Elvie Aliina AgackiElvie Aliina Agacki, 91, of Wentworth, born into a family of 12 siblings and Finnish immigrant parents, Hemming and Maija (Ammesmaki) Winkka, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at Middle River Health and Rehab in South Range. Elvie had a brief battle with cancer, which she fought with plenty of Finnish Sisu.
Elvie Aliina Agacki, 91, of Wentworth, born into a family of 12 siblings and Finnish immigrant parents, Hemming and Maija (Ammesmaki) Winkka, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at Middle River Health and Rehab in South Range. Elvie had a brief battle with cancer, which she fought with plenty of Finnish Sisu.
Elvie is survived by her children, Laura Colborn of Poplar, John Agacki of Ashland, Wis., Connie Davern (Charlie Bumsted) of Sault St. Marie, Mich. and JoAnn (Brian) McDonough of South Range; grandchildren, Chris (Anna) Korhonen of Fort Atkinson Wis., Brady McDonough of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Kelsey McDonough of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; and a sister, Irene Brazill of Superior. Elvie was also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends and a special family friend, Vern Sutton of Minneapolis, Minn.
Elvie was born on the family farm in Maple on Nov. 29, 1921. Mother loved to dance to all kinds of music and would grab anyone who was standing still and lead them out on the dance floor whether they could dance or not. She also loved baseball and football and enjoyed watching the Brewers and Packers. She also enjoyed going to Northwestern’s basketball games, but in recent years had to listen to them and the football games on the radio instead. Mom was known for many wonderful traits, not the least of which were her sense of humor, stubbornness and independence, but in the family she was famous for her delicious homemade apple squares, ginger snap cookies and her coleslaw. You never got a “naked” cup of coffee in her house, there were always baked goods to with it. Mom made everyone feel welcomed in her home. Mother enjoyed the many warm and also humorous conversations with family friend, Father Bill Green. Elvie was also very proud of her Finnish heritage and was a member of the Brule Heritage Society and attended the meetings regularly until her health in recent months made that impossible; she was a wealth of information for the society with the knowledge of the past happenings, and people of Brule, Oulu and Maple; she had an unbelievably accurate memory.
Elvie worked at Ever Sharp in Chicago, Ill. and during the war in the 1940’s took welding classes to help during the war effort as the men were called for military service. For a time she was a cook at the former Country Kitchen in Superior and worked in housekeeping at the then Holiday Inn and the former Days Inn in Superior, retiring from the latter.
Elvie was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, John James Agacki and second husband, Richard Agacki; sisters, Senja Keller, Elsie Johnson, Aileen Gadda, twins Mae Schuler and Helen Johnson and Lillian Frank; brothers, Matt, Oscar, Eino and Ruben; and an infant sister, Ailie Winkka. Elvie was also preceded in death by son-in-law, Hal Colborn.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Middle River Health Care and the hospice staff at Essentia for the compassion and care you showed our mother during her struggle with cancer and for the help you gave us as well.
Elvie was a wonderful person, who will be missed immensely by her family and all who knew her. She always had a smile on her face and a sharp wit which she was not afraid to use and always left you with a smile on your face.
As hard as it was to lose you, we know you are now in a much better place free of pain and dancing up a storm with all the loved ones who were waiting for you.
Visitation will be from 12 Noon until the 2 p.m. celebration of life held for Elvie this Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Brule River Barn, 4492 S. County Hwy. H, Brule, WI, 54820. Take Hwy 2 to Brule, turn North on H, the facility is on the East side of Hwy H, about two miles down.
Arrangements entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200.
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