Vivian Irene Gutzman

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Vivian Irene Gutzman, age 92, formerly of 222 S. Fifth Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday evening, January 5, 2013, at the Norlite Nursing Center, in the loving, comforting care of her family and the caregivers of UP Home Health and Hospice.

Vivian was born in Gwinn on December 29, 1920, one of 13 children to Liami and Samuel Hakala, and was raised in Eben. She was of Finnish heritage and spoke Finnish fluently. She met Ray Gutzman, the one and only love of her life, in Marquette, and they were married in 1941. They had three children, Diane (Lysle) Elder, Dale (Samantha) Gutzman, and Debra (Robert) Vidlund. Vivian has seven grandchildren, Lysle (Kathi) Elder, Mark (Mary) Elder, Stacey Elder, Michele Johnson, Erin Gutzman, Rachel (Rob) Tedder, and Naomi (Tony) Evans; twelve great-grandchildren, Jordan, Kelsea, Christopher, and Brandi Elder, Tyler and Addison Johnson, Vivian and Sofia Tedder, and Chloe Evans; step-great grandchildren, Brenda Barra Kristin Jager, and Reid Tedder; one step great great-grandchild, Brekon Barra; former daughter-in-law, Cheryl Gutzman; and many nieces and ne-phews. In addition to her parents, Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, in 1970; sisters, Helga, Bertha, and Anna; and a brother, Leslie.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Calvary Lutheran Church on Wednesday, January 9, beginning at 11:00 am. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Joel Fleischer, pastor, officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Spring interment will be made at the Northland Chapel Gardens.

Family was everything to Vivian and she loved everyone. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who had the privilege to know and love her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at