Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Gary Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.
Bernice “Bea” M. (Oja) Santala was born Sept. 9, 1924 in Idington, to the late August and Amanda Oja. Bea attended school and graduated in the Angora area. She was united in marriage to Edwin “Ed” Santala Jan. 13, 1946, in Duluth. Ed was a supervisor for DeLaval for many years and so the couple lived in many locations and settled in Little Falls in 1959 to raise their family. Bea worked for many years for J.C. Penney, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Little Falls and volunteered many years at St. Otto’s Care Center. Bea enjoyed crocheting many afghans for family and friends, knitting her special dishcloths, watching sports, fishing and baking. Bea also had a special love for all the family pets and sneaked the dogs quite a few treats. She had a love for music and very much enjoyed spending time with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for many family events. Bea had recently moved to Bridgeway Estates to a new apartment and enjoyed the many old and new friends she had there. She was especially fond of her Finnish heritage and lutefisk was served every Christmas.
Bea is survived by her sons, Chuck and (Faye) Santala of Little Falls, Richard (Nancy) Santala of Denver, Colo., Ken (Linda) Santala of Little Falls and Tom (Diane) Santala of Sartell; grandchildren, Sara (Dave) Lester, Jeremy (Amanda) Santala, Ricky Santala, Mike (Jessie) Santala, Bradley Santala and special friend, Lindsay, Mindy Santala and special friend, Kyle, Josh Santala, Benji Santala and special friend, Erin; great-grandchildren of Mumu are Braxten, Ellie and Jace Santala and Kiptyn Lester; and many special relatives on the Iron Range.
Bea was preceded in death by her parents, August and Amanda; husband, Edwin “Ed” Santala; sisters, Ida, Jean, Ila, Mae and Signe; brothers, Wayne and Jack.
Pallbearers were Bea’s grandchildren, Sara Lester, Jeremy Santala, Bradley Santala, Mindy Santala, Josh Santala and Benji Santala. Bea will be greatly missed by all that loved and knew her. A special thank you to all that gave Bea (our mom) such great care in her final days with us.
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