Milton H. "Milla" Lehto

  • Born: July 22, 1926
  • Died: December 4, 2019
  • Location: Mayanrd, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather & Brother

Milton "Milla" Lehto, age 93, of Maynard, MA, passed away on December 4, 2019 with his family by his side, leaving this world a sadder place. Milla had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest. He often said "I hope when I die no one cries for me because I have had a great life." He enjoyed traveling, a cold beer and any type of party. He was admired for his mind and vitality by all who knew him.

He was well read on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, taxidermy, home canning, beer and wine making, all things western, woodworking and gardening. His interests were wide but he especially enjoyed anything outdoors, including winter mountain climbing, fishing, canoeing, skiing and camping. He would talk to anyone about anything and they always liked hearing his tales.

His accomplishments were many, but chief among them were his four daughters -- three athletes and one engineer. He rarely missed a sporting event or science quiz competition. Once asked if he minded not having any sons, he said, "I never noticed."

He was a feisty prankster. He had a multitude of tricks for those uninitiated, namely the snake box, potato gun and "electric" chair.

Milla was predeceased by Connie, his wife of 67 years, who was a saint to put up with his antics, but who left him with enough money to buy the Rapid Red Ford 150 of his dreams. He will also be reunited in heaven with his daughter, Karin Viafore, and his two favorite dogs, Smokey and Goliath. He is survived by two sisters, Charlotte Anderson and Mary Case and three daughters and their husbands, Stephanie and William Susetka, Kristin and Robert Herrick and Suzanne and John Morgan and son-in-law, Ken Viafore. He has nine grandchildren who know him as Bappy and look up to him as their hero. He also has eight great-grandchildren who will hear about his legacy.

His wish was to be interred in Nantucket, his summer home for 60 years, so that he could come back as a ghost to continue his pranks.

He will be sorely missed, but warmly remembered with love.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future time.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Steph
I am so sorry to hear this. Milla was a wonderful man. Deb and I were just talking about him earlier this evening. So many wonderful memories you have of this special Man.
Seize The Day.

Posted by Dan and Deb Ignatuck - Palm Coast, FL - friend   February 29, 2020

You will be in our prayers. Your dad was a pleasure to know, a really special guy.

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What an icon! Your dad had that special gleam in his eye that said, "I may be old in years but I'm young at heart!" I'm sure he was the best tour guide on the island and definitely my favorite part of our trip to Nantucket! Sad for your loss but glad you were so blessed to have him!

Posted by Becky and Bob Lindhorst - Daytona Beach, FL - friend   February 20, 2020

Dear Stephanie and family, Your dad was the highlight of our trip. What a treasure and we were so sorry to hear of his passing. I remember sitting in the back seat of your truck and listening to his tour of the island - so many memories he shared. Thank you for sharing HIM with us.

Posted by Val and Terry - OH - friend   February 20, 2020

Stephanie, we are so sorry to hear about your father's passing and are grateful we had the opportunity to meet him last year in Nantucket. Our visit to your home and the subsequent tour of the island by your dad was the highlight of our trip. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Mike and Lisa Fondella - OH - friend   February 20, 2020

Steph, I was so glad I had dinner with your dad one night in Pound Ridge. I know you have wonderful memories of him as a dad, grandfather and great grandfather! I am sure your slideshow and wonderfu memories willhelp you through the months and year ahead.

Posted by Karen Aarts - Bradenton, FL - friend   February 14, 2020

Suzie, We are sad to hear about Milla. Oh , how he touched our lives! So many memories for all of us. We hope they will bring you joy and strength. Its difficult as we turn into the oldest generation, but your strong roots will keep you in bloom. Sending you a warm hug.

Posted by Susan and David Hardy - Mohawk, NY - family   February 12, 2020

Suzie, We were saddened to hear of your Dads passing. I know having him with you has been a gift to everyone. Sometimes it seems difficult but the time together can never come again. Please know you are in our thoughts. He was blessed to have to all.

Posted by Steve and Gail Bunnell - MA - friend   February 12, 2020

Im sure you are so sad to have lost such an incredible human being-but so happy to have had him by your side.

