Wellston, MI Lori A. (Gene) North, 59, a resident of Wellston, MI, and formerly of Houghton passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born on October 11, 1961, in Hancock, a daughter of Lilly (Eakin) Wiitala and the late Laurie Wiitala. Lori was raised in Houghton and was a graduate of the Houghton High School with the class of 1979. On October 11, 1980, she was united in marriage to Gene North. The couple had resided in Hancock, Dollar Bay and Baltic. They then resided in Kincheloe, MI, until 1992, when they moved to make their home in Wellston. Lori had always been a hardworking person until her health would no longer allow her to work. She had been a Direct Care Staff Work for Copper County Mental Health while she resided in the Copper County and then also for Manistee County Mental Health. She also had worked as a waitress at various restaurants and a Gas Station Attended for several stations in the Manistee County area. Mrs. North was a member of the Kaleva Bible Church in Kaleva, MI. She enjoyed bowling, camping, singing, crossword puzzles spending time with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband and family. Preceding her in death were: Her father Laurie, her brother James and several aunts and uncles. Surviving are: Her husband: Gene North of Wellston, MI Her children: Billy North of Lehigh Acres, Fl Heather (Jeremy) Forsman of Houghton Her grandchildren: Serenity, Clarissa and Zahra Her mother: Lilly Wiitala a resident patient at Canal View--Houghton County Her sister: Christy (John) Kerttu of Houghton Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins A graveside service for Lori will be held in 2021, at the Forest Hill Cemetery of Houghton. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.