Anna Kyllikki Vӓhӓkangas, 90, a resident of Rindge, NH slipped peacefully into glory on January 8th 2020, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Ylivieska, Finland, on December 27th, 1929, daughter of the late Arvi and Lyyli (Mannisto) Pinola. She, along with her husband and children, emigrated to Hyannis, MA in 1964. While living in Hyannis she worked for several businesses (The Corner Store, The Finnish Kitchen, and Viking Smokehouse). She moved from Hyannis to Asbhurnham, MA and eventually settled in Rindge, NH, where she opened Kyllikki’s Bakery, in her home, in 1987. She lovingly baked from the heart until 2018. To know her was to love her and whether you were a customer or friend, you became a part of her family. The first thing she would say when anyone stepped into her home was “Have you eaten?” and “Let me make you something”.
Kyllikki had a strong work ethic, something that made her very enjoyable to be around. She was always thinking of others and always put others first. She loved to be around her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church.
Kyllikki is predeceased by her late husband Leevi, son Markku, sister Kerttu, and brother Kunnari. She is survived by her children, Pirjo Riitta Somero of Rindge, Hannu (Kimberly) Vӓhӓkangas of Rindge, Peter Vӓhӓkangas of Rindge, and Eeva (Mark) Hannu of Rindge. In addition to her children she is survived by her 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
Calling hours, funeral, and burial services will be held at the Ashburnham Apostolic Lutheran Church, 315 Winchendon Rd. Ashburnham, MA 01430 on Wednesday, January 15th 2020. Public viewing to begin at 10:00 AM, funeral to begin at 11:00 AM followed by burial at 12 noon. Fellowship and refreshments immediately following.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory to the Apostolic Lutheran Church www.ashburnhamALC.com