TILDEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Jeanette Marie Wiitala (Raisanen) Luoma, age 76, of 540 County Road PPR, Ishpeming (Tilden Township), passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013, at her home while in the loving care of her family and UP Home Health and Hospice.
Jeanette was born June 17, 1937, in Ishpeming Township to Sylvester and Ina Marie (Mattson) Wiitala. She attended the North Lake School and graduated with a GED from the NICE Community Schools. Jeanette delivered Meals on Wheels for AMCAB for over 30 years.
Jeanette wrote many poems and had several published as well as having a book she wrote published, "One Dream Fulfilled." She liked to watch "Law & Order" and "Criminal Minds," work on word search puzzles and enjoyed traveling, especially to Germany where she went several times. While on her travels she collected spoons and had a large elephant collection. Jeanette was a good-hearted person, who gave to others and was affectionately known by all who knew her as "Ma."
Jeanette is survived by 4 children: Michael Raisanen of Ishpeming, Ann Marie Poirier of Negaunee, Mark Raisanen of Ishpeming and Dawn Raisanen of O'Fallon, Ill.; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Richard (Molly) Raisanen of Alabama; sister-in-law Joyce Claveau of Flint, Mich., along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Raisanen, second husband Warren Luoma, son Steven Raisanen, daughter-in-law Leslee Raisanen, infant daughter Jeanette, sisters Ruth Baldini and Joyce Delongchamp, and brother Rudy Wiitala.
Funeral services for Jeanette will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with Rev. David Johnson officiating. Interment will take place in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Family and friends may call the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m.
A luncheon will be held at the Tilden Township Hall following the funeral service.
Jeanette's obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.