Ida S. Montangue

HANCOCK – Ida S. Montangue, 91, a former resident of Hancock, passed away Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock where she had been a resident patient for the past two years.

She was born on September 14, 1922, in Salo, a daughter of the late August and Lydia (Kinnunen) Rantamaki. She attended the Salo School and Hancock High School.

On December 4, 1943, she was united in marriage to Roy Walman, they resided on Quincy Hill for 25 years. They then moved to Hancock. On March 15, 1970, Roy preceded her in death. On November 9, 1974, she was united in marriage to Llewellyn (Bud) Montangue. The couple resided in Houghton. On April 30, 1980, Bud preceded her in death. Since 1981, Ida has made her home in Hancock.

Ida was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock where she was active with the quilting group of the church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands; her brothers, Raymond, Herman, Reino and Weldon; her sisters, Eva Moilanen and Katherine Bessner; her son-in-law, James Ruotsala; and a very special friend, Rueben Kovala.

Surviving are her daughters, Judy Ruotsala of Grosse Pointe Shores and Carol (Rick) Reeves of Illinois; her grandchildren, Erin (Jerry) Etierre and James (Angela) Ruotsala and sons, James, Andrew and Jack, John Ruotsala and daughter, Leah, Jason (Joan) Ruotsala and children Natalie, Dylan and Wyatt, Jared (Julie) Ruotsala and daughters, Hailey, Taylor (Everet) and son, Kruze, Jaycie and Delaney, Justin (Christy) Ruotsala and children, Justin, Ashley, Shawn and Evan; her sister, Sadie Liimatainen of Salo; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; her sister-in-law, Janet Rantamaki of Houghton.

Funeral services for Ida will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock with Rev. DJ Rasner to officiate.

Burial will be later this spring in the Lakeside Cemetery of Hancock.

Friends may call on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 1 p.m. until time of services in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock.

Ida’s family would like to thank the staff of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility and all of the wonderful and caring people that have helped care for Ida.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be given Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock in memory of Ida Montangue. To view Ida’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit

The Memorial Chapel and Plowe Funeral Homes have been assisting the family with the arrangements.