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Duane Haataja

1958 – 2021

Duane R. Haataja was born on January 13, 1958 to E. Rudoph and Jennie (Makinen) Haataja in Minneapolis, MN, and called to rest at age 63 on April 6, 2021 at St. Therese Nursing Home in New Hope after declining health.

Duane graduated from Patrick Henry in 1976 and Mankato State in 2000. He served as airport manager in Fort Dodge, IA; LaCrosse, WI; Mason City, IA; and Cody, WY. He moved back to Minneapolis in 2002 and then was building manager at the Hennepin County Minnetonka Library and North Point H&W Center before retiring.

Duane is survived by his loving mother Jennie (his nurse and caretaker for many years); sister, Doris Hanson (Dan); brother, Tim (Judy); daughter, Amy Janovec (Bruce); son, Paul; and grandson, Liam Haataja; nieces and nephew and their children; special friends, Jim, Heidi, Linda, and Eldon; and many dear relatives.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Rudy and grandparents, Makinen and Haataja.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel. For funeral service information, please visit

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