Finn-ITALINO Night

Come enjoy a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, July 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Adults $7, children 12 and under $4. This is a fundraiser for the new bar, sponsored by the Bar Committee.



Our annual Juhannus celebration will be held on Saturday, June 20. We will celebrate Finn Camp’s 90th year by dancing to traditional Finnish music starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Dance Hall, and there will be a DJ about 9:00 p.m. A horseshoe tournament, led by John Mazurek, will begin about 2:00 o’clock. Look for sign-up sheets. The kokko (bonfire) will be lit at 10:00 p.m. Although because of the wet weather, it may not light the Kokko Master tells us. The kitchen will be open Saturday from noon to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sign-up sheets for kitchen work hours will be at the beach. Juhannus buttons for grounds admission are $5 for adults; children 18 and under are free. We will also have a 50/50 and a raffle: tickets are $ 1each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be June 20 at 8:00 p.m. in the Dance Hall. You need not be present to win. All proceeds go to the Juhannus Committee. Raffle tickets are now on sale in the Clubroom.

Voima Boys

Voima Boys

Voima Boys’ will play two games today, May 8, at 6:15 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. both at Aho Field.

Weather forcast at game time: Near 80 °F with scattered showers, chance of precipitation is 41%. Light south southwest wind becoming southwest 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night Grill will be open at 6:00 p.m.

Voima Boys’ first game of the season

This ​Friday, April 24, marks the opener of the over-35 softball league season.  The Voima Boys game starts at 6:15 p.m. on the Finn Camp’s Aho Field. To start it off, St. Urho Queen Leah Honka Paukovits will throw the first pitch to King Rob Johnson. The Friday Night Grill will be open at 6:00 p.m. for some good food while watching the game.

Voima Boys game schedule is here.


Karen H. Pype

Karen H. Pype
July 18, 1940 – April 07, 2015
Karen Helen Pype of Wixom, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday morning, April 7, 2015. She was 74 years old. Born on July 18, 1940 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Arne Joel and Hazel Lillian (Finnila) Santti. Karen grew up in the large and loving Finnish-American community, summering on Sun Lake at the Finn Camp in Wixom where she served on the Recreation Committee. She graduated from Southfield High School in 1958. After meeting at a birthday party in Royal Oak, she soon fell in love with and married Richard “Dick” Pype on July 18, 1961 in Allenton, Michigan– her devoted husband of 53 years. Together they raised four children, for whom Karen was homemaker, chauffeur, Girl Scout Leader, short-order cook, Band Parent and Mom; she was active in American Field Service and serving as a Host Mom for the International Student Exchange Program. Karen was counselor and confidant and general comptroller. She was an expert, some would say, a “compulsive” organizer, but it served her family well.

Karen Pype loved deeply and lived life to its fullest with grace and good purpose. She was an avid reader and loved long days at the beach with a good book. She enjoyed the theater and held season tickets to the Fisher and followed the Broadway shows and organized outings to the young people’s productions for her children and then grandchildren. She enjoyed travel – to London and Germany, Italy, Morocco and Mexico – and anywhere to visit family and friends. To keep track of them all, she studied genealogy and joined Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family across generations. A woman of abiding faith, she was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Milford.

Karen is survived by her beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Pype; children, Robyn (Wayne) Jokinen, Todd Pype, Julie (Jeff) Hoisington and Jeffrey (Justina) Pype; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe (Carol) Santti, Karl (Carol) Santti; sisters, Tina Santti and Sue Andrews; sisters-in-law, Pat (Bill) Cutcher, Charlene Pype and Nanette Pype. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends who join with her family in mourning the death of a dear woman and giving thanks to God for her life among them. ?

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1955 East Commerce Road, Milford on Friday, April 10 at 11:30. Fr. John Budde to officiate. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, Wednesday 4-9 PM & Thursday 2-9 PM. Rosary Thursday, 7PM.

Memorials may be made to: Finn Camp Special Project Fund.

For further information please call 248-684-6645.

Finn Camp is sorry to tell you that we lost Karen Pype early this morning of an apparent heart attack.  We are fortunate that she was able to return home from the hospital and then rehab on Saturday.  She had a nice quiet Easter at home on Sunday. Our condolences to Karen’s family.

Karen will be at Lynch & Sons in Milford 
404 E Liberty
Milford, MI 48381
visiting hours
Weds. 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs. 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Rosary Thurs 7:00 p.m.