Posted by Deb Morgan - Marstons Mills, MA - family   February 12, 2020

Thinking of you Suzie. You were a wonderful daughter and how nice that you were able to take care of your Dad. I know you are sad - Im very sorry - Just remember how lucky you were to have had such a great Dad!

Posted by Doreen LaBaire - MA - friend   February 12, 2020

Suzie, I was sorry to hear about your father. We hope youre coping as well as can be expected. John, my father told me how much time you spent looking after him. Were thinking of both of you.

Posted by Don and Joceyln Morgan - MA - family   February 12, 2020

Thanks for the call. I had no idea that the situation was so severe. Bless you all for the good care you were able to give him. Hes probably making jokes with Ag now!

Posted by Fi Marble - West Yarmouth, MA - friend   February 12, 2020

My favorite memory was at the wedding when he threw is cane. I know you will miss him, I still miss my Dad after 25+ years, feel comforted that you had him in your life for so long. He will continue to make you smile (and cry) for many years. He was an AMAZING man!! Like his daughtervery special indeed.

Posted by Lauren DeAngeles - NC - friend   February 12, 2020

Sorry you had to say your final goodbye to Bappy. May you find comfort wrapped in a warm blanket of loving memories.

Posted by Lisa Harper - MA - friend   February 12, 2020

Suz,
Sending lots of hugs, love and prayers. He was such a wonderful special man. God Bless. I have such awesome memories of our trip to Nantucket and he met us for a beeronly one of many! Wish I was there to give you a real hug. Hang in there. I know how special you are to him and vice versa.

Posted by Darlene Curly - MA - friend   February 12, 2020

We were so sorry to hear to the loss of your dear father. He was an amazing person and a terrific father to have raised a daughter like you. May God keep you in his care and give you peace.

Posted by Lois and Nugget Swindler - Canfield, OH - family   February 12, 2020

We are so sorry to hear this news. Miller was a grand gentleman who indeed had a zest for life. He will be missed by all who knew him. If there is anything we can do to be helpful, please do not hesitate to call.

Travel safely to Nantucket and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

All our best,
Bonnie and Carol

Posted by Bonnie Newman - Palm Coast, FL - friend   February 09, 2020

Dear Steph, I will remember your Dad helping us with the raft for the Hudson River crossing event. I always thought he was a great guy when you told us about family hiking and backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail. He obviously taught you a lot about how to create a great family and a wonderful life. Hats off to him and the terrific life he led. The loss of a parent leaves a huge hole in your heart. I am thinking about you at this painful time.

Posted by Nancy Risso - Carlisle, MA - friend   February 08, 2020

Dear Kris and Harry,

We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please know that you're all been in our thughts and prayers! Keep those great memories close to your hearts!

With our sympathy and love,

Mark, LIsa, Alyssa, Mitch, Austin, and Griffin

Posted by Mark Herrick - Blackstone, MA - family   February 01, 2020

Dear Kris and Bob,

Milla was someone who was an honor to know. While we did not know Milla for many years, any of our times with him bring very fond memories. The potato cannon on the beach in Nantucket is something we will always remember. Milla was one of a kind. We are so sorry for your loss.

Love Tara and Alan

Posted by Alan Dean - Bedford, NH - friend   February 01, 2020

Kris,

I hope your memories of yur father comfort you in the days ahead. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kach

Posted by Steve Kuchan - New Boston, NH   February 01, 2020

Dear Kris,
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear father. He was a wonderful man who lived a beautiful life! May his love and memories comfort you in the days ahead.

Love Judy

Posted by Judy Baluha - Norwalk, CT - family   February 01, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Milla-oh how he touched our lives! So many memories. We hope they will bring you joy and strength.

Love Dave and Sue

Posted by David Hardy - Mohawk, NY - family   February 01, 2020

The care and dedication you gave to your father was a very special gift. may the lifetime of love and memories bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead.

Love Kevin and Rachel

Posted by Kevin McCullough - Bedford, NH   February 01, 2020

Sending healing thoughts to you.

