Dora Berniece Waisanen

HANCOCK – Dora Berniece Waisanen, age 88, of Hancock, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Portage Point Nursing Home in Hancock.

She was born October 15, 1925, in Hancock, daughter to Matt and Hilma (Ahonen) Koski. Dora graduated from L’Anse High School and then married Carl Waisanen in 1942, then moved to Dollar Bay in 1961 and she worked at Fashion Bug for about 15 years; retiring in 1986.

Dora was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Dollar Bay, and was involved with the Salvation Army and Little Brothers in Hancock. She loved to bake and was famous for her cheese cake. Dora enjoyed going out to eat, concerts, traveling, and being with her grandkids and visiting her family in Aura.

Surviving are her children, Dr. Calvin Waisanen of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dr. Melvin (Terri) Waisanen of Jackson, Mich., Heidi (Rick) Waligora of Lansdale, Penn.; brother, Roy (Elia) Koski of Aura; sister, Irene Honkala of Shulstad’s Leisure Living in Baraga; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Carl; brothers, Albert, Walter, and Norman Koski; sisters, Helen Collins and Florence Nelson.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Rev. Sally Wilke will officiate.

A luncheon will follow the service in The Sharing Room at the funeral home. Burial will be in the spring in the Aura Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Carl & Dora Waisanen Memorial Fund at First Lutheran Church, 23415 Granite Ave, Dollar Bay, MI 49922.

The Jacobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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