Vi Cloutier

LAURIUM Vi Cloutier, 94, a resident of Laurium, died peacefully with her family beside her on August 23, 2016, at the Cypress Manor Nursing Facility.

She was born on April 13, 1922, a daughter of Carlos and Violet (Munch) Cane. Vi attended local schools and graduated from Calumet High School in 1939.

She married Francis Cloutier on December 27, 1941. They had 74 wonderful years together and were looking forward to celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.

Vi had an outgoing personality and enjoyed caring for her extensive family. She took part in numerous activities, including 30 plus years of league bowling.

In later years, she took up golfing and was Calumet Golf Course Women’s Club Champion twice. She retired her golf game at the ripe ole age of 92.

She was an avid knitter and crocheter and enjoyed crossword puzzles and cryptoquotes.

Vi was involved in her children’s lives and activities. She spent many years pioneering in the field of special education, specifically autism. She served on numerous committees and boards to promote awareness and programming for special needs children.

Vi loved to spend hours in her kitchen cooking and baking for her extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Louis (Margaret) Cane; and one sister, Ruth (Reino) Erkkila.

Surviving are her husband, Francis; a sister-in-law, Valeda Tomasi; her children, Carlos (Connie) Cloutier, Paul Cloutier, Denise (Randy) Reed, Christopher (Cecile) Cloutier, and Lauren Cloutier; her grandchildren, Jason (Jamie) Cloutier of Anoka, Minnesota, Renee Cloutier of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Lance (Jamie) Thayer of Ishpeming; great-grandchildren, Dalton Cloutier, Tehya Violet Cloutier, Jaden Cloutier and Vaughn Hansen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Fr. Abraham Mupparathara to officiate.

Friends may greet the family one hour prior to service in the church hall. Interment will follow at the Lake View Cemetery. A lunch will be served at the church around 1 p.m.

The Ryan Funeral Home is assisting the family.