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Priscilla Marie Estola


December 24, 2018

Priscilla Marie Estola 1938 - 2018

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Priscilla Marie Estola, 80, of Ironwood Township, passed away on Dec. 20, 2018.

Priscilla was born on June 24, 1938, to Fred and Inga (Leppanen) Goodney. At a fairly young age, Fred passed away and Inga later married Arnold Haanpaa and he was always "Dad" to Priscilla as well. She attended Roosevelt School in her youth and later in life she proudly graduated from Luther L. Wright Adult Education Program, receiving her degree in 1973.

On June 26, 1954, she married Eino E. Estola and they raised a family together. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1987.

After Eino passed away she attended and graduated from Gogebic Community College where she received an Associate Degree.

Priscilla was a person of strong faith. She had a great love for God, her family and friends. She was an active member and volunteer at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ironwood.

From 1963 to 1966, while still married, her and Eino owned and operated the Corner Café in Ironwood Township. For many years she also worked as a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. She was later employed with Keweenaw Land Association and retired from the Charter Township of Ironwood in 2000.

She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, and attend their school and sporting events. She also loved reading and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. In addition to her volunteer work at her church, she also volunteered at Little Finland.

She will be sadly missed by: her children, Bartley Estola of Grand Rapids, Bradley Estola of Milwaukee, Wis., and Bonita Estola of Ironwood Township; grandchildren, Evan, Brigette, Zane and Aiden; one brother, Durwood "Sam" (Gerry) Goodney of Phillips, Wis .; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Inga; her stepfather Arnold; and her husband, Eino.

There will be a memorial service for Priscilla on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ironwood, 111 S. Curry St. There will be a visitation on Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment will be at Sunset Acres Cemetery, Ironwood Township, in the spring.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood is assisting the family. For more information and to express condolences, visit


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