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Suoma Annikki (Lilli) Jarvi

05/06/1927 - 08/03/2021

Suoma Annikki (Lilli) Jarvi passed away in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 94.  She was born on May 6, 1927, in Nurmo, Finland, to Toivo and Katariina Lilli.  She was the eighth child born of thirteen children. On Christmas Day of 1951, at 24 years of age, she left Finland.  She arrived in America on January 12, 1952 and initially lived with her Uncle John and Aunt Tyyne Lantinen in Palo, Minnesota.  On May 5th, 1953, she married Paul Jarvi of Kelsey.  They made their home in Parkville, MN, where they raised their three children.  Due to illness, Annikki moved to Florida in 1978, where she lived during the winter for 28 years while coming to Minnesota for the summer.

Annikki was active in the Ladies of the Kaleva organization for many years, holding many leadership positions.  She loved spending time at her cabin at Lake Leander where she enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She is especially remembered for pulla days, when she made cardamon biscuit with her grandkids and playing Yahtzee.

Annikki loved Finland and she loved the United States of America.  She was a U.S. citizen for over 60 years.

She is survived by her three children:  John (Leanne) Jarvi of Wuori, MN, Diana (Dan) Kunnari of Ashton, Iowa, and Renee (Mark) Fisher of Fruita, Colorado; 13 grandchildren: Allison Jarvi, Patrick (Jesslynn) Jarvi, Brandon Jarvi, Mallory Jarvi, Neil (Rachelle) Kunnari, Brett (Andrea) Kunnari, Jodie (Drew) Lim, Leah (Ezra) Weikert, Troy (Kendra) Kunnari, David (Hannah) Fisher, Alyssa (Andy) Kester, Jordan Fisher, and Garret Fisher; and 16 great-grandchildren.  In Finland she has one sister, Eeva Lilli, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 11 siblings, and Paul Jarvi.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Range Funeral Home in Virginia with visitation one hour prior with Pastor Mark Fisher officiating.  A private inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Kelsey, MN.
Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

2 thoughts on “Suoma Annikki (Lilli) Jarvi”

  1. Jimmy Saranpaa says:

    I am saddened to learn of Annikki’s passing. She and Paul were great friends of my folks and we visited often in the early days. Visiting conversation was always in Finnish and the Co-Op coffee was always strong at both houses. It was a pleasure to visit with her at the Kaleva Hall on special occasions.

    Rest in peace Annikki. It was my pleasure to know you.

  2. Tim Nurvala says:

    My mother and I are saddened by this news. In Florida, she was an extended member of our family and we enjoyed her good humor, optimistic attitude, and positive spirit. She will live on in our hearts. Our thoughts are with you and the whole family during this difficult time.

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Saturday 08/07/2021 at 1:00 PM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 12:00 PM