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Robert D. Pieti, 69

Robert “Bob” Donald Pieti, age 69, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of Dassel, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Delano, at the home of his stepdaughter, Carolyn (Paul) Kivisto.

He was born Feb. 10, 1948, in Highland Park, MI, to Edwin and Irma Norma Ingrid (Isaacson) Pieti.

Robert grew up in Southfield, MI, and graduated from Southfield High School in 1966. After high school, he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in business at Michigan Tech.

Bob worked first at the White Pine Mine in Michigan as an auditor; he then went to work at Michigan Tech as a university administrator. Following that, he worked at Ray Dot in Cokato, and finally at Edward Jones in Minnesota, as a financial advisor.

Bob married Kathleen (Bergstrom) Haataja Feb. 27, 1993, in Cokato, with Doug Halonen officiating. They made their home on Spring Lake in Dassel first, then Laguna Vista, TX, and 11 years ago, moved to Sun City, AZ.

Bob had many hobbies; among them were writing memoirs, history, and also grants. He worked on the Keweenaw National Park at Calumet, MI, and was instrumental in the park’s development.

Bob was also a minister at his church in Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carolyn (Paul) Kivisto, and Edwin and Irma Pieti; and brothers, Clyde and Paul.

Survivors include Bob’s wife, Kathleen, of Sun City, AZ; brother David (Patricia) Pieti of Littleton, CO; sister-in-law Virginia Pieti of Farmington Hills, MI; step children: Robert (Sara) Haataja, Steven (Laura) Haataja, all of Cokato; Carolyn (Paul) Kivisto of Delano, Kenneth (Emily) Haataja of Maple Grove, Thomas (Teri) Haataja of Watertown, and Jeanne (Marc) Koskela of Lake Linden, MN; 40 grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Bob’s funeral service took place Sunday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church, preceding the service.

Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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