Ruth Leukuma, 86

Ruth Mary (Arvola) Leukuma, age 86, of Dassel, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

Her funeral service will take place Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with Mark Koivisto officiating. Interment will be at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery, rural Cokato.

There was visitation Thursday evening, July 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Friday, one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the arrangements.

Ruth was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Meadow Township, Wadena County, the daughter of Hjalmer and Anna Greeta (Niemela) Arvola.

She grew up and graduated from Sebeka High School.

Ruth was united in marriage to Carl Leukuma Feb. 20, 1954, in Sebeka, MN. The couple made their home in Minneapolis until 1960, when they moved to a farm near Cokato.

In 1981, Ruth and Carl moved to Menahga, where they made their home until 1993, when they moved to Dassel. In January 2006, Ruth made her home in the Dassel and Cokato area.

She was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Dassel at the time of her death.

Ruth enjoyed cooking, visiting, and traveling.

She is survived by her children, John (Shelley) Leukuma of Kalispell, MT, Chuck (Jill) Leukuma of Orono, Mark (Katie) Leukuma of Delano, Greta (Kenneth) Anderson of Cokato, Harry (Laura) Leukuma of Delano, Eric (Naomi) Leukuma of Chassell, MI, Anita (Kurt) Harmala of Dassel, Hans Leukuma of Negaunee, MI and Alaska, Trudi (Roger) Haataja of Calumet, MI, and Katrina (Dave Moonen) Leukuma of Darwin; 68 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by siblings Leslie (Louise) Arvola of Sterling, II, Norma Hillukka of Menahga, Verna (Harvey) Grangroth, Joyce Kotila, all of Cokato, Florence (Don) Halonen of Buffalo, Kenny (Arlene) Arvola of Menahga, and Dave (Mary) Arvola of Cokato.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; grandson, Evan J. Anderson Oct. 21, 2011; a sister, Lila Johnson; and infant brother, Rudy Arvola.

© Herald Journal Publishing, Inc.