Anneli Anna Rauha Thurlin


Anneli Anna Rauha Thurlin
Anneli Thurlin passed away after a battle with cancer on August 5, 2020, at the age of 77.
Fondly remembered by her loving husband Jaakko, and their 2 sons Eric and Paul. Also grieving are their grandchildren, Matti, Aaron, Jayden, Taylor and Tula. And Anneli’s siblings Taisto in Finland, and Voitto and Tuula in Sweden.
Anneli was a Scandinavian Festival Founder who received an award recently for her 40 years of dedication & service from the the province of Alberta, and a Silver Award from the President of Finland for her contributions for over 50 years of keeping Finnish traditions alive in Canada. Anneli was a long serving member of the Finnish Society of Edmonton, and has embraced new generations of Finnish families to continue the celebration of our culture.
Anneli impacted many lives and was a master of Finnish recipes, an artistic painter, a lover of lake life, and treasured by many. A celebration of Anneli’s life is to be announced.

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Paul Thurlin

We miss you mom – love you in our hearts forever!

Joyce Ollikka

So sorry to hear about Anneli! My sincere condolences to Jakko and family.

Pekka and Leena Kukko-Liedes

Our heartfelt condolences to Jaakko and the family. We really miss the conversations with Anneli. She was such a generous and giving person, looking after the well being of others.

Rauha, Glen and Brenda Niska-Aro and family

We will miss you so much Anneli! You were a great friend to Rauha and to our family. We learned so much from you about Finnish culture, crafts, flowers and especially baking! We always enjoyed visiting with you and your family, especially the times in Fork Lake.
Our deepest sympathy to Jaakko, Paul, Eric and family.
Peace and love.

Don and Marilyn Ligård

She was such a very lovely. Lady,, making everyone she met feel special. We are so glad that we met here through the Finnish Society.

Owen Wiig & Marge Barnes

Owen & I were so very sorry to hear of the passing of Anneli. She was a wonderful, gracious lady.
Prayers to Jaakko , Paul & Eric

Tammy Quilty Peterborough, Ontario

Paul, my dear brother inlaw: my sincere condolences to you and your family. I met your Mom once and we had a couple of deep conversations over the phone. Mrs. Thurlin was generous in spirit, joy & kindness! In our conversations it was clearly obvious her love & devotion for family near and far away. I admired Anneli.
I have heard much of her Finish accolades and her award winning traditional meals!
She has left behind big boots to fill & memories that will go far into the future.

I send peace and love to all of you.

Eero Thurlin

We are truly sorry to hear of Anneli’s passing.

Please accept our sincere condolences. Anneli was such amazing person and will be greatly missed.

With deepest sympathy,
Eero Thurlin with family

Brenda Carlstad

Heartfelt condolences to Anneli’s Finnish family/Society of Edmonton from the Edmonton Scandinavian Centre Association and the Scandinavian Heritage Society of Edmonton. Her kindness and unwavering support will be missed by all of us.

Raija Warkentin

My condolences to the family. Anneli was a pillar in the Finnish community.

Anneli's family in Finland and Sweden

Our deepest sympathy to Anneli’s family and friends in Canada in your time of sorrow, we mourn with you.

Anneli was our sister and aunt and will very much be missed by us.
Her spirit will continue in all of you and all of us and in Jäkälä, the place she called home as a child.

“Hiljaa sa kätesi ojensit,
otit pois sen vieläkin hiljempaa,
ylt’ympäri puut ne helisi
ja kuurassa kimmelsi luminen maa,
ma kuulin askelet eroovat,
näin varren vienon, mi vieri pois,
ja yksin yössä ma seisoin, oli
kuin jotakin kaunista kadonnut ois.”
– by Eino Leino –

With love

Taisto, Kaija, Tuomo & Timo with families
Voitto, Kaija, Susanna & Peter with families
Tuula, Mikael & Heidi with families