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DeKALB – Bertha Kaarina Huhta, 94, of DeKalb, Ill., died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Pine Acres Rehab & Living Center in DeKalb.
She was born in Owen, Wis., and was the daughter of Kalle and Emilia (Hirvela) Riippi.
Bertha was married to the late Walter Huhta on Nov. 8, 1940, in DeKalb; he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2000. Bertha worked for Wurlitzer Piano Factory and Northern Illinois University in the custodial department. She was a loving homemaker for many years.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb. Bertha was an avid reader who loved her Bible study and her coffee talks with her many friends.
Survivors include her son, Harry (Susan) Huhta of Sycamore; daughters, Kathleen Huhta of Cortland and Alice Keller of Davis Junction; grandchildren, Hans (Amy) Huhta, Joel (Elisa) Huhta, Kirk (Amanda) Huhta, Donna Keller and Alex (Mahia) Keller; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; son, Daniel; brothers, Rueben and Neilo Riippi; half-brothers, Sam and Carl Riippi, and John Saari; and half-sisters, Jennie Seppala and Sadie Hietikko.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb. The Rev. Dan Wynard will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the service in the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be established at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home at 310 Oak St. in DeKalb. To send an online condolence, visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com or call 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on July 6, 2013
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