Agnes E. (Ohman) Metsa

HOUGHTON – Agnes E. (Ohman) Metsa, 93, died on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at PortagePointe where she had been a resident since December of 2013. She previously lived at the Bluffs in Houghton for 13 years.

She was born in Baltic, on May 16, 1921, a daughter of the late Carl and Elizabeth (Junkkari) Ohman. She attended the Adams Township schools and was a graduate of the Painesdale High School graduating with the class of 1941.

Agnes worked for a number of years as post mistress at the Baltic Post Office.

She was married to Paul Metsa of Chassell on August 12, 1944. He passed away on May 13, 1990.

Agnes was a lifelong member of the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church of South Range, and a member of the Copper Range Historical Society. She was an avid reader, loved her flower gardens and enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and Sudoku. She was a wonderful baker and was well known for her apple pies, berry pies, nisu and homemade bread.

Agnes was proud of her Finnish and Swedish heritage and spoke Finnish fluently.

Agnes was the beloved mother of four daughters and two sons, Margaret (Dr. James) Brodeur of Dollar Bay, Judith (David) Brown of Walnut Creek, California, Kathleen (Dan) Finni of Chassell, Mary Cox of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; William Metsa of Baltic and James (Denise) Metsa of Parker, Colorado. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Joseph (Pamela) Brown, Melissa (Brian) Coats, Michael (Shannon) Brodeur, Stephen (Heather) Brodeur, Jess Cox, Jason Cox, Ryan Finni, Jeffrey Finni and Justin Metsa; six great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Agnes was also preceded in death by five brothers, Allen, Carl, John, Henry and Harold; three sisters, Hilda Armstrong, Lillian Kolehmainen and Eva Koskimaki; a grandchild, Kristin Metsa; a son-in-law, Michael Cox; and a daughter-in-law, Louise Metsa.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church in South Range, with Pastor Chuck Bylkas to officiate.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range.

The family has requested memorials be made to the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church in memory of Agnes E. Metsa.

Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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