NEW ALLOUEZ - Jean (Hezzie) Talvensaari, 85, passed away peacefully at her home in New Allouez on August 27, where she lived for 60 years.
Jean was born in Centennial Heights on March 24, 1928, a daughter of the late Edwin & Lucille (Badge) Taipalus.
Preceding her in death were her daughter, Bette Mattila; brothers, Bobby, Carl, Don, Jon, Tod; sisters, June Cencich, Mildred Rappana, Thursa Kargela and Margaret Stella.
Surviving are her daughters, Lynn Zapolnek of Lansing, and Kerry (Steve) Schmaltz of LaCrosse Wis.; son, Tom (Debbie) Talvensaari of Lac La Belle; grandchildren, Jennifer (Sam) Morris and family, Lori (John) Horsfall and family, Kimberly (Dustin) Brecher, Jeannette Krock and family, Scott Morris, Luke Mattila, Brian (Stephanie) Talvensaari and family, Amy (Buster) Roberts and family; nine great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Betty Taipalus, Clare Taipalus, and Pat Roby; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Hez was very proud that she had been a lifetime resident of the Keweenaw, a true "Yooper." Some referred to her as a "Legend" which gave her a laugh.
Her first job was at the Vienna Bakery in Calumet. She also worked as a bartender at both Bardos Bar in Ahmeek and the Gay Bar. Her wild sense of humor endured her to many and was a constant source of entertainment for family and friends.
She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Mohawk.
Hez was a great cook and baker, her Finnish Rye Bread was exceptional, the first to go at the auxiliary bake sales.
Some of her favorite hobbies were needlework, fishing and feeding her birds. To keep her mind sharp, puzzle books were always alongside her chair. She also enjoyed playing games, like caroms and camping with family at Lac La Belle.
The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff of UPCAP, Portage Health Home Aides, Aspirus Home Nursing and her physician Dr. Hafeman for their wonderful care and concern which enabled Jean to live at home.
Visitation will be Wednesday August 28 from 4-7 p.m. at the Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.
The funeral service will be on Friday, August 30 at 10 a.m. at the Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home.
Friends may leave condolences at ericksoncrowleypeterson. com.