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Pearl E. Kemppa

June 12, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Pearl E. Kemppa, 99, a resident of Hancock, passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Sunday, June 10, 2012.

She was born June 1, 1913, in Atlantic Mine to John and Lydia (Lindgren) Spiegel. Pearl was married to Charles Kemppa and resided in Misery Bay. They had one daughter, Gladys.

Pearl worked locally at St. Joseph's Hospital and Vollwerth's before moving to Spring Valley, Ill., in 1957. There she was employed at St. Margaret's Hospital as a nurse's aide until her retirement.

Pearl loved her Lord and was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock, United Church of Christ in Spring Vally and earlier, of the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock.

Pearl loved people, country music and laughter. She was a wonderful Mama, not only to Gladys, but as a secondary mother to many of her friends and was a beloved grandmother and Auntie Pearl to many.

She is survived by her daughter, Gladys (David) Wiitanen of Hancock; her grandchildren, Greg (Christine) Murtonen of Katy, Texas; David (Diane) Murtonen of Ypsilanti; Gwen Murtonen of Ann Arbor and Jonelle (Patrick) Conway of Hartland, Mich.; her great-grandchildren, Whitney Murtonen, Bradley, Steven and Jeffrey Murtonen, Lindsey Kujawski, Alicia, Austin and Julia Conway; her great-great-granddaughter, Lillian Murtonen; her brother, Raymond (Janet) Spiegel of Stevensville, Mich.; her "Honey-boy," nephew, Melvin (Gwen) Harju of Benton, La.; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She will be missed by her special senior sitter, Patti Barroga.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Carl and Edwin; four sisters, Sylvia Lambert, Ethel Harju, Esther Spiegel and Lillian Sleeman; her son-in-law Gerald Murtonen and granddaughter, Diane Murtonen.

Funeral services for Pearl will be held at noon Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock with Rev. D.J. Rasner to officiate. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services in the church.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock or the charity of one's choice in memory of Pearl E. Kemppa.

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

The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with arrangements.



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