IRON RIVER — Elizabeth “Liz” Ponozzo, 88, of Iron River, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Freeman Nursing & Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford.
She was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Stambaugh Township, daughter of the late Axel and Mary (Nikkola) Raiha and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1947. She married Leonard Ponozzo on Oct. 25, 1950. He preceded her in death in August 2005.
Liz was very proud of her Finnish heritage. She attended almost every Finn Fest in the United States up until a few years ago. She had many relatives in Finland and traveled to Finland five times during her lifetime. Travel was her passion. She traveled around the world twice, visited many countries and took her two granddaughters to Europe. Her favorite excursion was in 1987 riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Beijing to Moscow with her sister Anna Morgan.
Liz loved to read, knit, crochet, weave rag rugs, and visit the Iron County Museum whenever they had anything going on. In 1970 she became the first female to be the magistrate in Iron County under Judge Konstenius. She was deputy treasurer of Iron County and after many years she retired from the Department of Natural Resources.
Her family was the love of her life. She also cherished the many people she considered her friends.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda (Michael) Shoquist of Iron Mountain; son, Donald (Annette) Ponozzo, of Plainwell; two granddaughters, Carly Shoquist and Lindsey Shoquist of Iron Mountain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her granddaughter, Emily Jean Shoquist; her brothers, David and Lauri; and sisters, Anna Morgan, Ida Cochennette, Eva Wurzer and Carol Mehlberg.
A celebration of her life will be in the spring of 2018. An announcement will be made in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Iron County Cancer Unit and the Iron County Museum.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Liz or leave a condolence for her family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain, to honor Liz’s legacy of life.