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ANGELA ELIZABETH (Gissler) SPEARIN AHOLA

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ANGELA ELIZABETH (Gissler) SPEARIN AHOLA

Angela E. Ahola, 94, Two Harbors, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Sunrise Home.

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She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on September 13, 1914 to Erik J. and Josephine (Marttila) Gissler. " Ange" or Angie graduated from Central High School in 1932. She worked as a nanny to a nephew in Minneapolis, then on to San Fransisco Bay area of California to take care of a niece, Diane Kistler. Diane and Angie became lifelong friends until Diane died in her 50's. Angie was a secretary and later became an administrative assistantat the University of California at Berkeley. Angie loved her job working with post graduate students and co-workers.

Angie loved the California weather and suntanned every chance she got (leading to numerous skin cancers over the years). That sunny weather kept Angie there for 65 years, but she visited her family and friends in Minnesota regularly, of course in the summer. While in California she met a hometown boy (Duluth) and soon married Arthur Spearin. They raised two boys, Fred "Freddie" and Thomas "Tommy" who grew up in Albany, California.

After the death of Art Spearin, she married an "Iron Ranger" man Tauno "Eddie" Ahola and spent many happy years between their homes in Albany and South Lake Tahoe. From Tahoe, Eddie and Angie could visit to the casinos in Nevada to enjoy the fun foods and gaming that cities like Reno had to offer. Angie loved Bingo, Keno, and playing 777 slot machines. They were very happy together.

In 2003 Angie came back to Minnesota and lived at Sunrise on Superior Assisted Living in Two Harbors where she could enjoy prepared meals, socializing with other residents, and stay and participate in Bingo games and the many activities. Angie later moved to the Sunrise Home next door where she got more personal and helpful attention when a stroke added to her ailments. She often spoke of her love for California and the friends back there.

Even in their advancing ages she and her west coast friends and relatives kept in touch and visited when possible. Angie also had many California Bingo pals but made many new ones here. Despite a hearing loss and muscular degeneration she could enjoy Bingo by memorizing the numbers on her favorite cards. From years of playing Scrabble she had a large vocabulary and an alert mind.

Angie loved to eat out especially at the local Culver's where her favorite meals was Scoopie - kid's meal of chicken tenders. She often told about this treat and at Christmas she would give out gift certificates from Culver's as "thank yous" to the staff at her home.

Angie's Minnesotan relatives and friends loved having her back here and some spent many hours with her. We all will miss her and her sweet personality.

Angie was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Alberta (Gissler) Phyllis Waite, her brothers Daniel Gissler, both husbands and both of her sons with Tom's death in 2003 being the reason for her return to MN.

She is survived by Michael & Maria Phillips of Dana Point, VA, Pamela (Hinden) & David Coolidge of Two Harbors, Ruth and Bill Rabold of Two Harbors, many cousins both here and on the West Coast and her extended family of residents and staff at the Sunrise Home. She has dozens of grand nephews and nieces from ages 16 months to 50 years. Angie's family would like to thank the Sunrise Home for the loving care extended to her in the past several years. We all have wonderful memories of this very special lady, Auntie and friend.

A Memorial Service will be held later. Arrangements by Cavallin Funeral Home.

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