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Betty (Ahola) Hakala

September 13, 1922 ~ December 3, 2021 (age 99)


Betty (Ahola) Hakala went to be with her Lord on December 3, 2021. She was born on September 13, 1922, at home in Negaunee, Michigan to Jacob and Martha (Heikkala) Ahola. She grew up on Teal Lake Avenue and after graduating from high school she completed two years of college and began her teaching career at the age of 19 in a one room schoolhouse in Germfask, MI. Over the years, she continued her education and achieved her Masters degree. She taught in several school systems including Champion, Diorite, Negaunee, K.I. Sawyer AFB and Gwinn. She thoroughly enjoyed her work as a teacher and a librarian in the various school systems.

She met her husband-to-be in Gwinn, MI. He joined the army during World War II. Betty traveled by train to Texas and married Oiva (Huck) while he was training before being shipped overseas to fight in the war.

She was very active socially and loved to entertain. She was well liked by many people and had a lot of friends. They spent summers with family at their Three Lakes camp and then later at their Johnson Lake property. Betty and her husband liked to move. They have lived in Negaunee, Gwinn, Marquette, Sun City West, AZ and finally settling in Baltimore, MD with their daughter Beth. She will be greatly missed by her children and all those whose lives she touched.

Preceded in death by her husband Oiva (Huck) Hakala and son Jack Clinton Hakala. She is survived by her five children, daughter Beth (preceded in death by son-in-law Jerry) Jaremczuk of Baltimore, MD, grandchildren Tricia (Wesley) Souders, Michael (Jalene) Jaremczuk and seven great-grandchildren. Son Jack (Cynthia) Hakala of Fulshear, TX, grandchildren Drew (Erica) Hakala, Dustin (Jen) Hakala, Megan Hakala and Jillian Hakala and three great-grandchildren. Son Jeffrey (Eddie Jean) Hakala of Clear Shores, TX, grandson Jeremy Hakala and one great-grandson. Preceded in death by granddaughter Jamie Hakala. Son Peter (Naomi) Hakala of Honolulu, HI, grandsons Jesse (Steffany) Hakala, Jason (Stella) Hakala, granddaughter Janice Hakala and four great-grandchildren. Daughter Julie (Donny) Robinson of Bloomsburg, PA, grandchildren Stacie Goodreau and Jared Goodreau. Preceded in death by grandson Brandon Goodreau.

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