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Dennis Puisto

DULUTH, Minn. — Dennis Puisto, 82, of Ironwood, Michigan, passed away April, 1, 2023, with his children by his side at Essentia Hospital in Duluth.

Dennis was born in Ironwood, on Nov. 16, 1940, the son of Axel and Helvi (Ojanen) Puisto.

He served as a Military Police officer for the U.S. Air Force for four years after graduating high school.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Dennis taught business education in Ironwood. He eventually moved overseas to teach military dependents for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools.

He ultimately retired to Ironwood. As a true Finn at heart, he loved gardening and taking saunas. He adored his grandchildren and always enjoyed building fires in his backyard for them.

He was predeceased by his parents, Axel and Helvi; sisters, Arlene Vittone, Karen Barton and Lynn Palmquist; and daughter, Kristi Puisto.

He is survived by his sons, Michael, Curtis and Troy; and daughter, Trina Puisto-Portugal; his sibling Deanna Calloway; his ex-wife of 26 years, Ruth Puisto; as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick, Funeral Homes Crematory of Ironwood. You can feel free to express condolences online at

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