Meredith

Posted by Meredith Bastine - Newton, NH - coworker   February 01, 2020

I's so sorry to hear of your loss. May the thoughts and prayers from all around bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Love,
Linda

Posted by Linda Simone - Atkinson, NH - coworker   February 01, 2020

Thinking of you and sending you thoughts and prayers.

-Ellen

Posted by Ellen Keefe - Haverhill, MA - coworker   February 01, 2020

Our sympathy to you and your family.

Love Peggy, Jennifer, Danielle, Kathy and Marcia

Posted by Marcia Emerson - Hudson, NH - coworker   February 01, 2020

Just wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear about your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts over the holidays.

Warmly,
Jon, Jaci, Teddy, and Harry

Posted by Jon Stone - Bedford, NH - neighbor   February 01, 2020

Dear Kris and Harry,

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

All our love,
Joey and Crissy

Posted by Joseph Buscemi - Wells, ME - family   February 01, 2020

Dear Kris,

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. Losing a parent is a difficult moment in life-just hold on to the wonderful moments you shared to get you through difficult periods. I was certainly blessed to spend time with Milla in Florida the past few years. He was such a wonderful man-full of life and wisdom. Take good care.

Love Bill H.

Posted by Bill Humphrey - Norwalk, CT - family   February 01, 2020

Thinking of you. Milla was a special man- full of life!

Love Maryann

Posted by Maryann Waterman - Falmouth, ME - friend   February 01, 2020

Dear Kris and family,
I am thinking of your dad today and what a great and long life he lead. He certainly enjoyed as many fun times as he could possibly embrace. He loved all of you, his extended family, and friends.

I am smiling when all the great times I spent with him. In the garden in Maynard and Nantucket, fishing for blue fish at Great Point, getting the tour of Nantucket, golfing, all of the parties and weddings, and his pranks. His legacy is his love of family, friends, and life.

I raised a craft beer in his honor the other day and of you,

Love Brophy

Posted by Susan Brophy - Waltham, MA - friend   February 01, 2020

I was genuinely sad to hear about your dad. One of the high points of my visit to Florida each year was having lunch with you both. What I saw was an outstanding man with an encompassing ability to enjoy life and his family. I'm sure you provided many moments of happiness and memories are everlasting. I shall miss our visits! Affectionately,

Posted by Guilia McCarthy - Media, PA - friend   January 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your "Red Sox" dad is in Heaven still rooting for the greatest team in all of baseball! Love and blessings.

Posted by Judi Jodoin - New Smyrna Beach, FL - friend   January 24, 2020

im so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. in hindsight, my decision to visit maynard alone (i.e. without you there) many years ago was one of the best decisions i've made (one of many truly off the wall decisions yet memorable i've made since then). it gave me the opportunity to chat and get to know your parents one on one. and i still remember, your father giving me a guided tour of the town, pointing out what you did where. there's no doubt he was immensely proud of you and i can see much of him in you.

Posted by Woody Khoman - Bangkok, Thailand - friend   January 16, 2020

Greg and I want to extend our condolences for the loss of your Dad. We truly enjoyed spending time with him a couple of years ago while visiting Bill. There is no greater gift than being blessed with good parents. Milla had a good, long life - - we loved listening to his many stories! please know we are thinking of you.

Posted by Nancy Montgomery - Mt. Wolf, PA - family   January 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Debbie and Keith Hansen - Palm Bay, FL - family   January 16, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Milla. We will certainly miss him! So many memories!

Posted by Susan and Dave Hardy - Mohawk, NY   January 16, 2020

I am so very sorry at the loss of such a vibrant man, filled with love, determination, pride and certainly a wealth of humorous antics! His laughter and sparkling eyes will continue to bring a smile and encouragement during this difficult time. We are all so lucky to have had him in our lives. There could be no other like him.

Posted by Janice Anderson - Concord, MA - family   January 05, 2020

He was my role model no man can match. Cheers to your dad. Cutest, most fun, positive, strong, talented and, again, cutest man on earth!

Posted by Donna Dahlke - Mill Valley, CA - family   January 05, 2020

I loved playing bocce with him in Nantucket. His electric blue eyes.

Posted by Jen Police - Marstons Mills, MA - friend   January 05, 2020

Great life. Our condolences to you and your entire family. He touched many lives.

