Soivi Elsa (Tervakoski) Nurmenniemi 91, of Franklin died at home surrounded by her family on October 14, 2022 following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Aulis Edvard Nurmenniemi.
Born and raised in Haapajarvi, Finland, March 22, 1931, the daughter of the late Vaino and Hilma (Ruhala) Tervakoski. Soivi and Aulis, with their two young children, moved first to Canada and eventually to Quincy, MA where she lived until coming to Franklin, MA 10 years ago.
Soivi's life was built around family. She was the center of it all. She loved nothing more than to have the family together. She loved to laugh and sing. She found joy in the simple things in life. She enjoyed taking long walks where she would often run into friends or meet a new friend along the way. Her knitting was exquisite. She loved to spend the winters in Siesta Key soaking up the sun. She also traveled home to Finland where she was able to visit with many relatives and friends. Soivi lived life to the fullest. She never lost sight of what was truly important, her family and faith.
She is survived by her children, Reino Nurmenniemi and his wife Lee Ann of Quincy, Ritva Nurmenniemi of Franklin, Liisa Locurto and her husband Salvatore of Sutton and Anita Kelly and her husband Michael of Franklin.
Cherished Mummu of Elsa, Annalee, Katrina, Samantha, James, Marissa, Nicholas, Mikayla, Lauren, Brendan, and her great grandchildren Nathan, Savannah, Olivia, Wyatt, Julian, Emma and Wesley Aulis.
She is also survived by her brothers, Mikko Tervakoski of West Palm Beach, Florida and Jaakko Tervakoski of Finland, and her sister-in-law Inkeri Ollikainen of Finland.
Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the Original Congregational Church, 1 East St. Wrentham at 11:00 AM with the burial immediately following at Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Wandering Heart Project, 247 Maple Street, Franklin, MA 02038.
Arrangements are under the care of the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin (www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com).