Betty Niemisto

NEGAUNEE, MI – Betty J. Niemisto, 94, lifelong Negaunee resident, passed away Wednesday evening, January 10, 2018 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in the loving care of her family and UP Home Health and Hospice.

Betty was born September 30, 1923 in Negaunee to John and Agnes (Remley) Sleeman and graduated from Negaunee St. Paul Catholic School, Class of 1941. She married the late Toivo Niemisto and together they raised four children. Betty was a loving and devoted homemaker.

Mrs. Niemisto was a devout member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee, the Negaunee Lady Elks and Negaunee VFW Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler and horseshoe pitcher, liked playing cards and making pasties, and enjoyed camping and wintering in Gulf Shores, AL and Florida. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her daughter, Bonnie (Richard) Hemmila of Negaunee; two sons: Richard Niemisto of Dickson, TN and Daniel (Rita) Niemisto of Ishpeming; daughter-in-law, Dorothy (Butch) Hill of Negaunee; nine grandchildren: Wendy (David) Skewis, Ken (Lisa) Niemisto, Kevin (Kathy) Hemmila, Eric (Kristy) Hemmila, Dennis (Heather) Niemisto, Dannette (Brad) Perry, Kim Niemisto; Vicki (Rusty) Lind and Tanya Hill; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Betty Sleeman Nault and Lea Niemisto; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Toivo Niemisto, in 1985; her son, Dennis Niemisto; great-great-granddaughter, Mia Rose Skewis; her sister, June Lenten; and three brothers: John, Ralph and Kenny Sleeman.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, January 15th at Koskey Funeral Home with Monsignor Peter Oberto officiating.

The family will greet relatives and friends for one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Monday, and also at a dessert reception in the St. Paul School Gymnasium immediately following services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed in Betty’s memory to St. Paul Catholic Church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of the Marquette County Medical Care Facility and U.P. Home Health and Hospice for the compassionate care provided.

Mrs. Niemisto’s memorial page may be viewed at, where memories and condolences may be shared.