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Jean E. (William) Kotila

October 5, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

QUINCY LOCATION - Jean E. Kotila, 81, a resident of Quincy Location, passed away early Thursday morning, Oct. 4, 2012 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, following a short illness.

She was born May 3, 1931 in Quincy, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Ollila) Baakko. She was raised in the Quincy Hill area, attended the Quincy School and graduated from Hancock High School.

Jean was first employed at the Five & Dime store in Hancock, then at the Michigan Technological University Library, where she retired as secretary to the Library Director.

On Dec. 4, 1952, she was united in marriage to William Kotila. The couple first resided in the Detroit area before returning to the Copper Country to make their home in Sing Sing Location and for the past 40 years, in Quincy Location.

Mrs. Kotila was a very active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock. She was a past member of the Church Council, a past superintendent of the Sunday School. Most recently, she was active with the quilters of the church, helped with the Altar Guild and sang with the church choir.

Jean loved to spend time with her family. She had been active with the local Girl Scout troop and the Copper Country Synchronized Skating Academy.

She was a wonderful cook and crafter who enjoyed quilting, sewing and needlepoint. Her thoughtful, compassionate, forgiving personality and warm smile will never be forgotten.

Preceding her in death were her son, Thomas Kotila; her parents; her sister, Barbara Ylitalo; her brothers, Donald Karppinen and Gerald Baakko.

Surviving are her husband, William Kotila of Quincy Location; her children, Jack (Katy) of Fenton, Mich., Larry (Joan) of Hancock, Kim Puuri of Hurontown and Jeanine (Ryan) Hanchett of Baton Rouge, LA; her grandchildren, Becky, Pam, Chris, Shane, Andy, Matt, Justin, Sean, Nicole, Michael, Tina, Robbie, Angela, Jena, Rachael and Emily; her great-grandchildren, Jerry, Gabe, Carter, Emma, Bella, Carson, Samantha, Lily, Carolyn, Allison, Abbie, Jamie and Serenity; her sister, Christine Johnson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; her brothers, John and James Baakko, both of Hancock; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Jean will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8 in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock with Rev. D.J. Rasner to officiate. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Friends may call Sunday, Oct. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock and from 10 a.m. until time of services in the church.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family with arrangements.



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