Ruth Esther Seppala

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Ruth Esther Seppala, age 83, of Marquette, passed away on Sunday, May 26 at her residence. She spent her last days under the care of her loving family, Lake Superior Hospice and the staff of Mill Creek.

Ruth was born in Covington, Michigan on January 1, 1930 to Simon and Hilda (Syrjala) Leaf. She attended Covington Township Schools and graduated from L’Anse High School in 1948. On June 24, 1950 she married Rudolph Seppala. They started a family and lived in Covington, Skanee, Minneapolis, MN, Rockford, IL, and Marquette. Ruth has been a resident of Marquette since 1964. Ruth was an accomplished artist and attended numerous classes and art seminars. She loved her Thursday Painters art group and Red Hat Society friends. She was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Hobbies included gardening, feeding and watching birds, reading and traveling. She also loved listening to music and dancing.

Her camp in Three Lakes, Michigan was her favorite place to go to spend time with family and enjoy the beauty of nature. She will always be remembered for her kind heart, sense of humor, storytelling, and love of family.

Ruth is survived by her son, Randy Seppala, of Watton; daughters, Janis (Daniel) Hamari of Three Lakes, Nancy Schneider of Three Lakes, and Kathy (Mike) Lynch of Marquette; grandchildren, Andrew (Jessica) Hamari, Alan Hamari, Bill Schneider, Becky (David) Higginson, Daniel Lynch, Matt Lynch; great-grandchildren, Kai, Ezra and Oli Higginson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends.

Preceding her in death are her husband of 48 years, Rudy Seppala; her parents, Simon and Hilda Leaf; her sister, Gladys Koskela; her brother, Marvin Leaf, and her son-in-law, Henry Schneider.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 30, beginning at 12:00 noon. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon with Rev. David Van Kley and Rev. Amanda Kossow officiating. Ruth’s grandsons will serve as escorts. A reception will follow in Magnuson Hall. Burial will be made in the Covington Cemetery on Friday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church of Marquette, Bethany Lutheran Church of Covington, or the charity of your choice.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at