(December 11, 2020) - Arne O. Haavisto Jr., age 72, of Niagara, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, from a sudden cardiac arrest that he experienced while at home.

Arne was born February 3, 1948, in Munising, son of the late Arne O. Sr. and Aune (Maki) Haavisto. He grew up in Eben, Michigan, and was a graduate of Eben High School, class of 1966. He excelled in basketball, winning numerous awards on the Eben High School team. On August 4, 1973, he was united in marriage to Mary Beth Hohol at St. Anthony Church in Niagara. They resided in Green Bay for a year and a half while Mary Beth completed her nursing degree. In 1974, they moved back to Niagara. Mary Beth preceded him in death on May 18, 2015.

Arne worked as a carpenter for Northern RV in Quinnesec before retiring. He also served on the Niagara Rescue Squad, was a founding member of the Tri County Horse Association, and served until his passing as the Town of Niagara Zoning Administrator. Arne was also passionate about the Niagara Historical Society, volunteering countless hours building that dream to a reality.

Survivors include his daughter, Dr. Amy (Brian) Kind of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and two grandchildren, George and Madeline.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mary Beth, Arne was preceded in death by one brother Ronald A. (Geraldine) Haavisto, and one sister, Phyllis Gibbs.

A memorial service will be announced in the spring. Burial will take place in Niagara Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund in Arne's name with all proceeds to be donated to the Niagara Historical Society. Please send donations to Forward Financial Credit Union, PO Box 48, Niagara, WI, 54151.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services-Niagara to honor Arne's legacy of life.


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