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Lillian S. Nevanpera


Lillian S. Nevanpera, 94, of Toivola, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Lighthouse at Hancock.

She was born June 19, 1923, on the family farm in Toivola, a daughter of the late Michael and Hattie (Johnson) Taskila.  She attended school locally and received her GED in 1985.

Lillian did domestic work locally for several years.

She loved being a homemaker, caring for her family.  She will always be remembered for her wonderful baked goods.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, William Heikkila, William Eakin and Edwin Nevanpera; two sons, Ronald Heikkila and Patrick Eakin; a daughter, Gladys Eakin; a grandson, Robbie Kangas; and a daughter-in-law, Ashley Eakin.

She is survived by a son, Michael Eakin of Toivola; grandchildren, Dale (Loretta) Andrews of Montana, Debbie (Mike) Garbett of Wyoming, Darren (Mikole) Andrews of Idaho, Stephanie (Dave) Hokenson of Houghton, Kimberly (Eric) Grall of Texas, Patrick (Johanna) Klemett) Eakin of South Range; Troy (Lesli) Heikkila and Craig (Patty) Heikkila, both of lower Michigan; Donna (Danny) Hurt of Colorado; numerous great-grandchildren; a sister, Violet (Ray) Wiittala of Toivola; two brothers, Loyal Taskila of Ironwood and Reino (Alice) Taskila of Toivola; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Toivola Cemetery.  Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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