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Marie W. Wiitanen

November 19, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Marie W. Wiitanen, 88, a resident of Hancock, passed away at home Sunday morning, Nov. 18, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

She was born Sept. 13, 1924, in Painesdale, a daughter of the late James and Albina (Gereau) Mitchell. As a child, she moved with her family to Hancock. Jeanine graduated from Hancock High School with the Class of 1942.

On Jan. 19, 1946, she was united in marriage to Arthur "Flash" Wiitanen. In 1946, the couple moved to make their home on Minnesota Street in the house that Art had built for them. On Sept. 4, 2003, Art preceded Marie in death.

Marie was a member of Church of the Resurrection in Hancock where she was active with the Altar Society. She was a member of Alfred Erickson Post 186 American Legion Auxiliary in Hancock for over 40 years, the XYZ Club and St. Anne's Society.

She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, baking and playing cards.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Arthur; her parents; her sister, Claire Adams; and her brothers, Jim and Joseph Mitchell.

Surviving are her daughter, Sharon (Walt) Kusnier of Dexter, Mich.; her grandchildren, Jeff (Kelly) Kusnier and Laura Coleman; her great-grandchildren, Kyle, Tyler and Emma Kusnier and Nyah and Noah Coleman; her sister, Gladys Olson of Hancock; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Marie will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Hancock with Fr. Brian Gerber to officiate. Spring burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass in the church.

To view Marie's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit

The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with arrangements.



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