Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many Doris Koivisto passed from this life into eternal life on June 29, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Doris was born Dec. 19, 1932, in Duluth, Minnesota, to William and Adeline Koivisto. She was the first of 12 children, six of whom survive her: Jeanne Schmidt, Janice Torgerson, Diane Sandy, Bob Koivisto (Donna), Linda Teachworth (Mike) and Ron Koivisto (Jan)
She married Harlan D. Pierce in Minnesota on Dec. 30, 1949. Together they raised six children until his passing on Aug. 30, 1974.
In 1981 she then moved with her family to Alaska, where she fell in love with the Last Frontier and all of the wonderful people here which she called home.
Doris was an entrepreneur and business woman. She owned three successful businesses, two restaurants and a cleaning business. She retired in 1997 and spent her time with family and volunteering in the community with Foster Grandparent, Homemakers, Women in Mining, Ice Alaska and New Hope Church. She was also very dedicated to volunteering as an ombudsman for the state of Alaska. She worked hard to ensure quality care in the Fairbanks community as an advocate for seniors.
Her love of cooking came from her mother. Doris liked making all kinds of foods, she especially liked baking breads and caramel rolls. She also loved baking cookies for her grandson, Jeremy, who called her often to tell her, "Gram, my stash of cookies is running low." She also made special requests of pumpkin anything for her granddaughter Amanda. In addition to cooking some of her favorite hobbies were sewing/crafts, gardening and camping, especially with her grandchildren.
Doris resided at Morse Street Senior housing where she shared her talents in cooking, sewing, her honest opinions and her yummy treats at morning coffee.
She is survived by her children Tom Pierce (Linda), Deb Schackman (Joe), Pat Jeffers, Suzi Halverson (Helmer), Tim Pierce (Diane), Tresa Parsons (Jerry); 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harlan; granddaughter; Aleshia; and her beloved fur companion, Jo Jo.
Doris was a strong independent pioneer who had a deep love for all of her family and many friends. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
A celebration of life will be announced later. Online condolences may be made to the family at Blanchardfamillyfuneralhome.com.
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Jul. 8, 2021.