Posted by Carey Dassatti - Chicago, IL - friend   January 05, 2020

What a life! Still sad to hear.

Posted by Tom Hanley - Southport, CT - friend   January 05, 2020

Great man. Great life. I feel blessed to have known him! Look forward to him "haunting" me on Nantucket!

Posted by Brant Smith - Essex, CT - friend   January 05, 2020

I just wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear that Bap passed away but how grateful I am to have known him for as long as I did. Your dad was one cool guy! I'll certainly miss him and I'm thinking of all of you.

Posted by Bard Kligerman - Stamford, CT - friend   January 05, 2020

So sorry to hear about Bap. He was such a legend and will b e deeply missed. So many great memories with him. We're glad we knew him and that Nantucket gets to carry on his legacy.

Posted by Jason Danielli - Raleigh, NC - friend   January 05, 2020

I loved your dad and mom. They reminded me of my parents and I felt drawn to both of them. Bap will always hold a special place in my heart and thank you for sharing him with me. I know your mom and sister came to meet him, because your mom always looked out for him and loved him very much. Just wish we could see them walking hand in hand and happy. It will never be the same here on Earth without Bap, he was a ray of sunshine in our lives and Heaven gained a wonderful man this morning. Bap loved his girls so much and our lives will have an emptiness without him. My heartfelt love comes to you and all your family.

Posted by Marlene Spaulding - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 05, 2020

I'm so sorry, he was a great man and I'm so glad we got the opportunity to spend some time with him.

Posted by Barb Pierce - Fairfield, CT - friend   January 05, 2020

Mom and I are with you in your grief. What a kind, gentle soul Milla was, and we truly loved his spirit and zest for life. Please let us know where the family will be and we will send sustenance. Love you.

Posted by Julie Cook - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 05, 2020

When thinking about your dad, it is impossible not to smile. It has to be hard without him. We are thinkging of you all and please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Posted by Karen Anderson - Littleton, MA - family   January 05, 2020

Thinking of you and all your family and of course dear sweet funny Milla.

Posted by Jody Newman - Nantucket, MA - friend   January 05, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man and today is a tribute to him! May he be happy in heaven with a cold beer in one hand and Connie in the other.

Posted by Tim Herrick - Marrietta, GA - family   January 05, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss, thank you for everything you did to help keep him going as long as possible.

Posted by Brendon Herrick - Foothill Ranch, CA - family   January 05, 2020

Been thinking about you out there on Nantucket, imagining all gathered in the living room with so many memories. Bill H. tells me Milla will enter his final resting place tomorrow. So been thinking about him too, of course, and the "end of an era" as you said. I realize it's the cycle of life but there are some, like my dad and yours, that when they leave, we feel an unmistakable void. My love to all.

Posted by Joyce Clark - Redding, CT - friend   January 05, 2020

Although not surprised by the news of Milla's passing, given his health issues since his stroke, it still hit a chord of denial. Not Milla! We are so glad we had the opportunity to come by the house to see him before you left Nantucket in the Fall. He was your father and I know that loss, but you and your family are special . . . because he was special. So full of life and unwilling to let anything get is way. We regret not being with you on Nantucket for his burial but we were there in spirit. You have lots of memories and great pictures but here are a couple more. Marcie could always get a laugh out of Milla!

Posted by Terry McGovern - Long Boat Key, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

I was just reading a back issue of the Inky and read that your father passed away. What a character he was. I wish I had the good fortune to have met him. I do know from what you have told me that you were a devoted daughter which I admire. I hope that the stories and fond memories of him will replace your sadness of today.

Posted by Jackie Kupper - Nantucket, MA - friend   January 04, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss of Milla. He was a wonderful man who touched the lives of so many. His memory will always remain alive in the hearts of all who loved him. With our love and prayers for peace.

Posted by Barb Walsh - Armonk, NY - family   January 04, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

Posted by Diane Bagnall - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

Nothing loved is ever lost.

Posted by Emily MacKenzie - Maynard, MA - friend   January 04, 2020

Our thoughts are with you at the sad time.

