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Age 77, died March 15, 2013 in his home. He was born in Laihia, Finland. He immigrated to the United States in 1955 and has lived in Lake Worth for over forty years after coming here from Illinois. Before his retirement, he had been a painter and a member of Local Union 452. He was also an active member of the Finnish American community in Lake Worth. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Pirjo Sillanpaa; daughter, Meija Sillanpaa; son, Marko Sillanpaa; daughter-in-law, Erin Sillanpaa; one grandchild, a brother, and five sisters. Services will be held at St Andrews Lutheran Church in Lake Worth at 2:00 PM on March 27 followed by a reception. Urn placement will occur in Finland later this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Andrews Lutheran Church, 928 South E Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2013