She was born July 14, 1943, to George Toivola and Frances Miller on Drummond Island.
She spent most of her adult life either on Drummond Island or in Tucson, Arizona.
Mrs. Alto was a reservation specialist for American Airlines for more than 12 years. She also was employed as a bank teller at one time, and she worked or volunteered her time for several churches.
She was an honest, generous, and hardworking person, family members said, and she raised two nieces. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Alto also enjoyed reading, knitting, and gardening. Other than her faith, one of her most memorable traits was giving. She planted and maintained a beautiful garden in every home she lived in, whether it was in the desert or on an island, and she also gave through charity and ministering to inmates.
Mrs. Alto was personable, and she made friends with nearly everyone she spoke to.
She is survived by two daughters and their families, Victoria Parridgen and Jayme and John Plont; five grandchildren, Amanda, Jason, Jaycee, Daniel, and Jared; a brother, Don Toivola, and two sisters-in-law, Helen Alto and Joyce Stubbs.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Toivola, and two brothers, George Toivola and August Toivola.
Services will be Friday, December 7, at 1 p.m. at the Lighthouse Christian Church on Drummond Island with Pastor Scott Danforth officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Burial will be in Drummond Island Cemetery.
Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford is assisting the family with arrangements.