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Leo Kivela

April 29, 1929 ~ September 28, 2020 (age 91)


            Leo Kivela, age 91, lifelong resident of Cedar Valley, died Monday, September 28, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. With the assistance of his father, Leo was delivered in the sauna on April 29, 1929, the son of Aldrich and Hulda (Vehkamaki), Finnish immigrants. He attended school in Cedar Valley and made it through all 8 grades before going to work in the woods. A veteran of the US Army, Leo served during the Korean War. Leo was united in marriage to Helen W. Jacobson on May 3, 1958, in Grand Rapids, MN.

            Leo worked as a bricklayer, and was co-owner of L&K Masonry with Dick Louhi from 1973 to 1995. He was a lifetime member of Cedar Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church and Bricklayer’s Union Local #16. He was always up for a game of Cribbage or Uffda, telling jokes and many a story. He also prided himself with serving lutefisk dinners throughout the year.

            Leo is survived by his children: Wayne Kivela of Aurora, MN, Janis (David) Hooey of Duluth, MN, and Roger (Sarah) Kivela of Hibbing, MN; grandchildren: Bryan (Katie) Hooey, Derek Leo Hooey, Kaydi Hooey, Hannah Kivela, Josh Kivela, and Emma Kivela; great-granddaughter: Lillian Hooey; his favorite furry friend “Resu”; and numerous extended family members and friends.

            Leo was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Helen in 2014, and siblings: Sylvia Putikka, Agnes Engman, Aune Kivela, Jennie Hiipakka, Eino Kivela, Niilo Kivela, and Helen Kivisto.

            Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Hibbing.  A private service will follow with Pastor Mike Eckert officiating.  Interment will be in the Cedar Valley Cemetery.  The funeral service will be live streamed at 1 p.m. on Facebook from the Grace Lutheran Church, Hibbing, MN Facebook page.

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October 17, 2020

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Grace Lutheran Church
4010 9th Avenue West
Hibbin, MN 55746

Private Service

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