Peter Pajari, age 63, of Delano, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Hospital.
He was born Nov. 20, 1950, in Wadena, to John and Gladys (Johnson) Pajari.
Peter grew up on a farm south of New York Mills, in central Minnesota. In 1963, he moved to Minneapolis with his parents, and graduated from Columbia Heights High School in 1969.
Peter was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, but also attended the Delano Evangelical Free Church occasionally with his daughter’s family. During the last several years, he made his home with his daughter’s family in Delano.
In 1992, Peter had a liver transplant. In spite of several ongoing health problems, he endured and persevered without complaint. Peter learned how to sustain and extend his life with several natural treatments and good foods.
He really enjoyed his grandchildren, and loved life and family. A front-row seat for the 4th of July parade in Delano was a big hit with Peter. He and his family lived on the parade route, and hosted a big picnic every year in their front yard with family and friends.
Peter’s farming roots gave him the knowledge and enthusiasm to grow a large vegetable garden in the backyard of their Delano home. He enjoyed showing it off to everyone on parade day. It was way ahead of most gardens because he started plants very early in a little greenhouse that he put together. The garden was well cared for and completely weed-free.
Kind and always gentle and generous, Peter’s positive outlook and strong faith in God sustained him through many trials.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a first cousin, Keith Pajari.
Peter is survived by a daughter, Ronda (Ronald) Larson; brother Lowell (Kate) Pajari; sister Annette (James Kelly) Pajari; grandchildren Trysha Nielsen, Victoria, Kayla, and Ronald J. Larson III; nieces Kim (Jerry) Brown, and Corinne (Kelly) Mortensen; nephews Jeff, Eric, Adam (Leah), and Michael (Amanda) Hoyhtya; 10 grandnieces and nephews; and first cousins Louise (George) Allison, James (Margaret) and Dick (Dianne) Heglund, and Ronald and Joseph Pajari.
A funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Delano Evangelical Free Church, preceded by visitation at the church beginning at noon. Interment was in the Delano Public Cemetery.