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Obituary: Ann Marie “Tessie” Klemett

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home:

Ann Marie “Tessie” Klemett, age 74, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2021 at GreenTree of Hubbell where she happily resided for the past 2 years. Born and raised in Baraga, MI, she later married Wayne Wainio of Painesdale, and they had 4 children, relocating for work, they raised the children in Milwaukee, WI until their divorce in 1981.

Tessie returned to the UP and was shortly thereafter diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, under the care of CCMHS.  Life went on and she lived independently in Calumet in her later years.

Among her joys in life, Tessie loved her family, music, art, beauty, makeup and nature – and humor – never without a witty comeback or quick quip to make you smile.  She will forever be remembered for her very unique brand of humor and “sisu”.

Tessie was preceded in death by her son Christopher Wainio (2017); she is survived by her sister, Karen Oja; her children, Marilyn (Frank) Arens, Dale Wainio and Pamela Wainio; her grandchildren, Brenda Arens, Brandon Arens and Brittany Arens and a number of great grandchildren.

The family is grateful for the wonderful staff at GreenTree, CCMHS and Portage Hospice Care for their thoughtful care and compassion throughout.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.comPrivate final arrangements have been made with Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home.

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