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Martha Esther Kinnear

05/08/1922 - 02/19/2019

Martha Esther (Penti) Kinnear, 96, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Edgewood Vista in Virginia. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Faith United Lutheran Church in Iron at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Jim Raisanen will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Martha was born to Hjalmore and Helmi Waltanen in Buhl, MN. She moved to Iron as an infant. Martha attended St. Louis county Schools and graduated from Cherry High School in 1940.

Martha enjoyed gatherings of family and friends at the Stone Lake cabin, traveling, gardening, knitting, sewing, and fishing. In later years, she enjoyed playing cards and reading.

She is survived by her son, Allan (Barb) Penti; daughter, Louise Reed; three grandchildren, Kerri, Corey, and Kim; four great grandchildren, Haley, Kyle, Zachary, and Santino.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Uljas (Bertha) Waltanen; sisters, Helmi (Bruno) Laulunen and Wilma (Art) Asuma; husbands, Toivo M. Penti and David John Kinnear; and his son, David George Kinnear.

2 thoughts on “Martha Esther Kinnear”

  1. Nancie Ligon says:

    Cousin Martha was much beloved and I’ll remember her beauty, humor, and love forever. She was a very special part of our family. My thoughts are with you Allan, Barb and Louise.

  2. Judy Halunen Griffith says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. She was such a cheerful, pleasant lady. I didn’t see her often, but when I did, we always had interesting conversations. My sympathy to her family.

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02/26/2019 at 11:00 am
Faith United Lutheran Church, Minnesota 37, Iron Junction, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 am