Posted by Ladies Golf Association Hammock Dunes - Palm Coast, FL - coworker   January 04, 2020

Thinking of you at this difficult time and wishing you peace.

Posted by Penny Decker - Ormond Beach, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

I was so very sorry to hear the sad news about your dad a few days ago from Gary. I do know that as prepared as one might feel, when the loss of one's parents or someone very close actually comes, one is not ever ready and it is a very difficult time. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to meet your father, and although I didn't know him well, it was obvious to me that he was a very special man. He certainly did love Nantucket and he was so fortunate to be there with you so much of the time. I do appreciate how great that is having Gary here at the Cape with me.

Posted by Mimi Wheeler - Wellington, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

There are no words to say how sorry I am that we have lost Bap! He was a very special man that touched so many people's lives. His spirit will always be with us in our life here on Earth.

Posted by Marlene Spaulding - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

Keeping you and your family in our prayers. With deepest sympathy.

Posted by Anne Beysteiner - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

Trust in the hope and comfort of time.

Posted by Dee McEvoy - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

I share your sorrow - Milla will be missed.

Posted by Barbara Kotalac - Nantucket, MA - friend   January 04, 2020

Hope the memory of his love will surround you now and bring you peace. All our love and prayers.

Posted by Becky Bush - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. Losing a parent is a difficult moment in life - just hold on to the memories of the wonderful moments and life experiences you shared with your dad to get you through. It was truly a blessing for me to get to know and spend time with Milla. Such a wonderful man, full of life, fun, kindness and wisdom. Most importantly, he was full of love for his family and he was loved by many.

Posted by Bill Humphreys - Palm Coast, FL - family   January 04, 2020

Sorry to get the news. may you find kindness to warm you, sympathy to comfort you, and cherished memories to bring peace to your heart.

Posted by Fi Marble - South Yarmouth, MA - friend   January 04, 2020

Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss.

Posted by Laura Hanley - Southport, CT - friend   January 04, 2020

Your dad will be missed by his family and ME! My deepest sympathy.

Posted by Martha Butler - Nantucket, MA - friend   January 04, 2020

Blake and I were so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was such a kind man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Kelli Marshall - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

We just want to say again how sorry we are for the loss of your dad. So glad that we got to meet him! Thinking of you this season.

Posted by Nancy McDaniel - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear father. A man of many talents and experiences that he loved to share and we loved to learn from. I will cherish our long chats together and how special he always made me feel. May your eternal connection together bring you comfort in the days ahead. With blessings and love.

Posted by Judy Baluha - Norwalk, CT - family   January 04, 2020

Please know that Bob and I are thinking of you and your family. We were so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Stephanie Drab - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. The greatest gifts a child can give his/her parents are to grow up strong, independent, loving and well disciplined. Even though this is a sad time for you, take solice in knowing how much your father loved you and how proud he was to have you as his daughter.

Posted by Michael O'Bryan - Palm Coast, FL - friend   January 04, 2020

He was the man who gave me so many childhood memories from causing trouble at Bartlett Farm (which is where my daughters middle name came from), teaching me how to make the best soups (which my daughter loves eating) and so many laughs that I have been lucky enough to have had because of the greatest bap and friend! I know I will see him soon with YoHo and that will be my next best memory

Posted by Julianne moore - Fairfield, CT - Grandchild   December 23, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man.

Posted by john moynihan - camdenton, MO   December 12, 2019

Stephanie and Bill-
My sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. Milla was a terrific person who was a delight to play golf with at Miacomet's Senior League. He will be missed.

Posted by Gene Briskman - Nantucket, MA - Friend   December 12, 2019

Stephanie,
It has been many years since we grew up together in Stow. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Dad.

Posted by Holly (Hewitt) Lacombe - Ashland, MA   December 08, 2019

Sorting through the mountain of memories, we can only smile at the legacy he has left behind. He was indeed one of a kind and will be sorely missed! Love you Dad! Steph

Posted by Stephanie Susetka - Palm Coast, FL - Daughter   December 07, 2019


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Sorting through the mountain of memories, we can only smile at the legacy he has left behind. He was indeed one of a kind and will be sorely missed! Love you Dad! Steph