Antti A. I. LepistoAntti A. I. Lepisto died at his Duluth home on Aug. 10, 2012, of pancreatic cancer.
Antti A. I. Lepisto died at his Duluth home on Aug. 10, 2012, of pancreatic cancer.
He was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Moose Lake, Minn., son of Pastor Antti and Sigrid (Hakola) Lepisto. He graduated from Denfeld High School, received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota Duluth, a Master of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Finlandia University, and did additional graduate work at the University of Helsinki and Luther Seminary. During the Cold War, he was a Hungarian translator for the National Security Agency.
Following his ordination in 1961, Antti served parishes in Mass City Mich., Centuria Wis., Alvarado/Tabor, Minn., and DeKalb, Ill. His diverse calls also included ministry to new immigrant Finns in western Canada, drug and alcohol addiction counseling, and church consulting as an Alban Institute referral consultant. In 1993, Antti was elected president of the Suomi (Finnish) Special Interest Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a position he held until his death. His passion for mission and his Finnish-language skills served the Church as he led the Conference to establish a relationship with the re-emerging Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia.
Antti was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Nancy (Roper) Lepisto. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Hill Saarinen) Lepisto; his children, Andreas Lepisto, Paul (Christine) Lepisto, Sara (Todd) Gmitro, Susann (Rimmer) de Vries, Elizabeth (Travis) Johnson, Christine Ali (Heriberto David-Martinez); Jane’s children, Sara Jane (William) Mize, Michael (Bernadette) Saarinen; 19 grandchildren; sisters, Aino Husen and Helmi Hammer; and brother, Veikko (Karen) Lepisto.
Visitation: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at First Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Superior St., Duluth, and 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service at the church Wednesday, Aug. 15. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Finlandia University or the Suomi Conference for the ministries of the Petrozavodsk congregation in Russian Karelia. To sign the guest book on line, visit www.wlbfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.
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