|7/2/2013 10:11:00 AM|
Paul H. Kariniemi
Paul Hubert Kariniemi (Butch), 86, of South Haven, died June 23, 2013, with his loving wife, Gladys, of 63 years, and his children at his side.
Funeral services were Friday, June 28, at the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church.
He is survived by wife Gladys E. (Halonen) of South Haven; children, Deborah K. Landa of Delano, Paul W. (Sandra Simonson) of Wayzata, Robert C. (Eeva Salminen) of Plymouth, Stephen D. (Ann Keskey) of Phoenix Ariz., Judith S. Waaraniemi of Robbinsdale, Mark R. (Mirjami Vuorma) of Maple Grove, Michael D. (Karen Keskey) of Corcoran, Donald A. (Carol Hillukka) of Rockford, Anita L. (Samuel) Lee of Maple Lake, Mary A. (Rodrick) Sorvala of Buffalo, Philip N. (Margaret Alajoki) of Corcoran, Karen R. (David) Young of Buffalo; sister Signe Nelson of Brighton, Mich.; sister-in-law Betty (Saarela) Kariniemi of Copper City, Mich., 95 grandchildren, 109 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nestor and Anna P. (Loukusa); brothers, Werner, Daniel E. (Helen Ruonavaara), Albert U.; sister, Hulda E. (Otto) Hermanson; grandsons, Jaegar P. Lee, Michael and David Kariniemi; great-granddaughter Bridget L. Sorvala and brother-in-law Norman Nelson.
He was born at home in Fulton, Mich., Oct. 25, 1926. The doctor did not expect him to live through that first night. Paul attended the Mohawk schools and graduated from Calumet High School in 1944. He served on the USS McCord with the U.S. Navy during World War II. On July 1, 1950, he was united in marriage to Gladys Halonen. After graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1951, he worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Mich., and then at 3M in St. Paul, as a mechanical engineer, retiring in 1988. Paul and Gladys thoroughly enjoyed retirement life with family and friends on Lake Sylvia.
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