EAGLE RIVER - Julia Vivian Taskila, 88, a resident of Eagle River, passed away on February 24, 2014, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock.
She was born on July 23, 1925, in Eagle River a daughter of the late Joseph and Alice (Heikkinen) Grose.
She graduated from Calumet High School with the class of 1943. That same year she moved to Detroit and worked for the Burroughs Corporation where she helped build the now famous WWII Norton bombsight.
Julia was also employed at Michigan Bell in Detroit, Milwaukee, Houghton and Calumet. The mobile service in Milwaukee was the beginning of what we now call cell phones.
On November 12, 1948, she was married to the love of her life Roy Taskila and he preceded her in death on November 22, 2008.
She was a well known artist in the area and loved to paint. She also had a love for reading and feeding the deer and all of the wildlife in Eagle River.
Preceding her in death was her husband; and a sister, Viola Taskila.
Surviving are three sons, Mark (Vickie) Taskila of Harrison Twp., Mich., Kim (Debbie) Taskila of Brown City, Mich., and Todd (Cathy) Taskila of New Allouez; three grandchildren, Brooke, Caitlyn and Aaron; two brothers, Paul (Marlene) Grose of Laurium and Dennis Grose of Casa Grande, Ariz.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson. com.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to Sheriff Ron Lahti for all he did for Julia and the family and also to Aspirus Keweenaw Home Nursing for the care given to Julia.