Anja I. (Savilaakso) Sihvonen

Born: Sun., Sep. 18, 1932
Died: Mon., May 10, 2021

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Anja Inkeri Sihvonen, 88, of Lisbon, died peacefully on Monday, May 10, at her home of nearly 60 years. She was born in Oulu, Finland, on September 18, 1932, to Aarne V. and Aili (Pasanen) Savilaakso. She was predeceased by her husband, Olavi Norman Sihvonen; her beloved son, Leo W. Sihvonen; both of her parents; and her brother Tapsu Savilaakso. She is survived by her daughters Maira Fowler of Lisbon, Tina Wells and husband Greig of Baltic, and Lisa Sihvonen-Binder and husband Paul of Goshen, MA; her adored grandsons and granddaughters Holt, Wyatt and Lucas Sihvonen, Thomas and Olivia Fowler, and Alyson Wells; several nieces and nephews; and her steadfast canine companion, Clooney, whom she treasured.

Anja grew up in Finland, moving to Argentina in 1951. There she met Olavi, marrying him on March 16, 1962, in Ramallo, Argentina. They moved to the U.S. shortly thereafter, settling in Lisbon.

Anja spoke Finnish, English and Spanish fluently. She was a woman with enormous Finnish Sisu. She was a breast cancer survivor and continuously overcame the challenges associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

She delighted each afternoon in a hot cup of strong coffee with cream and two lumps of sugar on the side. She loved watching birds, among her favorites the Cardinal and hummingbird. She was an avid gardener, spending countless hours caring for perennial and annual beds, hanging plants and window boxes.

Anja will be cremated and interred in Pachaug Cemetery next to her husband. Burial will be private at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, Anja requested donations be made to Disabled War Veterans Association of Finland (  The Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT has been entrusted with the private arrangements.  For online condolences please go to

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Jack S Wesa
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021
We are so sad to learn of your mother's passing. She will be missed. We remember her and you at the Aura Hall with the kids at the Christmas parties and Helen Arro and her family.
May Anja's soul find warmth and peace forever in Heaven with God. Our sympathy and condolences.

Merja Lehtinen
   Posted Sun May 23, 2021
Deepest sympathies to the extended Sihvonen families from the Lehtinens, Mackins, and Siluk family, who knew your beloved mother and grandmother Anja in Connecticut and great grandmother Aino of Pachaug Pond and NYC, since the time Anja arrived on Pachaug Pond as a newly wed to Olavi to celebrate summer events and joy and coffee and pulla! I know words cannot suffice to approach the depth of loss, but know my heart is with you and prayers for her to remain within you through eternity. She was always warm and lovely and all our memories of those special years seeing her at events. When we last spoke, she spoke so lovingly of all of you.
With my deepest condolences, Merja Helen Lehtinen

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