Obituaries » MIRIAM SUOMU
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Miriam (Mim) Suomu passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at home at the age of 93. She was married to the late Elmer J. Suomu for 57 years. She was born on November 24, 1921 in Worcester, Massachusetts to John and Edla Syrjanen. She attended Worcester schools and sang in the choir at the Finnish Lutheran Church from the age of 9. She was graduated from Becker College. She worked for several insurance firms including John Hancock, State Mutual Life Assurance Company, and Paul Revere Life Insurance Company as an administrator.
She and Elmer were married in 1948 and moved to Paxton, Massachusetts where they reared two sons, John and Philip. She was active in her church as Deaconess, member of the Women’s Fellowship, and she sang in the choir at the First Congregational Church of Paxton. She served as Den Mother with the Cub Scouts. She and Elmer were members of the Order of the Eastern Star and rose through the chairs as Worthy Matron and Parton. She worked at the Paxton Electric Light Company for many years while living in Paxton. She was a member of the Finnish Sovitajja Society and loved to dance at their summer dances at Sovitajja Park in Rutland. She loved music, dancing, reading and, as she and Elmer enjoyed travelling, they did so extensively, both in the States and abroad.
After Elmer’s retirement, they moved to Pompano Beach, Florida and joined the Pompano Beach Presbyterian Church “The Pink Church” and also lived happily in South Palm Beach until Elmer’s passing in 2005. In 2008, Mim moved to the Mayflower Retirement Community in Winter Park, Florida. She was a member of Winter Park Presbyterian Church. She is survived by sons John and his wife Faith, of Windermere, FL; Philip of Boynton Beach and Orlando; Granddaughter Kiirsten of Orlando; and Grandson Johnny of Tuscaloosa, AL; a nephew and several cousins.
Inurnment will be at Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton, Massachusetts on Saturday June 6th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m..
Memorial donations may be made to the Mayflower Benevolence Fund, Mayflower Retirement Community, 1620 Mayflower Court, Winter Park, FL 32792. The Benevolence Fund’s monies are used to assist current Mayflower residents who are in financial need.