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Soili Helppi

Soili Helppi

Soili Inari Hildur Helppi passed away on November 21st, 2022 at Toronto General Hospital ICU.

Soili was born in Helsinki, Finland to Sulo and Hildur Helppi. She excelled in school and left for London, England aged 19 to pursue nursing. She quickly learned English, her 4th language. Soon after she met Michael De Souza. The two married and had 3 children.

In 1980, the family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where she continued to work as a registered nurse. Later she attended the University of Toronto, earned a Masters in Gerontology, and then worked as an administrator in Long Term Care. She cared deeply for the seniors, spending time with them before heading home each night.

Ms. Helppi was a wonderful woman and a loving mother whose strength and kindness couldn’t be matched. Family was #1 to her. She made Christmas a truly wonderful time injecting many Finnish traditions from her childhood. She had a keen eye for art, design and home decorating, enjoyed baking, gardening and rarely turned down ice cream. She was an irreplaceable fixture and will never be forgotten.

She is survived by Michael De Souza, her 3 children, Jan-Peter De Souza, Andrei De Souza and Karen De Souza and her 3 grandchildren, Makayla De Souza, Olivia De Souza and Ethan De Souza.

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