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Dennis L. Ahola, 36

Dennis Lee Ahola, age 36 ,of New Germany, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in Eden Prairie.

He was born May 20, 1972, in Superior, WI, the son of Duane and Diane (Edquist) Ahola.

Dennis Lee was united in marriage to Tammi E. Schwartz Aug. 16, 2008, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. Adam Gless.

Dennis always had a twinkle in his eye, especially everytime he looked at Tammi. Tammi will always keep the memory of Dennis smirking at her and raising his eyebrows.

Dennis loved all sports, and was a big Vikings fan. He liked to play football, softball, volleyball, and enjoyed snowmobiling. He loved being an uncle and being a part of his nieces’ and nephews’ lives; and had a great adoration for his dog, Grace.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emil and Ailie Ahola, Iver Edquist, and Ray Hakkila.

Dennis is loved and missed by his family: loving wife Tammi, and loyal companion Grace; father Duane Ahola; mother and stepfather Diane and Larry Davies, all of Wisconsin; grandmothers Audrey Hakkila of Wisconsin, and Hildegarde Schwartz of Mayer; father-in-law and mother-in-law Kenny and Bonnie Schwartz of Norwood Young America; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Todd and Kristine Schwartz, Melissa and Corey Eischens, all of Green Isle, and Jeremiah “J.P.” and Claudia Schwartz of Glencoe; nieces and nephews Julia, Austin, Grace, and Hailey Schwartz; Domonick, Samantha, Savannah and Madyson Eischens; and Damion and Christian Schwartz; and godparents Susan Carlson and Doug Nelson; as well as many aunts, uncles, and friends.

The funeral service took place Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. Drew Bakken officiating. Interment was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Norwood Young America.

Visitation was Saturday evening, Jan 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Sunday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers were Kelly Jandreau, Mark Gruebele, Lyle Latzig, David Miller, Raymond Carlos, and Scott Carlson.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com