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Ruth Lehto

November 28, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Ruth Lehto, 92, a former resident of Chassell, passed away on Nov. 22, 2012, at the Claremont Rehabilitation and Living Center in Buffalo Grove, Ill., where she had resided for the past six years.

She was born on Apr. 18, 1920, in Pontiac, Michigan to the late Floyd and Marion Crawford.

Ruth married Waino Lehto on Oct. 8, 1943. They lived in the Detroit area for a short time after he completed his World War II service before moving permanently to Waino's hometown of Chassell.

Ruth was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell.

She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars for over 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Waino W. Lehto; her parents; and her brothers, Howard Crawford and Floyd Crawford, Jr.; as well as sisters- and brothers-in-law Vincent and Irene Alain, Jack and Elmi Filkins, Henry and Erma Kaspala and Albertine Crawford.

Ruth is survived by her daughters Donna (Chris) Griffith of Ferndale, Mich., Marion (Bill) Moskal of Neenah, Wis., and Gwen Nielsen of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; as well as sister-in-law Zelma Crawford; and several nieces and nephews from the Crawford, Alain, Filkins and Kaspala families.

Visitation will be held at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Services for Ruth will take place in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell on Monday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Friends may also call on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church where Post 6507 VFW of Chassell Auxiliary will hold honors at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or the Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly program in Hancock, in memory of Ruth.

To view Ruth's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit

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



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