Elsie M. Aho Kovala


Elsie M. Aho Kovala, 86, of Duluth, passed away on Wednesday April 1, 2020 at the Franciscan Health Center. She was born in Virginia, MN on January 20, 1934 to Oscar and Selma Aho. Elsie had worked at Maurice’s in the special-order department. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and the Altar Guild at church. Elsie enjoyed traveling, sewing and she was a great seamstress.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, sons Kurt and Kyle, sister Esther, and brothers Walter, Edward, and Elmer Aho.

Elsie is survived by her husband William “Bill” Kovala, daughters Sally Kovala and Stacy Kovala, a son Richard Kovala; grandsons, Orion Hunter, Jesse, Kyle and Kenneth Kovala, and granddaughter Kyleah Jarvi, great grandchildren; several nieces, and nephews.

A sincere thanks to the staff at the Franciscan Health Center for their kind and compassionate care of Elsie.

If so desired memorials in Elsie’s name can be made to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund, 1325 North 45th Ave East. Duluth MN.

A private family service will be held. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery at noon August 15, 2020, all are welcomed, social distancing and masks are encouraged. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 218-727-3555

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