ELMA IRENE MAKIElma Irene Maki, 90, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Golden Oaks Advanced Assisted Living.
ELMA IRENE MAKI
Elma Irene Maki, 90, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Golden Oaks Advanced Assisted Living.
Elma was born April 1, 1923, in Duluth. to Hulda (Jussila) and John Indo. Her father died when she was 1-year old, and she was raised by her mother and step-father Frank Uotila. When Elma was 15, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent two years at the Nopeming Sanatorium. She returned to Duluth Central High School in her senior year and graduated with her class in 1941.
Elma married the love of her life, Leo Eugene Maki, Aug. 22, 1941. During World War II, Elma worked in New York City while her husband sailed as a Merchant Marine. They returned to Duluth in 1945 and raised four children. They spent their summers at their cabin on Island Lake and hunting shack on Linwood Lake. Elma worked for many years at St. Louis County Social Service, retiring in 1985.
She loved antique hunting, agate picking, movie musicals, concerts, chocolate and flowers, especially red petunias. Elma's real passion was reading, and she owned thousands of books. Elma and Leo often took joy rides in their 1929 Ford Model A Roadster. They loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, Alaska, California and Finland. Elma and Leo enjoyed 54 years of marriage before Leo's death in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather; husband Leo; son Roger Lee Maki; sister-in-law Violette Lacey; and son-in-law Delphis LaMontagne.
Elma is survived by her children, Marsha (Donald) Keuten, Patty (Tapio) Toivonen and Scott (Eda Kangas) Maki; grandchildren Shane LaMontagne of Duluth, Summer LaMontagne (Angie Szumowski) of Minneapolis, Lance Keuten of Duluth, Brian Toivonen of Minnetonka, Minn., Brooke (Matthew) Baer of Duluth, Jennifer Maki of Las Vegas and Kevin Maki of Duluth; great-grandchildren Michael Berg, Christina and Allen Bonneville, Trinity and Seth Rich, Jaden, Anthony, Trey and Benjamin Keuten and Henry Maki LaMontagne; nieces Robin White (Dean Eckhart) and Carla (Larry) Robinson; daughters-in-law Kathy Mainella and Jackie (Jasper-Maki) Moe; and many relatives in Finland.
Special thanks to Dr. Kurt Kamper and the wonderful staff at Westwood Terrace and Golden Oaks.
VISITATION: 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Nov. 20, in First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4100 Grand Ave., Duluth. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Animal Allies Humane Society or your local food shelf would be appreciated.
Services entrusted to First memorial Funeral Chapel, (218) 624-5050.
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