Kaino Wilhelmina Hotakainen, 91, of Sebeka, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at the Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga, following a long illness.
She was born on May 17, 1918, in Sebeka, the daughter of John and Ida (Virtanen) Heino. She grew up on a farm and attended school in the Sebeka area and married Arne Hotakainen on Sept. 14, 1935. They had nine children and farmed together in Paddock Township, where they lived for more than 50 years before moving to town. She and Arne were married for nearly 63 years until his death in 1998. She was a hard-working and devoted mother and wife, who loved her family, gardening, cooking, playing cards, doing puzzles, making quilts and visiting and drinking coffee with her friends. She was a loyal member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sebeka.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 14, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sebeka with the Rev. Ben Carlsen officiating. Honorary pallbearers were her daughter Barb Fosteson, sons Ray, Mel, John, Marv, Rob and Jerry Hotakainen, and son-in-law Harold Klimek. Active casketbearers were her grandsons, Paul Hotakainen, Jeff Klimek, Tony Klimek, Mark Klimek, Heath Fosteson, Brian Hotakainen, Eric Hotakainen and Jacob Hotakainen. Interment was at the Hay Creek Cemetery in Blowers Township, Otter Tail County. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Wevley Funeral Home of Sebeka.
Survivors include seven children, Ray Hotakainen (Iris) of Embarrass, Minn.; Mel Hotakainen (Leona) of Sebeka, John Hotakainen (Carolyn) of Sebeka, Marv Hotakainen (Sandy) of Virginia, Minn., Barb Fosteson of Sartell, Rob Hotakainen (Laurie) of Washington, D.C., Jerry Hotakainen (Kathy) of Hyattsville, Md.; brother, Arnold Heino (Bea) of White Bear Lake, Minn.; sisters-in-law Martha Heino of Woodbury, Minn., and Delores Walkama of Menahga; son-in-law Harold Klimek of Tower, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arne; daughter, Hazel Klimek; son, Kenneth Hotakainen; two granddaughters; sister, Hazel Hotakainen; and two brothers, John Heino and George Heino.