Howard Vaala

January 8, 1946March 23, 2013

Beloved Husband, Father Grandfather & Friend

Passed away on March 23rd, 2013. Howard joins his Parents, Elvin and Alpha Vaala and his Sister, Mary. He is survived by his Loving Wife, Francesca; Daughters, Monica (Tony) Sanders and Amanda Ressler; Grandchildren, Garrett, Chandler, Harrison, Magna, Ezme and Andrew. He is also survived by his Sister, Ellen Boe and Brother, Leslie Vaala; One Niece, Nephews and Many Wonderful Friends. Howard was a man who knew something about everything and was always there to lend a hand. He loved to fish, golf, was our computer guru and was active in the Loyal Order of the Moose. He will be deeply missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 29 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Trail in Cottage Grove with a Gathering of Family and Friends one hour prior. An Evening Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Drive in Woodbury.


  • Evening Visitation Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Gathering of Family & Friends Friday, March 29, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 29, 2013

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March 22, 2014

Francesca & family,
May your reflections of times with Howard bring comfort to you on this first anniversary.
Steve & Mary Anderson

March 22, 2014

Dear Francesca, It's hard to believe that Howard has been gone for a year. He was a wonderful man and he left a most positive impact on everyone with whom he came in contact. IdaLee joins me in sending our love. Lou Hurvitz

Denise Jackson

March 29, 2013

Francessca I am so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. You are and will always be in my prayers.

Bruce Uttermark

March 28, 2013

Sorry to hear about Howard's passing. I was a classmate(GFHS Kilowatt-1964). I remember the pickup hockey games at the east side rink and dorm visits at our first year at the U(Also saw Leslie at the 24 hour library at Diehl Hall). Howard was always an upbeat guy that had a plan for everything.

Marilyn and Dave Solo

March 28, 2013

Francesca and family, it pains us, deeply, to know what you're going through, a great man leaves a large empty space in your lives. We hope his memory will keep you moving forward and living each day knowing how he touched your hearts and left an everlasting impression. Very heartfelt sympathy to all. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron Cropsey

March 28, 2013

Very sorry to hear about his passing. I have many fond memories. Deepest condolensces and prayers.

Larie Ann Schmidt

March 28, 2013

So sorry to hear about Howard's death. We worked together at MMIC in the good old days, and used to have some great times... doing crazy things.. including flying a kite with other IT people in South Dakota-- he has a spirit for living that I have never seen... He will be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy... So very sorry for your loss, Francesca.

Steve Anderson

March 28, 2013

Rest in peace my friend.

Steve Anderson

March 28, 2013

Frankie & family, my heart felt condolences. It's not hard to imagine how special Howard must have been in your lives. I guess God knew that too and couldn't wait any longer.

Howard, I'm really going to missing you. Whether it was solving the worlds problems in the garage with beer in hand, plotting against our furry night time visitors, engineering an equipment fix, or practicing our lumberjack skills, I always enjoyed hanging around with you. Summers won't be the same without you. Good bye for now good buddy, I'll see you again someday.

Peter Hauff

March 27, 2013

I'm sorry to here about Howards passing. He was a good friend my Wife Laura.