Siltala, Carol Ann 77

Carol Ann Siltala (Simonson) was born on Aug 2, 1946 in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, and called to her Heavenly home on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Mom was called home under the care of her husband, children and their spouses and the loving staff of Havenwood, in Buffalo, MN.
Mom was raised on the prairies of Saskatchewan, and her memories of her years growing up there were some of the last memories she shared with us. She would fondly tell us stories of time at the schoolhouse, of the sleigh rides to and fro, and of all the ways they found to keep themselves entertained at home. They didn’t have electricity or indoor plumbing for her first 10+ years growing up, but that seemed to romanticize her stories all the more, and how we longed to be a part of it. Though life at times was difficult, they lived life to the fullest. Mom moved to the Minneapolis area in 1968 for work, and was introduced to the love of her life, Dan Siltala. Though they didn’t court for long before they became engaged, Dad was adamant about finishing college before getting married. They were engaged for about 8 months, and got married on July 5, 1969. This union was blessed with eleven children. Mom and Dad lived in the cities for a short time, then ventured west to Cokato where they lived for over 50 years. It must have felt like home, as like an oak tree, they set their roots and they set them deep. Home has been in the same place for 50 years. Mom set the bar when it came to being busy, and she set it high. She was not a big fan of idle time. Mom set an example for so much in life, and for that we are so thankful. Faith was the most important part of Mom’s life, and her loving guidance will long be remembered. The lessons we have learned and the memories we have to share could fill volumes. Mom had special talents. She knitted Christmas stockings and sewed quilts for all of her children and grandchildren until her abilities faded. She was also a mentor to many with her smile, quick wit and enthusiasm for life.
Carol is survived by her husband Daniel Edward, children; Heidi & Mark Janckila, Wade & Judith, Ryan & Lea, Evan & Kristi, Craig & Kathryn, Rory & Jena, Matthew & Amy, Perry & Lindsey, Valerie & Daniel Hillstrom, Scott & Anna Liisa, Levi & Alexis, 100 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, many brothers & sisters and their spouses. Carol was preceded in death by grandchild Lily Jade Siltala, great-grandchild William Chase Aho, parents, parents in-law, several siblings and in-laws.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church. Visitation will take place from 5-8 PM with prayer at 7 PM on Monday, September 11, 2023 and continue 1 hour prior to services all at the church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534