Anna May (Kallio) Maki

MARQUETTE, MI. – Anna May (Kallio) Maki, age 95, of Marquette, entered her heavenly home peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2014, surrounded by her loving family and staff of Norlite Nursing Center where she has resided for the past several years. She was 95 years old and was ready to be able to dance once again.

Anna was born May 10, 1918 to Emil and Helen “Nellie” (nee Vogel) Kallio. She was the oldest of 6 children and was raised at Winters Corner, Michigan. Anna graduated from Trenary High School in 1936 and married Glenn Maki in 1937. They moved to Beaver Grove in the 1940’s and to Marquette in the 1960’s. Their latest residence was on Albert Street, Marquette.

Anna was known for her great love–a God given-gift. She loved people, gardening, baking, cooking, but above all, she loved her Savior and Lord. Anna had a wonderful sense of humor which helped her through many hard times. She was always a caregiver. She helped raise her 5 siblings before raising her 8 children. Although dementia robbed her of many attributes, her sense of humor was preserved as well as her deep love for her children and her Lord.

Anna was also known for her giving spirit. She could prepare a meal for anyone who was at her home even if her cupboard was “bare.” She never passed a Salvation Army kettle without giving a monetary donation–even when money was a scarce commodity.

She was a life-long learner, reading constantly. Although Anna loved to read, she did not read for pleasure but for knowledge. Her knowledge and wisdom were appreciated by all who knew her.

She was a health food advocate before it was popular to be one. She believed in making good, wholesome food instead of using processed foods. Her gardens produced good organic produce to can and preserve for future use.

Anna is survived by her 8 children: Glennis Fyant, San Antonio, TX; Wesley Maki (Gail), Tipton, MI; Dianne Hamming (Ray), Grand Rapids, MI; Jack Maki (Marcia), Iron Mountain, MI; Pearl Larson (Lowell), Marquette, MI; Floyd Maki (Sue), Las Vegas, NV; Verdine Sweet, Rockville, SC; and Patrice Mingay, Marquette, MI. She is also survived by her 19 grandchildren, David, Cindy, Linda, Richard, Lisa, Chad, John, Steve, Eric, Roxanne, Kerri, Kelly, Lowell, Jr., Dana, Derek, Angela, Anna, Heather, and Ryan; 31 great-grandchildren and another on the way, and several great, great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Emily Booher, Workentine, Alberta, Canada and Joyce Kasemodel, Escanaba, MI; a sister-in-law, Ida Kallio, Trenary, MI; and special cousin/friend, Beatrice Johnson, Chatham, MI.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; a great-granddaughter, Brandi; brothers, Glenn Kallio and Floyd Kallio; and sisters, Irene Wedell and Viola Peterson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Monday, February 17, beginning at 12:00 noon until the time of service at 1:00 pm. Rev. David Van Kley will officiate. A reception will follow in Magunson Hall. Burial will be made in the Mathias Township Cemetery, Trenary, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Norlite Nursing Center Activity Fund or Messiah Lutheran Church.

The family would like to thank Pastor Dave Van Kley and Pastor Amanda Kossow for their pastoral care, the staff of Norlite Nursing Center for the love and care that they have given Anna, and Dominick Valenti for his dedicated visits to Anna to read the Bible and pray with her every Sunday.

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