Valerie S. Kivioja

MARQUETTE, MI – Valerie S. Kivioja, 74, of Marquette, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Mill Creek Assisted Living while under the care of UP Home Health & Hopice.

She was born February 14, 1946, in Escanaba, a daughter of the late Norman J. and Nyda C. (Tebear) Johnson and attended catholic schools there.

Valerie worked as a sales associate at St. Vincent De Paul for 19 years. She also was a successful Avon representative and earned membership in the President’s Club.

Over the years Valerie resided in Escanaba, Gwinn & Ishpeming. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and enjoyed crocheting, gardening, knitting, animal watching, cooking, her pet cats, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Valerie is survived by her three children, Sheila Mogavero of Negaunee, Dennis J. Kivioja, Jr. of Cornell and Shawna (Troy) Richardson of Oakwood, IL; grandchildren, David (fiance, Whitleigh Jarvis) Allyn, Samantha (fiance, Jim Meyers) Allyn, Brianna Kirchner, Christina Chaplin, Alex Kivioja and Cheyenne Richardson; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert (Barbara) Tebear of Escanaba.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Jerry, Jim, David, Marilyn, Theresa and Ann Marie.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 12 p.m. at Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Rev. Allen Mott officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in Escanaba.

Facemasks and social distancing will be required.

Memories of Valerie may be shared at canalefuneral.com