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Julia M. MacMillan

November 13, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Julia M. MacMillan, 103, a resident patient at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock and former Chassell, Painesdale and Holly, Mich. resident, died Saturday evening, Nov. 10, 2012, at Portage Health.

She was born in Painesdale on February 16, 1909, a daughter of the late Anton and Anna (Sikonja) Pintar and attended Painesdale High School, after which she moved to Detroit where she worked as a waitress for many years at the Ambassador Hotel.

It was there she met Frederic, and later, they were married. The couple resided in Holly, Mich., where Julia lived most of her adult life. Frederic passed away in 1981.

While living in Holly, Julia was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church and its Altar Society.

Julia worked at the Donut Shop next to her home as well as doing volunteer work. As a member of the Red Cross, she worked with their Blood Bank Program, was very active at the Senior Citizen's Center and volunteered at the Cancer Society. She also helped patients at Sunday's Rest Home at their bingo parties. She crocheted afghans, slippers and shawls for people in hospitals and nursing homes as well as items for surgery.

During World War II, she sewed bandages of all shapes and sizes for the VA Hospitals.

Julia returned to the area where she resided in Chassell with her sister, Mary Bianchi, and, since 2008, had been a patient at the Medical Care Facility where she continued crocheting and making crafts to the age of 100.

Julia was always smiling and was friendly with everyone she met. She attributed her longevity to hard work and being patient and helpful.

Julia was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Chassell and the Altar Society of the church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Bianchi of Chassell and Katherine "Katie" Datto, a patient at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Julia was preceded in death by two brothes, Anton and Martin; and two sisters, Antonia Wesa and Ann Cote.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in St. Anne's Catholic Church in Chassell with Fr. Al Mott as celebrant. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the church. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in South Range.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 in the name of Julia M. MacMillan.

Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri Antila Funeral Home in Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at



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