Edwin Johannes Elkhill

Many of us Finn Campers have known Edwin as a long-time member (since 1953) and for his work with the Tax committee (chairman since 1996) and Audit committee (member since 2000). But perhaps you don’t know the story about Edwin’s last name, which doesn’t sound very Finnish. Years ago, Edwin’s grandfather and great-uncle were in the tombstone-polishing business in Quincy, Massachusetts. Many of their Irish and Italian customers had a hard time pronouncing their Finnish last name, Hirvimäki. So they changed it to Elkhill, from the Finnish hirvi  meaning “elk” and mäki (“hill”).

Edwin was born in Highland Park, Mich., on May 6, 1933, to John (“Toivo”) and Hanna Elkhill. His parents were Finn Camp founding members who built camp 118 in the 1940s. Edwin is said by others to have spoken fluent Finnish, though he didn’t make this claim for himself.

Edwin graduated from Northwest High School in 1952, following which he attended what was then Lawrence Institute of Technology, at Woodward and Puritan in Highland Park, before being drafted into the army in 1956 and serving in the Yukon Command at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. After being discharged, he served in the reserves at Fort Wayne, Mich., and continued his studies at Acme School of Design Engineering in Highland Park. Edwin worked for many years in the automotive industry, for Stellar Engineering in Warren and James Tanuery Associates in Troy. These firms worked closely with Fisher Body, then General Motors in their body shops. Edwin’s functions included serving as senior checker, writing engineering summaries, performing cost studies, monitoring tooling operations and reviewing and writing specifications for body shop operations in the assembly plants.

Edwin served on the Wixom senior citizen commission as well as doing all he did at Finn Camp, where he was known as being an avid swimmer.

A memorial will be held at Finn Camp’s clubroom on January 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Our condolences.

Maryann “Sam” Solin

The Finn Camp like to express our condolences to the Solin family.

Maryann Solin July 26, 1930 - November 3, 2016
Maryann Solin July 26, 1930 – November 3, 2016

Maryann “Sam” Solin (nee Granfors), age 86, of Wixom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 3, 2016 in West Bloomfield. She was born and raised in Northwest Detroit on July 26, 1930; the only daughter of Walter and Tyyne Granfors. Maryann graduated from Cooley High School, marrying Reynold Solin shortly after. Maryann and Reynold remained married until his passing in 1996. Throughout her children’s adolescent years, she would have been described as the gregarious mother of 4 raising her children at the Finn summer camp in Wixom. Maryann found her professional calling in 1971 when she began her career as the front desk girl in a Detroit doctor’s office where she earned her nickname, Sam. It didn’t take long for her to take charge of the office; a position, among many others, she held until consumed by her illness a few short weeks before her passing. She dedicated over 45 years to the Lewerenz Center for Health and Wellness and the Lewerenz Medical practices. She enjoyed spending time at the library and book clubs; having many friendships built around trading books. Sam’s legacy will not be left at the medical practices or the library, she will be remembered as the decisive matriarch she was. Sam was an impeccable role model to her family, friends, colleagues and every person that crossed her path. The earth has lost a beautiful soul. Mother of Reino (Tammie King) Solin, Kris (the late Fred) Lewerenz, Eric Solin and the late Karen Lee Solin; grandmother of Freddy Lewerenz, Jimmy Lewerenz, Greg Lewerenz, Sasha (Chris) Mueller and Joseph Solin; great-grandmother of Freddie, Logan, Kilia, Kegan, Keilani, Ross and Shea; best friend of Norma Bean; and 2nd mother of Darlene Arnot, Tanya Lehman and Oksana Strelets. Maryann did not want a service, but asks that you remember all the memories shared with her instead.

Rita Laverne Honka

May 23,1929 – January 6, 2016

Rita Laverne Honka

Rita passed away yesterday, January 6, at age 86 with her family present. Visitation will be Friday, January 8, at Lynch & Sons Funeral home, 340 N Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, MI 48390, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 9, at 10:00 a.m. at St. William Parish, 531 Common St, Walled Lake, MI 48390, lunch at 12:00 noon at Finn Camp, 2524 Loon Lake Rd, Wixom, please bring a dessert.
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Ruth L. Yogus,


Ruth L. Yogus, age 89, of Commerce Township and formerly of Howell, passed away September 17.  Born on September 3, 1926, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Neil and Edythe (Kotila) Lund. Ruth had been a member of the Detroit Finnish Cooperative Summer Camp Association (D.F.C.S.C.A.) in Wixom since 1952 and had served on its Recreation Committee and in the Ladies’ Auxiliary. She had also been active in the Arabian Horse Association of Michigan, serving as secretary.  Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Yogus (April 8, 1992) whom she had married in Detroit on June 17, 1949.  She was the loving mother of Joyce (David) Chichila of Commerce Township, Joseph W. (Nancy) Yogus, Jr., of Three Rivers, Ronn L. (Heidi) Yogus of Waterford and Nancy E. Kasparschuster of Fenton. Grandmother of nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, she is survived by her brothers, Robert N. Lund of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Ronald B. Lund of Paradise, Mich. A memorial celebration in honor of Ruth’s life will be held on Saturday, October 10, at 12 noon at the D.F.C.S.C.A., 2524 Loon Lake Rd., Wixom, MI 48393.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the D.F.C.S.C.A. are suggested.  Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com. Dessert donations will be greatly appreciated at the memorial celebration.