Arlyne Jean KokkonenArlyne Jean Kokkonen, 86, of Cloquet, died Monday, July 22, 2013 in Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton.
Arlyne Jean Kokkonen, 86, of Cloquet, died Monday, July 22, 2013 in Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton.
She was born in Superior, the daughter of Arthur and Jennie (Hakala) Mackey.
Arlyne was a 1945 graduate of Barnum High School. Following graduation, she worked at Diamond Match for a short time and then as a clerk at the Cloquet Co-op Store until her marriage to Kalervo Kokkonen on Sept. 23, 1950.
She was very active in the community and served as clerk and supervisor for Brevator Township for a number of years. She was a member of the Carlton County Homemakers, very active in 4-H and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she was also a member of the “Wee Care Sewers.” Arlyne was a loyal friend to many, was very creative and artistic and enjoyed crafts and painting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kal; her parents; a brother, Lester Mackey; and grandson, Jordan May.
Arlyne is survived by sons, Gary of Eden Prairie and Brian of Cloquet; daughters, Judith (Carlton) Gustafson of Bird Island, Jill (Jeffrey) May of Park Rapids, Janell (John) Lemire and Joanna Kokkonen, both of Duluth; four grandchildren, Hunter May, Nikki (Kent) Bodurtha, Rob Lemire and Kailee Lemire; and brothers, George Mackey of Cloquet and Wilbert (Elaine) Mackey of Columbia Heights.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Inter-Faith Care Center for the care given to Arlyne during her stay.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service, Saturday, July 27, 2013 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Cloquet. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. To sign the online guest book, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
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