Pekka T. Marjanen, age 92, of Sebeka, MN, formerly of Cokato, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020.
Pekka Tapani Marjanen was born to Karl Edward Marjanen and Martta Marjanen nee Forssell April 13, 1928, in Jyvaskyla Finland.
He was united in marriage to Laina Tiainen Sept. 30, 1950. They were blessed with 68 years together. Pekka and Laina had five children: Juha, Tarja, Heini, Riitta, and Jari.
They spent their early years in Finland before moving to the United States. They lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Arizona, and Minnesota.
Pekka enjoyed fishing, visiting, and traveling. Children were very special to him. His greatest joy was that his children were preciously believing.
He worked as a postmaster in Finland. In the United States he worked in sheet metal, plumbing, and carpentry.
Leina went to her heavenly home Sept. 4, 2018.
Pekka was joined in marriage to Dagmar Siltala nee Nevala May 1, 2019. She brought much joy to his life. They enjoyed taking saunas and visiting with friends. They resided together in Sebeka.
Pekka is survived by his wife; Dagmar, siblings, Ilkka Marjanen, Sirkka Marjanen, and Vieno Marjanen; children, Juha (Annette) Marjanen, Tarja (Joe) Brown, Heini Aho, Riitta Wuollet, and Jari (Anita) Marjanen; many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
A funeral service took place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church. Interment followed at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.