Irma A. (Koivu) Pekkanen

  • Born: April 1, 1924
  • Died: October 15, 2018
  • Location: Norwood, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother

Irma A. (Koivu) (Sarvela) Pekkanen, age 94 of Norwood, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Victoria Haven Nursing Home in Norwood. She was predeceased by her former husband Fred M. Sarvela and their daughter Karen Ann and her husband Lauri E. Pekkanen.

Irma A. Koivu was born on April 1, 1924 in Maynard, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Marjomaa) Koivu. She was raised and educated in Maynard, graduating from Maynard High School as Valedictorian of the Class of 1942.

Irma worked as a secretary for the Maynard Public Schools until her retirement. After retirement she moved to York, Maine where she resided until 2012.

Her love of flowers kept her busy in the gardens outdoors in good weather and her house plants kept her busy indoors during the winter. She loved music and dancing.

She is survived by her son Frederic J. Sarvela and wife Sharon of Littleton, MA; daughter Kristina L. (Sarvela) Polk and partner Roger of Stoughton, MA; three grandchildren Adam J. Sarvela, Andrea L. Sarvela and Amy M. Sarvela Bittencourt; four great grandchildren Kai, Nicholas, Leo and Hayden.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Irma on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:00 am at Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Maynard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Tina, Roger and family we are sorry about the passing of your mom who you loved, cared for reached far and beyond for her. May the peace of God be with you and his light shine upon all of you.

Posted by A friend   November 16, 2018

Tina, Rick & Family,
In loving memory and in honor of her life lived with dignity, grace and humility. All of our love, Becky & Mike

Posted by Rebecca Sarvela    October 19, 2018

We are deeply saddened by Irma's death. She lived 94 years in grace. Knowing how lovingly present you have always been to her is the great comfort that I hope you carry in your heart. May beautiful memories wrap around you, bringing peace.

Posted by Bob and Eileen Ehlers - Hooksett, NH   October 18, 2018

I'm sorry you lost your mom. She's at peace living on in Heaven. She was a sweet soul, as are you...
You've been a wonderful daughter for your mom to have.
God bless!o

Posted by Robert Leach - Fitchburg, MA   October 16, 2018

I'm sorry you lost your mom. She's at peace living on in Heaven. She was a sweet soul, as are you...
You've been a wonderful daughter for your mom to have.
God bless!nRV

Posted by Robert Leach - Fitchburg, MA   October 16, 2018

You were so loving to her. Always visiting. How special that was for her. My heart aches for you and Roger. Hugs and prayers to all of you. Love Dawn Giammarco

Posted by Dawn Giammarco - NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX - Classmate   October 16, 2018

Tina and Roger,
You made her life wonderful. I am so sorry. Thinking of you during this very difficult time. Tina, you were the best daughter any mother could hope for. I hope you find some comfort in knowing how incredible you are. Love you.

Posted by Jean Singleton - Johnston, RI - Friend   October 16, 2018

I was so lucky to spend quality time with Irma and Tina in Maine . There was so much love and laughter in the home ❤❤

Posted by Cindy Napierata - Brockton - Family Friend   October 16, 2018

We send our sincere condolences to Tina, Roger, and all the family who loved Irma. As we witnessed the bond between mother and daughter, our hearts were touched by the caring and presence in each other's lives. She was a gracious and lovely neighbor in Maynard, and many will remember her fondly. Peace and comfort to all.

Posted by Bob and Eileen Ehlers - NH - Friend   October 16, 2018

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