Lillian E. (Raisanen) Luhtala

GREEN VALLEY, AZ. – Lillian E. “Raisanen” Luhtala, 105, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior on September 5, 2013 in Green Valley, AZ. Lillian was an incredibly generous, caring, kind and vivacious woman who loved her family and friends. She was passionate about good health, exercising and eating well until her final years, and frequently expressed her thankfulness to God for a wonderful life.

Lillian was born March 20, 1908 on a farm in Ishpeming, Michigan to Finnish immigrants and had three sisters and one brother. In her younger years, she worked various jobs in Michigan and Illinois.

After retirement, she and her late husband, Matti Ilmari Luhtala, moved to Tucson. After her husband Matti passed away in 1979, she traveled extensively in the US, especially Alaska and Finland. She was truly a young soul with much passion and energy for life, family and friends, and was known for composing hand-written letters with impeccable penmanship well into her late 90’s.

Although we celebrate that she now dances in the presence of her Savior, our beloved Aunt Lillian will be deeply missed by many extended family members and friends in Arizona, Michigan, California, Alabama and Florida.

She was preceded in death by husband Matti, brother,Jalmer Raisanen, 2 sisters: Martha Koski, and Helia Magnuson, nephews: David, Donald, and Eino Raisanen, nieces: Virginia Richards, & Julia Lyyski.

She is survived by nephew,Richard Raisanen, niece Joyce Claveau along with numerous great nieces and great nephews.

Lillian’s obituary may be viewed at where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.