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September 13, 1946 ~ October 26, 2018 (age 72)

Nancy Jean Haanpaa, 72, of Negaunee, formerly of Herman, died Friday morning, October 26, 2018 at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee while under the care of UP Home Health & Hospice. 


She was born September 13, 1946 in L’Anse, a daughter of the late Homer and Frances (Ellenich) Salo.  She was raised in L’Anse, attended L’Anse High School and was a graduate of the former Suomi College.


Nancy worked a variety of jobs throughout the years.  Her most important job was being a mom and grandmother.  She loved to spend time with her family and friends.  Her many interests included gardening, baking, sewing, quilting and arts & crafts.


She is survived by four children, David (Nancy) Haanpaa of L’Anse, Roddy Haanpaa of L'Anse, Tracy (Rich) LaPlante of Negaunee, and Bill (Danielle) Haanpaa of Negaunee; grandchildren, Kristen, Heather, Jenna, Brian, Kenny, Jacob, Shelby, Alec, Emilee and Hunter; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Mike (Sue) Salo of Florida, Arlene (Jim) Kemppainen of L’Anse and Lynn (Bruce) Sprangers of Wisconsin; her mother’s second husband, Don Skytta of Negaunee; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Shelley Bennett and son-in-law, Michael Bennett.


A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 4 pm at Mitchell United Methodist Church with Rev. J. Albert Barchue officiating.  Visitation will be held in the church for one hour prior to the service.  A meal will follow in the annex of the church.


Canale & Pennock Funeral Service in Ishpeming is assisting the family where memories of Nancy may be shared at


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