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Gunilla M. (Johnson) Hautala, 90, dies

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Gunilla M. (Johnson) Hautala, 90, of Virginia, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.   Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Range Funeral Home in Virginia at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Donald Norr will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit
Gunilla was born in Ely on January 30, 1924 to Victor and Sophia Johnson.  On December 6, 1941, she was united in marriage to Ernest Hautala.  They lived in Hutter from 1956 before moving back to Virginia in 1984.  She work at VRMC in her earlier years and also volunteered for various senior programs.  
Gunilla was a member of the Virginia Senior Center and the Rouchleau Club. She loved her hobbies of ceramics, needle point, crocheting, especially her towels and knitting “Tossuts” (slippers) for her kids and grandkids.  She made many afghans for her family.  Gunilla also loved to listen to the music of the trees.  She made delicious Finnish biscuits.  She always had a love for her many animals, was a people person and had tremendous “SISU.”
She will be missed by many and was loved by all.
She is survived by four children: Bruce (Maria) Hautala of Levant, ME; Sandy (Doug) Antikainen of Embarrass, MN; Jim (Carol) Hautala of Hanover, MN; Martin (Nancy) Hautala of Hibbing, MN; grandchildren:  Kirsten Hautala Hepler, Erica Baiguy, Donna Hautala, Kimberly (Brad Day) Dahl, Heidi (Al Sarri) Hautala, Dustin (Amy) Hautala, Brad Hautala, Brett (Erin) Hautala, Eric (Heidi) Hautala, Jillian (Dan) Wollmer and Joshua Hautala; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; sister: Lorranie Talaska of OH; nieces, nephews, friends and her Rouchleau friends
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ernest; sisters, Diana Anderson, Vienna Koski, Magnhild Boldin and Helen Schoonover; brothers, Harold, Uno and Ted Johnson; two infant sisters.

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