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CALUMET – Ryan Bessolo, 32, a resident of Calumet, died of heart complications Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. Ryan was an organ and tissue donor through Michigan Gift of Life.

Ryan was born June 24, 1989 in Hancock to Michael and Laurel (Butkovich) Bessolo.

He grew up in the Copper Country and attended schools in Calumet. He graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 2007. After high school, Ryan attended Finlandia University, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He then continued his education by earning a master’s degree in 2018 from Western Governors University.

Ryan started as a CNA at Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center and worked her way up to become a Registered Nurse and Supervisor of Emergency Room and Critical Care Services at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. He enjoyed teaching others about his craft and he taught as an assistant professor of nursing at Finlandia University and as an adjunct professor at Gogebic Community College.

Nursing was his passion, but he also simply loved helping people in need.

Ryan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling and spending time in Eagle River at the cabin.

Ryan is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Ruth Butkovich; her paternal grandfather, Gordon Bessolo; uncles, Bruce Butkovich, Marty Bessolo and his dog, Lucky.

He is survived by his parents, Michael and Laurel Bessolo of Calumet; sister, Amy (Eric) Kemppainen of Alston; nephew and niece, Connor and McKayla; paternal grandmother, Enid (Carl O’Brien) Bessolo of Ahmeek; aunts and uncles, Dianne (Ted) Johnson of Ripley, David (Pat) Butkovich of Ocoee, Florida, Mary Kane Butkovich of AuGres, Mary Kay (Dan) Short of Kingsford, Marcy (Eric) Hermanson of Ahmeek, Lora Bessolo of Calumet; as well as many cousins ​​and friends.

Visitation will be held for Ryan on Friday, April 8, 2022 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home and Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 12 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek.

Online condolences can be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com.

Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home is helping the family make arrangements.