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Edna Irene Marie Pietila

MIDLAND, Mich. — Edna Irene Marie Pietila, age 83, of Midland, formerly of Bruce Crossing, passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

Edna was born April 23, 1938, in Ironwood, the daughter of Toivo and Ellen (Haanpaa) Kaars. She earned her LPN Degree and worked as a nurse in White Pine, Phelps and Bruce Crossing for over 40 years. Edna married Kenneth Pietila on June 5, 1965. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Edna enjoyed baking, sewing, crafting, doing puzzle books, traveling, spending time with her family and loved Christmas.

She is survived by her daughters, Ellen (John) Sliger, Marilyn (Doug) Sexton and Sheila Wright; grandchildren Phillip Sexton, Matthew Sexton, Melissa Sliger and Michael Wright; brothers-in-law, James (Wanda) Pietila, Gerald (Barb) Pietila; and a sister-in-law, Sherry Kaars.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; brothers, Dave, Thomas and Phillip; and infant sister, Susan.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13980 N. Paynesville Rd., Bruce Crossing, MI 49912. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held Thursday from 12 p.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 11170 Manty Road, Bruce Crossing, MI 49912.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lux and Whiting Funeral Chapel, Breckenridge. To view Edna’s obituary or to leave a condolence for the family please visit