Mary "Betty" Elizabeth KesanenMary "Betty" Elizabeth Kesanen, 70, of Hibbing died on Friday May 17th 2013 at St. Lukes Hospital due to complications from surgery.
Mary "Betty" Elizabeth Kesanen, 70, of Hibbing died on Friday May 17th 2013 at St. Lukes Hospital due to complications from surgery.
She was born May 13, 1943 to Edward and Mary (Nelson) Pauna in Deer River.
She was a wonderul wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by brothers Melvin Pauna, Lloyd Pauna, Wildred Pauna, Walter Pauna, and Fredrick Pauna, and husbands Vernon Lappi and Burnett VanSickel.
She is survived by her husband Clifford, Hibbing; sons Jeff Lappi and Henry VanSickel (Krista Galatz), both of Hibbing; daughters Beverly Lappi, Mountain Iron and Bonnie Lauseng, Virginia; grandchildren, Nathan (Trudy) Lappi, Matthew Lauseng, Sarah Lauseng, Andrew Brown, Jacob VanSickel, and Chloe VanSickel; great-grandchildren Bradley, Elizabeth, Kaylee, August and Keagen; sister Mildred (Orlynn) Melbostad and brother Harry (Patricia) Pauna both of Nashwauk, plus several nieces and nephews. Her step children Wesley (Mary) Kesanen of St. Cloud and Tammy (Timothy) Gremes of Hibbing and their children, Ryan, Tyler, Kayleigh, Cassidy, Audrina, Kimberly, and Kylie.
Per Marys request her body was donated to the University of Minnesota for research. A private "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held.
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