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Doris Bernice Hayrynen, 92, of Christmas, MI, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, August 31, 2022, at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee under wonderful care.

Doris was born on June 28, 1930 to Milga and Arnold Hoffman in Chassell, Michigan. She was 10 and one of five children when her mother died. With the help of her stepfather, William Makinen, grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, teachers and the church, the five children were able to stay together until Doris went to Muskegon High School in Muskegon, MI.

She spent her senior year working as a nanny on a ranch. Doris received a scholarship and graduated from the Minneapolis, MN School of Nursing where she earned her LPN license. Soon after, she moved to Detroit and Flint to work for the automotive industry.

She married Jacob Hayrynen, Sr. in April 1954 in Detroit. They settled in Garden City where they raised their children, Wendy and Jacob, Jr. Doris worked in Hudson’s warehouse and later retired from General Motors where she worked as an assembler at the Fisher Body plant in Livonia.

Doris and Jacob, Sr. were founding members of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Garden City, members of the Finnish Center Association in Farmington Hills and the Detroit Finnish Cooperative Summer Camp Association in Wixom. They met some of their dearest friends while volunteering for these organizations, as well as the Garden City School Bands and the Garden City Hockey Association. They have also hosted many Finnish cultural exchange athletes and singers.

Doris retired from General Motors in 1987 and moved to Christmas, MI where she lived until the end of 2021.

Doris was a member of Eden Lutheran Church in Munising and the UAW Retired Workers Chapter in Hulbert. Doris and Jacob Sr. enjoyed volunteering and attending Finnish-American cultural celebrations.

Doris’ family was her pride and joy. She never wanted to miss a family event. In her spare time, Doris enjoyed traveling, going to her cottage, picking all kinds of berries, baking for funerals at church, sewing, going to yard sales, baking best applesauce, reading and watching Red Wings hockey and figure skating. . She loved music, going to concerts and the theater. She loved to clean, organize and keep the house. She listened and made you feel appreciated and important. Above all, Doris loved God and his Son, Jesus.

Doris has always had a positive attitude. Once he was asked why. She answered “I have no reason not to be. I am grateful for all my blessings every day. Surviving are his daughter, Wendy Andison of Canton, MI; son, Jacob (Donna) Hayrynen, Jr. of Negaunee Twp.; grandchildren: Audrey Andison of Canton, Lauren (Dr. David) Schaeffer of Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Annaliise (David Williams) Hayrynen of Milwaukee, WI, Susan Bardo of Ypsilanti, MI, and Daniel (Dawn) Bardo of Copper City, MI; great-grandchildren: Elyse Schaeffer, Zachary and Travis Bardo, and Curtis Miller; sister, Janet Taylor of Houston; brother, Dr. Marvin Makinen of Chicago; sister-in-law, Laverne Hayrynen of South Range; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Jacob Hayrynen, Sr. in 2009; son-in-law, Donald Andison; sisters, Ruth (Arnie) Moilanen and Sally (Carroll) Arnold; and his sister-in-law Michele Makinen.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Negaunee, with Reverend Bre Kinnunen officiating. The family will welcome relatives and friends from 10:00 a.m. until the start of services at 11:00 a.m., with lunch immediately following the services in the church communion hall. Interment will take place in the gardens of the Northland Chapel after lunch. Ms Hayrynen’s memorial page can be viewed at


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