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Mary Catherine Heikkinen

June 18, 1923 — July 12, 2010

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Mary C. Heikkinen joined her heavenly father on July 12, 2010 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Baraga to Hattie (Kunick) and William Price on June 18, 1923.

For a time she was married to John Sziber.

In 1951 she married Oscar B. Heikkinen and moved to the farm in Askel where they farmed until Oscar's passing in 1975. She remained on the farm until illness required greater care and resided in L'Anse at the Skilled Nursing Unit and Bay Side Village for the past four years.

Mary attended Baraga High School.

She is best remembered for her hard work on the farm while raising children, cattle and being a temporary mother to all the kids that loved to come to the farm for the activity and eating. Her cooking was unparralled making juustuoa, nisu and a yellow cake that could be whipped up while visitors waited. She was best known for her bread that was made twice a week at times... 16 loaves each time. It nourished her family and many friends.

She never left the state of Michigan and never learned to drive making her family her top priority.

Mary was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie and placed full trust in her saviour Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her children John Sziber of Tapiola, Mary Ann Paulson of Marquette, Catherine Heikkinen of Askel, Oscar Heikkinen of Keweenaw Bay, Jennie Jukkala of Arnheim, Andy (Tina) Heikkinen of Baraga, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and former daughters in law Diane Osterman and Alice Jarvi and former son in law Ronald Jukkala.

She was preceded in death by an infant son William Heikkinen, her parents and was the last of her siblings Edith, Jackson, Anna Mae, Billy and Elaine.

Funeral Services for Mary will be at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie on Thursday, July 15th at 12:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior starting at 11:00. Reverend John Autio will officiate. Burial will be in the Askel Cemetery following the luncheon at the church.

Many thanks are extended from her family to the care giving angels at Superior Home Nursing, the Skilled Nursing Unit and Bay Side Village.

A prayer and her remembrance is all that is needed. Memorials if made can be made to Mission United Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are by the Jacobson Funeral Home. Friends may sign Mary's guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.


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