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Aileen Florence Segerstrom

December 13, 1921 ~ February 6, 2019 (age 97)

Aileen Segerstrom, 97 was taken from us too soon on February 6, 2019.  Aileen was born in Rockland, MI to Paul & Aina Kettunen on December 13, 1921.

Aileen enjoyed saunas, dancing, music and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family believes she was the epitome of the Finnish word “Sisu” definition, the “extraordinary and indomitable Finnish sprit to never quit and to go beyond all limitations especially in the face of extreme adversity”.

Aileen loved telling stories about her childhood and growing up during prohibition. She recalled fondly the USO dances she attended with her brothers, one of which became the background for her first date with her future husband.  Aileen and her husband Gordon loved to travel and made a sport of it.  Some of her children’s favorite memories are their trips to Europe and family vacations over the years. In her later years, Aileen still enjoyed visiting her son in the Netherlands.

Aileen cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she was an active part of their lives. They remember her as a strong woman, who inspired their work ethic and encouraged them to aim high when reaching for their goals.  Aileen was the beloved matriarch of her family and while her passing leaves a hole that will never be filled, her family was blessed to have her loving influence and strong guidance in their lives for so many years.

Preceding her in death were her parents, brothers Armas & Arnold Kettunen, husband Gordon Segerstrom, daughters Christine and Karen and son Rudy.

Aileen is survived by her son Ronald (Edwin), daughter Marcy (Mark) Rivers, grandchildren Jeff (Christina) Goolsby, Gordon Goolsby, Michael Nold, Keri Rivers and Erin (Jeff) Rulon and great-grandchildren Isabella and Gabriel Goolsby (Jeff), Regan Goolsby (Gordon) and Savannah Lynn and Zachary Haines Rulon (Erin).

A memorial service celebrating the life of Aileen will be held at the Cane Funeral Home on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1 pm, followed by a luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ontonagon.

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