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Elma Ellen Torvi Erkkila
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1918
St. Louis County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Oct. 31, 2010
St. Louis County
Minnesota, USA

Elma Ellen Torvi Erkkila, 92, of Britt, entered eternal life Sunday, Oct 31, 2010, at St. Michael's Health and Rehab Center in Virginia.

Elma was born Feb 27, 1918 in Zim MN, the sixth child of Anton and Anna Marie (Forstrom) Torvi. She graduated from Cherry High School. Elma lived and worked in Chicago, Duluth, and Chisholm, before marrying Korlis G. Merriman on June 18, 1937 in Chisholm. They later divorced.

On Nov 20, 1941, she married Toivo M. Maki in Virginia. They made their home in Brittmount. Toivo preceded her in death in 1968. On March 7, 1970, she married Oscar W. Erkkila in Virginia. They lived in Britt until Oscar's death in 2007.

She was a resident of the Edgewood Vista and St. Michael's until the present.

She was employed by the U.S. Forestry Service, Wilderness Gardens, the Cluett-Peabody Company, ant the Virginia Municipal Hospital. She was active with the Sand Lake Social Club, 4-H leadership, Cub Scout leadership, Virginia Municipal Hospital Auxiliary, the Laurentian Senior Club, and Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

Elma loved to travel. One of her joys was collecting salt and pepper shakers, of which she had over 600 sets. She was a very crafty lady, specializing in any type of sewing, knitting, crocheting, and ceramics.

Her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren gave her great joy.

She is survived by her children, Jeanette (Harry) Rinta, of Virginia, Elwin (Carol) Maki of Ulen, MN, Pearl (Gerald) Leadbetter of Fargo, ND, Clyde (Veronika) Maki of Reno, NV, and Nathan (Linda) Maki of Van Nuys, CA; 31 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Daisy Renkke, Mamie Dennie, Myrtle Wehmanen, and Lily Sturla; two brothers, Delven Torvi and Adolf Torvi; her husbands, and infant daughter, Elmo T. Maki; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Raymond Siebert; one grandson Harlan Siebert; and one great-grandaughter, Jennifer Kangas.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service on Thursday, Nov 4, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. The Rev Nathan Sager will officiate. 
Family links: 
  Anton Torvi (1878 - 1936)
  Anna Marie Forstrom Torvi (1879 - 1965)
  Korlis Glenn Merriman (1908 - 1988)
  Toivo Matthew Maki (1914 - 1968)
  Oscar William Erkkila (1917 - 2007)*
  Janice Ann Maki Siebert (1938 - 1993)*
  Elmo Torvi Maki (1942 - 1942)*
  Daisy Marie Torvi Renkke (1910 - 1994)*
  Mamie Esther Torvi Dennie (1913 - 1987)*
  Lily Violet Torvi Sturla (1915 - 1987)*
  Delven Torvi (1916 - 1973)*
  Elma Ellen Torvi Erkkila (1918 - 2010)
  Adolf Anton Torvi (1919 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Sand Lake Chapel Cemetery
St. Louis County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 98
Created by: Pearl Leadbetter
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86696021
Elma Ellen <i>Torvi</i> Erkkila
Added by: Pearl Leadbetter
Elma Ellen <i>Torvi</i> Erkkila
Added by: Pearl Leadbetter
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Always in my thoughts and prayers
- Pearl Leadbetter
 Added: May. 31, 2015

 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
Flowers for Mom for her upcoming 95th birthday this week.
- Pearl Leadbetter
 Added: Feb. 24, 2013
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