Originally Published: February 6, 2018 6 a.m.
Jean Elina Niemi, 82, formerly of Ahmeek, Michigan, passed away surrounded by family Jan. 23, 2018, in Prescott.
Jean was born in Chicago to Hjalmar and Amanda (Haapala) Johnson on August 31, 1935. Jean enjoyed many things in life: traveling, antiquing, shopping, jewelry, shoes, purses, “bakery,” casinos, decorating, auctions, “junk” shops and much more. She could spot a garage sale a mile away.
She was also fortunate enough to work for the Chicago Cubs and lived to see them win a World Series! Jean joins the love of her life, John Edward Niemi, in heaven now.
She was also preceded by her son, Loren Evanoff; sister, Peggy (Johnson) Jacobsen; and both parents. Jean is survived by her children, Michael Evanoff and his wife Debbie, Steven Evanoff, Joanne Evanoff, Kristofer Evanoff and his wife Nancy, and daughter-in-law Jill Pettit.
Also surviving are her grandchildren, Maximus and Madeline Evanoff and Amanda Goldberg, Brittany Froehlke and Tristian Evanoff; her sister, Joan Heffellfinger; nieces, nephews and cousins, and her beloved dog, Molly. Jean will be dearly missed by her family.
A Memorial Service will be held for her and John in Ahmeek, Michigan, later this summer. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes. Please log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Jean’s guestbook and share a memory with the family.
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