Ernest James Pietila

EAST GROSSE POINTE SHORES – Earnest James Pietila, 67, a resident of East Grosse Pointe Shores, Dollar Bay, passed away October 26, 2013, in Ann Arbor.

He was born September 29, 1946, in Highland Park, Mich., to the late John and Jennie (Heinonen) Pietila.

On August 31, 1974, he was united in marriage to Ann (Nordstrom). The couple first resided in the Detroit area, then moved to the Copper Country in 1995, where they have made their home.

Ernie served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam War veteran.

He was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton.

Preceding him in death were his parents; step mother, Julia (Mikkola); brothers, Chet, Art, Wesley, Carl and Peter; sister, Erma McMurphy; sister-in-laws, Ruth Pietila and Sue Pietila; and father-in-law, Ferdie Nordstrom.

Surviving are his wife, Ann of Dollar Bay; his children and grandchildren, Jim and Crystal Pietila (Delaney, Mira, Everett, Ena, Royce, Nadia, Blaine) of Howell, Mich., Molly and Kris Orton (Riley, Spencer, Isabella, Johnny, Casey, Paulina) of South Lyon, Mich., Sally and Ben Halonen (Ty, Tedd, Mitchell, Jay, Annalise, Chad, Wade, Blake) of Chassell, Jane and Wayne Wiitanen (Audrey, Liam, Jillian, Grady, Damien) of Hartland, Mich., Brita Pietila of Brighton, Mich., Megan and Bill Pelli (Chet, Lydia, Nolan, Elin) of Salem, Wis., MaryKay and Greg Kangas (Savannah, Stanley, Carliann) of Hancock, Joel and Stephanie Pietila (Jaclyn) of Atlantic Mine, Jill and Keith Kangas (Capri) of Marquette; mother-in-law, Ina Nordstrom of Hancock; brothers, Vic Pietila, Jerry & Joni Pietila, Tom & Dianne Pietila; sisters, Elaine (Matt) Kiilunen, Eva (James) Storm, Eleanor (Edwin) Harmala; sister-in- laws, Helen Pietila, Ruth Pietila and Pauline Pietila, Ruth (Russ) Koski; brother-in-law, David (Judy) Nordstrom and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 30, in the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton with Richard Eskola to officiate.

Burial will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Friends may call on Tuesday, October 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock has been assisting the family with the arrangements.