Nils Gordon Ruonavaara (1921-2009)
|Nils Gordon Ruonavaara|
|Born:||9 Feb 1921 Ahmeek, Michigan|
|Died:||12 Aug 2009 Petoskey, Michigan|
|Father:||Nils Altric Ruonavaara|
|Mother:||Ida Leaura M. Norum|
Rosalie M. Ruonavaara
Laurice L. Ruonavaara
Nils Gordon Ruonavaara
|Spouse:||Lois Jane Corey|
|Married:||5 Nov 1960 Emmet Co. Michigan|
Petoskey News-Review, Monday, August 17, 2009
Gordon Ruonavaara, 88, of Harbor Springs, passed away Aug. 12, 2009, at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey.
A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs.
A full obituary will follow tomorrow.
Arrangements are being handled by Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey.
Petoskey News-Review, Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009:
Nils Gordon Ruonavaara passed away on Aug. 12, 2009, at Hospice of Little Traverse Bay’s Hiland Cottage. He was 88 years old.
Gordon was born on Feb. 9, 1921, in Ahmeek, Mich. He grew up in Lansing, and graduated from Eastern High School.
Gordon possessed a passion for a broad array of subjects, and was an avid reader. He loved sports, film and technology, and continued to seek to learn more about himself and the world, even as his physical health declined.
Gordon loved music and was a gifted singer. It was this shared love of music that brought him together with his beloved wife, Lois Jane, when they met at a Christmas Eve service in Harbor Springs. They had been married for 47 years when she passed in May of 2008.
Gordon is survived by his son, Joel Ruonavaara, of Harbor Springs, and daughter, Sarah Stahl, of Syracuse, N.Y.; his sisters, Barbra Davison and Thelma Bauer; and two grandsons, Cody Stahl and Kian Gibson. Those who knew Gordon will remember his loving nature, his quick wit and his amazing memory. His wonderful caregivers at Hiland Cottage were serenaded on more than one occasion with wholehearted renditions of Gordon’s favorite tunes.
A memorial service took place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs.
The family asks donations be made in his memory to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.
Memories of Gordon and condolences may be shared with his family online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com where this obituary may also be viewed.
- Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
- Ruonavaara, Nils Gordon & Corey, Lois Jane
- Date of Marriage: 11/5/1960
- Liber: 1960
- Folio: 114
- Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
- RUONAVAARA, Gordon
- Date of Death: 8/12/2009
- Liber: 2009
- Folio: 289
- Place of Death: Petoskey, Michigan
- Burial: Greenwood Cemetery Index, Petoskey, Michigan:
- Ruonavaara, Nils Gordon
- Age: 88
- Born: 2/9/1921
- Died: 8/12/2009
- Burial: 0/0/0000
- Cemetery: Unknown
- Obituary: on file - PNR 08/19/2009