July 25, 1952 – November 3, 2018
Our sweet mama, left behind her legacy, that life is pretty. Despite life’s challenges, sorrows, and joys, she embraced her inner SISU and constantly reminded herself and everyone around her, that life is pretty and that you should cherish all that comes with it. She had four children, Sally Bianca, Sandra, Sami, and Sharbel with her husband Joseph. However, she opened her heart and became a mother to many others as she was known as Mama B! Even as her children grew, every Sunday she made breakfast, every Christmas the house filled with the sweet scent of Finnish gingerbread and pulla. Every moment was a reason to celebrate life. She loved her magical butterfly garden and spent summer days soaking up the sun’s rays with beloved dog/friend Kooma. Her legacy began in Finland, the daughter to Aune Marjatta Rissanen and Pentti Miettinen . Her childhood memories were of her sisters Riitta and Ritva and her dog Kitu! Later she met her best friend Liisu and that’s when the adventures began! She truly loved life! She was a dancing queen, queen of sarcasm, lover of music and art. She took the time to smell the flowers and to look at the butterflies as reminder and testament that life is pretty. As her mother taught her, you have to give to get, mama we promise we will live our lives that way too! Love you mama!
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Deanna & Don Nole
November 15, 2018
Mrs Berkhia was a dear neighbor who always had a smile and a hello for us as we walked by. She often sent over delicious treats and candy to us! We are thinking of the family, the warmest and kindest and generous people we have ever met. The love within your family and for your mother is so very evident and strong. Sending all of you warm thoughts during this time of loss. We will miss her too.