(Viljanen) Helmi Lahja Helena LAINE

LAINE, (Viljanen) Helmi Lahja Helena

Saturday February 16, 2013

Laine, Helmi, passed away at Burnaby General Hospital in Burnaby at the age of 89.

Born in Merikarvia, Finland in 1923.  Mum joined Arvo in Ladysmith in 1952. Active members of the Finnish community they also enjoyed years of fishing and camping at the Gap; Mum often shared memories of those special times.

Mum and Dad moved to the Vancouver Finnish Canadian Rest Home apartments in 1995. Mum’s sense of adventure and love for travel thrived in Vancouver where she and Dad welcomed every new experience. Mum took great pleasure volunteering at the Finnish Home sharing her wealth of expertise and passion for sewing, baking and organizing. Her spirit and ever present sense of humour were contagious.  

Predeceased by Dad in 2004, Mum will be greatly missed; her memory cherished by her children: Tarja (John) Woodthorpe, Jarmo (Julia) Laine, Helene (Tim) Stevens; grandchildren Jeffrey (Angela), Eric Woodthorpe, Morgan (Cindy) Laine, Seija Laine (Elliot) Wiltshire, Grant (Angela), Adam, Jennifer Stevens and great-grandchildren Aliyah, Austin Stevens, Abigail, Lucas Wiltshire and Anna Woodthorpe, her sister Marjatta Wilneus and many relatives in Finland.  

Graveside service will be held at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm.  

In lieu of flowers, friends may make a memorial donation to the

Finnish-Canadian Resthome, Activity Department, 2288 Harrison Drive, Vancouver, BC V5P 2P6.

Olet jättänyt minuun

valtakunnan,

jota ei miehitetä.

– Risto Rasa –

You have left in me

A kingdom

That will not be conquered.


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