Tyyne Esther Ritchie (nee Wauhkonen)

Tyyne Esther Ritchie passed away in the presence of her family – her husband Ross, son Raymond and daughter Cathy on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the age of 88 years.

Tyyne – our Mom was born on January 27, 1925 in Meadow Portage, Manitoba the seventh of nine children to Finnish parents – Herman and Anna Wauhkonen.

Those born of true Finnish heritage are said to be born with Sisu – it is an inner strength of character that provides a sense of determination, perseverance and strong will to carry on.  There is no question Mom had Sisu.  That spirit endured all of her life but was tested no more so than over this past year.

In the absence of a hospital, Tyyne’s life began in the most Finnish of institutions – she was born in the privacy of a sauna.  Her childhood was spent as one of nine active children.  Growing up, she loved dancing, socializing, fishing and swimming.  Her upbringing in a community of families of diverse backgrounds and cultures gave her a lifelong ability to have tolerance and understanding for all.

On 27 October 1943, she married John Ross Ritchie in Dauphin, Manitoba.  Their marriage formed an enduring partnership that lasted over sixty-nine years.  Together, Tyyne and Ross – Mom and Dad worked to build the Ritchie farm south of Dauphin.  Through handwork and dedication it typifies  the family farm.

Mom was a true partner in every sense – she managed the books meticulously, shared in all farm decision making, managed the meals and the home in order to allow the farm operation to grow.  She along with Dad and son Raymond completed another crop year in 2012.

Tyyne loved her home and took great pride in its appearance.  She planned house remodelling, created the yard, planted the trees and the gardens that those who visit see today.

Mom will be remembered for the most amazing gardens ever.  Blessed with a green thumb, she took pride and usually bragging rights in having the first new potatoes of the season.  There was always an abundance of fruits and vegetables for sharing.

She was a wonderful cook and baker who made the best jams and preserves.  Her family always told her if she had a dollar for every apple pie she baked she’d have been a millionaire.

Most of all she loved to share her hospitality with all who visited.  All were welcome in the Ritchie farm kitchen.  No one left without being invited to stay for coffee, lunch or a meal.  She in turn loved the conversation and the news from those who visited.

Mom and Dad were able to travel – Europe, Hawaii and later with friends to various places in the U.S. – Texas, Florida and Arizona.  Always on return she made the comment – It was a good trip but there’s no place like home.

Her family will miss her – her intuition, her independent nature, her opinions, her sense of humor, her conversation, her ability to make people feel right at home.

Her family – her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have hopefully inherited some of her inner Finnish Sisu – her ability to persevere and work ethic is an example to follow.

But Mom you have worked so hard for a very long time – it’s time to rest.  We’ll miss you.

The family wishes to thank Dr.Van Alstyne, Dr.Mathison and the caring staff of the Dauphin General Hospital – second floor as well as the nurses and home care attendants with the Dauphin Home Care Program.

Left to mourn her passing and cherish her memory are her husband of over 69 years, Ross, son Raymond – Dauphin, daughter Cathy Ritchie (Peter Parys) – Winnipeg, son-in-law Walter Peirson – Dauphin, three grandchildren – Heather Charland (Barrie Ontario), Sean and Daniel Parys – Winnipeg, two great-grandchildren Mikka and Maelle Charland, Sister Elsa (Elsie) Johnson – Ste. Rose, Manitoba, Sister Martta (Martha) Arpin – Thunder Bay, Ontario, sister-in-law Margaret Ritchie – Dauphin, Manitoba as well as numerous nephews and nieces and their families throughout Manitoba and Canada.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Lillian Peirson in 2011, brother-in-law Dr. Gordon Ritchie in 1998 as well as six of her brothers and sisters – Viljo (Bill), Aale (Archie), Sylvi (Sylvie), Lempi (Lillian),Valte (Walter), Helvi (Helvi).

Funeral service was held on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church with Rev. Larry McPhail officiating.  Sandra Dowhan served as organist, accompanying Margaret Wasylyshen as soloist as well as the Dauphin First United Church Choir.  Walter Peirson and Peter Parys offered words of remembrance.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society – Manitoba Division.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

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  1. Brenda Boyd Tycholes says:

    Ross, Raymond, Walter and families – please accept my condolences on Tyyne’s passing. I have good memories from when we’d all get together at my Grandma & Grandpa Neill’s place many years ago.

  2. Ron Tycholes says:

    Ross and Raymond, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful person. Tyyne will be missed.

  3. Melanie Southern says:

    I have such fond memories of Auntie Tyyne and visiting the Ritchie’s farm, especially during the Wauhkonen Family Reunion in 1987. I always loved seeing my Grandma (Sylvia Niemi) with her sisters, laughing and speaking Finn. It was a lot of fun to be around them. My sincere condolences to you all.

  4. John Oltrop says:

    To Ross, Raymond ,Katya,and Walter please accept my condolences on the passing of a wounderful person Mrs Ritchie ,I have good memory’s of her kindness and hospitality

  5. Merv an Gladys McKinnon says:

    To Ross and all the family our sincere condolences to you all.

  6. Ken and Phyllis Lunsted says:

    To Ross, Raymond, Cathy, Walter and families, our deepest condolences to all of you in the loss of Mrs. Ritchie.

  7. Gordon and Violet Hess says:

    Dear Ritchie Family….Condolences and Deepest Sympathy to you all on the loss of Mrs.Ritchie.

  8. Ross, Raymond and Cathy says:

    Our sincerest of condolences. So sorry to hear of Tynne’s passing. Take care.

    Larry & Jan


    our condolences to the family of Mrs. Ritchie….she will be remembered as such a true lady

  10. Michael & Leona Solomon says:

    Ross, Raymond, Cathy and families

    Sincere condolences of the loss of Tyyne. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and she will be sadly missed.
    Ross, may God grant you the strength to carry on.

  11. Debbie and Dean Yaremchuk (Angus) says:

    Sincere sympathy to the Ritchie family. Many fond memories of visiting their farm..

  12. Verna Miller says:

    My sincere sympathy to you & your family. Tynne was the heart of her family, & will be greatly missed by all.

  13. Sonja Van Natto says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your Mother, wife etc. I am Archie’s adopted daughter, I met your Mom many years ago, when I was young. Actually Archie was my uncle. Sincerely Sonja, cousin to Beatrice and the late Dolores Wauhkonen.

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