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Obituary: Louise Erva

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes:

Louise I. Erva, 82, a resident of the Houghton Canal, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021, at UP Health System – Portage.

She was born on November 10, 1938, in Liminga, a daughter of the late Hjalmer and Hilda (Seppala) Anderson. Louise attended the Liminga and Redridge Schools and was a graduate of Houghton High School with the class of 1956.

On October 5, 1957, she was united in marriage to Milton Erva. The couple resided for a short time in Hancock before moving to make their home on the Houghton Canal.

Louise was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton. She was a talented seamstress and quilter.

Preceding her in death were her great-grandchildren; Carlee, Rylan and Tage Seppanen, her son-in-law: Jay Seppanen; her parents, step-father, Leo Niemi, her sisters: Mildred Maki, Helen Kinnunen and Margaret Markham; her brothers Reino and Melvin; Sister-in-law Eleanor Anderson, Brothers-in-law James Markham and Art Maki.

Surviving are:

          Her husband Milton Erva

          Her children: Joanne (George) Pennala

                               Marilyn (Brian) Haapapuro

                               Sue (Mike) Laajala

                               Dennis (Betsa) Erva

                               Jennifer (Marvin) Barhorst

                               Colleen Erva 

                               Michael (Noreen) Erva

                               Jason (Kelly) Erva

          37 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren 

          Her brother: Marvin (Margie) Anderson 

                Sister in law: Shirley Anderson

                Brother in law: Peter Kinnunen

          Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

Louise I. Erva, 82, a resident of the Houghton Canal, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021, at UP Health System – Portage.

She was born on November 10, 1938, in Liminga, a daughter of the late Hjalmer and Hilda (Seppala) Anderson. Louise attended the Liminga and Redridge Schools and was a graduate of Houghton High School with the class of 1956.

On October 5, 1957, she was united in marriage to Milton Erva. The couple resided for a short time in Hancock before moving to make their home on the Houghton Canal.

Louise was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton. She was a talented seamstress and quilter.

Preceding her in death were her great-grandchildren; Carlee, Rylan and Tage Seppanen, her son-in-law: Jay Seppanen; her parents, step-father, Leo Niemi, her sisters: Mildred Maki, Helen Kinnunen and Margaret Markham; her brothers Reino and Melvin; Sister-in-law Eleanor Anderson, Brothers-in-law James Markham and Art Maki.

Surviving are:

A private funeral service for Louise will be held at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton with David Taivalkoski to officiate. Burial will be in the Oskar Cemetery.

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

The Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements.

A private funeral service for Louise will be held at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton with David Taivalkoski to officiate. Burial will be in the Oskar Cemetery.

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

The Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services of Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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