Minna Kuuskoski

April 6, 1953 - July 7, 2014
Minna Kuuskoski


Minna Kuuskoski age 61, of Wilmington passed away July 7, 2014.

She was an artist and storyteller who was widely known and loved as “The Troll Lady” of Wilmington.

Minna was born April 6, 1953 in Turku, Finland the daughter of the late Martti Kuuskoski and Hilkka Helena Viljanen.

She moved from Finland to Canada in 1973 and from Canada to the United States in 1989, finally settling in Wilmington in 1993.

Many people knew Minna from the US Trolls store on Market street, where she fascinated and amused children and adults alike with her stories about Trolls.

For many years she visited schools in the area bringing her trolls and stories much to the delight of the students.

She performed at the Festival of Trees, a venue that enabled her to share her stories and introduce her Trolls to hundreds of people both young and old.

Minna worked all her life with her mother, Helena and brother Johannes creating their Trolls. She believed their Trolls were messengers of love, joy, friendship and courage.

Minna was a long-time member of St. Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church where she sang in the choir. She had also been a member of the Quilters by Sea Quilting Guild.

She is survived by her beloved brother Johannes and his wife Nancy Soward. Her nephews Jonathan and his wife Paola and Alexander, and niece Amy.

Minna wanted to spread Troll Magic on everyone!!!

A Memorial Service to celebrate Minna’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on July 19, 2014, at St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Arlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

In lieu of flowers contributions made to the St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church Building Fund, 5704 Oleander Drive Unit 107, Wilmington, NC 28403, in memory of Minna would be greatly appreciated.

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  • July 15, 2014
    Dianne Lynch says:
    Minna was the most patient teacher a sewing and embroidery student could have. She had a complete understanding of the embroidery process. Minna was so proud of her family and their accomplishments. Her nephew's wedding in Greece was such a joy for her to share. She proudly helped her mother through the aging process. I will miss being able to call her on short notice and have her assist me with my sewing dilema . She always made time for me and my "emergencies". This past Christmas she completed a large monogram for me when my machine quit halfway through the process. I would love to acquire some of Minna's vast knowledge of sewing machinery and their "workings". She was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt and teacher. Most importantly to me she was a great friend!

  • July 09, 2014
    Marina Nielsen says:
    My condolences on your loss.

  • July 11, 2014
    Judi Rabak says:
    I am so sorry to hear this. May you rest in peace Minna. I remember all the times we worked together and how much I learned from you. Minna was so passionate about the Trolls and I learned all about them as a result. Condolences to her family.

  • July 16, 2014
    Dave Monahan says:
    Minna was a rare treasure, a truly magical creature. Her imagination and generosity enriched my life, the lives of my daughters, and everyone who ever stopped by, or even glanced over, at the Troll House. We'll miss you, Minna. Thank you for being you.

  • July 16, 2014
    Yashu Sanghvi says:
    She was a good friend, and a teacher. We will miss her playing bridge card game.