A Memorial Service for Niilo E. Joki, 92, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church, 508 Mentor Ave., Painesville. Calling hours will be observed from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior at to the services Saturday at the church.
Niilo passed away June 16, 2013. He had been a resident of Concord Township for the past 48 years.
Niilo was born in Ashtabula Harbor on May 8, 1921. He was a graduate of Ashtabula Harbor High School in 1939. He served 30 months in the U.S. Army Air Corps and graduated from Fenn College in 1952 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
While at Fenn, he belonged to the Pi-Sigma Tau Fraternity and was most recently an active member, along with his wife, of the Pi-Sig Diners Club. Niilo was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Painesville, where he served for several years as a trustee and usher. He was also a member of the Adult Bible Class for 46 years.
He married Frances Scheufler on Dec. 27, 1952, at Hope Lutheran Church in Cleveland, where he was a council member and trustee.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Miller of Chicago, Ill.; sons, Mark (Karen) of Dover and Neil (Lisa) of Fairport Harbor; sister, Helmi Browne of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, S. Sgt. Brian Joki, USAF, Keith, Anthony, Steven and Amanda Joki; stepgrandsons, Adam and Andrew Dreher; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Mr. Joki was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Frances; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Joki; and sister, Aune Joki.
Niilo was employed as a senior design engineer at Coe Manufacturing for 25 years and retired in 1988. Prior to Coe, he had worked for Republic Steel and Tubes in Cleveland.
A private burial service will be at Riverside Cemetery with Pastor Gerald Matzke officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Our Shepherd Lutheran School, 508 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH 44077.
Potti Funeral Home, 1009 Mentor Ave., Painesville, is handling the arrangements.