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Steven Kinnunen

March 21, 1952-Feb. 13, 2011

Steven P. Kinnunen, 58, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, February 13, 2011 at his home.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes; there will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Saturday.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Interment will be in St. Henry's Cemetery, Perham.

Steven Paul Kinnunen was born to Ernie and Pauline (Goodyear) Kinnunen on November 27, 1952 in Wadena. He moved with his family to Detroit Lakes as a young boy. In 1971, Steve graduated from Detroit Lakes High School, where he was active in cross country, finishing third in the district meet. He also worked with his dad at Lambert Lumber Company in Detroit Lakes.

The family started Northern Mart Furniture, which following the death of his father, Steve and his mother operated.

Steve was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Cindy Ditterick, July 21, 1972 in Detroit Lakes. They later purchased Northern Mart and operated it for 10 years. Steve joined Peavey Lumber, which became Homestead Lumber, in Frazee, where he worked for 28 years. He also drove bus for Anderson Bus Company in Frazee for 21 years.

Steve enjoyed fishing, hunting, family vacations, downhill skiing, water skiing, kayaking, woodworking and building furniture. He was a wonderful, loving husband and father. He had the most gentle, loving heart. He was Cindy's prince from the start and God's faithful servant. He will be greatly missed and loved forever and ever.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy of Detroit Lakes; a daughter, Angela (Christopher) Solmon of Detroit Lakes; a son, Heath Kinnunen of Jacksonville, Fla.; his mother, Pauline Aleshire of Detroit Lakes; five sisters. Sharon Lasley-Brown of Minneapolis, Sandy Weets of Minneapolis, Susan Whitten of Woodbury, Minn., Shelley Chapin of Minneapolis and Kathy Kinnunen of Minneapolis.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at