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04/05/20 02:44 PM #2063    


Richard Berryman

So sad to hear of Dennis passing away. Have great memories of Dennis 

04/05/20 03:07 PM #2064    


Gerald (Skip) VanBuren Jr

RIP Dennis-------God Bless your Family

04/05/20 03:40 PM #2065    


Robert Lambert

  Rest in peace, Dennis. Free from the cares of this life and into a better one.

04/05/20 05:46 PM #2066    


Harold (Joe) Libby

Dennis pray you found the eternal rest peace and joy that all believers are promised by the joy of this Easters season s message of  salvation, by the grace of Christ's sacrifice on the cross. It is the only real source of hope as we all approach our time of transition to the next reality we will travel. 
 Dennis was a good hearted guy that usually had a beer to offer and appreciated a good time as much as any buddy a guy could have. Peace to his family and once again this reality becomes a bit smaller with his passing. RIP Denny.?

04/06/20 02:06 PM #2067    


Patricia Nevala

Dennis Burkman obituary:

MARQUETTE, MI – Dennis William Burkman, age 73, of Marquette, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 3, 2020. He was a patient at the Norlite Nursing Center where he passed suddenly from the coronavirus.

Dennis was born January 19, 1947, in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Patricia (Nardi) and George Burkman. He was a lifelong Marquette resident until being stationed at the Newaygo Post of the Michigan State Police in 1969. There he met and married Sharon “Sherry” Corrigan. The couple returned to Marquette in 1974 when Dennis joined his father in business at Burkman Supply. Following the slowdown in the mining industry, the business closed and Dennis went to work for Marquette Machine and Fabricating. In earlier years, Dennis enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid skier, boater, and fisherman. In the late 90’s, Dennis suffered a debilitating condition which left him paralyzed on his left side. Throughout his lifetime, whatever came, Dennis always remained positive and is mourned by his family and lifelong friends.

Dennis leaves behind his beloved children, Eric (Tanya) Burkman of Marquette and Jacquelyn (Jorie) Aulston of Miami, FL; grandsons, Austyn (Sarah) Bernard and Isaac Bernard; granddaughters, Italia, Indi, and Estelle Aulston; his brother, Richard (Corey) Burkman; a sister, Pamela Burkman; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by both parents, his beloved brother, Michael, and his nephew, Jamison Weston.

A celebration, honoring Dennis’ life, will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.

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

To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Dennis William Burkman, please visit our Tribute Store.

04/11/20 05:46 PM #2068    


Patricia Nevala

I know the four walls are closing in on me when I end up watching a Time Life infomercial on 60s music. Sad but true. But it did bring back memories.  I had a small transistor radio.  If I connected the antenna to the chandelier at night, I could get WLS in Chicago or WOWO in Fort Wayne. Since there wasn't any pop radio in Marquette at that time, how did we keep up with the latest rock songs?  

04/11/20 07:38 PM #2069    


Karen Wright (Lancaster)

Yup.  If I placed my little radio all kitty-whumpus I could get Chicago in the evenings.  I am now gathering all the stuff for my grandson's graduation and open house - - picture board, CD with pictures to play, announcements and invites - - not knowing what changes I will need to make as to graduation date and if we can even have the open house 5/30.  I don't remember the folks having an open house for me and no picture board for sure.  All I remember is getting a set of suit cases.  Was that a subtle hint??  

04/12/20 12:07 PM #2070    


Ronald Raisanen

LOL, I to got a suitcase, no party, but that was ok. Didn't get a party when I graduated from NMU either. Instead my sister got married and she got the party. 

Stay home everbody and stay safe. Happy Easter.

04/12/20 12:29 PM #2071    


Donald Saunders

Oh yes, listened to a lot of WLS (worlds largest station) with Dick Biondi back in the 60's Now sirius xm 60's on  six.

04/12/20 03:21 PM #2072    


Paul Yoder

I too listened to WLS and WOWO and my Uncle was the chief engineer at WOWO. And I also got luggage and no party upon HS graduation but I needed the luggage as I was leaving on the class trip to NY and Washington right after graduation. 

