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Amy J. Sipponen


March 13, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. - Amy J. Sipponen, 42, beloved daughter, sister and aunt, passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2019.

Amy was born to Russell and Donna Sipponen on Aug. 5, 1976, in Bessemer, Mich., and resided in Minnesota for most of her life.

She was a member of the 1995 graduating class of A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, and was employed at the Big Boy restaurant during her high school years. She spent several years working at Lutsen Resort in Lutsen, and most recently at Essentia Health in Duluth, where she touched the lives of everyone that knew her.

Amy loved the outdoors, including hiking and swimming and held a special place in her heart for animals. She leaves behind a beautiful cat, Leo.

She will be dearly missed by the love of her life, Brian Fahrney of Milton, Wis., with whom she spent many years making wonderful memories.

Amy is survived by her parents, Russell and Donna Sipponen of Bessemer; two sisters, Kerri (Ronald) Sullin of Merrill, Wis. and Kristi (Gregory) Dean of Marietta, Ga .; two aunts, Sheila (Jay) Konkel of Oconto Falls, Wis. and Karen (Jim) Nahay of Hartford, Wis .; and three nephews, Zachary, Gregory and Chase and two nieces, Rylee and Ella.

Amy was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Toivo and Elsie Sipponen; maternal grandparents, Frederick and Angeline Johnson and Josephine and John Nahay; aunts, Elizabeth Nahay, Maryann Jacobson and Rosemarie Ruona and uncles, Donald Jacobson and James Nahay.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Animal Shelter in Ironwood.

Per Amy's wishes, cremation has taken place.

There will be a celebration of Amy's life at the Elk and Hound in Ironwood on Saturday, June 29, from 12-3 p.m.

Please RSVP either of Amy's sisters, Kerri at 715-297-7571 or Kristi at 404-862-9299. We would love to have you share your memories of Amy with us.


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