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Anna Jokela

Anna Bertina (Janke) Jokela, 85, of Perham, passed away July 5, 2009, at Perham Memorial Home.

She was born Nov. 23, 1923, at home in Runenberg Township, rural Menahga, to John and Ruth (Johnson) Eklund. She grew up and attended country school in Runenberg Township. On April 11, 1941, she married Howard Janke. They resided in Detroit Lakes and farmed in Evergreen from 1945-73. They also owned and operated the South Shore Resort in Toad Lake from 1966-74. On July 29, 1969, Howard passed away. On May 7, 1972, she married Walter "Wally" Jokela. They resided on the farm in Evergreen for one year then moved into Perham in 1973. Wally passed away March 7, 1983. She always enjoyed the farm, even with all of the hard work. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, cooking and baking. She especially loved taking care of her children, and was proud of them all. She resided at St. James Manor in Perham, and since October 2005, made her home at the Perham Memorial Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham with the Rev. Carl Noble officiating. The pallbearers were all of her sons, Warren Janke, Calvin Janke, Randall Janke, Howard Janke, Keith Janke, Jeffrey Janke and Arden Janke. She was laid to rest in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Evergreen, Minn. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills (

Survivors include her daughters, Roslyn (Dale) Lubitz of Frazee, Diane Arthurs of Perham and Joan Ehlers of Champlin; her sons, Warren Janke of New York Mills, Calvin (Faye) Janke of Battle Lake, Randall (Violet) Janke of McGregor, Minn., Howard (Joan) Janke of Brainerd, Keith (Betty) Janke of Frazee, Jeffery (Chris) Janke of Frazee and Arden (Emily) Janke of Zimmerman, Minn.; sisters, Mabel Hoogveld of Perham and Myrtle Marjama of Butte, Mont.; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; many other relatives; and host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Howard and Walter; brother, Alvin Eklund; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Janke; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.