Melissa “Missy” Ann AutioMelissa “Missy” Ann Autio, 47, of Duluth, died on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Duluth.
Melissa “Missy” Ann Autio, 47, of Duluth, died on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Duluth.
She was born to Ralph and Sheila Autio in Duluth.
Missy attended schools in Duluth and participated in Special Olympics. She attended Pinewood-Duluth, Inc. and resided in facilities managed by Residential Services of Northeastern Minnesota. Melissa was afflicted with Rett Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder. She enjoyed walking, listening to music, watching football and movies. She had and engaging personality and infectious smile. Her family, friends and caregivers will deeply miss this little bundle of energy.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Melvin Autio and Willard and Frances Dalbacka.
Survivors include her parents, brothers, Ross (Liz) and Cory; her grandmother Lilly Autio; nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A special thank you goes to her present and past caregivers at RSI and Pinewood for all their dedicated care and kindness. Thank you to Essentia Hospice for their care and support.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 in St. Johns Catholic Church in Woodland.
Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to Residential Services of Northeastern Minnesota or to International Rett Syndrome Foundation (www.rettsyndrome.org).
Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555
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