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Arne Henrik Mayala

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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:58 pm

Arne H. Mayala, 86, Stillwater, Minn., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Oak Park Senior Living, Stillwater, from effects of MSA (multiple systems atrophy).

Arne was born Feb. 19, 1931, at Barron, Wis., and raised in Waukegan, Ill. He came to Minnesota to join 3M Company in 1956 after serving four years in the U.S. Navy, and then graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He retired from 3M in 1981. This early retirement fueled his interest in antique collecting and restoration, and collector cars and pocket watches.

Arne loved his family, and along with his wife, Carol (nee Todd), took great pleasure in providing a warm and happy home to many kitties and puppies through the years. He was an excellent skier and enjoyed pheasant hunting, car shows and especially tap dancing movies.

Surviving, in addition to his loving wife of 55 years, are sisters Anita Isom and Rita (Leroy) Hollingsworth; sisters-in-law Betty Kashner, Sandra Stowers, Sharon Fippinger and Carol Todd; a brother-in-law Gordon Todd; loving nieces and nephews; relatives in Finland; and many good friends.

Arne was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Irja Mayala; brothers-in-law Paddy Isom, David Kashner, Ronald Stowers, John Fippinger and David Todd; and parents-in-law Tex and Geneva Todd.

Honoring Arne’s wishes, a private burial service will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn. Family and friends are invited to share memories and reminisce 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at The Lowell Inn, 102 N 2nd Street, Stillwater.

Arne's family prefers memorials to St. Croix Hospice, Home for Life Animal Sanctuary or a charity of your choice.

Grateful thanks to the memory care staff at Oak Park Senior Living, Bluestone Medical and St. Croix Hospice for their gentle and compassionate care.

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