View Full Version : Eeva Kyllikki Ylipelto Oct. 31, 1925 — May 23, 2016

23-09-16, 11:56

Oct. 31, 1925 — May 23, 2016

Eeva Kyllikki Ylipelto peacefully passed away May 23, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

Kyllikki was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Toholampi, Finland. In 1947, she married Veikko Ylipelto and settled in Ahola, Finland, where their three children were born.

In November 1955, the family immigrated to the U.S. and arrived by ship to New York harbor with $25 in their pocket and train tickets to Portland, Oregon. The family joined Kyllikki’s two sisters and their families in Svensen where they had jobs at the Salo’s mink ranch. With learning a new language and a different lifestyle, life was challenging. The Finnish determination to succeed, “Sisu,” became a way of life.

In 1961, Kyllikki became a U.S. citizen. They bought their first home and started a mink business, from which she retired in 2004. Kyllikki became an active member in the Finnish Brotherhood, Ladies of the Kaleva, and Peace Lutheran Church, attending both English and Finnish services.

The Finnish Brotherhood provided a creative outlet. She wrote and directed plays, gave speeches at Finnish celebrations, and wrote articles for Finnish publications. She was also active in planning and promoting the Scandinavian Festival.

Kyllikki’s life was filled with family, friends, and lots of joy. Friends would pop in for a sauna, coffee, and to enjoy fresh homemade rye bread. Everyone she met was her friend.

She is survived by her three children and spouses: Hanneli Turner (Bill), Heikki Pelto (Sherie), and Antti Ylipelto (Mary Ann); four grandchildren, Shelley, Nikki, Nick and Justin; and four great-grandchildren, Luke, Jack, Vincent and Ava.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Lower Columbia Hospice and their volunteers for their incredible assistance during these last months.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Peace Lutheran Church. The memorial service, with a reception following, is to be held at the church Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Hughes-Ransom Mortuary & Crematory in Astoria is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.hughes-ransom.com to share memories and sign the guest book.