Viola K. Nystrom

Viola K. Nystrom October 23, 1919 - August 12, 2013 Colchester - Viola K. Nystrom, 93, of Colchester Commons passed away Monday afternoon at Harrington Court in Colchester. She was born October 23, 1919 in Detroit, MI daughter to the late John and Armo Kauranen and thereafter spent her childhood years in Pomfret. Upon graduation of Putnam High School, she moved to Brooklyn N.Y. to further her business skills. She married in 1943 and lovingly devoted to Henry E. Nystrom, who predeceased her in October 2000. Viola's most cherishes life's work was as a homemaker, yet she also became an owner/operator of hardware stores in Brooklyn and Scotland. She served too, as a popular central figure in the town of Scotland, as a highly "well liked" tax collector. Viola was very proud of her heritage, as part of a large group of friends with Finnish &Swedish heritage. She warmly welcomed and loved to entertain friends both in CT and in Florida. She always enjoyed baking, sewing, musical gatherings, gardening and golf. In her retirement she also enjoyed exploring her artistic talents in oil painting. She and Henry traveled stateside and abroad, seeking out friends as excursions on "trains and trolleys" (her husbands passion). Viola was always giving to others and also became the oldest member of the First Congregational Church of Griswold. She is survived by her sons John Nystrom of Andover, Carl Nystrom and his wife Janice of Merrimack, NH, a daughter Virginia Valace and her husband Tony of Norwich, sister in law Helen Kauranen of Ballouville, four grandchildren Zenas Zelotes, Greg Valace, Jennifer Nystrom, and Rhonda Pieper, three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was predeceased by two brothers Leo Kauranen and Carl Krupula and his wife Alice. Viola was also blessed in having a very dearly and devoted friendship with Annie Baker of Gales Ferry. A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday August 24, 2013 at the First Congregational Church of Griswold. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Griswold Congregational Church, 878 Voluntown Rd., Griswold 06351 or to the Finnish Aura Hall, PO Box 243 Voluntown, CT 06384. The Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Rd Jewett City, CT has been entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences visit

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Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home
490 Voluntown Rd Jewett City, CT 06351
(860) 376-9715

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Aug. 18, 2013