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Lea Annikki (Sorvo) Aho, born February 27, 1941, was called to her heavenly home November 30, 2023, at the age of 82, surrounded by her beloved family.

Her final days were enriched and comforted by many visits with dear friends and family, songs of Zion, the Word of God and the Gospel of forgiveness of sins. She yearned for heaven and although we will long for our dear Äiti and Mummu, we are thankful that a weary traveler has gained eternal Christmas peace.

Lea was born in Oulu, Finland, the second child of Martta and Juuso Sorvo. Her early years, although filled with the love of her parents and dear relatives in Finland, were also laden with sorrows. Her older brother Lauri, whom she never knew, died at six months of age. She recalls the fear of bombings and the need to forage for food during war time. Her mother passed away when Lea was four years of age. Juuso immigrated with his young daughter to America. She has told us of the long boat trip and one vivid memory was tasting her first orange. Once in America, Lea lived in Massachusetts and was cared for by her Aunt Aino Sorvo while Juuso and his brothers mined for gold in Alaska. At the age of ten, Lea lost her father and continued to be cared for by Aino. Lea was embraced as a younger sister by her cousin Paul Sorvo. Although ten years apart in age, the two developed a very close bond that lasted through life until Paul was called to his heavenly home in December 2012.

At the age of 18, Lea married her sweetheart John “Skippy” Ramos who died of a sudden and massive heart attack early into their marriage, while living in Connecticut. John never knew that Lea was carrying their child, Lauri. On February 12, 1961, Lea married Albert Aho and together in mid-state New York, they raised Lauri and their next five children, Sara, Becky, Jonathan, Joy and Tanja. While a wonderful homemaker, due to Albert’s poor health, Lea found the need to seek work outside of the home. She became a store manager of an ice cream and dairy shop in NY. When she moved to Minnesota in 2000, she worked various jobs with her last and favorite being at Monticello Care Center. In addition to her work, she arranged church services for the residents there. Albert was called to heaven’s home in February 2012. She retired at the age of 73 and was able to travel and visit family and dear friends in Faith. She enjoyed attending retirees camps and gatherings as well as the special elders services that came to be during Covid years.

Lea enjoyed berry picking, crocheting, sewing, making maple syrup and jams, gardening and teaching her children how to live a simple and satisfying life. Lea’s children and grandchildren have many fond memories of crafting, doughnut making and her love of spending time with family. Flowers and birds brought her much joy throughout her entire life. In her early years while bringing up her children, Lea and the family enjoyed camping. In her later years, Lea took immense pleasure in visiting the North Shore of Lake Superior and cabin camping.

We will remember Lea for her warm affection, quiet nature yet strong will, and her most sincere desire to remain a child of God.

Lea is preceded in death by husbands John and Albert; her parents; brothers Lauri and Paul; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; daughter-in-law Cindy; grandchildren Rhana and Tristan and great-grandson William.

Lea is survived by children Lauri (Lisa), Sara, Becky (Dave) Stewart, Jonathan (Kathi), Joy (Aaron) Huotari and Tanja; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces.

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  1. Kathy Helmke

    I was just thinking of Lea this morning. As my COPD gets a little worse, I was wondering how she was doing. She has earned her reward now, faithful servant that she was.
    God’s Peace, Kathy

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  2. Joela

    Sending you all so much love, She was the most beautiful soul and so very loved! Her visits to the Cape brought laughter and love to all of our hearts..She will be so missed. May you all take comfort that’s she’s in no pain and with her other loved ones 💕

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  3. Rochelle Knuth

    Sending my Condolences to the family. I worked with Lea at the hospital in Monticello. Really enjoyed working with her. Wish I could come but I’m in South Dakota now and no car. Prayers for you all.

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  4. Jeanne Karvonen

    How thankful I am to have met dear Lea on Cape Cod in 1984. One time she came with us young kids to Boston for the day! Good memories of visiting with her there and also in MN and WA. Much love to your whole family. She has gained her victory. God’s Peace

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  5. Linda Olsen

    Lea was very special, I was her Caregiver/ Friend, we shared a lot of things in common which is why we got along so well, we shared stories about our growing up memories even though hers were more exciting to hear 😊. We would sit and have tea or coffee and some sort of snack to go with it, and just talk about our adventures we had over the years, we became close friends even though I was there as a caregiver, We would share stories about our families and kids 😊. I always gave her a big hug before I left for the day and the smile on her face was so uplifting I could feel the warmth and love she was sending with me 🥰. She was a very Kind and caring and Loving Lady she will always have a place in my heart ❤️. Love and Miss you Lea 🥰

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