Here is a touching story written by a young person, apparently a student in a class assigned to write a story in "first person" from the point of view of an ancestor:
"My name is Eevi Amanda Storm Jokipii, and I was born in Vahakyro, Finland in 1887. I had five sisters that died before age five, and my mother died when I was only eight. Shortly after my mother died, my father remarried twice. My sister, Ida, and I were sent to Calumet, Michigan on a boat in 1899 when our father was out of town. My aunt forced us to work at her boarding house where I fell in love with John Jokipii. After we got married, we moved to Pelkie and had seven kids. My descendants say that my strong work ethic and strict upbringing have left them a legacy."
--Contributed by Acacia Copley, L’Anse High School
Houghton County, Michigan Obituaries:
"Ed Jokipii, 75, a well known L'Anse school teacher, died on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999. He was born Dec. 22, 1923, in Pelkie, a son of the late John and Amanda Jokipii. He grew up in Pelkie and attended the Pelkie and Baraga schools. On August 20, 1949, he married Elida Pelto in Pelkie. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Denny of L'Anse and Kirt of Plant City, FL; three daughters, Diane Grigsby of Virginia Beach, VA, Jonelle Pope of Waukesha, WI and Lisa Giddings of L'Anse."
Pelkie, Michigan, September 2004 Obituary:
"PAUL GORDON JOKIPII, age 77, of L’Anse, passed away Monday, September 6, 2004 at Bayside Village, L’Anse, following a lengthy illness. Gordon was born in Pelkie, MI. on April 14, 1927, son of the late John Frederick and Eevi (Storm) Jokipii. He attended the Pelkie School and graduated from Baraga High School in 1944. During WWII, Gordon served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hornet. He received the Victory Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon. On June 5, 1954, Gordon married the former Violet Maki in Toivola, MI. Gordon was employed as a truck driver for the LaCourt Gas Company until his retirement. Previously, he worked at the Skanee Co-Op and had been employed in road construction. Gordon was a member of Grace Free Lutheran Church in Pelkie, VFW Alston Post 7646 and was a charter member of the Pelkie Volunteer Fire Department. Gordon enjoyed golf, gardening and woodworking. He loved his grandchildren dearly. He will be remembered for his whistling, his joy in visiting with the folks on his gas route and his sense of humor. Mr. Jokipii is survived by his loving wife, Violet Jokipii of L’Anse, son Kevin (Marie) Jokipii of Centerline, MI., daughter, Susan (Roger) Copley of L’Anse, grandchildren, Acacia and Kaila Copley both of L’Anse, sister, Sylvia Jacoby of L’Anse, sister-in-law- Elida Jokipii of L’Anse. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive. He was preceded in death by his sister, Connie, brothers, Fred, Reuben, Ralph and Edsel. Funeral services for Mr. Jokipii ...at Grace Free Lutheran Church, Pelkie...Interment took place in the Pelkie Cemetery."NOTE: Gordon's wife Violet Ida Johanna Maki (Jokipii) died in 2008.
from an online tree:
John Frederick Jokipii
Birth: 1881 Jalasjarvi, Finland (father Samuel Keski-Jokipii)
Death:Died November 27, 1951 in Pelkie, Michigan, USA
Evi Amanda Storm
Birth: 1887 Iso Kyro, Finland (father Mickel Storm)
Death: Died June 7, 1969 in Pelkie, Michigan, USA
They married 12 November 1904 in Calumet, Houghton, Michigan
Frederick Samuel Jacoby b 1906 - d 1952 Detroit, Michigan
Sigrid Tyyne Jacoby b 1908 Calumet- d 15 Dec 1979 Novi, Michigan; married George LaLone and Virgil Williams
Reuben Harold Jacoby b 1913 Calumet - 26 Nov 1991 Fort Meyers, Florida
Ralph Hubert Jokipii b 1920 Pelkie, Michigan - d 30 May 1998 in L'Anse, Michigan
Edsel Rudolf Jokipii b 1923 Pelkie, Michigan - d 05 January 1999 in L'Anse, Michigan
Paul Gordon - b about 1927 - d 2004 in L'Anse, Michigan
Hope this helps.