Funeral services were held for Judy Paju, age 63 of Perham, on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Nick Kandoll officiating. Music provided by Janet Tumberg. The pallbearers were Chris Keskitalo, Cory Keskitalo, Scott Keskitalo, Seth Keskitalo, Jeramie Weller, Bryce Lofgren and Darin Johnson. 

Judy Kay Keskitalo was born on December 5, 1958 in Wadena, to Emil and Sylvia (Tumberg) Keskitalo. Judy graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1977. She moved to the cities where she worked for National Car Rental for five years before moving back to New York Mills. Judy worked as a bank teller for many years around the New York Mills area. Judy met the love of her life Ferlin Paju through his sister Cynthia and on August 20th, 1983, the couple were married at Apostolic Lutheran Church. Two years later Judy and Ferlin had triplets.  

Judy enjoyed bingo, knitting, crocheting, camping, visiting the lake, family trips, and riding along with Ferlin as he fished. 

On August 8, 2022, Judy passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home at 63 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her husband Ferlin, parents Emil and Sylvia, and siblings Steve Keskitalo, Carol Christenson, Joanne Cichy, and Paul Keskitalo. 

Judy is survived by her daughters: Alycia Paju and Ashley Paju; son, Beau (Chelsey) Paju; four grandchildren: Brooke, Olivia, Hallie and Owen; siblings: Mary (Bill) Handt, Ron Keskitalo, Rosalie (Ron) Cichy, Linda (Chet) Robben, Randy (Carol) Keskitalo, Janeen Weller, and Geraldine (Jeff) Obenchain; mother-in-law Joyce Paju; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and a host of friends. 

Please visit to leave memorials and condolences on Judy’s Tribute Wall. 

Arrangements provided by Karvonen Funeral & Cremation Service of New York Mills.