Wilhart A. “Winkie” Jahfetson

BARAGA – Wilhart A. “Winkie” Jahfetson, 95 of Baraga, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on August 11, 1917, in Pelkie, son of the late Aaron and Tyyne (Laamanen) Jahfetson.

Wilhart grew up on the family farm and married Leona Haka on June 26, 1948, in Pelkie. He was the first person hired at Celotex where he was an equipment operator for 24 years. He also worked at Northwood’s Sawmill for 25 years.

Wilhart enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing.

Preceding him in death were his parents; step-brother Ralph Kamarainen; grandson, Jerry Juntunen; and half-sister Elma Plough.

Surviving are his wife, Leona Jahfetson in Bayside Village in L’Anse; children, Roger (Barbara) Jahfetson of Baraga, JoAnn (Richard) Juntunen of Marquette, Mary Karkanen of Chassell, Jacob (Elaine) Jahfetson of Keweenaw Bay, Jane (Keith) Paulson of Nisula, Brenda (Mike) Harkonen of Baraga; 17 grandchildren, Roger Jr. and Steven Jahfetson, Becki Hoult, Donald Jr. and Eric Tauriainen, Tiffany Karkanen, Sarah Tembruell, Wendy Rogers, Karen Palosaari, Jason Jahfetson, David Jahfetson, Tricia Bates, Jacqueline Jahfetson, Erin Peterson, Krystal Tollefson, Amanda Putula, Todd Paulson, Tyler Harkonen; 31 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 in the Mission United Lutheran Church with Rev. John Autio officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service in the church.

Burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery.

The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may sign Wilhart’s guest book or send condolences at jacobsonfuneralhome.com.