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March 25, 2014

Edith L. Rantala

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Edith Louise Rantala, age 86, born in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, to John and Martha (Makela) Hilston. Edith passed away surrounded by her family and her dog “Scottie” on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Sheffield Lake, Ohio.

She was the 6th of 9 children. She was predeceased by Bertha Nelson, Edna Hilston, Ruthmae Lakso, Robert Hilston, Dorthy Ulstrom, Edward Hilston and David Hilston. She is survived by Marthajane Kuivilla.

A 1945 graduate of Fairport Harding High School, she attended Kent State University. She married William Rantala of Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, on July 3, 1949. They were married for 63 years before William passed away.

Edith is survived by three children, Mark (Mary Anne) of Rocky River, Ohio, James of Cedar, Mich., and Carol Rantala  of Columbus, Ohio. Edie loved her two grandchildren, Shannon and Kerri Rantala.

Family and friends will gather at Hope Lutheran Church at 4792 Oster Road, Sheffield Village, Ohio, on Saturday, March 29th, at 10 a.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date at Edgewood Cemetery in Ashtabula, Ohio.

The family asks that contributions be made to Hope Lutheran Church, in lieu of flowers.

Obituary and condolences at starbeacon.com.

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