Shirley C. Rajala

EAST GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. – Shirley C. (Roy) Rajala, 77, a resident of E. Grosse Pointe Shores, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Franklin House of Portage Pointe in Hancock where she had been a resident patient.

She was born on October 9, 1935, in Hancock, a daughter of the late Carl and Laina (Saari) Hiltunen. As a child she attended the Hancock Schools.

Shirley moved to the Detroit area where she was united in marriage to Roy Rajala on June 19, 1954. The couple had resided in Detroit, Livonia, Pinckney, Marquette and since 1996 had made their home in East Grosse Pointe Shores.

Mrs. Rajala had worked for Kress Department Store in the Detroit area, then Blue Cross, before cleaning homes for various doctors in the Marquette area.

Shirley was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton. She loved working with crafts especially sewing, she had made most of her daughters clothing as they had grown. She also enjoyed canning and baking.

Preceding her in death were he parents and her sister June Rajala.

Surviving are: Her Husband: Roy Rajala of E. Grosse Pointe Shores. Her beloved daughters: Beverley (James) Heikkinen of Calumet. Barbara (Corey) LaPlaunt of Marquette, Brenda (Gary) Albright of Marquette, Bettie (Oscar) Sotomayor of Suffolk, Va., BeckySue (Scott) Becker of Atlanta, Ga.; 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and Christian friends, including her dear nephew Del Rajala of Mohawk and cousin Bertha Norczyk of Ontonagon.

Funeral services for Shirley will be held 11 a.m. Friday May 10, 2013, at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton with Richard Eskola to officiate. Friends may call on Thursday May 9, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton.

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Correspondence may be sent to Roy Rajala, 27419 East Grosse Pt, Hancock MI 49930.

The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock has been assisting the family with the arrangements.