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Theresa Marie (Nault) Perkola

1930 ~ 2022 (age 91)

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Calumet – Theresa Marie Perkola, age 91, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 6th, 2022 at Portage Pointe where she was a resident for the past few years.  She was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia several years back, which required skilled nursing care.  She resided at Green Tree for a couple of years prior to transferring to Portage Pointe.  She lived independently on Scott Street next to The Office Shop for many years.  Her front window would always be lit up and decorated for every holiday, and our family has missed driving by the past several years to see her lights lit up at night.  Sadly, it just wasn’t the same anymore.

Theresa was the last-born daughter to Romeo (known as Pepe’) and Ozina Nault, born 10/20/30.  How could you ever forget that birthday!  Her Mother passed away three days after her birth, leaving behind 8 other children.  Ozina’s sister, Aunt Margaret, helped to raise Theresa in the newborn months and her older siblings helped to pitch in later.  She attended the Sacred Heart Grade and High Schools. 

Theresa was joined in marriage to Lauren (Pillar) Perkola of Detroit (raised in Copper City) on October 23, 1948 at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Calumet.  She was a lifelong member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet where she was a member of the Altar Society and Rosary Group. 

They welcomed their first-born daughter, Susan Marie on December 1st, 1949, lost a son in 1951 and later blessed with daughter, Denise Ann, on October 4th, 1952.  They resided in several places, including Tamarack Location, a move to Detroit for a couple of years, Lauren’s family home in Copper City, and later building a new home in Tamarack Location, as well as, moving down the hill to Lake Linden.  Her longest place of residence was in the village of Calumet until monitored nursing care was needed.

She was employed at Cypress Manor and Dube’s Nursing Homes as a CNA, and she spent several years of employment with Father Wayne Marcotte at St. Paul’s Church rectory.

Theresa was always known for giving cards for every occasion, and always remembered every one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s birthdays each year, up until she couldn’t write or remember the dates very well anymore.  She was known as Meema to her great grandchildren.  It was a holiday tradition for her to bake cutout sugar cookies and the grandkids and great grandkids would help her to frost and decorate them and enjoy eating them.  Speaking of food, her mashed potatoes were the best!  You would never find a lump in her potatoes!  It was Amazing!  Unfortunately, we’ve also been missing her homemade pasties, apple kuchen, delicious stuffing and turkey dinners ever since she moved to nursing care.

She enjoyed dancing, getting out shopping and seeing people, having her hair done, going for a drive to the casino from time to time with her dear friend Gen, reading, and spending time with her family.  She participated with all the activities, including bingo, homemade holiday decorating, cookie decorating, movie nights, listening to music entertainers, etc. in her community home whenever she could, and for as long as she could.    

She was preceded in death by her parents, Romeo and Ozina Nault, all 8 of her siblings; Louise, Rose, Arthur, Frances (Maude), Betty (Frances Dodge), Albert, Marie (Ray Mortti) and Eleanor (Rudy Gasvoda), Lauren (Susan & Denise’s father), her daughter Susie (Gronlund), dear friends Effie, Eva, Carolyn and Gen, and her great granddaughter Faith Christine Binder.  Theresa was blessed and ended up being the oldest living survivor of her family at 91 years young.  There are truly no words for the loss of a child before a parent, and it may have been a blessing in disguise that Theresa was not aware of losing her sweet Susie. 

She is survived by her daughter, Denise (Marv) Carpenter of Punta Gorda, FL, son in law, Roger Gronlund, grandson Roger (Margery) Gronlund and great grandchildren Kimberly, Melanie and Rogan Gronlund, granddaughter Nicole (Sean) Binder and great grandchildren Chaice, Quinn and Karley Binder  (the 2 youngest also known as Frick and Frack by Meema), grandson Scott Carpenter of Saginaw, MI, granddaughter Michelle Carpenter (Nick) of Pittsburgh, PA, dear friend Josephine Zubiena, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. 

Theresa will be sadly missed by her friends and family.  She will always be in our hearts!  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were always the apples of her eye.  May she now be blessed and at peace reunited up in the Heavens with her mother, her daughter Susie and her precious little great granddaughter Faith Christine.

A special thank you to Father Gracious and the Winona Wing Caregivers at Portage Pointe for their kindness and compassion during Theresa’s extended illness. 

