Hilkka Siviä Tengström

9 January 1937—29 February 2008

In Memoriam


HOPEWELL JUNCTION - Hilkka Sivia Tengstom, 71 years old, passed away on February 29, 2008 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. Hilkka was born in Kuhmoinen, Finland on January 9, 1937 to the late Paavo and Edith Heino. Hilkka immigrated to the United States on August 26, 1962. Hilkka worked for the Finnish Military Attaché in Washington, DC. Afterward, she moved to New York and fell in love with a New York State Trooper named John. On June 18, 1966, at the Lutheran Church of Kuhmoinen, Finland, Hilkka married her best friend and companion John W. Tengstrom, Jr. They later moved to Hopewell Junction from Port Chester in 1968 to raise their family. She was an experienced Gemologist; working for Cornell Jewelers, Fishkill; working for several years in the jewelry industry both here in the United States and Finland. Along with her husband of 41 wonderful years of marriage, she is survived by her two sons: John Paavo Tengstrom of Florida and Norman Robert Tengstrom, II of Somers, NY. She is survived by one grandson, who made her so very proud to be a grandmother: Mark Robin Tengstrom. She is also surived by three brothers: Onni and Jaakko Heino both of Finland and Taisto Heino of Sweden and three sisters: Eva Moberg of Sweden; Liisa Heino and Ritva Kontio both of Finland; and numerous nieces and nephews. Hilkka was predeceased by one brother: Pentii Heino. Hilkka would always give life luster and was ever so happy to share her optimistic wit with a smile. She will be greatly missed, but always remembered for the time shared. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 4th from 4 - 8 pm at the Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home, 900 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. Funeral Services will be held for Hilkka on Wednesday, March 5th 11:00 am at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fishkill. Burial will take place at the Bloomfield Cemetery, New Bloomfield, PA.

MAAMME                                                                                OUR LAND

Oi maamme, Suomi, synnyinmaa,                     Our land, our land, our fatherland,

soi, sana kultainen!                                                Sound loud, O name of worth!

Ei laaksoa, ei kukkulaa,                                         No mount that meets the heaven's band,

ei vettä, rantaa rakkaampaa                                No hidden vale, no wave washed strand,

kuin kotimaa tää pohjoinen,                                Is loved, as is our native North,

maa kallis isien.                                                       Our own forefathers' earth.

Sun kukoistukses kuorestaan                              Thy blossom, in the bud laid low,

kerrankin puhkeaa;                                                Yet ripened shall upspring.

viel' lempemme saa nousemaan                         See! From our love once more shall grow

sun toivos, riemus loistossaan,                           Thy light, thy joy, thy hope, thy glow!

ja kerran laulus, synnyinmaa                              And clearer yet one day shall ring

korkeemman kaiun saa.                                        The song our land shall sing.

John Paavo Tengström



Phone: 945-418-2603

E-mail: mail@tengstrom.us

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