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LONA MARY ELIZABETH WOODS (HUHTALA)

Date of Passing: May 20, 2019

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LONA MARY ELIZABETH WOODS
(nee HUHTALA)

Lona Woods passed peacefully at 12:50 p.m. on Victoria Day, May 20, 2019, after a long
illness. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends to the end.
Lona was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Rowland (Rollie) Woods; her mother Laina; and her brother Jack (Jeanette). She leaves behind her five children, Tara (Don Petkau), John (Catherine), Donna (LeVern Cayer), Lisa (Rod Struss) and Carla (Jim Chliboyko). She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her sister Diane (Allan Handford).
Lona was born in Saskatchewan in 1934. She grew up on a farm near Wapella. Lona and her family moved to Winnipeg in 1939. They lived on Crystal Avenue in St. Vital and attended Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. After graduating from Glenlawn Collegiate, Lona attended Normal School to become a teacher. She taught for seven years, first at Winnipeg Beach and then in Winnipeg. Lona met Richard Roland (Rollie) Woods at the Y.M.C.A. and they married in March of 1956 at Christ Memorial. Lona and Rollie had four children when Rollie was transferred to Kansas City. They had their fifth child while living there and returned every summer to spend time with family and friends at the cabin in Lac du Bonnet. In 1971 the family returned to Winnipeg, settling in Southdale.
Lona was an organist in the church for many years, sang in the choir, served as a teacher and later as superintendent of the Sunday School. Lona ferried her kids to and from their lessons, designed costumes for the musicals at J.H. Bruns Collegiate, taught piano to many of her grandchildren and volunteered at her daughter's school.
To the end, Lona was kind and funny, caring and good natured. Family and faith always came first for Lona and helping others was a reflection of that love and devotion. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.
The family would like to thank the staff at River Park Gardens for its unfailing compassion and exceptional care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, the Canadian Lutheran World Relief or a charity of your choice.
A celebration of life has been held.


Publish Date: May 25, 2019

LONA MARY ELIZABETH WOODS
(nee HUHTALA)

Lona Woods passed peacefully at 12:50 p.m. on Victoria Day, May 20, 2019 after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends to the end.
Lona was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Rollie Woods, her mother Laina and her brother Jack (Jeanette). She leaves behind her five children, Tara (Don Petkau), John (Catherine), Donna (LeVern Cayer), Lisa (Rod Struss) and Carla (Jim Chliboyko). She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and her sister Diane (Allan Handford).
Lona was born in Saskatchewan in 1934. She grew up on a farm near Wapella. Lona and her family moved to Winnipeg in 1939. They lived on Crystal Avenue in St. Vital and attended Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. After graduating from Glenlawn Collegiate, Lona attended Normal School to become a teacher. She taught for seven years, first at Winnipeg Beach and then in Winnipeg. Lona met Richard Roland (Rollie) Woods at the YMCA and they married in March of 1956 at Christ Memorial. Lona and Rollie had four children when Rollie was transferred to Kansas City. They had their fifth child while living there and returned every summer to spend time with family and friends at the cabin in Lac du Bonnet. In 1971, the family returned to Winnipeg, settling in Southdale.
Lona was an organist in the church for many years, sang in the choir, served as a teacher and later as superintendent of the Sunday School. Lona ferried her kids to and from their lessons, designed costumes for the musicals at J.H. Bruns Collegiate, taught piano to many of her grandchildren, and volunteered at her daughter's school.
To the end, Lona was kind and funny, caring and good-natured. Family and faith always came first for Lona and helping others was a reflection of that love and devotion. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.
The family would like to thank the staff at River Park Gardens for its unfailing compassion and exceptional care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, the Canadian Lutheran World Relief or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Lona at Faith Lutheran Church on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a service and a luncheon. Lona will be accompanied to the cemetery by her family following the luncheon.


Publish Date: May 22, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 22, 2019, May 25, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to the family. Lona was an amazing and caring lady. I was so blessed to have her in my life as a friend, mentor, choir leader, and co-worker in our church. She was always there to lend a helping hand or word of encouragement. My thought and prayers are with you all! - Posted by: Lorna Diaz (Friend) on: May 26, 2019

  • I attended the wedding of Lona and Rollie in 1956. (My mother, Bonnie, and Rollie's mother, Ollie, were best friends for over six decades.) Much to the consternation of the assemblage, Rollie was late arriving at the church! But he finally made it...luckily for him, because Lona was a jewel. I always heard news of the Woods' kids from my mother, and knew Lona to be a cheerful and capable person. She took good care of Ollie when she was ill with pancreatic cancer in 1994. Lona's life was indeed well lived, and her family was so blessed to have her. - Posted by: Marnie Webb (Acquaintance) on: May 25, 2019

  • My Condolences to the family on the passing of this lovely lady. We lived across the street from the Huhtala family on Crystal and I walked with Lona to Sunday School At Christ Memorial many Sunday mornings . We both ended up attending Beautiful Saviour many years later. Lona was always involved in the Sunday school program,so faithful, kind and always there to help. We have lost a special lady. - Posted by: Sheila Thwaites. ( Collins) (Former neighbour, went to Christ Memorial and Beautiful Saviour) on: May 23, 2019

  • So sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I'm away right now so will not get to the funeral but I remember your mother in all her roles at church. She was always there to help. Keep all your memories of her close to your heart. - Posted by: Mary Wersch (former member of church) on: May 23, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Lona's passing. I understand she had not been well for some time. May she rest in peace. My sympathies to the whole family - Posted by: Leila (Huhtala) Haddow-Goods (Cousin) on: May 22, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Lona's passing. I understand she had not been well for some time. May she rest in peace. My sympathies to the whole family - Posted by: Leila (Huhtala) Haddow-Goods (Cousin) on: May 22, 2019

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