Melvina LaLonde

FELCH – Melvina B. LaLonde, 99, of Norway Lake, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford with her family by her side.

Melvina was born on Oct. 21, 1914, in Escanaba, daughter of the late Charles and Hilda (Carlson) Johnson. She graduated from Felch High School in 1932, and worked in Chicago as a nanny for two years.

She moved to Tacoma, Wash. in 1941, and worked at Boeing Air Craft for five years, repairing aircraft wings. She returned home after the war and on March 1, 1947, married Woodrow LaLonde. Together, they made a home and raised their family in Felch.

Melvina was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan. She was active in the church women’s group, Sunday School, Bible studies, church quilters and the church choir. She loved music and especially enjoyed singing for her Lord. Her church and church family were very important in her life.

Melvina loved high school sports and enjoyed attending all of the sporting events her grandsons participated in. She was their biggest fan. Above all, Melvina was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They always brought a twinkle to her eye and a smile on her face.

Melvina is survived by her son, Randall (Patricia) LaLonde of Glenfield, N.Y.; her daughter Kathleen (Leon) Grunlund of Norway Lake; brother, Harold (Nina) Johnson of Escanaba; sister, Edith Cryderman of Marquette; five grandchildren, Evan LaLonde, Alec (Katherine) LaLonde, Timothy (Abby) Grunlund, Steven (Melisa) Grunlund and David (Amanda) Grunlund; seven great-grandchildren, Mya, Adalyn, Hayden, Corrin, Luke, Rylan and Caleb; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Melvina was preceded in death by her husband Woodrow in 2003; an infant daughter, Judy Kay LaLonde; brothers, John, Bernard, Gilbert and Arvid “Pomp” Johnson; and sisters, Evangeline Cambensy and Verna Peterson.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan.

Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Rev. Lee Liverance will officiate.

Burial will be in the Felch Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Owen Peterson, Robert Cambensy, Jay Johnson, Brian Johnson, Dave Cryderman, Mike Cowley, Richard Lindholm and Allen Dixon.

Memorials may be made in Melvina’s memory to Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan, Michigan.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.