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Albert "Al" M. Aittama
Date of Death: September, 19 2018

          Albert M. "Al" Aittama Sr., 86, Escanaba, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital with his family by his side. He was born on January 6, 1932 in Calumet, MI, the second child of Richard and Lillian (Goninan) Aittama. He was raised in Lake Linden where he worked in the gardens and selling produce to local stores.
          Al graduated from Lake Linden High School in 1951 and then joined the U.S. Navy serving for several years in the Pacific region. He later attended MTU earning a degree in engineering. Al worked for several companies over his career as a mechanical engineer. On January 20, 1968 he married the former Mary Heide and together raised four children.
          For many years they operated a day care in their home. In so, they shared in the lives of many children who remain in their hearts forever. Al enjoyed tinkering and fixing all things mechanical. He mostly enjoyed time with his growing family and was a proud father and grandfather. Al was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Escanaba and was a quiet, humble and devoted servant of Jesus Christ.
          He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, four children: Heidi (Nathan Kobasic) Aittama, Gretchen (Rick) Henderson, Bert (Lori Gieryk) Aittama and Mary (Joe) Bower, grandchildren: Samantha, Tess, Hailey, Drake and Maggie Henderson, Josie, Jack, Mason and Christina Bower, one brother: Jim (Chris) Aittama and one sister: Sandy (Harry) Cox.
          Al was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Richard and Charles Aittama.
          A funeral to celebrate the life of Al Aittama will be at 12:00 p.m. (NOON) on Monday September 24, 2018 at First United Methodist Church (302 S. 6th St., Escanaba, MI 49829) with Rev. Ryan Low Edwardson officiating. Burial will follow services in Lakeview Cemetery. A luncheon will be held in the church fellowship hall.
          In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name and a memorial will be decided by his family.
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Aittama family.
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  • "There are no words to describe how sad we are to hear this news. We were so blessed to have had this gentle, loving man in our lives. The Lord couldn't have picked a better man to shepherd so many children over the years. Al will live forever in our hearts. The King Family"
    -Joyce King

  • "We are so sad to learn of Al's passing. Your family was such a wonderful part of our lives and we are so blessed that Elizabeth & Sarah had all of you to look up to as role models in the time they spent as part of your family. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Bill, Brenda, Elizabeth & Sarah Lippens"
    -Brenda Lippens

  • "So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Attiama was always so funny when we were growing up in the neighborhood. Lots of laughs I will remember. Wish I could be there to get my respects but will be thinking of the family."
    -Mike Cook

  • "We are so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was a kind and gentle man who set such a positive example of devotion to family and community. Our hearts are with you all. "
    -Carol and Karen Kendrick

  • "So very sorry. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. "
    -Carrie Heide

  • "Al's walking routine through Escanaba with his wife was a great inspiration, and his friendliness and joy were a blessing to many. I will surely miss him."
    -Chris Holmes

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