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In Memory of Jill Jutila

A Gathering of Friends and Family

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday July 28, 2020
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Jill Vista Jutila, age 78, of Hudson, WI, passed away May 13, 2020 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson. Jill was born May 17, 1941, in Bloomington, Illinois, to James and Hazel (Marcellus) Armstrong. Jill spent most of her years in Cloquet, MN.  She graduated from Cloquet High School in 1959 before taking a job with First National Bank of Cloquet. Jill and her former husband Michael Jutila were blessed with two children, Heather and Corey. Once the kids were in school, Jill went to work with Carlton County Abstract & Title, retiring in 2007.  She moved to Somonauk, IL in 2008 to be closer to her grandchildren and then relocated to Hudson in 2014. 

Jill loved being active and independent. She could be found attending her kids’ youth sports, band concerts, or volunteering on the slopes for her son’s ski racing team. In her free time Jill could be found reading, doing needle work, making crafts, doing puzzles, and being with friends. During the Christmas season she would spend time in the kitchen baking cookies and candies. She enjoyed the beautiful gardens at CCH in Hudson, WI and she could be found reading or enjoying the ducks and fish in the pond.

Jill will remain in the hearts of her children, Heather (Eric) Markwardt, and Corey (Michelle) Jutila;  grandchildren, Clay (Heidi), Cole (Liah Frederick), Maya, and Cade; and great-grandson Liam. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Jack Armstrong

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Jill’s life will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 A. 11th St., Hudson, WI. Social distancing and the wearing of masks are encouraged.

Memorials can be sent to Christian Community Home in her name. 


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    • Oh how I miss Jill… I miss working on puzzles with her! We spent a lot of time together in the gardens and by the pond. She was always helping me and the Master Gardners with the deadheading of the fuschias and other flowers. If there was ever a mailing project I had going she was the first one to ask if she could help! She loved her family and friends and talked of them often. I know she is flying high and with us all.

    • I worked my very first job at Carlton County Abstract & Title Co. alongside Jill. We were coworkers for over 7 years. She was the first to show me what it meant to be a professional while still being true to myself. I will ALWAYS have fond memories of her feeding her desk plant with cold coffee, her smile and her spark! She has forever left her mark on me and I will miss her dearly.

    • I didn’t know Jill well but we both lived in Cloquet, both went to Presbyterian Church, and our paths crossed in my employment at the Carlton County Courthouse while she worked at the abstract office. Beautiful, kind, sweet lady full of grace and dignity. My sympathies to her family.
      Jody Meyer
      Cloquet, MN

    • Jill was just 2 years younger that me. I remember the time when we were young girls and we spent a week together at Grandma and Grandpa
      Armstrong’s house in Foosland. I am glad that Jimmy and I were able to visit her when she lived in northern IL a couple of times. And she called me on my birthday in April, it was so good to hear from her. We will miss her. Keeping the family in our prayers. We extend our sympathy to her family. Nedra and Jimmy Powell

    • Jill was the first cousin of my mother Nancy. (Jill’s father was my great uncle.) We send our wishes for peace and comfort to the family. To Heather and Corey and their families, we are praying for you all as I know how greatly she will be missed.
      Christine Wilson and family

    • I miss saying hello to Jill. I miss seeing her working on a puzzle by the window every day. I miss her telling me when I’ve made a mistake! Ha! I always enjoyed talking to her, even when I had some explaining to do! Makes me smile to think about it. Hugs to you all. Thank you for letting me get to know her. She owns a piece of my heart.