Irma Aho died peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2014. She was born on December 2, 1926 in Ashby, MA, the 11th of 13 children born to Finnish immigrants, Manuel and Hilma (Toivonon) Haapala. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Gerhard Aho, who passed in November of 1987. Left to cherish her memory are her 6 children and their spouses, Phillip (Karen) Aho of Riverton, IL, Bruce (Joan) Aho of Normal, IL, Monica (Phill) Andreasen of Spirit Lake, IA, Amy (John) Kunz of Omaha, Jeffrey (Lisa) Aho of Matthews, NC, and Pamela (Tim) Bickel of Waterville, OH; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Sally Ross of Ashby, MA, and Thelma Sippola of Golden Valley, MN; numerous nieces and nephews. As a poet, storyteller, gardener, jokester, quilter, marvelous cook, and an individual who was truly brilliant at communicating with young children, she brought magic and joy to her family and friends. The five years she and her husband spent in Australia in the 1950s, continued to bring friends journeying from across the world to see them all of Irma's years. Her amazing energy left an impression on the lives of others.
Irma will be laid to rest with her husband in Fort Wayne, IN.
"In paradise, you will be the greatest artist God meant you to be. Ah, how you will delight the Angels." Babette's Feast (Irma's favorite film, 1987)
Published in Omaha World-Herald on Feb. 9, 2014