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Kaartinen, Toini Miriam

Toini Miriam Kaartinen, 95, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2014 at Elderwood in Waverly, NY. Toini was born in Mond, Ontario, Canada, to Jacob and Hilja Mattinen. Besides her parents and stepfather Matti Wick, she was predeceased by her husband Onni, sisters Aune Nukala, Aili Kemp, and Saimi Matta, brother Eino Mattinen, and grandson Skyler Otis. She is survived by son Mark Kaartinen, daughters Paula Kaartinen, Tanya (Andrew) Mlodzinski, and Lisa Kaartinen; grandchildren Brian Mlodzinski, Jessica Mlodzinski (Wayne) Davenport, Matthew (Wendy) Mlodzinski, Casey Otis, Amelia Otis, and Erin (Francis) Arias; great grandchildren Emily Van Scoy, Jacob Van Scoy, Kaya Luciani, Avery Mlodzinski and Skyler Mlodzinski; several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins in Canada and Finland. Toini grew up in Wilkes Barre, PA, and Van Etten, NY. After marrying, Toini and Onni moved to Yonkers, NY, and raised their children there. As a shy young girl, Toini drew people to her with her constant sketching. As an adult, painting was her passion. Her handmade greeting cards delighted family and friends because her caricatures of them were spot on. She took classes at The Cooper Union School of Art, and spent several years working for an ad agency in Manhattan. She regularly submitted "Kaartoons" to a few papers and magazines, including The Broader View Weekly. After Onni retired, they moved to Spencer, NY, where their families had once had farms. Toini enjoyed resuming the rural life she had lived as a child. They later lived in Silver Springs, FL. Besides her artwork, Toini was always busy with sewing, crochet, embroidery and quilting. She and Onni took up western style square dancing, complete with petticoats and bolas, and participated in many states. They also traveled to Finland to visit extended family. Her Finnish heritage was important to Toini; she was an active member of the Finger Lakes Finns, with whom she occasionally played the mandolin as an amateur musician. She instilled in her children an appreciation of Finnish culture, food and humor. There will be an open house memorial at 251 Owego Street, Candor, on April 26 from 1:00 to 4:00PM. Everyone who knew Toini is invited.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Apr. 15, 2014
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