Martha M. Saaranen | News, Sports, Jobs


ROCKLAND – Martha M. Saaranen, 76, of Rockland, died suddenly on her birthday, December 26, 2021, from a brief illness.

Martha was born on December 26, 1945 in Ontonagon, daughter of Sulo and Sylvia Laitala.

Martha married Harold Saaranen on March 12, 1966 and would have three children, Cheryl, Brenda and Howie.

She shared her life with Harold until her death on August 10, 2012.

Martha was a nurse at work and at home. She worked for 56 years at Ontonagon Hospital and still worked PRN. He was an amazing, loving and caring human being. She has lived her life in the service of others, always caring for one person or another.

She was proud to be a member of the Siloa Lutheran Church in Ontonagon.

Martha was passionate about gardening, photography, driving UTVs, going to the casino and watching children’s sporting events, traveling all the way to Mississippi to see them.

Martha was one of the nicest women to ever walk this earth, she touched so many lives with her loving heart, her hugs were the best and she hugged you whether she knew you or not.

Martha is survived by her children, Cheryl Dahlke (Russ), Brenda Brookins (Tom) and Howie; grandchildren, Nicole, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Brianna, Maegan, Sabastian, Jacob and Jackson; great-grandchildren, Talia, Emmett and Akari; sisters, Dorothy Erickson, Elsie Sulkanen, Marjorie Amos, Carol Lukkari, Joanne Sorenson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold, and her parents Sylvia and Sulo Laitala.

Visitations will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon.

A funeral service will be held on Monday January 3, 2022 in Ontonagon at 11 a.m. Interment will take place in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery in Rockland.

Cane Funeral Home assists the family in the process.

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