Al Wacker and other relatives and friends.. He is a Professor of Furniture Design at the University of Cincinnati. He was accompanied by Proes-scr Ahti Taskinen and son Juoko of Helinski, Finland. Prof. Taskinen is a teacher at the School of Art and Design and in addition to his teaching is one'of Finland's noted Furniture Designer and is well known for his work throughout Finland. He, together, with his wife Sinikka and son, are spending a year visiting in Cincinnati where he is Professor of Design at Cincinnati. While in this area, he visited many of the ski areas, Copper Peak, Lake Superior, and said the area was comparable to Finland. He enjoyed a "sauna" at ihe Harold Niemi home; visited Carl Makela's grade school classes at Central School, where the local children interviewed Juoko of his life in Finland. They visited Kimball (Little Finland), and was also interested in the work at the Randall Furniture store. He was a house guest at the Al Wacker home, Juoko was amazed that so many of the local children could speak Finnish fluently. Mr. and Mrs, Wacker held an "Open House" on Sunday for relatives and friends who were interested in. Art or Finnish culture, which was enjoyed by the guests and the visitors. A Story-Musical Presented At First Lutheran Church A Story-Musical. "Ill's Cool in SHORT NEWS ABOUT TOWN Gary Pikka, Bedford,  Pa., and Donald McMillan, his sister Lucia, Bruce Pikka, Median, AFB, Calif, and her daughter Sage, all from , and Curist, and Carta of Marquette, Lansing, visited their grandparents, tne Furnace . was presented as a children of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pik- Mr. and Mrs. James Mezzano. for 19 ~ *�* and friends. Mr.  and   Mrs.   Tony   Mezzano choral sermon. Taking  the part of Danel was Tanja Hamilton and King Nebuc- FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR MATT WAATAJA, 86 returned   home   after    spending    Roobert Sievert. student at Mich- "^"f2^ ^^Z^^tJ^Z Christmas day at Stambaugh were igan State University, East Lans- "? ,,\n th? Musaral. many with ,rioi^ and  Mrs. ing, is spending the holidavs with ^ we5e.AnPe C?}^ky\^e' his mother. Mrl John Sievert. his T ^T*?* Hanu1^ brother  and other  relatives  and CarolH^son, C^l Hill, friends. they visited  with Mr. Henry Sawaski. Cut . Holiday weekend guests at the home of1 Mr. and Mrs. "Henry Keski Miss Diane Beckman. student at He?di Johns. Aleisha Kastar, Amy Xuusisto, Mary Beth Kuusasto, Lynn MakL Macie Movrich. Shelley Movrich, Dale NurmL Jauneen Pikka, Miss Peggy Wiita left by plane The director was Aim Kuusisto. Instrumentalists were Randy Pikka. Jane Zuidmulder and Ann Kuusisto. The congregation joined in the last selection. "Let the People Matt Waataja    86, 1209 Ander- were a lc Randy Keski of Kinche- Michigan Tech. Houghton, and Miss \yendy pikka, Beth Poikonen, Tim son Ave., Wakefield, died Friday ioe AFB, Michigan; Sgt. and Mrs. Denise Beckman, student at North- Ran^       jane Zuidmulder. morning at Divine Infant Hospital -R0y Surprise and children Melissa ern Michigan University, are spend-where he was a patient two weeks. and Troy of Wurtsmith AFB, Mich, ing the holidays with their parents. Born Sept. 23, 1890, at Taival- and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ellison Mr. and Mrs. Martin Beckman. koski, Finland, he came  to  the of Marquette. Mrs. Surprise is the United States and to Wakefield in former Julie Keski and Mrs. El- 1913 and lived here since. He at- lison is the former Gail Keski. tended schools in   Finland.   Dur- * ____ ______ _______ ____,__.__ ing World War I, he served with Holiday guests at the home of Mrs. David Nordine. Mrs. Nordine the United States Army. On Nov. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koski were js the former Colleen Parker. 11, 1920, he was married to the their sons, Mr. and Mrs. David Koski former Katri Vainic-npaa at Iron- and family, of White Pinei and Mr.    