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Elsie Rantamaki

October 18, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Elsie Rantamaki, 87, passed away Oct. 17, 2012, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock where she had been a patient for the past two-and-one-half years.

She was born Elsie Edith Irene Jokela to John and Selma Jokela on July 27, 1925. She lived in Copper City until she moved to Painesdale as a young girl. Elsie attended Jeffers High School.

Elsie married Waino Rantamaki on Sept. 16, 1944, and they lived in Tapiola for a few years until moving to Painesdale where they made their family home. She lived there until 2008 when she moved to Hancock and in 2010, she became a patient at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility.

Elsie was devoted to her family and enjoyed being with them more than anything. She loved to cook, bake, sing, sew and embroider. Elsie and her husband loved to sing together with Waino on guitar and Elsie harmonizing. She also played the harmonica quite well.

As a mom to seven children, their house was always the hub of activity and everyone was always welcome there. For a time, she helped her son run his radiator business from their home and many will remember her as the friendly lady who invited them inside for coffee and homemade goodies.

Elsie will be sadly missed by so many, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her six daughters, Gloria (Dennis) Stetter of Milwaukee, Wis., Anna (Charles) Fox of Franklin, Wis., Sandra (Robert) Pintar of Cudahy, Wis., Lorna Kolehmainen of Milan, Ill., Darla Manninen of Trimountain and Amy (Dave) Jarvi of Dollar Bay; one son, Wayne (Amy) Rantamaki of Chassell; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sons-in-law, Donald Manninen of Trimountain and Ronald Kolehmainen of Moline, Ill; several very special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Waino; three brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral.

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