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Toivo Harold Mattila

Toivo Harold Mattila, 83, of Wright, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minn. He was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Wright to Mary and Andrew Mattila, the youngest of 10 children. Toivo lived on the family farm ...

Toivo Harold Mattila, 83, of Wright, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minn. He was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Wright to Mary and Andrew Mattila, the youngest of 10 children. Toivo lived on the family farm all of his life. He farmed and logged with his two brothers, Robert and Bill. In 1954 Toivo was drafted into the United States Army and served for two years. He spent time in Thailand walking the hills on a land mapping crew. Toivo enjoyed bowling, playing horse shoes, and shooting pool. He enjoyed the comfort of his retirement by the TV at his home until for health reasons he moved to Villa Vista Care Center.

Toivo was preceded in death by his brothers, Bill, Arvid, John and Robert; and his sisters, Emelia Heikkila, Fannie Lundgren, Hilda Anderson, Jennie Keranen and Elma Mattila.

He is survived by nieces and nephews, E. Wesley (Ann) Heikkila of Wright, Evelyn Aho of Pueblo, Colo., Gail Olson of Las Vegas, Nev., Marie (Frank) Reich of Payson, Ariz., Carol (James) Shanesy of Kenosha, Wis., John (Joan) Mattila of St. Louis Park, Bill (Kelly) Mattila of Kankakee, Ill., and Rick (Glenda) Mattila of Barnes, Wis.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Military honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Burial is in Lakeside Cemetery in Wright.

Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet, 218-879-7184. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.northlandfuneralhome.com

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December 11, 2008 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.

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