Louise Johanne Vertanen

KEWEENAW BAY -Louise Johanne Vertanen, 87, of Keweenaw Bay, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Chicago, Ill., on Mar. 16, 1925, the daughter of the late Andrew and Louise (Lietzow) Yorger. She graduated from Baraga High School.

Louise married William Vertanen of Keweenaw Bay in 1943. He preceded her in death in 1976.

Louise was a member of United Lutheran Church in L’Anse, former member of the Extension Club and had served on the Keweenaw Bay election board.

Louise loved family time, particularly time spent with her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. She always had a roomful of toys and games for the young children and was delighted by their youth. Everyone who knew her enjoyed her fun-loving and caring personality. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Mrs. Vertanen is survived by her son, William (Vicky) Vertanen of Keweenaw Bay; daughters Gail Hakola (Norm) of L’Anse and Julie (Kurt) Kuure of Houghton; granddaughters, Kim (Henry) Schwanke, Julie Vertanen, Pam (Aaron) Johnston, Amanda Kuure (Troy), Michelle Kuure (Gary) and Emily (Tim) Viola; great grandchildren, Samuel and Claire Johnston and Quincy Schwanke; numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia; and a step-sister.

Funeral services for Mrs. Vertanen will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 from United Lutheran Church, L’Anse with Pastor Greg Mileski officiating. Spring interment will take place in the Baraga Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday.

Mrs. Vertanen’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at rfsc.net.

The family has entrusted the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse with arrangements.