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George 'Billy' Maunumaki

George "Billy" Maunumaki, 71, of New York Mills, passed away Aug. 15, 2009, at St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born Oct. 12, 1937, at home in Leaf Lake Township, Heinola, to William and Helen (Paatalo) Maunumaki. He attended District 110 North Country School, then graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1955. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959. He took over the family farm in 1960. On Feb. 2, 1963, he married Dixie Kay Sandra Lahti in Evansville, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with five children. They resided and farmed their entire lives in Otto Township, rural New York Mills. On Oct. 10, 2000, Dixie passed away in Fargo after a courageous battle with cancer. He continued farming, and loved being in the field. He enjoyed hunting, darkhouse fishing and trapping. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with the Rev. Don Salo officiating. The pallbearers were Fred Wurst, Rick Snelgrove, Don Maunumaki, David Mann, Paul Jacobson, Gary Newborg, Jerry Hoyhtya and Dick Carlund. The honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren: Erica Imsande, Aaron Maunumaki, A.J. Schmitz, Sierra Maunumaki, Michael Maunumaki, Jr. and Joan Maunumaki. He was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery, New York Mills.

Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills (

Survivors include his daughters, Kim (Greg) Imsande of New York Mills, Kristi Maunumaki of New York Mills, Kelly (Tony Schmitz) Maunumaki of Wadena; sons, Michael (Amy) Maunumaki of New York Mills, and Matthew Maunumaki of New York Mills; six grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Harvey) Warren of Sebeka, Helen Claire Miller of Menahga, Phoebe (Ervin) Lake of La Habra, Calif., Kay Frangos of Houston, Texas, and Karen (Mike) Galarneau of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dixie and a granddaughter.