SKANDIA, MI. - Elsie E. Ollila, (Erickson/Hyytinen) age 94, of Skandia, entered eternal life Friday evening, September 21, 2012 at her son's home in the loving care of her family.
Born August 27, 1918 in Princeton, a daughter of Anna Lukkarita and John Hyytinen (Erickson), Elsie was raised in Princeton. As a young adult Elsie was a lady ahead of her time with a working career that gave her many wonderful experiences. She was employed with many area physicians where she performed duties as a housekeeper, caregiver and physician's assistant. Elsie was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as an aide in Chicago for Helen Keller. She was proud to have been a Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon of the United States representing the American Women who worked in factories during World War II.
In 1946 Elsie married John Ollila, who was the love of her life, and they owned & operated the Ollila Family Farm in Skandia. Elsie always maintained her most important role of wife, mother and homemaker. In addition to her family Elsie would always share her time with her extended family by cooking and baking whenever given the opportunity. She had a unique sense of humor and in her spare time she loved gardening and planting flowers.
Elsie E. Ollila
Elsie is survived by her two sons, Dale (Barbara) Ollila of Marquette and Peter (Deborah Mulcahey) Ollila of Marquette/Lansing; her granddaughter, Kathy (Jeff) Bigger of Marquette; her sister, Esther Ahlstrom of Ishpeming; Special family friends, Joe and Sue Erickson of Carlshend; nephew Donald (Marilyn) Saari & niece Anne Haseltine of the Marquette area and many other nieces and nephews; her special caregiver, Donna Oliver and her step-grandchildren, Scott and Jill Glass. She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1988; three sisters, Alma Erickson, Helma Duca, and Tyne Saari and six brothers, Nestor Erickson, Arvid Erickson, Jalmer Erickson, William Erickson, Charles Erickson and Eino John (Jack) Erickson.
Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Wednesday September 26, 2012 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Skandia from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday September 26, 2012 in the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Skandia at 11:00 am with Rev. James Duehring officiating. Burial will be made in the Emanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 9812 US Hwy 41, Skandia, MI 49885. The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com