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Obituary: Martha E. Hill

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes:

Chassell

Martha E. Hill, 82, a former resident of Chassell, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the Franklin House of Portage Pointe in Hancock. 

She was born on February 20, 1937, in Humbolt Twp., MI, a daughter of the late William and Helvi (Lakanen) Mattila.  Martha was a graduate of the Republic Schools with the class of 1954, she then attended Soumi College and graduated from Northern Michigan University receiving a master’s degree in education.

On October 10, 1958, she was united in marriage to Arthur J. Hill.  The couple had resided in Hancock and since 1984 had made their home in Chassell.  

Mrs. Hill had taught 2nd grade for the Chassell schools retiring after 25 years.   She loved her family  and music was always a big part of her life.  Martha sang in several local musical productions and for three different churches in the area. She also was a longstanding member of the Copper Country Chorale and the MTU choral groups.  She was active with the Chassell Historical Society, and enjoyed sewing, reading canning and working in her gardens.

Preceding her in death were her husband, her sons James Alfred Hill (at birth) and Arthur Michael Hill; her parents; her siblings, William, Elma Laughlin, George, Sulo, Helen Feigl, Reino, Agnes Warner, Ruth Puroll, Raymond, Charles, David, Francis, Ronald, Laura Sloney and Jenney.

Surviving are: 

            Her children: 

                        Karen (Roger) Reynolds of Delmar, CA

                        Karl Fredrick Hill of Rockford, IL 

                        Myra Pentler of Grand Rapids, MI 

                        Vicki Usitalo of Chassell

                        Rebecca Hill of Clearwater, FL 

                        Paula (Jason) Coyle of Hutchenson, MN

            7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren

            Her brothers: Eli (Shirlee) Mattila of Silverdale, WA

                                    Fred (Judy) Mattila of Champion, MI

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to say a very special thank you to the wonderful staff of Portage Pointe who cared for her every day of the past 6 years where she lived in Franklin House.  

A memorial service for Martha will be held 11 am, Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell with Rev. Soren Schmidt to officiate. 

Friends may call from 6 to 8:00 pm on Friday evening January 10, 2020, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Chassell and on Saturday from 10 am until time of services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell. 

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

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

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