HANCOCK — June M. Kauppi, 94, a former resident of Hancock and the Arbor Green Senior Living Community died Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Pewabic House in Portage Pointe in Hancock where she had been a resident patient since last June. .
She was born June 1, 1927 on the Hancock Canal family farm, daughter of the late Charles and Amanda (Kinnunen) Styrk. June grew up on the Hancock Canal and attended Canal School before attending Salo School. She then had to stay home to help work on the family farm. June was proud that she was able to return to school to receive her GED in 1978.
On October 23, 1948, June united in marriage to Rudolph Kauppi. The couple resided on the Hancock Canal until 1990 when they moved to settle in Hancock. On April 15, 1992, Rudy preceded June in death.
Ms Kauppi had worked as a nursing aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital on the 3rd floor and had retired after 26 years of service.
June has been an active member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for over 65 years, helping with the Altar Guild, social ministry, Soumi Kerho, funeral luncheons, helping with the church’s annual Strawberry Party and the quilt group. June was quite a homebody but had many talents and liked to be independent. Any day she could be working on her flower gardens or a knitting project or cutting the grass with her riding mower to change the oil in her mower. June was able to enjoy some family travel adventures, like traveling to Florida by bus and Arizona. In 1975, June and Rudy with their niece Jean visited relatives in Finland during the month of July.
She was predeceased by her husband, Rudy; his parents; and five sisters, infant Esther, Ann Honkanen, Eleanore Tarak, Gertrude Smith and Agnes Niileksela.
Locally survived by his nephew, Robert (Carol) Niileksela of Hancock Canal; niece, Jean (Eric) Phytila of the Hancock Canal; great-niece and nephews, Jenny (Tim) Bausam, Michael (Jennifer) Niileksela, Christopher (Sarah) Niileksela and Kelly (Zoe) Niileksela; great-great-great-nieces and nephews, Amy Niileksela, Abby Bausano, Emma Bausano, Jacob, Niileksela, Wesley Niileksela, Shane Niileksela, Leland Niileksela and Ash Niileksela; as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private funeral service will be held in June at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock Rev. Brahm Semmler-Smith for officer.
Interment in the spring will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.
In lieu of further expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorial contributions be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock or Omega House in Houghton in memory of June Kauppi.
To view the June obituary or to send your condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
Hancock’s Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Service helps the family make the necessary arrangements.