04/12/20 10:22 PM #2073    


Robert Lambert

  Hey All, Merry Christmas?!?!?! We're getting hammered. Snow started about 4pm today. Really slick outside. Ol' Mom nature is not happy. This is supposed to last until tuesday. Most of it is supposed to be near Arnold and Rock area. Up to 28". Feels like deer season...anyone want to go deer hunting? Lol.

  I also would listen to WLS. Couldn't get it until late though.  I think I was able to pick it up around 9 P.M. I remember having a transister radio also. It was about 6" long, 3" high, and 2" deep. Had a long strap. I would carry it all over...except school of course.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just looked out. We have about 10" already...Holy Waugh!!!  If it keeps snowing like this we may have 18" to 24" by morning. Don't have the high winds yet. Up to 40-45 mph. Dang...snow was almost gone too. Think Ill do like the bears....hibernate!

04/13/20 02:00 PM #2074    


Robert Lambert

  Hey all. Well.....we survived the storm. I have about 2 ft in my yard and 4 ft + in front of my car from the plow. Sure am glad I have a front loader. Snowblower would not have done well as wet and heavy as the snow was. Did 4 driveways in about 45 minutes.  Be safe out there.                                                                                            

04/15/20 01:09 PM #2075    


Donald Saunders


MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The results are in for a survey conducted by the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education for the school nickname.

The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education appreciated the public’s participation in its recent survey used to gather input on our high school nickname. 

Consumer Connections out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, conducted the survey with the following facts and results: 

- 21, 241 surveys mailed out to district registered voters
- 4,799 valid votes received
- 1,607 cards returned undeliverable by USPS due to address changes
- Voting options were randomized
- 59.012 percent supported keeping current nicknames
- 40.988 percent supported seeking a new nickname

MAPS Board of Education and administration personnel says they are currently focused solely on meeting the needs of our students and community in dealing with COVID-19. 

The Board will address the results of the survey, as well as a vote bringing closure to the nickname debate, at a later time more appropriate to addressing this matter. 

This will be scheduled with adequate notice and conducive to full public participation.

04/15/20 01:41 PM #2076    


Donald Saunders


 This is a great video....
So, enjoy it. For those of you who experienced the iconic 1950's, a decade that will never be repeated
The cars arefantastic
The music was nostalgic.
We were rich and did not know it! 
We were innocent and thought we were experienced.
We were very fortunate to have lived in such an era.
Enjoy the past as revealed here.
Who knows what the future will bring?
PS: The secret's out! They actually show where the gas filler is on a 56 Chevy! (Turn up your speakers…:)

04/15/20 02:03 PM #2077    


Karen Wright (Lancaster)

WOW!!!  Thanks Don!!  That was quite a walk/dance/drive down memory lane.  Thank you so much for sharing that!!


04/16/20 12:43 PM #2078    


Robert Lambert

  Thanks, Don, for the memories. Brought back memories of the "good old days". I remember one where I could have died if I fell. A friend and I climbed the face of the "rock cut". Long climb...and VERY foolish.  I remember the school dances also. I never could do the fast songs. That was a time when boys and girls actually held onto each other. Now...THEM were the days. Lol. I remember the aluminum disc we used in the winter. Never could keep facing front. Lol. 


04/17/20 10:48 AM #2079    


Gary Libby

I've been enjoying all your notes for a long time, thought I'd try to participate. Thanks for the video Don,very cool, lot's of great memories. Sure is sad to see where our classmates have passed on, because we're still only middle aged aren't we? Hope you all stay happy and healthy and avoid the dang covid19.

04/18/20 09:00 AM #2080    


Albert (Chuck) Langlois

Gary good to hear from you!  Hope all is well.  Don, thanks for the video..haven't stopped dancing since it came on.  Skip, always enjoy you words.  The rest of you I hope are safe and well.

