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June Latvala

June Latvala, age 61, of Bemidji, MN, succumbed to Lou Gehrigs Disease on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at home, after an ordeal of more than three years. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 19, 2006 at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji wi...

June Latvala, age 61, of Bemidji, MN, succumbed to Lou Gehrigs Disease on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at home, after an ordeal of more than three years. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 19, 2006 at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji with Reverend Bob Loubek officiating.

June Lois Hoehne was born July 7, 1944 in Perham, MN to Roy and Cora (Stewart) Hoehne. She was one of nine children. She spent her childhood on her parents farm in Becker County and attended a rural one-room school with only 29 students for six grades. She then completed high school at Frazee. She married Howard Latvala at Corliss Lutheran Church, Frazee, MN in November 1962. They lived in Detroit Lakes until 1966, then moved to Bemidji where they purchased and remodeled a farm residence in Grant Valley Township. Junes primary interest until her children were older, was to be a fulltime mother but she soon became involved with a homemakers club, 4H leader, Girl Scouts, Sunday School teacher, PTA Committee Chairperson, and volunteer teachers aide. She was hired as a Title I Aide at Central School and began taking evening college classes, then resigned to attend Bemidji State University full time. She graduated with high honors in 1986 to earn her elementary teaching degree. Mrs. L, as she was known to students, served as a substitute teacher in nine schools in three separate school districts until 1993, then left teaching to focus time on personal pursuits. She had many talents and interests. As an expert with sewing and other crafts, she made clothing, throw pillows, dolls, quilts, afghans, doilies and drapes. She upholstered furniture, stenciled walls, and built birdhouses. She used her skills in calligraphy and a computer to create greeting cards and envelopes from recycled paper. She researched nutrition and developed many vegetarian recipes for family cookbooks. She taught herself to read music and play the piano. Her garden of heritage perennial flowers, selected to attract butterflies and humming birds, was envied by all who visited. She made a special effort to identify every species of bird or butterfly she saw. She enjoyed hiking, camping, beach combing and toured nearly every state from coast to coast with her family. Paralysis from ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease) which began in 2001, affected all her muscles including breathing and speech but could not dampen her spirit. She remained cheerful and greeted everyone with a smile throughout her ordeal. God rest her soul.

Survivors include her husband Howard of Bemidji; sons Gregory Duane Latvala of Coon Rapids, MN and Douglas Roy (Sue) Latvala of Princeton, MN; daughter Heidi (Andy) Keck of Gunnison, CO; and their two children Madeline and Soren; brothers Gilbert (Mitsuko) Hoehne, Perham, MN and Kenneth (Avis) Hoehne, Frazee, MN; sisters Evelyn (William) Warner, Butler, MN, Jeannie (Norman) Jorgensen, Frazee, MN; Phyllis Powers of Shakopee; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Lorraine Anderson, Dorothy Greif and infant sister Marilyn.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to North Country Hospice, 3525 Pine Ridge Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601; or the ALS Association, 333 Washington Ave N #105, Minneapolis, MN 55401; Courage Center, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis, Mn 55422, for a short time the family will accept and deliver donated durable equipment for the handicapped to the ALS Loan Pool in Minneapolis, MN.

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