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Arnie L. Kotila

Arnie L. Kotila, age 78, of rural Delano, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 at the Delano Healthcare Center.

He was born Feb. 9, 1928 in Cokato, the son of Miika and Selina Maria Porkola Kotila.

Arnie graduated from Dunwoody Institute in carpentry.

He was joined in holy marriage to Gertrude Groa Magdal April 17, 1948 in Minneapolis. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Employed as a carpenter for Carlson-LaVine Construction Company for 25 years, Arnie was also a 50-year member of Carpenters Local 1644.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gertrude G. “Trudy” Kotila; children: Trudi Coleman of Delano, Nancy (Dennis) Murray of Ridgefield, Wash., Jerry Kotila of Plymouth, Sue Kotila of Shakopee, Karen Kovatch of Big Lake, and Wayne (Lynette) Kotila of Buffalo; and grandchildren: David Coleman and Pam (Vic) Romero, Christopher (Amy) Murray, Benjamin (Carlie) Murray, Jonathan (Kim) Murray, and Joshua Murray; Christina (Shrial) Baksh, Jeremy Swanson and fiancée Holly Coash, Kim Kotila, and Jennifer Kotila.

Arnie is further survived by great-grandchildren: Lucas Romero, and Matthew, Nicholas, Drew and Jordan Murray; sisters and a brother, Mrs. Norman Wadman of Buffalo, Wilma (Don) Hodges of Eau Claire, Wis., and Martin (Martha) Kotila of Menahga; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant brothers, both named Toivo; sisters Elsie Swanson and Lempi Davidson; and by a brother, Arvo Kotila.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in French Lake with the Rev. Edward Groop officiating. Margaret Groop was the organist, and soloist Pam Romero sang “Amazing Grace.”  Congregational hymns were “In The Garden” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in French Lake.

Casket bearers were Wayne Kotila, Jeremy Swanson, Victor Romero, Russell Strehlow, Danny Manz, and George Magdol.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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