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LAURA ILONA KHAN (KOKKALA)

Born: Jan 25, 1929

Date of Passing: Jul 27, 2020

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LAURA ILONA KHAN
(nee KOKKALA)
January 25, 1929 - July 27, 2020

Laura was born in Helsinki, Finland and, as a naval officer's child, spent her younger years on the fortress island of Suomenlinna. She spoke of her childhood with great fondness as this was a tightknit community which offered the chance to swim, fish, ski and skate and develop lifelong friendships. The war changed this and she, her brother and mother were evacuated to the Finnish countryside. This was a frightening time but taught Laura the lessons of perseverance, strength and national pride.
In her early 20s, not knowing much English, Laura and her friend, Tertu, went on an adventure to London, England. She stayed and began work in a mapping office. While in London, she met and married Sideek (Sid) Khan, a recently graduated civil engineer from Guyana.
Sid's work projects were in England, his home country of Guyana, and Ghana. In these years of travel three sons were born and Laura often described these as some of her happiest times. She had an adventurous spirit, was adaptable and was happy to meet new people. Living in Guyana gave her the chance to meet Sid's large, extended family whom she embraced as her own. As her boys grew into the early school years she felt it was time for some stability.
The family moved to Canada and settled in Winnipeg in 1967. Laura was a homemaker and, in the various places she lived, got to know her neighbours and community. She volunteered at the Folklorama Scandinavian pavilion. She was a good cook and enjoyed entertaining in her home. A piece of cake and coffee always greeted visitors. She was good at keeping in touch by making phone calls and writing cards and letters to family and friends far away. She was able to keep in contact with childhood friends from Suomenlinna, Anu Hansen and Kiirsti Smith, for 85 years.
Following Sid's death in 2006 Laura adjusted to life on her own. With family and home care support she was able to live independently until the age of 90.
Laura appreciated the health care providers who helped her through the years, in particular her long-time GP, Dr. B. Shah and Dr. Eric Bohm who revitalized her with a new hip. The family is very appreciative for the professional and compassionate care provided at Misericordia Place MP2 since her stroke in 2019.
Laura always appreciated a visit, a chat, getting a card, or holding hands so, in her memory, and in lieu of flowers, please consider spending time with a shut-in, as conditions allow. It will be appreciated more than you know. As an alternate, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Laura was predeceased by her parents, Lyyli and Aapraham Kokkala, her brother Heikki and her loving husband Sid. She is survived by her loving sons, Fiesal (Aileen), Ramon (Stuart) and Dean (Nancy), and extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.
In keeping with Laura's wishes there will not be a public service. Cremation has taken place.


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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Oh I loved Auntie Laura...she made the best lemon cheesecake..and always had a sweet smile on her rosy face...she and Uncle Siddique were awesome neighbours. I send you boys and family my love and sympathies.. Rumani - Posted by: Rumani Singh (Family friend daughter) on: Aug 18, 2020

  • Please accept my deepest sympathies. I worked for your Dad for a couple of years and had the pleasure on meeting you Mom on a few occasions. Your Mom was the epitome of a true lady. I know your Mom is happy, now that she has joined Sid. - Posted by: Bernie Smith (Former assistant to Sid Khan) on: Aug 13, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to you and your family Ramon. I know she will be missed. - Posted by: Sherry Julius (Former Congratulations!!!-worker) on: Aug 07, 2020

  • What a wonderful life! I remember her as always smiling and interested in what we were all up to. She will be well remembered. - Posted by: Hugh Swandel (Family Friend) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Dear Fiesal, Ramon and Dean, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. Auntie Laura was not only our neighbor but a friend to each and every one of us. My sisters and I looked forward to locking ourselves out after school to go to your home on Waterloo and have tea and cake with Auntie. A favorite memory of ours to share, one summer our two boy cousins came to visit with their Mum. My parents went with her to Fargo for an overnight trip and left us as we were all older and Tara in University . They did not tell Auntie Laura and she popped over to check up on us as she had not met my cousins. She was quite concerned about the propriety of our Visit without a “chaperone “. She was so sweet and bought us cheesecake once she had satisfied herself that nothing untoward was transpiring. It was very heartwarming and my Mum was quite apologetic for not previously making your Mum aware. She said that it always gave her great comfort knowing your Mum cared so much about us. I last saw Auntie Laura when we had a small get together for Mum and Dad’s anniversary in 2012 and found her unchanged. She was also talked about and remembered by me often on a trip Garth and I made to Helsinki and Soumenlinna in 2019 as she had shared many stories with us of her homeland and childhood experiences. I am so happy to know Auntie was able to keep her independent living until her passing. Auntie Laura and Uncle Sid will remain in my memories with fondness and a smile. With Warmest Thoughts and Wishes , Sita Rathgeber (Singh) - Posted by: Sita Rathgeber (Friend) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • My condolences to a lovely lady. The Khan were my parents' neighbors and Laura always came to check in on my mom after my dad passed away. She was such a nice lady and all heart God bless you Laura! Thank you for being such a wonderful soul! - Posted by: terri mcdonald (nieghbor) on: Aug 01, 2020

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