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Bertha Lillian Saari


January 12, 2018

WAKEFIELD, Mich. — Bertha Lillian Saari, 96, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Bertha was born April 8, 1921, in Ironwood, to Erick and Fanny (Rajala) Haanpaa, the eldest of 11 children. She married William Saari in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1966.

Bertha is survived by her two sons, William, of San Francisco, and Robert (Fleurette), of Crystal Falls; seven grandchildren, Gregory (Dorothy), Darin (Rebecca) and Erik (Miriam) Saari, Cynthia (Eugene) Reinke, Angela (the late Charles) Burd, Randolph (Cynthia) Penna and Kirsten (Christopher) Goodman; 12 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; three brothers, Gerald (Marlene), James (Shirley) and Royce (Brenda) Haanpaa, of California; and one sister, Marjorie Lozano, of Ironwood; and many nieces and nephews.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Wilbert (the late Julia), Arnold (the late Inga), Kenneth (Pauline), Ronald (the late Donna) and Donald (Mary) Haanpaa; and one sister, Edna Brown. There will be no memorial service in accordance with Bertha’s wishes.

Arrangements are by Range Funeral Service and Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood. To send online condolences, visit

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