In Celebration of

Anna Ikaheimonen

December 13, 1923 -  April 26, 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Anna Karoliina Ikäheimonen announce her passing. Anna died peacefully on April 26, 2023 at age 99 in Montreal, Quebec.

Anna was born on December 13, 1923 to Taavetti Ikäheimonen and Karoliina (nee Jääskeläinen) in Heinävesi, Finland. She was the youngest of nine children. The family had a rural homestead where traditional farming and forestry skills were practiced: birch bark was woven into baskets, linen was made from the flax grown on the farm, knitting woolens were all part of her heritage. Skiing to school in winter is also part of her history.

During World War II Anna worked for the Finnish railroad and was named a war veteran for that service. Life in post-war Europe was not easy and she took an opportunity to emigrate as the Canadian Government was recruiting workers from Nordic countries. She settled in Montreal in 1951 and became part of a thriving Finnish community. She worked as a domestic. Pirjo, her first daughter was born in 1952.

Anna met Edward Komulainen at the Scandinavian Club and they married in 1954. Their first child died tragically at birth and she felt the loss keenly all her life. After David was born, the family moved to Terrasse Vaudreuil, where the setting beside the Lake of Two Mountains and nearby woods was conducive to gardening, fishing, traditional foods and crafts. There, Tiina and Shaney were born.

Anna moved with her children to Montreal in 1969 after the marriage dissolved. We have deep appreciation for how hard Anna worked as a single mother to us and as a housecleaner for families in Westmount.

In her many years of retirement, Anna enjoyed her pastimes, family visits, the companionship of her dogs, as well as trips back to Finland and to Hannah Lake in Ontario.

Anna was an accomplished, prolific knitter throughout her life. She provided wool gloves, hats, sweaters and more for her family and community well into her 90s. She knit tiny hats for sick newborns at the Royal Victoria Hospital. As well, she was skilled at crocheting and sewing. Anna also had a green thumb, a love of animals and was a great cook and baker. Fish soup, pulla and piimäkakku were family favourites.

Anna was a member of St Michael's Finnish Lutheran Church all her life in Canada, it was where she found community, and her roles in social events, cooking, serving and making crafts meant a lot to her.

Anna is survived by her children, Pirjo (Anthony Peirce, Neal Shinder), David (Jannine Marcelet), Tiina and Shaney; grandson James Peirce (Harriet Loptson); great granddaughters Charlotte and Ivy; and many nieces and nephews in Finland.

A memorial service with be held June 2nd at 2pm at St. Michael's Finnish Lutheran Church 4345 Marcil ave, NDG, Montreal H4A 2Z9

If anyone would like to join the family on June 3, 2pm, we will be at Mount Royal Cemetery Funeral Complex for the inurnment.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to St. Michael's Finnish Church or the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.


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Andy Cuk (friend)

Entered May 14, 2023 from Montreal

Sending love and condolences to you, Shani, and your family.

Brian & Heather Gratto (Friend)

Entered May 14, 2023 from Toronto, Ontario

Our sincerest condolences to Pirjo, Jamie, David, Shani and Tiina. May Anna Rest in Peace.

Wendy Laatunen (an acquaintance of Tiina)

Entered May 15, 2023 from Ottawa


My grandfather Martti Laatunen( passed 1962 )worked for the Finnish Railway and grandmother Aili Laatunen(Kinnunen from Laaperanta) passed 1963 .... in Outremont around 1926 they immigrated....was to be Canada or Australia...thankfully chose CDN My father Gunnar Poyu Laatunen was born in Montreal Dec.14 1929(passed away Feb 13, 2020......the Laatunen family was very hard working in Montreal.....Aili with her Masters in Kinesology etc. started a business in downtown Montreal.....l remember my father telling me he remembers going to a Lutheran Church Finnish in MTR......l think this is where he went as a young boy.....l know my grandparents were very involved with the Finnish home like all Finns in Rosemere..1939 fought as a volunteer in the Winter War. My dad was 10....we have a family plot in Mont Royal Cemetry but have not been able to get our whole family together to have an internment for my father yet......l have not been to Finland since 1968 but plan on a much needed Europe and visit Finland to see some elatives.......l as well as you Tiina have not met but before June 25 l plan to visit to visit my Grandparents plot in Mount Royal ......l love your sincere blessings to your family

Jean-Marie Saint-Georges (Friend of Shani)

Entered May 15, 2023 from Wickham

My deepest condolences to Anna family and friends. With sincere love, Jean

Elvi Kaarina Makela family 

Entered May 16, 2023