View Full Version : Elma Pitkämö Saari 6 Sep 1913 ~ 7 Dec 2011

28-12-11, 23:04
ILWACO — Longtime Ilwaco resident Elma Saari, 98, died at her residence on Dec. 7, 2011. Born Sept. 6, 1913, in Powell, Ariz., she was the daughter of Finnish immigrants Eli and Edla (Pihlajaniemi) Pitkamo [ Pitkämö ].

Elma came north with her parents to the Eufaula/Stella area along the banks of the Columbia River and she was a 1932 graduate of R.A. Long High School in Longview. In 1933 she moved to Ilwaco. Shortly thereafter she married Charles Saari and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary prior to his passing in 1993.

Elma was a wife, mother and homemaker. She also worked at the Chinook Cannery and for Sportsmen’s Cannery in Seaview for a number of years. She enjoyed cooking, visiting with friends, crossword puzzles, garage sales and going to PACE with her grandson.

Survivors include her son, Loren (Ann) Saari of Ilwaco; grandsons, Ralph Baker III, Charles Saari (Sarah Eakin) and Nicholas Saari (Angelyn Solko); granddaughters, Annette (Richard) Day, Lisa Baker and Diane Baker; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; five nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her daughter Barbara Baker, twin sister Elvi Hendrickson, and her sister Elinor Fowler.

No service will be held. Private inurnment will be at the Ilwaco Cemetery Columbarium. Her guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.