Virginia Piipponen

HANCOCK – Virginia Piipponen, 94, of Hancock, passed away on Saturday evening, February 1, 2014, at PortagePointe.

She was born in Lake Linden on June 4, 1919, to the late Arling Roberts and Maude (Sincock) Roberts, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. She moved to Mason at an early age and later graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1936. Virginia volunteered as a nurse aide at St. Joseph Hospital in Hancock during World War II. She was married to Henry Piipponen in 1953, and he preceded her in death in 1983. She lived in Franklin Mine Location for 37 years before moving to Lake View Manor in Hancock.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hancock where she belonged to the United Methodist Women and a women’s circle. She was a former member of the Hancock X-Y-Z Club.

Besides her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Morgan Odgers of Canada in 1991; a grandson; a great-grandson; a great-great-grandson; and by a sister, Betty June Talbot.

She is survived by her daughters, June (George) Eakin of Hurontown and Sharon (Richard) Layton of Evansville, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Francis “Fuzzy” (Shirley) Roberts of Hurontown; and by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Amy Terhune to officiate.

Spring burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Friends may call at the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. and also at the church on Thursday for an hour before the service.

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is in charge of the arrangements.

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Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in the name of Virginia Piipponen.