Memorial services will be held for Helen Lahti of New York Mills (formerly of Duluth, Minn.), at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, New York Mills.
Helen Lahti was born on Nov. 11, 1917 in New York Mills to Alexander and Lempi (Kohtanen) Porkkonen. Helen graduated from the New York Mills High School with the class of 1936. She graduated from Nursing School in Duluth, Minn., and was then employed as an LPN for 33 years at the Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth.
Helen was united in marriage with Arnie Into Lahti, who passed away on March 5, 1955. Helen retired in 1989 and resided in Duluth. In 1999, Helen made her home in New York Mills. She enjoyed reading and playing Scrabble. She was also an avid Minnesota Twins fan. On Dec. 21, 2013, Helen passed away at Perham Health at the age of 96. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Helen in death were her parents; husband, Arnie; son, Dwight Lahti; brothers, Edmund Porkkonen and Emil Porkkonen; and nephew, Steve Porkkonen.
Helen is survived by her grandson, Matthew Lahti; granddaughters, Jennifer Lahti and Amber Lahti; two great-grandchildren, Nailah McGhee and Oriah McGhee; sister-in-law, Winnie Porkonen; niece, Marcia (Wally) Kawecki and her niece, Deb Porkkonen (Helen's personal assistant and chauffeur extraordinaire); numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen & Son Funeral Home, New York Mills. To leave a message of comfort and support, visit karvonenfuneralhome.com.