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Obituary: Helen L. Liimatta

Helen Lorraine (Kiviniemi) Liimatta, 83, passed away peacefully at the Lighthouse of Hancock on Monday, September 3, 2018.

She was born on March 4, 1935 in Newtown Location, Hancock, Michigan and grew up in Painesdale, Michigan. She is a 1954 graduate of Jeffers High School.

In June 1955, she married Kenneth Roy Liimatta of Hancock and they spent most of their lives together in Painesdale. They had three sons, Michael, Steven and Paul.

Helen spent many years working in the service industry as a waitress and cook at a number of local establishments. In her later years, she operated a small neighborhood store in Painesdale that was popular with local children and teens.

She was known and loved by many because of her kindness and helpfulness to people of all walks of life, young and old.

Helen is survived by two sons; Michael Liimatta, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Nina, and Steven Liimatta who lives with his partner, Teresa Verran, in Painesdale. She has two grandchildren, Erik Liimatta who is currently teaching in Shanghai, China and Kirsten (Liimatta) Bosio, who with her husband, Stephen, resides in San

Gabriel, California. She also has three great-grandchildren; Naomi (9), Anni (5) and Teddy (2) who live with their parents in California.

She is preceded in death by her step-father, Louis Tormanen, mother Hulda Tormanen, husband, Kenneth Liimatta and son, Paul Liimatta.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 PM at the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church, South Range, Michigan.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM. A reception at the church follow the graveside services at the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range.

To view Helen’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.

Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.

The family would like to thank all of our family and friends, as well as the members of the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church for your wonderful help and support.

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