Ingrid Haavisto Taylor of Royal Oak died January 5 2011 at Odyssey Hospice in Southfield Mich. The former Ingrid H. Haavisto was born October 19 1915 in Ironwood Mich; daughter of the late Heikki "Henry" and Hilja (SuoSaari) Haavisto; attended Ironwood schools and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1932. Ingrid met her future husband in Detroit. She also worked at Kresges for many years J.L. Hudson's and transferred to the Northland Center store the first mall in Michigan. She and her husband had their own business with Amway and Ingrid continued until she was 90. Ingrid was an active member of the Salvation Army in Royal Oak and a past member of the Royal Oak Wapiti Elks Auxiliary. Ingrid was very proud of her Finnish heritage. She wrote and spoke the language fluently. She was a first generation American and was the last of her generation in the American branch of the family. She was married to Charles H. Taylor on December 29 1937. Charles preceded her in death in October of 1993. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 1987. Surviving are a daughter Miriam (Clayton) Rund of Bessemer Mich; two sons Richard (Laura) Taylor of Clinton Township and Bruce Taylor of Royal Oak; six grandchildren Denise (Terry) Piotrowski of Roseville Deanna (Dwayne) Princler of Rochester Hills Jon Rund and James Rund of Wakefield Michelle (Chad) McPearson of Clinton Township and Andrew (Gail) Taylor of Roseville; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many cousins in Finland. Besides her parents and husband Ingrid was predeceased by two brothers Heikki "Henry" and Richard Haavisto of Ironwood; and three sisters Aileen Haavisto and Helia Longhini of Ironwood and Elsie Hnizda of Huntington Woods; sister-in-law Estelle Haavisto of Ironwood; brothers-in-law William Longhini of Ironwood and Dr. Vincent Hnizda of Huntington Woods; and a special cousin Eugene Haavisto. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army Royal Oak Citadel Corps 3015 N. Main Street Royal Oak. The inurnment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer. The family requests no flowers. Arrangements by Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home Royal Oak 248-541-7000 www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
Published in Daily Tribune on January 9 2011.