Arvo Joel Peltokangas, 96
Fitchburg-Arvo Joel Peltokangas, 96, a long-time resident of Fitchburg, died peacefully Monday morning May 17, 2021 in Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer with his family by his side.
Arvo was born in Toholampi, Finland, on May 12, 1925 a son of the late Aksel Joel and Ida Lyydia (Hietala) Peltokangas. His beloved wife Asta (Asiala) Peltokangas died in 2001.
Arvo attended schools in Finland and when he was 17 joined the Finnish Military and proudly served his country. In 1964 he brought his family to the United States. He worked at Seppala and Aho Construction Company of New Ipswich, NH as a carpenter until his retirement. He was a long-time member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Fitchburg where he was extremely active. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening. Arvo was most proud of his family and cherished every moment he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arvo will be missed by his three sons; Kari Peltokangas of Fitchburg, Pekka Peltokangas and his wife Helen of New Ipswich, NH and Tuomo Peltokangas and his wife Kim of Leominster and Moultonboro, NH. Three grandchildren, Elizabeth Peters, Sarah Casey and Joel Peltokangas; four great-grandchildren, Cameron Peters, Aksel Peters, Violet Casey and Eleanor Casey, eight siblings, Aila Leppanen, Mailis Makinen, Marjatta Pollari, Antti Peltokangas, Helena Peltokangas, Jarmo Peltokangas, Anita Vuotila and Aulikki Tuikka. Arvo was predeceased by two siblings, Aarne Peltokangas and Elsa Hiltunen.
His funeral service will be held on Monday, May 24 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 750 Rindge Road, Fitchburg at 11Am. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers the family asks memorial contributions be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church, 750 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420.
The Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water St. Fitchburg has been entrusted with Arvo’s arrangements.
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John F. Masciarelli and James M. Hebert, Funeral Directors
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