CHASSELL - Lucille L. Aittama, 83, a resident of Chassell, passed away Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014, at the Winona House of Portage Pointe in Hancock where she had resided since this past November.
Lucille was born on August 13, 1930, in Ease Gary, Ind., a daughter of the late Folke and Laina (Mantta) Nelson. She was a graduate of East Gary High School with the class of 1948. She then graduated from Suomi College in 1950, Eastern Michigan University in 1952 and received her Master's Degree in Education in 1964 from Eastern Michigan University.
On June 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to Philip Aittama in Detroit, Mich. The couple had resided in the Detroit area for 22 years where Lucille taught in the Redford Township and Westland Schools. Since 1975, she has made her home in Chassell and taught in the Chassell Township Schools. On November 21, 1982, Phil preceded her in death.
Mrs. Aittama was a very active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell where she had played the organ, sang in the church choir and was the church secretary for 26 years. She was also a life member of Post 6507 VFW Auxiliary of Chassell. While residing in Detroit, she was active with the Finnish Cultural Association.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband.
Surviving are her children, Elaine (Braden) Archambeau of Arnheim, Nancy (Gary) Archambeau of Chassell, David Aittama of Chassell; and numerous extended family members.
A memorial service for Lucy will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell with Revs. Bucky Beach and DJ Rasner to officiate, Post 6507 VFW Auxiliary in Chassell will hold honors on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 1:45 p.m. in the church. Spring burial will be in the Elo Cemetery.
Friends may call on Monday, January 20, 2014, from noon until time of services at the church.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family suggests that memorials be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell or to the PortagePointe activity fund in memory of Lucy Aittama.
To view Lucy's obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell has been assisting the family with the arrangements.