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Audrey Harjala

Audrey Virginia Harjala

Thursday, November 26, 1942 - Friday, January 4, 2019
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January 4, 2019 Traprock Valley

Audrey Virginia (Maki) Harjala, 76, a resident of Traprock Valley passed away with her family by her side on Friday January 4, 2019 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock and is now gone home to be with her Lord.

She was born on November 26, 1942 in Hancock a daughter to the late Toivo Anslum Maki and Jeanette Virginia (Walitalo), she was the oldest of six girls.

Audrey graduated from Hancock High School in 1960 and attended Suomi College for a short time. Following school she worked at Superior National Bank, then moved to Detroit for a short while before returning back to Hancock and worked for her father who owned Maki Oil Co. in Ripley. Later she worked at Siirtola Well Drilling in Dollar Bay until her retirement.

She married Gerald Arthur Harjala on June 20, 1970 in Hancock at the Franklin Street Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Preceding her in death by her parents and a sister Anita Walrath.

She was a loving wife of Gerald for 48 years.

She was the mother of three sons: Greg Harjala of Findlay,Ohio and the mother of his 3 children Maria, Eric (Jenna) Harjala of Tamarack City and Kurt (Amy) Harjala of Johannesburg, MI

Grandmother to nine grandchildren: Isabella, Landon, Abigail, Billy, Micah, Caleb, Eli, Ben and Abraham.

Sister to: Mariane (Herb) Boxer, Christine (Jerry) Lukach, Joyce (Jim) Tapani, Jane (John) Bowen

Brother in law Dick Walrath and numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins survive.

Visitation will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hancock on Friday
January 11th from 3-4:00 PM.

A memorial service will be held on Friday January 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hancock with Pastor Jesse Aho to officiate.

Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Lake Linden.

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church or Camp Lahti 400 Ingot Street Hancock, MI 49930
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 11, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, January 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Zion Lutheran Church
    Address Not Available
  • Memorial Service

    Friday, January 11, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Friday, January 11, 2019 4:00pm
    Zion Lutheran Church
    Address Not Available
    Pastor Jesse Aho
  • Reception

    Friday, January 11, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, January 11, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Zion Lutheran Church
    Address Not Available
    Luncheon to follow memorial service in the church hall.


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Mary Anne Storm

Posted at 10:03pm
To Audrey's Family:
You have my heartfelt sympathy in the passing of our Dear Audrey. May our Lord give you Peace & Comfort at this difficult time.
You are in my prayers & thoughts. I am unable to attend, but will be thinking of you now & in the coming days.
We shared many good times over the years; besides, our mothers were also good friends. Whenever I came to the C.C.
I'd go to visit Audrey. The last few times she was unable to speak, but I thought she could hear & understand.
She has gone to join her parents & Anita in Heaven above, where there's no pain or sickness. She has attained the reward!
In Christian Love, God's Peace to each of you, Mary Anne Storm, Lake Worth, FL

Melissa Pirkola

Posted at 07:23pm
Jerry , Greg, Eric and Kurt ,
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your wife and mother. Prayers for peace and comfort to you all.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Faith & Neil, Kenny & Regina, Don & Velvet, Patty & Dan, and Darlene & Paul
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