Tina Marie Kelloniemi

Resided in Cornell, MI
Died July 11, 2019

Tina Marie Kelloniemi, age 41, of Cornell, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from a hard fought battle from cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Tina was born July 17, 1977 in Escanaba, the daughter of Tom and Cathy (Roberts) DeMars.

Tina attended Escanaba Public School and graduated in 1995. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development from Northern Michigan University.

A couple of Tina’s favorite jobs were working at Fran’s Gas Station and the Walmart Pharmacy in Escanaba. Her passion for children led her to her final career change as a teacher at Headstart.

She met her husband on a scavenger hunt at the Rusty Rail and were married September 15, 2001. They built their dream home in Cornell. In 2008, they welcomed their first son David Thomas and Kevin Michael was born in 2010.

Tina was a faithful Catholic that belonged to Holy Family Catholic Church where she taught CCD multiple years. She was also a boy scout leader and volunteered at Gladstone Elementary School in her boys’ classrooms and with the PTO.

Tina loved to socialize. Her many family gatherings, bonfires and camping trips will be remembered by many. She also loved to quilt, garden, ski and hunt. She enjoyed nature and liked to hike, look for frogs and watch sunrises and sunsets with her family. Her favorite season was winter where she could cuddle up and watch a good Hallmark movie with her boys.

Tina will be remembered for always putting others’ needs before her own. Countless amounts of baked goods and food dishes were always given to friends and family members. Most recently, she loved helping at Trotter’s Floral where she could bring smiles to so many different people.

In addition to her loving Husband, Don, Tina is survived by:
2 Sons: David and Kevin Kelloniemi
Mother: Cathy DeMars of Escanaba
1 Brother: Bob (Laura) DeMars of Escanaba
1 Sister: Mickey (Henry) Trottier of Escanaba
8 Nieces & Nephews:
And many Cousins.

Tina was preceded in death by her Father.

Family will receive friends Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 3:00 until 6:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Vigil Prayers will conclude visiting hours at 6:00 PM. Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11:00 AM Friday, July 19, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock with Rev. Fr. Francis Dobrzenski officiating. A luncheon will follow in Father Matt’s hall in the church basement. Tina will be laid to rest in Holy Cross cemetery in Escanaba. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Kelloniemi Family.

39 Tributes for “Tina Marie Kelloniemi

    Her strength of character was unwavering, her ability to entertain her company unequaled, her loving manner next to none, and her ability to console us with her assurance that she gets to be with God was just like nothing I’ve ever been witness to. She’s just a wonderful human being and I aspire to be more like her. God gained a wonderful angel. We will miss her everyday. My prayers are with Don, the boys and the whole family.

    One of the most amazing and kind people I have ever had the pleasure to know for the last 25 years. She was a dedicated mother, wife, daughter, aunt, sister and friend. She will be missed by everyone she has met in her life, old and young.

    I am happy Tina is no longer in pain and probably visiting with her dad up in heaven, probably on the ski slopes. I pray for those left behind and encourage them to remember the good times. I will always remember the fun and wonderful times we had together, whether it was working together, hanging out or camping. She will always be one of my best friends.

    Tina was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. She was always happy, friendly, and so non-judgemental. The world was blessed to have her for 41 years, never enough.

    My heart breaks for all of your family. What a kind and gentle soul she was. I’m so sorry.

    Sweet Tina. My heart hurts for your boys and your family. You were one of the strongest, most amazing people I ever knew. Fly with the angels beautiful girl.

    Tina was always a great friend and someone who always had a smile on her face, even if stuck at the armory with us playing the fools. She will be missed but is in the grace of the Lord now watching over us. Enjoy a daquari on Becky and I . We will see you again when the Lord calls us too. Love Quinn/Becky

    I used to babysit Tina when she was a baby, and her brother and sister. She grew into a very awesome person, mother. She’s to young . She will greatly be missed. Sending prayers to her whole family, who I grow up with, love them all. My heart is hearting with this news , I will never forget her, RIP Tina.

    My thoughts and prayers to Don, boys and her family.
    Tina was an amazing person who always gave her whole heart. I had the pleasure of commuting to college and working with her. I will forever remember the laughs and her giving spirit to anyone she came into contact with.

    A good and faithful servant! The race is over and your crown is won. You were a beautiful soul to get to work with. May God wrap your family in his arms as they struggle to bear life without you! You were a blessing to them and all of us!

