George Edward Nieminen passed away peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the age of 80 years. He was born and raised in the New Finland district and later moved to Whitewood where he resided until his passing. He drove for the Leader Post for 36 years with no accidents or traffic tickets. George had a passion for animals; his two best friends, Wakka and Mr. Kitty will miss him dearly. He had many animal visitors over the years that he fed without hesitation.
George was predeceased by his mother, Hilma and his father, Anselm; his first wife, Georgina (nee Hildebrandt); his second wife, Vi (nee Brau); and stepdaughter Sheila. George was the youngest of 16 siblings. He was also predeceased by two infant siblings, Sylvia and Arne; sisters Agnes, Lila, Edna, Bertha, Julia, Vivian, Lily and Irene; brothers Bernard, John, William, Toivo and Leonard. He leaves behind his cherished stepchildren: Shirly (David), Marie, Anna (Jim), Alfred (Stephanie), Beverly (Woody), Diana (Rick), Cathy, Charles (Evie) and Kenneth (Boris); his beloved grandchildren Matthew, Spencer, Ashlynn, Andrew and Erica. George also leaves his special nephew and close friend, Paul and his wife Margaret, along with numerous other nieces and nephews.
Georges’s funeral service was held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Matthews Funeral Home, Whitewood. George’s niece Elaine Sukava lead the service and was joined in sharing memories by many in attendance. Interment took place in the Whitewood Cemetery followed by a lunch at the New Life Community Church. Donations can be made in George’s memory to the S.P.C.A. Arrangements are entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Whitewood.