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Evelyn Elizabeth Holappa

June 21, 1920 — October 1, 2010

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Evelyn Holappa, age 90 of Zeba, MI passed away on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Marquette General Hospital with her family at her side.

She was born June 21, 1920 in Zeba daughter to Samuel Lightfoot and Lucy (Blaker) Spruce. Evelyn was raised by Jacob and Margaret Duggan; and attended the Zeba Foote School. She married Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Holappa on December 25, 1943 in Zeba.

Evelyn was a member of the Zeba United Methodist Church, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and Ojibwa Seniors. She enjoyed quilting, crafts, sewing, and playing Bingo. Her family was very important to her and everyone called her "grandma".

Surviving are her son, Ted (Peggy) Holappa of Kincheloe, MI; daughters, Peggy Dunn, Beverly Lussier, Diane Charron all of Zeba, Gerry (John) Mantila of L'Anse; brother, Ronald (Betty) Spruce of L'Anse; sisters Eleanor Seppanen of Zeba, Rosemary Haataja of Pikes Peak; 14 grandchildren, Cheyenne Holappa, Eric Hemenway, Tashina Hemenway, JP Montano, Brenda (Wilson) Pipestem, Jason Dunn, Mitchell Durant, Jeffrey (Jackie) Minton, Toni Minton, Peggy Minton, Shawn Lussier, Kristin (Scott) Mantila Brown, Mick (Danielle) Charron, Tony (Nicole) Charron; 19 great grandchildren, Amber Holappa, Kyle Dowd, Justine Minton, Lakota Captain, Hunter Captain, Danika Strong, Hope Minton, Cody Blue, Dante Loonsfoot, Shiloh Lussier, Shyla Lussier, Shawna Lussier, Baby Bev Lussier, Scott Brown, Eddie Charron, Eva Charron, Parrish Pipestem, Truman Pipestem, Mataya Pipestem; and one great great grandchild Kydan Dean; special friend and caregiver Avis Leinonen; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Preceding her in death are her husband Ernest; brothers, Russell, William, Robert, Kenneth, Sam, infant Stephen, and Kenneth Spruce; and sister Barbara Mantila.

Visitation will begin on Monday, October 4th from 6:00 p.m. with a feast at 7:00 p.m. in the Ceremonial Room at the Ojibwa Senior Citizens Center. The visitation will continue all night until the funeral service which will be held on Tuesday, October 5th at 11:00 a.m.. Rev. John Henry will officiate. Burial will be in the Indian Pinery Cemetery with a luncheon following at the Ojibwa Senior Citizens Center. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is assisting the family.

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