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Elsie Koivisto

Elsie Koivisto

Monday, July 26th, 1915 Saturday, March 13th, 2021

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Obituary for Elsie Jean Koivisto

Elsie Jean Koivisto
July 26, 1915 – March 13, 2021

After 105 ½ years, we say goodbye to our Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother (Gigi). Elsie Jean Koivisto (Skinner) was born on July 26, 1915 during WW1 to parents Josiah and Mary (Bond) Skinner in Napinka, Manitoba. At 3 she lived through the Spanish Flu of 1918 and had to wear a mask during that time. Mom was the youngest of 4 girls and spent her younger years between Winnipeg and Ft. William where the family settled. She attended Isabella School and the Vocational High School. She met Weikko Koivisto and they were married in Ottawa by Rev. Dan McIvor. Returning to Port Arthur they settled into married life raising daughter Sandra and son Terry.

Mom worked as an Accounts Manager, retiring from Mahons Electric. From there volunteering became her new fulltime job. She acted in skits with Kandoo Players and singing and dancing in groups at 55+. The 55+ Centre became her second home where she greeted members and guests at the reception desk. Her favorite place was the library, organizing and labelling books and always had suggestions for anyone who asked for interesting reads.

In 2020 she received a Citizen of Exceptional Achievement 50th Anniversary Volunteer Award celebrating volunteers for 50 years of volunteering service.

Mom was predeceased by her parents Josiah & Mary Skinner, mother and father-in-law Aila & Matti Koivisto, Husband Weikko, son Terry, son-in-law Murray Stewart, sisters Ethel Smith (Harry), Olive Cole (Frank), Mildred Johnson (Albert).

Mom will be lovingly remembered by daughter Sandra Stewart, grandchildren Greg Stewart (Marianne), Robert Stewart, Marla Murray (Jeff), Terra Moquin, great grandchildren Carver, Ewan, Matthew, Isobel, Leah, Brady, Oliver, Hawksley, Fisher, River.

Mom saw and lived many firsts in her lifetime. She had an amazing mind and memory. She loved people and volunteering, but her greatest love was her family. Her great grandchildren brought her such joy.

We are so grateful that mom lived independently in her little house that she loved until just three weeks ago. She was feisty, outspoken, but the kindest, most loyal mother, grandmother and great grandmother. (GiGi) We will all miss her but we are left with the most cherished memories of her incredible 105 ½ years. Thank you, Sargent’s, for your kind & professional assistance. Online condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.

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Nessi & Bruce Pritchard

What a beautiful tribute to Elsie! I did not know Elsie but from reading the obituary, it appears she was a special lady to many.
Elaine Niemi
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Nessi & Bruce Pritchard

That was a lovely gesture to purchase a Memorial Tree in Elsie's Memory. She was a remarkable lady, one of the first choristers to greet me and welcome me to the choir, she was so friendly and knowledgeable. I have never forgotten her.
Nessi Pritchard
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Irene Salerno

Sandra and family
I was so sorry to read of your Mom's passing. She lead a very long, busy life. I loved meeting up with her and having a lot of good conversations. She will be missed. My sincerest condolences
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Mona Perkins

I am sorry to read about your Mom's passing, after a very active & full life. I have many fond memories of your Mom as she greeted me at the door at 55+ and always said "Hello Mona". She would ask "Are you looking for Sandra?". She would then point me in your direction. She loved being a regular part of 55+ and was a treasured patron.
I, also remember her coming to Westgate High school to see her great grandson perform music. Sandy, your Mom lived a wonderful active life, enabled by your great care.
Mona & Rick Perkins
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