Martha Koskela Death, Koskela of L’Anse has passed away at age 105 – Obituary

By | December 28, 2021

Martha Florence Koskela Death, cause of death – Obituary: Martha Florence Koskela, age 105, of L’Anse, MI, died peacefully in her sleep at home on December 25, 2021. In 1951 Martha returned to the family farm in Paynesville to care for her mother. In 1954 she accepted the Director of Nursing position at Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse. Nine months later she was named Hospital Administrator, a position she held until 1967.

Martha was born on November 27, 1916, to Karl and Brita Liisa (Jumisko) Hanson in Paynesville, MI, and graduated from Ewen High School in 1935. In 1942 she graduated from Henry Ford School of Nursing in Detroit, MI, and in 1951 earned a degree in Nursing Administration from Wayne State University. She was employed at Henry Ford Hospital for 11 years in teaching and supervisory positions.

In 1963 Martha married Houghton businessman Arne S. Koskela, who died in 1970. Before and during her marriage, and after her beloved husband’s death, Martha lived with and cared for many of her brothers and sisters in her homes in Houghton and L’Anse right up until she was 97 years old. In turn, her niece, Linda Murto, assisted Martha, visiting at L’Anse for several days every week for many years before moving there with her husband in 2016 to care for Martha in the home they then shared.

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