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Eila Auvinen

Eila Auvinen (Paju)

Wednesday, July 8th, 1931 - Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Eila Auvinen July 8, 1931 – October 1, 2020
Eila Auvinen (nee Paju), 89, of Sudbury, Ontario, died on October 1st, in the comfort of her home with loving family and her dedicated caregiver by her side. She had a remarkable and full life. Eila is now reunited with her husband, Heikki, who predeceased her in 1996. They enjoyed an adventurous life together with travel, the outdoors and the family “camp” at Armstrong Lake as prominent features. Eila was the proud mother of three children, Mark, Peter and Katherine (Kathy); mother-in-law to Jeremy and Tish; loving grandmother to Lindsay and Matthew, Hannah and Sam; and she held a special place in her heart for her extended family and circle of friends. She cherished her family and was a devoted mother. Eila was born in Montreal, into a thriving Finnish community, where she lived with her brother, Walter (Wally), and her parents Anna and Jalmar. In the mid-thirties many Finns migrated to Sudbury with Eila and her family among them. The early years in this new community were a struggle after her father’s sudden death. But her mother carried on as a model of resilience and Finnish “Sisu” and Eila lived the values of hard work, kindness and grace throughout her life. Eila and Heikki married in 1958 having known each other, through their families, from their early beginnings in Montreal. While Heikki focused on his law practice in Sudbury, Eila was the day-to-day force behind Nordic Ski Hills, a downhill ski area they jointly operated. Eila was a sharp bookkeeper with a head for business who knew how to get things done. The “Nordic Hills days” were filled with good friends and lively social gatherings, leaving no end of good stories and fond memories. She lived her life with humour, humility, endless amounts of kindness and she was selfless to the core. Eila created a home that was filled with warmth and acceptance and she was like a “second mom” to so many. She will be terribly missed. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to her wonderful caregiver, Meena, as well as to Dr. Pun, Barb Ballantyne and the entire Shared Care nursing staff who provided incredible support throughout her recent illness. A special thanks to Mary Yackman and Carolyn Bayford for their support and to the care team including Zoe, Alison, Cory and especially to Stacey, for your sensitivity and compassion when it mattered most. The family will hold a private celebration of Eila’s life and there will be no public service or gathering. Donations are welcome to the Northern Cancer Foundation (at HSN) and to the Health Sciences North Foundation (Cardiac Care Unit). Arrangements entrusted to the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home. For donations or messages of condolence,
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Brenda Scagnetti Clement

Posted at 04:13pm
Mark, Peter, Kathy and Family
I was sad to hear that your mother passed away.
I fondly remember our families time together, growing up on Snowden St.
My thoughts are with you.
Brenda Scagnetti Clement

Lisa Brosseau

Posted at 10:21am
Mark, I'm deeply sorry to hear of your loss - heart felt sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time.

Claudette Tremblay

Posted at 09:09am
Mark and family, my most sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. Sending you hugs and prayers. Claudette Tremblay

Nancy Manninen Jacko

Posted at 09:04am
Condolences to Eila’s family on her passing. Eila was a dear friend of my mother, Astrid (Aikia) Manninen all through their lives. Even in their last years, Eila and Mom would chat on the phone, maintaining that friendship over the distance of time and age. Keep her memory close in your hearts.


Michelle Cacciotti

Posted at 09:38pm
Mark, I am so very sorry for your loss. Mothers truly hold our hearts in their hands. I hope your family can find peace in knowing how very special I’m sure you all were to her. Your dedication to her was so admirable.

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