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Thelma Heikkila

February 9, 1932 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Thelma Heikkila Obituary

Thelma Heikkila, 91, died Friday December 1st, 2023 at Essentia Health Virginia.

 

She was born Feb. 9, 1932 in Eveleth to Andrew and Hilma Kivilahti. Thelma was a lifelong resident of Palo, MN. Thelma married Wilho Heikkila; they raised 6 daughters, and were married for 48 years before his passing in 1999.

 

Thelma had many interests. She worked part time at the Eveleth Tree Nursery during the spring and fall. She also worked at Laskiainen making bread and Finnish biscuit. Thelma spent time volunteering; she rolled bandages at the local church in Aurora for many years.

 

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching all sports (especially Vikings games), watching the news, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. Over the years, she liked quiet country living with her cat by her side.

 

Thelma is survived by her daughters: Margie (Scott) Smith, Betty (Ray) Preble, Dar (Mike) Beard of Eveleth, Elaine Heikkila (Gary Simek) of Kelsey, Kay Heikkila of Aurora; Grandchildren: Nicole (Nick) Biondich, Lisa Smith, Ryan (Blair) Smith, Brian Stefanich (Lindsey Pylkka), Megan (Len) Groom, Adam (Kari) Preble, Stephanie (Drew) Elling, and Alex Karish; Great Grandchildren: Irie and Jude Smith, Mazie and Lenny Groom; Son-in-law: Rick Stefanich. Many nieces and nephews.

 

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Joanne Stefanich, and grandson Lee Heikkila; Brothers: Wilbert Ranta and Ben Kivilahti; Sister: Helen Dreshar.

 

A celebration of life will take place at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 at 11:00 am. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at the Rauha Cemetery in Palo, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023 at 11:00 am.

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Visitation
Monday
December 11, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Range Funeral Home-Virginia
911 16th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

Celebration of Life
Monday
December 11, 2023

11:00 AM
Range Funeral Home-Virginia
911 16th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

Interment
Tuesday
December 12, 2023

11:00 AM
Rauha Cemetery
Rauha Cemetery
Aurora, MN 55705

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