Evelyn A. Salakka, 95, formerly of Knife River, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Hermantown.
She was born on January 29, 1922 to Sivert and Irma (Swenson) Aakvik in Hayward, Wisconsin. She grew up in Beaver Bay and Little Marais and after marrying Arnold Salakka in 1941, lived in Knife River until moving to Duluth in 2012. Evelyn was employed at Jeno’s in Duluth for several years and later at Sherwood Terrace Dining Room on the North Shore.
Evelyn was a happy, fun loving person who enjoyed visiting, coffee, bling, sparkles, red lipstick, and going to the casino. She also loved to watch the wild life along the river. Evelyn was very proud of her Norwegian heritage and loved to tell stories.
Evelyn was a member of the Red Hat Society, Sons of Norway, and Knife River Lutheran Church. She enjoyed visiting with people and traveling in her earlier days.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arnold in 1984; a brother, John Aakvik; and son-in-law, Gary Hoganson.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Judith Hoganson of Babbitt, Raymond (Connie) Salakka of Two Harbors, and Stephen (Cynthia) Salakka of Duluth Township; grandchildren Jason, Casey, and Aaron (Bobbi Jo) Salakka, Trisha Jones, Tricia (Mark) Carlstrom, Jon (Miranda) McMillen, Tammy (Mark Weber) Hoganson, Heidi (Jim) Freeman, and Kim (Steve) Howard; and 8 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM service on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Knife River Lutheran Church in Knife River. Burial will be Lakeview Cemetery, Two Harbors.