Anita J. Liukkonen

ESCANABA – Anita J. Liukkonen, 71, of Rock, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba.

Anita was born Feb. 23, 1942, in Escanaba, the daughter of Otto and Leota (VanEffen) Severinsen. She graduated from the Holy Name Catholic High School in 1960 and was united in marriage to Wayne Liukkonen on July 15, 1961, at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Escanaba. Anita raised her family in Rock and was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins where she taught CCD, headed the youth church band and served in various capacities over the years. Anita was very active in serving her community. She was an outreach worker with the Community Action Agency, involved with 4-H, served on the Mid-Pen School Board and started the youth center and Head Start programs in the area. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her grandchildren.

Anita is survived by her husband, Wayne; two sons, Randy (Teresa) Liukkonen of Glendale, Ariz., Scott (Cindy) Liukkonen of Gladstone; one daughter, Lynn Summers of Escanaba; nine grandchildren, Angela, Bradley, Andria, Brendan, Morgan, Levi, Jesse, Jasmine and Kayleb; three great-grandchildren, Jayden, Jaxon and Soraya; one brother, Walter (Cheri) Severinsen of Escanaba; two sisters, Cheryl (Harold) Leisner of Escanaba and Kathie Larson of Escanaba; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mary Severinsen; and her special friend, Theresa Lippens.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins. A luncheon will be served following services in the church fellowship hall.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff of the Christian Park Health Care Center for their kindness and compassion.

The Liukkonen family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to