READING — A funeral Mass for Helen Elizabeth Kaija, 89, who died Dec. 13 at Historic Homes of Runnemede will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi in Windsor, followed by burial in Mill Brook Road Cemetery in Reading and a reception at her Hurricane Hill home. There are no calling hours.
She recently lived at Stoughton House, formerly the Windsor Hospital, where she was first employed as a registered nurse in Vermont after graduating from St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, N.Y.
Mrs. Kaija was a public health nurse and worked as an RN at Windsor, Springfield and veterans hospitals.
Survivors include three children, Arnold Kaija, Julie Martin and Kevin Kaija; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her husband, Tauno Kaija in 1987; and four siblings.
Memorial contributions may be made to Historic Home of Runnemede or Reading Elementary School.
This obituary first appeared in the December 20, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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