She was born on May 20, 1930, in Liminga, MI, a daughter of the late Jalmer and Hilda (Seppala/Luoma) Anderson. Helen was raised in Liminga and attended the Redridge School before graduating from the Houghton High School with the class of 1948.
She then worked for a time at Federal Land Bank and then Johnson Bros.
On June 27, 1953, she was united in marriage to Peter Kinnunen. The couple had resided in Atlantic Mine where they raised 8 children.
Mrs. Kinnunen was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Atlantic Mine. She had helped her husband with bookkeeping for the family business for many years. She also enjoyed making and decorating wedding cakes for many years. Helen always loved company, their door was always open to family and friends. She also enjoyed picking berries for making jams and also making juice with her Mehu Maija.
Preceding her in death were her grandson: Alex Muszynski, her granddaughter; Andra Aho and her great-grandsons; Brendan Johnson and Rowan Kinnunen; her parents, her brothers Melvin and Reino her sisters Millie Maki and Margaret Markham.
Peter Kinnunen of Atlantic Mine
Edie (Jerry) Johnson of Atlantic Mine
Steve (Nancy) Kinnunen of Atlantic Mine
Vicky (Bill) Sleeman of Chassell
Dan (Denise) Kinnunen of Atlantic Mine
Peter (Sherry) Kinnunen III of Atlantic Mine
Pam (David) Aho of Mohawk
Ron (Lora) Kinnunen of Atlantic Mine
Shelley Kinnunen of Essexville, MI
63 grandchildren and 152 great-grandchildren
Her brother & sisters: Mike (Margie) Anderson of Boston Location
Loie (Milton) Erva of Houghton Canal
Shirley Anderson of Houghton Canal.
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Funeral services for Helen will be held 11 am Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton. Burial will be in the Oskar Cemetery.
Friends may call on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from 4 to 8 pm at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton and on Wednesday from 10 am until time of services at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton.
To view Helen’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.