DEDHAM – Laura E. Alto, 88, died July 29, 2011, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born Jan. 18, 1923, in East Millinocket, daughter of John F. and Olga O. (Nyfors) Johnson.
She graduated from Schenck High School in 1941. Laura worked many years as a cook with her specialty in pastries and pies for The White Elephant Restaurant and The Black Knight Restaurant. She also worked with her husband, Elmer, at Dedham School Department for about 30 years. Laura also served as town ballot clerk for many, many years. Laura had been an avid snowmobiler, pet lover and devoted volunteer. Even her dog would go for a snowmobile ride. She was a member of Bald Mountain Snow Riders and Maine Snowmobile Association. She also was a longtime member of Dedham-Lucerne Fire Department Auxiliary, a chartered member of Dedham Community Club and a member of Dedham Historical Society and 4-H club. She was very proud of her Finnish heritage.
She was predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Elmer A. Alto, in 1981; her parents; two sisters, Susie E. Clark and Helmi Johnson; one brother, Sulo Johnson; one niece, Suzanne Jarvis; and one nephew, Leroy Clark. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, Kenneth and Beth Jarvis, Roxanne and Jeff Young, Chris and Marla Jarvis, John and Blanche Clark, Debra and Bob Martin, Donald and Lynn Clark, James and Beth Clark, Sunshine Rush, Helen McReavy, Misty McReavy, Jared McReavy, John Johnson and Dan Johnson.
Family and friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. A service honoring Laura’s life will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Dedham Congregational Church, Dedham, with the Rev. Leslie Anne Chatfield and the Rev. Robert T. Carlson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Brewer. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Dedham School, care of Kathy Lawson, 2065 Main Road Dedham, ME 04429, for upkeep of the Elmer A. Alto Memorial Gymnasium, or one’s favorite charity. Condolences may be offered to her family at