Vienna E. Kivi

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010

Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Vienna E. Kivi died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 91.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Star of the North Lutheran Church in Kenai. Pastor Corbie Cross will officiate. Her ashes will be scattered with her husband's ashes at Jarvi Country on Lake Superior near Ironwood, Mich. at a later date.

Mrs. Kivi was born Jan. 15, 1919 in Ironwood, Mich. and she attended Roosevelt School. She worked at Josephsons Nursing Home in Ironwood. She moved to Alaska in1989 and lived in Nikiski, Kenai and then Soldotna.

Mrs. Kivi was a member of the Nikiski and Kenai Senior Centers, Star of the North Lutheran Church in Kenai and Zion Lutheran Church in Ironwood.

Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, picture taking and gardening. She enjoyed being with her family and church.

"Vienna was a strong woman with plenty of Finnish Sisu. She was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother. She loved taking care of people. She also loved/ sending cards and writing letters. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary. She was strong in her traditions and no one will ever forget her Christmas Eve gatherings, filled with food and love." Her family said.

Mrs. Kivi was preceded in death by her husband, Sulo M. Kivi, daughter, Shirley M. Anderson and son, William B. Kivi.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth S. Kivi, Richard D. Kivi and Gary V. Kivi all of Nikiski; daughter, Kathleen E. Kleinbrook of Virginia Beach, Va.; 31 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to Heritage Place, 232 W. Rockwell Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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