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Frances Elaine Juntunen

February 26, 1931 — June 27, 2009

Frances Ethel Elaine (Varline) Juntunen, age 78 of Baraga passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Bayside Village in L'Anse, following a long illness.

Elaine was born on February 26, 1931 in Baraga, MI daughter of the late Carl and Sylvia (Pirkola) Varline. In 1949 she graduated from Baraga High School. She married T. Henry Juntunen and they moved to Clawson, MI where she was homemaker and a volunteer at the children's grade school. Upon returning to Baraga in the 1960s, Elaine was an active community member which included being one of the original committee members of the Baraga Lumberjack Days. In 1965 they owned and operated the Bay View Inn & Quonset Bar; and later owned and managed the Side Track Bar in Baraga from 1969-84.

Elaine enjoyed gardening and created beautiful flower gardens and bountiful vegetable gardens. She and her "Pa" would have friendly competitions to see who grew the best sweet corn; which the rest of the family loved to judge. She was an excellent seamstress and made the latest style of clothing and linens for her family. She also enjoyed playing cards, traveling, knitting, and crocheting. . She is survived by a daughter B. Lynn (Larry) Marson of Lewiston, MI, son, Glenn (Wanda) Juntunen of Pelkie, MI, grandchildren Arjay H. Juntunen and Dustin C. Juntunen both of Pelkie, brother Rodney Varline of Baraga, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, two infant siblings, and daughter Kim A. Juntunen,

A graveside service will be held on Monday, June29th at the Baraga Cemetery at 11:00 AM. Rev. Scott Williams will officiate. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L'Anse is assisting the family.

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