Obituaries: Dorothy Elsie Seppala


September 18, 2020

Dorothy Elsie Seppala, 89, of Cloquet died Sept. 12, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living in Barnum.

She was born March 10, 1931, in Sandstone, the youngest child of John and Elsie Withoff. Dorothy was a 1949 graduate of Cloquet High School. She married Ervin Seppala on Feb. 14, 1951.

She worked as a library aide for the Cloquet public schools for 25 years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed crafts, sewing and her flower gardens, especially her dahlias and gladiolas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ervin; great-grandchild Joseph Crockett; and her two brothers, Alfred and James Withoff.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Jerry (LaDonna) Seppala of Bovey and Dianne (Michael) Keane of White Bear Lake; six grandchildren, Melissa Korpela, Alicia Crockett, Karina Seppala, Bradley (Angela) Keane, Jason (Heather) Seppala and Ross (Dana) Keane; and eight great-grandchildren, Kannon, Scarlett, Sascha, Chiron, Zane, Addison, Levi and Kenzie.

Visitation: 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Sept. 19 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Masks and social distancing are required. Private family inurnment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family care of Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet MN 55720. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, visit

Pine Knot News, Sept. 18, 2020


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