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Pearl Margaret Kauranen Horvath

LAKE GOGEBIC, Mich. - Pearl Margaret Kauranen Horvath, 99, of Lake Gogebic, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 18, 2021, at the Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley, Wisconsin.

Pearl was born on Oct. 25, 1921, in Chicago, a daughter of George and Margaret (Mielke) Geyer. She attended school at Dever Elementary in Chicago.

Pearl married John E. Kauranen in 1940. They were blessed with three sons. She worked in factories and ended her working career as a florist which she loved! Pearl was widowed in 1967.

On June 5, 1975, she married Martin "Dean" Horvath.

Pearl had a heart of gold and was well known for her nurturing selfless care for others. She had an open-door policy and helped many family members, taking them into her home. Pearl had an impact on almost everyone she met. She loved the Lord passionately and lived life serving others for Him.

Her favorite place to spend time, when alone, was in her flower gardens and vegetable garden. She enjoyed long walks and yoga. She loved to travel and see the world. She and her husband, Dean, were fortunate enough to do a great deal of traveling.

Pearl loved her family and so loved the little ones! She will be leaving a void in so many hearts, but we celebrate the beautiful life she lived.

Pearl is survived by two sons, John "Gene" (Kathy) Kauranen and Roger Kauranen, both of Lake Gogebic; two stepsons, Martin "Marty" (Shirley) Horvath and Charles (Sally) Horvath, both of Illinois; grandchildren, Randy (Anne) Kauranen, Phillips, Wisconsin, Tammy Kauranen, Bessemer, Debbie (Dave) Beal, Elgin, Illinois, Rick Kauranen, Itasca, Illinois, Chad (Kasia) Kauranen, of Wyoming, and Carrie and Brian Horvath; great-grandchildren, Eric (Julie) Kauranen, Nicole (Jason) Valiga, Kyle Lillie, Tanner (Megan) Lillie, Brianna Kauranen, Andrea Beal, Kelvin Beal, Zak Kauranen, Taylor Pearl Manchester, Ben Kauranen and Ella Kauranen; and 11 precious great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, John Kauranen and Dean Horvath; a son, Richard Kauranen; three brothers, Harold Geyer, George "Bud" Geyer and Earl Geyer; and a sister, Evelyn Graf.

There will be a memorial service planned for a later date when COVID restrictions allow.

A committal service and interment will take place at the Irving Park Cemetery in Chicago, in the near future.

Jerald J. Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, is assisting the family with their arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at

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