Saturday, August 31, 2013

Peggy Jane Lehto, 1955-2013

I just found out that Peggy Jane Lehto, my second cousin once removed, died earlier this month on August 11, 2013. She was only fifty-seven years old. Her great-grandparents Mattias Nikolai Stuuri (1861-1922) and Walpori Wilhelmina Erkkila Stuuri (1860-1925) were my great-great-grandparents.

Peggy was born on September 7, 1955, in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, to Adrian Samuel Lehto (1924-2003) and Julia Kish Lehto. She married John Mercurio and had a daughter Elizabeth. Peggy and John divorced in 1997. Peggy was living in Sparks, Nevada, when she died. Her obituary says that she was employed as a customer service manager for Channel Publishing and as a shipping clerk for OHL Logistics in Reno, Nevada.

I didn't know Peggy. In fact, I've never met her entire branch of the family back to her paternal grandmother Elizabeth Stuuri Lehto (1903-1982) as far as I know. But I offer my condolences to all of the family and to Peggy's friends.

The Lehto family held a luncheon in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, last Saturday, August 24. The announcement of a memorial service for Peggy is still forthcoming.


  1. Hello Eric,
    My name is Dave Leifer, and I am Jacob Leifer's great-great
    Grandson. You have done an awesome job with all your work with your family history. I live in Mentor Ohio and remember your Grand father Stanley. My moms side of the family is Finnish also and I have had to do a lot digging via the church in Fairport to get info, which was very helpful.

    If you would like to chat


    p.s. I also make Nisu for the

  2. Thanks for visiting the blog, Dave. I'm always grateful to hear from relatives that I didn't know before. I believe we're fourth cousins.

  3. Hi everyone thank you for the kind words, my name is Elizabeth Mercurio and I am Peggy Jane Lehto’s daughter, my mom will be gone 7 years august 11 2020 , this day always brings up so much for me I’m so happy I got to read these blogs .. I miss my mom every day the way my mom died was devastating , I know she is in Heaven and we will be together one day again .