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05-01-20, 22:57
Eila Anna-Liisa Rahkola, 84, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2019, of complications from Parkinsonís disease.
She was born Dec. 27, 1934, to Anna Vilhemiina Piukkala in Pyhajoki, Finland. She graduated from high school and continued in home economic school, where she would learn skills that served her family all their lives.
Eila married Antti Rahkola in a beautiful outdoor wedding on June 20, 1954, in Kalajoki, Finland. The young couple saw opportunity in the U.S., where relatives lived in Esko, Minnesota. They moved there in 1958 with two little children, and one on the way.
As the family grew, Eila used her many skills to care for her household. She sewed, knitted, cooked everything from scratch and was an exceptional baker. A decision to move to Astoria came after a visit to see relatives. Eila and Antti packed their belongings, five children and Mummo, Eilaís mother, to arrive Astoria in July 1969.
The beautiful surroundings, good fishing and Finnish community made Astoria the perfect place to raise a family. So perfect, cousins from Finland arrived in 1971. The Vedenojas lived with the Rahkola family, 18 people, for six months.
After the children were grown, Eila worked in the kitchen at the high school, her first job outside her home. She retired along with her husband to do some traveling.
Eila was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Finnish Brotherhood. Her greatest joy was welcoming new babies into the family; she had a special gift for calming them. She was loved by many, and will be missed.
Eila was preceded in death by her husband, Antti, and her son, Thomas Allan, and granddaughter, Grace.