SPRINGFIELD - Auni Marie Keiski, 97, a former long time Willapa Harbor resident died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the Gateway Assisted Living in Springfield, Ore. She was born June 13, 1911, in Naselle to Matt L. and Justiina Annala Pollari. She was raised in Naselle and graduated from Naselle High School, class of 1930. She married Ralph Elliott at Naselle in 1931. He drowned at sea on Sept. 27, 1932, in a merchant marine accident. She later married Reino Keiski on Dec. 30, 1935, in Aberdeen.
Mrs. Keiski lived in Raymond from 1936 until 2002 when she moved to Federal Way and in December 2005 she moved to Springfield.
She was very proud of her Finnish ancestry and spoke and read Finnish fluently all her life. She loved her family deeply, both immediate and extended and was deeply revered by all, especially her grandchildren. Her home was always open to family and friends and giving them something to eat was foremost. She had worked as a waitress at several local restaurants and also at the Coast Oyster Company.
She attended the Raymond First Baptist Church and belonged to the ILWU Auxiliary. She enjoyed bingo, knitting, crocheting and volunteer work at the food bank and tourist information center. She also loved to travel, having been to Finland, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Hong Kong and Hawaii.
Survivors include her two daughters, Peggy and husband Robert Budde of Eugene, Ore., and Velma Pappas of Federal Way; a brother, Wiljo Pollari of Puyallup; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and tw0 great-great-grandchildren. Two brothers, a sister and a son-in-law, Jack Pappas died before her as did her husband, Reino Keiski, who died on June 15, 1972.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan.10 at Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond. Burial will be beside her husband at the Menlo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in her name at 225 N. Michigan Ave. 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.