Arlene "Granny" Arvola

​Many Point and Scouting lost a legend on February 3rd when Arlene "Granny" Arvola passed away. Granny worked at Many Point for 30 years as the Head Cook. Granny quickly in her tenure became a legend and a leader known for starting first and ending last, working hard, and passionately providing fantastic food for all Scouts and staff at Many Point. Her homemade "Granny" bread and rolls won the hearts of countless staff, leaders, and Scouts each summer. Her leadership and hard work resonated across our camps culture, and the example she set will resonate throughout the shores of Many Point for decades to come. Granny will be dearly missed by all. Granny's visitation was held on February 7th and the funeral was on February 8th.

If you'd like to send Granny's family a card, please send them to The Cottage House, 825 Elm Ave Se, Menahga, MN 56464.

Granny's Obituary:

Arlene Elaine (Keranen) Arvola, born on May 25th 1945 to Henry and Hilda keranen in Detroit Lakes, MN. Died on Feb 3rd 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids, MN.

Arlene graduated from Menahga School in 1963 and moved to Minneapolis and was employed at Archer Daniels Midland and Northwest Airlines. In October of 1969 she married Kenneth Arvola. Later they moved to Menahga where she gained employment at the Menahga School as the head cook.Arlene served the children at the school for 34 years and loved every minute of it. In the summers Arlene would go to Many Point Scout Camp where she was the head cook for 30 years. Arlene owned the Cottage House Cafe in Menahga with her sister Carol and worked there when she was not at her other jobs.

Arlene leaves to mourn her husband Kenneth and siblings, twin brother Arnold (Cindy) Keranen of Wolf Lake; Harold (Aila) Keranen of Arizona; MaryAnn Haverinen of Menahga; Robert (Nancy) Keranan of Menahga; Hilda Jean (Lester) Huhta of Maple Grove, MN; Helen (Bill) Rath of Grand Forks, ND; Glenn Keranen of Wolf Lake; Carol (Duane) Waaraniemi of Menahga; Annette (Ralph) Kilpela of Cokato, MN; Randall (Sheila) Keranen of Wolf Lake; and a host of nieces and nephews. Arlene is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Hilda, brothers Elmer and Roland, and Sister Edna Mae.


Evan Yingst
Many Point Camping Director

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Arlene "Granny" Arvola