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Laakso, Vieno

August 5, 2009 85

LAAKSO, Vieno Elisabet (nee Kangassalo) - Our loving mother passed peacefully into the arms of her Saviour Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at the SRH - Laurentian Site at the age of 85. She was born and raised in Kauhajoki, Finland. She married her beloved husband, Pentti Risto Laakso on October 14, 1945 and on July 1952 they emigrated to Canada with 5 children, settling on a farm in Chelmsford, where they raised 7 more children. She is predeceased by her loving parents Serafia and Iisakki Kangassalo of Finland. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband Pentti Laakso and large family. She is the beloved mother of Pirkko Laakso (Murray) and Christopher (wife Lori) and Cynthia Stark; Mark Laakso (wife Marjaana) and Erika (husband Mike) Caron and Aaron Laakso; Tarmo Laakso (wife Renee) and Shawn Laakso, Selina (husband Bill) Melkan and Gabriel (wife Becky) Laakso; Risto Laakso, Allan Laakso (wife Ruth) and Ben (wife Heather) Laakso, Becky (husband Timo) Puiras; Caleb Laakso and Joel (wife Stephanie) Laakso, Seija (Jamie) Young, Donavan and Kimberly Young; Leena (husband Desi) Glazeski and Mathew and Angela Glazeski; Riitta Laakso (Karl Kantola) Karita, Elisa and Isaac Kantola; Helen (husband Jim) Benoit and Victoria Benoit; Paula (husband Marc) Boesener and Dawson and Ariel Boesener; Sirpa (Todd) Laakso; Jorma Laakso predeceased 2001 and Christine, Jennifer, Katheryn, Andrew and Jonathan. Mamma was also much loved and will be missed by her many great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Vieno (her name means “peace“), was the epitome of God's love; she loved her Lord and showered that love on her husband and huge family. She loved visiting, travelling and entertaining her many friends but her favourite times were the big family gatherings in her own home where she baked and cooked delicious meals. Vieno loved to garden vegetables; pick berries and had a passion for her flower garden. She knit for her children and recited stories and songs to her grandchildren from her rocking chair. Her beautiful, gentle spirit, kindness and loving hospitality endeared all to her. She was a pillar of strength that knit her family together. Her beautiful smile, radiant spirit and love of family, music and life will be missed so much! Funeral service at Abundant Life Church, 360 Perreault St. in Sudbury 11:30 a.m. Friday August 7, 2009. Interment in the Chelmsford Cemetery. Donations to the Leprosy Foundation of Canada or the Finnish Pentecostal Church would be appreciated. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday August 6, 2009 and on Friday August 7, 2009 after 10:00 a.m. at the LOUGHEED FUNERAL HOME, 252 Regent St. at Hazel St. Flowers, donations or messages of condolence available online at

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