FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – Edith I. (Edward) Maki, 71, a resident of Franklin Township, died Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium from a brief illness.
She was born December 9, 1949 in Elk River, Minnesota, daughter of the late Melvin and Linda (Hendrickson) Niska. Edith grew up in Montrose, Minnesota, and graduated from Buffalo High School with the class of 1967.
After high school, Edith worked for the Federal Reserve before moving to Finland to be a nanny and work in a bakery.
On September 4, 1971, she was married to Ed Maki. The couple resided in the Detroit area for three years before relocating to Franklin Township to raise their family.
Edith enjoyed cooking, baking, working in her garden, traveling, singing and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also owned and operated the Spice of Life bakery for several years.
Her grandchildren, Lanaya Maki and Brooke Foley, predeceased her; his parents; her siblings, Evelyn Wilen, Charles Niska, Elsie Muonio, Victor Niska and Marian Halberg.
Her survivors are her husband, Edward Maki of Franklin Township; her children, Elsa (Doug) Foley from Ethel, Washington, Eevi Maki from Moscow, Idaho, Anders (Anita) Maki Norwood, Minnesota, Alvar (Colleen) Maki from Ishpeming, Aric (Tauni) Maki from Brush Prairie, Washington, Aleta Maki from Moscow, Idaho, Annika Maki from Moscow, Idaho, Ayla Maki from Moscow, Idaho; 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; siblings: Melvin (Esther) Niska, Annette (Dave) Carlson, Lila (Wayne) Schmidt, Lenny (Selina) Niska, JC (Gary) Johnson, Lois Niska, Eunice (John) Burns; Many nieces, nephews and cousins
A funeral service for Edith will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Old Lutheran Apostolic Church in Hancock. Interment will be in the Jacobsville cemetery.
Friends can call Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old Lutheran Apostolic Church in Hancock.
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