December 7, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Onni Erkki Toivanen at Bethany CollegeSide, Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the age of 86 years.
Onni and his family immigrated to Canada in 1967 settling in Thunder Bay, Ontario, living there for fourteen years. He worked very hard as a lumberjack and a carpenter. In 1981, the family moved to Red Deer, Alberta. In 1982, while working on a Construction Site, he fell and broke his back and was unable to work again. Onni was very active in his church, was an avid reader, and he had a keen interest in politics.
Onni will lovingly be remembered by his devoted wife of fifty-nine years, Eila; his son, Kari (Donna); his daughter, Kirsi (Kurt); his grandchildren, Sarah (Greg), Maija (Matt), Andy (Breanna), and Matthew; and his great grandchildren, Kenzie, Raelyn, River, Parker and Carson, all of Red Deer, Alberta.
He will also be sadly missed by his brothers, Ensio and Eino; and his sisters, Hilkka, Toini, Vieno, Elvi and Eila, all of Finland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Finland.
Onni was predeceased by his mother, Kristiina and his father, Antti.
Onni’s family would like to thank Bethany CollegeSide staff on B1 for their loving care of Onni for the last six years.
A Funeral Service for Onni will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 – 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
If desired, Memorial Donations in Onni’s honour may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta at www.alzheimer.ca or 1, 5550 – 45 Street, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1L1.
Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements in care of
PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM,
6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer.
403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.
PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM