It is with deepest sorrow that the family of Mrs. Viola Emelia Joan Hautala announces her passing on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Hospice.
Vi was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Feb. 26, 1935 and was educated there. Her working career began at Ontario Hydro in Fort Frances and then Ear Falls, Ont.
Vi moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. in 1972 and began working in medical records at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, retiring in 1990 as secretary to the hospital administrator.
Her main interests were her family, gardening, music, and reading.
Vi is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Craig Richardson of Edmonton, Alta. and Vaughn (Suzanne) Richardson of Ladysmith, B.C.; and daughters, Cindee Richardson, and Claire Richardson (Tom Dampier) of Nipigon, Ont.
She also is survived by Bill’s children, Karen Richardson and Keith Hautala (Rebecca Gothard); as well as eight grandchildren, Linnea Catalan (Rosanno) of Port Hope, Kalya Wilson, Riley Wilson of Canberra, Australia, Kevin Wilson, Gabrielle Richardson, Cohen Richardson, Eric Richardson, and Kurt Richardson; as well as two sisters, Erna Lapa (Andy) of Shuswap Lake, B.C. and Alona Burger (Albert) of Faust, Alta.; brother, Paul Ericson (Kelly) of Saskatoon, Sask.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Darren Richardson, on June 11, 2006.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service was held Monday, May 14, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, officiated by Rev. David Silliman.
Visitation for family and friends was held Sunday, May 13, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. at the Harbourview Funeral Centre.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, in memriam donations may be made to the St. Joseph’s Foundation, designated to the Hospice Unit, Canadian Cancer Society, Northern Cancer Research Foundation, or to the charity of your choice.
The family especially wishes to thank Dr. E. Webster, Dr. D. Vergidis, Dr. B. McLeod, Dr. G. Davis, Dr. K. Miller, and the caring nursing staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice and Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion.
The Gardener’s Prayer
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth.
You are nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on Earth.