Funeral service  Fri. 11:00 a.m.
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce Road
Milford, MI 48381
Lunch to follow at Finn Camp Clubroom

We will be writing up an obit for the newsletter so please wait for it.

St. Urho’s Party

St Urho logoSt. Urho’s party will be held on Saturday, March 14, in the Clubroom starting at 8:00 p.m. There is a $6 cover. Come enjoy a DJ, prizes, raffles, fun, food and the crowning of the new king and queen. And don’t forget to wear your purple and green, so you don’t get fined! St. Pat’s kin are very welcome too! —The St. Urho’s Committee

Update: Camp country will not be open for St. Urho’s weekend. There is too much snow and mud. The car tires put ruts in the roads when the ground is soft.

Winterfest 2015

Winterfest will be held this Saturday, February 7. We will start the day off with the Polar Dip and ice fishing from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Sun Lake. The Chili Cook-off will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Clubroom, with music from a DJ to follow. Buttons will be $6 per adult, $4 per child or $18 per member family with the sauna available at an additional charge. The Clubroom bar will open at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 for chili drop-off). If you have any items to donate to the raffle I will gladly accept your donation. Of course, this event will not be a success without your entries for the Chili Cook-off. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Thank you.  —Linda Gooden

Marion June Pelto

Marion June PeltoMarion June Pelto, longtime resident of Milford, Michigan was received into the loving arms of Jesus on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Marion passed peacefully in the care of her children. She was 81 years old. Born on August 2, 1933 in Marble Falls, Texas, she was the daughter of Lawrence Petrick and Beulah Green. Marion grew up in Texas at an early age before her family moved back to Michigan after several years of living in there. She attended Cooley High School in Detroit, MI. She met her husband, Andrew Pelto when they were teenagers and started dating. Andrew joined the Marine Corp and served in Korea. Marion waited for her soldier to return from war and they married on June 20, 1953 in Detroit, MI.

Marion and Andrew were active attendees in previous years at Oak Pointe church of Milford (South Hill church of Milford). She enjoyed family gatherings at their long time home in Milford after Sunday Church service for a home cooked meal and fellowship. She enjoyed attending flea markets and craft shows with her sisters and daughters over the years. She also enjoyed reading a book on the deck of the family cottage on Big Wolf Lake in Lewiston, Michigan and winter vacations in Madeira Beach, Florida with family and friends.

Marion is preceded in death by her loving husband of over fifty-eight years Andrew, her youngest son David (Fiancé Maureen) and daughter-in-law, Bridget (Kevin). She is survived by her children, Kevin, Janene (Glynn) Simmons, Greg (Nancy), Brian (Jill), Julie (Chris) Dahlin, thirteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, her sisters Jeana (Bob) Stachura, Pat (Steve) Bogdan, brother Gary Petrick and a large extended family on her Italian side and her husband Andrew’s Finnish side. Funeral Service to be held from Oak Pointe Church of Milford1250 South Hill Road, Milford, MI 48381 on Tuesday, January 13th at 11 O’clock. Friends may visit Monday, January 12th from 2-9 p.m. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty Street, Milford, MI 48381. Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford, MI. Reception after burial service at Bakers of Milford, 2025 South Milford Road, Milford, MI 48380. For further information call 248-684-6645 or visit  Leave your online condolences here.

Our condolences to Marion Pelto’s family.

Adult Christmas Party

Come celebrate at our Adult Christmas Party this Saturday, December 13, starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Clubroom. There will not be a DJ (as mentioned in the newsletter), but will be a piano player to play Christmas songs and sing-a-longs from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Please bring a passing dish or dessert. Deli trays, condiments and coffee will be provided. Also, please bring some nonperishable goods to be donated to Hospitality House. —Sponsored by the Board

Special Membership Meeting Announcement

As discussed at the October semiannual meeting, we are in great need of a new lawnmower. To save money, the mower should be purchased before December 31. Accordingly, the board is asking the membership to attend a special meeting on Sunday, December 28, at 12:00 p.m. to vote on purchasing a new Kubota 60-inch, 26-hp Diesel, zero turn, riding mower. The price would go up 4 percent January 1. A new lawnmower will inevitably have to be purchased soon regardless. Without gaining approval for this mower at this special meeting it will cost more next year.

At least 20 percent of the membership is required to attend to have a quorum for a vote. Please make every effort to attend.

Kubota 60” 26 hp diesel, zero turn rider