Amie Dean Wirpio, who is em- before a large audience. wood. She died June 28, 1974. He and Mrs. Robert Koski and family ployed ^  Marquette,   spent the                  _ was a miner at Sunday Lake mine of Escanaba, and Mr. Koski's bro-                    w                   �~� -        -    "~"" untile retiring in 1954. ther, George Koski of Mass City. Mr. Waataja was a member of ***, . Mr.  and Mrs. Mark Stempihar and son Mark, Jr. of Sterling Hei for San Diego  Calif, to spend a ^ TegfaaT do^ng OI the two week vacation with Mr. and worship servicTwas held with the assembly .singing "Beautiful Sav-ious". This presentation was a most timely and beautiful gift presented Christmas Party Held Aat Sunset Manor The tennants of Sunset Manor wanted to do their thing this Christmas, and with the permission of the director, they did their thing from those 90 years young to 65. Preparation were made after sev-' eral meetings, and they all agreed to hvae the party on December 22. The hall was decorated in the real Christmas spirit, with everyone participating with the table set with the Yule tide motiff. Soft organ music was furnished Jiv one of the tennants and the fun began with the tasting of all the delicacies. -Go-.d;es mride were "varities of different countries, such as salads, cheese treats, coffee cakes, bisctini, fritelli. cookies, cakes and. kropsua, plus many o\her goodies. Following the treats, the traditional Christmas songs were rendered, accompanied the organist. A prayer.was then said folllowed by a wish that the memories of this year's happiness be carried out with additional plans for next year. First Lutheran Church and Geroux American Legion Post. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Eino Kauranen and Miss Nancy,   Wakefield;   and   Mrs.   J holidays with his parents, Mr. and |aH�-.nav Csinfc Mrs. Arnie Wirpio and other' rela- _ "      _V. . . " _ tives and friends. Winter District Conference The Winter District Conference Mr. and Mrs. John Geroux and of the Church of Jesus Christ of ghts, Mich, are spending the holi-     "J" ^ 1�?* yeruux ana oi uie^iurai oi^jesus wutsi oi L> with  w �,rpnt=  Mr   anrt children Joan and Louie spent the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) will be days with her parents, Mr.  and Mrs. Mike Orlich, and his parents, ^^"SSL' Douglas AidricnTAltam^teiprings; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stempihar and Si ^mS^k^allTwiT Fla.; five grandchildren; three great other Natives and friends. � JT raus� ww-grandchildren; one brother, Daniel Finland, and 'two sisters, Karoliina Halkola and Onnea Vaananen, Finland. Funeral services were held Mon- .. day at 1 p.m. at First Lutheran aams Church with the Rev. Wayne Kuusisto officiating. Spring burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. ' The remains were taken to the church Monday at 10 a.m. Mr. and Mrs.   Donald Running Mich. Christmas holiday with their son in held in Iron Mountain. Mich, on and Mrs. January 15-16, 1977. Saturday sessions will'start at 1:00 pm and Sunday sessions at 9:00 a_m_ at the Mr. and Mrs. John Saari. Milan, Iron Mountain High School, on "A" were holiday guests at the Street betweent Prospect & Stock-bridge  streets in Iron Mountain. Those coming from the west on *** US-2. will enter the city on Ste- Mr. and Mrs. Gene Ament and venson  ave. Turn right on "A" Holiday visitors at the home of Gr^n WiV*??t        fSf* and   pr0C??d   'o the High Mr. and Mrs. Mike Orlich were Mr. ffTdwlf^o SS"* SCh�<*" Z^l^t.t^J?! Mr. and Mrs. Francis Amerfand other relatives. Hartford, Wis. spent the holidays {*""' ^ """uaf with relatives and   friends   here. �ome � h:s parent3� Reino Saari. She is the former Margaret Wil- and Mrs Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Niemi and Pallbearers were: Elmer Nurmi, iaulhteiU of St. Paul, Minn.; Miss Raymond Nurmi,  Reuben   Nurmi, �athy   Orlich of   Hales Corners, Charles Koivu, James  Dean   and W'8-. �ndMP. and Mrs Louis Or- IndianapolisL Ind_ ^ spending the hen of Romeo, Mi., Mrs. Syrjala ^                    T* Tracy Kauranen. Attending from out of -.own were? Mr. and Mrs. J. Douglas~Aloncn, Altamonet Springs, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Tervo, Cottage Grove, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Pie-trucha, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Matt N- rtionnn, Mr. and Mrs. John Niemi, Ashland. the former Orlich. Anyone desiring accomodations in homes of church members, please write to Pres. Jimmy Lavoie. 