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home : obituaries : obituaries   April 30, 2016

12/3/2012 11:30:00 AM
Melvin 'Sonny' Besola

Melvin “Sonny” R. Besola, 87, of Spring Valley, passed away Nov. 30, 2012, in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel is assisting the family, and there will be a service at a later date in Michigan.

Mr. Besola was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Ishpeming, Mich., to Reino and Selma Besola. He married Irma Jurmu on Sept. 1, 1956, in Negaunee, Mich.

He graduated from Ishpeming High School and attended Northern Michigan University for two years. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Albemarle during World War II.

He was a member of the VFW in Ishpeming. He was an industrial engineer and was employed by CCI in Michigan. He also worked for LTV Steel for more than 10 years.

Survivors are his wife, Irma of Spring Valley; one son, Scott (Rachael) Besola of Spring Valley; one daughter, Kathie (Jeff) Lahde of Appleton, Wis.; four grandchildren, Ashley Lahde, Samatha Lahde, Riley Besola and Danielle Heess; seven great-grandchildren, Elijah, Ethan, Mauri, Avi, Judson, Rylee and Jaiden; two brothers, Alan (Barb) Besola and Lee (Gail) Besola, both of Ishpeming; and two sisters, Betty (Stan) Uitto of Ishpeming and Jeanie (Eugene) Bilkey, both of Ishpeming.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Humane Society of Illinois Valley, Emmaus Lutheran Church, or Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Mich.

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