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Ellen Luoma

02/06/1922 - 02/11/2021

Ellen Luoma, 99, of Mt. Iron, died Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Waterview Pines Health Center in Virginia.

She was born February 6, 1922 to Edward and Johanna (Jussila) Hietala in Wolf, Minnesota. She married Arne Luoma on March 24, 1938. After a few years of living in Chicago, they made their home in Mt. Iron. She was mainly a stay at home mother, baking fantastic treats and knitting and crocheting many heirlooms for the family.

Survivors include daughters: Joleen Grosze of Edwardsville, Illinois, and Carol (Anthony) Potocnik of Lakeland, Florida; son, Arne (Lucie) Luoma of Mt. Iron; son-in-law, William Yoham of Miami, Florida; 19 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; 22 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arne in 1994; daughter, Sandra Yoham; grandson, Douglas Yoham; 2 sons-in-law: Robert Grosze and Robert Kangas; her parents; and sisters and brothers.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Waterview Pines for their years of care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Humane Society of you choice.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Range Funeral Home in Virginia at 1:00 pm with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

7 thoughts on “Ellen Luoma”

  1. john luoma says:

    Ellen was my aunt. I will always remember the many good times I spent with her and her husband, Arne, and family. I remember fondly the summer I spent with them as a young boy. They and family visited us many times in Minnneapolis and each time was special. May they find comfort in God’s grace as they celebrate her life.

  2. Mark Kangas says:

    My Grandma Ellen,
    What fills my head and heart when I hear her name;
    Her strength, her love for Grandpa, her Knitting, her baking for 10 o’clock coffee and 3 o’clock coffee times when working with Grandpa in the field , her endless plate collection, her playing the accordion, and driving her and grandpa to the Italian bakery for their coffee time … just taking in all the conversations going on from their era. speaking the broken half English/ Finn and other ethnic languages.
    Grandma you are loved and missed here ! But , you are now with Grandpa in the perfect kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ !

  3. Jimmy Saranpaa says:

    Mrs. Luoma was a wonderful person. She worked for my father at the Mountain Iron Co-Op in the produce department. She was a hard worker, the produce counter looked superb at all times, and was cheerful to all the customers. Since it was at a time when people still spoke Finnish, she, Irene Lundgren, my father, Asko Ruuska were able to help customers of Finnish descent. It was a pleasure to know her.

  4. Charlene & Rick Hunter says:

    She was my best friend‘s mother and for all the years that I knew her she was so kind so sweet and so considerate. Always there for her children.
    God be with you Mrs. Luoma.

  5. Sandra and Robert Willis says:

    Bob and I wish to give you our heart felt sympathy to you and your family.. With your deep faith you will heal. Our prayers are with you.

  6. Barry And Jean collins says:

    Our deepest sympathy

  7. My sincere condolences go out to my Aunt Ellen’s family. I have fond memories of her & know she lived a long & happy life! A true Finn! God bless u Auntie!

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Saturday 02/20/2021 at 1:00 PM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 12:00 PM