Tunie Soderena

First Posted: 12/5/2012

Tunie M. Soderena

Crystal Falls, Mich.

Tunie M. Soderena, 99, of Crystal Falls, passed away Nov. 30, 2012, at Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at the United Lutheran Church, the Rev. Micheal Laakko officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 13, 1913, in Vaasan Lääni, Finland, daughter of the late Matt and Serafie (Leppala) Seppi. Tunie came to the United States as a child. She married Ben Soderena on Jan. 17, 1937, in Crystal Falls. He preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1979.

Tunie was an activities director at Medicare for 15 years, retiring in 1975. She was a life member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Dickinson and Iron Home Extension Club. Tunie was Crystal Falls Citizen of the Year in 1993.

In addition to her parents and husband, Tunie was preceded in death by a daughter, Lennea (Donald) Stachowicz; a brother, Marti Seppi; and two sisters, Hilda and Linda.

Survivors include two sons, Verner “Butch” (Candy) Soderena of Crystal Falls, Jon (Sharon) Soderena of Lumberton, N.C.; six grandchildren, Brandine Williamson, Patti Saudan, Barb Galarno, Julie Schoenung, Jon Paul Soderena, Amy Frazier; 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at United Lutheran Church, Crystal Falls.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls, to honor Tunie’s legacy of life.

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