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Joel G. Marttila

May 31, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

OSKAR - Joel G. Marttila, 99, a former resident of Oskar, passed away Tuesday evening May 29, 2012, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he had been a resident patient for the past three years.

He was born on June 10, 1912, in Wolverine, Mich., a son of the late John and Alma (Saari) Marttila. Joel was raised in Liminga, attended the Liminga School and graduated from Suomi College.

Joel moved to the Detroit area to work in the auto industry. He then served with the U.S. Army during World War II, for three and a half years in the infantry in Africa and Italy.

Following his time in the service, Joel returned to make his home in Liminga where he started his own farm. He also had worked for the Stanton Township Schools as a bus driver for more than 20 years and worked various other jobs in the area.

In 1963, he was united in marriage to the former Julia Kohtala and she preceded him in death in 1996.

Joel was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton, the Alfred Erickson Post No. 186 American Legion of Hancock and the Stanton Senior Citizens. Joel loved to work, and visit and laugh with family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his wife; his son, Kenneth Raisanen; daughter, Julie Ann Jordan; his parents; his brothers, Oscar, Ernest, Levi, Arthur, Walfred and George; and his sisters, Ellen Hyttinen and Olga Kolehmainen.

Surviving are his daughter, Lisa Jo Marttila of Marquette; his sons, Edwin (Pat) Raisanen of Houghton Canal, John Raisanen of Misery Bay; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Evelyn Kivi of Livonia, Mich., Hana Lupan of St. Ignace, Mich., Laila Evans of Henderson, N.C.; his brothers, Raymond (Juliana) Marttila of Liminga, Leo Marttila a resident patient at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services for Joel will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton with Richard Eskola to officiate. Burial will in the Liminga Cemetery.

Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

To view Joel's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit

The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has assisted the family with the arrangements.



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