SULO JACOB NUORALASulo Jacob Nuorala, 88, of Babbitt died peacefully at home on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
Sulo Jacob Nuorala, 88, of Babbitt died peacefully at home on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
Sulo was born in Wawina, Minn., Feb. 10, 1925, the fifth child of Tynne (Puodinketo) and John Nuorala.
As a young man he worked on various farms, Great Northern Railroad and sailed on the Great Lakes. He was drafted into the army in 1943 and served in the 91st Infantry Division in Italy where he was captured. He was a POW for the remainder of the war.
He married Marguerite Flynn in 1946. They began their married life in Duluth, later moving to Bovey where he worked for the Cannisteo Mine. When the work at the mine slowed down he went to Thule Greenland to help build the airbase. Upon his return he began his career at Reserve Mining Company in 1956 until his retirement in 1986. After retirement he was a groundskeeper at the Babbitt Golf Course.
Working in his garage building furniture and other items of wood gave him great joy.
He was a charter member of Woodland Presbyterian Church, a member of Masonic Lodge No. 288 of Ely, lifetime member of the DAV and VFW Post 1539 of Babbitt and a 58 year member of the Maki-Pinola American Legion Post 535 of Babbitt, and was a faithful member of the Babbitt Honor Guard.
Sulo was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marguerite; daughter Annette (Suzie); grandson Jeffrey Kessler; brothers John, Art, Jarelli and Paul; and sisters Marie Henrikson, Irja Smekofske and Edith Bloomquist.
Sulo is survived by daughters Patricia (S. John) Alander of Duluth, and Rebecca (Dave) House of Yuma, Ariz.; brother Wilhart Nuorala of Grand Rapids; sisters Tyne Honkala of Cloquet, Miriam Maki of Casa Grande, Ariz., Gertrude (Wayne) Schanche of Floodwood, and Toini Moroni of Grand Rapids; grandchildren Christopher (Kathy) Syrjanen, Adrieanne (Josh) Dejoode, Edward Kessler, Adam (Pat) Kessler, Michelle (Daylton) Jensen and Andrew Alander; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and special friend and companion Beverly Vojacek.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred in his name to The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program, care of Betty Richtsmeier, 30 Balsam Circle, Babbitt, MN 55706.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the Woodland Presbyterian Church in Babbitt with Pastor Frank Davis officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Babbitt Honor Guard. Spring burial will be in Argo Cemetery, Babbitt. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.--