With deep sorrow the family announces our precious Mother and Mummo went to be with Jesus at Health Sciences North on Friday February 4, 2022 after a long illness. Born in Kitee, Finland on August 25, 1938 to Saimi and Antti Holopainen (predeceased). Sister to Pauli (predeceased), Keijo (predeceased), Sinikka, Sulo, and Pentti (Raija). Irja is survived by husband Viljo, daughter Merja Kristan (Frank), son Hannu (Michelle Harrison) and daughter Paivi Jarvenpaa (Mark). She was Mummo to Kristi, Christopher, and Karri Ann and Great-grandmother to Tory Leigh. She was known for her heart to serve others and her love for family. She delighted in her sweet great-granddaughter Tory and was unwavering in her faith. A private family gathering of remembrance will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Siion Finnish Pentecostal Church Missions (1843 Paris St, Sudbury, ON P3E 3C5) in her memory.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6