Gladys B. (Paakola) Marketty

ISHPEMING, MI. – Gladys B. (Paakola) Marketty, age 88, of 1204 N. Second St., Ishpeming passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at her home in Ishpeming and while in the loving care of her family and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice.

Gladys was born November 17, 1924 in Laurium, MI the daughter of the late William and Sophie (Basto) Wiitanen. She grew up in Centennial Heights and was a graduate of the Calumet High School. She married Arne Paakola in 1941, and in 1960 they moved to Ishpeming. Gladys will be remembered as a great cook. She adored her family who meant the world to her. She married Francis “Spud” Marketty in 1988 and they spent many years in Deltona, FL. Gladys moved back to Ishpeming following “Spud’s” death in 1993. Gladys enjoyed working as the crossing guard at the C.L. Phelps School in Ishpeming for a few years. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include 5 children Jerold (Johanna) Paakola of Otter Lake. Sandra (Tony) Venezia of Deltona, FL, Bonnie Corkin of Ishpeming, Dale (Mike) Paakola of Traverse City and Wendy (Daniel) Kainulainen Sr. of Negaunee, 11 grandchildren Todd Williams, Jonathan & Jaren Paakola, Shawn & Jason Venezia, Amy Perry, Scott Corkin, Dean & Shanon Paakola, Daniel Kainulainen Jr. & Linda Kainulainen, 17 great grandchildren, a sister-in-law Florence Paakola of Wadsworth, IL along with several nieces and nephews.

Gladys was preceded in death by her first husband Arne Paakola on Dec. 5, 1970, her second husband Francis “Spud” Marketty in 1993, a son-in-law David Corkin in 2012, along with 7 brothers and 3 sisters.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 1 2pm on Tuesday March 12, 2013 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming, with the funeral services to follow at 2:00pm with the Rev. Scott Lindenberg to officiate. Interment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gladys’ grandsons.

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