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Selma Aula, 101

Selma Mildred (Maidel) Aula, age 101, of Cokato, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Aug. 13, 1914, in Minneapolis, to Richard and Mary (Raisanen) Maidel. Selma spent her childhood in their home on Humbolt Avenue; later they moved to St. Louis Park.

In her youth, Selma would often come out to her uncle’s and aunt’s farms, including the farm of Nels and Mary Raisanen. The family also spent time at their cabin on Cokato Lake.

Selma was a beautician and had her own beauty shop on Glenwood Avenue; later, she had a shop in her home.

She married Reino Aula June 24, 1939, in Minneapolis. The couple enjoyed traveling to many areas of the United States.

Selma enjoyed entertaining friends, flowers, crocheting, needlepoint, jewelry, and teddy bears. She was a lady very particular about her appearance, and wore a skirt, blouse, jacket, nylons, and high heels every day until age 99-and-one-half.

During World War II, Selma worked at the New Brighton Defense Plant, 12 hour shifts, seven days a week, for two years – without missing a shift.

In 1999, Selma moved to Edgewood Gables in Cokato.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Mary; and husband, Reino.

She is survived by cousins Paul Raisanen, Josie Cappel, Rosie Hennessy, Dorothy Kataules, Mildred Sly, Donald (Elva) Raisanen, and Vaino Koitila; other relatives, and special friends.

A graveside service took place Monday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in French Lake. There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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