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Maureen Jokinen, 85, was a registered nurse

Published 8:53 pm, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  • Maureen Elizabeth (Adams) Jokinen, 85, died Jan. 9, 2013.  She was born in New Milford, Conn. the oldest of eight children. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Maureen Elizabeth (Adams) Jokinen, 85, died Jan. 9, 2013. She was born in New Milford, Conn. the oldest of eight children. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Maureen Elizabeth (Adams) Jokinen, 85, died Jan. 9.

She was born in New Milford, the oldest of eight children born to the late Michael and Gladys (Kinney) Adams.

Mrs. Jokinen completed training as a registered nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, having enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps, where she was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

She met and married her husband of 54 years, Taisto Jokinen, and raised a family of five children in Pembroke, Mass. She specialized as a nursery nurse caring for newborn babies for the next 40 years.

Upon retiring, they moved to The Villages in Florida and enjoyed traveling and visits to and from their large family.

She was a Red Cross volunteer at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, a lector and an active member of St. Timothy Church in Lady Lake, Fla., and a longstanding member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 347 Lady Lake.

Her husband died in 2005, at which time she moved to Dunnellon, Fla., to live with her son.

Mrs. Jokinen is survived by four daughters, Carol, and husband, Bob Sherman, of The Villages; Diane Keaton, of Alachua, Fla.; Linda O'Leary, of Manchester, N.H.; and Elaine Brawner, of Dunnellon; a son, Michael, and his wife, Lori Jokinen, of Dunnellon; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elsie Demuth, of New Milford; Patricia Olson, of Groveton, N.H.; and Janet Barrett, of Ludowici, Ga.; and a brother, Edward Adams, of Palmdale, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Marjorie (Adams) Kyve, Frances (Adams) Rigglemon and V. Faye (Adams) Canterbores.

Burial was at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla., with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 347.

The Beyers Funeral Home in Lady Lake was in charge of arrangements.