CALUMET - Elaine B. Leinonen, 79, a former resident of Calumet and Ironwood Michigan, passed away on Thursday May 9, 2013 at Arden Rehab and Healthcare near Seattle, Washington. She had been living out west to be near her daughter Caprice.
She was born on August 29, 1933 in Ironwood, Mich., a daughter of the late Jacob and Helga (Sikkila) Kleimola. Elaine graduated from Ironwood High School with the class of 1951.
She married Karl Leinonen on November 22,1952 and he preceded her in death in September of 1995.
Elaine was a kind and loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and being a stay-at-home mom. She often read to her grandchildren. Her love for her family blended with her love for shopping. Elaine was always on the lookout for a bargain at the secondhand stores which could be useful to some family member.
Travel was a favorite pastime for Elaine and her husband, Karl. The couple toured the United States extensively. Their two trips to Finland and other parts of Europe were a highlight of Elaine's life.
After suffering a hip fracture in May of 2011, Elaine's health continued to decline until the Lord called her home. She had faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her faith was demonstrated throughout her life with the love she had for all people.
Surviving are 3 Daughters: Terry (Gene) Aldrich of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Vicky (Mike) O'Mara of Westland, Mich.; Caprice (Jack) Leinonen of Bellevue, Wash.; and 3 Sons: Jerry (Carol) Leinonen of Calumet, MI; David (Judy) Leinonen of Elmira, Mich.; Brock (Marie) Leinonen of Westland, Mich.
Surviving also are 12 grandchildren: Scott and Phil Fountain, Carmen Osier, Jill Bastian, Becky Sisson, Amy, John and Billy Leinonen, Richard Hietala, Amber Leinonen, Brandon and Jesse Leinonen and five great grandchildren: Destiny Fountain, Penelope Osier, Emma and Chloe Sisson and Alyssa Leinonen.
Proceeding her in death were a brother Ray and a sister Vicky. She leaves two brothers: Donald Kleimola of Ramsey, Mich., and Wayne Sikkila of Austin, Texas.
A family memorial service will be held at a future date when Elaine and Karl's ashes will be spread in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences can be left for the family at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com
Those desiring to do something in memory of Elaine Leinonen, please consider a donation to the Salvation Army as they befriend residents of assisted living and nursing homes.