Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Edith Helen Hietanen Wilde, 1925-2013

Edith Helen Hietanen Wilde (1925-2013), about 1946.
My first cousin twice removed Edith Helen Hietanen Wilde passed away on February 27, 2013, at the Elizabeth House at Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock, North Carolina, just days before her eighty-eighth birthday.

She was born March 4, 1925, in Fairport Harbor, Lake County, Ohio. Her father was my great-great-uncle Edward (Miikali Eemeli "Emil") Hietanen (1885-1950), who immigrated to the USA from Isokyro, Finland, with his mother Liisa Herttua Hietanen and brother Matti. Edward arrived July 5, 1890, aboard the ship Aller to join his father Matti Sr. in Fairport Harbor. I posted a photo of Liisa and Matti Sr. here—the photo includes some of their children, although not Edith's father Edward.

Edith's mother was Mary Elizabeth Concoby Hietanen (1892-1959). Mary's brother Harvey E. Concoby (1902-1975), Edith's uncle, married Alma W. Ladvala (1991-1992), my first cousin three times removed and niece of the above-mentioned Liisa Herttua Hietanen. So I was connected to Edith through both her father's and her mother's family lines. I never met her, though.

Edith Hietanen Wilde graduated from Harding High School in Fairport Harbor and from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. She taught first and second grades in Madison, Ohio, for twenty-five years, mostly at Homer Nash Kimball Elementary School. Her husband was Robert Eric Wilde. They had two children, Vicki Lyn Wilde Hauser and Scott Edward Eric Wilde. Edith moved from Ohio to Asheville, North Carolina, in 1991. I express my condolences to all Edith's family and friends.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Central Congregational Church in Madison, Ohio. Pastor Harry Buch and Pastor Kristin Rometti Pike, Edith's granddaughter, will be presiding. Local arrangements are being handled by the Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River Street, Madison, Ohio 44057. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity View Resident Association Fund, 2533 Hendersonville Road, Arden, North Carolina 28704. For the full obituary click here.

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