Betty L. Wiinikainen
Betty L. (Johnson) Wiinikainen, 91, of Baldwinville, formerly of Gardner, died peacefully Sunday, August 29, 2021, at Alliance Health at Baldwinville, after a long illness.
Born in Gardner on June 13, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Agnes (Nelson) Johnson. She graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1949. Betty was a Billing Clerk employed by Dr. James Faust’s Office of Gardner for 25- years until her retirement in 1995.
Betty was a congregant of Faith Lutheran Church of Gardner. She was also a member of the Montachusett Quilters, Chair City Walkers, Board Life Program at Mount Wachusett Community College, and sat on the City of Gardner Conservation Commission. Betty had many pastimes, which included walking groups, swimming at the Community College, and working on jigsaw puzzles. She was an excellent knitter, quilter, and counted cross-stitcher, and loved sharing her work with others. She also loved going to her camp in Gardner, where she made countless memories with family and friends.
Betty is survived by her two daughters, Brenda I. DelPrete and her husband John, Jr. of Falmouth, Faith W. Bloomquist and her husband Stephen of Woburn; five grandchildren, Toni Jude Robinson, Annikki Bloomquist- Nash, Andreas Bloomquist, Jessica Bisbee, and Michael Bisbee; three great-grandchildren, Marley Robinson, Sasja and Katja Nash; a sister, Celia Letendre of Gardner; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Ruth Bisbee.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 10, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in Faith Lutheran Church, 627 Green Street, Gardner, MA. Burial at Wildwood Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA, will be private.
A Calling Hour will be held Friday, September 10, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Faith Lutheran Church, 627 Green Street, Gardner, MA.
The family asks that all those in attendance please adhere to wearing a mask.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund, 627 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Please reference in memory of Betty L. Wiinikainen.
Sympathy Gift courtesy of Robert McGredy. Group of 50 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Betty L. Wiinikainen.
Robert McGredy Sep 8 2021 3:51 PM
I was saddened to read of Betty's passing. She was always doing something for someone. I've known her since "Finnish Church Sunday School" and the walking group. Her quiet demeanor will be missed by many. Healing prayers and happy thoughts to her family......
Ruth Crafts Sep 7 2021 3:42 PM
Betty was like the energizer bunny, always doing something; always in forward motion. Sorry to miss her service as I will be out of town. Condolences and Peace to her family and friends.
Dot LaRoche Sep 6 2021 8:39 PM
Betty was an inspiration to me for her continued swimming at the Mt. Fitness pool despite health challenges. I am Daughter-in-law to Ann Erickson of Gardner and the Lutheran Church, who knew Betty for many years.
Paula Erickson Sep 5 2021 12:14 PM
Betty had such beautiful blue eyes.
Sister Virginia Sttahan Sep 2 2021 1:45 PM
Holding Faith (and all of Betty's friends and family) in love during this time of this dear mother/grandmother's passing. Seems she lived a rich life and a long one. 💜 Condolences and blessings.
Barbi Beyer Sep 2 2021 9:33 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Betty Wiinikainen
Barbi Beyer Sep 2 2021 9:28 AM
Betty was a special Aunt, welcoming me to the farm, especially as a teenager. I will always have fond memories of the time spent in Gardner
Bernard Ignos Sep 1 2021 9:44 AM