Kenai resident Aune Marie (Mattson) Kuukari died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Center in Kenai as her nephew, James, read and sang to her. She was 93.
A celebration of her life will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Nicholson's Assisted Living in Kenai. Graveside services and inurnment will be held at the Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik, Minn., in late August.
Mrs. Kuukari was born Aug. 10, 1910, in Biwabik to Paul and Matilda Mattson. On Aug. 10 of this year, she celebrated her 93rd birthday with a party hosted by her family and the staff and residents of Nicholson's. She enjoyed the party and company.
Mrs. Kuukari was a 1928 graduate of Biwabik High School and a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Virginia, Minn. She loved yellow, blue and pink lilies of the valley, lilacs, music, coffee, Snicker bars and most of all her friends and family. A talented homemaker, she could pack a picnic, keep a house and hang the wash out on a summer day in a manner that was truly a form of art.
Mrs. Kuukari was preceded in death by her beloved husbands, Toivo Oila and Eino Kuukari; her brothers, a sister, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends; and her son, Ronald Oila.
She is survived by her many friends, including those at Nicholson's and the Forget-Me-Not Care Center; granddaughter, Jacqueline Michels and her husband, Ken; great-grandchildren, Patrick, Alex, Jeanene, Jacob and Krista; nephews, Marvin Maki and his wife, Irene, Tom Mattson and James Mattson; niece, Mary Eileisar; and a wide extended family.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages people to consider spending some time with an elder friend, relative or neighbor.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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