Irene H. Honkala

AURA – Irene H. Honkala, 86, of Aura, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Shulstad Lesiure Living, Baraga.

She was born in Hancock, on June 30, 1927, the daughter of the late Matt and Hilma (Ahonen) Koski of Aura.

Irene graduated from L’Anse High School. On October 6, 1945, she married, Bernard Honkala, in Pelkie. On September 19, 1948, their only daughter, Joanne, was born in Hancock. In 1954, Irene and Benny left their farm in Pelkie and moved to Detroit. In 1971 their only granddaughter, Denise was born in Southfield, Mich. Irene was employed at Burroughs Corporation (Unisys), and later retired from Michigan Bell. After retirement Irene and Benny returned to their beloved Windy Harbor home in Aura. Benny passed away on May 19, 1998. Irene remained active in the community. She was a member of the Finnish Cultural Center in Farmington Hills, Mich. and the United Lutheran Church in L’Anse.

Irene is survived by her daughter, Joanne and James Wilson of Huntley, Ill.; granddaughter, Denise Young (Kevin Fuery) of Algonquin, Ill.; brother, Roy and Eila Koski of Aura.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Norman Koski, Walter Koski, and Albert Koski; and her sisters, Florence Nelson, Helen Collins, and Dora Waisanen.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, in United Lutheran Church in L’Anse with Pastor Greg Mileski officiating.

Spring interment will take place in the Pelkie Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from noon until the time of the service.

Memorials in Mrs. Honkala’s honor will be dispersed by the family to her favorite charities.

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The family has entrusted the arrangements with the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse.