Myrna K. Kangas

Published Friday, November 18, 2005 12:21:38 PM Central Time
Ironwood Daily Globe

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Myrna K. Kangas, 72, of East Arch Street in Ironwood, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, in Ironwood.

She was born July 2, 1933 in Bessemer, Mich., daughter of the late Charles A. and Sylvia (Ketola) Torni. Myrna attended Bessemer and Norrie grade schools and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1951.

She was employed as a telephone operator and group chief operator, first in Ironwood, then in Lansing and Detroit until the 1960s. Myrna then attended Michigan State University in East Lansing and studied floraculture. She owned and operated a flower shop in Charlotte, Mich. from 1980 until 1986. She was also employed by ManPower and the Michigan Catholic Conference. Beginning in 1989 she enjoyed traveling in Texas, Florida and California. Eventually moving back to Ironwood, she was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and was currently the church council president.

She established a stamping ministry, making greeting and get-well cards for outreach on birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, and thoroughly enjoyed stamping, card-making and scrapbooks. Myrna also enjoyed reading, and loved to cook and make beautiful hand-sewn quilts, especially for her grandchildren on their 21st birthdays. She was a member of a local quilting group, sang in the Range Chorus and performed in "Showboat."

In July 17, 1954, she was married to Dale Kangas at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironwood. He survives. Myrna was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Also surviving are two sons, Scott, of Chicago, and Dave, of Ironwood Township; a daughter, Donna (Cary) Gustafson, of Crystal Falls, Mich.; four grandchildren, Justin and Danny Kangas, John Gustafson and Adrian (Lee) Francisco; two sisters, Sylvia (Bill) Dary, Ironwood Township, and Nancy Goodman, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironwood, with the Rev. Joyce M. Heintz officiating.

Myrna's family will receive relatives and friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday.

A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Spring burial will be in Sunset Acres Cemetery, Ironwood Township.

Range Funeral Service Inc., Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood is in charge of arrangements.