Funeral and burial arrangements will be held in early June and announced at a later date.  Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.Calumet – Theresa Marie Perkola, age 91, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 6th, 2022 at Portage Pointe where she was a resident for the past few years.  She was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia several years back, which required skilled nursing care.  She resided at Green Tree for a couple of years prior to transferring to Portage Pointe.  She lived independently on Scott Street next to The Office Shop for many years.  Her front window would always be lit up and decorated for every holiday, and our family has missed driving by the past several years to see her lights lit up at night.  Sadly, it just wasn’t the same anymore.

Theresa was the last-born daughter to Romeo (known as Pepe’) and Ozina Nault, born 10/20/30.  How could you ever forget that birthday!  Her Mother passed away three days after her birth, leaving behind 8 other children.  Ozina’s sister, Aunt Margaret, helped to raise Theresa in the newborn months and her older siblings helped to pitch in later.  She attended the Sacred Heart Grade and High Schools. 

Theresa was joined in marriage to Lauren (Pillar) Perkola of Detroit (raised in Copper City) on October 23, 1948 at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Calumet.  She was a lifelong member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet where she was a member of the Altar Society and Rosary Group. 

They welcomed their first-born daughter, Susan Marie on December 1st, 1949, lost a son in 1951 and later blessed with daughter, Denise Ann, on October 4th, 1952.  They resided in several places, including Tamarack Location, a move to Detroit for a couple of years, Lauren’s family home in Copper City, and later building a new home in Tamarack Location, as well as, moving down the hill to Lake Linden.  Her longest place of residence was in the village of Calumet until monitored nursing care was needed.

She was employed at Cypress Manor and Dube’s Nursing Homes as a CNA, and she spent several years of employment with Father Wayne Marcotte at St. Paul’s Church rectory.

Theresa was always known for giving cards for every occasion, and always remembered every one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s birthdays each year, up until she couldn’t write or remember the dates very well anymore.  She was known as Meema to her great grandchildren.  It was a holiday tradition for her to bake cutout sugar cookies and the grandkids and great grandkids would help her to frost and decorate them and enjoy eating them.  Speaking of food, her mashed potatoes were the best!  You would never find a lump in her potatoes!  It was Amazing!  Unfortunately, we’ve also been missing her homemade pasties, apple kuchen, delicious stuffing and turkey dinners ever since she moved to nursing care.

She enjoyed dancing, getting out shopping and seeing people, having her hair done, going for a drive to the casino from time to time with her dear friend Gen, reading, and spending time with her family.  She participated with all the activities, including bingo, homemade holiday decorating, cookie decorating, movie nights, listening to music entertainers, etc. in her community home whenever she could, and for as long as she could.    

She was preceded in death by her parents, Romeo and Ozina Nault, all 8 of her siblings; Louise, Rose, Arthur, Frances (Maude), Betty (Frances Dodge), Albert, Marie (Ray Mortti) and Eleanor (Rudy Gasvoda), Lauren (Susan & Denise’s father), her daughter Susie (Gronlund), dear friends Effie, Eva, Carolyn and Gen, and her great granddaughter Faith Christine Binder.  Theresa was blessed and ended up being the oldest living survivor of her family at 91 years young.  There are truly no words for the loss of a child before a parent, and it may have been a blessing in disguise that Theresa was not aware of losing her sweet Susie. 

She is survived by her daughter, Denise (Marv) Carpenter of Punta Gorda, FL, son in law, Roger Gronlund, grandson Roger (Margery) Gronlund and great grandchildren Kimberly, Melanie and Rogan Gronlund, granddaughter Nicole (Sean) Binder and great grandchildren Chaice, Quinn and Karley Binder  (the 2 youngest also known as Frick and Frack by Meema), grandson Scott Carpenter of Saginaw, MI, granddaughter Michelle Carpenter (Nick) of Pittsburgh, PA, dear friend Josephine Zubiena, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. 

Theresa will be sadly missed by her friends and family.  She will always be in our hearts!  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were always the apples of her eye.  May she now be blessed and at peace reunited up in the Heavens with her mother, her daughter Susie and her precious little great granddaughter Faith Christine.

A special thank you to Father Gracious and the Winona Wing Caregivers at Portage Pointe for their kindness and compassion during Theresa’s extended illness. 

