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Helen Elizabeth Kaija

Reading, Vt. — Helen Elizabeth Kaija, a resident of Reading for 65 years, passed away peacefully in her room, surrounded by people who loved her, at Historic Homes of Runnemede on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at the age of 89. She had been living for the past year at Stoughton House, which was at one time the Windsor Hospital, where she took her first position in Vermont as a registered nurse after graduating from Saint Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, N.Y.

She had married First Lieutenant Tauno Kaija, moved to Vermont fresh from the city, and started a post-war homestead, growing and canning vegetables, making butter and cheese, and where they raised three children, Arnold Kaija, Julie Martin and Kevin Kaija all surviving her now. She served at times as a public health nurse, and was always concerned about the health of neighbors, community residents and travelers in distress. She worked as an RN at Windsor, Springfield and Veterans Hospitals. She lived this earthly life the way she thought best, and she tried to acquiesce to God’s sovereign will.

She was predeceased by all of her four siblings, and her husband who died in 1987. She remained tremendously proud of and very connected to her eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild to the very end.

In her memory, if you wish, you are invited to make a donation to Historic Homes of Runnemede, or to the Reading Elementary School.

There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for her on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis of Assisi in Windsor followed by the burial of her ashes in the Mill Brook Road cemetery in Reading and then a lunch buffet and celebration of Helen’s life at her home on Hurricane Hill.