CALUMET — Estelle Rantanen, 81, of Calumet, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019.
She was born on September 7, 1938, in Calumet, to Edward and Margaret (Tiara) Johnson.
Estelle was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grandma and Auntie and spending time with family and friends. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh.
One of Estelle’s many gifts was her amazing ability to play music by ear. She could play hymns and old songs on the organ for hours without a sheet of music in front of her. She enjoyed bowling and was in a league up until her 80’s. She was also a talented crocheter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl Johnson; sisters, Lois Monville and Luella Palonen; and the father of her children, Clifford Rantanen.
She is survived by three children, Coreen (Rantanen) Gatchel of Muskegon, Terri Rantanen of Rockford, and Eric (Amanda) Rantanen of Spring Lake; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. All of these she loved deeply.
A 2 p.m. memorial service will be held on December 8, 2019, at the Pathway Wesleyan Church, 4960 Portland Road, Saranac, MI 48881.
A spring interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery, Calumet.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at sytsemafh.com.
The family is being served by The Spring Lake Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services.