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John "JJ" Vanhala

August 28, 1956 — February 22, 2022


John “JJ” Vanhala, 65, a resident of Chassell passed away Friday, February 25, 2022, at his home.

He was born on August 28, 1956, in Milwaukee, WI, a son of the late John H. and Phyllis L. (Huhta) Vanhala. JJ was raised in Chassell and attended the Chassell Schools.

Mr. Vanhala was a self-employed carpenter and a gifted woodsman and woodworker. He also was an avid outdoorsman and talented cook of wild game. He enjoyed working on various projects visiting with family and friends. He was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post #6507 of Chassell.

Preceding him in death were his mother Phyllis Kilpela and his father and step-mother: John and Kathy Vanhala.

Surviving are:

His brother: Mike (Kristiina) Vanhala of Chassell

His nephew Brandon Snow of Houghton

Numerous cousins and friends

A memorial service for JJ will be held 4:00 pm Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell with Rev. Soren Schmidt to officiate.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Service of Chassell is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Starts at 4:00pm (Eastern time)

Rev. Soren Schmidt

, Chassell, MI 49916

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