WESTLAND, Mich. - Brother Paul died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, after complications from cancer surgery.
He was born on Feb. 1, 1922, in Vahakyro, Finland, the oldest son of Matias Emil & Anni Irene (Bagge) Frusti. The family of six with their parents, Paul, Bertha, Paavo and Bert traveled to Calumet.
Paul graduated from Calumet High School in 1941. He was a member of the football, basketball and track team and won the George Gipp Award in 1941.
After high school, Paul moved to the Detroit area and worked in machine shops. He was drafted into the Army and fought in the Philippines. After the war he was sent to Japan and served with the occupation forces.
He met his wife Millie at a Lutheran convention in Ashtabula, Ohio, and was married in 1947.
His work experience after college was with Ford Motor Co., Massy Ferguson and Chrysler Motors, from where he retired in 1979. Paul enjoyed 33 years of retirement.
He was a beloved husband to Millie and son David; and siblings, Paavo John, Bert and Bertha.
He is survived by sister, Helen; brother, Hjalmer; four sons, Jim (Karen), Mark (Diane), Dan (Anna) and Philip (Cassandra); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Paul was buried in the Glen Eden Cemetery on Jan. 15, 2013.