Valerie Theresa Kivioja, age 72 of Rock, MI died Thursday evening July 28, 2005 at the Marquette General Hospital in Marquette where she was a patient.
Valerie was born November 7, 1932 in Escanaba, MI, the daughter of Morgan and Violet (Racicot) Connors. She was raised in McFarland and was a 1950 graduate of Rock High School. Following graduation she was united in marriage to Edwin Kivioja on November 11, 1950. They lived in Texas while Edwin was stationed there in the Air Force. They returned to McFarland where they made their home and raised their three children. Valerie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins and she served for many years on the Turin Township Election Board. Her children and grandchildren were very important to her, as was her dog. She will be sadly missed by her family and
friends in the McFarland and Rock communities.
2 Sons: Rodney (Dianne) Kivioja of Grafton, WI; Gary (Pattie) Kivioja of Rock, MI
1 Daughter: Jill Kivioja of Columbus, OH
2 Brothers: Michael (Anita) Connors of McFarland, MI; Tim (Kathy) Connors of Skandia, MI
8 Grandchildren: Michelle, David, Jaime, Lisa (Tony), Andy, Amanda, Renee and Holly.
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Her dog, Peppi
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Edwin in 1991.
My deepest sympathy to the family members of Valerie, especially Gary, who I worked with several years ago. God Bless.
Gary, Rod, Patti and Family,
Please let me express my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She touched so many people in ways that she never knew. May the Lord hold you close and be with you at this time, and always.
Randall Johnson - Cocoa, FL
Cousin located in Florida son of Arbutus (Racicot) Johnson