Eleanor Stanley Koskela


1923 – 2014

WOODSTOCK — Eleanor Stanley Koskela, 90, of Woodstock, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, at her home, with her family by her side.

She was born in Littleton, N.H., on Oct. 18, 1923, the daughter of William and Pearl (Lakeway) Stanley. In 1937, Eleanor moved to Maine to live with her Uncle Volney and Aunt Sadie Lakeway. She graduated from Woodstock High School and married Taisto Koskela in 1941, moving to Mollyockett mountain, where she lived the rest of her life.

Eleanor was a member of the local women’s group, The Willing Workers, and was a founding member of the Finnish-American Heritage Society of Maine. Eleanor had a special love for children, leading her to transport kindergarten and special needs children to school for many years. She had great joy attending her grandchildren’s many sporting events.

An avid reader, hunter and fisherman, her interests encompassed a wide range of subjects. Eleanor and her husband, Taisto, worked their family farm for many years, before retiring to travel across the U.S. and to Finland, and wintering in Florida.

Eleanor’s memory will be cherished by her daughters, Nancy (Earl) Mason and Linda Pulkkinen; grandchildren, Karen (Tim) Bennett, Alex Kesaris, Heather Mason, Tim (Stephanie) Mason, Siiri Cressey, Taneli (Maranda) Koskela and Laina Pulkkinen; great-grandchildren, Stephanie (Walter) Inman Jr., Samantha and Klayton Kesaris, Chayli Bowie, Katrina and Taisto Tetreault, Elijah and David Mason and Hunter, Carson, Grayson and Quincy Koskela; great-great-grandchildren, Carter and Bennett Inman; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Taisto; and a daughter, Elaine Kesaris.

Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.