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Frances A. Peyla

September 8, 1940 — October 2, 2015

Funeral Mass for Frances Ann Peyla, 75, of Biwabik will be 10 am Monday, October 5, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Biwabik with Fr. Steven Daigle Celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik. Arrangements are by the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora. Mrs. Peyla died Friday, October 2, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 8, 1940 to John and Mary (Green) Korpi in Newberry, MI. She grew up in Spruce Hill (West Eveleth) and graduated from Eveleth High School. Following school Frances met her beloved John “Bob” Peyla on a blind date. The couple were married on December 17, 1960 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Eveleth. The couple moved to Duluth and started their family. They moved back to the Iron Range, eventually settling in Biwabik in 1966. Frances was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Biwabik, where she taught religion classes and volunteered in its circles. Frances enjoyed time spent at their cabin on the Pike River Flowage and playing scrabble with family. Frances most enjoyed spending time with her family. They were her life. Survivors include: four children: Robert “Robbie” (Sally) Peyla of Biwabik, Susan (Tony) Licari of Embarrass, Cathy (Dan) Peterson of Tower, and Paul (Janet) Peyla of Elkridge, MD; ten grandchildren: Sean (Kristina) Peyla of Biwabik, Andrew (Shaina) Peyla of Hoyt Lakes, Justin Peyla of Biwabik, Adam (Sarah) Licari of Wadena, Brad Peterson of Tower, Brent (Pam) Peterson of Tower, Danielle Herring of Tower, and James, Anna, and John Peyla, all of Elkridge, MD; ten great-grandchildren: Ariah Peyla, Gia and Leo Licari, Maddie, Maija, and Carter Peterson, Talon and Tennley Peterson, Kati and Kenzie Herring; siblings: Janet (Joseph) Croteau of Biwabik, Jackie (Steve) Thompson of W. Eveleth, Steve (Joanne) Korpi of W. Eveleth, James (Merle) Korpi of Duluth, Helen (Dick) Axelson of Virginia, and Debbie Vito of W. Eveleth; brother-in-law: George (Barb) Peyla of St. Paul; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; two siblings: Suzanne and Patrick Korpi; and her parents John and Mary Korpi.
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