CHASSELL – Toivo Kauma, 86, of Chassell, died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock.
He was born in Chassell in the family farm house on February 23, 1928, a son of the late Benjamin and Sophia (Leukuma) Kauma. He attended the Chassell School until the age of 14 when he stayed at home to help work on the farm.
Toivo entered into the U.S. Army serving overseas doing surveying work. While in the service, he finished his schooling and received his GED.
He then enrolled into Michigan State University, receiving a Bachelor degree in forestry.
Toivo worked as a forester for a brief time in the state of Washington. He then returned to the area to work for Department of Natural Resources and later was transferred to Lansing where he worked for the DNR for several years.
While working in Lansing, he met his wife, the former Nancy Weaver. The couple married on September 25, 1976, in Lansing and then moved back to the area to make their home in Chassell. After returning to the area, Toivo worked as a forester for the DOT in the western Upper Peninsula, retiring in 1984.
Toivo was a member of the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church in South Range and the Tree Farmers Assoc. He enjoyed the years he worked on the farm and logging with his brothers. He loved the woods, gardening and planting trees. His mother was his “rock” and he loved her dearly.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy of Chassell; a son, Paul (Melanie) Kauma of Chassell; two grandsons, Luke and Samuel Kauma; a sister-in-law, Sybil Weaver of Lansing; two brothers-in-law, Bill (Anne) Weaver of Republic, and William Schmitz of Thorndale, Texas; two nephews; three nieces; and relatives in Finland.
Besides his parents, Toivo was also preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Bert, Edwin and Eric; and two sisters, Bertha Kauma and Betty Schmitz.
The Kauma family would like to thank the Community Action Agency, Portage Health Home Services and At Home Approach for all their help in caring for Toivo.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church, South Range, with Pastors Chuck Bylkas and Arvo Onermaa to officiate.
Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.
Spring burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Range Apostolic Lutheran Church of South Range in the name of Toivo Kauma.
Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.