ATLANTIC MINE - Helen P. Anderson, 78, a resident of Atlantic Mine passed away Friday evening, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where she had been a resident patient since February.
She was born December 27, 1933, in Pelkie, a daughter of the late Matt and Lyyli (Pulkki) Oja. Helen graduated from Baraga High School and St. Joseph's Hospital Nurse's Training to become a Registered Nurse.
She was first employed with Baraga County Hospital. She then worked for the Zion Hospital in Zion, Ill.,, Victory Hospital in Waukegan, Ill., and retired from the Kenosha Memorial Hospital in Kenosha, Wis., in 1993.
On March 29, 1958, she was united in marriage to Paul Anderson. The couple celebrated 54 years together. Since 1993, they have made their home in Atlantic Mine.
Mrs. Anderson was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton. Helen loved to laugh and spend time with her family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her daughter, Pamela; her brothers, Rudolph, Reuben, Robert, Ralph and Martin.
Surviving are her husband, Paul Anderson of Atlantic Mine; her children and grandchildren, John (Ronda) Anderson of Beach Park, Ill., and their children, Lana (David) Oliver, Ian, Jodi and Luke; Beth (Carl) Torola and their children, Selina (Kurt) Johnson, Mallory, Marisa, Carl, Pamela, Rosemary, Warren, Brannon and Lowell; Ruth (Kris) Laho of Bristol, Wis., and their children, Alan (Heather), Matthew (Nora), Dustin, Megan (Steve) Hallstrom, Nolan, Jessie and Bubba; Brenda (Richard) Harry of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois and their children, Olivia (Jon) Langston, Richard Paul and Emma. Five great-grandchildren, Keira, Grady, Kadi, Kayne and Kaisa. Sisters, Eleanore (Bob) Cocozella of Sedona, Ariz., and Alyce (Clyde) Elmblad of Chassell; a sister-in-law, Marie Oja of Hermansville, Mich.,; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Helen will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton with Richard Eskola to officiate. Burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery.
Friends may call on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services in the church. To view Helen's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family with arrangements.