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Obituary: Mark E. Kilpela

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes:

Atlantic Mine

Mark E. Kilpela, 67, a resident of Atlantic Mine, passed away Saturday November 9, 2019, at Woodland Haven of Canal View- Houghton County where he had been a resident patient for the past year and a half.

Mark was born on November 8, 1952, in Laurium, a son of Howard and Lillian (Poyhonen) Kilpela. He was raised in Hancock and was a graduated of the Hancock High School with the class of 1971. He then attended Michigan Technological University where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1975.

On September 14, 1974, Mark was united in marriage to the former Christine Heinonen in Farmington, MI. The couple has resided in Atlantic Mine since 1975 where they raised their 15 children.

Since 1974, Mark had been employed by Michigan Technological University in the School of Technology before retiring from the Electrical Engineering Department in 2011, due to his illness.

Mr. Kilpela was an active member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Houghton where he had served on the board for a number of years. He also enjoyed the outdoors and was a former member of the Adams Township School Board.

Preceding him in death were his father Howard, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Surviving are:

His wife: Christine Kilpela of Atlantic Mine

His children:

Krista (Tim) Rajala of Atlantic Mine

Arthur (Christy) Kilpela of Redridge

Laura (Mark) Larson of Houghton

Trevor Kilpela of Chassell

Bridget (Darren) Kinnunen of Atlantic Mine

Trent (Sally) Kilpela of Traprock Valley

Betsy (John) Rajala of Atlantic Mine

Nora (Aaron) Helminen of Atlantic Mine

Bret (Katelyn) Kilpela of Dickinson, ND

Nels Kilpela of Dickinson, ND

Jana (Michael) Anderson of Atlantic Mine

Aaron Kilpela of Atlantic Mine

Marty Kilpela of Dickinson, ND

Richard Kilpela of Dickinson, ND

Ginny (Jeffrey) Torola of Mound, MN

62 very special grandchildren

His mother Lillian Kilpela of Hancock

His siblings: Ralph (Annette) Kilpela of Cokato, MN

Margaret (Darwin) Heinonen of Atlantic Mine

Timothy Kilpela of Hancock

Virginia (Roger) Pietila of Howell, MI

Daniel (Shannon) Kilpela of Dollar Bay

Laura (Harry) Leukuma of Delano, MN

David Kilpela of Chassell

His in-laws: Darwin (Margaret) Heinonen of Atlantic Mine

Kurt (Lynda) Heinonen of Laurium

Sarah (Robert) Baratono of Hancock

Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins

Funeral services for Mark will be held 11 am Tuesday November 12, 2019, at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton with David Taivalkoski to officiate. Spring burial will be in the Atlantic Mine Cemetery.

Friends may call on Monday November 11, 2019, from 4 to 8:00 pm and on Tuesday November 12, 2019, from 10 am until time of services at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton.

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

The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock have been assisting the family with the arrangements.

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