Gene Matt Sutinen

CALUMET — Gene Matt Sutinen, 81, of Calumet passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Lighthouse of Hancock.

Gene was born to Matt and Ailene (Seppanen) Sutinen on November 14, 1935, in Osceola.

Gene grew up in Osceola, and graduated from Calumet High School in 1954.

On July 27, 1957, he married Loretta Jacobson.

He enlisted in the Army, serving for four years, then returning to the Copper Country and raising a family.

He worked throughout his life as a carpenter for local companies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Sutinen; grandson, Uriah Sutinen; and his sister, Louise Robinson.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Loretta; sons, Bruce (Melissa) Sutinen of Laurium, Craig Sutinen of Calumet; daughter, Loralee (Mike) Sutinen of Calumet; grandchildren, Isaiah, Nathan, Andrew and Shandara (Kevin) Sutinen; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special life long friend, Jake Karpinen.

Gene will be remembered for his love, his family and with all of those he knew. He will live on in our hearts and memories and will be sadly missed.

Family and friends will gather at the house of Bruce and Melissa Sutinen, 54 4th Street in Laurium, for a memorial service on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Ken Toth to officiate.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek.

The family wishes to thank those at UP Health-Portage and those at the Lighthouse of Hancock for the kindness and caring they showed.

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The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family, with the arrangements.