Medical 06

Martha M. Saaranen

December 26, 1945 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 76)


Martha M. Saaranen,76, of Rockland, MI died unexpectedly on her birthday, December 26,2021 from a brief illness.

Martha was born on December26, 1945 in Ontonagon, MI, the daughter of Sulo and Sylvia Laitala.

Martha married Harold Saaranen on March 12,1966 and would have three children, Cheryl, Brenda and Howie. She shared her life with Harold until his passing on August 10, 2012.

Martha was a nurse both at work and at home. She worked for 56 years at the hospital in Ontonagon and was still working PRN. She was an incredible, loving, caring human being. She lived her life in service to others, always caring for one person or another. She was a proud member of the Siloa Lutheran Church in Ontonagon.

Martha was passionate about gardening, photography, riding the UTV, going to the casino and watching any of the kids sporting events, traveling as far as Mississippi to see them.

Martha was one of the kindest women to ever walk this earth, she touched so many lives with her loving heart, her hugs were the best and she would hug you whether she knew you or not.

Martha is survived by her children Cheryl Dahlke (Russ), Brenda Brookins (Tom) and Howie; grandchildren: Nicole, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Brianna, Maegan, Sabastian, Jacob and Jackson, great grandchildren; Talia, Emmett and Akari: sisters, Dorothy Erickson, Elsie Sulkanen, Marjorie Amos, Carol Lukkari, Joanne Sorenson and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, parents Sylvia and Sulo Laitala.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon, MI. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Siloa Lutheran Church in Ontonagon at 11am. Burial will take place in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery in Rockland.

Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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January 2, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cane Funeral Home
310 N. Steel St.
Ontonagon, MI 49953

Funeral Service
January 3, 2022

11:00 AM
Siloa Lutheran Church
218 E. River St.
Ontonagon, MI 49953

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