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Pauline Wainio
(November 14, 1925 - October 14, 2012)

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IRONWOOD, Mich. – Pauline Wainio, 86, of Ironwood, formerly a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1925, in Union City, Tenn., the daughter of Howard and Annie B. (Poland) Forester.

On Sept. 15, 1945, Pauline was united in marriage to Levi A. Wainio in Ironwood.

She was a longtime member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ironwood. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, baking (especially apple pies and homemade pizza) and talking to people about the Bible.

Pauline worked various jobs throughout her life.

She loved visiting with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and special friends and relatives.

Pauline is survived by three daughters, Shirley (Alphonse) Leuzzo and Darlene Overton, both of Bessemer, Joanne (Gerald) Strebe, Washburn, Wis.; three sons, Sonny, Wakefield, Kenneth (Bonnie), Ironwood, and Rick (Susan), Wakefield; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a brother, Shorty Forester, McEwen, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Bessie Forester, Waverly, Tenn., and Mary Ann Wainio, Ironwood; her brother-in-law, Ken Hammond, Black Canyon City, Ariz.; numerous nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Levi, on Jan. 24, 2006; two granddaughters, Alicia Leuzzo and Sheila Richardson; a great-granddaughter, LaAngela Floyd; two sisters, Odie Hammond and Laura Mae Forester; and four brothers, Carl, Sam, Billy Joe and Alvin Forester.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Superior St., in Ironwood, with Elder Don Lothes officiating.

There will be no visitation prior to the service.

Lakeside Memorial Chapel of Wakefield is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent online at

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