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Lyna H. Hariu


HURLEY - Lyna H. Hariu, 95, of Kimball Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Hurley with her family by her side.

She was born March 8, 1922, in Saxon, Wis., daughter of the late John and Lilja (Jaskari) Luoma. Lyna attended Saxon High School and was employed in Chicago. She was also employed in Los Angeles as a clerk at a tool company and then as a receptionist at St. Mary's Hospital in Superior.

On Aug. 11, 1945, Lyna was married to Oscar Hariu at the Zion Lutheran parsonage by the late Pastor Jacob Hirvi.

With her husband, they owned and operated the Hariu Jewelry Store in Hurley until 1979. Lyna was then employed by Iron County Human Services, her "second family whom she loved," for 25 years until retirement at the age of 84.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Rachel Circle and the Kimball Homemakers. She also taught Sunday School for many years.

She enjoyed reading, knitting, bird watching and golf. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lyna was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna (Charles) Thomas, of Mercer; five grandchildren, Joseph (Nicole) Hariu, of Hurley, Matthew (Nicole) Hariu, of Arkansas, Natalie (Brock) Swartz, of Kimball, Stefani (Jerrid) Sielaff, of Green Bay, and Daniel (Becky) Thomas, of Kimball; 12 great-grandchildren, Bryan, Brant, Devin, Landon, Virgil, Rysz, Brooke, Jake, Aili, Louis, Archie and Ava. Also surviving is her brother, Eugene (Joan) Luoma, and her sister-in-law, Sonja Luoma, both of Saxon; and many special nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Lyna was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar, on Nov. 5, 1981, sons, James H. "Jamie," on Nov. 16, 2005, and David, of polio in 1953, a brother, John Luoma, and sister, Helmi Hein.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ironwood at 11 a.m. Rev. Lisa Ubbelohde will officiate. Lyna's family will receive relatives and friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday.

Range Funeral Service and Crematory and the Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Hurley and Ironwood has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. To view this obituary and make online condolences, visit


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