LAURIUM – Gene M. Suino, 93, of Laurium died March 30, 2022 at Portage Pointe in Hancock where she had resided since November 2019.
Gene was born on September 29, 1928 to Millie (Courchaine) and Emil Fontaine in Chassell. Her family moved to Tamarack City, where she grew up. She attended Dollar Bay Schools and graduated with the Class of 1948.
On August 20, 1949, she married Frank G. Suino at St Cecila’s Church in Hubbell.
They first lived in Houghton where she worked at the JJ Newberry store. Then they moved to Laurium where they lived and raised their four children. They shared 62 years of marriage. Frank predeceased her on January 19, 2012.
Gene was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest children were in high school, then went to work at FW Woolworths and later JC Penney, both in Calumet. Gene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and had many close friends.
She was a devout Catholic who often attended daily Mass and was part of a weekly Rosary group for many years. She served her church as a member of the parish council (serving as secretary for a time), as a member of the altar society, on the funeral luncheon committee, and later as a collection counter.
Gene loved to sing and did so often. There was music in her heart and thanks to her, we grew up with music in our house. When her children were finally all in school, she sang at funeral masses as another way to serve her religious community.
In addition to her church work, she was an auxiliary member and volunteer at the Keweenaw Memorial/Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, and a member of the Lady Elks, the Altar Society, and the Pisano Club.
She and Frank enjoyed many spring trips to Las Vegas and New Orleans for Mardi Gras together, and time spent with friends at firefighter tournaments and pisano nights.
She loved her grandchildren deeply. She liked to spoil them and sew them new pajamas and holiday dresses for the girls. Her grandchildren loved her homemade breadsticks which she was known to make from a recipe by her husband’s Italian grandmother (even though she was French).
She hosted holiday dinner parties for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at her home for most of her life and will be sadly missed by all of her family.
Gene was predeceased by her husband; Parents; brother, Theadore (Ted) Fontaine; sisters-in-law, Diane Fontaine, Marie DeMars and Cathy Hamman; his brother-in-law, Francis DeMars, and his dear cousin, (who was like a sister) Elaine Chaput.
She is survived by her children, Jeanne (Dan) Schmitt, Karen Johnson, Deb (Charlie) Dlubala and Bob (Lori) Suino; grandchildren, Scott Morrison of Orlando, Florida; Jill (Dan) Koskineimi of Laurium; Dawn (Romano) Pauli of West Bend, Wisconsin; Kristin Morrison of Metairie, Louisiana; Kelly (Clayton) Powell of Lowell; Stacy (Paul) Wilson of Otsego; Brett Johnson of Metairie; Amber Suino of Grand Rapids; and Brittany Johnson of Metairie; eight great-grandchildren, Cameron, Garrett, Cadi and Griffin Pauli, Bryson and Delaney Powell and Rhett and Ryder Wilson; a brother-in-law, Art Hamman of Athens, Tennessee, a special cousin, Bernard Chaput of Chassell, and several nieces and nephews.
Gene’s family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Winona House in Portage Pointe and the many At Home Companions assistants who helped us care for Mom as her dementia progressed. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we will be forever grateful.
A visitation service will be held for Gene Suino on Monday, April 4, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.
A funeral mass will be held at noon on Monday, April 4, 2022 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Calumet.
Online condolences for the family can be left at ericksoncrowley.com.
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home will help the family make arrangements.