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Obituary for Rita M. Tervo

Rita M. Tervo peacefully passed to be with her Lord and Savior in the presence of her family on Saturday morning.

Rita was born in 1935 and grew up Osceola location in Houghton County. A Calumet High School graduate Rita was a life long resident of the Copper Country, where she and husband Elden operated Granter’s Marine in Calumet for 28 years. For the past year, she has been a resident of the Houghton County Medical Care facility.

She is preceded in death by husband Elden Tervo, daughter Marsha Tervo and parents John and Emma Lampela, and two grandchildren, sisters and brothers: Lila (Roy) Liimatta, Shirley (Ronald) Erickson, Rueben (Martha) Lampela, Hedgie (Evie) Lampela, Lillian (Gordon) Bennetts, Tom (Lorraine) Lampela,

Rita is survived by her children, Diane (Karl) Benda, EJ (Kristin) Tervo, Steven Tervo, MaryAnn (Scott Sever) Tervo, Martin (Anita) Tervo, Caroline (Chad) Rajala, Amy Tervo, 30 grand children and 43 great grand children, her sister Leona (Ken) Ryynanen, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Pastor David Taivalkoski to officiate.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 . Visitation will also be held prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00.

Spring Burial will be at the Lake View Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.