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Violet Bentilla

Violet V. (Niemela) Bentilla, 89, of New York Mills, passed away June 9, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.

She was born Nov. 6, 1919, in New York Mills, to Charles and Esther (Carlund) Niemela. She married Ralph Raymond Bentilla in 1940 in Verndale. Their marriage was blessed with six children. From 1941 to 1947, they resided in Valparaiso, Ind., and Aurora, Ill., where Ralph worked for The McGill Company. They moved to Minneapolis, where Ralph was employed with Utilities Services Company. She was employed with Leef Brothers in Minneapolis. They retired in 1976 and returned to New York Mills in 1978. On Dec. 23, 1999, Ralph passed away at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. She was an avid Twins fan, she loved to play cards, work crossword puzzles and visit with her family and friends. She was an excellent cook and had a green thumb when it came to gardening and flowers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 13, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills with the Rev. Don Salo officiating. The pallbearers were Larry Bentilla, Jack Bentilla, Michael Cragg, Edwin Niemela, Raymond Niemela and George Becker. She 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 her children, Sandra (Michael) Cragg of Maple Grove, Larry (Patricia) Bentilla of Duluth, Jack Bentilla of New York Mills, and Cathy Bentilla of Minneapolis; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Snabb of South Haven; Anna (George) Becker of Garrison; brothers, John Niemela of Minneapolis; Raymond (Janell) Niemela of Clearwater, and Edwin (Sharon) Niemela of Harris.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; sons, Steve Bentilla and Dennis Bentilla; and siblings, Eleanor Daiens, Arnold Niemela, Ruth Randall, Pearl Snabb and Howard Niemela.