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Irene V. Ranta

Irene V. Ranta, 90, formerly of Oulu, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Oulu on Oct. 4, 1916, to Jalo E. "Ernest" and Alina (Kangas) Rantala. Irene owned and operated a family restauran...

Irene V. Ranta, 90, formerly of Oulu, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Oulu on Oct. 4, 1916, to Jalo E. "Ernest" and Alina (Kangas) Rantala.

Irene owned and operated a family restaurant in Superior's Allouez many years ago. She was also a homemaker and lived at her parent's original homestead in Oulu all of her life until she moved to the nursing home.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Maple, Oulu Area Homemaker's Club and was a Bayfield County 4-H leader.

Irene is survived by three sisters, Eva (Edwin) Kamarainen, Renton, Wash., Vivian Johnson, Superior and Marian (Joe) Anderson, Kennewick, Wash.; two brothers, Archie (Ruth) Rantala, Plano, Texas and Ralph (Sylvia) Rantala, Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Gail Saari.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Eino; her parents; three sisters, Bertha Jaynes, Ruth Plunkett and Alice Wentala.

Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. until the 1:30 p.m. funeral service Saturday in Peace Lutheran Church, Poplar. Pastor Greg Gullicksrud will officiate.

Burial will be in Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Maple.

Pallbearers for the service will be her nephews, Timothy Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Terry Johnson, Terry Rantala and Gary Saari.

Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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