PIRKKO IRMELI KESKINEN
APRIL 21,1935-MAY 12, 2020
On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Pirkko Irmeli Keskinen (nee: Haanpaa),
passed away peacefully at the age of 85.
Pirkko was born in Finland. She had an interesting life. Pirkko was one of three children born to
Colonel Martti Mathias Haanpaa and his wife Tynne. When WW11 broke out, she was sent to Sweden to live with a Baron and Baroness. Unable to have children of their own, they treated Pirkko like their own daughter. She loved talking about the war years and being treated like a Princess. She had her own cow, horse and numerous pets and friends surrounding her. When the war ended, she returned to her family in Finland. The Baron and Baroness actually asked her mother if they could “keep her”!
Pirkko met the love of her life, Leo Kalevi Keskinen. She married, had two children and the couple moved to Canada. They lived for a while in Quebec and eventually settled in Mississauga, Ontario. Many happy summers were spent at the family cottage on Little Bald Lake in the Kawartha's. Pirkko loved fishing. She would happily take the row boat out and come home with a bass or pickerel. She'd clean and prepare a lovely dinner. Her husband hated fishing and eating fish! Pirkko was known for her love of gardening and embroidery. She had a passion for baking and the wonderful aroma of Finnish sweet breads and coffee cakes always wafted out of the family kitchen. Pirkko was an avid music lover. Nat King Cole was her favourite singer. She would enjoy evenings listening to the “oldies” like Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie with her husband.
Loved by her family and friends and all whose lives she touched, Pirkko will be greatly missed.
Her beloved husband Leo of 62 years passed away in 2017. Pirkko is survived by her son Kai (Jun), daughter Pia (Peter) and grandchildren Irene (Raymond), Samuel (Cassy), David and Mark. Pirkko is also survived by her sister Anneli Lindwall of Turku, Finland.
In light of the Pandemic, a Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. The family wishes to thank all the staff, nurses and health care workers at Owen Hill Care Community in Barrie. Thank you for your continued support and stepping in to comfort Pirkko when her family was unable to be there. Special thanks to Dr. McConvey for providing us with daily updates on Pirkko's condition. The care, compassion and dedication shown was truly above and beyond. Memorial Donations may be directed to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition Simcoe and condolences may be forwarded through peacefultransition.ca