Helvie B. (Kivi) Pelkola, 94, a lifelong resident of Kimball, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at her residence in the Town of Kimball.
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She was born December 21, 1924 in the Town of Kimball, the daughter of William and Ellen (Etula) Kivi and attended school in both Meadville and Hurley, Wisconsin. On September 20, 1941, she was united in marriage to Eugene “Pick” Pelkola, also of Kimball, by the Reverend Chester L. Harries.
Helvie was a wonderful homemaker, happy at home and in her community with family and friends. She enjoyed the outdoors, and most especially the summers spent camping with her husband and grandchildren.
Helvie is survived by a son, David (Jenny) of Galena, Alaska; a daughter, Debbie (Louis) Tolvanen of Wilson, Wisconsin; a daughter-in-law, Rose Pelkola of Kimball; a son-in-law, Donald Hill of Ironwood; sister Helmi Anderson of Kimball; ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving parents, a son, Wayne in 1980; husband Eugene in 1986; a daughter Lynda in 2003; brothers, Carl, Sulo, and Art Kivi; and sisters, Sylvia Swanson, Helga Wycklendt, Ellen Skoviera, Edna Balistreri, Mae and June Kivi, and Helen Lantta; grandsons Darryl Hill and Timothy Monio Jr.
Helvie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ironwood. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 23, 2019, 11 AM at the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, 305 N. Lowell Street, Ironwood, the Rev. Nicole Hanson-Lynn officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home from 10 AM until the time of service. A burial in the Hurley Cemetery will be planned in the Spring.
McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home is assisting the family.