February 8, 1931 ~ September 25, 2011
Ernest "Ernie" E. Pelto, 80, peacefully departed this life on September 25, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Edith "Loraine" Pelto of 40 years. Ernie was born in Calumet, Michigan to the late Edwin Y. and Sylvia Seppala Pelto. Both sets of his grandparents were early Finnish settlers of the Copper Country. Ernie was a proud retired U.S. Air Force Major (Korean and Vietnam Veteran). He earned a Masters degree in Meteorology from the University of Minnesota. After retiring from the USAF, Ernie worked for the United States Weather Service for many years.
Ernie was a very kind and generous person who helped many people through the years as a volunteer by assisting others to file their taxes. Over the years Ernie played and coached many championship softball teams. He loved golf, reading and spending special moments with family and friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest making friends wherever he went.
Ernie was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Besides his loving wife Loraine, he leaves his children: Cheri (Richard) Brady, Judith Lafreniere and Karla (James) Shea, all from Massachusetts. He leaves eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He leaves brothers Norm (Sandy) Pelto and Ken (Carol) Pelto all from Florida.
He also leaves Loraine's children: John (Cherie) Spray, Steve (Barb) Spray, Mary (Doug) Otto, Bill Spray, Martha (Gary) Kramer, twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Ernie was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Blizniak, his brothers Raymond and Carl Pelto, and sisters Carol LaMother and Nancy Carlson.