Aune Harju

June 10, 1924 - September 12, 2017
Otsego, MI



Wednesday, September 27, 2017
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
Plainwell Location
120 South Woodhams Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-5881
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
1:00 PM EDT
Cane Funeral Home
13812 US Highway 45
Bruce Crossing, MI 49912
(906) 827-3525
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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church
13980 N. Paynesville Road
Bruce Crossing, MI 49912
(906) 827-3744
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

River Rose
(269) 692-3951

Plainwell Flowers
117 S. Main
Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-8055
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Flowers Forever
301 River Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953
(906) 884-3000
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Life Story / Obituary


Aune Sylvia Harju

Aune Sylvia Harju, age 93, died on September 12, 2017 at Diana’s Care in Otsego, Michigan surrounded by her family. She was born in Pieksamaki, Finland on June 10, 1924 to Aksel and Olga (Manninen) Valkonen. She worked for many years in Finland including state work and cashiering. She immigrated to the United States in 1949 moving to the Detroit area, at first living with relatives. She met and married Emil Harju in Detroit. They moved to Paynesville, Michigan in 1952. They lived on the family farm where they raised their family. She also worked for the US Forest Service and restaurant work. From 1980 on they spent their winters in Florida. She was a kind and generous lady who made wonderful meals for her family and friends. Her family remembers the cabbage rolls, pasties, Finnish pancakes, and pulla and breads that were some of her specialties. She was also especially proud of obtaining her high school diploma.

She was preceded in death by her husband Emil of over 50 years of marriage in 2006. She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter, parents, siblings Hilja, Toivo, and Pentti.

She is survived by son Paul of Boynton Beach, Florida, two daughters Leah (Dennis) Good of Charlotte, Michigan and Diana (Nelson) Multer of Plainwell, Michigan. She is also survived by grandchildren Elissa (Chris) Mullinix, Heather (Trent) Clemen, Sarah (Nate) Voss, Devin Good, Lisa (Josh) Vyverman, John Multer, 7 great grandchildren, sister in law Aulikki Valkonen of California, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Life Story Funeral Home, Plainwell, Michigan on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Cane Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing, Michigan with Pastor Kay Richter officiating. Interment will be in the Paynesville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. EDT until the service.