919 , _ , Iron Street. Norwav. Mich. 49870. Mr. and Mrs-^ Roger  Bennetts, telephone 906-56&2841. Leadership meeting win include: Priesthood-   Sacrament-    Sunday noihWo n%� IIS holidays with her parents. Mr. and Debbie Orhch  and M    1^ W;rpo and hf----- Bessemer. Mrs.   Bennetts former Juliann Wirpio. & ^^S^^J^^IS^dieTler^^Wr^ is   the Boosts Local Ski Hill Family Ttnm� ^TVarfiiwg Visiting at the home of Mr. and                       li"*""*" Storage programs. Mrs. Richard  Velesano and   Mrs.    ^ ^ ^ John ^met Mrs. The local church representative: Steve Bordano over the Christmas M    Jonnson, Mrs. Adele Baynes Sidney Mayr of Wakefield can be weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Doug-   _T Mrs^^ieWirnio visited hi contacted at 229-557. o3fS Sr�Wwk ^anf 1^ Duluth wi^L^ter Vaiesano^ - ,�L PlP}a.r'._y^n_d Airm?nwho is a surgical patient at the Winners For Christmas! Contest St. Mary's Hospital. Winners in the home and yard Mrs. Richard Carbtree of K.I. Saw- County Goal Set At $4,800 To date Gogebic County has readier 57  Sunset Manor. Holi-about ski  conditions in Michigan, - , . .   .   ,,       beatuiful homes were visited by John Niemi, Aurora, Minn, spent ^for^er iown .judges,.who in- eluded Roy Contratto. Julie Ahnen and Don Veda. The contest was held to get home Funeral Services Held Funeral services for O. Elmer Jokinen. 69, Brotherton Location, was held from the First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Wayne Kuusisto officiating. Spring burial will he held in Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenneth, Sr., Kenneth. Jr. and Michael Borowski William Lahti. Joseph Ringsmuth and Richard NurmL Attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. William Lahti and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Olson. Kenosha, Wis_, Sgt Mark Lahti, Delavan, Wis.: and Donald Mattson, Escanaba. Death Notice Word has been received of the death of Dave Walt Sharp, 17, son oof Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sharp of 14396 A.. Florida Ave., Aurora, Col. He was fatally injured in a car accident on Nov. 19 near "Black Hawk, Col. He was a Senior at Gateway High School. Surviving besides his parents are a brother, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Walto-nen and Aurora and Mr. and Mrs. Elden Sharp of Las Vegas. The Wal-tonens were former Wakefield residents. about ski  conditions in ivucnigan, day guests at the home of his moth- ��Holidjyi�/UeS!f aiJt^,h�me �f and he told them aU about Indian-        were Mr   and Mrs. Warren Tnd          John T^ska'lnd owners to deck their homes and head, showed them the hill on the Niemi and famil   of Blissfield, Mi. ^vFoiddu l� WfaTana Mr 3^  to make the city a most ski map and told them how to get                        ** family, rona auuc, wis. ana su. kautiful holdiav ritv to visit and -    -     -         , . .      T        -and Mrs. David Perry of Minocqua. oeaumui nomiay cwy to vmbi. ana Mr.   and  Mrs.  Charles  Jaeger, Mrs Talaska> ^ the former Joanne the decorations  were  really out- Hendersonville,   Tenn.   spent  the p^jy xhe Talaska's will also visit standing and colorful, it was re- here, driving continously for about 32 hours, told them to call for reservations   if - possible,  and could holidays with her parents, Mr. and m   parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert P^ed. C of C To Meet fan. 5 stav  at Ravehur^t   in  Wakefiettd i,     i\ T  ,        ^ V           J his parents, Mr. a stay at Kavenurst  in  waKeiieua. Mrs A1 Wacijer and her grandpar- Ta,a,ka  iranwood. Signs would lead them to the ski ent   Mr_ and Mrs_ Nestor Niemi Talaska, tronwooo. lodges and hill. They noted there and other  relatives  and friends. mr and m_   t,.- wasn't  enough snow  in Utah to A1    vUitins'his narents  Mr  and ,         ?   r^�Jr�"         .-------- -------- even open the hills and headed for M's� � was J?mmv wkeker f^m,ly' Lupt^ ^ y^0110^ hold their monthly dinner meeting Wakefield following his enthusiastic S WacknT*T^i^stitute for ^"SL a*        vai^ft                on Wednesday. Jan. 5 at 630 pjn. advice.   