    I will miss Tina….she was a special person….she always had a smile on her face, a good sense of humor, a caring person and a true fighter. She fought a long hard battle and is now at peace. The last time I messaged Tina I told her it is my turn to buy lunch and that still stands….till we meet again my friend….rest in peace. And to Tina’s family…my heart goes out to all of you. May God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.

    A kind and loving person that made a positive impact during the briefest of meetings. I met Tina so many years ago when Don was at Delta County Airport – working security with National Guard. So long ago yet I remember chatting with her on several occasions and always left thinking she was such a neat person – what a great couple they were together! Prayers for family. God’s Blessings.

    Jason and I met Tina through cub scouts. She was always willing to help and had a smile on her face. Hugs to Don and the boys.

    Thinking especially of the boys today, whom I cared for at Little Light of Mine in 2016. Tell them I’m praying specially for them.

    So sorry to hear this. She always seemed to have a light about her. Always a gentle soul. To Don, their children, and extended families, may God give you all strength and guide you with peace.

    Met Tina at St Joseph’s CCD so many years ago. She was a pleasure to have in class. I was lucky enough to Bartend at her and Don’s wedding. They were the most adorable, loving and beautiful couple. My deepest sympathies to the family. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    I was the boys’ school bus driver for many years before I retired last year. When Tina put the boys on the bus in the morning they would quite often bring a treat for me from their mom. When it got to be about two weeks before I retired I got a treat every morning and she even made me a school bus quilt for my retirement. Not only did I miss the boys but Tina’s shining smile every morning. She was a very kind and thoughtful young woman who will be missed by many of the lives she has touched. My heart goes out to Don and David and Kevin.

    She sounds like a wonderful person. May she Rest In Peace and May the family hold on to all the precious memories.
    My sincere sympathy

    Tina was one of my first friends as a child living in the same neighborhood, I can still hear her laugh in my head even though it’s been many years now since I last saw her. My heart is with the family during this difficult time. Love and hugs to you all.

    Tina was such a sweetheart & so much fun to work with. She always said hello & greeted you with a smile. I will miss seeing her. My sympathy to Bob & to her family.

    Tina was a friendly , caring & loving woman. Her infectious smile & caring heart will be missed. Thoughts & prayers for the family!

    There are no words to describe our deep affection for Tina and Don. Our prayers for her suffering to end were answered but not how we had hoped. We went through some school together, dating and marrying our “old guys,” and marched side by side when those guys were deployed. We understood each other and respect one another. I miss her and her strength so much. Praying for her dear family now.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! She was def one of a kind!! She was one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met in my life!

    Oh Tina we will miss your smiling face. I so enjoyed working with you and Sarah at Walmart pharmacy. You and your brother Bob were so young. It is always fun to watch a person grow. May not have always talked, you may not have seen us. But we seen you Don and those sweet boys. I’m so glad I could call you FRIEND.

    I met Tina as a vendor at Walmart when she was a inventory control specialist( a challenging job, she did it well and with a great attitude). She had an accomplice(Bonnie), so from that point on she has always been “Clyde” to me! A special lady, our prayers for Don and the boys, as well as her family

    This is incredibly sad. My first job in high school was at Fran’s Gas Station and Tina took me under her wing and was so good to me. Thoughts and prayers to her family. Tina was a WONDERFUL person.

    I was so saddened to hear about Tina. I will always remember her as generous, caring and fun loving. I had many great times working with her at both Fran’s gas station and Walmart pharmacy. I always looked up to her and admired her in so many ways. My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to her family and friends.

    When Tina taught Headstart in RR, her room was next door to mine. We shared many laughs together and her smile and positive attitude was so inspiring. It was so evident in talking to her how much she loved her family — she lovingly spoke of her sons every day. I am thankful for the short time we had together. Her smile and sweetness will never be forgotten. Hugs to her family.

    Tina was my coworker at Trotters Floral, no matter what she could always see the bright side, and put a smile on, she always said “Best Day Ever” , (I try to use that all the time ) She inspired many a person and will be missed by so many.
    I pray for her husband and boys, she loved them wholeheartedly, and was such an active part of their lives, she was called way to early, but God has his plan, Rest easy my friend.

    I quilted with Tina in Gladstone and loved her kind and generous heart. I feel for her family and friends, they will miss her always. I am so sorry for their loss.

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