Maxine M. (Mattila) Hellier

MARQUETTE, MI – Maxine M (Mattila) Hellier, age 72, former resident of 865G Preserve Dr. Marquette passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 while in the loving care of her family and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice following a ten year battle with cancer. Maxine had been residing at the home of her daughter at 136 Provider Dr., Gwinn, MI.

Maxine was born August 30, 1941 in Republic the daughter of the late Emil and Hulda (Koski) Mattila. Maxine grew up in Republic and was a graduate of the Republic High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1959. During her youth Maxine enjoyed ski-jumping. She had worked for First of Negaunee Bank at the Republic office and later transferred to the Negaunee office. Maxine had attend NMU for 3 1/2 years, studying health education. She was a military wife for 23 years and had lived in Albuquerque, NM, Oslo, Norway and Oberammergau, German during those years. She had resided in Marquette since 1989 and was a member of the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church in Black River.

Survivors include her children Charles (Jennifer) Hellier of Centennial, CO and Kristina (Timothy) Richard of Gwinn, MI, 2 sisters Mary (Ray) Perna of Republic and Briita J. Mattila of Marquette, a brother Paul (Dianna) Mattila of Republic, 2 grandsons Jack and Sam Hellier both of Centennial, CO, along with several nieces and nephews and many brothers and sister in faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Elizabeth Ann Mattila and a brother Edward Mattila.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday August 13, 2014 from 5 until 7pm at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home in Ishpeming, and again on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the Black River Apostolic Lutheran Church from 10 11am. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday at the Black River Apostolic Lutheran Church with Chas Prusi to officiate. Interment will take place at the Republic Cemetery.

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