BEND, ORE. - Mary Sisko Meinke, 79, a former resident of Aberdeen, died at her home in Bend, Ore., on June 27, 2006. She was born on Aug. 11, 1926, in Kaustinen, Finland to Onni and Hilma (Harjukoski) Wiitala. She came to the United States in 1950 and moved to Naselle.

On Aug. 17, 1952, she married Kenneth Charles Meinke in Naselle. Together they owned and operated Ken's Coffee Shop in Naselle in the 1950s. In 1963 they moved to Aberdeen where they stayed until moving to Bend eight years ago.

Mrs. Meinke worked for The Daily World as an inserter until she retired several years ago.

She was an active member of New Beginnings Community Fellowship in Aberdeen. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, sewing, ceramic classes, and of course shopping.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Kenneth of Bend, Ore.; two daughters, Pamela Meinke of Bend and Debbie and her husband, Bruce Jakola, Poulsbo; a sister: Anni Kuusansalo, Kokkola, Finland; a granddaughter, Kailey Jakola and grandson, Josh Jakola, both of Poulsbo. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Erkki and Vaino Wiitala, and a sister, Aino "Anne Marie" Miller.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, July 8 at Fern Hill Funeral Home, followed by burial in Fern Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests that donations can be made to: Christian Cable Ministries, P.O. Box 690, Aberdeen, WA 98520. A card of condolence or of a memory can be sent to the family at Arrangements are with Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.

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