Verna Tynkila passed peacefully in her sleep at home on August 12, 2013, with her family by her side. Verna spent her early years in Merijarvi, Finland, where she met her future husband at eight years of age. She attended business college in her later teen years. After WWII her childhood sweetheart, Ray Tynkila, returned to Finland and they were married on 11-30-46. She was the first war bride to leave Finland to come to the United States.
The newly wed couple settled in Hoquiam, Washington, where they started their family. In 1951, they moved to Astoria, where Ray was one of the original stockholders of the Astoria Plywood Mill. In 1957, they moved to Svensen, Oregon, where they began a successful mink farming operation until their retirement in 1995.
Surviving family members are her husband Ray of Svensen, Oregon. Son Bill Tynkila and wife Nancy of Hermiston, Oregon. Daughter Bee Bononcini and husband David of Astoria. Grandchildren Jason Tynkila and wife Misty of Long Beach, Washington. Lucas Tynkila and wife Tracy of Stanfield, Oregon. Briana Volk and husband Andrew of Portland, Maine. Deems Bononcini of Portland, Oregon. Great-grandchildren Reese, Danner, Aili, Kaisa, Aiden and Avery Tynkila.
Verna was deeply loved by her family and will be remembered for her deep love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to Autism research.
Private family services are being planned.