Lillian Hautala

CRYSTAL FALLS – Lillian E. Hautala, 98, of Crystal Falls, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1914, in Stambaugh, daughter of the late Isaac and Maria (Sillenpaa) Koivu. Lillian graduated from Crystal Falls High School in 1933, and was a lifelong resident of the area. She married Arvo Hautala on Dec. 8, 1935, in Amasa. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1987.

Lillian was employed as a cook at the Iron County Medical Care Facility for 24 years. She also worked at the Senior Citizens Center in Amasa for many years. Lillian was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Amasa for more than 70 years, where she served on the church council and was a Sunday school teacher. She was also very involved as a 4-H leader for more than 30 years. Lillian enjoyed knitting and made lots of clothing for her family and rag rugs on her loom. She also enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and splitting wood.

Lillian is survived by a daughter, Dulcie (Jerry) Aho of Crystal Falls; three grandchildren, Shellie Furmanski, Sally (Will) Ross and William Hautala (fiance’ Jeanelle Maki), all of Crystal Falls; five great-grandchildren, Jenna, Ashley, Zach, Hannah and Toby; a nephew that she raised like a son, Art “Sonny” Hendrickson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, William Hautala; a grandson, Brian Hautala; a grandson-in-law, Steve Furmanski; three brothers, John, Reino and Frank Koivu; and two sisters, Irja Harju and Mamie Kurkura.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Amasa. Funeral services will follow Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. Micheal Laakko will officiate. Burial will be in Hematite Township Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church in Amasa.

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The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls with the funeral arrangements.