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Our loving mother, Selma (Sally) Esther Karjala, 95, of Gwinn, Michigan peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born May 21, 1921 in Hancock, Michigan, the 6th of 12 children of Charles (Kalle) and Ulriika Lantto. She graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1941 and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Hancock in 1945. She was married to the Rev. Ahti Karjala in November 1945. Selma was a devoted pastor's wife and will be remembered as a gracious hostess, loving sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved baking and was a wealth of knowledge about Finnish foods and her family's history in the Copper Country. She twice had the opportunity to visit her family in Oulu, Finland. She loved watching Tiger baseball with her son, Paul. She is survived by her sons, David, John, and Paul of Gwinn, Phil (Kathryn Hager) of Marinette, WI, Marty (Dorothy) of Gakona, AK; daughter, Kathy (Bill) Grau of Defiance, OH; daughter-in-law, Mary Karjala of Redwing, MN; sisters, Junetta Ranta of Lake Linden MI, Ida Lukkarila of Cloquet MN; four grandchildren, Terry (Thomas) Warren, Sally (Demian) Werner, Autumn (James) Kirk, and Jacob Karjala; six great-grandchildren, Peyton, Cody, and Max Werner, Mary Madison and Molly Warren, and Freya Kirk; also numerous nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ahti, son Duane, daughters Ilona and Sharon, and 7 siblings (Edna Tauriainen, Lillian Peterson, Charles Lantto Jr., Arvid Lantto, Martha Tauriainen, Ruth Lampinen, Verna Johnson, Anna Knuuttila, Evelyn Chapman). Loved by all for her compassion and devotion to family, she will be deeply missed. The family is especially grateful for the care her son Paul provided to keep her at home and to UP Home Health and Hospice. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Gwinn with Rev. Andrew Plocher officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church. A luncheon will take place in the church hall immediately following the service. Graveside services will be on Monday, October 17th at 11 a.m. in the Negaunee Cemetery. Mrs. Karjala's sons will act as her escorts. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 558 M-35, Gwinn, MI 49841 in Mrs. Karjala's memory. The Canale Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where online condolences may be left at canalefuneral.com