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June 24, 1960 – Friday, March 18, 2016

Service Information
Alleluia! Lutheran @ Historic Church-St. Michael
Saturday, March 26, 2016
11:00 a.m.

Visitation Information
Alleluia! Lutheran @ Historic Church-St. Michael
Saturday, March 26, 2016
begins at 9:30 a.m.

Steven Ross Koskela, age 55 of Hanover, Minn., passed away unexpectedly, with a full heart and a meaningful life in his home the evening of Friday, March 18, 2016. It is with heavy hearts and loving memories that we celebrate his life.

Steve was born June 24, 1960 to Ernie and May (White) Koskela in Minneapolis, Minn. He graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1978. Following graduation, he received his education from North Dakota State University and Wadena Technical School.

On July 2, 1983, he married Patty, the one who understood him… hook, line, and sinker. Together, they were married for 32 years and were proud to raise three children. Honest and private, Steve was as loving a husband, father, and grandfather as anyone could have asked.

Having spent the majority of his career as a civil engineer and construction manager, he is noted by his City of Marshall, City of Plymouth, and City of St. Michael colleagues as respected, hard-working, and dedicated.

Steve enjoyed fishing extreme hours, hunting, and the camaraderie of the FinnPac. Being ‘Up North’ was his passion…at the family cabin, cutting wood, drinking coffee,teaching his grandkids how to cast a reel, having a beer, frying fish. He looked forward to traveling with Patty to explore their next, new destination. And, he liked writing IN ALL CAPS.

Above all, he was happiest while being active spending time with his family, looking forward to family gatherings filled with food, games, activity, and laughter from his grandkids.

Steve will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Patty; his children, Jessica (Kurt) Johnson of Hanover, Dustin Koskela of Mound, and Kristin (James) Telste of Maple Grove; four grandchildren, Bennett, Cole, Paisley, and Madden; sister, Sherri (Joe) Galloway of Ironton; and brother, Brian (Sheri) Koskela of Dayton; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and, beloved German Shorthaired Pointers: Ace, Josie, and Jake.

Memorial service for Steve will be held Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. all at the Alleluia! Lutheran Church, located at The Historic Church, 14 Main Street N., St. Michael.

Reception to follow at church.

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Trudy Tassoni

    I am deeply saddened by Steve’s passing. I feel blessed to have known him. He was so INCREDIBLY proud of his children and loved to email photos of his beautiful grandkids. Patty, my heart breaks for you. I just cannot imagine what you and your family are going through. I’m so very, very sorry. Steve will be missed and in our thoughts. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

  2. Steve Bot

    Patty, Jess, Dustin and Kristin;
    I am so sad and shocked for your loss and the loss we who work with Steve are feeling. He was a great co-worker… super hard working, loyal, and dedicated but was even better of a person to be around and be friends with. We all looked forward to seeing him every day as he was always the first one here ready to greet you and say hi when you got in. We were all lucky to work with and be friends with him too. Thanks for sharing him. His dedication to family, friends and work was always something I admired. I miss him! Condolences and prayers.
    -Steve Bot

  3. Shirley A Meyer

    Patty, so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. You have my deepest sympathy and you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Steven is Home and Safe in the arms of Jesus 🙂

  4. Carol Christians

    I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your dear husband, Steve. I know how empty it will feel without him by your side, so my prayer is that his spirit will be with you and your heart full of wonderful memories. Hugs to you.

  5. Debra Luesse

    So shocked and saddened by the news of Steve’s passing. I worked with Steve at the City of Plymouth and enjoyed his smile and happy go lucky personality.

  6. Diane Perala

    So sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I worked with Steve at the City of Plymouth. I enjoyed getting to know him, he would stop to chat at work and always had a smile! He’ll be missed by many!

  7. Kris Hofstedt

    Patty and family-
    I am sorry for your loss and am still in shock. It just doesn’t seem real. I knew Steve from the City of Plymouth. Even after he left for St. Michael he would swing by our Maintenance Facility office and share stories of his family. He just beamed when he talked about all of you. He will be missed by everyone that had the chance to know him. BIG hugs to all of you.

  8. Amy Mattson

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you during this difficult time. Steve was a wonderful person and he will be missed.

  9. Mike Nielson

    My deepest sympathy. Steve and I worked to together on the Hanover bike path projects. He and I enjoyed many of the same passions. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

  10. Steve Deuth

    Patty and family; Very sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. Steve was a colleague with me at the City of Plymouth and what I remember is that he was always early to work. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

    Steve Deuth

  11. Shahram Missaghi

    Dear Patty & Family: My most sincere condolences. So sorry for your loss. I was lucky to have worked with Steve at the City of Plymouth and gotten to know him. He was always full of energy with a big smile and a good friend. He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Paula (Arnold) Du Chaine

    Patty – I was so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you & your family at this sad time.

  13. Karna (Blanchette) Dwire

    My Deepest Sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Steve at the City of Marshall, (many years ago). You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Jacquie and Randy Reiersen

    Dear Jessica and Family; We were very sad when Mike told us of your father’s passing. Our hearts and many prayers are with you and your family today and in the weeks ahead.


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