DeKALB – Toini Elisa Koski, 102, of DeKalb, Illinois, went to her Lord Friday, May 9, 2014, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center.|
Born Jan. 12, 1912, in DeKalb, the daughter of Oscar E. and Maria (Ketonen) Koski, Toini was the second of their five children. A lifelong resident of DeKalb, she was a 1930 graduate of DeKalb High School.
Toini worked 34 years at Northern Illinois Finance Corporation, then worked an additional 10 years for DeKalb Agricultural Association. At one time, she was a member of Business & Professional Women.
Toini Koski was greatly loved by her family and her many nieces and nephews. She lived a socially active life, surrounded by family, friends and the members of her church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church of DeKalb, where she was a dedicated lifelong member, serving on the church board, as a Sunday school teacher for 25 years, and as the church's first financial secretary, among other services. She also was a member of the women's circle, altar guild and other social groups.
A member of Woman's Club of DeKalb, Toini was a charter member of Kishwaukee Community Hospital Auxiliary.
Toini was proud of her Finnish heritage and spoke Finnish all of her life. She had a great love for children and animals and was well known for her fudge, a family favorite.
She is survived by her brother, Lauri Koski; nieces, Karen Koski Udell, Jane Koski McCulley, Ann Koski and Kate Koski; and nephews, Bill Koski, Dave Koski, John Koski, Kevin Koski and Philip Koski.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Aili; brothers, Carl and Neilo; and nephew, Jim.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, followed by visitation and service.
The service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt of First Lutheran Church, DeKalb, officiating. Visitation will be from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 North First Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call Anderson Funeral Home at 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on May 12, 2014