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Rev. Frederick A. Vanhala

June 9, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

DEARBORN, Mich. - Rev. Frederick A. Vanhala, age 82, passed away April 28, 2012, in Dearborn.

Vanhala was the beloved husband of 58 years to Charlotte (Kujansuu) formerly of Chassell.

He was the loving dad of Susan (Patrick) Lukasik, Janet (the late Matthew) Donnelly, Frederick W. (Elaine), Marcus (Julie) and Ann (Kenneth) Lonc.

He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and great-grandfather of one great-granddaughter.

He was also survived by one sister, Mary (Richard) Karsten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Niilo Frederick and Anna; one sister, Elizabeth Hahn.

He was the pastor of Suomi Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Church for 43 years. He was a graduate of Suomi Theological Seminary and Wayne State University.

Funeral services were held in St. Michael Lutheran Church, Canton in May 2012. Interment in Glen Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia, Mich.

To share a memory, visit Fred's eternal tribute at



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