Kirsti Kaarina (Isotalo) Wuorinen

July 5, 1930 ~ March 11, 2021 (age 90)

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Wuorinen, Kirsti, Kaarina (Isotalo) - Of North Reading, March 11th at the age of 90. Kaarina was Born in Joutseno Finland on July 5th, 1930.

Beloved wife of the late Tauno K. Wuorinen. Loving mother of Erika K. Pothanszky and her husband Andrew of Monroe, CT; Anna K. Heil and her husband Robert of Plaistow NH, and the late Philip K. Wuorinen.  Devoted daughter of the late Aarne Anton Isotalo and Anna (Keranen). Dear sister of the late Raili Isotalo. Cherished grandmother of Elena Karina, Andrew Thomas, Anita Grace and Peter Owen Pothanszky, Thomas Philip Wuorinen and Aria Karlee Heil. Dear sister-in-law of Valentina Wuorinen. 

Kaarina had many adventurous stories of her childhood in Finland.  Life was filled with many happy times, but there were also difficulties, such as the loss of her father when she was only 6.  Despite losing him so young she had many fond memories of him as a loving, protective father and man of faith.  During the Winter War (1939 – 1940) Kaarina, her sister Raili and their mother were evacuated (along with about 12% of the population of Finland) from the Karjala (Karelia) region.  At the end of their multi-day box car journey, they re-settled in Pori, Finland where her mother found work and despite hardship and challenge was able to keep the family together. 

Kaarina was an excellent student and was recommended by her teachers to pursue the teaching profession.  She completed her higher education at the University of Helsinki and became a language teacher in the Finnish public school system specializing in teaching Swedish among other languages. 

Kaarina met her husband, Tauno, while he was visiting relatives and friends in Finland.  They married in Finland and then moved to the United States settling in Cambridge, MA.  After their children were born, Kaarina and Tauno moved the family to North Reading in the early 70s.  Mothering and taking care of the family became Kaarina’s priority.  Faith and love for Jesus was central to her life and she instilled that in her family and shared that faith as a Sunday School teacher at Calvary Christian Church where she taught Sunday School for 40 years! During Kaarina’s older years she poured her love and attention into her grandchildren.  Kaarina also loved music (playing guitar and singing), was talented in drawing, loved gardening (especially roses), knitting, reading and animals!  She lived a beautiful life of faith and love.  She was an amazing woman in every respect and will be greatly missed and forever remembered by her family, friends and neighbors.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services at the Calvary Christian Church, 47 Grove St., Lynnfield, MA on Wednesday, March 17th at 11am. Please go directly to the church.  Visiting hours at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-7pm. Interment Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Calvary Christian Church for Children's Ministry, 47 Grove St, Lynnfield, MA 01940.




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March 16, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cota Funeral Homes
335 Park Street
North Reading, MA 01864

Funeral Service
March 17, 2021

11:00 AM
Calvary Christian Church
47 Grove St.
Lynnfield, MA 01940

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