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Alfred Walter Maisio, 72

Alfred Walter Maisio, 72, of Cass Lake, formerly of Wolf Lake, Minn., died on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at his home of cancer.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church near Wolf Lake with Rev. Elmer Yliniemi and Rev. Peter Rosenkvist officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at the Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home of Menahga and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Snellman Cemetery in Snellman, Minn. Following the service a luncheon will be held at the church for everyone to attend.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Salin, John Evans, Mark Maisio, Matthew Maisio, Clinton Yliniemi, Andy Yliniemi, Michel Stevens and Randy Conklin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Andrea Salin, Crystal Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, LaRissa Evans-Maisio, Jared Evans-Maisio, Michael Heinonen, Jeff Arola, and Aaron Conklin.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1933, to Walter and Irene (Anderson) Maisio, at his parent's farm near Osage, Minn. At the age of 2, his father died leaving his mother with two small sons. Later, his mother married Charles Yliniemi and the Maisio children were raised on the farm near the Wolf Lake area. Speaking only Finnish, he began attending country school in rural Wolf Lake where he learned how to speak, read and write in English. He went to attend high school in Frazee, Minn. As a young man, he ventured to Duluth, Minn., where he worked for Jeno's Pizza for a time. He also spent time logging in the north woods. Later, he moved to the Twin Cities where he worked in the construction of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Feb. 11, 1961, he married Mary "Millie" Dormanen of Ponsford, Minn. They had two daughters and one son. He worked for the Honeywell Corp. in Minneapolis for a time and also owned and operated a lawn care service. While working full-time, he attended night classes and studied the construction trades, earning his general contractors license. He began working for Martin Homes in Minneapolis for more than 18 years. During this time, he built a home for he and his family in Lino Lakes. In the mid-1970s, he and his family moved to the Iron Range where he worked for the MinnTac Mining Co. for 10 years. He again designed and built his family home near Zim, Minn. Later, he founded the PineWood General Construction Co. and built and remodeled many residences. In 1986, they moved to Cass Lake, where in addition to operating his own construction.

He loved to spend his time outdoors hunting and fishing, camping, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and working on his sawmills. He enjoyed traveling across the United States with his family. He had a profound love for music and taught himself how to play the guitar and accordion. He also enjoyed square dancing. He was a member of the Twin Cities Radio Club where he was known as "Little Finn." After he retired from construction, he drove school bus for the Cass Lake-Bena School District for 18 years. Later, he bid his own contract and ran his own independent school bus company, which he operated until his true retirement. In his retirement, he obtained his FCC radio license for emergency communications and possessed the radio call of KAOEPP. He also enjoyed woodworking and enjoyed helping others start new business ventures. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cass Lake. He was proud of his Finnish heritage and especially enjoyed his personally built saunas and Finnish flatbreads.

He is survived by his daughters, Linda M. (Leonard) Maisio-Anderson of Wadena, Minn., and Drenda M. (Jesse) Evans of Cass Lake; his two youngest grandchildren whom he adopted, LaRissa and Jerod, four older grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Hugo (Geri) Yliniemi of Dennison, Minn., and Glenn (Lynette) Yliniemi of Wolf Lake; sisters, Eleanor Yliniemi of Park Rapids, Leatrice (Lyle) Byboth of Apple Valley, Minn., and Janet Yliniemi of Eden Prairie, Minn.; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son, Darin; parents; and brother, Elmer.