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Leona Marie (Morien) T'Niemi

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - Leona Marie (Morien) T'Niemi, 94, passed away in Big Rapids on Nov. 29, 2019. She was born in Wausau, Wis., on May 18, 1925, to the late Anton and Augusta Morien. She moved to Rockland as a teenager and graduated with the class of 1944.

On Sept.15, 1945, she married William T'Niemi, in Ontonagon, where they lived for 66 years.

Leona was an excellent baker, an avid reader, a great seamstress and she had a "green thumb" with her plants. Her aloe plants are prolific.

Leona is survived by her children: Priscilla (Stephen) Gehrig of Shreveport, La., Sharon (Doug) Doxsee of Bitely, Diana (Roy) Tuttle of Essexville, and Bill (Nora) T'Niemi of Twin Lakes; eight grandchildren: Christopher (Keri Dismukes) Doxsee, Dyan (Thomas Black) Doxsee, Lynn (Efrain) Perez, Anne T'Niemi, Emily T'Niemi, Nicole (Richard Cantley) Tuttle, Erin (Stephen) Kazmierski, and Jennifer (Austin) Baker; and nine great-grandchildren, Bella, Ansu and Mateo Perez, Madeline and Wesley Kazmierski, Felix and Eleanor Cantley and Everett and Lorelei Baker. She is also survived by her sister, Elaine Lampinen; four sisters-in-law, Mae Morien, Mabel Morien, Judy Colby and Betty Rutila; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leona was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 2003; her parents, her brothers, sisters and their spouses, Anton (Delephine) Morien, Oscar (Ann) Morien, Joseph Morien, William Morien, Edward Morien, Helen Morien, Phyllis (Arthur) Tapani; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Hank Lampinen, Edwin Lampi, Eslie (Kay) Lampi and Ellen Lampi, Elma (Frank) Olewinski, Edward (Kay) Niemi, Robert (Marge) Tuoriniemi, Ralph Colby, Paul Rutila and June (Duane) Baukus.

Graveside services will be held in Ontonagon in the summer of 2020.

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Memorials may be directed to: Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living - Baruch Senior Ministries, 801 Fuller Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307; or Elara Caring - Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 203 S. State St., Big Rapids, MI 49307.

The family would like to thank Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living - Baruch Senior Ministries and Elara Home Health and Hospice of Big Rapids for their excellent care of our mother.

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