Ritva Sinihelmi

Ritva Sinihelmi

Sunday, August 22nd, 1943 Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

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Obituary for Ritva Marjatta Sinihelmi

SINIHELMI- Ritva “Rita” Sinihelmi, age 76 years, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Rita was born in Turku, Finland on August 22, 1943, the daughter of Sulo and Lilja (nee Arvonen) Sinihelmi. At a young age Rita and her mother immigrated to Canada after her father’s passing. Rita enjoyed basket weaving, card making, painting, drawing, bowling and loved her pet dogs dearly. Rita enjoyed travelling extensively and shared many travels with her mother. She was a member of the R.T.O. having been employed with the Lakehead District School Board teaching at both Selkirk and Westgate High Schools. She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. She will be lovingly remembered by her dear friends Eini and Joanne Niemi, Marianne and Barry Darch, Goddaughter Karen Lacosse, 2 cousins in Finland as well as by other dear friends. She was predeceased by her mother Lili Vahatalo, father Sulo Sinihelmi as well as by other relatives in Finland. A memorial service to celebrate Rita’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:00 in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street, with Rev. Matthew Diegel presiding. The interment at Riverside Cemetery will follow the reception. As expressions of sympathy memorials to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at

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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
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    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
    Pastor Matthew Diegel
  • Interment

    Riverside Cemetery
    800 Oliver Road
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Bob Lem

A great history teacher. One who made an impact on me. R.I.P.
Comment | Posted at 12:33pm via Condolence

Bill Graham

From all of us at Mario's Bowl, our most sincere condolences to all of Rita's family. Her Tuesday "bowling family" will miss her greatly.
Comment | Posted at 10:30am via Condolence

Barbara Schmidt

We were sorry to learn of Rita's passing. As an avid theatre goer, she visited us many times in Niagara-on-the-Lake while attending the Shaw Festival. We shared many fine meals and conversations about books, basket weaving, card making and news of Thunder Bay. We will miss her this May, as she had plans to take in the new plays once again.
Our condolences to Rita's family and friends.

Barbara Schmidt & Brian Walters
Comment | Posted at 12:16pm via Condolence

Trevor Hurtig

So sorry to learn about Miss Sinihelmi's passing. She was a wonderful teacher. Her no-nonsense teaching mixed with a very sharp wit always kept me on my toes. She really did a great job in preparing her students for post-secondary studies, and I always enjoyed bumping into her around town from time to time to catch up with her and learn about her new endeavours and adventures. She will definitely be missed, and I will always be grateful to her for being such a great teacher and positive influence.
Comment | Posted at 09:35pm via Condolence

Randy Riddell

So great to see many of the Selkirk Family share their feeling about Rita. She was simply one of the best teachers. She had a bit of a sharp edge that masked a caring and thoughtful educator. I graduated from SCVI in 1983 and every time I bumped into her when I visited home she was always so happy to hear about my life and took her share of pride in my accomplishments. Much love here for Rita!
Comment | Posted at 02:34pm via Condolence

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