Ronnie will complete   20 iKon^ S^JSneipouS MrS Mw,n Ah� ^ hM" 1MrelltS- **        ^ �v�T        ^ *T years in service on Jan. 5 and arrive here in Feb. to make his home. Mr.  and Mrs.   Rexford   Elliott, Mary Lou Niskanen, Medical Technologist at Grace Northwest Hospital in Detroit has returned to Troy, Michigan after a holiday visit with her family and friends. His wife   and son   have resided Mal.quette were holiday guests at here such since March. His par- fhe home of his mothei.( Mrs. Ber- ents, Mr. and  Mrs.   Lame Ranta tha EUiott and her parentSi Mr. and are lifelong residents of Wakefield Mrs Dominic Rolando. She is the area> former Mary Ann Rolando. ** Mrs .Elmer   Bessonen,   Allouez, First Lutheran Worship New Year's Eve program will Mich, spent the holidays with her be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at son in law and daughter, Mr. and ^^"hT^ anVH^-k nf tk.  T?i-c+ T^w*,, rvmmh =r>nn. iv/r,, �u ,r,^ fQmiii� children Ronald. Patty and JacK oi Mrs. Edwin Aho and her parents, at the Lakeview Tnn The dinner Mr. and Mrs. Walfred Martin. She -^qx be catered by the A and B is the former Maria Martinson.    Catering Service. A good attendance *** is asked to make plans for the Mr. and Mrs. Lawrie Setala oi coining year. Reports win be made Thunder Bay, Can., spent the holi- on a hohdav activities. days visiting  with relatives and _'__ friends in Wakefield and Ironwood. She is the former Barbara Wund- rock of Wakefield.  Dr. and Mrs. Simon  Rosen and Township Christmas Party the  First Lutheran Church spon- Mrs. Edwin Aho and families. sored by the Evangelism, Committee ~       **                        , .  ,       ,              ,  .     ., . in the lower church. Worship ser- Mr. and Mrs! Dominic Billie and teh,e'r. h�me ^JSZ^T^^ vices with Holy Communion will family, Ann Arbor were holiday *M* 5"^, J^fc^SSLS',�^1 be held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. visitors at his mother, Mrs. Ther-      _a�ff.^SLT", T?2riJto/fa in the -Finnish language and 10:45 esa Billie and other relatives and F*11"1"*, 1^J^/^SS^mi a.m. in the English language. The friends.    '                                 sknng- Ronald won a br0Me medal church school will meet at 9:30 a.m. '          \�* On Wednesday   the   confirmation Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mastalish and class  will meet at 3:45 p.m. the children Sheri and Gary, Green Bay Youth choir will practice at 5:30 soent the holidays with her mother, Lincolnwood, 111. spent a week at skiing. while skiing at Indianhead Mountain this week. Lvnette Marten, graduate student xouin  cnoir  win   practice ai  o.ov soent tne noiiaays wnn net mouiei,        7T,;,0r<=;K.   nf  Wow Mo-rim  m p.m. and the Senior choir at 6:30 Mrs. Mary Menghini and other re- N.w S "T^isiU p.m. latives. They also participated in the skiing in the area. Senior Citizens Have Dinner The Senior citizen dinner on Wed A'buquerque, New Mexico, is visit-in* relatives and friends in the Wakefield area  over  the holiday Mrs. Thomas  Albiniak received season- Wide eyed wonder, was Santa really there. Wakefield Township Christmas Party nrsday began with the Lord's Pray- surgical treatment at Wausau Nor- -~" er in unison led by   Mrs.  Alice the Hospital, Wausau, Visiting her '"imanuel Lutheran Services Johnson. Following the dinner, an was her husband and son, and her Regular worship services will be informative talk on nutrition was daughter, Mrs.   Edward   Yatchak held on Sunday at 8 and 11 ajn. given by Mrs. David Spearing, She and family. at the Immamiel Lutheran church, spoke on the Basic Four. She then                       *** There will be no communion ser- answered several  questions.   Her    Brad Ekman, son of Mr. and. Mrs. vice on Sunday, Jan. 2. The rites talk was most interesting.              John Ekman, is spending a leave of communion win be held at both Anthony Rudnicki of Ironwood during the holidays with his family servjse*- on Jan. 9. distributed    to   the     purchasers and   other relatives and friends.   'r-- Grandma's   Kitchen   Biscentennial Brad is in the United States Navy Cook Books. and is stationed in Hawaii. HAPPY NEW YEAR From All lis-At the News Nellie wants a picture book, yellow, green and red.   

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