Range Funeral Homes


Mary Kathryn Haapala

01/13/1957 - 02/17/2020

Mary K. Haapala, 63, of Virginia, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020 at her residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pastor Erik Roth will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Mary Kathryn Haapala was born January 13, 1957 in Virginia to Niilo and Helen (Kari) Haapala. She graduated from Virginia High School with the class of 1975 and attended Mesabi Range College. Mary had been employed as a home care worker and was retired. She loved nature and animals, especially her cats. Her family and friends remember her as a cheerful and giving person.

Mary was a member of the Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Mesabi Humane Society.

She is survived by her brother, Robert (Donna) Haapala of Virginia; sister, Elinor (Tim) Jensen of North Las Vegas, NV; nephew, Christopher Haapala of Virginia; and several loving cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

6 thoughts on “Mary Kathryn Haapala”

  1. Ruth E Kivela says:

    I will forever miss my Mary. See was always there for me and one of my very best friends. My condolences to her family during this difficult time.

  2. Mary was compassionate, loving and brought her best to all she met. Our friendship endured for decades and we shared much of the joys of life. She will be missed by the many, many lives she has touched. She will be with me always, until we meet again Mary. I know you are in Heaven taking care of our fur babies – including Charmin and Sasquatch. You are forever in my heart!

  3. WendyRae Anderson says:

    I really got to know Mary in high school even though we met many years before. She was very accepting, kind , giving, and loving person. She was so happy and smiling always, it made you feel so welcome to be around her. We lost touch for several years but recently reunited. She still was the same smiling Mary that I remember and I am so glad we reconnected. Wish we had more time together Mary. Rest. In Peace.

  4. Tia Smith says:

    My fond memories go back to Washington elementary school days. Mary was one of my first friends from Kindergarden on through Jr High. We also shared the same God-mother (lucky us!) Our lives took different paths in HS…, but we held on to our connection with comfort and ease. Mary’s gentle ways are what made her a special person & friend. God bless your life and legacy. Tia Ivonen Smith

  5. Kat Anderson says:

    I am now living that saying, “You look like you’ve lost your best friend.” I have. Mary and I were “besties” for 46 years. I’m comforted in knowing that she’s reunited with her family members that she’s so missed, especially her beloved “Muumu”–her grandmother she talked about quite often. I’m sure she’s also now happily hugging her many fur babies who were there to greet her, and the close friends who also left too soon. It will be difficult to go on without being able to call her or have her call me just to gab and vent about things or make plans to go to dinner at Jue’s, or to the greenhouses for plants, or just to sit in her screen deck and watch the birds. A big part of my life has gone and no one else will be able to fit those tiny little shoes quite the same.

  6. Susan Proctor says:

    My sincere condolences to Mary’s family!!! I’m going to really miss her and her sweet disposition… Her knowledge about animals and plants was endless and Mary was my goto person… Going to miss you Mary, fly high with the angels… It is comforting to know you’re back in your precious mom’s arms again…

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