ISHPEMING - Eva Vulpurri Kohtala, 80, longtime Ishpeming resident, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where she had been a resident since October 2013.
Eva was born October 4, 1933, in Pelkie, to Abel and Lillian (Moilanen) Pyykkonen. She graduated in 1951 from Baraga High School and married Donald Kohtala. She lived in the Copper Country for some time prior to moving to the Ishpeming area in 1965.
Eva was a member of the Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. She enjoyed playing the piano, shopping, taking rides, reading especially her Bible and visiting with family and friends.
Eva is survived by four children, David (Sarah) Kohtala of Appleton, Wisconsin, John (Jean) Kohtala of Ishpeming, Dan Kohtala of Ishpeming and Donna (Larry) Vincent of Newberry; a sister, Gertrude Makela of Hancock; four brothers, Robert (Irene) Byykkonen of Ishpeming, Donald (Verna) Byykkonen of Phoenix, Arizona, David (Agnes) Pyykkonen of Houghton and Bruce (Katie) Pyykkonen of Lake Linden; a sister-in-law, Florence Pesola of Dodgeville; 10 grandchildren, Jesse, Melissa, Andy, Luke, Elizabeth, Laura, Seth, Monica, Hannah and Joey; seven great-grandchildren, Tayla, Hunter, Jaska, Colin, Hailey, Megan and Dylan; along with numerous nieces and nephews and her extended church family.
Eva was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; brother, Roy Byykkonen; and daughter in law, Judy Kohtala.
Eva's family will greet relatives and friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in the Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ishpeming where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Micah Hjermstad officiating.
Interment will take place in the Chassell Cemetery
Pallbearers will be Eva's grandchildren.
Eva's obituary can be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends can sign her guest book or leave a note of remembrance.