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October 2, 1945 – February 9, 2020

Detta Annette Juusola, age 74, of Buffalo, long-time resident of Independence, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Buffalo Hospital.
She was born on October 2, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Paul & Luella (Raymond) Siljander.
Detta was the proprietor of Detta’s Spindle in Buffalo.
She enjoyed dogs, spinning/knitting, baking homemade bread, visiting with friends and staying up late and drinking coffee. Detta loved her children and grandchildren!
Survived by William D. Juusola, her fourteen children: Lance W. (Jeannie) Juusola, Brent A. (Beth) Juusola, Jared P. (Karla) Juusola, Jana R. (Paul) Keranen, Toni A. (Phillip) Muhonen, Jay K. (Karn) Juusola, Davin J. (Lori) Juusola, Brock D. (Dulce) Juusola, Nohl P. Juusola, Marla E. Hernandez, Jessie L. (Olivier Belzile) Juusola, Willis D. Juusola, Dustin L. (Chris Moccia) Juusola and Logan R. (special friend Tahne Herren) Juusola; forty-nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; siblings: Raymond Siljander, Janice (Lee) Fredrickson, Karen Woolsey, Jacquelyn Reina, Kenneth (Cathy) Siljander, Mark Wuollet, Lois Siljander, Philip (Debi) Siljander, Roger Siljander and Raina (Pete) Wuollet; other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, a sister Yvonne Wuollet and by a grandson Spencer Juusola.
Funeral services for Detta Juusola will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at The Laestadian Lutheran Church of Monticello. Curt Simonson will officiate.
Interment Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 13th at The Laestadian Lutheran Church of Monticello from 4-8 P.M. A Prayer service will be held at 7 P.M. Further visitation will be held on Friday, February 14th one hour prior to services.
Casket Bearers will be her ten sons.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Glen Rosen

    Sorry for your loss. We had just met Detta a couple of weeks ago. It’s too bad she passed, I thought she was a wonderful lady and was looking forward to talking to her again but now we won’t be able to talk again. So sad.

  2. Debbie Olson

    I’m so sorry for you loss. It’s never easy to see a loved one leave us. Try to remember all the things that made you smile when you were with Detta. I’m sure she wants you to celebrate those memories.

  3. Hazel Lutz

    I’m so sad that Detta has left us. I never got a chance to go see her in her new home and store in Buffalo. She was a very generous and intersting woman. I loved going to see her to by wool and other hand psinning supplies. She told me about baking bread over all the years she was raising her 14 children. She was a very hard worker, and from her stories about her children, I realized that she raised exceptional children. They can all be very proud of their mother.

  4. Rochelle Ratzloff

    I am so sad to hear about Detta….I met her long ago when both our children were young….we were too! Detta was such an inspiration, she moved through life with such a calm ease. Amazed at her sense of who each of her children were. Being a knitter I would get yarn from her, until I discovered spinning! Again with that calm ease she taught me to spin and so did her young sons at the time! My lesson was a family affair. Detta is all about family and she wears that so gracefully. Thank you Detta for the lessons of life, lessons using fibers and inspiring me to be creative, as you did many others. I will miss and always remember your beautiful patience, a gift you shared with many.

  5. Wendy Johnson

    It is heartbreaking to realize that she is gone. May you be comforted in her memory and the knowledge that she made a life that was meaningful.

    I met Detta at least 20 years ago, at her home-based shop in Maple Plain. Over time, she has been a mentor to me in my home-based fiber business. I just posted a memorial to her on my Saga Hill Facebook page in hopes it will reach others in the fiber community who loved Detta. She helped me with classes at Gale Woods Farm by renting wheels to the farm and assisted a few times in helping students learn to spin. She took an interest in a book that I wrote about spinning, dyeing, and knitting yarn—even let me shoot some of the photography in her Maple Plain home. Her love of dogs made her an even more dear friend. The books she wrote for children (and adults) about dog obedience and spinning dog fur are so sweet!

    I will always think of Detta as a kind, generous, and patient person. She will be greatly missed.


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