Louise Kathryn Kilpela, age 86, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at her home.
She was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Dassel, to Arthur and Senja Anderson. Louise was raised on the family farm with three sisters and six brothers.
She graduated from Dassel High School in 1947.
Louise was united in marriage to Paul Arthur Niemela in 1954. This union was blessed with the birth of 10 children. After Paul passed away in 1970, Louise leaned on her faith and strength to raise her children.
She married Lawrence Kilpela March 18, 1989, in Cokato. For nine years, Lawrence and Louise made their home in the Upper Peninsula, MI, and later in Cokato. They enjoyed 26 and one-half years of marriage.
Louise is survived by her husband, Lawrence; children, Paul “Mike” (Cheryl), Nathan (Nancy), Maria (Marcelo) Borja, Aaron (Bonnie), Vincent (Brenda), Lawrence (Elizabeth), Joseph (Cassandra), Maurice (Sarah), Elizabeth “Betsy,” and Amy; 10 step-children; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and siblings Harold, Carold (Lois), and Margaret (Douglas) Engelson; along with several other relatives and friends.
In addition to her first husband, Paul, she was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Mildred, Arthur, Elaine, Donald, Arnold, and Jim; and a step-daughter, Rebecca.
A celebration of Louise’s life took place Saturday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, with a time of gathering preceding the services at church.
Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com.