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James Gherna

James E. Gherna

Monday, February 24, 1930 - Friday, April 9, 2021
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Obituary

James Gherna, 91, a resident of Laurium, passed away on Friday April 9, 2021 at the Omega House in Houghton.
He was born on February 24, 1930 in Calumet to Victor and Angelina (Colombo) Gherna. Jim attended the local schools and graduated from Calumet High School. Following high school, Jim enlisted with the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1950.
Jim worked for American Cablevision, Bresnen, and Mercy Ambulance.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
On February 27, 1960 he was united in marriage to Edith “Marie” Koskniemi in Calumet, she preceded him in death in 2012.
Jim was a member of Calumet Township Fire and Rescue and Bootjack Fire and First Responders.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Angelina Gherna, his brother, Louie Gherna, and his wife, Edith “Marie”.
He is survived by:
Kevin (Sue) Gherna of Ahmeek
His grandchildren: Derek (Rachel), Dillon, John (Mariah), Jordan, Katelyn
And several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Per Jim’s request, a private family graveside service will take place in Lake View Cemetery.
In lieu of expressions of sympathy donations may be sent to the Omega House, 2211 Maureen Lane, Houghton, MI 49931.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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stinup@sbcglobal.net

Posted at 11:00am
Mr. Gherna was such a pleasant volunteer at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, and I enjoyed speaking with him. My sympathy to his family.
LP

Lisa (Peterson) Pugh

Posted at 05:46pm
Kevin and family,
I was so sorry to hear that Jimmy passed away. He was an exceptional person. I always appreciated his warmth, caring, humor, and his willingness to help people. His passing will leave a void. May good memories bring peace and comfort.
D

Deb Dlubala

Posted at 06:39pm
Jim was such a sweet man! I met him years ago, when he served on the Calumet Township Fire Department with my Dad. More recently he was one of my Volunteers at Aspirus Keweenaw hospital. He was always smiling and willing to help. I would listen to his stories while he grinned and twirled his thumbs as he spoke. (Such an endearing trait of his) My husband and I extended our deepest sympathy to his family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace Jim, you will be missed. 😥
God Bless,
Deb & Charlie Dlubala
JP

Jerry Primeau

Posted at 08:45am
Pat and I would like to express our sympathy to the family after of hearing of Jim’s passing.
We will remember Jim as a dedicated employee/ coworker and friend. Thank you for your decades of EMS service to our community.
DS

Dan Sarazin

Posted at 10:54am
On behalf of all the members of Bootjack Fire Department and First Responder Unit I want to past my condolences on to Jim’s Family. Jim was a great guy who always was their to help out a friend or a stranger. He was very dedicated to family, friends, and his community. Thank you for your years of service to both the fire and medical services. Your smile will be missed by all!

Dan Sarazin
Bootjack Fire Dept.
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