Honkonen, Saara (née Kylmala)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Saara Honkonen (née Kylmala) on March 7, 2023, at Health Sciences North. Predeceased by her husband Voitto in 1999.  Beloved mother of Tarja Korpela (Markku) of Rovaniemi, Finland.  Anne Callahan (Dean) of Sudbury, and Juha Honkonen of Fort McMurray, Alberta.  Mummi to Markus, Sakke, Serafiina, Samuel, and Patrik.  Sadly, missed by her siblings Eeva and Liisa of Sudbury, Leena and Jukka of Finland, and Pekka of Vancouver, BC. Saara immigrated to Canada in 1967, settling in Kirkland Lake.  She moved to Finlandia Village in 2014.  Mom excelled in all things cooking and baking, from Finnish pulla to French macaroons, jams, and pickles.  Everyone has pairs of Mummi’s knitted mitts and socks. She loved all pets, having many cats and dogs over the years, then cherishing her grand-dogs near and far.  Our families are truly touched by the enormous amount of love and support during this time.  Mom loved everyone and was loved by all.  A Celebration of life will be held in the fall. 


10 Condolences

  1. Dear Tarja, Anne, and Juha, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I was saddened to read of her passing.
    I have fond memories of her and her kindness. Praying for your comfort and peace across the miles.


    By: Ruby
    August 18, 2023
  2. Anne and Family,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your entire family at this time of great sadness.
    Sharon Quenneville

    By: Sharon Quenneville
    March 16, 2023
  3. Our deepest condolences in the loss of Saara, she will be missed by everyone who crossed paths with her in the journey of life, now she will be our brightest star above. Thinking of you Anne, Juha, Tarja, Eva, Lisa, grandchildren and families. Love Wes, Bev, Fiona and Stephen.

    By: Wes ripley
    March 15, 2023
  4. Tarja and family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you may have.

    By: Cathy Langley Anderson
    March 14, 2023
  5. My deepest and most sincere condolences to Tarja, Anne and Juha and family. Saara was a wonderful talented human being and was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. She often invited me to stop by for a visit on my many trips to Hayward, WI and always had some of her delicious baking to serve with a cup of coffee and sandwich. She will be forever missed but never forgotten. Heaven has gained an Angel.

    By: Helen Kalliomaki
    March 14, 2023
  6. Sending my condolences to all the family ……….Saara was such a wonderful woman …she will be missed R.I.P

    By: Dianne Callahan
    March 14, 2023
  7. We love you Saara forever and always. Your strength, determination, and love for life..your DNA has been left in our hearts and our souls.

    By: Carolyn Hein
    March 13, 2023
  8. Please accept my sincere condolences.
    My prayers are with you for strength and
    courage in the days to come. Your mom
    will be fondly remembered by all who
    knew her.

    By: Kelly Gregory
    March 13, 2023
  9. Our condolences to you and your family, Sara was an exceptional woman. l’m so grateful to have had the pleasure of visiting your mom last summer r.i.p.

    By: Len and Michelle Callahan
    March 13, 2023
  10. Sending my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mother and Grandmother

    Iris Hakala
    Finlandia Koti
    Sudbury, ON

    By: Iris Hakala
    March 13, 2023

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