Florence V. Sikkila, 85

Florence Viola Sikkila, age 85, of Litchfield, formerly of Kingston, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield.

She was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Kingston Township, Meeker County, the daughter of Delbert and Esther (Oberg) Carlson. Florence grew up in the Kingston area and attended country school.

She was baptized and later confirmed in the Christian faith, and had been a faithful member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston for numerous years.

Florence was united in marriage to Harry Sikkila Sept. 9, 1950, in Kingston. The couple made their home in Kingston until 1995, when they moved to Litchfield.

Following Harry’s death, Florence continued to reside in Litchfield at Gloria Day Apartment and then, in 2015, moved to the Meeker Manor.

Florence was employed by Carlson Marketing and had also been employed by Northland Canning Company for several years.

She loved her family and grandchildren with her whole heart. Florence enjoyed crossword puzzles, find-a-word puzzles, watching “I Love Lucy,” and playing Bingo. She especially enjoyed listening to polka music and spending time in her flower garden.

Florence is survived by her children, Donna (Randy) Dawson of Dassel, Dianna (Gene) Ferrel of New Hope, and Larry (Colette) Sikkila of Litchfield; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Roger (Jeanetta) Carlson of Litchfield, and Marilyn (Will) Hess of Superior, WI.

In addition to her husband, Harry, Florence was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Esther Carlson.

Her funeral service took place Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Ostmark Lutheran Church in rural Watkins, with the Rev. Joseph Midthun officiating. Interment was at the Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery, in Kingston.

There was visitation one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.

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