CHASSELL - Alice M. Kivari, 91, a former resident of Chassell, passed away Thursday morning, May 2, 2013, at the Delaware House of PortagePointe in Hancock where she had been a resident patient for the past four years.
She was born Jan. 16, 1922, in the Snake River Hill area, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Kurtti) Luusua. As a child, she attended the Snake River Hill School.
Alice then went to work on the family farm. She later moved to the Detroit area during World War II where she had worked in the airplane assembly plants to help the war effort.
On March 19, 1949, she was united in marriage to Henry Kivari. The couple had resided in the Detroit area until 1982 when they moved to make their retirement home in Chassell.
Mrs. Kivari was a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Henry on April 23, 2007; her infant daughter; her parents; brothers and sister, William, Mildred Peterson, Harold, Lawrence, Kenneth and Roy.
Surviving are her children, Warren (Tarja) Kivari of Chassell, Rachel (Daniel) Pedersen of South Haven, Minn., Norman (Carol) Kivari of Blain, Minn. and Andrew (Jana) Kivari of Holly, Mich.; 33 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Alice will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 6 in the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock with Ronald Jouppe to officiate. Burial will be held later this spring in the Chassell Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5 in the church and from 10 a.m. until time of services in the church on Monday.
To view Alice's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.