Judith A. Onkala

Judith A. Onkalo

ELO – Judith A. Onkalo, 73, of Elo, died on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Omega House with her family by her side.

She was born on August 3, 1940, in Hancock, a daughter of the late John I. and Hilma (Seppanen) Palo, and was a 1958 graduate of the John A. Doelle High School.

On July 11, 1959, she was married to Kenneth Onkalo in South Range. He preceded her in death on December 29, 2002. After Kenny died, Judy began traveling to Alaska. It was her love for Alaska that kept her going first for six to eight weeks after losing her beloved Kenny. Visiting, and then living there for a year in 2012, her friends in Alaska and her church friends especially touched her heart.

Judy was employed at Northern Hardwoods and worked tirelessly on the family dairy farm. Hard working was an understatement for Judy, she loved her farm. “Sisu” was a word that defined Judy. Prior to her retirement, she worked at Portage Hospital.

Judy was devoted to her faith. She was a member of the Alston Apostolic Lutheran Church and the Tapiola Senior Citizens. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting afghans for her family. She loved yard work and her flowers. Judy was famous for her delicious apple pies which were enjoyed by many. Special dinners cooked at camp weekly were a happy time for Judy as it was time spent with family and great friends.

Judy is survived by her children, Jon Onkalo (Laura Mathieu) of Tapiola, Dave (Annette) Onkalo of Houghton, Erick Onkalo of Elo, Jen Onkalo of Elo, Amy (Tom) Turpeinen of Alston, her “adopted son,” Ed Hulkonen, Jr., of Nisula; grandchildren, Derek Onkalo (Rebecca), Brandon Onkalo, Brittany (Andy) Soli, Jessica Whitty, Steve Turpeinen, Trevor Onkalo, Alexis Onkalo, Sofia Onkalo, Macey Manninen; great-grandchildren, Ayden, Olivia, Mason and Kylie; a sister, Janet (Gerry) Toutant of Palmer; sisters-in-law, Lynne Palo of Houghton, Dolores Paavola of Baltic, Susan Koskela of Atlantic Mine, Jessie Onkalo of Republic; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents and husband, Judy was also preceded in death by an infant brother, David, and a brother, John Palo.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Zion Lutheran Church, 400 Ingot St., Hancock, with Pastor Jesse Aho to officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday in the church.

Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Elo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Omega House in Judy’s name.

Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.