Nancy M. (Churne) Hiltunen

CALUMET ­ Nancy (Cherne) Hiltunen, 74, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on December 15, 2018, at The Omega House of Houghton, where she resided for the last two months of her life.

Nancy was born on February 24, 1944, to her mother and father; Willard Cherne and Josephine Cor, in Adams Township of Houghton County.

Nancy was born in Trimountain/Painsdale area and then her family moved to Butte, Montana. in 1945. Much of her family has now passed on and are buried at the Mountain View Cemetary of South Range.

Nancy is survived by her ex-husband, James J. Hiltunen of Laurium; sons, Kyle J. Hiltunen of Calumet, and Glenn D. Cortez of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Tamara Deal of Yuma, Arizona; also, Mark A. Cortez (deceased) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nancy also has siblings, her sister, Judith H. Liddy of Helena, Montana, as well as her six children; and many nieces and nephews. The whole âHiltunenã family from her ex-husbandás side. She remained close friends to James Hiltunen and his family, even after their divorce.

Nancy loved his family like her own. She spent much of her time with the Hiltunen Family when she was healthier…all branches!

Nancy loved to drink coffee, and visit family when she could. She also loved to play Scrabble and a card game called âSqueegeã. Nancy absolutely loved animals of all kinds. She had dogs and cats throughout her lifetime. She also loved birds, which she owned multiple times. She loved owls, as well as nature. She loved Montana to her core. From itás Bitterroot Mountains, to the green grassy valleys below. Nancy loved going for a drive…ANYWHERE. Nancy also loved watching T.V., any cute critters outdoors, and even owned a pair of chipmunks named âChip and Daleã at one point.

Nancy was a devoted Christian, Baptized Catholic and later on followed the Apostolic Lutheran Religion from the Apostolic Lutheran Church of Laurium; now known as the (Laurium Shining Light Church).

She had a deep respect for now retired Rev. Rod Johnson from her church. Religion was something Nancy took very serious, Jesus Christ our Lord was always in her heart. She spoke of him often. Nancy had many troubles of her own, but always wanted others to trust in Jesus and let him guide them through lifes many obstacles.

Nancy worked at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility for 10 years as a kitchen aid, as well as housekeeping and laundry too.

Nancy will be missed by all of her family members, friends, and ex-coworkers, as she was one to strike up a conversation with anyone.

At Nancyás request, she did not want a funeral or service. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers. âJesus leads us the way, Itás up to you and I to walk the path he shines, for us to follow.ã I love you mom.

Ryan Funeral Home is assisting the family.