Bertha Stalker (nee Niemi )was born Aug. 29, 1921. She is survived by her husband Robert of 60 years and both have lived all their married years in Painesville, OH. She was born in the Copper Country in the Hancock area of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That is past the Straits of Mackinaw and northwest of there.
Bertha and Robert took many trips up "north". Staying anywhere from 4-6 weeks, working on the old family farm and visiting long-time friends. It was only in the last few years that they were forced to change their scheduled trips. Health issues, for both, came upon them. There were several surgeries for her as well as Robert. She was his cheerleader and nurse when released from a hospital or nursing home where he had undergone physical therapy.
Her parents were Charles and Hilda Niemi (nee Kallio). She had four sisters, Julia, Viola, Gertrude, and Roma. There were also three brothers, Carl, Harold, and Ronald. She was the last of her immediate family. Over time she became aunt to seven nieces and eight nephews. Several of them she helped several physically and financially along the way during her life. After all they were "family!"
For many years she worked as a secretary at a local corporation. I was told that when she retired they had to hire three to take her place!. She was a good steady worker. This work ethic extended into her home and yard where she was usually busy. She was always proud of her ability to work and stay healthy even as she aged.
She was active with the Finnish Heritage Museum and was proud of it. She also made sure family saw the square which honors the Finns who immigrated to America.
Her extended family will miss her as will her friends and acquaintances.
Rest in peace, dear Aunt. (written by Carola K. Beranek)