Alma Saari

Died April 18, 2009
Alma (Oksanen) Kemp Saari, 84, went home to be with her Savior on April 18, 2009, at the Omega House with her children and grandchildren by her side following a short illness.

Alma was born on October 12, 1924, in Highway Location to Arthur and Mary Somero. At 11 months old, Alma lost her mother and was adopted and raised by Wiljo and Etla Oksanen of Laurium.

She graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1943 and then moved to Detroit to work at a defense plant during WWII.

She returned to her beloved Copper Country and married Enkku Kemp where they shared 26 years together before the Lord called him home in 1971. Alma later married Royce Saari of Redford and they enjoyed 14 years together before his death.

Alma loved her careers in both the medical field and accounting. She was a woman of many gifts and talents and among them, an eloquent writer. Her keen sense of humor coupled with a healthy dose of spunk is what she will be remembered for along with her deep and abiding faith in God and the Lord Jesus Christ. She was most proud of her children and grandchildren whom she loved more than life itself.

Alma was a member of Bethany Baptist Church of Dollar Bay.

Beside her husbands, she was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers Hank, Hugo, Paul and Robert Somero, Leslie Oksanen and sisters Senia Aho and Sara Somero.

Surviving are her children
Son, Dan (Joan) Kemp of Yardley, PA

Daughter, Judith (Michael) Usitalo of Hancock

4 Grandchildren Jonathan Kemp, Kirsti (Carl) Arko, Holly (Ian) Hodges
and Briana Usitalo
3 Great-grandchildren Brynn and Connor Arko and a great grandson Hodges due on May 5, 2009

1 Brother Tom Somero

2 Sisters Johanna (Ed) Muhonen and Phoebe Hoyt

Sisters-in-law Irene and Shirley Somero

numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the Erickson Crowley Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Byykkonen to officiate.

Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet.

Friends may call at the Erickson Crowley Funeral Home on Monday, April 20 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Tuesday morning.

Friends may leave condolences for the family at

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorials be given to Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar Bay or the Omega House in Houghton.

Heartfelt thanks go out to the staff of the Bluffs and Higher Health along with the staff of the Omega House for their compassionate care.

She died as she lived, with dignity and humor, as only she could make the two compatible.
Date: Time: Location:
April 20, 2009 5-9 PM Erickson Crowley Funeral Home
Date: Time: Location:
April 21, 2009 11:00 AM Erickson Crowley Funeral Home

Online Condolences
From: Paul Fredrickson
  Albuquerque, NM
  Judi, Dan & families. So sorry to hear of Alma'a passing. What a wonderful lady she was. Always a great smile & greeting for everyone. God Bless you all. Paul
From: Eric Byykkonen
  Calumet, MI
  Praying for the Good Lord's peace, love and amazing grace to be with the whole fam'!
God Bless Always
From: Michael and Gail Welsh
  Grand Rapids , Michigan
  Dear Dan, Judy & Family

I was deeply saddened to here of Alma's passing.
I have very fond memories of Tamarack street. It was a truly great place to grow up. When I was visiting my Mother-Alma would stop and say hi.
Alma was a special person to me. She will always have a special place in my heart. I will forever treasure all the memories I have. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family in this time of saddness and loss.

Mike and Gail Welsh
From: Vicki and John Bastian and Family
  Judy, Mike and Family~
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss~our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
I know how close you and your mother were and I can only imagine what you are going through right now. Your mom was one of the kindest, wisest and most thoughtful people I've ever known. May you find peace, love and comfort in your many memories of your mother and may the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Love, Vicki
From: Jack & Jill Lundgren
  Baraga, MI
Jack & I are sorry to hear of your Mom's death. Our daughter, Heidi, just called from the Superior National Bank, where she works, and told us. We're sorry we didn't know sooner so we could have come to the visitation and seen you.
Reading her obituary, I think you must have gotten your sense of humor from her. You and your family have our sincere sympathy. Love, Jack & Jill
From: Candy and Mike Goulette
  Lincoln, CA
  Dear friends, I am so sorry to hear of you mom's passing. She was a wonderful high spirited woman, smart, funny, articulate and wonderful to be around. I feel blessed to have known her and know that her passing leaves a tremendous tear in the fabric of your lives. But because she believed and you believe, I know this is only a temporary time apart. You will be with her again. In the meantime, I am sure she'll be with you in so many ways. You'll all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Candy and Mike, and Sarah
From: susan berryman
  dear dan and judy and families, was so saddened to hear of alma's passing.
you all are in our thoughts and prayers
clyde and sue berryman
From: Jeana Madison
  Gilbert, AZ
  What an amazing and remarkable woman. The stories Jon has shared with me make me smile and wish I could have experienced her presence first hand.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this great time of sadness and loss.
From: Bill Lower
  Danvers, MA
  Jude, Michael and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of Alma, her smile and laugh. And those hugs. I,m only sorry I can,t be there to share time with you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love, Bill.
From: Joan Bradley-Kemp
A title describing the woman who is the mother of your spouse. Used often in jokes, in songs & spoke in fear as in “my mother in law is visiting”. To many daughter’s-in-laws it conjures up a woman who has them constantly on their toes for fear of being criticized. Then some daughter-in-laws are blessed to have a mother-in-law who they love. I was one of them.
Alma brought joy, laughter & wisdom into my life. Everyone joked how I could say anything & get away with it. In truth Alma was one of the most accepting human beings I’ve ever met. The first time we met we felt an immediate bond. That happens so infrequent in life & I was lucky enough to have this special bond with Alma.
I will miss our conversations where we could discuss anything & I’ll miss our visit together. A day would pass quickly as we spent hours discussing everything in life & laughing incessantly.
I know she is happy in God’s care & HE is happy to have her home with him in heaven.
I will miss my “Mother-in-law” but so much more then that I will miss MY FRIEND!!!