04/22/20 10:46 AM #2081    


Patricia Nevala

Classmate Kathy Trewhella Liupakka has passed away.  Bonnie Maves, who is connected through marriage to Kathy's husband, describes her as a "kind soul".  I'll post an obituary when published.  

04/22/20 08:33 PM #2082    


Robin Zini
Remembering our classmate,My girlfriend,my wife.It's been 10 years,today.

04/23/20 07:06 AM #2083    


Paul Yoder


NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI - Kathleen Marie “Kathy” Liupakka, age 73, of Negaunee Township, entered eternal life Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at UP Health System - Marquette in the loving care of her family.
Born September 27, 1946, in Marquette, a daughter of Robert and Madonna (Sarasien) Trewhella, Kathy was raised in Marquette. She attended St. Michael Grade School and Graveraet High School and was a member of the first class to graduate from the newly completed Marquette Senior High School in 1965. She married Richard Leo Liupakka and together the couple made their first home on Cleveland Street in Marquette, where they raised their three children. Throughout the years, Kathy was employed at the Gossard factory in Ishpeming, at the Crossroads four corners gas station, and the Big Boy Restaurant. Her longest employment, however, began at the former Marquette County Airport and continued at the Sawyer International Airport where she was employed as a tech specialist, involved in airplane repair for over fifteen years. She retired in 2013. Kathy was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church where she worked on the pasty crew and where her children attended St. Christopher Grade School in their younger years. She cherished time spent with her family and the many cookouts that included close friends. In her leisure moments, Kathy enjoyed reading, playing Skip-Bo with her friends, and especially watching her granddaughter, Cheyanne ride her horse.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Richard; her children, Tamatha (Dale) Larson of Harvey and Shawn Liupakka of Negaunee Township; her grandchildren, Cheyanne and Laine Larson; sisters, Mary Trewhella of Marquette and Jackie (Larry) Bean of Canton; brothers, Robert (Marilyn) Trewhella of Big Bay and Mark Trewhella of Big Bay; her aunts, Rose Trewhella of Marquette and Loraine Syria of Abilene, TX; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Liupakka; a brother, Michael Trewhella; and uncles, Mel Syria and Jim Trewhella
Services will be held at a later date.
Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at

04/23/20 11:57 AM #2084    


Robert Lambert

  Rest in peace, Kathy and Bonnie....and all those classmates who are gone before us. May our Lord and GOD be merciful. 'Till we meet again. May GOD's peace and healing be with us all in these trying times.                         

04/23/20 02:15 PM #2085    


Bonnie Maves (Reedy)

I am so sorry to hear about Kathy's death. I stayed connected with her because my sister Julia Liubakka's husband was a first cousin to Kathy's husband Richard.  My brother-in-law passed away the summer after my dear friend Bonnie Z.  Lots of sadness in this earthly life but also a lot of joy.  I hope this darn virus starts to go away.  Here in Virginia stay at home is until June 10th.

04/24/20 02:11 AM #2086    

Sandie Hanson (Laine)

Hi all! Been a while since I've been on the site. Sorry to learn of the passing of Dennis & Kathy. I did not really know Dennis...but Kathy was a kind & gentle soul. Both died way too Young...& of course Bonnie before them.

Don Saunders: TX for the video! Could watch Elvis forever.

We are still in Earp, CA biding our time. Planning on returning home to Rock after May 10. We were going to store the RV out here, but changed our minds. If we pull it back we can eat, sleep,& use the bathroom & have no contact with people, except to pump gas. Hubby will be masked & gloved to do that...will even sterilize the debit card. Wow! Never thought we'd be doing this in our lifetime!!

I sincerely urge everyone to stay safe & healthy through this Corona ordeal.

My prayers are with you all for I love my classmates...each & every one of you. God Bless.

Karen: I got luggage too!

04/24/20 12:38 PM #2087    


Gerald (Skip) VanBuren Jr

Oh my Goosh-R.I.P. Kathy --My God Bless--Condolances to the Family------------Skip & Sharon

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