KINGSFORD - Theodore Kujala, 69, of Kingsford, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
Ted was born in Escanaba on June 25, 1943, son of the late Leslie and Elma (Gunila (Wainio) Kujala. He was a graduate of Kingsford High School.
On Oct. 5, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Joan Ann White. They moved to Milwaukee, where he completed five years of technical college and spent his working career in the tool and die field.
Ted enjoyed many hobbies including, woodworking, planting flowers, bowling, NASCAR racing and cribbage. He especially enjoyed his grandkids love for life.
He is survived by a beloved fianc, Vanessa Jones; loving father of Kathleen Porter, Laurie Kujala, Brian "KUJ" Kujala and Amy (Mark) Steffen; grandfather to Vanessa Kujala-Waarvik, Ciara and Amanda Porter, Aiden and Sofia Steffen; 'Papa' to Passion, Cashene and MJ; brothers, Conrad Kujala, Wayne Kujala, Douglas Kujala, Jack (Diane) Kujala, Jeffrey Kujala, and Michael (partner Jim Grant) Kujala;
sisters, Nancy (John) D'Amour, Jean VanWinkle, Linda (Brad) Ross, and Catherine (Mark) Swenski; and furthre survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Ann Kujala (nee White); stepmother, Charlotte Kujala (nee Ascher); brother, Richard Leslie; stepbrother, Steven Kujala; sister, Fay Lemke (nee Kujala); brother-in-law, Gary Lemke; sisters-in-law, Pamela Kujala (nee Green) and Jeanne Kujala (Pacque); nephews Tom Kujala and Lucas VanWinkle and great-nephew, Owen Leslie Ellis.
Visitation will be Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be Monday at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. James Danielson will officiate.
Condolences to the family of Theodore Kujala may be expressed online at ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements