March 19, 2015
 

 

 

James L. Rajk Sr ., 74, of Bessemer, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015. Jim was born on Oct. 8, 1940, in Bessemer, the son of Marco and Catherine (Milakovich) Rajk. He attended Bessemer schools and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1958. Turk was recognized for his athletic talents in all sports.Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne Division and was honorably discharged. After returning to Bessemer, he and his friends moved to California. While in Los Angeles, Jim was recalled to active duty during the Cuban Crisis.Jim was a professional union bus driver for Greyhound Bus Lines. In 1987, he relocated back to Bessemer. During his retirement years, he and his sister Mary Ann owned and operated the Hunter's Inn.Jim was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bessemer.

  Jim is survived by two sons, James Jr. (Laura), Las Vegas, and Marco (significant other, Tessa), Ironwood; two grandsons, Paul Levre, Southern California, and Kyle Rajk, Las Vegas; a granddaughter, Jayme Rajk, Las Vegas; a sister, Mary Ann Rajk, Bessemer; and his loving companion, Donna Rajk, Bessemer, and her children, Roy Mussatti, Ironwood, and Deanna Mussatti, Mandan, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Rita.

Out of respect for Jim's wishes, cremation has taken place.

Graveside services and interment with military rites will be held at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery, Bessemer.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc ., Wakefield, Jerald Rocco, owner-manager. Condolences may be sent online at lakesidememorialchapel.com.

Posted by Ken Lake

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I have photos of the Ethnic Park in Bessemer, just click on the Photo Album tab on the left side of the screen.

 

 
      TRIVIA

What law enforcement tool was used for the first time in Indianapolis,Indiana, on New Year’s Eve 1938?

Answer at bottom of page.

 
1st Row Gerald Juntunen Fran Walli Sheila  Hedberg Glenn Korpi  2nd Row Bob Juntunen Mike Pogliano  3rd Row Ken Lake Joh
1st Row Gerald Juntunen Fran Walli Sheila Hedberg Glenn Korpi 2nd Row Bob Juntunen Mike Pogliano 3rd Row Ken Lake John Heikkinen 4th Row Dave Bulinski Dave Carpenado John Johnson Dave Walli
Ed, Bob and Brian
Ed, Bob and Brian
Arlene & Bob Juntunen   2014
Arlene & Bob Juntunen 2014
Peggy & Mike Pogliano   2014
Peggy & Mike Pogliano 2014
John & Carolyn Johnson  2014
John & Carolyn Johnson 2014
Glenn & Donna Korpi 2014
Glenn & Donna Korpi 2014
Fran & Dave Walli  2014
Fran & Dave Walli 2014
Luetta & Bob Flaa   2014
Luetta & Bob Flaa 2014
John Heikkinen  2014
John Heikkinen 2014
Gayle Perkins & Jerry Juntunen  2014
Gayle Perkins & Jerry Juntunen 2014
Phyllis & Mickey Quance   2014
Phyllis & Mickey Quance 2014
Arlene Juntunen,Nancy Carpenedo and Kathy Bulinski   2014
Arlene Juntunen,Nancy Carpenedo and Kathy Bulinski 2014
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55th Reunion at Korpi's on Lake Gogebic
 
The Korpi's planned a superb  get together that we all enjoyed.
 
 
 
 
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July 2,2011
July 2,2011
Left to right: Luetta Paynter Flaa,G.Juntunen,John Johnson, John Heikkinen,Mike Pogliano, Sheila Rice Hedberg, Don Walters,
Ed Smith, Glenn Korpi

Gayle and I enjoyed having everyone over for the annual get together at our house. I think everyone had a good time reminiscing
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Plan on being at Glenn Korpi's at Lake Gogebic for the 55th reunion in 2013.
Dave Bulinski and Bob Juntunen left before the photo was taken.

Jerry & Gayle
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45TH REUNION
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                                            CLASS OF 1958  50 TH REUNION

1st Row L to R Judy Pricco, Carol Gustafson, Sheila Rice, Mickey Quance, Gordon Hoffman, Paul Chernak, Dave Carpenedo,
  Robert Juntunen,  Claie Semmerling, Willy Brown.

2nd Row Francis Koski, Luetta Paynter, Don Walters, Ken Lake, Dave Bulinski

3rd Row Gerald Juntunen, Dave Walli, Mike Pozega, 

4th Row Gary Stark, John Heikkinen, John Johnson, Mike Poglianio, Glenn Korpi,

5th Row Don Voss, Jerry Giacherio

 




 
TRIVIA ANSWER

The Drunkometer the first practical blood-alcohol analyzer and the precursor to the Breathalyzer. It was invented by Indiana University School of Medicine biochemistry professor Rolla N. Harger.

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