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Amy Porkkonen

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April 10, 1927-May 9, 2008

Amy G. Porkkonen, 81, of rural Osage, died Friday, May 9, 2008 at her home.

Amy Gladys Koskiniemi was born to Toivo and Aina (Wirkkunen) Koskiniemi on April 10, 1927 in Gackle, N.D., where she was raised and attended school. Amy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends; she was a thoughtful and caring sister. She loved her time pet dogs and cats, and enjoyed their companionship.

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Amy was an environmentalist; she recycled and raised a garden from which she harvested and preserved fruits and vegetables. She was especially known for her dill pickles. She held many jobs during her life, but always worked in the service industry.

Amy was a member of the Menahga Apostolic Lutheran Church. She belonged to numerous civic organizations in Becker County. Amy was a strong, independent survivor and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Surviving Amy are her three sisters, Shirley (Norman) Kangas of Ironwood, Mich., Elma (Wilson) Postell of Florence, S.C., and Vivian (Nelson) Nutter of Hillsboro, Ohio; two brothers, Ernest Koskiniemi of Detroit Lakes and Einrd (Dorothy) Koskiniemi of Park Rapids; 21 nieces and nephews; and six great nieces and great nephews.

Preceding Amy in death were her parents, Toivo and Aina; two husbands, Albert and Edmund; three brothers, Steen, Evert and Duane; and one sister, Beaulah.

Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 12 at the Wevley Funeral Home in Sebeka, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Don Salo and Rev. Elmer Yliniemi officiating. Interment will follow at Balmi Cemetery.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Amy's nieces, nephews and all who called her friend. Active casket bearers will include Wendell Jokela, Russell Skoog, Dave Strandquist and Ben Clifton.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wevley Funeral Home, Sebeka.

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