Martha Elaine Wiitala

Female 1901 - 1980  (79 years)

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  1. 1.  Martha Elaine Wiitala was born 9 Dec 1901, Gackle, Logan County, North Dakota; died 16 Dec 1980, Issaquah, King County, Washington; was buried Hillside Cemetery, Issaquah, King County, Washington.


    Birth: Dec. 9, 1901
    Logan County
    North Dakota, USA
    Death: Dec. 16, 1980
    King County
    Washington, USA

    Grandma Chisam. What a great lady. You didn't mess with her. She had a strong grip, something she passed on to my dad, for sure. Her parents were from Finland and migrated to the states in the late 1800's.

    She was born in North Dakota and grew up in the Dakota's, raising her children there and in Minnesota.

    The family eventually moved to Arkansas where I remember traveling to see her in the late 70's. She would tell me, "I don't know where my life has gone". "One minute, I was a little girl, the next minute I'm an old lady".

    She would show me a picture of my grandpa when he was young and talk about how handsome he was.

    She listened to Finnish Polka records and could still speak the language some.

    I remember she had a large collection of salt and pepper shakers and liked watching "rasslin'" on TV.

    In her last days, she went to live with her daughter in Washington state where she passed away. She is buried in Washington.

    Family links:
    Erick Wiitala (1849 - 1913)
    Mary Christine Himanka Wiitala Rosenlund (1864 - 1944)

    Silas Marion Chisam (1881 - 1965)*

    Shirley Marian Chisam Crawford (1932 - 1999)*
    Carol Jean Chisam Johnson (1937 - 1993)*
    Douglas Miles Chisam (1938 - 2015)*
    Sally Elaine Chisam Settles (1941 - 2010)*

    Fannie Maria Wiitala Sieh (1890 - 1990)*
    Hilya Sophia Wiitala Koski (1891 - 1987)*
    Anna Elizabeth Wiitala Swartz (1894 - 1986)*
    Martha Elaine Wiitala Chisam (1901 - 1980)
    Emil Francis Wiitala (1906 - 2005)*
    Walter Verner Wiitala (1909 - 1990)*

    *Calculated relationship

    Martha Wiitala Chisam

    Hillside Cemetery
    King County
    Washington, USA

    Maintained by: Graveyard Shift
    Originally Created by: Carolyn Farnum
    Record added: Mar 24, 2001
    Find A Grave Memorial# 5317263


    Martha — Silas Marion Chisam. Silas (son of James Rhodes "Grammar-Jim" Chisam and Sallie Anderson) was born 9 Jun 1881, White County, Tennessee; died 24 Apr 1965, North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas; was buried Arkansas Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. [Group Sheet]

    1. Shirley Marian Chisam was born 0___ 1932; died 0___ 1999.
    2. Carol Jean Chisam was born 0___ 1937; died 0___ 1993.
    3. Douglas Miles Chisam was born 0___ 1938; died 0___ 2015.
    4. Sally Elaine Chisam was born 0___ 1941; died 0___ 2010.

Generation: 2