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Elaine J. Aittama

October 17, 1942 May 7, 2014
Elaine J. Aittama
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Obituary for Elaine J. Aittama

Elaine Judith Aittama, a long time resident of Highland and co-owner of Milford Baking Company for over 23 years, passed away peacefully on May 7th, 2014 after a six year battle with Leukemia. She was 71 years old.

She was born on October 17, 1942 in Detroit Michigan in her Westwood family home. She moved to Redford Township, Michigan as a young girl, attended school there and graduated from Redford Union High School in 1960. After high school she met Dave Aittama and the two were married on May 6, 1961 in Detroit Michigan. Together they had a wonderful life for 53 years. They have two children Craig and Heidi, six grandchildren, William, Dean, Hannah, Laura, Kara and Lindsay, and one great grand daughter Victoria.
Elaine lived for her children, grand children, nieces, nephews and the children in the neighborhood. She enjoyed having everyone to their lake house at any time of year to enjoy swimming, waterskiing, saunas, fishing, turtle hunting, picnics and most of all, hockey games on the lake rink. She loved it all. The crazier the better! Hosting a gathering was a gift that Elaine had and she made everyone feel special and welcome.

Elaine lived for the holidays and family gatherings. Birthdays, Easter, Christmas and anniversaries were always a reason to �celebrate�. Her preparation for Christmas left nothing to chance. Her gifts were always carefully thought through and generous. She did not like just giving money. When she finished her gifting to the family, she made sure those less fortunate had a Christmas too.

The Aittama family has hosted a traditional family reunion every three years since 1977. Elaine never missed! She would prepare for the event like the Olympics. It was a sacred event that she would just not miss out on. She loved to see the families come together to share stories, celebrate accomplishments and most of all laugh out LOUD!
Elaine began working when her children were in school. She worked part time at a local store on the corner so she could be home to get Craig and Heidi off the bus. As her children got older, she worked at Sears in Pontiac, selling shoes, electronics and men�s clothing. At Sears she continued to give to others, often purchasing winter coats, hats and mittens for children entering the store without them, always maintaining the dignity of the recipient. She was one of the kindest people you could ever know.

Elaine began to work part time at the Milford Baking Company in 1983 when Sears cut back on her hours. She learned quickly that she had a passion for baking, and of course interacting with the people of Milford. In 1990 she entered into a partnership and became co-owner of the Milford Baking Company. At the bakery, she flourished! Everyone that knew Bakery Elaine could feel her endless energy and spunk! Elaine loved to bake and was most proud of bringing the family�s secret recipe for Finnish pasties to the Wednesday production schedule, a tradition that her daughter, owner of the Milford Baking Company will continue for many years to come. Elaine was so proud of Heidi.
Elaine found great joy in taking trips up north to visit the cabin. She and Dave made many great memories at their little red cabin in Roscommon, playing golf together and with their friends. They looked forward to every trip, visiting close friends and enjoying the beautiful drives through the country.

Friendship was something Elaine cherished. She looked at friendship as a lifetime bond and made sure to stay connected with the many friends she made throughout her life. Elaine�s friends were always there for her throughout her treatments. Elaine loved going out to lunch with the girls to celebrate birthdays. The gatherings were something she looked forward to and scheduled her treatments around them whenever she could.
When Elaine received news at the age of 65 that she had a terminal illness she never blinked. She told her family, �Nothing changes - I am going to live as I always have in this house on the lake, working at the bakery and loving my family. Nobody feel sorry for me! I believe in God and he has a plan for me�.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, David; son, Craig (Terry) Aittama; daughter, Heidi (Mike) Kirchner; grandchildren; Kara, Lindsay, William (Alissa), Dean, Hannah, Laura; great-granddaughter, Victoria; sister, Diane (Bill) Heinz and many extended family and dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at 4 PM, with gathering beginning at 3 PM. Pastor Terry Klaus to officiate. Friends may visit the funeral home on Saturday from 5-9 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Charach Cancer Treatment Center, 1 William Carls Dr, Commerce Twp, MI 48382.

For further information phone 248-684-6645.

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