Laura R. KoskinenLaura Virginia Riihinen Koskinen, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 4:15 p.m. at Cayuga Medical Center surrounded by several members of the immediate and extended family. She was born on August 19, 1930 in Superior, Wisconsin to Victor and Olga Kauppinen Riihinen. She was predeceased by her sisters Vivian Haskins and Violet Riihinen and her brothers Leo and John. The family moved to Spencer and then Ithaca, where Laura graduated with the Class of 1948, then worked in the school’s administrative office. In 1949 she married Stanley Koskinen of Podunk Road, Trumansburg, where they raised their four children and worked the poultry farm together. You may remember Laura if you bought brown eggs at the Ithaca Farmers Market in the 1970s. She was the bookkeeper and Stan’s right hand on the farm as well as a super homemaker and mother. Her skills as a seamstress and pulla baker were beyond compare, and her iris garden was a splendid sight and olfactory delight.

She was also one of the founders of the T-Burg Gemm Shop and volunteered at the Ulysses Historical Society for many years, as well as the PTSA. She was also an active member of the Finger Lakes Finns and the Podunk Home Demonstration Unit.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, Laura is survived by her four children and their families: Brenda Koskinen and Ned Atkinson of Boston and their four children, Karen Koskinen of Hector and her daughter, Roger and Sherry Koskinen of Trumansburg and their four children, Judy Koskinen and Jim Gardner and their two daughters of Galway NY, three great-grandchildren, as well as her grandchildrens’ spouses, fiancees and partners. In addition she leaves niece Nancy Whirley, cousins Dolores Babcock, David Kauppinen and Susan McConnell. She is also survived by many dear and longtime friends for over 50 years, especially Jeanne Frandsen, The Grove Family and Phyllis Koskela; as well as Marge and Chuck Wolff.

There will be no calling hours, but a gathering to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Finger Lakes Finns scholarship fund in care of Lisa Koski, PO Box 85, Interlaken NY 14847; the Trumansburg Volunteer Fire Co. EMS, PO Box 418, Trumansburg, NY 14886 or to a charity of one’s choice.