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 Anna “Annie” <I>Kotila</I> Kotajarvi

Anna “Annie” Kotila Kotajarvi

Michigan, USA
Death 24 Dec 1913 (aged 38–39)
Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
Burial Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 26-d, lot 89
Memorial ID 115653534 · View Source
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Italian Hall victim.
Anna/Annie was the daughter of John Kotila and Emma nee Sarja. She was reportedly born in Michigan. She married Henry Oskar Rytilahti on June 17, 1893 in Osceola, Michigan. Subsequently the couple went to Finland where their four daughters were born: Hilja (1895-1972); Hilma (1898-); Heli/Helen (1900-1913); and Hilda/Emilia (1902-1913). Following Oskar's death in 1905, Anna returned to the U.S. with her daughters in 1906 and married Matti Kotajarvi (c. 1885-1980) on April 12, 1906 in Calumet. She had four children with Matti: William/Willi (c. 1907-); Anna/Annie (c. 1909-1913), who was killed at the Italian Hall, Annie's twin brother Arthur (c. 1909-), and Alice (1913-). Anna's daughters Heli, Emilia, and Annie, who were killed with her at the Italian Hall, are buried together with her. Her sons Arthur and Willi were present but survived. Following Anna's death, Matti remarried and had nine additional children with his second wife.

(Note: her death certificate, and that of her daughter Anna, is indexed under Katajarvi. Her birthplace is listed as Finland on her death certificate. Her date of birth is not given; her age at death is listed as 39.)

If you would like to see a list of all 73 of the known victims of the Italian Hall, with links to their findagrave memorials at Lake View Cemetery, it can be found here:

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  • Created by: Lyndon Comstock
  • Added: 17 Aug 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 115653534
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna “Annie” Kotila Kotajarvi (1874–24 Dec 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 115653534, citing Lake View Cemetery, Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Lyndon Comstock (contributor 47312093) .