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Martha Heinonen, 99

Martha Heinonen, 99, of Frazee died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007 at Frazee Care Center.

She was born Dec. 15, 1907 in Lapuan, Finland to Frank and Maria Sofia Nurmi. At the age of 9, she and her family arrived in New York on a ship from Finland. Her mother became ill with tu-berculosis and died in 1917. Her father and stepmother died of the flu in 1918. She was adopted by the Mike Heinonen family in Crosby. They lived in Shell Lake Township.

She married Werner Hei-nonen Aug. 7, 1923 in Snell-man. They farmed in Park Rapids before moving to Berkley, CA, where she worked in the canning fac-tories during World War II. They returned to Park Rap-ids and later farmed in Snellman. She continued to farm until 1973 when she started working for Multi County Nursing Service, retiring at age 86. She en-tered the Frazee Care Center in 2001.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Eunice Heinonen of Hawley; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren, seven great-great-great-grandchildren and numer-ous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in March 1972; daughter, Violet Dormanen; two sons, Nestor and Howard; her siblings; and a grandson-in-law, Pat-rick Dauner.

Funeral: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman.

Interment: Snellman Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman or to her family.

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