Helma Ida Loosemore

SKANEE — Helmi Ida Loosemore, 95, of Skanee, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, surrounded by loving family. She had been a resident at Bayside for over five years, due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Helmi was born September 16, 1923, in South Range, daughter of Matti and Tilda (Hiltunen) Wayrynen. She spent part of her childhood years on a farm in Tapiola but returned to South Range and graduated from Painesdale High School.

She was married to Wesley G. Loosemore, of Skanee, on June 25, 1946, in Hancock. Helmi was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, in Skanee.

Helmi’s long life spanned from the horse-drawn Tapiola school bus and South Range school train of her childhood, to our modern era of email communications.

During World War II, she had worked in the war industries of Detroit, running a shaper machine to form propellers for torpedoes and stamping markings onto screws for aircraft.

After marriage, she devoted herself to raising her six children. She enjoyed travel and made trips to Finland, England and Italy, as well as spending many happy winters in Florida, later in life.

Helmi was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Toivo, Edwin, Arthur and Paul; sisters, Bertha Barnett, Helga Isaacson, Hulda Persh, Mildred Kennedy, Eva Hautamaki and Elmi Jukkala; her son, Steven; and by a grandson, Edward Wesley Kozich.

Surviving are her loving husband, Wesley; sons, Charles Loosemore of Redding, California, and John (Maureen) Loosemore of Hancock; daughters, Wendy (Ed) Kozich of Davisburg, Pat (Kazu) Iwasaki of Santa Cruz, California, and Sandra Loosemore of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, in Skanee.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m., with Pastor Peter Suomela officiating.

Burial will be in the Skanee Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

The Jacobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friends may sign Helmi’s guest book or send condolences at jacobsonfuneralhome.com.