Florence L. Honkonen

GLADSTONE – Florence L. Honkonen, 91, of 217 Dakota Ave., Gladstone, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.

Florence was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Gladstone, the daughter of Louis and Selina (Desotelle) Marohnic. She lived most of her life in the Gladstone and Brampton area. Florence was united in marriage to Sulo Honkonen on March 1, 1941. Sulo preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1989.

Florence was a cook for Pine Haven Nursing Home for 18 years. She was a former member of the Gladstone American Legion Post 71 Auxiliary. Her hobbies included dancing, especially polka, and shopping with her lady friends. She also enjoyed house cleaning and gardening.

Survivors include her daughters, Gloria (Terry) Paulin of Gladstone, Joyce (Mark) Christiansen of Cornell, Cindy (Keith) Lehman of Escanaba, Deb (Phil Baribeau) Honkonen of Escanaba; sons, Ed Honkonen of Escanaba, Clifford (Gail) Honkonen of Racine, Wis.; brothers, Albert (Carol) Marohnic of Escanaba and John (Jan) Marohnic of Milwaukee; nine grandchildren, John and Jim Quinn, Scott Honkonen, Bill, Laura, Hank, Gary, and Cheryl (Honkonen) Buccanero, and Jason Lehman; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sulo, Florence was preceded in death by her brothers, William, Luke and Charles; sister, Bernice; and grandson, Gary Paulin in 1976.

Private visitation and funeral services conducted by Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski of the All Saints Catholic Church will be held on Monday, May 19, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Burial will be in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Honkonen family.

Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the family.