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(Veda) May Macko-Kanerva went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 12, 2016. May was born on November 6, 1930 in Owosso, MI, a daughter of the late Stuart and Mildred (Henderson) Gilbert. She was raised in Park Hill, Ontario, Canada and later returned to Michigan. May married John Macko on August 6, 1948. John preceded her in death in 1999. On February 17, 2002 she married Russell Kanerva. May was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Her family and her home were her greatest joy. She is survived by her husband, Russell Kanerva; daughters, Gloria Nickerson and Marie Bedore of Gwinn, Cynthia (Arthur) Brabbs of Marquette, and Clara (Thomas) Fries of New Burn, NC; a son, Daniel (Beverley) Feckovic of Oscoda, MI; a sister, Marie Grigg of Strathory, Ontario, Canada; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; and special niece and nephew, Pat and Steve McDonnell. May was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Macko; a son, John Macko, Jr.; granddaughter, Rebecca Kirby; sisters, Barbara Johns, Priscilla “Peggy” Stirling and Vicki Corps; and brothers, Lawrence, Richard and Leroy Gilbert. Her grandson, Matthew Nickerson, joined her in eternal life on April 17, 2017. Notes of remembrance from May’s family: “Of all the good times I spent with her.” - Aunt Marie. “I love you mom.” - Gloria. “It’s not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you later.” - Russell. “Loved by all her relatives in Canada.” - Pat. “She always welcomed us with open arms, and we always knew how much she loved us. We’re going to miss you mom.” - Donny. “I inherited her staying young genes as I age and get older. Thanks mom.” - Cindy. A celebration of life will be held for May and her grandson, Matthew on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in May’s memory to UP Home Health & Hospice, 1125 W. Ridge St., Marquette, MI 49855 The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com