Gloria Pauline Karinen

PELKIE – Gloria Pauline Karinen, age 65, of Pelkie, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident.

Gloria was born Sept. 19, 1947, in South Range to Paul and Ingrid (Kaurala) Saari. She graduated from J.A. Doelle High School in Tapiola in 1966. Gloria attended Northern Michigan University and Suomi College where she graduated with an Associates degree.

She married Keith Karinen on Aug. 26, 1967, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Elo.

Gloria worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses over the years, most currently for Pelkie Outdoor Power Equipment. She was also a housekeeper at the Ojibwa Casino.

Gloria was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Karen) Karinen of Tapiola, Vicki (Steve) Scheuffele of Rock Springs, Wyo. and Linda (Jeremy) Coppler of Pelkie; boyfriend, John Emrick of Leonard, Mich.; brothers, Glenn and David Saari of Askel; grandchildren, Hayley Karinen, Jessica (Michael) Hermann, Jaylee Lyon, Jacob, Myah and Miranda Coppler.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Paul and Ingrid Saari; and her husband, Keith Karinen.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mission United Lutheran Church. Her funeral service will be held at noon in the church with Rev. John Auto officiating. Spring burial will be in the Elo Cemetery.

The Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse is assisting the family. Friends may sign Gloria’s guestbook or send condolences at