Emil W. Lappala

CHASSELL – Emil W. Lappala, 87, a resident of Chassell passed away Friday evening, August 30, 2013, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls, Mich., where he had been a patient for the past four days.

He was born on August 18, 1926, in Pelkie, a son of the late William and Hilma (Hamalian) Lappala.

In September of 1947 he was united in marriage to the former Ethel Onkalo. The couple had resided in Pelkie, Tapiola and Portage Entry.

On December 23, 2008, Ethel preceded Emil in death.

For the past few years Emil has made his home in Chassell. Emil had worked at the Pelkie Co-op for many years and also ran a Dairy Farm.

He enjoyed being in the outdoors and loved to fish and spend time around Lake Superior. He was able to touch many people over the years with his kind personality and warm smile.

Preceding him in death were his wife; his son, Mark and his parents.

As requested no service will be held for Emil and burial will take place in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell has been assisting the family with the arrangements.