Obit: Kujala, John ( 1903 - 1964)

Contact: Pat Braun

Surnames: Kujala, Wittek, Venet, Santala, Tomscyk, Kangas, Rusech, Cizlik, Ott, Rodea, Isaacson

---Source: Owen Enterprise (Owen, Clark Co., Wis.) 7/30/1964

Kujala, John (1903 - 1964)


Severe burns about his face and arms proved fatal to John Kujala, 61, as he passed away at Stanley Saturday where he had been confined for treatment since Wednesday afternoon.

Kujala sustained the burns while attempting to save personal affects from his home which was ablaze when he returned home from the nearby Clark Store.

Earlier in the forenoon he had started a fire in the ditch of the roadway disposing of some rubbish. Meanwhile, while he was shopping at the nearby Clark Store, seven miles northwest of Owen, a strong wind fanned the blaze through some tall grass to the home. In addition to losing his home a pick-up truck was also lost. The Owen Community Fire Association was able to save a nearby garage.

Neighbors rushing to the scene found Kujala badly burned and immediately rushed him to the Owen Clinic where he was given emergency treatment and sent to the hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Hoeper and Kraut Funeral Home, Owen, with Rev. Lauri Isaacson, Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church conducting the final rites. Burial was made at Riverside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Frank Wittek, Elmer Venet, Eugene Santala, Frank Tomscyk, Toby Kangas and Earl Ruesch.

John Kujala was born October 17, 1903 in Finland. After coming to the United States, he farmed near Owen most of his life. Mr. Kujala had never married.

Survivors include three sisters; Mrs. Martha Cizlik, Owen; Mrs. Mary Ott, Cicero, Ill., and Mrs. Irene Rodea of Texas.



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