Funeral and burial arrangements will be held in early June and announced at a later date.  Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.Calumet – Theresa Marie Perkola, age 91, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 6th, 2022 at Portage Pointe where she was a resident for the past few years.  She was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia several years back, which required skilled nursing care.  She resided at Green Tree for a couple of years prior to transferring to Portage Pointe.  She lived independently on Scott Street next to The Office Shop for many years.  Her front window would always be lit up and decorated for every holiday, and our family has missed driving by the past several years to see her lights lit up at night.  Sadly, it just wasn’t the same anymore.

Theresa was the last-born daughter to Romeo (known as Pepe’) and Ozina Nault, born 10/20/30.  How could you ever forget that birthday!  Her Mother passed away three days after her birth, leaving behind 8 other children.  Ozina’s sister, Aunt Margaret, helped to raise Theresa in the newborn months and her older siblings helped to pitch in later.  She attended the Sacred Heart Grade and High Schools. 

Theresa was joined in marriage to Lauren (Pillar) Perkola of Detroit (raised in Copper City) on October 23, 1948 at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Calumet.  She was a lifelong member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet where she was a member of the Altar Society and Rosary Group. 

They welcomed their first-born daughter, Susan Marie on December 1st, 1949, lost a son in 1951 and later blessed with daughter, Denise Ann, on October 4th, 1952.  They resided in several places, including Tamarack Location, a move to Detroit for a couple of years, Lauren’s family home in Copper City, and later building a new home in Tamarack Location, as well as, moving down the hill to Lake Linden.  Her longest place of residence was in the village of Calumet until monitored nursing care was needed.

She was employed at Cypress Manor and Dube’s Nursing Homes as a CNA, and she spent several years of employment with Father Wayne Marcotte at St. Paul’s Church rectory.

Theresa was always known for giving cards for every occasion, and always remembered every one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s birthdays each year, up until she couldn’t write or remember the dates very well anymore.  She was known as Meema to her great grandchildren.  It was a holiday tradition for her to bake cutout sugar cookies and the grandkids and great grandkids would help her to frost and decorate them and enjoy eating them.  Speaking of food, her mashed potatoes were the best!  You would never find a lump in her potatoes!  It was Amazing!  Unfortunately, we’ve also been missing her homemade pasties, apple kuchen, delicious stuffing and turkey dinners ever since she moved to nursing care.

She enjoyed dancing, getting out shopping and seeing people, having her hair done, going for a drive to the casino from time to time with her dear friend Gen, reading, and spending time with her family.  She participated with all the activities, including bingo, homemade holiday decorating, cookie decorating, movie nights, listening to music entertainers, etc. in her community home whenever she could, and for as long as she could.    

She was preceded in death by her parents, Romeo and Ozina Nault, all 8 of her siblings; Louise, Rose, Arthur, Frances (Maude), Betty (Frances Dodge), Albert, Marie (Ray Mortti) and Eleanor (Rudy Gasvoda), Lauren (Susan & Denise’s father), her daughter Susie (Gronlund), dear friends Effie, Eva, Carolyn and Gen, and her great granddaughter Faith Christine Binder.  Theresa was blessed and ended up being the oldest living survivor of her family at 91 years young.  There are truly no words for the loss of a child before a parent, and it may have been a blessing in disguise that Theresa was not aware of losing her sweet Susie. 

She is survived by her daughter, Denise (Marv) Carpenter of Punta Gorda, FL, son in law, Roger Gronlund, grandson Roger (Margery) Gronlund and great grandchildren Kimberly, Melanie and Rogan Gronlund, granddaughter Nicole (Sean) Binder and great grandchildren Chaice, Quinn and Karley Binder  (the 2 youngest also known as Frick and Frack by Meema), grandson Scott Carpenter of Saginaw, MI, granddaughter Michelle Carpenter (Nick) of Pittsburgh, PA, dear friend Josephine Zubiena, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. 

Theresa will be sadly missed by her friends and family.  She will always be in our hearts!  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were always the apples of her eye.  May she now be blessed and at peace reunited up in the Heavens with her mother, her daughter Susie and her precious little great granddaughter Faith Christine.

A special thank you to Father Gracious and the Winona Wing Caregivers at Portage Pointe for their kindness and compassion during Theresa’s extended illness. 

Funeral and burial arrangements will be held in early June and announced at a later date.  Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.

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