Paul Edward Jokela, a longtime resident of Antigo, Wisconsin, passed away on September 13, 2021. Paul was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was raised there on a farm. He was proud of his Finnish heritage and maintained his connections to his large family in Michigan throughout his life. While serving in the Army in St. Louis, Missouri, he met his future wife, Barbara Ann, who he married on August 1, 1963.
Paul then attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, and spent his career as a teacher and counselor working at Northcentral Technical College at the Antigo Campus where he formed many life-long friendships with his co-workers there including Joe Mckenna, Joan Schunke, Judy, John, Jenny, Ron, Jean, Ali, Nancy, Rose, Julie, John, Lori, John, and others. He devoted his career to helping students and adults who wanted to return to school, resume their education, and achieve a high school equivalency degree. Paul was also a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
His wife Barbara preceded him death. He is survived by a son John of Weston, WI, a daughter Pevla of Antigo, WI, and 5 grandchildren, Alexis, Hannah, John, Zachary, and Ryan. Paul was a long-time member of Peace Lutheran Church of Antigo.
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