Eino Juhani Kiviniemi, 71, of Bethel, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, June 4. He was born in Pyhajoki, Finland on May 24, 1942, son of the late Juho and Aili Kiviniemi.
In July of 1967, he emigrated to the United States where, soon after arriving, he met his beloved wife and best friend Hannele.
Eino worked for many years as a Master Carpenter Foreman in Fairfield County. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending every minute with his family and beloved nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two additional grandchildren will soon be welcomed into this world, which Eino was extraordinarily excited about.
Eino, endearingly known as "Isi" and "Pappa", is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Hannele; 6 daughters: Tina Olin, her husband Michael; Minna Kiviniemi; Elina Kiviniemi Cordon; Lisa Melendez, her husband Josue; Hanna Smigala and her husband Jeff; Eeva Koski, her husband Antti; 9 grandchildren; Michael Olin Jr., and his sister Ingrid Kiviniemi, her fiancé Walter Melendez; Matthew Eino Kiviniemi, Samuel, Jocelyn and Ryan Melendez; Sophia, Lily and Kaiya Koski; his great granddaughter, Olivia Melendez; 3 sisters, Vieno Oversti and Aino Viirret of Finland and Irja Oja, and her husband Thure of Brooklyn, CT as well as dozens of nieces and nephews in the US and Finland.
In celebration of his life a funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 8th at Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury with John Lehtola officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Bethel.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 7th between the hours of 5 and 8 PM at the funeral home.
In honor and memory of Eino, donations may be made to the
, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.