I am sorry to announce the passing of Sylvia Leiviska Ketola, a former member, at 96 years old in Wollongong, Australia. Born Sept 11, 1912. Died May 20, 2009 after a fall. A celebration of her long and eventful life was held on 26 May, with slide show, testimonials from family in Finland and America, and a motorcycle escort to see her off! Survived by daughter, Georgia Leiviska Phillips, son-in-law, Peter and grandchildren, Elizabeth and David. One sister and one brother of her Stark family still survive also. She contributed many hours to the Co-op and purchased a house at 2175 Qualla, where Georgia was raised. She lived life to the full!
Chris Christensen, a former member, was pass away on Monday, May 18 near the Eastern Market in Detroit. Condolences to his father Thomas Christensen, mother Janet Sprey, sister Heidi, and bother Norman.
A memorial service and luncheon is planned for Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. at Highland Congregational Church located at 1605 N. Hickory Ridge Road, Highland, one mile north of M59. Between Wardlow and Middle Roads. Bring your love and your stories and we will all celebrate the love, laughter and joy that Chris gave us.